A collective of the United States gaming industry’s heaviest hitters were among the winners at Thursday’s American Gambling Awards in New York City, presented by the Gambling.com Group.
FanDuel beat out Caesars and DraftKings to be named Online Sportsbook of the Year, while BetMGM received Online Casino of the Year honors — the evening’s two biggest awards.
“BetMGM continues to solidify its position as the iGaming industry leader in North America through its top-of-the-line casino product, and is very deserving of receiving the Online Casino of the Year award,” Charles Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer of Gambling.com Group, said. “With its diverse game portfolio, first class partnerships and omnichannel focus, BetMGM offerings set them apart from their competitors.”
The winners received “The Golden Eagle,” which is an 11-inch, gold-plated statuette of an American Bald Eagle, signifying their impact on the U.S. gaming industry.
This year’s 12 winners were selected by a judging panel with collective U.S.-specific experience, such as DraftKings CEO Jason Robins, GeoComply Co-Founder & CEO Anna Sainsbury, iGaming Capital Director Melissa Blau, Ifrah PLLC Founder Jeff Ifrah, and Bettor Capital Founder & CEO David VanEgmond, among others.
“FanDuel is one of the most recognized and trusted online sportsbook brands in the U.S. due to its customer-first initiatives and product innovation, and is very deserving of receiving the Online Sportsbook of the Year award.”Charles Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer of Gambling.com Group
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2022 American Gambling Awards Winners
- Online Sportsbook of the Year: FanDuel Group (Finalists: Caesars, DraftKings)
- Online Casino of the Year: BetMGM (Finalists: Resorts Digital Gaming, Rush Street Interactive, WynnBet)
- Fantasy Sports Site of the Year: Underdog Fantasy (Finalists: PrizePicks, Thrive Fantasy)
- Gaming Product of the Year: Lightning Roulette U.S. from Evolution (Finalist: Side Bet Games from White Hat Gaming)
- Betting Product of the Year: Simplebet (Finalists: Travelling Wallet from White Hat Gaming, iFrame from Oddin.gg)
- Platform Provider of the Year: Kambi (Finalists: GAN, White Hat Gaming, OpenBet)
- Data Service Provider of the Year: Sportradar (Finalists: MetaBet, Genius Sports)
- Payment Service Provider of the Year: Sightline Payments (Finalists: PayNearMe, Paysafe, Trustly)
- Responsible Gaming Award: “Have a Game Plan” campaign from American Gaming Association (Finalists: “Responsible Play – The CT Way” from the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, Systems-Based Training Collaboration between DraftKings and Cambridge Health Alliance, Entain Foundation U.S. for Support of Multiple Responsible Gambling Initiatives)
- Dealmaker of the Year: Deutsche Bank for Caesars Acquisition of William Hill and Asset Sale to 888 (Finalists: Bally’s merger with Gamesys, White Hat Studios asset purchase from Blueprint Group)
- Policymaker of the Year: Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Jr. (NY) (Finalists: Sen. Eric Lesser (MA), Sen. Jeff Longbine (KS), Sen. Jim Perry and Rep. Jason Saine (NC))
- Regulator of the Year: Louis Rogacki, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (Finalists: Todd Allen, Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, Ronnie Johns, Louisiana Gaming Control Board)
An Honor Years in the Making
The 12 Golden Eagle recipients Thursday came from varying backgrounds, specialties, and nationalities, but shared a collective sense of satisfaction in receiving the praise of their colleagues.
Matt Prevost, who serves as the chief revenue officer at BetMGM, called winning the Online Casino of the Year award the end result of teamwide work ethic, expressing gratitude and satisfaction in receiving such an honor from the AGA’s judges.
“This award is reflective of the hard work of many who are dedicated to setting a high standard in iGaming,” Prevost said in a company press release. “As the top iGaming operator in North America, we remain focused on continuing to provide our customers with innovative gaming experiences, working with premiere exclusive partners and providing a world-class omnichannel experience.”
Sportradar Chief Commercial Officer Eduard Blonk called winning a Golden Eagle a great honor, while making sure to thank the iGaming industry insiders who made up the judging committee.
“This award is a recognition of the excellent service we offer to our customers and provides further testimony to the industry-leading work we have done this past year,” Blonk said in a company press release.
For lawmakers, such as Addabbo, winning a Golden Eagle serves as proof that doing the work necessary to get mobile sports betting in place is worth it in the long run.
“It is an honor to be named Policymaker of the Year by the American Gambling Awards,” Addabbo said. “Bringing quality, regulated and safe gaming options to the residents of New York has been a major legislative goal of mine, and to see it expand so successfully is incredible. It is through the hard work of my office team and my legislative partners that we were able to bring legal mobile sports betting to the state, and the benefits are already beginning to be witnessed.”