Italy-focused gaming operator and technology supplier Newgioco Group has secured its first US sports betting platform deal with the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana.

The agreement will see Newgioco deploy its ELYS sports betting platform at the Northern Winz Casino in Box Elder, subject to certification and approval from the Gambling Control Division of the Montana Department of Justice.

“After thoroughly exploring several betting providers, we are extremely pleased to have selected Newgioco to provide Class 1 betting solutions for our tribal casino,” said Raymond Parker, general manager of Northern Winz Casino.

“To reach our selection of Newgioco, we considered their unblemished track record of regulated sports betting and virtual gaming operations in Europe, their united team approach to working with us, as well as the extraordinary customisation and in-depth risk management of the ELYS platform that perfectly suits our unique tribal needs.”

Newgioco’s first contract win in the United States follows the appointment of a new leadership team in September to pursue US sports betting opportunities.

“While we await a decision on sports betting in Montana and many other states, this united partnership with the Chippewa Cree allows us to pioneer a unique library of Class 1 indigenous games so that tribal casino patrons can bet on their favorite games in a safe, regulated environment,” said Michele Ciavarella, chief executive of Newgioco Group.

“The agreement with Chippewa Cree aligns with our core business of connecting with our clients by creating innovative tribal focused betting solutions through our ELYS platform and the many advantages this partnership can offer to the tribal gaming community as a whole.”