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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’s IT and security staff and the platform providers to “ensure the integrity and safety of interactive gaming operations in the Commonwealth.”

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’s 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 “comprehensive house rules governing wagering transactions.” 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 (“skins”) the licensees may have.

 

Source: playpennsylvania.com

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – August 1-7

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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

Lotto.com, the first digital platform for ordering lottery tickets on any device, with no app download or deposit required, has announced its expansion into three new states: New York, Texas and Colorado.

The Sports Betting Conference Committee has reached an agreement on legislation to legalise sports betting in Massachusetts. The legislation would allow for wagering on both professional and collegiate sports in the Bay State.

Rush Street Interactive (RSI) has opened its BetRivers retail sportsbook in Maryland last week, in partnership with Bingo World, featuring 12 self-service kiosks and three over-the-counter machines on a 3000-square-foot facility.

WarHorse Gaming held its second groundbreaking during an event at Horsemen’s Park, the future site of WarHorse Omaha. The event took featured remarks from Lance Morgan, President and CEO of Ho-Chunk Inc, Garald “Wally” Wollesen, Nebraska Horsemen President, and others.

OddsJam has announced that it has completed the acquisition of OddsBoom, an odds comparison platform. The purchase will help OddsJam expand its presence as a premium content and data provider for regulated sports betting.

PLAYSTUDIOS Inc., the creator of the playAWARDS loyalty platform and an award-winning developer of free-to-play mobile and social games that offer real-world rewards to players, has launched its new blockchain division, playBLOCKS.

New Partnerships

Resorts Digital Gaming has signed a pioneering deal with casino influencer team the Slot Squad to create a unique online experience for their customers. In a first-of-its-kind partnership, the Slot Squad joins Resorts Live, a proprietary platform developed by RDG to showcase online casino games and content.

Codere presented at a press conference held at the Más Monumental stadium, its step forward in sponsorship of the Club Atlético River Plate of Argentina. The gaming operator acquires the Club’s “Main sponsor” category, being placed on the front of the official game and training shirt.

The Detroit Lions announced a partnership with Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort which includes presenting partnership on the upcoming “Inside the Den” television specials, weekly “Inside the Pride” episodes for the 2022 season as well as Power Hour presented by Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort at Ford Field on Detroit Lions gamedays.

SB22 has partnered with Optimove. The partnership demonstrates SB22’s focus on developing highly tailored promotions using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to enhance its operator portfolio’s marketing capabilities by executing sophisticated CRM Marketing campaigns.

Sirplay has partnered with blockchain sportsbook Moonbet, setting out a joint objective to internationally rollout “Web3 sports betting”.

Bally’s Corporation has announced a marketing partnership designating Bally Bet as an official sports betting partner of New York Yankees.

Catena Media has announced a significant media agreement in North America, signing a multi-year partnership with Advance Local’s NJ.com.

New Appointments

Aruze Gaming America (AGA) has appointed Kurt Hansen as its new Vice President of iGaming. His responsibilities will include building and strengthening the company’s iGaming products. He will oversee all the company’s iGaming operations as its new VP.

FanDuel Group has appointed Carolyn Renzin to the position of Chief Legal Officer. Renzin will continue in her role as Chief Compliance Officer for FanDuel Group.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – July 25-31

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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

Internet Vikings has launched its iGaming hosting operations in Iowa, as the company works to further develop its US presence. Established in Sweden in 2008, Internet Vikings provides hosting and marketing solutions for iGaming operators.

The AGEM & AGA Annual Golf Classic, presented by JCM Global, has raised $180,000 for the International Centre for Responsible Gaming (ICRG). To date, the event has raised nearly $2.5 million to support the ICRG and its research into problem gambling.

MegaFans, the first open-source esports platform bridging Web2 and Web3, has announced that its Summer Extravaganza Tournament will have a $100,000 prize pool, an opportunity for its rapidly growing base of mobile gamers to win cash, gift cards, cryptocurrency, NFTs and more.

Penn National Gaming Inc has announced that its subsidiary Score Digital Sports Ventures (Canada) Inc has launched its proprietary risk and trading platform, the culmination of theScore Bet’s strategy to bring its sportsbook technology in-house.

Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, has strengthened its position in Buenos Aires City, Argentina following the approval of its Live Casino content by the capital city’s regulator.

International Game Technology (IGT) has announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, has signed an agreement to deliver engaging iLottery content through its high-performing remote gaming server (RGS) to the Michigan Lottery.

