Casino News – Delaware launches sports betting, Pennsylvania opens online lottery games and Las Vegas goes green

Delaware launches sports betting

Delaware has become the first state outside of Nevada to offer legal sports betting with bookmakers at three casinos in the small eastern state pulling in $320,000 in earnings the first day.

Offering punters the chance to place single-game wagers on professional sports, including the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball, tiny Delaware has taken the sports betting lead after the US Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act last month, opening up the floodgates on legalized sports betting across the United States.

Governor John Carney symbolically placed the states first ever legal sports bet at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, putting down $10 on the Philadelphia Phillies to beat the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs ended up taking the day, beating Philadelphia 4 – 3.

Delaware lottery director Vernon Kirk told reporters that the state pulled down $322,135 at the end of the day, despite there being no final games for either the NBA or Stanley Cup.

The small eastern state of Delaware reportedly earned over $320,000 from sports betting on Tuesday after its three casinos became the first in the nation outside of Las Vegas to offer punters the ability to place legal single-game wagers on a variety of professional sports including contests from the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball.

“For us, it’s really an enhancement of our tourism industry,” Governor Carney told ESPN.com. “It will attract a lot of visitors to our state, particularly at this time of year, during the summer, coming to our beautiful beaches south of here. They come here and stop at the casinos and do slot machine and table gaming. This will be another opportunity for them.”

Betting was open at Harrington Raceway and Casino as well as at the Casino at Delaware Park with a $1,000 maximum bet limit.

Pennsylvania offers online and mobile lottery games

Scientific Games Corporation has partnered with the Pennsylvania Lottery to launch a new range of mobile and online lotteries.

The Las Vegas-based gaming machines and systems manufacturer is now offering the states’ residents the chance to win $250,000 playing a range of games including Volcano Eruption, Bigfoot, Super Cash Buster, Cash Buster Towers and Big Money Slingo via Scientific Games subsidiary NYX Gaming Group Limited.

The move to offer mobile and online lottery games comes after Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed expanded gaming legislation into law late last year to make Pennsylvania only the seventh state in the nation to offer residents the chance to pick up cash prizes in online lottery games.

Global Lottery Systems Senior Vice-President Pat McHugh explained that his company’s history with the Pennsylvania Lottery has generated over $28 billion since 1972, making it “one of the highest performing lotteries in the world”.

“Scientific Games has a long history of investing in innovative games, technology and services

that maximize Lottery funds to benefit older Pennsylvanians. Our partnership with the

Pennsylvania Lottery has resulted in one of the highest performing lotteries in the world,” said

Pat McHugh, Senior Vice President, Global Lottery Systems for Scientific Games in a written statement. “Now we are thrilled to combine Scientific Games and NYX’s market-leading capabilities to offer

entertaining digital games to Pennsylvania Lottery players, and to continue our support of

Pennsylvania Lottery retailers with the iLottery affiliate program.”

In creating its affiliate program, the Lottery has partnered with 9,400 retailers to market iLottery games to Pennsylvania players.

Las Vegas continues push to go green

As part of the Las Vegas casino industry’s drive to shift to green energy, Caesars Entertainment announced this week that it plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 95% by 2050 as part of the company’s CodeGreen environmental program first launched in 2008. Since 2011, the company has been able to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 22.9%.

“Caesars Entertainment has a well-established track record of successful environmental sustainability progress, and establishing science-based targets further demonstrates our commitment to reducing our impact on the planet,” said Mark Frissora, President and CEO of Caesars Entertainment as reported by Gambling Insider. “We are proud to be part of this global effort.”

Caesars, however, is not alone, as other major Las Vegas casino brands, including Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts International, actively make the shift to green energy. MGM has been developing a solar energy farm in the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone that should meet upwards of 90% of all of the company’s daytime energy needs across all of its Las Vegas properties.

The Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone project is not MGM’s first attempt to harness solar power to meet its energy needs. The company has already built the largest solar energy array in the country, which currently sits atop its Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

“Protecting the planet is a business imperative for MGM Resorts and it is our responsibility to find innovative ways where we can use clean energy to power our resorts,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International as reported by Gambling Insider. “Incorporating renewable energy into MGM’s portfolio will fundamentally reduce MGM’s environmental footprint.”

Wynn Resorts has also gotten into the game, opening its Wynn Solar Factory this week, which aims to use renewable energy to provide up to 75% of the company’s energy needs at peak hours.

Erik Hansen, Wynn’s newly appointed Chief Sustainability Officer, told Gambling Insider “Nevada is the most dynamic state for renewable energy development, and the opening of the Wynn Solar Facility is a watershed moment for the resort industry. The investment in renewable energy and the integration of energy efficient measures must be a larger part of the way responsible companies conduct business today. Our solar facility proves that integrating large-scale energy efficient measures can be done in a way that benefits the bottom line while also enhancing the guest experience.”

Eliot Applegate

Eliot is a University of Kansas alumni, which is where he discovered his love of competitive games. The ultimate triathlon junkie, when he isn't on the track or in the pool he can be found playing poker and searching for the next major European casino tournament.