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IGT launches sports betting with tribal operator in NY


International Game Technology (IGT) has launched sports betting for the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort in Akwesane, New York, the third venue to roll out its PlaySports technology in the state. 

The deal was been struck through The Stars Group’s market access agreement with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, which operates the casino. That deal included a component for Stars to power a retail betting product at the venue, which appears to have been entrusted to IGT.

Using IGT’s technology, patrons at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino can bet over-the-counter or via PlaySports kiosks at the venue. 

“With the addition of IGT’s PlaySports technology, we can now offer our guests a world-class sports betting experience in addition to the slot, table, bingo, and poker games that our patrons already enjoy at Akwesasne Mohawk Casino,” the casino’s general manager Todd Papineau said.

“We’re excited to work with IGT and benefit from the company’s expertise and innovation.”

Enrico Drago, senior vice president for IGT’s PlayDigital division, noted that the launch expanded the supplier’s footprint in New York to three casinos. It has already deployed its technology for Resorts World Catskills and Tioga Downs in the state.

“IGT PlaySports is a proven B2B technology solution already deployed in 11 states,” Drago said. “We congratulate the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort on being the latest casino to open an outstanding sportsbook featuring IGT’s technology, elevating the entertainment experience for sports fans in New York.”

To date, the supplier has launched its technology in 11 US states, including Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, New York, and West Virginia, as well as Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Nevada. Oregon became the 11th state last week, after IGT rolled out PlaySports for the Coquille Indian Tribe-owned The Mill Casino there.