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Industry News of the Day for August 19, 2019

Industry News of the Day for August 19, 2019

iDEA Growth in the News:

  • Gambling Compliance, 8.19.19 – U.S. Justice Department Appeals To Save Internet Gambling Ban [J. Ifrah as iDEA Growth spokesperson]
    • In an effort to resurrect a ban on internet gambling, the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday appealed a June 3 decision by a federal judge in New Hampshire who ruled the U.S. Wire Act of 1961 prohibits interstate sports betting but no other forms of online gaming.
  • Law360, 8.16.19 – DOJ Takes Wire Act Reinterpretation Issue To 1st [J. Ifrah as iDEA Growth spokesperson; subscription paywall]
    • Preview: Attorney Jeff Ifrah of Ifrah Law PLLC, the founder of iDEA Growth, issued a statement that the notice of appeal is “hardly unexpected” but “certainly unwarranted.”
  • Online Poker Report, 8.16.19 – US Online Gambling Still Under Threat: DOJ Is Appealing Its Loss In The Wire Act Case [J. Ifrah as iDEA Growth spokesperson]
    • The case about the enforcement and breadth of the federal Wire Act is not over yet. The Department of Justice filed its intent to appeal a district court decision on the Wire Act to the First Circuit Court of Appeals. In June, a federal judge in the New Hampshire District ruled that the Wire Act applies only to sports betting, and not to other forms of interstate gaming.
  • Play Pennsylvania, 8.16.19 – Not Out Of The Wire Act Woods Yet: DOJ Files Appeal In NH Lottery Case [J. Ifrah as iDEA Growth spokesperson]
    • The news was inevitable, but it is nonetheless a disappointing day for online gambling proponents. The Department of Justice officially filed an appeal in its legal battle with the New Hampshire Lottery.
  • Play NJ, 8.16.19 – DOJ’s Appeal Of NH Lottery Case Means New Jersey’s Wire Act ‘What Ifs’ Return [J. Ifrah as iDEA Growth spokesperson]
    • The federal government is not done fighting for the reinterpretation of the Wire Act. The Department of Justice on Friday officially filed an appeal in its legal battle with the New Hampshire Lottery, beating the Aug. 19 deadline by three days.
  • SBC Americas, 8.16.19 – DOJ Files Notice Of Appeal Against New Hampshire Wire Act Ruling [J. Ifrah as iDEA Growth spokesperson]
    • The US Department of Justice has filed a notice of appeal following the decision in June by the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to find in favor of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission (NHLC) in the long-awaited ruling on last year’s revised opinion of the Wire Act by the DOJ.
  • iGB North America, 8.16.19 – DOJ Prepares Appeal Against Wire Act Ruling [J. Ifrah as iDEA Growth spokesperson]
    • The Department of Justice (DoJ) has finally confirmed its intention to appeal the New Hampshire court ruling that set aside its revised opinion on the 1961 Wire Act.
  • iGaming Business, 8.16.19 – DOJ Prepares Appeal Against Wire Act Ruling [iDEA Growth included]
    • The Department of Justice has finally confirmed its intention to appeal the New Hampshire court ruling that set aside its revised opinion on the 1961 Wire Act.
  • NJ Online Gambling, 8.19.19 – DOJ Will Appeal NH Lottery Ruling On The Wire Act [J. Ifrah as iDEA Growth spokesperson]
    • In a move that was seen as likely but not definite, the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday declared its intention to appeal a June ruling that the Wire Act of 1961 only applies to intrastate sports betting.
  • New Jersey Business, 8.16.19 – NJ’s Latest Gaming Revenue Numbers Continue To Grow Year After Year [J. Ifrah as iDEA Growth spokesperson]
    • The July 2019 Total Gaming Revenue Results from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement showed that total revenue from gaming for the state in July was $334.4 million, up 10.7% from July 2018, with online gaming reaping the majority of revenue at $316.5 million, and sports betting totaling $3.8 million.

Industry News:

  • Sports Handle, 8.16.19 – Get A Grip: The Week In Sports Betting: Illinois Lagging In Midwest
    • Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the week’s top stories and rounding up key stories in sports betting, gaming, and the world of sports at large.
  • Chicago Sun-Times, 8.18.19 – First Chicago-Area Sports Book Coming Soon – To Indiana
    • While the Illinois Gaming Board scrambles to draft regulations on sports betting — not to mention a mountain of additional legal wrangling sprung from the state’s mammoth gambling expansion — executives at the Indiana casino that’s just a 25-minute drive from the Loop plan to announce Monday their new sports book will launch Sept. 4, a day ahead of the NFL kickoff.

New Jersey:

Pennsylvania:

  • Legal Sports Report, 8.16.19 – PA Sports Betting Hits New High With Almost $60 Million In Bets, Two-Thirds Of It Online
    • The era of Pennsylvania online sports betting is officially here. The latest in PA revenue and handle figures reflect just how much the market will grow with the presence of mobile betting.
  • SBC Americas, 8.19.19 – Sports Betting Records Set To Fall As Pennsylvania’s Online Sector Thrives
    • Online sports wagering took the lion’s share of Pennsylvania‘s bets for the first time in July, contributing to another monthly record handle according to figures published by the state’s Gaming Control Board. But that record is likely to fall soon with the hotly anticipated NFL season kick-off looming and yet more operators preparing to come online.
  • Play Pennsylvania, 8.16.19 – SugarHouse Out To An Early Lead In Online Casino Revenue Race
    • The Pennsylvania online casino industry, still in its infancy, just started operations in July. The baby steps from the new industry resulted in $812,306 in revenue for the trio of operational online casinos. More than $49.2 million was wagered on interactive slots and table games across the sites, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

Iowa:

Indiana:

Connecticut:

Nevada:

  • Las Vegas Review-Journal, 8.18.19 – Nevada Regulators May Need To Revisit Sportsbook Registration Rules
    • When the Supreme Court overturned PASPA last year, all 50 states had the option to allow sports betting. Nevada’s industry is referred to as the leader by many, but experts say Nevada’s reluctance to allow remote sportsbook registration could give other emerging markets an opportunity to outshine Las Vegas.

iDEA Growth Member News:

  • Gambling Compliance, 8.19.19 – Private Operators Looking For Clarity In D.C. Sports-Betting Picture [subscription paywall]
    • Comments on Washington, D.C.’s proposed sports wagering regulations may give an indication of which private operators are looking to get into the market despite its limitations. Among those who filed public comments were three sports-betting operators with presences in other states: MGM Resorts International; DraftKings; and William Hill.