New Jersey Becomes First State to Allow Online Sports Betting

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On Monday, August 6, 2018, New Jersey became the first state in the United States to allow statewide legal online sports betting permitting DraftKings, Inc. to become the first company to launch a legal sports betting platform for online and mobile devices in the country with the announcement of the DraftKings Sportsbook app. The DraftKings …

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Ohio Legalizes Daily Fantasy Sports Betting

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Ohio recently became the 18th state in the country to legalize Daily Fantasy Sports. Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 132 into law, legislation that followed closely to that of other states with legal DFS. While this is an impressive feat in the fight for legal sports gambling, does it bode well for full-blown sports …

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Massachusetts Dealt Blow In DFS Case

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Massachusetts, the home of big-name Daily Fantasy Sports provider DraftKings, was dealt a blow in their quest to sort out the online gaming debate. A special commission is recommending that DFS be defined as online gaming, which would set the industry back in an environment where it has flourished. The report also suggests the state …

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DFS Looking To Enter Delaware Market

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Delaware is the next state up for DFS in the sports gambling market’s quest for widespread legalization. There is currently a bill making its way through the House that would allow residents to begin gambling with DFS operators like FanDuel and DraftKings. These companies used to service residents, but Delaware Department of Justice cracked down …

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Illinois Hoping To Pass Online Gambling And DFS Legislation

Illinois considering online gambling bill

Illinois’ government officials are facing two gambling bills that could revamp the state’s gambling landscape. Both the state’s General Assembly and Senate saw bills expanding gambling in-state laid before them before the end of session. The bills pertain to expansion via more brick-and-mortar casinos and implementing Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and state-regulated online gambling. The …

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Pennsylvania Implements Casino Tax Hike

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Just a few short days ago, Pennsylvania state legislature approved a two percent tax increase on all table game revenue generated by land-based casinos. This brings the current table game tax rate to an all-time high of 16 percent. This is in addition to the staggering 54 percent tax that the state’s casinos already pay …

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Pennsylvania Gambling Bill Shelved Until Fall

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Last week, Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf laid to rest fears that the state would pass some type of “crisis” legislation regarding online gambling to help balance their struggling state budget. Governor Wolf signed off on a revenue plan that includes future revenues from an “expansion of gambling.” However, there was no promise of future action …

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Pretlow’s “Pretzel Logic” Stalls New York Online Poker Bill

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Earlier this year, Assemblyman Gary Pretlow introduced A9049, which would classify Texas Hold’em and Omaha poker as games of skill, rather than games of chance. Because New York’s current legislation only covers games of chance, this bill would allow those two games to circumnavigate those laws. The bill was then sent to the Racing and …

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Pennsylvania Representatives Pass Online Gambling Bill

Pennsylvania

Back in May we talked about how  Pennsylvania was considering an online gambling bill.  Recently, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed HB 2150 with a 114-85 vote. If it passes the Senate, the bill will allow the state to regulate all forms of online gambling, including online poker and Daily Fantasy Sports. It will also loosen …

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Daily Fantasy Sports Hearing to Determine If There is a Federal Role

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The daily fantasy sports industry has been emerging within the US over the last several years. Though deemed controversial by some, the general consensus has been that DFS is not sports betting because the results are not based on an actual game or sporting event. This industry is worth in excess of $25 billion and …

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