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The Edge Interviews Steve Bittenbender: Discusses Sports Betting in Georgia, Alabama and Missouri

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Half of all SEC states do not have legal sports betting. On The Edge with Larry Henry, Gambling.com Group’s Steve Bittenbender predicts sports betting legislation could be approved during this year’s legislative sessions in Alabama and Georgia in part because of ‘more acceptance among some conservative’ lawmakers.

Sports betting then would require a public vote in Alabama and possibly Georgia. Bittenbender said those two states stand a good chance of legalizing sports betting. “Those are the two, I think, I’m most bullish on,” Bittenbender said of Alabama and Georgia.

In Missouri, ‘rancor’ in the state Senate means a sports betting bill probably won’t pass, Bittenbender said, but the state’s major sports leagues are circulating a petition among registered voters to let the public decide on the November ballot.

The pro sports teams aren’t waiting for the Legislature, Bittenbender said.

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“They’ve been down that road before and they’ve seen how that story ends up,” he said. “The best chance that it’ll have is through this referendum process.”

On Alabama and Georgia:

“In Georgia, it passed the Senate and it’s now going over to the House. And in Alabama, it’s the other way around. It cleared the House first and now it’s going to the Senate. The Senate in Alabama; there’s going to be some opposition to it (sports betting legislation), some conservative opposition.

“But you’ve got Governor Ivey who’s a big supporter of this and I think that’s going to help tip the scales in gaming’s favor.

“And it’s not just sports betting in Alabama, it would give them a lottery. They’re one of five states that don’t have a state lottery so it would give them that. It would give them fully-fledged casinos. There’s a couple of tribal casinos in the state but now they would have, I think, seven Class 3 casinos across the state. And then you would also have sports betting as well.

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“That kind of omnibus legislation, especially with the people that are supporting it, will help get that through in Alabama.

“Georgia is a similar situation but they’ve actually scaled it down. There had been talks in recent years about doing casino resort legislation but they’re just focused right now on doing sports betting, getting that through and maybe looking at other expanded gaming later on down the road.

“In Georgia the question is going to be whether or not it will need a constitutional amendment. There are proponents for it that cite a former Supreme Court judge from the state, who says: sports betting is a lottery game, the lottery is legal under the constitution, so you don’t need an amendment.

“Some people though are kind of concerned, they fear a legal challenge might happen. So, they want to see a referendum on it.

“If it requires a referendum, that would require essentially two votes in the legislature. One to pass the enacting legislation, which would need just a simple majority in both chambers. But a second one for a resolution calling for the referendum, that would require a two thirds majority in both chambers. That’s a little trickier.

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“The way the vote came down in the Senate earlier this month, they had the votes for the two thirds majority in Georgia in the Senate, but I don’t know if they would have that in the House and that’s a key concern that needs to be addressed.”

On Missouri:

“I think it’s happening already (the sports betting petitions having success). The proponents have already started in St Louis, right around the time of the Cardinals FanFest event earlier this month.

“So, they’re not waiting for the legislature, they’ve been down that road before and they’ve seen how that story ends up. And with the way that there’s a lot of rancor right now in the Missouri Senate, not just about sports betting but a lot of things in between, there’s a real fracture between Republicans in that chamber and that’s stalling a lot of things.

“I’m not optimistic at all that a sports betting bill would pass the legislature even though there’s support for it in Jefferson City. The best chance that it’ll have is through this referendum process.”

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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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