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Casino City’s Friday Five: Bingo, free bets and sports betting edition

10 Aug 2018

By Dan Ippolito
Last week, we had MGM Resorts taking over the headlines with its deals with the NBA and GVC Holdings. This week, we have an opportunity to make free bets from BetRally Sports, the continuing trend of sportsbooks opening at several U.S. locations, Evolution Gaming and Hard Rock Atlantic City teaming up for an introduction to some innovative table games, and planning for a new bingo room. We'll start with bingo: 5. Boulder Station announces plans for new Bingo Room Later this year, guests will be able to enjoy a newly renovated bingo room at Boulder Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. It will mirror Station Casinos’ newest evolution of bingo rooms that offer a modern, exciting and luxurious yet approachable design, with an enclosed smoking section, recently unveiled at Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino and Palace Station Hotel and Casino. To make way for this renovation, current bingo operations will be temporarily relocated to the Railhead beginning 15 August. The Las Vegas casino is going to be offering a promotion at the Railhead where guests who enjoy bingo on opening day inside the Railhead will receive three times the winnings on any bingo game they win. 4. Evolution to power Hard Rock Atlantic City Live Casino Less than two months after Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Atlantic City underwent a $500 million transformation and opened on 28 June, the new property will launch its Live Casino by the end of the summer. Games in the bingo room will include American (Double Zero) Roulette, Blackjack with side bets and Bet Behind, Baccarat, Three Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em Poker, plus automated Slingshot Roulette all from Evolution Gaming. In addition, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City will launch three dedicated Evolution Live Blackjack tables that will be exclusive to their own players and will also host an Evolution Dual Play Roulette table on their main gaming floor. The Dual Play Roulette table will also be made available to Evolution’s European network of operators, allowing their players to place their bets at this Hard Rock table. 3. Two Boyd Gaming casinos to use IGT’s sports betting technology Guests at Mississippi’s IP Casino Resort and Spa and Sam's Town Tunica Hotel & Gambling Hall can now place pre-game and in-progress sports bets over the counter through IGT’s sports betting technology. The two Mississippi casinos also plan to leverage IGT's self-service kiosks and other sports betting technologies in the future. This is the kind of action that prompted Casino City's Gary Trask to predict back in May that Mississippi could very well become "Vegas South" with the proliferation of legal sports betting. 2. Free wager at BetRally The online sportsbook BetRally Sports is gearing up for the U.S. Open for tennis and soccer’s International Champions Cup this summer. BetRally’s Tennis Summer Slam is giving players the opportunity to place four bets of €5+ each on any ATP or WTA tournament, and BetRally Sports will give you 25% of your total stake as free bet of up to €20. The offer is available twice a week until the U.S. Open starts on 27 August. In addition, players have the chance to insure their International Champions Cup betting at BetRally Sports. If the game bet on ends in a draw, BetRally will refund the stake as a free bet of up to €20. Players can receive a €100 welcome bonus up to 100% on web or mobile for using Casino City. New players at BetRally Sports will receive a 100% up to €100 first deposit bonus. The offer can be claimed via desktop or mobile. 1. DraftKings launches sportsbook in New Jersey The world’s largest daily fantasy sports platform became the first company to offer legal online and mobile sports betting in New Jersey. DraftKings leveraged its technology and knowledge across sports to bring its sportsbook product to market just a couple months after officially filing for a sports betting license with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. Sports fans in New Jersey can now place their bets on the DraftKings Sportsbook app via iOS and Android or online. Through its partnership with Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., announced earlier this year, DraftKings can now offer sports fans in the Garden State the opportunity to place bets. DraftKings is looking at expanding outside of New Jersey as well. Earlier this year, DraftKings announced it entered into an agreement to provide a physical sportsbook at the del Lago Resort & Casino located in Waterloo, N.Y., which enables both partners to create a mobile and online sports wagering option in the Empire State should legislation authorize online sports wagering.
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