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September 10, 2013

South Point Becomes 4th Vegas Op to Offer Mobile Sports Wagering

Live casino deposits and cash-outs for Nevada app bettors

South Point has become the fourth company to offer a mobile betting app after launching its service Tuesday at five Nevada locations, including four in Las Vegas.

The app, available for the iPhone, iPad, Android and Android tablets, is free to download and resembles the William Hill app that has been available in Nevada for more than a year.

South Point began advertising its app Friday in its sports book. A website is available at nvsportsbooks.com to answer questions gamblers might have.

The app requires a minimum $100 deposit. Out-of-state residents are allowed to sign up and fund accounts, but the device can only be used in Nevada.

The app, which features lines set by South Point, offers consumers the ability to deposit money or collect winnings at four additional properties participating in Nevada Sports Books, including the Cannery, Eastside Cannery, Rampart and the Virgin River casino in Mesquite.

“Our guests have the opportunity to place their sports bets from home, while at South Point at dinner or at the bar,” said Ryan Growney, general manager of South Point. “By adding this new mobile betting application to our sports books offerings, we can showcase a new method of placing bets to sports fans throughout Nevada.”

The app will offer all types of bets except parlay cards or pari-mutuel racing. Cantor Gaming, Station Casinos and William Hill are the other sports book operators to offer a mobile wagering device.

Caesars Entertainment Corp. and MGM Resorts International, two of the largest operators on the Strip, as well as local and regional gaming company Boyd Gaming Corp. have yet to introduce a mobile sports betting app.


August 14, 2013

Enjoy an exclusive online poker experience

If you’re looking to play poker online, then look no further than William Hill. Not only will you discover the premier poker service, but you will also have the chance of winning a place at the world’s ultimate poker experience.

There are of course plenty of places to enjoy poker online.  However, from the comfort of your own home, William Hill poker online offers you something different.  For a start, the choice of options means that there really is something for each and every poker player. You can play the world’s favourite poker games: Texas Hold’em, Omaha High, 7-Card Stud and other versions of the game. Whichever one you choose to play, William Hill clearly and simply explains the rules and different nuances of each game, making your game play a whole lot easier.

Of course, anyone who plays poker plays to win!  And at William Hill there is an opportunity to take part in a tournament quite literally almost every minute of the day. In addition to the instant Sit & Go tournaments, there are big money prizes available in special tournaments every day of the week. You can pocket up to $40,000 each Friday and whopping $125,000 every Sunday and similarly large prizes with Monday Night Omaha and additional themed poker tournaments. In total, William Hill poker guarantees at least £5million in prize money every month. And there really is a tournament for everyone, whatever your bankroll.  You can buy-in to some of these tournaments is from as little as $0.12. Talking of cashing in, don’t miss out on a range of brilliant poker bonuses at William Hill. For example, the new player bonus is worth anything up to £1,200.

Whether you are a veteran poker player or a complete novice, William Hill meets your poker needs.  For example, if you are new to the game, then check out the Poker School, where you will discover a step by step guide on playing the game, tips and a glossary of all the poker lingo. You can even practice a few hands before you actually bet any cash. For the more experienced poker player, the VIP scheme really rewards consistent play and you can cash your loyalty points in for money. It is also worth checking out another unique aspect to William Hill poker, which allows you to win a seat at the exclusive Caribbean Poker Tour. Taking place in November in two different exotic Caribbean locations, there are serious amounts of money to be won at these tournaments.  You can book a place for these events through William Hill or alternatively you can win your place at the table by participating in 19 super satellite tournaments taking place until October. If you win a satellite contest, then you will be on your way to the Caribbean for free in order to compete for the big prize.

Quite simply, if you want to play poker online, William Hill ensures that you are a satisfied poker player time and time again.

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June 22, 2013

New Jersey + Canada vs. Pro Sports Leagues

NHL and NFL try to stop expanded betting options as casinos jockey for position

As New Jersey prepares for its next court hearing on Wednesday over its efforts to legalize sports betting, gaming officials in Canada are urging lawmakers to vote on a bill legalizing Las Vegas-style sports books.

