Industry News of the Day for January 21, 2019

Federal News:

  • Online Poker Report, 1.18.19 – Former NJ Senator Lesniak To Seek Judgment on ‘Outrageous’ Wire Act Reversal
    • Former New Jersey state Sen. Raymond Lesniak is ready to answer the call of current Senate President Steve Sweeney and the New Jersey Senate Democrats to seek a declaratory judgment that Monday’s opinion issued by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel is contrary to the clear intent of the Wire Act.

Industry News:


  • Tribune Live, 1.18.19 – Editorial: Is record casino revenue enough?
    • Yes, it’s a record. It topped the previous record from 2017 by $21 million, which is, incidentally, about $1.75 more per Pennsylvanian. The state is now second only to Nevada in casino revenue.
  • South Philly Review, 1.20.19 – Sports betting debuts in South Philly near stadiums
    • On Thursday, sports betting officially debuted as Parx Race and Sports Book at the South Philadelphia Turf Club, 700 Packer Ave. — the first legalized sports gambling business in South Philly.


  • Boston Herald, 1.19.19 – Online gambling a risky wager
    • With Gov. Charlie Baker all but green-lighting online gambling in the Bay State, the drawbacks of such a sanctioned recreation should be discussed.
  • AP, 1.17.19 – Baker proposes sports betting law
    • Charlie Baker unveiled a proposal on Thursday that would legalize and tax betting on professional sports online and at casinos in Massachusetts.

Washington, DC:


  • The Daily Progress, 1.20.19 – Place your bets: Will gambling win in Virginia?
    • No one seems to know for certain how well the Virginia General Assembly’s lawmakers and leprechauns will fare this session in their growing searches for pots of revenue gold in the once small but rapidly growing field of legal gambling.



New York:

  • Sports Handle, 1.18.19 – New York Sports Betting Still Faces Constitutional Roadblock
    • There’s been plenty of rhetoric in New York this week with regards to sports betting, and by the middle of the week, talk gave way to action when Senator Joseph Addabbo (D-District 15) introduced SO 1490, which proposes a constitutional amendment that would permit legal sports betting at racetracks, OTB facilities, on mobile platforms, and in “any constitutionally authorized casino facility.”

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Overall Industry News:

  • Bloomberg, 1.20.19 – Sports Betting Is Legal. Watch Out.
    • Since ancient Rome, gambling on athletic events has been a fun, popular and hugely ill-advised pastime. Now states across the U.S. are racing to legalize it.
  • ESPN, 1.21.29- The Family Vice
    • It was illegal, and it ruined him. But we could talk about it. It was, in fact, about the only thing in his life that wasn’t secret, and for that I’ll always be grateful to the great god of gambling, which despite its hunger and bloody fangs gave us point spreads and football Sundays together.
  • The Sports Daily, 1.20.19 – What Are Online Casino Games? Each Type Of Game Explained
    • Did you know that as of 2018 there where roughly ten million online casinos worldwide? This is because online gambling has grown so popular.
  • Baltimore Post-Examiner, 1.18.19 – 4 Things We Learned about Online Gaming in 2018
    • Another year has come and gone, so what exactly did we learn from 2018. With major developments in augmented and virtual reality, and new titles like Fortnite shooting straight into the viral stratosphere, what can we take away from such an exciting year?