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Louisiana Considers Online Gambling Bill

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Most southern parts of the United States aren’t known for their openness to gambling, much less expansions that put states in line with the latest industry advancements. But one Louisiana lawmaker wants to change that and push his state into the world of internet gaming.

Recent History of Louisiana Gambling

Riverboat gambling has long been a moneymaker for Louisiana’s coffers. Pari-mutuel wagering has also been a big part of the state’s history. But moving beyond those revenue staples has not been an easy task for lawmakers. The lottery was not even approved in Louisiana until 1990.

It was in the 1990s, however, that the state began to prepare for more gambling. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board was created in 1996, and slot machines were approved for installment at racetracks throughout the state in 1997, with Louisiana’s first non-riverboat casino opening its doors in 1999. To date, the state has hosted some of the biggest casino operators in the business, such as Horseshoe, Golden Nugget, Flamingo, Harrah’s and Sam’s Town.

In addition, the Native American tribes of the state were able to enter into compacts with Louisiana after the passage of the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988. The Coushatta Tribe, Tunica Biloxi Tribe, and Chitimacha Tribe each established full-fledged casinos on tribal lands since those compacts were finalized.

Casinos Want Online Expansion

Most land-based casinos in the United States have watched the last several years of New Jersey’s implementation of online poker and casino games into the overall gaming industry. They’ve seen the success, the hundreds of thousands of dollars that have buffered the state’s revenue numbers, not to mention the assertions from the casinos that the online gaming presence has resulted in an increase in overall patronage.

While there is no reporting that casino lobbyists have pushed for online gambling in Louisiana, it would not be a surprise to find that names like Caesars have been in touch with legislators.

Enter State Senator Danny Martiny. On March 2, he pre-filed SB.322, a bill with a simple goal to allow a public referendum on internet gaming.

Further, it provides for “a referendum election in any parish seeking internet gaming.” The new industry would be under the power of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board for regulation and rule-making purposes. As for internet gaming, the definition in the bill is “any variation or composite of an authorized game that is offered through the internet, provided that such games, or variations or composites, are found suitable for use by the board and any other game which is determined to be suitable by the board. The term includes gaming tournaments conducted via the internet in which players compete against one another in one of more games authorized by the board or in approved variations or composites thereof if the tournament is authorized by the board.” In other words, online poker is a part of the plan.

Future Unknown

Martiny is also pushing bills to legalize daily fantasy sports and sports betting, the latter which would be dependent upon the outcome of the current New Jersey case awaiting a decision by the United States Supreme Court.

The internet gaming bill is currently in the hands of the Committee on Judiciary B. The next step is to hold a hearing, as well as meetings to determine more of the details necessary to amend the bill, such as information about the types of games to be allowed, tax rates, revenue allocation, etc. If those issues can be resolved, the bill will be presented to the committee for a vote, after which it may be able to go to the legislature for further discussions and votes.

SB.322 has a long way to go, but the first step of laying the groundwork is important.


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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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