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Tennessee Anticipates 3.5 Million Tourists Each Year Will Be Sports Gamblers

Tennessee is expecting 3.5 million of its annual tourists to plunk down bets. Based on NJ tourism growth, this might not be too unrealistic.

Like Rest Of Country, Mississippi Sportsbooks Feel Seasonal Pain

Mississippi sports betting handle and revenue dropped in April, one of the slower months for sports betting.

Get A Grip: The Week In Sports Betting: Hope For CT Sports Betting, NH Making Moves, More

Sports betting is now officially legal in Iowa, and should be in Tennessee by May 24. And New Hampshire lawmakers appear to be clearing a path of their own.

Tempers Flare At Panel On Official Sports Betting Data Requirements

A heated disagreement at a conference this week in Boston underscores the continued issues related to the pricing of sports betting data.

Preakness Betting Preview: Can Improbable Capitalize On Maximum Security’s Absence?

With Maximum Security and Country House out of Saturday’s Preakness, bettors should sprinkle in a longshot in exotic plays.

Pennsylvania’s Sports Betting Revenue Swoons In April, But Mobile Is Coming … Really Soon?

Without March Madness, Pennsylvania’s April handle declined, but will get a bump when mobile launches, which is ‘imminent.’

Q&A With MGM Resorts’ Scott Butera On 1-Year Anniversary Of PASPA Decision

Butera, president of interactive gaming at MGM discussed the state of U.S. sports betting a year after the Supreme Court’s historic decision.

Pros, Cons Of Legalizing Sports Betting Fast Versus Taking It Slow

Legalizing sports betting is a marathon, not a sprint.

Caesars, ESPN Jump Into Sports Betting Content Bed Together

On Tuesday, Caesars and Disney’s ESPN announced a partnership for sports betting-related content, including a new studio in Las Vegas.

Veto Override A Possibility for Second Montana Sports Betting Bill

Lottery sports betting bill now law, but override would give Montana bettors a choice.

It’s Official: Iowa Becomes Latest State To Legalize Sports Betting

On Monday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a measure that will bring legal sports wagering to the Hawkeye State, joining a flock of other states.

Casino Bill Killed In Favor of Sports Betting In New Hampshire

House sports betting bill could be on Senate floor as early as Wednesday.

Under Pressure: Stakeholders Feeling The Sweat As Sports Betting Data War Escalates

The NBA and MLB want a direct cut through state law and/or private agreement, data providers are stuck in the middle, and sportsbooks are again on notice.

Get A Grip: The Week In Sports Betting: In CT, Looks Like Wait Till Next Year, More

Rhode Island has slashed its sports betting projections, and media companies are making sports betting plays.

FOX and Stars Group Taking The Plunge Into Sports Betting

The relationship with FOX Sports is expected achieve its long sought after goal of carving out a greater position in the US’s young and rapidly growing national sports betting marketplace.

Stakeholders To Illinois: We Can’t Show You That Much Money

Lawmakers still hope to get sports betting bill to governor by summer.

It’s Official: Indiana Becomes 10th State To Legalize Sports Betting

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb put his stamp of approval on a gambling expansion package that includes the legalization of sports betting.

Mobile Sports Betting Debate Dominates Closely Watched New York Hearing

Key stakeholders made their case Wednesday why the Empire State should add a mobile framework to legislation on sports betting.

Maine Lawmakers Move 1 of 7 Sports Betting Bills Forward

With a population of 1.3 million, and no pro teams, sports betting likely won’t be a big money maker in Maine.

Why Montana’s Governor Vetoed A Sports Betting Bill

A lottery sports betting bill was signed and sports betting will be offered via kiosks throughout the state.

Puerto Rico A Unique Sports Betting Challenge

From corner bars to corporate casinos, gaming abounds. How legal sports betting would be regulated at such diverse locations will be critical.

Get A Grip: The Week In Sports Betting: Montana Legalizes, RI, More

Should sports betting have gone to the voters in Rhode Island? A group of Republicans thinks so.

Kentucky Derby Betting Preview: Late Scratch Of Favorite Omaha Beach Opens Door For Longshots

Looking to hit a trifecta or superfecta at Saturday’s Derby? Recent trends favor shorter-priced horses at The Run For The Roses.

Colorado Sports Betting Bill Heading to Governor

Mobile would be legal in Rocky Mountain State, but prop bets on college sports would be banned.

Shakedown Fees: NBA, MLB Demanding Nevada Sportsbooks Pay More Or Get Cut Off

Multiple sources have told Sports Handle that the NBA and MLB are making demands to Nevada sportsbooks through a third party to pay additional fees and an off-the-top cut of wagers.

Not Exactly ‘Risk Free’: Demystifying Sportsbook Bonus Terminology

Bringing some clarity now to the popular bonus terminology. It’s key to read the terms and conditions, know what you’re getting, and how and when you’ll get it.

Louisiana Senate Passes Sports Betting Without Statewide Mobile Wagering

Voters would decide on a parish-by-parish basis to legalize.

FanDuel Becomes First U.S. Operator To Offer Live Odds Alongside Streaming Broadcasts

While FanDuel will begin to post odds for live streams of certain niche events it could be years before a top U.S. league offers the product.

Tennessee Legal Sports Betting Bill Passes, Governor Will Let It Become Law

Passed version of HB 1 raises the tax rate to 20 percent and requires the use of official league data.

Three States On Cusp Of Legalization, And Keep Eye on Colorado, Florida

Four more state legislatures have adjourned without legalizing sports betting, but some are setting groundwork for future discussions.

Get A Grip: The Week In Sports Betting: Colorado And More

Check out all of the movement on sports betting in the Midwest this week as well as the latest industry news.

Mobile, Colleges Key to Illinois Sports Betting Debate

Local universities testified that they are opposed to legal sports betting on college sports, and gambling opponents say sports betting would just make a bad problem worse.

Sports Betting Conference Shows Spotlight Is Off Daily Fantasy

A major sports betting conference in New Jersey this week further shows that DFS, once the hit thing, now is playing sidekick.

NFL Draft Betting Preview: Books Prepared For Run On Defensive Ends

Placing wagers on draft night props can be fun, but close attention to positional trends may be the key to adding to your bankroll.

Indiana Legislature Approves Sports Betting Bill, Heads To Governor

Governor Eric Holcomb reportedly on board with sports betting, and Indiana is now one of three states that has sent sports betting bills to their governors.

New Hampshire Senate Expected To Vote On Sports Betting Within Three Weeks

NH lawmaker says his state won’t be pressured by others to act on sports betting until it’s good and ready.

All-Star Games Abound, But Betting On Prep Sports Still Years Away

Lawmakers concerned about how allowing bets on prep sports would affect athletes.

Iowa, Indiana, Tennessee Move Closer To Legal Sports Betting

All eyes on these three central states, which could usher in complete mobile markets. Iowa is closest, only needing a cautious governor’s signature. The others will come down to the wire.

Louisiana Senator Knows Mobile Betting Is Key, But Fears Peers’ Resistance

Lawmakers are also feeling pressure to keep up with Mississippi, which legalized last summer, and Arkansas, which legalized sports betting in November but hasn’t launched yet.

Las Vegas’ SuperBook Heading East, With SuperContest In Tow

It appears likely that NJ sports bettors will soon be getting a chance to partake of the offerings of one of Las Vegas’ top bookmaking operations when SuperBookUSA debuts on the East Coast.

Mississippi Handle Rises, Courtesy March Madness

One of only two legal, launched states without legal mobile, Mississippi continues to leave money on the table.

Get A Grip: The Week In Sports Betting: Pennsylvania, RI And More

Check out a new bill in Colorado, the 2019 NFL schedule, and all of this week’s key news.

Delaware North Sues Miomni Over West Virginia Sportsbook Contract

The sportsbook owner claims the operator perpetrated fraud and misrepresented its ownership stake in the BetLucky sports betting app.

Montana First to Send Sports Betting Bills To Governor

Consumers could find two kiosks in approved locations, allowing them to choose who they want to bet with and compare lines.

Iowa Senate Passes Mobile Sports Betting Bill

On Wednesday, the Iowa Senate advanced a bill to legalize sports betting. The House still needs to pass the legislation.

9 Of The Craziest Legal Sports Betting Proposals Across The U.S.

Legislative oddballs and other bad sports betting proposals, from a Sunday betting ban to more stadium financing. Here’s the weirder ones.

Louisiana Lawmakers Talk Sports Betting Taxes

Bill calls for 8 percent tax rate and a $5,000 application fee.

Missouri Bill With ‘Royalty’ For Sports Leagues Moves Out Of Committee

Missouri has multiple bills in the general assembly, and this is one includes a royalty to sports leagues as well as a payout to the state for maintenance and upkeep of sports facilities.

Indiana House Passes Sports Betting Bill, With Mobile Still To Be Decided

On Monday, the Indiana House of Representatives passed a bill to legalize sports betting, but mobile sportsbooks are still up for debate.

With Vendor Selected, Oregon Lottery Starts Developing Sports Betting Rules

After SB Tech was selected via RFP, competitor Scientific Games protested, suggesting that SB Tech has little U.S. experience and should be carefully vetted.

Get A Grip: The Week In Sports Betting: Mass Slowdown And More

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker wants legal sports betting, but keeping the heat off lawmakers for now.

Betting Interest In Golden Knights Dips As Vegas Struggles To Recapture Miraculous Run

“Everyone realizes that last year was a Cinderella scenario, but Vegas has turned into a hard core hockey town,” Rood said.

West Virginia Sports Betting: What’s Been Going On?

Two sportsbooks and the state’s only mobile app are shuttered. DraftKings, FanDuel and William Hill all have WV partners but are yet to go, no thanks to the Department of Justice.

Montana House Bills Start March Through Senate

Montana lawmakers have 10 days until their session ends, and appear to be on the path to becoming the first state to legalize sports betting in 2019.

Barstool Sports’ Wrath Sparks A Firestorm; Exposing Problems With Offshore Sportsbooks

The feud between Barstool’s Dave Portnoy and offshore sportsbook MyBookie is bringing the issues with unregulated books into the mainstream.

Tennessee’s Mobile-Only Sports Betting Bill Passes Committee

As House bill moves forward, there is still some question about whether or not new governor supports sports betting.

Remembering Legendary Las Vegas Linemaker Bob Martin

Linemaking icon was able to do what computers do now … but he kept all the information in his head.

Revisiting The ‘Power 15’ Ranking Of States Likeliest To Legalize Sports Betting

In December, we ranked the 15 states most likely to legalize sports betting in 2019. Three months later, expectations have tempered.

Another One Officially Bites The Dust: No Legal Sports Betting In Maryland This Year

Maryland lawmakers hoping to come back in 2020 with a clear plan and framework for sports betting.

Get A Grip: The Week In Sports Betting: Connecticut, Louisiana And More

Montana could be first state to legalize sports betting in 2019. Three bills will have already passed the House and Senate and are headed to other chambers for approval.

NCAA Tournament Final Four, National Championship Betting: Quick And Dirty Guide

Reboot the thing and start with a bite-size bracket is to place a prop/futures bet on the exact outcome. Everything you need righ there.

Alabama Sports Betting Complicated By Decades-Old Lottery Debate

On Thursday, an Alabama Senate committee held a short discussion on a pair of lottery proposals, with one referencing sports betting.

VSiN’s March Madness Contest Provides Glimpse On Potential Intersection Between Blockchain And Sports Betting

An innovative contest could offer a roadmap for how companies may integrate blockchain technologies for sports gambling purposes.

Theme Songs For 12 States Moving Forward On Legal Sports Betting

A look at 12 key states on the 2019 sports betting front — with songs reflecting their respective situations.

Bet On It: Montana May Be First to Legalize in 2019

State could legalize sports betting three different ways.

Q&A With Keith McDonnell On League-Gaming Sponsorships In The U.S.

McDonnell address the potential ups and downs and gaming-sport league partnerships and sponsorships. Leagues are clearly open for business.

Arkansas Sports Betting Bill Bans Wagering On Special Olympics, WWE

A new bill to move things along in Arkansas, but with a full 1%

The Total Dummy’s Guide To Sports Betting Geolocation Technology

Size of property, expertise of those on staff key to success of geofencing, which requires constant monitoring to be most effective.

Get a Grip: The Week In Sports Betting: March Madness In Montana And More

Montana lawmakers are heading down a path no one has before them as three distinct sports betting bills move through the state legislature in hopes that all three become law.

Angered By Proposal, Comments, DraftKings Says Illinois Amendment Would Stifle Competition

A turf war over sports betting in Illinois is shaping up with DraftKings and FanDuel on one side and at least one to-be competitor on the other, with strong accusations.

Louisiana Sports Betting Bill Pre-Filed Ahead Of Session Kickoff In April

This week, the Pelican State saw the introduction of legislation to legalize sports betting on a parish-by-parish basis.

Illinois Sports Betting Hearing: Jersey Spirit And Knocking The Competition

Pro leagues still seeking royalty while casino groups favor a New Jersey style setup.

Future Of Sports Betting Data: What’s Next In 2020?

By 2020, a slew of technological advances could help the leagues combat unsavory practices such as unauthorized data scouting. That and what else is ahead.

Indiana Sports Betting Bill Stripped Of Mobile Wagering Provisions

A bill to legalize sports betting in Indiana had a rough hearing on Wednesday thanks to a committee stripping it of mobile provisions.

Mass Madness: Bay State Governor Eager For Legal Sports Betting

DraftKings opens 105,000 square foot facility and governor uses ribbon cutting to push sports betting agenda.

Ohio Sports Betting Legalization: Neighbors, And The Road Ahead

Ohio’s sports betting efforts stirred to life this month, but it could take some time for the legislation to move through the legislature.

Rhode Island Legalizes Mobile Sports Betting With In-Person Registration Required

State hoping to capitalize on traffic from neighboring Massachusetts, Connecticut.

No Sports Betting On Sundays? Tennessee Considers Bizarre Rule

A promising sports betting bill is running into hurdles, most notably the consideration of a rule that would cripple NFL betting.

Montana Sports Betting Bill Would Make Lottery Regulator And Sole Operator

Bill would allow for sports betting kiosks in bars, restaurants and convenience stores.

How To Actually Win Your March Madness Survivor Pool: Part II

To actually win a survivor pool, you need to take calculated risks and be selectively contrarian.This week, we can actually dive into some recommendations based upon the Sweet 16 teams. So let’s get to work.   

Kansas Trying Again With Sports Betting Bill Made For State Lottery

Kansas lawmakers can’t seem to agree on what sports betting should look like.

Get A Grip: The Week In Sports And Sports Betting: New Hampshire, Montana, And More

A New Hampshire bill would allow for state-wide sports betting and cap the number of sports betting licenses in the state at 10.

Indiana Sports Betting Vehicle Debated At House Hearing

A hearing Wednesday in Indiana spells trouble for the Hoosier State’s sports betting efforts in 2019. The session ends at the end of April.

‘It’s Time To Get To Work’: Illinois Lawmakers To File Batch Of Sports Betting Bills

Three amended versions of an Illinois sports betting bill are modeled after existing laws in other states, and one is “league friendly.” This is the Illinois roadmap

Super Bowl Crushed Mississippi Sportsbooks, February Handle Down $10 Million

Big hold on parlay cards helps negate losses on football.

RI Mobile Sports Betting Clears Final Legislative Hurdle

Rhode Island will be the first state in New England with mobile sports betting.

How To Actually Win Your March Madness Survivor Pool

Many survivor pool participants employ the “survive and advance” strategy, taking few risks and picking conservatively. Unless you’re in a very small pool, this is the wrong approach.

As Offshore Books Operate Unchecked, Demand For Sports Betting Data Knows No Boundaries. That’s An Issue

As the debate on mandates for official league data continues, offshore sites may be able to prosper without it — at a fraction of the price.

March Madness Betting — Regional Allegiances And A Four-Day Rush

With more teams and fewer regional ties, sportsbooks don’t “win” or “lose” as strikingly as during the Super Bowl.

