Cort Smith

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Reporter ‒ Sports and Sports Betting, Gaming Legislation, Global Casino Business, Canadian Gaming Industry
Cort Smith joined as a news writer in 2018. His media background began with the Global News Network in Canada, where he served as producer, reporter, and anchor between 2000 and 2016, working on national broadcasts.
An avid fantasy football player, his work has also been featured on fantasy analytic sites like and Cort has been writing sports betting analysis for The Action Network since the 2018 NFL season kicked off as well.
A passionate world traveler, he has spent extensive time in Asia, Australia, and the EU. He enjoys poker and is a hardcore Edmonton Oilers and Denver Broncos fan. Cort lives in British Columbia, where he can be found fly fishing when he’s not writing and following sports.

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138 stories by Cort Smith

Illegal sports betting Maine

Maine Man Behind Illegal Sports Betting Operation Gets 15 Months in Federal Prison

The man who ran what is believed to be the biggest illegal sports betting operation in Maine has been sentenced to 15 months in a federal prison. Lawyers for Stephen Mardigan appealed to the judge for no jail time after the Portland,...

Cort Smith January 9, 2019

Who Will Take Iron Throne? Sports Books Offer Differing Game of Thrones Odds

With the return of TV’s biggest show just months away, book makers are already offering up Game of Thrones odds on everything from who will take the Iron Throne to who will be the first to die. And depending on who you...

Cort Smith January 5, 2019
sports bettor

Sports Bettor Turns $5 into Six-Figure Pay Day After Hitting Massive NFL Parlay

Wagering on the outcome of a single NFL game is tricky enough, but one sports bettor in West Virginia managed to hit all 15 NFL games on a single ticket, turning his five bucks into $100,000. The bet is known as a...

Cort Smith January 3, 2019
caesars fan caves

Caesars Tests ‘Fan Caves’ as the Race to Win Millenials’ Gambling Dollars Ramps Up

Caesars Entertainment is rolling out a new tactic it a bid to corner a market that has mostly eluded live casinos – the gambling millennial. It’s called The Fan Cave, and it’s pretty much exactly like the “man caves” strewn across thousands...

Cort Smith December 29, 2018
poker player

Poker Player Hits 6-Card Royal Flush, Takes Home Million Bucks on $5 Bet

Harold McDowell was feeling pretty good when he walked into Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino a few days before Christmas. After all, just the day before, his wife had been declared cancer free. But his good fortune was just getting started –...

Cort Smith December 26, 2018
super bowl odds

Super Bowl Odds See the Saints Go Marching in to the Role of Betting Favorites

Despite a recent game stretch which has seen their scoring plummet, the New Orleans Saints have moved into the pole position and are now the odds-on favorite to win the Super Bowl this February. The Saints scored 37 points per game over...

Cort Smith December 21, 2018
UK Gambling Addict

UK Gambling Addict Stole More Than a Million From Employer to Fund Gambling Habit

A UK man who stole more than a million dollars from the company that employed him is speaking out about what drove him to do it. Chris Girling recently pleaded guilty to embezzling £1 million ($1.26 million) from the Premier Education Group,...

Cort Smith December 20, 2018
North Bay casino

North Bay Casino Approved in Canada, Residents Respond in Outrage

Councillors in the city of North Bay, located about 300 miles north of Toronto, have passed a motion approving the construction of a new casino in the community, leaving many citizens shocked and angry. “You just killed our city,” came the angry...

Cort Smith December 15, 2018

Peterborough United’s Director of Football Barry Fry Accused of Betting on League Matches

Barry Fry, the director the UK’s Peterborough United club, has been leveled with charges of misconduct relating to alleged betting activities. The accusations come from the Football Association (FA), the governing body of all things soccer in England. The organization is charging...

Cort Smith December 13, 2018

Jamaica Outlines Plans for First Casino in 2020, Says it Doesn’t Want to be Casino Destination

The Caribbean island nation of Jamaica is set to open its first-ever casino by the year 2020, but officials are cautioning that it doesn't mean the country is about to become a casino tourist destination. Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett revealed few...

Cort Smith December 12, 2018

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