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Online Casino Gambling in NJ Nears $1 Billion in
Casino Gambling in NJ Nears $1 Billion in 2023 (July
Online casinos in New Jersey are way ahead of last
year's record-setting pace with data released on Friday
by the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement showing the
activity generated $149.3 million in revenue in June,
an increase of 12.1 percent year-over-year for this
casinos netted more than $930 million in revenue,
which represents a 12.1 percent year-over-year clip
growth compared to 2022.
numbers are coming in below Mays $161.4 million.
Casino gambling to some extent will likely come down
with fewer people betting sports during the last spring
and summer months.
DraftKings-owned Golden Nugget has reclaimed the top
spot for all NJ online casinos, knocking off Borgata,
which is part of the BetMGM group of casinos.
Nugget took in over $41.7 million.
of the Recent 850 Referred Gambling Addicts at One
Clinic Are Children (July 14, 2023)
More than 850 people have been referred to a clinic
for video game addicts since it opened in 2020 and
half of those were children, according to a report
appearing in the Guardian on Friday.
National Centre for Gaming Disorders (NCGD), a London
clinic, was originally given NHS funding based on
seeing just 50 people a year. That nunber, however,
ballooned to 30 people a month since the end of March
this year more than seven times anticipated
boxes were among the chief culprits and accounted
for about a quarter of those seeking treatment. These
comprise of gambling-style features offering randomised
12% of patients who played video games compulsively
referred to playing Fortnite, with 10% citing Minecraft,
8% mentioning Call of Duty and 4.7% using the gaming
the 855 referrals, 408 were gamers, of whom 227 were
Head of Sports Betting Claims White Supremacist Sympathizing
Tweets 'Meant to Be Humerous' (July 12, 2023)
Maine's top gambling law officer, Milt Champion, returns
to work on Monday after serving a 40-hour suspension.
He was also expected to undergo in-person state training
on workplace harassment and social media policies.
all stemmed from a series of tweets back in May deemed
to contain racist and misogynistic subject matter.
the two tweets were intended to be humorous, I recognize
they were anything but. They were a mistake and an
error in judgment, and I apologize for my actions,"
Champion said in the release. "I thank the employees
of the Unit for their hard work and commitment in
May 6, Champion expressed frustration about being
told ladies was an unprofessional term
for females, and suggested Bitches would
be more appropriate.
that could be viewed by some perhaps as a bad attempt
as Gambling911.com also noted at the time, Champion
somehow felt compelled to defend a tweet by Brian
Krassenstein describing the Patriot Front as a "hate
group in the United States that espouses white nationalism
and neo-fascist ideologies".
Sports Betting to Go Live September 7 (July 10, 2023)
Steve Bittenbender breaks things down following today's
meeting in Kentucky regarding the upcoming launch
of regulated sports betting in the commonwealth.
was really just a checkpoint for Kentucky officials
responsible for rolling out sports betting statewide.
They still have 59 more days of work ahead of them
and that's just to get brick/mortar sportsbooks up
and running and 80 to get online apps live."
had a few key takeaways:
Tracks and operators will be able to start applying
for sports betting licenses in Kentucky as soon as
tomorrow (July 11, 2023).
The Sept. 7 brick/mortar launch date appears to be
universal, according to the KHRC, if the tracks are
The KHRC also tells me that tracks could theoretically
have one brick/mortar operator at their track and
another at their HHR satellite parlor. Remains to
be seen how many (if any) may take advantage of that.
many as 27 licensees could have the ability to operate
in Kentucky apparently. It's not likely we'll get
anywhere close to that number.
Vows Fixes Following Gambling911 Scathing Reports
(July 10, 2023)
appears to have finally recognized it can't keep allowing
its website and retail sportsbook business in Pennsylvania
to keep going down and making as if nothing is wrong.
company advised its PA customers over the weekend
that "site improvements are on the way".
has already switched over to proprietary software
in neighboring New Jersey.
Our own Thomas Somach had highlighted how folks were
unable to place bets with the Unibet mobile app over
extended periods of time in the state. The walk-in
book at The Downs at Mohegan Sun in the Lehigh Valley,
which is run by Unibet, also was shuttered during
company appeared to be more concerned about customer
cleanliness than they were about keeping their website
and sportsbook operational.
also reported on how the companys facility at
the Downs at Lehigh Valley had erected signs warning
customers that if they dont get the smell out,
they can get the hell out.
