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Pennsylvania State College Satellite Casino Build Okayed After State Supreme Court Sides With PGCB

Pennsylvania’s highest court upheld the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s (PGCB) decision to award a Category 4 slot machine license to Ira Lubert’s SC Gaming (SCG). The ruling clears the way [...]

Skillz v. Papaya Gaming: Botting Accusations Will Get Their Day in Court

A New York federal judge rejected Papaya Gaming’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit against it by rival skill gaming company Skillz. The latter company has accused Papaya of deceiving its users by [...]

Evolution Acquires Portfolio of Popular Side Bet Patents With Galaxy Gaming Purchase

Evolution has announced a deal to acquire table game designer Galaxy Gaming for $85 million in cash, bringing in-house a number of patented side bets it previously had to license. [...]

Record Crazy Time Payout Puts a Dent in Evolution’s Mid-Year Financial Results

In June, Evolution’s live dealer gameshow Crazy Time hit a payout so huge that it all but wrecked the company’s H1 2024 profitability. The top prizes for casino games can be [...]

Second Alleged Scattered Spider Member Arrested in Connection to 2023 Casino Cyber Attacks

UK authorities have arrested a 17-year-old in connection to last year’s cyberattacks on Caesars and MGM Resorts International. The teenager from Walsall in central England is accused of belonging to [...]

Free Play Debunked: Player Experience Wins Out in Face of Lower Promotional Spending

Despite the gambling industry’s near-religious reliance on free-play bonus offers, new evidence affirms that other factors like amenities and ambiance might be more important to customer retention in a retail [...]

Nassau Coliseum—Lawmakers Say Transfer to LVS is for Entertainment Venue, Not Casino Plans

Nassau County Legislature Rules Committee members didn’t want to hear the word “casino” from members of the public who commented before the body voted 5-1 on July 22 to transfer [...]

Massachusetts Online Lottery Just Needs Governor’s Signature to Become Reality

Massachusetts will soon have an online lottery if Gov. Maura Healey signs the latest version of the state budget, which includes authorization for ticket sales over the Internet. It seems almost inevitable [...]

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Industry News

Evolution Acquires Portfolio of Popular Side Bet Patents With Galaxy Gaming Purchase

Evolution has announced a deal to acquire table game designer Galaxy Gaming for $85 million in cash, bringing in-house a number of patented side bets it previously had to license. Las Vegas-based Galaxy Gaming is best known for its 21+3 blackjack side bet, which is now licensed in 131 regulatory jurisdictions around the world, including 28 […]

Record Crazy Time Payout Puts a Dent in Evolution’s Mid-Year Financial Results

In June, Evolution’s live dealer gameshow Crazy Time hit a payout so huge that it all but wrecked the company’s H1 2024 profitability. The top prizes for casino games can be life-changing for players, and the need to pay out a jackpot sometimes shows up in a smaller operator’s state-level revenue reports. However, a prize so […]

Free Play Debunked: Player Experience Wins Out in Face of Lower Promotional Spending

Despite the gambling industry’s near-religious reliance on free-play bonus offers, new evidence affirms that other factors like amenities and ambiance might be more important to customer retention in a retail casino environment. One recent study found that reducing or even eliminating free-play offers had little impact on retail gamblers’ behavior. A similar discussion is underway […]

Nassau Coliseum—Lawmakers Say Transfer to LVS is for Entertainment Venue, Not Casino Plans

Nassau County Legislature Rules Committee members didn’t want to hear the word “casino” from members of the public who commented before the body voted 5-1 on July 22 to transfer the lease of land surrounding the Nassau Coliseum to Las Vegas Sands (LVS). That’s because the vote was about LVS continuing to operate the New […]

BetMGM, Retail Casinos Among Businesses Affected by CrowdStrike Windows Glitch

BetMGM has been offline since about midnight due to a widespread technology outage caused by a faulty CrowdStrike update. The problem is far bigger than one gambling site, however. The buggy code sent to Microsoft Windows workstations has knocked businesses and institutions offline worldwide—including other brick-and-mortar and online gambling providers. By noon ET on July […]

Bet365—Is It Time for the European Sports Betting Giant to Make a Move in the US?

