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New Jersey opens door for sports betting

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has put his signature on a bill to make sports betting legal in the state. With the enforcement of this, a new regulating and taxing regime will come into effect for casinos and racetracks.

“Our casinos in Atlantic City and our racetracks throughout our state can attract new business and new fans, boosting their own long-term financial prospects,” Murphy said in a statement. “This is the right move for New Jersey and it will strengthen our economy.”

Monmouth Park Racetrack, where the U.S. unit of U.K. based William Hill PLC has already made a sports book, is likely to take its first bet at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, a park spokesman told Reuters.

State gaming and racing regulators, which are scheduled to meet this week, still have to issue emergency regulations to cover the roll out at facilities that already have sports betting licenses.

Murphy’s signature positions New Jersey to be the second U.S. state to potentially roll out full-scale sports wagering, after Delaware last week.

Some states are rushing to implement sports betting in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in May that overturned a 1992 law banning it in all but a few places, including Delaware which had only allowed limited wagers.

Gross sports betting revenues at New Jersey’s casinos and horse racetracks will be taxed at 8.5 per cent. After 30 days, the state will allow online bets as well, which will be taxed at 13 per cent.

People placing bets must be at least 21 years old. Athletes, coaches, referees and other people with influence over games or access to confidential information are not allowed to bet on their own league’s sport.

Betting is also prohibited on high school and college games taking place in New Jersey or involving the state’s own such teams.

Professional sports leagues, most of which fought states’ efforts to legalise sports betting for years, say the New Jersey bill does not contain any of the fraud-fighting provisions they need to protect the integrity of games.

Source: Reuters

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Bryke launches Link King in Spain

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Bryke, the video slots brand of Zitro, the famous  Luxemburg-based gaming company, has launched its highly successful flagship product in Spain: Link King, a unique and innovative type of game that is not like any other games available in Spain.

Link King offers impressive new features: 4 spectacular levels of progressive jackpots that are frequently granted through the bonus game, increasing the chances of winning. In addition, prizes are linked between terminals, raising their value and the player’s excitement. Spanish players can enjoy a different way of playing never before seen in Spain and already present in the best casinos in the world.

The staging of LINK KING is impressive thanks to the new FUSION cabinet that stands out due to its advanced technology and “Ultra Slim” design, occupying less space than any other piece on the market and offering the player greater comfort.

The combination of LINK KING and FUSION will transform Spanish lounges into a game show that will appeal to both the operator and player, just like what’s happening in international markets.

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media

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RTG launched a new game, called I, Zombie

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RTG Asia, the Philippines-based gaming company, has launched a new game called I, Zombie, which is a five-reel, 25 line game. It features Amy, a gorgeous zombie killer.

“The zombie epidemic continues, but now it’s taken a personal toll: Nancy has turned! Her beautiful blue eyes have gone red, her carefully manicured nails have grown into claw-like things. She might be the WORST kind of zombie — still so sexy, so attractive, so deadly. You have to see her! And, as in life, so WILD. And she is your WILD too. You may even see two more her appear and they’ll jump across the reels… not to kill you but to help you win more,” – commented RTG Asia.

“Maybe if she could see herself in the mirror she could change back… would that help? Could that help? It’ll certainly help YOU: when you get three mirrors – the game’s scatter – you get free spins. Get four mirrors and your free spin prize doubles. Five mirrors, it trebles,” it concludes.

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William Hill US seeks modifications in regulations

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William Hill US has written a letter to the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) seeking modifications in current regulations so as to eliminate some technical glitches. This is after FanDuel paid out on an erroneous ticket that allowed the ticket holder to win US$82k in New Jersey.

It is learnt that William Hill US mainly asked the power for the Chair to use discretion in rescinding bets where an obvious error had occurred, such as wrong pricing. “This would address the situation that occurred recently in New Jersey where an operator issued a wager on a football game at a price that was obviously incorrect,” reads the letter.

Sylvia Tiscareno, general counsel of William Hill, testified during NGCB’s meeting this week and said that the request comes after several internal discussions. The panel at the meeting decided to consider the testimony before making a decision.

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