Charged With Riding Motorcycle Through Vegas Casino
(July 6, 2023)
A motorcyclist is facing numerous charges after doing
wheelies along Las Vegas Boulevard and riding through
a casino, and on stairs and escalators.
Vegas Metropolitan police posted the arrest on one
of the departments social media accounts. It
said R.A.I.D. officers took the man they referred
to as the reckless rider into custody.
rider is yet to be identified. He was wearing a shirt
that read Till the (expletive) wheels fall off.
rider thought he would never get caught, the
police post stated.
is facing the following charges:
felony counts of driver disobeying police officer,
endangering person or property
gross misdemeanor counts of disregard for the safety
of person or property
misdemeanor counts of reckless driving
felony count of assault with a deadly weapon
felony count of child abuse and/or neglect
felony count of coercion with force or threat of force
Pro Sports Care More About Gambling Than Violence
Against Women and Racism (July 6, 2023)
Carron J. Phillips writes that "if youre
talented or rich enough, its becoming clear
what will and wont be forgiven in sports."
on games or in team facilities will not.
Hardy got to play football again. Antonio Brown keeps
hanging around. Donald Sterling and Robert Sarver
made millions after selling their teams," Phillips
points out that the Titans Hassan Haskins was arrested
last month for allegedly strangling his girlfriend.
didn't blink," he writes.
it be great if sports took racism and violence against
women this seriously from the jump? Imagine where
we would be if that happened.
for something like that to occur it would mean that
society, let alone sports, would have to take a stand
against both transgressions and we know thats
it seems like the rest of the sports world is following
the NFLs lead as it often does. And once
you realize that the NFL is usually a mirror of society,
it becomes quite clear why racism and violence against
women are easily forgiven while gambling
is a blasphemous offense.
week, the NFL suspended indefinitely more players
for violating the league's gambling policy. They included
Isaiah Rodgers, Rashod Berry, and Demetrius Taylor.
gambling policy, which is annually reviewed with all
NFL personnel, including players, prohibits anyone
in the NFL from engaging in any form of gambling in
any club or league facility or venue, including the
practice facility, read the NFLs statement
after the latest round of suspensions.
does note that the New York Yankees suspended relief
pitcher Jimmy Cordero on Wednesday for the rest of
the season for violating Major League Baseballs
domestic violence policy.
Bans Jake Paul Ladbrokes Tweet (July 5 2023)
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has determined
that a Ladbrokes tweet violated its terms and conditions.
claim that boxer and YouTube influencer Jake Paul
was featured in the tweet and that his appeal is too
geared towards minors. It's not immediately clear
now many of his more than 20 million subscribers are
actually teenagers. Paul does appeal to adults as
well, thanks in no small part to his boxing skills.
course the irony in all of this is that Jake Paul
now has an ownership interest in a sportsbook, Betr.
tweet in question appeared back in February.
beat @JakePaul by split decision last night. So, we've
got to ask the question
What's next for Jake
Paul? Vote here now."
the bottom of the tweet, the gambling company also
linked to a poll with the options: "Win the re-match",
"Head to the MMA", "Return to YouTube"
and "Join the WWE".
not immediately clear what fine, if any, will be imposed.
Downs Extends Baffert Ban Through 2024 (July 3, 2023)
Downs Inc. has decided to extend Bob Baffert's two-year
suspension for at least another 18 months, per a release.
That would keep the Hall of Fame trainer from running
horses in next year's 150th running of the Kentucky
Baffert continues to peddle a false narrative concerning
the failed drug test of Medina Spirit at the 147th
Kentucky Derby from which his horse was disqualified
by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in accordance
with Kentucky law and regulations," Churchill
Downs said in a statement. "Prior to that race,
Mr. Baffert signed an agreement with Churchill Downs
which stated that he was responsible for understanding
the rules of racing in Kentucky and that he would
abide by them. The results of the tests clearly show
that he did not comply, and his ongoing conduct reveals
his continued disregard for the rules and regulations
that ensure horse and jockey safety, as well as the
integrity and fairness of the races conducted at our
trainer who is unwilling to accept responsibility
for multiple drug test failures in our highest-profile
races cannot be trusted to avoid future misconduct.
Mr. Baffert will remain suspended from entering horses
at all racetracks owned by CDI through 2024. After
such time, we will re-evaluate his status.
