January 17, 2022

Wild Week of U.S. Sports Betting News Culminates with NFL Wild Card Weekend

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This article originally appeared in Sportsbook Review.

The last seven days have provided its fair share of U.S. legal sports betting news. The fallout from New York’s online sports betting launch dominated headlines again, sportsbook profits from participating U.S. states continued to trickle in, Australian Open drama, and NFL Wild Card game action kept fans riveted. Let’s take a peek at some of the relevant topics that generated sports betting buzz this past week and some topics to keep an eye out for in the week ahead.

NFL Wild Card Weekend Aftermath

NFL Wild Card Weekend is in the rear-view mirror, and it hasn’t been a particularly successful one for American sportsbooks. There was only one upset over the weekend, with three of the five favorites easily covering the spread.

One of the biggest stories from the Wild Card Weekend was the poor officiating from Jerome Boger and his team in Saturday’s Bengals vs. Raiders game. Boger and his crew will not be officiating again throughout the NFL Playoffs, per Adam Schefter. The controversial play that led to a Bengals touchdown helped bettors cash in ATS as the Bengals covered in their first NFL Playoff game since 1991. They were also one of the most popular public sides bet on coming into the weekend, according to Covers.com.

Oddsmakers and prognosticators will have their hands full this week determining the lines for what is sure to be a blockbuster NFL Championship Round, which starts Saturday.

The Good and the Bad from New York’s Mobile Sports Betting Launch

The much-anticipated launch of the New York mobile sports betting scene has come and gone with varying results. The good comes from the sheer volume of online wagering activity in the Empire State. The bad comes from a pair of U.S. legal sports betting heavyweights Caesars and FanDuel stumbling on their ability to deliver bonuses to new customers in the state. Caesars even experienced an outage during the Cowboys vs. Eagles game last week, which certainly wasn’t a good look for the company.

On Saturday and Sunday of last week, a staggering total of 17.2 million sports betting pings were reported in New York. Eight million pings alone from New York City’s five boroughs represented a bigger total than any other standalone state total within the US, according to Lindsay Slader, Managing Director of Gaming at GeoComply.

BetMGM will officially be welcomed to the New York mobile sports betting family Monday, joining BetRivers, Caesars, DraftKings, and FanDuel. Bally Bet, PointsBet, WynnBET, and Resorts World have yet to get their acts together with little indication of when they will join the New York legal sports betting family.

December’s Month-to-Month Sports Betting Dips

More evidence emerged last week about just how strong the U.S. legal sports betting market was during the 31-day October betting period when sportsbooks could take advantage of five full weekends of NFL and college football and the start of the NBA and NHL seasons. November and December were, by every measure, strong but not quite at the level of October.

These four states indicate what we can expect from jurisdictional heavyweights every month. All indications are that December will fall short of records for the majority of participating states – those numbers should be released in the next couple of weeks.

Oregon Moves Away from Lottery Model with DraftKings Partnership

In a move that will surely increase the so-far disappointing betting totals in the state of Oregon, DraftKings has stepped in to take over from the state Lottery, whose business model has dragged the platform down.

Oregon joins New Hampshire as a state to bring on DraftKings as a successor to their state Lottery. New Hampshire has seen a spike in wagering since their Lottery took a backseat to heavyweight sports betting provider, DraftKings.

“We’re excited about the improved experience for our players – including the ability to make same game parlay bets. DraftKings is a premier provider in the U.S.,” said Barry Pack, Oregon Lottery director, in a media release. “We see benefits for Lottery too, as the shift to DraftKings means fewer third-party service providers and a simpler financial structure for player accounts.”

It begs the question – will other jurisdictions with state Lotteries running their sports betting switch from Lottery models to more competitive and free markets? Washington D.C. and their disappointing Gamebet D.C. could be on notice.

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January 7, 2022

Wanna bet? Explaining where all 50 states stand on legalizing sports gambling

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This article originally appeared in CBS Sports.

It has been over three years since the United States Supreme Court delivered a landmark decision to strike down the federal ban on sports gambling that prohibited betting on sports in most states. Since that ruling, which left the legality of sports gambling up to state-level government, many states have legalized sports betting or are in the process of doing it. 

Prior to the Supreme Court ruling, Nevada was the only state in which a bettor could wager on the results of a game.

Here’s a state-by-state examination of where the country stands on sports gambling, as of 2022. And remember, if you live in a state where sports gambling is legal, check out SportsLine for expert predictions.

Alabama: Not legal.

The state has proposed multiple bills, including one in 2021, but all have been shot down. Alabama currently doesn’t have any commercial casinos.

Alaska: Not legal.

In 2020, the state put legalizing sports betting under consideration and Gov. Mike Dunleavy even showed support for the bill. However, the COVID-19 pandemic put an end to its consideration and the bill ended up expiring in May 2020.

Arizona: Legal.

Sports betting became legal on April 15, 2021. The legislation in place permits 20 operators in Arizona.

Arkansas: Legal. 

The state’s first official sportsbook (Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort) began operating in July of 2021, and there will be multiple others on the way, though the state is still prohibiting mobile online wagering

California: Not legal, but legislation proposed.

