Resorts Chooses White Hat to Make Its iGaming Portfolio Look Better

Resorts Chooses White Hat to Make Its iGaming Portfolio Look Better
By Lou Monaco
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

White Hat Studios, the content division of iGaming platform provider White Hat Gaming, expanded into New Jersey betting Tuesday morning after announcing an agreement with Resorts Digital Gaming (RDG).  

The deal will have Resorts offering its mobile casino customers in the Garden State a wide array of slots, jackpot games, Megaways titles and more from White Hat Studios’ portfolio.  

“Resorts Digital Gaming clearly understand the importance of offering customers premium gaming titles that maximize engagement and we are delighted to be able to provide the content their players are seeking,” Daniel Lechner, vice president of sales and marketing at White Hat Studios, said in a news release. “Our games are tried and tested in mature markets, and we are excited to see them perform for Resorts Digital Gaming’s customers in the Garden State.”

The White Hat Studios division was created following the asset purchase of Blueprint Gaming’s catalogue of games in 2021.

The agreement with Resorts is just the latest in a series of major content deals across the United States.

"Our success to date has been as a result of curating a catalogue of first-class content and we are thrilled to have bolstered this library, significantly with the addition of titles such as Deal or No Deal, Worms and Ted," Resorts Digital Gaming CEO Ed Andrewes said. "White Hat Studios are an exciting new addition to the U.S. market who offer titles that have proven themselves to be effective in other markets. We look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership."

Recent Change to Resorts Sports Betting

On Feb. 14, RDG announced it no longer will be offering New Jersey sports betting on its www.resortscasino.com website.

Resorts Digital had been in advanced discussions with a major global sports betting company that will allow it to operate under the RDG online sports betting license in the Garden State, but no decision has been made to date as it needs approval by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE).

The brand will join FOXBet and DraftKings as skins under the RDG online sports betting license.

DraftKings operates Resorts’ brick-and-mortar retail sportsbook at its hotel in Atlantic City. The 5,000-square feet sportsbook features a 15-foot video wall, five live teller windows and 18 self-service betting kiosks. RDG is the digital arm of Resorts Casino Hotel, which was the first American casino to open outside of Nevada. 

Will Jersey Get Back Above $1M in March?

New Jersey will be posting its March numbers for sports betting handle in about 10 days.

The February numbers, posted March 16, showed handle had dipped below the magic $1 billion mark for the first time in five months.

The Garden State missed by a slim amount. For February, the state’s total handle was $985.57 million, down 26.9% from its state and at the time national record $1.349 billion in January and up 32.7% from $742.95 million from February 2021.

Mobile sports betting handle also was down to $899.63 million, a decrease of 25.6% from January’s record of $1.21 billion, but up 30.5% from February 2021 ($689.25 million).

Can March Madness get New Jersey back over $1 billion? We’ll know soon.

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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