DraftKings Launches Mobile Betting in Indiana, Pennsylvania Next in Line

In one of the most eventful weeks for the global gambling industry in a while, DraftKings had a fair share of headlines dedicated to its US sports betting expansion.

It became known over the past few days that the daily fantasy sports turned sports betting operator will go live in Indiana later today and will probably be able to enter Pennsylvania’s athletic gambling mix in November through a partnership with The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. read more

Nitis Udornpim Takes Down WPT Maryland for $319,415

Nitis Udornpim entered the stacked final table of the WPT Maryland at Live! Casino Main Event as one of the short stacks. However, with laughs and smiles and smart moves, the player managed to fight his way back and eventually take down the tournament for his best live poker accomplishment.

Udornpim collected a $319,415 payday for his victory in the prestigious event and had his name etched on the one and only WPT Champions Cup. He also joined the elite WPT Champions Club that includes some of poker’s brightest talents. read more

Wind Creek Pitches Suburban Chicago Casino Plan

Wind Creek Hospitality, the gaming and hospitality arm of Alabama’s Poarch Band of Creek Indians, is looking to tap into suburban Chicago’s market with a multi-million dollar proposal for the development of a casino resort in East Hazel Crest and Homewood.

A massive gambling expansion package passed in the Illinois Legislature earlier this year authorized the development of up to six casinos around the state, including one in Chicago’s south suburbs. read more

Oregon Gets Ready to Embrace Mobile Betting

It was a long wait for mobile wagering to arrive to Oregon, but it is finally almost over. According to recent reports, the state Lottery is gearing up final preparations for the long-anticipated launch of a mobile app on October 7.

The lottery agency is understood to have completed testing on its Scoreboard mobile wagering app last week and that it is awaiting final approval on banking options. If it secures the necessary approval from Visa, Mastercard and other banking partners, Scoreboard is expected to go live next week. read more

Future of Kentucky Gaming Hinges on 2019 Gubernatorial Election

There are many things that hinge on the
future in the 2020 elections, both nationally and for each state. In Kentucky, a
state that has embraced thoroughbred racing and betting on those races, there
are thoughts about expanding the state’s offering beyond betting the ponies.
Those future plans, however, will hinge on the 2019 vote for Governor of the
Bluegrass State.

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Jeremy Joseph, Kimbo Ung Share Chip Lead after WPT Legends of Poker Day 2

Day 2 of this year’s WPT Legends of Poker $5,000 Main Event is now in the books. And it was quite an eventful day at the host venue The Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California.

Action kicked off with 200 survivors from the two starting flights. They were joined by 27 players who took advantage of the late registration option and entered into the event before the start of Day 2. After ten levels of play, the tournament’s Day 2 field was whittled down to just 37 players. read more

Ukrainian President Wants Government to Pass Casino Bill by December

Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, has tasked his Cabinet of Ministers with drafting and passing a bill that would reorganize the nation’s gambling industry by this coming December.

After winning a big victory in Ukraine’s presidential elections, Mr. Zelensky, a former comedian, was inaugurated as the country’s top official in May. About two and a half months into his presidency, he announced plans to legalize some forms of gambling in the country and it seems now that he wants that to happen as quickly as possible. read more

Melco to Boost Japan Presence with Yokohama Office

Casino resort developer and operator Melco International Development is gearing up preparations for the opening of its third office in Japan, casino news outlet GGRAsia reports.

The move comes as part of the company’s bid to win a license for the establishment of one of the country’s first integrated resorts with dedicated casino-style gaming areas. read more

Royal Panda to Roll Out Relax Gaming Slots Titles

Online casino content supplier Relax Gaming has expanded its ever-growing network of operators through a recently penned supply deal with Royal Panda.

Under the terms of this latest commercial deal, the online casino operator will be able to roll out a vast range of online slot titles delivered by Relax Gaming. The agreement between Royal Panda and the content supplier covers both proprietary titles by Relax Gaming and content by third-party industry suppliers. read more

DOJ to Appeal Wire Act Lawsuit Defeat

We all hoped they would just go away. Just stop. But we knew they would be back. On Friday, the Department of Justice filed a Notice of Appeal of the US District Court for the District of New Hampshire’s Wire Act ruling from June. In that ruling, US District Judge Paul J. Barbadoro said that the DOJ’s 2018 opinion on the Wire Act was invalid.

