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Kentucky Sports Betting Bill Goes to the Mat in Contested Televised Debate

A Kentucky sports betting bill saw advocates on both sides of the sports gambling debate make their case on television Monday night, just as the bill is making its way through the state’s General Assembly. The forum — held on Kentucky Educational Television’s Kentucky Tonight — pitted lawmakers sponsoring the bill against both a Baptist…Read More

Industry Bodies ABB and RGA to Merge to Lobby for UK Gambling Interests as Regulators Tighten Thumbscrews

Remote Gaming Association

UK gambling’s two major industry bodies are set to join forces as they seek to consolidate their interests and extend their lobbying reach in the face of tighter regulatory controls in the country. While no statement has yet been forthcoming from either the Association of British Bookmakers or the Remote Gambling Association, rumors of merger…Read More

Big Fish Social Casino Targeted by New Class Action Lawsuit in Washington State

Big Fish social casino

Seattle-based social casino Big Fish is facing a fresh class-action lawsuit that accuses it of operating “illegal online casino games.” The play-money site was hit by several similar lawsuits last year after a federal court in Seattle ruled that the virtual chips used in Big Fish’s casino games could be considered to be “something of…Read More

Developers are Abusing Apple’s Enterprise Certificate Program to Publish Porn and Gambling Apps

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App developers are circumventing Apple’s stringent approval process by instead using the employee-focused Enterprise Certificate program to publicly publish their pornography and gambling apps. A report by TechCrunch shows that at least two dozen apps have been able to abuse the certificate program, allowing developers to get apps to market which would normally be refused. …Read More

Alberta, Canada Seeks Tech Partner for Surprise Online Gambling Launch

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They kept it quiet, but the Canadian province of Alberta is on the cusp of legalizing and regulating online gambling. According to CBC News, the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLCC) has put out a request for proposals (RFP) in a bid to find a tech partner to help it build an online and…Read More

Black Market Betting Bad for Your Health, Report Warns

Black market betting

Betting on the black market is more injurious to health and wellbeing than betting on regulated markets, a new study by the Asian Racing Federation claims. The research paper looked at six gambling jurisdictions — Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa — and found there was evidence to suggest that…Read More

Loot Box Site Mystery Brand Responds to ‘Scam’ Gambling Site Allegations

Mystery Brand

Lucky-dip loot-box site Mystery Brand has hit back against reports that it is a “scam” gambling operation. The site made headlines last week after it was promoted by YouTube A-listers Jake Paul and Bryan “Ricegum” Le to their millions of followers, most of whom are adolescent or younger. Mystery Brand was not just called out…Read More

Sands China Denies App Targeted by Chinese Internet Cops

Sands China

Sands China — the Asian wing of US casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS) — has denied its app has been blacklisted by the Chinese government. The announcement follows a December 28 release by the Cyberspace Administration of China, listing 3,469 apps targeted for removal from the Chinese App Store for reasons that include…Read More

UK Gambling Addict Stole More Than a Million From Employer to Fund Gambling Habit

UK Gambling Addict

A UK man who stole more than a million dollars from the company that employed him is speaking out about what drove him to do it. Chris Girling recently pleaded guilty to embezzling £1 million ($1.26 million) from the Premier Education Group, a company that provides physical education programs to schools across the UK. As…Read More

New Jersey Sports Betting Handle Likely Smashed Billion-Dollar Mark Sometime Last Week

New Jersey sports betting

The New Jersey sports betting market was approaching $1 billion in bets after just five and a half months of operation, as of December 1. That means it is very likely to have already exceeded the 10-figure mark — and no one even got to bang a gong. According to new figures released by the…Read More

Eldorado Resorts Reaches 20-Year Deal With The Stars Group for Online Sports Betting, Gambling

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Reno-based Eldorado Resorts and Canada’s The Stars Group (TSG) have entered into a 20-year partnership for the latter to provide the casino company with online sports betting and internet gambling. The Stars Group, most known for its ownership of PokerStars, the largest online poker room in the world, will give Eldorado a $25 million interest…Read More

Bet365 Boss Denise Coates Criticized Over Record £265 Million Pay Packet

Denise Coates

Billionaire Bet365 founder Denise Coates, 53, was once again the highest-earning company director in the UK in last financial year, paying herself a staggering £265 million ($341 million) in the 12 months to 2018, including dividends. That’s up over 18 percent from the £217 million ($279 million) she collected the previous year, which itself was…Read More

Player Sues Betfred Over £1.7 Million Online Jackpot Win That Wasn’t

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A Betfred online casino customer in the UK is suing the bookmaker after it refused to pay out on a £1.7 million ($2.17 million) jackpot ‘win’, claiming a software glitch voids all pays and plays. Andrew Green, 52, of Lincolnshire, thought he had hit the big time last January while playing Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven…Read More

NBA Signs First European Sports Betting Partnership with French State-Owned Gaming Operator Française des Jeux

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The NBA is beginning to realize that opportunities arising from its new relaxed attitude to sports betting are not confined to the recently liberalized US market. On Tuesday, the league announced it had signed an exclusive partnership deal with Française des Jeux (FDJ), the government-owned French national lottery provider and the largest sports betting operator…Read More

William Hill Finds The Net Again With New Jersey Devils NHL Partnership

The National Hockey League continues to welcome William Hill with open arms. The rapidly expanding sportsbook brand will be present in another NHL arena this season after announcing a multi-year deal with the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. The announcement comes just one month after William Hill and the Vegas Golden Knights reached a similar…Read More