Industry News of the Day for January 30, 2019
iDEA Growth in the News:
- Play USA, 1.29.19 – DC Small Businesses Push For Single Supplier Sports Betting Process (J. Pappas quoted as iDEA spokesperson)
- Small businesses in the Nation’s Capital want a piece of the sports betting pie.
- WAMU (also posted on DCist.com), 1.29.19 – In Rush To Implement Sports Betting, Unease Over D.C.’s Plan For Lottery Contract (J. Pappas mentioned in article)
- If D.C. officials have their way, residents and visitors will be able to cast legal wagers on sports at physical locations and by using an app by as early as this fall, beating every other jurisdiction in the Washington region and potentially reaping a first-to-the-market revenue windfall.
- Sports Handle, 1.30.19 – With Large Shoes To Fill, Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. Continues Push For Sports Betting In New York
- When the New York legislative session ended last June with the future of sports betting unresolved, some gaming advocates expressed concern that any momentum toward legalization could stall with the retirement of state senator John Bonacic.
- Online Poker Report, 1.29.19 – New York Gaming Commission Approves MGM Yonkers Licenses
- Online poker and sports betting have a new stakeholder ally in New York. The NYS Gaming Commission on Monday approved MGM Resorts to take over operations of Empire City Casino and Yonkers Raceway. Those licenses allow MGM to move forward on closing its $850 million purchase.
- Lower Hudson Journal, 1.29.19 – It’s official: MGM gets approval to own and operate Empire City Casino and Yonkers Raceway
- The state Gaming Commission on Monday approved a series of licenses to allow MGM Resorts to purchase Empire City Casino and Yonkers Raceway.
- Buffalo News, 1.29.19 – Seneca Nation weighs sports betting for its Western New York casinos
- Seneca Nation officials are looking at the possibility of bringing sports wagering to the tribe’s three casinos in Western New York, but are not yet committed to the idea.
- The New York Times, 1.29.19 – New Jersey Embraces Sports Gambling, and a Billion-Dollar Business Is Born
- Lisa Kerney once earned her living hosting “SportsCenter” on ESPN, making her a nightly fixture in the vast American conversation between sports fans and their favorite athletes, teams and leagues. Her latest endeavor, she believes, is just as all-American.
- NJ Gambling Sites, 1.29.19 – Ocean Resort Casino’s Mystery Owner Revealed To Be New York Hedge Fund
- The news of Ocean Resort Casino switching hands started making headlines earlier this month. But at the time, the name of the owner replacing Bruce Deifik was not known.
- News 12, 1.29.19 – Addiction advocates worry about sports betting ahead of Super Bowl
- This year’s Super Bowl will be the first one since New Jersey allowed legalized sports betting. Nicholas Amato, with the Genova Burns Casino and Gaming Industry Group, says that he expects New Jersey residents to wager millions of dollars on Sunday’s game.
- Play WV, 1.29.19 – West Virginia Sports Betting Sees Mobile Revenue Rise
- In the short history of West Virginia sports betting, mobile sports betting revenue took a backseat to its retail counterpart for the two casinos that have an online app. That changed this week.
- Sports Handle, 1.29.19 – Mississippi Considers Mobile Sports Betting Legislation
- Mississippi sports bettors have some good news. The state has a proposal on the table that would set the stage for allowing online/mobile wagering statewide, as well as remote account registration.
- KTAR News, 1.29.19 – State senator introduces bill to allow sports betting in Arizona
- When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law prohibiting sports betting in May, many in Arizona saw an opportunity for the state to benefit.
- Sports Handle, 1.29.19 – NH Dips Toe Into Sports Betting Pool With Bill That Would Allow Mobile Betting
- New Hampshire joined the growing list of New England states to jump into the sports betting fray earlier this month when Representative Tim Lang (R-Belknap 4) filed HB 480, a bill that would legalize sports wagering, including state-wide via mobile devices and web platforms. A hearing before the Ways and Means Committee is set for Wednesday in the state capitol of Concord.
- Legal Sports Report, 1.29.19 – South Dakota Sports Betting Amendment Would Let Voters Choose Legal Wagering
- State legislators introduced a constitutional amendment this week to put South Dakota sports betting on the ballot.
- Play PA, 1.29.19 – PA Sportsbook Operators Make Some Predictions About Their First Super Bowl
- The quick transformation of Rivers Sportsbook has astounded Rivers Vice President of Slot Operations Andre Barnabei.
- Daily Item, 1.29.19 – More casinos line up to offer sports betting
- Sports betting should soon be available to gamblers in all four corners of the state. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is expected to vote next Wednesday on a proposal by a casino in Erie to offer sports wagering.
- PokerFuse, 1.29.19 – Kindred Group Partners with Mohegan Sun Pocono for Online Gaming in Pennsylvania
- The Kindred Group and the Mohegan Sun Pocono casino in Pennsylvania will work together to bring online sports betting and casino games to players in PA.
- KATZ, 1.28.19 – Lawmakers introduce bill to clarify ‘letter of support’ rule for casino applicants
- Several state legislators are introducing a bill to help clarify the ‘letter of support’ rule for casino applicants ahead of the Arkansas State Racing Commission’s public hearing on the rules and regulations for casino expansion next month.
- NBC CT, 1.28.19 – Mashantucket Pequot, Mohegan Tribes Announce Name of Proposed East Windsor Casino
- The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes announced the name and released the logo for their proposed joint casino in East Windsor on Monday.
- Tribune-Star, 1.27.19 – Editorial: Dreams of a casino town
- If used right, gambling revenues could boost community’s future. The impact of a prospective casino on Terre Haute and Vigo County could be maximized if the tax revenue is used to strengthen the community’s future.
iDEA Member News:
- Sports Handle, 1.29.19 – Q&A With Dr. Laila Mintas On U.S. Sports Betting Integrity
- A well-known and respected figure in the sports betting community, Dr. Laila Mintas, Chairwoman of the Board of Advisors at Bet.Works, will be speaking at the upcoming Betting on Sports America, taking place on April 23-25 in New Jersey. Dr. Mintas was previously the Deputy President for Sportradar.
- Play NJ, 1.29.19 – DraftKings Partners With Evolution To Expand Its Online Casino With Live Dealer
- DraftKings Sportsbook recently expanded its NJ sports betting offerings by opening an online casino. Now, it is doubling down on its casino expansion by partnering with Evolution Gaming to offer live dealer games.
Overall Industry News:
- The New York Times, 1.29.19 – Will Sports Betting Transform How Games Are Watched, and Even Played?
- Gambling on sports became explicitly legal in Nevada in 1949. Until recently, the prospect of it spreading beyond that state’s borders was treated as potentially ruinous by the franchise owners and commissioners who ruled over sports.
- SB Nation, 1.29.19 – Super Bowl 2019: Where can I legally bet on Rams vs. Patriots?
- Super Bowl week is upon us, and for the novice bettor, that means they need to get their wagers in. Early money last week pushed the Patriots from one-point underdogs to 2.5-point favorites against the Rams, but this week is when the weekend warriors will start to get their wagers in.
- Times Square Chronicle, 1.29.19 – Live Dealers and Virtual Reality: Online Gambling Trends for 2019
- The year 2019 ushered in with big changes for the online gambling industry. The industry has seen tremendous growth and this year is no exception as different advancements in the fields of Internet of Things (IoT) and Virtual Reality (VR) will play big roles in shaping online gambling trends, not just this year but also in the coming years.