Resorts named Operator of the Year at EGR North America awards

New Jersey operator takes the plaudits after successful PokerStars launch


The digital arm of New Jersey’ Resorts Casino has scooped the Operator of the Year award at the second annual EGR North America Awards in San Francisco.

The operator is already the market leader for poker in New Jersey just weeks after launching with PokerStars on March 21.

The firm also received praise for opening up the state’s first “egaming lounge”, a dedicated space inside the casino where customers can gamble online.

Tropicana Entertainment walked away with the Casino Operator award while WSOP picked up the award for best Poker Operator.

More than 120 guests attended the glittering awards ceremony at the W San Francisco Hotel, hosted by Saturday Night Live comedian Owen Benjamin.

William Hill US, GAN, Playtika and WSOP were among the stars of the evening, scooping two awards each.

Dermot Smurfit, CEO of GAN, said:“Winning two major US Industry awards is a dream come true and a superb recognition of the titanic efforts invested by so many over so few years in building GAN into a market leader in the United States, starting in New Jersey with in 2013 and by year’s end 2015 delivering Simulated Gaming for six major US casino operators with several more to launch in 2016.

FanDuel picked up the Fantasy Sports Operator award, while Betfair TVG Online was chosen in the Online Horse Race Wagering Operator category after it opened its racing exchange in New Jersey.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Operator categories Winner Highly Commended
Acquisition strategy Product Madness
Best new game CHICAGO (High 5 Games) 90 Ball Bingo (Gamesys)
Best product innovation iPro
Casino operator Tropicana Entertainment
Fantasy sports operator FanDuel DraftDay Gaming Group
Marketing campaign William Hill US
Mobile gaming product William Hill US Golden Nugget
Online horse race wagering operator Betfair TVG
Operator of the year Resorts Digital Gaming Golden Nugget
Poker operator World Series of Poker
Social bingo operator Playtika
Social operator Playtika PLAYSTUDIOS
Social poker operator World Series of Poker
Social slots operator PLAYSTUDIOS Product Madness
Supplier and Services categories
Acquisition and retention partner Income Access Group
Casino platform supplier GAN Gamesys
Freeplay gaming supplier GAN
Payments company PayNearMe
Poker software supplier Dragonfish



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