Two sports betting bills have been passed in Montana, all that is left is for the state Governor to sign one of them or both and betting will be legal in this state.
Alabama becomes the next US state to legalise daily fantasy sports, whereas the attempt to legalise said activity in North Carolina failed, after a committee rejected the bill that sought to regulate the industry. This surely won't be the last attempt to legalise sports betting in NC.
The UK Gambling Commission was pretty busy last year fining operators that weren't doing business in line with the rules and regulations, the total amount of fines was £19.6 million. Most of the funds went to the Treasury.
Leading UK betting operators announced that they are going to close a total of 2,100 shops and lay off 12,500 of staff. Ladbrokes will close 900 shops, whereas William Hill is going will cut down the number of shops by 700.
The latest announcement that Paddy Power will be sponsoring Huddersfield Town, following the release of a shirt featuring the Paddy Power logo, turned out to be a very clever PR stunt.
The global sports betting industry has been growing steadily in the past several years, mostly due to technological advances and the popularisation of mobile betting.
Paddy Power pulled a trick on everyone with the latest Huddersfield Town sponsorship deal, but the move has been criticised by many as inappropriate and problematic for the industry as a whole.
Ladbrokes Coral is the latest UK operator that has been fined by the UK Gambling Commission. The GVC owned brands will be required to pay almost £6 million for failing to uphold industry standards.