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New Jersey Legislature Approves Sports Betting Legislation Bill
Jun07

New Jersey Legislature Approves Sports Betting Legislation Bill

It has only been a few weeks since the US Supreme Court cleared the way for states to offer sports betting but the race to go live and tap into this lucrative market is at fever pitch. The state of Delaware beat New Jersey to the punch and became the first to go live but New Jersey is keen to follow as they were pivotal in making this a reality. All eyes are focused on Gov. Phil Murphy today as both the Assembly and Senate unanimously passed a bill that will permit sports betting in the Garden State. It is now up to the Democratic governor to sign off but his spokesman made it clear that although the Governor wanted to act quickly, he also wanted to thoroughly review the legislation prior to signing off. Expectations are that state racetracks like Monmouth Park could already start taking bets in the next few days. Key figures that were involved in leading the legal battle like former Senator Ray Lesniak believe that sports betting will assist Atlantic City in turning around and revivin g the local economy. He said, ” Today is the day that New Jersey gets the same benefits that Las Vegas does.During the Super Bowl or the NACC Tournament, in Las Vegas you can’t get a hotel room and Atlantic City is a ghost town. This will change that.” The bill includes a tax rate for casinos of 8.5 percent plus an additional 1.25 percent payment to help market Atlantic...

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Paddy Power Under Fire For Staged World Cup Advert
Jun06

Paddy Power Under Fire For Staged World Cup Advert

Paddy Power are no strangers to “guerrilla marketing” and are always looking to get themselves media hype. The old saying that there is no such thing as bad publicity certainly rings true for Paddy Power’s marketing gurus. We have reported on some of their marketing stunts before so it comes as no surprise that their latest marketing moves once again has got a lot of media attention. Paddy Power launched an ad this week featuring a Russian speaking man spray painting an England flag and Paddy Power branding on a sleeping polar bear. Needless to say this led to swift reaction on Twitter by many who called the ad both “awful and offensive”. In response Paddy Power revealed that no all is as it seems.  In fact the polar bear was never spray painted with anything and it was all a matter of staged visual effects. The polar bear in question was also privately owned one who is called Agee. Paddy Power carefully filmed footage of the Agee and then added the spray painting effects with a company called Framestore. Paddy Power admitted to their mischievous ad and of course were wanting to “create some carnage.” However they added that the will be donating a large sum of money to Polar Bears International who are responsible for researching Russian polar bears and the effects climate change is having on...

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Delaware Becomes First State To Launch Sports Betting Following PASPA Decision
Jun05

Delaware Becomes First State To Launch Sports Betting Following PASPA Decision

Another historic day in the US today as Delaware becomes the first US state to launch sports betting following the landmark decision by the Supreme Court that overturned a federal ban on sports betting. Delaware Gov. John Carney placed the first bet when wagering $10 on the Philadelphia Phillies to beat the Chicago Cubs. All credit needs to go to the state of New Jersey which single handedly led the legal battle to strike down the PASPA Act of 1992. Delaware were able to launch sports betting first as they had already put legislation in place way back in 2009 when they built sportsbooks within its casino. As of today Three Delaware casinos- Dover Downs, Delaware Park and Harrington raceway officially began offering single game wagering on NBA, MLB, NFL and the World Cup. Other sports will follow. As of now punters will be allowed to bet on a team up to the amount of $1,000. Anything higher will have to be approved by the administrating company which is William Hill in Delaware. Sports betting revenues for the state of Delaware are set to be worth in the region of $23.1 million annually according to research from Eilers& Krejcik Gaming. This number will be higher when online and mobile betting is implemented, Currently  all efforts are to get the physical sportsbook product...

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New Jersey Lawmakers Not Impressed With Sports Leagues Money Grab Attempts
Jun04

New Jersey Lawmakers Not Impressed With Sports Leagues Money Grab Attempts

The legal battle that the state of New Jersey has wagered over the last few years to get sports betting legalized in the Garden State has exposed many so called concerned officials as nothing more than money grabbers. This is blatantly clear when studying the flip flop approach of the major sporting bodies like the NBA, NFL and MLB. Before the historic decision by the Supreme Court to rule that sports betting can be legalized by a state, the main opponents were the major sports leagues who continuously voiced concerns over the dangers of corrupting the integrity of the sports should legal wagering be allowed. The state of New Jersey spent over 9 million dollars in their lengthy legal battle and payback for their opponents came swiftly when New Jersey lawmakers and professional sports leagues clashed over a bill that would legalize sports betting on Monday. The bill was presented to both Assembly and Senate committees on Monday with an eye to sending the final bill to Gov. Phil Murphy for approval by the end of this week. Officials from the major sports leagues including the NBA, MLB and PGA Tour however opposed the bill as they claim that it lacks the necessary “tools” that will ensure that the games are portended from corruption. In addition the leagues are once again insisting on their “cut” of 0.25 percent with what they call an “integrity fee” on the amount gambled on their games. To justify this “blackmail money” the leagues claim they need it in order to monitor bets and investigations due to the expansion of sports betting. New Jersey legislators however were not impressed by the demand and Assemblyman Ralph Caputo made it clear that the leagues will not be getting any cut of the revenues and that they were waiting their time. He went on to point out that Nevada which already legalized sports betting do not collect any integrity fee. Caputo did not mince his words and called out the leagues for their hypocrisy. He said,” The ‘tool’ you’re looking for is money, and that’s not going to happen. You might as well face that reality. As a suggestion, you might want to issue a check for $9 million to the state of New Jersey, just for good...

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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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