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Brazilian Integrity Association launched to protect the future of sports

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Genius Sports, Entain, Rei Do Pitaco, Bichara e Motta and Maia Yoshiyasu Advogados (FYMSA) law firms today announced the formation of the “Associação Brasileira de Defesa da Integridade do Esporte” (“ABRADIE”) a non-profit organization that will address issues threatening the integrity of Brazilian sports.

Bringing together leading representatives from the betting industry, law enforcement, players, fans, sports governing bodies, teams and the legal profession, this association’s principal goal is to protect consumers, sports leagues and other stakeholders from possible fraud caused by the unfair manipulation of events on which betting is offered, including match-fixing and spot-fixing.

The association is a not-for-profit organization designed as a collaborative entity to partner with the regulator, federal, state law enforcement and other stakeholders to detect and discourage fraud and other illegal or unethical activity related to betting on sporting events.

The group of experts will conduct consultations and events in order to discuss a range of issues, including whether there is more that can be done to improve communication and collaboration between sports, betting operators, police and the regulator. These consultations will be designed to assess the current integrity measures that are in place regarding sports betting with a view to ensuring they are as robust as possible, as well as the education of players, match officials and anyone associated with sport. The key focus will be on how suspicious betting patterns are identified and evaluated across Brazilian sports.

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In addition, the Association will discuss the importance of introducing robust responsible gaming practices across the industry to better protect consumers. The experts will work on delivering an action plan that can be presented to the government for their consideration. The newly formed Association is expected to deliver a report with a clear set of recommendations to help uphold integrity in sports and associated betting, which will be presented to the government to consider the committee’s recommendations.

Chris Dougan, Chief Communications Officer at Genius Sports, the Premier League’s sports integrity partner and founding member of ABRADIE, said “We are excited to launch Brazil’s first Sports Integrity Association, to champion a safe and secure betting environment for consumers across the country. We look forward to working with regulators, members of law enforcement, operators, sports leagues and other key stakeholders to prevent fraud and protect the integrity of sports.”

Commenting on the launch of the Association, Martin Lycka, Senior Vice President of American Regulatory Affairs and Responsible Gambling at Entain stated: “As part of Entain’s ongoing commitment to only operate in well-regulated and governed markets, I’m pleased to see that the industry is coming together to support the integrity of Brazilian sports and prevent match fixing. This is one of the key underlying factors of any betting regulation, including the upcoming Brazilian one.”

Also reinforcing the importance of ABRADIE’s launching, Rafael Marchetti Marcondes, Chief Legal Officer of Rei do Pitaco, comments: “Rei do Pitaco supports initiatives that advocate for sports integrity, encourage responsible gaming practices and foster a sustainable growth of the sports betting market. Cases that could jeopardize the reputation of the sport, like match or spot-fixing or the participation of minors as bettors, must be monitored and punished, as all stakeholders in the betting market lose out to fraudulent and criminal attitudes. Cooperation among all involved entities, public or private, is mandatory to combat activities that harm the sport and its development.”

“Our firm is excited to launch this collaborative project with such essential player in the sports and betting industries. Our focus is to protect the integrity of sport in Brazil and to assist the Government, the Congress and sports entities to apply the best international practices to our upcoming Brazilian sports betting regulation” said Marcos Motta, founding partner at Bichara e Motta law firm.

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“The association is being created at a critical time, when the Brazilian market is growing rapidly and finalizing its regulation. Safeguarding the integrity of sports is paramount for the sports betting industry and the ABRADIE membership will demonstrate their commitment to industry best practices, supporting the Government, sports bodies and other stakeholders in protecting sports from the threats of betting related corruption. It is an honor for Maia Yoshiyasu Advogado to be a part of ABRADIE.” – added Luiz Felipe Maia

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Stillwater Gaming & CasinoTrac Expand Again at Tahoe Nugget Casino

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Table Trac Inc. announced that the Tahoe Nugget Casino, located in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, will soon have its CasinoTrac casino management system installed.

