The wait is finally over as the United States Supreme Court has finally scrapped the ban on sports betting. We take a look at the developments and how New Jersey will adopt the industry.
Considering that the US Supreme Court is due to legislate online sports betting later this year, DraftKings is poised to take advantage of the coming court ruling to expand its businesses within and beyond New Jersey.
The fantasy sports company has begun to liase with several New Jersey casinos to determine partnership courses to take when sports betting becomes legal in all US states.
The only US state where sports betting is currently allowed is Nevada. A federal 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) makes it illegal for every other US state to operate regulated sports betting services. According to PASPA, government entities are not allowed to sponsor, operate, advertise, promote, license or authorize betting programs on games played by amateur or professional athletes.
But the state of New Jersey is currently leading others to challenge this prohibition at the courts, and the Supreme Court will be handing down its decision over the case towards the end of this year.
In readiness for a positive Supreme Court decision legalizing sports betting in most US states, DraftKings co-founder and CEO Jason Robins looks forward to expanding his sports betting business in New Jersey and beyond.
He stated that legalizing sports betting across the entire country would offer “enormous” development opportunities for DraftKings and other gambling operators across the US.
To underscore their readiness for business when the Supreme Court legalizes sports betting in the US, spokesman James Chisholm revealed that DraftKings is “perfectly positioned to succeed in a legal sports betting market.” And to further drive this point home, the DraftKing appointed Sean Hurley as the head of sportsbook, a newly created position within the company.
DraftKings disclosed to Associated Press that it has around 10 million customers. But the betting company revealed that it is focusing on its Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), which is its core offering, at the moment.
“It’s not like [sports betting] is a new activity that all of a sudden is going to be there,” Robins told the media.
“It already exists; it’s just happening on the black market now.”
Many other potential sports betting operators are waiting with bated breath that the US Supreme Court will rule in favor of states so that the national sports betting market can be expanded beyond what currently happens in Nevada alone.
EACH week the team at BettingPlanet takes a look at the latest happenings around the world in terms of gambling legislation changes. From the legalisation of sports betting to a ban on payment methods, these are the issues which can take place worldwide, and we review each country’s news for any changes which may affect you as a punter.
This week, the Australian bookmaker industry is facing the pressure of regulatory changes, while America is gearing up for a record-breaking amount of wagers on the Super Bowl despite a sports betting ban. There are a few notable regulative changes around the rest of the world too, including in Argentina, Portugal, Philippines and Greece. Keep reading to find out more.
Australia bookmaker cans deal
An Australian gambling regulator is wrapping up its eight-month investigation into Tennis Australia, and whether the independent body is doing enough to prevent match-fixing. If the Victorian Commission of Gambling and Liquor Regulation find that former gaming minister, Tony Robinson’s complaints are correct, Tennis Australia will lose its right to claim cuts from bets made on Australian tennis, as well as sponsorship agreements. Robinson complained that a board member of the tennis body is also a director of Crown Resorts, which used to own online betting site, CrownBet, before announcing the sale of its stake earlier this year. He pointed to the sport’s code of conduct, which said those who are associated with tennis cannot accept wagers. A decision will be handed down soon, with insiders suggesting it will result in tightening security protocols.
CrownBet has officially announced it is dumping a deal with New South Wales clubs, penned at the beginning of 2017. The 10-year commercial agreement, which would have seen CrownBet cash-out machines rolled out in participating clubs in NSW, dissolved due to “ongoing regulatory uncertainty”, according to ClubsNSW chief executive, Anthony Ball. The partnership would have generated a commission for club owners for every punter who signed up via the CrownBet app. But with the ongoing regulatory changes, including a ban on sign up inducements and extending lines of credit, there’s a lot of pressure on Australian bookmakers. Ball revealed that the deal did not have clear regulatory direction, ending the lucrative partnership.
