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IGT enters Arkansas sports betting market


International Game Technology (IGT) has extended its US sports wagering footprint into Arkansas by rolling out its IGT PlaySports technology at the Saracen Casino Annex in Pine Bluff.

The Quapaw Nation-operated tribal facility is now using the PlaySports platform and PlaySports kiosks to process retail sports wagers.

IGT is also contracted to provide sports betting technology at the Saracen Casino Resort, which is being built adjacent to the Saracen Casino Annex and is due to open in 2020.

“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,” IGT PlayDigital senior vice president Enrico Drago said.

“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 Casino Resort opens next year.”

IGT PlaySports now powers sports betting in 10 US states: Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia, Rhode Island and Nevada.

Legal sports betting launch in Arkansas in July when the Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort became the first venue to launch sports wagering. Arkansas was the ninth state to begin taking bets since the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was struck down.

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