March Madness More Like March Money: AGA Says $8.5 Billion Will Be Wagered

1 in 5 adult Americans will fill out 149 million brackets in during March Madness — and handle will surpass that of the Super Bowl.

March Madness Betting, Bracket Quick Hitters: 7 Lists Of 5

March Madness is here! A quick look at longshots with potential, teams to avoid, places to watch in Las Vegas and more.

Get A Grip: The Week In Sports Betting: Ohio, D.C. Regs, Rhode Island, More

Washington D.C. sports betting could be live as early as September, and mobile sports betting should be legal in Rhode Island — with a projected fall launch — in the next few weeks.

How Vegas Bookies Uncovered the 1994 Arizona State Point Shaving Scheme

Is the increasing availability of regulated and licensed sports betting markets a major problem for collegiate sports integrity? To answer, bookmakers point to the events of the 1994 Arizona State point shaving scandal.

Bill Introduced To Legalize Retail, Mobile Sports Betting In Ohio

A bill to legalize brick-and-mortar sportsbooks and mobile betting platforms has been introduced in Ohio, one of the remaining large market potential states without active legislation on file.

SuperBook’s First Round March Madness Contest Offers Big Upside

At Westgate Superbook, fans can enter a two-day, 28-game pool for $200 and the chance to win thousands.

Iowa Sports Betting Likely To Come Down To Wire In 2019

All signs point to Iowa’s sports betting efforts continuing to advance this month, but a question over college sports remains a hurdle.

Maryland Sports Betting Bill On Hold Until 2020

Moratorium on constitutional amendments likely came as a surprise to 11 signed up to testify on sports betting bill.

PointsBet NJ Rises And Fires With ‘Make It Rain’ March Madness Promo

Make a minimum $100 spread bet and collect $3 for every three-pointer your team sinks. Offer good for ACC, Big Ten & Pac-12 and throughout March Madness.

Contentious Connecticut Sports Betting Hearing Solves Nothing

After listening to testimony at Tuesday’s Connecticut sports betting hearing, it’s clear that the local tribes and state lawmakers still aren’t on the same page.

Rhode Island Mobile Sports Betting Bill Clears House

By a huge margin, a bill to legalize mobile sports betting in Rhode Island is just one signature away from launch, once systems are in place.

Here’s How Much ‘Official’ League Data Actually Costs

So much talk about “official” sports betting data. But how much does it really cost, and where may the expense go if states mandate sportsbooks purchase it.

Pair of Kansas Bills Would Legalize Mobile Through Lottery, Racetracks

Two new Kansas bills drop don’t include integrity fee, and set tax rate at 6.75 percent.

Get A Grip: The Week In Sports Betting: Maryland, South Dakota, And More

A tour through the week that was with legal sports betting developments all over the country — from Maryland to the Dakotas to Michigan and beyond.

MMA And Sports Betting: A Match Made In Heaven — And Las Vegas

“But ultimately it comes down to a fight, and everyone including the guy down the street who only watches soccer, and casual followers, understands a fight.”

CT Bill: Legal, State-Wide Mobile Sports Betting, But Only If Tribes Agree

Bill would require a renegotiation of tribal compacts before sports betting would be legalized, in order to preserve revenue the state derives from Indian gaming.

MLB’s New Gambling-Minded Lineup, Umpire Policy Raises Questions

Sure, this new policy standardizes things, but will lineup information be any less susceptible to being abused or compromised now as a result of the change? Is the game any safer now, if there was ever really a real threat? 

Minnesota Sports Betting Bill Out of Senate Tax Committee

Minnesota’s Senate Tax Committee voted to move a bill that would allow for sports betting at tribal and horse-racing facilities to the State Government Committee, despite opposition from tribes and problem gambling groups.

Wholesale Changes Coming To Newly Legal Arkansas Gaming?

A bill introduced into the Arkansas Senate on Tuesday would prohibit betting on college events that take place in Arkansas and would raise the tax rate on casino gaming.

Indiana Sports Betting Legalization Up In The Air As Deadlines Approach

Despite recognition that Indianans already are participating in a sports betting black market, the current gambling expansion bill is facing resistance.

Rhode Island House Committee Advances Mobile Sports Betting Bill

Legalized mobile betting in Rhode Island cleared its latest hurdle on Tuesday when a committee passed a measure to a full House vote.

It Won’t Be Easy To Catch Sports Betting’s ‘Brass Rings’

Prospects for legal sports betting in California, Florida and Texas vary, but none is promising in the near term. Let’s look at why and what’s up.

Sports Betting Proves A Hot Topic At Sloan Analytics Conference

In a discussion dedicated to sports betting at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, panelists covered the growing U.S. market, early takeaways, key strategies, promotions and more.

Get A Grip: The Week In Sports And Sports Betting: Vermont, N.C., Virginia, And More

Vermont bill opens door for direct extension of credit to bettors. In North Carolina, a tribal-sports betting placeholder bill was filed, and the Virginia General Assembly closed without meaningful action on sports betting.

Basketball Drives Nevada Betting Handle To 19 Percent Gain In January

The state of Nevada saw overall sports betting handle grow 19% to $497 million in January, with basketball accounting for nearly 70% of the handle increase.

Addiction Recovery Expert Talks Sports Betting Addiction Post-PASPA

In a wide-ranging conversation about gambling addiction, Sports Handle spoke to a gambling recovery expert about signs, symptoms, treatment, betting culture and more.

Political Football? Four Governors Want To Score On Sports Betting

Governors in Illinois and New Hampshire included sports betting revenue in their state budgets, and two other governors have all but tasked their legislatures with legalizing sports betting in 2019.

Mobile Sports Betting Bill In Tennessee A ‘Work In Progress’

An early version of a sports betting bill in the Tennessee House cleared a subcommittee on Wednesday. It was a positive first step.

Religious Groups Line Up Against Kentucky Sports Betting Bill

Backers of a Kentucky gambling bill defended the legislation during a TV debate on Monday against two religious leaders in the state.

IL Lawmaker: It Will Be A ‘Failure’ If Sports Betting Doesn’t Become Law

Key Illinois lawmakers are putting their heads together to craft passable sports betting legislation that will likely include state-wide mobile.

MLB, Sportradar Ink Sports Betting Data Deal As Controversy Brews

Breaking down the MLB-Sportradar deal, what sports betting data means, and a brewing controversy in the U.S. over “official” league data, the cost, and utility.

Arizona Senate Committee Moves Sports Betting Forward After Tense Hearing

Though tribes believe that sports betting should be handled in tribal-state compact negotiations, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of a tribal sports betting bill Wednesday.

Indiana Senate Passes Sports Betting Legislation, Sending Bill To House

On Tuesday, the Indiana Senate voted to send a gambling expansion package that includes sports betting to the House for consideration.

Breaking Down The Caesars-DraftKings Partnership: Something For Both Companies

Monday’s announcement reveals the formula likely intended to be a first step blending Caesars and DraftKings gambling offerings into a single product.

There Are 250 Million Reasons Why The AAF Has A Shot To Succeed

Rumors new football league needed a cash infusion to make payroll are unfounded, said co-founder Charlie Ebersol.

Basketball Dominates January Mississippi Sports Betting Handle

Gulf Coast casinos continue to account for nearly two-thirds of Mississippi handle, as sportsbooks adjust to life after football.

Arizona Tribal Sports Betting Bill Gets Name Change, Offers Commercial Venues A Piece Of The Action

Unique bill would put tribal-owned sports betting kiosks into commercial bars and private clubs, as well as impose a 6.75% tax on revenue from those kiosks.

Get A Grip: The Week In Sports And Sports Betting: Indiana, North Dakota, And More

North Dakota allows re-votes on bills that fail on the House floor, and sports betting passed on the second try this week. In Indiana, sports betting is headed to a Senate vote, and much, much more.

Connecticut Sets First Sports Betting Hearing

The Senate Committee on Public Safety and Security will host a sports betting hearing as lawmakers try again to sort through tribal and political issues.

DraftKings Sportsbook’s Johnny Avello Talks Oscars, Identifies Potential Upsets

DraftKings Sportsbook’s Johnny Avello thinks Best Picture is wide open for the Oscar. “I don’t believe Roma should be a 1-3 favorite,” he said.

Illinois Governor Wants State To Take Up Sports Betting ASAP

A budget address Wednesday saw the governor of Illinois make a call for legal sports betting, both online and in person at casinos.

Expert Q&A: How Do Tribes See The Sports Betting Opportunity?

There’s no consensus amongst tribes nationwide regarding the sports wagering opportunity. Some have open arms while others see it as a threat, not an opportunity.

Bet On Iowa: Lawmakers Making Quick Work Of Latest Sports Betting Bill

Iowa lawmakers have moved forward a sports betting bill that lacks a tax rate and other key components, but momentum appears to be swelling.

It’s Official: D.C. Bypasses Bid Process, Gives Sports Betting Contract To Intralot

Despite concerns about taxing the poor and getting the best deal, the D.C. Council continues to push for the fast launch of sports betting by voting to skip the bidding process.

Tribes Want Monopolies, But Not Mobile. How Come?

Minnesota tribes oppose mobile sports betting of any kind, suggesting that the luxury of betting from your couch will do damage to their casinos.

PA Sports Betting Grows, But Still Lacks Mobile Component

Pennsylvania sportsbooks double handle in January vs. December, but adding a mobile component will likely make those numbers explode.

Tribal Sports Betting: Resolving Myriad Issues: Part II

Though there is no consistency in what they seek, tribal interests will likely be a driving force behind the legalization of sports betting across the U.S.

Sinclair and VSiN Partner Up In Nevada

“Point Spread Weekly: Powered by Vegas Stats and Information Network” begins on Sinclair’s television station, My LVTV, on Friday, February 15th at 11:00 p.m. (PT) in the Las Vegas Market.

Get A Grip: The Week In Sports And Sports Betting: Washington State, Missouri, More

Washington tribes support sports betting as long as it is limited to tribal locations, but Missouri lawmakers pondered three bills with no firm action.

Q&A With Sara Slane On Emerging Sports Betting Trends In States Without Casino Gaming

As states without casino gaming consider legal sports betting, gaming advocates believe the trend shows that the activity is becoming mainstream nationwide.

Blurred Lines: Prominent Radio Show Unwittingly Promotes Black Market Sports Betting

Offshore sportsbooks will continue to get free advertising as long as they can post betting lines that legal, regulated U.S. books can’t.

Rhode Island Senate Approves Mobile Sports Betting Measure

Despite concerns about in-person registration and offering a monopoly to the Twin River Corporation, the Rhode Island Senate approved a measure to legalize mobile sports betting.

Bill To Legalize Sports Betting At Minnesota-Based Tribes Announced

Bill would appease Minnesota tribes, who spoke out against off-reservation sports betting last month, and would tax per wager, rather than revenue.

Indiana Spent Over Four Years, Untold Resources To Arrest A Single Bar Owner For Sports Betting

Four-plus years investigating an alleged crime that is so low-level that it results in effectively no bond? Residents of Indiana should be very displeased with the law of the land in the state that led to the mammoth waste of taxpayer-funded resources.

Animal Care: Washington State Sports Betting Bill Would Fund Horse Racing, Exclude Fishing Derbies

The legality of mobile sports betting and tax rates are not addresses in a new Washington state sports betting bill that would fund horse-racing interests.

Tribal Gaming Interests Will Have Major Influence On U.S. Sports Betting

Tribal gaming operations have a huge presence in some of the most populous states. Legal sports betting, now quickly expanding in the U.S., presents various issues, which we now explore. For now, there is no united tribal front on question of sports wagering.

Cup O’ Chowdah And $10 On The Patriots, Please

In sports-crazy New England, Massachusetts bar and restaurant owners want a chance to offer patrons sports betting with their cup of chowdah.

Maryland Lawmakers May Have Found Way Around Constitutional Amendment

A new Maryland House bill seeks to legalize sports betting through the state lottery, which appears to eliminate the need for a ballot initiative.

Get A Grip: The Week In Sports And Sports Betting: From Rhode Island To Montana And Points In Between

Rhode Island starts moving on mobile while Mississippi’s mobile bills die in committee. Plus a personal account of “Why I Love Sports Betting,” and more in this week’s roundup.

As Mobile Sports Betting Proliferates Across The Nation, Some Holdouts Remain

While a large number of U.S. states appear eager to adopt mobile sports betting bills, a small faction could limit consumers from betting on smartphones.

Why I Gamble: Sports Betting Is A Labor Of Love

The virtues of sports betting, the eroding stigma, and why one man devotes lots of hours during the NFL season preparing for Sunday’s games.

In-Person Registration At Issue As Rhode Island Advances Mobile Sports Betting

Rhode Island lawmakers and industry representatives call in-person registration a deterrent, and suggest the state should revisit its sports betting tax structure for mobile products.

Lower Tax Rates, More Mobile In 2019 Crop Of Sports Betting Bills

In 2019, lawmakers appear to better understand that creating a business-friendly sports betting business climate will net the highest revenue.

Mississippi Mobile Sports Betting Delayed Indefinitely After Bills Die In Committee

A pair of companion bills to authorize mobile sports betting platforms in the state of Mississippi both died in committee, but lawmakers likely will renew efforts.

Controversial D.C. Council Closer To Awarding Sole-Source Betting Contract To Intralot

The D.C. Council voted by a narrow margin to forgo bidding for a sports betting operator in favor of a quick launch.

Super Bowl LIII: Getting A Handle On The Underwhelming Handle

This year’s Super Bowl hangover may be longer lasting than in the past. That’s because the expected record handle in Nevada never materialized. We explore why and what may change that.

Super Bowl: Nevada A Winner, New Jersey Not

Opposite of the result on the field, West Coast sportsbooks were winners while East Coast sportsbooks were losers after the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history.

Greenwood Gaming Seeks Approval For Third PA Sportsbook

The Parx Casino owner on Friday applied to the PGCB for authorization to open a sportsbook at its Valley Forge Turf Club.

‘Get a Grip’: The Week In Sports Betting And Sports: IA, MO, Dakotas And The Super Bowl

Sports betting bills were filed daily this week, and Iowa finally jumped into the fray. Beyond that, a look at what’s hot in the industry, plus a few Super Bowl stories.

The Super Bowl Is Just ‘Another Game’ For Professional Bettors

The Super Bowl biggest sports betting event of the year with an estimated $6 billion in wagers nationwide, but for pros, it’s just a regular fish in the sea.

‘Pro Football Handle’ Super Bowl LIII Breakdown: New England Patriots (-2.5) vs. Los Angeles Rams

It’s time! Here the guys cover the game from all angles. Thoughts on the game, line movement and the industry at large. Thanks to all our listeners for their support and feedback this season.

Quick And Dirty Super Bowl Betting Guide For New Jerseyans

Get the best NJ sports betting promotions, reading materials, suggested podcasts, best sports to watch the game and more in this quick guide.

Missouri’s Hoskins On Legal Sports Betting: ‘Nothing Is Off The Table’

Senator Denny Hoskins’ sports betting bill, with its unique ‘integrity fee’ to the state, was well-received by colleagues, but the casino industry thinks it’s too penal.

Lopsided Super Bowl LIII Betting Handle Sets Stage For Potential Sportsbook Disaster

“I’ve been booking Super Bowls for many many years, and I’ve never seen such a lopsided handle as we have now,” said Tony Miller, Sportsbook Director at the Golden Nugget. “For people who say they are tired of the Patriots and Brady. They sure can’t stop betting them.”

‘It’s A Case Of FOMO’: Why D.C. Is Rushing To Launch Sports Betting

Despite an impassioned plea to split sports betting from the full lottery contract, a D.C. committee voted to push forward a bill that would allow the city to skip the bid process for a sports betting operator.

AGA: Americans Will Wager $6 Billion On Super Bowl

According to a survey, 22.7 million American adults will bet on Sunday’s Super Bowl, including 1.8 million who plan to bet through illegal sportsbooks.

With Large Shoes To Fill, Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. Continues Push For Sports Betting In New York

The son of a former U.S. Congressman may face one of the fiercest battles of his career in 2019, as he attempts to bring sports gambling to New York.