US to wager 97 percent of Super Bowl bets illegally
In the lead-up to the Super Bowl LII, the American Gaming Association has pointed out that US bettors will wager $USD4.76 billion on the match, with 97 percent done illegally. The AGA is awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court, with New Jersey seeking to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act 1992, enabling states to legalise sports betting. The independent gambling body argued that $150 billion is wagered illegally every year, and wants SCOTUS to rule in favour of NJ. At the same time, NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, has maintained the NFL’s stance when it comes to regulating sports betting, stating the integrity of the game needs protecting. The NBA has come around, however, stating it will support a PASPA repeal if one percent of every bet goes to sporting leagues.
After a world investigation into whether loot boxes in video games count as a form of gambling, Washington DC has joined the likes of the UK, Australia and Belgium in determining its status. Washington State Senator, Kevin Ranker (D), wants the Gambling Commission to review whether in-game purchases count as gambling and should be prohibited. Last year’s release of Star Wars Battlefront 2 put loot boxes in the public eye since players (many under the age of 18) can purchase them to improve their gameplay. The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) said they didn’t meet the definition of gambling, Belgian’s regulator said the opposite and state regulators in Australia split in their opinion.
A new task force has been set up in Nevada after an investigation by the Review-Journal revealed some US casinos have failed to update their emergency response plans. Several Las Vegas casinos have neglected to revise plans from as far back as 2008, prompting the Nevada Division of Emergency Management to create a team to ensure all response plans are updated. The investigation followed the October 1 massacre at the Route 91 festival at Mandalay Bay Hotel, where 58 people died with more than 500 people injured. There’s no evidence to suggest Mandalay’s Emergency Response Plan, which remained unreviewed since 2012, contributed to the tragic incident.
UK gambling regulator opens new regulations to public comment
The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has opened the floor for interested parties to comment on new compliance protocols. The UK gaming regulator has updated its compliance terms for licensed gambling operators, including changes to marketing and advertising, unfair terms attached to bonuses, and complaints and disputes. Consumers, gambling businesses, stakeholders and the general public can have their say up until April 22, with changes proposed to reduce consumer harm and respond to the declining attitude towards gambling advertising in the country.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr Frank Atherton, based in Wales, is calling on the UK government to improve its gambling advertising restrictions while supporting a mandatory levy on operators, as suggested by think-tank ResPublica. He said after working for four years in Canada, he was shocked with the amount gambling had expanded in the country when he returned. He acknowledged the benefits, including licensed gambling generating revenue for the government, but noted the harmful impacts on the minority who cannot gamble responsibly. He added that the stigma around getting help needs to be removed so more people get treatment.
Meanwhile, Wales will see new laws in 2018, including the Wales Act 2017 reducing stakes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to £10, similarly to plans in Britain to reduce the maximum stake to £2. However, the rules do not apply to premises which feature a dog or horse racing track too.
Argentina makes no money off gaming tax
A lot of governments around the world regulate gambling to generate revenue, but it appears it didn’t work in Argentina. In 2016, Argentinian voters approved a two percent federal tax on all bets placed online with credit and debit cards, effective as of January 1, 2017. While the government estimated making ARS1 billion a year, players have been depositing with alternative payment methods at offshore online gambling sites. Individual states, which have the power to regulate online gambling, have also been reluctant in agreeing with the federal tax, urging players to choose web wallets or other payment options. This has left the government’s plans in shambles and could cause a crackdown on offshore sites.
Portugal to join shared poker liquidity soon
While French poker players can currently verse the Spanish thanks to a shared liquidity agreement between France, Spain, Portugal and Italy, the Portuguese are patiently waiting to join the rooms. The President of ARJEL, Charles Coppolani, told local media that Portugal is close to joining in on the project, which will see Portuguese poker players able to verse French and Spanish players. Portugal’s gambling industry is still very young (established in 2015), and it took a year from when online gambling was legalised to the approval of licenses. While Italy has been reluctant to join due to regulatory issues, the country’s government confirmed it would still be entering the agreement earlier this week.
Greece slaps GVC with large tax bill
Greece has slapped GVC Holdings with a €186.77 million fine for one of its subsidiaries operating with a Greek license. The tax, which can still be appealed, reportedly comes from Sportingbet trading in 2010 and 2011, two years before GVC took over the brand. GVC, which is currently attempting to acquire Ladbrokes, may take the bill to court while paying monthly repayments of €7.8 million into an account, as agreed to by the Greek Audit Center for Large Enterprises. If GVC beats the Greek taxman, it will be able to retrieve the funds from the account.
