Daily Archives: March 14, 2023

World Series of Politics Episode 13: Governor Rick Perry on Texas sports betting

Former secretary of the environment and Texas’ longest-serving governor, Rick Perry, joins Brandt Iden and Brendan Bussmann on the World Series of Politics.

Governor Perry believes legislation from Senator Lois Kolkhorst and Representative Jeff Leach, that paves the way for a public vote on sports betting regulation, is the best way to bring legal wagering to the Lone Star State.

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About Rick Perry:

Rick Perry is a former United States secretary of energy, serving under US president Donald Trump from March 2017 to December 2019.

Governor Perry is a strong advocate for legal sports betting in texas

As the fourteenth secretary of energy, Perry led an agency tasked with overseeing the United States’ energy supply, nuclear defense capacity, and the 17 national laboratories, home to many of the country’s best scientists.

Prior to joining the administration as secretary of energy, Perry served as the 47th governor of Texas. As gov..

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Arizona sports wagering handle reaches $572.5m in December

Consumers in Arizona spent $572.5m betting on sports in December of 2022, a year-on-year increase of 14.7%.

The monthly figure was comfortably higher than the $499.2m bet during the same month in 2021, but 7.2% behind the $616.9m wagered in November 2022.

Mobile betting accounted for $566.5m of all bets placed in December, while a further $5.0m was spent at retail sportsbooks in the state.

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New York mobile sports betting handle declines in February

Mobile sports betting handle in New York fell year-on-year in February, while both spending and revenue were also lower than the record figures posted in January.

Consumer spending on sports betting in February amounted to $1.47bn, down 3.9% from $1.54bn in the same month last year and also 17.9% behind the record $1.79n wagered in January 2023.

In terms of gross gaming revenue from mobile betting, this reached $108.3m in February, a 31.4% increase from $82.4m last year but 27.5% shy of the record $149.4m generated in January of this year.

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Gambling gears up for Cheltenham amid rising concerns over affordability

Ahead of the Cheltenham Festival, industry experts and data reveal consumer spend is set to spike, although affordability checks may impact one of the most anticipated events in horse racing.

Cheltenham begins today (14 March) and ends on Friday 17 March and, while betting volumes are set to rise, the festival will play out amid rising concerns about affordability checks on consumers.

A study conducted by YouGov – which was commissioned by the affiliate Online Betting Guide (OLBG) – surveyed a total of 1,007 gamblers in the UK between 23 February and 2 March.

It found that 11% of punters are gearing up to gambling more on Cheltenham this year than they did last year, compared to 10% who said they were planning to gamble less than they did at Cheltenham 2022.

A total of 23% said they were planning on gambling around the same amount on the event year-on-year.

In addition, 6% of those surveyed said they did not bet on Cheltenham last year but planned to do so this year, while 50% sai..

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Playtech acquires Hard Rock Digital stake in partnership deal

Playtech has purchased a minority equity ownership stake in Hard Rock Digital (HRD), the interactive gaming and sports betting division of Hard Rock International and Seminole Gaming, as part of a wider deal between the two businesses.

Playtech will pay $85.0m (£69.8m/€79.5m) for a low, single-digit percentage stake in HRD, with proceeds from the investment to fund HRD’s global expansion.

Hard Rock’s online and retail sports betting is currently operated in select US states including Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia. It aims to extend its online sportsbook and igaming offerings to select international markets in the coming years.

Global supply deal

As part of the wider arrangement with Playtech, HRD will license a range of the developer’s technology solutions and igaming content.

In the US and Canada, HRD’s customers will be able to play a selection of Playtech’s slots, random number generator and live dealer table games through HRD’s existing pr..

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