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Gambling and Tech Companies Charge Into American Sports Betting Market

Zoltan Tundik

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A recent change in United States law has led to a gold rush in the gaming industry as numerous companies scramble to set up sports gambling operations.

  • The U.S. Supreme Court’s overruling of 1992 gambling legislation essentially makes sports betting widely legal throughout the country.
  • Casinos are moving to make the most of this by opening sports books.
  • Technology companies are also exploring possible revenue avenues through online gambling apps.
  • The United States is set to see a $3$5 billion take in the global sports betting market within a few years – a market already worth an estimated $40 billion.

One of the new players in the sports gambling space is SinglePoint, Inc. (OTC: SING) (SING Profile), a tech company focused on innovation that has invested in gambling app StakeHaul. In the world of big gambling, casino companies such as Caesars Entertainment Corp. (NASDAQ: CZR) are exploring ways to add sports gambling to their existing entertainment rosters. MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) already provides sports gaming alongside traditional betting options. Following suit, Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) has started offering sports betting at some of its casinos, as has Boyd Gaming Corp. (NYSE: BYD), which is also entering the online gambling space.

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The Race to Benefit from Sports Betting

From soccer in Europe to cricket in India, people enjoy betting on the outcome of sports competitions. In fact, sports betting is one of the most popular forms of gambling in the world, producing an estimated $40 billion global industry that includes local bookmakers to national brands to international betting websites.

In the United States, this type of betting has been extremely limited since the early 1990s. Legislation designed to protect people from the harmful effects of gambling effectively made betting on sports illegal across the country, with limited exceptions in a handful of states.

The recent overturning of this law has suddenly created a new market. Because that market hasn’t existed for the past 25 years, the renewed interest has revealed an infrastructural void in the American gaming industry. Technological innovations have not been applied to sports gambling, so companies are now playing catch up. The results will shape an industry estimated to be worth billions of dollars every year.

The Death and Life of U.S. Sports Gambling

This year is seeing a number of gambling companies expand their operations to include sports betting while tech companies such as SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB:SING) are looking at what they can do to fill a commercial void. But how did this gap in the gambling market come about in the first place?

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1992. It effectively outlawed betting on sports across the United States, with limited exceptions, including specific forms of racing; sports lotteries in DelawareMontana and Oregon; and licensed pools in Nevada.

The law quickly became an unpopular one. By 2017, a majority of Americans reportedly wanted to see sports betting legalized so they could join in a pastime enjoyed by millions around the world. Several attempts were made to overturn the law, eventually resulting in a legal case being heard before the Supreme Court. In May, the court overturned PASPA, declaring that the law violated the 10thConstitutional Amendment.

The sports betting market was already growing around the world. Because of the nature of the business and the lack of centrally collected figures, it’s impossible to accurately measure its worth, but it was estimated at around $40 billion in 2016. And now, America is expected to become a significant growth area, worth an estimated $3 billion to $5 billion within the next five years .

That’s a lot of money. So how does a company such as SinglePoint go about getting a piece of the acton?

Gambling on Technology

The key to this market, like so many others, lies in online interactions and mobile technology in particular. By bringing gambling first into customers’ homes and then into their pockets, tech-savvy gambling companies have vastly increased the opportunity to make small, casual bets.

One of the products that has sprung from this is StakeHaul. A mobile gambling platform, StakeHaul allows users to bet on anything. Whether it’s a traditional test of machismo such as who can do the most pull-ups, a motivational bet on who will complete a chore first, or even a gamble on the outcome of world events, StakeHaul can make it happen. And with sports betting now apparently legal in the United States, StakeHaul can include that too.

StakeHaul makes it easy to carry out the sort of casual bets traditionally placed in person. The stakes need be nothing more than the honor of knowing who won, although they can just as easily be financial. The company is currently finalizing a peer-to-peer payment model that can pay out in either U.S. dollars or cryptocurrency. With internet native currencies on the rise, it makes sense for an online gambling system to recognize those types of transactions.

With more than 70,000 downloads, StakeHaul is currently the top-ranked app for making bets with friends – and those numbers are steadily increasing. Each month has seen a double-digit percentage rise in active users and bets placed through the platform.

With more than a third of Americans betting on at least one sports event every year, there are plenty of people looking to make the most of the newly loosened laws, and StakeHaul provides a way to do that. “All in all, our unique features, our ease of use, and the legal momentum behind betting in the U.S. makes our opportunity not just a home run but a grand slam,” stated Jeffery Lippert, founder of StakeHaul.