NH Dips Toe Into Sports Betting Pool With Bill That Would Allow Mobile Betting

Mobile sports betting, with no in-person registration required, would be legal under a bill headed to a New Hampshire committee for review.

Q&A With Dr. Laila Mintas On U.S. Sports Betting Integrity

Dr. Mintas weighs in on state-level regulation, integrity monitoring, technology and more in an interview ahead of Betting on Sports America.

Mississippi Considers Mobile Sports Betting Legislation

A new piece of legislation in Mississippi would allow casino licensees to offer betting statewide over the internet and smartphones.

New York Gaming Commission Approves Sports Wagering Rules For Upstate Casinos, Punts On Mobile Betting

Although the Commission approved sports betting regulations for four casinos, the bigger takeaway could be the absence of mobile guidelines in the rules.

D.C. Sports Betting Hearing Exposes Lack of Trust: Outrage And A ‘Smell’

Pointed questions about transparency, truthfulness and the real impacts of getting sports betting to market quickly were hallmarks of a D.C. hearing on Monday.

D.C.’s Tangled Web Could Result In Awarding Sports Betting Contract With No Competitive Bidding

The D.C. Council on Monday will discuss whether or not it should skip issuing and RFP and hand its mobile sports betting contract to current lottery operator, Intralot.

Get a Grip: The Week In Sports Betting And Sports: NY Regs Coming, Say No To Integrity Fee, More

The New York Gaming Commission will consider proposed sports betting regulations Monday, moving the state closer to launching sports betting at four upstate casinos.

New Jersey Sports Betting Year One: Trends And Outlook

In New Jersey in 2018, we review the market leaders, how things evolved, how different properties compare and how partnerships worked out.

Virginia Lawmakers Putting Brakes On Legal Sports Betting?

Virginia’s governor and several key senators appear to be putting the brakes on legalizing sports betting during the 2019 general assembly session.

Arizona Bill Would Legalize Tribal Sports Betting

An Arizona bill would legalize sports betting at the state’s 24 tribal-run casinos.

The Sports Betting ‘Integrity Fee’ Is Back — In New Kansas Bill

Will Kansas be the first state to pay the pro leagues an integrity fee? A new bill calls for a .25% fee while also mandating the use of data, and allowing for state-wide mobile.

Part II: Breaking Down The Largest Super Bowl Bet Ever Made

Michael Gaughan’s gamble – the largest Super Bowl bet ever made – provided a game within a game that’s still talked about 27 years later.

New Kentucky Sports Betting Bill Light On Particulars

The first Kentucky house bill on sports betting allows for betting on collegiate sports, but doesn’t address mobile sports betting or tax rate.

Mississippi Sportsbooks Notch Double-Digit Hold Again

Mississipi sportsbooks had a 14.78 percent win percentage in December, to finish the year with about $15 million in taxable revenue.

The Inside Story Of The Largest Super Bowl Bet Ever Made

Gaughan recounts for the first time in decades what led up to his decision inviting sports betters to try and “middle” him with an incredible offer to players — at great risk to himself.

Get A Grip: The Week In Sports Betting and Sports: 1st PA Report Strong, RI Mobile, And More

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the week’s top stories, and rounding up key stories in sports betting, gaming,

New York Sports Betting Still Faces Constitutional Roadblock

Sobering news for New Yorkers hoping for the same kind of sports betting available in New Jersey: You may be waiting a while.

DraftKings Faces Class Action Suit Over Sports Betting Championship ‘Mayhem’

The lawsuit alleges that the DraftKings Sports Betting National Championship was operated in “an arbitrary, capricious and uniformly haphazard manner…”

PointsBet Brings High-Risk Spread Betting Concept From Down Under To New Jersey

So far in NJ, no sportsbook offers more intrigue than PointsBet’s exclusive spread-betting concept, a high-risk, high-reward product that could engage sharp bettors and casual punters alike.

Massachusetts Mayhem: Multiple Bills Will Pit Online Sportsbooks Against Pro Leagues

Three pieces of comprehensive sports betting legislation in Massachusetts are at odds — two allow for stand-alone mobile sportsbooks, while one calls for a paying the pro leagues a fee.

‘Pro Football Handle’ NFL Conference Championship Weekend Betting Breakdown: Chiefs-Patriots, Saints-Rams

Patriots +3 at Chiefs, then Rams +3.5 at Saints. And according to FanDuel lookahead lines, the NFC squads are favored over the to-be AFC representative.

First North Dakota Sports Betting Bill Filed

North Dakota’s first sports betting bill seeks to lay the groundwork for sports betting in a state that has a unique charitable-gaming structure.

Growing Pains, Learning Curve Testing New Sportsbook Operations

The expansion of legal sports betting in the U.S. has great upside, but there’s numerous issues to iron, too. Here we explore, with a particular focus on Mississippi.

Cuomo Calls For Authorization Of Sports Betting In Upstate New York Casinos

“It’s here, it’s a reality, and it will help generate activity in those casinos,” Cuomo said of sports betting.

Indiana House Bill Allows State-Wide Mobile Betting, Sets Low Tax Rate

Indiana House bill sets the tax rate at 6.25 percent, and would allow for betting on college sports and state-wide mobile sports betting.

U.S. Department Of Justice Reverses 2011 Opinion, Expanding Wire Act Reach Beyond Sports Betting

An opinion issued by the Justice Department makes the Federal Wire Act applicable to all forms of online gambling beyond sports betting.

Latest MO Bill: State-Wide Mobile Betting, 6.75% Tax Rate

The latest Missouri sports betting bill has an operator-friendly low tax rate, no fee to the pro leagues and would allow for mobile/internet sports betting.

New Jersey’s December Sports Betting Handle Drops $10 Million; $1.25 Billion Handle In 2018

It’s a slight but understandable dip from November, attributable to weather, less football and some nearby competition.

Mississippi Betting Handle Down, But Gross Gaming Revenue Up

Mississippi’s December handle was $40.9 million, down from $44.5 million in November, but sportsbooks had a high hold, based on the reported GGR.

DraftKings Sports Betting Contest Marred by Controversy

DraftKings now facing controversy and, perhaps, some regulatory problems as a result of its first-ever Sports Betting National Championship (SBNC).

Get a Grip: The Week In Sports and Sports Betting: Southern States Getting In On Action

From support for sports betting in Tennessee and Louisiana to Philadelphia’s first active sportsbook to arrests in the sports betting world, Get a Grip covers the week in sports and sports betting.

NBC Sports Washington Hopes To Offer Fans Glimpse Of Future Sports Betting Broadcasts With Innovative Wizards’ Contest

NBC Sports Washington’s “Predict The Game,” features approximately 30 questions that will appear on the screen during the telecast.

Indiana Senator Files Sports Betting Bill, And Eyes 6.75% Tax Rate

The first sports betting filed in Indiana calls for a $100,000 application fee, allows for betting on college sports, but taxes are not addressed.

‘Pro Football Handle’ NFL Divisional Round Betting Breakdown: Chiefs, Rams In Trouble?

Each of the four games presents its own bit of intrigue, but as for the biggest sportsbook liability? Walker says the (Captain) Andrew Luck bandwagon is piling high and they’re going to need Kansas City to win outright.

New Virginia Sports Betting Bill Focuses On Mobile Wagering

Simon’s bill allows for mobile and internet sports betting throughout Virginia, and bettors would not be required to register for an account in person.

Latest Virginia Sports Betting Bill Prohibits Wagering on College Sports

Virginia’s legislative session begins today and now there’s a second sports betting bill on the table, quite different from the first. Here’s a breakdown of what’s inside.

D.C. Emergency Sports Betting Legislation Withdrawn

The D.C. Council chairman withdrew emergency legislation that would have allowed the Lottery to bypass the bidding process for an operator.

Sports Betting Brings Potential Early ‘Success Story’ for Connecticut Legislature

“We have the infrastructure with the tribal casinos, we can use the new revenue, and we’ve got bipartisan support. This should be an early session success story.”

D.C. Lottery Wants to Extend Monopoly to Intralot

The D.C. Council Tuesday will consider legislation that would make Intralot the city’s mobile operator without a bidding process.

Two North Dakota Lawmakers Set to File Sports Betting Bills

Neither will address mobile sports in their bills, as both believe they have the best chance of getting sports betting legalized with as few “frills” as possible.

‘Get a Grip’: The Week In Sports Betting And Sports: PA’s Parx To Launch, IN, OH Lawmakers To File, CFP, More

Updates on Pennsylvania’s Parx Casino sportsbook, Indiana’s legislative situation, and around the horn on happenings this week.

Inside Look At Delaware North’s West Virginia Mobile App And Brick-and-Mortar Launches

A look at the West Virginia sports betting scene and the . thinking behind the first sportsbook to go live on mobile apps/online.

NFL Strikes Deal With Caesars — League’s First Official Casino Partner

The deal appears similar to one that the Dallas Cowboys made last fall with the Oklahoma-based WinStar Casino Resort, which allows the casino to use official Cowboys logos and marks, but is not a sports betting deal.

Breaking Down Caesars’ Deal To Run Tribal Sportsbooks In New York

The Oneida Nation can now market the Caesars brand in upstate New York alongside competitors that have aligned with DraftKings and FanDuel.

New York Sports Betting Bill: Mobile Betting Throughout State and .2% ‘Royalty’ to Pro Leagues

Breaking down the latest New York State sports betting bill — what’s in it, what’s not, and where it’s going.

The Official U.S. Sports Betting Timeline of 2018

A list of nearly everything that’s happened in U.S. sports betting in 2018 — a watershed year for legal sports wagering in America.

Michigan Governor Vetoes Package of iGaming Bills That Had Opened Door To Legal Sports Betting

With 48 hours remaining in his term, outgoing Republican Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Friday vetoed the package of iGaming bills that passed the state legislature earlier this week, Representative Brandt Iden (R-District 61) told Sports Handle. “The governor just vetoed bills,” Iden said in a phone call. “I am surprised and disappointed. With this

‘Get a Grip’: The Week In Sports Betting & Sports: NY Sports Betting, WV Launches, More

Key lawmaker in New York signals sports betting may be coming and a look at West Virginia launches.

2019 Promises Wave Of Sports Betting Legalization

After a pre-filing frenzy in November and December, expect sports betting to be in the news across the country. And before things get really crazy, here’s a look at the states where bills already are in.

‘Cover City’: NFL Week 17 Picks, Preview, Prop Bets With Christian Pina

Week 17 is notoriously weird and unpredictable as coaches leading playoffs teams decide whether and how much to rest their players. Christian Pina is here to help break it down.

The 10 Most Important Sports Betting Stories Of 2018

From New Jersey’s online explosion to DraftKings’ dominance, to job creation and MLB bullying, we run through an whirlwind year in sports betting.

‘Pro Football Handle’ NFL Week 17 Breakdown: The Playoffs Are Knocking!

Usually Week 17 is glorified exhibition football but with so much on the line for so many teams, there are some quality games worth your attention and dollars.

State of Sports Betting In ’18, What It Looks Like And Lessons To Learn

In 2019, it’s likely that several or many more states will legalize sports betting. As each considers the most suitable way to do so, there is much to be learned from the states that have already legalized.

Las Vegas Bookmaking Legend Jimmy Vaccaro Headed Home

“It’s not going to be same without Jimmy in our city, but I know how he feels about Trafford — hometowns are special to a lot of us. “

‘Get a Grip’: The Week In Sports Betting And Sports: The Time That Everything Happened

A LOT happened this week: A new federal sports betting bill, Washington D.C. legalizes sports betting, possible DOJ re-interpretation of Wire Act, and much more.

‘Cover City’: NFL Week 16 Picks, Preview, Prop Bets With Christian Pina

Beware blindly taking the “must-win” teams and check out how the analytics say to handle Week 16. Tune in below to beef up your bank roll.

‘Pro Football Handle’ NFL Week 16 Breakdown: Chiefs-Seahawks, Texans-Eagles

NFL Week 16 is here and it’s hard to believe it’s the same season. The top 5 paid quarterbacks will not be in playoffs and defense is proving to be king.

Mississippi Sports Betting Numbers Continue to Rise

MS sportsbooks took in $44.5 million in handle in November, a nearly $12 million increase over October. But bettors continued to win, limiting tax revenue.

Will Possible DOJ Reinterpretation Of Wire Act Affect Sports Betting?

The DOJ will reportedly offer a new interpretation of the Wire Act, which could affect states’ rights when it comes to sports betting.

Federal Sports Betting Bill Has ‘Integrity’ In The Title And Data In The Details

‘Tis the season for gift-giving, and outgoing Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah found a willing donor in Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York to introduce the Sports Wagering Market Integrity Act of 2018 on Wednesday during Congress’ lame duck season. The federal sports betting bill, which has been talked about months, with strong

First PA Sports Betting Monthly Report Shows $1.4M Handle At Hollywood Casino

With only one sportsbook open for two weeks of the month-long reporting period, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released its first report.

Washington, D.C. Legalizes Sports Betting, Gives Lottery Virtual Monopoly

Washington D.C. has become the seventh and last jurisdiction to legalize sports betting in 2018. The D.C. Council voted, 10-2, on Tuesday to legalize sports betting in our nation’s capital, right under the nose of PASPA architect Orrin Hatch and others who believe that sports betting should be illegal, or, at the least, governed by

theScore Set To Launch New Jersey Sportsbook In Conjunction With Monmouth Park

Most sports bettors are highly familiar with the mobile app “theScore” as one of the most popular smartphone apps for anyone who wants to know it they are winning or losing their latest bet. Today, the Canadian-based company revealed plans to launch a mobile sportsbook in the U.S. in 2019 through an official licensing partnership

The Power 15: Ranking States In Order Of Their Odds Of Legalizing Sports Betting In 2019

A team of eight industry experts evaluates and ranks states by their likelihood of passing sports betting legislation in 2019.

VA Lawmaker Has Eyes Wide Open on Sports Betting

Virginia doesn’t have any casinos. But that plays perfectly into Delegate Mark Sickles’ vision of sports betting in the state. While neighboring Washington, D.C. struggles with where to locate brick-and-mortar sports betting parlors, and other states without casinos mull whether to put sports betting kiosks in convenience stores or build locations dedicated to sports betting,

Lawmakers Poised To Legalize Sports Betting In Washington D.C.

If all goes as the D.C. Council has planned, the District of Columbia will legalize sports betting Tuesday, making it the seventh government entity to legalize sports betting in 2018. (Pennsylvania, which took its first sports bets last month, legalized sports betting in 2017.) The Council will hear a second reading of a bill advanced

Get a Grip: The Week in Sports Betting and Sports: Pennsylvania Openings, Application

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the week’s top stories, and rounding up key stories in sports betting, gaming,

NFL Draft Headed To Las Vegas, And League Wants A Gaming Partner

Four years after taking its premiere off-season event on the road, the NFL made its splashiest announcement about the draft yet. In 2020, the NFL Draft, which had been held in New York City from 1965-2014, will be in Las Vegas. After decades of shunning America’s gambling capital, the decision is the NFL’s second in

‘Cover City’: NFL Week 15 Picks, Preview As Playoffs Near

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way. Professional poker player and sports

‘Pro Football Handle’ NFL Week 15 Breakdown: Patriots-Steelers, The Hunt for January

On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind

Minnesota Lawmaker Planning To Introduce Sports Betting Legislation

Lawmakers from at least three states have filed sports betting legislation ahead of their 2019 sessions. A Minnesota state senator could well make it four. According to the MinnPost, Senate Taxes Committee chairman Roger Chamberlain (R-District 38) said he has a rough draft of a sports betting bill that he’ll share around the state house

New Jersey Sports Betting Handle Skyrockets To $330M In November

DraftKings and FanDuel dominated again. Overall 72 percent of the betting handle and revenue is coming via mobile/online betting. Full breakdown.

