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Evolution Seeks Approval for Dedicated Live Dealer Studio Building in Atlantic City

To handle growing user demand for live dealer games, Evolution plans to build a $75 million studio campus in New Jersey, which could employ as many as 2,000 people when [...]

Slots Jackpots Under $5,000 to Become Exempt From Tax Withholding—Proposed IRS Rules

Tax withholding on slot machine jackpots is a common frustration for US casino gamblers, but a proposed change to IRS rules would make it rarer by raising the threshold to [...]

Jackpocket Casino Off to a Promising Start in NJ as DraftKings Completes $750M Acquisition

Now that DraftKings has completed its acquisition of leading lottery courier Jackpocket, it may be pleased to note the early performance of the latter’s new online casino product in New Jersey. Jackpocket Casino earned [...]

‘Reel Tilt’ Leads to Heartbreak—Casino Gambler Denied Million-Dollar Jackpot

A New Jersey gambler may be gearing up for legal action after being told by Bally’s Atlantic City that what she thought was a million-dollar slot jackpot resulted from a [...]

Illinois Legislature Fast-Tracks Bill Prohibiting Wagering on Family Amusements

Illinois lawmakers have amended an existing bill to include an act to ban arcades from facilitating wagers on amusement games after initially missing the deadline for new legislation. This last-ditch [...]

Entain Receives Full License In Nevada, Potentially Paving the Way for BetMGM Poker to Launch

The Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) has granted BetMGM co-owner and technology supplier Entain an unconditional license. Since 2019, the British-based company has held only a limited license in the state. [...]

Sports Illustrated Casino Confirms Fourth-Quarter Market Exit From Michigan

The Sports Illustrated-branded SI Casino and Sportsbook has now committed to a timeline for its departure from Michigan. Its owner, Evoke (formerly 888 Holdings), announced in March that it would shut down [...]

Jackpot City Casino Sneaks Into New Jersey Market With Unannounced Soft Launch

US newcomer Jackpot City is now available in two states, though if you missed their presence in New Jersey, you’re not alone. Although the site’s front page makes it clear that it’s [...]

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Industry News

Evolution Seeks Approval for Dedicated Live Dealer Studio Building in Atlantic City

To handle growing user demand for live dealer games, Evolution plans to build a $75 million studio campus in New Jersey, which could employ as many as 2,000 people when it opens in 2026. Attorney Lloyd Levenson of Cooper Levenson, representing Evolution, unveiled the plan during the May 21 Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) meeting. […]

Jackpocket Casino Off to a Promising Start in NJ as DraftKings Completes $750M Acquisition

Now that DraftKings has completed its acquisition of leading lottery courier Jackpocket, it may be pleased to note the early performance of the latter’s new online casino product in New Jersey. Jackpocket Casino earned nearly $1.6 million in casino revenue in April, its second full month of operations. That may not seem like a particularly big number, and it isn’t compared […]

Entain Receives Full License In Nevada, Potentially Paving the Way for BetMGM Poker to Launch

The Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) has granted BetMGM co-owner and technology supplier Entain an unconditional license. Since 2019, the British-based company has held only a limited license in the state. Its most recent three-year license was set to expire this year. The NGC had hesitated to grant Entain a full license due to several concerns, […]

Sports Illustrated Casino Confirms Fourth-Quarter Market Exit From Michigan

The Sports Illustrated-branded SI Casino and Sportsbook has now committed to a timeline for its departure from Michigan. Its owner, Evoke (formerly 888 Holdings), announced in March that it would shut down all US business-to-consumer operations. However, SI Casino is still operating in Michigan for now and will continue to do so until October at the earliest. […]

Frictionless Online Gambling Payments Now Common as Financial Institutions’ Anxieties Wane

In a dramatic shift from the attitudes that prevailed during the early days of US online gambling, American banks have warmed to legal online casinos and sportsbooks—and that’s good news for online gamblers. Payment providers like Paysafe and PayNearMe now have deals in place with major banks allowing users to connect their accounts and move money back and […]

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 […]

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Legal, Lawsuits, & Crime

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

Slots Jackpots Under $5,000 to Become Exempt From Tax Withholding—Proposed IRS Rules

Tax withholding on slot machine jackpots is a common frustration for US casino gamblers, but a proposed change to IRS rules would make it rarer by raising the threshold to $5,000. Commissioner Danny Werfel expressed support for a recent IRS Advisory Council recommendation to increase the maximum win before automatic withholding kicks in. Werfel made statements […]

Illinois Legislature Fast-Tracks Bill Prohibiting Wagering on Family Amusements

Illinois lawmakers have amended an existing bill to include an act to ban arcades from facilitating wagers on amusement games after initially missing the deadline for new legislation. This last-ditch maneuver to piggyback the Family Amusement Wagering Prohibition Act (FAWPA) on other legislation could make Illinois the first state to take a stand against the […]

