The United States’ gambling industry has been struggling to get things off the ground ever since the coronavirus pandemic rolled out. Sports betting has been a slowdown but thankfully, there are now some improvements that are being recorded across in the country.
In Pennsylvania, for instance, May saw the return of betting on the UFC and NASCAR thus giving the sports betting industry a slight boost, something that was unheard of since many sports betting activities were either postponed or canceled. Even so, there is a lot of optimism about what is to come next and therefore a lot of developments are going on in the sector.
Colorado Welcomes Scientific Games-Powered Sportsbook
Sports bettors in the state of Colorado now have the option of placing sports bets with Betfred. The renowned British sports betting company has recently partnered with Scientific Games and they will now be bringing a top-of-the-line sports betting offering with Saratoga Casino Black Hawk, which is Betfred’s partner in the state.
Thanks to the new partnership deal, Scientific Games’ entire suite of retail of betting solutions are now available at Saratoga Casino. This also includes the state-of-the-art betting terminals that can now be found at the venue. Retail sports betting aside Betfred and Saratoga Casino also have plans for the launch of digital wagering services. The platform is likely to debut in the next few months and it is set to include Scientific Games’ OpenPlatform.
The development represents a huge leap for Betfred as it continues with its plans to expands to more states in the country. It already has a presence in Pennsylvania and it hopes to extend its footprint to other states with regulated sports betting industries.
Illinois Becomes Eleventh State to Offer Online Sports Betting
It has been a long time coming but Illinois finally advanced its gambling industry by debuting sports betting. The great news came with the launch of a sports betting app that can be used from anywhere within the state’s borders.
Rivers Casino Des Plaines, the gambling venue that launched retail sports betting in the state earlier this year, is the same company that debuted an online sportsbook. The decision to go with a mobile app was expected especially considering the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic that forced retail gambling venues to close down.
In accordance with state gambling laws, sports bettors who intend to use the mobile app will be required to register in person at Rivers Casino Des Plaines before being allowed to bet online. This is a slight drawback but it is something that can be easily handled in the future. For now, many bettors are just happy that they have a legal and regulated way of placing bets online.