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Kansas Senate Passes Sports Betting Bill

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The Kansas Senate has passed a bill that would legalise land-based and certain forms of online sports wagering in the US state. Senate Bill 283 is passed by a vote of 23–15 and now set to move forward to the state’s House of Representatives.

The bill set out measures to permit casinos already licensed by the Kansas Lottery Commission to launch on-premises sports betting and offer two online betting skins.

Casinos that offer land-based sports wagering would be taxed at a rate of 7.5%, while the state would also place a 10% tax on revenue from online sports bets.

It is not yet clear how much licenses would cost, though this is likely to be decided at a later date by the Kansas Lottery Commission. The Commission would also set out rules for advertising related to sports betting in the state.

The sporting venues across the state would be permitted to enter into a contract with a licensed operator to set up a location at their venue.

Licensees may also create “a designated area where patrons may engage in sports wagering” inside a sports venue, but only via online platforms. However, it specifies that this only applies to motorsports or multi-sport facilities in Wyandotte County with a minimum investment of $50m.

In addition, the bill sets out measures for tribal sports betting, whereby if a federally recognised Indian tribe submits a request to negotiate a gaming compact regarding sports wagering, the Governor must “negotiate in good faith” to enter into a such a compact.

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William Hill CEO Creates New Employee Fund and Donates His Entire Salary

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Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, has established a new employee fund and donated his entire salary to provide economic relief for the furloughed workers who are now struggling to make ends meet.

The coronavirus has brought the entire gambling world to almost a complete halt and the companies are forced with an option – either let workers take temporary breaks or shut down completely. The latter option is not feasible for most companies including William Hill US. So, they did the only thing they could do and sent employees home.

“I didn’t feel right about continuing to get paid while so many people were out of work. So, I just decided to donate all of my salary to the foundation and encourage everybody else in the company who’s still working to donate what they can,” Joe Asher said.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee Signs Bill Allowing Sports Betting in Tribal Casinos

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed a bill that will allow sports gambling at tribal casinos in the state.

“This will allow people to participate in a new gaming activity that is safe and well-regulated by the tribes,” Inslee said.

Washington Indian Gaming Association Executive Director Rebecca Kaldor thanked Inslee for supporting the bill.

“The revenue generated by tribal gaming funds critical needs in our communities,” Kaldor said.

“Tribal communities and governments are currently dealing with the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. As we recover from this crisis, the addition of this amenity will help tribal governments fund the essential services their members will need to get back up on their feet,” Kaldor added.

Supporters of the bill said betting on sports was widespread in Washington already and legalising it would protect consumers.

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Wildwood Casino to Partner with ISI for Sports Betting

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American Gaming Group, LLC. (AGG), operator of Wildwood Casino in Cripple Creek, Colorado announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement with ISI Race & Sports (ISI) to provide hardware, software and marketing services for their upcoming sports betting offering. Final licensing approval for ISI from the Colorado Division of Gaming is pending.

“Wildwood has become the market leader for casinos in Cripple Creek and we wanted a partner who could help us achieve the same status for retail and online sports betting,” said Joseph J. Canfora, CEO of AGG.  “We are able to combine our extensive knowledge of the local Colorado market with ISI’s 20 years offering sports betting services and the Amelco betting platform and native mobile apps to create a winning experience for our customers.”

Wildwood Casino opened in 2008 and is the newest full-service casino property in the Cripple Creek market. The property features over 500-slot machines, 14 table games, and is currently in the process of building a 102-room hotel that is anticipated to open by the end of 2020.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to help bring sports betting to Colorado,” said Bill Stearns, President of ISI. “We’ve been doing this for more than 20 years and have developed best practices that help our partners get out of the gate early and maintain their lead in sports betting.”

Wildwood Casino is a top-rated, 24-hour-gaming, Vegas-style casino located in the historic mining town of Cripple Creek, Colorado. “The Highest Casino in the World” operates over 500 slots, table games and multiple dining options as well as the 67-room Gold King Inn and the Gas N’ Roll gas station and convenience store. Wildwood is in the process of building a new 102-room hotel tower adjacent to the casino. Additional information can be found at www.wildwoodcasino.net.

ISI has been active in the sports betting industry since 1999 and became active in risk management and turnkey operations for sports books in 2005. ISI has helped developed some of the industry’s leading kiosk solutions including those used by William Hill in Nevada and the new Crystal Betting Terminal being launched by IGT.

Its betting platform and native mobile apps are provided by Amelco, the leading supplier of bespoke trading and sportsbook solutions for the industry’s multi-territory tier-one operators, including Flutter, GVC and Stars Group.

Headquartered in the City of London, Amelco utilises the best technical talent available to supply some of the most cutting edge modular and end to end solutions ever seen in the industry.

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