Industry News of the Day for April 1, 2019

Industry News:


  • Play Pennsylvania, 3.29.19 – Pennsylvania Gambling Expansion Revenue
    • The new Pennsylvania gambling expansion law passed largely because the state desperately needed a new source of tax revenue. One of the biggest sources of that revenue will be the upfront licensing fees for all the new types of gambling.


  • Crain’s Cleveland Business, 3.31.19 – The smart money is on legalizing sports betting in Ohio
    • A bill that would legalize sports wagering in Ohio now extends beyond one sentence in the state legislature. Senate Bill 111 — which would legalize sports betting in Ohio’s 11 casinos and racinos and include online and mobile options — was introduced on March 14 by state senators John Eklund, a Munson Township Republican, and Sean O’Brien, a Trumbull County Democrat.

West Virginia:

  • SBC Americas, 3.29.19 – West Virginia becomes third state to offer mobile sports wagering
    • West Virginia became the third state this week behind New Jersey and Pennsylvania to offer mobile sports betting without even being signed onto the statute books. Governor Jim Justice allowed bill H 2934 to sit on his desk without signature or veto for 15 days, enabling it to go through into law automatically.
  • Legal Sports Report, 3.29.19 – Delaware North Splits With Miomni Over WV Sports Betting Dispute
    • Delaware North is prepared to take the ultimate step to restore its sports betting operation in West Virginia. The owner of Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras casinos confirmed that it is terminating its relationship with its supplier, Miomni. The relationship was short-lived, surviving for less than six months from announcement to annulment.
  • Play WV, 3.29.19 – Fluharty Has A Thing (Or Three) To Say About WV Sports Betting Setbacks
    • West Virginia Del. Shawn Fluharty is one of the driving forces behind West Virginia sports betting and WV online casino gambling legalization efforts. With the recent passage of the new online casino bill, he spoke with about some of the issues facing the state.
  • AP, 3.30.19 – Casinos to end management contract after betting problems
    • A casino operator is ending its contract with a management company after a dispute prevented two West Virginia casinos from taking bets on the NCAA Tournament.


New York:

  • US Bets, 4.1.19 – For New York Sports Bettors, Another Football Season Of Trips To New Jersey Likely
    • It’s often a bad bet to go against inertia, and that was the case again this weekend as a New York State annual budget of $176 billion was finalized without any movement toward legalization of mobile sports betting. That should leave neighboring New Jersey sitting pretty not only for this summer, but possibly for another entire football season.




  • AP, 3.29.19 – Montana House Endorses Bill to Legalize Sports Betting
    • The Montana House has endorsed a bill that would legalize sports betting in the state. The House voted 90-10 Friday to approve the measure that would put the Montana Lottery in charge of sports gambling. It must pass a final vote before it goes to the Senate.

Rhode Island:


Sports League News:

  • Forbes, 3.29.19 – The NHL Adds William Hill US As Its Third Sports Betting Partner
    • Once a staunch opponent of sports gambling, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman continued his new approach to the industry with Thursday’s announcement that the league had brought sports book operator William Hill on board as an official sports betting partner of the NHL.

iDEA Growth Member News:

  • Legal Sports Report, 3.29.19 – State Lottery Commission Recommends SBTech As Oregon Sports Betting Provider
    • Grandfathered in during the PASPA era, Oregon took a step last week to relaunching regulated sports betting. During a monthly meeting of the Oregon Lottery Commission last week, the lottery recommended selection of SBTech as its provider.
  • Online Poker Report, 3.30.19 – PokerStars NJ Review And FAQ
    • PokerStars is the largest online poker brand in the world. The site’s US footprint is so far limited to New Jersey, but its long-awaited launch in Pennsylvania is imminent.

Overall Industry News:

  • Play NJ, 3.28.19 – NCPG Survey Has A Few Surprises About The Gambling Habits Of US Bettors
    • New research on the prevalence of gambling in the United States was recently made available by the National Council on Problem Gambling. The NGAGE (National Survey on Gambling Attitudes and Gambling Experience) study includes national findings as well as findings for each US state.
  • Axios, 3.29.19 – 3 takeaways from D.C.’s sports betting summit
    • The American Gaming Association’s inaugural sports betting summit took place just outside of Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. There are 3 major takeaways from the summit: data is driving two of the industry’s biggest conversations, mobile gaming is a point of contention in the industry, and integrity fees are dead.
  • Play USA, 3.28.19 – How Problem Gambling Awareness Has–And Hasn’t–Improved
    • Gambling expansion is sweeping the nation. Legislatures from New Hampshire to Kentucky to Oregon are contemplating everything from casinos to sports betting and online gambling. No less than 30 states have introduced legislation to expand their current gambling offerings in 2019.