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MGM Grand Millions New Jersey Jackpot Passes $4 Million, Will Break US Record

One lucky BetMGM Casino, Borgata Online, or Wheel of Fortune Casino player in New Jersey will soon be making gambling history as the winner of the biggest online slots jackpot yet [...]

Bally Casino Soft Launch So Snag-Free, Unusual Format Seemingly Unnoticed

Rhode Islanders gambling on Bally Casino during the online casino app’s soft launch day on March 1 were so quiet, they didn’t take to social media to complain, and the [...]

North Carolina Online Sports Betting Launches Later This Month—Are Online Casinos in the State’s Future?

North Carolina legalized online sports betting last year and will become the latest US state to launch its market on March 11. Over half of states now have legal mobile [...]

Maine Internet Gambling Bill Returns, With Lawmakers Considering Higher 16% Operator Tax

A bill to legalize Maine internet gambling reemerged on Feb. 29, with House and Senate members agreeing in committee to change the proposed tax on iGaming operators partnering with tribes [...]

Illinois Senate Bill Would Prohibit Chicago From Banning VGTs Without a Referendum

An Illinois Senate bill aims to amend the state’s Video Gaming Act to prohibit municipalities with a population over 1 million from banning video gaming terminals (VGTs) except by referendum. [...]

Bally’s Rhode Island Soft Launch Will Include Live Dealer Games

On March 1, Bally Casino will have its soft launch in Rhode Island and, contrary to earlier reporting, will include live dealer games from the start. Last year, Bally’s had said that its partner, StakeLogic, would [...]

New York Fanatics Sportsbook Has Official Launch Day on Leap Day 2024

New York Fanatics Sportsbook is online and taking bets, Fanatics Betting and Gaming (FBG) officially announced on Feb. 29. With Launch Day on Leap Day 2024, gamblers will have time [...]

Maryland Makes Significant Progress on Online Casino, Poker Bills With Senate Committee Hearing

A November online casino referendum in Maryland is looking more likely than ever, as the state’s iGaming legislation has now completed hearings in both halves of the legislature. On Feb. [...]

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Bally Casino Soft Launch So Snag-Free, Unusual Format Seemingly Unnoticed

Rhode Islanders gambling on Bally Casino during the online casino app’s soft launch day on March 1 were so quiet, they didn’t take to social media to complain, and the regulator had nothing new to report. That’s a bit of a surprise because all but online slots are being brought to online casino gamblers by […]

New York Fanatics Sportsbook Has Official Launch Day on Leap Day 2024

New York Fanatics Sportsbook is online and taking bets, Fanatics Betting and Gaming (FBG) officially announced on Feb. 29. With Launch Day on Leap Day 2024, gamblers will have time to prepare their March Madness bets. The Empire State’s newest mobile sports betting site is an automatic migration for those who were placing sports wagers […]

White Hat Studios Continues US Expansion via Partnership With Caesars in West Virginia

White Hat Studios has extended its partnership with Caesars Palace Casino to West Virginia. The companies already have a similar arrangement in place to bring White Hat content to Caesars’ sites in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Now, Caesars players in West Virginia can likewise play popular White Hat games, many of which feature tie-ins with popular […]

Nassau Coliseum Casino Proposal—Another Setback in Court for Las Vegas Sands

Las Vegas Sands (LVS) has hit another stumbling block in its plan to build a casino at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum site in Long Island, New York. On Feb. 23, Judge Sarika Kapoor ruled that LVS lacks a valid lease to operate the Coliseum and its surrounding land. In her decision, Kapoor reiterated that […]

Bragg Gaming Expands US Footprint With Golden Nugget Partnership in Michigan

Canadian-based Bragg Gaming continues its expansion in the US via a partnership with Golden Nugget Casino in Michigan. Golden Nugget players can now play games like Egyptian Magic and Cai Fu Emperor Ways by Bragg’s in-house Atomic Slot Lab studio and Devil’s Lock from its partner studio, Bluberi. Golden Nugget is the latest Michigan casino […]

Change of Operator Creates a Night-and-Day Difference for Delaware Online Gambling Revenue

