Wedge Index Launched Tracking US States Gaming Accessibility

This week, Wedge News announced the launch of the Wedge Index, a new gaming accessibility rating system for each US state, focused on the regulated gambling choices available to consumers.

When it comes to gaming, the Index will maintain a running score of the changes affecting every US state and is determined according to a broad number of parameters, including whether a state has land-based casinos, sports betting, online gaming and other considerations such as the number and quality of operating brands in each state.

David Copeland, Founder and Chief Executive of Wedge News, said: “We think this adds some further context to the ongoing debates in the US around sports betting and online gaming. By according scores for each factor that makes up the Index, we can make a good approximation of the relative gaming friendliness of each state and also look at how forthcoming changes will affect that.”

As it stands, New Jersey, followed by Pennsylvania and Colorado, tops the Wedge Index list with a current score of 116.

“New Jersey is number one for a reason,” said Copeland. “As well as being the first to market with sports-betting and also with online casino, it has blazed a trail which other states are now following.”

He added that Wedge News will be publishing stories about movements in the index every day. “This is such a fast-moving space that there are pieces of news which could potentially affect the Wedge Index every day,” he said.

“We will be assessing what future legislation might mean, what it means when a new entrant enters any given state and what the broader issues around US gaming and sports-betting might mean for individual markets.”

He wants the Index to become the go-to metric for consumer-gaming friendliness, Copeland said: “Instead of just guessing, it means that our readers will be able to assess just how much a state is open to what forms of gaming and how that compares with other states. We also hope that it will help legislators looking at future liberalization understand what the measures might mean when it comes further broadening the gaming and betting footprint within a state.”