Monthly Archives: October 2023

Exploring the potential and pitfalls of AI in sports betting

Artificial intelligence (AI) poses significant opportunities and challenges in nearly every sector, including the sports betting industry. In this two-part series, Russell Karp, senior vice-president of DataArt, delves into the most promising opportunities for sports betting in an AI-driven era.

Undoubtedly, AI technology plays a pivotal role in the sports betting industry.

From enhancing data analysis and odds calculation to refining user experience and supporting responsible gaming, AI stands at the intersection of innovation and user satisfaction.

AI-based customer relationship management (CRM) systems can be used to analyse user behaviour, preferences and trends to personalise digital experiences for bettors. This helps sportsbooks gain an edge over the competition while keeping their clients happy.

However, while the benefits are clear, the incorporation of AI in sports betting is not without its challenges. These may range from security concerns and data privacy issues to eth..

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Kambi scores sports betting partnership with LiveScore Group

Sports betting solutions provider Kambi Group has entered into a long-term partnership with the LiveScore Group.

Kambi will provide its sportsbook to the LiveScore group of companies, replacing a third-party supplier. This includes its sports media platform and two online betting brands.

Both the LiveScore Bet and Virgin Bet brands will run the Kambi product suite. This offering includes a sports betting platform, managed services, AI-powered trading and Bet Builder.

LiveScore Bet and Virgin Bet are currently active in a number of markets including the UK. The deal also covers the group’s subsidiaries in Gibraltar, Malta and Nigeria.

In addition, the LiveScore in-house product teams will utilise Kambi’s open APIs, incentives tools and bespoke bet offer specials.

The new Kambi-powered sportsbook will launch across multiple markets from Q1 next year. Kambi expects the agreement to contribute material revenue from the second half of 2024.

“With well-established sportsbook brands in ..

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Tribal sports betting ballots filed in California

Two ballot initiatives that would give tribes exclusive rights to offer retail and online sports betting in California have been filed with the state's attorney-general.

Both ballots name Reeve Collins, co-founder and CEO of Pala Interactive, as the contact for media inquiries. Pala Interactive was founded by the Pala Band of Mission Indians in 2013 and was acquired by Boyd Gaming in November 2022.

The ballots were submitted on 27 October.

One of the proposed ballots, entitled The Sports Wagering Regulation and Tribal Gaming Protection Act, gives full detail as to how sports betting would work under tribes in California. Amending Article IV, section 19 of the California constitution, the proposal would mandate tribes to submit 15% of its adjusted sports wagering gross gaming revenue (GGR) into the tribal sports wagering revenue sharing trust fund.

Tribes would also have to contribute 10% of their adjusted sports wagering GGR into the California homelessness and mental health f..

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Rhode Island sports betting handle hits six-month high in September

Players in Rhode Island spent $37.6m betting on sports in September, the highest monthly total since March but lower than last year.

The figure is 9.8% less than the $41.7m spent in Rhode Island in September 2022. However, it is 67.1% more than $22.5m in August this year and the highest total for six months.

Of this total, $28.7m was spent betting online and $9.0m at retail sportsbooks. Land-based wagers were placed at physical facilities at Twin River and Tiverton Casino. Twin River took $5.7m in bets and Tiverton Casino $3.2m.

September sports betting revenue reaches $3.5m

Revenue from sports betting in Rhode Island increased by 150.0% month-on-month in September to $3.5m. This was, however, 45.3% lower than $6.4m in September 2022.

Online betting accounted for $2.8m of all revenue during the month. Retail’s share was $663,538, split between Twin River and Tiverton Casino. Twin River posted $441,485 in revenue and Tiverton Casino $222,053.

Rhode Island players won a total of $3..

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Detroit casino revenue slips to $101.6m in September

The three commercial casinos in Detroit, Michigan posted $101.6m in revenue in September, down on the same month last year and lower than August’s total.

Monthly aggregate revenue in Detroit was 1.7% lower than $103.4m September of 2022. It was also 3.2% behind $104.9m in August of this year.

Of this total, some $100.0m came from table games and slots, a 0.8% decline from last year and down 4.4% from August.

Retail qualified adjusted gross receipts (QAGR) in September amounted to $1.6m. This was 39.4% less than the previous year but 396.6% ahead of just $322,186 in August this year. Betting handle for the month amounted to $18.1m.

MGM leads in Detroit with 44% market share

Looking at individual casino performance, MGM remains the market leader in Detroit by some distance. MGM had a market share of 44% in September, with $44.7m in table games and slots revenue and $43,528 in sports betting QAGR.

MotorCity placed second with a market share of 31%. The casino posted $31.0m in table ..

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Asian Games boosts Chinese lottery figures in September

The Asian Games in Hangzhou and new instant win games triggered a lottery revenue surge in China in September.

China’s state lottery saw a 58.3% rise in total lottery ticket sales to CNY52.8bn ($7.2bn/€6.8bn/£5.9bn) in September, according to figures released by the ministry of finance.

The most notable rise was in guess lottery sales – effectively sports betting – which grew by 70.1% year-on-year to CNY21.9bn. The ministry said the increase in major events such as the multi-sport Asian Games, which began during the final week of the month, was behind the surge.

The ministry of finance said the launch of new instant lottery tickets and the expansion of new channels also accounted for growth during the month. Lotto digital lottery sales were up 15.0% to CNY14.9bn, while instant lottery sales grew by 152% to CNY12.5bn. Keno lottery sales were up 36.9% to CNY34.9bn.

