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Q&A: Why Im Sticking With My Local Bookie

For some people located in states home to new legal sports betting markets, the post-PASPA era of wagering means business as usual.

One person located in Northern New Jersey, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly, now has new legal sportsbooks in the palm of his hand, but is sticking

For some people located in states home to new legal sports betting markets, the post-PASPA era of wagering means business as usual.

One person located in Northern New Jersey, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly, now has new legal sportsbooks in the palm of his hand, but is sticking with his guy for a variety of reasons.

Some factors that keep this 39-year-old man (we’ll call him “Jeff Bettor”) in the black market, such as a credit line, regulated markets will never be able to match. However there are other reasons that legal sportsbooks can consider as they collectively seek to migrate as much as the estimated $150 billion (some believe as much as $400 billion) wagered annually by U.S.-based bettors to legal markets in their respective jurisdictions.

The local guy over legal sportsbooks

 


Sports Handle (SH): How long have you been betting with your “local bookie”?

Jeff Bettor (JB): This NFL season marks the eighth that I’ve been with my current bookie.  

SH: Is he truly someone local? Is he also an agent of an offshore entity that gets a cut?

JB: Can’t say that I’ve ever used an offshore, online bookmaker. Growing up in Northern NJ, there’s never been a shortage of local bookies. I use a local guy and bet on through a website online that’s connected to my account with him.  

SH: What do you like most about the bookie?

JB: First and foremost, my bookie is good people. Over the last eight years, we’ve spent countless hours together at ball games and playing poker. I like the fact that my bookie is flexible in regards to our collect and payout number. I don’t need to meet him each week for just a few hundred dollars.  We have a preset number and once my account reaches that number, we settle up.

SH: How does the exchange of money and credit line work?

JB: All local bookies that I know offer their players a credit line. The line itself can vary depending on your relationship with the bookie and how long you’ve been a customer.  My credit line with my local bookie provides me with a $5K per game maximum and a $25K weekly credit line. The betting week runs from Monday-Sunday and the credit line resets each Monday.   

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‘Cover City’: NFL Week 14 Picks, Preview With Steve Hytner

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports), brought to you by PropSwap.com. Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way.

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports), brought to you by PropSwap.com. Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way.

Week 14 is here and it’s GOLD. Steve Hytner (@hytner), podcaster, sports bettor and comedian also known as Kenny Bania of Seinfeld, joins Rosenthal to discuss this week’s matchups. Listen below for the one team Hytner refuses to take on the road, and did Rosenthal get engaged this week? 

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7:06 — Baltimore Ravens +6.5 at Kansas City Chiefs

9:32 — Indianapolis Colts +4.5 at Texas Houstons

12:09 — Carolina Panthers -1.5 at Cleveland Browns

14:23 — Atlanta Falcons +5 at Green Bay Packers

20:03 — New Orleans Saints -8 at Tampa Buccaneers

20:56 — N.Y Jets -3.5 at Buffalo Bills

23:48 — New England Patriots -7.5 at Miami Dolphins

25:04 —  L.A. Rams -3 at Chicago Bears

26:36 —  A bundled trio of second- and third-string QBs: N.Y. Giants -3.5 at Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos -4 at San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals +14 at L.A. Chargers.

36:09 —  Detroit Lions -2.5 at Arizona Cardinals.

37:23 — Philadelphia Eagles +3.5 at Dallas Cowboys.

39:51 — Pittsburgh Steelers -10.5 at Oakland Raiders.

41:40 — Minnesota Vikings +3 at Seattle Seahawks.

47:55 — Additional thoughts on Week 14.

53:23 — PropSwap.com opportunities.

55:50 — Rosenthal’s SuperContest picks.


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‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 14 Breakdown, Rams-Bears Clash, Cowboys-Eagles Fight for NFC East

On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the

On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the same from behind the microphone, so they’ll have you prepared for anything.

Welcome to Week 14! This week Walker emphasizes that the ‘Under’ may be smart money, but life’s too short to bet the under. And we learn that if the Houston Texans win 13 games in a row, Perrault will walk the Vegas strip with a sandwich board reading “I am a moron.” Tune in for a full rundown of the Week 14 slate.

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1:00– Week 13 Recap.

8:48 — PropSwap.com Future Focus. For 10% off your first purchase, visit PropSwap.com/Handle.

9:44 — Jacksonville Jaguars +4.5 at Tennessee Titans — With a total at 37.5, books aren’t expecting much of a show.

10:36 — Indianapolis Colts +4.5 at Texas Houstons — Colts may be the smart bet but if the Texans continue to win, we get to see Perrault publicly embarrass himself. Go Texans?

14:13 — Baltimore Ravens +6.5 at Kansas City Chiefs — the line has plummeted. Is it the Lamar Jackson effect? Or does the loss of KC RB Kareem Hunt have a bigger impact than initially thought?

19:06 — Carolina Panthers -2 at Cleveland Browns — Carolina is atrocious on the road, this line is a fade on Cleveland.

21:52 — Atlanta Falcons +5 at Green Bay Packers — The Falcons have nothing to play for, but will the Packers rally or fold for interim head coach Joe Philbin?

6:36 — New Orleans Saints -8 at Tampa Buccaneers  — The over is the safest bet for this game.

30:42 — New England Patriots -7.5 at Miami Dolphins — Careful, the Pats historically stink in Miami.

31:20 — N.Y Jets +3.5 at Buffalo Bills — these teams are too bad for one to crush the other.

34:37 — L.A. Rams +3 at Chicago Bears — Game of the weekend. The public is loving the Bears, but they aren’t one of the elite teams of 2018. The Rams are.

38:19 — Philadelphia Eagles +3.5 at Dallas Cowboys and N.Y. Giants -3.5 at Washington Redskins — NFC East showdowns: public teams and public money.

41:12 — Denver Broncos -4 at San Francisco 49ers — The line continues to come down, so if you lik San Fran, wait.

43:08 — Cincinnati Bengals +14 at L.A. Chargers — The Bengals are in a tailspin, but 14 is a lot of points in the NFL.

45:26 — Pittsburgh Steelers -10.5 at Oakland Raiders — Pros are driving the line down. Could Oakland really be the play here?

51:07 — Minnesota Vikings +3 at Seattle Seahawks — Doesn’t matter the opponent, everyone wants the Seahawks now.


Have a profitable Week 14, folks. Thanks for listening and see you back next week, tell a friend, sign up for our newsletter and also check out the Cover City Podcast, featuring sports bettor Eric Rosenthal.

 
 

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New Federal Sports Betting Bill Surfaces, Empowering Attorney General and Mandating Purchase of Data

A draft of a federal sports betting bill that surfaced Tuesday would force states to obtain approval from the U.S. Attorney General’s office for their sports betting legalization plans – while also mandating that operators purchase official statistical data from sports leagues at least through 2022.

The bill, which does not yet indicate a

A draft of a federal sports betting bill that surfaced Tuesday would force states to obtain approval from the U.S. Attorney General’s office for their sports betting legalization plans – while also mandating that operators purchase official statistical data from sports leagues at least through 2022.

The bill, which does not yet indicate a sponsor, also would amend The Wire Act and The Sports Bribery Act, with the former changes allowing for dissemination of sports betting information across state lines. Also new: establishment of a “National Sports Wagering Clearinghouse.”

The sweeping change in how sports betting would be overseen in the U.S. was met with some skepticism from the American Gaming Association.

 
 

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Oral Argument, One Year Later: 60 Minutes That Changed Sports Betting Forever

One year ago on this day, four hours before the sun rose, I stood on a sidewalk adjacent to the United States Supreme Court, waiting for one of 50 public tickets to hear 60 minutes of oral argument that would help decide the fate of sports betting in the U.S.

Nobody knew exactly what

One year ago on this day, four hours before the sun rose, I stood on a sidewalk adjacent to the United States Supreme Court, waiting for one of 50 public tickets to hear 60 minutes of oral argument that would help decide the fate of sports betting in the U.S.

Nobody knew exactly what to expect, especially the veteran attorneys on opposing sides of Murphy v NCAA, who knew to expect anything.  Before a packed house of anxious and excited observers, counsel for the the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (collectively ‘Murphy’), Theodore B. Olson began on Chief Justice John Roberts’ cue:

One of the most important decisions made at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 was replacing the failed confederacy that governed states with a national government that could regulate individuals but not states. In the words of this Court in the New York case, Congress may regulate interstate commerce directly, but it may not regulate states’ regulation of interstate commerce.

That’s as far as Olson got before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg interjected, starting the back-and-forth between Olson and the rest of the fine nine judicial minds stationed at the front of the room, in which cameras are strictly prohibited.

 
 

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D.C. Legal Sports Betting Framework Approaching State of Chaos

Legalizing sports betting in the nation’s capital is getting hairy. After the Finance and Revenue Committee voted to move B22-0944 forward last Wednesday, a coalition that includes several professional leagues and mobile and online sports betting operators has begun circulating a flyer calling for changes.

There are no casinos, horse tracks, or off-track

Legalizing sports betting in the nation’s capital is getting hairy. After the Finance and Revenue Committee voted to move B22-0944 forward last Wednesday, a coalition that includes several professional leagues and mobile and online sports betting operators has begun circulating a flyer calling for changes.

There are no casinos, horse tracks, or off-track betting parlors in Washington, D.C. As such, the D.C. Council is truly starting from scratch as it works to legalize sports betting. Multiple amendments are likely to be proposed at Tuesday’s first reading of the bill, which in its current form would allow the D.C. Lottery a borderline monopoly on mobile and internet sports betting within the city. 

To that end, a group of mobile sports betting operators, including DraftKings and FanDuel, began circulating a flyer in the Council’s Wilson building after last week’s hearing in which they align themselves with Major League Baseball, the NBA and the PGA Tour. The flyer was first reported by Washington City Paper.

In the flyer, the groups ask for “a small fee” of 25 cents of every $100 wagered to be paid to the professional sports organizations. They do not call this a “royalty” or “integrity fee” or otherwise affix a label. More importantly, the groups oppose the D.C. Lottery becoming the exclusive operator of mobile sports betting.

 

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The Genesis of Missouri Lawmaker’s New Spin on Sports Betting ‘Integrity Fee’

Missouri state senator Denny Hoskins (D-District 21) isn’t opposed to a sports betting “integrity fee” — an off-the-top cut of all wagers. He’s just not willing to give it to the professional leagues.

