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Alabama, one of the states with stringent laws against any form of gaming, could change its gaming regulation. At present, the only form of gambling allowed is through a Native American casino. But it could change soon.

Some state legislators are urging the citizens of Alabama to vote whether they want to allow gambling in the state. The issue is certain to be subjected to intense debate.  Some religious minded groups want it to remain banned, while some in the government see it as a potential revenue-making opportunity in gambling.

Alabama has historically never been a proponent of gambling. Like many areas in the South and Southeast, Alabama is home to a large number of conservative Christians, who believe gambling is a sin. They based their belief on a verse from the Bible, specifically 1 Tim. 6:10, which says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

However, where Christians have a stronger issue is with the different types of gambling. Some Christians believe it should be left up to the individual whether he or she should gamble.

Others do not seem to have a problem with someone who plays a $2 lottery ticket or participates in a small office betting pool for the NCAA tournament. But, they frown upon casino gambling.

The Possibility of Gaming in Alabama

Alabama right now, more than at any other time in its history, may be ripe for a gambling push. First, Alabama only has to look to its neighbours to the east and west to note the enormous amount of money flowing into those states’ coffers. Mississippi allows casinos in the northern part of the state along the Mississippi River, as well as along the Gulf Coast. It reported the casinos brought in more than $2 billion in revenue in 2017. This figure is revenue only, without the added tourism dollars. All the revenue spent in casinos means hundreds of dollars of revenue for Mississippi’s economy, and it is needed. Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the nation. The increased revenue flowing into the state has helped with infrastructure, educational, poverty and social programmes.

In contrast, Georgia does not have casino gambling. However, the state has had a lottery for 25 years. All the revenue from the Georgia Lottery is earmarked for two educational programmes: a fully funded Pre-K programme for 4-year-old preschool children statewide and a scholarship programme that allows vocational, two-year and four-year college students to attend state colleges and universities tuition-free. Georgia has received more than $150 billion in the 25 years the programme has been in operation.

Alabama could benefit from the additional services that come from gambling revenue, and some members of the legislature are looking to the potential of the lottery to raise funding for educational and other service programmes. Many Alabamians see no problem with a state lottery with proceeds going to education.

Also, Alabama benefits from tourism dollars. In fact, it relies on it for some of its revenue. Many people visit the coastline of Alabama for its beaches, so locating one or two casinos in that area could also bring in more tourist dollars.

Some legislators have also noted that Alabama is home to some of the largest sports fanatics in the United States, especially when it comes to college football. Two of the most successful college programmes in history reside in Alabama. Therefore, if the state allowed sports gambling on football, millions of dollars could be raised to benefit state programmes.

It would seem that now is the time for Alabama to allow gambling to be put on the ballot for a vote.

 

Source: usaonlinecasino.com


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Bethard.com is granted license to operate in Denmark

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“2018 is a truly exciting year for us” – Erik Skarp, CEO

”We are very satisfied to get a green light in Denmark and we look forward to start growing our presence in the Danish market”, said Erik Skarp, co-founder and CEO of Bethard Group. ”2018 is a truly exciting year for us, one in which we are determined to lay a solid foundation for establishing Bethard as Europe’s leading sports betting brand. And we have had a great start. First with the announcement of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ joining our team, followed by a very successful start in the UK market and a great World Cup. Now the time has come to conquer Denmark”.

Bethard.com is currently licensed in Malta, Denmark and the UK. Applications for a gambling license has been filed in Sweden. Work on a license application for a state license in Schleswig-Holstein in Germany has been initiated. The company is actively seeking licenses in several other markets and expects to have a licensed presence in most key European markets already by 2020.

Bethard will start welcoming Danish players to the site within weeks.

For more information, please contact:


Erik Skarp, co-founder and CEO Bethard Group Ltd
E-mail: erik@bethardgroup.com

Jan Lindow, CMO Bethard Group Ltd
E-mail: media@bethardgroup.com


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1xBet announces sponsorship with the Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham has announced a new long-term agreement with 1XBET as its Official Betting Partner for Africa. 1XBET is one of the most visited betting and gaming websites in the world, with over 1,000 available markets.

