New Jersey sports betting — a legal bombshell defused

Of the many attempts by New Jersey officials to wangle a do-over of the state’s failure 20 years ago to legalize sports betting, Senator Raymond Lesniak’s latest end-around—S2250, overwhelmingly passed by the Senate and Assembly in June, only to be vetoed this week by Gov. Chris Christie—may […]

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Transforming the slot-makers — but what about their markets?

Making do with less is not exactly a formula calculated to excite Wall Street, but it is the reality confronting the US casino industry, plagued as it’s been post-recession by a soft consumer economy and an aging and dwindling patron base. In the face of which, market-watchers […]

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Sports levy, dormant accounts and that 3% question

Sports levy, dormant accounts and that 3% question By Warwick Bartlett Just as you thought things might at last start to quieten down in the UK betting industry along comes Harriet Harman with a plan to extend the Horserace Betting Levy (HBL) to other sports and to […]

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UK betting tax to break all records in 2015/16

UK betting tax to break all records in 2015/16 By Warwick Bartlett The first full year after the Point of Consumption Tax (POC) has been introduced will see the UK Treasury break all previous known records on the collection of betting tax receipts. The record now stands […]

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Freamunde fiasco: betting’s reliance on technology

“The industrial revolution is coming to sports betting”, proclaimed David McDowell, CEO of FSB Technology, in a recent thought-provoking article for iGaming Business. But this month’s Freamunde fiasco suggests that the sports betting ‘revolution’ is no more fool-proof than the old-fashioned method of manual odds-compilation and the […]

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‘Year of the Horse’ a stellar one for the Hong Kong Jockey Club

Macau may be the world’s richest casino market, but the capital of horseracing in Asia is right where it’s always been, just 40 miles to the east across the Pearl River Delta in bustling Hong Kong. The start of the Lunar New Year in February ushered in […]

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California tribe plans to go it alone online

The legislative dominoes that were supposed to fall across America once New Jersey went online are still standing, and with internet gambling largely a bust in its most populous state to date, hopes for a vibrant US industry again are shifting West, to California, and to a […]

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PokerStars deal: fish eats shark shock

June 2014 witnessed a strange phenomenon in nature when the little fish of Amaya Gaming turned round and gobbled up the great white shark of PokerStars. But it is not quite right to say that Amaya now owns PokerStars because the majority of the whopping US$ 4.9 […]

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