Delaware’s regulated online gambling market suffered a double-digit decline in 2017, reversing 2016’s double-digit gains.
Official figures filed by the Delaware Lottery show the state’s three gaming operators licensed to take online casino and poker action – Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway – earned combined online gambling revenue of just under $2.4m in 2017, down 18% from 2016’s total.
The state’s annual revenue is essentially a rounding error for many gambling markets, but such is the glacial state of US online gambling legalization that there are still only three active intrastate markets, so it is worth mentioning, if only to provide counterweight to New Jersey’s 2017 haul of $245m.
Video lottery games (slots to the rest of us) provided the bulk of the year’s iGaming revenue, but its $1.57m revenue was 10% below 2016’s $1.75m slots total. It was a similarly sad story for table games, which earned just under $559k last year, down 28% from $777k in 2016.
Leave it to poker to grab the most garish headline. Annual poker revenue hit a whopping $231k in 2017, down 38% from 2016’s $376k, possibly because one of the state’s 15 active players lost his phone or something. Bottom line, those plans to pool liquidity between New Jersey’s much larger (but similarly struggling) online poker sites and those of Delaware and Nevada can’t come soon enough.
Delaware launched its intrastate online gambling market in 2013, and while its population of less than 1m meant it was never going to produce mind-boggling revenue numbers, it at least appeared to be heading in the right direction. For instance, the 2016 annual haul was 62% higher than 2015’s result and represented a new record for the state.
The Delaware Lottery isn’t scheduled to release its final sports lottery numbers – which essentially dovetail with National Football League activity – until next month. However, the comparable figures available for the first three months of each season indicate that the state is well on its way toward exceeding last year’s total. Always leave on a high note, as they say.
The flu has ramped up early this year and is rapidly spreading across the country, with widespread flu activity in 46 states, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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“This is a feature of this year’s flu — not only did it start early, but it seemed to occur all over the country more or less simultaneously,” Dr. William Schaffner, infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, told ABC News.
How bad is it?
The flu has not yet reached “epidemic” proportions, according to last week’s CDC data, but it may happen soon. A flu epidemic occurs when the percentage of people who have died from the flu exceeds a threshold set by the CDC using data from prior years. Last week, the number of people who died from the flu this year was only 0.2 percent below that threshold.
Doctor’s visits for flu-like illness are rising. This year’s numbers are almost identical to three years ago, in the 2014-2015 season — both years surpassed what was seen last year, 2016-2017.
Twenty-six states are reporting high flu activity, with some of the worst in Arkansas, where 14 percent of outpatient doctor visits were for influenza-like illness last week. Neighboring states of Mississippi and Texas also have high flu activity, with 12 percent of doctors’ visits related to flu-like symptoms.
But when patients must be admitted to the hospital, flu can turn deadly. The number of patients in the hospital for flu-like illness nationally has doubled in the past two weeks and is higher than in recent years — about 35 percent up from the same time last year. Most of the people who are hospitalized for the flu are over the age of 65.
The predominant flu strain this year is H3N2, a form of influenza A. This strain is included in this year’s flu vaccine, but information on how effective the vaccine has been is typically not available until the flu season is over.
Vaccine effectiveness typically ranges from 40 to 60 percent in a good year. Preliminary estimates from last year show the vaccine was 40 percent effective in the U.S., similar to 2014-2015.
Concerns have been raised about this year’s vaccine after an editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine last Thursday said it was only 10 percent effective against H3N2 in Australia.
Schaffner cautions against using this statistic to predict how well the vaccine will work in the U.S., since this is not official CDC data, but warns it could be a bad sign.
“We are being affected by the basically same virus and using basically the same vaccine,” he said.
Additionally, years in which H3N2 is the predominant influenza strain tend to have higher death rates, with approximately 20,000 deaths in the 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 seasons when H3N2 predominated.
The good news is that this year’s flu seems to be quite susceptible to the available flu medications, like Tamiflu, also known as oseltamivir. What’s more, Tamiflu, is “widely available” according to its manufacturers, who do not expect any shortage of the medication. It is most helpful if taken within 48 hours of the start of the flu.
Schaffner points out that the vaccine provides good protection against other influenza strains, which are becoming more common this season.
“It’s an imperfect vaccine, but it’s the best we have, and it still does provide a terrific amount of protection — complete protection and partial protection,” he said. “You contribute to your own protection and a healthier community — a community where there is less likelihood of spread.”
