Kambi to Oversee Sports Betting in Michigan
Kambi has been chosen to operate the sportsbooks at Four Winds Casinos
Kambi Group PLC has announced it has reached an agreement with Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians to enter the Michigan sports betting market. According to the terms of the deal, Kambi, who is based in Malta and offers sports betting technology services, will provide sports betting in the Wolverine State. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians operates three Four Winds casinos in Michigan, located in New Buffalo, Dowagiac, and Hartford.
All of the casinos are in the southwest corner of Michigan, with the New Buffalo resort featuring as the flagship property. The tribe has been on the hunt for a partner and has looked at numerous sports betting operators. They have chosen Kambi after what has been described as a competitive bidding process.
The terms of the deal have not been revealed; however, Kambi will now gain a foothold in a growing sports betting market in Michigan. The New Buffalo property has a 125,000 square foot gaming floor, and Kambi will be responsible for building and operating a sportsbook at all three locations.
Self-service kiosks will be installed at each of the three locations, and they will also feature their “Bring Your Own Device” bet-builder technology. This allows bettors to create their bet at home, then scan a unique QR code once they are in the sportsbook to place their bet. The agreement also provides scope for mobile sports betting, but that will only go live once the retail sportsbooks are open. No set timeline has been given on when the sportsbooks will be up and running, but it won’t be too far away.
Another Tribal Deal for Kambi
Kambi has a history of these types of agreements. They have been attempting to secure partnerships with tribal nations throughout the United States. This deal with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is the third such agreement the company has achieved in the last 18 months. Last year the company announced deals with the Mohegan Sun and the Seneca Gaming Corp.
With more states looking to launch sports betting, Kambi has seen more opportunities present themselves. In particular, the Midwest Region of the United States has snowballed over the last year, and Kambi is looking to take advantage.
Kambi Turns Attention to Indiana
With Kambi now securing a presence in the Michigan sports betting market, Indiana appears to be next on the list. The deal with Pokagon Gaming should make access into Indiana more straightforward, as there is a Four Winds casino in the Hoosier State.
The Four Winds Casino in Indiana is located on tribal land near South Bend, but it cannot offer sports betting. This is because Four Winds does not have a tribal compact with the state of Indiana, so they cannot offer Class III gaming.
Negotiations have taken place with Four Winds and state leaders to get a gaming compact signed. Any movement on a compact would be delayed until 2021, as the compact would need to go through an approval process with state legislators. If the compact gets signed, Kambi will look to build a sportsbook in Indiana quickly.
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