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MLB’s Rob Manfred Takes Swing at West Virginia Sports Betting Bill

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred disses West Virginia sports betting

Last Friday, West Virginia all but passed a bill that would legalize and regulate sports betting should the US Supreme decide shortly that individual states are free to do so. With the bill sailing through the House by a 77 to 22 vote, it will now head to the governor’s desk, bar a few rudimentary…Read More

Boxer Canelo Alvarez Tests Drug-Positive Ahead of GGG Rematch, Blames Mexican Meat

Canelo Alvarez boxing odds GGG

Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez has tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, a drug that’s used in some countries to help clear breathing disorders, by working as a bronchial dilator and decongestant. As a sympathomimetic drug, which typically are compounds that stimulate the nervous system and produce adrenaline, clenbuterol is often used illegally by athletes as a…Read More

Sportsbetting Site CrownBet Nabs William Hill Australia for $234 Million

CrownBet CEO Matthew Tripp

Online sportsbetting site CrownBet has beaten out Sportsbet in the race to acquire William Hill’s Australian division. The deal, worth AU$300 million (US$234 million), was announced by Hill in a filing to the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday morning. The deal will cement CrownBet’s position as the third-largest operator in the market, behind Sportsbet and…Read More

No Ruling in Supreme Court Sports Betting Case, Odds Now Strongly Favor PASPA Repeal

Supreme Court sports betting PASPA

No Supreme Court sports betting ban decision was issued today regarding New Jersey’s appeal of the federal prohibition, as many in the industry had anticipated. Last week, online sportsbook BetDSI’s odds on when the SCOTUS would deliver its ruling had March 5 the favorite at +100. The line implied a 50 percent chance that today…Read More

Russia Faces Online Gambling Problem as FIFA World Cup Looms

Russia World Cup 2018

The soccer World Cup in Russia this summer is likely to be the most-bet-upon sporting event in human history, as was the Brazilian World Cup before it, and the South African World Cup before that. The rest of the world may be concerned about issues like: allegations of corruption in the FIFA bidding process; doping…Read More

Phil Mickelson Masters Odds Shorten After WGC-Mexico Win, Tiger Commits to Valspar, Arnold Palmer

Phil Mickelson Masters odds

Phil Mickelson is now at 18/1 to win the 2018 Masters and don his fourth green jacket after winning the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship on Sunday. Mickelson’s breakthrough in Mexico City where he shot -16 and won in a one-hole playoff over Justin Thomas have bettors believing Phil’s chances of winning in early April are…Read More

PASPA Repeal Odds Lengthen, Supreme Court Sports Betting Decision Could Come Monday: States’ Rights at Issue

SCOTUS PASPA Sports betting decision 2018

PASPA — the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act that has kept all but four grandfathered US states from offering legal sports betting for the past 26 years — could possibly be overturned sometime Monday by the US Supreme Court, if a decision determining whether the federal sports betting ban violates the US Constitution is…Read More

Churchill Downs to Acquire Two Eldorado Resorts Casinos

Churchill Downs to acquire Presque Isle Downs & Casino

Eldorado Resorts has announced a deal to sell two of its properties to Churchill Downs Inc, the parent company of the famous Kentucky racetrack. Churchill Downs will acquire Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie, Pennsylvania, and Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg in Mississippi for $178.9 million and $50.6 million, respectively. Both Eldorado and Churchill Downs…Read More

Sportsbet and CrownBet Duke It Out for William Hill Australia

Sportsbet and CrownBet are courting William Hill Australia

There are now just two horses in the race to buy William Hill Australia. The Australian Financial Review reported Friday that Paddy Power-owned Sportsbet and the Stars Group’s newly acquired CrownBet are still in the running, after Ladbrokes and Bet365 fell at the first fence. AFR understands that all four suitors submitted bids by Monday’s…Read More

March Opening Weekend Madness at Las Vegas Sportsbooks

Las Vegas sportsbooks March Madness

Finding a seat at a Las Vegas sportsbook might be difficult this weekend, as March opens up with a busy slate of various sporting events taking place around the Valley. And that’s expected to attract more than 150,000 fans to Sin City. NASCAR will hold three races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the NHL’s Vegas…Read More

United States 2026 World Cup Hosting Odds Reportedly Lengthen

2026 World Cup host Donald Trump

The 2026 World Cup host country is expected to be announced on June 13, and while a joint bid from the United States, Mexico, and Canada is thought to be the favorite, a new report from ESPN suggests otherwise. According to sources talking with Sam Borden, a senior writer who covers global sports for ESPN,…Read More

DraftKings Hires Sportsbook Exec Ahead of US Supreme Court Decision on Christie v. NCAA

DraftKings sports betting PASPA

DraftKings is preparing its company for life after the US Supreme Court potentially repeals the current federal ban on sports betting. The daily fantasy sports (DFS) provider announced this week that it has hired its first “Head of Sportsbook,” with Sean Hurley the man appointed to the position. Hurley comes to the DraftKings from London-based…Read More

OK’d in Oklahoma: State’s Sports Betting Bill Clears First Hurdle

Oklahoma sports betting bill clears hurdle

An Oklahoma sports betting bill that would also expand tribal gaming to include non-house-banked table games cleared an important legislative hurdle on Monday evening. The Oklahoma House of Representatives Appropriations and Budget Committee approved HB 3375 by a healthy 18-8 margin. As well as authorizing the table games, the bill would legalize parimutuel sports wagering…Read More

William Hill Australia Mulls Four Takeover Bids From Sports Betting Rivals

William Hill Australia Tom Waterhouse

William Hill Australia is considering four takeover bids, according to the Australian Financial Review, and the winning proposal will be announced before the end of this week. London-based William Hill wants to unload its Australian operating unit after a nationwide credit betting ban was recently implemented. William Hill CEO Philip Bowcock has said its Aussie business…Read More

Tiger Woods Masters Odds Shorten Following Strong Performance at Honda Classic

Masters odds Tiger Woods

The Masters odds on Tiger Woods donning his fifth green jacket in April are now at 16/1 at Las Vegas’ Westgate SuperBook. That’s the seventh-shortest line of any player. Following a strong performance at The Honda Classic where Woods finished 12th with rounds of 70-71-69-70, oddsmakers are shortening Tiger’s line as his game seemingly progresses…Read More