Investing in the Future of Gambling

It’s not surprising then that tech company SinglePoint has made an investment in StakeHaul.

Originally a full-service mobile technology provider, SinglePoint has evolved into a company with an interest in a wide range of technologies. The organization focuses on companies that have great potential and proven assets currently believed to be undervalued on the market. By investing in such companies, SinglePoint has developed a diverse portfolio of up-and-coming tech companies.

Payment systems play a large part in SinglePoint’s holdings. The global payment market is changing, with finance increasingly transacted online or with smartphones. SinglePoint’s payment processing systems are designed to deal with this new world. It is also working to provide cryptocurrency payment systems using Bitcoin and Ethereum, the leading global cryptocurrencies. These are technologies that will fit well with the financial side of the company’s investment in StakeHaul.

But it’s not all about electronic payment. SinglePoint has teamed up with New Sun Energies to provide cost effective solar power in six states. With interests in blockchain, renewable energy and the sports betting market, the company has investments in several sectors that are due to see considerable growth over the next decade.

The Bigger Game Market

History shows that gambling can lead to big wins for a business. Caesars Entertainment Corp.(NASDAQ:CZR) started off as a single bingo parlor in 1930s Nevada. Over the decades, it’s become the most famous name in gaming, with 47 casinos in five countries. Its buildings play host to conventions, meetings and hundreds of thousands of tourists. The thrill of betting keeps the customers coming through the doors of those casinos and has helped to build up a legendary reputation as a place of decadence and entertainment, a reputation that also helps explain the success of over 600 bars, restaurants and clubs across the United States.

With its string of hotels and casinos, MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) has done a job similar to Caesars’ in turning the pleasure of gambling into a multimillion-dollar entertainment empire. Even before PASPA was struck down, MGM was profiting from sports betting as well as traditional gambling, thanks to the popularity of its venues. Hosting events such as world-class boxing matches means not just ticket receipts but also a flood of fans using the hotels and their facilities.

Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) might not have the glamor of the big names, but the company is still a very successful operator in the American gambling sector. It has gaming, racing and video gaming terminals spread across 29 facilities in the United States and Canada, with a focus on slot machines. The recent legal change is creating more options, and the company recently started offering sports betting at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia.

One of the largest casino companies in the United StatesBoyd Gaming Corp. (NYSE:BYD) has 24 gaming properties spread across seven states. The company runs 10 sports betting operations across Nevada and has recently opened sports books at two of its Mississippi properties. It has also teamed up with FanDuel Group to engage in online betting and sports gaming opportunities across the country.

The overturning of PASPA is set to transform the American gambling industry. Both online and in casinos, sports gambling is taking off in a big way. Early adopter companies are set to benefit enormously from this change.

For more information about SinglePoint, please visit SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB:SING).

Source: networknewswire.com

 

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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ATG partners with USA’s biggest TV network for horse racing

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ATG has come to a partner agreement with TVG, the largest TV network for horse racing in USA.

 

Starting September 17, 45 million American households has will be given the possibility to bet on ATG‘s products.

“This is a unique possibility for ATG to reach out to horse racing bettors in USA and will also be a great way of showcasing the great sport we have here in Sweden” says Lars Nemeth, head of international sales at ATG.

TVG is a Los Angeles based company, founded in 1987. TVG has today two TV channels and broadcast up to 15 hours of horse racing daily to 45 million American cable and satellite households. Since 2009 TVG is a part of the Irish Paddy Power Betfair betting concern.

“TVG is a strong trademark on the American market and they broadcast around 50,000 races a year from around the world. The main intention with this cooperation agreement is of course to create revenue for both parts but like I said, I also see it as a unique possibility to showcase Swedish horse racing” says Lars Nemeth.

The TVG customers will be able to bet Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta and Daily Double right in to ATG’s Swedish pool.

“Swedish Trotting, Swedish Gallop and ATG will be able to deliver world class products, therefor it’s fantastic to be able to offer our viewers both broadcasts and betting from Sweden. Business wise and also editorial we’re emphasising on the best races Wednesday through Sunday. In our regular broadcasts we will have lots of live updates and latest news about the races and in cooperation with Kanal 75 show stories about both the sport of trotting and gallop in Sweden” says Stephen Kennelly, Vice President of Product and Exchange, TVG FanDuel Group US.

