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Connecticut lawmakers consider gambling expansion bills

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Just a year after approving a new tribal casino near the Massachusetts border, some Connecticut lawmakers want to up the ante and consider other gambling expansion proposals.

A contingent of mostly urban legislators has called for scrapping last year’s legislation. Instead, they want to open up the process and have the tribes or other casino developers submit proposals for the state’s first casino on non-tribal land, possibly in Bridgeport.

Meanwhile, there are bills this year to allow the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to offer certain online lottery games and to require the Department of Consumer Protection commissioner to draft regulations for sports betting.

They are among the proposals up for debate on Tuesday, when the General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee will hold a public hearing on gambling matters.

Some highlights of those bills:

 

CASINO EXPANSION

Bridgeport and New Haven lawmakers are among those advocating a new competitive process for Connecticut’s next casino. The push comes as the tribal project in East Windsor, which is being developed by the Mohegans and the Mashantucket Pequots, has been delayed, pending federal approvals. The state and the two tribes are suing the federal government for failing to act.

“It’s the elephant in the room,” said Democratic state Rep. Chris Rosario, of Bridgeport. “If the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) approved it, then we’d be working on other opportunities for Bridgeport to get jobs.”

Rosario and his colleagues argue that inviting various casino developers, including MGM Resorts and the tribes, to compete to build a commercial casino would be a better deal for Connecticut in terms of jobs, economic development, community benefits and support for local businesses.

But the tribes, which last week began demolishing an old movie theater to make way for their planned casino in East Windsor, contend the border facility is needed to compete with the MGM Resorts casino that will open this fall in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts, and to protect thousands of jobs at their existing casinos, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino in southeastern Connecticut. They expressed confidence that their project will ultimately receive the necessary approvals. And they’re not worried by the Bridgeport and New Haven lawmakers’ efforts.

“We’re not concerned about it,” said Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Tribal Council. “We know the state’s been with us and will continue to be with us.”

 

SPORTS BETTING

Some lawmakers want Connecticut to be prepared in case the U.S. Supreme Court rules that additional states can offer legalized sports betting, a possible moneymaker for the state.

“Connecticut should be ready to go from both a regulatory and operational standpoint,” said Democratic House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, of Berlin. New Jersey is challenging the 1992 law forbidding all but Nevada and three other states from authorizing gambling on college and professional sports. The Supreme Court is expected to rule in June.

Legislators have already received some input from professional baseball and basketball representatives, as well as fantasy sport companies. The bill up for debate Tuesday would require the consumer protection commissioner to take action depending on what the nation’s highest court decides.

 

OTHER GAMBLING BILLS

Lawmakers are expected to hear testimony about legislation that would allow the Connecticut Lottery Corp. to sell lottery tickets for lottery draw games, such as Powerball, Mega Millions, Lucky for Life, Lotto, Keno, Cash5, Play3 and others on the corporation’s website.

The program would require the lottery to verify the person who establishes an online account is at least 18 years old.

Lawmakers will also hear about legislation that would exempt the name and residential address of anyone who redeems a winning lottery ticket worth more than $1 million from public disclosure, and require an independent study of all forms of gambling in the state. That study would include recommendations concerning any possible expansion of gambling in Connecticut.


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Viva Las Vegas, the new video slot by Red Rake Gaming!

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The game developer based in Valencia (Spain) has launched a new 5×4 reel video slot where music, fun and entertainment are the real stars of the show.

With this new launch, Red Rake Gaming aims to give players the genuine Las Vegas atmosphere. Lively music that just makes you want to sit down, play and enjoy. An attractive design and a seemingly endless string of incredible prizes make for maximum gameplay enjoyment.

This new video slot adds an original bonus feature with its heart gauge sidebar where players will receive free spins when achieving 4 or more straight respins, as well as having the opportunity to multiply their prizes.

During the Free Spins Bonus feature, the featured “Viva Las Vegas” symbols – inspired by the legendary sign welcoming visitors to the city – will operate as Wilds, offering even more prizes in turn.

Come, enjoy and remember… Anything can happen in VIVA LAS VEGAS!


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BetConstruct brings its latest enhancements to G2E Vegas

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BetConstruct travels to the byword of gambling and entertainment, Las Vegas, to impress all the top figures and decision makers of the industry in the US with its market-leading products.
As the doors open up for online sports wagering in the United States, BetConstruct joins G2E Vegas, a critical event for all companies in the igaming industry. This year at Stand 4818 we are proud to show an even wider line-up of our products which have not been featured in the US in the past.

“The key for BetConstruct at G2E is to show the immense capabilities of our products and our team and to show our commitment to the US market,” comments Jonathan Aiwazian, BetConstruct Regional Director in the US. “We are looking to make big moves in the US market for the rest of 2018 and into 2019, and the plan is to use G2E to ignite some of these plans. With all the leaders in the industry in one place, we will look to exchange ideas and strengthen our path forward.”

Due to the recent changes in the US legal landscape and the intense demand by land-based casinos to get their hands on sportsbook technology, Sportsbook is in the center of the attention. BetConstruct being a veteran in the European sports betting market, will eagerly show off its new American view of Sportsbook tailor specifically for the market.

With our huge library of live match betting choices, we are looking to educate the US market on the excitement of in-game betting, which has become so popular outside the country.

Live Casino have also shown to be quite popular in the states. We look forward to display our Live Studio solution featuring real-life croupier as it presents an amazing opportunity to unearth new players and new revenues. So does our Fantasy Sports software which met a huge appeal during World Cup 2018 enhanced with Tournaments mode and redesigned interface.

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iSoftBet partners up with Betsoft

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iSoftBet continues to position itself as a market-leading casino content provider with another major games developer integration.

The company’s Game Aggregation Platform (GAP), which already boasts over 2,000 titles from 35+ providers, will now see the likes of Stampede, Legend of the Nile, SugarPop! and recently launched Dragon Kings added to its offering following the integration of the complete suite of Betsoft games.

The integration means operators on GAP can access even more blockbuster content across desktop and mobile, and distribute a wider portfolio content among their players in regulated markets such as Romania and Italy.

Michael Probert, Chief Commercial Officer at iSoftBet, said: “As we continue to strive to build a large, high quality network of games provider partners, it was imperative that a deal be struck between iSoftBet and BetSsoft.

“Our operators in Italy and Romania particularly have been awaiting this partnership and we’re excited to be able to provide them with the Betsoft suite of games via GAP.”

Annamaria Anastasi, Marketing Director at Betsoft, said: “This is an exciting development for all concerned. We are delighted to be delivering our games to operators via iSoftBet’s Game Aggregation Platform.

“This opens up new doors for Betsoft as we continue to expand into new markets around the world. With our newly acquired Romanian license and continuous growth in Italy, this partnership made perfect sense.”

Alongside its popular Game Aggregation Platform, iSoftBet has built a formidable reputation for designing and developing some of the most popular original and branded slots and table games in the market.

The supplier’s latest release, Hot Spin, has been a major success with operators and players alike and is available for all key regulated markets including the U.K., Portugal, Romania, Denmark and Lithuania.


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