UNITED STATES Sports-betting

US Sports-Betting Update AT A GLANCE Mobile Expansion Blocked by

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Sports Betting Approved by

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Governor’s Veto Upheld in Maine l

Washington Steps Closer to

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Congressional Gaming Caucus to Address Key Priorities, including

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Betfred and Saratoga Casino Black Hawk Ink Sports Betting

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Scientific Games and Betfred Partner for Retail and Digital Sports Betting Solutions in

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TheScore appointed as Authorised Sports Betting

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MLB Integrity in Doubt as Class Action Lawsuit filed by DraftKings Player

State Tracker New York

Sports betting has only been granted a small expansion as the Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to oppose mobile betting in the state. Cuomo, who was elected to a third term in November, only made a slight change to sports betting rules.

In his 2020-2021 budget presentation, betting was only expanded beyond the limits of sports betting facilities within casinos already allowed to offer

National News

Rep. Bennie Tompson and Rep. Guy Reschenthaler have relaunched the Congressional Gaming Caucus for the 116th Congress. Te bipartisan caucus is made up of more than 30 members and will serve as a platform to discuss federal policy issues related to the U.S. casino industry and educate Congressional colleagues on related regulatory and legislative matters.

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sports betting. Current rules allow for in-person betting at the Del Lago, Rivers, Resorts World Catskills and Tioga Downs casinos as well as all tribal casinos. However unlike in New Jersey wagers cannot be made online.

State lawmaker Sen. Joseph Addabbo, who has been a strong supporter of sports betting in the state and put forward a bill that would legalise it in May, released a statement arguing that that it was another lost opportunity “to increase educational funding, to protect vital programs, to curtail the current illegal sports betting in our state, and to significantly enhance the prospect of creating jobs.”

Although there is still time for the state government to pass mobile sports betting laws without the governor’s approval any changes look remote as Cuomo is not likely to change his mind on the issue anytime soon. In addition an appeals court recently ruled that the New York State Legislature was wrong when it declared daily fantasy sports is not a form of gambling banned by the state constitution in 2016. According to the court that decision was down to the constitutional amendment process, which involves voters of the state.

State Tracker Maine

Sports-betting legislation has been effectively killed off for this year after the Maine House of Representatives fell short of the two-thirds majority that was necessary to override a veto from Gov. Janet Mills. The state Senate voted to override Gov. Janet Mills’ veto on sports betting expansion by just one vote. However the House of Representatives also had to vote to

override the veto for the bill which they failed to do.

In January Gov. Mills vetoed a bill passed in 2019 by the Legislature that would have seen Maine legalise sports betting. In a statement she justified the move by saying argued that the state needed to examine the issue more.

She also cast doubt on the effectiveness of online player protection measures and said that revenues from the industry in other states had “fallen far short of expectations.” According to the bill bets would have been allowed at physical locations – such as existing casinos or off-track betting parlours – or online via mobile apps.

State Tracker Missouri

Legislation that seeks to allow for sports wagering has been approved by a Missouri House committee. House Bill 2088 would allow for VLT’s and sports betting to operate under the jurisdiction of the Missouri Lottery Commission.

The bill would allow for sports betting at two of the states largest entertainment centres: the Power and Light nine block dining, shopping, office, entertainment neighbourhood owned by Cordish Companies and the Ballpark Village Saint Louis, a partnership between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cordish companies. It could also include fraternal organisations, veteran’s organisations and truck stops and allows sports betting at riverboat casinos as well as online sports betting.

Sports gambling could generate around $100million after two years according to estimates. The bill’s

Association (AGA) who said that it will help the association’s efforts to address key priorities, including sports betting.

Bill Miller, president and CEO of the AGA said: “As

gaming expands, it’s more important than ever that members of Congress from both gaming and non- gaming states appreciate the important role our industry plays in communities across the country.”

Rep. Reschenthaler said, “Over the last several decades, the U.S. gaming industry has expanded beyond

sponsor is State Representative Dan Shaul. Missouri currently offers commercial casino gaming at 13 riverboat casinos. Gaming legislation was stalled last year over disagreements on how gaming revenue should be distributed.

State Tracker Washington State

The House appropriations committee has approved a bill which allows tribal casinos to offer sports betting. The bill will be sent to the full House for a vote before the session ends but needs approval by the Senate and the signature of Gov. Jay Inslee.

State Rep. Strom Peterson who sponsored the bill said that he hoped to move forward quickly for an expansion of sports betting in the state.

Betting would be allowed on both professional and college sports and e-sports while betting on local state college sports would be banned.

There are 29 federally recognised tribes in Washington State and all 29 of those have Class III gaming compacts. Off-track betting is also allowed on horse racing at 13 locations as well as two horse racing tracks (Emerald Downs and Sun Downs) which are regulated by the Washington Horse Racing Commission. Last year lawmakers sponsored three pro sports betting bills but none came close to approval.

The bill is likely to receive some opposition. Maverick Gaming, a company that runs private card rooms in the state is lobbying for a bill so that non-tribal-gambling operations could also offer sports betting.

traditional gaming markets in Nevada and New Jersey to benefit new communities, including those in southwestern Pennsylvania.

“I’m proud to relaunch this caucus, which will provide a valuable forum for advancing policies that allow the gaming industry to grow and spur economic development in districts like mine.”

Rep. Tompson meanwhile said that the caucus will enable “Congress to better represent the industry and our constituents’ interests on Capitol Hill.”

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