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

Arkansas Online Sports Betting Delayed Until at Least March 2022

As we reported previously, in December 2021, the Arkansas Racing Commission voted to amend the state’s casino gaming rules to allow online/mobile sports betting throughout the state. The amended rules take effect immediately upon approval by the Arkansas Legislative Council, which was planning to consider the rules at its January 28 meeting. Earlier this week, however, the Commission asked the Council hold off on considering the amended rules until its next meeting, scheduled for March 18, 2022.

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Maverick Gaming LLC Mounts Legal Challenge to Washington’s Sports Betting Framework, Indian Gaming Regulatory Act

On January 11, 2022, Maverick Gaming LLC (Maverick), a non-tribal cardroom and casino operator, initiated a lawsuit in D.C. federal court challenging Washington state’s sports betting framework, which grants federally-recognized Indian tribes the right to offer sports betting (and certain other class III games), but makes it illegal for non-tribal entities to engage in such activity.

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