Bet365 is the undisputed top dog of sports betting in the United Kingdom, but you wouldn’t know that just by looking at its US presence. For most of the short history of US sports betting, it has stayed quietly in the back seat, allowing the likes of DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetMGM to shovel money on the marketing bonfire […]

Nassau Coliseum Casino Project Moving Forward Despite Opposition to Sands Proposal

The first time Nassau officials approved a lease for a proposed Las Vegas Sands (LVS) casino on the Nassau Coliseum site, they held a closed-door meeting with no public attendees. On July 22, the Nassau County Legislature Rules Committee expects about 200 audience members for the hearing on two LVS lease proposals. Members of the Say […]

NCLGS Still Working on Model iGaming Legislation, Won’t Unveil Draft at Summer Meeting

The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) will prioritize online casinos during its 2024 Summer Meeting, which starts today in Pittsburgh. However, it isn’t ready to unveil a first draft of its model iGaming legislation as it had originally planned. During the conference, three panels featuring legislators, regulators, and private industry representatives will […]

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Legal, Lawsuits, & Crime

Pennsylvania State College Satellite Casino Build Okayed After State Supreme Court Sides With PGCB

Pennsylvania’s highest court upheld the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s (PGCB) decision to award a Category 4 slot machine license to Ira Lubert’s SC Gaming (SCG). The ruling clears the way for construction to begin on Lubert’s satellite casino—in partnership with Bally’s Corporation—in State College, PA. The license also has implications for Pennsylvania’s online sports betting […]

Skillz v. Papaya Gaming: Botting Accusations Will Get Their Day in Court

A New York federal judge rejected Papaya Gaming’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit against it by rival skill gaming company Skillz. The latter company has accused Papaya of deceiving its users by pitting them against house-controlled “bots” while implying that its real-money contests are player-vs.-player. Papaya hasn’t confirmed or denied the practice in question. However, accepting the […]

Second Alleged Scattered Spider Member Arrested in Connection to 2023 Casino Cyber Attacks

UK authorities have arrested a 17-year-old in connection to last year’s cyberattacks on Caesars and MGM Resorts International. The teenager from Walsall in central England is accused of belonging to the hacking group Scattered Spider and has been charged with blackmail and violations of the Computer Misuse Act. On July 18, the Regional Organised Crime […]

Red44 Court Case Unresolved — Managers of Illegal Gambling Site Get Repeated Continuances

Eleven defendants charged with felonies for running an illegal offshore gambling site known as Red44 may be nearing their sixth trial date continuance. A judge in the US District Court, Northern District of Alabama, had set a July 22 deadline to receive pretrial motions from defense counsel in USA vs. Timothy J. Pughsley, et al. However, […]

Former Indiana Lawmaker Eberhart Sentenced to One Year in Casino Corruption Case

A federal judge sentenced former Shelbyville, Indiana, Rep. Sean Eberhart to one year plus one day in federal prison for his role in a longstanding casino corruption case. Last November, Eberhart pled guilty to conspiracy to commit honest services fraud after evidence surfaced that he traded political advocacy for the promise of a lucrative casino […]

Casino Security Guard Arrested at San Francisco International Airport With Allegedly Stolen Cash

A casino security guard suspected of stealing $31,000 in cash from Artichoke Joe’s Casino in San Bruno, California, was released on recognizance after authorities arrested him while attempting to board a flight to the Philippines. According to prosecutors, John Villareal worked briefly on Artichoke Joe’s security team before allegedly stealing the cash from a lockbox […]

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Legislative News

Nassau Coliseum—Lawmakers Say Transfer to LVS is for Entertainment Venue, Not Casino Plans

Nassau County Legislature Rules Committee members didn’t want to hear the word “casino” from members of the public who commented before the body voted 5-1 on July 22 to transfer the lease of land surrounding the Nassau Coliseum to Las Vegas Sands (LVS). That’s because the vote was about LVS continuing to operate the New […]

Nassau Coliseum Casino Project Moving Forward Despite Opposition to Sands Proposal

The first time Nassau officials approved a lease for a proposed Las Vegas Sands (LVS) casino on the Nassau Coliseum site, they held a closed-door meeting with no public attendees. On July 22, the Nassau County Legislature Rules Committee expects about 200 audience members for the hearing on two LVS lease proposals. Members of the Say […]

NCLGS Still Working on Model iGaming Legislation, Won’t Unveil Draft at Summer Meeting

The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) will prioritize online casinos during its 2024 Summer Meeting, which starts today in Pittsburgh. However, it isn’t ready to unveil a first draft of its model iGaming legislation as it had originally planned. During the conference, three panels featuring legislators, regulators, and private industry representatives will […]

Study Commission Sets Up the Chessboard for Ohio’s 2025 Online Casino Effort

We now have a clear picture of who the champions of Ohio online casinos and iLottery will be and who will stand against them, thanks to a comprehensive report by the Study Commission on the Future of Gaming in Ohio. The hefty 354-page document collates testimony from virtually every stakeholder in Ohio gambling, most of whom have […]

