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Louisiana Legislature Approves Legislation Establishing Framework for Retail and Online Sports Betting

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Louisiana Legislature Approves Legislation Establishing Framework for Retail and Online Sports Betting

 

The Louisiana State Legislature has approved the legislation establishing a licensing framework for retail and online sports betting.

The legislation is one of two bills passed to facilitate retail and online sports betting in Louisiana. The other bill, which imposes a 10% tax on proceeds from in-person sports betting and a 15% tax on net proceeds from online sports betting, was signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards on June 4. Governor Edwards is expected to sign the licensing bill in the coming days.

According to the legislation, sports betting will be governed by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board (the Board). The Board will be authorized to issue up to 20 sportsbook operator licenses, which will allow licensees to offer retail and online sports wagering. The Board will initially make operator licenses available to (i) Harrah’s New Orleans, the state’s sole land-based casino; (ii) the state’s fifteen licensed riverboat casinos; and (iii) the state’s four racinos (provided they first obtain approval from the Louisiana State Racing Commission). If one or more of these organizations decide not to pursue a license or fail to apply before the Board-imposed deadline, the Board will open up the application process to the state’s licensed video poker establishments and fantasy sports contest operators.

If the number of “second round” applicants exceeds the number of remaining licenses, the Board will initiate a concealed bidding process, ranking applicants based on their potential to generate the greatest amount of revenue for the state. Factors the Board will consider include, among other things, (i) adequacy of applicant’s capitalization; (ii) applicant’s financial history; (iii) applicant’s history of compliance or non-compliance with licensing or regulatory obligations in Louisiana or any other state; and (iv) nature of any litigation pending against the applicant.

The Board will also issue a separate sportsbook license to the Louisiana Lottery Corporation, which will allow the Lottery to offer mobile betting through electronic kiosks placed in bars, restaurants, supermarkets, etc.

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Court Decision Upholds iGaming Ontario’s Model

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iGaming Ontario has welcomed the decision of the Ontario Superior Court, which found that iGaming Ontario’s model is consistent with the Criminal Code and that iGaming Ontario is conducting and managing igaming in the province.

“We have always been confident in our model and are pleased that the court has ruled in our favour, and that Ontarians can continue to play with confidence in our regulated igaming market,” said Martha Otton, Executive Director of iGaming Ontario.

“Ontario’s model meets the requirements and contributes to the public good by protecting players, their data and their funds, while helping to fund priority public services in Ontario, and bringing well-paid, high-tech jobs and economic development to Ontario,” Otton added.

In dismissing the application brought forward by the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK), the Superior Court found that iGaming Ontario is the “operating mind” behind Ontario’s competitive igaming market in accordance with the conduct and manage requirements of the Criminal Code.

iGaming Ontario will continue to conduct and manage igaming as it has since the launch of the regulated market on April 4, 2022.

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Supremeland Gaming Continues U.S. Expansion With Supplier License Approval In Michigan

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Supremeland Gaming Continues U.S. Expansion With Supplier License Approval In Michigan

 

Supremeland Gaming, Inc., the emerging brand in American iGaming, has gained approval for a Supplier License in Michigan, marking the company’s fourth U.S. state approval following the successful acquisition of interim approvals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and West Virginia.

Supremeland Gaming is approved to operate under this license and is now authorized to offer its cutting-edge innovation to the Great Lakes State. Their continued expansion underscores its commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation in the iGaming industry.

Rickard Öhrn, CEO of Supremeland Gaming, said: “With approvals already in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and West Virginia, our entry into Michigan underscores our dedication to serving players nationwide. We are excited about the opportunities this new market brings and look forward to delivering innovative, engaging, and responsible gaming solutions to the rapidly growing U.S. iGaming community.”

Supremeland’s game portfolio has garnered international appeal since its debut in November 2023. The innovative brand produces first-class games, including Red Panda Rising™ and its global debut, Munition Mine™, for which its subsidiary, Powderkeg Studios, is shortlisted at the CasinoBeats Game Developer Awards.

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Greyhound Advocates Applaud Gov. Ned Lamont for Signing Bill to Outlaw Dog Racing

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The largest greyhound protection group in the world thanked Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont for signing a bill to outlaw greyhound racing, calling the new law a victory for everyone who cares about dogs.

“The end of dog racing in Connecticut has finally come because of the hard work of dedicated lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Greyhound advocates everywhere applaud Governor Lamont’s enthusiastic stand against this cruel industry. Connecticut now joins 42 other states that have already rejected this outdated and inhumane form of gambling,” said GREY2K USA President and General Counsel Christine A. Dorchak.

Greyhound racing is now illegal in 43 states, and only continues to exist at two tracks in West Virginia. After dog racing gradually declined for decades, Florida voters outlawed the activity in 2018 by a vote of 69% to 31%, closing twelve operational racetracks. A bill to prohibit gambling on greyhound racing nationwide was introduced in the 117th Congress and earned the support of 105 cosponsors and more than 250 humane groups, anti-gambling organizations, and local animal shelters.

All mainstream animal protection groups oppose greyhound racing due to animal welfare concerns. At the last two remaining dog tracks in West Virginia, state records indicate that 666 greyhounds were injured in 2022 including 218 dogs that suffered broken bones and five greyhounds that died. Thousands of dogs also endure lives of confinement at West Virginia tracks, kept in cages barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around for long hours each day.

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