The Week’s Top Gaming News
Last month when the NFL announced it would hold its 2020 draft in Las Vegas, it also publicly wished for a gaming partner. Poof! Less than a month later, the league has signed a deal with Caesars Entertainment to be its casino partner. To be clear, this is not a sports betting deal, like the ones the other major professional leagues have signed with MGM International, but a casino deal.
As of the end of the first full week of 2019, nine states and Washington D.C. are operating, or in the midst of launching, sports betting within their respective borders. Those jurisdictions have acted very quickly since the U.S. Supreme Court removed a federal prohibition in May 2018 that previously precluded full-fledged sports betting beyond Nevada.
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Lawmakers of the West Virginia legislature are trying to legalize online gambling in the state, after failing to do so in previous years. One difference this time is that the proposed measure comes on the heels of legalized sports betting, which has added to state revenues since last August.
Virginia Delegate Marcus Simon (D-District 53) jumped on the sports betting bandwagon Tuesday when he pre-filed a sports betting hill ahead of the start of the general assembly session. The session began Wednesday, and Simon’s bill is now the third filed in the state, and the second on the House side. All three have been filed by Democrats.
D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson on Tuesday withdrew emergency legislation that would have allowed the D.C. Lottery to contract directly with Intralot as its sports betting operator and avoid a bidding process. The legislation was initially on the agenda at the request of D.C. Lottery CFO Jeff DeWitt, whose office sent a memo to the Council late last week explaining that the District would give up its position as a “first mover” on sports betting by having to go through a lengthy bidding process for an operator.