How the flu vaccine helps
First, get the vaccine — there’s still time.
“It is late and so do not walk, run,” said Schaffner. “Run to your provider’s office or pharmacy to get the vaccine.”
It can take up to two weeks for the body to build up defenses against the virus, he added.
The vaccine protect individuals from the flu, but also helps prevent spreading it to the sick, the elderly, pregnant women, and children — all of whom are more likely to have serious consequences from influenza.
It is especially important for pregnant women to get the vaccine, according to Schaffner.
“There is dual benefit for the pregnant woman to get vaccinated,” he said. “Not only will she get protection, but she’ll also pass those antibodies along to her infant, which will protect them for the first 6 months of life when the infant is too young to get the vaccine. And the vaccine is safe for pregnant women and the fetus.”
For those who contract the flu, it could make symptoms less severe, Schaffner added. According to the CDC, the vaccine helps to reduce doctor’s visits, missed school or work and hospitalizations due to the flu.
Other precautions to protect against the flu
Next, make sure to wash hands carefully to limit the spread of the virus and try to avoid close contact with sick people.
For those who do get the flu, Shaffner said, avoid contact with others.
“Stay home, don’t go to work, don’t go to the gym, don’t go to religious services,” he said. “Nobody wants to be a dreaded spreader.”
And remember to consider antiviral medications, like Tamiflu.
“If you get sick, call your provider, because your provider might prescribe an antiviral,” Schaffner said. “If we get in early enough, we can make your infection less severe, perhaps shorten it by a day and make it less likely that you get the complications.”
People who get sick should also keep up with fluids — and seek medical attention if they start to feel worse or develop shortness of breath, worsening congestion or cough.
Gross revenue of state-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) grew by 7 percent in 2017 on the back of a strong performance by the casino sector.
PAGCOR chair Andrea Domingo announced that the state regulator pocketed “close to PHP60 billion (US$1.19 billion)” in 2017, which was slightly below the target. Nevertheless, last year’s sum was higher than the PHP55.06 billion ($1.09 billion) PAGCOR posted in 2016.
The chunk of PAGCOR’s 2017 gaming revenue came from its 46 casino properties, which raked in PHP22.44 billion ($444.6 million). PAGCOR-licensed casino fees contributed another PHP19.27 billion ($382.5 million).
Traditional bingo and e-bingo licensees gave PAGCOR PHP9.45 billion ($187.58 million), while the state regulator’s share from other gaming licensees such as e-games, poker, junket operations was at PHP5.50 billion ($109.17 million).
“Although the biggest chunk in the agency’s revenues still comes from PAGCOR-operated casinos, the licensed casinos also contributed significantly,” Domingo told CalvinAyre.com in an e-mail.
On Thursday, PAGCOR held a celebratory cocktails and dinner soirée for its licensees and paid tribute to their social and economic contributions to the country. Among those who graced the occasion were Filipino casino mogul Enrique Razon and neophyte casino operator Dennis Uy, whose company plans to build a $341 million casino on the island of Cebu.
The Philippine News Agency reported that President Rodrigo Duterte reminded the operators in attendance that they may expand their business in the country as long as they shun graft and corruption.
Acknowledging that corruption remains a perennial problem in the country, Duterte encouraged gambling operators to report all cases of corruption directly to him, to his officials, or through the Citizens’ Complaint Hotline.
“Please do not give them [government officials] the luxury of extortion. All you have to do is just you can call anybody in government… And I will take care of it,” he said, according to the news outlet. “All I have to do is for you to cooperate and I said do not give in to extortionist. Be it the police, the BIR, Customs. If I learn that you engage in corruption, I’ll make it hard for you.”
Advanced betting solutions provider UltraPlay will present its premium eSports betting suite during the upcoming ICE Totally Gaming (6-8 February), in London.
With its 7 years at the iGaming frontline, UltraPlay is fully prepared to present its latest products and expanded portfolio to all delegates who are invited to the company’s booth #S1-110.
Among the company’s extended offerings and highlights this year to catch the attendees’ interest are:
Esports betting solutions – The revolutionary match-predicting system offering the widest odds feed on the market right now – odds.gg will be presented with the latest add-ons and upgrades made by the company in the last 12 months. Besides the most popular game titles, UltraPlay has expended its odds feed with Heroes of the Storm Live, Kind of Glory also covering live betting as well as FIFA Interactive World Cup and GWENT. Along with the diversified coverage of 25 competitive games, UltraPlay offers 3000+ eSports events monthly as well as 1500+ in-play events. UltraPlay’s team will answer why eSports betting holds great potential, and how the iGaming brands can benefit from it.