Breaking Down The Stars Group-NBA Marketing, Data Deal

Add Toronto-based The Stars Group Inc. to those seeking enlarged access to the newly legal domestic sports wagering marketplaces with the announcement on Tuesday of a multi-year partnership, establishing the company as an “authorized gaming operator” for the NBA in the U.S. The partnership is The Stars Group’s first with a professional sports league in

Consumer Electronics Show Will Put Sports Technology Front and Center

Technology continues to be a primary catalyst driving the explosion of interest in sports, and subsequently sports wagering in the U.S., a fact noted by the organizers of the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Jan. 8-11. The CES 2018 final audit revealed total attendance of 182,198 from 160 countries, including 6,645 verified media outlets.  The

Q&A: Why I’m Sticking With My ‘Local Bookie’

For some people located in states home to new legal sports betting markets, the post-PASPA era of wagering means business as usual. One person located in Northern New Jersey, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly, now has new legal sportsbooks in the palm of his hand, but is sticking with his

Missouri’s Latest Sports Betting Bill Gives Royalty To Pro Leagues And NCAA

Missouri lawmakers seem intent on charging licensed sportsbooks some sort of royalty or other fee above and beyond taxes, application fees and other administrative costs. Representative Cody Smith (R-District 163) became the second lawmaker to pre-file sports betting legislation in Missouri that includes such a fee. And this one would include a full one percent

The Week In Sports Betting And Sports: Hatchet Job, Rhode Island Launches

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the week’s top stories, and rounding up key stories in sports betting, gaming,

‘Cover City’: NFL Week 14 Picks, Preview With Steve Hytner

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports), brought to you by PropSwap.com. Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way. Week 14 is

Kansas Remains Battleground State for Sports Betting Integrity Fees

Kansas lawmakers are going to school on sports betting again … and being lobbied for an integrity fee, again. But the Day 2 of their hearing was cancelled.

‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 14 Breakdown, Rams-Bears Clash, Cowboys-Eagles Fight for NFC East

On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the same from behind the microphone,

Understanding the NBA’s Sports Betting Data Deals With Sportradar, Genius Sports

A federal sports betting bill that surfaced on Tuesday helps shed light on a deal the National Basketball Association announced one week earlier — that it’s joining forces with both Genius Sports and Sportradar to form non-exclusive sports wagering data partnerships designed to supply data to sportsbooks in legal, regulated U.S. markets.  The agreement with both companies,

D.C. Sports Betting Bill Moves Forward With No Amendments, Keeping Single-App System

After much debate, but with no new amendments, the District of Columbia Council voted 9-2 on Tuesday to advance its sports betting bill to a second hearing on Dec. 18. The bill, as written, will effectively allow the the D.C. Lottery to have a monopoly on mobile/internet sports betting within the District. It also allows

New Federal Sports Betting Bill Surfaces, Empowering Attorney General and Mandating Purchase of Data

A draft of a federal sports betting bill that surfaced Tuesday would force states to obtain approval from the U.S. Attorney General’s office for their sports betting legalization plans – while also mandating that operators purchase official statistical data from sports leagues at least through 2022. The bill would amend The Wire Act and The

Oral Argument, One Year Later: 60 Minutes That Changed Sports Betting Forever

One year ago on this day, four hours before the sun rose, I stood on a sidewalk adjacent to the United States Supreme Court, waiting for one of 50 public tickets to hear 60 minutes of oral argument that would help decide the fate of sports betting in the U.S. Nobody knew exactly what to

D.C. Legal Sports Betting Framework Approaching State of Chaos

Legalizing sports betting in the nation’s capital is getting hairy. After the Finance and Revenue Committee voted to move B22-0944 forward last Wednesday, a coalition that includes several professional leagues and mobile and online sports betting operators has begun circulating a flyer calling for changes. There are no casinos, horse tracks, or off-track betting parlors in Washington,

The Genesis of Missouri Lawmaker’s New Spin on Sports Betting ‘Integrity Fee’

Missouri state senator Denny Hoskins (D-District 21) isn’t opposed to a sports betting “integrity fee” — an off-the-top cut of all wagers. He’s just not willing to give it to the professional leagues. Hoskins said it’s not unusual for owners of professional sports teams to go to their local and state governments and ask for money

D.C. Sports Betting Bill Would Allow Sportsbooks in Professional Sports Arenas

If the sports betting bill that’s currently on the table in Washington, D.C. is approved as written on Tuesday, the District will be on the cutting edge of sports betting — the bill allows for five professional sports stadiums in Washington to have 24-hour-a-day sportsbooks that are open to the public. According to Councilman Jack

‘Cover City’: NFL Week 13 Picks, Preview, Prop Bets With Christian Pina

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports), brought to you by PropSwap.com. Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way.

Missouri Lawmaker May Put Entertaining New Twist on ‘Integrity Fee’

Days after Representative Dean Plocher, (R-District 89) told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he anticipates sports betting “being out there” for discussion when the Missouri state legislature returns to session in January, Senator Denny Hoskins (D-District 21) is preparing to pre-file a sports betting bill finding an entirely different use for a cut of all wagers

‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 13 Breakdown, Chargers-Steelers, Playoffs Hunt

On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind

D.C. Council Quashes Pro-League Fee, But Sports Betting Bill Moves On

The professional sports leagues struck out again on Wednesday when the D.C. City Council opted to remove language from its sports betting bill that would have payed the leagues a so-called royalty. Entering Wednesday’s “mark-up” hearing in the Finance and Revenue Committee, a revised version of Bill 22-944 included a one-quarter of 1 percent cut of gross

Missouri Lawmakers Will Continue Push for Sports Betting

Add Missouri to the growing list of states set to consider sports betting legislation in 2019. “I certainly anticipate it being out there (in 2019) for discussion before the House and the Senate,” Representative Dean Plocher, (R-Des Peres) told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this week. Plocher sponsored legislation last spring that did not advance in

DraftKings CEO Robins Reveals Sports Betting Already Crushing It for Company Overall

The numbers are beginning to show that DraftKings’ metamorphosis from a daily fantasy sports operator to sportsbook-first company is moving at Ludicrous Speed. The DFS aspect of the company isn’t going anywhere, but the revenue, and obviously growth potential in the U.S. is in legal sports betting. At the ICE Sports Betting USA conference in

MGM Adds MLB to Its List of ‘Official Partners’

Major League Baseball is following in the footsteps of the NBA and NHL, and on Tuesday announced a partnership with MGM, which now becomes baseball’s official gaming and entertainment partner. MGM already has similar deals with the NBA and NHL, and now will have access to official data and sponsorship rights from three of the

MGM, Caesars Among Founding Members of Sports Betting Integrity Monitoring Group

MGM and Caesars are among the members of a new not-for-profit that will monitor integrity in sports betting. The organization, the Sports Wagering Integrity Monitoring Association, will bring together key gaming stakeholders, including state and tribal regulatory bodies, federal, state and tribal law enforcement, in an effort to uncover and prevent fraud and other illegal

They’re Off: Rhode Island Becomes First New England State to Take Legal Sports Bets

Five months after legalizing sports betting and nearly 60 days after the projected opening date, a group of lawmakers and a corporate executive placed the ceremonial first sports bet at Rhode Island’s Twin River Sportsbook on Monday. In so doing, Rhode Island became the sixth non-Nevada state post-PASPA to open up for legal sports betting,

South Dakota Special-Interest Group Wants Sports Betting Initiative

The fifth smallest state in the nation by population, South Dakota doesn’t want to be left out of the sports betting game. Known for Mount Rushmore and the scenic Black Hills, South Dakota has more than 30 commercial and tribal casinos, and if the Deadwood Gaming Association gets its way, sports betting will be on

Get a Grip: The Week In Sports Betting: More Things Keep Happening, Everywhere

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the week’s top stories, and rounding up key stories in sports betting,

Expect North Carolina Lawmakers to Talk Sports Betting in ’19

North Carolina lawmakers haven’t officially broached the subject of legal sports betting, but that doesn’t mean ideas and conversations about the topic aren’t circulating around the state. “This is an issue that’s on people’s minds, but I don’t know where our caucus stands, particularly the new members. I expect that the proper role for the

‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 12 Breakdown, Thanksgiving, Steelers-Broncos and More

On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind

Virginia Sports Betting Bill Filed Ahead of 2019 Session

Virginia on Tuesday became the latest state to make an earnest move toward legalizing sports betting in 2019 when Delegate Mark Sickles (D-District 43) prefiled HB 1638 ahead of the opening of the legislative session on Jan. 9, 2019. The bill, which will be referred to committee for discussion, calls for a 15 percent tax rate on

Mississippi Sports Bettors Crush It in Football, Causing Drop in Taxable Revenue

Mississippi sportsbooks saw a slight rise in handle in October, up to $32.8 million against $31.8 million in September. The Gulf Coast-area sportsbooks continued to account for more than half of handle across the state, writing $21.8 million in wagers. And football remains king, accounting for $22.5 million of the total handle. Like both New Jersey

Swanky New DraftKings Sportsbook Opens at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City

New York Giants Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson bet the New York Yankees to win the 2019 World Series on Tuesday morning, the first wager at DraftKings Sportsbook located at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City.  It’s DraftKings’ first physical location in New Jersey and the first on the East Coast, as the Boston-headquartered company continues

Delaware Sees Slight Dip in Betting Handle for October

In October, Delaware’s total sports betting handle dropped almost $2 million, from $16,830,010 in September to $14,738,223, according to the latest report from the Delaware Lottery. But that $14.7 million September handle is the second biggest since the First State became the first state outside Nevada to offer full-fledged, legal sports betting in June. Previously

Legal Sports Betting in Pennsylvania Officially Launches Near State Capital

Legal, regulated sports wagering in Pennsylvania moved out of the hanger, onto the launch pad achieving blast off Saturday morning at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville. It’s now the first venue to accept legal sports bets in the Keystone State, situated about 100 miles northeast of Philadelphia, near Harrisburg. William Hill

Get a Grip: The Week in Sports Betting and Sports: PA Launch Has Arrived

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the week’s top stories, and rounding up key stories in sports betting, gaming,

Michigan Could Become First State to Pay Leagues Sports Betting ‘Integrity Fee’

So far the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and PGA Tour are 0-for-7 in persuading state lawmakers to mandate payment of an off-the-top “integrity fee” or “royalty,” putting a percentage of legal sports bets into league coffers. Now, a key lawmaker in Michigan sponsoring a bill that would legalize sports betting and iGaming in

‘Cover City’: NFL Week 11 Picks, Preview, Prop Bets With Christian Pina

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way. There’s six teams on a

New Jersey Sports Betting Handle Surges to $261M, Revenue ‘Just’ $11M as Bettors Exact Revenge

The good news for the New Jersey sportsbooks in the newly released revenue report for October is a large jump in handle from $186 million in September to $261 million in October. The downside is that the bettors took a bigger bite of the books this month than usual, cutting revenue by more than half month-over-month

PA’s First Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino Expected to Open Saturday

Penn National Gaming announced today that is has begun testing at its Hollywood Casino sportsbook with the approval of the Pennsylvania Control Board. Should the testing go smoothly, the sportsbook plans to open for business Saturday, which would make it the first sportsbook in Pennsylvania to accept bets. The news was the second big announcement

Week 12 College Football Picks: Syracuse-Notre Dame Yankee Stadium Clash, WVU at OK State

Each week we’ll be providing our top college football picks. Also check out our NFL Week 11 “Lookahead Lines” story, finding value (or not) by comparing earlier lines, and identifying recency bias. Back to the college game. (Season record: 20-15.) Week 12 College Football Picks, Preview: West Virginia in a Great Spot on the Road and Syracuse Catching

‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 11 Breakdown: Chiefs-Rams Back in The U.S.A. and the Highest NFL Total Ever

On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the same from behind the microphone,

NFL Week 11 Lookahead Lines: Eagles Now Big Underdogs At New Orleans, Carolina Bigger Faves at Detroit Despite Steelers Blowout

Every week, Sports Handle will look at NFL lines, specifically “lookahead lines,” to see how they’re moving and why. Lookahead lines are those posted one week prior to a game or even before the season has begun, as CG Technology does. By comparing changes between current lines and the numbers hung days earlier, we can

New York’s Empire Resorts Joins Forces With Bet365 on Sports Betting

Empire Resorts, Inc., now an affiliate of bet365 Group Limited (bet365) and Resorts World Catskills today revealed a “strategic alliance” to join the rapidly expanding sports wagering business space in the U.S. by creating a physical and online sportsbook in New York State. Sports wagering is not currently legal in New York, however, rules and

Physical DraftKings Sportsbook Set to Open at Resorts in Atlantic City

For the second time this week, DraftKings has announced the forthcoming opening of a physical sportsbook — this time where the post-PASPA U.S. sports betting expansion started, in New Jersey*. “Construction is near completion on the DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts, slated to open by late November 2018,” pending approval from the state’s Division of Gaming

Here’s Why Rhode Island Sports Betting’s Launch Is Delayed

Rhode Island lawmakers were counting on an immediate windfall of revenue from sports betting when they legalized sports wagering in June. But five months later, neither of the state’s two commercial casinos have opened their sportsbooks, and the projected opening date of Oct. 1 has come and gone. Why? Testing of software is still ongoing,

NFL Injuries and Sports Betting: Audibles at the Sight of Line Moves

Handicapping football injuries in the NFL, although similar to parsing less abundant injury information in the college game, requires a unique skill set and approach. It’s also an absolute imperative for any serious bettor as NFL lines have become sharper and less elastic in the information age. Andy Iskoe of the Logical Approach, a handicapping and sports

Best Betting Scenes: In ‘Dirty Work,’ Dr. Farthing Bets Against Rocky

Time for another installment in Sports Handle’s ongoing series on The Best Best Gambling And Sports Betting Scenes. There’s a lot of high-quality movies centered on gambling, including on horse racing and poker ‘Let It Ride’ and ‘Rounders’). All quality gambling scenes, whether strictly sports betting or not, the focus of the film or a

Poll: Most Maryland Voters Want Sports Betting, Will Have to Wait

A Washington Post poll conducted in Sept. 2017 showed that 55 percent of respondents approved of legalizing sports betting with only 33 percent disapproving — the highest level of support ever recorded by the Roper Center public opinion archive.   Now a brand new Post poll surveying Maryland registered voters found numbers in line with

DraftKings Set to Open Retail Sportsbook in Mississippi This Week

DraftKings and the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D’Iberville, Miss. announced a partnership on Monday that will put DraftKings in charge of the casino’s retail sportsbook. Once live, this will mark two firsts for the Boston-headquartered company: its first retail sportsbook and its official foray into a second state after New Jersey, where DraftKings operates

Tennessee Lawmaker Files Sports Betting Bill Ahead of 2019 Session

One day after the mid-term elections, Tennessee state Representative Rick Staples (D-District 15)  filed the state’s first piece of sports betting legislation ahead of the 2019 session, which begins Jan. 8.  The bill, HB 0001, while an initial effort, covers many of the key points needed for meaningful legislation. The “Tennessee Sports Gaming Act,” filed

Updated KY Sports Betting Bill: 25 Percent Tax, Creation of Kentucky Gaming Commission, No Integrity Fee

Kentucky Senator Julian Carroll (D-District 7) refiled an updated version of his sports betting bill on Friday. The bill, which would create the independent Kentucky Gaming Commission, calls for a 25 percent tax on net sports betting revenue as well as allowing the Kentucky Lottery Association and existing horse racing associations to be granted licenses.

