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White Hat Gaming has enhanced its US presence after partnering with Penn National Gaming, North America’s largest regional gaming operator encapsulating 41 facilities across 19 states.

The igaming platform provider has entered into a long-term player account management agreement with Penn National, with the first launches due to take place during the third quarter of next year. 

The Nasdaq-listed casino operator stresses that it chose White Hat as their online PAM provider after “a highly competitive selection process,” and will integrate with the platform before embarking on a multi-state real money online roll-out.

Phil Gelvan, White Hat Gaming’s chief executive officer, commented: “It is an honour to be working with an organisation of the size and reputation of Penn National Gaming. In Penn National, we have found an ideal partner who share our passion for the consumer gaming experience and are committed to the highest standard of regulation. 

“We look forward to partnering with them to build one of the leading businesses in American sports betting and online casino.”

Penn states that the agreement will also aid the company on a number of strategic goals, including enhancing the consumer experience in regulated markets, driving commercialisation in an efficient but also responsible manner and bringing to bear the highest standards of regulatory compliance.

“We’re proud to be partnering with a leading platform provider like White Hat Gaming,” said Jeff Kaplan, VP of strategy and finance for Penn Interactive Ventures. “The team at White Hat shares our vision for providing a best in class, intuitive product experience for our customers.”

Last month Penn National was selected as the recipient of the 2019 Training for Intervention ProcedureS award of excellence by Health Communications.

The provider of the TIPS program bestows the award on those that demonstrate a commitment to preventing the misuse of alcohol in the communities in which they operate, as well as promoting responsible consumption by properly training employees.

Now in its seventh year, Penn National joins nine other organisations in receiving the awards in 2019, but becomes one of only two recipients in the casino and gaming category.