After reaching a new agreement with the Saracen Casino Annex of the Quapaw Nation, International Game Technology has extended its games gambling footprint in the US.
Last week, the entity held a surprise opening and sits next to the $350 m Saracen Casino Resort development tribe, which is scheduled to hold 2,300 games machines plus 50 table games when it launches during the middle of next year.
IGT expands its wagering games footprint to the state of Arkansas through the installation of PlaySports in the Annex, situated in Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Arkansas, which started after a 100-day construction.
When processing retail sports bets through the PlaySports platform and the venue kiosks, IGT is also contracted to provide sports betting technology when the venue opens in the larger casino resort.
Together with Indiana, Iowa, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia, Rhode Island and Nevada, IGT lately welcomed the ongoing development of its sports gambling footprint across the US.
“The market-readiness of the IGT PlaySports solution and the experience of our team enabled IGT to make sports betting a reality at the Saracen Casino Annex on an accelerated timeline,” stressed Enrico Drago, IGT PlayDigital senior vice president.
“Adding Arkansas to the growing list of states with IGT PlaySports deployment was another important milestone that validates IGT’s leadership as a B2B platform provider. We look forward to expanding our relationship with the Quapaw Nation when the Saracen Casino Resort opens next year.”
Speaking at the opening of the Saracen Casino Annex with 300 slot machines and an adjoining restaurant, spokesman for the resort Carlton Saffa said: “This is our surprise for the community. This is our 100-day casino. We started on it 100 days ago and here we are, open for business.
“We made a decision to give a sneak peak to the city. We had intended for it to be a soft opening to folks we traded with, that we’d done business with. But then we decided, you know what, folks are so excited so let’s let them all in.”