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Addabbo Polls Constituents About Legalizing Online Casinos, Prostitution

If New Yorkers thought online casino legalization advocacy was all they would hear about from state Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., they found out just how wrong they were on [...]

New York Retail Casino Licenses Could Be Awarded Faster, If Bill Passes

The process of awarding downstate New York retail casino licenses may resume soon. On May 17, state Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. introduced SB9673 for that purpose. Addabbo, D-Woodhaven, told [...]

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 [...]

FanDuel’s Parent Company, Flutter, Increases Commitment to US-Focused Strategy

Flutter Entertainment is sending a signal as tall as its new 23rd-floor FanDuel offices in a Manhattan skyscraper and as permanent as its May 31 effective date for its primary [...]

UFC-Branded Slots: Games Global Strikes Content Licensing Deal, Further Committing to US Strategy

The first slots featuring official UFC branding will start appearing in the US in July courtesy of Games Global. UFC announced a three-year deal with the British content provider to [...]

New York Legislators Working on Downstate Retail Casino License Solution

With 13 days left in the legislative session, New York lawmakers are building a bill designed to end the impasse on the downstate retail casino license process. State Sen. Joseph [...]

Games Global Postpones IPO, Attesting to the Tough Market for Gambling Companies

Content supplier Games Global Limited has canceled its planned initial public offering and will wait for a better moment to begin trading publicly on US markets. The Board of Directors [...]

CFTC’s New Gaming Definition Will Prohibit Speculating on Elections, Sports, Awards

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has proposed clarifying its rules for event contracts in a way that would ban derivatives based on political contests, athletic competitions, and awards. If enacted, [...]

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FanDuel’s Parent Company, Flutter, Increases Commitment to US-Focused Strategy

Flutter Entertainment is sending a signal as tall as its new 23rd-floor FanDuel offices in a Manhattan skyscraper and as permanent as its May 31 effective date for its primary stock listing: The online gambling giant is committed to its US investment. That will have an immediate impact on New York and FanDuel Casino. Dublin-headquartered […]

Games Global Postpones IPO, Attesting to the Tough Market for Gambling Companies

Content supplier Games Global Limited has canceled its planned initial public offering and will wait for a better moment to begin trading publicly on US markets. The Board of Directors says it believes it’s in the best interests of existing stakeholders to delay the IPO despite sensing interest from public investors. That may be due to […]

PlayAGS Accepts Brightstar Takeover Offer, 25% Higher Than Previously Rejected Bid From Inspired

Slot and table game maker PlayAGS could be the latest gambling company to go private, something that has become a trend in the industry. The company announced that its board of directors had approved a $1.1 billion sale to private equity firm Brightstar Capital Partners. The $12.50 per-share sale represents a 40% premium over PlayAGS’s […]

BetMGM Still Trying to Find International Footing With Launch in the Netherlands

While gradually slipping in US market share, BetMGM has continued to seek growth abroad by launching its brand in the Netherlands. Its Dutch product is an integrated casino-sportsbook and marks BetMGM’s second overseas market. Like its British site, the Dutch BetMGM is operated by LeoVegas Group and uses a different platform from the product Americans […]

Casino Dealer Tipping: Do Online Live Dealers Actually Make Less Than Their Retail Counterparts?

One of many union objections to iGaming expansion is the anecdotal notion that land-based croupiers earn more in tips than their online casino live dealer counterparts. However, extensive research by Bonus shows that the honest answer to whether online live dealers actually make less than they would at a retail casino is a frustrating “it […]

Controversial Selection of Cordish for Petersburg Casino is Bad News for Virginia’s iGaming Potential

Petersburg’s pick of Cordish Companies to build Virginia’s fifth retail casino has raised concerns among lawmakers and stakeholders. After the city selected the $1.4 billion project over four others, questions arose regarding the integrity of the selection process and the speed with which the decision was made. Cordish gaining market access to Virginia may also […]

Seasonal Effects Push BetMGM Into Loss Territory After Two Quarters of Profitability

MGM Resorts International’s financial report for Q1 2024 makes less mention of BetMGM than usual, perhaps because it marks the first time the joint venture has slipped back into the red after two profitable quarters to finish 2023. Although it’s unsurprising that the company would want to direct investors’ attention elsewhere, the loss isn’t particularly alarming. […]

Buffalo Slots and Bison Stampede eInstant Together at Last as Aristocrat Acquires NeoGames

Australian gambling giant Aristocrat Leisure expanded its capabilities and footprint with the completion of the acquisition of NeoGroup Ltd (aka NeoGames). The acquisition will allow Aristocrat to enter the iLottery sector, which is expanding rapidly in the US even as iGaming legislation efforts have stalled. Aristocrat is famous for its retail games, including the Buffalo […]

