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Florida approves new gambling facility in Miami

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The Florida authorities have approved a gambling facility for jai-alai and poker based in Miami. The facility will start functioning in Edgewater, near downtown Miami, within the next two years.

The new “summer jai-alai” permit is a victory for West Flagler, which had sought permission for another facility and won a court case last year reinstating its application for a second jai-alai permit using a loophole in state law, the West Flagler.

The state Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, part of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation that oversees gambling, approved the permit to build and run a facility at 3030 Biscayne Blvd. in Edgewater. The company, which is run by the Havenick family, already operates Magic City Casino southeast of Miami International Airport and Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Racing & Poker in Bonita Springs.

“We’ve just been waiting for a year and a half for the state to decide what to do,” West Flagler vice president Isadore Havenick said of the second permit. “We see it as just another entertainment offering in the Miami area.”

The Edgewater project, which does not yet have a name, would join other new facilities in South Florida expanding jai-alai, a sport that was common until the early 1980s but has faded since in popularity. Magic City Casino, its sister facility southeast of Miami International Airport, is phasing out dog racing for jai-alai even as it continues to operate slot machines. The owner of Hialeah Park also recently opened Kings Court Key, a Florida City complex also offering jai-alai and poker.

The so called “summer jai-alai” permit allows gambling on jai-alai games only from May through November, and the company can begin hosting poker games after the first jai-alai game is played. In the winter season when games are not allowed, the facility will house improve comedy performances and concerts for local bands, Havenick said. The facility is also expected to include a restaurant and hire 300 to 500 people.

West Flagler is also nearing an agreement to rent the 50,000-square-foot property off Biscayne Boulevard from the development firm Crescent Heights to build the fronton and a card room for games.

Because West Flagler does not intend to operate slot machines at the Edgewater site, the facility’s permit would not be affected by a requirement that the Legislature approve any new casinos or a constitutional amendment on the ballot this November that would shift approval for expanding casino gambling to voters. The amendment could affect what kinds of poker games are played on site.

Both of West Flagler’s permits have been the subject of litigation, in part because of Florida’s convoluted gambling laws.

The company received a summer jai-alai permit in 2011 after its attorney John Lockwood used a loophole in a Florida statute that grants a summer permit to the lowest-performing pari-mutuel facility in a county. West Flagler also successfully argued for a second permit when an appeals court agreed that a rule allowing one permit every two years should be evaluated on a rolling basis.

Lockwood acknowledged that the interpretation of the statute has played an outsized role in expanding opportunities for the industry in the region.

 “The statute and the court’s interpretation has definitely started to shape the face” of gaming in South Florida, Lockwood said. “It’s been very important to this industry.”

 

Source: Yogonet.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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