Category: Gambling Headlines

Former Absolute Poker President Takes Plea Deal

Scott Tom, former Absolute Poker president and Black Friday defendant, apparently has reached a plea deal with US prosecutors that will see him facing minimal jail time, if any at all. Tom stood accused by federal authorities of multiple felonies related to online gambling, and by the poker community of facilitating a major cheating scandal.…

Maine Regulates Fantasy Sports

Maine has become the 15th US state to legalise paid-for daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests. DFS is now classed as a ‘game of skill’ in Maine and operators that wish to offer such services in the state will need to have revenue of more than $100,000 (€84,700) and pay a licensing fee of $2,500. Other…

MGM Adds Second Online Casino for New Jersey

MGM Resorts has officially launched its second internet casino in New Jersey, this one, called playMGM. The Las Vegas-based company’s new online destination in New Jersey will be offering poker and casino games under the more globally recognized MGM banner, and will also incorporate play into their rewards program. It all comes at a time…

National Indian Gaming Association Supports Sports Betting Reform

The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) has announced that it will join forces with the American Sports Betting Coalition (ASBC), a group which is campaigning for the repeal or amendment of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). ASBC is primarily run by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and represents law enforcement officials, states…

New Jersey Wants Cross-Border Poker Compacts

In an interview with Roger Gros, the publisher of Global Gaming Business, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck discussed a number of topics affecting the state’s gambling industry in a podcast. The interview hinted at the possibility of compacting for online poker with other states. A compact with the UK, however, is…

FanDuel Exits UK Market

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) operator FanDuel has closed its operations in the UK market. FanDuel informed players of its decision via email and also confirmed its exit via a posting on its official Twitter account. In a message on its website, FanDuel said that it hoped to return to the UK “in the future”, but…

Pennsylvania Online Gambling Goes Round in Circles

Senate Republicans in Pennsylvania now officially have a plan to fill a $2 billion gap in the state budget, after working late into the night on Wednesday. The good news for online gambling proponents is that plan features $200 million in new revenue from a yet-to-be-passed gaming expansion, according to The Associated Press. Any such…

Absolute Poker Founder Pays Fine & Avoids Prison

Scott Tom, former Absolute Poker president and Black Friday defendant, apparently has reached a plea deal with US prosecutors that will see him facing minimal jail time, if any at all. Tom stood accused by federal authorities of multiple felonies related to online gambling, and by the poker community of facilitating a major cheating scandal.…

Vegas and eSports May Take Some Time

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The combination of video gaming and gambling is undoubtedly going to become more popular. But it’s not the revolutionary idea some make it out to be, and its widespread acceptance is not imminent, said one downtown casino executive Thursday at a gathering of gaming marketing pros. “The concepts (with esports and skill-based gaming) are not…

Big Surprise: California Tribes Oppose Sports Betting

The CNIGA has warned that a sports betting bill in the state would violate the tribal-state compacts. After the announcement that assemblymember Adam Gray introduced a constitutional amendment that would allow California to offer sports betting in the state if the federal law changes, the CNIGA said that it would violate the tribal-state compacts. Steve…

New Jersey Fantasy Sports Would Not be Regulated as Gambling

The clock is now ticking on Gov. Chris Christie officially signing A3532, a bill regulating daily fantasy sports (DFS) that was passed by the New Jersey Senate on Friday, June 30. The measure, which sailed through the chamber by a comfortable 29-6 margin, would tax DFS operators at a rate of 10.5 percent of gross…

NBA Optimistic on US Sports Betting Changes

The idea of legalizing sports betting has been floated for years with no imminent change in sight, but NBA commissioner Adam Silver remains optimistic of a change that would make betting legal in the not-so-distant future. According to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal, Silver says he senses that it could happen “in the…

California Wants Sports Betting Reform

California has become the latest state to join a call for wider legalisation of sports betting in the US. Assembly member Adam C. Gray, chair of California’s Assembly Governmental Organisation Committee, yesterday (Thursday) put forward a constitutional amendment to authorise sports wagering in the state, contingent upon a change in federal law. In a statement,…

DraftKings & FanDuel Officially Abandon Merger

DraftKings and FanDuel have scrapped their merger plans after initial proposals were rejected by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). An initial scheduling conference with the FTC national consumer protection agency was set to occur before an administrative judge today (Friday), but the two daily fantasy sports (DFS) operators announced on Thursday that they will…

Calvin Ayre No Longer a Wanted Man

Prosecutors have dropped all charges filed over five years ago against Calvin Ayre and the Bodog online gambling business. In February 2012, the US Attorney for the District of Maryland indicted Bodog, Calvin Ayre and three other individuals on charges of illegal gambling and money laundering conspiracy. The indictment accused Bodog of offering gambling services…

Ireland Sets Gambling Age at 18

An age limit of 18-years-old is to be put in place across all forms of gambling under new legislation in Ireland. The Irish cabinet approved the new Courts and Civil Liabilities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill that provides a modernisation of the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956. The current law only regulates gaming at carnivals, circuses, amusement…

New Real Money Esports Betting Platform

Esports betting and fantasy league site, eSportsPools (ESP), has this week announced the launch of its real-money betting platform, ESP.bet. With this launch, esports fans in regulated markets can now bet at ESP.bet 24/7 across titles such as League, Dota and CS:GO. As esports betting grows in popularity, the space is becoming more competitive and…

US Sports Betting Reform May Not Mean Online Sports Betting

The New Jersey sports betting case heading to the US Supreme Court has let the imaginations of many run wild. Namely, the prospect of the state winning its appeal to allow sports betting also offers the possibility that a number of other states could quickly move to legalize sports wagering. (Some already are well on…

Could New Jersey Sports Betting Hurt Las Vegas?

The law of unintended consequences could apply to the New Jersey sports betting case. Many are focused on the prospect of the US Supreme Court ruling in favor of the state in its quest to offer legal sports betting within its borders. That could open the possibility of states around the country changing their laws…

PKR Players to be Paid by PokerStars

PokerStars has agreed a deal to reimburse players who lost money as a result of the recent closure of rival operator PKR. In May, PKR appointed administrators after confirming that both the PKR Ltd and PKR Technologies Ltd businesses were suffering from financial issues. UK-focused PKR subsequently ceased all operations and, as a result, left…