‘SLOT Act’ Seeks to Increase Jackpot IRS Threshold to $5K

Federal legislation introduced today by leaders of the Congressional Gaming Caucus would greatly increase the amount of money needed to be won on a slot machine spin to trigger an IRS report. Creatively named the SLOT Act — or “Shifting Limits on Thresholds Act” — the bipartisan legislation comes from US Representatives Dina Titus (D-Nevada) … Read more

Match-Fixing at Record Levels in 2021 as Global Sports Betting Revenues Hit $1.6T

Match-fixing was back in vogue in 2021, rising in line with global sports betting revenues, which exceeded $1.6 trillion for the first time. That’s according to a new report by Swiss data analytics and integrity firm Sportradar, titled Betting Corruption and Match-fixing in 2021. It makes for grim reading. Sportradar’s Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS) … Read more

Ontario Sports Betting Regulations Prohibit Promotional Advertising

Ontario is only a few weeks away from its entry into legal commercial iGaming and mobile sports betting. But unlike in the US where sportsbooks and internet casinos flood new markets with marketing promos targeting potential players with an array of signup incentives, regulations in Canada’s largest province prohibit such advertising. Ontario’s Legislative Assembly last … Read more

Arkansas Sports Betting Begins Online, 21st State with Legal Mobile Wagering

Arkansas has officially joined 20 other states, plus DC, in launching legal online sports betting. The Arkansas Racing Commission (ARC) in late December approved of its mobile sports betting regulations. A little more than two months later, Southland Casino in West Memphis was first to launch its regulated online sportsbook. Southland’s Betly Sports internet sportsbook … Read more

NHL Star Connor McDavid Makes History, Becomes BetMGM Brand Ambassador

As we near the four-year anniversary of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) repeal, there aren’t many sports betting firsts left to be claimed. But one of those happened on Friday, when NHL All-Star Connor McDavid signed an endorsement deal with BetMGM. With the Edmonton Oilers captain now a brand ambassador for the … Read more

Terre Haute Casino Groundbreaking Draws Closer After Rezoning Approved

A couple of key steps were taken this past week as officials in Terre Haute, Ind., signed off on changes Churchill Downs Inc. made to its planned casino in the west central Indiana city. On Thursday, the Terre Haute City Council voted to approve a zoning change to roughly 50 acres of property on the … Read more

Kentucky Cockfighting Investigations Lead to Federal Indictments Against 17 People

Some 17 Kentuckians face federal charges of animal cruelty tied to cockfighting after being indicted by a grand jury. That’s according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky, which announced the cases on Wednesday. The charges came through four indictments, each separate. Authorities say they found individuals either planning a cockfighting … Read more

Brazilian Serie A Soccer: Only One Team Not Tied to Sports Betting

Most countries are determined to separate sports and sports betting. Brazil, which doesn’t even have legal sports betting yet, is going in the opposite direction. Around the world, countries that have legal sports betting want to build a wall between sportsbooks and sports organizations. Italy, the UK, Australia and others spend an exorbitant amount of … Read more

Indonesians Held by Chinese Syndicates in Cambodia Freed by Police

Cambodian authorities have rescued as many as 44 Indonesian nationals held hostage by Chinese syndicates. The gangs forced them to work in a number of illegal gambling enterprises before the government intervened. The Khmer Times reports that the release of the Indonesians came after days of negotiations that involved careful coordination with Cambodian law enforcement … Read more