International Game Technology has announced that its sports betting platform, PlayShot, is behind “the newest sports betting destination on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” the DraftKings sportsbook at Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort.

Officially opening on Friday November 16, the D’Iberville based property marked DraftKings debut entry into the retail space, a move which is to be quickly followed up with its launch at Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino Hotel.

By utilising IGT’s PlayShot technology, visitors to the Scarlet Pearl are able to place a variety of pre-match and in-play sports wagers, over the counter.

Furthermore, pending the necessary regulatory approval, the casino is also set to see the deployment of a series of IGT sports betting peripherals, such as kiosks and mobile technology, “as the regional sports betting market evolves”.      

Enrico Drago, IGT senior vice president of PlayDigital, commented: “We wish to congratulate Scarlet Pearl Casino for opening an exceptional sports betting venue, featuring IGT PlayShot sports betting technology.

“The IGT platform, and the expertise and appeal of the DraftKings brand, combine to deliver a truly world-class sports betting solution, that elevates the entertainment experience for sports fans in Mississippi.”

Transforming the property’s existing PRL Bar into a “multi-screen betting and social destination for sports lovers,” patrons are promised a space that will “offer fans the opportunity to engage with an immersive and entertaining gaming experience”.

The ribbon cutting ceremony, officially opening the DraftKings at Scarlet Pearl Sportsbook, as attended by Jason Robins, DraftKings co-founder, and Mississippi sports legend Wesley Walls.

“Scarlet Pearl Casino prioritises offering our guests ‘A New Way’ to enjoy gaming entertainment,” added LuAnn Pappas, Scarlet Pearl Casino General Manager and CEO. “By leveraging IGT’s PlayShot sports betting technology, and the expertise of the DraftKings team, we were able to quickly make our vision for a state-of-the-art sportsbook for the Mississippi Gulf Coast a reality, and to offer our guests a reliable betting experience with a familiar brand.”