Hoskins said it’s not unusual for owners of professional sports teams to go to their local and state governments and

Missouri state senator Denny Hoskins (D-District 21) isn’t opposed to a sports betting “integrity fee” — an off-the-top cut of all wagers. He’s just not willing to give it to the professional leagues.

Hoskins said it’s not unusual for owners of professional sports teams to go to their local and state governments and ask for money to build a stadium or make upgrades. So, instead of giving money to the leagues directly, Hoskins wants to keep the money in Missouri’s hands to resolve how to make the state’s venues better.

“It’s an idea that I started thinking about because if there is an integrity fee it would go to the professional leagues and if there is not an integrity fee, that money would go to the casinos,” Hoskins told Sports Handle in a phone interview Friday. “So I thought, what if we put the integrity fee into a fund, because whether it’s the Scottrade Center or Arrowhead Stadium or the Edward Jones Dome …  they don’t only need money to upgrade the actual facilities, but to upgrade the fan experience. Whether they need better intersections or lighting, or I’ve never heard of a stadium that says ‘yes, we have too many women’s bathrooms.’ The goal would be to upgrade either in the stadium or even outside of it.”

To that end, Hoskins filed a new sports betting bill on Saturday, the first day that Missouri lawmakers could do so ahead of the 2019 session. His bill turns the integrity fee on its head and keeps more money at home by creating “Entertainment Facilities Infrastructure Fund.”

 

 

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‘Cover City’: NFL Week 13 Picks, Preview, Prop Bets With Christian Pina

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports), brought to you by PropSwap.com. Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports), brought to you by PropSwap.com. Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way.

Pro handicapper and show regular Christian Pina (@ChristianPina) joins the pod to breakdown NFL Week 13 action.  This week also has a prop-rich market that will make for some fun (and profitable) viewing. Rosenthal may be crazy with some of this week’s picks, but that just might be what you’re looking for.

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2:24 — Indianapolis Colts -4 at Jacksonville Jaguars.

4:34 — L.A.Chargers +3.5 at Pittsburgh Steelers

7:06 —  Carolina Panthers -3.5 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

10:45 — Baltimore Ravens +1 at Atlanta Falcons

16:33 — Cleveland Browns +6 at Houston Texans

20:01 — Buffalo Bills +3.5 at Miami Dolphins

24:07 — Chicago Bears -4 at N.Y. Giants

28:23 — Denver Broncos -5.5 at Cincinnati Bengals

31:25 —  L.A. Rams -10 at Detroit Lions

33:59 — Arizona Cardinals +14 at Green Bay Packers

37:43 — Kansas City Chiefs -14.5 at Oakland Raiders

43:30 — N.Y. Jets +8 at Tennessee Titans

46:25 — Minnesota Vikings +5 at New England Patriots

49:42 — San Francisco 49ers +10 at Seattle Seahawks

51:03 — Washington Redskins -6.5 at Philadelphia Eagles

56:20 — SuperContest picks!


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‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 13 Breakdown, Chargers-Steelers, Playoffs Hunt

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On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line

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On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the same from behind the microphone, so they’ll have you prepared for anything.

December football is here! Remember to check weather forecasts before placing bets for outdoor games. Welcome to Week 13. There are several solid dog opportunities as well as some smart over plays. And how will quarterback injuries, benchings and comments impact the games, and your wallet, this week?

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1:10 — Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury heavyweight matchup and the decline of boxing.

4:00 — Week 12 recap and lessons learned.

8:18 — PropSwap.com’s Future Focus: Chicago Bears are currently 7-1 to win the Super Bowl, but PropSwap has some almost 11-1 tickets available. Take a look for an outstanding value.

10:49 — New Orleans -7  at Dallas Cowboys — Finally, a good Thursday night games. Boys are surging and Saints are the NFC’s team to beat.

12:37 — It’s December football, remember to check weather forecasts!

13:11— Indianapolis Colts -4 at Jacksonville Jaguars  — Colts are surging, laying four on the road even against the hapless Jags?

18:32 —  L.A.Chargers +3.5 at Pittsburgh Steelers — Will Big Ben’s comments impact the Steelers’ performance this week?

23:37 — Kansas City Chiefs -14.5 at Oakland Raiders — Careful here, KC doesn’t care if they win just by 10, they want to get in and get out unscathed.

26:24 — Cleveland Browns +6 at Houston Texans — Perrault can’t get it right with the Texans, and now Cleveland is playing well. The over is the right play for this game.

28:58 — Chicago Bears -4 at N.Y. Giants — This game is going to get ugly. The public loves the Bears but the Giants aren’t the lifeless team they were at the beginning of the season.

30:51 — Denver Broncos -5.5 at Cincinnati Bengals — Everyone hates the Bengals, even Hue Jackson.

33:09 — Baltimore Ravens -1 at Atlanta Falcons — QB Lamar Jackson has brought life (and public money) to the Ravens.

35:27 — L.A. Rams -10 at Detroit Lions — No one is taking the dog. Robert says either walk away or tease.

36:53 — San Francisco 49ers +10 at Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals +14 at Green Bay Packers — No one’s taking the dog in these games either, but books are seeing parlays with Green Bay.

38:30 — Carolina Panthers -3.5 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Only bettors are watching this game. Are the Bucs a decent play here?

39:50 — Minnesota Vikings +5 at New England Patriots — With less than a touchdown at home, is the play the Patriots? A rare line plummet for the Pats at home, but the Vikings are a good team.

43:07 — Washington Redskins +6.5 at Philadelphia Eagles  — The NFC East is a bad division, but you have to bet Monday night games. Books will likely need Redskins money.


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DraftKings CEO Robins Reveals Sports Betting Already Crushing For Company Overall

The numbers are beginning to show that DraftKings’ metamorphosis from a daily fantasy sports operator to sportsbook-first company is moving at Ludicrous Speed. The DFS aspect of the company isn’t going anywhere, but the revenue and obviously growth potential in the U.S. is in legal sports betting.

At the ICE Sports Betting USA conference

The numbers are beginning to show that DraftKings’ metamorphosis from a daily fantasy sports operator to sportsbook-first company is moving at Ludicrous Speed. The DFS aspect of the company isn’t going anywhere, but the revenue and obviously growth potential in the U.S. is in legal sports betting.

At the ICE Sports Betting USA conference in Manhattan on Wednesday, DraftKings Co-Founder and CEO Jason Robins told Darren Rovell (who himself switched jerseys from ESPN to Action Network mid-conference) that 20 percent of the company’s business is currently being generated through sports betting. In New Jersey, where the DraftKings Sportsbook was first to market in the state in August, Robins said sports betting represents 80 percent of the company’s revenue.

In other words, the sports betting revenue being generated in just one state*, roughly four months post-launch, is currently accounting for 20 percent of the company’s overall revenue coming nationwide via daily fantasy sports contests.

DraftKings Sportsbook Already Driving 20 Percent of Company’s Revenue; Full Speed Ahead For Familiar Players As Expansion Continues

 

 

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Get a Grip: The Week In Sports Betting: More Things Keep Happening, Everywhere

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad).

Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the week’s top stories, and rounding up key stories in

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad).

Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the week’s top stories, and rounding up key stories in sports betting, gaming, and the world of sports at large. You may have missed them, and they are worth reading.

Top happenings and developments this week:

Keepin’ it brief this week because you people are either unplugged this weekend, shopping, avoiding shopping,  watching college football, de-fatting from Thanksgiving, or some combination.

1) After some stops, starts, testing and unrealized projections, sports betting is finally set to launch in Rhode Island on Monday at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln.

2) This week in Virginia, home to zero casinos and a few racetracks, emerged a bill pre-filed for 2019 that would grant the state lottery authority to licenses up to five sportsbooks (and itself). The lottery would have regulatory authority and would have to decide how it’ll work. In other words, whether to permit online-only operators and/or allow them to establish a brick-and-mortar presence as well. Very early stages here but we didn’t expect Virginia to enter the conversation heading  in 2019.

3) The Mississippi Gaming Commission released the October revenue report his week and while the betting handle was static at about $32.8 million, the hold dropped to just 3.59 percent as the Gulf Coast casinos got hammered on football, losing a combined $600,000.

4) Last Friday DraftKings opened a brick-and-mortar sportsbook in Mississippi (near Biloxi), and this week, on Tuesday, it opened its second U.S. physical sportsbook, at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. The leader so far in New Jersey’s online sportsbook handle and revenue, DraftKings had been working on the project with Resorts (quietly) for at least a couple months. One interesting footnote: The small, Resorts-branded, SB Tech-run book that opened in the summer closed up shop, coinciding with the launch of the DK book.

5) Like Mississippi, Delaware’s October handle dipped a bit, too. Perhaps they should both consider regulations allowing patrons to make wagers via mobile devices/online, not exclusively on premises.

 

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‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 12 Breakdown, Thanksgiving, Steelers-Broncos and More

On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker

On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the same from behind the microphone, so they’ll have you prepared for anything.

It’s Thanksgiving Week! None of these are marquee games, but it’s one of the three biggest handles of the year. Everyone’s on the favorite and the over.  Then on Sunday, Robert wonders, have the Texans rattled off the most fraudulent 7-game winning streak in the history of sports, including Little League baseball? Steelers-Broncos will probably be the biggest decision of the week. Get the full breakdown.

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1:18: The most exciting time of year to be a bettor.

1:46: Few words on college basketball.

2:34: Thanksgiving Day games and handle

3:25: Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith’s potentially career-ending injury and legacy.

7:44: Chicago Bears -3 at Detroit Lions: Chase Daniels makes the third start of his career.

8:40: Washington Redskins +7.5 at Dallas Cowboys: Too many points for this game.

9:49: More bets on Atlanta or the under? No one wants to bet against New Orleans.

10:31 — PropSwap.com Futures Focus  — More than just a futures marketplace, check out PropSwap for favorable real-time betting opportunities and get 10% off your first purchase by visiting PropSwap.com/Handle.

15:01: Jacksonville Jaguars -3 at Buffalo Bills — The Shock Bowl: This game only matters to sports bettors. Blake Bortles is a problem and the Bills are in tank mode.

18:39: Oakland Raiders +10.5 at Baltimore Ravens — The public does not like the Falcons.

23:33: San Francisco 49ers +3.5 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — What are the Bucs even doing? Tampa needs to tank. If

26:48: New York Giants +6 at Philadelphia Eagles — The Eagles the worst defending Super Bowl Champions ever and the Giants are looking much better.

30:25: Cleveland Browns +3 at Cincinnati Bengals — The wheels are falling off for the Bengals and expect an increase in Cleveland money.

33:29: New England Patriots -9.5 at N.Y. Jets — NE doesn’t care what the score is as long as they win. Every parlay and teaser is on the Pats.

37:40: Arizona Cardinals +12 at L.A. Chargers — Anyone taking Arizona?

40:50:  Miami Dolphins +8 at Indianapolis Colts — Ryan Tannehill back but Andrew Luck hasn’t been sacked in about 5 weeks! He can pick ‘em apart with that kind of time.

42:00: Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers — Seattle always a public team when getting points.

42:30: Pittsburgh Steelers -3 at Denver Broncos — Robert says this will probably be the book’s biggest decision of the week. Late money will all be on Pittsburgh.

43:30: Green Bay Packers +3.5 at Minnesota Vikings — Packers are live dog.

44:20: Tennessee Titans +6 at Houston Texans  — Robert loves Titans in this spot.

Have a profitable Week 12, folks. Have a profitable Week 10, folks. Thanks for listening and see you back next week, tell a friend, sign up for our newsletter and also check out the Cover City Podcast, featuring sports bettor Eric Rosenthal.

 

 
 

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Swanky New DraftKings Sportsbook Opens At Resorts Casino In Atlantic City

New York Giants Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson bet the New York Yankees to win the 2019 World Series on Tuesday morning, the first wager at DraftKings Sportsbook located at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City.  It’s DraftKings’ first physical location in New Jersey and the first on the East Coast, as

New York Giants Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson bet the New York Yankees to win the 2019 World Series on Tuesday morning, the first wager at DraftKings Sportsbook located at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City.  It’s DraftKings’ first physical location in New Jersey and the first on the East Coast, as the Boston-headquartered company continues its push from an online-only operation into physical spaces.

The sportsbook is the second of two at Resorts. The first is Resorts-branded, run by SB Tech and opened earlier this summer. 

The new sportsbook features 135 50-inch televisions and a video wall that is more than 1,000 square feet. Rows of club chairs sit in front of the video screen, with a bank of teller windows to the right, and a VIP Lounge to the left. According to the Nov. 14 DraftKings press releasethe facility has five teller windows, a full bar, charger stations at each seat and bar-top electronic slot games. The chairs are set stadium-style to allow for unobstructed viewing.  The risk-management and trading operation, as well as the 12 sports betting kiosks, are powered by U.K.-based supplier Kambi Sports, which also powers DraftKings’ online sportsbook.

 

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Legal Sports Betting in Pennsylvania Officially Launches Near State Capital

Legal, regulated sports wagering in Pennsylvania moved out of the hanger, onto the launch pad achieving blast off Saturday morning at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville. It’s now the first venue to accept legal sports bets in the Keystone State, situated about 100 miles northeast of Philadelphia, near Harrisburg.

Legal, regulated sports wagering in Pennsylvania moved out of the hanger, onto the launch pad achieving blast off Saturday morning at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville. It’s now the first venue to accept legal sports bets in the Keystone State, situated about 100 miles northeast of Philadelphia, near Harrisburg.

William Hill US, a subsidiary of UK-headquartered bookmaker William Hill, is running the casino’s sportsbook operations. As part of its deal with Hollywood Casino’s parent company, Penn National Gaming, the sportsbook conducted what it called “live wagering test day” on Thursday to certify the staff and equipment are in compliance with state regulatory requirements.  Additional testing was scheduled Friday from 2 p.m. to midnight, satisfying the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to subsequently authorize the facility to officially open at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Although without fanfare or a ribbon cutting seen at official launches in Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi or West Virginia (at least not one visible from afar), the sportsbook indeed went live on Saturday morning. Two William Hill officials confirmed to Sports Handle that the sportsbook at Hollywood Penn opened and is open for business.

 
 

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Michigan Could Become First State to Pay Leagues Sports Betting ‘Integrity Fee’

So far the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and PGA Tour are 0-for-7 in persuading state lawmakers to mandate payment of an off-the-top “integrity fee” or “royalty,” putting a percentage of legal sports bets into league coffers.

Now, a key lawmaker in Michigan sponsoring a bill that would legalize

So far the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and PGA Tour are 0-for-7 in persuading state lawmakers to mandate payment of an off-the-top “integrity fee” or “royalty,” putting a percentage of legal sports bets into league coffers.

Now, a key lawmaker in Michigan sponsoring a bill that would legalize sports betting and iGaming in the state could give a win to the leagues.

According to a report from Reuters, following a U.S. Sports Betting Policy Summit in Washington D.C. this week, Michigan state representative Brandt Iden (R-District 61) changed his mind on the fees after “spending significant time with the leagues.”

 

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‘Cover City’: NFL Week 11 Picks, Preview, Prop Bets With Christian Pina

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way.

There’s six teams

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way.

There’s six teams on a bye and it’s not an easy card this week. Sometimes, less is more. The defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles are 9-point underdogs on the road at New Orleans and the line may grow. Eric makes the case for Tennessee Titans against the Indianapolis Colts, while Christian calls out all the fraudulent teams. And of course, the guys spend some time on the Chiefs-Rams Monday Night Football tilt which is expected to be a fireworks show with an NFL record 63-point total.

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1:45 — Carolina Panthers -4 at Detroit Lions

4:18 — Dallas Cowboys +3 at Atlanta Falcons

8:40 — Minnesota Vikings +2.5 at Chicago Bears

12:42 — Philadelphia Eagles +9 at New Orleans Saints

18:00 — Tennessee Titans +1 at Indianapolis Colts

26:55 — Houston Texans -3 at Washington Redskins

29:30 — PropSwap.com Futures Focus. More than just a futures marketplace, check out PropSwap for favorable real-time betting opportunities and get 10% off your first purchase by visiting PropSwap.com/Handle.

35:15 — Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1.5 at New York Giants

38:35 — Denver Broncos +7 at Los Angeles Chargers

40:00 — Oakland Raiders +5.5 at Arizona Cardinals

42:00 — Pittsburgh Steelers -5.5 at Jacksonville Jaguars

43:40 — Kansas City Chiefs +3.5 at Los Angeles Rams

52:15 — Final thoughts: Less is more this week! And Eric’s SuperContest picks.

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New Jersey Sports Betting Handle Surges to $261M, Revenue ‘Just’ $11M As Bettors Exact Revenge

The good news for the New Jersey sportsbooks in the newly released revenue report for October is a large jump in handle from $186 million in September to $261 in October. The downside is that the bettors took a bigger bite of the books this month than usual, cutting revenue by more than half

The good news for the New Jersey sportsbooks in the newly released revenue report for October is a large jump in handle from $186 million in September to $261 in October. The downside is that the bettors took a bigger bite of the books this month than usual, cutting revenue by more than half month-over-month from $24 million in September to “just” $11.7 million in October.

Overall that spells a 4.4 percent hold, down from 13 percent in Sept., which may be partly attributable to baseball (more on this below) and perhaps moreso a lot of “public” teams covering the spread in October NFL contests. The rise in betting handle is almost entirely attributable to the mobile/one sector, which grew from $105 million in September to $174 million in October. On-site sports betting inched up from $79 million in the prior month to $86 million.

Resorts Digital continues to lead the way by a lap on the revenue front, reporting $5.1 million in October, which is nearly half of the entire haul across all sportsbooks for the month. An arm of Resorts Casino, Resorts Digital figures represent DraftKings Sportsbook as well as BetStarsNJ.com.  We can no longer parse out which side is driving what, but based on prior figures we can safely say that DraftKings is responsible for the lion’s as well as the cub’s share. Let’s dig in a litter deeper now.

 

October Brick-and-Mortar Sportsbook Revenue:

  • Bally’s: $303K
  • Borgata: $120K
  • Golden Nugget: $46K
  • Harrah’s: $104K
  • Meadowlands (FanDuel Sportsbook): $1.1 million
  • Monmouth Park: $606K
  • Ocean Resort: $438K
  • Resorts: $97K
  • Tropicana: $15K

A spokesperson for FanDuel Sportsboook said: “Demand for the FanDuel Sportsbook continues to outpace our expectations with online handle 2.5 times higher than September and continued double digit growth in retail handle. It was an exciting month for bettors who won at a high rate on football and benefitted from our industry-leading pricing and odds boosts.”

October Online Sportsbook Revenue:

  • Bally’s (combination of CaesarsCasino & 888sport): $108K
  • Borgata (PlayMGM): $67K
  • FanDuel Sportsbook (Meadowlands): $2.43 million
  • Golden Nugget (PlaySugarHouse): $151K
  • Monmouth Park (William Hill and PlaySugarHouse): $609K
  • Ocean Resort (William Hill): $385K
  • Resorts Digital (combination of DK Sportsbook and BetStarsNJ.com):  $5.1 million
 

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‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 11 Breakdown: Chiefs-Rams Back in The U.S.A. and the Highest NFL Total Ever

On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and

On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the same from behind the microphone, so they’ll have you prepared for anything.

Week 11 is here and what a week it is. There are some truly bad games like Bucs vs. Giants, but there’s also a possible Super Bowl preview with Chiefs vs. Rams and the highest regular season total ever. The Steelers are also officially Le’Veon Bell-less (and may be better of for it) and the Bears defense is looking fierce. 

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1:40 — From Mexico City to LA — what does a venue change mean for bettors on the Week 11 marquee matchup?

10:31 — PropSwap.com Futures Focus  —  More than just a futures marketplace, check out PropSwap for favorable real-time betting opportunities and get 10% off your first purchase by visiting PropSwap.com/Handle.

15:41 — Green Bay Packers +3 at Seattle Seahawks  — Perrault doesn’t usually play Thursday night games, but he just may need to get some action on this week’s match up.

19:09 — Dallas Cowboys +3 at Atlanta Falcons — After the ‘boys primetime win in Week 10, will the public fall back in love with America’s Team this week?

26:06 — Carolina Panthers -4 at Detroit Lions — Could this be ugliest game of the week? No one wants to take a chance on Detroit.

28:27 — Cincinnati Bengals +4.5 at  Baltimore Ravens — This game’s off the board in most spots. Does anyone even care? .

30:30 — Philadelphia Eagles +8.5 at New Orleans Saints — Contrarian pick of the week!

35:49 — Tennessee Titans +2 at Indianapolis  Colts —  Only one way to bet this game: take the dog.

39:11 — Houston Texans -3 at Washington Redskins — Will this be the worst game ever between two 6-3 teams?

43:15 — Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1.5 at N.Y. Giants — This is a hard game to handicap. They may have to book it, but you don’t have to play it.

45:35 — Oakland Raiders +5.5 at Arizona Cardinals –– Oakland looks like they are playing for lottery picks.

48:21– Pittsburgh Steelers -5.5 at Jacksonville Jaguars — Where is the Jaguars of the beginning of season? Another contrarian option

50:11 — Minnesota Vikings +2.5 at Chicago Bears — The Vikings should be taken seriously in the NFC, but the Bears defense is scary good.

52:51 — Kansas City +3.5 at L.A. Rams — Hyper emotional game for L.A., but KC is the right pick. And with the highest regular season game total ever at 63.5 (and rising), the under could be a smart play.


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New York’s Empire Resorts Joins Forces With Bet365 on Sports Betting

Empire Resorts, Inc., now an affiliate of bet365 Group Limited (bet365) and Resorts World Catskills today revealed a “strategic alliance” to join the rapidly expanding sports wagering business space in the U.S. by creating a physical and online sportsbook in New York State.

Sports wagering is not now legal in New York, however,

Empire Resorts, Inc., now an affiliate of bet365 Group Limited (bet365) and Resorts World Catskills today revealed a “strategic alliance” to join the rapidly expanding sports wagering business space in the U.S. by creating a physical and online sportsbook in New York State.

Sports wagering is not now legal in New York, however, rules and accompanying regulations are expected to come under close examination by New York State lawmakers in 2019, Democratic State Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow (89th District) told Sports Handle in an interview last week. Pretlow is the state lawmaker sponsoring enabling legislation that would legalize full-fledged sports betting in the state.

Resorts World Catskills in Kiamesha Lake, on the site of the former Concord Hotel, a “Borscht Belt” landmark, is New York’s newest and largest integrated commercial casino resort destination with closest proximity to Manhattan. Empire, as a bet365 affiliate company, is part of the world’s largest online sports bookmaker. The parties said in a media release that their deal 20-year agreement would become effective when permitted by applicable law.

 

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Physical DraftKings Sportsbook Set to Open At Resorts In Atlantic City

For the second time this week, DraftKings has announced the forthcoming opening of a physical sportsbook — this time where the post-PASPA U.S. sports betting expansion started, in New Jersey*.

“Construction is near completion on the DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts, slated to open by late November 2018,” pending approval from the state’s

For the second time this week, DraftKings has announced the forthcoming opening of a physical sportsbook — this time where the post-PASPA U.S. sports betting expansion started, in New Jersey*.

“Construction is near completion on the DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts, slated to open by late November 2018,” pending approval from the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement. The Associated Press reports a more specific date — Tuesday, Nov. 20.  According to the AP, the sportsbook will be situated in an area where patrons can access it via an entrance off the Atlantic City boardwalk.

But wait, didn’t Resorts already open a sportsbook over the summer, branded Resorts, in conjunction with SB Tech? Indeed it did, but apparently there’s room for more than one operation to co-exist under the same roof, same as the digital arms for each property, which can implement up to three “skins” online.

 

Read more Physical DraftKings Sportsbook Set to Open At Resorts In Atlantic City on SportsHandle.

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NFL Injuries and Sports Betting: Audibles at the Sight of Line Moves

Handicapping football injuries in the NFL, although similar to parsing less abundant injury information in the college game, requires a unique skill set and approach. It’s also an absolute imperative for any serious bettor as NFL lines have become sharper and less elastic in the information age.

Andy Iskoe of the Logical

Handicapping football injuries in the NFL, although similar to parsing less abundant injury information in the college game, requires a unique skill set and approach. It’s also an absolute imperative for any serious bettor as NFL lines have become sharper and less elastic in the information age.

Andy Iskoe of the Logical Approach, a handicapping and sports research service, has analyzed such injury information and contextualized it as long as he’s been in the business. The longtime Las Vegas professional handicapper, podcaster and featured columnist for numerous sports betting publications including Gaming Today, examined this topic for Sports Handle recently.

Iskoe says experienced handicappers and bookmakers sometimes assign a point value to each position if a starter is injured, but that in the pro game, as one would expect, most adjustment in terms of the point spread revolve around the quarterback.

 

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Best Betting Scenes: In ‘Dirty Work,’ Dr. Farthing Bets Against Rocky

Time for another installment in Sports Handle’s ongoing series on The Best Best Gambling And Sports Betting Scenes. There’s a lot of high-quality movies centered on gambling, including on horse racing and poker ‘Let It Ride’ and ‘Rounders’). All quality gambling scenes, whether strictly sports betting or not, the focus of the film or

Time for another installment in Sports Handle’s ongoing series on The Best Best Gambling And Sports Betting Scenes. There’s a lot of high-quality movies centered on gambling, including on horse racing and poker ‘Let It Ride’ and ‘Rounders’). All quality gambling scenes, whether strictly sports betting or not, the focus of the film or a short aside, will be included/considered.

The very underrated, under-appreciated 1998 comedy “Dirty Work” stars Norm MacDonald (as Mitch) and Artie Lange (Sam) as co-founders of a “Revenge For Hire” business, in order to pay for a heart surgery for Sam’s father, Pops.

Directed by Bob Saget, the movie also has guest appearances by Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Don Rickles and of course, Chevy Chase, who plays the heart surgeon and gambling addict Dr. Farthing, who will bump up Pop’s place on the heart transplant list in exchange for $50,000 — to pay back his bookie.

Chase delivers his classic deadpan humor in each of his scenes, including in this doctor’s office exchange when Dr. Farthing reveals just how terrible he is at betting sports:

Roy Bets Big On His Seven Iron In ‘Tin Cup’

The Long Con Begins in ‘Diggstown’

 

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Poll: Most Maryland Voters Want Sports Betting, Will Have to Wait

A Washington Post poll conducted in Sept. 2017 showed that 55% of respondents approved of legalizing sports betting with only 33% disapproving — the highest level of support ever record by the Roper Center public opinion archive.  

Now a brand new Post poll surveying Maryland registered voters found numbers in line

A Washington Post poll conducted in Sept. 2017 showed that 55% of respondents approved of legalizing sports betting with only 33% disapproving — the highest level of support ever record by the Roper Center public opinion archive.  

Now a brand new Post poll surveying Maryland registered voters found numbers in line with the national figures — 53 percent are in favor of legal sports wagering on professional sports, against 37 percent opposed (10 percent had no opinion).

Unfortunately for those Marylanders approving and also desiring to make legal sports bets, they’ll probably be waiting more than two years to do so within Maryland borders.

The Maryland state constitution requires that any gambling expansion must go to the voters via ballot referendum.  In March, the House of Delegates passed a bill 124-14 that would have put the matter on the Nov. 6 ballot, however the bill failed to make it out of committee in the Senate before the legislative session ended.  

As proponents at the time advised, now the next opportunity to get it on the ballot won’t come until Nov. 2020, unless lawmakers have the motivation and find a way to bypass the state constitution. Unlikely.

 
 

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DraftKings Set to Open Retail Sportsbook In Mississippi This Week

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DraftKings and the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D’Iberville, Miss. announced a partnership on Monday that will put DraftKings in charge of the casino’s retail sportsbook.

Once live, this will mark two firsts for

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DraftKings and the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D’Iberville, Miss. announced a partnership on Monday that will put DraftKings in charge of the casino’s retail sportsbook.

Once live, this will mark two firsts for the Boston-headquartered company: its first retail sportsbook and its official foray into a second state after New Jersey, where DraftKings operates under a license with Resorts Casino and so far has led the competition among NJ online sportsbooks — by a couple laps — in terms of handle and gross revenue.

“Opening Nov. 16, 2018, the sportsbook will transform Scarlet Pearl’s existing PRL Bar into a multi-screen betting and social destination for sports lovers,” reads Monday’s joint news release.

 

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Boomer Esiason: Former WFAN Co-Host Craig Carton A ‘Cautionary Tale’ For Gambling Addiction

In a Manhattan federal court on Wednesday, former co-host Craig Carton of the popular WFAN morning sports talk show “Boomer & Carton” was convicted on all three charges he faced in connection with a multi-million dollar ticket brokering scheme, in which investors got fleeced. 

Why’d he do it? At least in part, or in

In a Manhattan federal court on Wednesday, former co-host Craig Carton of the popular WFAN morning sports talk show “Boomer & Carton” was convicted on all three charges he faced in connection with a multi-million dollar ticket brokering scheme, in which investors got fleeced. 

Why’d he do it? At least in part, or in large part, due to gambling addiction, specifically casino table games such as blackjack. When federal agents knocked on Carton’s door in Sept. 2017 before the sun rose, the show that had run since 2007 effectively ended. Co-host and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, as well as other show staffers, were caught by surprise and claim to have no knowledge whatsoever about Carton’s criminal activity. Ultimately Carton was found guilty of securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud. He now faces up to 45 years in prison.

On Thursday morning, Esiason, producer Al Dukes, and others reacted to the conviction  on-air. Said Esiason (watch here):

“For anybody out there, who’s ever had anybody in their life who has dealt with any sort of addiction — drugs, alcohol, gambling — this is a cautionary tale of how your life can spiral out of control and how it can affect so many around you, including your own family, the people that you work with and the people that you try to do business with on the outside.

“Last night, there was a moment that I had where I just said, ‘You know, I can’t believe that it’s finally come to an end,’ and it led us to where we are today.”

After the charges came down, WFAN suspended Carton and later terminated him. Boomer stayed aboard and later Gregg “Gio” Giannotti replaced Carton, forming “Boomer and Gio.”

 

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How November Elections And A Court Ruling Will Impact Legal New York Sports Betting

Tuesday’s election results and a recent New York State Supreme Court ruling are both likely to impact the ability of state residents to soon enter a full-fledged, regulated sports wagering market, according to a New York legislator and a prominent local gaming attorney. 

New Yorkers have a “better than 50 percent chance” to be

Tuesday’s election results and a recent New York State Supreme Court ruling are both likely to impact the ability of state residents to soon enter a full-fledged, regulated sports wagering market, according to a New York legislator and a prominent local gaming attorney. 

New Yorkers have a “better than 50 percent chance” to be able to legally bet on sports in 2019, Democratic Assemblyman Member J. Gary Pretlow (89th District), told Sports Handle this week, despite the recent court decision that ruled part of the legislation legalizing Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) was unconstitutional and would require voter approval in a statewide referendum.

Pretlow is the state lawmaker sponsoring a bill to legalize sports betting in the Empire State, and plans to bring it up again in the state’s next legislative session in January.

 

Read more How November Elections And A Court Ruling Will Impact Legal New York Sports Betting  on SportsHandle.

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Cover City’: NFL Week 10 Picks, Preview, Prop Bets With Will Applebee

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Brought to you by PropSwap.com, Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who

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Brought to you by PropSwap.com, Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way.

Will Applebee @NOTSCWill aka @NotSportsCenter joins the program to break down Week 10 action.  The guys discuss which games to avoid (no matter how tempting) and where you should put your money for the best ROI. Don’t miss some surprising SuperContest picks, as well. Listen and go make some money this weekend.

Download the PropSwap app for iOS systems here and Android here, and right now, PropSwap is offering Cover City listeners 10% off their first purchase or sale. Just go to PropSwap.com/Handle to get 10% off.

Time codes for the episode follow below. Listen and subscribe on Spotify here.


1:50: Notre Dame -16.5 vs. Florida State.

7:54 Buffalo Bills +6.5 (or +7) at N.Y. Jets.

11:50 Atlanta Falcons -4 at Cleveland Browns.

14:10 New Orleans Saints -5 at Cincinnati Bengals.

15:40 Washington Redskins +2.5 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

18:05 New England Patriots -6.5 at Tennessee Titans.

21:53 Miami Dolphins +9.5 at Green Bay Packers.

24:14 Jacksonville Jaguars -3 at Indianapolis Colts.

25:33 Detroit Lions +6.5 at Chicago Bears.

30:33 Arizona Cardinals +16.5 at Kansas City Chiefs

33:40 PropSwap.com Futures Focus.

36:26 L.A. Chargers -10 at Oakland Raiders.

39:30 Seattle Seahawks +9.5  at L.A. Rams.

41:45 Dallas Cowboys +7 at Philadelphia Eagles.

44:55 NY Giants +3 at San Francisco 49ers.

48:36 Rosenthal’s SuperContest picks.


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MGM GVC Interactive Taps Sportradar As Exclusive Supplier of U.S. Sports Data

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Sports data provider Sportradar, currently the only data provider working directly with the NBA and NHL as a distributor of league data, announced Thursday a deal through which it will

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Sports data provider Sportradar, currently the only data provider working directly with the NBA and NHL as a distributor of league data, announced Thursday a deal through which it will now be the exclusive betting data provider to MGM GVC Interactive LLC for certain leagues.

MGM GVC Interactive is a shared venture between British-controlled bookmaker GVC Holdings PLC, which owns the Ladbrokes Coral Group PLC gambling company, and MGM Resorts International.

 
 

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‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 10 Breakdown: Bengals Host Red-Hot Saints, Pros On Underdog Titans (+6.5) vs. Patriots

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On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line

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On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the same from behind the microphone, so they’ll have you prepared for anything.

Somehow, it’s already NFL Week 10. There are some funky lines this week including three double digit games. Will the public continue their red hot October into November? Keep an eye on the dogs this week, they are consistently hitting (69-60-3 ATS on the season), although popular favorites have been covering recently. Listen for some key teaser opportunities and the contrarian pick of the week.

Spotify fans go here to listen. Download the PropSwap app for iOS systems here and Android here. Time codes for the episode follow below.


1:10 — The public is red hot: a recap of the season so far.

12:47 —  PropSwap.com, Future Focus — Are the L.A. Chargers and Carolina Panthers getting the respect they deserve?

15:16 — Carolina Panthers +3.5 at Pittsburgh Steelers — Carolina is a team to be reckoned with and the public is paying attention.

21:00 —  Buffalo Bills +6.5 (or +7) at N.Y. Jets — Without their young QBs playing, the only reason to watch this game is if you bet on it.

23:35 — Atlanta Falcons -4 at Cleveland Browns-– The Browns are home dogs? Tempting, but can you trust them?

26:04 — New Orleans Saints -5 at Cincinnati Bengals — Contrarian play of the week!

29:25 — Washington Redskins +2.5 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — FitzMagic money is pouring in, but which version will we see this week?

31:30 — New England Patriots -6.5 at Tennessee Titans — Pros are on the dog. Great teaser opportunity.

34:09 — Arizona Cardinals +16.5 at Kansas City Chiefs — If you have to play KC, play the first half.

36:00 — L.A. Chargers -10 at Oakland Raiders –– Robert is done with the Raiders but Matt will tease it.

39:06 — Seattle Seahawks +9.5  at L.A. Rams — Seattle is the livest dog you’ve ever seen.

41:31 — Miami Dolphins +9.5 at Green Bay Packers — This game is Dolphins vs. Aaron Rodgers. And the public loves Aaron Rodgers.

42:49 — Detroit Lions +6.5 at Chicago Bears — Has media spin superficially inflated the Lions?

44:22– Dallas Cowboys +7 at Philadelphia Eagles — Without Sean Lee the Cowboys suffer on defense.

45:34 — NY Giants +3 at San Francisco 49ers  — San Fran is terrible but shouldn’t be favored over anybody… even the Giants.


Have a profitable Week 10, folks. Thanks for listening and see you back next week, tell a friend, sign up for our newsletter and also check out the Cover City Podcast, featuring sports bettor Eric Rosenthal.

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NHL Executive Suggests New Gambling Revenue Could Actually Keep Ticket Prices Down

The NHL’s 180° on the virtues of sports betting is causing whiplash among people who for two decades saw NHL commissioner Gary Bettman shout about the dangers of legal sports betting and its potential to ruin sports. 

Following a flurry of recent NHL announcements including deals with MGM Resorts International to

The NHL’s 180° on the virtues of sports betting is causing whiplash among people who for two decades saw NHL commissioner Gary Bettman shout about the dangers of legal sports betting and its potential to ruin sports. 

Following a flurry of recent NHL announcements including deals with MGM Resorts International to become an official sports betting partner, and a partnership with FanDuel to become the “exclusive official daily fantasy partner and an official sports betting partner of the NHL” —  Los Angeles Kings president Luc Robitaille on Wednesday said that gambling revenue derived from such deals and other channels could actually lower ticket prices or at least prevent them from rising at the same rate.

Robitaille made the remarks during an appearance on ESPN’s On Ice podcast with Greg Wyshanski and Emily Kaplan on Wednesday, saying in part: “I’m not going to guarantee it’s going to bring down ticket prices, but it might hold the raise a little bit. If a team plans on raising ticket prices by 8 percent, they might only raise them by 5 or 4 percent. If there’s a lot more money at the table, it makes everybody’s life easier.”

We’ll put the likelihood of a reduction of prices and/or slowing of their incremental increases at 25-1. Let’s now explore the reason for that line a bit deeper.

 

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Daily Fantasy Sports Coming to (Most Of) Louisiana After Voters Approve Ballot Measure

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) are coming to the Bayou State after residents in most of the state’s 64 parishes voted in favor of a ballot initiative to allow residents of those parishes to play in online DFS contests.

According to the Times-Picayune, 47 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes voted in favor of legalizing online DFS

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) are coming to the Bayou State after residents in most of the state’s 64 parishes voted in favor of a ballot initiative to allow residents of those parishes to play in online DFS contests.

According to the Times-Picayune, 47 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes voted in favor of legalizing online DFS contests, with most of those against it located in north Louisiana, while most parishes in the Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette areas voted in favor. DFS will be available only to those within the parishes that voted in favor — not statewide.

Because the Louisiana state constitution prohibits gambling, the legislation sponsored by state representative Kirk Talbot’s (R-River Ridge), which triggered the ballot initiative read, “participation in any fantasy sports contest … shall not be considered gambling.”  

 

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Breaking Down The NHL’s Partnership With FanDuel

The wall separating the major U.S. sports leagues and sports wagering world continues to crumble with the announcement of two new deals involving Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and sportsbook operator FanDuel.

FanDuel in its newly minted partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL) has additionally refocused attention on what was its core

The wall separating the major U.S. sports leagues and sports wagering world continues to crumble with the announcement of two new deals involving Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and sportsbook operator FanDuel.

FanDuel in its newly minted partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL) has additionally refocused attention on what was its core business as it continues its efforts to establish itself in emerging Nevada-style sports betting marketplaces.  

On Monday, the number two DFS company announced a multi-year partnership with the NHL, making FanDuel the “exclusive official daily fantasy partner and an official sports betting partner of the NHL.” The new deal also allows FanDuel customers to gain access to what it calls “special prizing,” such as VIP experiences to NHL major events including its All-Star Game and Winter Classic outdoor hockey game.

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8 Industries Most Likely To Score Big In Sports Gambling

The U.S. Supreme Court’s monumental decision in May to strike down the long-standing federal law banning full-fledged sports wagering outside Nevada, has opened up legal sports betting to states across the country.

Already New Jersey and Mississippi and its residents (and neighbors) have enjoyed the fruits of their new and growing markets, with

The U.S. Supreme Court’s monumental decision in May to strike down the long-standing federal law banning full-fledged sports wagering outside Nevada, has opened up legal sports betting to states across the country.

Already New Jersey and Mississippi and its residents (and neighbors) have enjoyed the fruits of their new and growing markets, with other states in earlier stages or nearing a launch. Many more are expected to come on board in 2019.

As new sports wagering platforms are being developed and new kinds of partnerships explored, a wide range of industries are well-positioned to benefit greatly from the massive revenue potential in this marketplace.

1. Fantasy Sports

New opportunities abound in this sector. From opening proprietary sportsbooks and developing betting apps to entering into partnerships with casinos, sports bars, and media companies, fantasy sports enterprises are ready to meet the increasing demand resulting from expanded legalized betting. While there are two clear leaders in this space, DraftKings and FanDuel — which by the way blew out the competition in September in New Jersey — it’s likely that new or smaller players will emerge as the market expands.

