IGT Expands Its US Sports Betting Presence to Arkansas
Legal sports betting in the US market is growing at a rapid pace. This is less than a year and a half after the US Supreme Court’s landmark decision. Last May, the highest court gave individual states to right to govern sports betting. International Gaming Technology (IGT) has already expanded its sports betting solutions to 10 different markets.
Sports Betting Comes To Arkansas?
The latest IGT expansion was in the state of Arkansas. Its IGT PlaySports deployment was at Saracen Casino Annex in Pine Bluff. The company made the announcement on its website.
This land-based casino is owned and operated by the Quapaw Nation. It is located adjacent to the Tribe’s in-development, Saracen Casino Resort. All the sports bets are processed through the PlaySports platform. The venue currently offers PlaySports’ kiosks. Further expansion efforts include IGT sports betting technology at the Saracen Casino Resort. This venue is expected to open sometime next year.
The growing list of US states with gambling operations utilizing IGT sports betting technology in the east include:
Along with the recent expansion into Arkansas, IGT has an existing sports betting presence in Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi and Nevada.
Enrico Drago is the IGT PlayDigital Senior Vice President. In response of this latest venture, he was quoted as saying:
IGT Is Making Sports Gambling A Reality In The United States?
“The market-readiness of the IGT PlaySports solution and the experience of our team enabled IGT to make sports betting a reality at the Saracen Casino Annex on an accelerated timeline. Adding Arkansas to the growing list of states with IGT PlaySports deployment was another important milestone that validates IGT’s leadership as a B2B platform provider. We look forward to expanding our relationship with the Quapaw Nation when the Saracen Resort opens next year.”
Positioned as a global leader in gaming, IGT has a strong presence all around the world. The company operates in every major channel from gaming machines, lottery applications and both digital and social gaming. Along with a wealth of premium content, expert gaming services round out the company’s portfolio.
IGT has made substantial investments in “in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology”. Also included in its company profile is a long-standing commitment to innovation. This could be considered the driving force behind the company’s mission.
Gaming solutions are designed to “anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play”. Over the years, IGT has expanded its reach to more than 100 different countries. The company currently employs more than 12,000 people.
PlayShot is IGT’s primary application for sports betting. Its PlayDigital services and products include applications for lottery through PlayLottery.
Gaming products and services include:
Customer support is another major aspect of IGT’s business offerings. It offers the IGT University for gaming industry education. A few of its supportive programs are SAS Protocol, STARS Customer and STARS Report Guides.
IGT is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol, “IGT.” The holding company headquarters are in the United Kingdom.
• Source: IGT Extends Sports Betting Footprint to Arkansas with PlaySports Deployment at Saracen Casino Annex From IGT.com On October 2, 2019.