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New PA Online Casino Regs Open The Door For Out-of-state Servers

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The latest Pennsylvania gaming regulations answered some questions pertaining to security, integrity, advertising, and location of the servers for the forthcoming online gambling sites in the Keystone State. However, there are still several unanswered questions, namely how many skins each license can have.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approved preliminary online casino and poker regulations this week. Both are temporary regulations but deal with interactive gaming testing and controls and interactive gaming platform requirements, reported Online Poker Report.

Even with the establishment of these regulations, they are not official until published in the PA Bulletin, from which they are currently absent.

PLAYER EXPOSURE TO RISKS

The scope of the recent regulations deals primarily with the security and integrity of the interactive gaming operations and how they impact the player.

Things of note:

  • Server location
  • Server security
  • Platform inoperability

Player access

Equipment for interactive gaming (e.g., servers) may be in a restricted area of the licensed facility. These must be approved but could be anywhere in the U.S. as long as they meet PGCB requirements. This is a big departure from regulations in Nevada and New Jersey which require servers to be located in the same state as the operators. It also opens the doors for Pennsylvania casinos to partner with NJ operators without having to set up entirely different servers and equipment.

Server security addresses physical protection of equipment from natural disaster as well as man-made disasters. Additionally, the licensee must also be wary of personnel access to the server and keep a log of access to the various parts of the system. In the event of any sort of issue, the licensee must have a recovery plan for any of the above concerns.

Per the new regulations, players can exclude themselves from playing and replay previous outcomes. Geolocation protocols will not allow players to access these online casinos or poker rooms outside of the state.

Mainly though, these regulations will put the onus on the licensee‚Äôs IT and security staff and the platform providers to ‚Äúensure the integrity and safety of interactive gaming operations in the Commonwealth.‚ÄĚ

The security and integrity regulations include controls for equipment, system requirements, software disclosures, shutdown and recovery standards as well.

SECOND SET OF REGULATIONS START TO STANDARDIZE

The other set of regulations from PGCB make more information available to players.

Even if players haven’t deposited, they should have access to paytables and game rules. Players should also receive the minimum amounts of information required to play the game once inside of a game. This includes:

  • Name of the game
  • Player‚Äôs current balance
  • Restrictions in place

Amount won and lost per session

Other information comes along with these items, but regulators must approve any changes to any of game. A gaming laboratory must test random number generators. The PGCB standards apply to these random number generators as they determine game outcomes.

In turn, the licensee must also abide by certain ‚Äúcomprehensive house rules governing wagering transactions.‚ÄĚ As is the theme, the players must be able to find these rules. Licensees can also ask for approval for¬†live dealer games, or games with live dealers that are conducted online.

PROMOS AND ADS WILL NEED PGCB APPROVAL

Beyond that, ads must meet minimum standards without being exclusive or offensive. Additionally, promotions must be vetted by the state.

The goal of the PGCB is transparency and accuracy.

The next PGCB meeting¬†April 2¬†will hopefully set regulations for how many¬†branded online casinos¬†(‚Äúskins‚ÄĚ) the licensees may have.

 

Source: playpennsylvania.com

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup ‚Äď June 3-9

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

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BetConstruct is set to showcase its extensive array of leading-edge products and solutions at the Peru Gaming Show, Jockey Exhibition Centre, Lima, from June 12 to 13. The Peru Gaming Show (PGS), with 21 years of history, is Latin America’s largest gaming fair bringing together top brands, slot machine manufacturers, software developers and platforms for online games and sports betting.

OLG has begun the process of selecting a technology platform provider to replace aging, back-end lottery technology systems. On May 31, 2024, a Request for Proposal (RFP) was posted on MERXTM to initiate this work. The future implementation of a new lottery platform will give OLG the foundation needed to capitalise on emerging technological trends and offer market-leading products and experiences.

Jackpot Digital Inc., a leading manufacturer of electronic multiplayer dealerless poker tables, announced that it has completed the installation of one Jackpot Blitz casino machine at Gray Wolf Peak Casino, located in Missoula, Montana. Currently, the Company has over 70 Jackpot Blitz tables in the field. The Company’s order book continues to grow and now includes more than 90 additional Jackpot Blitz tables, an increase of approximately 120% over the current installation base.

Bragg Gaming Group announced the appointment of Robbie Bressler as interim Chief Financial Officer, effective July 1, 2024. Bressler brings a wealth of experience to the role, previously holding senior finance positions, including SVP Finance, at Bally’s Corporation, Gamesys Group plc and The Intertain Group Ltd. He is currently serving as CFO of ForumPay Ltd., a crypto payment processing company. He began his career at Ernst & Young, where he spent over a decade in their financial services assurance group.

Evolution announced that its highly successful, world-leading Crazy Time live game show has launched to online players in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Pennsylvania and West Virginia have become the latest states to join Crazy Time’s much-anticipated US rollout, following the game show’s US debut in New Jersey in December last year.

Partnerships

PENN Entertainment has announced that it has reached an agreement with Golf Canada on a multi-year extension for theScore BET to continue as the organisation’s exclusive Official Gaming Partner. The partnership includes sponsorship of Canada’s marquee national golf championships, the RBC Canadian Open and CPKC Women’s Open.

