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Ohio Lawmakers May Need Voter Approval to Expand Racino Gambling

Ohio lawmakers are considering various forms of gambling expansion, but some of the possibilities, such as adding table games at racinos, will require voter approval in a referendum. That seemed [...]

Gov. Youngkin Amends Virginia Skill Game Bill, Angers Lawmakers and Small Business

After a last-minute veto, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin proposed significant changes to skill games legislation, angering the machines’ proponents. The changes would categorize skill game machines closer to casino-style games, impose [...]

California Judge Denies Hermalyn Legal Fees, Throws Shade at DraftKings Legal Team

A California district judge declined Michael Hermalyn’s request for $310k in attorney fees that the Fanatics executive attributed to a jurisdictional back-and-forth in his case against DraftKings. The two sides [...]

Maine Online Casino Bill Tabled As Supica Works to ‘Flip Votes’

The Maine online casino bill that would allow tribes to offer iGaming remains alive in the Senate, even though it was tabled on April 10. LD1777‘s sponsor, state Rep. Laura [...]

CEASE, UAW Sue Gov. Murphy Over Failure to Ban Smoking in New Jersey Casinos

United Auto Workers (UAW) and grassroots anti-smoking advocacy group Casino Employees Against Smoking’s (Harmful) Effects (CEASE) filed a lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court against Gov. Philip Murphy to force [...]

Alabama’s Gambling Referendum in Jeopardy Unless House & Senate Can Resolve Disagreement on Details

Alabama residents could get their first chance since 1999 to vote on gambling expansion in a referendum this year, but only if the state’s two legislative chambers can agree on [...]

Allwyn Entertainment Says the Future of Lottery is in Live-Streaming and Social Causes

Lottery sales could grow 40% in the next decade, but only if they evolve to meet the needs of millennials and Generation Z. So says Allwyn Entertainment, a global lottery [...]

Maine Online Casino Defeated in House, Has Slim Chance in Senate

A Maine online casino bill failed by three votes on April 9, when 74 members of the Maine House of Representatives voted against LD1777. Exactly 71 representatives voted for the iGaming [...]

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Industry News

Allwyn Entertainment Says the Future of Lottery is in Live-Streaming and Social Causes

Lottery sales could grow 40% in the next decade, but only if they evolve to meet the needs of millennials and Generation Z. So says Allwyn Entertainment, a global lottery operator, which recently published its analysis of the industry and its future. According to Allwyn, the key is making further investments in live-streaming technology and […]

Pennsylvania Gambling Industry Under Threat by Unregulated Skill Games & Declining Population

The Allegheny Institute for Public Policy (AIPP) is sounding the alarm that the proliferation of unregulated skill games may threaten Pennsylvania’s lucrative gambling industry and a declining population will impede growth. Although its policy brief says the industry is currently “coming up aces,” these two trends, in combination, paint a more worrisome picture for the […]

K&F Growth Capital Slams Bally’s Board, Interactive Strategy & Standard General Takeover Offer

K&F Growth Capital (K&F), which holds a stake in Bally’s Corporation, has sent an open letter to the company’s Board of Directors recommending that they reject the takeover offer from Standard General, another minority shareholder partially controlled by Bally’s Chairman Soo Kim. In its letter, the asset management firm claims that Bally’s is currently undervalued […]

Unibet US Official Site Closure Dates—New Jersey to Shut Down in May, Pennsylvania to Follow in June

Unibet’s closure of its US sites in New Jersey and Pennsylvania is imminent, with the specific dates now set in stone. Last year, Unibet’s parent company, Kindred Group, announced that it would pull out of the market by the end of June. It is now planning to wind down its New Jersey operations a little ahead […]

New Jersey Online Casino Market Shares to Become Visible Thanks to Regulatory Change

A change in the way the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) reports online gambling revenue will provide journalists and investors with unprecedented insight into how individual brands are performing in the state. Starting with the upcoming report on April 16—which will cover the state’s revenue figures for March—the DGE will report financial statistics for […]

Downstate NY Casino License Delays Could Mean No iGaming Until 2026 at Earliest

Establishing a new casino resort is rarely quick, but the New York downstate licensing process has been positively glacial—and worse, it’s holding up other gambling expansion efforts. In the latest update, the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) said it might not issue licenses until late 2025. That’s a problem for Sen. Joe Addabbo and his allies […]

Bragg Gaming the Latest of Several Publicly-Traded Gambling Companies Looking for Buyers