Stillwater Gaming owns and operates multiple casino properties throughout Nevada, in Churchill and Lyon counties and the Carson Valley. These locations feature slot machines as well as entertainment, hotels, bars and restaurants.

“We are excited to again be the system of choice for Stillwater Gaming as they continue its expansion into the Lake Tahoe area,” said Chad Hoehne, President of Table Trac Inc.

“When I think about CasinoTrac, I see great value. The system is developed and supported by professionals who are truly focused on the end user – casino guests. I am impressed with the stability of the CasinoTrac system as we have utilized it in many of our casinos. Additionally, I particularly like the fact that Table Trac is a company dedicated completely to gaming systems. That focus appears to be what drives the quality of the system and the culture of the Table Trac Team,” said Scott Tate of Stillwater Gaming LLC.

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SUZOHAPP Becomes Sponsor of Canadian Gaming Summit

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SUZOHAPP has become a sponsor of this year’s Canadian Gaming Summit.

“We are thrilled to participate in and support the Canadian Gaming Summit, as Canada presents immense opportunities in the retail sector and the industry is rapidly expanding in this region. Ontario was the first territory to allow retail sports betting and our installation of sports betting terminals in premier locations such as Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara has set the stage for further expansion in that market,” Sim Bielak, President of SUZOHAPP, said.

Sim Bielak will be a speaker on one of the panels, sharing his industry insight on capturing the attention of the next generation of Canadian gamblers. The panel, titled “Next-Gen gamification: engaging Millennials and Gen Z”, is scheduled for Thursday 20 from 11.45 am – 12.30 pm.

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US Supreme Court Refuses to Take Up Challenge to Florida Online Sports Betting Compact

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a challenge to an agreement that gave the Seminole Tribe exclusive rights to handle online sports betting in Florida, dealing a blow to the deal’s opponents.

The nation’s highest court denied a petition from opponents of the compact, which promises to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars for the tribe and the state.

The decision was the latest setback for West Flagler Associates and the Bonita-Fort Myers Corp., which operate racetracks and poker rooms in Florida. In March, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the companies had filed the wrong type of petition to challenge the 2021 compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration.

“What’s important with today’s announcement is that the most significant barrier to online sports betting in Florida has been removed,” said Daniel Wallach, a South Florida attorney and sports betting law expert who had filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to either take up the case or reverse it outright.

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The companies say the compact gives the tribe a sports betting monopoly in the nation’s third-most populous state and that the U.S. Department of Interior wrongly approved the compact even though it violates the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which requires that gambling occur on tribal lands.

The plaintiffs questioned whether online sports bets that can be placed from anywhere in Florida could be considered to be on tribal land when only the computer servers that host the betting services are located there.

They said DeSantis and the Legislature, which approved the compact, improperly exceeded their powers by authorizing sports betting off tribal lands.

In their state court challenge, they argued that the deal creates a backdoor way out of a requirement, passed by voters in 2018 as an amendment to the Florida Constitution, that a citizens initiative is needed to expand casino gambling outside of tribal land. The tribe has argued that the Legislature has the authority to decide where online gambling is initiated and that the amendment doesn’t change that.

Attorneys for DeSantis and the legislative leaders have said that sports betting is different from casino gambling and therefore isn’t prohibited by the amendment.

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The tribe launched its online sports betting operation late last year, and Florida’s share of revenues is already $357 million from last December through May. State economic forecasters predict that the revenue sharing from tribal gambling could total $4.4 billion through the end of this decade.

The decision by the Supreme Court “means members of the Seminole Tribe and all Floridians can count on a bright future made possible by the Compact,” the tribe said in a statement.

Monday’s decision could encourage other tribes to follow the same path to operate online gambling, Wallach said.

“Tribes in other states stand to benefit from this decision because now they have a clear roadmap that has cleared judicial review. I would expect to see efforts ramped up in other states,” Wallach said.

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