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USA Supreme Court strikes down federal law prohibiting sports gambling

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The Supreme Court of the USA has struck down a federal law that bars gambling on basketball, baseball, football and other sports as well in most of the states, opening the door to legalizing the estimated $150 billion in illegal wagers on professional and amateur sports that Americans make every year.

The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down the PASPA Act (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act), a 1992 law that blocked state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.

One research firm estimated before the ruling that if the Supreme Court were to strike down the law, 32 states would likely offer sports betting within five years.

“The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make. Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own. Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court.

The court’s decision came in a case from New Jersey, which has fought for years to legalize gambling on sports at casinos and racetracks in the state.

More than a dozen states had supported New Jersey, which argued that Congress exceeded its authority when it passed the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, barring states from authorizing sports betting. New Jersey said the Constitution allows Congress to pass laws barring wagering on sports, but Congress can’t require states to keep sports gambling prohibitions in place.

All four major U.S. professional sports leagues, the NCAA and the federal government had urged the court to uphold the federal law. In court, the NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball had argued that New Jersey’s gambling expansion would hurt the integrity of their games. Outside court, however, leaders of all but the NFL have shown varying degrees of openness to legalized sports gambling.

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans illegally wager about $150 billion on sports each year.

The 1992 law at issue in the case bars state-authorized sports gambling with exceptions for Nevada, Montana, Oregon and Delaware, states that had approved some form of sports wagering before the law took effect. Nevada is the only state where a person can wager on the results of a single game, though the law doesn’t cover wagering between friends. The law also doesn’t cover animal races, such as horse racing, which many states already allow.

The state of New Jersey is trying for years to legalize sports betting at its casinos, racetracks and former racetracks, spending many years and millions of dollars for this cause. New Jersey legislators have passed a law in 2012 allowing sports betting, directly challenging the 1992 federal law which says states can’t “authorize by law” sports gambling. The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA sued, and the state lost in court.

Back in 2014 the state of New Jersey took a shot at abolishing laws prohibiting sports gambling at casinos and racetracks. It argued taking its laws off the books was different from authorizing sports gambling. New Jersey lost again and then they tried their luck at the US Supreme Court.

 

Source: denverpost.com

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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Castles Technology ties up with SUZOHAPP to develop cashless payment solutions

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Castles Technology International Corp., a US-based developer of payment hardware solutions, has signed a deal with SUZOHAPP, a Dutch manufacturer of cash management solutions. The companies will engage in the co-development and delivery of next-generation cashless terminals within unique sales channels, as per the multi-year partnership agreement. The deal enables SUZOHAPP to white label and resell Castles’ family of cashless payment hardware solutions, bundled with their services. It is expected to result in each company’s unique business partners obtain cashless payment hardware solutions that are backed with highest levels of PCI and EMV compliance, lower their overhead costs, capture new revenue streams, and empower their end users with independence and flexibility.

“Castles is quickly emerging as a formidable force in cashless technologies,” said Dr. Rory Herriman, CTO Software and Digital Systems for SUZOHAPP. “We saw this partnership as an opportunity to co-develop next generation cashless solutions with an innovative company and are thrilled to help further expand their market presence in the unattended and component space as forward-thinking collaborators.”

The unceasing advancements in payment technology such as continued EMV migration, closed-loop/loyalty and mobile, and smart device integrations, have rapidly transformed how customers interact and complete purchases from global brands. But fraudsters and cybercriminals are constantly seeking ways to disrupt these kinds of advances by exploiting vulnerabilities and security at the point-of-sale.

“With over 85 years of combined experience, SUZOHAPP and Castles have made countless investments in the areas of research, product development and market surveillance of the potential dangers and liabilities that are weakening the payments industry,” said Winston Fong, CEO of North America (Castles Technology International Corp).

 

About Castles Technology International Corp.

