Iowa, Indiana have record sports handle

Iowa, Indiana have record sports handle

Both Iowa and Indiana saw records for sports betting for the second consecutive month.

With the NFL and college football driving the increase, Indiana generated $230.9 million while Iowa’s handle for October was $81.9 million.

It was the second consecutive month the Hoosier State cleared the $200 million mark, having posted a handle of $207.4 million in September thanks to the confluence of pro football along with baseball, hockey and basketball playoffs.

The hold for Iowa’s sportsbooks was $9.1 million. In Indiana, the books generated $21.1 million in revenue.

TRWH-Bally’s change complete

Bally’s Corp. officially began trading Monday on the New York Stock Exchange, completing the name change for the regional casino operator from Twin River Worldwide Holdings.

The rebranding, which coincides with the Rhode Island-based company’s rapid expansion across the U.S., was done in part to link the operation with a historic gaming industry name.

Twin River announced plans for the name change last month after spending $20 million for control of the Bally name, brand, and intellectual property.

UNLV online law courses offered

The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law announced that it will develop an online training program for operators, regulators, lawyers and others who work in and around the worldwide gaming industry.

The mostly asynchronous classes, which will launch during the first and second quarters of 2021, will be created and taught by instructors with decades of professional gaming and teaching experience.

The online courses, funded by a gift from the GVC Foundation U.S., will ultimately consist of eight classes designed to prepare professionals to meet the sophisticated regulatory and operating challenges facing the gaming industry. Students are not required to hold a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or first degree of law required to practice law in international markets in order to enroll.

Talking Stick unveils high-limit room

Talking Stick Resort has opened a new high-limit slot and gaming room. The new space is part of a series of renovations slated to open in the coming months and takes the place of what was a cigar lounge.

The new 6,250-square-foot high-limit lounge features intricate chandeliers, mirrored columns and carpeting that reflects the colors of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community logo. Another nod to the tribal community is a full mural of majestic Red Mountain, a symbol of home to the Pima and Maricopa people. The room hosts 89 slot machines and 14 table games.

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