The American Gambling Awards will be the first ever awards show solely focused on honoring excellence in the regulated US online gambling market. The inaugural award winners will be announced the night of Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at New Jersey's historic Monmouth Park Racetrack.
Categories include American Operator of the Year, Sports Betting Operator of the Year, Casino Operator of the Year, Poker Operator of the Year and Daily Fantasy Sports Operator Of The Year.
The panel of judges pulls from all aspects on the industry including former legislators who pushed for regulation, gaming executives and those in media who cover the US gambling market.
There are award shows celebrating North American gambling as well as award shows covering the industry globally -- both of which accept American online gambling operators as nominees -- but never has an award show been solely dedicated to the online US gambling market.
The repeal of PASPA by the US Supreme Court in May of 2018 opened the door for the expansion of online sports betting across America which pushed this portion of the industry to the forefront. But the American Gambling Awards also recognize excellence in online casino gaming, online poker and daily fantasy sports.
It's not a surprise the event will take place in New Jersey considering it's one of the few states with legal and regulated online bookmakers, online casinos, online poker sites and daily fantasy sites. New Jersey was also the catalyst for the repeal of PASPA and the first state outside Nevada to go live with online betting sites.
It's also no surprise a US-focused award show has been announced considering projections for the US gambling market predict it could be the world's largest regulated market in just a few years' time.
The American Gambling Awards will be hosted by Matthew Berry, author of the New York Times best-selling "Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It" and host of "The Fantasy Show" on ESPN+.
Excited to announce I’m joining the American @GamblingAwards honoring companies & influencers building the regulated market for online gaming, sports betting, DFS & more. I’m hosting the awards with @Gambling on 6/18 and will help crown the winners. https://t.co/KoUXui7JFR— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) March 26, 2019
Berry cut his teeth on fantasy sports analysis but the close relationship between fantasy sports (daily fantasy in particular) and sports betting has seen many experts in fantasy wading into sports betting coverage.
The panel of judges currently sits at twenty-six.
The most notable panelists include former New Jersey state senator Raymond J. Lesnick, a key cog in the fight to legalize betting, Melissa Blau, the Director of iGaming Capital, and Chris Harrison, an Industry Head at Google (Financial Trading and eGaming).
The following online operators also have executives sitting as judges including William Hill, FanDuel, Hard Rock, Pala and PointsBet.
According to the American Gambling Awards website, here's the full list of judges confirmed as of April 17th, 2019:
There are 10 awards for "Commercial Categories" and four awards for "Public Service Categories" in 2019.
The commercial awards honor commercial enterprises, companies and executives. The public service awards honor policymakers, regulators, lawyers and organizations.
Nominations are still open for all 14 categories listed above and can be submitted here. The final day for submitting nominations is April 21, 2019. Finalists will then be announced May 3 with winners announced at the awards show on June 18.