Trading services – The advanced risk management and trading panel empowers larger operators with trading teams to fully control their pre-match and live offer leading to a successful iGaming operation.
Advanced betting platform and world-class iframe solution – Turnkey solution powered by UltraPlay will meet all requirements of operators searching to expand their betting options in order to elevate players’ experience. Growth is only possible with a reliable partner such as UltraPlay with a platform backed up with a wide range of functionalities and cutting-edge technology. The figures don’t lie – 50+ sports, more than 30,000 live events per month as well as 2000+ betting markets.
eGold – the ultimate eSports betting cryptocurrency will be presented during its crowdsale. All interested in the project can subscribe to the sale at: https://egold.gg/subscribe/. Blockchain technology for eSports betting will be shown on Buff88, an eSports dedicated platform, which is going to be released this month. As a crypto and eSports dedicated brand, a number of cryptocurrencies will be available on Buff88, starting with Bitcoin as well as eGold. Attendees will be acquainted with the project’s goals and advantages of the Blockchain-based betting.
UltraPlay is in Bitcoin since 2013 and during ICE will share its in-depth knowledge on how iGaming brands can lead the Blockchain technology wave and benefit from the advanced betting solutions. Latest information regarding eGold is available at: www.egold.gg
UltraPlay is a modern technological company, founded in 2010, with the core ambition to offer an innovative approach to the online gaming industry by providing advanced betting solutions, focused on eSports, sports betting, casino, live betting and bitcoin solutions.
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Two of the most buzzed-about diets, the Keto diet and the Whole30 diet, have landed at the bottom of a new ranking of best diets for 2018.
The Keto diet, which promotes a low-carbohydrate, high-fat regimen, tied for last on the Best Diet Overall list released today by U.S. News and World Report.
“One of our experts said, ‘Any diet that recommends snacking on bacon can’t be taken seriously as a health-promoting way to eat,'” Angela Haupt, assistant managing editor of health at U.S. News and World Report, told ABC News.
Ketogenic, or low-carbohydrate diets, have been used for treatment of epilepsy for decades and more recently gained attention as a tool for weight loss. Severely restricting carbohydrates can result in a process called ketosis.
“One of the concerns with Keto is how high in saturated fat it is,” Haupt said. “Our experts say the diet can be especially dangerous to people with severe diabetes, kidney disease and heart disease.”
The Whole30 diet, which gets 60,000 searches per month in Google, came in next to last in the ranking of 40 diet plans. The diet, based on a bestselling book, strips food groups like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes from participants’ diets for a full 30 days, according to its website.
The expert panel of nutritionists, dietary consultants and physicians that ranked the diets criticized Whole30 in particular, along with the Body Reset diet, for “being ‘fad diets’ that unnecessarily wipe out entire food groups,” according to U.S. News and World Report.
“The main thing about [Whole30 and Keto diets] is they’re both extreme,” Haupt said. “They’re both really restrictive, in some cases wiping out entire food groups, and our experts say it’s just not necessary and it’s not safe or healthy.
“You’re just not setting yourself up for any type of lasting, healthy, long-term success and you might even do damage to yourself in the process,” she added.
Topping the list of best diets for 2018 were the Mediterranean Diet and the DASH Diet, which tied for first place.
“Both of them are really nutritionally sound,” Haupt said. “And they also have benefits for chronic diseases and even brain health and heart health.”
Haupt said a desire for drastic change and fast results could explain why diets like Whole30 and Keto have reached such popularity.
“Slow and steady might work but it’s not the exciting way to go about things and weight loss can be so frustrating,” Haupt said. “You might not see it as quickly but you are setting yourself up for longer, more healthy success when you do choose that sound plan.”
Diet trends in 2018 will focus on promoting health from the inside out, according to U.S. News and World Report. The magazine reports consumers are interested in eating for whole body health as well as for specific body systems, like skin, muscles, bones, and a healthy nervous system.
Here is a breakdown of the diets that rounded out the top five in U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 Best Diets ranking.
1. Mediterranean and DASH diets
The Mediterranean diet, which features meals high in “good” fats, ranked as the top diet on the U.S. News and World Report’s ranking for the first time ever, in a tie with the DASH diet.