In September, the sales volume of Lotto digital, guessing, instant and Keno lottery tickets accounted for 28.2%, 41.5%,..

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PGA Tour suspends US golfers over betting rule breaches

Golf’s PGA Tour has suspended players Vince India and Jake Staiano for breaching its rules on betting on the sport.

India and Staiano were both found to have placed bets on PGA Tour tournaments. The PGA Tour Integrity Programme states players cannot wager on any professional golf competition or event.

The PGA Tour confirmed neither player bet on competitions in which they were competing. It is not clear what events they bet on, nor the type of wagers that were placed.

India will now serve a six-month suspension from PGA Tour-sanctioned events. This is being backdated to 18 September and will run through to 17 March next year.

Staiano’s three-month suspension from PGA Tour-sanctioned competitions runs from 11 September until 10 December.

The PGA Tour says it has no further comment on the suspensions at this time.

India is a 34-year-old player from the US who turned professional back in 2011. His current Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) is 936.

Staiano, also of the US, is aged ..

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NHL issues first sports betting ban to Ottawa Senators star Pinto

The National Hockey League (NHL) has issued a 41-match ban to Ottawa Senators player Shane Pinto for violating its rules on sports betting.

Pinto becomes the first NHL player to be banned for betting on sports since the repeal of PASPA in mid-2018. New York-born Pinto has played for the Senators since joining the team from college in 2021.

The NHL did not disclose full details of the case, except that it linked to “activities relating to sports wagering”. League policy states players are not allowed to wager on NHL games but can bet on activities outside the league.

However, the NHL said there is no evidence Pinto bet on any NHL game. As such, it is unclear as to what Pinto actually wagered on and why he has been banned.

“The NHL considers this matter closed,” the league says. “Absent the emergence of new information, we will have no further comment.

Pinto also released a statement on the matter, issuing an apology for his actions.

“I want to apologise to the NHL, the Ottawa Se..

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Italy’s Sandro Tonali handed 10-month ban

Italian international footballer Sandro Tonali has been banned for at least 10 months after being found to have broken betting rules.

The Newcastle United player was handed an 18-month disqualification according to a statement issued by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). The ban is initially only imposed in Italy, but will almost certainly be extended globally by Fifa, possibly before this weekend. The ban will be reduced to 10 months should Tonali, who claims to be a gambling addict, complete an eight-month rehabilitation plan.

Under an agreement reached with the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, Tonali has also been handed a €20,000 ($21,000/£17,500) fine.

Tonali, who joined Newcastle from AC Milan for £55m in July, was found to have breached article 24 of the CGS, the FIGC’s Code of Sports Justice. This article forbids professional footballers from placing bets on events organised by FIGC, UEFA and Fifa.

Tonali is one of three Italian internationals who have been under investiga..

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New Hampshire sports betting handle dips year-on-year in September

Consumer spending on sports wagering in New Hampshire declined 14.6% year-on-year in September, while revenue in the state also fell.

Handle in New Hampshire hit $66.8m in September. This was down from $78.2m in the same month last year but 72.2% higher than $38.8m in August 2023.

Online betting accounted for $59.2m of all sports betting spend during the month. Retail’s share amounted to $7.7m. DraftKings is the only operator that offers online sports betting in New Hampshire having secured exclusive rights in November 2019.

September revenue in New Hampshire tops $6.2m

Turning to revenue, this followed a similar pattern as handle. Gross gaming revenue reached $6.2m in September, down 16.2% from $7.4m in September 2023 but 87.9% up from $3.3m in August this year.

Mobile sports betting generated $5.6m in revenue, while retail wagering drew $609,874.

New Hampshire collected $2.7m in tax from sports betting in September. Some $2.4m came from online betting and $274,060 from retail a..

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Louisiana sportsbooks take record $43.1m in revenue during September

Sports betting revenue in Louisiana reached an all-time high of $43.1m in September, while the state fell just short of its monthly handle record.

Combined online and retail gross revenue was 37.7% ahead of $31.3m in September of last year. The figure also comfortably surpassed the previous Louisiana record of $37.2m set in December 2022.

Of this total, $36.0m came from online betting and $5.7m from retail wagering in Louisiana.

In terms of adjusted revenue, which discounted promotional betting, revenue was $41.8m. This was 34.0% ahead of September 2022.

Louisiana September handle narrowly misses record

Turning to consumer spending, total handle for September stood at $280.1m. This was 37.4% ahead of $203.8m in 2022 and only just behind the record $282.3m wagered in January this year.

Players bet $248.8m on sports online and a further $31.4m at retail sportsbooks across the state of Louisiana.

Breaking down performance by sport, football was the most lucrative for operators, dra..

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US Supreme Court denies West Flagler’s motion to stay

The US Supreme Court has denied West Flagler Associates' motion for a stay, giving hope to Florida's Seminole tribe for a sports betting relaunch in the Sunshine State.

Chief Justice John Roberts denied the motion to stay yesterday (25 October), which was described by the official Supreme Court blog as an “emergency application for stay”.

Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, said in a statement that he agreed with the court’s decision.

“I agree that the stay application should be denied in light of the DC Circuit’s pronouncement that the compact between Florida and the Seminole tribe authorises the tribe to conduct only on-reservation gaming operations and not off-reservation gaming operations,” he said.

“If the compact authorised the tribe to conduct off-reservation gaming operations, either directly or by deeming off-reservation gaming operations to somehow be on-reservation, then the compact would likely violate the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, as..

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