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

May 3, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

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 […]

ESPN Bet Sportsbook Opens at Hollywood Casino, Completing Penn’s Michigan Brand Synergy

April 26, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

Penn Entertainment’s first ESPN Bet-branded brick-and-mortar sportsbook opened this week at its Hollywood Casino at Greektown in downtown Detroit. The move makes Michigan the first state where Penn’s online and retail businesses operate under the same casino and sportsbook brands. Penn left previous betting partner, Barstool, behind for a 10-year deal with ESPN last August after […]

New York Class Action Against DraftKings Is Latest in Series of Suits Over ‘Risk-Free’ Promos

April 25, 2024 | By: Chav Vasilev

Although US gambling operators dropped the word “free” from their marketing last year, the former popularity of the term continues to produce lawsuits, the most recent of which is a federal class action targeting DraftKings. The plaintiff, Samantha Guery, sued in the Southern District of New York, alleging that the company’s promotion misled new players […]

Lawmakers in Delaware Propose a Switch to a Multi-License System To Boost Tax Revenue—Could Online Casinos Follow?

April 16, 2024 | By: Chav Vasilev

Delaware lawmakers are looking to break away from the current monopoly system for online sports betting with a bill in the state’s General Assembly to establish a new multi-license system. While the state has benefited from the recent change of technology partner from 888 Holdings to Rush Street Interactive, some lawmakers believe a competitive market […]

Bookmakers Tied to Ohtani, Sibella Scandals Operated Separately Says Confidential Source

March 25, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

Reports directly linking the bookmaking rings in the Shohei Ohtani and Scott Sibella scandals were premature, according to information received by Bonus on Friday from a source, speaking on condition of anonymity. Despite a number of similarities between the two stories—including connections to Las Vegas casinos during Sibella’s tenure—bookmakers Wayne Nix and Mathew Bowyer did not operate as […]

North Carolina Continues Rapid Gambling Expansion with Online Sports Betting Launch

March 11, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

Only four months after introducing its online lottery, North Carolina launched online sports betting. Starting today, sports bettors can place online wagers with eight licensed operators, including FanDuel, BetMGM, Bet365, Caesars, and DraftKings. This expands on the existing forms of gambling in the state, which include retail tribal casinos and—as of November—online lottery games. North […]

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