Online betting entertainment and tech firm PlayUp has appointed Hall of Famer Dennis Drazin to its Board where he will work directly with US CEO Dr Laila Mintas. Together they will help drive the USA business and support the company with its global growth strategy.

Drazin is the Chairman and CEO of Darby Development LLC, the operator of Monmouth Park, the largest Racetrack in New Jersey. The track made history when it took the first legal sports wager by Governor Phil Murphy on 14 June 2018. For decades, he has been an advisor to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and became Chairman of the New Jersey Racing Commission in 2009.  

Drazin also masterminded the repeal of PASPA which led to the legalization of sports betting across the USA. For his personal achievements, he was inducted into SBC‘s Sports Betting Hall of Fame in 2019. He is principal of law firm Drazin and Warshaw, a well-recognized global expert and a leading voice in the racing and gambling industry.

On his latest appointment, he commented: “I am very excited to join PlayUp and look forward to utilizing my many years of experience and industry leadership to develop and expand PlayUp’s extensive strategy as they look to grow their USA and Global presence in online betting.”

Daniel Simic, Global CEO of PlayUp, said: “Dennis is a well-recognized figure in the USA betting industry and will add enormous experience to our Board. I look forward to working with him and Laila as we expand our global footprint.

“Significant progress has been made to introduce fixed-odds horse racing in the USA and what better person to have on our board than the man helping to currently oversee the pilot program.”

Dr Mintas added: “I have known Dennis for many years and I am very delighted to have him joining PlayUp´s Board of Directors. He has an unmatched level of experience and knowledge in the key areas of our business and I look forward to working closely with him as we continue to grow our presence in the US and globally.”