A bill introduced almost two years ago would allow Canadians to wager on a single sporting event at a time. It’s also seen as way to draw U.S. gamblers to casinos just across the border from cities such as Detroit or Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Canada offers a sports lottery in which bettors can parlay three or more games, but single-game betting is illegal under the Canadian criminal code.

“We are like Delaware, which offers parlay cards for sports betting,” Paul Burns, vice president of public affairs with the Toronto-based Canadian Gaming Association, said in a phone interview. “Every sports bettor knows it’s not a great bet.”

Burns said legalizing sports betting would discourage Canadian bettors from wagering on National Hockey League or National Football League games offshore or with illegal bookmakers.

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April 29, 2013

William Hill Spends $649 Million to Reacquire Online Stake

Hmm, so that's what 29 percent of an online sportsbook is worth these days ...

williamhillWilliam Hill Plc said Monday that it has completed its $649 million acquisition of the 29 percent stake in William Hill Online held by gaming software firm Playtech Ltd.

Playtech also will receive its share of profits in William Hill Online that have accrued since Jan. 1, an amount to be disclosed at a later date.

“William Hill Online has consistently delivered strong net revenue growth since it was formed in December 2008,” CEO Ralph Topping said in a statement Monday. “We are pleased to be assuming full ownership of this attractive, high growth, high performing business.”

William Hill Online posted net revenues of $621.62 million last year.

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April 2, 2013

Nevada Lawmakers Consider Novelty Bets on Presidential Elections

2-to-1 says it happens anyway, so why shouldn't Vegas be allowed to play?

Welcome-to-Nevada-pokerIn Europe, it’s known as novelty betting. Bookmakers from Paddy Power to William Hill post odds and take bets on a variety of activities, from who looks good to win the Nobel Prizes this year to whether Prince Harry’s next girlfriend will be a blonde or a brunette and who might host the Oscars in 2014.

Paddy Power’s favorite to host the Oscar’s next year is Justin Timberlake at 2-to-1 . The odds are 8-to-11 that Harry’s next girlfriend will be a blonde.

But what produces increased publicity if only modest handle for British bookmakers is betting on U.S. politics. And oddsmakers and gaming industry analysts in Las Vegas said that if successful, a Nevada state senator’s efforts to legalize betting on politics will produce more notoriety than revenue.

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March 25, 2013

New Jersey Casinos to Offer Daily Fantasy Sports Tournaments

Loophole bets allow state to circumvent PASPA while awaiting court ruling

Atlantic CityWith its plans to legalize sports gambling held up in federal court, New Jersey is allowing casinos to offer daily fantasy games as an alternative.

The states Division of Gaming Enforcement has published regulations establishing standards for casinos to offer fantasy sports tournaments starting April 22. The casinos can charge patrons an entry fee and pay out winnings through the casino cage, but the activity is not considered gambling.

Fantasy sports tournaments are contests in which participants create and manage teams, made up of individual players from real teams, which compete against other fantasy teams based on statistics that players generate during real games.

It’s too early to tell how these fantasy games will affect sports book operators in Las Vegas.

“I’ve read the regulations and need to digest them to see what the opportunities look like,” said Joe Asher, CEO of Las Vegas-based William Hill U.S., which operates 160 sports books and kiosks statewide and is the risk manager for the Delaware lotterys parlay bets on National Football League games. “But obviously its a step in the right direction.”

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February 6, 2013

Bookmakers Bank on American Sports Betting Biz

How a British company is changing the Nevada race and sportsbook landscape

William Hill nets half billion in profit despite US losses

Despite its U.S. operations posting a “modest” loss, William Hill Plc. expects net revenue for 2012 to be 12 percent higher than in 2011. The British bookmaker is expected to release its official fourth-quarter and full-year earnings on March 1.

William Hill said Tuesday its 2012 performance had been “strong” with operating profit expected to be approximately $519.6 million, helped in part by a 27 percent boost in online net revenues and a six percent rise in retail earnings.

Its U.S. bookmaking business, which operates in Delaware and Nevada, was adversely affected by weak results, especially from the National Football League.

In a statement, William Hill said its Nevada acquisitions were successfully completed on schedule in September. The company warned that its performance in the U.S. “was impacted by weak sporting results, particularly the NFL in November, and as a result delivered a modest operating loss.”