The Mediterranean diet recommends emulating how people in the Mediterranean region have traditionally eaten, with a focus on foods like olive oil, fish and vegetables. U.S. News and World Report called the diet a “well-balanced eating plan” and pointed to research that suggests the diet helps prevent some chronic diseases and increases longevity.
The DASH diet has been ranked as the No. 1 overall diet by U.S. News and World Report for eight consecutive rankings.
Originally started by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) as a diet to help reduce blood pressure, the DASH diet is made up of low-sodium and healthful foods. The NHLBI publishes free guides on the plan so you can see if it is right for you.
“The thing about the DASH diet is you’re eating specifically the foods you’ve always been told to eat, pretty much fruit, vegetables, whole grain, lean protein and low-fat dairy,” Haupt said. “And it eliminates foods high in fat and sugar-sweetened drinks and sweets.”
3. Flexitarian diet
The flexitarian diet encourages people to try alternative meat options, like tofu, but leaves room for flexibility if you can’t quite fully give up meat. The diet was promoted by dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner in a 2009 book that says you can reap the benefits of a plant-heavy diet even if you eat meat occasionally, according to U.S. News and World Report.
This plant-heavy diet focuses on adding five food groups — “new meat,” fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy and sugar and spices — to your diet, instead of taking foods away. The “new meat” food group includes tofu, beans, lentils, peas, nuts and seeds and eggs, according to U.S. News and World Report.
4. Weight Watchers
Weight Watchers ranked in the top five for best diets overall and also obtained the No. 1 ranking for best commercial diets and best fast weight-loss diets this year.
The program, which is backed by Oprah Winfrey, focuses on assigning points based on the nutritional value of foods.
Weight Watchers, which offers support online and with in-person group meetings, assigns a points value to foods to encourage dieters to make healthful choices that will “fill” you up. The points are higher for foods high in saturated fats and sugars, and lower for foods with high levels of protein.
5. MIND, TLC and Volumetrics diets
The No. 5 spot in U.S. News and World Report’s latest ranking is a three-way tie between the MIND Diet, TLC Diet and Volumetrics.
The Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet, ranked third last year, is a hybrid of the top-rated DASH and Mediterranean diets.
The diet focuses on “10 brain-healthy food groups: green leafy vegetables in particular, all other vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine,” according to U.S. News and World Report.
Among the diet’s requirements is eating three servings of whole grains, a salad and another vegetable daily, as well as a single glass of wine if desired.
The Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet was designed to help cut bad cholesterol and requires eating foods with less saturated fat.
The diet limits daily cholesterol intake while pushing more foods with fiber in order to help dieters manage high cholesterol without medication, according to U.S. News and World Report.
The Volumetrics diet is described as less of a diet and more of an approach to eating by U.S. News and World Report.
The diet, promoted by Penn State University nutrition professor Barbara Rolls, teaches you to, “decipher a food’s energy density, cut the energy density of your meals and make choices that fight hunger,” the magazine reports.
Italian football club AC Milan has inked its first Asian regional sponsorship deal with online gambling operator Vwin.
On Monday, the Philippine-licensed Vwin announced its new role as Official Regional Partner of Serie A side AC Milan, marking the first such regional deal with the club. Club COO Lorenzo Giorgetti said the deal marked an “important step in the development of our commercial strategy in this key market.”
Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, while the duration was described only as “multi-year.” Vwin inked a similar partnership with Milan’s Serie A rival Juventus one year ago. Vwin doesn’t have a license to offer wagers in Italy, meaning the deal is entirely focused on boosting the operator’s profile among football-mad Asian punters.
UK BETTING SITES SCORE YOUTH TEAM OWN GOAL In less positive sponsorship news, several UK-licensed online gambling operators are wearing egg on their faces after some of the English Premier League clubs they sponsor posted images of their junior teams’ players wearing official kit emblazoned with the betting companies’ logos.
The Sunday Times was first to spot the posts, which featured underage players for teams including Newcastle United, Stoke City, Swansea City and West Ham United, wearing kit promoting their respective sponsors Fun88, Bet365, Letou and Betway.
The photos were taken offline following publication of the Times’ investigation, and the embarrassed clubs claimed the photos had been ‘inadvertently’ uploaded.
