At Least One Type Of Esports Betting Could Be Happening In Atlantic City Casinos Today

Last week, reports surfaced that Glenn Straub’s Revel casino resuscitation project could offer an esports lounge, one of the first of its kind at a New Jersey casino.

Just as Seth Schorr’s Downtown Grand Las Vegas has formally applied to the Nevada Gaming Control Board to offer wagering at its esports lounge, a natural extension of any esports activity at the Revel would be allowing for some form of esports wagering.

That could take the form of esports tournaments, head-to-head player wagering, esports slot machines, audience-based sportsbook-style wagering, as well as other forms.

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Esports amenities attract customers to Downtown Grand

On a recent Friday night, Isaac Perez walked out of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino $250 richer.

But it wasn’t because he wagered his money at a slot machine or tried his hand at blackjack.

He won a “Street Fighter V” video game tournament.

“We are at the convergence of eSports and gaming,” said Carson Knuth, co-founder of LEET, a startup that has been operating esports tournaments at Downtown Grand since January. “Our whole vision is that the 21st or 22nd casino floor would be video games and gambling.”

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Esports and Casino Industries Converge This Fall in Las Vegas

The esports phenomenon has drawn in mainstream media like ESPN, major arenas like Madison Square Garden, and investors ranging from Shaquille O’Neal to Mark Cuban. As esports continues its torrid growth, the commercial gambling industry is asking how to effectively embrace and engage esports companies and fans.

Answering that question is the central aim of “Esports & Casino Resorts,” (, a two-day event produced by Narus Advisors that will connect stakeholders from the commercial gambling and esports industries.

“Esports & Casino Resorts” takes place on October 25-26, 2016 at the SLS Casino and Resort in Las Vegas.

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This Will (Probably) Be The First Esports Bet Taken

This year’s EVO 2016 tournament is set to be the biggest in the event’s history.
Entries for the Street Fighter V tournament had exceeded 4,000 by early April, which is one reason why Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino wants EVO 2016 to be the first esports event on which players can legally wager on the outcome in a Las Vegas casino.

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