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In the U.S., the movie industry has the Academy Awards, for television they give out Emmys and in music they present Grammys to the best performers, so it makes sense that the U.S. gambling industry has the American Gambling Awards and all nominees were just announced.
The American Gambling Awards are the idea of the Gambling.com Group Limited, a “leading provider of player acquisition services for the regulated global online gambling industry,” and they provide a panel of expert judges to award the best of the best in the legal gaming field.
The top movie stars earn Oscars, and similarly, the best in the gambling industry earn the Golden Eagle trophy, an 11-inch, gold-plated, cast-pewter statuette of an American Bald Eagle, proudly resting in front of a pile of casino chips.
These are a dozen categories competing for a Golden Eagle:
Online Sportsbook of the Year
Fantasy Sports Site of the Year
Gaming Product of the Year
Betting Product of the Year
Platform Provider of the Year
Data Service Provider of the Year
Payment Service Provider of the Year
Responsible Gaming Award
Dealmaker of the Year
Policymaker of the Year
Regulator of the Year
Each category has four nominees, too many to list, but we will go over the two that relate directly to the sports betting world: Online Sportsbook of the Year and the Responsible Gaming Award.
The Online Sportsbook Award goes to the best mobile operator that takes bets on sporting events and pays out winnings, with these four as the nominees:
Caesars – owned by Caesars Entertainment, an American hotel, and casino entertainment company.
DraftKings – an American daily fantasy sports contest and sports betting company.
FanDuel Group – an American gambling company that offers sportsbook, daily fantasy sports, horse racing, and online casino.
Fubo Gaming - an American mobile sports betting operator.
The Responsible Gaming Award is another American Gambling Award category that relates directly to sports betting and goes to the industry leader that is “responsibly developing the regulated online American casino and sports betting market” with these four as 2022 nominees:
AGA – the American Gaming Association (AGA), a U.S. gambling industry association for their ‘Have a Game Plan’ program for mitigating problem gambling.
CCPG – the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, advocates for problem gambling funding and operators of a live helpline.
DraftKings – an American sports betting company that has pioneered a systems-based approach to addiction training.
Entain Foundation U.S. – a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible gambling by sponsoring former NBA player Charles Oakley’s initiative to offer gaming education.
According to the press release, Gambling.com will announce the twelve Golden Eagle Award winners in December, no doubt with a proper ceremony for industry insiders donning designer gambling gowns and tuxedoes on a red carpet where attendees can pose for the Paparazzi.
When the Golden Eagle winners are announced next month we will bring you their names so do keep checking back for all the latest updates on this story.
Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]More info on Mike Lukas
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