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New Slots Coming to BetMGM Pennsylvania Thanks to Expanded Partnership With Relax Gaming

BetMGM and Swedish-based slots studio Relax Gaming have expanded their exclusive partnership to Pennsylvania. That means BetMGM’s players in Pennsylvania will join their New Jersey neighbors in enjoying Epic Joker and [...]

Florida’s Sportsbook Is Hard Rock Bet and Only Hard Rock Bet, With SCOTUS Dismissal

Hard Rock Bet is still legal in Florida because, on June 17, the highest US court declined to hear the appeal in a lawsuit brought by the competition to “Florida’s [...]

Email Problems Accompany Connecticut Online Lottery Launch

The CT Lottery has finally added internet sales to its capabilities, but the new products have come with additional technical difficulties. The Connecticut iLottery soft-launched on June 10 with an [...]

Connecticut Lottery Hires Former DC Lottery Head Suarez, Who Oversaw Controversial Intralot Contract

Connecticut Lottery Corporation (CLC) officials are “thrilled to welcome” Frank Suarez as the state agency’s new president and CEO. The June 13 CLC appointment announcement mentions his Aug. 1 start [...]

Hard Rock’s Casino in Rockford Set to Open on August 29, Plans for Illinois Online Sportsbook Still Unclear

Hard Rock International has revealed August 29 as the official opening date for its permanent casino in Rockford, Illinois. The property will open for business at about 3 p.m. that day, [...]

Pennsylvania Police Arrest Five Suspected of Cheating at Live! Casino Philadelphia

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) have accused five people arrested in Philadelphia of participating in a $170,000 casino cheating scheme involving a table games dealer at Live! Casino Philly. According [...]

888 Casino, Poker Platforms Shutting Down in New Jersey Next Week

After an unexplained two-week reprieve, 888casino and 888poker will shut down New Jersey operations on June 17. To ensure no delays in recouping their money, 888’s New Jersey customers should [...]

Illegal Online Gambling Site Bovada Targeted By State Gaming Regulators

Online gamblers love to ask Google, “Is Bovada legit?” State gaming regulators say “no.” So now they’re following Michigan’s lead in targeting illegal online gambling site Bovada with “cease and [...]

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Industry News

Proliferation of Skill Games in Pennsylvania Poses Logistics Challenges for Municipalities

Amusement devices of various forms provide a valuable source of tax revenue for Pennsylvania municipalities, but the growing popularity of gray market skill gaming machines is complicating the issue. The problem is that there are too many of them, in too many places. The typical approach is for officials to visit the types of locations that […]

Hard Rock Virginia—Bristol Resort ‘Not Delayed’ But Won’t Open in July, Aiming For Later in 2024

Hard Rock’s permanent casino resort in Bristol, Virginia, won’t open next month, the company revealed last week. It hasn’t committed to a new opening date but has obtained a six-month extension from the Virginia Lottery Board, which regulates the state’s new retail casinos. That implies an opening in January 2025 at the latest, but more likely in […]

Jackpot.com Becomes Associated Press Lottery Ticket Courier Partner

Jackpot.com will become The Associated Press (AP)‘s official lottery ticket courier and provider of nationwide lottery results. With the deal, in addition to checking lottery numbers, AP readers in states where Jackpot.com is available can purchase lottery tickets online through the courier’s app. The Jackpot.com app allows lottery players to purchase tickets on their mobile […]

Amazon-Powered Gift & Go Partners With Scientific Games for Speedy Lottery Rewards in Five States

Lottery technology provider Scientific Games (SG) has partnered with the Amazon-backed Gift & Go platform to offer non-cash loyalty rewards to lottery players. Gift & Go’s “storefront” allows players to redeem loyalty points for over 1,800 prizes, including gadgets, gift cards for various online retailers, and cosmetics. The Gift & Go digital rewards store is already […]

Donerail Group Slams Penn Entertainment Management, Says Company Should Be Sold

Penn Entertainment shareholder Donerail Group has expressed concerns regarding the company’s high spending on its interactive division and poor stock performance. In an open letter to David Handler, the board of directors chairman, Donerail also objected to Penn CEO Jay Snowden’s level of compensation amid the company’s financial struggles. The shareholder says Penn Entertainment should […]

Can Bally Casino’s Rhode Island Growth Overcome Disappointing Early Revenue Numbers?