William Hill spent $49 million to acquire American Wagering Inc. and Brandywine Bookmaking LLC in Las Vegas, as well as Club Cal Neva’s sports book operations in Northern Nevada. The company operates 160 sports books and kiosks in Nevada and employs 400 people.

William Hill determines the product offering, sets the odds and point spreads and manages the risk for the Delaware Lottery through a partnership with Scientific Games. Sports betting in Delaware is limited to wagers on NFL games only using parlay cards.

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Michael Ciasco was quickly considering whom to bet on in the third race at Tampa Downs.

It was Friday morning, and Ciasco, who has bet on horse racing almost every day since he arrived in Las Vegas 36 years ago, took his seat at William Hill’s sports book at Terrible’s.

Armed with a small coffee, a pencil and the Player’s Edition of the Daily Racing Form, Ciasco was ready for his day at the office.

“I come here around 9 a.m., have breakfast, bet until about 1 p.m. and then I go home,” Ciasco said. “I do it every day. I only bet dollars on each race and I’m only a horse player.”

Ciasco said he isn’t comfortable betting more than $3 or $4 dollars per race. That adds up to $18 or $19 a day, making Ciasco a cautious if not thrifty gambler.

“Money management in this town is very important,” he said. “I don’t have a system of my own, so I’m pretty much picking horses at random.”

Sports bettors all have their own reasons for why they might put anywhere from $5 to $50,000 on a game.

“It’s exciting,” said Kandace Allman. “I watch every minute and really get into the game when I have money on it. Sometimes, I yell at the TV telling them what they should be doing.”

Allman sounds like a lot of people you meet at Las Vegas sports books.

“I win a lot,” she said. “I like to bet on NBA and NFL games, but I’ve started (betting) on hockey and college games. I’m really into betting on the Oklahoma City Thunder.”

Allman also likes to put a few dollars on the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, and Detroit Pistons. Both Allman and her friend, Connie Martin, took the 4 points and the Baltimore Ravens to defeat the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

As of Thursday, the over-under on the game is 47.5 points.

“I can’t predict the future, but I like the Ravens,” Martin said.

While it might be a marginal addition to Nevada’s total gaming revenues, gambling on sports is big business. In 2011, casino visitors wagered more than $2.8 billion on sporting events, with sports books taking home $140.7 million, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

“It’s mostly football,” said David G. Schwartz, director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “Football has declined though and basketball is gaining in popularity. That’s because the NCAA is getting a lot more attention than it did years ago.”

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January 19, 2013

The Evolution of Fantasy Sports

Cantor Gaming sees profits in "not gambling" industry

cantor fantasy logoThe number of Americans playing fantasy sports has grown by 2 million annually for the past two decades, transforming what was once the pastime of a few devoted baseball fans into a lucrative business, generating more than $3 billion annually in total revenues, according to an industry analyst.

“We’re very comfortable these days,” said Paul Charchian, president of the Minneapolis-based Fantasy Sports Trade Association, which will hold its annual convention this month at The Mirage. “We’ve been growing at a ridiculous rate. Some day we won’t be growing by 2 million annually and I’m sure there’ll be stories asking us why we’re not growing by 2 million anymore.”

Fantasy sports were born in the 1960s, but it wasn’t until the late 1980s and early 1990s that it developed into a national sensation.

“We have grown by 2 million people a year since the Internet took off in the mid-1990s,” Charchian said.

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November 8, 2012

Millions Bet Overseas on US Presidential Election

Serious fun with William Hill, bookmaker

After a customer placed a $47,000 wager in a Manchester, England, sports book on President Barack Obama to win re-election today, William Hill was forced to update its odds overseas on the U.S. presidential election.

The updated odds were released Monday as Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, spent their final day on the campaign trail before Election Day.

William Hill shorted Obama’s odds to 2-9, with Romney at 10-3 [the day before the election].

After their final debate in October, the bookmaker trimmed Obama’s odds from 4-9 to 2-5, while Romney was shifted from 7-2 to 15-8.

“With the race to the White House entering the final furlong, political punters appear to believe Obama is beginning to pull clear,” said William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe.

