Brian Ohorilko, the Administrator of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Fee (IRGC) will resign after 20 years of service, as introduced Tuesday. He has been the fee’s head for the final 12 years and held numerous different posts from 2004 to 2012.
As administrator of the regulatory physique, he has been answerable for monitoring on line casino gaming, sports activities betting, fantasy sports activities contests, and pari-mutuel racing in Iowa. The fee will appoint a brand new administrator at its assembly, scheduled for January 25. In the meantime, Tina Eick will function interim director. Purposes for the place will likely be open till December 31 of the present yr.
Throughout his tenure, Ohorilko witnessed numerous developments and challenges, together with the legalization and fast-paced progress of the sports activities betting business. Moreover, riverboat casinos transitioned to land-based areas. His resignation occurred on the finish of a tumultuous yr for Iowa’s playing business. In Might, investigations have been launched on student-athletes on the College of Iowa and Iowa State College over sports activities wagering in contravention of NCAA guidelines.
In an announcement concerning Ohorilko’s forthcoming departure, the fee praised his contribution to the business, his skilled competence, and his integrity. Daryl Olsen, Chair of the IRGC, stated the crew had “a stable plan to maneuver ahead”. He additionally added: “We respect his twenty years of public service to the state and need him effectively as he returns to the non-public sector”.
Though Mr. Ohorilko didn’t share particulars about his future skilled plans, he’ll pursue new challenges within the non-public sector. He stated that the timing felt proper “to make this alteration on the finish of the yr” and that “playing regulation within the State of Iowa will proceed to be in nice arms”.
Iowa Sees a Lower in Playing Income in FY 2023
Regarding sports activities betting, Brian Ohorilko shared that, in his opinion, the state of Iowa “has taken a cautious and considered strategy to its legalization”. He added that much like different industries, the playing sector will see new laws, as “applied sciences and coverage evolve over the following few years”. The state of Iowa noticed a lower in playing income for FY 2023. The decline issues each sports activities betting and the state’s 19 licensed casinos.
The full quantity of sports activities bets made in 2023 amounted to $2.247 billion, equating to an 8.5% decline when in comparison with figures from 2022. So far as playing income at state-licensed casinos is worried, the decline was not as sharp – 0.7%, from $1.766 billion for FY 2022 to $1.754 billion for FY 2023.
Ohorilko confirmed his resolution to resign was not impacted by the continued investigation of student-athlete sports activities betting or by the playing income figures.