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Alabama may change its gaming rules

Niji Narayan

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Alabama, one of the states with stringent laws against any form of gaming, could change its gaming regulation. At present, the only form of gambling allowed is through a Native American casino. But it could change soon.

Some state legislators are urging the citizens of Alabama to vote whether they want to allow gambling in the state. The issue is certain to be subjected to intense debate.  Some religious minded groups want it to remain banned, while some in the government see it as a potential revenue-making opportunity in gambling.

Alabama has historically never been a proponent of gambling. Like many areas in the South and Southeast, Alabama is home to a large number of conservative Christians, who believe gambling is a sin. They based their belief on a verse from the Bible, specifically 1 Tim. 6:10, which says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

However, where Christians have a stronger issue is with the different types of gambling. Some Christians believe it should be left up to the individual whether he or she should gamble.

Others do not seem to have a problem with someone who plays a $2 lottery ticket or participates in a small office betting pool for the NCAA tournament. But, they frown upon casino gambling.

The Possibility of Gaming in Alabama

Alabama right now, more than at any other time in its history, may be ripe for a gambling push. First, Alabama only has to look to its neighbours to the east and west to note the enormous amount of money flowing into those states’ coffers. Mississippi allows casinos in the northern part of the state along the Mississippi River, as well as along the Gulf Coast. It reported the casinos brought in more than $2 billion in revenue in 2017. This figure is revenue only, without the added tourism dollars. All the revenue spent in casinos means hundreds of dollars of revenue for Mississippi’s economy, and it is needed. Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the nation. The increased revenue flowing into the state has helped with infrastructure, educational, poverty and social programmes.

In contrast, Georgia does not have casino gambling. However, the state has had a lottery for 25 years. All the revenue from the Georgia Lottery is earmarked for two educational programmes: a fully funded Pre-K programme for 4-year-old preschool children statewide and a scholarship programme that allows vocational, two-year and four-year college students to attend state colleges and universities tuition-free. Georgia has received more than $150 billion in the 25 years the programme has been in operation.

Alabama could benefit from the additional services that come from gambling revenue, and some members of the legislature are looking to the potential of the lottery to raise funding for educational and other service programmes. Many Alabamians see no problem with a state lottery with proceeds going to education.

Also, Alabama benefits from tourism dollars. In fact, it relies on it for some of its revenue. Many people visit the coastline of Alabama for its beaches, so locating one or two casinos in that area could also bring in more tourist dollars.

Some legislators have also noted that Alabama is home to some of the largest sports fanatics in the United States, especially when it comes to college football. Two of the most successful college programmes in history reside in Alabama. Therefore, if the state allowed sports gambling on football, millions of dollars could be raised to benefit state programmes.

It would seem that now is the time for Alabama to allow gambling to be put on the ballot for a vote.

 

Source: usaonlinecasino.com

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Sports Betting Bill of Michigan Moves Forward

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A sports betting bill would allow organised sports betting in Michigan casinos and online was passed out of a state house committee. State Representative Brandt Iden of Kalamazoo is sponsoring the legislation.

“Because this is already going on in the market place so we can protect those people who want to play and want to play legally, and we can, you know, make the state a little bit of money, which I think is also a positive,” Iden said.

Iden hopes the bill continues to make its way through the legislature and onto Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s desk before Superbowl season.

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Gaming Innovation Group extends Hard Rock’s sportsbook in Iowa

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We found in a new press release that

Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) has reached an agreement with its partner, Hard Rock International (Hard Rock), to support its market entry with sports betting in the US state of Iowa. The sportsbook will initially launch with an over-the-counter solution on the casino floor at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City in Iowa. This will be followed by the launch of online and mobile sports betting in Iowa, expected in Q4 2019.

In Iowa, Hard Rock will offer a similar seamless and engaging betting experience for its consumers as it has already delivered in New Jersey, with an omni-channel sportsbook solution based on GiG’s modern and flexible technology.

For GiG, this means the Company will be able to leverage its platform in the US adding more scale to its network and revenues to the business. GiG already has the groundwork done in New Jersey after a successful proof of concept suitable and relevant to the American audience.

Iowa is one of the 12 states in the US legalising sports wagering since the US Supreme Court overturned the federal sports wagering ban in 2018. In August this year, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) authorised the 19 casinos in the state to offer statewide retail, online and mobile sports betting to consumers aged 21 or over. Iowa has approximately 3.2 million inhabitants and should also benefit with visitors from neighboring states such as Nebraska and Minnesota. It has an estimated mature sports betting market valued at revenues of around $160 million based on the total amount of money wagered by consumers. The tax rate on the sports betting revenue is 7.5%.

GiG expects this agreement to have limited impact on its revenues in 2019, with an increasing contribution from the launch of online and mobile betting in 2020 onwards.

Kresimir Spajic, Senior Vice President of Online Gaming at Hard Rock International says, “We’re excited to extend our partnership with GiG to support sports betting in Iowa, and further grow our sportsbook portfolio.”  

“Offering sports betting through GiG provides our players and guests a new level of engagement – we couldn’t be more thrilled to be launching in Iowa,” Jim Franke, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City.

Richard Brown, acting Chief Executive Officer of GiG says, “After a successful launch in New Jersey, I am delighted to further deepen the relationship with Hard Rock, delivering on our strategy to grow with our partner by entering a new state in the US with our sportsbook. The agreement is both a testament to our know-how and prowess to lead a land-based casino into the digital world of betting, and a strong validation of GiG’s commercial and product delivery capabilities. We are looking forward to growing with our partner long term. We have mutual ambitions to entertain consumers with a safe and exciting first-class sports betting experience.”

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Vegas Golden Knights home opener viewing party at the Plaza Hotel & Casino

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The Plaza Hotel & Casino will host a free viewing party for the Vegas Golden Knights home opener against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

The free viewing party, open to all ages, will be held in the Plaza Events Center, which has 18 large screen high definition televisions, two projectors and a state-of-the-art sound system, making it one of the best sports viewing experiences in downtown Las Vegas.

Guests can toast the Knights with an exclusive $4 12 oz. Training Day draft beer from 7Five Brewing, Ryan Reeves’ Official Vegas Born Beer (while supplies last). A special $2 Irish Whiskey Shot will also be available with any draft beer purchase. The party will also offer pizza and wing specials from Pop Up Pizza and beer buckets: Domestic (5 bottles for $25) or Imported (5 bottles for $30).

Throughout the game, the Plaza will giveaway official VGK licensed Items, such as lanyards, car gear, hats, bags, VGK wine, and select inaugural season Items. One lucky guest will also have a chance to win a 2-night complimentary stay in one of the Plaza’s newly renovated premium Luxe rooms (restrictions may apply). Each guest will receive one complimentary drawing ticket upon entry for a chance to win prizes (21 years of age or older for certain items).

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