Bragg Gaming is one of several gambling companies seeking to change ownership, something that looks to be forming a trend for the industry in 2024. As it released its Q4 and annual results, the content and technology provider announced it had formed a special committee to consider the company’s future, including a potential sale. The […]

Hard Rock Bet Likely Coming to Michigan Thanks to Acquisition of 888’s Assets

Hard Rock Digital will acquire the customer-facing US assets of 888 Holdings as the latter abandons the market, which will likely accelerate the expansion of Hard Rock Bet into new states. 888 announced the sale on March 28, about three weeks after revealing that it was throwing in the towel on its Sports Illustrated-branded US platform. One immediate impact of the […]

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Legal, Lawsuits, & Crime

California Judge Denies Hermalyn Legal Fees, Throws Shade at DraftKings Legal Team

A California district judge declined Michael Hermalyn’s request for $310k in attorney fees that the Fanatics executive attributed to a jurisdictional back-and-forth in his case against DraftKings. The two sides are also at odds in a separate but related case launched by Hermalyn’s former employer. In a ruling filed on Monday, California District Judge Mark […]

CEASE, UAW Sue Gov. Murphy Over Failure to Ban Smoking in New Jersey Casinos

United Auto Workers (UAW) and grassroots anti-smoking advocacy group Casino Employees Against Smoking’s (Harmful) Effects (CEASE) filed a lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court against Gov. Philip Murphy to force an overturn of a legal loophole that allows smoking on casino floors. Workers say the 18-year exception unfairly affects New Jersey’s casino employees. The lawsuit, […]

DraftKings’ Latest Brief Challenges Hermalyn’s ‘Excuses and Lies,’ Says Early Evidence Was Just ‘Tip of the Iceberg’

In its latest Hermalyn-related legal filing, DraftKings (DK) has challenged its former VIP head’s opposition to its injunction request. The brief, filed March 28, urges the court to “grant DK’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction,” arguing the “record refutes” Michael Hermalyn’s “excuses and lies.” The court, the document argues, initially granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) based […]

Roblox Can’t Escape Class Action Suit for Illegal Gambling, Despite Partial Dismissal

Roblox will need to defend itself from allegations of collusion with third-party casinos after a California judge ordered only a partial dismissal of a proposed class action. The company had sought to escape the suit, claiming it isn’t liable for the activities of third parties misusing its platform. On Tuesday, United States District Judge Vince […]

Pennsylvania Skill Game Manufacturers and Operators Fight Philadelphia City Council Ban

G&B Amusements, a distributor of Pace-O-Matic (POM) gaming machines, and Philly-based 7-Eleven franchise owner Tariq Jalil are suing the city of Philadelphia to keep the machines operating in spite of a municipal ban. The lawsuit is an attempt to block legislation passed by Philadelphia City Council last week banning skill machines inside convenience stores and […]

Hermalyn Calls DraftKings Allegations ‘Unnecessary Character Assassination’ in Legal Response

In a legal response to DraftKings’ motion for a preliminary injunction, Fanatics’ Michael Hermalyn argues he did nothing wrong by accepting his new position at Fanatics. Instead, DraftKings’ former head of VIP claims the allegations amount to “unnecessary character assassination.” Hermalyn’s legal team filed its opposition to DraftKings’ preliminary injunction request last Thursday, a week […]

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Legislative News

Ohio Lawmakers May Need Voter Approval to Expand Racino Gambling

Ohio lawmakers are considering various forms of gambling expansion, but some of the possibilities, such as adding table games at racinos, will require voter approval in a referendum. That seemed to be the consensus at the final meeting of the Study Commission on the Future of Gaming in Ohio. The April 11 gathering at the Ohio […]

Gov. Youngkin Amends Virginia Skill Game Bill, Angers Lawmakers and Small Business

After a last-minute veto, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin proposed significant changes to skill games legislation, angering the machines’ proponents. The changes would categorize skill game machines closer to casino-style games, impose restrictions on their numbers and locations, and call for a higher tax rate. While many expected Youngkin’s veto, few anticipated a 75-page bill. While opponents […]

Maine Online Casino Bill Tabled As Supica Works to ‘Flip Votes’

The Maine online casino bill that would allow tribes to offer iGaming remains alive in the Senate, even though it was tabled on April 10. LD1777‘s sponsor, state Rep. Laura D. Supica, told Bonus that the bill could still pass before the legislature adjourns on April 17. Supica, D-Bangor, told Bonus four hours after the […]

