Industry News of the Day for January 31, 2023

Industry News

  • SBC Americas: NCPG Basts Igaming Regulations In Four States As ‘Insufficient’ To Protect Consumers
    • The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has criticized igaming regulations in four of the seven legalized US markets for falling ‘drastically short’ of its minimum responsible gambling standards. NCPG noted that legislation and practices in Delaware, Michigan, Nevada and West Virginia do not meet the necessary standards that it expects in terms of providing players with sufficient RG protections.


  • Legal Sports Report: SuperBook Among New Sportsbooks Lined Up For Maryland Sports Betting
    • Two new mobile sports betting operators began their path to Maryland sports betting Thursday. On Thursday, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission approved the qualifications of three MD sports betting facilities and two mobile sports wagering license applicants, including SuperBook. The five applicants likely will be on the agenda for the Feb. 15 meeting of the Sports Wagering Wagering Application Review Commission, which has to approve the licenses.


  • PlayMA: Op-Ed: Massachusetts Sports Betting Companies Must Prioritize Responsible Gambling
    • Legal sports betting has arrived in Massachusetts, just months after it was signed into law by Governor Baker, with retail betting to launch at three locations on Jan. 31 — just in time for the Super Bowl and March Madness. Much attention has been paid to a booming industry and expected tax revenues. Still, there hasn’t been an accompanying focus on a critical threat to residents of the Bay State: problem gambling.


  • PlayMissouri: Missouri AG Takes Hands-off Approach On Illegal Gambling
    • Andrew Bailey was sworn in as Missouri’s 44th attorney general on Jan. 9. Right after, Bailey told reporters he has no intention of addressing the rampant spread of illegal gambling in the state. Bailey echoed the same sentiments of his predecessor, Sen. Eric Schmitt, who also refused to confront the problem. Once again, the state lacks a legal opinion on video lottery terminals (VLTs). The machines have been popping up in liquor stores and gas stations across Missouri.

North Dakota

  • Gambling News: North Dakota Senate Stalls Sports Betting Bill
    • The North Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee withheld from issuing a judgment on the proposed sports betting task force, preferring to wait and gather additional data. The state is currently on its way toward legalizing sports betting outside tribal lands, allowing mobile sportsbooks entry into a relatively untapped market. Senate Bill 2358 outlines a new sports betting task force charged with developing an implementation and regulatory framework for online sports betting.


  • Legal Sports Report: Fanatics ‘Optimistic’ On Texas Sports Betting Bill Chances
    • Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently supported the legalization of online Texas sports betting.  Yet it remains unclear whether the Lone Star State can generate enough momentum in the legislature to get online TX sports betting during this year’s session. While its new logo only recently came on the lobbying group’s official website, Fanatics Sportsbook is a founding member of the Texas Sports Betting Alliance, the operator confirmed.
  • PlayTexas: Rep. Ryan Guillen Could Be Key To Legalized Gambling In Texas
      • Rep. Ryan Guillen, R-Rio Grande City, of District 31 was, at the time, the youngest representative ever elected to the Texas Legislature at the age of 24. Two decades later, Guillen could be a key proponent to legalize gambling in the state. While most types of gambling are prohibited in Texas, there’s hope that the 2023 session of the Texas Legislature could change that.