Both online sports betting and online casinos are racing toward legalization in all 50 states. While online betting for sports is currently in the lead, online casino gambling apps are making strides to catch up.
As of October 2023, you can legally gamble using online casino apps in these states: New Jersey, Michigan, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Nevada, West Virginia, Iowa, and Illinois. Also worth noting is that the new iGaming law will become effective on March 1, 2024, when Rhode Island will join the list, and many others are expecting to follow in years to come.
From the list, Delaware was the first to lead the charge on legalizing online casinos in 2012, when its governor Jack Markell legalized wagering. The state-owned Delaware Lottery keeps a close eye on regulations for the state’s online casinos.
The Keystone State of Pennsylvania joined the fray and became the latest legal state for online casinos on Oct. 30, 2017. Its predecessors’ successes and revenue increases were one of the driving factors for legalization. From 2019 and onwards, Pennsylvania has been one of the largest iGaming markets in the country and allows residents to bet on a number of casino apps, including many of Techopedia reviewers’ highest-rated picks. The state’s gaming revenue for July 2023 came to a huge $467 million, an increase of just under 9% from a year ago.
New Jersey started its online gambling legalization in 2013, and the hot topic of debate is its mandate ending next month, in November 2023. Currently, it’s expected for the legislature to be extended. The Garden State’s thirty or more online casino operators offer enticing bonuses to stay competitive, and it’s expected that they will all probably continue to operate well past the November 2023 mark.
West Virginia and Michigan are among the newest candidates, where both aimed to legalize online gambling by 2019. Even though West Virginia was one of the first states to legalize online sports betting, it currently has just four online casinos. But more are expected to come soon, following the success of online gambling legalization. The state saw over $320 million in online wagers in July 2023.
The Great Lakes State of Michigan tried to follow in West Virginia’s steps, but its predicted official online casino launch in 2020 got pushed back to January 2023. But that did not stop the Michigan iGaming market, as it now has ten fully functional online casinos operating and awaiting new players. As of August 2023, online gambling revenue from both sports betting and casinos had grown over 13% compared to the same month the previous year. The total sum was an impressive $175.4 million.
Lastly, a bright future for online casinos in the USA, as Rhode Island will join the wave of changes soon. One twist the Ocean State is putting out is the requirements for all online table games to have a live dealer, by law. So you’ll get to play blackjack from your mobile phone with a live dealer stream rather than against a random number generator if you live in Rhode Island.
Hacksaw Gaming Debuts DraftKings Partnership in New Jersey
The launch celebrates another North American venture with DraftKings this quarter.
Hacksaw Gaming established its business relationship with DraftKings this time last year. The pair have embarked on a North American takeover since, having successfully set the collaboration in motion in West Virginia after receiving full regulatory approval in June. The studio has already set eager sights on Pennsylvania as another future target.
Gripping the charts as renowned industry lead in the US, DraftKings has rolled out Hacksaw’s classic slots, Chaos Crew and OmNom, alongside fan-favourite Dare2Win games Mines and Boxes. The games have received a warm welcome in the online casino lobby following a fruitful agreement to brand Hacksaw’s first 10 games with exclusivity in the market for the next 2 weeks.
“Having secured such a significant presence in the US in 2023 is something we are incredibly proud of,” said Marcus Cordes, CEO of Hacksaw Gaming, “our hard work takes form in our ever-increasing footprint”.
Jackpot Digital Receives License to Install Three Jackpot Blitz(R) ETGs at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort in California
Jackpot Digital has announced that it has received licensing approval from the Jackson Rancheria Tribal Gaming Agency, the regulator for Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort located in Jackson, California. The vendor’s license was the final step required for the Company to install Jackpot Blitz ETGs at Jackson Rancheria. The Company is now scheduling installation for three of its next-generation, dealerless Jackpot Blitz ETGs at the property.
Each new table installed will represent additional monthly recurring revenue to the Company.
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NYC Agency Aims to Streamline Casino Application Process, But Critics Warn of Potential Community Exclusion
On Monday, the Department of City Planning introduced a new measure aimed at simplifying the application process for casinos in New York City. However, this move has sparked criticism for potentially sidelining community boards.
This initiative, discreetly submitted last Friday, emerges amidst intense competition among prominent developers for one of the three sought-after casino licenses in the downstate area.
Dan Garodnick, the City Planning Commissioner, described the measure, formally known as a zoning text amendment, as an effort to streamline the alignment of city and state procedures during a meeting on Monday.
Garodnick explained, “Our proposal is designed to level the playing field for these entities as they strive to demonstrate the economic benefits they plan to bring to New York City. Our goal is to establish a process that facilitates an orderly dialogue.”
While the state is responsible for granting casino licenses, Garodnick and City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams expressed concerns in October about the city’s current land review processes. They argued that these processes are insufficient for new casinos, placing New York in a less competitive position.
The proposed amendment aims to simplify the review process, allowing state-sanctioned casinos to proceed without zoning conflicts or redundant steps in the state’s extensive licensing procedure, according to Garodnick.
With two of the downstate licenses likely going to existing racinos in Yonkers and South Ozone Park, Queens, the battle for the remaining license in New York City is intense. City Planning has confirmed eight potential locations, including five in Midtown Manhattan, one at Ferry Point in the Bronx, one in Queens proposed by Mets owner Steve Cohen, and another in Brooklyn near Coney Island, in addition to the Queens racino.
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