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New York Mobile Sports Betting Bill Revised, But Lawmakers Preserve Leagues’ Cut of the Action

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A pair of New York sports betting bills that two Democratic lawmakers hope will legalize mobile wagering in the state have been fine-tuned and were reintroduced to the legislature at the end of last week. Representative Gary Pretlow (D-89th) and Senator Joe Addabbo (D-15th) believe that New York does not need to change the constitution…Read More

Six Las Vegas Sports Betting Funds Being Controlled by Ex-Con Ponzi Scheme Operators, Investor Payouts in Limbo

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Two men imprisoned in the 1990s for operating a Ponzi scheme shell company that pretended it supplied copy machines to financial institutions are in charge of at least $1 million invested in six Las Vegas several sports betting mutual funds, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has discovered. John F. Thomas III — who was apparently born…Read More

Montana Governor Steve Bullock Legalizes Sports Betting but Rejects Private Market

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Montana has become the ninth US state to legalize sports betting and the first this year, although bills also sit on the desks of governors in Tennessee, Iowa, Colorado, and Indiana. Governor Steve Bullock signed Montana sports betting legislation Friday authorizing the state lottery to offer wagering services via the state’s current lottery provider, Intralot….Read More

Serengeti Empress Wins Kentucky Oaks After Positive Spirit Falls at Start

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Serengeti Empress led wire-to-wire to claim the 145th Kentucky Oaks Friday at Churchill Downs, holding off 38-1 shot Liora down the stretch to win by a length and three-quarters. The Grade I stakes race for 3-year-old fillies was marred at the start after Positive Spirit, starting from the sixth gate, was bumped…Read More

Final Four in Las Vegas? Odds Shorten After NCAA Rescinds Ban on Championships in Sports Betting States

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Las Vegas wants to bring major sporting events to town such as the Super Bowl and NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and the odds of a major collegiate championship being hosted in Sin City just greatly improved. The NCAA announced Friday that its ban on national championships being contested in states with legalized sports betting is…Read More

Genovese Crime Family Reputed Associate Vincent Coppola Pleads Guilty to Charge on Illegal Betting

Vincent Coppola — who authorities link to the Genovese crime family — has pleaded guilty for his alleged role in running illegal offshore sports gambling activities out of New Jersey, that were uncovered in a wider investigation. Coppola, 42, of Union City, New Jersey, was part of a network of reputed Genovese associates who ran…Read More

‘Jeopardy!’ James Holzhauer Receives Key to Las Vegas Strip, Winning Streak at 21 Games

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Jeopardy! superstar James Holzhauer describes himself as a professional sports bettor in Las Vegas. But after the last month, he’ll presumably forever be known as the man who dominated his opponents and seemingly cracked the code to the syndicated television trivia show. On Thursday, the Clark County Commission presented the 34-year-old with the key to…Read More

FanDuel Sports-Betting Growth Helps Paddy Power Betfair Forget Headwinds at Home

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For Paddy Power Betfair, the liberalization of the US sports betting markets came at just the right moment. While the UK gambling sector is beginning to feel the pinch of tightened regulations at home, the US presents ample opportunities to offset the balance. In its Q1 trading update, Paddy Power reported that, despite headwinds at…Read More

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone Battles Al Iaquinta in UFC Fight Night 151 Main Event

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Two of the most exciting fighters in UFC lightweight division will be on display Saturday night, as Al Iaquinta takes on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the main event of UFC Fight Night 151 in Ottawa. With two fighters who both provide plenty of action but are somewhat lacking in defensive skills, the expectation is for…Read More

Champions League Betting: Messi Genius Proves Difference Between Barcelona and Liverpool in Semi-Final

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Barcelona was the favorite going into last night’s Champions League first-leg semi-final, as is it with every match it plays – especially since the apparent implosion of Real Madrid. But for long spells at Camp Nou on Wednesday, Barca was made to look second best by a Liverpool side set up to press and attack,…Read More

Constitutionality of Rhode Island Sports Betting Challenged in State Lawsuit

A lawsuit attempting to immediately stop all legal forms of sports betting in Rhode Island was filed in state court on Wednesday because the proposal was never allegedly presented to state voters before being enacted by politicians. The complaint — prepared by prominent Republican attorneys — says the process used by Ocean State officials to…Read More

Legalized Sports Betting Providing Financial Boost to Sports Radio, Ad Revenue Expected to Increase

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With legalized sports betting expanding across the US, one of the largest radio companies in the country says the expanding gambling activity is providing an economic boost to its industry. Last May, the US Supreme Court ruled the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) – a federal law that banned full-scale sports betting everywhere…Read More

Mobile-Only Tennessee Sports Betting Bill Approved, Will Lapse into Law Unsigned, Says Governor

