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Scientific Games Signs Massive, Decade-Long Deal to Provide Sports Betting to Turkish Government Monopoly

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US casino equipment and gaming solutions giant Scientific Games has won a major contract to provide land-based and mobile sports betting technology to Turkey’s state-owned sports betting company, IDDAA, exclusively, for the next ten years. Turkey, a country of almost 80 million people, is the largest state-owned sports betting market in Europe and among the…Read More

Tiger Woods Neck Injury: Oddsmakers and Bettors Scramble to Determine Seriousness

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Tiger Woods won’t be teeing it up this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill due to ongoing complications stemming from a neck strain. The eight-time winner of the event took to Twitter to inform fans and PGA Tour officials of his withdrawal. “Unfortunately, due to a neck strain that I’ve had for…Read More

Legal Sports Betting, Gaming Company Sponsorships Both Backed by Soccer Commissioner

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Sports betting on professional soccer received key support Sunday after MLS Commissioner Don Garber said it was a way to better “connect with … fans.” Speaking to reporters at the DC United versus Atlanta United match — won 2-0 by the hosting Washington team — the Major League Soccer executive explained that leagues “overall” will…Read More

New York State Gets Online Sports Betting Bill That Could Bring Wagering Kiosks to Madison Square Garden

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The push to take New York sports betting online is underway, thanks to a bill presented in Albany Thursday by Assemblyman Gary Pretlow (D-89th). As well as digital wagering, Pretlow’s bill would allow racetracks and other commercial operations to partner with the state’s four casinos to offer in-person kiosk-based sports betting as “affiliates” — which…Read More

William Hill Posts $950M Loss in 2018 Thanks to New Regulations on FOBTs

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William Hill might be making huge strides in the US market, but that wasn’t enough to make the British bookmaker profitable last year. The company reported a loss of £722 million ($954 million) in 2018, despite the fact that revenues were up slightly over 2017. Positive Year Offset by FOBT Concerns That didn’t come as…Read More

Kentucky vs. Tennessee Rivalry Highlights Weekend College Basketball Action

This weekend marks the next-to-last regular season weekend for most major college basketball conferences, but there’s only one game that features two teams ranked in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll. But, boy, is that game a big one. Fourth-ranked Kentucky (24-4) travels down to Knoxville on Saturday afternoon to play No. 7 Tennessee (25-3)…Read More

Road to Kentucky Derby: Hidden Scroll Gets His First Test in Deeply Competitive Fountain of Youth

Last year, Justify bucked more than a century of horse racing tradition to go from an unraced 2-year-old to a Kentucky Derby winner. Could we see a repeat in 2019? Saturday may help us find out the answer to that question as a colt making just his second start is the morning-line favorite in the…Read More

Jon Jones Defends Light Heavyweight Title vs. Anthony Smith at UFC 235

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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is a heavy favorite heading into his title defense against No. 3 contender Anthony Smith on Saturday in the main event of UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Jones is coming off of a knockout victory over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 in December, while Smith is…Read More

Bryce Harper Agrees to Landmark $330M Deal with Philadelphia, Oddsmakers Boost Phillies World Series Chances

Major League Baseball’s most prized free agent has finally found a home. Bryce Harper agreed to a 13-year, $330-million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday afternoon, according to numerous media reports. Word of the former Nationals slugger landing the largest contract in North American professional sports history quickly made waves on social media. Repercussions…Read More

MLB Teams With Sportradar to Distribute Real-Time Statistics to Sports Betting Operators

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Major League Baseball (MLB) and Sportradar have reached a multiyear partnership that gives the latter company exclusive access internationally to distribute the league’s real-time statistics to sports betting operators. In the US, Sportradar will have the same access to stream information to sportsbooks in states where the gambling activity is legal. However, unlike internationally, the…Read More

Arizona Sports Betting Bill Advances in Senate Despite Tribal Resistance

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An Arizona sports betting bill was approved by the State Senate’s Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, but it was only through some deft political maneuvering that Senator Sonny Borrelli’s (R-Havasu City) bill made it in front of the committee at all, the Phoenix Business Journal reports. Borrelli’s original sports betting bill, SB 1158, got stuck in…Read More

Nevada Gaming Control Board Denies MLB Request to Ban Spring Training Sports Bets

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) has turned down a request from Major League Baseball (MLB) to keep the state’s sports books from posting odds on the league’s preseason contests. In a letter dated Feb. 21 to an MLB attorney, NGCB chairwoman Sandra Morgan said sports books in Nevada had taken such bets on Spring Training…Read More

Iowa Sports Betting Bill Moves to House Committee for Thursday Vote

An Iowa sports betting bill is now making its way through the General Assembly and faces a key vote on Thursday. HSB 198 is scheduled to go before the House State Government Committee, and the bill’s sponsor expects it will pass. State Rep. Bobby Kaufmann (R-73rd Dist.), who also chairs the committee, told on…Read More

PGA Tour Now Allows Casinos and Gaming Companies to Advertise During Tournaments

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The PGA Tour has amended its marketing regulations to permit companies in the gaming industry to advertise and become Official Marketing Partners (OMPs) for all six tours overseen by the game’s governing body. The change comes less than a year after the Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on sports betting, and essentially gave…Read More

Paul Phua Beats Illegal Gambling Rap in Macau

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High-stakes poker player Paul Phua has been acquitted by a court in Macau on charges of running an illegal World Cup betting ring, just as he was four years ago in Las Vegas. On Tuesday, the Macau Court of First Instance cleared the Malaysian billionaire and former junket operator, along with 14 others, of operating…Read More