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Wimbledon Doubles Match with Suspicious Betting Patterns Will be Flagged for Match-Fixing

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A first-round doubles match at the Wimbledon tennis tournament was flagged for possible signs of match-fixing following suspicious betting activity in a 45-minute period just before the match began. The unusual betting patterns were found by Pinnacle Sports, which led the bookmaker to notify officials of the potential integrity issues in the match. Odds Shift…Read More

France Heads Into World Cup Final as Favorite Over Surprising Croatian Squad

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France will look to collect their second World Cup title in the country’s history on Sunday, when they will be favored over a surprising Croatian team that has made an unforgettable run to the tournament final. France has previously won the World Cup in 1998, when the country hosted the tournament, while this is Croatia’s…Read More

Nationwide Gaming Revenue Up 2.81 Percent in 2018, Analyst Says Industry ‘Solid’

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Gross gaming revenue (GGR) in the US climbed nearly three percent over the first five months of 2018 compared to the same period in the prior year. Analyst Ken Adams writes in his monthly national gaming recap published for CDC Gaming Reports that May GGR totaled $3.56 billion, a 4.56 percent premium on May 2017….Read More

NFL Players Association Opposes National Anthem Policy Change, Files Grievance

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The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) has filed a non-injury grievance against the league for its policy change regarding personnel conduct during the singing of the national anthem. In May, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced teams would be fined if their players do not stand during the anthem. Those who wish not to stand must remain…Read More

Stars Group Becomes Sports Betting Giant, Completes $4.7 Billion Takeover of Sky Betting & Gaming

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The Stars Group has finalized its $4.7 billion acquisition of UK online sports powerhouse Sky Betting & Gaming (SBG), a transaction that now makes it the largest publicly traded online gambling company in the world, according to Stars Group CEO Rafi Ashkenazi. The PokerStars parent, formerly known as Amaya, announced its intention in April to…Read More

Legalized Sports Betting to Benefit Television Networks, Analyst Says

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With the federal sports betting ban a thing of the past, and states now possessing the authority to dictate their own laws regarding the gambling activity, television networks that broadcast sporting events stand to reap the rewards of increased advertising revenue. Morgan Stanley media analyst Ben Swinburne tells Awful Announcing that major sports betting companies…Read More

Illegal World Cup Betting Leads China’s Colossal Social Messaging App WeChat to Close 50,000 Accounts

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China’s biggest mobile messaging platform, WeChat, announced this week it has deleted 50,000 accounts and 8,000 group chats related to soccer betting during the World Cup so far. WeChat said that a Chinese government crackdown ahead of the tournament had taken hundreds of sports betting websites offline, which had caused betting activities to migrate to…Read More

The Deal’s Off: Churchill Downs’ Acquisition of Mississippi’s Lady Luck Casino Abandoned

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Churchill Downs Inc (CDI) has discarded a deal to buy Eldorado Resorts’ the Lady Luck Casino in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Kentucky-based casino and racetrack operator announced in March it would acquire the Mississippi casino, along with Presque Downs racino in Eyrie, Pennsylvania, from Eldorado Resorts for around $229.5 million. The agreement would help establish and…Read More

Political Odds Predict Confirmation for SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

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Online political odds predict Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the highest court in the nation in a relatively timely manner. President Donald Trump announced Monday night that the 53-year-old was his nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh is currently a judge of the US Court of Appeals for the…Read More

Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson Showdown: Odds Say It’s A Toss Up

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Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson continue to float the idea of a heads-up match, with a winner-take-all $10 million prize on the line. And while the showdown is anything by official, at least one Las Vegas sportsbook is already taking wagers on the hypothetical one-on-one shootout. Caesars Palace opened its Tiger vs. Phil odds at…Read More

Supreme Court Odds Favor Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump to Announce Nominee Tonight

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The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will soon learn who President Donald Trump will nominate to its bench. Online political bettors feel it will be Brett Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old federal appeals court judge in DC who was appointed to the position in 2003 by former President George W. Bush. Trump has the power…Read More

College Football Odds Predict Alabama Will Run The Table in Regular Season

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The Westgate SuperBook college football odds in Las Vegas has the regular season win total line on the Alabama Crimson Tide football team at 11.5. And they only play 12 games, excluding the conference championship and College Football Playoff (CFP). The odds show sports handicappers believe there’s a strong chance that Nick Saban’s squad will…Read More

Travis Pastrana Brings Evel Knievel Back to Life With Three Iconic Las Vegas Jumps

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Nitro Circus founder Travis Pastrana entertained large crowds in Las Vegas Sunday night by completing three historic jumps that paid tribute to the most iconic stuntman of them all, Evel Knievel. Televised live on History Channel, Pastrana’s spectacle began by soaring over 52 flattened cars in a vacant lot behind Planet Hollywood. He then successfully…Read More

World Cup Betting: France Now Favorite But Should It Be?

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Former World Cup favorites Brazil are now history, as they were bounced out of the tournament courtesy of a heart-stopping own goal by Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne’s thumping right foot. Brazil’s departure means that only one of the top-five pre-tournament favorites, France, remains alive at this point in the tournament. It’s a testament to…Read More

NBA Commissioner Considers Competitive Balance and Possible Playoff Format Change

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The idea of a 1-16 seed NBA playoff format is not new, but it’s an idea that is gaining steam after a week in which the league saw a seismic shift in its competitive balance. The West is the best, and there’s no denying it after LeBron James landed in Los Angeles.  The Lakers’ coup…Read More