iDEA Growth in the News:
- Gambling Compliance, 7.20.20 – Rhode Island Deals Another Blow To In-Person Registration (Full text at bottom of page)
- Rhode Island has joined Illinois in abandoning an in-person registration requirement for online sports betting in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, but advocates of remote registration insist their battle is not yet won.
iDEA Growth Member News:
- Legal Sports Report, 7.20.20 – FanDuel, DraftKings Licenses Make Illinois Sports Betting Land Of Thinkin’
- The buzz around mobile Illinois sports betting reaches new volume this week as FanDuel and DraftKings receive their temporary permits.
- Sports Handle, 7.20.20 – FanDuel, DraftKings Get Temporary Sports Betting Permits In Illinois
- The race between FanDuel and DraftKings to enter the Illinois sports betting market accelerated Monday when the Illinois Gaming Board awarded both temporary operating permits.
- SBC Americas, 7.21.20 – DraftKings Study Aims To Gauge Sports Fandom Amid COVID Crisis
- With the NBA and MLB shaping up to resume play, sportsbook operator DraftKings has conducted a national study of 1,000 self-identified sports fans.
- Legal Sports Report, 7.20.20 – The Week In Sports Betting News: PA, NJ Markets Slowly Rebounding
- Sports betting enthusiasts around the US are rejoicing this week at the news of the return of major sports with MLB starting its shortened season Thursday.
- Legal Sports Report, 7.21.20 – What’s A Legal US Sportsbook? A Quarter Of Bettors Still Don’t Know
- It’s not always easy for less-educated sports bettors to know which sportsbooks are legal in the United States. But one thing appears clear: bettors want to be on the right side of the law.
- SBC Americas, 7.21.20 – AGA Study Shows Bettors Are Eschewing Illegal Bookies For Legal Options
- New research from the American Gaming Association (AGA) shows that the fight against illegal sports betting operators is beginning to tip in favor of the newly legalized sector, with consumers moving their business away from illegal bookies and toward legal options.
- iGB North America, 7.21.20 – AGA Study Highlights Confusion Over Legal Betting In US
- The American Gaming Association (AGA) has pledged to strengthen its education efforts after new research found that over half of consumers who wagered with unlicensed operators in the US did not know they had gambled illegally.
- Gambling Compliance, 7.21.20 – Table Tennis Betting Boom Potentially Reaching Its Conclusion (subscription paywall)
- With three professional American sports leagues set to return to play over the next two weeks, both operators and regulators may be inclined to clamp down on a table tennis market that has been a life jacket for sports-betting revenues since March.
- Gambling Compliance, 7.21.20 – Fixed-Odds Wagering Expected To Come From A Land Down Under To The US (subscription paywall)
- As the saying goes, the United States and the United Kingdom are two countries divided by a common language, and it is becoming increasingly important for sports-betting operators to understand cultural differences not just on both sides of the Atlantic but around the world.
- US Bets, 7.21.20 – Study: Smart Sportsbook Operators Will Offer Far More Than Just Betting Options
- Forward-thinking online sports betting sites ought to begin offering a broader experience for their customers than just giving them a way to place wagers.
- iGB North America, 7.21.20 – Tipico Selects SG Digital To Power US iGaming Launch
- German betting and gaming operator Tipico is continuing preparations for its entry to the US market, selecting Scientific Games’ OpenGaming product suite for its New Jersey-facing igaming offering.
Overall Industry News:
- The Wall Street Journal, 7.20.20 – Caesars And Eldorado Close $8.58 Billion Merger
- An $8.58 billion cash-and-stock merger of Eldorado Resorts Inc. and Caesars Entertainment Corp. closed Monday, forging the largest casino operator in the U.S. amid uncertainty across the industry over the continuing spread of Covid-19.
- Online Poker Report, 7.20.20 – It’s Official: Eldorado Completes $17 Billion Acquisition Of Caesars
- Casino giants Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment are officially one.
- US Bets, 7.20.20 – As Eldorado Closes Caesars Entertainment Deal, William Hill Appears Primed For Takeover Of Caesars’ Sportsbook Properties
- Caesars Entertainment completed its long-awaited merger with Eldorado Resorts on Monday in a $17.3 billion deal that will create the largest casino and entertainment company in the U.S.
- US Bets, 7.20.20 – Penn National CEO Explains Decision To Partner With Barstool Brand
- Penn National CEO Jay Snowden says that shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door in May 2018 for all states to legalize sports betting, he and his colleagues began to observe the New Jersey marketplace for that activity.
Sports League News:
- Los Angeles Times, 7.20.20 – MLB To Lay Groundwork For In-Game Gambling During A Season Fans Must Watch From Home
- What better time than during a pandemic-shortened season fans can’t watch from ballparks to get them hooked on betting on baseball?
- Online Poker Report, 7.20.20 – Partypoker US Network Gets A Fresh Coat Of Paint Ahead Of Pennsylvania Launch
- Partypoker rolled out a significant software update on Thursday for sites on its US-facing network. The changes, which are primarily cosmetic, apply to all three of its skins: partypoker, Borgata Poker, and BetMGM Poker.
