Industry News of the Day for March 22, 2023

iDEA Growth Member News

  • Vixio Gambling Compliance: Silence Greets Pleas To Delay Adopting Proposed Tribal Gaming Rules
    • So far, it does not look like federal regulators are willing to back off their newly-proposed rules for the $40bn Indian gaming industry despite several objections to proposals that include allowing for state-wide online gaming within tribal compacts.
    • Jeff Ifrah, of Ifrah Law, is quoted in the article.
  • SBC Americas: Scientific Games Makes Executive Appointments To Spearhead Digital and Betting Growth
    • Scientific Games has made three key appointments to build the digital and sports betting wings of its business as it continues to gather momentum in North America. Promoting talent from within its own ranks, SG has appointed Kira Summers, Merv Huber, and Amy Bergette to the VP rank within its hierarchical structure.
  • Gambling News: FanDuel Doubles Down on Initiatives amid Problem Gambling Awareness Month
    • FanDuel will highlight the importance of safer gambling through a series of initiatives, the company announced. The leading NA operator will also donate money to the National Council on Problem Gambling and other organizations to further support a healthier gambling ecosystem.
  • 2023 Ifrah Pitch Competition
    • EGR North America and Ifrah Law invite start-ups across all verticals of online gaming to submit a short video or presentation exhibiting their products, services, or new technologies. Whether you are offering a new online casino product or safer gambling tool, we want to see how you plan to disrupt the U.S. online gaming market.
    • Interested? The deadline to enter is March 31, 2023. Click here to enter.


  • Legal Sports Report: Alabama Sports Betting Appears On Radar At Legislature
    • Alabama sports betting apps could become reality under legislation lawmakers are exploring after returning to Montgomery for the 2023 session. AL sports betting is one of several gaming-related changes that John Pappas, GeoComply senior vice president of government and public affairs, spoke with lawmakers about on their first day of session Monday.


  • Sports Handle: Maryland Sports Betting Bills Make It Through Crossover Day
    • The Maryland Legislature’s crossover day passed Monday, and a few bills related to sports betting received action that could enable them to become law. Failing to pass into the opposite chamber in Maryland would not have signaled the end of a bill’s hopes of becoming law, but it would have decreased those chances. A bill moved into the opposite chamber after the crossover deadline is subject to referral to rules committees.


  • Gaming Today: Missouri Sports Betting Gets First-Round Approval in House
    • It’s a first-round win for Missouri sports betting. The proposal in House Bill 556 – which would bring up to 45 sportsbook apps to Missouri, with revenue taxed at 10 percent — passed by a first-round voice vote in the lower chamber Monday night. It must be called for a second vote in the House before it can advance to the Senate. That Missouri House vote could come later this week.

New Jersey

  • PlayNJ: NJ Lawmakers Consider Gambling Addiction Court Program
    • New Jersey is one step closer to becoming the third state to institute a gambling addiction diversion court, a move advocates say is necessary to assist a growing number of people displaying problematic behaviors. On March 20, the state Assembly Tourism, Gaming & The Arts Committee unanimously moved bill A420, establishing a treatment court program for gamblers similar to drug and recovery courts. In NJ, drug courts have proven effective for those convicted of nonviolent offenses directly related to their diagnosed addictions.

North Carolina

  • PlayUSA: North Carolina Sports Betting Takes First Step To House Passage Next Week
    • It took a while for North Carolina sports betting legislation to get going in 2023, but the Tar Heel State could still be first to the finish line. After his HB 347 got its first hearing of the year Tuesday, Rep. Jason Saine told PlayUSA that he expects House passage Wednesday of next week. North Carolina sports betting took its first step forward by advancing through the House Commerce Committee by a 17-7 vote Tuesday.


  • Legal Sports Report: Oklahoma Sports Betting Bill Beats House Deadline, Remains Underdog
    • An Oklahoma sports betting believed to be on ice took a surprise step forward Tuesday, though Its prospects remain uncertain at best. The House advanced an OK sports betting bill Tuesday, 66-26. The bill, HB 1027, needed to pass into the Senate by Thursday to stay alive this session. However, any additional legislative movement this year will require plenty of stakeholder discussions.


  • PlayTexas: Texas GOP Resolution Opposes Gambling As Expansion Bills Head To Committee
    • The Texas Republican Party released a resolution “to be distributed to every Republican member of the Texas Legislature” urging them to stop all efforts to legalize gambling, specifically casinos, in Texas. This resolution, released March 17, came days before the first pieces of gaming legislation in the 2023 legislative session are scheduled for committee hearings.