Jan 25 / 2019
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Hawaii to offer State-managed sports wagering

Hawaii to offer responsible gambling in the island state

Hawaii has filed a Bill to allow legal, responsible gambling services in the island state, though it won’t be available to private operators. House Bill 1107 will create the Hawaii sports wagering corporation to regulate and administer sports wagering in the State.

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The Bill states: “The legislature finds that tens of thousands of Hawaii residents are estimated to participate in illegal online sports gambling on unregulated internet web sites. These gambling web sites are operated by illegal offshore operators not subject to regulation or taxation in the United States. Questions often arise about the honesty and the fairness of the games offered to Hawaii residents, but neither federal nor Hawaii laws currently provide any consumer protections for Hawaii residents who play on these web sites. Moreover, tens of millions of dollars in revenues generated from online gambling are being realized by offshore operators serving Hawaii residents, but no benefits are provided to the State.”

It continues, “To protect Hawaii residents who gamble on the Internet, and to capture revenues generated from internet sports wagering in Hawaii, it is in the best interest of the State and its citizens to regulate this existing activity by authorizing and implementing a secure, responsible, and legal system for sports wagering. The State’s interests are best met by doing so through a sports wagering corporation, which shall be accountable to the legislature and to the public through a system of audits and reports.”

The Hawaii sports wagering corporation may offer sports wagering on sporting events or sporting contests to individuals over the age of eighteen years.

The Bill also specifies responsible gaming measures stating, “The corporation shall provide information on problem gambling, including a problem gambling hotline telephone number that a person may call to seek information and assistance for a potential gambling addiction. The corporation shall offer responsible gambling services, such as self-exclusion, limits on losses, amounts wagered, and playing time, and other services as the corporation reasonably may determine are necessary and appropriate to reduce and prevent problem gambling.”

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