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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 […]

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

March 1, 2024 | By: Alex Weldon

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 […]

West Flagler SCOTUS Appeal—What’s at Stake?

February 9, 2024 | By: Alex Weldon

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 […]

Hawaii Gambling Bill—Senator Proposes Single-Operator Online Poker & Sports Betting for Wildfire Relief

January 26, 2024 | By: Alex Weldon

Hawaii could legalize online gambling in a limited way in 2024 despite not being high on anyone’s list of states likely to do so. Sen. Ronald D. Kouchi has introduced a bill to create a single-operator market for online poker and sports betting. As it stands, Hawaii has no legal gambling whatsoever. It is almost unique in that regard, with Utah […]

California Sports Betting Effort Scrapped, Surprising Exactly No One

January 23, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

Proponents behind an effort to legalize California sports betting have pulled a pair of initiatives after facing strong opposition from tribal gaming interests. As a result, Californians won’t be voting on sports betting in 2024. In addition to pushback from most of the 110 federally recognized tribes in California, leading sports betting operators came out […]

The Federal Excise Tax—a Ball-and-Chain for Regulated Gambling

January 18, 2024 | By: Alex Weldon

A difference of opinion over modes of taxation could sink what should otherwise be a very popular proposal to allocate more money to problem gambling harm reduction. One of the most common arguments presented by gambling expansion proponents is that a portion of the tax revenue generated by legal gambling can be used to mitigate its […]

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