Industry News of the Day for October 4, 2022

Industry News

  • Conor Porter for SBC Americas: Sporttrade becomes IBIA member to protect betting integrity
    • Sporttrade, a sports betting and trading exchange platform, has become a member of the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA).  The platform now joins other regulated sports betting operators from around the world as a member of the IBIA.
  • J.R Duren for Which State Debuts Online Sports Betting First: MD, OH Or MA?
    • Three states are in the midst of finalizing official regulations for online sports betting: Maryland, Massachusetts and Ohio. The latter of these states has already announced a specific launch date, while the other two have only offered rough estimates. So, which state will reach the finish line first?


  • Derek Helling for Attorney General Tells Alabama Bingo Halls To Shut Machines Down
    • Barring some significant changes, three Alabama bingo halls will have to shut down their machines or risk prosecution by the end of October 2022. The Alabama attorney general is pressing the matter of the legality of electronic bingo machines at the facilities.


  • Dan Holmes for Prop 26 Spokesperson Suggests There’s Room for Compromise With Prop 27
    • Could the staunch supporters of Prop 26 and Prop 27, at loggerheads over sports betting legalization in California, come to a compromise in the future? That’s what Yes on 26 spokesperson Kathy Fairbanks suggested last month. In a Prop 26 vs. Prop 27 debate between Fairbanks and Yes on 27 spokesperson Nathan Click, Fairbanks said perhaps a compromise will be what’s necessary to legalize sports betting in California.


  • John Holden for Legal Sports Report: Feds File Answering Brief In Florida Sports Betting Compact Appeal
    • The next round of briefs in the Florida sports betting case arrived Monday, shedding light on the federal government’s approach. The federal government, in representing the Department of Interior, filed its answering brief in the appeal over the 2021 gaming compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Governor Ron DeSantis.


  • Chris Altruda for Tekkorp At Risk Of Withdrawing Illinois Online License Application
    • Tekkorp Digital Acquisition, which was the only applicant moved forward by the Illinois Gaming Board in late April for an online-only sports wagering license, may be forced to drop pursuit of its plans if shareholders do not vote for an extension next week to continue talks with Playtech, Caliente Interactive, and Caliplay.


New York

  • Mark Saxon for New York Casino Board Adds Members As New Proposal Emerges
    • Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossella is the latest official to make a pitch for one of the three downstate casino licenses that will be under consideration by the New York State Gaming Commission beginning this month. Since two sites, the racinos at Yonkers and Aqueduct, are considered likely license recipients because of advantages in speed to market, most gambling industry observers consider only one license to be truly at large.


  • Derek Helling for Study Says Pennsylvania Casinos Need To Improve Gender Diversity
    • Each year, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PCGB) assesses the workforce at the state’s brick-and-mortar casinos for diversity. The 2022 report shows that while Pennsylvania casinos are on par with the state’s population in terms of ethnic diversity, they have work to do to be on the same level when it comes to gender equality.


  • Rashid Mohamed for Dallas Case Could Signal End Of Legal Poker In Texas
    • Texas gambling laws are confusing. They outlaw nearly everything, but they also provide gray areas. For example, the Texas Constitution does not permit poker per se, but there is a loophole in the penal code. It permits poker clubs to operate provided the clubs don’t secure any economic benefits. It’s been an ongoing battle for CEO Ryan Crow to keep the doors of the Texas Card House in Dallas open.