Ohio Legislators May Consider Adding iGaming, iLottery, If They Listen to Study Commission

Ohio is often considered a political bellwether, so state lawmakers around the country may closely watch how its legislators vote on iGaming and iLottery. That’s especially true now that the majority of Ohio General Assembly members in a study commission recommended approval of online casinos and an online lottery. On July 12, an Ohio Senator’s […]

California Legislature Considers Once Again Whether to Allow Tribes to Sue Cardrooms

The ongoing effort by California tribes to take the state’s cardrooms to court has shown some signs of life, as the Tribal Nations Access to Justice Act (TNAJA) passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee as the legislature prepares to break for the summer. The tribes want to challenge whether the cardrooms’ approach to player-banked games constitutes an infringement on their […]

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Lottery News

Massachusetts Online Lottery Just Needs Governor’s Signature to Become Reality

Massachusetts will soon have an online lottery if Gov. Maura Healey signs the latest version of the state budget, which includes authorization for ticket sales over the Internet. It seems almost inevitable that the Governor will do so, given that the idea of establishing a Massachusetts iLottery was her idea to begin with. The bill text doesn’t […]

Pennsylvania iLottery Offers an Easier Way to Play With EZ eInstants From IWG

Pennsylvania iLottery players looking for a simpler gameplay experience now have a new game category catering to that desire: EZ eInstants by Instant Win Gaming (IWG). The Keystone State is the first in the US to offer this line of IWG games featuring easy-to-understand mechanics and the chance to win a progressive jackpot. Players can […]

Connecticut Online Lottery Now Fully Live for Desktop and iOS Users

Connecticuters saw their iLottery launch on July 1, enabling them to buy draw game tickets over the Internet, seven days a week. It’s almost, but not quite around-the-clock service: the CT Lottery suspends the ability to buy tickets from 2 to 5 a.m. to encourage responsible play. Lottery players can access the CT iLottery through their desktop […]

Aristocrat Combines Anaxi & Neo Group to Form Unified Interactive Segment

Aristocrat Interactive announced its debut this week, combining Aristocrat’s in-house studio, Anaxi, with the recently acquired Neo Group Ltd. The new division includes five distinct segments covering all aspects of online gambling and digital systems for retail casino management. For most of its corporate history, Aristocrat has been best known as a retail slots manufacturer. Most […]

TheLotter Launches in New York—US Expansion Continues for Europe’s Original Lottery Courier

New York now has a fourth lottery courier offering a way to purchase draw tickets online: TheLotter. Headquartered in Malta, it has been in the business since 2002, a decade longer than any of its US-based rivals. However, its US presence is comparatively small, comprising only five states with the addition of Texas. All lottery couriers use a similar business model. […]

North Carolina Instant Lottery Hits Billion-Dollar Sales Milestone in Seven Months

Since the North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) introduced online instants last November, North Carolinians have spent over $1 billion on digital scratch tickets. According to lottery officials, North Carolina hit the billion-dollar milestone in almost seven months—faster than any other US state with similar products, often known as eInstants. North Carolina’s digital scratch-off success is the […]

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Responsible Gambling

National Council on Problem Gambling Tribal Advisory Council to Help Native American Communities

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has formed a Tribal Advisory Council to promote responsible gaming and address problem gambling among Native American communities. While it has worked with Tribal entities for years, through the Council, the NCPG aims to enhance its collaboration with Native American Communities by increasing awareness and respect for their […]

Gambling Disorders Linked to Physical Differences in Brain Tissue, Similar to Substance Addictions

Researchers have uncovered evidence that the brains of people with gambling disorders exhibit physical differences from healthy brains, similar to the differences exhibited in those with substance use disorders (SUD). The researchers suggest that a part of the brain called the fronto-striatal-thalamic (FST) circuit may play a crucial role in addictions, including gambling disorders. Finnish […]

NAADGS 2023 Budget Update Shows 28% Jump in Spending for Problem Gambling Services

State-level spending on problem gambling services accelerated considerably last year, with the national total allocations rising from $105 million to $134 million in fiscal year 2023, a 28% year-over-year increase. A new report from the National Association of Administrators for Disordered Gambling Services (NAADGS) provides insight into the increase and which states are taking their […]

Pennsylvania Senator Wayne Fontana Aims To Ban Advertising to Self-Excluded Gamblers

Pennsylvania Senator Wayne Fontana aims to help individuals with gambling problems by introducing a bill to ban gambling companies from contacting individuals on the state’s voluntary self-exclusion list. Fontana believes that those placing themselves on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s (PGCB) self-exclusion list are effectively admitting to a gambling problem. His proposal seeks to ensure […]