As part of the partnership, 1XBET will have an in-stadium advertising presence at the Club’s home matches on the LED perimeter system, as well as a presence on the new website and digital channels across the continent.

The Club has 100 million followers across Africa and fully mobilised official Supporters’ Clubs in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. To celebrate the launch of the partnership, 1XBET is offering the Club’s fans the opportunity to win a signed shirt if they can successfully predict which Tottenham Hotspur player scores our first goal at home this season.

This is 1XBET’s first partnership in English football following high profile existing relationships with the CAF African Nations Cup and the Nigerian Football Association.

Fran Jones, Head of Partnerships, Tottenham Hotspur, said: “We are delighted to welcome 1XBET to the Tottenham Hotspur partner family and look forward to working with them to engage with and grow our African fan base.”

Eugene Kiryukhin, 1XBET’s Director for Development of International Partners, added: “We are thrilled to sign with Tottenham Hotspur, they have impressed us with their vision for the future, their players, their new stadium and we are committed to helping each other grow in Africa. We look forward to working alongside and supporting them.”


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Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Reports Table Games Revenue for July

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HARRISBURG, Pa.Aug. 16, 2018 – Figures released and posted today by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on its web site, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov, display tables games revenue for July 2018 at $73,820,267 a decrease of 5.2% over July of last year when revenue was $77,855,644.

The Board also reported that when combining July’s table games revenue with the earlier reported July slot machine revenue, total gaming revenue decreased by 3.3% compared to July of last year.

The Board is also reporting total tax revenue from table games play during July in the amount of $11,888,675* with an average of 1,272 tables in daily operation statewide.

Gross table games revenue at each of the casinos for July 2018 and July 2017 along with a similar comparison for total casino gaming revenue are displayed in the following tables:

Casino

July 2018 Table
Games
Revenue

July 2017 Table
Games
Revenue

% Change

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem

$21,136,815

$20,616,680

2.52%

Parx Casino

$15,308,027

$15,470,427

-1.05%

SugarHouse Casino

$10,040,595

$9,708,046

3.43%

Rivers Casino

$5,657,336

$5,626,840

0.54%

Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack

$4,226,527

$6,014,716

-29.73%

Mount Airy Casino Resort

$3,951,802

$5,099,335

-22.50%

The Meadows Casino

$3,201,602

$3,762,922

-14.92%

Mohegan Sun Pocono

$2,627,085

$3,964,159

-33.73%

Valley Forge Casino Resort

$3,008,576

$2,629,191

14.43%

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course

$2,954,506

$3,155,992

-6.38%

Presque Isle Downs and Casino

$1,330,964

$1,320,322

0.81%

Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin

$376,433

$487,013

-22.71%

Statewide Total

$73,820,267

$77,855,644

-5.18%

 

Casino

July 2018
Total Gaming
Revenue

July 2017
Total Gaming
Revenue

% Change

Parx Casino

$50,019,386

$49,917,524

0.20%

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem

$46,903,725

$47,060,002

-0.33%

Rivers Casino

$30,061,001

$29,937,226

0.41%

SugarHouse Casino

$24,976,685

$24,610,094

1.49%

The Meadows Casino

$22,090,033

$23,238,992

-4.94%

Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack

$20,834,168

$22,936,616

-9.17%

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course

$20,251,246

$21,774,599

-7.00%

Mohegan Sun Pocono

$19,586,941

$22,568,354

-13.21%

Mount Airy Casino Resort

$17,115,022

$19,813,776

-13.62%

Presque Isle Downs and Casino

$11,958,484

$11,906,194

0.44%

Valley Forge Casino Resort

$10,625,296

$9,889,706

7.44%

Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin

$3,042,265

$3,327,527

-8.57%

Statewide Total

$277,464,252

$286,980,610

-3.32%

*Tax revenue figures reflect amounts generated prior to any adjustments by the PA Department of Revenue

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry, along with oversight of new gaming initiatives created through amendments to the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act recently approved by the signing of Act 42 of 2017.

The Commonwealth’s casino industry currently consists of 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ 17,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvaniahomeowners.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

CONTACTS: Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey
(717) 346-8321

 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board


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