BetMGM Washington DC App Expected to Launch Soon

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Sports betting enthusiasts in the Nation’s capital are excited as the BetMGM sports betting app in Washington DC is one the verge of its launch.

BetMGM’s upcoming presence in Washington D.C. is the fruit of the partnership it signed with the Washington Nationals last January. Under the agreement, the BetMGM app will only be accessible within a two-block radius within the Nationals stadium. Still, it’s a welcome addition to the growing sports betting industry in Washington DC.

Geofenced Sports Betting Apps

GameBet DC, operated by Intralot, currently offers the District’s only online sports betting app because the DC Council greased through a contract for its Lottery provider.

However, sportsbooks partnered with sports arenas are allowed to offer mobile legal Washington sports betting though these apps are geofenced two radius within its partner arena as well as retail shops in the vicinity of their partner stadiums. This is where BetMGM entered the D.C. sports betting scene.

William Hill has a retail sportsbook at the Capital One Arena which is already operational. It also launched its mobile app late last month. Meanwhile, the FanDuel retail sportsbook has set its opening at Audi Field to later this year. FanDuel is also slated to launch its legal Washington sports betting app within the same time frame.

Long Partnership With the Washington Nationals

MGM has a long partnership with the Washington Nationals. The two companies started their marketing partnership in 2017 when the team unveiled the MGM National Harbor Dugout Club, which is a small section of luxury field-level seats. MGM Resorts International is also MLB’s official gaming partner.

This summer, BetMGM is expected to launch a retail sportsbook located in the space currently serving as Center Field Social, across Center Field Plaza from the Nationals team store. The sportsbook won’t be accessible to fans watching the Nationals game but they will be able to place sports bet using the BetMGM sports betting app

The BetMGM app includes exciting options like parlay bets and in-game betting. It also has a wide variety of sports to bet on. It is expected to engage Nationals fans with the game in new and exciting ways.

Connecticut Lottery Says it Received 15 Applications for Sports Betting Licenses

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The Connecticut Lottery announced on Monday that it received a total of 15 applications for legal Connecticut sports betting in response to its Request for Qualifications sent earlier this month.

Said Connecticut Lottery Corporation chairman Rob Simmelkjaer:

“We are pleased to see significant interest from companies who would like to partner with the CLC to bring our online and retail sports betting offering to market. Our staff and board will now begin a process of carefully reviewing the qualifications of the submitting parties as we work towards choosing the right partner in this important initiative for our state.”

Chairman Simmelkjaer added that the Lottery will issue invitations for presentations for qualified applications after which they will choose finalists who will be required to submit formal business plans.

Deal with Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and Mohegan Tribe

Last month, Gov. Ned Lamont reached a deal with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes that would pave the way for legal Connecticut sports betting hopefully before the start of the 2021 NFL season.

The agreement included an 18% tax rate on new online gaming for the first five years of operation and 20% tax rate for the next five years. Sports betting would be levied a tax rate of 13.5% according to a statement from the governor’s office.

The deal, which gives exclusive rights to the tribe and the Lottery to operate legal Connecticut sports betting, still has to get the approval of the State Legislature and the United States Department of the Interior.

Request for Qualifications

Last April 12th, the Connecticut Lottery sent out a Request for Qualifications package with an April 23 deadline. The solicitation was for “qualified and experienced sports betting solution providers for online and retail sports wagering systems and services.

Under the RFQ, two larger retail locations are envisioned for Hartford and Bridgeport while other locations may be withing existing off-track-betting (OTB) locations of the state’s current OTB operator, or may be coordinated within existing lottery-licensed locations.

The RFQ also predicts a tentative timeline between mid-May and mid-June for the signing of a contract with an operator with the systems to be developed and tested by summer. The expected launch of Connecticut sports betting is on September 6th.

BetRivers Sportsbook-Style Lounge at the PPG Paints Arena is Now Open

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The BetRivers sportsbook style lounge at the PPG Paints Arena officially opened to the public last April 24th after a ribbon-cutting ceremony one day earlier.

The lounge is a joint project of Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, Rush Street Interactive’s BetRivers.com and the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. It is designed to elevate fans’ game day experience by integrating the retail sportsbook and popular online casino brand to the arena.

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and BetRivers.com are the official casino and sports betting partners of the Penguins, respectively.

