2019 American Gambling Awards Winners Revealed

American Gambling Awards WinnersMarch saw the launch of the 2019 American Gambling Awards. This is the first and official event set out to recognize the achievements in the newly regulated US online gambling market. On June 18th, 2019 the winners were announced at an awards ceremony in Monmouth Park, New Jersey.

Achieving symbiosis between American “born and bred” products and a global understanding of the industry, this event has identified the leaders in over a dozen categories and awarded them accordingly.

News Highlights

  • This is the first edition of the American Gambling Awards.
  • Winners have been chosen by an expert judge panel while ensuring objectivity and transparency.
  • A Golden Eagle statue is the award for each of the winners in their respective category.

American Gambling Awards Winners

The winners of this prestigious event in the US online gambling industry have been organized into 14 different categories. There are 10 categories that refer to commercial enterprises, while the final four are awarded to individuals for their public service.

An announcement regarding the winners was made on June 18, 2019, at Monmouth Park Racetrack in New Jersey. The host of the event, renowned ESPN+ host and fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry, announced each leader in their category. The winners were chosen after a panel of nearly 30 judges carefully previewed and decided upon their votes.

Here are the official winners by category at the 2019 American Gambling Awards:

Category Winner
American Operator of the Year Rush Street Interactive
Sports Betting Operator of the Year FanDuel
Casino Operator of the Year Rush Street Interactive
Poker Operator of the Year WSOP
Fantasy Sports Operator of the Year DraftKings
Horse Racing Operator of the Year TVG
Payments Provider of the Year DraftKings
Service Provider of the Year Evolution Gaming
Corporate Transaction of the Year Paddy Power Betfair’s acquisition of FanDuel
Responsible Gambling Award National Council on Problem Gambling
Corporate Transaction of the Year Paddy Power Betfair’s acquisition of FanDuel
Industry Supporter of the Year Raymond Lesniak, former New Jersey State Senator
Lawyer of the Year Ted Olson
Policymaker of the Year J. Gary Pretlow, New York Assemblyman
Regulator of the Year David Rebuck, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement

The American Gambling Awards

As organizers, the Gambling.com Group Plc’s Chief Executive Officer Charles Gillespie came out with an official statement in support of its purpose:


The American Gambling Awards is our gift to the growing industry in America. We are gamblers and we are American and we are for the development of a responsibly regulated, competitive, modern online gambling market that serves the interests of the American consumer. It is our hope that the American Gambling Awards will bring positive attention to the leaders making this a reality.

Charles Gillespie

The attendees of this event enjoyed a whole week of seminars and conferences on various topics regarding the industry. The entire process coincided with the date of New Jersey’s first legal sports bet, bringing another segment of the regulated US online gambling market to everyone’s attention.

Attendees at the event represented multiple states from all over the USA, more specifically:

About the Golden Eagle

2019 American Gambling Awards TrophyWinners of all 14 categories get a trophy engraved with the details of their category, but what is represented on it is most unique. The American Gambling Awards trophy features the well-known American Bald Eagle in a state of repose, proudly standing over a pile of stacked chips.

The bird is an 11-inch, gold plated statuette finished with a polygon treatment in order to modernize the well-known symbol in the context of the new digital industry that is online gambling.

With the chips around the eagle representing it as the ultimate winner, every Award-winner is further driven to surpass the new challenges of the industry to greater accomplishments in the coming year.

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