Virginia Governor Vetoes Skill Games Bill — Override Unlikely

A May 17 gubernatorial veto of Virginia’s skill games bill means the machines remain illegal. The veto will likely stay in place because lawmakers in the House don’t appear to have the required two-thirds majority to overturn it. So, Gov. Glenn Youngkin‘s decision means the law surrounding the unregulated machines will remain in place. That […]

New York Gaming Regulators Omit Downstate Retail Casino License Process Update

New Yorkers tuning into the May 20 New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) meeting for updates on the downstate retail casino license timeline may have been disappointed. NYSGC Executive Director Robert Williams didn’t address the topic, despite Assembly and Senate lawmakers introducing bills on May 17 that would speed up the licensing process. Residents of the […]

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. That’s potentially important to the state’s online casino effort, as Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul has indicated that she’s not interested in discussing that possibility until the downstate licensing issue […]

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Lottery News

Jackpocket Casino Off to a Promising Start in NJ as DraftKings Completes $750M Acquisition

Now that DraftKings has completed its acquisition of leading lottery courier Jackpocket, it may be pleased to note the early performance of the latter’s new online casino product in New Jersey. Jackpocket Casino earned nearly $1.6 million in casino revenue in April, its second full month of operations. That may not seem like a particularly big number, and it isn’t compared […]

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 […]

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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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Evolution Seeks Approval for Dedicated Live Dealer Studio Building in Atlantic City

To handle growing user demand for live dealer games, Evolution plans to build a $75 million studio campus in New Jersey, which could employ as many as 2,000 people when it opens in 2026. Attorney Lloyd Levenson of Cooper Levenson, representing Evolution, unveiled the plan during the May 21 Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) meeting. […]

Slots Jackpots Under $5,000 to Become Exempt From Tax Withholding—Proposed IRS Rules

Tax withholding on slot machine jackpots is a common frustration for US casino gamblers, but a proposed change to IRS rules would make it rarer by raising the threshold to $5,000. Commissioner Danny Werfel expressed support for a recent IRS Advisory Council recommendation to increase the maximum win before automatic withholding kicks in. Werfel made statements […]

Jackpocket Casino Off to a Promising Start in NJ as DraftKings Completes $750M Acquisition

Now that DraftKings has completed its acquisition of leading lottery courier Jackpocket, it may be pleased to note the early performance of the latter’s new online casino product in New Jersey. Jackpocket Casino earned nearly $1.6 million in casino revenue in April, its second full month of operations. That may not seem like a particularly big number, and it isn’t compared […]

‘Reel Tilt’ Leads to Heartbreak—Casino Gambler Denied Million-Dollar Jackpot

A New Jersey gambler may be gearing up for legal action after being told by Bally’s Atlantic City that what she thought was a million-dollar slot jackpot resulted from a mechanical error known as reel tilt. Bally’s Casino and the gaming supplier, International Game Technology (IGT), are disputing the alleged win over the technical glitch. […]

Illinois Legislature Fast-Tracks Bill Prohibiting Wagering on Family Amusements

Illinois lawmakers have amended an existing bill to include an act to ban arcades from facilitating wagers on amusement games after initially missing the deadline for new legislation. This last-ditch maneuver to piggyback the Family Amusement Wagering Prohibition Act (FAWPA) on other legislation could make Illinois the first state to take a stand against the […]

Entain Receives Full License In Nevada, Potentially Paving the Way for BetMGM Poker to Launch

The Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) has granted BetMGM co-owner and technology supplier Entain an unconditional license. Since 2019, the British-based company has held only a limited license in the state. Its most recent three-year license was set to expire this year. The NGC had hesitated to grant Entain a full license due to several concerns, […]

Sports Illustrated Casino Confirms Fourth-Quarter Market Exit From Michigan

The Sports Illustrated-branded SI Casino and Sportsbook has now committed to a timeline for its departure from Michigan. Its owner, Evoke (formerly 888 Holdings), announced in March that it would shut down all US business-to-consumer operations. However, SI Casino is still operating in Michigan for now and will continue to do so until October at the earliest. […]

Jackpot City Casino Sneaks Into New Jersey Market With Unannounced Soft Launch

US newcomer Jackpot City is now available in two states, though if you missed their presence in New Jersey, you’re not alone. Although the site’s front page makes it clear that it’s now available in New Jersey as well as Pennsylvania, there has been no marketing push yet to get the word out. Jackpot City announced its […]

Frictionless Online Gambling Payments Now Common as Financial Institutions’ Anxieties Wane

In a dramatic shift from the attitudes that prevailed during the early days of US online gambling, American banks have warmed to legal online casinos and sportsbooks—and that’s good news for online gamblers. Payment providers like Paysafe and PayNearMe now have deals in place with major banks allowing users to connect their accounts and move money back and […]

Virginia Governor Vetoes Skill Games Bill — Override Unlikely

A May 17 gubernatorial veto of Virginia’s skill games bill means the machines remain illegal. The veto will likely stay in place because lawmakers in the House don’t appear to have the required two-thirds majority to overturn it. So, Gov. Glenn Youngkin‘s decision means the law surrounding the unregulated machines will remain in place. That […]

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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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