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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, April 20, 2016

“We want as little government intrusion on things like this as possible, but in this case it is a billion-dollar industry, and it’s just taking off. There should be some type of oversight just to make sure that things don’t get out of hand and it does not violate any laws that we have.” Tennessee state Sen. Ed Jackson, R-Jackson, said of the state’s Fantasy Sports Tax Act, in WBBJ “As betting on sports becomes more popular each year—a record $132.5 million was wagered legally in Nevada while more than $4 billion was bet illegally — sports fans overwhelmingly want the prohibition to end.” AGA President Geoff Freeman said in anticipation of federal briefing held today on regulating the sports betting industry, in Legal Sports Report


Online Poker Bills Slowed In New York And California (CA – Internet Poker)
iGaming Player (April 19, 2016) Efforts to pass online poker bills in both New York and California seem to have hit another snag and it’s unlikely the bills will pass anytime soon. In New York, the main sponsor of legislation said he doubts the bill can pass the state legislature this year.
West Sonoma County’s Graton Casino Installs Electric-Vehicle Chargers (CA – Casino Upgrades)
The North Bay Business Journal (April 19, 2016) Graton Resort & Casino has installed seven new electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations in the parking structure adjoining the casino. Graton guests will be able to use three different versions of EV chargers, all of which are able to accommodate and fully charge any electric vehicle model, anywhere from 30 minutes up to 10 hours.
Tech Entrepreneurs And Start-Ups To Take Centre Stage At Gigse 2016 (CA – Gaming Conferences)
Gaming Insider (April 20, 2016) April sees the return of the Global iGaming Summit & Expo, an event that historically attracts the major names in the online gambling world from the US West Coast, Nevada, and further afield.
Merced To Welcome No-Limit Bets, More Poker Tables (CA – Card Clubs)
Merced Sun-Star (April 19, 2016) Poker players can expect soon to have no betting limits at the growing number of gaming tables in Merced, which should allow local card rooms to better compete with regional casinos, according to card room owners.
PokerStars License Renewed In New Jersey; Panama Papers Point To Baazov (NJ – Internet Poker)
iGaming Player (April 19, 2016) New Jersey regulators have extended Amaya Gaming’s temporary online gambling license in the state allowing PokerStars to continue operating for another six months. Meanwhile, Amaya CEO David Baazov, who is facing insider trading charges in Canada, has been connected to the Panama Papers.
Michigan Online Gambling Bill Looks To International Liquidity Sharing (MI – Internet Poker)
Casino.org (April 18, 2016) A Michigan online gambling bill presented Friday might one day permit the state’s poker players to play in international liquidity pools.
Coquille Tribe Offended By State's Lottery Campaign (OR – State Lotteries)
The World Link (April 20, 2016) The Coquille Indian Tribe is pushing back this week at the Oregon Lottery's "Lewis and Clark" advertising campaign, saying it's insensitive to indigenous people, and is placing emphasis on government enterprise over private business.
Is Major League Baseball Ready To Embrace Sports Betting? (US – Sports Betting)
Forbes (April 19, 2016) There is a new player in the realm of sports data and analysis, which comes by way of a merger between two notable technology companies – SportingPulse and Betgenius.
PGA Tour Issues Gambling RFPs (US – Sports Betting)
iGaming Player (April 19, 2016) Desiring a piece of the $2.8 billion golf betting generates annually, the PGA Tour issued requests for proposals to data companies for the right to package real-time data into feeds for gambling operations.
Push For Legal U.S. Sports Betting Heads To Capitol Hill (US – Sports Betting)
Legal Sports Report (April 19, 2016) The American Gaming Association and Sport Integrity Monitor will host a briefing to explain the issues and opportunities offered by legal and regulated sports betting on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Congress To Hold Hearing About DFS And Online Gambling Next Month (US – Fantasy Sports)
Online Casino Reports (April 19, 2016) Less than one week from now, a Congressional subcommittee will hold a hearing on daily fantasy sports and online gambling.
Lightning Strikes Twice In One Day For Fantasy Sports: Mississippi Passes Bill (MS – Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (April 19,2016) The daily fantasy sports industry had one of its best days ever legislatively, as Mississippi joined Tennessee in moving a bill legalizing and regulating DFS on to the governor on Tuesday.
A Third Daily Fantasy Sports Regulation Law Appears To Be On The Way (TN – Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (April 19, 2016) Tennessee became the third state to send a bill that would regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports to a governor when the state Senate passed legislation on Tuesday.
Illinois Fantasy Sports Bill Gets A Makeover (IL – Fantasy Sports)
Crain’s Chicago Business (April 19, 2016) Fantasy sports game operators would be regulated by the Illinois Gaming Board, face a tiered license fee structure and pay taxes on a sliding scale under an amended bill filed today in Springfield.