Borgata took home the top prize of Operator of the Year at the 2015 EGR North America awards ceremony held on April 20 in San Francisco, California.
Last night’s festivities marked the inaugural year of the awards presentation, as real-money online gaming operators, business-to-business suppliers, and social casinos from North America were feted by eGaming Review. Over 120 guests were in attendance for the event held at the Bentley Reserve Banking Hall in the City by the Bay, eGR reported.
The eGR Awards, emceed by comedian Jimmy O. Yang, were perhaps not as popular as the 2015 American Country Music Awards held the night before in Texas where Miranda Lambert again took home the most trophies. But that was the 50th running of the ACMs, while eGR North America is working on year no. 1 in the U.S. regulated igaming industry.
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in New Jersey also snagged the Best Mobile Gaming Product award. With the future of online gaming expected to be focused on mobile wagering, that award may hold even more significance than Operator of the Year as time marches on.
Also staking a claim in the gaming market now and in the future is Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). As a result, an award for Fantasy Sports Operator was presented and it went to DraftKings. The DFS company took home one more trophy, as DraftKings was also recognized for its outstanding marketing efforts.
Let’s Talk Poker
With regard to awards specific to poker, the pairing of 888poker and WSOP.com in New Jersey as the All American Poker Network (AAPN)took the crown of Poker Operator of the Year. AAPN has led the Garden State in cash game traffic since the sites partnered up and began sharing liquidity in select games.
The title of Poker Software Supplier went to bwin.party, who happens to be a key reason why Borgata won Operator of the Year. Bwin.party provides Borgata with the software platform needed to operate.
A Night of Winners
A complete list of winners was published by EGR. Here are a few more of the most prominent poker categories:
Fantasy Sports Operator
888poker / AAPN
Poker software supplier
Let’s Hope the Competition Will Increase Next Year
Let’s hope in future years that award nominees in major categories will come from a bunch of regulated states, not only from New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware.