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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

Draft Seminole Compact Deal Would Include Sports Betting, Craps, Roulette, But Will Be Tough to Pass, Governor Says

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Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has a copy of a “draft outline” of a potential new gaming compact, thrashed out over the past few weeks during negotiations between the Seminole Tribe and Sen. Wilton Simpson (R-10th). Few people have seen the document, but sources have told local media they believe the deal would allow the…Read More

Pro Sports Bettor James Holzhauer Wins 14th ‘Jeopardy!’ Game, Quickest to $1M in Show History

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Jeopardy! player James Holzhauer has won 14 consecutive games – and along with a myriad of single-day winning records – now has the distinction of being the quickest player to win more than $1 million on the television trivia show. It’s officially time to stop referring to the 34-year-old as a professional sports bettor from…Read More

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

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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

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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

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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