Industry News of the Day for April 20, 2020

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  • ESPN, 4.20.20 – Sportsbooks See Big Betting Interest In NFL Draft
    • With games on hold, the NFL draft is taking center stage at sportsbooks around the nation, and betting interest is booming ahead of Thursday’s first round.
  • Sports Handle, 4.17.20 – Take Me Out To The Ballpark… Or Golf Course
    • Legal digital sports betting is still available in nine states, but it has been reduced to soccer in far-flung locales, ping-pong, darts, and the like. Several states have added some eSports to their offerings. But put up a baseball game or a tennis match or a golf tournament, and sports bettors would rejoice.

New Jersey:


  • Penn Bets, 4.17.20 – FanDuel Finds A Lack Of Sports Means A Downward Turn For Its iCasino Also
    • FanDuel’s reliance on sports bettors to cross over and propel profits on its new Pennsylvania online casino proved a winning strategy in early 2020. When traditional sporting events were erased from the calendar for nearly two-thirds of the month, FanDuel’s iCasino suffered collateral damage.
  • iGB North America, 4.17.20 – PA Gambling Revenue Halves In March Amid COVID-19 Shutdowns
    • The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) saw gambling revenue in the state more than half in March due to the widespread shutdown of casinos and postponement of sports events as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.


New Hampshire:



  • Gambling Compliance, 4.20.20 – Illinois Casinos Eye June For Gradual Re-Opening (subscription paywall)
    • The Illinois gaming industry is working closely with state regulators on a plan which could allow some casinos to partly resume operations as early as June, according to the state’s top casino lobbyist.
  • Law360, 4.16.20 – High Court Says Daily Fantasy Sports Are Games Of Skill (subscription paywall)
    • The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that daily fantasy sports don’t count as gambling because the relative skill of the participants in choosing their lineups can determine the outcome of the contest, but said nothing in the state’s illegal gambling loss recovery statue says online gambling is exempt.
  • US Bets, 4.20.20 – Online Poker Now Legal In Illinois? One Judge Ruling On DFS Case Claims It Is
    • The Illinois Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday that daily fantasy sports is not gambling — which will be news to Nevada regulators, who ruled the opposite five years ago — didn’t just muddy the DFS waters even further.







  • Gambling.Com, 4.17.20 – March Sports Betting Handle In Oregon Dips As Issues Remain
    • The Oregon Lottery’s sports betting app, Scoreboard, had just over $9 million in March sports betting handle resulting in $937,750 in gross revenue, according to the monthly report released Friday by the lottery.