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Race to Capitalize on U.S. Sports Betting Set to Continue in 2019 says GamblingCompliance

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The number of U.S. states with legally approved sports betting will more than double in 2019 from 9 to 18 or more as lawmakers capitalize on last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned a federal ban, according to a report published today by GamblingCompliance.

As many as 33 states are expected to consider bills to regulate sports wagering during their 2019 legislative sessions, the ‘2019 U.S. Sports Betting Outlook’ report predicts. Of those, between six and 13 states are tipped to pass legislation, while other states are expected to move forward this year under the terms of laws already on the statute books.

Leading the pack of states most likely to pass bills or adopt implementing regulations are New YorkMichiganIndianaArkansasKentucky and Connecticut, plus the District of Columbia. Other key states to watch include IllinoisMassachusetts and Ohio, but the odds remain stacked against any federal legislation in Congress that might halt the spread of new enabling laws.

Still, getting bills over the goal-line will not prove to be an easy task for state lawmakers.

“Several prominent states will pass bills in 2019, but none of them will find the discussions straightforward or free from lobbying conflict – and lawmakers will invariably find sports betting to be a more complicated issue than they anticipated,” said James Kilsby, Managing Director – Americas for GamblingCompliance and an author of the report.

“If the story of 2018 was the running battle between major sports leagues and gaming interests over sports betting policy, then the lobbying field will be even more crowded this year as the needs of state lotteries, Indian tribes and non-casino sports brands come into play in state houses across the country,” Kilsby said.

GamblingCompliance’s U.S. Sports Betting Tracker, the industry’s go-to analysis service, projects legal sports wagering in the U.S. to be worth approximately $648m in revenue* in 2019, versus an estimated $400m in 2018. Total revenues should then grow to $1bn+ in 2020 and could even exceed $2bn if legislative trends follow GamblingCompliance’s most optimistic scenario for this year.

Elsewhere, the GamblingCompliance report identifies six common legal and lobbying obstacles that will weigh on state legislative processes. It also highlights key market trends to monitor in 2019.

Revenue is the amount retained by sports-wagering operators after all winnings bets are paid. Revenue is not handle, or the total amount staked by bettors.

About GamblingCompliance
Based in London and Washington D.C., GamblingCompliance is the leading provider of independent business intelligence to the global sports betting industry. Our U.S. Sports Betting Tracker service provides the perspective that gaming and sports industry executives, advisers and investors need to capitalize on the emergence of a major new market that is set to become the largest in the world within just a few years. For more information, visit https://gamblingcompliance.com/us-sports-betting

For a free copy of the report, please click here.

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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Slot Revenue Decreases in Connecticut Tribal Casinos

Niji Narayan

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The slot revenue of two Connecticut tribal casinos has decreased by 12% in April 2019. Both Mohegan and Foxwoods have posted year-over-year decrease in slot machine revenue and April 2019 was the worst month for the Connecticut casinos.

Foxwoods Resort Casino totalled US$36.2 million in slots revenue after paying prizes, down from the US$41.2. On the other hand, Mohegan Sun reported US$45.2 million in slot revenue, down from US$51.4 million.

Revenues from Foxwoods and Mohegan have been affected by MGM Springfield, the casino located in neighbouring Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reported that the faction totalled US$15.5 million in slots revenue last month and US$6.3 million in table-games revenue. However, slots revenue was also down in that facility 17% over the previous month.

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Sightline Joins Forces with Responsible Gaming Solution GameSecure

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The partnership aims to connect payment solutions and a centralized real-time self-exclusion database for increased player protection

 

Las Vegas-based Sightline Payments (“Sightline”) and Vancouver based Bencon Technologies Inc. (“Bencon”) have entered into a partnership to bridge the current technological gap between digital self-exclusion functions and payment services. The goal of the partnership is to ensure at-risk patrons are denied access to content or payment services in real-time.

The first quarter of 2019 has resulted in a number of violations of self-excluded patrons gaining access to content in the US market, meaning regulator fines have been issued to non-compliant operators, unfortunately, the damage to the patron is already done. GameSecure’s real-time database solution will ensure these patrons do not gain access to digital content once self-excluded and by partnering with  it creates another barrier to a patron’s payment activity.

“The Sightline team has been committed to responsible gaming for more than 20 years and we are very excited to announce this important partnership,” said Cameron Conn, Co-Founder of Bencon Technologies Inc.

“We strongly believe there is not a singular solution to completely address all aspects of player protection and responsible gaming, however, partnerships like these allow for better solutions that will give continued insights into at-risk behavior for improved responsible gaming programs.”

“Sightline is in a unique position because our Play+ ecosystem, in the US, connects to nearly 100% of all digital platforms and 90%+ of all casino management systems, allowing for a uniform capability for a network-wide self-exclusion program through our SPAN Network,” said Kirk Sanford, CEO and Founder of Sightline Payments.

A primary goal of the partnership will be to work with the responsible and problem gambling communities to ensure these new solutions will work to enhance future programs for player protection.

“The Responsible Gambling Council is pleased to hear about the partnership between GameSecure and Sightline.  We believe that safeguards are imperative to the success of any self-exclusion program,” stated Shelley White, CEO of Responsible Gambling Council in Canada.

Keith Whyte, the Executive Director of the US National Council on Problem Gaming adding: “Congratulations to Bencon and Sightline for this step to further integrate responsible gaming into payment methods for the industry.  Streamlining player protection is an important goal for the National Council on Problem Gambling, and we are pleased to support this innovative effort.”

“Self-exclusion programs have been in existence for years with the on-premise ATM providers, however, until now nothing has existed for the digital world which is where the industry is moving,” added Sanford.

Bencon is currently working with multiple jurisdictions in the United States (and internationally) to integrate GameSecure into their Responsible Gaming Programs.

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Louisiana House Committee Passes Fantasy Sports Restriction Bill

Niji Narayan

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Louisiana House Committee has passed the fantasy sports restriction bill. Voters of 47 parishes approved fantasy sports betting last fall. The bill leaves committee with an amendment that stipulates “you can only play if you’re at card checking over-21 only in establishments like video poker stops, bars, or casinos.”

“This is obviously not what people voted for, this is not how fantasy sports works, this is not how online entertainment works anywhere, for any medium,” Fairness for Fantasy Sports Louisiana spokesperson Ryan Berni said.

“Right now the proposed tax rate does not cover the cost for the state to collect it. The state actually loses money at the proposed tax rate that they are proposing on fantasy sports,” Video poker lobbyist Alton Ashy said.

“Obviously the intention is that it is places that have video poker. It really is an end around and a subversion of what people know and like about fantasy sports,” Berni added.

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