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As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and he writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports.

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Casino City’s Friday Five: Jackpots and free spins edition

1 Mar 2019

By Dan Ippolito
March is here, and in a few weeks one of the biggest sporting events of the year will begin. March Madness will surely be a little different this year with the legalization of sports gambling. However, sports wagering isn’t the only focus this week, as it might be in the upcoming weeks leading to March Madness. The news this week includes several massive jackpots, a racetrack and casino opening, a free spin week at an online casino, and a multi-state deal involving Caesars Entertainment and DraftKings.

Let’s kick it off with some jackpot wins:

5. IP Casino awards over $270,000 in jackpots
During the month of January, IP Casino Resort and Spa, located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, awarded more than $270,000 in mega jackpots.

A few examples of the massive payouts are:
  • Greg R. of Metairie, Louisiana, won a $35,200 jackpot playing Game King Video Poker.
  • Debra B. of Nashville, Tennessee, won a $24,300 jackpot playing Buffalo, a $3,450 jackpot playing Wheel of Fortune and a $4,515 jackpot playing Buffalo Gold.
  • DeRondaha L. of Pensacola, Florida, won a $15,511 jackpot playing Lighting Link.

4. Paddy Power player wins £4.3 million jackpot
Imagine playing a slot and seeing that you’ve won a life-changing amount of money. Well, for one lucky online player, that happened earlier this month.

Sean Doyle, a 33-year-old chef from Northern Ireland, was playing Mars Attacks! by Blueprint Gaming at Paddy Power Casino on 13 February when he hit the £4.3 million payday. The slot game is part of the provider’s Jackpot King Deluxe system.

Mike Phelan, commercial director at Paddy Power Gaming, said, “This sums up why Blueprint Gaming’s progressive jackpot system is a key component of our games offering. Jackpot King allows our players to win staggering amounts of money at the spin of a reel, while also raising excitement levels and delivering increased revenues. We’re thrilled that Sean has walked away with the jackpot and hope he has as much fun spending the prize as he did playing the game!”

3. Free spins week at Intertops Poker
Free things are good things. Intertops Poker is offering players the opportunity to play some slot games for free.

Beginning today and running until 7 March, players who deposit at Intertops Poker will be awarded free spins on some of the online casino’s popular Betsoft slot games, including Tiger's Claw and Faerie Spells.

“The more you deposit, the more free spins you get,” explained Intertops Poker’s casino manager. “But this weekend, and till Thursday, we’ll throw in some free spins with even a $25 deposit!”

The free spins will be available to players 24-48 hours after their deposit.

Other games included in this offer are Chillipop and Yak, Yeti and Roll.

2. Century Mile Racetrack and Casino opening announced
Canada will be getting the chance to gamble at a new casino that will open next month.

Century Casinos, Inc. announced yesterday that Century Mile Racetrack and Casino in South Edmonton, Alberta, will be opening its casino, restaurant, sports bar and off-track betting lounge on 1 April.

The horse racing season will take place for the first time at the location with thoroughbred races on the one-mile racetrack on 28 April. There will also be a grand opening gala the evening prior to the races.

The South Edmonton resort features a casino and grandstand building with a total of 89,700 square feet on several floors. Amenities on the first floor include a casino, which will initially have 550 slot machines and electronic table games, 38 stadium-style games, 14 video lottery terminals, a restaurant, a horse betting area, a bar and a lounge. On the second floor there will be tiered indoor and outdoor grandstand seating, three private suites and viewing areas, a bar, a horse betting area, a buffet and a grill. On the third floor, an open patio will provide stunning views over the racetrack and paddock.

1. Caesars Entertainment and DraftKings agree to multi-state deal
Caesars Entertainment and DraftKings have reached a deal under which Caesars will offer DraftKings market access for its online gaming products. This access is exclusive to Caesars across states in which Caesars operates casino properties.

"Caesars' agreement with DraftKings, their first multi-state partnership, brings together the established leaders in gaming, daily fantasy sports and sports betting to provide customers more options," said Mark Frissora, President and CEO of Caesars Entertainment. "This alliance is the latest initiative by Caesars to capitalize on our database, generate a new revenue stream in a growth market and raise our profile in sports, in part by creating new sports-themed guest experiences at our resorts across the country."

Since they were first to market in New Jersey with the launch of DraftKings Sportsbook in August 2018, DraftKings has led the state in mobile sports betting revenue every month. In January 2019 mobile sports betting accounted for nearly 80% of the total sports betting revenue in New Jersey.

DraftKings will promote Caesars Entertainment as its official casino resort partner in the states where the companies collaborate, and Caesars Entertainment will receive DraftKings equity.

Caesars Entertainment also announced an agreement today with Carl C. Icahn regarding the membership and composition of the company’s Board of Directors.

Under the terms of the agreement, Keith Cozza, Courtney Mather and James Nelson are being appointed to Caesars' Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Carl Icahn commented, "I believe the best path forward for Caesars requires a thorough strategic process to sell or merge the company to further develop its already strong regional presence, which will allow Caesars to continue to take advantage of the Caesars Rewards program bringing more and more players into Caesars' Vegas market. I expect this to make Caesars the most powerful competitor in Vegas, the gaming capital of the world. Caesars would be a great opportunity for certain investors who have already expressed interest, and I'm glad the Board will explore these opportunities. Independent of strategic alternatives, I believe Caesars should also be focused on leadership succession, disciplined capital allocation, improving operating performance and optimizing real estate and other assets."
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