Industry News of the Day for January 25, 2019

New York:


Washington, DC:

  • iGaming Business, 1.24.29 – DC Mayor approves sports betting law
    • Regulated sports betting in Washington DC has moved a step closer after Mayor Muriel Bowser effectively signalled a two-month countdown to the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act coming into law.
  • Washington City Paper, 1.24.19 – Mapping the Ties Between D.C. Councilmembers and Sports Betting Lobbyists
    • D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson warned his fellow councilmembers. If they didn’t pass emergency legislation, sidestepping the competitive bid process for the District’s lucrative new sports gambling contract, they should prepare for the “onslaught of lobbying” that would surely follow.




New Jersey:

  • Sports Handle, 1.25.19 – New Jersey Sports Betting Year One: Trends And Outlook
    • New Jersey sportsbooks in retail form and online took $1.24 billion in wagers in 2018 from mid-June when the first books launched until the end of the year, by which time eight in-person sportsbooks launched and eight more came online.
  • NJ Online Gambling, 1.24.19 – NJ’s Ray Lesniak Delaying Sports Betting Book Release: Here’s Why
    • Anyone looking forward to reading a forthcoming book next week former New Jersey state Senator Ray Lesniak – who would be on any Mount Rushmore of U.S. sports betting expansion – will have to hold their enthusiasm.
  • NJ Online Gambling, 1.24.19 – The Year That Was For New Jersey Gambling Revenue, In Chart Form
    • New casinos, new sportsbooks, and swarms of new sites for players to get their gamble on: 2018 will be remembered as the year that New Jersey attempted to take back its unofficial title of “Premier East Coast Gambling Destination,” a distinction it really hasn’t held since Pennsylvania casinos dealt their first hand of live blackjack back in 2010.


  • WBSM, 1.24.19 – Southeast Casino Process Delayed A Little Longer
    • Gambling regulators agreed Thursday that deciding whether to restart the bidding process for the southeastern Massachusetts casino license will have to wait a little bit longer.




  • Sports Handle, 1.24.19 – Virginia Lawmakers Putting Brakes On Legal Sports Betting?
    • At least three Virginia lawmakers want to make a move on sports betting during the 2019 General Assembly session. But there is a movement afoot to quash gaming efforts — sports betting and otherwise — by several key senators, and the governor.

West Virginia:

  • Poker News Report, 1.24.19 – West Virginia Delays Online Gambling Bill
    • An online gambling bill introduced in West Virginia earlier this month won’t be acted on quickly, the hold pattern likely influenced by the recent DOJ opinion.

Federal News:

  • Play USA, 1.24.19 – He Week After The DOJ Wire Act Opinion Reversal: Chaos Still Reigns
    • On Jan. 14, the Office of Legal Counsel (DOLC) at the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a revised opinion on the applicability of the Wire Act. This apparently innocuous act may have serious implications for the nascent online gambling industry in the US.

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