With 25 years of marketplace experience, Castles Technology has established itself as a top global manufacturer of next-generation card acceptance hardware. Our goal is to create simple, smart and secure payment solutions that provide mobility and flexibility for a diverse range of SMBs in attended and unattended payment environments such as retail, vending, micro markets, restaurants, transportation, finance, lodging and hospitality. At Castles, we are out to prove that we are a reliable partner who can help businesses maximize their profits with our future-proof point-of-sale devices and best-in-class support offerings. We pride ourselves on crafting payment solutions that are ergonomic, remove burdensome costs and integrates with any SMB’s existing POS operation. US headquarters are in Atlanta, Ga. Global headquarters are in Taipei, Taiwan. Castles has 11 regional offices across Asia, Europe, North and South America.

About SUZOHAPP

SUZOHAPP is a technology company providing software and hardware for cash handling automation and self-service solutions to more than 25,000 customers throughout the world. SUZOHAPP’s technology enables automation for customers operating in a variety of end markets, including retail, transportation, gaming, banking, vending and amusement. SUZOHAPP’s solutions include cash deposit, recycling, processing and payment systems as well as a broad range of self-service component technologies. The brands of SCAN COIN, Comestero, CashComplete™ and Coinco are united under the SUZOHAPP Company. SUZOHAPP’s more than 1,100 employees operate in 19 countries and its dealer network covers more than 100 countries. More information is available at http://www.suzohapp.com. SUZOHAPP is owned by affiliates of ACON Investments, L.L.C., a Washington, D.C.- based international private equity investment firm that has responsibility for managing approximately $5.5 billion of capital. For more information, visit http://www.aconinvestments.com.

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IGT launches Wheel of Fortune 4D version in Las Vegas

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Leading gaming technology company (IGT) has launched the 4D version of Wheel of Fortune. The new avatar is player-friendly and offers diverse casino floor with penny slots, classic coin machines, and the industry’s newest games. It will also have a number of casino updates and promotions, including the debut of downtown Las Vegas’ first Wheel of Fortune 4D game that pairs gesture recognition and mid-air haptic technologies. In short, it will provide a unique gaming experience to the players.

With the introduction of gesture recognition technology, players can interact with and manipulate the game’s 3D objects, without having to wear 3D glasses, and the mid-air haptic technology allows players to experience tactile feedback from the game’s graphics.

The Wheel of Fortune 4D game is a Wide Area Progressive (WAP) jackpot–eligible game that is housed on IGT’s towering CrystalCurve TRUE 4D cabinet. The game incorporates iconic game-play elements such as the millionaire-making “Wheel Bonus” with its signature “WHEEL-OF-FORTUNE!” chant, and the likeness of famed Wheel of Fortune TV personality Vanna White. Wheel of Fortune 4D introduces a bank-wide bonus event across the 50-inch, curved, ultra-HD upper displays of up to six banked cabinets to create one unified graphic of the Wheel of Fortune wheel. The player whose winning wager initiated the bonus can then spin the wheel and all Wheel of Fortune 4D players sitting at the bank will enjoy a shared experience.

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GiG granted affiliate vendor registration in New Jersey

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Gaming Innovation Group Inc.(GiG) has been granted an affiliate vendor registration in the state of New Jersey, US, enabling the company to send traffic to regulated casinos and Sportsbooks in the state. The current vendor registration allows GiG to refer website traffic to operators on a Cost Per Acquisition (CPA) basis, starting from Q1 2019.

GiG’s media services arm has, over the past 12 months, been building up portfolio assets to target the US and this is the first step towards monetising those websites and marketing channels. GiG will apply for registrations in other states as they open up for the opportunity.

GiG’s chief operations officer Richard Brown says: “New Jersey is an attractive market for affiliation. We are excited to receive our vendor registration, enabling us to start referring traffic to the operators in this jurisdiction. It is an exciting opportunity for us, however we expect the state-by-state legalisation of sports betting to materialise at a slow rate . There is strong competition in the market, but we are confident we can replicate, in the US, the success we have achieved in the highly competitive European markets.”  

 

About Gaming Innovation Group:

Gaming Innovation Group Inc. is a technology company providing products and services throughout the entire value chain in the iGaming industry. Founded in 2012, Gaming Innovation Group’s vision is ‘To open up iGaming and make it fair and fun for all’. Through its ecosystem of products and services, it is connecting operators, suppliers and users, to create the best iGaming experiences in the world. Gaming Innovation Group operates out of Malta and is listed in the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GiG. www.gig.com

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