BetMakers Technology Group Ltd has announced that it has signed two-year market access and content agreements with bet365 relating to New Jersey and Colorado. Under the agreements, bet365 will be licensed by BetMakers to offer fixed odds bets on thoroughbred horse racing to bet365 customers within New Jersey. Bet365 will also be licensed to distribute BetMakers’ thoroughbred racing content to bet365 customers in New Jersey and both thoroughbred and harness racing in Colorado.

Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, has reinforced its commitment to Latin American expansion by strengthening its existing relationship with Colombian operator FullReto. The latest agreement will see FullReto offer its players a broad selection of Pragmatic Play’s unique Virtual Sports titles, building on an already extensive offering of over 300 Slots and Live Casino games.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup ‚Äď May 27-June 2

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

DraftKings Inc. announced the completion of its previously announced proposed acquisition of Jackpocket Inc. This acquisition empowers DraftKings to tap into the expansive U.S. lottery vertical, while expanding its position in sportsbook and iGaming by enhancing customer lifetime value and bolstering customer acquisition capabilities.

ODDSworks announced that Kunal Mishra has been appointed as Chief Strategy Officer and COO, enhancing its leadership team. Prior to joining ODDSworks, he was Chief Operating Officer ‚Äď Americas, for Bragg Gaming Group where he was instrumental in expanding the company‚Äôs day-to-day business operations throughout America.

Caesars Entertainment and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) announced the launch of an all-new real-money poker platform, WSOP Online that combines player pools in Michigan, Nevada, and New Jersey into one network. The move makes online poker history, as WSOP becomes the first poker operator to pool liquidity across three U.S. jurisdictions.

Galaxy Gaming has appointed Steve Kopjo as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer. Amid an impressive career in the gaming industry, Kopjo joins Galaxy Gaming on May 28, bringing extensive experience from senior finance and accounting positions held at various publicly traded gaming companies.

Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River has opened its casino floor addition, representing a significant milestone in a $275 million expansion project. Spanning 25,000 sq. ft., the extended casino floor features a curated selection of gaming options. Players can now try their luck at one of the 300 new slot machines or eight additional table games.

Partnerships

Carnival Cruise Line is welcoming more casino players to join the fun on board its fleet of 27 ships by partnering with Bally’s Corporation, one of the world’s leading gaming and entertainment companies, to extend cruise benefits to Bally’s Rewards guests. In addition to special events, Bally Rewards’ Legend, SuperStar and Star tier guests are now eligible for complimentary and discounted Carnival cruises. The new partnership between Carnival and Bally’s also extends the reach of both brands.

International Game Technology PLC announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, has extended its contracts with the Mississippi Lottery Corporation for an additional three years to continue providing online gaming systems and instant ticket services through Dec. 1, 2029. As part of the agreements, IGT will deploy a mobile convenience app, new GameTouch 28 self-service terminals and its Sales Wizard retail automation tool.

SCCG Management announced its role as the title sponsor for the highly anticipated 1st FightPFC Rio Challenge, set to take place on July 20, 2024, at Legustarecreio. Pillow Fight Championship is the world’s first professional pillow fighting league, featuring professional fighters engaging in intense, fast-paced and family-friendly combat. This unique sport, renowned for being a safe alternative to traditional combat sports, offers cardiovascular benefits and an exhilarating experience for participants and spectators alike.

Betlounge is the new website integrated with Pay4Fun. The platform arrived to bring a wide range of entertainment options to the Brazilian public. Betlounge’s interface is fun and simple, making navigation easy and fun. In addition, the site offers a wide selection of bonuses, promotions, agile support, among other resources.

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Wyoming is Next for Fanatics Sportsbook

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Fanatics Betting and Gaming, a subsidiary of Fanatics Holdings Inc, a global digital sports platform, launched the Fanatics Sportsbook today in Wyoming.

Sports fans living in and visiting Wyoming will be able to download the Fanatics Sportsbook on iOS and Android and begin their Fanatics Sportsbook experience. The Fanatics Sportsbook is now available in twenty one states and approximately 95% of the addressable online sports bettor market in the U.S.

The Fanatics Sportsbook makes being a fan easy with fast signup, easy betting, transparent withdrawals and is disrupting the sports betting industry with the following new features:

  • Building a better sportsbook: The Fanatics Sportsbook app was built natively on iOS and Android. The design, speed and quality of the navigation experience rival the sports betting apps in the market today that were not built specifically for iOS and Android.
  • FanCash: Get up to 5% FanCash back on bets, win or lose. Every bet gets you closer to more rewards like team merchandise, bonus bets, and more.
  • Discover: Get everything a customer cares about including marquee games, key stats and trending bets delivered straight to the Discover feed.
  • Search: Find promos, bets, and trending topics all from the advanced search functionality. Bet directly from the search results and spend time enjoying the game, not looking for a bet.
  • Golf Upgrades: Fanatics Sportsbook now offers an enhanced live event center with shot-by-shot data, leaderboard tracking and course maps directly in the app.

To download images and videos of the Fanatics Sportsbook, visit the Fanatics Media Center, and for more news and information, follow us on the Fanatics Sportsbook social channels on X  and on Instagram.

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