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Connecticut to join online betting bandwagon

Niji Narayan

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Following the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that should bring legal sports betting and online gambling to all the states in the country, Connecticut is mulling options to offer online betting and gambling licenses. Governor Malloy said the court’s decision was not unexpected but came about a month earlier than anticipated. Now top lawmakers are hurrying up to compile legislation. The Governor has already initiated discussions with the two tribes that operate casinos in Southeastern Connecticut.

Top legislative leaders that just ended their regular session two weeks ago, met face to face with the Governor on this issue this afternoon. Afterward the Governor saying, “Bottom line is; to move forward we need to reach agreement with the two tribal nations.”

There is a consensus at the Capitol that because of Connecticut’s quarter century old agreements called ‘compacts’ with the tribal operators of the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, that moving forward with sports betting and online betting here is much more complicated than in other states.

The two tribes have essentially a monopoly on legal gambling in exchange for 25 per cent of slot revenue. This year that’s estimated at $270 million.

The legislature would have to approve this new form of legal gambling or at least tell the Governor what would pass in a Special Session this summer or fall so that he can negotiate with the tribes. Legislative Leaders agree that the Governor has sole authority to negotiate with the tribes.

The Democratic Senate President Pro tem, Sen. Martin Looney (D-New Haven) saying,  “We are going to have our own discussions within the bipartisan leadership about the focus we would like to see to offer him some legislative guidance on points that we think he should emphasize.”

The ‘off track betting’ industry, like ‘Sports Haven’ in New Haven and 16 other OTB facilities across the state say they are in the best position to handle this new legal form of gambling and have actually been lobbying lawmakers for a year on this issue. The Republican Senate President Pro tem, Sen. Len Fasano (R-North Haven) saying, “The Governor’s deal has to be reflected in our legislation because whether it’s exclusive or not exclusive impacts how we write the bill.”

The tribes say they already have exclusive rights to this new legal gambling, the Attorney General says they don’t but could make a good legal argument for it in court.

And that’s why it’s more complicated here than in other states. There are no estimates on how much revenue could be raised…or when a Special Session might take place.  It is an election year with many primaries so that complicates things even more.

 

Source: wtnh.com

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Problem Gambling Recovery Centres in Nevada Go Digital

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Nevada’s state-funded problem gambling recovery centres have started providing telehealth services to offer their confidential services during the coronavirus pandemic.

Reno Problem Gambling Centre and New Frontier Treatment Centre in northern Nevada have completely shifted to digital care. Las Vegas-based centres, Robert Hunter International Problem Gambling Centre and Mental Health Counselling and Consulting, will keep on offering in-person recovery observing the social distancing guidelines. They will be offering treatment via confidential phone calls and HIPAA-compliant video conferencing.

“Nevadans may turn to online gambling now that casino gaming and sports betting aren’t options. There are some Nevadans who already struggle with gambling problems and others that may begin to struggle now that they are faced with more free time and the possibility of increased loneliness or boredom. Add to this the potential economic pressures from all of the business closures, and this becomes a good time for gamblers to reevaluate their resources and seek treatment if necessary,” Alan Feldman, chair of the Advisory Committee of Problem Gambling, said.

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NGCB: Approval to Offer Wagers on 2020 Counter-Strike – ESL: Meisterschaft

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On April 1, 2020, the Nevada Gaming Control Board granted approval to offer wagers on 2020 Counter-Strike – ESL: Meisterschaft, pursuant to the provisions of Regulation 22.1201. The approved wager types are; 1) Head to Head 2) Winner of Each Match 3) Overall Winner.

Approval is granted for all licensed books to post and accept wagers on 2020 Counter-Strike – ESL: Meisterschaft, subject to the following conditions:
 Licensed books electing to offer these wagers must provide the Enforcement Division
with notification of terms via email at [email protected]
 Acceptance of wagers must cease prior to the commencement of each match.
 The results shall be based on a permissible source in accordance with
Regulation 22.060 (4).
 All audit procedures detailed in Industry Letter 2011-48 must be adhered to.
 The setting of odds is at the discretion of the book; rules governing these wagers shall
be made available to the public
 Any additional wagers which deviate from 1) Head to Head 2) Winner of Each Match
3) Overall Winner for this event will require a separate application and approval.

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Rush Street Interactive Partners With Global Leader Scientific Games To Premier Its Online Casino Games In The Pennsylvania Market At BetRivers.com And PlaySugarHouse.com

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Rush Street Interactive (RSI) is excited to partner with Scientific Games to become the first online casino operator in Pennsylvania to premier the global entertainment company’s fan favorite games on its BetRivers.com and PlaySugarHouse.com sites.  The newly launched games include 88 Fortunes, which is the most popular slot game on the PlaySugarHouse.com online casino site in New Jersey, as well as a player favorite at Rivers Casinos in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, along with Spartacus™, Starmania® and Mad Mad Monkey®.

“We are excited to partner with Scientific Games to be the first online operator in Pennsylvania to bring these top quality and well-known casino games to our players,” said Richard Schwartz, President of Rush Street Interactive, which operates BetRivers.com and PlaySugarHouse.com.  “88 Fortunes is already the most popular slot game out of over 550 slot games on PlaySugarHouse.com in New Jersey and we expect Pennsylvania players will love playing it online just as much.”

With the combination of beautiful Asian artwork and bonus features, 88 Fortunes is a fan favorite because of the bounty of winning opportunities it offers players.  88 Fortunes Fu Bat Jackpot feature offers four progressive levels with a Grand Jackpot possible.  Players also enjoy the ability to trigger the free games feature that can also be retriggered.

“Scientific Games is thrilled to partner with Rush Street Interactive, a proven online gaming operator and market leader for online casinos in Pennsylvania,” said Bob Hays, VP Commercial, North America for Scientific Games.  “We are proud to be close partners with RSI as we collaborate together to grow the exciting online casino category in the US market.”

Both BetRivers.com and PlaySugarHouse.com currently offer a match of a new customer’s first deposit, up to $250.  The award-winning sites/apps also focus on offering high quality customer service; great deposit/withdraw methods and quick payouts.  Both sites have seen an uptick of 4 to 5 times more players signing-up in the past few weeks.

Scientific Games slots join a robust but growing online casino catalog that now contains over 100 real-money slots, table games and video poker variants in Pennsylvania. In addition to fan-favorite casino slots, BetRivers.com and PlaySugarHouse.com feature online exclusive slots as well as progressive jackpot slots.  New titles are added weekly.

All ® notices signify marks registered in the United States.

 

SOURCE Rush Street Interactive

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