New Jersey iGaming update, SBR Gaming News

Sportsbook Review.com analyst Natalie Rydström gives an SBR iGaming news update for Friday, January 4th, 2013. Topics in today's show include an update on the status of legislation permitting internet wagering in Atlantic City casinos in New Jersey. To submit show feedback, you may write to VideoNews@sportsbookreview.com.

SBR reported this week that four New Jersey lawmakers wrote a letter to Governor Chris Christie urging him to sign an internet gaming bill into law. Governor Christie famously vetoed a similar bill in 2011 citing regulatory concerns. Bill S1565 permits internet wagering at licensed Atlantic City casinos, though the betting does not extend outside of the casino … so unlikely we’ll see a makeshift internet café in the parking lot. Many political pundits attribute the outspoken Governor’s change of heart on iGaming to his desire to run for President. By taking on the sports leagues in federal court, Christie is seen as a guy who doesn’t back down in the face of legal pressure and fights for his beliefs. Do check the SBR newswire for updates from the Garden State.

Switching gears a bit, in the online sportsbook world, a Betsson player has submitted an interesting dispute. An Australian punter was immediately limited to $1 maximum stakes after signing up. Betsson allegedly told the punter that new players from Australia automatically receive such limits. SBR is following up on the unusual claim. The player meanwhile has the choice to roll over the deposit or take a payout for a 5% fee.

The Danish Gambling Authority has extended 25 operators’ gaming licenses for five years. EGR reports that 20 of the operators are based outside Denmark.  The market officially opened for business December of 2011, at the time seven local companies were licensed with income-restricted approval: In other words, companies with gross revenue under 1 million Danish Kroner are not asked to pay full licensing costs.

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