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Wyoming Lawmakers Propose iGaming Expansion to Add Online Casino Wagering

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Wyoming lawmakers are exploring the addition of online casino wagering to the state’s gaming market with the introduction of House Bill 120. Sponsored by Rep. Jon Conrad, Robert Davis, and others, the bill aims to authorize iGaming in the Equality State, building upon the established gaming market fostered by Gov. Mark Gordon’s signing of sports betting measure House Bill 133 into law in 2021.

HB 120, introduced last week, proposes to regulate iGaming in Wyoming through the state’s Gaming Commission, which would be empowered to issue up to five interactive gaming operator permits. Operators seeking permits would need to pay an initial fee of $100,000, renewable every five years. Renewals would cost $50,000, with vendor permits requiring an initial fee of $10,000 and a five-year renewal fee of $5000.

The bill also allows operators in Wyoming to enter into reciprocal agreements with other jurisdictions, leveraging the state’s population of 584,000, the lowest in America. Revenue generated from statewide wagering would be subject to a 10% tax rate, with HB 120 stipulating that $300,000 of annual tax revenue should be allocated to problem gambling programs.

Wyoming’s move to consider iGaming follows a trend seen across the country, with other lawmakers also exploring similar initiatives. In Illinois, House Bill 2239 has been introduced to pave the way for iGaming by granting licenses to operators for an initial fee of $250,000. These licenses would allow operators to offer up to three skins, with annual renewals costing $100,000.

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Australia Enforces Credit Card Ban for Online Gambling

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Australia has enforced an online gambling credit card ban, meaning that players can no longer use them as a payment method.

Responsible Wagering Australia (RWA) and its members have been strong supporters of this measure and have worked with the Commonwealth Government and the financial services industry since 2021 to deliver this credit card ban.

Responsible Wagering Australia CEO Kai Cantwell said that this change was much needed, as Australians should only be gambling with money that they have.

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“This is an important measure to protect customers, making it easier for people to stay in control of their own gambling behaviour,” Mr Cantwell said.

“It will complement the existing offering of safer gambling account management tools by RWA members.

“RWA and its members support the extension of this measure to all forms of gambling that have been exempted from the ban such as lotteries and keno.

“If consumer protection measures aren’t consistent across all forms of gambling it will incentivise vulnerable Australians to move to less-regulated types of gambling, where they are more at risk of harm.”

RWA members provide a range of tools to ensure people can gamble safely, many of which have been adopted by the Commonwealth Government as part of the National Consumer Protection Framework (NCPF).

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“The NCPF is expected to be evaluated shortly and we look forward to engaging in this process to ensure that consumer protection tools are fit-for-purpose and support a safe and sustainable regulated gambling environment,” Mr Cantwell said.

The post Australia Enforces Credit Card Ban for Online Gambling appeared first on European Gaming Industry News.

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Ukraine Regulator KRAIL Blocks 371 Illegal Gambling Sites

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The Ukrainian Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries (KRAIL) has announced that it has blocked 371 unlicensed gambling websites. It said joint action with the security service led to the issue of Order No. 451/2256, which instructs service providers to block the domains using Domain Name System (DNS) servers.

KRAIL said that during April and May it issued 1000 orders to limit access to domain names and subdomains.

While KRAIL remains operational, Ukraine’s parliament voted in April to disband the regulator. There had been criticism of the regulator’s collegial structure, which requires at least five of its six members to be present for meetings to be valid. Amid disruption caused by military service following the Russian invasion, this has often led to meetings being cancelled and long delays for licence applications.

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There will be a second reading of the bill before it can be signed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The liquidation of KRAIL would put gambling regulation under the digital transformation ministry until a new regulator is established.

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Arizona Department of Gaming to Accept Applications for Event Wagering Licenses

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The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) is pleased to announce that it will begin accepting applications for event wagering licenses in July. Pursuant to A.R.S. § 5-1304 and A.A.C. R19-4-105 and 106, ADG will accept applications for no less than one event wagering license reserved for Arizona Tribes and no less than one event wagering license reserved for Arizona Sports Franchises, as defined in A.R.S. § 5-1301(7).

Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the provided materials on ADG’s website carefully to understand the application process and requirements.

The application window for event wagering licenses will open on July 8, 2024, and will close on July 19, 2024 at 5 PM. Applicants must submit their completed applications within this timeframe in order to be considered for a license. ADG will thoroughly evaluate all applications received based on the established criteria pursuant to the State’s event wagering rules and statutes.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit ADG’s website for detailed information on eligibility requirements, application procedures, and relevant timelines: LINK

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