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Scientific Games has moved a step nearer offering legal sports betting in the US with its software passing some key tests this week as the gaming giant looks to capitalise on America’s fledgling post-PASPA market.

Through the company’s SG Digital division, the OpenBet sportsbook retail platform has met the GLI-33 draft compliance standard and also the Mississippi Gaming Commission‘s proposed sports and race pool regulation.

The First Pass Pre-Compliance Evaluation confirms that SG Digital’s retail point-of-sale terminal and administrative back-end systems that support OpenBet meet the proposed regulatory expectations of GLI.

“Evaluation against draft GLI-33 demonstrates that the software and systems conform to a broad set of well-recognised and accepted requirements for compliance suitability in a variety of markets,” said Ian Hughes, vice president of global services at GLI.

“The evaluation of the SG Digital OpenBet platform against GLI-33 by GLI provides SG Digital, regulators and its customers independent evaluation to its suitability.”

Keith O’Loughlin, senior vice president of sportsbook at SG Digital, added: “As legalised sports betting spreads across the states, we’re taking every step to provide a seamless transition for our partners.

“Speed is of the essence, and this pre-compliance review positions us as a partner of choice for operators seeking industry-leading turnkey sportsbook solutions across land-based, online and mobile channels.”

COMMENT: Things are moving quickly, stateside. Three weeks after GLI unveiled a draft standard, SG is using it to legitimise its offering. Additionally, through OpenBet, which came to the SG stable via the NYX acquisition, SG has a mature, tried-and-tested solution ready to go – suggesting that America’s betting gold rush will find its foundations in Europe.