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SBTech and Wynn among latest Colorado licensees


Colorado’s Limited Gaming Control Commission has awarded a further round of sports betting licenses, with SBTech, Betfred and Churchill Downs among the latest to be approved, while the state remains on track to launch from May 1.

Yesterday’s (16 April) commission meeting saw sports betting master licenses handed to American Gaming Group’s (AGG) Wildwood Casino, while GF Gaming Corporation was approved to offer betting at The Famous Bonanza and Easy Street Casinos.

Grand Z Casino, Johnny Z Casino and Z Casino Black Hawk also received master licenses.

ISI Race & Sports (ISI), which announced a partnership with Wildwood Casino in March, has been granted temporary sports betting operator licenses for that venue, Johnny Nolon’s and Colorado Grande. It has also been granted an internet betting license in the state, to roll out its Amelco-powered offering.

SBOpco, the operating company behind Nevada-based SuperBook, has been handed sports betting and internet betting licences, days after it partnered Jacobs Entertainment to bring the brand to Colorado.

Betfred, meanwhile, has been handed retail and online licences. The operator will enter the state in partnership with the Saratoga Casino in Black Hawk, agreed in January.

Also licensed was Churchill Downs, which will operate retail and online sportsbooks for Full House Resorts’ Bronco Billy’s Casino. Another Full House partner, Wynn Resorts, was awarded an internet betting license via its WSI US subsidiary.

Finally Digital Gaming Corporation USA, a business with offices in Florida and New Jersey, was awarded an internet sports betting license.

A number of high-profile suppliers were also awarded vendor major licenses, most notably SBTech and Scientific Games’ NYX Digital Gaming subsidiary. BetBull, a European digital sportsbook operator that struck a deal with Wynn in October 2018, was also granted a vendor license, as was marketing specialist Finder Media.

Vendor minor licenses were handed out to Paysafe Group’s Merchant Services subsidiary and PayNearMe, another payment solutions provider. Online marketing service providers Game Lounge (a subsidiary of Sweden’s Cherry) and fantasy sports strategy tool RotoQL as well as blockchain-based platform Betbox were also approved to offer their services in the state.