The return of professional sports for the full month of August amid the global pandemic is reviving the nascent sports betting industry in Indiana, and helping the state stay ahead of the new competition in neighboring states like Michigan and Illinois.
Rhode Island sports bettors and online gaming patrons are now permitted to set up and use their sports betting accounts from outside physical gaming facilities, removing the need to visit a licensed venue in-person to complete player registrations.
West Virginia has become the 4th state to begin offering legal online casino gaming along with Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The honor of the first online casino to get underway went to DraftKings, who took their online sports betting licensing arrangement with West Virginia’s Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races to the next level by now offering their standalone online casino app (available in both Android and iOS formats) to the package.
Only a month after forming the first ever agreement between an NFL franchise and an online sports betting operator (the groundbreaking Denver Broncos and FanDuel deal), the Denver Broncos has wasted no time in signing up its second sports betting partner, with BetMGM to open a new Premium Lounge at the team’s Empower Field at Mile High Stadium through the agreement.
Despite sports betting now being officially legal in Virginia, it seems the regulators will need to tweak the rules and regulations a little before launch and require another month or two to get it exactly right.
A lot has been written since the global health pandemic hit about the ability of mature online sports betting states like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia others to withstand the ravages to their respective state revenue collections and state budgets.
Despite New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s attention not being obviously be turned elsewhere other than the ongoing global pandemic and the health crisis, it seems the topic of the legalization of online sports betting has found its way back into the focus of New York’s State Legislature.
Not just yet and not this time. The State of California and its residents will need to wait before being permitted to place a legal wager in the Golden State on the Dodgers, 49ers, Sharks or Lakers. As reported previously, there was hope earlier this month that the State’s lawmakers would be able to come to an agreement on legalizing sports wagering and setting up California as the U.S. sports wagering market leader ahead of New Jersey.