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3,000 Arrested for Illegal World Cup Gambling in First Five Days, Thai Police Claim

Thailand world cup gambling crackdown

Thailand’s military junta was not kidding when it announced a “serious crackdown” on World Cup betting ahead of the tournament last week. The junta is at war with illegal gambling and is taking no prisoners. Scratch that, it’s taking lots of prisoners — some 3,000 in the first five days of the tournament — or…Read More

Betting on High School Sports? Pennsylvania Scholastic Association Seeks Ban

high school sports betting Pennsylvania

High school sports are a cherished part of American adolescent life, but the games could soon become subjected to gambling should Pennsylvania lawmakers not amend their current sports wagering regulations. Appearing in Harrisburg before the General Assembly’s Athletic Oversight Committee on Monday, Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Executive Director Bob Lombardi voiced concerns that high…Read More

Kentucky Lawmakers Form Sports Betting Panel, Project Substantial Tax Revenue Benefit

Kentucky sports betting bill

A group of Kentucky lawmakers are ready to bet on sports gambling to grow state revenues. State Rep. Jason Nemes (R-Louisville) announced this week on ESPN Louisville that he’s assembled a nine-member sports betting committee that includes Democrats and Republicans in both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly. The goal is to collectively craft regulations…Read More

Vietnam Sports Betting Push Missed World Cup Because No Operators Applied

Vietnamese sports betting push goes awry

Vietnam’s bid to legalize sports betting isn’t quite going according to plan. On Thursday, the day the World Cup kicked off in Russia, the country’s Communist government passed a law permitting its citizens to bet on certain soccer matches and a handful of other approved sports, provided they are held overseas. Illegal gambling is rife…Read More

Massachusetts Sports Betting Must Wait Until 2019, Says Gov. Charlie Baker: Slow and Steady Outlook Called For

Massachusetts sports betting

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the Bay State will look seriously at legalizing sports betting, but he doesn’t see it happening this year. Baker told the Boston Herald this week that despite calls from some Massachusetts lawmakers to fast-track sports betting legislation in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s May 14 decision to reject…Read More

Pennsylvania Casinos Not Betting on Online Gambling, But That Could Soon Change

Pennsylvania casinos Tom Wolf

Of the 12 Pennsylvania casinos, none have yet submitted applications to become licensed to operate online gambling. Last October, Governor Tom Wolf (D) signed a massive gambling expansion package that included the legalization of internet casinos. Now eight months later, and Keystone State residents still can’t place a bet from their home or mobile device….Read More

World Cup Betting: Mexico Stuns Germany as Brazil Held by Switzerland

World Cup Betting

Reigning champion Germany tumbled from second favorite in World Cup betting, at 9/2, to fourth favorite overall, at 15/2, following a shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico in its opening game on Sunday. All is not lost for Joachim Low’s side — let’s not forget, after all, that eight years ago Spain lost its opening game…Read More

Brooks Koepka Defends US Open Title, Pal Dustin Johnson Still Favored for The Open

Brooks Koepka US Open golf

Brooks Koepka has only won three times on the PGA Tour, but with two being major championships, the 28-year-old already has a resume that might one day put him in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Thanks in part to his good friend and gym partner Dustin Johnson’s 7-over 77 on Saturday, Koepka entered the…Read More

William Hill CEO Says Pro Sports Teams Want Partnerships With Sportsbook Company

William Hill sports betting New Jersey

William Hill CEO Joe Asher tells Reuters this week that numerous franchises in the “big four” of American professional sports have reached out to the bookmaker seeking sponsorship deals. William Hill, the largest sportsbook operator in Nevada, is now up and running in New Jersey at the Monmouth Park Racetrack. It will add a second…Read More

Outgoing AGA Chief Geoff Freeman Says Gaming Going ‘Mainstream’ Critical to Lobbying Efforts

Geoff Freeman AGA casino sports betting

American Gaming Association’s (AGA) Geoff Freeman says transforming the overall perception of the gambling industry is vital to lobbying DC lawmakers. Appearing at this week’s East Coast Gaming Congress at Harrah’s Atlantic City, Freeman said removing the negative stigmatisms of casinos will entice politicians into pushing laws that are more favorable to operators. “Don’t discount…Read More

Criminal World Cup Gambling Ring Cracked, Hong Kong Police Seize Millions

World Cup gambling

All bets are off for an illegal World Cup gambling ring in Hong Kong after police busted the illicit sportsbook this week. The sting operation, dubbed “Blazespike”, led to the arrests of 42 men and three women. Officials also confiscated $9.9 million worth of bets, $320,000 in cash, a network of computers, and a small…Read More

Russians Find Their Flair, Saudis Collapse, Robbie Williams Flips the Bird: World Cup Day One Highlights

Russia wins opening World Cup match v Saudis

Russia kicked the World Cup off in style on Thursday, thumping five past a hopeless Saudi Arabia. Even the naturally ice-cold Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was seated in the stands next to Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad Bin-Salman, was visibly embarrassed, offering a diplomatic squirm as the fifth goal sailed in in the 94th…Read More

New York Sports Betting Bill Appears Dead in State Assembly for 2018

New York sports betting

On the same day that neighboring New Jersey opened its first sportsbooks, a prominent New York politician announced that his fellow legislators were unlikely to support a sports betting bill in 2018. New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) told reporters on Thursday that there probably wasn’t enough support in the Democratic Conference – which…Read More

Canelo vs. GGG Rematch Back On Thanks to ‘Hail Mary’ Negotiations

Canelo Alvarez GGG Rematch

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will meet in September for their highly anticipated rematch, after last minute negotiations saved a fight that appeared to be dead in the water just hours earlier. While a noon Pacific deadline came and went on Wednesday, an 11th hour plan was agreed to by both sides, setting up the…Read More

New Jersey Opens Legal Sports Betting at Monmouth Park and Borgata Casino, Just in Time for FIFA World Cup

New Jersey sports betting Borgata

New Jersey became the third state in the country with a full menu of legal sports betting options on Thursday, as the Monmouth Park Racetrack and the Borgata casino both started taking wagers before noon. Monmouth Park had the honor of taking the first bet at 10:30 am, with the Borgata officially opening their sportsbook…Read More