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Ohio to mull over legalizing sports betting

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Ohio is also planning to start discussions over a new legislation on the sports betting. After the recent US Supreme Court order, every state can decide on its own whether to legalise sports betting or not after the Supreme Court ruled against. New Jersey and Delaware have already moved ahead, and many other states are discussing the possibility.

Ohio, though a bit late to reach, is ready to discuss the sports wagering legalisation since neighbouring states (Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Michigan) are close to get the segment going. However, like those willing to put regulation on the table, it still needs to wait until 2019, when the Congress goes back in session.

The Ohio Lottery Commission and the Ohio Casino Control Commission are still waiting to hear the state lawmakers’ stance on the segment and have not revealed their own.

Despite a potential intent to legalise the segment, taxes could cripple the potential field for it, as a 33 per cent casino games tax seems huge next to West Virginia’s 10 per cent tax on sports betting. However, it may change if the involved parties sit down and assess the potential landscape, but that would not happen until next year.

 

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PA Commonwealth Court Rules Pennsylvania Skill Video Game Machines are Slot Machines

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The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has ruled that the video game machines manufactured and distributed by the company POM under the name “Pennsylvania Skill” are considered “slot machines” under Pennsylvania law.

“With this decision, we urge the Pennsylvania State Police, the Office of Attorney General, police departments and District Attorneys across the state to enforce Pennsylvania law to halt the proliferation of thousands of illegal Pennsylvania Skill slot machines now in convenience stores, bars, restaurants and other establishments in communities across the state,” Thomas C. Bonner, Group VP / Legal & Chief Counsel for Parx Casino said.

“We know that illegal slot machines and full-blown illegal casinos are popping up all over Pennsylvania. We know that minors are gambling, and we know that the state Lottery is losing tens of millions of dollars that should be going to our seniors because of these illegal machines. It’s time to confiscate these machines and put these illegal casinos out of business,” Bonner added.

The Commonwealth Court’s clarification that the “Pennsylvania Skill” games are “slot machines” under Pennsylvania law provides concrete and clear legal justification for law enforcement at the state and local levels to confiscate such machines and prosecute those responsible for manufacturing, distributing, leasing, or owning these machines.

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TCSJOHNHUXLEY Enters into Asset Purchase Agreement with GPI

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Live table game developer TCSJOHNHUXLEY has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Gaming Partners International (GPI) that will see TCSJOHNHUXLEY acquire all operating assets related to GPI’s casino furniture, layouts and accessories businesses in the North American market.

This transaction is expected to strengthen TCSJOHNHUXLEY’s market leadership in this area, while allowing GPI to focus on its core competence in casino security equipment, such as playing cards, currency and dice.

The transition began on November 20, and subject to closing conditions, the deal is expected to close by the end of the year, or in January 2020.

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IGT Rolls Out PlaySports Betting Platform in Oregon

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The Mill Casino in Oregon has installed International Game Technology PLC’s IGT PlaySports platform. Patrons of Mill Casino can now place a range of sports wagers over the counter or via PlaySports kiosks.

“We are extremely pleased to be the only casino in Southern Oregon to provide our guests access to the excitement of sports betting through IGT’s PlaySports technology. This new option perfectly complements our slots and table games offering and gives our customers even more reasons to visit our waterfront destination,” Terri Porcaro, CEO of The Mill Casino said.

“Enabling The Mill Casino in Oregon to offer world-class sports betting experiences is another important milestone in the expansion of IGT’s position in the U.S. sports betting market. The solution’s market-readiness and proven capacity to seamlessly process high volumes of bets across devices and channels continues to differentiate IGT PlaySports in the market and has helped fuel its expansion into 11 U.S. states,” Enrico Drago, Senior VP of IGT PlayDigital said.

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