Philippines remains strong on anti-gambling stance
The Philippines is continuing its fight against illegal gambling, warning government officials they will be prosecuted if found engaging in any form of wagering. This week, Philippine National Police Director General, Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, unveiled a sign which warns government employees they will be arrested if caught gambling. A ceremony took place at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque City as part of a national campaign requiring police to display appropriate signage to keep officials away from casinos and gambling venues. President Rodrigo Duterte has thrown his support behind the campaign, calling for a stricter implementation of the ban.
The 2018 Super Bowl will take place this weekend, with illegal sports betting at the forefront as America awaits the outcome of the Supreme Court sports betting case.
The Philadelphia Eagles will take on the New England Patriots on February 2, with Nevada sportsbooks expecting a record-breaking amount of wagers to be made, totalling more than $USD138.5 million.
But according to the American Gaming Association (AGA), that amount is just a small percentage of what will be wagered by the whole of America, with US bettors set to spend $4.76 billion on the NFL sports betting markets.
The AGA added offshore bookmakers would take 97 percent of the bets.
Under current law, Nevada is one of the four states where bookmakers can accept sports bets from residents. The rest of the US failed to change states laws before the enactment of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) 1992.
The state of New Jersey has been attempting to allow sports betting at its racetracks and casinos, not without several legal challenges mounted by the major sporting leagues.
Last year, the Supreme Court heard the arguments to overturn PASPA and allow individual states to legalise sports betting, with a decision set to be handed down before June 2018.
Unfortunately, it won’t be in time for the Super Bowl LII.
“Thanks to the failed federal ban on sports betting, Americans are sending billions of their hard-earned dollars to corner bookies, shady offshore operators, and other criminal enterprises,” AGA President Geoff Freeman said in a press release.
“The big question we’re asking: Is 2018 finally the year when governments, sporting bodies, and the gaming industry work together to put the illegal sports betting market out of business?”
While several sporting leagues have become more open to the idea of legalising sports betting, with the NBA supporting the legislative change provided one percent of every bet goes to the sporting industry, the NFL has maintained its stance against sportsbooks.
NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, recently expressed his concern about the ban being potentially lifted, given all signs are pointing to a favourable outcome.
Goodell spoke to ESPN Radio this week, stating that he is predominantly concerned with the potential threat to the integrity of pro football.
“You want to be certain that there are no outside influences on our game and that fans don’t even have any issue with that, they understand, whether there’s a perception or not, that there’s no influence in our game,” he said.
“And that’s something that we stand firmly behind on the integrity of our game.”
But the AGA says that sports betting will happen regardless, and it’s better to regulate to have the appropriate bodies in place to deal with external factors which could threaten the integrity of sports.
“As President-elect Donald Trump has acknowledged, illegal sports betting is a thriving industry,” Freeman said.
“The 24-year-old federal ban – which is breathing life into a $150 billion illegal sports betting market — threatens the integrity of games, presents fundamental questions about states’ sovereignty to define their own laws and combat crime within their borders, and prevents fans from engaging with the sports they enjoy in a safe, legal way.”
The AGA is urging the Supreme Court to consider NJ’s arguments, stating it will allow every US state to “address the serious problems associated with illegal sports betting.”
WELCOME back to our weekly gambling column, checking out all the changes in the sports betting and casino industries. We take a look at the biggest news stories from around the world, which you can keep coming back to on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop device.
This week, progress is being made for the US sports betting case with the NBA outlining guidelines. Japan’s Diet has returned, and casino legislation is of high importance. And an interesting proposal has been made by the Turkish Hotelier industry.
Australian casino breaches problem gambling policies
A casino in South Australia has come under fire for not acting when players display signs of problem gambling. According to a study by the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies, Adelaide casino staff don’t intervene when gamblers show signs of problem gambling. The study found that many players could gamble without interruption after four hours of continuous play. The study reviewed automatic alerts and response rates, revealing several, where players gambled for more than four hours with minimal breaks, were ignored. The recommended response time is 15 minutes, but the study found staff responded between a few minutes to more than two hours.