CEASE, UAW Sue Gov. Murphy Over Failure to Ban Smoking in New Jersey Casinos

United Auto Workers (UAW) and grassroots anti-smoking advocacy group Casino Employees Against Smoking’s (Harmful) Effects (CEASE) filed a lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court against Gov. Philip Murphy to force an overturn of a legal loophole that allows smoking on casino floors. Workers say the 18-year exception unfairly affects New Jersey’s casino employees. The lawsuit, […]

Alabama’s Gambling Referendum in Jeopardy Unless House & Senate Can Resolve Disagreement on Details

Alabama residents could get their first chance since 1999 to vote on gambling expansion in a referendum this year, but only if the state’s two legislative chambers can agree on which forms of gambling should go on the ballot. After months of preparations, the House passed two comprehensive bills in February. These included a lottery, […]

Maine Online Casino Defeated in House, Has Slim Chance in Senate

A Maine online casino bill failed by three votes on April 9, when 74 members of the Maine House of Representatives voted against LD1777. Exactly 71 representatives voted for the iGaming measure that would have legalized iGaming for Mainers, with revenue heading to the state’s tribes. It likely means the bill is dead. However, the bill […]

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Lottery News

Allwyn Entertainment Says the Future of Lottery is in Live-Streaming and Social Causes

Lottery sales could grow 40% in the next decade, but only if they evolve to meet the needs of millennials and Generation Z. So says Allwyn Entertainment, a global lottery operator, which recently published its analysis of the industry and its future. According to Allwyn, the key is making further investments in live-streaming technology and […]

Washington’s Lottery Ends ‘Test Drive a Win’ Campaign After AI Generates Topless User Photo

Washington’s Lottery has shut down its Test Drive a Win app after its artificial intelligence (AI) tool created a topless image of a female user. The lottery’s AI-based online marketing campaign gave users the tools to visualize the dream vacations possible with a lotto win. The app allowed users to upload or take a photo […]

Jackpot.com Launches in Arkansas, Days Before the Next Billion Dollar Lottery Jackpot

Lottery courier app Jackpot.com has launched in Arkansas, and not a moment too soon, as the Mega Millions jackpot is poised to hit $1 billion within the next few days. Mega Millions is one of five draw games Arkansas residents can now participate in without leaving the comfort of their homes: Powerball Mega Millions LOTTO […]

IGT To Spin Off Global Gaming & PlayDigital Segments in Everi Merger

International Gaming Technology (IGT) announced it will become a pure-play lottery company while spinning off its PlayDigital and Global Gaming divisions. Those online and retail game development operations will merge with another giant of the B2B casino supplier space, Everi Holdings. Both companies are big names in the US. It’s hard to find an American casino—online […]

Man Sues Powerball, DC Lottery After He Claims He Was Denied His $340 Million Prize

Lottery player John Cheeks has gone to court after the disappointing experience of believing he’d won a $340 million Powerball jackpot, only to be told that the numbers had been posted in error. Cheeks saw his “winning” numbers appear on the Washington DC Lottery website, but he later found out they didn’t match those from […]

Gambling In Alabama Could Bring In $1B Annually, Gov. Ivey Says Voters Should Decide

As expected, Alabama lawmakers have filed a comprehensive gambling bill for consideration during the 2024 legislative session. The bill aims to legalize retail casinos, sports betting, and a state lottery. Reps. Andy Whitt and Chris Blackshear say gambling expansion could bring up to $1 billion in revenue annually for the state, which would go to funds […]

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Responsible Gambling

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, […]

More Pennsylvanians Using Text Messages & Online Chat for Problem Gambling Help, 2023 Data Shows

Last year, Pennsylvanians increasingly sought problem gambling help via text and online chat, according to data from the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania (CCGP). CCGP is responsible for promoting and monitoring 1-800-GAMBLER helpline use in the state. Ahead of the release of its annual report, CCGP shared its call data with Bonus and PlayUSA. In addition […]

DraftKings’ Data-Driven RG Empowerment Tool ‘My Stat Sheet’ Met With Cautious Optimism

My Stat Sheet, a new tool unveiled by DraftKings to promote responsible gambling, offers players access to personal gaming statistics and insights. Specifically, the new feature allows DraftKings customers to assess, track, and interact with their personalized gaming stats. DraftKings said the tool’s intuitive charts and accompanying information will help “empower players to make data-driven […]

New York Senate Committee Advances Gaming Bills, Including Boost to State Funding for Problem Gambling