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October 19, 2012

William Hill sets Obama’s re-election odds at 2-5, Romney now 2-1

British bookmaker in Vegas determines US presidential spread

The line on the U.S. presidential election has shifted again.

After Tuesday’s debate between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, William Hill Plc, a British bookmaker with about 2,350 shops in the United Kingdom, adjusted the odds overseas on the election.

Obama’s improved performance from the first debate resulted in him going from a 4-9 favorite to a 2-5 favorite Wednesday. Meanwhile, Romney bumped from a 7-4 underdog to 2-1 to win the Nov. 6 election.

“The consensus of opinion seems to be that Barack Obama may not have won the second debate against Mitt Romney, but neither did he lose it, and punters have taken that as a signal to back him again after a couple of weeks during which momentum had swung towards the challenger,” William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said in a statement Wednesday.

A reminder for local gamblers – you can’t place a wager at any of William Hill’s 159 sports books or kiosks in Nevada. The bookmaker did not seek regulatory approval to post odds and take bets in the 2012 U.S. presidential election.

Contact reporter Chris Sieroty at csieroty@review journal.com or 702-477-3893. Follow @sierotyfeatures on Twitter.
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September 6, 2012

William Hill Brings Mobile Sports Betting to Nevada

Bookmaker will send someone to your house to collect first deposit

William Hill U.S. has released its rebranded and enhanced mobile betting applications that let gamblers place sports wagers via iPhones, iPads, Blackberry devices and Android smart phones and tablets anywhere in Nevada, a company executive said Thursday.

The betting apps were first designed and released by Leroy’s Horse and Sports Place Inc., whose owner, American Wagering Inc., was acquired by William Hill in 2011 for $18 million. Leroy’s was the first U.S.-based gaming company to have a free sports betting application available in the app store on iTunes.

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July 14, 2012

Ray Bitar, William Hill, and More Action in Nevada

APCW Perspectives

This week we look at two additional companies taking the next step to get licensed for internet gambling in the state of Nevada. Plus, Ray Bitar is out on bail, and William Hill wants social gaming regulated.

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July 10, 2012

Big Money in Mobile Sports Betting

Report puts it at $45 billion by 2017

Online sports books and betting exchanges have been among the leading beneficiaries from the rise in popularity of smartphones and tablet computers among consumers, a report released Monday found.

The Juniper Research report finds more than $13 billion in bets, including more than $3 billion in the United Kingdom, were placed via mobile devices worldwide in 2011, a figure expected to reach $45 billion by 2017.

The report, “Mobile Gaming: Casinos, Lotteries & Betting 2012-2017,” notes that most leading sports books last year experienced a dramatic increase in the volume of bets from European, primarily U.K. customers. Nevada is the only state in the United States with legalized mobile and tablet sports wagering.

“Companies such as Ladbrokes, William Hill and Paddy Power are all seeing 40 percent or more of online sports book customers placing bets via a mobile or tablet, with the result that those devices already account for around 20 percent of bets placed,” said Windsor Holden, the report’s author.

All three bookmakers are expanding into Nevada.

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June 9, 2012

Purple Lounge Dirty Deeds

APCW Perspectives Weekly

The Purple Lounge Casino & Poker Room is filing for liquidation, but not before canceling their Malta gaming License. In doing so, they effectively removed all player protection in what looks like an obvious manipulation of the system and a quick cash grab. Also, William Hill making interesting moves.

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June 8, 2012

Nevada Regulators Give Nod to British Bookmaker William Hill

Las Vegas Review-Journal

William Hill PLC, a British land-based and online bookmaker, was recommended on Thursday by state gaming regulators to receive its license to operate three race and sports book companies as well as mobile wagering apps in Nevada.

The recommendation by the three-member Gaming Control Board means William Hill is one-step closer to completing its acquisition of American Wagering Inc., which operates Leroy’s Horse & Sports Place.

The gaming company is also purchasing Brandywine Bookmaking LLC, parent of Lucky’s sports book, and Club Cal Neva Satellite Race and Sports Book division in Northern Nevada. William Hill spent more than $53 million in 2011 to acquire three Nevada companies.

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