Maryland Lottery & Gaming Control Commission Advances 10 Online/Mobile Sportsbook License Applications

On Thursday, October 27, 2022, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission (MLGCC) announced they have advanced the license applications of the following 10 online/mobile sportsbook operators:

  • American Wagering
  • Barstool
  • Betfred
  • BetMGM
  • Bet Rivers/Rush Street
  • Draft Kings
  • Fanatics
  • FanDuel/Bet Fair
  • Parx Interactive
  • PointsBet

In advancing license applications for these operators, the MLGCC is essentially confirming the operators have cleared the necessary background investigations into their “honesty, integrity, good character and financial suitability to be qualified for a sports wagering license.” The MLGCC’s decision to advance the operator license applications represents another step forward in a multi-phase mobile sportsbook licensing process involving three administrative agencies: the MLGCC, the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC), and the Maryland Lottery & Gaming Control Agency (the Agency). The MLGCC’s decision is not equivalent to a final approval.  continue reading

NJ Legislators Introduce Bill to Classify Esports as Internet Gaming, Expand Esports Gambling Opportunities

In recent years, New Jersey lawmakers and gaming authorities have taken steps to establish the state as a major hub for the Esports industry in the United States. In 2021, the legislature amended New Jersey’s sports betting law to recognize Esports tournaments approved by the Division of Gaming Enforcement (“DGE”) as a type of “sporting event” upon which licensed sportsbooks can accept wagers. The 2021 amendment allowed the state’s retail and online/mobile sportsbooks to bring Esports wagering into the fold of their established sports betting operations. Earlier this year, the DGE also approved Esports Entertainment Group’s Esports-only online/mobile betting platform, Vie, which operates as an online/mobile sportsbook partner of Bally’s Atlantic City. continue reading

After Reaching Last-Minute Deal, Massachusetts House and Senate Pass Retail and Online Sports Betting Bill

On Monday, August 1, 2022, the Massachusetts House and Senate reached a last-minute deal to legalize retail and online sports betting throughout the state. The bill, which Governor Charlie Baker is expected to sign in the coming weeks, would give Massachusetts’ existing casinos, racetrack and simulcast betting facilities the ability to conduct retail and online sports betting operations. As discussed further below, the state’s gaming establishments would also be permitted to partner with third-party online betting platforms, so long as those platforms have been appropriately licensed and approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (the Commission). The bill further imposes a 15% tax on adjusted gross wagering receipts for in-person sports betting operations and a 20% tax on adjusted gross wagering receipts for online/mobile sports betting operations.

Notably, the bill imposes a ban on wagering involving in-state college teams, except when they are playing in tournaments.

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Kansas Enacts “Compromise” Sports Betting Law Designed to Lure Professional Sports Teams

On May 12, 2022, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed S.B. 84 legalizing retail and online sports betting throughout the state. The newly-enacted law represents a compromise between the “single operator” and “free market” frameworks adopted in many other states; it gives the Kansas State Lottery (the Lottery) exclusive ownership and control of retail and online sports betting, but provides that the state’s four commercial casinos shall conduct sports betting operations on the Lottery’s behalf.

In addition to legalizing sports betting, the new law is designed to further the state’s efforts to secure a professional sports franchise, allocating a significant percentage of net betting revenue to a fund established for that very purpose. continue reading