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Sports gambling advocates see opening in court case

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Sports gambling advocates see opening in court case

Iowa gaming group drafts legislation in preparation for ruling

 

A case argued this week before the U.S. Supreme Court could — depending on how justices rule — open the door to legalized sports gambling in any state that approves it.

A nonprofit trade organization that supports Iowa’s casinos plans to draft legislation legalizing sports gambling in the state should the court rule in its favor.

I think there’s a great deal of interest among people (who want) the opportunity to bet on a game and do it in a regulated environment,” said Wes Ehrecke, president and chief executive of the Iowa Gaming Association. “If and when this were to be passed, to have that opportunity to provide this opportunity in Iowa, I think a lot of people have a great deal of interest in sports and betting on sports.

Indeed, interest in sports wagering is not in short supply. Americans illegally wager $150 billion on U.S. sports annually, estimates the American Gaming Association, which supports legalized sports betting. Of $4.7 billion wagered on last season’s Super Bowl, 97 percent was illegal, the group estimates.

Only four states — Nevada, Montana, Delaware and Oregon — are allowed to facilitate sports gambling under a 1992 federal law.

That law has been challenged by New Jersey in a case that was heard Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Should the court rule in favor of New Jersey, all states would be free to legalize sports gambling.

The Iowa Gaming Association wants to be prepared. Ehrecke said his organization plans to draft such a bill and hopes it gets introduced in the upcoming legislative session.

If the court has not yet ruled before the legislative session ends, Ehrecke said lawmakers could approve a bill with the proviso that it depends on the ruling.

We would be interested in getting legislation adopted to legalize sports betting in Iowa at our casinos and regulated by our gaming commission,” Ehrecke said.

Iowa is among 32 states that are most likely to legalize sports gambling within five years of a Supreme Court ruling favorable for the states, according to a study from the California research firm Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, the Associated Press reported.

Legalized sports wagering could provide a financial boon to Iowa’s casinos and the state, assuming it would tax legal sports wagering. Although state estimates are not available, Eilers & Krejcik estimates a legal sports gambling market would be worth more than $6 billion, the AP reported.

It’s going to generate revenue for the state as well,” Ehrecke said. “That would go to more worthwhile causes, like our gaming revenue, and tax revenue, does now.

Opposing New Jersey in the high court case are the professional sports leagues and the NCAA, which believe nationwide legal sports gambling would hurt the integrity of their games, according to arguments they made in court.

Spokesmen for casinos in Sioux City, Waterloo and Davenport either declined to comment or did not respond to requests.

Officials at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the Board of Regents, which governs Iowa, Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa, said they had no comment.

A key state lawmaker said he is taking a wait-and-see approach before he decides whether the Iowa Legislature should explore legalizing sports gambling, should the opportunity present itself.

I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves here. Once we find out what the Supreme Court says, then we really need to assess what the people of Iowa want — do they want sports betting or not?” said Ken Rizer, a Republican from Marion who chairs the Iowa House state government committee, through which any gambling bill would have to pass.

Rizer noted the Legislature has spent the past two sessions debating a bill to legalize betting on online daily fantasy sports websites. Rizer said he supports that proposal, but wants to gather more information before deciding whether to support legalized gambling on games.

At the heart of the Supreme Court case is a question of the 10th Amendment — to what extent can the federal government can force laws upon the states?

The court’s decision could have repercussions beyond sports gambling.

The ruling “could have repercussions in areas that go well beyond sports betting: gun control, immigration, sanctuary cities,” Daniel Wallach, a Fort Lauderdale lawyer who specializes in gaming and sports law, told the Washington Post. “It is the most important federalism case the Supreme Court has heard in many, many years.

New Jersey has lost at every stage in court so far, but legal experts believe some of the justices’ questions during Monday’s hearing suggest the high court will rule in favor of the state.

If it does, Ehrecke said he hopes Iowa takes the next step to legalize sports gambling.

I think that could create some new interest for those that want to do that, to have a place for them to do that in a fun, regulated environment,” he said.…

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Join EveryMatrix in Celebrating 10 years of iGaming at ICE

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Join EveryMatrix in Celebrating 10 years of iGaming at ICE

January 17th 2018, Malta – In 2018 we are celebrating our 10th birthday and 10 years of shared success in the company of our clients. We thought that this called for a moment of celebration, therefore we are inviting you to join us at the most exciting event of the year at Stand N6-310.

EveryMatrix has expanded greatly since our entrance to the market and we have reached new milestones in terms of growing our Sports, Casino and Payment offering to the benefit of our clients and partners.

From sportsbook and casino to payments and affiliate systems, our products work independently and can be easily integrated with existing platforms or can be offered as White Label, where clients can choose to operate under their own gaming licence or use one from us.

