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Industry News of the Day for June 5 2024

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  • Legal Sports Report: Feds: Porter Owed Gambling Debt Before NBA Betting Scandal
    • Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter, who was ultimately banned for life, allegedly owed “large gambling debts to certain co-conspirators” when he violated NBA betting policy. This is according to a criminal complaint filed against co-conspirator Long Phi Pham aka “Bruce” on Tuesday in a Brooklyn federal court. Pham, a 38-year-old Brooklyn man, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of wire fraud related to NBA betting. He was arrested Monday by the FBI while attempting to board a one-way flight to Australia at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
New York
  • PlayUSA: Deadlines For New York Downstate Casino Licensing Could Pass After Amendment
    • An amended New York downstate casino bill would not accelerate the licensing process for three New York City casinos but provide a hard deadline. Sen. Joe Addabbo amended S9673 in the early morning hours Wednesday to require that the New York Gaming Facility Location Board make recommendations on selecting downstate casinos by Dec. 31, 2025. With 30 days for the New York State Gaming Commission to award up to three licenses after receiving the board’s recommendations and the possibility of two additional 30-day leeway periods, the final deadline for issuance of the licenses becomes early April 2025.
  • Bonus: Evolution’s Crazy Time Live Dealer Game Show Launches In Pennsylvania And West Virginia
    • Summer has come to Pennsylvania, and with it, the launch of Evolution’s most popular live dealer game show, Crazy Time. Because West Virginia online casinos stream their live dealer games from the studios in Pennsylvania, the game is now available in that state, too. Crazy Time has been a breakout success for Evolution in international markets and made its US debut in New Jersey in December. Its arrival in the Keystone State was teased by Evolution back in April, along with Crazy Coin Flip, a hybrid slots product with a live dealer bonus round.
  • PlayMA: Massachusetts Sportsbooks Attribute Bet Limits To Problem Gambling Concerns
    • When sportsbooks decide to limit how much bettors can wager, how often is it due to problem gambling concerns? And do operators use responsible gambling as an excuse to limit users when they’re actually being restricted for winning too much or too frequently? Those were some of the issues addressed at a May 21 roundtable discussion about bet limits hosted by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Though no sportsbooks currently operating in the state sent representatives, a few industry experts attended, including problem and responsible gambling policy consultant Brianne Doura-Schawohl.
  • PlayMaryland: Two More Sportsbooks Primed To Enter Maryland Market
    • Betr is on track to be the 12th online sportsbook in Maryland. A pair of lesser-known companies are working to follow soon. Laws on Maryland sports betting allow up to 60 online sportsbooks and 50 retail licensees. Retail betting began in 2021, and online sports betting began a year later. Getting a sports betting license in Maryland is a long and somewhat tedious process. It culminates with a controlled demonstration consisting of two days of live wagering. Then, it’s followed by two days of revenue audit and follow-up.

June 5, 2024

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