The Delaware Lottery has reported its first online casino revenue numbers since relaunching with BetRivers, and it is immediately apparent that the market’s poor performance over the past decade was primarily related to its previous operator partner. In the first month since operations changed hands, the state’s iGaming revenue was nearly triple what it had been. Delaware first cracked $1 […]

Latest Student Loan Forgiveness May Not Free Up Discretionary Spending for Online Gambling

Many gamblers are saddled with student loan debt, but the $1.2 billion student loan forgiveness plan that came into effect on Feb. 21 may not have much impact on discretionary spending at online casinos. That’s because many of the 153,000 borrowers benefitting from the forgiveness are in income-driven repayment (IDR) plans. The connection between gambling activity […]

Evolution and Caesars Digital Sign Agreement to Expand North American Partnership

Evolution () and Caesars Digital () have expanded their partnership, announcing a strategic agreement to strengthen ties and grow North American reach. According to Wednesday’s release, the “groundbreaking partnership” will see the companies work together to establish dedicated live gaming studios in multiple US states. First up will be a new live-dealer studio inside Caesars’ […]

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New Jersey Gambler Sam Antar Appeals to Third Circuit to Consider His Case Against BetMGM

Self-described gambling addiction sufferer Sam Antar will appeal the  Jan. 31 dismissal of his lawsuit accusing BetMGM and Borgata Online of predatory practices leading him to lose millions of dollars. On Feb. 26, his lawyer, Matthew Pitt, filed a notice to appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, asking the case to be […]

Nassau Coliseum Casino Proposal—Another Setback in Court for Las Vegas Sands

Las Vegas Sands (LVS) has hit another stumbling block in its plan to build a casino at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum site in Long Island, New York. On Feb. 23, Judge Sarika Kapoor ruled that LVS lacks a valid lease to operate the Coliseum and its surrounding land. In her decision, Kapoor reiterated that […]

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 […]

Evolution Cleared of Wrongdoing in NJDGE ‘Black Market’ Investigation

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) has cleared Evolution () of wrongdoing in an investigation into possible regulatory misconduct. On Tuesday, the Sweden-based business-to-business gaming technology giant announced that the NJDGE closed its investigation into the allegations after taking “no further action.” In the release, Evolution shared that NJDGE investigators found no evidence […]

Skillz Wins $43M Judgment in AviaGames Patent Infringement Case

After a week-long trial, a California jury backed Skillz’s claim that Pocket7Games, a real-money skill gaming platform by rival operator AviaGames, infringes on its patent. Along with vindication, the jury awarded Skillz $42.89 million in compensation. Avia, the lawsuit argued, stole Skillz’s tech after launching a game on its platform through a business-to-business partnership in […]

West Flagler SCOTUS Appeal—What’s at Stake?

West Flagler Associates filed its request for the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to hear its Florida sports betting case on Feb. 8, 2024, the last day allowable under the extension it obtained in December. Many of those following the case believe that it’s unlikely that SCOTUS will grant the appeal in light of […]

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Legislative News

North Carolina Online Sports Betting Launches Later This Month—Are Online Casinos in the State’s Future?

North Carolina legalized online sports betting last year and will become the latest US state to launch its market on March 11. Over half of states now have legal mobile betting, with North Carolina poised to become the 30th, following Vermont in January. A further eight states have retail sportsbooks but no app-based gambling. North Carolina lacks legal […]

Maine Internet Gambling Bill Returns, With Lawmakers Considering Higher 16% Operator Tax

A bill to legalize Maine internet gambling reemerged on Feb. 29, with House and Senate members agreeing in committee to change the proposed tax on iGaming operators partnering with tribes from 10% to 16%. In a 7-1 vote, the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs approved an amended LD1777. The five absent committee […]

Illinois Senate Bill Would Prohibit Chicago From Banning VGTs Without a Referendum

An Illinois Senate bill aims to amend the state’s Video Gaming Act to prohibit municipalities with a population over 1 million from banning video gaming terminals (VGTs) except by referendum. State Sen. Donald P. DeWitte sponsored the bill, which seemingly targets Chicago. Because it’s the only city in the state with a population that fits […]

