GLI releases draft event betting technical standard for US market

Following the Supreme Court decision to legalise sports betting in the US, international testing lab GLI has taken the first step in systems consistency with the GLI-33 industry standard.

Gaming Laboratories International has announced the launch of its draft technical standard, GLI-33 Event Wagering Systems.

The testing laboratory developed the first American event wagering compliance measure through 12 months of consultation with US regulators, sovereign tribal nations, lotteries, and suppliers.

“We are gratified that so many gaming authorities, operators, and industry sup- pliers across the country reached out to GLI as their essential technical partner to cooperate in developing this new technical standard,” said GLI president and CEO James Maida.

“The standard can be effectively deployed by jurisdictions across the U.S. to ensure the integrity of the country’s dramatically expanding sports betting opportunities.”

The system was designed to provide independent technical analysis and certification to wagering industry stake- holders, as well as establish a clear and cohesive technical standard for sports and event wagering systems.

The GLI-33 was submitted for industry-wide comment via an advisory notice on 18 May, 2018, just four days after the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of New Jersey to over- turn the 1992 PASP Act.

Having closed the public comment period, GLI will now begin to roll-out the industry standard in preparation for the expansion of regulated sports betting across the country.

“Thanks to extensive and close collaborative effort, the draft GLI-33 standard offers a starting point for clear guidance regarding betting integrity and a way to move forward responsibly,” said Maida.

“We encourage broad participation as we refine this extensive document into a useful template for the US market.”

The GLI-33 was specifically designed through close consultation with stakeholders across the country to allow interested parties to guide technical standardisation
across the industry.

The standard will promote best practices in the growing market, and will be updated regularly based on industry feedback.

It is intended to assist regulators by creating baseline technical guidelines to be adopted, while the system will also prove valuable to suppliers as a guide in the design and development process.

GLI currently holds both US and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries, as well as ISTBQ software testing certification.

“As the first and most experienced independent event- wagering testing and certification lab in the world,” added Maida, “we used our nearly 30 years of global sports-wagering experience to develop GLI-33.”