A number of bills have been put to the senate, but none have been successful. There is currently a third sports betting bill that is being proposed and there’s increasing optimism that it could pass.

Colorado: Legal.

Colorado became the 19th state to legalize betting and as of May 1, 2020 multiple operators allowed residents to open accounts online and place wagers.

In the 2020 election, Colorado expanded both the number and type of casino games it is able to offer. The state also eliminated some wagering limits.

Connecticut: Legal.

Sports betting is officially allowed in Connecticut as of September 30, 2021.

Delaware: Legal. 

Less than a month after the Supreme Court’s decision, Delaware moved to fully legalize sports betting. Three casinos began operating sportsbooks in June and the state is looking to add additional locations as well as mobile betting. 

Florida: It’s complicated. Sports betting was temporarily approved and legal, but now it is awaiting another launch due to a legal issue

Lawmakers in Florida approved sports betting in 2021. However, lawsuits in court have delayed the official beginning of betting in the state. Just three weeks after being approved, and accepting bets briefly, a judge ruled that an agreement between the state and the Seminole Tribe was illegal. The Seminole Tribe and Hard Rock Sportsbook had launched online sports betting on Nov. 1, 2021, but the app was shut down due to the ongoing legal battle.

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December 31, 2021

A Big Year For Legal US Sports Betting: A Rundown of Legalization, Launches in 2021

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This article originally appeared in Forbes.

The past year included a massive expansion of legalized sports betting in the US.

Heading into 2021, 20 states and Washington, D.C., were legal US sports betting markets. Now, at the dawn of 2022, there are sportsbooks in 30 states and DC open for sports bets.

Beyond those newly operating markets, several more are on the horizon in 2022 — both just waiting to launch and those nearing legalization.

States that legalized sports betting in 2021

Most of the states that launched in 2021 just crossed the finish line. Others were able to get the nod of approval, at least temporarily, during the calendar year.

Getting the work done

Voters in Louisiana, Maryland and South Dakota all approved sports betting at the ballot in November 2020. Legislators enacted the wishes of their voters in the spring of 2021.

Retail sports betting in South Dakota launched at casinos in the resort town of Deadwood in September.

Louisiana sports betting started with retail sportsbooks on Oct. 31, 2021, while mobile will likely launch in early 2022. Maryland sports betting began at several retail sportsbooks in December 2021, with online sports betting unlikely to start until late 2022.

Florida legalized, for a bit

In May 2021, lawmakers worked in a special session to pass Florida sports betting legislation as part of a new compact with the Seminole Tribe. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the compact later that month.

Despite several legal challenges, the Hard Rock sportsbook app run by the Seminole Tribe launched Nov. 1, 2021. The Hard Rock app eventually was pulled in early December as court rulings mounted against the Seminole Tribe.

While the Seminole Tribe appeals the rulings, FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook are working to secure signatures needed to put sports betting on the 2022 ballot.

States that launched sports betting

While Ohio regulators are cleared to work toward its launch now and Florida stakeholders work through a complicated situation, ten states did cross the finish line in 2021.

Online sports betting in Virginia and Michigan sportsbook apps launched in January 2021; Michigan already had retail sportsbooks. Additionally, retail sportsbooks opened at tribal casinos to offer North Carolina sports betting, Washington sports betting and Wisconsin sports betting.

Here’s the full list of markets launched sports betting in 2021:

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June 25, 2021

Get A Grip: The Week In Sports Betting: Florida Fightin’ Words, Ohio Inaction, Canada, And Everywhere, Man!

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This article originally appeared in Sportshandle.

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 U.S. sports betting stories, highlighting some fresh news, and rounding up key stories. Also check out this week’s Wild World of Gambling at US Bets.

DraftKings and FanDuel are Florida’s ‘champions’

It won’t be an easy lift, but the contest has officially started: DraftKings and FanDuel will be racing to collect nearly a million signatures in order to secure a ballot initiative that would break open the Florida mobile sports betting marketplace that, as currently and tentatively constituted, would be a Seminole Tribe monopoly.

As first reported by Sports Handle on Wednesday and further buttressed by a review of the draft copy of the initiative on Thursday, the Florida Secretary of State website has now published the proposed constitutional amendment, which bears the Serial Number 21-13.

Financially and strategically backed by DraftKings and FanDuel, the political action committee Florida Education Champions will serve as the vessel for the initiative.

The PAC was registered on June 2 and is chaired by David Johnson, a Republican political consultant. Johnson’s wife Christina, president of On 3 Public Relations, is serving as the group’s spokesperson.

“Yes, those entities [DraftKings and FanDuel] are going to be supportive of this effort,” said Christina Johnson, acknowledging that they are driving the campaign to amend the state Constitution.

Further in a statement published by the Florida Phoenix, she added, “The Florida Education Champions committee is comprised of like-minded individuals invested in increasing public education funding, without raising taxes, in Florida, by expanding sports betting in the state. The committee will be actively fundraising, targeting donors who support our mission to get this pro-education ballot amendment before the voters in November 2022.”

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