Said David Morehouse, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Penguins in a press release:

“The BetRivers Lounge is yet another investment delivered under our Rivers partnership to enhance fan experiences inside PPG Paints Arena. The lounge will provide a safe and exciting space for fans to enjoy an innovative and multimedia experience while attending Pens games and other live sporting events year-round.”

Betting on The Penguins’ Games

With the opening of the PPG Paints Arena betting lounge, fans 21 years old or older can now place bets on Penguins’ games and other sporting events from the lounge, anywhere in the PPG Paints Arena, at the Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, and elsewhere throughout the Commonwealth.

All sports bet are made using the BetRivers Pennsylvania App via mobile devices. The BetRivers app also encourages fans to continue to stay engaged throughout the game with exciting in-game betting options.

Same Look and Feel as Rivers Casino Pittsburgh SportsBook

The BetRivers Lounge at the PPG Paints Arena was designed by the DMAC Architecture of Chicago and has the same look and feel of the popular in-casino sportsbook at the Rivers Casino Pittsburgh on the North Shore which it also created.

Located on the arena’s third floor and in the former space of several rows at the top of Section 120 in the arena’s lower bowl, the brand new lounge features two rows of ticketed bowl seats, a lounge area with club chairs, a generous bar top, high definition video screens, and streaming odds boards.

Ron DeSantis Approves New Gambling Rules in Florida

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Florida is known for having a fairly strict set of gambling regulations. For years, certain officials here have been pushing to change these regulations. It seems that some progress is being made. Reports have confirmed that Governor Ron DeSantis has approved new gambling rules in Florida.

Many are excited to see these new measures passed. Of course, it will take time for anything to really change here. Now is a great time to look at what new gambling options could soon become available in the state.

Let’s get into it!

More States Report Increases in Gambling Revenue

The United States is beginning to see some major improvements in regards to the Covid-19 crisis. Over the past few months, infection rates have begun to drop around the country. Hospitalizations are down and vaccine distribution continues to ramp up.

As this situation improves, states are seeing their economies ramping back up. Travel has begun to increase around the country. Many businesses that rely on tourism are seeing their revenue figures increase.

That is certainly the case with casinos around the country. For months last year, the country’s entire land-based gambling industry was shut down. Things began to reopen over the summer, yet gaming revenue has remained extremely low for almost a year.

Casinos have begun to report major increases in their revenue numbers. Over in Las Vegas, tourism numbers are surging and casino-resorts are seeing huge jumps in their visitation rates. This is expected to increase further after the casinos here will be able to operate at 100% capacity in June.

Many states have recently begun to expand their gambling options. The massive amount of revenue being earned from this industry is becoming too attractive to pass on. It’s an exciting time for gambling fans around the country.

There has been a serious push to update Florida’s gambling regulation in recent years. Here’s what you need to know about this situation.

Gov. DeSantis Approves New Gambling Rules in Florida

Florida is one of the most populated states in the country. Many lawmakers and residents here have been pushing to expand the state’s gambling regulations for years. It hasn’t been easy due to the major pushback by the more conservative officials here.

Things have begun to change recently. A growing number of leaders in the state have been in negotiations with the Seminole Tribe on ways to expand gambling options in the state. At the moment, this tribe controls much of Florida’s gambling operations.

A major breakthrough was achieved this week. News has confirmed that Ron DeSantis has approved new gambling rules in Florida. If all goes according to plan, this could help to bring legalized sports betting to the state. First, it will need to be approved by the state legislature.

The new measures would allow both online and land-based sports betting in Florida. A 21 year age requirement would be set for sports betting here. The plan from DeSantis would also expand the number of casino options that the Seminole Tribe could offer.

Not everyone is on board with this idea. John Sowinski, a prominent anti-gambling voice in the state, spoke to the media and claims the decision to make new gambling rules in Florida should come down to a public vote.

“We call on the governor and our legislators to honor the will of the people, who demanded that any new casino gambling authorization occur at the ballot box, not behind closed doors in Tallahassee,” he said. “We are committed to defending the integrity of Florida’s Constitution, and ensuring that the will of the people is respected.”

