The recent frenzy of legal activity with US gambling laws has meant that gambling in America has evolved more in the last few years than it has in a long time. States are drafting laws regarding the legalisation of sports betting and there are new bills being filed around the country. The Justice Department’s decision to expand the federal prohibition on internet gambling is sure to cast a shroud over the whole industry – these are some of the implications of the regulations on the gambling industry.
What are the changes?
The state law changes are concerning online gambling, fantasy sports, skill-based games and sports betting, to name just a few aspects of the industry. Because of the evolution of the gambling sector and the changes to the technology, especially in respect to loot boxes and casino-style games, the reputation of gambling as a problem has been brought to the forefront. Although many publishers have prohibited these activities, players have still found ways to engage in unauthorised activities which have made the issue even larger and increased the legal scrutiny. But the US Wire Act has now banned all internet gambling that involves interstate transactions, setting it back from its position back in 2011 where only sports betting was prohibited under this ruling.
Sports betting has also experienced changes, an industry which is formed largely from illegal activity, but which contributes some $100 billion to the market. Although the US has a big appetite for sports betting, most betting of this type was illegal because of PASPA. But with PASPAs demise, state legislative activity has changed in favour of sports betting. Esports have also been a big driver in the video game industry in recent years and they have caused plenty of debate over whether they constitute as sport, despite being treated as such. International competitors, for example, are obtaining visas as professional athletes, but this causes complications when it comes to wagering on them. The evolution of sports betting laws would no doubt provide favourable changes in this area.
How will it impact the industry?
Experts have stated that the new laws will have big ramifications on the investment and expansion of the gambling industry in the USA, with shares in casino operators already falling as much as 3.7 percent in some cases. But the new reading of the 1961 Wire Act won’t just impact casinos offering online gambling, it will also affect businesses like Timeform and states that started selling lottery tickets online after 2011. The businesses most affected by these changes are interstate lotteries, but intrastate online wagering where punters bet within a single state shouldn’t be affected.
Last year, the Supreme Court also ruled that all states excluding Nevada could also allow sports betting, but those that now permit sports betting have to restrict those activities to individuals who are physically in the state itself. Although online poker and blackjack casinos are less technically advanced compared to lotteries, the legal changes will determine how they expand and evolve in light of the Justice Department’s opinion. Where the industry will benefit is in regard to sports betting, but companies will need to take a careful look at how they operate in order to avoid issues in the future.
Washington State Population Has Reached Up to 7.5 Million
The new number released on June 28 by the Office of Financial Management shows, Washington state population has reached up to 7.5 million. The state has grown by 118,800 residents over the past year, which is the 1.6% increment in the populace. The growth in the population has come from the people who moved into the state. Last year population of the moved people accounted for 76 percent of the state’s population growth.
Since April 1, 2010, the state’s population has grown by 821,900 people, and 295,100 people were those who moved into the state during the time frame. Seattle is in top ten cities of the state in terms of population growth including, Bellevue, Tacoma, Spokane, Kennewick, Redmond, Vancouver, Kirkland, Pasco, and Bellingham. Seattle is located at a seaport on the West Coast of the US. It is the largest city in both the states of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Seattle population till 2018 was 740,745, and it is estimated to be 755,745 people as of 2019.
According to the US census data released in 2018, Metropolitan area of Seattle holds 3.87 million people and is ranked 15th largest city in the US. Seattle is the fastest-growing city in terms of population in the US, and it had remained in the top five largest populated cities in May 2015. In 2016, the city was again in the fastest-growing major cities of the United States with a 3.1% annual growth. The reason for the state’s population growth is a major gateway for trade with Asia. As of 2015, Seattle is the fourth-largest container port in North America. Seattle population contains a large share of residents living alone. It is the fifth-highest populated city in terms of single-person households.
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