Industry News of the Day for January 5, 2023

Industry News

  • PlayUSA: Court Rules Against Jackpocket In Trademark Lawsuit
    • Jackpocket employed a lawsuit to guard against what it saw as the dilution of its branding. That action hasn’t produced the desired result, however, and the lottery courier service now has some decisions to make. A federal court ruled against Jackpocket, throwing out its complaint. The ruling could clear the way for the defendant in the action to start mounting a challenge to Jackpocket in the United States.
  • iGB North America: Fanatics confirms Amelco will power its sportsbook
    • Sports apparel giant Fanatics will use Amelco’s source code to power its sports betting product, the business announced in a Massachusetts licensing meeting. Fanatics had long made its intentions to enter the world of sports betting known. The business was part of an application for a license in New York back in 2021, while last year it created a betting and gaming arm and made a number of major hires within this division.


  • PlayMA: Why BetRivers Didn’t Apply for Massachusetts Online Sportsbook License
    • At first blush, BetRivers appeared to be conspicuously absent on the list of mobile sportsbooks that applied for Massachusetts sports betting operator licenses. A total of 15 sports betting operator applications were received before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s deadline of Nov. 21, 2022. DraftKings, FanDuel, and PointsBet were among the 12 operators seeking mobile licenses.
  • Legal Sports Report: Fanatics Pitch To MA Sports Betting Regulator Confirms Platform Provider
    • BetFanatics will be powered by Amelco, as LSR reported in April and was confirmed in a MA sports betting hearing Wednesday. The operator confirmed its usage of the B2B supplier during its online Massaschusetts sports betting license suitability review Wednesday with the MA Gaming Commission.


  • PlayMichigan: Shared Player Pools Bring Bigger Payouts, Some Concerns For Michigan Poker Players
    • The start of 2023 also marked the start of interstate play for Michigan online poker players. After earning permission from both gaming commissions in Michigan and New Jersey, PokerStars was able to combine player pools in the two states on Jan. 1. Interstate play has been an anticipated but long journey for the state. Now that it is here, has it lived up to the hype?


  • SBC Americas: Third sports betting bill introduced in Missouri by Rep. Houx
    • Missouri missed out on passing sports betting legislation in 2022 when bills HB 2502 and HB 2556 failed to pass in the Senate in time for the end of the legislative session last May. But sports betting is firmly back on the legislative agenda for 2023, as a third bill has been pre-filed to bring sports betting to Missouri.

New York

  • PlayNY: Mets Owner Calls For Local Input On Potential NY Casino Near Citi Field
    • It has been no secret that Steve Cohen, owner of the New York Mets, has ample interest in building a New York casino near Citi Field. Now, the billionaire financier is taking it a step further. New Green Willetts LLC, a group formed by Cohen in early 2022 to lobby city and state officials on a potential NY casino near Citi Field, announced last month that it will host a “visioning session” on Jan. 7 at the ballpark.


  • Gaming Today: Key Metrics for Opening of Sports Betting in Ohio Double New York’s
    • The percentage of Ohio sports bettors who opened sportsbook accounts more than doubled that of New York bettors during the opening weekend of the respective states’ sports betting launches. Ohioans created 784,000 unique sportsbook accounts during the first two days of legal online sports betting in their state, according to GeoComply, a firm that tracks gambling transactions. That is equal to 6.7% of Ohio’s population.


  • Play Virginia: November 2022 Virginia Sports Bets Yield Record $7.8M In Taxes
    • November 2022 Virginia sports bets produced one sure-fire result — the state’s general fund won big again. Sportsbooks generated a record $7.78 million in taxes for November, according to the latest Virginia Lottery report released on Friday. The tax amount exceeds the previous record of $7.3 million collected in September.