Research by the European Gaming and Betting Association reveals that the majority of EU member states have not adequately implemented EU consumer protection guidelines in the online gambling sector, leaving players unevenly protected across the European Union.
An Irish company claims to be the rightful owner of the intellectual property rights for the popular option of sports bets called “cash out.”
In a speech at the GambleAware annual harm-minimization conference, new UK sports minister Mims Davies said she was committed to “evidence-based” government policies that would introduce measures to safeguard gamblers – measures that would, for example, address “increasing concerns around people gambling on credit cards and whether [it] should be permitted”.
Kansas is the latest state to consider legalizing sports betting and is holding private discussions on the issue. According to reports, an agreement on the issue could come by January 2019.
In an interesting twist, a number of the leading major sports leagues and sports betting operators are joining forces to lobby for their joint interests.
Draft legislation from Senator Orrin Hatch would require states to gain the approval of the US Attorney General before they can bring in new sports betting regulations or laws.
Michigan has a number of major gambling bills awaiting a decision from the Senate, including one that will make online gambling legal. There is also a possibility that integrity fees for sports betting could become a reality.
A bill that would legalize sports betting in Missouri has been pre-filed by State Senator Denny Hoskins to be considered in 2019.
The draft bill is due for a second reading by the city council and has support from the mayor. If the bill is ultimately passed by Congress, the state could have legal sports betting as early as February 2019.
The move is part of a three-year trial that is due to start in 2019 and could pave the way for other projects that could benefit the island of Phu Quoc, a popular tourist destination.