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Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Lee is expected to allow a sports betting bill to lapse into law after it was passed 19-12 by the Senate on Tuesday morning, just six days after being ratified by the House. The bill is notable because it is the first piece of legislation passed by a state legislature since…Read More

NY Gaming Commission Approves del Lago Plan to Cut Slots, Tables for Planned Sportsbook

The New York Gaming Commission paved the way for the del Lago Resort and Casino to begin work on its sportsbook. In a unanimous decision, the commission at its Monday meeting approved the casino’s request to reduce its slot machines and table games. The resort, which opened two years ago, is located in Tyre roughly…Read More

Favorite Bellafina Lands Ideal Starting Gate in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks

Bellafina drew the fourth position for Friday’s Kentucky Oaks and handicappers at Churchill Downs installed her at 2-1 odds for the Grade I stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Even before landing such a prime starting spot, the Simon Callaghan-trained horse was likely to be the big favorite anyway coming out of Monday’s pill pull to determine…Read More

Las Vegas NFL Odds Predict Cleveland Browns Miss Playoffs, Sportsbooks Say Hype Overblown

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The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas has opened odds on all 32 NFL teams making the playoffs, but as of now, the Cleveland Browns are no sure bet to reach the postseason. No team is being more talked about than the Browns – a franchise that went 1-31 in 2016-2017, and 7-8-1 last season. Led…Read More

Connecticut Lawmakers Considering Special Session to Legalize Sports Betting

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Connecticut lawmakers say they will consider a special legislative session if sports betting isn’t legalized before the General Assembly’s mandatory adjournment on June 5. Lawmakers in Connecticut are considering legalizing the gambling activity, but with the mandatory June 5 adjournment fast approaching, some politicians say a special session should be held if a bill doesn’t…Read More

Rockets, Warriors Renew Rivalry as NBA Playoffs Reach Second Round

It’s perhaps the most anticipated series of the NBA Playoffs, and it will tip off Sunday afternoon when Golden State hosts Houston for Game 1 of the best-of-7 Western Conference semifinal. It’s a rematch of last year’s conference final, which saw Houston up 3-2 with two chances to win the series. Despite holding a 17-point…Read More

Vietnam Billion-Dollar Illegal Gambling Ring Likely Focused on Sports Betting

Vietnam police arrested at least 22 people this week in connection with a massive $1.28 billion gambling ring that may have involved hundreds of thousands of user accounts. It is believed to be the largest illegal online gaming operation ever in the East Asian nation. Twelve of the suspects ran the operation with one of them…Read More

MLB Top Prospect and AL Rookie of the Year Favorite Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Makes Highly Anticipated Debut

One of the most eagerly awaited baseball debuts in recent memory took place Friday night when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. played his first major league game for Toronto. The top prospect, who just turned 20 last month, in the game went 1-for-4 with a ninth-inning double that started the game-winning rally in the Blue Jays 4-2…Read More

Jacare Souza Battles Jack Hermansson at UFC Fight Night 150 in Florida

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Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has a chance to earn a shot at the middleweight title, but he’ll need to beat Jack Hermansson at UFC Fight Night 150 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday in order to get that opportunity. Hermansson came in as a relatively late replacement for Yoel Romero, who was originally…Read More

Tennessee Online Sports Betting Now Up to State Senate, Gov. Bill Lee

The Tennessee proposal to allow online — but not land-based casino sports betting — faces an uncertain future after the House of Representatives approved the measure Wednesday and it next heads to the Senate. The House passed the bill by a 58 to 37 vote. The proposal was approved by the Senate Finance, Ways, and…Read More

GVC Backs Ban of All Gambling Ads During Televised UK Sporting Events

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GVC Holdings CEO Kenny Alexander called for a complete ban on betting advertisements during televised sports broadcasts in the UK, a move that would go far further than current regulatory changes that are going into effect later this year. The UK will be implementing a ban on gambling ads during soccer matches that take place…Read More

New Jersey Sports Betting Handle Could Overtake Nevada Next Year

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Full-scale sports betting was prohibited everywhere in the US not named Nevada prior to last May’s historic ruling from the Supreme Court that said the longstanding federal ban violated the Constitution. Less than a year later, and New Jersey is poised to potentially overtake Nevada as the richest sports betting state in terms of total…Read More

Controversial Penalty Leads to Early Exit for Vegas in Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round

There will not be another run to the Stanley Cup Final for Vegas Golden Knights this season. Last year’s surprise team in the National Hockey League lost 5-4 in overtime Tuesday to host San Jose in a decisive Game 7 of the Western Conference first-round matchup. Losing a Game 7 in overtime can be a…Read More