Industry news of the day:
- Sports Handle, 1.8.19 – Sports Betting Brings Potential Early ‘Success Story’ for Connecticut Legislature
- After their colleagues’ efforts stalled in 2018, a new group of Connecticut lawmakers is looking to pick up the sports betting baton and bring it home.
- Eyewitness News, 1.8.19 – Lawmakers set to roll dice on sports betting
- Gov.-elect Ned Lamont will be sworn in on Wednesday, and he already has ideas on how to fix the state’s financial problems. One of them is legalizing sports betting.
- Journal Inquirer, 1.8.19 – Sports-betting bill would legalize practice at state’s casinos
- The legislative session doesn’t officially begin until Wednesday, but several members have started early, co-sponsoring a bill that would legalize sports betting in Connecticut casinos.
- Boston Globe, 1.9.19 – Tribal supporters, MGM seek to be part of sports betting
- Various factions have begun angling to get a piece of the action if Connecticut pushes ahead with legalizing sports gambling in the new legislative session, which opens Wednesday.
- The Washington Post, 1.8.19 – D.C. Council puts off decision on sole-source sports betting contract
- The D.C. Council put off a decision Tuesday on whether to skip competitive bidding and award a sole source contract for management of the city’s new venture into sports betting. Council members said they wanted to alleviate concerns about the measure by giving the public time to weigh in.
- Sports Handle, 1.8.19 – D.C. Emergency Sports Betting Legislation Withdrawn
- D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson on Tuesday withdrew emergency legislation that would have allowed the D.C. Lottery to contract directly with Intralot as its sports betting operator and avoid a bidding process. The legislation was initially on the agenda at the request of D.C. Lottery CFO Jeff DeWitt, whose office sent a memo to the Council late last week explaining that the District would give up its position as a “first mover” on sports betting by having to go through a lengthy bidding process for an operator.
- iGaming Business, 1.9.19 – DC betting delayed over DC Lottery, Intralot concerns
- The launch of legal sports betting in Washington DC is set to be delayed after emergency legislation designed to fast-track its implementation was dropped.
- NJ Online Gambling, 1.8.19 – Ocean’s Tide is Rising, Thanks to Atlantic City’s Most Popular Sportsbook
- Of all the encouraging figures in the most recent New Jersey gaming revenue report, perhaps the most eye-catching was the number 1,908,742. That was the revenue, in dollars, generated by the live sportsbook at Ocean Resort Casino in November, good for No. 1 by a healthy margin among Atlantic City casinos — more than doubling runner-up Borgata.
- Penn Bets, 1.8.19 – The Complete Guide to PA
Mobile Casino Apps for IOS and Android Devices
- When online casino sites launch in the Commonwealth sometime in early 2019, gamblers won’t be limited to placing real-money bets from their desktop computers, they’ll have the option of betting via myriad mobile apps as well.
- CBS Philly, 1.8.19 – Parx
Casino Wraps Up First Day of Sports Betting
- Gamblers in our area have another place to bet on the defending Super Bowl champs and other teams. Parx Casino just wrapped up its first day of sports betting.
- Go Erie, 1.9.19 – Erie
casino hopes for February approval of sports betting
- The Pennsylvania Casino Control Board meets Wednesday to consider final approval of the sale of Presque Isle Downs & Casino to the thoroughbred-racing giant Churchill Downs. If all goes as planned, the sale will officially close early Friday morning.
- iGaming Business, 1.8.19
York Senator files online poker bill
- New York Senator Joseph Addabbo has launched a new bid to legalise online poker in the state, which seeks to block any company involved in the US iGaming market after December 31, 2006.
- Capital Gazette, 1.9.19 – Jimmy DeButts: Maryland’s road to sports betting needs leadership
- Lace up those sneakers boys and girls, this General Assembly better get off to a running start.
- Daily Memphian, 1.9.19 – Council ponders fine print of sports betting bills
- Memphis City Council members are on record as supporting “state legislative efforts” to legalize sports gambling and specifically legalizing it in the Beale Street Entertainment District.
- Memphis Business Journal, 1.9.19 – Memphis City Council weighs pros and cons of sports betting
- Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration and most of the Memphis City Council are in agreement — they want sports-betting on Beale Street.
- Sports Handle, 1.9.19 – Latest Virginia Sports Betting Bill Prohibits Wagering on College Sports
- A new Virginia sports betting bill would completely prohibit betting on collegiate sports, tax operators at 10 percent of adjusted gross revenue and defines a “sports betting platform,” but does not otherwise appear to address mobile or online wagering. The bill is the second pre-filed in the Virginia General Assembly, which opens its new session today.
- Prairie Public News,
1.8.19 – Bills
to legalize sports betting introduced in the 2019 Legislature
- Two bills have been introduced into the 2019 North Dakota Legislative Session to legalize sports betting.
- No new federal updates to report.
Sports league updates:
- PlayUSA, 1.8.19 – Sports Betting Guide:
The Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs
- With the NFL’s Wild Card Weekend in the books, the match-ups are now set for the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. This weekend, the eight teams still in the hunt will square off with spots in the AFC and NFC Championship games hanging in the balance.
- NJ Online Gambling, 1.8.19 – The Stars Group Gets Yet Another Six-Month Extension to Operate in New Jersey; No Timeline on Official License Yet
- New Jersey gaming regulators have granted another waiver to The Stars Group so it can continue to offer online gambling in the state.
Overall industry updates:
- No new overall industry updates to report.