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West Flagler files challenge against DeSantis and FL legislature

West Flagler has filed a state constitutional challenge against Florida governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida state legislature.

This follows the US Department of the Interior (DOI) filing a challenge to oppose West Flagler’s motion to stay, which was filed last week. This motion to stay was a further attempt to keep Hard Rock Bet shut down as West Flagler prepares to appeal to the Supreme Court.

West Flagler’s latest challenge claims that DeSantis “exceeded his authority” when he agreed to a compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida in 2021. DeSantis approved the compact in April 2021, and signed it into law the following month.

The compact gave the Seminoles exclusive access to offer online and in-person sports betting in Florida.

But in November that year, a judge for the District of Columbia ruled that the compact infringed upon the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). This reversed the initial agreement.

West Flagler also argues that the legislature exceeded its authority be..

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Spanish gambling revenue up 55.1% year-on-year to €312.6m in Q2

Gross gambling revenue in the second quarter in Spain hiked 55.1% year-on-year to €312.6m (£207.0m/$332.6m), with revenue from sports betting more than doubling.

Total revenue in the second quarter was comfortably ahead of last year and also 2.5% higher than €313.3m in Q1. Data for the three-month period has been released by Spain’s regulator, the Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling (DGOJ).

Casino generated the most GGR in Q2 – €149.9m, up 27.9% from last year and 4.5% ahead of Q1.

Slot machine revenue increased by 29.9% year-on-year, while live roulette GGR was 8.9% higher.

Spanish sports betting revenue rockets in Q2

The sports betting segment reported the largest percentage of growth during the quarter. In the three-month period, GGR reached €133.3m, up 118.9% from last year.

Pre-event sports bet GGR was 1.8% higher than in Q2 and live betting GGR also increased by 3.5%. Horse riding bets jumped 22.7% but other sports bets GGR slipped 15.1%.

Elsewhere, poker G..

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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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Delaware igaming spend down again in August

Consumer spending on igaming in Delaware fell for the third consecutive month in August, while the state reported year-on-year declines across online gambling and sports betting.

Delaware players wagered $32.4m on igaming during the month. This was 12.0% lower than $36.8m in August 2022 and 11.0% down from $36.4m in July. The figure was also the lowest monthly total since $31.9m was bet in May last year.

Video lottery drew $23.3m of all bets in August and table games $9.2m.

Players won $32.4m, meaning revenue from igaming reached $1.1m. This was 15.4% lower than August 2022 and 8.3% behind July’s total this year.

Revenue from video lottery games amounted to $952,437 and table games $122,089. The remaining $32,607 came from poker rake and fees.

Delaware Park remained the igaming market leader with $488,308 in revenue from $14.1m in total wagers. Bally’s Dover followed with $319,237 off $10.2m, then Harrington Raceway on $299,588 from $8.1m.

RSI cliches igaming contract

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Brazil lower house approves gambling bill

Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies has approved the government’s gambling bill, which regulates both sports betting and online casino.

The passage of the bill marks one of the final hurdles in the long journey to regulate online gambling in Brazil, the 10th largest economy in the world.

Bill 3,626/23 – which will replace the provisional measure (PM) president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva issued in July – was amended several times from the original bill that the rapporteur, deputy Adolfo Viana, presented yesterday.

However, the bill still legalises online casino in addition to sports betting. Betting on fantasy sports will remain illegal due to a specific exemption from the new rules.

deputy adolfo viana presents amended bill

The bill will now head to the Federal Senate, which has 45 days to comment on the bill.

Foreign operators barred from licensing

Unlike the PM, the proposed law excludes foreign companies from offering regulated gambling. Only businesses incorporated under Brazilian ..

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Online casino included in imminent Brazil gambling regs

Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies is set to vote today on the latest set of sports betting regulations, which leaves in place the high tax regime put in place by the provisional measure (PM), but includes the legislation of online casino.

Bill No 3626/23 amends PM No 1,182 issued by Brazil president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in July. If passed, the law would keep in place the high tax regime brought in by the PM. This will maintain the original 18% tax on gross gambling revenue.

However, commentators previously pointed out that once additional mandatory contributions are accounted for the effective tax rate will run between 31% and 34%.

On top of this, the law will impose a 30% tax on prizes won over R$2,112 (£342/€398/$427).

the bill keeps in place the high tax regime imposed in lula’s provisional measure

The maintenance of the high tax rates no doubt will be a blow to Brazil’s gaming industry. The sector largely responded negatively to the original PM, with many criticising the tax r..

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Nevada posts record monthly win in July

Nevada generated record gaming win of $1.4bn (€1.3bn/£1.1bn) in July fuelled by a lucrative month for the famous Las Vegas Strip.

Figures released by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, show total gaming win posted by casinos and sportsbooks was up 6.7% on July 2022. Nevada’s gaming sector has now generated gaming win of more than $1bn for 29 consecutive months.

The figures were driven by the state’s second-highest table game revenue total for a single month at $513.1m. This was up more than 7% year-on-year.

Revenues on the Las Vegas Strip came to almost $834.9m, up by 7.9% compared to the same period in 2022 and an increase of 14.8% on the $727.3m reported during June.