The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) acknowledged that the photos represented a breach of the existing gambling advertising rules but RGA CEO Clive Hawkswood suggested the “inappropriate” usage was down to the clubs’ “marketing guys,” who “just treat it as any other product.”
The timing of this cockup couldn’t be worse for UK online gambling operators, whose activities are under an increasingly powerful microscope. Last October, the UK Gambling Commission and other regulatory bodies specifically ordered online operators to purge kid-friendly marketing from their websites, even if the activity being promoted wasn’t for real-money play.
That same month, the UK government’s triennial review of the gambling industry opted not to impose further restrictions on advertising on television or via team sponsorship, based on studies that showed “the prevalence of advertising did not appear to be linked with the prevalence of problem gambling.” Operators would be wise not to give the government cause to rethink this conclusion.
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Deal significantly boosts UK provider’s games development operations
Tuesday 2nd January, 2018: Leading UK-based game studio Blueprint Gaming, part of the Gauselmann Group, has completed the acquisition of omni-channel gaming provider Games Warehouse from the Harbour Group.
The deal will see Blueprint significantly boost its operations, delivering a greater number of high quality games to the market.
Games Warehouse, based in Derby, England, supplies innovative content to the global gambling market, with its games available across online, mobile and retail channels.
Popular titles, including Wild Bandits, Birdz and Gold Strike, are already live across numerous websites and retail outlets of some of the leading operators.
Staff members will continue to operate out of its existing office, where both the igaming and Skill With Prize (SWP) machine teams will support Blueprint’s development plans.
Matt Cole, Managing Director of Blueprint Gaming, said: “We are very pleased to welcome the Games Warehouse team to Blueprint Gaming. They will support our growth by continuing to develop creative games as well as back Blueprint’s development efforts.
“We are confident that the fit will work very well and we look forward to creating some innovative games together.”
Brandon Bezzant, Harbour Group added: “Games Warehouse first created the SWP market and more recently successfully evolved into a standalone games developer for online and mobile.
“We are sure that as a part of Blueprint Gaming and the Gauselmann Group, the team can go from strength to strength.”
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As well as its original content, which has become hugely popular, it has developed successful slots based on a broad range of third party brands, offering players familiarity and operators unique marketing opportunities.
Blueprint Gaming design and development team strives to push creative boundaries in the creation of slots that are as successful for its operating partners as they are entertaining and engaging for its players.
Blueprint is licensed to develop and supply online games by the UK Gambling Commission and Alderney Gambling Control Commission.
If your Christmas celebrations left you feeling in need of a good workout, Erin Oprea, trainer to the stars, is here to help.
Oprea is a former U.S. Marine who now trains some of country music’s biggest stars, including Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Kellie Pickler and Lee Ann Womack.
The Nashville-based trainer appeared on “Good Morning America” today to lead a workout that anyone can do at home.
Watch the video above to complete the workout! Plus, read below for all you need to know about the workout and Oprea’s tips.
WHAT YOU NEED:
All you need is a mat. Ankle weights can also be used for an extra challenge.
This workout will shoot your heart rate up, burn calories and make working out fun, of course! You’ll hit nearly the whole body with chest, arms, legs and booty.
OPREA’S WORKOUT TIPS:
The key here is to go at your own pace and make sure that you have perfect form. Challenge and push yourself and listen to your body.
This workout is going to be three Tabatas. These are high-intensity, timed exercises that consist of 20-second bursts of exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest for eight rounds for a total of four minutes. To me, these have been super effective and for my clients too!
It takes your mind off the exercise a bit and it’s a challenge against the clock. This way it’s fun! Download a free Tabata timer on your phone and let’s get at it!
Tabata 1: LEGS
1. Jumping lunges: Go down into a lunge and then drive up into the air, switching legs and dropping back down into a lunge. Repeat this for the whole round.
2. Squat and jumps: After going down into a squat, drive up into the air and land straight back down into the squat again. Repeat this for the whole round too.
3. Repeat this series until you run out of rounds!
Tabata 2: BOOTY TIME
1. V squeezes, left leg: Go on your hands and knees with your left leg extended out behind you. Squeeze your bottom and lift your left leg up in the air to a point then back down to the right side of your body. Return using the same motion in reverse, making sure to squeeze your bottom throughout, keep your core engaged and your left leg held straight.