Several steps are still needed to make changes here. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Sports Betting Continues to Grow More Popular

Compared to most other countries, the United States’ sports betting industry is still in its infancy. It wasn’t until 2018 that any state other than Nevada was allowed to legally offer sports gambling options. With PASPA now gone, more than half the country has already approved sports gambling legislation.

This form of gambling is growing more popular every single year. As a result, states are seeing massive revenue figures coming in. Some, of course, are seeing more money from this industry coming in than others.

February ended up being a fairly unsuccessful month for the country’s sports betting industry. A large number of winning Super Bowl wagers led to handle decreases for many states. Things bounced back in a big way in March.

Several states posted large increases in sports betting revenue last month. Most analysts expect to see the same in April. It’s an exciting time for the industry and proves that the US is now home to the biggest sports betting market in the world.

It may not be long before states like California and Texas legalize sports gambling. Lawmakers in both of these states have been working with other state leaders on the issue. Even Florida seems close to getting its sports betting industry operational.

Are you excited to hear about the new gambling rules in Florida being approved? Do you think sports betting will become available here in 2021? Let us know in the comments section below!

Circa Sportsbook to Open at The Pass in Henderson on April 29

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Nevada gaming regulators have given the go-signal for Circa Sports to open a new sportsbook inside the renovated The Pass Casino in Henderson.

According to a report from the Las Vegas Review Journal, a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place inside the sportsbook on April 29th, after which the Pass will start accepting bets at its ticket windows.

Joe DeSimone, owner of The Pass, and Circa Sports director Matt Metcalf will grace the opening ceremony while Circa CEO Derek Stevens and Henderson mayor Debra March are also expected to join the event.

Big Plans for Circa Sports

The launch of the Henderson casino satellite sportsbook comes right after Circa opened a satellite location in Tuscany last March. That facility was Circa’s first outside of downtown Las Vegas. The openings are part of Circa owner Derek Stevens’ big plans for Circa Sports, which is looking to expand not just in Nevada but in the entire United States.

Stevens also opened Circa Resort and Casino in Las Vegas last October. It is the first casino to be built from the ground-up in downtown Las Vegas since 1980. It is also home to the world’s largest sportsbook which is three-stories tall and has a capacity of 1,000 persons.

Water Street District Revival

With the reopening of The Pass and the upcoming launch of its Circa-branded sportsbook, a Water Street District revival is expected. Next door to the Henderson casino is the $26M Henderson Silver Knights practice facility which Mayor March has labeled a “game changer” for Water Street.

The Silver Knights are the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Las Vegas Golden Knights. Players hoping to make the Golden Knights’ team are on the Silver Knights’ roster. Having these major changes in the area is a victory for the Water Street economy.

The former Eldorado Casino

A revamp of the former Eldorado Casino, The Pass Casino at 140 S. Water St. opened its doors last April 1st after a $7M renovation that lasted about 45 days. It has 350 gaming machines, most of which are brand new. It has live gaming options via four blackjack tables, a roulette table, and a craps table.

The Pass Casino opened as the Wheel Casino in 1961 and was sold to a group led by the Boyd family in 1962. The Henderson casino was then reopened as Eldorado and the Boyd family had full ownership of the casino beginning 1966. Eldorado closed it doors last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in December, the Boyd group announced that it was selling the property to its current owners DeSimone Gaming.

March Madness Drives Michigan Online Betting’s March 2021 Figures

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The 2021 March Madness was the first time that Michigan residents could bet legally on college basketball’s postseason and for the Wolverine State, it was a slam dunk.

Based figures released by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, the state’s foray into legal online gambling continues to gain momentum, exceeding expectations that were first thought to be too high.

Effect of March Madness

The MGCB reported that a total of $359.4M were wagered online in March. That represented a 19.1% mark up from the previous month and the driving force behind the increase was March Madness, where the University of Michigan Wolverines made it all the way to the Elite Eight.

Meanwhile, the gross sports betting receipts or the money kept by oddsmakers totaled $32.3M. Combined with retail sports bets, the total betting handle for the month of March was $383.7M, which is 17.1% up on February’s haul of $325.6M. Michigan’s March 2021 handle ranked third in the entire United States, behind only New Jersey ($860M) and Philadelphia ($560M).

Since the start of legal Michigan sports betting in March 2020, oddsmakers in the Wolverine State have generated a lifetime handle of close to $1B which easily surpasses the original projections when the Michigan sports betting bill was being discussed.

