Industry News of the Day for April 24, 2019

iDEA Growth in the News:

  • Online Poker Report, 4.24.19 – Online Gambling’s ‘Bad Actor’ Debate Reignites As Sports Betting Spreads (Founder J. Ifrah quoted in article)
    • “Bad actor arguments are always targeted at specific companies. In poker, it was PokerStars, in DFS its DraftKings and FanDuel,” Jeff Ifrah, founding partner of Ifrah Law and the online gambling trade group iDEA Growth told Online Poker Report. “Suitability is about good character, honesty, integrity and financial well being. These are roles for regulators to investigate free of political pressures.”

Industry News:

New Jersey:

  • Play NJ, 4.23.19 – Can Wynn Resorts Make A Dent In Crowded NJ Online Casino Industry?
    • The already crowded New Jersey online casino market is going to have to make room for another new entrant: Wynn Resorts. The news of Wynn’s imminent arrival in the New Jersey online gambling market came via a press release from Scientific Games.
  • NJ Online Gambling, 4.23.19 – Esports Heads To Atlantic City As Legislators Mull Legalized Sports Betting For Competitive Gaming
    • Anthony Gaud likens the current environment for esports in the U.S. to a period in the late-19th century rife with uncertainty for American baseball. Back then, a number of leagues with competing interests engaged in an intense turf war to attract elite players. Without a strong central authority at the league level, the talent pool became saturated. The same could be said for esports today.


  • Sports Handle, 4.23.19 – Louisiana Senator Knows Mobile Betting Is Key, But Fears Peers’ Resistance
    • Louisiana Senator Danny Martiny (R-District 10) is clearly frustrated. At the first hearing for his SB 153, which would legalize sports betting but with a limited mobile component, Martiny more than once told the Senate Judiciary B Committee that he knows mobile is where the money is, but Louisiana lawmakers are unlikely to go for it.


New Hampshire:

  • Legal Sports Report, 4.23.19 – Committee Chair Says Yes To NH Sports Betting, No To Casinos
    • This won’t be the year the New Hampshire House of Representatives gives in to Senate efforts to add casinos in the state according to one key lawmaker, but sports betting is still on the table in the Granite State.


New York:


  • News Service Of Florida, 4.23.19 – Ron Desantis Says Late-Session Gambling Deal Could Be Too Heavy A Lift
    • With time already an enemy, Gov. Ron DeSantis injected more uncertainty Tuesday into a gambling deal reached by a Senate Republican leader and a representative of the Seminole Tribe, suggesting its passage would be too heavy a “legislative lift.”

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