The American Gaming Association (AGA) released a statement supporting the decision - “Legalising sports betting in North Carolina is a welcome step in the fight against the dangerous, illegal market. Providing North Carolinians with legal alternatives to illicit offshore operators will help safeguard consumers and the integrity of the games, advance responsible gaming initiatives and give state and federal law enforcement an advantage in combating illegal gambling
In addition, the House of Representatives have voted in favour of creating a new gambling commission, which will be responsible for regulating the industry. They proposed that the team would consist of nine members and their jurisdiction would include non-profit bingo and raffles.
The proposed rules received a unanimous vote, ensuring a smooth transition to the legality of the activity. The only element that was disputed was the operators who will be receiving licenses, out of the 19 proposed one did not make the cut.
Brian Ohorilko, from Iowa’s Gambling Commission said that they will be having meetings with the casinos over the course of the next two weeks and that the “meetings are intended to work through every control that’s required in the rules to give feedback to the operators. So they know if they are okay in certain areas — or there are areas where they still need to go back and beef up
Wes Ehrecke, CEO of Iowa’s Commission – “In the past, people either could bet on sports in Nevada, or they had to do so illegally through a bookmaker or an offshore website. Now, people can do so in a legalised manner.”
Scott Warfield, the Managing Director of NASCAR discussed in an interview that they are already partnered with Genius Sports and that the ability to bet on races will be available shortly. Warfield continued by saying - “The racing on Sundays is as good as it’s ever been. If you look at the stats, at the amount of passing, green flag passes, number of winners and teams in victory lane – it makes for super in-race betting options.”
The gambling products being developed by NASCAR and Genius Sports will give users real-time feeds and odds that sportsbooks across America can integrate into their front-facing system
NASCAR is trying to do as much as they can to keep wagers legitimate, stating that anyone who is involved in the organisation cannot bet on NASCAR. The ruling includes team owners, members of the crew, officials and of course the drivers. A fine of up to $250,000 along with a permanent ban from NASCAR can and will be enforced on anyone caught sharing information or breaking the rules.
Richard Watson, Commission Executive Director said that these license reviews outline how strongly they feel about underage gambling and stated that every single gambling business must protect children from the activity. “Despite various educational attempts to raise standards by ourselves and the trade bodies, the on-course sector has historically performed poorly in both underage gambling test purchase exercises and Think 21 testing
The review received positive support, with David Connon, Lead Member for Public Protection at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead saying - “I am content that our officers led and organised this test purchasing. It is important that our residents, as well as visitors to the borough, are safe. It is not acceptable to take bets from young people and I am happy that strong action is taking place. I am happy that this hard work is paying off and the Gambling Commission are taking action against those bookmakers.”
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