IGT agreement with North Dakota tribe could bring sports betting to the state



Add North Dakota to potential sports betting states. International Game Technology announced a deal Friday with the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians to provide the company’s sports betting technology for the tribe to use in its two casinos – Grand Treasure Casino in Trenton and Sky Dancer Casino and Resort in Belcourt.

Add North Dakota to potential sports betting states.

International Game Technology announced a deal Friday with the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians to provide the company’s sports betting technology for the tribe to use in its two casinos – Grand Treasure Casino in Trenton and Sky Dancer Casino and Resort in Belcourt.

Financial details were not disclosed, nor was a potential starting date.

“The tribes haven’t announced a launch date yet,” IGT spokesman Phil O’Shaughnessy said in an email Friday. “We’ll keep you posted as we evolve.”

The deal involves IGT’s sports betting platform, self-service kiosks, and trading services.

“The addition of sports betting will expand our casino entertainment and offer our loyal patrons and sports fans alike new ways to play,” Jamie Azure, Chairman of Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians said in a statement.

“IGT is the market leader in sports betting technology, and I am confident that with their proven experience and service, we will be able to implement and operate exciting and successful programs,” Azure said.

North Dakota has not enacted any sports betting laws, according to Legal Sports Report. State lawmakers did not submit any bills concerning the activity this year after an effort failed in 2019.

North Dakota does not have any commercial casinos, but it operates a state lottery and there are half-dozen tribal casinos.

Sports betting is currently available at casinos, racetracks, and online in 18 states and Washington D.C. Tennessee now expects to launch its online sports betting product before Nov. 1 and three other states – Washington, North Carolina, and Virginia – have legalized sports betting but are still considering the regulations.

Three more states – Maryland, Louisiana, and South Dakota – have sports betting referendums on their Nov. 3 ballots.

New Mexico was the first Indian gaming state where tribes launched sports betting operations without prior approval from state lawmakers. Three Las Vegas-based companies – William Hill US, USBookmaking, and Gaughan Gaming – operate sports betting for several tribal casinos.

IGT Senior Vice President Enrico Drago said in a statement that entering North Dakota “would be a significant milestone” and would mark the 15th state where the company provides sports betting technology.

Howard Stutz is the executive editor of CDC Gaming Reports. He can be reached at hstutz@cdcgaming.com. Follow @howardstutz on Twitter.

This article is a reprint from CDCGamingReports.com. To view the original story and comment, click here.


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