Boomer Esiason: Former WFAN Co-Host Craig Carton A ‘Cautionary Tale’ For Gambling Addiction

In a Manhattan federal court on Wednesday, former co-host Craig Carton of the popular New York City-based WFAN morning sports talk show “Boomer & Carton,” was convicted on all three charges he faced in connection with a multi-million dollar ticket brokering scheme, in which investors got fleeced.  Why’d he do it? At least in part,

How November Elections And A Court Ruling Will Impact Legal New York Sports Betting

Tuesday’s election results and a recent New York State Supreme Court ruling are both likely to impact the ability of state residents to soon enter a full-fledged, regulated sports wagering market, according to a New York legislator and a prominent local gaming attorney.  New Yorkers have a “better than 50 percent chance” to be able

‘Cover City’: NFL Week 10 Picks, Preview, Prop Bets With Will Applebee

Brought to you by PropSwap.com, Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way. Will Applebee @NOTSCWill aka @NotSportsCenter joins

MGM GVC Interactive Taps Sportradar As Exclusive Supplier of U.S. Sports Data

Sports data provider Sportradar, currently the only data provider working directly with the NBA and NHL as a distributor of league data, announced Thursday a deal through which it will now be the exclusive betting data provider to MGM GVC Interactive LLC for certain leagues. MGM GVC Interactive is a shared venture between British-controlled bookmaker

Week 11 College Football Picks: Fresno Over Boise, Washington State A Short Road Favorite And More

Each week we’ll be providing our top college football picks. Season Record: 17-13. This week we have six plays, including Fresno State laying a short number on the road in Boise and fading Duke as a big favorite. Also check out our NFL Week 10 “Lookahead Lines” story, finding value (or not) by comparing earlier lines,

DraftKings Rolls Out ‘Sportsbook Pools’ For The Newbie, Novice Bettor

For novice sports bettors who want to dip their toes in the gaming pool, but don’t have a good understanding of odds, moneylines or spreads, DraftKings has a new product that essentially dumbs down sports betting to the office-pool level. The Boston-based company rolled out the new product on Thursday, the company’s “DraftKings Sportsbook Pools,”

‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 10 Breakdown: Bengals Host Red-Hot Saints, Pros On Underdog Titans (+6.5) vs. Patriots

On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the same from behind the microphone,

NHL Executive Suggests New Gambling Revenue Could Actually Keep Ticket Prices Down

The NHL’s 180° on the virtues of sports betting is causing whiplash among people who for two decades saw NHL commissioner Gary Bettman shout about the dangers of legal sports betting and its potential to ruin sports.  Following a flurry of recent NHL announcements including deals with MGM Resorts International to become an official sports

Key Sports Betting Lawmakers: Who Survived the Election, and Who’s Out

Besides the 36 gubernatorial races decided on Tuesday, the Nov. 6 elections will have an impact on the future of sports betting in some states. Several key lawmakers in states actively considering legalizing sports betting lost their seats or were term-limited out, while others retained their posts and may see their influence elevate. In Indiana,

NFL Week 10: In ‘Lookahead Lines,’ Steelers Drop From 6.5 to 4, Falcons Gettin’ Respect

Every week, Sports Handle will look at NFL lines, specifically “lookahead lines” o see how they’re moving and why. Lookahead lines are those posted one week prior to a game or even before the season has begun, as CG Technology does. By comparing changes between current lines and the numbers hung days earlier, we can get a

Daily Fantasy Sports Coming to (Most Of) Louisiana After Voters Approve Ballot Measure

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) are coming to the Bayou State after residents in most of the state’s 64 parishes voted in favor of a ballot initiative to allow residents of those parishes to play in online DFS contests. According to the Times-Picayune, 47 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes voted in favor of legalizing online DFS contests,

Arkansas Becomes 8th State to Legalize Sports Betting, 2 Licenses Will Be Automatically Granted

Arkansas voters on Tuesday legalized sports betting in the only mid-term election ballot initiative in the country dealing directly with sports betting. The initiative appeared on the ballot as Issue 4, a measure to amend the state constitution to license casinos and also to allow sports betting. As of 7 am ET on Wednesday, with 99

Breaking Down The NHL’s Partnership With FanDuel

The wall separating the major U.S. sports leagues and sports wagering world continues to crumble with the announcement of two new deals involving Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and sportsbook operator FanDuel. FanDuel in its newly minted partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL) has additionally refocused attention on what was its core business as it continues

DraftKings Campaigning To Bring Legal Sports Betting to Massachusetts

It appears that DraftKings believes its home state will be among the next to legalize sports betting, or wants to make sure that’s the case. According to the Boston Herald, the Boston-based company has already kicked off a Boston-centric social-media campaign and will further pump up its public relations and lobbying efforts. Massachusetts lawmakers briefly entertained

8 Industries Most Likely to Score Big in Sports Gambling

The U.S. Supreme Court’s monumental decision in May to strike down the long-standing federal law banning full-fledged sports wagering outside Nevada has opened up legal sports betting to states across the country. Already New Jersey and Mississippi and its residents (and neighbors) have enjoyed the fruits of their new and growing markets, with other states in

Arkansas, Louisiana Voters to Decide on Legal Sports Betting, DFS

Voters in six states will decide issues related to gaming during the mid-term elections on Tuesday, but only two will consider measures directly related to sports betting and daily fantasy sports. Arkansans will have the opportunity to issue casino licenses to four casinos across the state, and those casinos could then offer gaming, including sports

The Week in Sports Betting: PA Sports Betting Nears Launch; NHL Jumps Into Fray; More and More Deals

After a brief hiatus, ‘Get a Grip’ makes a triumphant return. It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the

‘Cover City’: NFL Week 9 Picks, Preview, Prop Bets With Christian Pina

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, brought to you by PropSwap.com. Cover City is hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports), a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way.

New Mexico Lottery to Offer Game Tied to Sports

The New Mexico Lottery Board on Tuesday voted to approve a game linked with the outcome of sporting events, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. The game will mark the second venture for an entity in New Mexico to offer sports betting after the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act

Week 9 College Football Picks: LSU +15 Against No. 1-Ranked Alabama, And More

Each week we’ll be providing our top college football picks. Also check out our NFL “Lookahead Lines” story, finding value (or not) by comparing earlier lines, and identifying recency bias. This week we have six plays, including a rebound spot for Oregon and LSU getting over two touchdowns at home versus Alabama. Week 9 College Football

‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 9 Breakdown, Patriots-Packers, Rams-Saints

On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind

Harrah’s, Rivers and Sugarhouse Casinos Approved for PA Sports Wagering Certificates

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved applications for three more sports betting certificates at its Wednesday morning meeting, bringing the total number of casinos licensed for PA sports betting to five. Chester Downs and Marina, LLC (Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack), Holdings Acquisitions Co., LP (Rivers Casino) and SugarHouse HSAP Gaming, LP (SugarHouse Casino) all got board

The Deals Keep Comin’: New York Jets-MGM Strike Marketing Deal With Eye Toward Sports Betting

The New York Jets have joined with MGM Resorts International (MGM) in a first-of-its-kind partnership making MGM Resorts the Jets’ official gaming partner in an arrangement that goes beyond a basic casino sponsorship, the companies announced Wednesday. The move is the latest in a recent flurry of transactions uniting the casino/sports wagering world with the

NFL Week 9: In ‘Lookahead Lines,’ Intrigue As Broncos Trade WR Thomas to Opponent

Every week, Sports Handle will look at NFL lines, specifically “lookahead lines” to see how they’re moving and why. Lookahead lines are those posted one week prior to a game or even before the season has begun, as CG Technology does. By comparing changes between current lines and the numbers hung days earlier, we can get

Expected Value In Sports Betting (EV), Explained In Understandable Terms

Editor’s Note: The article below originally appeared in Berryhorse’s (real name Kieran) free newsletter BetItUp, which you can (and should) subscribe to here to learn more about predictive sports modeling, betting, bankroll management and more. The article is published at Sports Handle with his permission. It’s very easy to lose money betting on sports. Losing

Examining Answers to Key Sports Betting Questions in Illinois

After hearing from a bevy of sports betting professionals, major professional leagues, players’ associations, and those opposed to sports betting, Illinois lawmakers continue slow and steady on their approach to legal sports wagering. While the state legislature has been considering different types of gaming for more than a decade, it has been slow to act.

SuperContest Contestants Crush In Week 8, Average Over 3 Correct Picks Apiece

Westgate Las Vegas Supercontest players in NFL Week 8 turned in a season-high performance, averaging 3.04 points with nearly 10 percent of the field scoring a perfect 5-0.  A total of 270 of the 3,123-entrant field notched 5 points as the top six most popular sides covered the spread this week. Los Angeles Rams running

PGCB to Hold Hearings, Vote on Three More Sports Wagering Certificates Wednesday

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will hear and vote on petitions for three sports wagering certificates at its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday. Should all three petitions be approved, the number of properties licensed to operate sportsbooks in Pennsylvania will increase to five. At its Oct. 3 meeting, the board approved sports betting licenses for Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing, LLC,

Minnesota Lawmaker Cautiously Optimistic About Sports Betting Legalization

Sports wagering for Minnesotans should be on the way, but won’t happen unless local residents get behind the effort to make it happen, according to State Representative Pat Garafolo (R), the seven-term legislator and avid sports bettor who’s currently leading efforts to get a bill before the state legislature when it reconvenes in January. However,

MGM Resorts Becomes NHL’s Official Sports Betting Partner in Historic New Deal

National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday announced that the league struck a multi-year sponsorship agreement with MGM Resorts International (MGM), making the gaming and entertainment giant an official sports betting partner of the NHL. This follows a similar announcement by the National Basketball Association in July, where the NBA presented MGM as the

With Major Announcement Forthcoming, NHL Reportedly Going ‘All In’ on Sports Betting

Update: The NHL has announced a deal making MGM the official sports betting partner of the league. Go here for our story with details. The National Hockey League (NHL) will make a major announcement on Monday regarding its participation in the sports betting marketplace. Sportnet’s Chris Johnston, a Toronto-based hockey insider for the NHL Network and

NCAA Announces Establishment of New Committee to ‘Examine’ Sports Wagering

The NCAA announced on Friday the formation of a new committee to examine sports wagering. “The Board of Governors Ad Hoc Committee on Sports Wagering will examine the sports wagering landscape and its potential impact on current NCAA rules, educational efforts, player availability reporting, and any associated risks as more states legalize sports wagering,” the

Louisiana Lawmakers Eyeing Sports Betting Legalization in 2019

If in-state LSU fans want to legally bet on the home team as a double-digit home underdog to No. 1-ranked Alabama on Nov. 3rd, they’ll most likely drive to Mississippi to do it. Or wager offshore.  Meanwhile, Louisiana officials continue to discuss legislation that would allow local residents to join their Mississippi neighbors in legal

Week 9 College Football Picks: Take Iowa Over Overvalued Penn State

Each week we’ll be providing our top college football picks. Also check out our NFL “Lookahead Lines” story, finding value (or not) by comparing earlier lines, and identifying recency bias. Back to the college game (season record: 11-9) … This week we look at three live underdogs and a big favorite in the Big Ten. College

So How Does This William Hill-FanDuel Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Play Out?

As you may be aware by now, bookmaker William Hill US (WH) filed a lawsuit this week against FanDuel in New Jersey District Court, alleging copyright infringement, specifically for copying the company’s “How to Bet Guide” for its own guide in print and online. The examples WH gives in its complaint, if true, are pretty damning.

‘Cover City’: NFL Week 8 Picks, Preview With Christian Pina

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way. For the NFL Week 8

Bookmaker William Hill and New Jersey Devils Strike Sponsorship Deal — A First In New Jersey

The William Hill Sports Lounge, located outside Section 18 on the Main Concourse of Newark’s Prudential Center, is the latest major marketing foray executed by the rapidly expanding U.S. bookmaking operation, William Hill US announced on Thursday. ESPN reports that because the NHL is not comfortable with the venue being an actual sportsbook in which

‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 8 Breakdown, Vikes Host Saints, Rodgers and GB Big Dogs at Rams

On The Pro Football Handle, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the

How States Are Spending Their Sports Betting Tax Revenue

As states across the country are discussing legal sports betting, there has been much ado about sportsbooks operating on thin margins, which is news to a lot of lawmakers. By most accounts, a sportsbook earns between $1-$2 in net revenue from every $100 bet after all the money is divvied up. So where does the money go?

DraftKings, FanDuel Victory in Indiana Supreme Court Has Sports Betting Implications

The Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a decision in favor of DraftKings and FanDuel in a case brought by three former collegiate football players, who argued that the daily fantasy sports operators violated the players’ “right of publicity” under Indiana law. Indiana’s highest court found that the DFS operators (and now sportsbook operators in

‘Lookahead Lines’: Big Swing In London’s Jags-Eagles Tilt, Colts Now Spotting Raiders 3 In Oakland

Every week, Sports Handle will look at NFL lines, specifically “lookahead lines,” to see how they’re moving and why. Lookahead lines are those posted one week prior to a game or even before the season has begun, as CG Technology does. By comparing changes between current lines and the numbers hung a week or days

Smaller Sports Leagues Racing For Legal Sports Betting Opportunities

While the four major U.S. sports leagues wrestle with how to approach the rapidly expanding legal sports betting market in the states, a bevy of smaller leagues and sports organizations are quickly embracing the emerging market. The reason various niche sports are seeking out deals with sportsbook operators, gaming companies and sports information providers is

Consensus Favorites Leash Dogs In Week 7 of NFL SuperContest

The New York Giants delivered more agita on Monday night for scores of Giants fans but in the end, with five ticks remaining, Big Blue came through for the bettors on a late Eli Manning touchdown strike to Odell Beckham Jr. from short range. The TD narrowed the score 23-18 in the Falcons’ favor, which

Football Is King: MS September Sports Betting Handle Reaches $31.77 Million

It’s official — Mississippi loves it some football. The state’s gaming commission released its September sports betting numbers on Monday, and they are sky high. Magnolia State sports bettors wagered $31.77 million and produced $5.5 million in taxable revenue during the first full month of professional and college football. Those numbers dwarf August, which had

Caesars’ Horseshoe Casinos Baltimore Become Ravens’ Official Casino Partner

Following in the Dallas Cowboys’ footsteps, the Baltimore Ravens have forged an official partnership with the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, becoming the second NFL team to strike such an agreement since the league decided in September to permit marketing deals between casinos and its teams. The Horseshoe Casino, a Caesars Entertainment property, is walking distance to

After Spirited Hearing, Indiana Lawmakers Will Continue to Explore Sports Betting

Indiana on Friday became the latest state to hold a sports betting hearing, when lawmakers heard from various corners of the industry — a technology provider, the NBA, an anti-gambling group and small business owner Patrick Doerflein, who owns an app called “Burn and Bet,” referred to himself as a “hillbilly guy from Brown County” and

‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 7 Breakdown, Patriots-Bears, Bengals-Chiefs

On The Pro Football Handle, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the

NFL Sheds Some Scare Tactics in Sports Betting Statement in Illinois

Hearings on Wednesday in Illinois and Washington, D.C. that focused on sports betting brought together various lawmakers, stakeholders and players’ associations representatives — but not a National Football League representative in the flesh. Jack Evans, Chairman of the D.C. Council’s Finance & Revenue Committee who led the Council hearing, asked aloud why the NFL has largely

Study: MLB, NBA to Yield Combined $1.7 Billion From Legal Sports Betting

The American Gaming Association on Thursday released the results of two more Nielsen studies, showing how America’s professional sports leagues stand to benefit from legal, regulated sports betting. The latest studies indicate that Major League Baseball will see a revenue increase of $1.106 billion, and the NBA is look at a $585 million bump. Combined

‘Cover City’: NFL Week 7 Picks, Preview With Analytics Guru Warren Sharp

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way. For the NFL Week 7 preview and

Week 8 College Football Picks: Navy’s A Double-Digit Home ‘Dog, Oklahoma

Each week we’ll be providing our top college football picks. (Season record: 8-5.) Also check out our NFL “Lookahead Lines” story, finding value (or not) by comparing earlier lines, and identifying recency bias. Back to the college game… College Football Picks Week 8: Navy’s a Double-Digit Home Underdog and Oklahoma in a Good Spot vs.

