Daily Archives: November 3, 2022

World Series of Politics episode 7: Election preview special

The World Series of Politics returns just in time for the 2022 US midterm elections, with analysis of a number of key races across the US.

Ahead of the elections, Brendan and Brandt take a look across the US, including a final examination of whether there’s any hope of the people of California voting to legalise sports betting.

In Texas, there may be less clarity as the industry may have to consider whether to prioritise betting or casinos, while Brandt is “optimistic” that sports betting legislation could be passed in Georgia once a new legislature is elected.

There’s also a look at Washington DC’s efforts to fix what has been a struggling sports wagering regime, and at efforts to get legal betting up and running in Massachusetts.

The pair look further afield as well, pondering the impact of Lula da Silva defeating Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s presidential election while, in the UK, Brandt throws his name into the ring as a prime ministerial candidate, but Brendan has other ideas.
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Taking cover: How to handle bettors’ sensitive data

The popularity of legal sports betting and igaming has quickly spread. But challenges have surfaced in issues related to intellectual property, data protection and security. Russell Karp of DataArt explains how sportsbooks can manage and secure their data to overcome these challenges.

Nowadays, data collection, reporting and protection are as urgent as ever. These issues often intertwine with compliance within and across jurisdictions. With a mound of information to manage, operators must put extra effort into ensuring that bettors’ data is secure both on sportsbook platforms and mobile apps. So how can a sportsbook manage and protect data?

Data Management

Three of the most common data management challenges for sportsbooks include:

The inability to load high volumes of transactional data from gaming machines to legacy systems due to formatting and support issues. Many legacy systems exist in silos and don’t communicate well with other technologies, making it difficult to manage and..

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Colorado sports betting handle surpasses $450m in September

Player spending on sports betting in Colorado jumped 10.3% year-on-year in September, while the state also reported a month-on-month rise in both handle and revenue.

Monthly handle for September was $450.2m (£403.2m/€461.7m), up from $408.3m in the same month last year and also 55.2% ahead of $290.1m in August this year.

Consumers bet a total of $445.6m online during the month, in addition to $4.6m at retail sportsbook facilities across the state.

Gross gaming revenue reached $51.3m, which was 126.0% up from $22.7m in September 2021, while this total was 98.1% higher than $25.9m in August of this year.

Online wagering revenue was $50.7m, with just $659,647 being attributed to retail wagering activity during the month.

Football was by far the most popular sport to wager on in September, primarily due to the new NFL season beginning at the start of the month, with Colorado players spending a total of $145.7m.

Baseball wagers amounted to $83.2m and college football bets $52.7m, whil..

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HOFV among latest to secure sports betting approval in Ohio

Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (HOFV) has become one of the latest operators to secure conditional approval for new online and retail sports betting licences in Ohio.

HOFV will operate in the state through its partnerships with Rush Street Interactive (RSI) and Betr, the new micro-betting business founded by Simplebet co-founder Joey Levy and social media personality Jake Paul.

The HOFV/Betr mobile sportsbook will allow consumers in Ohio to wager on sports online. The app will feature a new micro-betting option, whereby users can bet on a wide range of actions in a live sporting event such as pitches in baseball and shots in soccer.

The new HOFV/RSI retail sportsbook, operating as BetRivers Sportsbook, will open at the Hall of Fame Village’s Fan Engagement Zone in Canton, Ohio.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission approved both licences ahead of the state opening its legal sports wagering market on 1 January 2023.

“The legalisation of sports betting in Ohio, opens up a ..

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NorthStar Bets scores Ontario partnership with NBA

NorthStar Gaming, operator of the Canada-facing NorthStar Bets brands, has entered into a regional partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) in Ontario.

Under the agreement, NorthStar Bets will become an authorised gaming operator of the NBA in the Canadian province.

NBA marks and logos will appear across NorthStar Bets, while users will also benefit from access to real-time NBA data when placing bets.

In addition, NorthStar Bets and the NBA will collaborate on a series of initiatives to help protect the integrity of NBA games.

The deal builds on previously announced partnerships from NorthStar aimed at providing consumers with more pre-game and live in-game betting opportunities across a number of leagues, including the NHL.

“As an authorised gaming operator, NorthStar Gaming will connect our players with official data and stats from the NBA and provide them with an insights-packed user experience,” NorthStar Gaming founding partner and chief executive Michael Mo..

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Austrac orders SportsBet and Bet365 to conduct money laundering audits

The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (Austrac) has ordered an audit of both Bet365 and Flutter-owned SportsBet, to determine if the operators have broken money laundering rules.

If SportsBet or Bet365 is found to be non-compliant with the rules, Austrac may then take further action, such as a court-ordered fine.

Austrac, a government body focused on money laundering, noted the action was “the result of an extensive supervisory campaign that assessed entities within the corporate bookmaker sector and follows the recent commencement of an investigation into Entain”.

The auditors will examine compliance with four areas of money laundering laws.

The first is whether the two operators adopted and maintained “an AML/CTF programme that has risk-based systems and controls in place to effectively identify, mitigate and manage money laundering and terrorism financing risks”.

They will next look at whether the operators conducted proper money laundering risk assessments.

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