Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
—Gloria Steinem
29th December 2017  
The Story

CalvinAyre.com lists the biggest industry stories that happened in 2017.


To say that 2017 is memorable for the industry is an understatement.

Majority of the stories that made this year’s list are events that disrupted the industry and brought good fortune to some personalities. First, the charges against Bitcoin entrepreneur and innovator Calvin Ayre were dropped by the U.S. Department of Justice. Second, Bitcoin Cash, the digital currency that is providing lower transaction fees and faster transaction speed, was introduced. Third, the US Supreme Court allowed the hearing of the case of New Jersey calling the repeal of the 25-year-old Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which limits single-game sports betting to Nevada.

Want to know which other stories made the list? Check them out on CalvinAyre.com and our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.


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Kenyan betting operators lose court challenge of new 35% tax

The Kenyan High Court has junked the petition filed by betting operators who claimed that the government’s new 35% tax on all gambling products was unconstitutional. The Court said that it was within the National Assembly’s authority to include the tax in the approved budget and lawmakers were not required to file it as a separate bill.

Australia has no Unikrns; BetCoin Poker dies; XWIN $1m pre-ICO

Unikrn has formally announced that it will leave the Australian market after losing its Luxbet license. Luxbet, which has been in review since August, was closed this month by Tabcorp in preparation for its impending merger with the Tatts Group. Unikrn is optimistic that it will make an Aussie comeback, although the company did not offer a definite timeframe.

Nevada casino sportsbooks endure worst baseball month ever

Nevada’s overall sportsbook revenue fell a whopping 48.8% to just $9.8m, while racebook revenue gained 4.3% to $4.2m. The low sportsbook tally was caused by a 495% decline in baseball revenue, which resulted in an all-time record net baseball loss of nearly $11.5m. The previous negative record in baseball was set in November 1999 with $6.2m. 


The first record bingo prize in the history of UK gambling was won by Christine Bradfield in 2008. Bradfield told UK’s Mirror that she would give half of £1.1 million prize to charity.


BtoBet and Spinomenal new partners in iGaming

Cross platform games supplier Spinomenal has inked a partnership agreement with iGaming and sportsbook platform BtoBet. Commenting on the partnership, Spinomenal CEO Lior Shvartz said the company is “always happy to work with such a responsive and professional team of experts who are able to make the process easy and fast.”


Congratulations to XWIN on its successful pre-initial coin offering! The esports betting platform raised $1m, courtesy of its 3,000 patrons. XWIN has a Belize City gaming license but it plans to expand into the Asian market, thanks to the interest shown by its Japanese and South Korean investors.

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