Online sports betting is coming to Connecticut and Puerto Rico and Philadelphia casino property is being sued. Those are two of the main headlines we’ve been tracking in this week’s second installment of the NJ Gambling News.
Philadelphia Property, Live Casino, Being Sued by An AC Casino
Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia has gotten themselves into quite the predicament. Ocean Resort Casino was just able to file an official lawsuit against the property because they believe that their slogan was copied and used for financial gain.
- Live! is right in the middle of a marketing campaign themselves, which is centered around the phrase “Let’s Go for the Win.”
- Ocean Casino had a similar marketing campaign slogan with their “Go for the Win” phrase.
Ocean Casino had invested $140,000 into that marketing slogan a while back before then dropping another $1.5 million to get that slogan plastered all around the area. Ocean is looking for damages but there hasn’t been a determining asking price at the moment. They are also asking Live! to take down all advertising regarding their slogan, which they used on billboards and television commercials.
Online Sports Betting In Connecticut Misses NFL Start Deadline, Aiming For October
Anybody who has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the sports betting market in Connecticut may be in for a good surprise. It has just been announced that state regulators could get the new market set up in the very near future. Originally, the hope was that things would get fired up before the start of the 2021 NFL season. As it turns out, online bettors in Connecticut might have to wait a little bit longer as it looks like October is now the start date that’s being targeted. The regulations for the new sports betting bill were reviewed by the Regulation Review Committee with a vote afterward that ended up resulting in favor by a 9-4 margin.
The reason this bill was able to get launched so quickly was that their governor, Ned Lamont, had listed it as an emergency regulation. Because they were passed as such regulations, the state of Connecticut could end up changing some of its rules within the next six months.
Also, state regulators decided to allow each player to register just one credit card to their account if they want to. This has been a bit of an issue lately, but it seems they have come to a final decision on the matter. However, both Venmo and PayPal won’t be supported.
BetMGM Partners with Casino del Mar In Puerto Rico
Another day, another sportsbook wins a license in a new region. However, this one is groundbreaking as no other sportsbook had opened up shop in Puerto Rico just yet.
It was a historic week for BetMGM and Casino del Mar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They were able to work together in order to get mobile sports betting into the area. It is going to be the first agreement like this to happen outside of the United States in history and could open the door for many other potential moves.
BetMGM positions themselves in a great position by entering Puerto Rico as the population there is a lot bigger than a couple of states that were on their horizon. Puerto Rico is home to 3.28 million people, far more than New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Arkansas.
This move was a massive win for Puerto Rico as they weren’t able to get their sports betting regulation process finished before the start of the MLB season. The miss ended up hurting their revenue numbers quire a bit due to the popularity of baseball there. However, this could end up making up for those losses in the long run – especially with football on the go.
Is Facebook moving towards sports betting? That’s the recent speculation after they announced that they’re launching a free-to-play to test the waters. That’s where we pick up our weekly recap of the news.
Facebook Close to Introducing Fantasy Sports And Predictive Games
Facebook Fantasy Sports? Well, well, well: look he’s jumping into the sports betting space. Facebook has decided to jump right into the fantasy sports world as the social media giant had partnered up with Whistle Sports to bring a new category called Pick & Play Sports, Facebook Fantasy Sports. Players will get points as they correctly pick the winner of a specific sports game or go into smaller in-match events. While this starts off as a fantasy option, we’ve seen how this can quickly turn into sports betting. FanDuel and DraftKings have already shown the way.
Facebook is also expected to bring in games involving popular television shows such as The Bachelorette and Survivor and even BuzzFeed is supposed to get their own segment in the coming weeks. These new games will be available on both iOS and Android devices and for any residents in the United States and Canada.
Facebook hasn’t mentioned whether or not cash prizes will be awarded to the top players in these games, though. It seems like their new platform is going to be based primarily around user interaction and good times rather than financial gain. However, if they do see that players are craving that – as they likely will – the speculation is that they will look into adding it.
DraftKings Reaches Settlement With Gamblers
DraftKings is moving towards settling a court case in regards to misleading advertising. The company has announced that they were able to get approval in the last distract of Massachusetts on their massive settlement of class action reports. People had claimed that DraftKings Sportsbook was misrepresenting the difficulty of their sports contests and the terms to certain promotional deals during their marketing campaign. The settlement to get this all behind them had ballooned all the way up to $8 million dollars.
The settlement had involved a total of about 3.15 million people. Without a doubt getting out of this mess that they had gotten themselves into will be a big weight off their backs.
Hochul To Be Friendly To Sports Bettors?
The newest governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, and her husband have been under the microscope lately after she took over for Governor Andrew Cuomo. While there are all sorts of questions as to what she’ll do for the state, there has been early speculation that she’ll be quite friendly to sports betting. She and her husband had apparently spent thousands of dollars to lobby state officials before she was promoted. One claim has them giving $300,000 to lobby Bolton-St.Johns throughout 2019 to 2021, which is a gaming hospitality brand.
A lot of people in the state of New York are hoping that Hochul will be friendly to sports betting. While the state of New Jersey has been very progressive in opening up its doors, New Yorkers are still struggling with it. Maybe she’ll be able to get things on the fast track as Governor Cuomo definitely wasn’t a friend to online sports betting.
WynnBet Tabs Affleck For Ads
WynnBet is breaking out the big guns. The company, which is a little late to the online sports betting party, has brought on Ben Affleck for its first round of commercials. Along with Shaquille O’Neal, the hope is that the company will be able to get a lot of attention and start bringing players over to its platform.
WynnBet will be shooting a variety of ads with Affleck, some of which will be longer in the two-minute range and others that will be 30 seconds and short both for television and social media.