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Gambling Sector Dominates Advertising on Piracy Websites, Study Finds

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The online gambling sector is by far the biggest sector advertising on intellectual property-infringing websites, such as file-sharing platforms and sites that stream movies and live sports illegally. A study by White Bullet — a cybersecurity company that monitors IP infringement in real time — found that 43 percent of all ads on such sites…Read More

Kaufmann ‘Confident’ Iowa Governor Will Sign Sports Betting Bill Into Law

Iowa is poised to become the 12th state to legalize sports betting as a bill is now on the way to the governor’s desk. By a 67-31 margin on Monday, the Iowa House of Representative passed the Senate’s version of a bill that would open the door for sports betting at the state’s 22 casinos….Read More

Scientific Games Continues Focus on Sports Betting With New Portfolio of Applications

Scientific Games Corp. announced late last week the launching of a suite of products for use by sportsbooks. The company, which processes more online sports bets than any other company, said in a statement that OpenSports is a slate of products designed to help enhance the experience for the customers of their sportsbook clients. In…Read More

New Jersey Agency Penalizes PokerStars for 217 Illegal Bets on In-State Teams

New Jersey officials fined PokerStars $10,000 for accepting wagers involving two Garden State universities — as sporting betting is becoming increasingly popular. PokerStars took 216 wagers, equaling over $2,756, on a Nov. 19 Eastern Michigan University versus Rutgers University men’s basketball game. The Scarlet Knights were victors in the match-up 63-36. PokerStars also accepted one bet…Read More

Sports Betting Suddenly Off Table in Massachusetts Budget Talks

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Massachusetts’ budget debate kicks off Monday but one item that won’t be up for discussion is sports betting, much to the regret of Republican Governor Charlie Baker. Baker included $35 million in projected revenue from regulated sports betting in his budget plan and in January introduced a bill to legalize wagering at the state’s three…Read More

Analysts, Handicappers Expect Murray to Go First in Thursday’s NFL Draft

The NFL Draft starts on Thursday, and right now it still appears that Kyler Murray will hear his name called when Commissioner Roger Goodell announces the first pick. A check of NFL analyst mock drafts, as well as sportsbook prop bets, show they have consensus about the Arizona Cardinals drafting the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from…Read More

Betting Fraud Conman and Serial Impersonator Allegedly Scammed Nearly 100 Victims

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A businessman who was duped into plowing £400,000 ($520,000) into a bogus betting scheme orchestrated by conman Chris Beek has spoken of the devastating impact of the scam on his life and says he believes there are many more victims out there. Richard Roberts told the Birmingham Live that Beek had left him close to…Read More

Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford Favored Over Amir Khan Saturday at MSG

Terence Crawford Amir Khan

World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) is heavily favored to retain his crown against challenger Amir Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) when the two meet at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. The highly anticipated bout pits one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world against one of the biggest names…Read More

Delaware North Sues Miomni Over West Virginia Sportsbook Snafu

Delaware North iGaming, Inc. announced on Friday it filed a lawsuit against its partner on claims it lied about owning technology needed for a joint venture sports betting platform that ultimately failed in West Virginia. The hospitality company, which filed the suit in a Delaware court Thursday evening, seeks monetary damages from Miomni Gaming Ltd….Read More

Sports Wagering Integrity Monitoring Association Launches With 26 Member Gaming Companies

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The Sports Wagering Integrity Monitoring Association (SWIMA) launched this week with 26 gaming industry companies lending their support to the organization that will try and protect consumers and sportsbook operators from fraud caused by unfair manipulation of athletic games and competitions. SWIMA was announced in November with 11 founding members: MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Hard…Read More

NFL Odds Released for Week One, Cleveland Browns Favored Over Tennessee Titans

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NFL odds for week one of the regular season have hit sportsbooks, and the Cleveland Browns are favored in their first game against the Tennessee Titans, as the “Mistake by the Lake” franchise revamps. The Browns went 1-15 in 2016, and managed to follow it up by going winless in 2017. It was only the…Read More

American Gaming Association Says Rhode Island Misused Sports Betting Data

American Gaming Association Rhode Island

The American Gaming Association (AGA) says Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo (D)and state politicians misused statistics on sports betting in order to legalize the gambling activity. The gaming industry lobbying group in DC said the state misunderstood a study on sports betting, and that’s why Rhode Island sportsbooks are underperforming by 90 percent. The shortfall…Read More

Legal Montana Sports Betting a Pen Stroke Away as Two Bills Reach Governor’s Desk

Montana is expected to become the first state to legalize sports betting in 2019, after two bills were propelled to Democratic governor Steve Bullock’s desk on Thursday. The two bills are not mutually exclusive, and the governor could potentially sign one or both into law. Lawmakers do not expect Bullock to veto both, but there…Read More

