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Sports Betting Banned In States With 2024 Super Bowl Teams

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The Super Bowl game this year between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs will be a major day for legal sports betting — but not in the states that are home to the two teams.

Sports betting is illegal in the nation’s most populated state, California (49ers), and Missouri (Chiefs).

Gambling.com Legislation Expert Larry Henry took a look at how attempts at legislation in both states are progressing – along with some key quotes from his ‘The Edge’ interview with Gary Jenkins, an attorney and former Kansas City Police Department intelligence detective:

In California, a heated effort during the 2022 election to legalize commercial sports betting was unsuccessful, leaving tribal leaders at odds with regulated online sportsbook operators hoping to enter the market.

This year, a proposed sports betting ballot initiative already has been withdrawn, prompting speculation from industry observers that California, mired in wrangling over the issue, might remain without legal sports betting for at least two more years.

In Missouri, the Legislature again this year has taken up a sports betting measure, but its chances are questionable in part because of a stalemate over unregulated slot machines in bars and gas stations, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

With this dispute as a backdrop, Missouri’s major professional teams are attempting to circumvent the Legislature by seeking enough signatures from registered voters to put the issue on the Nov. 5 ballot. More than 170,000 signatures are required by May 8.

Gary Jenkins, an attorney and former Kansas City Police Department intelligence detective, said on Gambling.com’s “The Edge” that Missourians are crossing into bordering states to place legal sports bets, costing his home state money in lost revenue.

“We’re losing millions and millions in tax dollars,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins, who investigated Mob street rackets like illegal sports betting during his time as a police detective, said Missouri residents want to be able to bet legally on sports.

“They don’t see anything wrong with it,” he said. “They’ve been doing it with their friends for years.”

 

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Pace-O-Matic Wins Landmark Texas Court Case: A Victory for Small Business Owners and Community Organizations

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Pace-O-Matic, the industry leader in skill-based games, today announced a significant legal victory in Texas, affirming the legality of its skill-based games. This ruling, issued Tuesday evening by State District Judge Laurine Blake, emphasized that such games are not considered gambling under Texas law. The ruling represents a triumph for small business owners, bar owners, and fraternal organizations who rely on these games to attract customers and support their businesses.

Michael Barley, Chief Public Affairs Officer at Pace-O-Matic, stated, “This ruling is a monumental victory for the small businesses and community organizations that have been able to thrive thanks to skill-based gaming. Our commitment to providing legal, enjoyable, and skill-based gaming options has once again been validated by the courts.”

This legal win underscores Pace-O-Matic’s dedication to fostering a responsible gaming environment while supporting local economies and community groups.

For more information visit Pace-O-Matic

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NJDGE Closes its Investigation of Evolution AB with No Further Action

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Evolution AB has been informed by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) that it has conducted an investigation into allegations of misconduct by Evolution AB and that its investigation has been closed with no further action taken.

In November 2021 the NJDGE received a report prepared by an unidentified firm alleging misconduct by Evolution AB. Following receipt of the report, the NJDGE commenced a thorough investigation into the allegations to determine their validity.

The NJDGE found no evidence that Evolution sanctioned, promoted, permitted, or otherwise materially benefitted from its content offered by operators in any market that the NJDGE considers a prohibited jurisdiction.

Evolution also conducted an internal review, while concluding that its due diligence and compliance processes were sufficient, Evolution took the opportunity to enhance its processes. The NJDGE supports the enhancements that Evolution has made. The enhancements did not relate to any jurisdictional violations.

The NJDGE’s investigation into this matter is closed requiring no further action.

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Supremeland Gaming Moves into the United States Gaming Market After Gaining Landmark Approval in Pennsylvania

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The innovative brand is set to pave the way for unprecedented gaming excellence and innovation in ‘The Keystone State’

Supremeland Gaming Incorporated (Supremeland Gaming), the dynamic and innovative iGaming challenger, is thrilled to announce the attainment of its first-ever gaming approval in the United States, marking a significant milestone in the company’s expansion strategy. The studio has received official interim authorization from the state of Pennsylvania, a key market for the gaming industry in the United States.

The approval allows Supremeland Gaming to operate in the state of Pennsylvania and propels it into a new era of opportunities and growth on the global stage. The brand is set to unveil multiple explosive titles in the coming months designed by the in-house design studio Powderkeg with an unwavering commitment to delivering unparalleled entertainment experiences.

“Securing our first United States gaming approval in Pennsylvania marks not just a milestone, but a testament to our commitment to innovation and the limitless possibilities that lie ahead,” the Executive Chairman for Supremeland Gaming, Johan Apel, said. “With ‘The Keystone State’ as our gaming canvas, we eagerly anticipate transforming the landscape, pushing boundaries and creating immersive experiences that resonate within this new American base.”

With a team of skilled developers, designers and storytellers, the company is committed to delivering games that will captivate audiences and establish Supremeland Gaming as a prominent player in the United States iGaming industry.

“We are thrilled to have obtained our first approval in the United States and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce our titles to the American iGaming community,” the Chief Executive Officer for Supremeland Gaming, Rickard Ohrn, said. “This is a momentous occasion for Supremeland Gaming and we are eager to contribute to the vibrant gaming culture in Pennsylvania and beyond.”

For more information, visit Supremeland. io.

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