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Success for Efforts to Bring Mobile Sports Betting and Resort Casinos to Texas

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The campaigns to bring resort casinos and mobile sports betting to the southern American state of Texas have been given significant boosts via news that a trio of associated legislative efforts have made it beyond the committee stage.

The Texas House of Representatives’ 13-member State Affairs Committee recently voted to advance House Joint Resolution (HJR) 155 and its enabling House Bill (HB) 2843 to the floor of the Texas State Capitol for a full vote. The successful passage of these proposals from Republican legislators Charlie Geren and John Kuempel respectively could see casino gaming brought to a limited number of destination resorts across ‘The Lone Star State’ including two for the area around the city of Dallas.

These two measures are now destined to be put to a vote before the 150 members of the Texas House of Representatives in hopes of being able to organize and hold a referendum on an associated constitutional amendment for as soon as November 7. Should residents of the giant state subsequently support this plebiscite and Texas would be permitted to license as many as eight Las Vegas-style resort casinos featuring high-class entertainment complexes, restaurants and gaming floors in addition to four or five-star hotels, convention facilities and retail elements.

Adding to this and the members of the State Affairs Committee have similarly approved a proposal from local Republican legislator Jeff Leach that is seeking permission to bring mobile sports betting to Texas. This measure is now destined to go for a vote before the full Texas House of Representatives and calls for individual operators to pay a 10% betting revenues tax after stumping up a $500,000 licensing fee.

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The pro-casino Texas Destination Resort Alliance lobby group applauded the former moves and explained that millions of Texans currently travel to casinos in neighboring states such as Louisiana and Oklahoma where they annually spend an estimated $5 billion. The group’s spokesperson, Matt Hirsch, furthermore asserted that bringing such gambling-friendly facilities to cities such as Dallas, Houston and San Antonio would engender massive economic growth, create thousands of jobs and allow the jurisdiction to collect billions of dollars in tax that could be used to support a range of public safety, infrastructure and education programs.

“The efforts to bring destination resorts to Texas made significant progress with today’s vote,” Hirsch said. “Texans have made it clear that they want destination resorts in Texas and we are now one step closer to ultimately allowing them to decide on this issue. Our members thank and applaud the State Affairs Committee members for advancing Representative Geren’s and Representative Kuempel’s legislation.”

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Betsson Obtains Local Gaming Licenses in Peru

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A subsidiary of Betsson AB has obtained its first local licenses for the newly regulated market in Peru. The licenses cover online casino and sports betting for the Betsson and Betsafe brands. Further, licenses for the Inkabet brand are expected to be obtained soon.

Betsson began its Latin American venture already in 2008 and has since then positioned itself as the most recognized sports betting brand in Peru. In 2019, the Group further strengthened its position toward the country with the launch of its Betsafe brand. Two years later Inkabet, a Peruvian-facing sports betting and online casino business, was acquired.

Besides the new licenses, the Group holds licenses in two other key markets in the region, Colombia, and Argentina. In Argentina, Betsson holds licenses in Buenos Aires City, Buenos Aires province, and Córdoba.

Pontus Lindwall, President and CEO of Betsson AB, said: “We have really looked forward to Peru introducing a local regulation and are very pleased with the issuing of these licenses. With this announcement, we affirm our commitment to the local economy and the new regulatory framework in the country.”

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LSports Receives Approval to Offer Sports Betting Data Services in Peru

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LSports has announced that the company has received approval from the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR). This regulatory approval marks a significant milestone in LSports’ expansion across Latin America, allowing the company to offer its comprehensive sports betting data services to local operators in Peru.

With this B2B license, LSports can now provide its advanced sports betting data solutions to companies in Peru’s iGaming sector, enabling them to enhance their offerings and compete effectively in the market.

Dotan Lazar, CEO of LSports, said: “This is a significant step in expanding LSports’ footprint in Latin America. We are delighted to be among the first data providers accredited in Peru. The market has great potential, and we look forward to helping our partners launch competitive offerings.”

Lazar added: “The acceptance of this B2B license reinforces LSports’ position as a leading sports betting data supplier in a region known for its passionate fans and vibrant sports culture. LSports is committed to supporting its partners in Peru and beyond, helping them navigate the complexities of the market and achieve sustainable growth. We offer free consultations on expansion strategy and encourage bookies to contact us.”

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WorldMatch Certifies Games for Peru

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WorldMatch has achieved a significant milestone by certifying its games in Peru with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru (MINCETUR), enhancing its presence in the Latin American market.

Fully compliant with Peruvian regulations, WorldMatch will enable local operators to leverage the company’s innovative and engaging online casino gaming content.

WorldMatch’s Commercial Director for Latam & Iberia, Carlos Garcia Carvajal, said: “WorldMatch has a proven track record of successful offerings in Latin American markets, and we are thrilled to be fully prepared and ready to provide our services immediately in the regulated Peruvian online market. Peru holds great potential as a market, and we are eager to support our partners in launching competitive online gaming content. Our premium game portfolio will offer an enjoyable experience for Peruvian players.”

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