The state is also reviewing its poker machine policy, with the Greens proposing a ban to wipe out pokies/slots from pubs and clubs, similarly to Tasmania. The ban mirrors former Senator Nick Xenophon’s agenda, who has attempted to wipe out Australia’s poker machines. Xenophon, running in the same election with his party SA Best, is yet to reveal his pokies policy to the public. It will reportedly focus on reducing the number of machines in the state and slashing the maximum bet limits to $1, however.
US sporting league switches sports betting sides
In what could be an indication of potential developments in the US, the NBA has formally requested several requirements, which could act as the grounds for sports betting regulation. NBA attorney, Dan Spillane, outlined pre-requisites for sports betting to be approved by the country’s major sporting leagues in New York recently. He said the NBA wants one percent of every bet made to go to sporting leagues while pushing for gambling to be made legal on smartphones and AT stadium kiosks instead of just casinos and racetracks. The regulations all fit into the NBA’s plan of increasing revenue for the league. The Supreme Court is currently considering the sports betting case, brought forward by the state of New Jersey against the NBA, NFL, NHL, and MBL, plus the NCAA, and the latest developments could indicate a change in laws.
Telecoms giant, Verizon, believes the outcome will result in a regulated sports betting industry, according to local media outlets. Verizon has reportedly looked into entering the sports betting industry, provided a favourable court ruling. Verizon recently completed a $4.5 billion Yahoo deal, and already owns a daily fantasy sports site, which could soon see the addition of a sportsbook. Additionally, Verizon has broadcasting partnerships with the NFL and NBA, setting it up to become a bookmaker with live streaming services.
The New York Senate has also been mulling over the best way to tackle sports betting legalisation in the state. The New York Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering held a hearing looking into “the potential of sports betting in New York State.” The hearing included the demands by the NBA, a racing panel discussing its place in the market, and a discussion on whether the government should restrict sports betting to the casinos. The committee will consider arguments for both sides in going forward.
UK review tough regulations
Rumours have been circulating this week, with local media reporting that the UK government is preparing to slash maximum bet limits on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) to £2. The 12-week consultation period reviewing gambling industry regulations held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has left bookmakers uneasy given FOBTs are a dominant source of revenue. While there was hope when the government elected a new Culture Secretary and supporter of the racing industry, Matthew Hancock, sources are indicating the stake reduction will go ahead. Local media reports suggest Hancock believes the machines steal money from the racing industry, while William Hill CEO, Philip Bowcock, said the stories are rumours while arguing the revenue from the machines goes into the racing industry for vision fees.
Just before the consultation period closed on Tuesday, thinktank ResPublica entered a submission with last-minute regulations aiming to curb problem gambling. ResPublica proposed a one percent mandatory levy UK online gambling operators have to pay, which will go towards the treatment of the 430,000 problem gamblers in the country. Gambling charity, GambleAware, supported the levy, stating the 0.01 percent voluntary fee is ineffective. The charity also proposed a ban on using credit cards at UK online casinos and betting sites in the submission, arguing it could prevent people from spending more than they can afford.
Meanwhile, parliament has warned bookmakers to get a grip when it comes to closing punters’ accounts. Politicians have warned that UK betting companies restricting accounts without clarifying why will prompt regulatory intervention.
Greece government wants three new casinos
The Greek Islands are fighting back against a gambling bill supported by the Greece government, proposing three land-based casinos constructed on Santorini, Mykonos and Crete. Santorini’s Mayor, Nikos Zorzos, penned a letter slamming the bill, stating the casinos would change the character of the island and attract a different type of tourists. Mayor of Mykonos, Konstantinos Koukas, also penned a letter, explaining to the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, that the island has more pressing issues, such as building infrastructure and schools, before constructing a casino. Crete is also reportedly against the gambling expansion, which has been proposed to bring in more revenue to the cash-strapped country.
