Daily Archives: September 18, 2023

West Flagler files motion to stay ahead of Supreme Court appeal

West Flagler Associates filed a motion in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to keep Hard Rock Bet shut down ahead of its appeal to the Supreme Court.

The filing by the two Florida pari-mutuel betting operators is the latest twist in the fraught legal battle questioning whether the Seminole Tribe are permitted to offer statewide online sports betting through their compact with the state.

West Flagler lost its case against secretary of the interior Debra Haaland in June, clearing the compact from federal objections. Following this loss, it appealed for a rehearing, which the court rejected.

In the motion West Flagler confirmed they would be seeking to appeal the case to the Supreme Court, confirming previous speculation.

If the court opts to deny the motion, then the Seminoles could launch online wagering through its Hard Rock Bet platform as early as tomorrow. Despite this, the tribe may prefer to wait and see how the case will proceed in the Supreme Court to remove legal a..

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Dazn Bet launches in Germany

Sports betting operator Dazn Bet has launched in Germany, after it was licensed to operate in the country in August.

Dazn Bet was formed in April 2022 through Dazn’s partnership with Pragmatic Solutions. The operator was added to the sports betting section of Germany’s white list last month.

The white list was set up after Germany’s Fourth State Treaty on Gambling (GlüNeuRStv) was enacted in July 2021. The GlüNeuRStv also brought about Germany’s regulator, Gemeinsamen Glücksspielbehörde der Länder (GGL).

“Dazn Bet is an offer to Dazn users and people interested in sports betting to immerse themselves in a new kind of sports experience,” said Gabriel Vollmann, Dazn Bet managing director, DACH.

“The close cooperation with the German authorities and the brand partnership with Dazn reflect our commitment to be a safe provider in a regulated market where the player’s enjoyment is at the centre.”

Alongside sports betting services, Dazn Bet will also provide safer gambling materials to..

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Massachusetts sports betting revenue falls despite handle rise in August

Sports wagering handle in Massachusetts reached $314.9m (£254.4m/€295.3m) in August, a month-on-month increase of 6.8%, although revenue in the state declined.

The figure was higher than $294.9m in July, which was the lowest total since Massachusetts launched legal betting in April.

Some $307.2m was spent wagering online, an increase of 6.6% from July. Retail betting was also 13.2% higher at $7.7m for August.

Handle rise fails to halt revenue drop

However, while handle was higher month-on-month, the same could not be said for revenue from sports betting. Total revenue in August hit $22.7m, down 22.8% from $29.4m in July.

Of this total, $22.6m came from online betting, a decline of 21.5% from July. Just $157,782 was generated in retail wagering revenue, down 72.6%.

DraftKings leads in Massachusetts

DraftKings remains the runaway leader, posting $10.8m from $161.9m in bets during August.

FanDuel again placed second with $7.4m off a $79.4m handle, then BetMGM on revenue of $2.4m f..

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EGBA urges Norway to drop online gambling monopoly

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has urged lawmakers in Norway to switch from its current monopoly system to a licensing model for online gambling.

Norway remains one of the last European countries with a state gambling monopoly. Lottery Norsk Tipping has the rights to online casino gaming and sports betting, while Norsk Rikstoto covers horse racing.

However, EGBA says Norway should follow the example of other European markets such as neighbouring Sweden and Finland and make the move to a licensing system. EGBA secretary-general Maarten Haijer said this would help combat issues such as consumers gambling with unlicensed sites.

“The belief that a monopoly model is essential for safer gambling does not align with the current European trend,” Haijer said. “Nearly every other European country has implemented some form of licensing system, successfully prioritising player safety within a regulatory framework that provides clear rules for companies to follow.

“In Norw..

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DraftKings claims NJ sports betting top spot in August

DraftKings and partner Resorts World led the New Jersey sports wagering market in August, knocking Meadowlands off top spot for the first time since January 2019.

The partnership heralded $56.9m (£45.9m/€53.3m) in August. This was ahead of Meadowlands and partners FanDuel, PointsBet and SuperBook on $25.7m. PointsBet will soon rebrand as Fanatics after the latter completed the acquisition of the PointsBet US business in eight states, including New Jersey.

Total sports betting revenue for the month amounted to $96.0m, representing a 47.1% rise on last year. This was also the sector with the highest percentage of growth in the state in August.

In addition, sports wagering handle in New Jersey hiked 32.7% year-on-year from $546.8m to $725.8m. Of this total, $697.1m was bet online and $28.8m at retail sportsbooks across New Jersey.

Sports betting drives overall market growth in New Jersey

Total gambling revenue in New Jersey hiked 12.9% year-on-year to $531.6m in August. The monthly t..

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