Will Reportedly Double its Tax Rate on Sports Betting
(July 2, 2023)
Mobile gambling analyst Steve Brubaker tweeted this
of chatter about Ohio doubling the tax rate on the
already nearly destitute OSBs. Boo hoo. Dont
forget that this same industry marched all over the
country telling legislators that the hold was only
5% and to keep taxes and fees low. Hold rate is now
8% and climbing. 60% (up arrow)."
tweet comes after that state's House and Senate reached
an agreement on a budget for the state and that budget
with the budget conference committee agreeing on a
version doubling the current tax rate of 10% on sports
betting to 20%.
Wellman had this to offer:
Alex Cane, CEO of Sports Trade responded:
precedent. What other businesses in Ohio are taxed
by revenue, much less *over 1,000% of revenue*?"
costs will almost certainly be passed onto gamblers
in the form of less competitive lines and bonus offerings.
Virginia House Minority Whip Foresees Sports Betting
Content Creator Oversight Bill Passing in Next Session
(July 2, 2023)
West Virginia House minority whip Shawn Fluharty foresees
the sports betting content creator oversight bill
passing in the next session.
is proposed regulation that applies to content creators
in the industry. Such concerns were in the spotlight
over the past week after it was revealed that an NBA
insider, Shams Charania, forced a line change based
on his wrongful information while employed by a sportsbook.
already requires disclosure and independent evaluation
of influencers and media partners by its regulated
tells Legal Sports Report this is bigger than the
not saying FanDuel had any unclean hands here. But
if they wanted to, they certainly could. Thats
because there is no regulatory boundary in place,
Fluharty told LSR on Monday.
kind of the forecast of whats next in the regulatory
and legislative realm. And it shines a light on something
weve been talking about for months. You just
needed a clear example, and this is a clear example.
think really what the Shams thing did was it blurred
the lines of influencer and reporter, Fluharty
It used to be, in Las Vegas, the
public drove the lines. Now, the sportsbooks are driving
the lines 100%. They have the ability to do that now.
Because they can influence the public using their
Theft Cage Scheme Involves at Least 3 Properties,
Mexican Phone Numbers (June 30, 2023)
A scheme to dupe casino employees into thinking they
were transferring money from cages to a legitimate
business involves at least three casinos and Mexican
phone numbers, the 8 News Now Investigators have learned.
the 8 News Now Investigators obtained Friday reveal
the allegations involve thefts at Circa Hotel &
Casino, Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite and the Golden
Nugget in Laughlin as well as federal investigators,
including the U.S. Secret Service.
SpankOdds Free Indefinitely (June 29, 2023)
SpankOdds to be Free for All Eternity - Well, at least
indefinitely. At some point the nearly one-year-old
line service is likely to begin charging, but its
founder, Gadoon Spanky Kryollos, announced
via Twitter there will be no charge entering this
football season (2023) at least.
SpankOdds is one of the few line services incorporating
US regulated books and those out of Vegas along side
platform bills itself as "a real-time odds monitoring
and injury alerting software that gives sports bettors
Sports: Isaiah Rodgers Among Those to be Suspended
for Violating League Gambling Rules (June 29, 2023)
Colts veteran Isaiah Rodgers is one of several NFL
players facing full-season 2023 suspensions as part
of the league's latest investigation into gambling
allegations, according to CBS Sports NFL insider Jonathan
Jones - Read More
Kim Zolciaks Estranged Husband Has His Own Issues
Amid Controversial Claims (June 29, 2023)
Kroy Biermann claims he and Zolciak's financial debts
are because of her gambling problem, but he has his
own personal gambling bills to worry about. Zolciak
appeared on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Biermann,
she claims, owes the Baha Mar Casino in the Bahamas
$52K in unpaid gambling debts. The casino filed suit
and the complaint has since been obtained by TMZ.
According to the suit, Kroy obtained a $100,000 line
of credit for use at Baha Mar Casino in advance of
a November 2021 trip, and he ended up using $52,500
to gamble. The company in charge of handling Baha
Mar Casino's credit line allege the reality TV star
and NFL player drew $52,500 in chip markers at the
casino and didn't repay the amount before leaving.
