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Reporter: Cort Smith

Reporter ‒ Sports and Sports Betting, Gaming Legislation, Global Casino Business, Canadian Gaming Industry
Cort Smith joined Casino.org 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 RotoViz.com and numberFire.com. 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

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama

Albania Votes to Ban Online Gambling, Shut Down Slot Parlors and Betting Shops

Albanian lawmakers have moved to implement a significant ban on betting activity in the country, voting to outlaw sports betting altogether, while prohibiting betting shops from operating in urban areas. Parliament pushed the measures through with an overwhelming 75-0 vote, one that...

Cort Smith October 26, 2018
BC casinos

BC Casinos Will Bring in Cash Babysitters to Oversee Large Cash Transactions

It seems that British Columbia’s (BC) gaming regulator no longer trusts some of its workers to do their jobs. The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has seemingly had enough of the shenanigans at local casinos and has now decided to bring in...

Cort Smith October 25, 2018
austrian gambling

Austrian Gambling Addict Wins $2.8 Million Decision as Court Rules Him Incapacitated by Addiction

When is a gambler not on the hook for his or her losses? When they're too addicted to quit according to a recent ruling in an Austrian courtroom. The court ordered a gambling company to repay €2.5 million ($2.85 million) in losses...

Cort Smith October 24, 2018
Casino artificial intelligence

Casino Artificial Intelligence Technology Takes Hold in Michigan, Will be Tracking Your Feelings

The next time you walk into the Gun Lake Casino just south of Grand Rapids, Michigan, you’re going to be watched like you’ve never been watched before. Where you go, how you get there, how long you stay there, and even how...

Cort Smith October 19, 2018
gaming survey

US Legal Sportsbetting Gaining More Support, University Survey Research Shows

A recent study from East Carolina University's Center for Survey Research shows that legalized sports betting has plenty of fans among the American populace. The poll -- which was part of the university’s recent “Life, Liberty, and Happiness" survey -- reveals that...

Cort Smith October 18, 2018

Washington, DC Sports Betting Bill Gets City Council Boost at Public Hearing

A Washington, DC public hearing on legalized sports betting this week brought new energy to the issue, as city council members continued their push to get on board before neighboring cities do. Councilman Jack Evans -- the bill's sponsor -- outlined why...

Cort Smith October 18, 2018

DraftKings to Find America’s Best Sports Bettor in First-Ever Championship Event

It was only a matter of time before a bit of creativity started to creep into the sports betting scene. DraftKings (DK) has announced that it will hold the Sports Betting Championships, featuring a prize pool of $2.5 million. Sports betting has...

Cort Smith October 13, 2018

Rank Group Fined Six Figures for Allowing Problem Gambler to Blow $1.3 Million in a Single Day

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has levied a £500,000 ($661,000) fine against the Rank Group for failing to help a high roller, a problem gambler who lost £1,000,000 ($1.3 million) in just 24 hours. According to the regulator, the Rank Group fell...

Cort Smith October 11, 2018
Ottawa Senators

NHL Ottawa Senators Strike Sponsorship Deal With Ontario, Canada Casino

Canadian NHL team the Ottawa Senators have struck a partnership deal with the Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino in Ontario, an affiliation which will make the property the team’s “official casino.” While it’s mostly a sponsorship deal, the pact will also see the...

Cort Smith October 10, 2018
UFC 229

UFC 229 Features Ruthless Feud as McGregor Looks to Upset Nurmagomedov

It’s been awhile since the biggest star in mixed martial arts stepped into the octagon, but Conor McGregor is set to return to the sport’s biggest stage this weekend. The trash-talking Irishman will take on rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of...

Cort Smith October 5, 2018