Russia eases bookmaker sign up process
Russian punters have been having so much trouble signing up to bookmakers that the government has had to intervene. Current laws require punters to register online via a centralised payment hub like TSUPIS and then prove their identity in person at a land-based betting shop. But Russia’s Ministry of Finance has recently drafted new legislation eliminating the arduous process, stating Russian online betting sites have “the right to entrust … the identification of a gambling participant to the centre for the recording of online betting of bookmakers or sweepstakes, operating in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Law of December 29 2006 No. 244-FZ.” The proposed legislation follows on from a meeting between the government and the country’s online bookmakers, who revealed the issues behind getting punters to sign up.
Japan prioritises casinos in 2018
The Japanese Diet is back, and according to local media outlets that dissected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s speech, casino legislation will be given priority in 2018. Abe’s speech revealed that the government will likely address the Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill (IR) in the coming months to increase tourism rates in the country. The Japanese government was meant to address the IR bill last year, but a snap election delayed its movements. Before the bill can be addressed, the Diet needs to pass the “Basic Bill on Gambling Addiction Countermeasures”. However, analysts believe the IR bill will pass before June 20, during the 2018 legislative session.
Turkish hoteliers want tourist-only casinos
Turkey wants to attract high rollers from mainland China, but it’s taking a different approach to Crown Resorts aggressive marketing strategy. Turkish Hoteliers Association president, Timur Bayındır, has reportedly said the country needs to open tourist-only casinos to attract wealthy foreigners. Bayındır said there are 261 million Chinese tourists travelling the world, but less than one million visit Turkey, adding that casinos could help attract them to the country. He suggested the island of Yassıada in the Marmara Sea as a potential destination for a tourist-only casino. But he also said the price of tickets to Turkey and the inadequate number of flights needs to change too.
NEW JERSEY poker players don’t even need to leave their couch for a land-based gaming experience, thanks to Atlantic City’s new live dealer variant.
While the rest of the world has been enjoying poker games streamed in real time to their devices, New Jersey residents have either had to make the trip to an AC casino or play in a poker forum, like PokerStars.
But now one of the licensed AC casinos, the Golden Nugget, has debuted live dealer Casino Hold’em. Based on the game of poker, players verse the dealer instead of each other in the Texas Hold’em variant.
The live dealer game, available between 3 pm and 3 am, seven days a week has $1 side bets available. There is no cap on the number of players, so there’s no wait time for a seat.
The game format is similar to what is available at other online casinos, though some live dealer sites have tables open 24/7.
Live dealer providers, such as Evolution Gaming, set up studios or sometimes get their dealers to play at land-based casinos. Golden Nugget has stationed their live dealer in a studio in Atlantic City and the tables are available to players inside the state of NJ.
The dealer is streamed via webcam technology in real time directly to the user’s desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone, and players make their bets by clicking or tapping the interface.
As with all live dealer games, there are several settings available to customise to suit your preferences, including screen display, bet size, resolution and more.
Golden Nugget has teamed up with live dealer software provider Ezugi, which used to supply G’day online casino with a range of real-time games including live keno and live lottery, before.
In 2016, the Golden Nugget and Ezugi rolled out Live Blackjack, American Roulette and Dragon Bonus Baccarat to its New Jersey online gambling sites.
The developer was the first to bring live dealer games to the US and Ezugi NJ CEO Kfir Kugler said they’re honoured to partner with the AC casino again.
“America is in love with poker, and by using the Live Dealer platform, the game retains its strong connection between the player and the dealer in a live environment,” he said.
Golden Nugget’s senior vice president and general manager of online gaming, Thomas Winter, told local media that being the first online casino in AC to offer live dealer games proves the casino’s “commitment to delivering on an innovative and world-class product to our patrons.”
The Golden Nugget is the only online casino, besides Tropicana Casino and Resort, that hasn’t teamed up with a global poker brand like WSOP or PokerStars. However, the Golden Nugget is considered to be NJ’s top online gambling operator for revenue.
Now all that’s left to add is a New Jersey sportsbook.
NEW YORK is among several US states preparing for a positive ruling on sports betting by the Supreme Court (SCOTUS).
The state has announced plans for a hearing, held by the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, to discuss the potential of sports betting.