Sam Antar Tells Third Circuit ‘Relentless Enticement’ by BetMGM Warrants Granting Appeal

Sam Antar, whose gambling addiction drove him to commit fraud, has filed a brief with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking to overturn the dismissal of his case against BetMGM. At issue is whether New Jersey gambling operators are bound by the state’s Consumer Fraud Act (CFA), or whether those provisions are superseded by the Casino Control Act (CCA). Antar, […]

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 […]

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Pennsylvania State College Satellite Casino Build Okayed After State Supreme Court Sides With PGCB

Pennsylvania’s highest court upheld the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s (PGCB) decision to award a Category 4 slot machine license to Ira Lubert’s SC Gaming (SCG). The ruling clears the way for construction to begin on Lubert’s satellite casino—in partnership with Bally’s Corporation—in State College, PA. The license also has implications for Pennsylvania’s online sports betting […]

Skillz v. Papaya Gaming: Botting Accusations Will Get Their Day in Court

A New York federal judge rejected Papaya Gaming’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit against it by rival skill gaming company Skillz. The latter company has accused Papaya of deceiving its users by pitting them against house-controlled “bots” while implying that its real-money contests are player-vs.-player. Papaya hasn’t confirmed or denied the practice in question. However, accepting the […]

Evolution Acquires Portfolio of Popular Side Bet Patents With Galaxy Gaming Purchase

Evolution has announced a deal to acquire table game designer Galaxy Gaming for $85 million in cash, bringing in-house a number of patented side bets it previously had to license. Las Vegas-based Galaxy Gaming is best known for its 21+3 blackjack side bet, which is now licensed in 131 regulatory jurisdictions around the world, including 28 […]

Record Crazy Time Payout Puts a Dent in Evolution’s Mid-Year Financial Results

In June, Evolution’s live dealer gameshow Crazy Time hit a payout so huge that it all but wrecked the company’s H1 2024 profitability. The top prizes for casino games can be life-changing for players, and the need to pay out a jackpot sometimes shows up in a smaller operator’s state-level revenue reports. However, a prize so […]

Second Alleged Scattered Spider Member Arrested in Connection to 2023 Casino Cyber Attacks

UK authorities have arrested a 17-year-old in connection to last year’s cyberattacks on Caesars and MGM Resorts International. The teenager from Walsall in central England is accused of belonging to the hacking group Scattered Spider and has been charged with blackmail and violations of the Computer Misuse Act. On July 18, the Regional Organised Crime […]

Free Play Debunked: Player Experience Wins Out in Face of Lower Promotional Spending

Despite the gambling industry’s near-religious reliance on free-play bonus offers, new evidence affirms that other factors like amenities and ambiance might be more important to customer retention in a retail casino environment. One recent study found that reducing or even eliminating free-play offers had little impact on retail gamblers’ behavior. A similar discussion is underway […]

Nassau Coliseum—Lawmakers Say Transfer to LVS is for Entertainment Venue, Not Casino Plans

Nassau County Legislature Rules Committee members didn’t want to hear the word “casino” from members of the public who commented before the body voted 5-1 on July 22 to transfer the lease of land surrounding the Nassau Coliseum to Las Vegas Sands (LVS). That’s because the vote was about LVS continuing to operate the New […]

Massachusetts Online Lottery Just Needs Governor’s Signature to Become Reality

Massachusetts will soon have an online lottery if Gov. Maura Healey signs the latest version of the state budget, which includes authorization for ticket sales over the Internet. It seems almost inevitable that the Governor will do so, given that the idea of establishing a Massachusetts iLottery was her idea to begin with. The bill text doesn’t […]

Bet365 Launches Online Casino & Sportsbook in Pennsylvania, Taking Over Vacant TwinSpires License

Bet365 announced the full launch of its Pennsylvania online casino and sportsbook today, July 22. In doing so, it has resurrected Presque Isle Downs’ dormant master iGaming license and brought Pennsylvanians their 22nd online casino brand. The brand may not yet be familiar to many in the Keystone State. However, it’s one of the most famous international sportsbooks, particularly in […]

Red44 Court Case Unresolved — Managers of Illegal Gambling Site Get Repeated Continuances

Eleven defendants charged with felonies for running an illegal offshore gambling site known as Red44 may be nearing their sixth trial date continuance. A judge in the US District Court, Northern District of Alabama, had set a July 22 deadline to receive pretrial motions from defense counsel in USA vs. Timothy J. Pughsley, et al. However, […]

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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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