Hearing Reveals Illinois Lawmakers Moving Toward Legalizing Sports Betting

If anything became clear from Wednesday’s Joint Committee on Revenue and Finance in Illinois it was this: Illinois lawmakers are eager to pass a bill legalizing sports wagering. The question — or questions — are what the bill will look like. During the four-plus hour hearing in Springfield, lawmakers heard from gaming stakeholders, representatives from individual

Lawmakers Pushing for Legal Sports Betting in Washington D.C., Possibly With Mobile Betting Before Retail

Legal sports betting may be coming to the District of Columbia (District), a development made clear at a public hearing on Wednesday by Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2), Chairman of the D.C. Council’s Finance & Revenue Committee. The hearing occurred roughly one month after Evans and five colleagues submitted the sports betting bill — B22-0944,

Sports Betting Launches in New Mexico: ‘We Expect A Big Weekend’

The Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel, a tribal gaming operation near Albuquerque, New Mexico, is now the first Western U.S. state to join Nevada in offering full-fledged sports betting in a legal environment. The first bet, made Tuesday at noon local time, was a $30 moneyline win ticket on the Astros to beat the

‘Lookahead Lines’: Rams-49ers Line Tightens, Titans Out to 6.5 At Chargers

Every week, Sports Handle will look at NFL lines, specifically “lookahead lines,” to see how they’re moving and why. Lookahead lines are those posted one week prior to a game or even before the season has begun, as CG Technology does. By comparing changes between current lines and the numbers hung days earlier, we can

Where Do Gubernatorial Candidates Stand on Sports Betting? West Edition

Thirty-six states will elect governors next month, and we at Sports Handle wondered if sports betting ranks among the key issues in any state elections — or as a topic of campaign trail conversation at all. In most cases, sports betting is not a hot topic and likely won’t be a deciding factor in electing

Consensus Picks Shredded In Rough Week 6 In NFL SuperContest

To round out NFL Week 6, the Green Bay Packers (-9.5) gave little hint of a cover on Monday night against the visiting San Francisco 49ers in another vintage Aaron Rodgers performance in which the QB brought the Pack back from 30-23 for a 33-30 win as time expired. Together with the Chiefs-Patriots Arena Football

The Analyst: In-Game Wagering One Of Best Bets To Make

For most casual sports bettors, making a bet on a game has less to do with careful analysis and seeking the best value for their bet and more to do with simply wanting to increase their excitement and interest in a particular game. For the professional sports bettors, enthusiasm for a game is a distraction

Sports Betting on Agenda This Week In Indiana, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

Indiana, Illinois and the District of Columbia will have hearings on sports betting this week. Both the Indiana and Illinois hearings are informational, ahead of the midterm elections and winter sessions, while the D.C. Council hearing could be the first step in legalizing sports betting before the end of the year. In Indiana, the Interim

KY Lawmakers Closing In On Sports Betting Bill to Pass in ’19, Hone In On Final Key Issues

Expect Kentucky to among the first movers on sports betting when the state legislature goes back into the session in January. On Friday, state lawmakers heard from a bevy of sports betting and gaming professionals during a hearing before the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations. It was the second such meeting before

Get a Grip: The Week in Sports Betting & Sports: SVP, G2E & New Mexico’s a ‘Go’

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the week’s top stories, and rounding up key stories in sports betting, gaming,

Week 7 College Football Picks: Underdog Duke, MSU-PSU Scoring

Each week we’ll be providing our top college football picks. (Season record: 6-3.) Also check out our NFL “Lookahead Lines” story, finding value (or not) by comparing earlier lines, and identifying recency bias. Back to the college game… College Football Week 7 Picks: Underdog Duke to Georgia Tech And a Potentially High-Scoring Big Ten Game

September New Jersey Sports Betting Handle Jumps to $184M, Revenue $24M

In Las Vegas on Tuesday, New Jersey Director of the State’s Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) David Rebuck said that the September sports betting financial reports would be stunning. They weren’t quite stunning, but the numbers were still pretty huge: $184 million betting handle across retail sports betting operations at Atlantic City casinos and two

Cover City: NFL Week 6 Picks, Preview And NFL Stats With ESPN’s Mike Clay

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way. Before diving into the NFL

Where Do Gubernatorial Candidates Stand on Sports Betting? East Edition

Thirty-six states will elect governors next month, and we at Sports Handle wondered if sports betting was among the key issues in any states, or at least on the keychain. In most cases, sports betting is not a hot topic and likely won’t be a deciding factor in electing a governor, but there are some

‘Lookahead Lines’: Dolphins Spread Moves Out to Key Number Hosting Bears, Who Were Idle Last Week on Bye

Every week, Sports Handle will look at NFL lines, specifically “Lookahead Lines,” to see how they’re moving and why. Lookahead lines are those posted one week prior to a game or even before the season has begun, as CG Technology does. By comparing changes between current lines and the numbers hung days earlier, we can

‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 6 Breakdown, KC-NE, LAR-DEN, Big Total to Look Under

On The Pro Football Handle, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the

New Jersey Adds Additional 1.25% Tax on Sports Betting Revenue

Less than five months after New Jersey won the Supreme Court battle that allowed its casinos to offer sports betting, taxes are going up. According to the Press of Atlantic City, Governor Phil Murphy signed off on a 1.25 percent sports betting tax increase last week to benefit the state’s ailing Casino Reinvestment Development Agency.

Top New Jersey Regulator Calls Out Pro Leagues ‘Fear Mongering’ on Sports Betting

New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Director (DGE) David Rebuck on Tuesday offered his blunt assessment of the NFL’s characterization of the state of sports betting in the U.S.: “Nonsense.” The NFL’s stance, voiced again at a House of Representatives hearing on Sept. 27, was that states legalizing sports wagering are now engaging in a “regulatory

Ohio Lawmakers Hold Meetings in Preparation of Drafting Sports Betting Bill

Ohio lawmakers on Tuesday hosted two meetings as the first step to crafting passable sports betting legislation. The meetings, hosted by senators John Eklund and Sean O’Brien (D-District 32), left Eklund feeling like lawmakers are on the right path. “We’re taking the information we gathered at these meetings and the sponsors will get together and

Scientific Games Acquires Don Best Sports

The parade of change continues in the nation’s nascent sports wagering industry with today’s announcement that Scientific Games Corporation is acquiring Las Vegas-based Don Best Sports Corporation and DBS Canada Corporation for an undisclosed purchase price. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year. The purchase became public knowledge early Tuesday

USBookmaking Partners With Tribal Casino to Offer New Mexico Sports Betting

In what could be a precedent-setting advancement of sports wagering, a New Mexico tribal casino says it will begin offering sports betting next week. Las Vegas-based USBookmaking said Monday it has an agreement to provide Nevada-style sports betting services to the Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel, a tribal gaming operation near Albuquerque. Although sports

Source: DraftKings, MLB Partnering On Groundbreaking Sports Betting App

Editor’s Note: DraftKings provided this statement to Sports Handle after the story was published: “We have a long standing relationship with MLB, however, a separate sports betting app is not in development and we are not making any announcements to this effect at G2E.  The remaining content in the reporting of this story is also inaccurate.” However,

The Analyst: Mobile Apps Changing Game For Bettors’ Habits

Profits in any casino game comes from the volume of activity in the category of the wager. Sounds profound, but the principle is simple. Let’s say one person makes one bet of $100,000 on a casino game that has a 5 percent casino advantage. With one bet, the bettor either wins or loses $100,000 conversely

‘Cover City’: Week 5 NFL Picks, Preview With Christian Pina

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way. For the NFL Week 5

‘Pro Football Handle’ Week 5: Seahawks-Rams, Jaguars-Chiefs, DraftKings Moves and Much More

On The Pro Football Handle podcast, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault

Week 6 College Football Picks: Colorado, Texas And More

Each week we’ll be providing our top college football picks. (Season record: 3-2.) Also check out our NFL “Lookahead Lines” story, finding value (or not) by comparing earlier lines, and identifying recency bias. Back to the college game, this week we look at the big game in the Big 12 and tell you why Colorado

VSiN Headed East With New Studio In Atlantic City, Rosters Former NFL Exec Mike Lombardi

Former NFL executive Michael Lombardi, the man multi-Super Bowl winning NFL head coach Bill Belichick called “one of the smartest people I’ve worked with,” is joining the Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN). The Las Vegas-based, multi-media sports wagering information outlet announced Thursday Lombardi will soon spearhead revamped weekend programing from new studio facilities in

West Virginia Sports Betting Rules Ignore Pro Leagues’ Intimidation Tactics

The West Virginia Lottery Commission on Wednesday approved final rules governing sports wagering, rejecting written comments from several professional sports leagues, reports Jeff Jenkins of West Virginia MetroNews. The comments on the emergency regulations, submitted on behalf of the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and the PGA Tour, requested among other things that the

PGCB Grants Hollywood, Parx Casinos PA Sports Betting Licenses

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board unanimously approved sports betting petitions for Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing (Hollywood Casino) and Greenwood Gaming (Parx Casino and South Philadelphia Turf Club) at its regular meeting Wednesday morning, paving the way for sports betting to go live in the state as early as November. Greenwood Gaming, which owns the Parx Casino

Lookahead Lines: Ravens Become Bigger Favorites Over Browns On Road

Every week, Sports Handle will look at NFL “lookahead lines,” to see how current lines are moving in comparison and why. Lookahead lines are those posted one week prior to a game or even before the season has begun, as CG Technology does. By comparing changes between current lines and the numbers hung days earlier,

Ahead of Second KY Sports Betting Hearing, Lawmakers Clear: No Payout to Pro Leagues

It was a busy summer for sports betting in Kentucky and it’s about to get even busier. Next week, the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupation will hold an extensive hearing exploring sports betting, according to co-chairman Adam Koenig. It will be the second interim joint committee meeting since Aug. 30. On top of that,

‘Cover City:’ Week 4 Recap, Dissection With Will Applebee of @NotSportsCenter

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro and College Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way. Will Applebee @NotSportsCenter

SuperContest Contestants Maintain Pace As Top Consensus Pick Deliver

Overall in NFL Week 4, contestants in the $1,500 entry Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest nearly matched to the decimal their performances in Weeks 1 and 3, when they scored an average 2.70 and 2.77 points respectively. Players in the 3,120 field competing for a (roughly) $1.5 million top prize collected an average 2.76 points this week

Breaking Down DraftKings’ Hire of Las Vegas Veteran Johnny Avello

Wynn Resorts’ executive John Avello is joining DraftKings, the leading national Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) operation as it continues its foray into Nevada-style, single-team bookmaking, telling Sports Handle that the popular Las Vegas Strip bookmaker has joined their expanding operation. Avello, who will remain in Las Vegas, the company said, is expected to be joined

Startups Compete in the New Sports Betting Arena

It’s time to place your bets! Sports wagering is definitely on. The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down a federal law that previously made it illegal to bet on sports events in any state other than Nevada opens up a new world of opportunities for sports companies and related startups. The unprecedented convenience of

Get a Grip: The Week in Sports Betting & Sports: House Hearing and Beyond

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the week’s top stories, and rounding up key stories in sports betting, gaming,

Two More PA Sports Betting Petitions Filed; Hearings, Vote on Others Set Next Week

The state’s Gaming Control Board said Friday that it received two more applications from casinos for Pennsylvania sports betting licenses, bringing the total number to five. According to the PGCB, Donnelly Law, which represents the Sugarhouse Casino in Philadelphia and the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, filed petitions for licenses. Earlier this week, the Harrah’s filed a

The Analyst: Good Marketing Combo: Sports Teams, Sportsbooks

It was not that long ago here in the United States that the idea of professional sports teams partnering with casinos, sportsbooks or online betting sites would seem as likely as seeing a dog and cat dancing the Merengue together. Part of the reason was the federal ban on sports wagering and of course the

‘Cover City’: NFL Week 4 Picks, Preview With GambLou

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro and College Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way. For this episode

Week 5 College Football Picks: Middle Tennessee, Army, Indiana And More

Each week we’ll be providing our top college football picks. This week we look at Georgia Tech as a big favorite and why it’s not too late to cash in on woeful Rutgers. Middle Tennessee +3 over Florida Atlantic I really like the Blue Raiders in this spot. Middle Tennessee comes into the game 1-2

‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 4 Breakdown: Patriots, Mayfield Starting, Steelers-Ravens Clash And More

On The NFL Handle, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the same

Here’s What Happened at the House Judiciary Hearing on Sports Betting

A House Judiciary subcommittee hearing titled “Post-PASPA: An Examination of Sports Betting in America” proceeded on Thursday under the shadow of a more high-profile hearing in the Senate. Little new ground was covered during the one-and-a-half hour session that largely afforded the five witnesses an opportunity to reiterate their main positions underscored in the written statements

AGA, NFL May Have More in Common Than It Appears

As the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations prepares to host a hearing on Thursday titled “Post-PASPA: An Examination of Sports Betting in America,” a question comes to mind: As key sports betting stakeholders, including the American Gaming Association, individual states and lawmakers, casino operators and others push back against a “federal framework” for

William Hill And IGT Partner Up, Look to Dominate Sports Betting Connected to US Lotteries

Displaying assurance in their Rhode Island alliance and the probability that many states will operate sports betting through current lottery operations, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Game Technology and William Hill U.S., a subsidiary of William Hill revealed Tuesday they have entered into a multi-year agreement to offer U.S. lotteries a full service

Lookahead Lines: NFL Week 4 Line Moves, Perception And Reality

Every week, Sports Handle will look at NFL lines, specifically “lookahead lines,” to see how they’re moving and why. Lookahead lines are those posted one week prior to a game or even before the season has begun, as CG Technology does. By comparing changes between current lines and the numbers hung days earlier, we can

Nevada Representative Dina Titus to Congress: No Need to Reinvent Wheel on Sports Betting

Nevada Representative Dina Titus (NV-1) has been on record many times reiterating her distaste for a federal framework for sports betting. After all, the state of Nevada has had legal casino-style gaming, including sports betting, since 1949. With nearly 70 years of experience under its belt, Nevada doesn’t need any (or want) any input from,

‘Cover City’: Week 3 NFL Recap And NFL Week 4 Preview With Christian Pina

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro and College Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way. Let’s wrap our

SuperContest Contestants Bounce Back After Week 2 Drubbing

In NFL Week 2, the underdogs bit hard with an 11-5 performance against the spread and seven outright victories. That outcome walloped contestants in the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest, holding the average entry to just 1.93 correct picks out of 5. NFL Week 3 went much better for the players, who picked up an average

Harrah’s 3rd to Apply for PA Sports Betting License, and PGCB Likely to Vote on 2 Applications Next Week

A third Pennsylvania casino has submitted a petition for a sports wagering license, according the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. On Monday, the board said Chester Downs and Marina, which operates Harrah’s  Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack, had made application. Two other casinos — the Hollywood Casino and Parx Casino — made applications in August. Those first

Oregon Lottery Rolls Out App, Sports Betting Coming Next Fall

The Oregon Lottery rolled out its mobile app, which eventually will include a sports betting option, on Sept. 11 in the Apple App Store. Lottery officials said the expectation is that some sort of sports betting game should be available on the app in the fall of 2019. The app, which allows lottery customers to

Get a Grip: The Week in Sports Betting And Sports: FanDuel Fiasco Wrap, Congress Coming

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the week’s top stories, and rounding up key stories in sports betting,

The Analyst: Sports Betting 101, School Is Never Out

Sports betting can be both fun and profitable, but for the sports betting pros the fun does not come from being fans of the game but in winning the bet and getting a return on investment. This simple point makes a world of difference between a sports fan who bets for a cheering interest in

‘Cover City’: NFL Week 3 Picks And Insight From CG Technology’s Jason Simbal

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro and College Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He has wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way. The Cleveland

FanDuel to Pay Out on Erroneous Tickets

According to an Associated Press report, FanDuel will pay out more than $82,000 on an erroneous sports betting ticket. New Jersey’s Anthony Prince on Tuesday shared his story with local media, saying he placed an in-game wager on the Denver Broncos to beat the Oakland Raiders when the Broncos were down with 1 minute, 10

MS Sportsbooks Take in $7.7M in Handle in August and Much Bigger Numbers Ahead

The Mississippi Gaming Commission on Thursday released its official report for the first full month of sports betting, and the state took in $7.7 million in handle with gross taxable revenue of $644,489. The handle includes futures bets made, while the taxable revenue does not include futures bets, many of which are not yet decided.