2. Social Media

Sports betting and social media go hand-in-hand. With a smartphone in the pockets of practically everyone, an increasing number of people are likely to follow games on mobile. Also many bettors will begin or already do follow sports reporters and “handicappers” on social media, meaning it will only grow as an essential tool in making an educated pregame and in-game wager. Additionally, a significant number of online sportsbooks and other companies are now using social media platforms as a marketing and advertising tool, thereby creating yet another revenue stream with the potential for massive expansion.

[Also see: Startups Compete in the New Sports Betting Arena]


3. Media Companies and TV

After the Supreme Court decision was announced, billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he believed the value of professional sports franchises were doubled as a result of the ruling. Although some may consider this hyperbole, there are others who think the statement was too low, with predictions that the amount of cash about to hit the sports gambling market is actually being underestimated. The related opportunities for media and television companies are enormous, as a 2016 Nielsen Sports study found that although sports betters composed just 25% of the NFL viewing audience, they accounted for 47% of the time spent watching games. If you have money riding on a game, you’re likely to watch more than twice as much as non-gamblers.

And the media industry is listening. ESPN+ is airing a gambling-focused show by The Action Network, “I’ll Take That Bet,” featuring personalities picking their top 10 bets. FS1 went a step further by launching a daily sports gambling show called “Lock It In” with known betting personalities. Another concept involves in-game micro-wagering, which is expected to grow exponentially as states adopt sports gambling. Current delays between the sites of live sporting events and transmission to viewers have curtailed play-by-play wagering on some sports. It’s expected that technology firms will quickly develop real-time picture-and-sound transmission to allow this revenue potential to be fully realized.

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The Week in Sports Betting: PA Sports Betting Nears Launch; NHL Jumps Into Fray; More and More Deals

After a brief hiatus, ‘Get a Grip’ makes a triumphant return. It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad).

Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping

After a brief hiatus, ‘Get a Grip’ makes a triumphant return. It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad).

Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the week’s top stories, and rounding up key stories in sports betting, gaming, and the world of sports at large. You may have missed them, and they are worth reading.

 


Never a slow week these days as we count a half-dozen new deals this week bringing the pro sports leagues together with gaming and hospitality groups, and directly with sportsbook operators, unlike ever before. Times they are a changin’.

But first: More movement in Pennsylvania, where this Wednesday the state gaming control board granted three more sports wagering certificates. This trio joins fellow licensees Hollywood Casino and Parx Casino (and its South Philadelphia Turf Club). Some details about their immediate sportsbook plans:

– Harrah’s Philadelphia — Affiliated with Caesars Entertainment. The company is planning a renovation of an existing 4,322-square foot food and beverage area, which will include 40 flat-screen televisions, multiple odds boards, six teller windows, self-betting kiosks, two horse-racing terminals, and stadium-style seating.

– Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh — Aiming for a Dec. 1 launch of its retail sportsbook and early ‘19 for mobile-web platforms. Plans are to move the sportsbook to a permanent location in the center of the gaming floor, in the spring of 2019.

– SugarHouse Casino in the Philadelphia area — Has plans for a 1,800-square foot temporary sportsbook that will feature club chairs and table seating for 70 people, in addition to a 14-foot by 7-foot video wall. A dozen flat-screen televisions will be spread around the sportsbook and food and beverage service will be available.

 

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‘Cover City’: NFL Week 9 Picks, Preview, Prop Bets With Christian Pina

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Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, brought to you by PropSwap.com. Cover City is hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports), a professional sports bettor who

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Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, brought to you by PropSwap.com. Cover City is hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports), a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way.

We’re over the halfway mark.  Show regular and professional sports handicapper Christian Pina (@ChristianPina)  joins Rosenthal for a storyline-rich week, including a GOAT QB showdown, the L.A. Rams streaking undefeated into New Orleans, the return of FitzMagic, as well as possibly the worst QB ever, Nathan Peterman. Listen below for Week 9’s best teaser and prop opportunities and don’t miss Rosenthal’s SuperContest picks.

Time codes for the episode follow below. Listen and subscribe on Spotify here.

2:30 — Week 8 recap: the return of the pros.

4:19 — Detroit Lions +4.5 at Minnesota Vikings  — The Vikings are normally among the best teams at home, but have struggled this year. Still, Minnesota or pass.

6:19 — Kansas City Chiefs -8.5 at Cleveland Browns — If you want peace of mind, take the teaser.

9:39 — Pittsburgh Steelers +3 at Baltimore Ravens — While the Ravens break Christian’s (gambling) heart again? Try to middle this game for the best value.

12:23 — Tampa Bay Buccaneers +6.5 at Carolina Panthers  — Don’t get caught up in the FitzMagic rollercoaster. Panthers TE Greg Olsen in the prop market is best bet for this game.

16:14 — N.Y Jets +3 at Miami Dolphins — No one cares about this game expect the betting market. If you must torture yourself, take the points.

17:10 — Atlanta Falcons +1.5 at Washington Redskins — A must win for a desperate Atlanta, but will Julio Jones ever catch a touchdown?  Alex Smith in the prop market is a good way to hedge your bets, too.

19:15 — All about the PropSwap.com market. Right now, PropSwap is offering Cover City listeners 10% off their first purchase or sale. Just go to PropSwap.com/Handle to get 10% off.

25:17 — Chicago Bears -10 at Buffalo Bills — Is the Bills QB Nathan Peterman the worst quarterback to ever play the game?   

31:19 — Houston Texans  +1 and Denver Broncos — WR Demaryius Thomas was traded from the Broncos to the Texans. How might that impact how Houston approaches the game?

35:34 — L.A. Chargers +1.5 at Seattle Seahawks — Rosenthal is honoring his pledge to stay away from Philip Rivers. Christian is biased since he holds a Seattle game total over ticket, but thinks there could be some potential on the first half under.

37:50 — L.A. Rams +1.5 at New Orleans Saints — Will the Rams remain undefeated? Would a loss do them good?

42:10 — Green Bay Packers +5.5 at New England Patriots — Rosenthal and Christian’s teams finally go head-to-head this week in a GOAT showdown.

47:37 — Tennessee Titans +6.5 at Dallas Cowboys — This game is a long play for Christian, and has potential with first half or full game under.

49:24 — SuperContest picks by Pina.

50:39 — SuperContest picks by Rosenthal.


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Week 9 College Football Picks: LSU +15 Against No. 1-Ranked Alabama, And More

Each week we’ll be providing our top college football picks.

Also check out our NFL “Lookahead Lines” story, finding value (or not) by comparing earlier lines, and identifying recency bias.

This week we have six plays, including a rebound spot for Oregon and LSU getting over two touchdowns at home versus Alabama.

Week

Each week we’ll be providing our top college football picks.

Also check out our NFL “Lookahead Lines” story, finding value (or not) by comparing earlier lines, and identifying recency bias.

This week we have six plays, including a rebound spot for Oregon and LSU getting over two touchdowns at home versus Alabama.

Week 9 College Football Picks: LSU +15 Over Alabama, Ducks -10 Over UCLA & More

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RB Joshua Kelley

Oregon -10 over UCLA

Oregon is my favorite play of the season so far, assuming quarterback Justin Herbert plays. Herbert suffered a concussion in last week’s loss to Arizona but returned to practice Wednesday.

Nothing went right for the Ducks in Tucson. It was an awful spot for them coming off two emotional games against Washington and Washington State. I looked hard at fading the Ducks last week but just couldn’t trust Arizona.

While last week was a terrible spot for Oregon, this week is the exact opposite. Chip Kelly returns to Eugene where he was the head coach for four years and led the Ducks to the National Championship Game. His UCLA Bruins are coming off a 31-point loss to Utah and have dropped 10 of their last 11 conference games on the road by an average of 16 points.

Oregon has Utah on deck but because they got hammered by Arizona, the Ducks can’t afford to look past the overmatched Bruins. Nothing went right for Oregon against Arizona. It’s one of those games you just throw away because Oregon simply didn’t show up. Expect them to show up Saturday with Kelly in town.

Oregon is 4-1 at home this season. The Ducks’ only loss was to Stanford when they fumbled running out the clock. I expect Oregon to roll at home on Saturday. This line should be up to two touchdowns by kickoff. It opened Oregon -13 then dropped to 7.5 when  Herbert was questionable Tuesday. It’s back on the rise, so if you like the Ducks, grab them as soon as possible.

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‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 9 Breakdown, Patriots-Packers, Rams-Saints

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On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games,

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On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the same from behind the microphone, so they’ll have you prepared for anything.

We’re over the halfway mark: Welcome to NFL Week 9. This week has two unwatchable games with Raiders vs. 49ers and Jets vs. Dolphins, but also has two monster games in Rams at Saints and Patriots at Packers. There’s also lots of teaser opportunities this week. Buckle up and dive in for a profitable and fun week.  

Spotify fans go here to listen.  Time codes for the episode follow below. Your feedback is welcome at @sports_handle.


1:20 — USBookmaking’s New Mexico launch review and NFL Week 8 recap. 

6:22 — New Mexico sports betting kiosk roll out.

9:10 — L.A. Rams RB Todd Gurley’s smart football play (that upset some folks).

12:57 — PropSwap.com Future Focus: Rams to win the Super Bowl?

15:14 — Oakland Raiders +2.5 at San Francisco 49ers  —  You have to bet $10 on this game to even watch it.

17:53 — Detroit Lions +4.5 at Minnesota Vikings — Line dropped from 7 to 4.5, why so much movement?

20:31 — Kansas City Chiefs -8.5 at Cleveland Browns — Bettors are actually taking home dog Cleveland, but what does a change in coaching staff mean for the Browns? Anything over +7 is a play here.

24:25 — Pittsburgh Steelers +3 at Baltimore Ravens — Head says take the Steelers,  but the Ravens may win this game.


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26:18 — Tampa Bay Buccaneers +6.5 at Carolina Panthers — Will we see an inconsistent Fitzpatrick or the the return of FitzMagic?

28:51 — L.A. Chargers +1.5 at Seattle Seahawks — Great teaser potential, this will be a tight football game.

31:24 — Chicago Bears -10 at Buffalo Bills — This isn’t a bet on the Bears, it’s a bet against the Bills.

34:33 — Atlanta Falcons +1.5 at Washington Redskins  — Washington may be the worst 5-2 team ever.