The New York State Senate’s Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee approved a plan to boost state funding for problem gambling treatment, advancing that bill alongside two others related to gaming. All three bills will now proceed to the Senate floor. Committee chair Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. kicked off the Tuesday meeting by acknowledging March […]

Connecticut Report on Gambling Impact Shows Overreliance on Problem Gambling Spend

Those at risk of or suffering from gambling addiction account for the lion’s share of gambling revenue, according to worrisome findings by Connecticut’s Department of Mental Health and Addictions Services (DMHAS). The researchers found that the highest-risk segments of gamblers make up less than 7% of the state population yet account for over 70% of Connecticut […]

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Ohio Lawmakers May Need Voter Approval to Expand Racino Gambling

Ohio lawmakers are considering various forms of gambling expansion, but some of the possibilities, such as adding table games at racinos, will require voter approval in a referendum. That seemed to be the consensus at the final meeting of the Study Commission on the Future of Gaming in Ohio. The April 11 gathering at the Ohio […]

Gov. Youngkin Amends Virginia Skill Game Bill, Angers Lawmakers and Small Business

After a last-minute veto, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin proposed significant changes to skill games legislation, angering the machines’ proponents. The changes would categorize skill game machines closer to casino-style games, impose restrictions on their numbers and locations, and call for a higher tax rate. While many expected Youngkin’s veto, few anticipated a 75-page bill. While opponents […]

California Judge Denies Hermalyn Legal Fees, Throws Shade at DraftKings Legal Team

A California district judge declined Michael Hermalyn’s request for $310k in attorney fees that the Fanatics executive attributed to a jurisdictional back-and-forth in his case against DraftKings. The two sides are also at odds in a separate but related case launched by Hermalyn’s former employer. In a ruling filed on Monday, California District Judge Mark […]

Maine Online Casino Bill Tabled As Supica Works to ‘Flip Votes’

The Maine online casino bill that would allow tribes to offer iGaming remains alive in the Senate, even though it was tabled on April 10. LD1777‘s sponsor, state Rep. Laura D. Supica, told Bonus that the bill could still pass before the legislature adjourns on April 17. Supica, D-Bangor, told Bonus four hours after the […]

CEASE, UAW Sue Gov. Murphy Over Failure to Ban Smoking in New Jersey Casinos

United Auto Workers (UAW) and grassroots anti-smoking advocacy group Casino Employees Against Smoking’s (Harmful) Effects (CEASE) filed a lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court against Gov. Philip Murphy to force an overturn of a legal loophole that allows smoking on casino floors. Workers say the 18-year exception unfairly affects New Jersey’s casino employees. The lawsuit, […]

Alabama’s Gambling Referendum in Jeopardy Unless House & Senate Can Resolve Disagreement on Details

Alabama residents could get their first chance since 1999 to vote on gambling expansion in a referendum this year, but only if the state’s two legislative chambers can agree on which forms of gambling should go on the ballot. After months of preparations, the House passed two comprehensive bills in February. These included a lottery, […]

Allwyn Entertainment Says the Future of Lottery is in Live-Streaming and Social Causes

Lottery sales could grow 40% in the next decade, but only if they evolve to meet the needs of millennials and Generation Z. So says Allwyn Entertainment, a global lottery operator, which recently published its analysis of the industry and its future. According to Allwyn, the key is making further investments in live-streaming technology and […]

Maine Online Casino Defeated in House, Has Slim Chance in Senate

A Maine online casino bill failed by three votes on April 9, when 74 members of the Maine House of Representatives voted against LD1777. Exactly 71 representatives voted for the iGaming measure that would have legalized iGaming for Mainers, with revenue heading to the state’s tribes. It likely means the bill is dead. However, the bill […]

Washington’s Lottery Ends ‘Test Drive a Win’ Campaign After AI Generates Topless User Photo

Washington’s Lottery has shut down its Test Drive a Win app after its artificial intelligence (AI) tool created a topless image of a female user. The lottery’s AI-based online marketing campaign gave users the tools to visualize the dream vacations possible with a lotto win. The app allowed users to upload or take a photo […]

Maryland’s Legislative Session Ends With Online Casino Effort Half-Finished—What Killed It?

With the final day of the Maryland legislative session, April 8, having come and gone uneventfully, we can officially say that the online casino legalization effort is dead for this year. So, what killed it? For all practical purposes, hope was already extinguished last week when lawmakers didn’t include online casino revenue in the state’s budget. However, a […]

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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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