Congressional Hearing on Sports Betting Slated For Sept. 27

The Congressional hearing on sports betting, which was postponed in late June, is back on the docket. Staff for the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday confirmed that the hearing “Post-PASPA: An Examination of Sports Betting in America” is slated for 10 a.m. ET on Sept. 27 before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism,

‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 3 Breakdown, Really Bad Teams, And Big Totals

On The Pro Football Handle, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the same from

Washington, D.C. Councilman Introduces Sports Betting Bill

Against a backdrop of U.S. Congressmen proposing the idea of a federal framework for sports betting, a District of Columbia city council member has introduced a bill that would allow sports betting in the nation’s capitol. According to the Washington Post, Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) introduced legislation that he says he is co-authoring with Democratic mayor

Examining the FanDuel Sportsbook Ticketing Snafu Through the Eyes of Nevada

Sports bettors in emerging markets are continuing to discover some of the vagaries of sporting wagering. Among them are situations when an “accepted” bet may not always be a bet, and what happens to a “wins/losses” totals bet if a team ends up with a postponed game that’s not rescheduled? FanDuel Sportsbook, operating at The

Sports Betting And Injuries In College Football: Separating Good Information From Noise

Many serious college and professional football bettors have long believed that it’s imperative to consider injuries before pushing the cash across the counter or hitting the “make bet” button on the phone app or computer. Others believe bookmakers have built injuries into the offered betting lines, rendering monitoring of injuries a waste of time and

William Hill Becomes ‘Official Partner’ of Vegas Golden Knights, First Deal of Its Kind

The Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday notched yet another “first.” In 2017 the Golden Knights became the first of the four major professional U.S. sports leagues to officially make Las Vegas their home and in June, it became the NHL’s first expansion team since 1968 to reach the Stanley Cup Finals (in vastly different circumstances),

NJ Man Says FanDuel Won’t Pay; Company Investigating

A New Jersey man says he made a wager on Sunday at the FanDuel SportsBook at the Meadowlands Racetrack and that FanDuel won’t pay up. The bet, an in-game wager, would have paid $82,610 on a $110 wager and was made with 1 minute, 10 seconds remaining in the Denver Broncos-Oakland Raiders contest. Anthony Prince,

‘Cover City’: Week 2 NFL Recap And Week 3 Preview With Andrew Melton

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro and College Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He has wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way. NFL Week 2 is now

Pro Sports Leagues Continue Full-Court Press on West Virginia Sports Betting Law

What’s going on in West Virginia? Sports betting kicked off with a bang a the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races late last month, and just last week, the FanDuel Sportsbook at The Greenbrier Resort took its first bet. In between, the state’s lottery director inexplicably resigned and now the lottery’s managing general counsel, Danielle

Where the Midwest Is at on Sports Betting Legislation

In the first half of the year, midwestern states in general weren’t able to legalize sports betting, but some began to lay the groundwork for passable legislation to be crafted. For Illinois, Michigan and Ohio lawmakers, the summer months were all about learning, negotiating and educating with the goal of finding common ground. While none

Get a Grip: The Week in Sports Betting & Sports: NJ Sports Betting Handle, Congress Coming & Much More

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the week’s top stories, and rounding up key stories in sports betting,

The Greenbrier’s FanDuel Sportsbook Opens Ahead of NFL Week 2

West Virginia’s second legal sportsbook opened on Thursday when the FanDuel Sportsbook at the The Greenbrier Resort and Casino took its first sports bet. The Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races opened Aug. 30.  The timing means the sportsbook is open in time for the second weekend of the NFL season. The Greenbrier is a

‘Cover City’: NFL Week 2 Picks And Breakdown With Christian Pina

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro and College Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He has wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way. NFL Week 2

AGA to Schumer: Sports Betting Doesn’t Need Federal Oversight

“Additional federal engagement is not warranted at this time.” Those words close the first paragraph of the American Gaming Association‘s latest volley in the discussion about the creation of federal sports betting regulation. The AGA, a national trade group, has been on the front lines in working with stakeholders to streamline the legislative process as sports

Best Gambling And Sports Betting Scenes: ‘I’m Shocked’ In ‘Casablanca’

Time for another installment in Sports Handle’s ongoing series on The Best Best Gambling And Sports Betting Scenes. There’s a lot of high-quality movies centered on gambling, including on horse racing and poker Let It Ride and Rounders). All quality gambling scenes, whether strictly sports betting or not, the focus of the film or a short aside, will

‘The NFL Handle’: NFL Week 2 Breakdown And Week 1 Reflections, Disappointments

On The NFL Handle, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the same

New Jersey Sports Betting Generates $9.2M Revenue on $95.6 Handle In August

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement on Wednesday released its monthly revenue figures, reporting a total handle of $95.6 million and gross revenue of $9.18 million for the sportsbooks across the eight  licensed NJ sportsbooks that reported on the month’s operations.   That’s a hold or win percentage of 9.6. The August report includes for the

PlaySugarHouse, Penn National Approved for PA Online Gaming

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved two more online gaming licenses at its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday. PlaySugarHouse and Penn National Gaming gained approval, bringing the number of qualified entities to have purchased some sort of iGaming license to 11. The only two Pennsylvania casinos that have not purchased iGaming licenses are The Meadows and

Veteran Oddsmaker Explains ‘Integrity Monitoring’ From Sportsbook Perspective

This is the second of a two-part series seeking to answer, “So What the Heck Is ‘Integrity Monitoring’, Anyway?” (Read Part I here.) Even before the United States Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in May, the NBA and Major League Baseball began lobbying state legislatures for funds to finance

‘Cover City’: Week 1 Recap With Pro Bettor Christian Pina, Look at Week 2

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro and College Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He has wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way. NFL Week

Arkansas Gaming, Sports Betting Ballot Initiative Under Fire

A committee opposed to gaming and sports betting on Monday filed a lawsuit in Arkansas’ Supreme Court asking the court to take a recently approved gaming ballot measure off the Nov. 6 ballot. According to ArkansasOnline.com, the group says the ballot initiative is “misleading and not intelligible, fair and impartial in three particular instances.” Just

22 Go Perfect In SuperContest Week 1 As Consensus Picks Roll

While you may have been sleeping on the East Coast, the Los Angeles Rams let the Oakland Raiders hang around a while before racking up 23 second half points in a 33-13 beatdown. Favored by 4 based on the static SuperContest lines (the line closed around 6), the Rams easily covered after falling behind 13-10

New Jersey Gets Seventh Mobile Betting Option With 888sport’s Launch

Add the European-based 888 brand to the red hot sports and online gambling market in New Jersey in a move further integrating sports betting with online casino gaming. 888 Holdings is based in Gibraltar and listed on the London Stock Exchange. The company announced Monday that it has set up its first 888 sport brand in

TPS Report: Week 1 NFL Picks: Bengals Bite, Vikings’ Might And More

Week 1 is among the more difficult to handicap every NFL season. From Black Monday in early January through the preseason, every team gets recast with new coaches, coordinators, players come and go, schemes change, and in rare but shocking instances, the moving trucks show up overnight and your city loses the damn team entirely.

Get a Grip: The Week in Sports Betting and Sports: Cowboys Partner With Casino, MS Numbers, and the NFL’s Opening Weekend

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” rounding up top stories in sports betting and gaming, and the world of sports at

Mississippi Sportsbooks Generate $9.8 Million Handle In First Month of Sports Betting

Licensed Mississippi sportsbooks generated $9.8 million in total handle during the state’s first full month of sports betting, Aug. 1-Sept. 3, according to Mississippi Gaming Commission executive director Allen Godfrey. Following Delaware and New Jersey, the Magnolia State became the third to have properties accept legal wagers since the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was

Introducing ‘The NFL Handle’: An NFL Betting Podcast Featuring Robert Walker And Matt Perrault

Sports Handle is pleased to present the debut episode of The NFL Handle. This NFL betting podcast pairs together Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault with veteran bookmaker Robert Walker, now of USBookmaking, formerly of Resorts World, MGM Mirage and “numerous other books that were glad to see me go,” he says on Twitter. Perrault is also host

The Analyst: Will Congress Get Involved With Sports Betting?

With the recent announcements from Senator Hatch’s office and separately from Senator Schumer’s office regarding their thoughts on federally regulating sports wagering, I received the following question from a regular reader: “When I read that Senator Hatch is going to propose legislation to regulate sports wagering, I remembered you had written about that possibility months

‘Cover City’: NFL Week 1 Picks, And Stories With @NotSportsCenter

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro and College Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@EricSports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He has wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way. New episodes of Cover City will be released during the NFL and college football seasons

Study: NFL Will Make Billions From Legal Sports Betting

If there was ever any question about whether or not professional sports leagues would benefit from legal sports betting, it was answered Wednesday. According to a Neilson study commissioned by the American Gaming Association, the NFL stands to see a $2.3 billion increase in revenue from legalized sports betting. The study projects that the NFL

Breaking Down the William Hill-Eldorado Resorts US Sports Betting Partnership

In a surprise announcement late Tuesday, William Hill and Eldorado Resorts jointly revealed they had reached a wide-ranging partnership agreement through which the British-controlled bookmaking giant would operate all the major regional casino company’s sportsbook operations in the U.S., and that Eldorado would take a 20 percent stake in William Hill’s U.S. operation, as well

Kentucky Horsemen Don’t Want to Be Left Behind; Will Host KY Sports Betting Symposium

Sports betting continues to get a lot of attention in Kentucky. A week after the state legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue held a hearing on the topic, and less than a month after a “working group” of state lawmakers had its first meeting, Bloodhorse and Breeder’s Cup are teaming up to sponsor a

Best College Football Sports Betting And Gambling Podcasts

These college football podcasts run the gamut from quick listens to deep dives, from analytics to more holistic-minded approaches. Some with more jokes, others with fewer.

Las Vegas Westgate SuperContest On Record Pace As Winner Will Again Be Millionaire

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest is on pace to have another record-breaking  year – and a second $1 million winner. The 29-year-old contest continues to see rapid growth and as of late last week, according to Westgate’s Vice President Race & Sports Operations, Jay Kornegay, the SuperContest and SuperContest Gold are on pace to attract a

FanDuel Sportsbook And William Hill Mobile Apps Soft Launch in NJ

Both FanDuel and William Hill debuted their online sportsbooks this past weekend in soft launch phases as the NFL regular season kickoff nears on Thursday, Sept. 6. These trial launches came after the companies received authorization to run a five-day testing period by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, according to the Associated Press.

WV Lottery Director Resigns Day After Sports Betting Starts In State

West Virginia Lottery Director Alan Larrick submitted his resignation on Friday, a day after the Mountaineer State ushered in the era of legal sports betting. According to a press release from governor Jim Justice’s office and multiple media reports, no reason was given for Larrick’s resignation. In a second press release, Justice announced that Doug Buffington,

Get a Grip: The Week in Sports Betting and Sports

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” rounding up top stories in sports betting and gaming, and the world of sports at

Kentucky Lawmakers Begin Education on Sports Betting

Kentucky lawmakers on Thursday got a primer on sports betting when staff members presented a detailed look at sports betting to the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue. The presentation likely created more questions than answers, but it was a significant step for the Kentucky lawmakers who are pushing for legal sports betting. Kentucky’s

SuperBook to Announce Expansion Details in Nevada and Beyond

Paragon Gaming will take its “SuperBook” brand on the road, and expand beyond the company’s Westgate Las Vegas Casino & Resort, Jay Kornegay, the Westgate SuperBook’s Vice President of Race and Sports Operations told Sports Handle on Thursday. A formal announcement will be made Sept. 5., but the plan is to take the SuperBook brand to

Schumer Joins Hatch in Pushing for Federal Sports Betting Framework

After being a lone voice this summer pushing for a federal framework on sports betting, Utah senator Orrin Hatch got some company on Wednesday when New York Democrat Chuck Schumer released a memo outlining his thoughts on legalized sports betting. First released to ESPN, Schumer said that he wants to see sportsbooks across the nation use

West Virginia Ready for the Crush of Sports Betting’s Opening Weekend

Whether it’s been hiring and training new employees, testing software or making everything “just so,” it’s been a busy few weeks at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. The casino is set to be the first in West Virginia to open for sports betting. The sportsbook will open Saturday, the first day of the

Arizona Must Consider Tribes When Crafting Sports Betting Law

Arizona lawmakers are finding themselves in a pinch similar to other states — it’s slow going on the sports betting front because of existing tribal compacts with Indian gaming interests. Arizona hasn’t made any real progress on sports betting this year, and part of the reason is what’s often referred to as the “poison pill”

Need for Federal Sports Betting Law Just a Vanity Project for Hatch

Why is one of the architects of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act taking point on sports betting in Congress? After all, PASPA was deemed unconstitutional just three months ago, and it seems highly unlikely that Congress will get a second shot at prohibiting sports betting. The simple answer is that the upcoming mid-term

Greenwood Gaming Second to Apply for PA Sports Betting License

Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc.  is planning to get the most bang for its 10 million bucks. The gaming operator on Friday became the second to apply for a sports betting license in Pennsylvania, where the licensing application is $10 million. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board made the application public on Monday. Greenwood applied for

Kentucky ‘Working Group’ Reaches Sports Betting Consensus: Tax on Net Revenue, No Integrity Fee

Kentucky’s working group on sports betting appears to have come to at least two decisions regarding sports betting in the state – taxes will be based on net revenue and there will be no integrity fee paid to professional sports leagues. “I believe there is consensus that the appropriate tax on sports wagering is on

IGT, William Hill to Run Rhode Island Sports Betting

International Game Technology (IGT) and William Hill U.S. announced via press release late Friday that they that they have been chosen by the Rhode Island Lottery to be the “end-to-end” sports betting service operator in the state. IGT is providing the sports wagering platform and William Hill the risk management services at the state’s licensed

New Gig on Horizon for NFL Guru Clayton?

Could storied NFL writer John Clayton be on his way to writing about sports betting? Maybe. Clayton, whohosts a daily sports radio show and podcast as well as writing for Seattle ESPN Radio affiliate KIRO-AM, may well be on the move. The question is where. “We can’t announce anything right now, but he will definitely

Get a Grip: The Week in Sports Betting

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” rounding up top stories in sports betting and gaming, and the world of sports at

PlaySugarHouse.com Launches N.J. Online Sports Betting Platform

PlaySugarHouse.com has now launched an online sports betting platform for New Jersey sports bettors, significant in that it integrates the new sports wagering opportunity for state residents with its already operating online casino. This also makes the mobile/online sports betting platform the third available in New Jersey, on the heels of MGM’s Wednesday release of the

Introducing ‘Cover City Podcast’: @EricSports Previews NFL With @OldTakesExposed

Sports Handle is pleased to present the debut episode of Cover City: An NFL and NCAA Football Sports Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@EricSports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He has wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the

How The ‘Total’ Began And Other Interesting Facts About Betting The O/U

This article originally appeared at National Football Post. Now that millions of Americans will have a chance to legally bet on NFL contests for the first time, you’re likely going to see a lot more sports betting analysis, here and elsewhere. And while the lion’s share of that analysis will probably continue to focus on

The Analyst: Can Vegas Stay Relevant?

It is an interesting time in Las Vegas. In the midst of an extended economic resurgence in our country, the largest operators in Las Vegas have made public statements that they expect softness in their third quarter occupancy and room rates. They further suggested this softness is coming from the lack of events and conventions

Wide Range of Testimony Offered at First Illinois Gaming Hearing

Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday heard plenty during a four-plus hour hearing in Chicago about legalizing gaming in the state. Speakers at the meeting ranged from those representing municipalities, including the city of Chicago, to those opposed to gaming altogether to video gaming interests and casinos. While sports betting was not a key part of the

MGM Drops Mobile Sportsbook in New Jersey With Borgata’s PlayMGM App

On Wednesday after two-plus weeks of waiting, playMGM NJ Sports app through the MGM-owned Borgata in Atlantic City will give company to the DraftKings Sportsbook, which had fully launched on Aug. 6 and remained the only online sports betting app available in New Jersey. But wait no more: the playMGM app is available now to New Jersey-based Android users.

