Industry News of the Day for May 31, 2024

Industry News

  • PlayUSA: Providers’ Investments In AST SpaceMobile Might Expand Online Casino Game Access
    • If you had the foresight to buy AST SpaceMobile stock before January, your happiness with that decision is probably astronomical. Investments by some of the biggest communications providers in the United States have rocketed AST’s stock price in 2024. AST’s ambition is big. If it succeeds, the ramifications could be even bigger for life throughout the US. That would especially apply to people living in more rural areas. Additionally, AST’s success could be a positive development for online gambling companies in the US.
  • Bonus: Twitch’s Latest Content-Control Features Block Casino Streams For Logged-Out Users
    • The streaming platform Twitch has a suite of new content-filtering features, including blocking gambling-related streams for site visitors unless they’re logged in. Aside from gambling, the only content category that received such drastic treatment was sexual themes. This new policy may significantly impact exposure for the affected streams and the regulated gambling products they promote.


  • Gaming Today: Michigan Gaming Control Board Orders Bovada To Stop Taking Bets
    • The Michigan Gaming Control Board has ordered Curacao-based gambling sites and to stop taking bets in the state. Harp Media BV, which operates both unregulated offshore sportsbooks, was issued cease-and-desist orders on Wednesday, according to a press release. The MGCB will “take legal action,” according to the release, if Bovada doesn’t comply by June 13. One industry observer told Gaming Today that Michigan’s ability to stop Bovada would be minimal. Even tech solutions such as restricting access to the sites is in essence a game of “Whac-a-Mole” because offshore sites simply adjust their domains.
  • PlayMichigan: Michigan Supreme Court To Rule On Gambler’s Claim BetMGM Owes Her $3.2M
    • The Michigan Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it will hear a case involving BetMGM refusing to pay a Detroit woman $3.2 million in alleged online casino winnings. It has taken nearly three years to get to this point. PlayMichigan first brought you an exclusive on it back in June 2021. BetMGM Casino Michigan is claiming the money Jacqueline Davis says she is owed was a mistake because of a glitch within the slot game.

New Jersey

  • PlayNJ: New Jersey Welcomes In Newest Online Lottery Courier As Goes Live
    • One of the emerging online lottery provider’s in the country has launched in New Jersey, as debuted in the Garden State on Wednesday. Consumers in New Jersey can purchase instant-order tickets for the Mega Millions and Powerball multi-state lottery games. They can also buy tickets for NJ lottery games such as the daily Pick-3, Pick-4, and Cash 4 Life. Any player who wins an amount up to $599 can receive those funds into an account online. Prizes of $600 or more must be redeemed at a New Jersey lottery retailer.

New York

  • PlayNY: Addabbo Pushes Online Poker Bill To Gauge Interest In NY Gambling Expansion
    • Some 10 years ago, as the New York legislative session began to wind down, Asm. Gary Pretlow introduced a bill to legalize online poker in the Empire State. It never made it out of committee back then. Every effort since, from either the Assembly or Senate, has met similar fates. But that decade-old bill from Pretlow was the starting point for Sen. Joseph Addabbo in 2024. A few weeks ago, Addabbo – on the heels of seeing his latest push to legalize online casinos in New York – introduced legislation that would specifically legalize NY online poker.