It’s not clear if the hearing, taking place on January 24, will consider online sports betting, which Pennsylvania passed last year, provided the SCOTUS rules in favour of New Jersey.
SCOTUS will determine whether America should repeal a ban on sports betting in June. The case has been brought by NJ after the four major sporting leagues (NHL, MLB, NFL, and NBA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) mounted a legal challenge against the state’s attempts to add sports betting to race tracks.
Sports betting is illegal in every state in the US, excluding Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. These four states amended legislation before the 1991 deadline and the enactment of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.
If the Supreme Court rules in favour of NJ, several states have already put in place the appropriate legislation, including Mississippi, to allow residents to bet on their favourite sports.
A recent report by gaming analysts, Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, predicts that a total of 18 states will introduce bills this year, estimating 11 will likely pass.
But the report suggests that it’s just the beginning, with more than 30 states potentially introducing US sports betting legislation.
Eilers & Krejcik Gaming managing director, Chris Grove, said that if SCOTUS permits it, there will be a simultaneous expansion of sports betting.
Pennsylvania has already passed a bill in preparation of a regulated sports betting industry, along with Connecticut. Indiana and Kentucky aren’t far behind, both recently introducing legislation.
Indiana’s bill has caused some controversy since surfacing, with the inclusion of an integrity fee. One percent of the total betting handle at sportsbooks in the state will go to sports leagues, with the additional 9.25 percent in tax wagering operators have to pay, as outlined in the bill.
Other states listed as likely to introduce a sports betting bill include:
- Massachusetts (likely to enact)
- Rhode Island (likely to enact)
- New York (likely to enact)
- New Jersey (likely to enact)
- West Virginia (likely to enact)
- South Carolina
- Illinois (likely to enact)
- Michigan (likely to enact)
- Mississippi (may not have to due to fantasy sports bill language)
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Texas is reportedly unlikely to introduce a sports betting bill, according to local media outlets. Texas Governor, Greg Abbot, is reportedly indifferent to regulation, despite the boost to the economy and the estimated creation of more than 9000 jobs.
Other states unlikely to adopt sports betting include;
- South Dakota
Director of the Center for Gaming research at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, David Schwartz, said these predictions are in line with states looking to gambling as a source of revenue.
Industry analysts have also predicted a favourable ruling will open the floodgates to an online gambling expansion as states move to offer sports betting online.
The state of Mississippi is prepared if the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) rules in favour of legalising sports betting.
According to Mississippi Gaming Commission (MGC) executive director, Allen Godfrey, the state “will be ready to address sports gambling” immediately if the court rules in favour of New Jersey and repeals the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) 1992.
New Jersey took its case to SCOTUS after the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCA), along with the four major US sporting leagues, filed a legal challenged against the state amending its laws to add sports betting to its racetracks.
SCOTUS agreed to hear the case on December 4, with oral arguments presented for the New Jersey governor, Chris Christie and the NCAA.
New Jersey’s central argument is that the piece of legislation is unconstitutional, with attorneys arguing that federal law cannot commandeer states under the 10th Amendment.
While a decision on whether it will repeal the piece of legislation banning sports betting in every US state except Nevada, Oregon, Delaware and Montana, isn’t expected until later next year, several states are preparing to amend legislation.
Godfrey said the state could roll out licensed sportsbooks as soon as operators were ready to offer it due to a 2017 legislation change.
Earlier in the year, the state government passed a bill which legalised fantasy sports. But due to the amendments to the Gaming Control Act (GCA), it meant sports betting was legal under state law.
Since federal law overrides state law, Mississippi can’t legally offer sports betting services.
State senator, Sean Tindell, said the bill wasn’t intended to legalise sports betting at the time.
“We knew there was a federal law that prohibited sports betting but allowed fantasy sports gaming,” he said.
“We weren’t concerned with sports betting then because we knew federal law would trump anything we could pass.”
If the court repeals PASPA, all 21 of Mississippi’s casinos could offer sports betting services, provided lawmakers interpret the fantasy sports bill in the same way as Godfrey.
The MGC would still need to map out further regulations if the court sides with the state of New Jersey.
Mississippi isn’t the only state preparing to amend its laws, with Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Rhode Island also gearing up for a change.
