“Sweepstakes” coffeehouses computerized games played for cash winnings are unlawful.  The so-called sweepstakes games, played by customers who buy time on cafe computers equipped with gaming software, are just another form of casino-style slot machines that are outlawed in California.
The bill would restore an interpretation of federal law that prohibited Internet gambling in the U.S. until 2011, when the U.S. Department of Justice clarified that the UIGEA does not take away the rights of individual states to regulate i-gamingn (other than sports-betting).  This new bill does not contain a grandfather clause that would allow states that regulate and tax i-gaming to continue legally.  The legislation from Graham, who is running for president, would carry out the goals of Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino owner who has put big money behind a campaign against online gambling. “It is unfortunate that Sen. Graham and Sen. Rubio and several colleagues have chosen to carry Adelson’s water in the U.S. Senate,” said Kristen Hawn, a spokeswoman for the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection, a pro-Web gaming group funded by MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp.
“As the eyes of the nation are focused on South Carolina following the recent tragic event, I think I speak for most Americans when I express profound disappointment in Senator Graham for choosing this time to advance a bill for the sole benefit of a billionaire political donor,” said John Pappas, executive director of the PPA. “Congress made the decision to adjourn early so they could attend services on Friday in Senator Graham’s home-state. Unfortunately, Senator Graham has not reset his priorities and picked a very unfortunate time to engage in the Internet gaming debate.”
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RAWA represents a massive expansion of federal power over the states and establishes a one-size-fits-all policy for 50 diverse states, each possessing a citizenry with its own wants and needs.
J. Gary Pretlow who chairs the Racing and Wagering Committee of the New York State Assembly wrote, “RAWA’s attempt at a federal prohibition of online gambling could directly and negatively impact New York by foreclosing the future potential of the New York lottery to use the Internet for sales. It will also preclude the legislature from new tax revenue and to create economic and employment opportunities. “It would also prevent New York from pursuing the regulatory approach to Internet poker which has been under review by the legislature and which several states have already successfully implemented...
“We’re very excited to work with GTECH Indiana to provide the sales team with the latest technology to help them achieve great results”, said Adam Perlow, Hudson Alley’s Chief Executive Officer.
In the midst of a historic slump in Macau’s gaming industry, the first of the Cotai Strip’s new megaresorts opened last month. A collective $20 billion in new development is slated for the Cotai region.  Since mid-2014, Macau’s gaming industry has declined by 39 percent due to a crackdown on corruption by the mainland China government; in February, the most recent month on record, year-on-year revenue fell a record 49 percent. Even so, Macau still generates three to four times more gaming revenue than Las Vegas, and continues to rank as the world’s No. 1 gaming jurisdiction.
“We are delighted to be working with Grupo Televisa on this project and look forward to delivering an exceptional user experience through our retail offering to PlayCity Casino customers. We look at Grupo Televisa as a future market leader in Mexico and could not be more pleased that Kambi’s first customer in the region aligns very well with our strategy of focusing on licensed Tier 1 operators around the world.  We hope that this will be the first step toward a long and successful partnership.” said Kristian Nylen, CEO of Kambi Group plc.
The Iowa Lottery is seeing big benefits from a special scratch ticket it launched to commemorate the organization’s 30th anniversary. The ticket called “30 Somethings” hit $3.1 million in sales its first 5 months. Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich, says that’s the hottest start ever for a new scratch ticket. “It’s been a great year, this 30 Somethings ticket has really gone over big time. Part that is the design — its on an eco scratch ticket — and part of that I think is because gas prices are low and people have more discretionary dollars,” Rich says.
“It’s very exciting to celebrate the opening of the first casino in Massachusetts by offering the games that drive player engagement the most, including IGT’s Wheel of Fortune® and The Ellen DeGeneres Show™ Video Slots said  Nick Khin, IGT SVP North America Sales and Strategic Accounts, Corporate Strategy."    “The winning combination of IGT’s best-in-class slot and video poker content and compelling selection of our newest and most popular cabinets sets the stage for great excitement and entertainment at Plainridge Park Casino.”
Derik Mooberry, Scientific Games' Group Chief Executive, Gaming, said, "We are honored to continue our solid relationship with the Oregon Lottery in this well-established and successful market. Players in Oregon will now have an opportunity to experience a new robust suite of games and products, including player favorites on the eye-catching Bally  Pro  V32 cabinet.  We continue to leverage our multi-channel content for the benefit of lottery markets in the U.S. and Canada."
NEW YORK, NY –  Lottery officials in New York and New Jersey – the founding members of the groundbreaking CASH4LIFE game– today held tandem cyber celebrations to commemorate the first anniversary of their joint Lottery offering giving players a chance to win not one but two prizes of a lifetime.

Susan Campagnone (in hat) of Rhode Island celebrates her $1 million win on the “MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB” game show.
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Concluding its First Season with Record-Setting Winnings and an Order for More Episodes, “MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB” awards more than $5 million in cash and prizes to contestants and audience members, including two $1 million grand prizes.  See full story and amazing photos of winners.

The NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe took place last week in Berlin and London, bringing together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections through general sessions and hands-on Retail Study Tours.
How will sports-betting merge with Fantasy Sports (FS)?  Big data allows bookmakers to predict the outcomes of sport events with shocking accuracy, leaving the recreational gambler at a distinct disadvantage.  Look at the statistics' competition that took place during the last football (soccer) World Cup in June 2014, between  Baidu, Google, and Microsoft. The results were astonishing: Google lost the contest by correctly predicting the outcomes of the last 14 matches out of...15. Meanwhile, both Baidu and Microsoft had a perfect 100% accuracy score. For these big data giants, there is no doubt that the future will be read through statistics.  One can therefore predict that, in the long run, sports betting clients will massively become FS players. Big data is revolutionizing the industry and this is just the beginning.
States that draw revenue from casinos should regulate online gambling, as online has a complementary, not cannibalistic, effect on land-based gambling.

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