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Plainridge Park Casino increases lottery sales
In the first year after the opening of Plainridge Park Casino, lottery sales in Plainville increased approximately 25%. Sales have remained at that level in the second year of operation.

Casino City's Friday Five: Everything ever edition
It's a good thing tomorrow's Saturday, because we really need some down time after all that happened in the past week.

Petition launched for expansion of Massachusetts Gaming Commission probe
The state's Democratic Party announced a petition to include Wynn Resorts' donations to Governor Baker in an ongoing probe.

Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates call for expanded Gaming Commission probe
In a letter to the state's Gaming Commission, Jay Gonzalez, Bob Massie and Setti Warren recommended an investigation of Wynn Resorts' financial support of Charlie Baker in his 2014 gubernatorial election.

This Week in Gambling: New York online poker is close
This week, J. Todd looks at the latest online poker bill in New York state and how close it is to becoming a reality. Also, we could be close to full online gambling regulation in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts takes another step toward legalizing online gambling
An omnibus approach suggested by the state's special commission could pave the way for iGaming legislation in the future.

Top 10 US states to watch for iGaming legislation in 2017
Legalizing online gambling is never easy, which is why we have to hand it to these 10 states for even <i>trying.</i> Whether their attempts will be successful remains to be seen, but we're optimistic.

Top 10 things I learned attending an eSports event
With the eSports boom well underway, Clare Fitzgerald visited Boston's Wang Theater to watch the proceedings of the quarterfinals of the Boston Major tournament.

This Week in Gambling: Fantasy mergers, Internet gambling and Two World Series
This week in gambling, we take a look at stories from the World Series of Poker and the actual World Series. Plus, online gambling news from Massachusetts, fantasy sports merger rumors, game reviews and more.

Trends for US online gambling forecasted through 2020
Growth in the 34-and-younger population and the rise of non-mobile computer device usage has been predicted by global market research firm Technavio.

Massachusetts

There have been numerous unsuccessful proposals to bring online gaming to the Bay State.

In April 2013, members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives sponsored an attachment to the 2014 state budget that would legalize and regulate intrastate online poker. The proposed legislation would provide a category three license to online poker operators and software providers, allowing them to operate for a period of 10 years. In the bill, sports betting and casino games would be prohibited and all players would need to be located within Massachusetts. In June 2013, the amendment regarding online poker was ruled unconstitutional and removed from the State Senate's budget bill.

In July 2013, proponents of online gambling in Massachusetts attempted to attach an amendment to a transportation financing bill that would allow the state to issue internet gambling licenses. The amendment was rejected and there is currently no pending legislation regarding online gambling.

In July 2016, the Senate approved S2423, a bill that would allow the state Lottery to sell its products online and via mobile device, in addition to approving daily fantasy sports. Stipulations regarding online lottery activities were removed, while DFS-friendly language was kept. The legality of DFS in Massachusetts, according to the bill, was to end on 31 July 2018. In April 2018, an adopted amendment to the House Ways and Means Budget removed the July sunset provision and made the legality of DFS in the state permanent.

Provisions concerning fantasy sports were included in H 4569, an economic development package that passed in the House and the Senate in August 2017. The bill allows fantasy sports operators to offer contests with cash prizes and excludes fantasy sports from the state's definition of gambling. It also created a special commission for the purpose of studying fantasy sports and online gambling.

In October 2016, Massachusetts treasurer Deborah Goldberg introduced a bill that aims to allow the Massachusetts Lottery to offer draw tickets and online games through desktop and mobile device. The measure was never taken up by the House.

In November 2018, Goldberg submitted another bill calling for the legalization of online lottery sales and the legislation was scheduled to be reviewed during the new legislative session in January 2019. Lawmakers are also expected to discuss the legalization of sports betting at that time.

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Massachusetts Jurisdiction News

Plainridge Park Casino increases lottery sales
In the first year after the opening of Plainridge Park Casino, lottery sales in Plainville increased approximately 25%. Sales have remained at that level in the second year of operation.

Casino City's Friday Five: Everything ever edition
It's a good thing tomorrow's Saturday, because we really need some down time after all that happened in the past week.

Petition launched for expansion of Massachusetts Gaming Commission probe
The state's Democratic Party announced a petition to include Wynn Resorts' donations to Governor Baker in an ongoing probe.

Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates call for expanded Gaming Commission probe
In a letter to the state's Gaming Commission, Jay Gonzalez, Bob Massie and Setti Warren recommended an investigation of Wynn Resorts' financial support of Charlie Baker in his 2014 gubernatorial election.

This Week in Gambling: New York online poker is close
This week, J. Todd looks at the latest online poker bill in New York state and how close it is to becoming a reality. Also, we could be close to full online gambling regulation in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts takes another step toward legalizing online gambling
An omnibus approach suggested by the state's special commission could pave the way for iGaming legislation in the future.

Top 10 US states to watch for iGaming legislation in 2017
Legalizing online gambling is never easy, which is why we have to hand it to these 10 states for even <i>trying.</i> Whether their attempts will be successful remains to be seen, but we're optimistic.

Top 10 things I learned attending an eSports event
With the eSports boom well underway, Clare Fitzgerald visited Boston's Wang Theater to watch the proceedings of the quarterfinals of the Boston Major tournament.

This Week in Gambling: Fantasy mergers, Internet gambling and Two World Series
This week in gambling, we take a look at stories from the World Series of Poker and the actual World Series. Plus, online gambling news from Massachusetts, fantasy sports merger rumors, game reviews and more.

Trends for US online gambling forecasted through 2020
Growth in the 34-and-younger population and the rise of non-mobile computer device usage has been predicted by global market research firm Technavio.

 
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