Bally’s early revenue figures from its Rhode Island online casino monopoly are disappointing, yet 72% growth from March to April suggests that the situation might only be temporary. Bally Casino generated $2.1 million in gaming revenue for April, less than either the state’s official projections or the somewhat more pessimistic forecast supplied by Bonus Managing Editor Alex […]

Will the Illinois Sports Betting Tax Hike Hurt the Chances of Online Casino Legalization?

Both halves of the Illinois legislature have passed this year’s budget bill, which includes a new progressive tax on sports betting revenue. The largest operators, who will suffer the heftiest tax increase, have warned that it will change how they do business in the state. Unfortunately, these same operators are also a driving force for iGaming expansion, leading to […]

Jackpot.com Launches in New Jersey, Will Face Tougher Competition Than Ever From Jackpocket

Lottery courier app Jackpot.com is now live in New Jersey, its third launch of 2024 and sixth in total. The New Jersey Lottery reported $3.7 billion in sales in 2023, which presents an important opportunity for Jackpot.com. However, it will have to contend with tough competition, especially from its rival Jackpocket, which holds a unique […]

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Legal, Lawsuits, & Crime

Florida’s Sportsbook Is Hard Rock Bet and Only Hard Rock Bet, With SCOTUS Dismissal

Hard Rock Bet is still legal in Florida because, on June 17, the highest US court declined to hear the appeal in a lawsuit brought by the competition to “Florida’s Sportsbook.” So Hard Rock Bet remains the only game in town for the 23 million-resident state. Meanwhile, online casinos and poker are illegal in Florida. […]

Illegal Online Gambling Site Bovada Targeted By State Gaming Regulators

Online gamblers love to ask Google, “Is Bovada legit?” State gaming regulators say “no.” So now they’re following Michigan’s lead in targeting illegal online gambling site Bovada with “cease and desist” orders. Bonus learned on June 13 that Connecticut’s letter will soon be sent to the illegal site’s owner, Curaçao-based Harp Media. Other state leaders […]

Illegal Gambling Site Ubet1288 Tied to Gambino Crime Family in New York Indictment

New York State authorities have issued an indictment linking 17 alleged ‘soldiers’ and associates of the Gambino crime family to a loansharking operation and an illegal offshore gambling site known as ubet1288. The 84-count indictment details activities that investigators say occurred across Staten Island and New Jersey between July 2021 and June 2023. The complaint, filed in […]

Evolution Accuses Light & Wonder of ‘Malicious, Deliberate’ Harm

According to a lawsuit filed in Nevada District Court, Light & Wonder (LNW) violated Evolution’s intellectual property, infringed on its patents, and misappropriated “highly valuable trade secrets” with the release of RouletteX, which the lawsuit claims is “strikingly similar” to Evolution’s Lightning Roulette. The timeline of the alleged events in the case paints an interesting picture […]

AviaGames Class Action—Fate of Player Lawsuit Hinges on Compelled Arbitration Ruling

AviaGames players seeking compensation for the money they allegedly lost to house-operated “bot” accounts may not get their day in court unless the judge finds the company’s terms of service unconscionable. Avia is seeking to escape the class action suit by enforcing a compelled arbitration clause similar to the one that recently put an end to the […]

Failure to Desist May Paint Control Board Bullseye on Bovada Suppliers

With one week left to leave the state, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) said Bovada’s suppliers may be at risk if the company fails to comply with the vacate order. While insiders predict Bovada will likely honor the warning, owner Harp Media B.V. has not yet indicated what it plans to do. If Bovada […]

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Legislative News

Rhode Island Senate Approves Bill Doubling Credit Line Maximum at Bally’s Casinos

The Rhode Island Senate has passed Senate Bill 3040, which would increase the cap on lines of credit at the state’s two retail casinos, Bally’s Twin River Lincoln and Bally’s Tiverton. The vote passed by a margin of 28-5. Under current law, the two casinos can allow patrons to gamble up to $50,000 on credit, provided […]