Michigan Online Betting Figures

Online gambling launched in the state in mid-January. As of March, there were a total of 12 operators authorized to offer one or both forms of online gambling. BetMGM led all online operators with a gross receipts of $8.7M.

BetMGM, the online platform tied to the MGM Grand Detroit Casino, led the internet pack with almost $30.8M in gross receipts for the month of March. Meanwhile, FanDuel, the online sports betting platform provider of the MotorCity Casino Hotel, paced the online sports betting side with a total handle of close to $107.2M.

Online casinos reported a gross gaming revenue of $95.1M in March which was a 19.2% increase from its February figures. Taxes tied to online gambling are based on adjusted gross receipts and for the month of March 2021, those totaled to $88.7M for internet gaming and $19M for online sports betting.

Tulalip Tribes Reach Sports Betting Agreement With State Commission

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Almost one year after the Washington Legislature voted to legalize sports betting in the state, the terms for the opening of the first sportsbook in Washington has been agreed upon.

Last Friday, the Tulalip Tribes and the Washington State Gambling Commission reached a temporary agreement that will allow legal Washington sports betting sites at two Tulalip Reservation resorts, per an announcement by the state agency.

The 35-page regulations, limits, and controls will now go through a state and federal approval process before the first ever sports bet can be wagered in the state of Washington. The Committee of state legislature and the Gambling Commission will hold hearings and take public comments this spring. After that, the governor and the tribes will sign off the agreement before it is sent to the U.S. Interior Department for Consideration.

National Sports Betting Brands Are Interested

Under the agreement legal Wasington sports betting will include wagers on the top professional sports leagues, the Olympic games, and other international sporting events. College sports bets will also be allowed except for in-state school games. Unlike neighboring Oregon, no online or mobile gaming options will be allowed outside the walls of the authorized tribal casinos.

National sports betting brands like DraftKings, FanDuel, and William Hill have shown interest in competing for the licenses to operate the sportsbooks at the tribal casinos. This was evident during the hearings, and in their public comments to the state Gambling Commission.

Not the Last Agreement

The Tulalip Tribes own the Tulalip Resort Casino and Quil Ceda Creek Casino, both near I-5 on the reservation. The agreement between the Tulalip Tribes is the first between the state gambling commission and a tribal government but it will most certainly be not the last one.

According to the Gambling Commission, 13 to 14 tribes have expressed their interest in offering legal Washington sports betting at their resorts. According to Legal and Legislative manager Brian Considine of the Washington State Gambling Commission, the announcement of the first ever leal Washington sports betting agreement with the Tulalips would launch a cascade of negotiating rounds with the other tribes who now have a concrete agreement to work from.

NFL Signs Sports Betting Deals With Caesars, DraftKings, and FanDuel

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The National Football League (NFL) announced on Thursday that it has inked deals with Caesars Entertainment, DraftKings, and FanDuel to become the league’s official sports betting partners.

Caesars will remain as the NFL’s official casino sponsor and will be called upon to create content and opportunities for customer engagement using its nationwide network of retail sportsbooks. DraftKings is renewing its role as the league daily sports fantasy partner and will integrate content across NFL media channels. FanDuel meanwhile, will have access to league footages and will work with the NFL on pre-game integration opportunities via the NFL Network.

Said Renie Anderson, the NFL’s chief revenue officer and executive director of partnerships:

“As the sports betting landscape has continued to evolve in the United States, we have been thoughtful with our strategy and are excited to announce three partners who share the NFL’s vision and goals. Working closely with Caesars, DraftKings and FanDuel, we will provide fans new and different ways of interacting and engaging with the sport they love.”

Exclusive Access to NFL Trademarks

By virtue of the agreement, the United States’ top three largest sportsbook operators will have exclusive access to the use of the official NFL trademarks with their retail and online sports betting operations. The sportsbook operators will also engage NFL fans in free-to-play games.

The three major sportsbooks are also allowed to integrate sports betting content directly to the NFL’s media properties including its website NFL.com and its mobile app, the NFL App. The financial terms of the deals were not revealed but sources told ESPN that they are all five-year deals which will net the NFL an estimated amount just shy of $1B combined.

