Monthly Archives: December 2022

Delaware igaming slips to nine-month low in November

Online gambling revenue in Delaware fell to a nine-month low in November, while sports betting revenue also declined month-on-month.

Revenue from igaming in November amounted to $987,423, down 0.9% from $987,423 last year and 17.6% behind $1.2m in October. The monthly figure was also the lowest since the $843,247 generated in February this year.

Of this total, $803,671 came from video lottery games, with $149,443 generated by internet table games and the remaining $34,319 from poker rake and fees.

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2022 World Cup breaks betting records, thanks in part to US growth

Betting across the 2022 Fifa World Cup increased by 13% from 2018’s tournament according to OpenBet, while GeoComply noted the final was surpassed only by the Super Bowl in the US.

OpenBet said its performance among European players broke a record, with an engagement level increase of 22%. Canada, a joint host for the 2026 World Cup, recorded a 21% increase for the same metric, also setting a record.

Canada will share hosting duties with the US and Mexico, where the tournament will return to being played over the summer. The Qatar World Cup was organised for November and December due to inhospitable temperatures in June and July.

In North America, OpenBet said World Cup betting was more than double the size of the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments.

It also found that more 12 million bets were placed on the US team during the World Cup, garnering more than $100m (£82.3m/€94.1m) in stakes.

“Alongside a strong performance in Europe, the growth we have seen in North Ameri..

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Industry insiders say New York Times series paints unfair picture

State lawmakers and stakeholders in the gaming industry have taken aim at the New York Times for its critical reporting on the expansion of US sports betting just as the industry met in Las Vegas to discuss best practices related to responsible and problem gaming. By Buck Wargo.

In late November, the New York Times, in a year-long investigation, outlined how the industry lobbied state officials with gifts and contributed millions in campaign donations to spur expansion after the repeal of PASPA in 2018.

The series depicted how ads on television and websites for making bets had become unavoidable and outlined the consequences to public health, taxpayers and the sports world.

The Times wrote that lawmakers gave out tax exemptions, which ultimately subsidised operators’ luring of patrons with free bets and other promotions, and found promises of tax revenue haven’t materialised.

When it comes to responsible gaming, the New York Times said the industry has been “creative in devising wa..

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Brentford star Toney faces further FA charges over betting rule breaches

The English Football Association (FA) has issued more charges against Brentford striker Ivan Toney after uncovering further breaches of its betting rules.

Last month, Toney was charged with a breach of FA Rule E8, which states any player, match official or coach must not bet, either directly or indirectly, on any matters related to football anywhere in the world.

Toney was initially found to have breached this rule 232 times between 25 February 2017 and 23 January 2021 – a period in which he was playing in leagues outside of the top tier Premier League in England.

Ahead of being issued with charges, Toney confirmed that he had been helping the FA with its investigation.

Following further investigation by the FA, the body now alleges that Toney breached this rule an additional 30 times between 14 March 2017 and 18 February 2019.

The striker is yet to publicly respond to the latest charge, but has until 4 January 2023 to provide a formal response.

Brentford FC acknowledged the char..

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Pennsylvania smashes igaming revenue record again in November

Online casino revenue in Pennsylvania hit a new record-high for the second consecutive month in November, while total gambling revenue in the state increased year-on-year.

Overall market revenue for the month amounted to $452.4m (£373.5m/€426.9m), up 4.6% from $432.5m in November 2021 and also 0.5% ahead of $450.2m in October of this year.

Analysing the monthly performance, retail slots remained by far the primary source of revenue for the state, generating $185.6m in revenue for the month, level with the previous year. However, retail table games revenue slipped 4.4% year-on-year to $79.2m.

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ParlayBay secures additional €1.0m in funding

Sports betting content provider ParlayBay has secured a further €1.0m (£875,292/$1.1m) in funds during a recent interim financing round.

ParlayBay said it would use the money to support its commercial growth plans in 2023 – including the launch of its ParlayPowers promotional tools – and to continue to expand its network of clients around the world.

This year, ParlayBay closed deals with operators including TipoBet365, TOPsport and Hub88, while most recently it signed an agreement with 7bet, with the operator to become the first to incorporate ParlayBay’s real-money gaming suite.

In addition, earlier this month, igaming veteran and Yggdrasil founder Fredrik Elmqvist joined the ParlayBay board of directors.

“We’re really pleased to have raised a considerable amount in our most recent funding round, especially given the current challenging climate,” ParlayBay chief executive Patrick Nordwall said.

“Fredrik joining our board is a fantastic addition as we ramp up our growth going into..

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BetMGM granted Massachusetts betting licence, but with strings attached

BetMGM and MGM Springfield have both been granted sports betting licences from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC), but conditions were attached to the licence of the former.

Issued with a category 1 sports wagering operator licence for Massachusetts, MGM Springfield is now allowed to operate betting at a land-based facility, as well as on up to two online platforms.

One of its online skins will be provided by BetMGM – an MGM-Entain joint venture – which was also awarded a temporary category 3 sports wagering operator licence. However, this came only under certain conditions.

BetMGM and MGM Springfield had initially applied individually for a Massachusetts sports betting licence. However, the relationship between the two entities created complications as MGM Springfield initially answered questions on the application with reference to BetMGM’s documentation.

As a result, the regulator delayed the vote on approving the licences until yesterday (19 December).

Massachusetts re..

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Intralot scores sports betting deal with Ohio Lottery

Intralot has agreed a deal through its US subsidiary to provide its Orion Sportsbook solution to the Ohio Lottery.

Under the five-year deal, Intralot will use current lottery equipment and infrastructure to facilitate sports betting for retailers and customers throughout the state.

The project is expected to go live in January 2023. So far, 700 retail locations have been approved for sports betting, with this network expected to grow to over 1,000 in the coming months.

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South Africa in focus: Can product be a selling point?

In the third part of a series taking an in-depth look at the South African gambling market, Daniel O’Boyle looks at the standard of product in the market.

In almost every part of the world, the online betting experience has been heavily shaped by what retail betting looked like. So to understand the online betting experience in South Africa, you have to know something about retail betting in South Africa.

“I’ve traveled the world and seen betting shops around the world but I don’t think I’ve ever seen betting shops of the size I’ve seen in South Africa,” Kiron Interactive chief executive Stephen Spartinos says. “You’ve got betting shops of the size of a Wal-Mart and you’ve got 100 cashiers.

“You walk into these shops and you talk about two, three floors. At any time you could have 2,000-3,000 punters in your shop.”

But it’s not simply the size that makes South African betting shops stand out. Betting shops in the country are able to be so large partly because the betting experience..

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Player receives €14,000 in German illegal sports betting reimbursement case

The Köln Regional Court has confirmed that a player has been reimbursed for €14,000 (£12,195/$14,845) after placing bets with unlicensed sports betting operator Brivio Limited.

The plaintiff had participated in sports betting on between 2020 and 2022. This website is operated by Brivio Limited, which is based in Cyprus.

The plaintiff’s losses were estimated to be €14,000.

Unlike previous cases, which dealt with activity before the Fourth State Treaty on Gambling came into effect in Germany, this case included activity up to 2022.

Brivio Limited did not have a licence to operate before or after the Treaty took effect, meaning that its post-treaty activity was also illegal.


The court said that the operator had violated the State Treaty on Gambling as it did not have a licence to operate.

The judgement was made by default as Brivio Limited did not defend itself against the lawsuit in court.

As well as being ordered to pay the losses, Brivio Limited m..

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