Ugly divorce allegations continue. The couple's marriage
fell apart after 13 years. Read More
More Gambling Suspensions Coming: Colts Isaiah Rodgers
(June 28, 2023) - Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk
(an arm of NBC Sports) has been doing an admirable
job of covering the hypocrisy surrounding the National
Football League's gambling policy and its attempts
to reign in players while reaping the rewards of US
regulated sports betting partnerships.
warns of more suspensions coming by week's end. We
don't know who or how many, though Indianapolis Colts'
Isaiah Rodgers is being named in media reports.
good news is that the league seems to be trying harder,
when it comes to properly educating players. The bad
news is that flaws seem to remain.
they surely will. As previously mentioned, it becomes
difficult for the NFL to have true moral authority
when it comes to properly enforcing thou shalt
nots when the NFL is stuffing its pockets full
of cash from those who shalt continue to lose it.
when the league creates a true firewall between football
and wagering will the league truly be equipped to
create safeguards that players can understand, honor,
and accept especially since the entire situation
currently oozes with hypocrisy.
Report: Colts' Isaiah Rodgers Among NFL Players Facing
Yearlong Gambling Suspensions
Charles Barkley on His Gambling: 'I Wanna Be Dead
Broke When I Keel Over'
DraftKings Drops Bid for PointsBet
$35K Fine Imposed After Underage Gambling At Harrah's
Philadelphia Man Sentenced in Stabbing Death of Girlfriend
at Atlantic City Casino
Smoke! Circa Casino Scammed Out of $1 Million
(June 27, 2023) - A popular Las Vegas casino has reportedly
been scammed out of $1 million in what's being called
a "fire extinguisher scam".
Gutierrez, 23, has been charged with theft of more
is alleged to have contacted Circas casino cage
claiming to be the owner of the property and said
he needed $320,000 for an emergency payment to the
fire department in order to check fire extinguishers
and other gear.
a cage supervisor ended up allegedly handing over
$1.17 million during off-site exchanges believing
they were giving it to Circas owner.
Las Vegas police have recovered $850,000, $314,000
casinos CEO Derek Stevens said, Although
I love a good PR story, this isnt one of them.
Circa Resort & Casino is cooperating with the
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in this investigation.
We greatly appreciate their efforts to date and cannot
comment further due to an ongoing investigation.
Theismann Backs NFL's Gambling Crackdown
(June 27, 2023) - "We can't have fans believing
games are 'fixed'," said football legend Joe
Theismann, noting that he supports the league's crackdown
on sports betting.
NFL policy reinforcements and "re-education"
come in response to the sport-wide surge of athlete
suspensions for violating gambling rules. Sports analysts
like Mike Florio still point to the hypocrisy.
better work. I think the NFL, because of the stringent
nature of these rules that have been put in place,
realizes that you just don't want to let anything
seep into the game to give people the perception that
the games are fixed, they're really trying to make
sure of that," Theismann said Thursday during
an appearance on "Varney & Co".
an NFL player standpoint, you think of the millions
of dollars that the players are making. If you wanted
to go into a facility, I guess in the off-season,
it might be okay. But I don't think they're going
to say if you play in the NFL, you can't gamble. But
they certainly want to protect the integrity of the
game as much as they possibly can. And I can certainly
understand it," he continued.
Sportsbooks Stop Taking Bets on Drafts After NBA Controversy
in Light of Shams Scandal?
How Reporters Can Affect Betting Lines
Survey Confirms Worst Clichés About Lottery-Loving
Bare-Knuckle Fighting, Disc Golf, Futsal, Snooker,
and Water Polo Bets Among 17 New Sports Betting Markets
Approved in Arkansas
New Jersey Senator Proposes Bill to Regulate Sports
Betting and Casino Advertising
Marcin Horecki Denies Mike Matusow as he Captures
Poland's First-Ever Live WSOP Bracelet
(June 25, 2023) - PrizePicks has fast become a
behemoth on the Daily Fantasy Sports scene with its
hybrid DFS product that comes the closest to sports
betting without requiring a license in most US states.
that the company is so big, it's also a target for
what some say are frivolous lawsuits.
in point, a lawsuit filed this week alleges PrizePicks
stole technology to use on its prop product, an accusation
the company denies.
years of trying unsuccessfully to get us to buy its
technology and intellectual property, Vetnos has now
apparently resorted to a frivolous lawsuit to change
our minds. That is not a good business or legal strategy.
We intend to aggressively defend against this lawsuit
and point out its many errors and outright falsehoods,
said Jason Barclay, Chief Legal Officer and Head of
Public Policy at PrizePicks.
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