Study: Climate May Be Right for Sports Betting in Kentucky

Is the timing finally right for sports betting in Kentucky? According to a study by the law firm Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, it may well be. At Wednesday’s meeting of the Kentucky sports betting working group, lawmakers will hear that the firm’s study concludes that Kentucky is “a state that is in need of supplementary

Illinois Municipalities, Potential Stakeholders to Speak at Sports Betting Hearing

Illinois lawmakers will hold the state’s first hearing on sports betting on Wednesday in Chicago, as the state gears up to put together sports betting legislation for the 2019 session. Representative Bob Rita (D-District 28), who has been the Democratic point person on Illinois gaming issues for five years, arranged the hearings, which will be

In Legal Sports Betting States, How Will Justice System Handle Illegal Bookies?

“I’m not mad, I’m proud of ya. You took your first pinch like a man, and you learned the two most important things in life. You listenin’? Never rat on your friends, and ALWAYS keep your mouth shut.”   Those were the Goodfellas words spoken from Jimmy Conway to Henry Hill during his first “pinchin’.” 

NFL Best Bets For 2018: Win Totals on Falcons, Broncos

We’re only two weeks from the start of the 2018 NFL season and instead of wasting time watching meaningless preseason games, this time of year presents a great opportunity to do a little homework in preparation for the season to come.  I like to start my studying by conducting a detailed analysis of the regular-season

Get a Grip: The Week in Sports Betting and Sports: PA, WV, NJ, MS

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” rounding up top stories in sports betting and gaming, and the world of

Hollywood Casino First to Apply for Pennsylvania Sports Betting License

The wait is over for real movement on Pennsylvania sports betting. Friday morning, the Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing, LLC, operator of the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Track submitted an application for a sports betting license, making it the first company to do so since Pennsylvania legalized sports betting last October. Gaming Control Board has received

Are Western States Lagging on Sports Betting? Mountain States

This story is the second of two detailing the latest situations in the west.  To read the first installment on the status in the West Coast states, click here. Six states have either legalized sports betting or issued licenses for companies to offer sports betting since the Supreme Court on May 14 struck down the

More Mississippi Sportsbooks to Open Friday; SBTech and William Hill Get Approval

Sports betting facilities are opening in Mississippi just about every day, with a handful more expected on Friday. On Thursday, after a meeting of the Mississippi Gaming Commission in the morning, Allen Godfrey, executive director of the commission, was on his way to check out testing going on at several Penn National Gaming (PNG) properties in

20 Things We Hate About Sports Betting

Sports betting is awesome. We have literally devoted our work lives here to covering it from all angles, and most of us are sports bettors ourselves, which makes the job a labor of love. But sports wagering as a form of entertainment is not always rainbows and unicorns. On a good game day when everything

PA Approves Temporary Regulations, Expects Sports Betting Applications

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday voted unanimously to pass its temporary regulations for sports betting in PA at a meeting at the Strawberry Square Complex in Harrisburg. The board also granted three interactive gaming licenses – which do not include sports betting – and approved the “change of control” request for the Presque Isle Casino from

Are Western States Lagging on Sports Betting? West Coast Edition

This story is the first of two detailing the latest situations on the West Coast.  A second installment covering the Mountain States will be posted later this week. While the blossoming business of sport betting continues to flower or, at least, attempt to flower on the east coast of the U.S., the western states, except

The Analyst: Is It A Sports Bet Or Slot Wager?

Many of the jurisdictions that followed Atlantic City into the world of legalized gaming did so on the premise that casino-style gaming would promote tourism, create jobs and of course throw tax dollars into the respective state’s treasury. Sounds good and makes sense so why not. No surprise, the formulae worked, employment increased, communities flourished

New Jersey Sportsbooks Gross $3.8 M Revenue in July on $40.6 M Handle

The July revenue numbers are in for New Jersey sports betting and the total is $3.8 million gross revenue across the four operational sportsbooks on a total handle of $40.6 million during a sleepy month of mostly baseball betting. That’s a roughly 9.35 percent hold, which includes futures bets, as the report does not filter

Indiana Signs on With Market Analysis Firm to Study Sports Betting

Indiana lawmakers were unable to legalize sports betting during the legislative session earlier this year, but that doesn’t mean the state is doing nothing since the session ended. According to a report from The Statehouse File, the Indiana Gaming Commission in July signed a two-year deal with the market analysis firm Eilers & Krejcik Gaming

PA Gaming Control Board Expected to Approve Sports Betting Regulations

Ten months after creating a law to legalize sports betting in Pennsylvania, the state is on the cusp of having general regulations for sports betting approved. The state’s gaming control board is expected to vote on regulations Wednesday at its regular meeting. The regulations that will be reviewed and likely voted on will include what

Live Betting on The NFL And Football — Insights From Kambi’s Head of In-Play Betting

Previously in an interview with veteran bettor Wes Reynolds, we examined live betting (aka in-game or in-play wagering) from the player’s perspective. In this article, we pull back the curtain on live betting from the operator side — in a conversation with Simon Noy, the head of live betting for Kambi Group, which has partnered with DraftKings as

Get a Grip: The Week in Sports Betting & Sports: A Mixed Bag

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” rounding up top stories in sports betting and gaming, and the world of

FanDuel Group Receives License For West Virginia Sports Betting

The FanDuel Group has moved closer to opening up a sportsbook in a second state, as its management services provider interim license was granted on Friday by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, managing general counsel Danielle Boyd told Sports Handle. In late June, FanDuel CEO Matt King announced a partnership between FanDuel and The Greenbrier Resort in

A Guide To Betting On The NFL Preseason

This article originally appeared at National Football Post. Tired of betting on baseball and bummed out that your PGA Championship wager has already gone awry? Don’t fret, because the NFL preseason is now underway. And yes, betting on the preseason is a thing. A big thing. In fact, according to US Bookmaking sportsbook director Robert

The State of New York State’s Legal Sports Betting Future

Legal sports betting in New York could occur before the start of the next legislative session in January, but it wouldn’t be statewide. Why? Because an existing law allows for sports betting at four commercial casinos only, rather than all existing gaming entities, such as racetracks, tribal casinos, or off-track-betting parlors. The 2013 measure, which passed

Analyzing Win Totals From The Last 10 NFL Seasons: The Overachievers

This article originally appeared at National Football Post. Oddsmakers aren’t wrong often, but that doesn’t mean they are infallible. By analyzing the last 10 years of over/under data we drew some conclusions about the way sportsbooks looks at certain teams and the ways those teams perform relative to expectations. The painstaking compilation of all the O/U data

The Analyst: Sportsbook Patent Wars Are Coming

Regular readers will recognize that I have mentioned patents as a looming issue on more than a few occasions for the now suddenly growing world of legalized sports wagering. Those comments prompted a reader to ask, “Since sports betting has been around for such a long time how could there be much if anything to

Pathway Opens to Legal Kentucky Sports Betting as ‘Working Group’ Convenes

Kentucky’s sports betting working group isn’t working in a vacuum. During its first meeting on Monday, the nine-member panel took time to review what’s been going on from Mississippi to Pennsylvania and all points in between. “We broadly discussed how sports wagering legislation has developed across the country and how we envision it take shape

Ohio Lawmaker Wants to School Himself, Colleagues on Sports Betting

Ohio state senator John Eklund (R-District 18) had an “aha! moment” with regards to sports betting earlier this year. “At one point, I may have had a preconceived notion” about what sports betting in Ohio would look like, Eklund said. “Like who is going to regulate and what will the tax rate be, but there

Legal Sports Betting In The U.S.: The British are Coming! The British are Coming!

The British are coming! Historians now say Paul Revere never said it, but currently, at least in the world of expanded legal sports betting, it’s certainly true. But, just why are British-controlled betting companies making their presence so widely felt in the new U.S. sports betting marketplace? According to insiders and industry observers speaking to

Hollywood Casino Set to Offer West Virginia Sports Betting Before Sept. 1

The Hollywood Casino & Inn at Charles Town Races will debut the era of legal West Virginia sports betting sometime before Sept. 1, per Danielle Boyd, managing legal counsel for the state Lottery Commission. “We had hoped everyone would launch at the same time and everyone would be up at the beginning of football season,” Boyd

Delaware Casinos, State to Share in $450,000+ After 2nd Month of Sports Betting

Bettors in Delaware won a lot more often than they lost in July, and while bettors laid down just over $8.2 million in wagers between June 25-July 29, nearly $7.7 million was paid out to winners. Those numbers translate into a $461,226 in net proceeds, according to the Delaware Lottery, as compared with net proceeds

DraftKings Sportsbook Fully Launches: What’s Up and What You’ll See

The DraftKings Sportsbook soft launch period is over and is now open to all players in New Jersey, the company announced on Monday. On Wednesday, Aug. 1, the DFS-turned-sportsbook operator’s mobile sports betting app/web platform went live on an invite-only basis, the first such app available amongst the New Jersey sports betting licensees. “I am excited

Get a Grip: The Week in Sports Betting & Sports: MGM, NBA, FD, DK, MS, WH, Boyd, Abbreviations!

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” rounding up top stories in sports betting and gaming, and the world of

Connecticut Governor Gives Lawmakers Deadline to Act on Sports Betting

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is pushing for a special session to legalize sports betting in Connecticut, and has given legislative leaders a one-week deadline to let him know if they are interested in pursuing it. Malloy met with legislative leaders on Thursday, ostensibly to update them on progress his office has made in negotiations with

College Football Picks, Predictions for Win Totals: Top 5 ‘Best Bets’

After an interminable wait since Alabama’s exciting 28-23 win over Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship, the 2018-19 college football season is just weeks away. With that, many sportsbooks have posted over/under win totals for all 129 FBS teams and I have attempted to identify some of my “best bets” in this article.

FanDuel-Boyd Gaming Sports Betting Partnership Puts Focus on Online Wagering

The spate of brand and technology alliances in the new national sports betting industry continues with the announcement late Thursday that Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming Corporation and the FanDuel Group, the Paddy Power Betfair subsidiary, have entered into a strategic partnership to “pursue sports betting and online gaming opportunities across the United States.” Earlier in

William Hill Penetrates Mississippi Sports Betting, Teases Much More

In a week of too much news to digest, William Hill US announced on Friday that it has signed partnership agreements with 11 Mississippi casinos for sports betting risk-management and technology services, with deals in the works in West Virginia and another that “would cover a further 14 U.S. states.” From the release: Subject to

Money Troubles Drive Illinois Rep to Schedule Two Sports Betting Hearings

Illinois state lawmakers didn’t legalize sports betting during the 2018 legislative session, but Representative Bob Rita (D-Blue Island) is doing everything he can to make sure the body is ready for the next session. Rita announced via press release earlier this week that he will hold two subcommittee hearings involving Illinois sports betting later this

What’s Up With DraftKings Sportsbook’s Very Juicy Mobile App Launch In New Jersey?

The DraftKings Sportsbook debuted on Wednesday, making the daily fantasy sports-turned-sportsbook operator’s mobile sports betting app the first to hit the market in New Jersey — and further, the first legal betting app available anywhere outside Nevada. On the surface, pretty exciting! Some recreational folks may be celebrating, but public reception has been lukewarm elsewhere

What to Expect From Mississippi’s Golden Nugget Biloxi Sportsbook Launch

Mississippi sports betting is off and running today, Wednesday, in Biloxi on the Gulf Coast and Tunica, as a pair of MGM properties will cut ribbons. Over a dozen casinos are also preparing for launch this month in those regions where casinos and resorts are concentrated. The Mississippi sports wagering rollout has arrived after regulations

The Analyst: Smelling Blood In The US Sports Betting Water

Sharks can smell blood in the ocean from about one and a half football fields away, which is impressive. But some of the sports betting sharks are starting to smell blood over two thousand miles away on the east coast of the United States. Just like in the ocean where there are tiger sharks, hammerhead

NBA Announces Historic Sports Betting Deal With MGM Resorts International

In what National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver and MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren hailed as a historic partnership, the professional sports league and major international gaming and hospitality company have struck an agreement on sports betting data and intellectual property, the first relationship of its kind. The pair made the announcement at a press

What to Expect at The ‘Book,’ Sportsbook Coming Soon to The Horseshoe Tunica in Mississippi

As the calendar turns to August, we’l soon see the rollout of legal Mississippi sports betting at several of the dozen-plus properties that have applied for a license. MGM’s Beau Rivage in Biloxi and the Gold Strike in Tunica will go first, following the company’s announcement on Monday of a August 1 launch (Wednesday).   In

Mississippi Sports Betting to Launch This Week at MGM Properties in Biloxi, Tunica

As had been rumored since the new Mississippi sports betting regulations went into effect on July 21, the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (Biloxi, MS) and Gold Strike Casino Resort (Tunica, MS) will accept their first legal sports wagers on Wednesday, August 1 at 12 p.m. CT. “The two Mississippi gaming resorts, both part of

Pennsylvania’s Parx Casino And GAN Announce Sports Betting Partnership

GAN, a major British-based supplier of enterprise-level B2B Internet gaming software, services and online gaming content today announced a formal deal with Parx Casino, owned by Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, Inc., to offer Pennsylvania sports betting in both the retail and online markets in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Parx Casino, located in Bensalem about 20

MGM, GVC Joint Venture in Sports Betting, Online Gaming Will Create ‘A Beast’

The “British Invasion” in the emerging enterprise of legal sports betting in the U.S. is continuing with the official announcement today (Monday) that British betting group GVC Holdings Plc, owner of the Coral, Ladbrokes and Sportingbet brands, will form a sports betting and online gaming joint venture with MGM Resorts International. GVC would join other

Meet @Berryhorse29, A Compelling New Voice in Sports Betting Modeling And Information

I first became aware of @Berryhorse when a few friends alerted me to his Twitter page. He’s gained quite a following thanks to his (first name Kieran) willingness to share his Major League Baseball betting model in an open Google spreadsheet, plus he provides insight into the model and his picks. Given his success this

8 Possible NCAA Betting Side Effects From Football Injury Reporting

The NCAA remains unenthused about the expanding legalization of sports betting in the U.S., but nevertheless has no choice but to respond. One response was the creation of a team of experts to “explore how best to protect game integrity, monitor betting activity, manage sports data and expand educational efforts.” Another idea is to begin

Five NFL Players With Favorable Pre-Season Awards Odds

This article originally appeared on National Football Post. So we’ve got you prepared to bet on the preseason, but that’s still a couple weeks away and you’re growing impatient. All good, you can still throw some money down on NFL action right now in the form of futures bets. Futures odds are available to those who think they

Get a Grip: The Week in Sports Betting and Sports

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” rounding up top stories in legal sports betting and gaming, and the world

Pennsylvania Sports Betting Game of Chicken Continues

The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles reported to NovaCare Complex, Philadelphia on Wednesday as the NFL season draws closer. Elsewhere, none of Pennsylvania’s eligible sportsbook properties have come to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) with an application for a license. The reason, as ever with holdouts, is a financial dispute. The eventual rollout of

In-Game Sports Betting Strategy: A Veteran Sports Bettor’s Observations And Tips

He’s a pro sports bettor and handicapper and a well-known name on Sports Betting Twitter, and he’s breaking down in-game sports betting. Pull up a chair.

What Sports Bettors Need To Know About Football Handicapping Contests

One of the major drivers of sports betting handle in Nevada has been football handicapping contests. In Part One, we presented a history of this under-appreciated foundation of football wagering. Such contests helped grow sports wagering’s popularity in the Silver State and will likely be offered to attract bettors in emerging legal sports betting markets

Meadowlands’ FanDuel Sportsbook Draws $3.5M Handle in Short Order

The FanDuel Sportsbook retail shop located at Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey, yielded nearly $3.5 million in total wagers in just two weekends and one week since its July 14 opening, according to an Associated Press report. FanDuel officials confirmed the number to Sports Handle. The New Jersey sportsbook’s opening marked a couple milestones,

Five NFL Teams With Favorable Futures Odds

So we’ve got you prepared to bet on the preseason, but that’s still a couple weeks away and you’re growing impatient. All good, you can still throw some money down on NFL action right now (perhaps legally at an NJ sportsbook), but even if you’re successful you won’t get paid out for those bets until the

Get a Grip: Week in Sports Betting and Sports: New Jersey, DraftKings Sportsbook

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” rounding up top stories in legal sports betting and gaming, and the world