Addabbo to Wants to Work With Governor to Fund MTA and Accelerate Casino Licensing Process

Now that New York legislators approved state Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr.‘s plan to accelerate the stalled retail casino license process, he’s told Bonus he’s ready to work with the governor to get SB9673 signed into law. Meanwhile, one potential casino developer was so excited about the March 2026 licensee selection deadline that The Coney […]

New York Casino Licensing Process Bill Relayed to Assembly After Senate Approval

New York’s bill to accelerate the retail casino license selection process sped up on July 7 when the Senate delivered the measure to the Assembly. State Senators had approved SB9673 on June 7, a day after the New York State Legislature was scheduled to adjourn. The measure proposed by state Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., […]

Pennsylvania Online Poker Players Could Join Multi-State Tournaments ‘Before the End of the Year’

Pennsylvania online poker players could easily play games and enter tournaments with poker app gamblers in other legal states “before the end of the year” if HB2078 becomes law. So said state Rep. George Dunbar in an email interview with Bonus on June 6. The measure authorizes the state’s gaming regulator to add Pennsylvania to […]

Addabbo Survey Results Show Senator’s District Favors Legal iGaming, Prostitution

New York Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. wasn’t surprised that his constituents favored legalizing online casinos, poker, and iLottery. However, the Democrat from Woodhaven was a little astonished to see that his Queens constituents believed legalizing prostitution was the right thing to do. Addabbo revealed those thoughts to Bonus as he discussed the results of […]

Early 2026 Becomes New York Casino License Bill Deadline, Nearing Hochul’s Reelection Bid

A bill designed to expedite the downstate New York casino licensing process saw a change on June 4 that effectively brings licensee selection into March 2026. If lawmakers approve SB9673, it’s likely to happen on June 7, state Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. told Bonus on June 5. Addabbo, D-Woodhaven, said scheduling a vote in […]

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Lottery News

Email Problems Accompany Connecticut Online Lottery Launch

The CT Lottery has finally added internet sales to its capabilities, but the new products have come with additional technical difficulties. The Connecticut iLottery soft-launched on June 10 with an iOS app, but lottery representatives had to offer troubleshooting for online lottery players via email, SMS, and telephone. Meanwhile, Android users must wait until July […]

Connecticut Lottery Hires Former DC Lottery Head Suarez, Who Oversaw Controversial Intralot Contract

Connecticut Lottery Corporation (CLC) officials are “thrilled to welcome” Frank Suarez as the state agency’s new president and CEO. The June 13 CLC appointment announcement mentions his Aug. 1 start date and regards his tenure leading the DC Lottery‘s online sports betting marketplace as positive, rather than problematic. Suarez won out in an 11-month-long search […]

Higher Jackpots, Automatic Megaplier Come Alongside MegaMillions Cost Increase

Mega Millions is slated to get an upgrade that will include an initial jackpot of $50 million—up from $20 million—and the Megaplier feature becoming an automatic inclusion. These positive changes accompany the upcoming price increase from $2 to $5. Jackpots for the lottery, which can already exceed $1 billion, are also expected to double on average thanks to […]

Lotto.com Launches in Arizona—10th State for the Lottery Ticket Courier

Arizona’s newest lottery ticket courier app is Lotto.com, operating in partnership with Players Cafe in Tempe. State residents can use Lotto.com to buy their lottery tickets online starting today, June 11. Notably, Lotto.com is the only lottery courier currently offering instant scratch ticket sales in Arizona. Like other lottery couriers, Lotto.com accepts ticket orders over the Internet […]

Jackpot.com Becomes Associated Press Lottery Ticket Courier Partner

Jackpot.com will become The Associated Press (AP)‘s official lottery ticket courier and provider of nationwide lottery results. With the deal, in addition to checking lottery numbers, AP readers in states where Jackpot.com is available can purchase lottery tickets online through the courier’s app. The Jackpot.com app allows lottery players to purchase tickets on their mobile […]

