Hit and Run: A Look Back at DFS’s Crazy Year; partypoker Rec Model Changes; 888 Wins Global Gaming Award

Steve Ruddock : October 3rd, 2016
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The DFS industry one year later. 888 Wins Best Digital Operator at Global Gaming Awards. partypoker continues to make recreational-friendly changes. And more.

DFS a year after the industry was turned on its head

It’s hard to believe that it was one year ago that fit hit the shan for the daily fantasy sports industry. A year ago the Ethan Haskell story was breaking, with all of its hyperbole and trumped up accusations. But legal scrutiny was probably already a foregone conclusion, considering the litany of ads that had been clogging up the airwaves had already started to grab the attention of lawmakers.

The man who covered this wild ride better than anyone, Legal Sports Reports’ Dustin Gouker, posted a retrospective, looking back at the tumultuous year the DFS industry went through.

This is a must read for anyone who lived through this spectacle (you won’t believe how much of it you’ve already forgotten) and for those who don’t know the entire back-story.

Quick Hitters

- Former NBA Commissioner made it clear that he’s in favor of legalized sports betting in the United States. Stern explained his position during a keynote address at G2E last week.

- Part Time Poker has a new comic series. You can check out the first installment here, where Keith Woernle and cartoonist Jerry King explain the difference between normal retirement and poker retirement.

- PokerStars isn’t the only online poker company moving towards a recreational-friendly model. Last week partypoker announced yet another in a long line of changes on this front. The site will soon make all hand histories anonymous, and ban seating scripts.

- Pennsylvania’s path to legal online gambling has taken a number of twists and turns over the past two years, but with the finish line in sight, it might be an ancillary issue that helps make online gambling a reality in the Keystone State. The State Supreme Court recently ruled a tax provision in the 2004 gaming act unconstitutional, and the legislature needs to fix it pronto.

- Last week Unikrn added Chris Grove to its Board of Advisors. Grove, one of the leading voices in the gaming industry (and I’m not just saying that because he signs some of my paychecks), has been one of the biggest cheerleaders for esports betting over the past two years, including organizing an upcoming esports conference in Las Vegas at the end of the month.

- 888 Holdings won the “Best Digital Operator” award at the 2016 Global Gaming Awards that was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 26. Other winners included MGM and IGT (both taking home two awards) along with PlayTech, NYX, and Microgaming.

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