Italian sports betting supplier Newgioco Group has obtained the Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) events wagering system certification standard GLI-33 for its Elys betting platform, for use in Washington D.C.
The certification covers the Elys betting system and retail point of sale terminals, and represents the first step of the company’s plan to unveil the Elys US betting platform for operations throughout the country.
The second phase of testing its self-service betting terminal (SSBT) is also underway, through a previously announced collaboration with the United Tote Company.
“Completing the first phase of GLI certification is another major milestone in positioning Newgioco to obtain the required licenses and commence operations in the US market,” Newgioco Group chief executive Mike Ciavarella said.
“This certification is a key component of our multi-year business growth strategy and the investments we made for expansion into new markets outside of Italy,”
“Getting it right the first time is critical to a successful launch in the US and I am very pleased with the outstanding dedication of our software developers, compliance team and project managers at Odissea to accomplish this mandate.”
Luca Pasquini, VP of technology for Newgioco Group, added: “We are eager to move on to the Kiosk and Mobile testing phases on our new US facing platform ahead of schedule.”
Newgioco established a US-facing operating subsidiary in June, with a view to expanding its sports betting operations throughout the country.
Its first deal in Washington, D.C. was agreed in October 2019, through a partnership with sports bar chain, Handle19.
Under that agreement, Newgioco would supply Handle19 with its Elys platform for land-based and online sports betting, at such time as the regulated market launched.