Gambling and Sports Betting News Wire - August 27 2019

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C Costigan
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Here are today's headlines in the world of gambling and sports betting as they happen - Tuesday August 27, 2019.

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FoxBet Coming Online September 3?

Sources at Mount Airy Casino and its partner The Stars Group tell PlayPennsylvania that the Fox Bet site will begin testing on Tuesday, Sept. 3. That sets them up to be fully launched in time for Week 1 NFL betting action on Sept. 8.

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Iowa Casino Fined for Underage Gambling

For the second time in a year, Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino was fined for an underage gambling violation, reports.

According to documents obtained by Local 5 from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, the casino was fined $20,000 earlier this month after a 19-year-old was on the gaming floor unchallenged “for over an hour, gambled, and consumed alcohol,” according to a document from the commission.

The other incident occurred in July 2018 when a 20-year-old female “entered the gaming floor unchallenged, was on the gaming floor for over three hours, gambled and consumed alcohol".

That incident resulted in a $20,000 fine.

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Parx God Awful Lines the Price to Pay for Hefty Taxes recently published its continuously updated State-by-State Competitiveness Ratings and one of the areas we are monitoring is Pennsylvania's ability to stay competitive with the rest of the nation, and in particular with the offshore books and local bookmakers due to the high taxation.  At 36%, something has to give, right?

We're starting to see the signs, as LegalSportsReport points out below.

BetOnline, Bookmaker No Longer Allowing Funding From NJ Residents

With increasing pressure on sports betting operators and affiliates alike, two of the dominant forces in offshore sports gambling have decided to no longer allow residents of New Jersey to fund their accounts. 

Betonline Monday emailed all New Jersey residents that they will no longer be able to continue playing just as long as they list the state in their account while Bookmaker last week began prohibiting funding by New Jersey residents last week. Bovada exited the New Jersey market in 2015 after the state legalized online casino games.

One gambler noted via when it was revealed that BetOnline had decided to lump the "country of New Jersey" in with other oppressive nations:

"The Jurisdictions of New Jersey, North Korea, and ISIL, Al-Queda, and the Taliban. Sounds about right."

The New Jersey Attorney General has come down hard on various sites for promoting offshore sportsbooks, including Oddsshark and VegasInsider.  The later opted to pull down all its ads for offshore sportsbooks whereas Oddssharks decided to block access to its lines feed in the state of New Jersey. includes advisories sitewide and issues notices in circumstances where content may be specifically targeted towards NJ readers.  The site has implemented "NJ Prohibited" in all promo copy moving forward whether a sponsor site accepts customers from the state or not.

New Jersey's aggression is nothing new. regularly monitors states with similar "stand your ground" stances against offshore betting companies over the past 20 plus years.

Late in the 90's it was Missouri and Minnesota.  By the mid-2000's, Louisiana, via its state police no less, began to flex its muscles.  Over the last decade it's been New York State (even opting to decimate the emerging daily fantasy sports sector), Maryland and now New Jersey.

This move by offshore gambling sites is widely seen as the precursor to an industry trend that is beginning to emerge in the offshore sports betting world and other so-called "risk" or "grey" area industries like porn and pot.  While these companies felt compelled to comply with Know Your Customer rules (also called KYC), anonymity will become the way of the future it seems.  In other words, you want to play with an offshore sportsbook, your new residence will be cyberspace.  One can accomplish this through Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies using a secure digital wallet. 

- Chris Costigan,

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