SportsHandle and friends deliver another round-up of the week’s big developments in US sports betting.

What Happens Next For Sports Betting Proposal In California?

It’s been nearly two weeks since many of California’s tribes banded together and filed a proposal for a referendum to legalize sports betting on the November 2020 ballot. The proposal would allow wagering on professional sports, but calls for a college carve out, and would not allow for state-wide mobile sports wagering.

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Top Sportsbooks Jockeying For Position In Colorado Following Contentious Vote

As Colorado officials counted the ballots on a measure that could bring mobile sports betting to the Rocky Mountains, a closer than expected vote on Proposition DD produced an evening full of anxiety for Ron Shell.

Shell, vice president of customer & insights at PointsBet USA, recently moved to Colorado, home of the company’s new technology-focused hub in downtown Denver. A defeat of the measure on election night would have represented a considerable setback for the Australian-based company that has made steady inroads throughout the U.S. market over the last 18 months.

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Hard Rock Moves Up In The Atlantic City Casino Revenue Battle

The latest quarterly results for the Atlantic City casino industry, which were released on Friday, were a milestone of sorts.

That’s because these were the first figures for the nine casinos that could be compared with a matching set of quarterly figures for nine casinos in 2018.

And with Hard Rock and Ocean Casino Resort now having been open for more than a year, the verdicts are in from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, and a big winner is … Hard Rock.

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Gamblers On PA Self-Exclusion List Make Effective Pleas

Two of the rules affecting the 15k problem gamblers in Pennsylvania who have placed themselves on voluntary casino self-exclusion lists are spelled out unambiguously on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s website:

“Individuals who choose the lifetime ban are unable to request removal from the self-exclusion list.”

“A self-excluded person … may not collect in any manner or in any proceeding any winnings or recover any losses arising as a result of any gaming activity for the entire period of time that the person is on the self-excluded list.”

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Back To The Future: Why US Sportsbooks Aren’t Embracing Offshore Talent

Twenty years ago as a clerk in Costa Rica, when he was just beginning his journey into the sports betting industry, Joey Oddessa wondered if the calls would ever stop. Today in the U.S., amid the nationwide explosion of the legal sports wagering industry, he’s wondering if his phone will ever ring.

Oddessa bet with offshore books via telephone in his youth. When he was 29, he decided he didn’t just want to bet, he wanted to be on the other side of the line. So he packed up and moved to Costa Rica in 1999 in hopes of finding a steady job.

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