36:07 —  N.Y Jets +3 at Miami Dolphins — At least they are playing each other…

36:23 — Houston Texans  +1 and Denver Broncos —  Houston is overrated and this is a game Denver can win.

39:14 — L.A. Rams +1.5 at New Orleans Saints — NFC Championship preview and the best regular season game of the year. Would a loss benefit the Rams?

45:10 — Green Bay Packers +5.5 at New England Patriots   —  Primetime, at home? You don’t bet against the Patriots.

51:12 — Tennessee Titans +6.5 at Dallas Cowboys — Do you have the stomach to take the Titans? Perrault just might.


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Have a profitable Week 9, folks. Follow Perrault on Twitter @sportstalkmatt and Walker @robertusfsports.

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The Deals Keep Comin’: New York Jets-MGM Strike Marketing Deal With Eye Toward Sports Betting

The post The Deals Keep Comin’: New York Jets-MGM Strike Marketing Deal With Eye Toward Sports Betting appeared first on SportsHandle.

The New York Jets have joined with MGM Resorts International (MGM) in a first-of-its-kind partnership making MGM Resorts the Jets’ official gaming partner in an arrangement that goes

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The New York Jets have joined with MGM Resorts International (MGM) in a first-of-its-kind partnership making MGM Resorts the Jets’ official gaming partner in an arrangement that goes beyond a basic casino sponsorship, the companies announced Wednesday.

The move is the latest in a recent flurry of transactions uniting the casino/sports wagering world with the U.S. professional sports leagues.

The multi-year agreement between the Jets and MGM is described as “the most comprehensive and integrated gaming partnership in the National Football League (NFL) to date.” 

 

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NFL Week 9: In ‘Lookahead Lines,’ Intrigue As Broncos Trade WR Thomas to Opponent

Every week, Sports Handle will look at NFL lines, specifically “lookahead lines” to see how they’re moving and why. Lookahead lines are those posted one week prior to a game or even before the season has begun, as CG Technology does.

By comparing changes between current lines and the numbers hung days earlier, we

Every week, Sports Handle will look at NFL lines, specifically “lookahead lines” to see how they’re moving and why. Lookahead lines are those posted one week prior to a game or even before the season has begun, as CG Technology does.

By comparing changes between current lines and the numbers hung days earlier, we can get a sense of where recency bias or overreactions are seeping in.

We’ll highlight the significant shifts, look for value and suggest when it’s a good idea to get behind or stay away from certain teams. Here’s a look at the NFL Week 9 line moves and what it means to bettors. (Note: odds indicated are based on current numbers at several Las Vegas sportsbooks.)

NFL Week 9 Lines, Before And After: Texans-Broncos, Rams-Saints in NFC Heavyweight Clash; FitzMagic Getting 7 At Carolina?

Houston Texans at Denver Broncos (-1)

The Texans-Broncos matchup has the most notable line movement of the week. The SuperBook made the Texans a 1.5-point road favorite last week in its early lines. Houston then destroyed the Dolphins on national TV Thursday night, 42-23. Meanwhile, the Broncos fell (and covered) in Kansas City, 30-23.

The Texans have won five straight (3-2 ATS), while Denver is 1-5 in its last six games (3-3 ATS). The SuperBook opened this number as a pick ’em on Sunday night and within a couple hours it moved to the Broncos -2.5. The Texans did suffer a big loss against Miami when receiver Will Fuller tore his ACL. Deshaun Watson’s numbers are much better with Fuller in the lineup. But is Fuller worth four points? Traditionally only QBs cause moves like that.

The public has come out ahead the last two weeks and they’re certain to be on the Texans Sunday. The Broncos are 2-2 at home this year and 2-1-1 ATS. 

But then on Tuedsay an hour after the Broncos traded for WR Demaryius Thomas to their opponent this week — the Texans! — the line dropped to Denver -1.5 and to -1 as of Wednesday morning. Don’t be surprised if Houston is a slight favorite by kickoff. The Texans are playing much better over the last month but the value may end up being on Denver if it becomes a home ‘dog.

 

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Expected Value In Sports Betting (EV), Explained In Understandable Terms

Editor’s Note: The article below originally appeared in Berryhorse’s (real name Kieran) free newsletter BetItUp, which you can (and should) subscribe to here to learn more about predictive sports modeling, betting, bankroll management and more. The article is published at Sports Handle with his permission.

It’s very easy to lose

Editor’s Note: The article below originally appeared in Berryhorse’s (real name Kieran) free newsletter BetItUp, which you can (and should) subscribe to here to learn more about predictive sports modeling, betting, bankroll management and more. The article is published at Sports Handle with his permission.

It’s very easy to lose money betting on sports. Losing wagers may still provide good entertainment for a few hours, but people wanting to actually make money need discipline and at least a basic understanding of math and probability.

Some bettors consider themselves “Positive EV” or +EV bettors, referring to positive expected value. There’s a bunch of articles on the subject that are too complex, especially for those not mathematically inclined. So if you’re encountering EV principles for the first time or need a refresher, we’re pleased to share what’s below by Mr. Berryhorse, which should be digestible by sports bettors of all levels.

 

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SuperContest Contestants Crush In Week 8, Average Over 3 Correct Picks Apiece

Westgate Las Vegas Supercontest players in NFL Week 8 turned in a season-high performance, averaging 3.04 points with nearly 10 percent of the field scoring a perfect 5-0.  A total of 270 of the 3,123-entrant field notched 5 points as the top six most popular sides covered the spread this week.

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Westgate Las Vegas Supercontest players in NFL Week 8 turned in a season-high performance, averaging 3.04 points with nearly 10 percent of the field scoring a perfect 5-0.  A total of 270 of the 3,123-entrant field notched 5 points as the top six most popular sides covered the spread this week.

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley’s wise football decision to hit the ground and kill the clock rather than cruise into the end zone against the Packers, while leading 29-27 in the waning seconds, had no impact on the 9.5-point SuperContest spread. Even if Gurley had punched it in, the Rams would have kicked the extra point, making the margin 9 at most.

And the Packers +9.5 coming off their bye at the undefeated Rams was the most popular side, by the way. Nearly 40 percent of the pool put their faith in Aaron Rodgers in a spot where his Packers were the biggest point-spread underdog in his career. Here’s the Week 8 sports betting snapshot, then we’ll dig into more of the key decisions this week.

  • Favorites vs Underdogs (ATS): 8-6
  • Home vs Away (ATS): 5-9
  • Over/Under record: 45-9
  • Straight up underdog wins: 3

 

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Minnesota Lawmaker Cautiously Optimistic About Sports Betting Legalization

Sports wagering for Minnesotans should be on the way, but won’t happen unless local residents get behind the effort to make it happen, according to State Rep. Pat Garafolo (R), the seven-term legislator and avid sports bettor who’s currently leading efforts to get a bill before the state legislature when it reconvenes in

Sports wagering for Minnesotans should be on the way, but won’t happen unless local residents get behind the effort to make it happen, according to State Rep. Pat Garafolo (R), the seven-term legislator and avid sports bettor who’s currently leading efforts to get a bill before the state legislature when it reconvenes in January.

However, as he told the locally based Great Time Podcast with John Kriesel, just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. Garafolo said he’s optimistic that the various gaming interests in the state, tribal gaming, charitable gaming and others will reach common ground on the issue.

“We need flexible legislation that works for everyone,” said Garafolo, who represents District 58B, which includes portions southeastern Twin Cities metropolitan area in Dakota and Goodhue counties. “We have to have a low-tax, low-fee environment. We just can’t go in and tax the snot out of this industry. The illegal sports betting market is very robust, so we have to have the right kind of regulations to compete with that.”umber of sub-issues (including betting on local college teams) that needs to be resolved with gambling stakeholders in the state.

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MGM Resorts Becomes NHL’s Official Sports Betting Partner In Historic New Deal

National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday announced that the league struck a multi-year sponsorship agreement with MGM Resorts International (MGM), making the gaming and entertainment giant an official sports betting partner of the NHL. This follows a similar announcement by the National Basketball Association in July, where the NBA presented MGM

National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday announced that the league struck a multi-year sponsorship agreement with MGM Resorts International (MGM), making the gaming and entertainment giant an official sports betting partner of the NHL. This follows a similar announcement by the National Basketball Association in July, where the NBA presented MGM as the NBA’s official gaming partner. 

The NHL deal, aside from designating MGM as an official partner, will allow MGM use of the NHL’s trademarks in connection with sports wagering at its properties internationally, as well as access to “official league data” including advanced data — some of which is still getting hammered out in the lab.

“The data we’re in the process of inventing is a process that’s been ongoing,” Bettman said. “It wasn’t our vision to develop it for sports betting, but as a broadcast enhancement to bring fans closer to the game.”

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With Major Announcement Forthcoming, NHL Reportedly Going ‘All In’ On Sports Betting

The National Hockey League (NHL) will make a major announcement on Monday regarding its participation in the sports betting marketplace.

Sportnet’s Chris Johnston, a Toronto-based hockey insider for the NHL Network and a senior hockey writer for Sportnet, a Canadian equivalent of ESPN, said via Twitter, “The NHL has decided to

The National Hockey League (NHL) will make a major announcement on Monday regarding its participation in the sports betting marketplace.

Sportnet’s Chris Johnston, a Toronto-based hockey insider for the NHL Network and a senior hockey writer for Sportnet, a Canadian equivalent of ESPN, said via Twitter, “The NHL has decided to dive head-first into the sports betting business. Official partnership(s) to be announced at a Monday morning press conference in New York. Word I’m hearing is “we’re going all in.”

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman sent out a media advisory Friday alerting news outlets that he’ll speak at a Monday news conference in New York City.

No Further Information Yet Released on NHL’s Sports Betting Move, But Bettman’s Presence Appears to Guarantee Some Importance to the News Conference.

Should the NHL reveal some manner of official relationship with participants in the legal sports wagering marketplace, it would join the NBA in establishing a formal relationship with a gaming and bookmaking operation.

In July the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver announced at a news conference in New York a 3-year, $25 million marketing and data deal with MGM Resorts International. The non-exclusive arrangement largely focuses on marketing, but does grant MGM access to the league’s official data feed.

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NCAA Announces Establishment of New Committee to ‘Examine’ Sports Wagering

The NCAA announced on Friday the formation of a new committee to examine sports wagering.

