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Casino City’s Friday Five: Jackpot and milestone edition

12 October 2018

Along with the 2018 Global Gaming Expo happening this week in Las Vegas, there was a lot of other news that surfaced. Videoslots reached a milestone, two casinos made big announcements, and a jackpot winner and another sportsbook made it in this week’s Friday Five. Let’s begin with the sportsbook. 5. Pointsbet launches new sportsbook with Allen Iverson The Australian online bookmaker PointsBet will be soon hitting the U.S. market with 24/7 wagering on a variety of events, including the four major American sports (baseball, basketball, football and hockey). To introduce themselves into the market, the brand has signed NBA legend and Hall of Famer Allen Iverson to help them usher in a new way for American sports fans to enjoy wagering. He also helped introduce a free-to-enter $1 million NBA Sweepstakes competition that began Monday, 8 October and truly tests fans’ knowledge of the game that Iverson once dominated. Simply pick the top eight seeds in each conference in the correct order, and the prize money is yours. The sweepstakes will run through 16 October and is open to Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents. 4. USBookmaking teams up with Santa Ana Star Casino USBookmaking has announced an agreement to provide its sports betting risk services to Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel in New Mexico. The sportsbooks is planned to launch on 16 October. Santa Ana Star serves the Albuquerque market and is one of the top three New Mexico casinos in terms of annual revenue. Vic Salerno, President of USBookmaking, and his team of executives have operated more than 125 sportsbooks in Nevada over the past 40 years. 3. SLS Las Vegas begins $100 million upgrades SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is set to begin more than $100 million in resort renovations that will enhance the casino floor, upgrade hotel rooms and renovate existing pool and entertainment venues. Planning for the re-imagined guest experience began in April of this year. Room upgrades are already underway, and enhancements to the casino floor began Monday, 8 October. Updates to the 60,000-square-foot casino floor will include a new layout for the slot, table games pit and high-limit areas, as well as new ceilings, carpeting and lighting to create a modern, inviting atmosphere in the center of the action. Resort renovations will include a redesigned Story Tower, remodels to the World and Grand Tower corridors, and select suite upgrades. Additional enhancements across the property will be announced in the coming months. 2. $1.9 million jackpot at Mohegan Sun On the morning of Wednesday, 3 October, Cindy Montalbano’s life changed forever. Playing the Wizard of Oz penny slot machine in Casino of the Sky at Mohegan Sun, Montalbano hit a progressive jackpot, cashing in for $1,984,388.38. $1.9 million is one of the largest amounts won on a progressive jackpot at Mohegan Sun, and it comes after Kenneth Frey of Bethel, Connecticut, nearly hit the million mark himself, taking home $875,898.88 on a Super 4 Blackjack Progressive table game in Casino of the Earth on Wednesday, 12 September. 1. Videoslots reaches 3,000 games The online casino Videoslots has surpassed the 3,000 games mark and is giving out 3,000 extra spins each day during a four-day celebration. The celebration began yesterday and is running until Sunday, 14 October. Players can win a share of the 3,000 extra spins and the chance to win a Fitbit Smartwatch and Activity Tracker.
Casino City’s Friday Five: Jackpot and milestone edition is republished from GamingMeets.com.
Dan Ippolito

As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at daniel@casinocity.com, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.
Dan Ippolito
As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at daniel@casinocity.com, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.