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CFTC’s New Gaming Definition Will Prohibit Speculating on Elections, Sports, Awards

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has proposed clarifying its rules for event contracts in a way that would ban derivatives based on political contests, athletic competitions, and awards. If enacted, the change will leave those seeking to hedge the outcome of US elections and companies eager to offer those political markets in the cold. Likewise, […]

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 […]

Scott Sibella Sentencing: One-Year Probation, $9,500 Fine for Bank Secrecy Act Violation

Former Resorts World Las Vegas (RWLV) President Scott Sibella received his sentence today on a single charge of violating the federal Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). Although facing up to five years in prison, Sibella managed to avoid doing any time thanks to his plea deal, receiving only one year of probation. Likewise, the monetary penalty could have been as […]

Emails Show Iowa College Gambling Sting Doubled as Law Enforcement Power Play

An investigator involved in a 2023 Iowa gambling sting that netted over two dozen college athletes suggested in an email to colleagues the bust would impress the “powers that be.” Further, special agent Christopher Adkins speculated the investigation might nudge state lawmakers to update gambling legislation to strengthen law enforcement’s powers. According to The Associated […]

Nevada Gaming Control Board Files Complaint Against Scott Sibella After Commission Joins Federal Probe

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) is displeased with Scott Sibella following his guilty plea to federal charges and has asked the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) to impose fines and licensing action. That may impede Sibella’s plans to return to work in the industry, which he announced in January after admitting to violating the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA).  Sibella’s […]

DraftKings Wins Preliminary Injunction Further Limiting Hermalyn’s Fanatics Role

A federal judge has granted DraftKings a preliminary injunction, temporarily limiting the functions its former executive, Michael Hermalyn, can perform in his new role at rival company Fanatics. On Tuesday, Massachusetts District Court Judge Julia E. Kobick issued her memorandum and order granting DraftKings’ motion for preliminary injunction and denying Hermalyn’s request for stay or […]

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Legislative News

Addabbo Polls Constituents About Legalizing Online Casinos, Prostitution

If New Yorkers thought online casino legalization advocacy was all they would hear about from state Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., they found out just how wrong they were on May 17. That’s the day that the legislator emailed his constituents a poll asking about their thoughts on four pieces of legislation. One bill was […]

New York Retail Casino Licenses Could Be Awarded Faster, If Bill Passes

The process of awarding downstate New York retail casino licenses may resume soon. On May 17, state Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. introduced SB9673 for that purpose. Addabbo, D-Woodhaven, told Bonus on May 15 that he and his colleagues were working on language for the 6-page-long bill that is designed to help the New York […]

New York Legislators Working on Downstate Retail Casino License Solution

With 13 days left in the legislative session, New York lawmakers are building a bill designed to end the impasse on the downstate retail casino license process. State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. told Bonus on May 15 that he believes this is the “biggest” legal gambling expansion measure the Assembly and Senate may be […]

CFTC’s New Gaming Definition Will Prohibit Speculating on Elections, Sports, Awards

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has proposed clarifying its rules for event contracts in a way that would ban derivatives based on political contests, athletic competitions, and awards. If enacted, the change will leave those seeking to hedge the outcome of US elections and companies eager to offer those political markets in the cold. Likewise, […]

Addabbo Calls May 14 Meeting About New York Legal Gambling Expansion

So far, his New York online poker bill isn’t on the agenda for the May 14 meeting state Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. scheduled. However, considering he’s the chairman of the Senate Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee and SB9226 is his proposal, the body will probably discuss that form of legal gambling expansion. Addabbo, D-Woodhaven, […]

Alabama’s Gambling Compromise Dies on the Finish Line as Senate Bill Sponsor Refuses to Budge

There will be no gambling referendum in Alabama this year. Thursday, May 9, was the last day of the state’s legislative session, and time has now elapsed, with the final version of the gambling bill still just one Senate vote short of making it to the Governor’s desk. In principle, any of the 15 Senators voting no […]

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Lottery News

Alabama’s Gambling Compromise Dies on the Finish Line as Senate Bill Sponsor Refuses to Budge

There will be no gambling referendum in Alabama this year. Thursday, May 9, was the last day of the state’s legislative session, and time has now elapsed, with the final version of the gambling bill still just one Senate vote short of making it to the Governor’s desk. In principle, any of the 15 Senators voting no […]

Oklahoma Lottery Director Appears to Confirm Mega Millions Price Increase

It appears the early reports were true, and Mega Millions is getting a price increase. In conversation at the La Fleur’s 2024 Raleigh Conference, Oklahoma Lottery executive director Jay Finks spoke of the proposed changes to the popular lottery prize. With his comments, Finks seemed to confirm Mega Millions tickets will cost more starting in […]