A report by Eilers & Krejcik Gaming has estimated that around 32 US states could legalise sports betting over the next five years if PASPA is repealed, which would create a $6 billion regulated industry.
While it’s not clear who the court will side with, Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Anthony Kennedy and Justice Samuel Alito appeared to favour NJ’s arguments.
“This case has very broad implications,” Pacific Legal Foundation attorney, Jonathan Wood, told Mississippi Today.
“If New Jersey wins, it means states have a lot of power to experiment on a lot of issues.
“If the leagues win, the federal government would effectively be telling states what laws their voters can or can’t pass.”
NOTORIOUS New York mobsters have been arrested and charged with running illegal casinos, as well as engaging in a number of other unlawful activities.
Federal Authorities have revealed they have charged seven members of the Gambino and Bonanno organised crime families for illegal gambling, racketeering conspiracy, and obstruction of justice.
Prosecutors unveiled a 13-count indictment for alleged criminal activity in Brooklyn and Long Island between January 2014 and December 2017 on Tuesday and detained the suspects.
The offenders reportedly offered and engaged in illegal poker games, slot machines and online sports betting.
It’s illegal to offer sports betting in America in every state except Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana.
New Jersey is attempting to overturn the piece of legislation which bans individual states from amending laws to allow sports betting (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act 1992). The Supreme Court heard cases for and against legalised sports betting last week, with a decision expected to be handed down before June.
While New York is looking to amend its laws to legalise sports betting it remains illegal in New York for the time being.
Suffolk County police also investigated the mob’s illicit casino, using tapped phone conversations to support their case.
Although New York has land-based casinos, acting captain of the Gambino family, John (Johnny Boy) Ambrosio, was caught on tape telling someone that they didn’t have to travel to the venues, instead, they could play “right here” and “save gas money”.
Ambrosio was arrested, along with Frank (Frankie Boy) Salerno, Anthony Saladino, Thomas Anzaone, Alessandro (Sandro) Damelio, Joseph Durso, and Anthony Rodolico and appeared in federal court before United States Magistrate, Judge Gary Brown on Wednesday.
“The arrests, in this case, prove organised crime families haven’t gone away, and continue to plague our communities with their general disregard for anything other than their own greed,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge, William Sweeney, said.
Along with the illegal gambling charges, the suspects also allegedly distributed a range of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine and Xanax and extended “extortionate” loans to several people, charging high-interest rates and violently collecting fund.
Several of the suspects face a 20-year prison sentence, while Saladino and Salerno face life for distributing of large quantities of cocaine, including 12 individual sales to an undercover cop which amounted to more than half a kilogram.
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There has been a lot happening in Australia this week with bookmakers fighting taxes, and poker machine players receiving new restrictions.
The sports betting case commenced in the US this week, while New Zealand has weighed in on the loot boxes fiasco. Brazil has also managed to delay its online gambling bill again. Find out more below.
Australian bookmakers fight back against taxes
Australian online bookmakers are lobbying the Victorian government to lower the rate of a planned point of consumption tax.
The Aussie state is the latest to consider introducing the POC tax, which the government estimates will earn it $130 million, but bookies are calling for a lower rate than 15 percent. A similar tax has already been introduced in South Australia and will come into effect in Western Australia in 2019.
Poker machine players in Tasmania will no longer be able to drink a beer while pulling the reels after the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission released its final copy of the Responsible Gambling Mandatory Code of Practice for Tasmania. The report states the commission will change the code to ban alcohol service to poker machine players during daylight hours, as well as cap EFTPOS withdrawal limits to $100, jackpots to $25,000 and cashing cheques at licensed premises.
Ladbrokes Australia lost its appeal to overturn the legal decision the company breached advertising rules. Earlier this year, the online betting site was fined $35,000, plus $50,000 in legal costs, for breaching the New South Wales Betting and Racing Regulation 2012. The betting site published ads in local newspapers and on YouTube, which the court said encouraged punters to bet. The NSW District Court upheld the previous judgement that it breached the advertising standards in place.
There’s plenty more gambling news happening in Australia, which you can check out here.
