IGT expands sports betting to New Mexico, extends operations in Rhode Island

IGT expands sports betting to New Mexico, extends operations in Rhode Island

Article brief provided by The Nevada Independent
  • Howard Stutz, The Nevada Independent
April 13, 2023 8:54 AM
  • Howard Stutz, The Nevada Independent
  • New Mexico
  • Rhode Island

Gaming equipment provider International Game Technology (IGT) landed its first sports betting technology contract in New Mexico at the Santa Ana Star Casino.

IGT said last week it installed its sports wagering platform and betting kiosks and is now providing odds-making services to the Pueblo of Santa Ana tribe, which previously used another sports betting company’s technology.

The tribe was the first entity to launch sports betting in New Mexico in 2018, five months after a Supreme Court ruling opened the U.S. to legal and regulated sports betting.

“Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel knew that adding sports betting would enhance the gaming experiences available to its patrons when it opened its sportsbook several years ago,” IGT President of Sports Betting Joe Asher said in a statement.

The Santa Ana Star, which has 204 hotel rooms and 1,600 slot machines, is roughly 26 miles north of Albuquerque, the state’s largest metropolitan area.

IGT, which has offices in Las Vegas and a manufacturing center in Reno, provides sports betting technology to more than 80 casinos in the U.S. and Canada.

On Monday, IGT signed a three-year contract extension with the Rhode Island Lottery to continue providing sports betting technology to Bally’s Twin River Lincoln Casino Resort and Bally’s Tiverton Casino & Hotel. The technology also powers the Sportsbook Rhode Island mobile app.

Rhode Island was one of the first U.S. lotteries to launch sports betting. Lottery Director Mark Furcolo said IGT has “invested significant resources” to upgrade the platform. He said the upgrades allow Rhode Island to “remain competitive” in a regional sports betting market where neighboring Massachusetts recently launched the activity.