The start of NFL season puts regulated online sports betting squarely in the spotlight. Six of the 13 states with legal single-game wagering take bets over the internet, a list which should continue to grow between now and the Super Bowl.
Fox Bet is so far operational in two of the biggest markets — New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The rebranded BetStars platform is banking on the star power of its on-screen talent to drive customer acquisition, giving rise to questions about the future of the PokerStars product.
There’s also been a fair amount of chatter surrounding offshore sportsbooks based in Antigua and Costa Rica. A couple of the largest ones recently stopped serving NJ customers, leading some to wonder if they’re angling for future US licensure. We can think of at least five reasons that’s not going to happen.
Video game publisher 2K also made some industry news last week with the launch of its NBA 2K20 title. The much-anticipated release caught our eye because of the enhanced loot box system, which approximates gambling even more closely than previous iterations.
Our coverage spans regulatory updates, legislative developments, market analysis, and day-to-day news that may be of interest not only to those following the markets, but also online poker players who participate in them.
Online Gambling Regulation in America
Along with specific coverage of online poker, we also explore the broader topic of online gambling regulation in the United States, including casino and lottery games.
Recently, we have started to expand our coverage beyond the U.S. into the global market for online poker, including jurisdictions such as the UK’s regulated online poker market. We made this decision as the leading companies involved in one market increasingly started to mirror companies in another, and as the innovations from – and the challenges facing – the international online poker market became increasingly relevant for the American online poker industry as well.