Nevada Licenses GAN but Station Casinos’ Revived Sports Betting Platform Has to Wait

  • The NGC awarded a two-year license to gaming supplier GAN on Thursday
  • GAN will power Station’s Red Rock Resorts’ Southern Nevada sportsbooks
  • Station’s betting app accepted 348 post-game wagers between 2018 and 2021
  • The GAN CEO resigned in September over a probe into sexual harassment
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Nevada has given GAN the green light to use its sports betting tech in the state, but eventual beneficiary Station Casinos faces a frustrating wait. [Image:]

Two-year license

The Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) has awarded a two-year license to GAN Ltd, the California-based provider that Station Casinos appointed in 2021 to power its retail and mobile sports betting products.

won’t review GAN’s platform until November

GameSTACK is the sports betting platform GAN will use to replace Station’s much-maligned version, which accepted hundreds of post-game wagers between 2018 and 2021. The Nevada Gaming Control Board’s (NGCB) testing lab, however, won’t review GAN’s platform until November.

According to the Nevada Independent, GAN will probably furnish Station-owned Red Rock Resorts’ Southern Nevada sportsbooks with a platform similar to Wynn Resort’s Encore Boston Harbor in Massachusetts.

While the NGCB’s test delays will have Station champing at the bit, the NGC’s license approval means GAN can pursue its earlier objective of powering all of Wynn’s Strip operations.

Getting there

The Independent cited GAN’s Senior Vice President of Compliance, Tina Robinson, who said that after receiving penultimate approval by November 3, her firm will submit its GameSTACK equipment to the NGCB’s testing lab. “We are in the final phase,” the exec said at the NGCB meeting in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Stadium Live accepted 348 post-game sports wagers

That Station might be months away from a new sports betting platform is, nevertheless, still positive news for a firm that’s been dealing with negative press for some time. In June 2022, the NGC fined Station $80,000 after its mobile betting app Stadium Live accepted 348 post-game sports wagers between 2018 and 2021.

At the time of the fine, Station’s attorney blamed his client’s betting app partner Stadium Live, stating Station would be cutting ties “as quickly as we can.”

Station Casinos and Stadium Live are not the only examples of mismatched partners at the top of the US gaming industry. A similar situation between Penn Entertainment and Barstool Sports eventually led the former to ink a deal with Disney for ESPN Bet, which is set to launch in November.

Smurfit steps down

GAN CEO Dermot Smurfit suddenly resigned last month. During the Thursday NGCB meeting, GAN’s Chief Legal Officer Sylvia Tiscareño confirmed Smurfit’s resignation was over an investigation into sexual harassment and “allegations of non-disclosure of assets.”

Smurfit led GAN as CEO for more than 21 years, having taken on the role back in September 2002. The firm has replaced the long-time CEO with Seamus McGill for the time being. McGill has served as Non-Executive Chairman of GAN since January 2014.

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