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New Jersey Records 7th Consecutive Month of Revenues Exceeding $20m
Oct12

New Jersey Records 7th Consecutive Month of Revenues Exceeding $20m

Online revenues in the state of New Jersey exceeded the $20m in the month of September. Figures released by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement  (DGE) showed that online gaming operators generated just under $20.4m which is an increase of 25.6% year-on-year although nearly $1m less than the month of August this year. These latest revenues mark the seventh consecutive month of online revenues exceeding the $20m mark. The online casino vertical made up $18.5m. Online poker continues to fail as year-on-year revenues fell 5.7% to $1.9m which is getting close to the all-time record low of $1.73m recorded in June. With the latest figures in, online gaming revenues for the year-to-date are up 27% to $183.7m with the casino vertical recording an increase of nearly a third to $165.1m, The top casino was the Golden Nugget who maintained their number one position with $5.7m. The Borgato was second place with $4.24m, third place was Resorts Digital Gaming with $3.6m. The Tropicana came in at fourth place with $3.428m just ahead of fifth place Caesars Interactive Entertainment New Jersey’s...

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Lottoland Woes Continue Down Under With Tasmania Announcing Plans To Ban Lotto Betting
Oct11

Lottoland Woes Continue Down Under With Tasmania Announcing Plans To Ban Lotto Betting

The anti Lottoland sentiment down under shows no signs of relenting. Following New South Wales intention to prohibit fake or synthetic lotteries, the Tasmanian Government has announced to draw up legislation that will ban wagering on the outcome of lotteries. The model that Lottoland uses which is where players can be on the outcome of the lottery and not the lottery itself is not sitting well with Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association. Tasmania has 92 lottery outlets who are authorized to sell lottery tickets have raised concerns over Lottoland’s business model. Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business, Trade and Red Tape Reduction Roger Jaensch stated that the Lottoland system was not welcome in Tasmania. The Australian Lottery and NewsAgents Association (ALNA) said that real lottery generated $30,6m in the Tasmania State lottery taxes in 2016-2017 which was used to find hospital, roads, schools and other infrastructure. While Lottoland have tried to silence the critics by offering to pay some sort of point of consumption tax, the critics point out that there can be no scenario where traditional lotteries are  forced to operate and pay taxes while synthetic or fake lotteries like Lottoland are allowed to operate without giving anything back to the...

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Bookmakers Accused of Using Story Book Characters To Lure Children Into Gambling
Oct10

Bookmakers Accused of Using Story Book Characters To Lure Children Into Gambling

As we have reported in the last few months, the UK gambling Commission is showing it teeth and going after operators who breach regulations. The latest issue to come up is that of gambling operators being accused of deliberately targeting children with well-known cartoon characters in online betting games. Some of the largest online operators in the UK like 888 are being accused of violating Gambling Commission rules. In a Sunday Times investigation, it was found that many games can be played and accessed by children without having to register or perform any age checks. 888 with their Jack and the Beanstalk was mentioned along with Moon Princess on the Casinoland website. Paddy Power was also mentioned with their Peter Pan game. A dossier from the Sunday Times looking into 30 games was passed on to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) by the Gambling Commission for investigation. According to the Gambling Commission over 450, 000 children have been able to gamble in England and Wales every week. Even more worrying is that 3 percent have used their own funds. Politicians are under fire to crack down on gambling operators, Shadow culture secretary Tom Watson did not mince his words when it came to operators. He said,” This loophole is ruthlessly exploited by irresponsible bookies and it’s one that urgently needs closing. “The Gambling Commission should act now to extend the current ban on targeting games at children to online products. Betting companies need to acknowledge the harm they are doing by cynically targeting children online and remove these games, many of which can be played for ‘fun’ and without age verification, from their sites.” In response to this criticism CEO of the Remote Gambling Association, Clive Hawkswood was adamant that gambling operators were not deliberately targeting children and would support a review of the Gambling Commission code that would enforce regulations against appealing to kids online....

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DraftKings Expands Into Austria and Ireland
Oct09

DraftKings Expands Into Austria and Ireland

DFS operator DraftKings has expanded their offering into Austria and Ireland. All of the 10 sports available to players in the US will now be available to players in Austria and Ireland including the NFL, NBA and MBL. Unlike rivals FanDuel who pulled out of the UK recently, DraftKings is looking to expand beyond the US, DraftKings CEO Jason Robbins said,” Sports fans in Europe are embracing the game inside the game through DraftKings’ contests and content. As we looked to expand our European footprint, it was an easy choice to launch in Ireland and Austria, given their renowned passion for sports.” Both countries combined have a population of 13 million and DFS is not too popular there. Currently DraftKings operates in the US, Canada, Germany, UK and Malta. The numbers in the UK are not exactly clear but DraftKings said that in the UK, September 2017 saw a 51% year-on-year growth in entry fees and 321% year-over-year growth in new customers. In Germany, September saw 46% growth in registered customers, the largest monthly growth to-date. Chief International Officer of DraftKings, Jeffery Haas went on to explain why Irish fans would embrace DFS. He said,” Ireland’s sports culture runs deep, with hundreds of thousands of passionate fans following both ‘proper football’ and ‘gridiron football’ across European and American sports leagues. Irish football fans will find many opportunities to test their wits on DraftKings while enjoying a new way to sweat the action during fixtures. We enhance that connection with our exciting contests, innovative content and real-time sports analysis and data. DraftKings is essentially the second screen for sports fans watching a match at the pub, at home or on the...

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NSW Government Reportedly Set To Place Restrictions On Synthetic Lotteries Like Lottoland
Oct05

NSW Government Reportedly Set To Place Restrictions On Synthetic Lotteries Like Lottoland

Gibraltar based online lottery operator Lottoland is under increasing pressure in Australia as an imminent crackdown is on the horizon. It is been reported that the NSW Government is set to announce it “will take steps to restrict the operation of synthetic lotteries”. As we reported local lottery operators as well as newsagents are fiercely opposing lottoland and claim that they are having a severe impact on small businesses and local governments alike. Deputy Premier John Barilaro was clear in his intentions and stated that the government would stand up for local businesses and consumers. He went on to voice what many critics of lottoland have been saying.” He added that he doubted many would uses online lottery services offered by Lottoland if they fully understood the model they worked on. Dubbing Lottoland operators as “synthetic lotteries” Barilaro said,” Our concern is that many customers buy tickets in a synthetic lottery, believing they’re entering a lottery, when in fact they are instead betting on the outcome of that lottery. A domestic lottery has a guaranteed prize pool, and is bound by strict terms and conditions and robust regulations. A synthetic lottery, on the other hand, is no more than online gambling,” Adding to the ominous warnings toward lottoland, Racing Minister Pau Tolle confirmed that the government was indeed looking at methods to restrict synthetic lotteries. He was quoted as saying, “The conduct of synthetic lottery operators may breach existing wagering legislation and the NSW Government is currently assessing options to determine the most effective approach to restrict betting on these lotteries in NSW.” NSW is the not first state down under who have declared they will look into restricting Lottoland’s activities. Both Victoria and Western Australia have announced they would be moving towards restrictions.  Queensland is also set to be closely monitoring the situation. Lottoland who are licensed to operate in the Northern Territory are well aware of the mood and have themselves suggested paying a point of consumption tax that would give the local governments an estimated $50m in the first five years. A spokesman for Lottoland even came up with a punchline that said , “ don’t ban us, tax...

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