“The Board of Governors Ad Hoc Committee on Sports Wagering will examine the sports wagering landscape and its potential impact on current NCAA rules, educational efforts, player availability reporting, and any associated risks as more states legalize sports

The NCAA announced on Friday the formation of a new committee to examine sports wagering.

“The Board of Governors Ad Hoc Committee on Sports Wagering will examine the sports wagering landscape and its potential impact on current NCAA rules, educational efforts, player availability reporting, and any associated risks as more states legalize sports wagering,” the statement reads.

This follows the Association’s announcement in July that the national office is examining the long-term impact on college sports with an “internal team of subject matter experts,” with generally the same objectives.

This all follows the United States Supreme Court’s decision on May 14 in Murphy v NCAA, in which the high court struck down the 1992 federal ban on full-fledged sports wagering outside Nevada on Tenth Amendment principles. Since that time, the NCAA’s fellow respondents in the case, the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and the National Football League, and some of those leagues’ teams, have announced new partnerships with casinos, sportsbooks, and overall relaxed its rules regarding such deals.

 

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Louisiana Lawmakers Eyeing Sports Betting Legalization In 2019

If in-state LSU fans want to legally bet on the home team as a double-digit home underdog to No. 1-ranked Alabama on Nov. 3rd, they’ll most likely drive to Mississippi to do it. Or wager offshore. 

Meanwhile, Louisiana officials continue to discuss legislation that would allow local residents to join their Mississippi neighbors

If in-state LSU fans want to legally bet on the home team as a double-digit home underdog to No. 1-ranked Alabama on Nov. 3rd, they’ll most likely drive to Mississippi to do it. Or wager offshore. 

Meanwhile, Louisiana officials continue to discuss legislation that would allow local residents to join their Mississippi neighbors in legal sports betting.  

On Wednesday, State Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Kenner, told a state Senate Judiciary Committee he would again introduce a sports betting bill, however, he expects other legislators will do the same. Martiny tried last spring to begin the process of legalizing sports betting but lawmakers failed to act and the bill died in committee, never getting to the full State Senate for a vote.

 
 

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So How Does This William Hill-FanDuel Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Play Out?

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As you may be aware by now, bookmaker William Hill US (WH) filed a lawsuit this week against FanDuel in New Jersey District Court, alleging copyright infringement, specifically for copying the

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As you may be aware by now, bookmaker William Hill US (WH) filed a lawsuit this week against FanDuel in New Jersey District Court, alleging copyright infringement, specifically for copying the company’s “How to Bet Guide” for its own guide in print and online.

The examples WH gives in its complaint, if true, are pretty damning.

“We are not litigious people but this is ridiculous,” William Hill CEO Joe Asher said in a statement to ESPN. “If the court finds in our favor, a portion of the proceeds will fund scholarships for creative writing programs at New Jersey universities.”

Through conversations with experienced litigators and attorneys with intellectual property experience, below we attempt to answer:

  1. How exactly does the court determine what kind of damages William Hill may have suffered?;
  2. How much money might this cost FanDuel?;
  3. What other motivations William Hill might be have here

Said a FanDuel spokesperson: “As a policy, we don’t comment on pending litigation

 

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‘Cover City’: NFL Week 8 Picks, Preview With Christian Pina

 

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way.

For the

 

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way.

For the NFL Week 8 picks and preview pod, Rosenthal is joined again by Christian Pina (@ChristianPina), professional sports handicapper for Radar Sharp Edge, host of Inside Vegas and Gambling Podcast content editor. With some truly bad games (for bettors and fans alike) this week, the guys are picking their spots carefully.

But there are some great teaser opportunities and prop bets out there for consideration. Don’t miss Rosenthal’s SuperContest picks at the end of the pod, too.

Time codes for the episode follow below. Listen and subscribe on Spotify here.


1:17 — Week 7 recap and lessons learned.

4:25 — Philadelphia Eagles -3 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (London) — Both teams are struggling and while this is technically a neutral site, the “London Jaguars” are familiar with this city and trip.

8:18 — Cleveland Browns +8 at Pittsburgh Steelers —  This game is why teasers exist. 

12:00 — Denver Broncos +10 at Kansas City Chiefs — Team totals are the way to go for this type of game. Possible 3 team teaser.

15:12– N.Y. Jets +7.5 at Chicago Bears — Rosenthal has no interest in betting this game, and Christian notes that most of the money coming in is on the Bears.

16:14 — Washington Redskins PK at N.Y. Giants— Neither Rosenthal nor Christian are betting this game. Pass or take the Giants.

18:38 — Seattle Seahawks +3 at Detroit Lions — Rosenthal’s favorite line on the board, he loves the Lions and is waiting for a move to 2.5.

21:46 — Tampa Bay Buccaneers -4.5 at  Cincinnati Bengals — Buy low, sell high. Bengals QB Andy Dalton in the prop market is a great look.

24:00 — Baltimore Ravens -2 at Carolina Panthers — Rosenthal staying away from this game but Christian is leaning towards Baltimore with a bounce back for Ravens QB Joe Flacco.

26:23 — Indianapolis Colts -3 at Oakland Raiders — Raiders coach John Gruden is locked in on Vegas and will do it his way. Take the over.

30:10 — San Francisco 49ers PK at Arizona Cardinals  — Christian is avoiding this game, but Rosenthal sees a 3-team teaser opportunity.

34:20 — Green Bay Packers +9.5 vs. L.A. Rams  — Game of the week! Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is the best in the game, while the Rams are on another planet. Take the over on Rams total, or total overall.

40:37 — New Orleans Saints PK at Minnesota Vikings — Good game, tough game, keep an eye on the prop market, especially Vikings WR Adam Thielen.

44:09 — New England Patriots -14 at Buffalo Bills — Check out the first quarter line and first half line. If you like the Pats, take them now. Buffalo is not going to win.

48:55 — SuperContest picks!


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Also check out: Sports Handle’s Week 8 edition of “Lookahead Lines“: By comparing changes between current lines and the numbers hung days earlier, we can get a sense of where recency bias or overreactions are seeping in.

 
 

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Bookmaker William Hill and New Jersey Devils Partner Strike Sponsorship Deal — A First In New Jersey

 

The William Hill Sports Lounge, located outside Section 18 on the Main Concourse of Newark’s Prudential Center, is the latest major marketing foray executed by the rapidly expanding U.S. bookmaking operation, William Hill US announced on Thursday.

ESPN reports that because the NHL is not comfortable with the venue being an actual sportsbook

 

The William Hill Sports Lounge, located outside Section 18 on the Main Concourse of Newark’s Prudential Center, is the latest major marketing foray executed by the rapidly expanding U.S. bookmaking operation, William Hill US announced on Thursday.

ESPN reports that because the NHL is not comfortable with the venue being an actual sportsbook in which bets can be placed at windows and kiosks, instead, “company ambassadors” will assist bettors in downloading William Hill‘s betting app to make wagers online.

No opening date for the remodeled and rebranded space has been announced.

The venue, to be open during all New Jersey Devils NHL games, has been created in partnership with the Devils and the Prudential Center and will feature more than 20 digital screens showcasing the world’s most popular sporting events and displaying odds and betting propositions. The William Hill Sports Lounge will be also be open during more than 175 concerts and special events held at the arena annually. 

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‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 8 Breakdown, Vikes Host Saints, Rodgers and GB Big Dogs at Rams

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On The Pro Football Handle, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games,

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On The Pro Football Handle, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the same from behind the microphone, so they’ll have you prepared for anything.

NFL Week 8 has both a potential  NFC Championship preview in Saints vs. Vikings and the worst game of the year with 49ers vs. Cardinals. The New York Football Giants are in the midst of a fire sale and the Oakland Raiders are officially in tank mode. There are some crazy lines this week, listen below for complete insight and some laughs.

Spotify fans go here to listen.  Time codes for the episode follow below. Your feedback is welcome at @sports_handle.


0:44 — Recap of Week 7.

5:10 — The Giants’ (controversial)2-point conversion was the right decision.

9:50 — Is the NFL the next league to deal with tanking? The Raiders’ recent trades scream “tank mode”.

17:47 — Philadelphia Eagles -3 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (London) — The Eagles have been competitive and the public is still on them. The Jags were supposed to be among the best teams in the NFL this year but now are in a free fall. 

21:20 — Cleveland Browns +8 at Pittsburgh Steelers — Steelers’ hold out RB Le’veon Bell will not return until after the trade deadline. Pittsburgh will beats Cleveland, but not sure they will cover.

24:22 — Denver Broncos +10 at Kansas City Chiefs — The Chiefs aren’t just beating the spread they are killing it. The Broncos have never been double digit dog vs. KC until now. Both teams won 45-10 in Week 7, what will Week 8 hold?

28:18 — Green Bay Packers +9.5 at L.A. Rams — The Rams are just ripping people apart recently, bit this is the biggest dog margin ever for an Aaron Rodgers QB’d team. Take the dog or the over.

31:10 — Washington Redskins PK at N.Y. Giants — The Big Blue fire sale is not impacting lines because the ‘Skins are a hard team to gauge.

33:13 — San Francisco 49ers PK at Arizona Cardinals — Don’t watch this game, don’t play this game.

34:51 — Seattle Seahawks +3 at  Detroit Lions — Newly acquired defensive tackle “Snacks” Harrison should make his debut in a Lions uniform this week and the public thinks Detroit turning a corner.

38:29 — New Orleans Saints PK at Minnesota Vikings — Game of the week!  Probably the most bet game of the weekend with both teams as serious Super Bowl contenders. Can make a case for both teams but Minnesota is the play here since they are home.

43:25 — New England Patriots -14 at Buffalo Bills — The number prevents a lot of action on this game. But it’s a Monday night, Buffalo has some pride, so bet the Bills or walk away.

46:16 — Baltimore Ravens -2 at Carolina Panthers — The league has figured the Ravens out. Expect a lot of action on this game.

47:16 — Tampa Bay Buccaneers +4.5 at Cincinnati Bengals — Bettors seem to like Tampa and just saw them prevail with a 59-yard game winning field goal. Cincy opened the season with the over/under at 7.5 games and the public is expecting a course correction.

48:48 — N.Y. Jets +7 at Chicago Bears — A healthy Khalil Mack will be a game changer. Teaser leg candidate.


Have a profitable Week 7, folks. Follow Perrault on Twitter @sportstalkmatt and Walker @robertusfsports.

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