Against Sports Betting

The NFL was once one of the staunchest opposition to the legalization of sports betting. It vehemently fought New Jersey’s attempt to overturn a ban on legal sports betting in the United States, claiming that betting on their games could affect the integrity of their games.

But New Jersey won a Supreme Court decision in 2018 to repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, paving the way for the legalization of sports betting in the U.S. Two years later, nearly half of the U.S. states have legalized sports betting in their jurisdiction. With the change in landscape, the NFL finally took advantage of its popularity by cashing in as well.

Lawmakers Pass Arizona Online Sports Betting Bill

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Arizona lawmakers moved companion bills, Senate Bill 1797 and House Bill 2772 through their respective chambers, and approved the House version on a 23-6 vote with one member not voting. The bill now moves to the office of Gov. Doug Ducey, who is expected to sign the bill into a law, legalizing sports and fantasy betting, as well as a keno game which will be run by the state lottery.

As Many as 20 Sports Betting Operators

Arizona’s sports betting bill allows as many as 20 sports betting operators, with the state’s Native American tribes getting 10 and its professional sports organization getting the other 10. All of them can offer online sports betting. Betting on college sports is allowed, except proposition bets. Sports betting operators will be taxed at 8% on all revenue after deducting payouts to bettors.

Under the bill, the Arizona Department of Gaming can license fantasy sports operators, who will be allowed to take online bets. With fantasy sports, gamblers can select virtual teams made up of actual players in recognized sports and place bets on them.

The Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Coyotes, Phoenix Suns, TPC Scottsdale of the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, and Phoenix Raceway which houses annual NASCAR and Indycar events will be permitted to partner with an online operator. Each team could also open a retail sportsbook at their venue or at a nearby property.

Amendments to Gaming Compacts With Tribes

With the passing of the bill, Gov. Ducey is also expected to sign amendments to the gaming compacts with the state’s Native American tribes. Currently, these tribal gaming properties only offer card games such as poker and blackjack. The amendment will allow them to expand offering to include new games such as baccarat, craps, and roulette.

These amendments and the Governor’s decision to allow them to expand to an unspecified number of new casinos in Metro Phoenix helped win their support for the sports betting bill, causing them to lobby on its behalf throughout the legislative process.

Assuming thar Gov. Ducey signs the bill this week, lawmakers expect legal Arizona sports betting to commence before the start of the 2021 NFL season. The Arizona Department of Gaming still has to approve the rules and hand out licenses, which has taken between three to 18 months in other states.

Expanded Sports Betting Bill Filed in North Carolina

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North Carolina just launched sports betting in the state. Now Senators want to expand the bill, allowing online sports betting to take place in the Tar Heel state.

Last week, Senators Paul Lowe Jr., a Democrat from Winston Salem and Republican Jim Perry of Kinston filed Senate Bill 688 which would legalize online and mobile sports betting in the state.

Senate Bill 688

Senate Bill 688 would allow the North Carolina State Lottery Commission to issue gaming licenses to at least 10 online gaming operators but not to exceed 12. These licenses would allow the operators to accept online bets on both professional and collegiate sports, esports, and amateur sports such as the Olympic games.

Application for license would cost $500,000 although the amount would be refunded if the applicant is not approved. The permit would be valid for five years after which, the operator will be required to pay another $100,000 for the next five years. Operators will be required to remit 8% of adjusted gross revenues as state tax.

Although the bill is focused on North Carolina online sports betting, it also allows owners of sports facilities that hold professional events and can accommodate at least 17,000 spectators to have computer betting facilities either inside the sports venue or anywhere within a quarter-mile of the facility.

First NC Sportsbook Opened in March

North Carolina passed in 2019 a legislation that allowed the state’s Native American tribes to open casinos in their jurisdiction. That resulted in the Cherokee Band of Indians to partnering with William Hill to put up retail sportsbook locations in their two Harrah’s themed casinos in the state. These sportsbook opened last month as the first in the state.

The ongoing Kings Mountain Resort project of the Catawba Indian Nation will also be allowed to establish their own retail sportsbook once the casino commences its operations.

Under Senate Bill 688, these tribal casinos are also permitted to join North Carolina Sports betting activities, without counting as one of the 10-12 online sports betting operators allowed under the legislation.