Today, EveryMatrix is servicing more than 70 operators from different jurisdictions including Tipico, Norsk Tipping and 188Bet among others, and we are always striving to support constant innovation and offer our clients the best possible range of services and value in the market.

At this year’s ICE edition, we are exhibiting our recent innovations including the latest Front-end Technology & Content Management System and the newly launched cross-product Bonus System that brings unprecedent flexibility among many other value-added features.

Always having operators in focus, we have consequently developed and will be showcasing our CasinoEngine Direct, as well as Data Feed and Sports API solutions too.

With CasinoEngine Direct solution, operators can integrate our casino product directly into their own platform and wallet, and gain access to more than 5,000 casino games from over 60 game providers. The CasinoEngine Direct solution secures minimum latency and optimal game speed.

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Our top representatives will welcome you at Stand N6-310 for the biggest and most exciting event in iGaming.

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Join EveryMatrix in Celebrating 10 years of iGaming at ICE

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EveryMatrix-10-years-at-ICE Join EveryMatrix in Celebrating 10 years of iGaming at ICE

January 17th 2018, Malta – In 2018 we are celebrating our 10th birthday and 10 years of shared success in the company of our clients. We thought that this called for a moment of celebration, therefore we are inviting you to join us at the most exciting event of the year at Stand N6-310.

EveryMatrix has expanded greatly since our entrance to the market and we have reached new milestones in terms of growing our Sports, Casino and Payment offering to the benefit of our clients and partners.

From sportsbook and casino to payments and affiliate systems, our products work independently and can be easily integrated with existing platforms or can be offered as White Label, where clients can choose to operate under their own gaming licence or use one from us.

Today, EveryMatrix is servicing more than 70 operators from different jurisdictions including Tipico, Norsk Tipping and 188Bet among others, and we are always striving to support constant innovation and offer our clients the best possible range of services and value in the market.

At this year’s ICE edition, we are exhibiting our recent innovations including the latest Front-end Technology & Content Management System and the newly launched cross-product Bonus System that brings unprecedent flexibility among many other value-added features.

Always having operators in focus, we have consequently developed and will be showcasing our CasinoEngine Direct, as well as Data Feed and Sports API solutions too.

With CasinoEngine Direct solution, operators can integrate our casino product directly into their own platform and wallet, and gain access to more than 5,000 casino games from over 60 game providers. The CasinoEngine Direct solution secures minimum latency and optimal game speed.

Using our sports Data Feeds and Sports API, a complete solution delivering an unparalleled range of markets and outcomes with industry leading profitability, we help multiple businesses meet their targets, from bookmakers to affiliates and from odds comparison sites to score sites.

Our top representatives will welcome you at Stand N6-310 for the biggest and most exciting event in iGaming.

About EveryMatrix

EveryMatrix is a multi-award winning iGaming software provider, delivering a comprehensive product suite including a fully managed sportsbook, the largest casino content aggregator on the market, a complete gaming and payment processing platform, and a stand-alone affiliate/agent management system.


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Merger proposed between MGM, Caesars real estate investment trusts

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Merger proposed between MGM, Caesars real estate investment trusts

MGM Growth Properties, the real estate investment trust controlled by MGM Resorts International, has offered to purchase the REIT that covers a large chunk of the properties operated by Caesars Entertainment

 

In a letter released Tuesday morning, MGM Resorts Chairman Jim Murren, who is also chairman of MGM Growth Properties, proposed the buyout in which the MGM REIT would pay $19.50 a share for all outstanding shares of VICI Properties Inc.

In a statement, MGM Growth properties said there were discussions between the REITs in December and last week.

We continue to believe that a combination of our two companies has a compelling strategic rationale and represents an extraordinary opportunity to create significant value for our respective shareholders,” according to the statement.

Under the proposal, MGM Growth Partners would acquire VICI through a stock transaction; however, MGM’s REIT would be willing to offer a portion of the purchase price in cash. VICI shareholders would end up owning 43 percent of the combined company.

According to the proposal, the combined REIT would have an enterprise value of approximately $22 billion. MGM Resorts’ ownership stake in the combined REIT would be reduced to 41 percent.

The two REITs own the land associated with some of the top casino resorts in the U.S., including Las Vegas and Atlantic City. MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment continue to operate the properties through a lease agreement, paying rent to the REITs.

VICI was formed as part of Caesars Entertainment’s bankruptcy reorganization. Caesars Palace, Harrah’s Las Vegas, and Caesars Atlantic City are among nearly 20 casino properties included in VICI.

The combination of VICI and MGP would create one of the largest triple net lease REITs, with an unmatched portfolio of high quality leisure, entertainment and hospitality assets,” MGM said in the statement.


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