Industry News of the Day for April 6, 2023

Industry News

  • SBC Americas: White Hat Studios Links With RSI To Widen US Online Casino Reach
    • White Hat Studios has penned a deal with Rush Street Interactive (RSI) which sees the slot provider deliver its online casino content to BetRivers and PlaySugar House in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Under the provisions of the deal, RSI’s brands will receive initial exclusive access to White Hat content in New Jersey, whilst it will also gain non-exclusive access to its content in the Keystone State.


  • WKRC-TV: Kentucky Sports Betting To Begin By End Of Year, Although One Senator Hopes For Fall Start
    • The new law legalizing sports betting in Kentucky calls for the system to be up and running six months from when it goes into effect, giving state regulators until the end of 2023 to get it launched. A key state Senate leader hopes to make it happen sooner than that. As majority floor leader, Kentucky Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) is the second-highest ranking Republican in the Senate, and he’s pushed for sports betting for more than five years.


  • Capital News Service: Lawmakers Consider Limiting Universities’ Sports Betting Agreements
    • A week after the University of Colorado ended a controversial deal with a sports-betting sponsor, Maryland legislators are on the brink of passing legislation to limit agreements between universities and gambling companies. But some say the legislation doesn’t go far enough in that it would not stop the companies from marketing to students and does not fully address the need for transparency.


  • PlayMA: MA To Consider Allowing Bets on Boston Marathon, Power Slap, 4 More Sports
    • On Thursday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will vote whether to allow betting on the Boston Marathon, NRX racing, Power Slap and SlapFIGHT Championship, Street League Skateboarding, minigolf and Jai-Alai. DraftKings is petitioning to offer bets on the Boston Marathon. US Integrity, a fraud and game manipulation prevention organization partnered with various leagues and sportsbooks, submitted all the other requests.


  • The State News: Petition Demands End To Michigan State University’s Gambling Deal With Caesars
    • A group of MSU faculty has begun circulating a petition demanding an end to the university athletics department’s controversial $9 million partnership with Caesars Sportsbook. This comes shortly after new rules from the American gambling industry’s internal regulatory group which threaten the deal. The petition was first posted around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, by 4:30, it had 154 signatures.


  • Sports Handle: Could Missouri Senator’s Future Aspirations Finally Clear Way For Sports Betting?
    • In Missouri, the Senate has traditionally been where sports betting goes to die. For the third consecutive year, a bill to legalize wagering has reached the Senate floor. The question is whether or not the climate in a general assembly that has struggled mightily to find a consensus has finally changed. In 2022, a standalone sports betting bill was killed by filibuster on the Senate floor, and in 2021, Sen. Denny Hoskins’ sports betting and video lottery terminal (VLT) bill never got a vote.

New York

  • PlayNY: Group Remains ‘Humbly Very Confident’ As It Targets Coney Island For New York Casino
    • The groups backing The Coney believe the economic upside from their casino proposal is second to none. Now, it’s time to get the Gaming Facility Location Board (GFLB), Coney Island residents and business owners to see the vision. In early March, Thor Equities released renderings of their downstate NY casino proposal. Other groups backing the project include The Chickasaw Nation, Legends and Saratoga Casino Holdings.

North Carolina

  • NC Sharp: Promo Credits Would Limit North Carolina’s Sports Betting Tax Revenue
    • A new fiscal note on North Carolina’s sports betting bill suggests the state would make less than $3 million in the first six months of legal sports betting. The financial report’s estimate is based on promotional credit tax deductions for the state’s sportsbooks. Sports betting in North Carolina isn’t legal, but a new bill hopes to change that. House Bill 347 is making its way through the state Senate after clearing the House last month.


  • PlayCanada: Ontario Online Gambling Market Handled $35.6 Billion In First Year
    • iGaming Ontario today released some revenue highlights from the first year of its open, regulated online gambling market. iGO reports total handle in year one of “about $35.6 billion” and some $1.4 billion in total gaming revenue from the combined Ontario online casino, poker and sports betting sector. The province releases its revenue figures quarterly. The numbers iGO released today are unaudited and subject to adjustment. They were released on the one-year anniversary of the market launch to give people an idea about the success of the sector.
  • Gambling News: Cybercriminals Have Set Their Sights on Ontario, GeoComply Says
    • Ontario’s budding iGaming market continues to be targeted by international scammers, a recent GeoComply report highlighted. This news comes a year after online gambling was launched in the Canadian province. The launch of iGaming and online sports betting in Ontario has proven a success. However, this success has also attracted a lot of fraudsters, the report shows.
  • iGB North America: Ontario Study Finds 85.3% Of Players Use Regulated Sites
    • A new report conducted by research company Ipsos has found that more than 85% of players are playing on regulated sites in Ontario. The report was commissioned by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and iGaming Ontario to mark the one-year anniversary of the province’s regulated igaming market, which opened on April 4 2022.