July’s revenues were an all-time record for the Las Vegas Strip, outperforming the previous record of $792.6m set in July 2021.

Nevada sports betting operators reported $25.3m in revenue, representing an increase of 55.7% compared to July 2022. Mobile and online betting accounted for 65.7% of all sports wagers during ..

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Pennsylvania gambling revenue up 8.9% to $467m in July

Gambling revenue in Pennsylvania increased 8.9% year-on-year to $467.0m in July, driven by growth across the igaming and sports betting segments.

Monthly revenue in Pennsylvania was ahead of $429.1m in July 2022 and 6.0% higher than $440.5m in June this year.

Retail slots remained the primary source of revenue by some margin, generating a total of $214.7m during the month. This was 0.4% higher than in the previous month. In contrast, retail table games revenue slipped 3.8% to $83.4m.

Turning to igaming and revenue in this market increased by 34.8% year-on-year to $132.9m. This included $94.9m in online slots revenue, up 31.9%, and $35.4m in internet table games revenue, a rise of 48.0%.

Hollywood Casino at Penn National continued to lead this segment with $54.4m in igaming revenue. Valley Forge Casino Resort placed a distant second on $29.2m, then Rivers Casino Philadelphia with $26.8m.

Pennsylvania July sports betting revenue hits $32.1m

Elsewhere, there was also an increase in ..

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New Jersey gambling revenue surpasses $500m in July

Gambling revenue in New Jersey exceeded $500.0m in July following year-on-year growth in almost all areas of the market.

Revenue for the month amounted to $506.2m. This was 5.3% up on last year and also 10.7% higher than New Jersey’s total in June of this year.

Land-based casino gambling drew $290.0m in revenue during the month, down 3.0% on July 2023. This was due to a 13.2% drop in table games revenue to $72.2m. In contrast, revenue from physical slot machines, the largest source of revenue in the state, edged up 0.9% to $217.8m.

Turning to online gambling and overall revenue in this segment was 13.5% higher year-on-year at $155.2m. Online slots revenue jumped 13.4% to $152.5m while peer-to-peer poker revenue was 18.5% higher at $2.7m.

Breaking down this market, Borgata moved into top spot with $43.0m. This was higher than Resorts Digital on $40.6m and Golden Nugget, which led the market in June, with $39.8m.

New Jersey sports betting revenue up over 35%

Looking at sports wager..

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Impairments push Rank Group to FY loss despite land-based recovery

Rank Group posted a 5.9% increase in revenue to £681.9m (€798.0m/$868.1m) in its 2022-23 financial year, although increased impairment costs led to a statutory net loss.

The operator reported year-on-year growth across all operating segments in the 12 months to 30 June. This included the Rank-owned Grosvenor, Mecca and Enracha land-based businesses, which endured a challenging few years during the pandemic.

There was also notable growth within Rank’s digital business, with revenue rising 10.4% to reach £202.9m.

However, higher impairment charges, together with increased operating costs, meant the business posted a net loss.

O’Reilly believes economic pressures are easing

Chief executive John O’Reilly acknowledged the higher costs during his evaluation of the FY performance. However, he said with certain costs now stabilising and inflation easing, this will allow for revenue and profit growth moving forward.

After Covid and economic headwinds, rank is positioned to drive profit ..

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Massachusetts sports betting handle dips below $300m in July

Player spending on sports betting in Massachusetts fell for the fourth consecutive month in July, while revenue was also down month-on-month.

Total handle for retail and online sports betting reached $294.9m. This was 11.3% less than $332.0m in June and the lowest monthly total since the launch of legal online betting in April.

It was also the first time that combined land-based and internet betting spend fell below $300.0m.

Online wagering accounted for $288.1m, down 10.9% month-on-month. Retail betting also fell 20.0% to $6.8m.

Handle dip leads to revenue decline

Taxable revenue from sports betting also declined in July. The combined total from retail and online wagering reached $29.4m, a drop of 8.7% from June’s $32.2m.

Of this total, $28.8m came from online betting, down 10.3%. The remaining $576,139 was generated by retail wagering, which was 274.3% higher than June.

Looking at individual operators, DraftKings remained the runaway online leader, posting $14.4m in revenue of..

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World Series of Politics takes on Florida sports betting in bumper 20th episode

It’s the 20th episode of the World Series of Politics: Brandt Iden, Brendan Bussmann and Robin Harrison are joined by two legal experts to pick through the Florida sports betting case in this special episode.

Florida’s sports betting market came to an abrupt halt just weeks after launch when a legal challenge blocked the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s updated compact with the state.

After two years of legal action the DC Circuit Court reversed the decision, paving the way for the Seminoles and Hard Rock Digital to relaunch. That may come as soon as this month.

Does Florida sports betting face further challenges?

But how deep does the ruling go? The case clears the way for a relaunch, but steers clear of ruling on whether the compact should have been permitted without a constitutional amendment. That issue goes back to the Florida courts to decide.

does the seminoles’ sports betting agreement need to be ratified by a state referendum?

What this ultimately means, and whether it gr..

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