The issue goes back to late 2011, when the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) issued an opinion on the Wire Act, saying that it only made interstate online sports betting illegal, not all online gambling. Before then, though any reasonable person would read the Wire Act as only applying to sports betting, the DOJ had operated as if all internet gambling was illegal. This revised opinion opened the doors for states to launch their own online gambling industries. Last year, somewhat out of the blue, the DOJ, now under the Trump Administration, issued a new opinion, saying that all online gambling was illegal. read more

Standoff Continues Over Future of Michigan Online Gaming and Poker

After once getting to the point where all it needed was one person’s signature, the state of online gaming and poker in Michigan has plummeted precipitously. Now, there is a definitive standoff between the representatives pushing for the Wolverine State to adopt regulations for the industry and the state’s new Governor over whether or not it will ever happen.

All About the Benjamins – and Who Gets
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Rockford City Officials Extend Casino Proposals Deadline to August 30

The City of Rockford, Illinois has extended the deadline for an ongoing request for proposals process for the development of a casino in the city.

City officials previously gave developers up to August 16 to submit their interest in building a casino in Rockford. However, interested companies now have through August 30 to participate in the request for proposals process. read more

BoyleSports to Make UK Retail Betting Debut Next Week

Irish bookmaker BoyleSports is set to enter the UK retail betting market next week through the recently announced acquisition of indie bookmaker Wilf Gilbert, the Racing Post reports.

It also became known that BoyleSports has tapped John Haddock, a gambling industry veteran with more than three decades of experience, to oversee the Irish operator’s UK betting shops. Mr. Haddock had previously served as CEO of Betfred. read more

Kester Capital Adds Gambling Compliance Owner to Investment Portfolio

Buy-out specialist Kester Capital has backed the management buy-out of provider of global gambling and payments regulatory intelligence ComplianceOnline, news emerged today.

ComplianceOnline is known to be the owner of Gambling Compliance and Payments Compliance, which provide in-depth insight, analysis, research and commentary on topics related to the growth and development of the sectors they cover. read more

Chicago City Hall Seeks Public Input on Casino Location with Online Survey

When locations are chosen for major city landmarks like a new stadium or casino, it is usually government officials and consultants that make the decisions. As the process starts to decide where Chicago’s first casino is going to be built, consultants and politicians are certainly going to make most of the decisions and have the final say, but Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot promised to give Chicagoans a say in the matter. On Friday, she took the first step in doing just that, posting an online survey seeking citizen input on where they think the future gambling venue should be.

Survey speaks in generalities

Now, the survey, aside from maybe one open-ended catch-all question, is not asking people for specific location suggestions. It isn’t asking respondents to say exactly where the casino should go. Instead, it speaks more in generalities, the types of locations people would like or not like and what concerns they have about possible spots. read more

New Swiss Online Gambling Law in Effect, Foreign Operators Barred

A little over a year ago, Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved a law – by about a 3-to-1 margin – that banned online gambling operators from outside of the country. That law is now in effect, with only the country’s casinos as the ones who are permitted to be licensed.

Even though 73 percent of those who voted in June 2018 were for keeping online gambling within the nation’s borders, those opposed to the initiative spoke loudly. They criticized legislators for seemingly getting into bed with the casinos and spoke out against the possibility of the government blocking access to foreign gaming websites altogether. They did not want the Swiss casino industry to be protected from competition. read more

GiG Gets Affiliate Marketing License in Romania

Online gambling company Gaming Innovation Group today announced that it has obtained a license by Romania’s gambling regulator to provide affiliate marketing services.

News about GiG’s Romanian expansion arrive shortly after it became known that the company got regulatory approval to enter the Spanish online betting and gaming market. read more

Hard Rock’s Hollywood Casino Resort Seeks Staff for $1.5 Billion Expansion

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is looking to fill 600 job positions as it is entering the final stages of a massive $1.5 billion expansion project that, among other things, includes the world’s first guitar-shaped hotel.

Hard Rock International, parent company of the South Florida-based property, has announced that the hotel and casino resort will host a three-day job fair from July 7-9. This will be the second event of this kind to take place at the property in as many months. A job fair that took place last month attracted 2,500 job applicants and saw more than 500 positions being filled. read more

Evolution Gaming Expands in Italy with Planetwin365 Deal

Live Casino supplier Evolution Gaming today announced that it has extended its footprint in the Italian online gambling market through a recent supply deal with locally licensed operator Planetwin365, a brand of SKS365 Group.

Under the terms of the agreement between Evolution and the iGaming operation, Planetwin365 has gone live with the provider’s full range of Live Casino games in Italy. Planetwin365 is among the leaders in the provision of sports betting and online gaming services in the lucrative Italian market. Aside from its digital operation, the brand also runs betting shops around Italy. read more

888 Given the Go-Ahead for Shared Poker Liquidity in Portugal

Portugal’s gambling regulator SRIJ has recently authorized 888 to share poker liquidity with Spain. News about the operator receiving regulatory green light to join the shared online poker liquidity project arrive a little over five months after 888 received a license to operate in the Portuguese market.