Maryland Makes Significant Progress on Online Casino, Poker Bills With Senate Committee Hearing

A November online casino referendum in Maryland is looking more likely than ever, as the state’s iGaming legislation has now completed hearings in both halves of the legislature. On Feb. 26 and 28, Maryland lawmakers accomplished something that has proven impossible in any other state this year — finding traction for online casino and poker […]

Maryland House Weighs Pros and Cons of Online Casino Legalization in Marathon Hearing

Most of Maryland’s retail casinos expressed support for the state’s iGaming plan during a Feb. 26 hearing, but resistance from workers’ unions remains. The online casino bill’s sponsor, Del. Vanessa E. Atterbeary, showed her commitment as she took no breaks during a seven-hour-long committee hearing that included five hours of testimony from HB1319 stakeholders. About […]

West Virginia’s Mandatory Data Sharing Bill Reaches Second Reading

A West Virginia bill that would compel gambling operators to share data with West Virginia University (WVU) researchers passed its first reading in the house on Monday after advancing from the Judiciary Committee last week. The legislation’s second reading will happen on Tuesday, with the third following Wednesday. Rep. Shawn Fluharty, the bill’s co-sponsor (alongside […]

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Lottery News

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 […]

Alabama Legislature to Consider Gambling Bill in February, Hoping to Tame ‘Wild West’ Situation

Alabama legislators will soon be considering a comprehensive gambling expansion package. Rep. Andy Whitt will be among the sponsors of a bill he expects to be filed in the Alabama House of Representatives within the first two weeks of the legislative session. The session starts on Feb. 6, so the 2024 Alabama gambling bill should […]

Ohio Committee To Discuss The Future of Gambling in the State, Including iGaming

Ohio lawmakers are preparing to begin a series of discussions on the state’s current gambling market and what forms of new gambling expansion are possible, including online casinos and an online lottery. The Ohio Sports Gaming Study Committee will meet four times over the next two months to discuss and give recommendations regarding topics like […]

Jackpot.com Is Live In Massachusetts, the Fourth State for the Lottery Courier

The lottery courier app Jackpot.com has launched in Massachusetts, allowing lottery players to purchase tickets online using desktop or mobile devices. Bay State players now have the option to buy tickets for four draw games using the Jackpot.com app or website: Powerball Mega Millions Mass Cash Lucky for Life Jackpot.com says more lottery games will […]

Utah Begins Its Longshot Effort to Establish a State Lottery

Utah House Rep. Kera Birkeland, R-Morgan, has attracted a lot of attention with a proposal for a constitutional amendment to create a state lottery. She plans to file a bill that would have to pass in the legislature before going to voters in the November 2024 elections. The lawmaker says revenue generated from the lottery […]

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Roulette Up—New Online Casino Table Game Offers Escalating Payouts on Unique Side Bet

Galaxy Gaming has brought its proprietary Roulette Up—a variation on classic American roulette—to the online casino space for the first time. The game, featuring a unique progressive side bet, is now available at DraftKings Casino, Golden Nugget Casino, and WynnBet Casino across multiple states. The company also plans to launch the game in Canada soon. Some […]

US Online Casinos Have Taken Over $400 Billion in Wagers, Double the Handle of Sportsbooks

Five years ago, the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which had made sports betting illegal in all states but Nevada. Since then, legal sports betting has swept the nation, accompanied by a seemingly smaller boom for online casinos. In celebrating the end of PASPA, the American Gaming Association (AGA)points out that legal sportsbooks […]

Does Caesars Online Casino Call You?

As an online casino player, I often receive promotional communication from customer service representatives. These come in the form of emails, text messages, push notifications, and, every so often, a [...]

Electronic Table Games Are Taxed Like Slots But Live Dealer Online Games Are Not

The IRS treats table games differently from slot machines when it comes to taxing your gambling wins, but modern technology sometimes makes that distinction blurry. The tax agency views electronic table games as being a form of slots. On the other hand, online blackjack or roulette can still be a table game if there’s a […]

Is Online Blackjack Rigged?

Many players question if online casino games are rigged in some form or fashion. Are you signing up with an online casino provider that offers fair games? Is online blackjack [...]