Amazon-Powered Gift & Go Partners With Scientific Games for Speedy Lottery Rewards in Five States

Lottery technology provider Scientific Games (SG) has partnered with the Amazon-backed Gift & Go platform to offer non-cash loyalty rewards to lottery players. Gift & Go’s “storefront” allows players to redeem loyalty points for over 1,800 prizes, including gadgets, gift cards for various online retailers, and cosmetics. The Gift & Go digital rewards store is already […]

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Responsible Gambling

Study Finds Motivations Differ for Instant Lottery, Casino Gamblers

According to a recent study, casino players tend to have different reasons for gambling than those who buy instant lottery tickets. That’s important because other research has shown that some motivations indicate a higher risk of developing a problem than others. In particular, gambling as a coping mechanism or to escape from stress is a […]

Sibella Accuser Warned of Link Between ‘Real Housewives’ Star & Bookmaker in Ohtani Scandal

An ESPN report published on Wednesday revealed “Real Housewives” cast member Ryan Boyajian as the bookmaking associate Ohtani translator Ippei Mizuhara wired money to. Months prior, vigilante gambler and Vegas insider RJ Cipriani (aka Robin Hood 702) had tweeted about the possible connection between the bookmaker, Boyajian, and Resorts World Las Vegas (RWLV). Many of […]

Study Finds TikTok Users at Higher Risk of Problem Gambling Than Heavy Drinkers

It’s possible to find a connection between almost any two addictive habits, but one recent study shows that regular TikTok use correlates more strongly with problem gambling than either of those things do with heavy drinking. Researchers also found that, generally, weekly social media use is associated with higher overall rates of problem gambling and […]

WVU Researcher Seeks to ‘Reverse Engineer’ Slots, Understand Addiction Mechanisms

A West Virginia University (WVU) researcher will put slot machines under the microscope in a bid to better understand their addictive features. Mariya Cherkasova of WVU’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences will spend two years reverse-engineering slot mechanics to demystify the machines’ appeal. “From a public health perspective, there’s a continuum of gambling,” Cherkasova, […]

Shawn Fluharty Waves Off Criticism of West Virginia Data Sharing Bill, Says Original Spirit is Intact

On March 9, West Virginia became the first state to pass a law requiring gambling operators to share data with academics for research purposes. The version of the bill that made it through the Senate earlier this month bears some significant changes from the original version introduced by House Speaker Roger Hanshaw and Minority Whip […]

SAFE Bet Act: Rep. Tonko Resumes Push for Federal Involvement in Online Gambling

Paul Tonko, a federal House Representative from New York, has renewed his effort to get the federal government involved in regulated online gambling with a new bill for 2024, the SAFE Bet Act. That acronym—Supporting Affordability and Fairness with Every (Bet)—makes for catchier branding than last year’s BOFA, the Betting on Our Future Act. In terms of spirit, though, […]

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New Slots Coming to BetMGM Pennsylvania Thanks to Expanded Partnership With Relax Gaming

BetMGM and Swedish-based slots studio Relax Gaming have expanded their exclusive partnership to Pennsylvania. That means BetMGM’s players in Pennsylvania will join their New Jersey neighbors in enjoying Epic Joker and other Relax titles. Relax operates as “RLX Gaming” in the US and received interim authorization from the Pennsylvania Gambling Control Board last month. Pennsylvania will […]

Florida’s Sportsbook Is Hard Rock Bet and Only Hard Rock Bet, With SCOTUS Dismissal

Hard Rock Bet is still legal in Florida because, on June 17, the highest US court declined to hear the appeal in a lawsuit brought by the competition to “Florida’s Sportsbook.” So Hard Rock Bet remains the only game in town for the 23 million-resident state. Meanwhile, online casinos and poker are illegal in Florida. […]

Email Problems Accompany Connecticut Online Lottery Launch

The CT Lottery has finally added internet sales to its capabilities, but the new products have come with additional technical difficulties. The Connecticut iLottery soft-launched on June 10 with an iOS app, but lottery representatives had to offer troubleshooting for online lottery players via email, SMS, and telephone. Meanwhile, Android users must wait until July […]

