UKGC Fines Platinum Gaming £1.6 Million

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The United Kingdom Gambling Commission announced last week that it has levied a hefty £1.6 million fine on Unibet UK’s parent company, Platinum Gaming, for “failing to identify gambling harm and prevent money laundering.” The Commission was tipped off that a customer of Platinum Gaming’s had been convicted of fraud and had been using the… Read more »

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Two Sugarhouse Casino Customers Sue Claiming Card Shuffler Problems Contributed to $250K Losses

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Philadelphia’s Sugarhouse Casino might be celebrating being the first in Pennsylvania to launch its online sportsbook, but it has run into some legal trouble that may have dampened the move, as two patrons of the brick-and-mortar gambling venue have sued the casino. William Vespe and Anthony Mattia claim they lost a combined $250,000 thanks, in… Read more »

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Pennsylvania Sets Up Self-Exclusion Program for Online Gamblers

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With the upcoming launch of online poker and online casino games in Pennsylvania and the recent soft launch of Sugarhouse Casino’s online sportsbook, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has implemented a new self-exclusion tool for gamblers who need to pump the brakes on their play. If gamblers feel the need to restrict themselves, they… Read more »

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Online Sports Betting Goes Live in Pennsylvania

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While Pennsylvanians continue to wait – patiently – for online poker sites to flip their switches, they can now bet on sports from the comfort of their own homes, as live testing of sports betting sites commenced this week. Sugarhouse Leads Off There is just one casino that has launched its online sportsbook so far:… Read more »

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Tennessee Legalizes Sports Betting, Governor Pouts

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After a slow start to the year on the sports betting front, Tennessee last week became the fourth state to legalize sports wagering this year. House Bill 1 was originally filed for introduction in November, but then officially introduced on January 8th of this year in the House. It then passed votes of the House… Read more »

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Video Game Loot Box Regulation Bill Introduced in Senate

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Senators Josh Hawley (R – Missouri), Ed Markey (D – Mass.), and Richard Blumenthal (D – Conn.) have introduced legislation to significantly limit the use of loot boxes and microtransactions in video games. “Today’s digital entertainment ecosystem is an online gauntlet for children,” said Senator Markey in a press release. “Inherently manipulative game features that… Read more »

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Iowa Legalizes Sports Betting

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 617 into law on Monday, legalizing sports betting in the state. Though the law is effective immediately, no sports betting is available yet, as the regulations still need to be hammered out. “Gov. Reynolds believes that legalizing sports betting will bring this practice out of an unregulated black… Read more »

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ESPN, Caesars to Create Sports Betting Content

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ESPN and Caesars Entertainment announced Tuesday that they are teaming up to produce sports betting programming to be broadcast on ESPN’s different platforms. As part of the deal, the two companies will build an ESPN-branded studio at the LINQ Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. It is there that “odds-related content” will be filmed, content… Read more »

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The Stars Group, FOX Sports Form Sports Betting Partnership

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In a sign that sports betting might be about to take that next step toward ubiquity in the United States, The Stars Group (PokerStars’ parent company) and FOX Sports announced a partnership on Wednesday that will see them launch a sports betting product called FOX Bet. I said “product,” but FOX Bet will actually launch… Read more »

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Montana Legalizes Sports Betting

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Montana became the first state to legalize sports betting in 2019 and the ninth overall, when Governor Steve Bullock signed House Bill 725 on Friday. The Governor also vetoed a second sports betting bill, Senate Bill 330. The bill is effectively immediate; supporters hope that sports betting will be ready to go in the state… Read more »

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Kentucky Derby Drama Reverses $9 Million in Winning Bets

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I guess my question, to reverse a page out of the poker players’ parents’ handbook, is, “But how much did they win?” That query comes in response to the news, reported by ESPN’s David Purdum, that the disqualification that led to a longshot winning the Kentucky Derby this past weekend cost bettors $9 million. In… Read more »

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Wynn Entering New Jersey Online Gambling Market

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Scientific Games announced last week that it has partnered with Wynn Resorts to launch online sports betting and iGaming (read: online casino) in New Jersey. In an extremely short press release, devoid of any useful information whatsoever, Scientific Games said: Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) (“Scientific Games”) will partner with Wynn Resorts, Ltd. (“Wynn Resorts”)… Read more »

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PokerStars Slapped with NJ Sports Betting Fine

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PokerStars got sent to the principal’s office in New Jersey this month, hit with the state’s largest-ever sports betting fine. Now, before you get too excited, keep in mind that this is PokerStars, which has a seemingly bottomless supply of cash and the fine was only $10,000. The violations committed by TSG Interactive US Service… Read more »

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NHL, William Hill Strike Sports Betting Deal

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The National Hockey League (NHL) and William Hill recently announced a deal in which William Hill will become an “Official Sports Betting Partner of the NHL.” As part of the agreement, William Hill will be able to take advantage of the NHL brand in promotions. “This new partnership is yet another example of the innovative… Read more »

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Caesars, DraftKings Form Sports Betting Partnership

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Daily fantasy sports leader DraftKings and global gambling giant Caesars Entertainment Corporation announced a multi-year agreement in which Caesars will allow DraftKings to piggyback on its online gaming licenses. Specifically, this has major implications in the sports betting world, as DraftKings will be able to get into states where Caesars has a brick-and-mortar presence and… Read more »

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