Rep. Birkeland Says Utah’s Chances of Establishing a Lottery Are Good, But Not Until 2028

Utah’s residents may have to wait a while longer to get a state lottery, but Rep. Kera Birkeland says she thinks it will happen by 2028. Birkeland sponsored a lottery bill this year, but the effort hit a dead end in the Senate. Birkeland told PlayiLottery she’ll resume her effort next year, assuming she wins […]

Alabama Lawmakers Reach Compromise on Gambling Bill, Need to Find One More Vote in Senate

Alabama lawmakers are as close as they could possibly be to passing a gambling expansion bill without having done so yet. The Senate and House members tasked with finding a compromise on the legislation managed to do so this week, but the Senate remains one vote short of what it needs to pass the bill. The […]

Buffalo Slots and Bison Stampede eInstant Together at Last as Aristocrat Acquires NeoGames

Australian gambling giant Aristocrat Leisure expanded its capabilities and footprint with the completion of the acquisition of NeoGroup Ltd (aka NeoGames). The acquisition will allow Aristocrat to enter the iLottery sector, which is expanding rapidly in the US even as iGaming legislation efforts have stalled. Aristocrat is famous for its retail games, including the Buffalo […]

Conference Committee Holds Alabama’s Last Hope for Gambling Expansion, But Time Is Short

A conference committee meeting this week will kick off what is the last hope for an Alabama gambling expansion referendum this November. The goal of the committee will be to find a compromise between the state’s House and Senate. Both chambers passed gambling legislation earlier this year, but have significantly different views on which forms […]

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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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Addabbo Polls Constituents About Legalizing Online Casinos, Prostitution

If New Yorkers thought online casino legalization advocacy was all they would hear about from state Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., they found out just how wrong they were on May 17. That’s the day that the legislator emailed his constituents a poll asking about their thoughts on four pieces of legislation. One bill was […]

New York Retail Casino Licenses Could Be Awarded Faster, If Bill Passes

The process of awarding downstate New York retail casino licenses may resume soon. On May 17, state Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. introduced SB9673 for that purpose. Addabbo, D-Woodhaven, told Bonus on May 15 that he and his colleagues were working on language for the 6-page-long bill that is designed to help the New York […]

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 […]

FanDuel’s Parent Company, Flutter, Increases Commitment to US-Focused Strategy

Flutter Entertainment is sending a signal as tall as its new 23rd-floor FanDuel offices in a Manhattan skyscraper and as permanent as its May 31 effective date for its primary stock listing: The online gambling giant is committed to its US investment. That will have an immediate impact on New York and FanDuel Casino. Dublin-headquartered […]

UFC-Branded Slots: Games Global Strikes Content Licensing Deal, Further Committing to US Strategy

The first slots featuring official UFC branding will start appearing in the US in July courtesy of Games Global. UFC announced a three-year deal with the British content provider to develop casino games featuring UFC themes and imagery. Games Global expects to carry out an “exclusive” soft launch later this month but won’t roll the […]

New York Legislators Working on Downstate Retail Casino License Solution

With 13 days left in the legislative session, New York lawmakers are building a bill designed to end the impasse on the downstate retail casino license process. State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. told Bonus on May 15 that he believes this is the “biggest” legal gambling expansion measure the Assembly and Senate may be […]

Games Global Postpones IPO, Attesting to the Tough Market for Gambling Companies

Content supplier Games Global Limited has canceled its planned initial public offering and will wait for a better moment to begin trading publicly on US markets. The Board of Directors says it believes it’s in the best interests of existing stakeholders to delay the IPO despite sensing interest from public investors. That may be due to […]

CFTC’s New Gaming Definition Will Prohibit Speculating on Elections, Sports, Awards

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has proposed clarifying its rules for event contracts in a way that would ban derivatives based on political contests, athletic competitions, and awards. If enacted, the change will leave those seeking to hedge the outcome of US elections and companies eager to offer those political markets in the cold. Likewise, […]

FanDuel, Gronk, and Roulette — Celebrity Will Interact With New Jersey Online Casino Live Dealer Players on May 16

Rob Gronkowski, a former NFL player more commonly called “Gronk,” will be playing a new game from 6 to 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 16. The star of FanDuel Sportsbook‘s “Kick of Destiny” Super Bowl commercials will be joining New Jersey FanDuel Casino gamblers at the roulette table. Gronk’s May 13 post on X about […]

PlayAGS Accepts Brightstar Takeover Offer, 25% Higher Than Previously Rejected Bid From Inspired

Slot and table game maker PlayAGS could be the latest gambling company to go private, something that has become a trend in the industry. The company announced that its board of directors had approved a $1.1 billion sale to private equity firm Brightstar Capital Partners. The $12.50 per-share sale represents a 40% premium over PlayAGS’s […]

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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].

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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.

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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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