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IGT to power SaharaBets under deal with owner of Arizona Coyotes, SAHARA and Grand Sierra

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Arizona Coyotes are teaming up with IGT PlaySports technology to power SaharaBets sports betting in Arizona.

International Game Technology (IGT) announced today that the company recently signed a strategic sports betting agreement with Meruelo Gaming LLC, an affiliate of the SAHARA Las Vegas and Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, and the Arizona Coyotes, a National Hockey League team. All four assets are owned by Alex Meruelo. 

Under the terms of the agreement, Meruelo Gaming will leverage IGT's trading advisory services and PlaySports technology to power the SaharaBets statewide mobile sports betting app for Arizona.

Alex Meruelo, Meruelo Group President & CEO: "The scalable PlaySports technology, turnkey services, capabilities, and vast sports betting experience make IGT SaharaBets' ideal sports betting growth partner in Arizona. Giving Arizona Coyotes fans the option to place pre and in-game wagers online will increase fan engagement and boost the already contagious excitement of every play on the ice."

Joe AsherIGT President of Sports Betting: "Given Alex Meruelo's success in turning the Grand Sierra Resort into the vibrant, successful casino that it is today, and all the positive changes that he initiated with the SAHARA on the Las Vegas Strip, I am excited to see what he will do in Arizona as the owner of a professional sports team with its own sportsbook. I'm thrilled that Alex decided to partner with IGT for the hardware, software, and trading services to make it happen."

As reported by Yogonet last week, NHL’s Arizona Coyotes are entering the sports betting landscape by launching online and digital sports betting platform SaharaBets, which will became available for download on Wednesday, January 12.