Michigan to Get Online Casinos and Sportsbooks by the End of 2020

On Wednesday, December 1, the Michigan Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) approved the regulations proposed by the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB). The regulations in question are meant to regulate online casinos, sportsbooks, and daily fantasy sports (DFS) platforms in Michigan.

As a result, Michigan bettors are going to be able to bet and gamble online as soon as land-based casinos launch their web-based platforms. That’s something that’s expected to happen by the end of the year.

Everyone seems to be cheering for this to happen as soon as possible. The reason is that Michigan’s land-based casinos have been closed due to COVID-19 regulations. As per Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) orders, casinos will remain shut down until at least December 9.

Three Detroit Casinos to Go Online

In Q2, the three land-based commercial casinos in Detroit – MGM Grand, Greektown Casino, and MotorCity Casino Hotel – reported a gross gaming revenue (GGR) of $0.

Over summer, they rebounded, albeit only slightly. Then, in November, COVID-19 came back with a vengeance, with the number of new cases going above 16k near the end of the month. That prompted Governor to put the state in another lockdown.

As a result, Detroit’s casinos are suffering again. However, their suffering might come to an end by the end of December. The thing is that they are given the green light to launch their online casino and sportsbook apps.

In order to be allowed to do that, the three casinos need to team up with providers of online gaming software. This is why we’ve seen the creation of some new partnerships in Michigan’s casino landscape.

MotorCityCasino & FanDuel

MotorCity Casino Hotel formed a partnership with FanDuel, which is going to result in an all-in-one platform, allowing the players to bet, play casino games, and take part in daily fantasy sports, using a single account.

According to FanDuel, the sportsbook/online casino will launch soon, with the launch date still not being released. However, the operator has already started accepting registrations from users based in Michigan. Those who do it will receive $100 worth of free bets ($50 for casino and $50 for sportsbook) to use up once the platform goes online.

Greektown Casino & IGT & Barstool

Greektown Casino is going online with the help of IGT and Barstool. The role of IGT is to power Greektown’s online casino, while Barstool will provide sportsbook solutions.

MGM Grand Detroit & BetMGM

MGG Grand Detroit and BetMGM are both owned by the same company, hence it’s no surprise they’re working together on launching a Michigan online casino and sportsbook.

Once these three online casinos launch, Michigan is going to become only the fifth state in the US where this gaming activity is legal and licensed. At the moment, the states where online casinos are permitted are New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

When it comes to online sportsbooks, there are nine when this activity is legal, but that number is going up in the near future. It’s because, in November, Americans voted to liberalize gaming laws in several US states.

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ElasticSearch Network Leaked Online Casino Information, ZDNet says

  • ZDNet and security expert identify information about 108 leaked wagers
  • The data contained identifiable details, including residential address, names, age, and account balance
  • Financial data was only partially identifiable

ElasticSearch has reportedly leaked financial information for over 108 million placed wagers, ZDNet, an online media security outlet has reported. This comes on the tail of similar events earlier in November, 2018.

ElasticSearch Fails to Protect Online Casino Players

Security media outlet ZDNet has reported the leaking of information of over 108 million bets from an online casino group, as confirmed by the newspaper’s source, Justin Paine, a security researcher.

Mr. Paine identified breaches in the ElasticSearch server security, with swathes of data left unprotected for anyone poking around to be able to obtain the stored information.

M. Paine’s investigation soon identified unsecured data from online gaming portals, most likely part of an affiliate program that casinos use to boost engagement and spread awareness of their product.

China Clamps Down on Misleading Gambling Websites

ZDNet and Mr. Paine than proceeded to analyze the URLs, leading to the conclusion that the casino(s) held licenses by the Government of Curacao, an authorized body which grants remote gaming certifications to companies around the world.

Based on the investigation, a lot of sensitive data was readily available to people who knew where to look for it, including: residence, legal names, age, e-mail addresses, IP, account balances, login information and more.

Simple extrapolation would put more people at risk as often, individuals use repetitive passwords for all their online platforms.

Financial Data Only Partially Compromised

Upon completing the investigation, the security outlet and Mr. Paine did draw one positive conclusion – the financial data was only partially compromised, leaving out enough data to conceal with fairly certainty the banking footprint of individuals.

However, having all other personal information would allow users to be exposed to various nefarious activities from third-parties. The developments highlight the risk of playing at offshore and unregulated companies.

Who’s Fault Is It?

The Government of Curacao has long been focusing only on keeping close tabs on land-based casinos, but there have been multiple calls for the company to re-focus its efforts on online gaming institutions as well.

Should proper checks have been carried out, the certified operator would have never been allowed to amass tons of sensitive data, ZDNet estimates. ElasticSearch was in the center of another security breach lately, with Cybercop posting information about 57 million people’s personal details having been leaked.

Meanwhile, the Curaçao’s Gaming Control Board (GCB) has expressed hopes that illegal gaming operators can be brought down sooner. Back in the United Kingdom the UKGC has been issuing stiff penalties to offshore online companies failing to comply with the necessary security and due diligence provisions of their licenses.

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IGT and NetEnt to Provide Online Casino Games in PA

Things are developing very quickly in Pennsylvania’s online gambling market. The state has only just started awarding licenses to local casinos, who are already teaming up with some of the biggest names in online gaming. This week, Penn National Gaming has signed deals with two leading online games providers, which are sure to put its new digital casino ahead of the competition when it goes live in a few months.

NetEnt Working with Penn National Gaming

Penn National Gaming was one of the first casinos to receive a license to operate online gambling activities in Pennsylvania, and things are off to a great start. This week, the company has signed a deal with NetEnt, one of the leading online casino games providers in Europe, to provide games at HollywoodCasino.com.  

It certainly goes to show that NetEnt’s hard work always pays off. Back in September, the games developer applied for a supplier license in Pennsylvania. The company had the foresight to anticipate that local PA casinos would be eager to partner with experienced online games providers, and made the right decision to file an application.

It was a wise move for NetEnt to throw its hat in the ring early. Even though NetEnt and the other online games developers that are now working with Pennsylvania casinos are already licensed in gaming hubs like Malta and Isle of Man, they have to go through the same process in every state where they hope to offer casino games. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will have to vet these companies to ensure that they are reputable games providers and will be able to provide safe gaming experiences to players across the state.

IGT Enters the Pennsylvania Online Casino Market

The next international games developer to enter the Pennsylvania online casino market is IGT. This week, the company also signed a deal with Penn National Gaming to provide games on HollywoodCasino.com.

The great thing about this partnership is that it will provide fans of land-based casino games with access to their favourite titles online. IGT is known for manufacturing some of the most popular brick-and-mortar slots games like Cleopatra, Wheel of Fortune and Siberian Storm, and players will be thrilled that they can now play these games without having to leave home.

While NetEnt is very popular in the European online gambling market, the company’s games won’t be well-known yet among Pennsylvania players. As such, Penn National Gaming has made a very smart move by getting two developers on board who are from two different backgrounds. Surely, while players are first drawn in to Hollywood Casino by the games they already know and love, they will want to stay to experience the new and innovative titles from NetEnt’s online gaming collection.

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