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Netherlands Online Gaming Approved by Dutch Senate, Permits Unlikely Until 2020

Legal online gaming was approved in the Netherlands earlier this week, with first permits possible next year. Holland’s Senate voted to back the Act on Remote Gambling, more than two years after it was initially considered by the country’s House of Representatives. The first licenses allowing companies to provide online gaming will be issued in late 2020,…Read More

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

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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

Washington D.C. Gifts Sports Betting Contract to Intralot, Aims to Launch by Fall

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Washington D.C. could have sports betting by the fall, after the D.C. Council voted Tuesday to sidestep standard procurement procedures and award the contract to its current lottery provider, Intralot. The snappily-titled Sports Wagering Procurement Practices Reform Exception Act of 2019 passed by a vote of 8-4 on Tuesday, with one abstention. The emergency measure…Read More

Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Candidacy, Joins Crowded Democratic Field

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US Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is once again seeking the Democratic nomination for president of the United States, as the congressman announced his candidacy this week with a campaign goal of “transforming our country.” Online bettors at PredictIt don’t have much faith that such a transformation is likely. The internet exchange, which facilitates the trading…Read More

Netherlands Online Gaming Bill Up for Senate Vote Tuesday, Privatization of State Casino Hangs in Balance

Dutch lawmakers may soon approve online gaming in the Netherlands with a Senate vote scheduled for Tuesday. The House of Representatives has already backed a draft of the Bill on Remote Gaming, which will allow for limited internet gambling in Holland. Going Private Remains Controversial The senators this week will also consider related motions on…Read More

PayPal Bashed Over Credit ‘Lag’ That Let Gambler Spend £150,000 in a Day

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The use of PayPal as a deposit method for online gambling sites is letting some players bypass limits on their checking counts and credit cards and leading to massive overspending, The Guardian reports. The UK newspaper has learned of a case where a 20-year-old had been permitted to deposit £2,000 ($2,600) every few minutes, despite…Read More

New Hampshire Lottery Aims Powerball at DOJ, Sues to Block Enforcement of Wire Act Opinion

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The State of New Hampshire has made good on its threat earlier this week that it was ready to sue the Department of Justice over its reinterpretation of the Wire Act. On Friday, the New Hampshire Lottery Commission (NHLC) filed suit against brand-new US Attorney General William Barr seeking declarative and injunctive relief against the…Read More

UK Bans Gambling Ads on Kid-Friendly Websites and Games, US Industry Experts React

In the UK, ads with gambling messages will soon disappear on websites and video games which are popular with children or teenagers. Under the new rules announced on Wednesday, gambling ads will not be shown on select media where children or young people make up more than 25 percent of viewers or users. There will also…Read More

Voters in New York Support and Oppose Online Sports Betting in Equal Measure, Says Poll

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Voters in New York State are split right down the middle when it comes to the question of legalizing online sports betting. That’s according to a new poll conducted by Siena College, which found that 44 percent favored digital wagering and 44 percent were against it, with 12 percent undecided or indifferent. New York residents…Read More

Washington State Bill Would Authorize Tribal Online Sports Betting in Only US Jurisdiction That Criminalizes Players

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A bill introduced in the Washington State legislature this week would legalize sports betting –- including online sports betting — at the state’s 30-odd tribal casinos. Majority Caucus Chair Eric Pettigrew’s (D-37) bill is not proposing to authorize full-scale online sports betting — gamblers would need to be physically present within a casino facility to…Read More

New Hampshire Lottery Prepared to Sue Feds over Wire Act Reinterpretation, as US AG Whitaker Denies Corruption

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New Hampshire lottery officials have said they are prepared to sue the federal government if needed to protect the revenues the state derives from online ticket sales. The declaration comes as Acting US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Friday vowed that “nothing corrupt” had occurred when the Department of Justice revised its opinion of the…Read More

Grammy Awards Betting Favorites Win Numerous Categories Including Record and Album of Year

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The 61st Grammy Awards had a little something for everyone, and that led to heightened betting interest on who would win the biggest prizes in music. Unlike last year’s ceremony where men largely dominated, which prompted Recording Academy President Neil Portnow to controversially say women need to “step up,” last night’s Grammy Awards was more…Read More

Las Vegas-based Online Sweepstake Operator Charged With $9 Million Fraud

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The owner of a Las Vegas-based online gaming company has been arrested and charged with fraud after it is alleged he used investors money as his “own personal piggy bank.” Robert Alexander is accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of fraudulently raising $9 million from more than 50 individuals for his company Kizzang,…Read More

American Gaming Law: Las Vegas Casino Attorney Analyzes New Wire Act Opinion

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American gaming law continues to widely impact the casino industry and other forms of gambling. The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) recently released a new interpretation of the Wire Act which threatens to end online sports betting – and most other forms of internet gambling involving multiple states. To better understand…Read More

Atlantic City Casinos Employ 26 Percent More Workers in 2018

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Atlantic City, now a nine-casino town with last June’s openings of Hard Rock and Ocean Resort, employed 26 percent more workers at the end of 2018 than the hotel resorts did in the previous year. According to figures released by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), the nine casinos employed 27,927 workers in…Read More