25 June 2020

After more than two months under lockdown, the US is beginning to emerge from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) enforced shutdown.

But what will the post-pandemic casino experience look like for players and operators? In this issue we have our new contributor Cole Rush assess the measures put in place by the sector to protect players, while still offering a fun and engaging in-venue experience.

We also examine the impact of the pandemic on certain verticals; for example, poker has been enjoying something of a renaissance, with revenue and player numbers rising in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Jake Pollard speaks to 888 Holdings and PokerStars about what’s driving this growth, and how likely it is to be sustained when sports resume.

Lottery, meanwhile, has seen its traditional retail channel disrupted by Covid-19, forcing state operators to consider a digital future. Joanne Christie speaks to some of the major state lotteries and suppliers about how the pandemic has affected their future planning.

While it may only be offered in three states currently, online casino has also been enjoying a particularly successful period, at a time when advocates are calling on land-based operators to reconsider the benefits of an igaming offering. Paul Girvan focuses on Pennsylvania’s market data to ascertain whether there is in fact any danger of brick-and-mortar revenue being cannibalized by an online component, which has been the enduring argument against online expansion in a number of quarters.

We’ll be tracking these issues and more daily on the iGB North America website, so please check in there for your day-to-day coverage of the key issues. 

The pandemic has also resulted in iGB’s parent company Clarion Gaming postponing the ICE North America show until spring 2021. It will be replaced by ICE North America Digital, a week-long series of panels, interviews and presentations that will run from May 11 to 15. We hope as many of our readers as possible will be able to join, and with some digital networking opportunities, the iGB North America team will be available to meet remotely.

  • magazine_issue
    17 January 2019

    This issue we discuss the post-PASPA affiliate opportunity with Catena Media, Better Collective and Gambling.com and explore supplier Kambi’s remarkable start to life in the US market

  • magazine_issue
    22 November 2018

    Welcome to our ICE Sports Betting USA issue, which doubles as the delegate guide for the second edition of Clarion Gaming’s event focused on understanding and unlocking the huge potential of US sports wagering.

  • magazine_issue
    3 October 2018

    Compared with igaming, which has experienced glacial progress since the first three states went live in 2013, US-regulated sports wagering has come flying out of the blocks.

  • magazine_issue
    25 June 2018

    The huge mainstream media coverage of SCOTUS’ lifting of the 25-year sports betting ban reflects how transformative this will be not just for US gaming but for a culture of sports so deeply embedded in American society.

  • magazine_issue
    25 April 2018

    Seven states currently have legalization bills on the books, while the US professional player unions are now demanding a seat at the table, claiming they “cannot allow those who have lobbied the hardest for sports gambling to be the only ones controlling how it would be ushered into our businesses.”

Pages