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New England Patriots Large Favorite in AFC Championship, Minnesota Picked to Beat Philadelphia

Tom Brady

New England opened as a 9-point pick to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship, while Minnesota is a 3 ½-point selection to defeat Philadelphia in the NFC Championship. Both the Patriots and the Vikings are the top picks in their conference to win the Super Bowl. The defending Super Bowl champion Patriots have…Read More

William Hill Considers Offloading Australian Business

William Hill to sell Australian operations?

William Hill is prepared to quit the Australian market in the face of regulatory pressures, the company said on Monday. Recently enacted gambling laws in the country have already seen the prohibition of credit lines and in-play betting and, with state-by-state point-of-consumption (POC) tax looming, the UK bookmaker’s Australian arm is beginning to feel the…Read More

Las Vegas Golden Knights Upset US Army as Much as NHL Opponents, as Trademark Battle Ensues

Las Vegas Golden Knights logo controversy

The Las Vegas Golden Knights’ surprising performance this season has far exceeded expectations. In fact, the team has been the shock of the NHL season. It currently holds the second-best record in the league and has been knocking sports books on their derrieres. But along with upsetting their opposing teams, the Sin City pro hockey…Read More

Oddsmakers See NFL Underdogs Covering Spread Continuing in Divisional Playoffs

Matt Ryan

When South Point sports book director Chris Andrews saw that visiting Atlanta was a 2 ½-point favorite over the Philadelphia Eagles in Saturday’s NFC Divisional Playoff he couldn’t believe it. The Eagles had earned a first-round bye with their 13-3 record and even though they had lost starting quarterback Carson Wentz to a season-ending injury he didn’t…Read More

Spieth, Thomas Top Favorites to Win PGA Tour’s Sony Open

Justin Thomas

Defending champion Justin Thomas and World No. 2 golfer Jordan Spieth are the two favorites to win the PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club, which begins Thursday. Spieth, who finished third at this event in 2017, is a 9-2 selection, while Thomas is at 7-1. Both played at last week’s Tournament…Read More

Cleveland Losing Streak Pushes Sports Books to Raise Odds on Cavs Chances for NBA Title

Dwayne Wade and LeBron James

For a team that is supposed to challenge the Golden State Warriors for the NBA title, Cleveland is not looking like the second best team in the league. The Cavaliers have lost six of its last nine games and despite assurances from coaches and players that this is a temporary bump in the road fans…Read More

Georgia’s Jake Fromm Early Favorite for 2018 Heisman Trophy

Jake Fromm

Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm might have suffered serious disappointment losing College Football’s National Championship game but he can take solace in the fact that he is the early selection to win the 2018 Heisman Trophy. Initial odds have been set and the sophomore has been installed as the 10-1 pick. Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley,…Read More

18 States Eye Sports Betting Bills in 2018, in Preparation for PASPA Overturn

sports betting PASPA Supreme Court

Sports betting in America could soon drastically change if the US Supreme Court rules in favor of New Jersey’s appeal against the current federal ban. If the high court finds flaws in the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) and allows New Jersey to authorize sportsbooks, a new study concludes that major sports betting…Read More

Villanova No. 1 in AP Poll, Improves Odds to Win NCAA Championship

Villanova Basketball

It was a short absence but Villanova is back atop the AP Men’s basketball poll after a week and they have also seen their odds to win the NCAA Championship decrease. The winners of the title in 2016 have been No. 1 four of the 10 weeks of the season. They dropped from the top…Read More

Alabama Crimson Tide National Champions, Three-Point Victory Over Georgia Scores for Sportsbooks

Alabama national championship odds

The Alabama Crimson Tide won its fifth national championship in nine years last night in Atlanta over the Georgia Bulldogs in the unlikeliest of ways. Down by three points in overtime, with a freshman quarterback at the helm on a second-and-26 from the 41-yard line, Tua Tagovailoa became an instant Tuscaloosa legend when he found…Read More

PASPA Sports Betting Ban May See SCOTUS Overturn, But with Caveats, Opines AGA CEO Geoff Freeman

Supreme Court sports betting PASPA

The US Supreme Court is expected to issue its verdict in New Jersey’s federal PASPA sports betting ban appeal sometime before this June. When that ruling comes down, American Gaming Association (AGA) President Geoff Freeman expects the high court to concur on the petitioner’s side. Speaking over the weekend at the winter meeting of the…Read More

Oakland Raiders Hope To Regain Playoff Form by Spending $100 Million on Jon Gruden

Jon Gruden

The Oakland Raiders are hoping that Jon Gruden can bring the team back to Super Bowl contention and are paying him a reported $100 million over 10 years to do so. The franchise, which will be moving to Las Vegas in 2020, made the announcement on Saturday after the ESPN analyst broadcast his last game…Read More

Divisional Playoff Point Spreads Show Conference Disparities

Nick Foles

Sports books think that New England and Pittsburgh will meet in the AFC Championship and the point spreads in this weekend’s divisional playoff games reflect that. They are both large favorites to advance to the game to see which team will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. The NFC divisional games are much tighter…Read More

PGA Tour Players Forced to Undergo Anti-Gambling Program

PGA Tour gambling policy

The wraparound PGA Tour season got back in full swing this week with the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui, Hawaii. But before players who won an official event in 2017 teed off, all were required to watch an online anti-gambling tutorial. The PGA Tour announced the formation of its Integrity Program last fall, and…Read More

Dog Racing in Macau to End with Closure of ‘Canidrome,’ But Activists Fear Greyhounds’ Fate

Macau Canidrome closing

The Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome, the only stadium in Asia built for greyhound racing, will close on July 21, owner Angela Leong confirmed last week. The closure will mark the end of dog racing as a gambling sport in Macau. Leong, who wants to use the building for a greyhound museum to commemorate an 80-year…Read More