2. V squeezes, right leg: Now with your right leg extended backward, perform the same maneuver using your right leg.
3. V squeezes, left leg.
4. V squeezes, right leg.
5. Table slides, left leg: On your hands and knees lift your left leg as a dog peeing on a hydrant; this is your starting position. Keeping that knee high, slide your leg backward with a full extension squeeze. Return to the starting position, never letting your knee drop and repeat for the round.
6. Table slides, right leg: Using your right leg this time, raise your right knee up into the starting position and slide your leg backward for round six.
7. Table slides, left leg.
8. Table slides, right leg.
Tabata 3: PUSH-UPS and DIPS
2. Floor dips: Sit on your butt, bend your knees, and go on your heels. Place your hands next to your glutes with your fingers pointing toward your feet. Raise your hips up and bend your elbows, shooting them straight back, then push back up.
3. Repeat these two exercises, round by round, for the rest of the Tabata.
OPREA’S WELLNESS TIPS:
1. Good hydration. This matters more than you imagine and can actually provide energy. Drink about half your body weight in ounces every day to stay ahead of the game. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
2. Beet juice. This wonderful veggie is gonna hook you up! I take a 3-ounce shot of beets, lemon and ginger twice a day, every day. About 1.5 hours later I get a burst of energy and over time I saw my resting heart rate drop and my 3-mile run time drop too! I’m a bit obsessed.
3. Jump rope. The most portable piece of equipment that makes every excuse just about void. It can be done anywhere. Personally, I never leave home without it and make the best use out of my kids’ practice, games, in my garage and even at the airport.
4. Step counter. This may sound tired, but tracking your steps is a great way to stay active. Ten thousand a day will keep you off the couch and your mind on physical activity. Movement throughout the day matters more greatly even when paired with an hour in the gym. I’ve seen great things from my clients who put effort into their 10,000 steps.
5. Meal prepping. No one has enough time to shop every day, to cook everything every day and to come up with new dinner ideas every day. Yummy family-friendly meals work best when you plan your whole week, making it easier to eat healthy. I don’t need fancy things in the kitchen. I need fast yet delicious. You can check out my Menud app to take the guesswork out of meal planning and even create a shopping cart. Eating clean is the key to seeing results and this app will help make that happen!!
Kenya’s betting operators will have to face their new 35% tax obligations after a court dismissed a challenge of the government’s tax hike.
Kenya’s government approved a new uniform 35% tax on all gambling products this summer, despite protests from operators that the new rate made their businesses unviable. The new rate, which kicks in on January 1, 2018, marks a significant rise over the existing rates, which for betting operators had been a mere 7.5%.
In October, the Pambazuka National Lottery filed a lawsuit alleging that the tax hike was unconstitutional., given that parliament approved the hike as an item in the national budget, rather than subjecting standalone legislation to greater public scrutiny.
The suit also accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of exceeding his authority in signing the legislation, and argued that the tax imposed an unreasonable and excessive burden on the industry.
On Thursday, Kenya’s High Court rejected the challenge, saying it was within the National Assembly’s authority to approve the budget without the Senate’s involvement. The Court similarly ruled that Kenyatta had acted according to the law and that the challengers had failed to prove that the new tax lacks a public purpose.
The government justified its tax hike as a means to deter youth from getting involved in gambling. Kenyan-licensed operators countered that the new tax will ultimately be passed onto bettors, who will then transfer their betting activity to internationally licensed betting operators, thereby decreasing the government’s share of betting revenue and eliminating the government’s ability to oversee betting activity.
Justice John Mativo described taxation as “a way of apportioning the cost of government among those who in some measure are privileged to enjoy its benefits hence must bear its burdens … its imposition does not necessarily infringe on the citizens’ rights unless it is demonstrated to be outrightly arbitrary and unconstitutional.”
The Court also chided the appellants for failing to disclose that the law was the subject of a separate challenge. SportPesa filed the first lawsuit against the law in October, one week before the PNL suit.
While the suits were later consolidated into a single proceeding, Mativo claimed the “multiplicity of actions on the same matter between the same parties” was “regarded as an abuse,” since the parties “had a duty to bring such information to the court so as to help it avoid rendering conflicting decisions on the same subject.”
SportPesa is Kenya’s leading betting operator and a major financial supporter of local sports teams and associations. The company previously warned that it would be compelled to significantly reduce its sponsorship budget if the new tax was imposed. SportPesa also threatened to scrap its entire Kenyan operations if the tax went through, although it later walked back these threats. The company has yet to publicly comment on the ruling.