Online Casino News From Around the Globe

Delaware Set To Become First US State To Launch Sportsbetting Outside of Nevada
May31

Delaware Set To Become First US State To Launch Sportsbetting Outside of Nevada

While many US states only started preparing legislation that would enable them to offer legal sports betting, the state of Delaware already passed legislation in 2009 that would permit them to allow wagering on sports except on those involving Delaware-based teams. With this in mind Gov. John Carney announced today that Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Harrington Raceway & Casino will start offering single-games sports betting on June 5 which will make Delaware the first state outside of Nevada to offer single-game wagering. According to Carney,” Delaware has all necessary legal and regulatory authority to move forward with a full-scale sports gaming operation, and we look forward to next week’s launch. We’re hopeful that this will bring even more visitors into Delaware to see firsthand what our state has to offer.” To ensure that state casinos are fully able to offer sports betting the state has also issued a how-to-guide on sports betting through the Delaware Lottery. In addition all casino staff at Delaware’s three casino have been trained in preparation for the launch according to Secretary of the Delaware Department of Finance Rick Geisenberger. In terms of what will be available, Delaware will include single-game and championship wagering on professional baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, golf, and auto racing. As of now it seems that sports betting will only be available at land casinos with no online or mobile option as of...

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ASA Reprimands Online Gaming Operators For Fairytale-Like Adverts
May30

ASA Reprimands Online Gaming Operators For Fairytale-Like Adverts

The UK regulatory bodes like the UKGC and Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have been cracking down on operators in the last few years. We reported on massive fines been issued to operators like 888, Ladbrokes, Lottoland and others. There has been unrelenting political pressure in the UK to tighten up the gaming industry and this has been focused largely on misleading advertising and a crackdown on the infamous fixed odds betting terminals who after years of political wrangling will implement maximum wager cuts. The latest cases of the ASA intervening revolve around M88.com who are operated by progress Play and Fun88.co.uk who are operated by TGP Europe. The campaign group Fairer Gaming brought the issue to the attention of the ASA in January over concerns of advertisements in which they believe attract underage gamblers. Regarding M88.com the adverts involved popular characters like Hansel and Gretel and Red Riding Hood. According to Fairer Gambling the animations involved would likely attract underage players. In response to the complaints M88.com removed the games for consumers that were not members of the site in order to ensure that the games are not available in demo mode. M88.com did however insist that their content did not appeal to an underage audience as claimed. The ASA in a statement were adamant that the ads must not appear again and that in particular none of M88’s ads should appeal to under 18’s. Fun88.co.uk also removed the ads in question as well as placing demo games behind a registration requirement which would block children gaining access to the titles. Here again Fun88.co.uk stated that it was “highly subjective” to claim that the ads appealed to underage...

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William Hill To Launch Sportsbook Offering With Ocean Resorts Casino In New Jersey
May29

William Hill To Launch Sportsbook Offering With Ocean Resorts Casino In New Jersey

As we have reported the floodgates for legal sports betting in the US have opened following the overturning of the PASPA Act by the US Supreme Court. The major gaming companies were already expecting the changes to come into effect and were planning the groundwork for a quick launch wherever legally possible. These include the like of SBTECH, Paddy Power Betfair who acquired FanDuel etc. The latest major sports betting company to cement their position in the market is William Hill who announced that they will provide a sportsbook for the new Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey which is set to open its doors on June 28. This new site is set to feature a 7,5000 sq ft sportsbook in the centre of the gaming floor where players will be able to wager on major sports like Baseball, American football, football, tennis and Hockey. Chairman of AC Ocean Walk Bruce Deifik commented on the deal and said,” Ocean Resort Casino is thrilled to partner with William Hill, the best name in sports betting, to establish a truly unique sports betting experience in the centre of our resort and in Atlantic City. From real-time betting to exclusive hospitality for major events, the sports book will be second-to-none.” CEO of William Hill Joe Asher was delighted with the partnership and said,” We have had great success working with Ocean’s senior management in Las Vegas, and we are excited to have the chance to do so in Atlantic City at what will be the best sports book in town.” Willian Hill already operate in Nevada where they are the market leader with a 57 percent market...

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Social Casino Market Records 18% Increase Year-on-Year For Q1 2018
May28

Social Casino Market Records 18% Increase Year-on-Year For Q1 2018

The social casino or free-to-play market has often been cited as acting like a Trojan horse by enticing players to switch over to real money gaming. The argument that free-to-ply casino games that look and feel identical to the real money version has recently come under fire in certain states like Washington. The major social casino companies are well aware that their unhindered ride until now may well go down the road the daily fantasy sport market suffered. DraftKings and FanDuel reached peaks of success without attracting the attention of lawmakers until a few years ago when they were challenged by the like of New York AG Eric Schneiderman. After huge cash payouts and new regulations in many states the DFS industry has had to adapt and is now operating in a much more regulated and scrutinized manner. Social casino companies like Big Fish Games, Playtika, DoubleDown and High 5 Games have started to feel the pressure in Washington where they are been sued for violating the state gambling laws. It remains to be seen what will transpire in this tricky market but it is worth noting that the revenues generated by games with virtual money are in the billions. In a report released by Southern California based Eilers & Krejcik, it was reported that social casino gaming was up 18 percent for the first quarter of 2018 to $1.27 billion. The main reason for this surge is an increase in mobile devices with Playtika dominating the market with a 25 percent share. Overall the social casino market has grown 20 percent in the last 12 months and is worth around $4.72 billion annually. The revenue from mobile devices has increased 25 percent year-on-year. Playtika who were acquired by Shanghai Giant Technologies recorded revenues of $340 million for Q1 and had revenues of over $1.26 billion for the last 12 months. Second place went to Big Fish Games who were acquired by Aristocrat Technologies with revenues of $155.7 m for the Quarter and $568.6 million for the 12 months ending March. Scientific Games took 4th place with $97.7 m in revenues for the quarter which represents a 7.7 percent market...

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Liquor & Gaming NSW Set To Probe Complaint By Lottoland Over Tatts Misinformation Campaign
May24

Liquor & Gaming NSW Set To Probe Complaint By Lottoland Over Tatts Misinformation Campaign

Lottoland have received some good news in Australia as the Liquor & Gaming NSW have announced they will be probing claims that the Tatts Group funded a $5m misinformation campaign against Lottoland. The regulator will be assessing the complaints filed by Lottoland that claim that the Tabcorp–owned Tatts Group have breached their license obligation to act honestly. As we have reported in the last few months the media was between Lottoland and Tatts has been as dirty and hostile as it gets. Lottoland is under increasing pressure as many individual states look to ban what has become dubbed as “synthetic lotteries”. In the meantime Lottoland has offered revenue share based plans to newsagents in an attempt to get their backing. Liquor, Gaming & Racing deputy secretary Paul Newson said that they will respond to the complaint and see if any further remedial action or referral to another regulatory or law enforcement agency is required. Lottoland’s Australia CEO Nigel Brill sent a letter to NSW Racing Ministers Paul Toole in which he claimed that Tatts funded a $5m national campaign aimed at eradicating Lottoland as a competitors and keeping Tatts a monopoly. In terms of the NSW Public lotteries Act a licensee has to be,” good repute, having regard to … honesty and integrity”. If Lottoland’s complaint is found to be justified disciplinary action can be imposed on Tatts that includes suspension of...

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