Sports Bettor James Holzhauer Sets Another ‘Jeopardy!’ Record, Chasing All-Time Leader Ken Jennings

James Holzhauer Jeopardy! winner Las Vegas

Las Vegas sports bettor James Holzhauer might need to find a new home in Southern California, as the 34-year-old’s historic run on Jeopardy! now stands at 10 games. On Wednesday’s episode, Holzhauer broke his own one-day record by winning $131,127. He went a perfect 40 for 40 during the competition. Jeopardy! is taped on the Sony…Read More

Champions League Favorite Man City Crashes Out in Crazy Quarter Final vs Spurs

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Tottenham Hotspur progressed to the semifinals of the Champions league at the expense of former favorite Manchester City on Wednesday night in a breathtaking seven-goal thriller in which VAR (video-assistant referee) played a starring role. It’s hard to recall a game of soccer so heart-stoppingly dramatic and with so much at stake. Trailing 1-0 after…Read More

Pete Rose MLB Hall of Fame Support Dwindling Despite Expansion of Legal Sports Betting

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Pete Rose remains barred from National Baseball Hall of Fame consideration, and support for his reinstatement is dwindling, a new poll concludes. The latest from the Seton Hall Sports Poll finds that 52 percent of Americans surveyed say Major League Baseball and Commissioner Rob Manfred should lift his ineligibility ban to allow baseball’s all-time hit…Read More

New Jersey Smashed Online Gaming Revenue Records in March, Mobile Sports Betting Proves Game Changer

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New Jersey online gaming revenues continued their eye-popping upward trajectory in March, almost hitting the $40 million mark, according to figures newly released by the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE). Overall revenues not including online sports betting came in at $39,134,380, a record for the sector, beating the previous best by more than $5…Read More

English Soccer Legend Accused of Placing 140 Bets on Matches as Club Owner

England’s soccer community was turned upside down Tuesday as the country’s Football Association leveled gambling charges against one of its greatest players. The governing body alleged Paul Scholes placed 140 bets on games from August 2015 to this January. That period is long after the midfielder retired from his storied career at Manchester United. However,…Read More

Indiana Sports Betting Bill Moves Minus Mobile, Senate Wants It Back

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The Indiana House of Representatives overwhelming approved a gambling package Monday that would legalize sports betting in the Hoosier State — but not before it was stripped of a provision that would have authorized mobile betting. The House approved the packag —  which would also permit the movement onto dry land of two Gary floating…Read More

‘Jeopardy!’ Win Streak Continues for Las Vegas Sports Bettor, James Holzhauer Now Second All-Time Winningest Player

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“Jeopardy!” player James Holzhauer – a self-described professional sports bettor in Las Vegas – has now won more than $460,000 in just eight games, which makes him the gameshow’s second all-time winningest player. Holzhauer’s historic streak has been unlike anything ever seen on the long-running syndicated trivia TV program. On April 9, he set the…Read More

Tiger Woods Masters Victory Major Loss for Sportsbooks, Bettor Wins $1.19M

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Tiger Woods won his fifth green jacket on Sunday, and the 15-time major winner’s storied comeback delivered oddsmakers a devastating result. The most notable bet was an $85,000 wager made through William Hill at 14/1 odds. With Woods’ victory Sunday, the ticket slip became worth $1,190,000. The sports betting operator said the wager was placed…Read More

Golden State Heavy First Round Favorites over Clippers as NBA Playoffs Start Saturday

There is never really such a thing as a sure bet, but oddsmakers think the Golden State Warriors advancing out of the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs is close to it. The Warriors, the two-time defending world champions and this year’s top seed in the Western Conference, aren’t just heavy favorites to…Read More

Two Interim Championship Fights Headline UFC 236 Saturday in Atlanta

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Four contenders will have the chance to get their hands on interim title belts on Saturday during UFC 236 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Max Holloway will face Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight championship in the main event, while Kelvin Gastelum and Israel Adesanya will battle for the interim middleweight crown…Read More

Masters Odds: Tiger Woods Favorite in Bunched Leaderboard Heading Into Weekend Play

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The Masters heads into the weekend with a jam-packed leaderboard, as five players are tied for the lead at -7 par. Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, 2013 Masters champ Adam Scott, and Louis Oosthuizen sit atop the leaderboard. But there are two familiar names one shot back: Dustin Johnson, and 14-time major winner Tiger…Read More

Ohio House Bill Calls for State Lottery to Run Sports Betting at Casinos, Racinos

Two Ohio lawmakers have introduced a bill that would legalize sports betting and allow the state’s lottery to manage it. On Tuesday, state Reps. Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) and Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) unveiled their proposal that calls for the creation of a Sports Gaming Advisory Board. The lawmakers hope to generate additional funding for public education…Read More