- SBC Americas, 7.20.20 – Oneida Indian Nation To Reopen New York Sportsbooks This Week
- Oneida Indian Nation has confirmed the reopening this week (July 22) of The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Turning Stone, Point Place Casino and YBR Casino & Sports Book.
- iGB North America, 7.20.20 – Intralot Extends With Vermont Lottery
- Intralot has signed an extension to its technology and services agreement with the Vermont Lottery.
- WDBJ, 7.20.20 – Legal Sports Betting To Debut In Virginia Early Next Year
- As state lawmakers voted to expand gambling this year, casinos received most of the attention, but another form of wagering will soon be legal in Virginia.
- PlayMichigan, 7.20.20 – Little River Casino Open’s Northern Michigan’s First Sportsbook
- After two recent tribal casino sportsbook openings in downstate, sports betting has now opened in northern Michigan.
- Colorado Springs Gazette, 7.21.20 – Cripple Creek Casinos Report Strong First Month After Reopening
- Customers have returned to Cripple Creek casinos in bigger-than-expected numbers since the casinos reopened after being closed for three months due to the pandemic.
- Sports Handle, 7.20.20 – Washington State Gambling Commission Prepping For Sports Betting Rule Making
- Late Friday afternoon, the Washington State Gambling Commission voted 3-0 to open the legal sports betting rule-making process and agreed to move forward with a request to the state legislature to forgive or extend repayment of a $6 million loan that is part of the new sports betting law.
Rhode Island Deals Another Blow To In-Person Registration
- Rhode Island legislature passes bills to allow remote registration of mobile sports-betting accounts
- Some 14,000 online betting accounts yet to be activated as players have not visited a casino
- Move follows Illinois governor’s suspension of in-person registration requirement
Rhode Island has joined Illinois in abandoning an in-person registration requirement for online sports betting in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, but advocates of remote registration insist their battle is not won yet.
Both houses of Rhode Island’s General Assembly voted late Thursday to pass legislation to delete a provision from the state’s sports-betting law that currently requires mobile wagering accounts to be established in person at one of two land-based casinos.
To become law, one of either House Bill 8097 or Senate Bill 2919 now just needs to be signed by Governor Gina Raimondo — a fait accompli given that Raimondo’s administration lobbied for the change.
Once approved, it will take around a month for the Rhode Island Lottery to implement remote registration for its Sportsbook Rhode Island online betting platform, said Paul Grimaldi, a lottery spokesperson in the state’s Department of Revenue.
Since online betting launched last September, some 14,000 players, or 45 percent of all sign-ups, still have not visited a casino to activate their accounts, lottery officials said in a presentation to lawmakers last week.
In states with remote registration, around 75 percent of players creating accounts go on to make deposits and place bets.
Grimaldi said allowing remote registration is “one part of the effort the Rhode Island Lottery and its partners take to minimize the effects of COVID-19 among those who interact with the gaming options available in Rhode Island.”
“Like any new product, player feedback is important. We’ve worked with our partners to improve the sports-betting experience since it launched,” Grimaldi added in an email to VIXIO GamblingCompliance. “The evolution of player registration to a fully remote process … is part of that effort as we work to provide the best possible player experience.”
Rhode Island’s move, made during a special session of the legislature convened to address coronavirus, means three of the four states that require in-person registration for online betting accounts are now moving toward a remote sign-up process.
Last month, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an emergency order to suspend his state’s own in-person registration requirement for online sports betting due to the state of emergency declared to tackle COVID-19.
Although Illinois’ land-based casinos have since reopened, remote registration will be allowed until at least July 26 and could be continued for as long as a formal state of disaster endures.
In Iowa, a similar requirement to activate accounts at a casino will expire on December 31, potentially leaving Nevada as the only state with an in-person registration requirement by year-end.
Still, online betting advocates opposed to in-person registration expect that states will continue to consider copying the Nevada model.
Various states including Kentucky, Connecticut and Missouri have considered bills either this year or last that would require online betting accounts to be established at land-based gaming facilities.
“While the walls seem to be crumbling around in-person registration, there will always be some land-based operators that will insist on it as a way to attract customers at their properties and keep a competitive advantage,” said John Pappas, a government affairs consultant and spokesperson for the iDEA Growth association of U.S.-facing online gambling companies.
“We will need to continue to educate lawmakers that remote registration is what their constituents want and will lead to considerably more tax revenue for the state,” Pappas told VIXIO GamblingCompliance.
“The new realities of social distancing hopefully makes the merits of fully-remote registration even easier for lawmakers to digest.”
Remote registration is not the only legal change set to be triggered by the new legislation passed last week in Rhode Island.
In addition, the legislation will require mobile sports bettors to be geolocated within Rhode Island only when they are actually placing a wager.
The current law requires geolocation whenever a player logs on to the lottery’s Sportsbook Rhode Island platform, which is powered by William Hill US and IGT.
In theory, that would appear to make it easier for residents of nearby states, including Massachusetts, to log on to select their bets at home before clicking to place them once physically located in Rhode Island.