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Delaware, Nevada consider linking online gambling platforms

November 20th, 2013 by admin
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Delaware and Nevada officials are discussing the possibility of allowing gamblers in both states to play poker online with each other, a step toward attracting more players and more revenue to the online gaming initiative.

On Oct. 25, the Nevada Gaming Commission adopted a regulation encouraging Nevada to seek compacts with other states that also allow online gaming. Delaware’s Legislature already has approved creating alliances with other states.  States have done the same with lottery games such as Powerball and Mega Millions.

Aside from Nevada, which offers online poker only, just two other states have approved internet gambling. Delaware this month became the first state to offer a full slate of online gambling such as poker, blackjack, roulette and slots. New Jersey will soon go live with similar games.

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Internet gambling can begin in New Jersey on November 26

October 6th, 2013 by admin
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New Jersey residents and visitors will be able to start gambling online on Nov. 26, after a five-day trial period to make sure the systems operated by the city’s 12 casinos work properly.

Gamblers would have to be physically located within New Jersey’s boundaries to play. New Jersey will be the third state in the nation to offer online gambling, along with Nevada and Delaware.

Nine of the city’s 12 casinos have acknowledged lining up partners for Internet gambling, and a 10th is widely rumored to have selected a partner, as well.

The Tropicana Casino and Resort has joined with Gamesys Limited, which runs the jackpotjoy.com website. The four casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment — Caesars Atlantic City, Bally’s Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resorts Atlantic City and the Showboat Casino Hotel — are partnering with 888 Holdings.

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is partnering with bwin.party for online gambling.

Resorts Casino Hotel has joined with PokerStars, the world’s largest poker website, which had tried to buy the Atlantic Club earlier this year before the deal fell apart.

The Taj Mahal Casino Resort chose Ultimate Gaming, which began offering Internet gambling in Nevada earlier this year. Trump Plaza is widely reported by industry publications to have chosen Betfair, the British online gambling firm, although neither the casino nor the company would comment.

The Golden Nugget Atlantic City is offering its own brand of Internet gambling using Bally Technologies.

Revel Casino Hotel and The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel have not divulged their online gambling plans.

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Updates on New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada Online Wagering Rollouts

September 30th, 2013 by admin
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Nevada was the first state to legalize online poker earlier this year, but New Jersey is poised to rake in a bigger jackpot from Internet gambling when Atlantic City’s 12 casinos offer a whole menu of legal online table games along with slots later this fall. Meanwhile, Delaware’s three casinos are set to offer cash winnings for online slots, poker, blackjack and roulette by the end of October.

Nevada gamblers can already use their smartphones to play online poker, and Atlantic City players will be able to bet on their games that way later this year. Wagers in Delaware will have to wait until 2014 to use their phones.

These states legalized online betting after the U.S. Justice Department reversed its ban on Internet gambling in December 2011. Several other states, including California, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts and Texas, considered proposals related to online gambling this year, but none legalized it.

The three states plan to seek “compacts” with the other states that approved online gambling so that bettors can play the games across state lines. The compacts will determine how the states will split revenues.

“I can’t enter into any compacts or agreements with other states until the Gaming Control Board and Gaming Commission adopt regulations to allow me to do so,” Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said earlier this month on VegasInc.com, a news website that covers Las Vegas. Sandoval said Nevada has had preliminary conversations with other states, “but there is nothing I can do until the regulations are adopted, which I understand may happen next month.”

Spengler in New Jersey said reciprocal agreements will be addressed in the future once online gambling gets up and running.

Likewise in Delaware, Cook, the finance secretary, said the state will look into compacts with other states in 2014.

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Illinois Legislature May Take Up Internet Gambling and More Soon

September 30th, 2013 by admin
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In Illinois, the racing schedule at Arlington International Racecourse depends on lawmakers’ further approval of betting on horses online.  The law allowing Internet gambling on horses in Illinois expired at the end of 2012. Lawmakers extended it through January 2014. If it isn’t extended again, the Illinois Racing board says it won’t have the money to regulate a full slate of races.

State Rep. Lou Lang, the Skokie Democrat who worked for the most recent extension, said gambling on horses online is “something we need to keep.” “The racing board actions should give impetus to interest groups and legislators,” he said.

Lang said he’d prefer the cause get taken up in greater gambling expansion legislation — like the one that has stalled for years. New casinos. Slots at the tracks. Internet gambling. The works.

“We should take the necessary steps to clean up all gaming issues in the state,” Lang said.

It might be tough to do by the racing board’s deadline, especially because next year is an election year. And this year, lawmakers weren’t able to send Gov. Pat Quinn a gambling expansion package like they have the previous two years.

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Online horse betting takes hit in Texas

September 26th, 2013 by admin
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TwinSpires.com announced Sept. 24 that it is suspending wagering activity from Texas residents effective Wednesday, Sept. 25, following the dismissal of a federal lawsuit in which it challenged that state’s ban on Internet gambling.

As we reported earlier, Louisville, Kentucky-based horseracing operator Churchill Downs Inc was accepting online wagers from horse races under its Luckity and TwinSpires brands.

As a result of an adverse court ruling in Texas, TwinSpires.com is suspending wagering activity from Texas residents effective Wednesday, Sept. 25,” a statement from a Churchill Downs Inc. and TwinSpires.com said. “We will file an appeal and are optimistic that our legal arguments will prevail.” In his Sept. 23 opinion dismissing the Churchill suit, Judge James R. Nowlin of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, rejected all of arguments by CDI and TwinSpires.com that the Texas ban violated the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The suit was filed last fall after the Texas Racing Commission began enforcing a state law that requires all wagering on horse races by Texas residents to be placed in person. The court ruling noted that while the “in-person” bet provision had been in effect since 1986, it was amended by the legislature in 2011 to specifically prohibit Internet and telephone gambling on horse racing in the state.

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