Magic Eden, the leading community-centric, NFT marketplace on Solana, introduced the Company’s first Semi-Fungible Token (SFT) marketplace in conjunction with the popular move-to-earn NFT game Genopets.

SciPlay Corporation, one of the world’s leading gaming companies, has launched a summer-long social media and advertising campaign for the top-ranked casino game Jackpot Party, starring actress and entrepreneur Sofia Vergara.

Partnerships

Lotería Nacional de Ecuador, the Ecuador National Lottery, has awarded a new, 10-year contract to Scientific Games that includes instant games, lottery systems, retail technology and a draw-based lottery game system that will launch Ecuador’s first-ever electronic draw games.

Ainsworth Interactive, the iGaming division of Ainsworth Latin America, has taken its iGaming content live in Peru with retail and online operator Apuesta Total. Games like Mustang Spirit and Vegas Fiesta Grand are now available at ApuestaTotal.com.

G2 Esports has entered into a partnership with Herman Miller Gaming. The partnership will provide G2 with Herman Miller Gaming equipment and create exclusive opportunities for the teams to collaborate on future products and research.

Betsoft Gaming has secured a content partnership with operator Condor Gaming Group’s new online casino, Gambeta10. The licensed casino will have access to Betsoft’s award-winning slots portfolio including the latest release Gemini Joker and classic comedy heist Take the Bank.

Brazilian top-flight club Fluminense has renewed its sponsorship arrangement with sports betting brand Betano. Running until June 2025, the sponsorship arrangement will focus on fan engagement, with various activations planned according to the duo, along with advertising and marketing provisions.

New Appointments

Pollard Banknote has appointed May Scheve Reardon as VP of government relations with responsibility for government and legislative affairs.

Bragg Gaming Group has announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has appointed Mark Clayton to the Board.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – July 18-24

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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

Esports portfolio company X1 Esports and Entertainment has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire digital influencer management company Tyrus Talent Services.

Casino officials for Elk Grove’s Sky River Casino have announced that the casino is set to open in early September, two months ahead of schedule. Casino officials did not specify a date in their announcement, but work on the 100,000-square-foot casino west of Highway 99 near Kammerer Road is nearly complete as hiring continues.

Caesars Entertainment has received a top score on this year’s Disability Equality Index (DEI), a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and DisabilityIN. Up from 80 on last year’s index, the company received a 100, marking it as one of the best places to work for disability inclusion.

Las Vegas Sands Corp has reported financial results for the quarter ended 30 June 2022. Net revenue was $1.05 billion, compared to $1.17 billion in the prior year quarter. Operating loss was $147 million, compared to $139 million in the prior year quarter.

FanDuel Casino has chosen Mischief @ No Fixed Address as its creative agency of record. Mischief is responsible for creative duties pertaining to FanDuel Casino.

FanDuel Group is expanding its online casino offerings through the introduction of its first-ever FanDuel-branded live dealer studios in Michigan and Pennsylvania in partnership with Evolution. All of FanDuel’s live dealer games, including blackjack and roulette will now be streamed for Michigan and Pennsylvania customers directly from FanDuel’s live dealer studios.

New Partnerships

PointsBet Canada has confirmed that it will continue to support curling in Canada, agreeing to a long-term partnership with Curling Canada and the newly formed Team Bottcher. The agreement will see PointsBet Canada become the official Team Bottcher sports betting partner.

ScoreBreak has announced a new, ground-breaking agreement with Genius Sports, the exclusive distributor of official NCAA data. ScoreBreak solutions, which can be delivered to the bench, sidelines, locker-room and the booth, will be powered by official NCAA game statistics across multiple sports.

U.S. Integrity has announced a comprehensive partnership with Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment, which on February 11, 2022, launched their mobile sportsbook operation.

Jackpocket, the leading third-party app in the US to provide a secure way to order official state lottery tickets, and the New York Mets announced Jackpocket as the Official Digital Lottery Partner of the Mets.

New Appointments

Betsson has announced Zé Roberto as its newest brand ambassador. The Brazilian former football player, who has a successful career worldwide, signed a three-year global contract with all brands in Betsson Group’s portfolio.

Jackpocket has appointed iGaming veteran John Worthington as the company’s first-ever VP of Interactive Gaming.

FanDuel Group has announced two appointments reflecting each executive’s contributions to the success of the business. Effective immediately, Christian Genetski has been promoted to the role of President, FanDuel Group and Mike Raffensperger has been named to the newly created position of Chief Commercial Officer.

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has appointed Ginnie Hollis as Director of Engineering. Previously, she served as Senior Manager of Engineering.

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