News and Analysis
CT Governor Lamont and Mohegan Tribe Hash Out iGaming and Sports Betting Deal
This week, Connecticut Govern Ned Lamont has struck a deal with the CT Mohegan Tribe to expand gambling throughout the state (retail and online) after weeks of discussion. It gives the Connecticut state lottery the ability to regulate and authorize 15 new retail providers. Initial licenses will last ten years with a 20% tax rate on revenue.
Mohegan Tribe Chairman Gessner said of the deal: “This path will allow Connecticut to generate tax revenues from sports and online gaming that are competitive with other states, and help keep Connecticut with those states when it comes to growing our economy and benefiting the state budget.” So it’s an all-round win for everyone in CT this week.
In January, Lamont announced his intention to legalize iGaming within the state in his State of the State Address, but at that time had no formal agreement in place with the Mohegan Tribe. This deal overcomes significant barriers to affecting gambling reform in law and means that iGaming will soon launch in CT. The Mohegan Tribe will be crucial to the successful rollout of iGaming in the state.
Conscious Gaming Launches Bettor Safe: Gambling Campaign to Educated Players on Legal iGaming
An independent charity, Conscious Gaming, has launched a nationwide campaign this week called Bettor Safe. The program aims to educate gamblers about the differences between regulated and unregulated casinos and improving players’ awareness.
The campaign uses multi-media channels to empower players to independently spot unregulated sites from those legally licensed to operate and avoid rogue casinos. It comes hot on the heels of recent research from the American Gambling Association (AGA) that reported 35% of players were not aware of gambling laws in their state and had been duped by unregulated gambling operators in the past. An additional survey conducted by Conscious Gaming findings showed that 75% of NJ and PA players could not tell between legal and illegal online casinos.
Seth Palansky, Conscious Gaming’s VP of CSR, said; “Bettor Safe underscores Conscious Gaming’s commitment to consumer protection and safety by directly educating individuals about the risks of unregulated online betting […] This campaign comes at a pivotal moment when American sports fans are gearing up for the NCAA basketball tournament amid a pandemic that continues to push individuals online. Now more than ever, we must educate consumers and equip them with the tools to make more informed decisions about online betting.”
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Sands Sells Las Vegas Empire for $6.25bn
This week, Sands Casino agreed to sell its Las Vegas casino empire for the sum of $6.25bn to Apollo Global. Sands plans to focus more on Asian Markets after seeing large land-based revenue drops in 2020.
FanDuel (Flutter Entertainment) Faces Class-Action Suit
FanDuel is facing a class-action lawsuit in Illinois from a player, Andrew Melnick, who claims the operator intentionally delayed real-time results causing players to lose money on bets. Challenging casinos and sportsbooks legally is a perfect example of why you should only ever gamble at licensed online casinos: they are subject to US laws.
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Alright folks, that's it for this week. Have a fantastic weekend and we'll see you next week for more news and fresh games.