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Joan Barron says Locals are controlling gambling in Wyoming

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Because of differing cultures, Wyoming’s cities, towns and counties are in the best position to regulate the games of bingo and pull tabs.

That was the main argument in the debate over which entity should regulate the games. The alternative was to put the game regulatory authority under the Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission.

But that move would grow state government, which is an unpopular approach in light of the state’s fiscal problem.

Local control prevailed last week as the Legislature’s Joint Interim Committee on Travel, Recreation and Wildlife voted for a bill to be introduced during the short legislative session in February.

Sen. Bruce Burns, R-Sheridan, who proposed the bill, said that currently the games operate unfettered with no oversight whatsoever.

Thus, if a player or other resident suspects the barkeep, for example, is siphoning money from the pull tabs pot he or she has no place where a complaint can be lodged.

If the committee bill passes and a city or county decides to regulate the games, the people can take their complaint to the local police or the sheriff’s office.

The bill also creates some income for the cities and counties that regulate the games.

The draft bill allows the locals to set reasonable fees of up to one percent of the net profits.

I’m not trying to get rid of the pull-tabs,” Burns said in an interview last week. “The bill is intended to be revenue neutral. I want local officials to know who’s running the games.

Letting the locals decide if they want to regulate the games is the right step given the different values and cultures in the state. 

Campbell County and the City of Gillette, Burns noted, do not have the same culture as predominantly Mormon communities like Lovell and Cokeville or Alpine, which are more likely to oppose gambling.

However, these communities have no control whatsoever over the games now. If they don’t want to regulate the games, they don’t have to do so.

For many charitable organizations the income from the games is critical to their operations.

In Sheridan, Burns said, he knows of three charitable organizations that would close within six months without the income from bingo and pull tabs operations.

The current law requires operators of bingo games to contribute 65 percent of the net profits to charitable organizations. For pull tabs the contribution is 50 percent of net profits.

Giving the regulatory task to the locals will avoid expanding an existing state agency or setting up a new one like those in surrounding states.

In Colorado, the Secretary of State’s Office web site has 55 pages of detailed rules on bingo games, including electronic bingo and raffles.

The state of Montana’s list of rules is even longer. Montana’s program is run by the state’s Gambling Control Division. Under Montana law, businesses must have a liquor license before they can conduct some gambling activities like live card games and video gambling machines.

In Wyoming, bingo has to be a live game, Burns noted. Electronic bingo is not legal.

During the committee meeting, Mike Moser, executive director of the Wyoming Liquor Association, said his organization doesn’t support the bill.

But Moser, who was part of a small task force group appointed to work on the bill, said it would prevent fly-by-night questionable operations from moving into the state.

Rick Kaysen, the executive director of the Wyoming Association of Municipalities and a former Cheyenne mayor, said his association doesn’t necessarily favor the bill, either.

But Kaysen, who also was a member of the task force on the bill, said it is “workable,” and reflects an issue that has been discussed for the last years in particular.

Until fairly recently Wyoming had a reputation as an anti-gambling state.

Yet bingo games in Wyoming have been less tightly regulated than in most other states.

The state currently allows tribal casinos, a state lottery, horse racing and off-track betting. The Legislature didn’t adopted the lottery until 2013.

 

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George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Delaware igaming industry performs well in January

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The Delaware Lottery’s financial results have shown that igaming performed robustly on the financial front in January 2019, by posting a 57.9 per cent increase in revenues year-on-year.

Revenue rose to $279,541 (£217,970/€247,999), showing a 11.2 per cent month-on-month from December last year.

Players wagered $7.4m across the state’s three licensed igaming sites in January 2019, which represented a 65.5 per cent year-on-year advance, but a 27.7 per cent fall from the $10.3m staked in December 2018. Players won a total of $7.2m during the month.

Video lottery accounted for $190,223.44 of total monthly revenue, a 68.0 per cent share, followed by table games, which contributed a further $66,982.14. Poker rake and fees, on the other hand, contributed just $22,335.51.

Player registrations also grew significantly in January, up 117.3 per cent to 578.

The majority of revenue was generated by Dover Downs, which saw its more than double from $48,215.61 in the prior year to $139,816.37, with 233 players registering to play over the month.

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New Hampshire challenges US Department of Justice over online gambling

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New Hampshire and the company that supports the state’s iLottery system have sued the U.S. Department of Justice over a legal opinion that could put an end to online gambling and state-run lotteries.

The Justice department issued a legal opinion in November that re-interpreted the federal Wire Act of 1961 to ban interstate wagering. The department had been maintaining that online gambling within states that does not involve sporting events would not violate federal law, but in the November opinion, the officials said the law applies to any form of gambling that crosses state lines.

The New Hampshire Lottery Commission filed a lawsuit in federal court citing that the opinion subjects its employees to prosecution, creates uncertainty about whether it should cease operations and could cost the state more than $90 million a year.

Only a small portion of that total comes from the “iLottery” platform the state launched in September and is expected to bring in $4 to $6 million in the fiscal year that starts in July. But the broadest interpretation of the opinion would prohibit all lottery-related activities that use the internet, Attorney General Gordon MacDonald argued in the complaint. That includes transmission of data to backup servers set up in other states.

“Today New Hampshire is taking action to protect public education,” Gov. Chris Sununu said in a statement. “The opinion by DOJ puts millions of dollars of school funding at risk, and we have a responsibility to stand up for our students.”

“There is no indication in the plain language of (the Wire Act), its structure, its purpose, or its legislative history of an unmistakable Congressional intent to outlaw state-conducted lottery activity,” MacDonald wrote. “If Congress wishes to criminalise the interstate transmissions required to operate state-conducted lotteries, it must do so in clear, unmistakable language. Congress has not done that in the Wire Act. ”

NeoPollard Interactive, which offers support for New Hampshire’s iLottery hardware and software, has also filed a suit.

The company’s attorney, Matthew McGill, called the justice department’s opinion a “lawless act.”

“This opinion would subject to felony prosecution conduct that two court of appeals, including the First Circuit, have said is lawful,” he said in a statement. “This is an outrageous and dangerous usurpation of authority.”

The Department of Justice declined to comment.

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Minnesota mulls legalising tribal sports betting

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Minnesota is planning to formulate a new bill for legalising sports betting at tribal casinos in the state.

The new bill, named the new Safe and Regulated Sports Gambling Act of 2019, was introduced by Representative Pat Garofalo. It proposes plans to form the Minnesota Sports Wagering Commission, an authority that will have the powers to regulate the state’s sports betting market.

The bill would allow in-person sports wagering at casinos runs by recognised tribes in Minnesota, while consumers would also be able to place bets via mobile and other electronic devices on-site. The bill stipulates that any mobile app to block access to consumers if they are more than 20ft away from a tribal property.

Consumers can bet on all sports and events authorised by the Commission, including US collegiate sports, but wagering on virtual events would not be permitted.

According to the proposal, the new commission will sanction two types of licenses: a sports pool licence and a mobile and electronic sports pool licence, with casinos permitted to apply for both types of licences. The bill does not set out the cost for either licence.

The bill would also enable casinos to enter into agreements with third parties to manage or operate an on-site sports pool, a mobile and electronic sports pool, or both.

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