The shared liquidity project was launched early in 2018 and was the result of prolonged negotiations between the gambling regulators of France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal. The project was introduced in a bid to revitalize Europe’s underperforming online poker segment. Italy later on dropped out from the scheme, but France, Spain, and Portugal have moved on to its materialization. read more

Global Gaming Confirms Tobias Fagerlund as CEO

Online gambling company Global Gaming today confirmed the appointment of Tobias Fagerlund as its CEO and President with immediate effect from today, July 2. Mr. Fagerlund has served as the operator’s Acting CEO since April when he replaced Joacim Möller.

News about Mr. Fagerlund’s appointment came two weeks after one of Global Gaming’s subsidiaries, SafeEnt Limited had its operating license yanked by the Swedish Gambling Authority and was ordered to discontinue operations in Sweden due to multiple serious violations of the country’s gambling law. read more

Online Casino Supplier Nektan Announces New CFO Appointment

Online gambling technology platform and services provider Nektan today announced the appointment of a new member of its senior management team. Simon Hay will join the company as its new Chief Financial Officer from June 17, 2019, it became known.

Mr. Hay boasts more than two decades of experience in accountancy and consultancy. He joins Nektan from a previous role as Finance Transformation Director at gambling powerhouse GVC Holdings. He is a Chartered Accountant who had qualified with global auditor KPMG where he also served as a Director. With KPMG he also held roles in audit, restructuring, and deal advisory, a statement on his appointment as Nektan’s new CFO reads. read more

Derek McMaster Wins 2019 WSOP $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Derek McMaster, a player from Minnesota, is off to a great start of the 50th WSOP. The player reached his first final table and won last night his first title from the world’s longest-running tournament poker series for a six-figure payout and a shiny gold bracelet.

McMaster triumphed in Event #4 of this year’s edition of the WSOP. He took down the $1,500 buy-in Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better last night, the first four-card event on the schedule of the series, which kicked off last week at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. read more

Spelinspektionen Fines Two More Operators for Bonus Offer Failures

Two more operators have been fined for violating Sweden’s strict bonus offer rules after Betway and Mandalorian were slapped SEK14 million in fines last month

Spelinspektionen has lived up to its promise to punish severely those who violate Sweden’s newly enforced gambling law. The regulator announced today that it has slapped two more fines to operators that were found to have tried to circumvent the existing strict rules. read more

Illinois Legalizes Sports Betting, Expands Casino Gambling

The Illinois Legislature has finally passed a sweeping overhaul of the state’s gambling industry after multiple previous unsuccessful attempts. Over the weekend, the State House and then the State Senate voted in favor of a comprehensive legislation that, among other things, would now bring legal sports betting and expanded casino gambling to the state.

The bill now needs Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature in order to become law. The state’s top official has been among the staunchest supporters of the legalization of sports betting in Illinois and has previously said that he would sign a gambling expansion bill. This means that Illinois has joined about a dozen of other states that have legalized sports betting since last May’s ruling of the US Supreme Court that struck down a long-time federal ban on the practice. read more

More Than 35,000 Swedes Sign Up To Gambling Self-Exclusion Registry

Sweden’s self-exclusion registry for people who want to ban themselves from gambling for a certain period of time has passed the 35,000 mark, the nation’s gambling regulator said last week

Sweden re-organized its gambling market on January 1, 2019 when its new gambling law came into effect, enabling international gambling companies to obtain licenses from Spelinspektionen and operate in a regulated environment. The launch of the Spelpaus.se self-exclusion registry was part of the market’s overhaul. read more

Iowa Legalizes Sports Betting

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 market. This law will regulate, tax, and police sports betting in a safe and responsible way,” spokesman Pat Garrett told the Des Moines Register. read more

North Carolina Legislature, Governor Legalize Charitable “Casino Nights”

It seems that the tide is turning in one
of the more conservative areas of the country when it comes to gambling. The
North Carolina General Assembly, while it weighs whether it will open for
sports betting in the state, has hit the green light for charitable “casino nights”
in the state. This action will allow several “acts of gambling” like blackjack,
poker, roulette and other table games to be played, if it is raising money for
charity. The new regulations even allow for one of the things that was
supposedly taboo at these events, the availability of alcoholic beverages.

Cooper
Signs Bill After 2017 Veto
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