Connecticut Lottery Hires Former DC Lottery Head Suarez, Who Oversaw Controversial Intralot Contract

Connecticut Lottery Corporation (CLC) officials are “thrilled to welcome” Frank Suarez as the state agency’s new president and CEO. The June 13 CLC appointment announcement mentions his Aug. 1 start date and regards his tenure leading the DC Lottery‘s online sports betting marketplace as positive, rather than problematic. Suarez won out in an 11-month-long search […]

Hard Rock’s Casino in Rockford Set to Open on August 29, Plans for Illinois Online Sportsbook Still Unclear

Hard Rock International has revealed August 29 as the official opening date for its permanent casino in Rockford, Illinois. The property will open for business at about 3 p.m. that day, replacing Hard Rock’s temporary casino. Branded as Hard Rock: An Opening Act, the temporary property will continue 24/7 operations until then. The features of the […]

Pennsylvania Police Arrest Five Suspected of Cheating at Live! Casino Philadelphia

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) have accused five people arrested in Philadelphia of participating in a $170,000 casino cheating scheme involving a table games dealer at Live! Casino Philly. According to a PSP release, dealer Khai Ho allegedly conspired with a group of players while dealing cards and tiles for baccarat and Pai Gow. Investigators […]

888 Casino, Poker Platforms Shutting Down in New Jersey Next Week

After an unexplained two-week reprieve, 888casino and 888poker will shut down New Jersey operations on June 17. To ensure no delays in recouping their money, 888’s New Jersey customers should transfer any remaining balance from their accounts before next week’s deadline. The closure of 888’s New Jersey platforms, initially scheduled for June 3, follows its […]

Illegal Online Gambling Site Bovada Targeted By State Gaming Regulators

Online gamblers love to ask Google, “Is Bovada legit?” State gaming regulators say “no.” So now they’re following Michigan’s lead in targeting illegal online gambling site Bovada with “cease and desist” orders. Bonus learned on June 13 that Connecticut’s letter will soon be sent to the illegal site’s owner, Curaçao-based Harp Media. Other state leaders […]

Proliferation of Skill Games in Pennsylvania Poses Logistics Challenges for Municipalities

Amusement devices of various forms provide a valuable source of tax revenue for Pennsylvania municipalities, but the growing popularity of gray market skill gaming machines is complicating the issue. The problem is that there are too many of them, in too many places. The typical approach is for officials to visit the types of locations that […]

Higher Jackpots, Automatic Megaplier Come Alongside MegaMillions Cost Increase

Mega Millions is slated to get an upgrade that will include an initial jackpot of $50 million—up from $20 million—and the Megaplier feature becoming an automatic inclusion. These positive changes accompany the upcoming price increase from $2 to $5. Jackpots for the lottery, which can already exceed $1 billion, are also expected to double on average thanks to […]

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Alex Weldon

Alex Weldon is an online gambling industry analyst with nearly ten years of experience. He currently serves as Casino News Managing Editor for Bonus.com, part of the Catena Media Network. Other gambling news sites he has contributed to include PlayUSA and Online Poker Report, and his writing has been cited in The Atlantic.

Heather Fletcher

Heather Fletcher is Lead Writer at Bonus, concentrating on online casino coverage. She specializes in breaking news, legislative coverage, and gambling marketing strategy overviews. To reach Heather with a news tip, email [email protected].

Robyn McNeil

Robyn McNeil (she/they) is a Nova Scotia-based writer and editor, and a lead writer at Bonus. Here she focuses on news relevant to online casinos, while specializing in responsible gambling coverage, legislative developments, gambling regulations, and industry-related legal fights.

Chav Vasilev

After years of managing fast-casual restaurants, Chav turned his passion for sports and occasional slot wins into a career as an iGaming writer. Sharing his time between Europe and the US, he has been exposed to betting and gambling for years and has closely followed the growth in the US. Chav is a proponent of playing responsibly and playing only at legal online sites. When not writing, you will find him watching and betting on sports, especially soccer, or trying to land the next big bonus on a slot.
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