On the international betting market so called rakebacks, where bettors will receive discounts based on how much they bet, very common. However, in all of ATG’s partner agreements no rakebacks are allowed, also in this deal wth TVG.

“Both us and ATG are interested in creating a sustainable long term deal. TVG has basically the same broad spectrum of customers as ATG, we focus on incentivizing and gaining new and existing business by providing access to high quality content and service, not through high volume rebates to a limited audience.” says Stephen Kennelly.

Facts, TVG
• USA’s largest TV network for trot and gallop horse racing – reaches 45 million households.
• Owned by the betting concern Paddy Power Betfair, Irland.
• 320 employees, most of them at their TV head quarter in Los Angeles, California.
• Broadcasts around 50 000 races each year from around the world through their TV channels TVG (seven days a week) and TVG2 (five days). the channels are also available online (www.tvg.com) and through Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon and Roku.
• Will be able to bet Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta and Daily Double starting September 17, 2018
• TV and marketing support in TVG1 and TVG2 from September 23.

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Vegas Golden Knights signs deal with William Hill

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World’s leading betting company William Hill and the Las Vegas-based National Hockey League (NHL) franchisee Golden Knights have signed a multiyear partnership. The deal will include in-arena signage and updated league-wide odds displayed on the video board during intermissions at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

This partnership is the first of its kind in North America between a bookmaker and an NHL franchise.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to engage different segments of our fan base and provide a unique fan experience,” Golden Knights president Kerry Bubolz said in a release announcing the deal. “This partnership between a major professional team and a sports book operator is a historic, landmark agreement and we are delighted to be leading the way with William Hill in this space.”

The partnership between sports franchises and bookmakers could be the first of many as more states elect to offer legal sports betting. The NBA recently completed a deal with MGM Resorts, making the company the “official gaming partner of the NBA.”

“We could not be more excited to partner with the Golden Knights,” William Hill CEO Joe Asher said in the release. “William Hill is the leader in the U.S sports betting market and we are proud of the fact that this is the first sponsorship agreement between a sports book and an NHL team in the country.”

Asher said at a recent gaming conference that the U.S. branch of William Hill has been fielding frequent requests from sports franchises asking about partnerships.

The NHL, along with other major U.S. professional leagues, has been an ardent opponent of sports betting, with commissioner Gary Bettman often expressing concerns about how legalised betting would impact the atmosphere in the arenas.

 

Source: ESPN

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Court cancels Pennsylvania’s ban on gambling donations

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A federal judge has annulled legislation in Pennsylvania law that banned casino owners and persons who owns stakes in the gambling industry from contributing to political campaigns in the state. The court observed that the legislation is unconstitutional.

In her 31-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Sylvia Rambo said the provision violates constitutional protections over political association. However, Rambo did not close the door on lawmakers reviving a similar ban that is narrower in scope and tailored to the purpose of fighting corruption.

“The court holds only that the ban in its current form goes much further than necessary to achieve its stated purpose of eliminating corruption and the appearance of corruption,” Rambo wrote.

The U.S. Supreme Court, Rambo wrote, has ruled that preventing corruption, or the appearance of corruption, is the only sufficient reason to justify restrictions on political contributions.

So the Legislature, she wrote, could more strictly define who is subject to the ban by limiting its reach to those with close connections to a casino or imposing a limit on the amount of cash contributions. Right now, law acts as a wholesale ban on contributions of any amount, even $1, by people with “even an attenuated connection” to the gambling industry, far exceeding the necessary scope of such a prohibition, Rambo wrote.

The ban applied to people who own a stake in a casino, a slot-machine manufacturer or a casino vendor, as well as non-owner executives and important employees.

The prohibition has largely stood in Pennsylvania since the state legalised commercial casinos in 2004, touted as a major bulwark against gambling industry influence. A spokesman for the state attorney general’s office directed questions to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. A spokesman at the board did not respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit was filed last year by Pasquale Deon, who owns a 2.5 per cent stake in Sands Casino in Bethlehem, according to gaming board records, and Maggie Hardy Magerko, whose family owns the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in southwestern Pennsylvania that is home to Lady Luck Casino.

With 12 casinos operating and a 13th under construction, Pennsylvania is the nation’s No. 2 state for commercial casino gross revenue, second to Nevada. At $1.4 billion in the most recent fiscal year, Pennsylvania rakes in more tax revenue from casino gambling than any other state, according to the American Gaming Association’s figures.

 

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