Who Invented the Casino Crash Game Genre?

Crash games are a novel concept gaining popularity at regulated online casinos in the US. Players make a wager and watch their initial stake grow, deciding on the best moment to cash out before a crash causes them to lose their bet. Most attempts to innovate in the casino space fail, so it’s impressive that […]

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MGM Grand Millions New Jersey Jackpot Passes $4 Million, Will Break US Record

One lucky BetMGM Casino, Borgata Online, or Wheel of Fortune Casino player in New Jersey will soon be making gambling history as the winner of the biggest online slots jackpot yet produced by regulated US markets. The progressive jackpot shared by MGM Grand Millions and other exclusive slots passed the $4 million mark and sat at $4.1 million […]

Bally Casino Soft Launch So Snag-Free, Unusual Format Seemingly Unnoticed

Rhode Islanders gambling on Bally Casino during the online casino app’s soft launch day on March 1 were so quiet, they didn’t take to social media to complain, and the regulator had nothing new to report. That’s a bit of a surprise because all but online slots are being brought to online casino gamblers by […]

North Carolina Online Sports Betting Launches Later This Month—Are Online Casinos in the State’s Future?

North Carolina legalized online sports betting last year and will become the latest US state to launch its market on March 11. Over half of states now have legal mobile betting, with North Carolina poised to become the 30th, following Vermont in January. A further eight states have retail sportsbooks but no app-based gambling. North Carolina lacks legal […]

Maine Internet Gambling Bill Returns, With Lawmakers Considering Higher 16% Operator Tax

A bill to legalize Maine internet gambling reemerged on Feb. 29, with House and Senate members agreeing in committee to change the proposed tax on iGaming operators partnering with tribes from 10% to 16%. In a 7-1 vote, the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs approved an amended LD1777. The five absent committee […]

Illinois Senate Bill Would Prohibit Chicago From Banning VGTs Without a Referendum

An Illinois Senate bill aims to amend the state’s Video Gaming Act to prohibit municipalities with a population over 1 million from banning video gaming terminals (VGTs) except by referendum. State Sen. Donald P. DeWitte sponsored the bill, which seemingly targets Chicago. Because it’s the only city in the state with a population that fits […]

Bally’s Rhode Island Soft Launch Will Include Live Dealer Games

On March 1, Bally Casino will have its soft launch in Rhode Island and, contrary to earlier reporting, will include live dealer games from the start. Last year, Bally’s had said that its partner, StakeLogic, would not be prepared to open its studios until April. That would have left Bally Casino with a slots-only product for its first month. Due to […]

New York Fanatics Sportsbook Has Official Launch Day on Leap Day 2024

New York Fanatics Sportsbook is online and taking bets, Fanatics Betting and Gaming (FBG) officially announced on Feb. 29. With Launch Day on Leap Day 2024, gamblers will have time to prepare their March Madness bets. The Empire State’s newest mobile sports betting site is an automatic migration for those who were placing sports wagers […]

Maryland Makes Significant Progress on Online Casino, Poker Bills With Senate Committee Hearing

A November online casino referendum in Maryland is looking more likely than ever, as the state’s iGaming legislation has now completed hearings in both halves of the legislature. On Feb. 26 and 28, Maryland lawmakers accomplished something that has proven impossible in any other state this year — finding traction for online casino and poker […]

New Jersey Gambler Sam Antar Appeals to Third Circuit to Consider His Case Against BetMGM

Self-described gambling addiction sufferer Sam Antar will appeal the  Jan. 31 dismissal of his lawsuit accusing BetMGM and Borgata Online of predatory practices leading him to lose millions of dollars. On Feb. 26, his lawyer, Matthew Pitt, filed a notice to appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, asking the case to be […]

Maryland House Weighs Pros and Cons of Online Casino Legalization in Marathon Hearing

Most of Maryland’s retail casinos expressed support for the state’s iGaming plan during a Feb. 26 hearing, but resistance from workers’ unions remains. The online casino bill’s sponsor, Del. Vanessa E. Atterbeary, showed her commitment as she took no breaks during a seven-hour-long committee hearing that included five hours of testimony from HB1319 stakeholders. About […]

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