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MediaTroopers Obtains Maine License

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Digital marketing agency MediaTroopers has secured a temporary license from the Maine Gambling Control Unit to operate as an affiliate in the state. This marks a significant milestone for the company, enabling it to promote its licensed sportsbook partners in Maine.

Maine’s Sports betting legislation came into effect on July 31, 2022. It allows in-person betting at casinos and off-track betting facilities, as well as online wagering through platforms that are licensed by the state, including Caesars Sportsbook and DraftKings. The law also permits state tribes to offer statewide mobile sports betting and establish retail sportsbooks at gaming facilities.

Media Troopers is a leading provider of marketing and acquisition services to online betting and igaming operators in North America. With the addition of Maine, the company is now licensed in 14 states and active in 25 states, plus Ontario, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The addition of this license will allow Media Troopers to add Maine to its respectable list of states the company now operates in, including Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Obtaining the license in Maine coincides with Media Troopers’ North American coverage strategy, where the company invests considerable resources and efforts into establishing a presence for its clients in every state where sports betting and igaming are legal.

As Shmulik Segal, Co-Founder and CEO of MediaTroopers, said upon receiving the license: “Being on the ground in Maine is another huge milestone. But for us, the work has just begun. As in every new state we enter, it’s all about creating the right conditions to allow our clients to hit the ground running.”

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Segal also expressed optimism about prospects in Maine. “Receiving the Maine affiliate license is a testament to our team’s hard work and our commitment to obtaining all the relevant licenses – even when the licensing process is a big initial investment of time and resources. We believe in maintaining compliance and excellence in the igaming industry,” Segal remarked.

“Maine’s welcoming approach to sports betting provides an exciting opportunity for us to leverage our expertise and contribute to the growth of a responsible and dynamic market.” He added, “Our goal is to ensure Maine residents have access to the best and most responsible online gambling experiences, and we are eager to work with our partners to make this a reality.”

According to the American Gaming Association, it is estimated that about one in five adults plan to bet on the Super Bowl this year, bringing the total to nearly 68 million adults placing an estimated $23.1 billion in wagers (up from last year’s $16 billion). With the Super Bowl happening this weekend, this license will open up new opportunities for Media Troopers to reach a wider audience and capitalize on the excitement surrounding the event.

 

 

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BOS Opposes Swedish Government’s Credit Card Ban

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On Friday, the government came out with a proposal to ban the use of credit cards for gambling. The government is thus going against its own state investigation into the matter, the so-called Over-indebtedness Inquiry.

In a previous opinion, BOS has supported the Over-indebtedness Inquiry’s conclusion to continue allowing credit cards for gambling.

“It is sad that the government does not listen to its own expertise and instead proposes a ban on credit cards when gambling, contrary to what the government investigation has concluded. Interestingly, the government does not propose a corresponding credit card ban for the purchase of alcoholic beverages, which in Sweden is only offered by a retail monopoly owned and operated by the government itself,” Gustaf Hoffstedt said.

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“The government is handing yet another competitive advantage to the unlicensed gambling market, which has a 41% market share when it comes to online casino. The risk is great that unlicensed gambling will overtake and gain a larger total market share than licensed gambling in 2024. The government needs to change focus and show that it is on the same side as the licensed gambling companies and the safeguarding of consumers,” Gustaf Hoffstedt added.

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James Blake Fined for Breaching Tennis Sponsorship Rules

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Miami Open tournament director and former top 10 player James Blake was fined $56,250 for violating tennis’ rules about betting sponsorship, the International Tennis Integrity Agency announced Wednesday.

The London-based ITIA said the violation was unintentional and Blake “cooperated fully with the investigation and did not contest the charge”.

If Blake breaks the rules again during an 18-month probationary period that began on Feb. 9, the agency said he would be subject to an 18-month suspension and an additional fine of $131,250.

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The TACP rules state that: “No Covered Person shall directly or indirectly, facilitate, encourage and/or promote Tennis Betting (Facilitation).”

Karen Moorhouse, CEO of the ITIA, said: “Across our members – the ATP, WTA, ITF and Grand Slams – the rules prohibit accredited individuals from having commercial relationships with betting companies.

“This case is more a matter of perception, rather than corruption. The rules apply to players, coaches, officials and accredited tournament staff – who all have the ability to influence results or have access to inside information.

“We urge anyone in the sport who is unclear or is considering commercial deals like this to get in touch with us to seek guidance.”

The ITIA is an independent body established by its tennis members to promote, encourage, enhance and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide.

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California Gambling Control Commission Announces Comprehensive Agenda for Upcoming Meeting

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The California Gambling Control Commission (CGCC) has officially released the notice and agenda for its forthcoming commission meeting, set to take place on Thursday, March 7, 2024. In a move to accommodate participants from various locations and enhance accessibility, the CGCC has announced that the meeting will be held both in person and via tele/video conference.

The primary location for the in-person meeting will be at the CGCC’s headquarters in Sacramento, located at 2399 Gateway Oaks Drive, Hearing Room 100 on the first floor. Additionally, satellite locations have been established to cater to attendees in Northern and Southern California, including the Judicial Council of California’s Milton Marks Conference Center in San Francisco and the Carolyn Owens Community Center in Chino, respectively.

For those unable to attend in person, the commission is providing a Zoom link (https://zoom.us/j/2857578614) and a toll-free call-in option (1-888-475-4499, Meeting ID: 285 757 8614), ensuring widespread participation. The CGCC emphasizes that public participation is strongly encouraged, recommending virtual attendance through Zoom for convenience, although in-person attendance is welcomed, particularly at the Sacramento primary location.

The agenda for the meeting is packed with critical discussions and deliberations, starting promptly at 10:00 a.m. Key items include the approval of meeting minutes, consideration of initial and temporary licenses for third-party proposition player services employees, and key employee findings of suitability in line with tribal-state gaming compacts. The meeting will also address renewal applications for key employee licenses and commission work permits among other consent calendar items.

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This comprehensive meeting underscores the CGCC’s dedication to transparency and public involvement in its regulatory duties. It offers an opportunity for professionals in the gambling sector, stakeholders, and the general public to engage directly with the commission’s activities and decisions affecting the gambling landscape in California.

For more details on the agenda and how to participate in the meeting, please visit the CGCC’s official website at www.cgcc.ca.gov.

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