Industry News of the Day for June 7, 2019

New York:

  • Sports Handle, 6.7.19 – New York Likely To Approve Casino Sports Betting Regulations Monday
    • It’s known as a 60-day “public comment period” – but this recently-concluded time frame by the New York Gaming Commission might as well have been titled “speak now or forever hold your peace,” or “last call!” And so there were plenty of takers to the commission, which released a summary of the comments on Thursday.
  • Legal Sports Report, 6.6.19 – Did The Illinois Bill Create A Knock-On Effect For New NY Sports Betting Amendment?
    • Sports fans might soon be able to place bets on the New York Knicks and Rangers from Madison Square Garden or the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. introduced an amendment to his sports betting bill Wednesday that would allow sports betting at racetracks, off-track betting parlors, and sports stadiums and arenas. The Illinois sports betting bill also allows for betting at arenas and stadiums.


  • Legal Sports Report, 6.6.19 – Apple Is Creating A Huge Obstacle For Some PA Online Sportsbooks, Casinos
    • SugarHouse Casino recently became the first to market in Pennsylvania online sports betting, opening its digital doors to bettors via its website as well as the SugarHouse Sportsbook PA app for Android mobile devices.
  • Play Pennsylvania, 6.6.19 – PA Casinos File Motion To Shut Down Pa Online Lottery Games
    • Remember that lawsuit Pennsylvania casinos filed against the PA Lottery over PA online lottery games last year? The case went nearly a year with no progress, but it is finally rearing its head again. Penn Live reports that the casinos in the suit are seeking an injunction to block at least nine of the 39 online instant game titles offered on the Pennsylvania Lottery’s website.
  • Online Poker Report, 6.6.19 – SugarHouse Sportsbook Launch Is A Sweet Treat For Pennsylvania Bettors
    • Evidence of the omnibus gambling expansion Pennsylvania lawmakers approved in 2017 is showing up all across the Commonwealth. A new PA online lottery was one of the first signs last year and has since expanded to include keno and virtual sports at bars and restaurants.

Federal News:

  • Forbes, 6.5.19 – How Monday’s Wire Act Decision Affects The Poker, DFS And Sports Gambling Industries
    • On Monday, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire held that the Interstate Wire Act applies only to “activities associated with sports gambling” and not to the interstate sale of online lottery tickets. This decision calls into doubt the new, broader interpretation of the Wire Act adopted by the Trump administration in a November 2018 memorandum, which has since emerged as a source of grand controversy within the broader gambling community.

iDEA Growth Member News:

  • iGB North America, 6.6.19 – ICE North America – Jim Ryan Interview (Pala Interactive)
    • Pala Interactive chief executive Jim Ryan shares his thoughts on the impact of the Department of Justice’s revised Wire Act opinion, explaining why he feels the industry can, and will, adapt whether or not it is ultimately enforced. Ryan, speaking to Stephen Carter at ICE North America, also discusses Pala Interactive’s increasingly international outlook, and why it remains committed to the US.