Dakota Magic Casino and Hotel

  • International Gaming Technology has expanded its sports betting operation in North Dakota.
  • The IGT PlaySports sportsbook will be launching in the Dakota Magic Casino and Hotel in Hankinson.
  • The casino will host the IGT PlaySports platform, self-service betting kiosks, and trading advisory services.

HANKINSON, N.D. – Sports betting fans in North Dakota will be seeing a new sports betting experience with International Gaming Technology (IGT) partnering with the Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise.

Through this partnership, IGT’s PlaySports sportsbook will be launching at the Dakota Magic Casino and Hotel in Hankinson.

Dakota Magic Casino is one of the largest tribal operations in ND, run by the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe. Sports betting in North Dakota is moving to launch officially in 2021 and IGT is aiming to get an early foothold.

IGT Meets North Dakota

While a release date has yet to be set for the Dakota sports betting launch, the state is aiming for December. PlaySports at the Dakota Magic Casino and Hotel in Hankinson would be among the first to operate in the Flickertail State.

“IGT’s proven PlaySports sports betting solution gives us the opportunity to bring a compelling new element of gaming to our patrons and expands our gaming offerings to attract additional players and sports fans,” said Wanda Varns, General Manager, Dakota Magic Casino, and Hotel.

Sports betting in North Dakota will be run exclusively by the local tribes, with legislation for commercial sportsbooks still being debated.

In order for a sports betting company to operate in North Dakota, they would need to partner with the local Tribes to gain market access.

This is exactly the move IGT made with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe which will allow the sportsbook to launch in the newly formed legal sports betting market in North Dakota.

“Dakota Magic Casino and Hotel is one of the largest tribal casinos in North Dakota and represents another opportunity for IGT to expand our sports betting footprint within the state,” said Enrico Drago, IGT PlayDigital Senior Vice President. “We look forward to bringing our world-class service to Dakota Magic Casino and Hotel and its patrons, and we’re happy to deploy our leading PlaySports platform, services, and vast knowledge to help establish and grow its sports betting program.”

Sports betting fans in North Dakota will have a plethora of gaming options once the launch officially happens. Expect to see more deals like this in the coming months.

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