Sports betting trial commences
This week, the Supreme Court of the United States commenced the New Jersey sports betting case, which aims to repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) 1992. While several justices sided with New Jersey, questioning whether the act is unconstitutional, others pointed out that it’s how federal law works. NJ Governor Chris Christie spoke outside of Court on Monday and said the state could get legalised sports betting within two weeks of a favourable decision.
Just days after the trial commenced, the International Centre for Sport Security launched a sports integrity hotline in the US and Canada. The hotline is available to athletes, sports fans, team personnel, and the general public to anonymously report suspicious behaviour. The ICSS hotline will be available 24/7, and analysts will investigate any tips or complaints, sharing information with authorities if necessary.
New Jersey residents could soon be able to play at offshore online casinos due to a new online gambling bill. Senator Raymond Lesniak introduced the bill, which removes the requirement need to have a physical presence in New Jersey. Due to his retirement, the bill only had until January 9 to pass.
UK operators warned about gambling advertising
The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is continuing its crackdown on online gambling operators, with Broadway Gaming the latest to face the consequences. The UK online gambling operator has to pay a £100k fine for publishing misleading bonus offers on five different websites. Broadway Gaming received a fine in 2016 for failing to communicate clear terms and conditions, which resulted in the discovery of similar incidents.
Following the fine, Minister for Sport, Tourism & Heritage, Tracey Crouch, warned industry operators to “take a hard look at what you’re producing” when promoting gambling at GambleAware’s annual Harm-Minimisation Conference. Although the government’s triennial review did not result in any new advertising restrictions (lack of evidence supporting it increases problem gambling rates), Crouch said that gambling advertising is “very unpopular” with the general public”, and operators should not “push the boundaries” when it comes to responsible marketing. She also added that it was the last chance for operators to start paying the recommended 0.1 percent revenue contribution to GambleAware.
New Zealand weighs in on loot boxes
Concerned parents in New Zealand are calling for a restriction on loot boxes in video games due to their similarities to gambling. While New Zealand’s Gambling Compliance Body is reviewing whether randomised in-app purchases meet the definition of gambling in the country, local media reports are predicting the regulator won’t end up banning them from video games. The Problem Gambling Foundation Marketing and Communications Director, Andree Froude, said that since a lot of the games are made overseas, it would be difficult to regulate, which Australia’s gambling regulators have previously said.
Court rejects online poker petition in Indian state
The Gujarat High Court has refused to legalise online poker, following a petition to have it classed as a game of skill. The petition came about after authorities raided several poker clubs in the state and prompted a court trial featuring arguments for and against legalising poker in the state. After a court delay, Justice Rajesh H. Shukla finally ruled that the game could not be legalised. He said there was not enough evidence to state that the game was not based on luck, and follows a similar ruling in the state of Telangana in November. It’s not clear how PokerStars entry into the Indian market will be affected by the ruling, but it may be limited to the state of Nagaland where online poker and rummy are legal.
Brazil’s gambling bill faces delays again
Brazil’s Constitutionality and Justice Committee (CCJ) was meant to vote on the Senate’s online gambling bill, which has faced regular delays, this week. However, several Senators entered new amendments, including the requirement gambling operators enter into partnerships with local companies, as well as a uniform 30 percent tax on all forms of gambling. While neither of the amendments passed, they delayed the vote to legalise online gambling in the country. An amendment that did pass includes a ban on slots and video bingo machines outside of land-based casinos. While the CCJ plans to vote on the revised bill next week, it could face more delays.
Report reveals Portuguese still gamble at offshore sites
A Remote Gambling Association (RGA) report has revealed that 68 percent of Portuguese online gamblers play at offshore gambling sites. The Southern European country regulated online gambling in 2015, allowing international operators to apply for licenses. While the government handed out the first online gambling licenses in 2016, many international operators are hesitant to enter the market due to the high taxes leaving limited options for Portugal’s gamblers. The RGA’s report states that the regulatory framework failed to alleviate illegal online gambling, with 38 percent of Portuguese gambling at unlicensed websites, and 30 percent gambling at both offshore sites and licenses gaming operations.