SportsHandle: That was the week that was in US sports betting

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

Sources: ‘Super Bid’ And One Other Will Win Coveted NY Mobile Sports Betting Approvals

The New York Gaming Commission is close to awarding mobile sports wagering bids to two consortiums made up of the most prominent names across the U.S. sports betting industry, multiple sources told Sports Handle  Tuesday night.

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Penn National CEO On State’s Sports Betting Tax Plan: It’s A ‘Margin Killer’

Recent reports suggest that Penn National Gaming’s Barstool Sportsbook could face long odds trying to fit into New York’s future mobile sports betting picture, but if so, PNG President and CEO Jay Snowden sounds like he won’t be losing any sleep over it.

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Seminoles Go Live With Digital Sports Betting Without Announcement In Florida

Florida’s Seminole Tribe on Monday went live with digital sports betting, five days before a hearing in federal court seeking an injunction. Under a compact negotiated last spring, the tribe had the right to go live as early as Oct. 15, but in a court brief had pointed to Nov. 15 as the date.

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Sports Betting Delayed Until 2022 In Maryland, But Just How Far Into The Year?

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is none too happy.

Hours after the state’s Sports Wagering Application Review Commission announced Wednesday that it was taking no action on sports betting applications for five casinos and requesting that “all the applicants supply additional ownership information” to the committee, Hogan, a proponent of legal wagering, offered up some strong words.

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Beards, France, And Accidental Legislation: A Betting Limits Roundup

I’ve written a ton about sportsbooks placing limits on both sharp — and perceived sharp — bettors. I’ve written about sportsbooks not letting people know what their limits are. I’ve written about how places like Circa are doing it the old-fashioned, old-school Vegas way — they post their limits and let anyone bet right up to them. 

And I’ll take this moment to publicly congratulate FOX Bet and FanDuel — both under the Flutter umbrella (at least for now) — because if you populate either of their bet slips with a big number, it will tell you what your maximum allowable wager is. It’s imperfect, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Today, I’m back on the limit train. We’re going to talk about an Illinois legislator who might’ve accidentally stumbled into a way to stifle the sportsbooks. We’ll take a peek at France, where sportsbooks can’t limit their customers. But first, let’s talk about beards. (No, not this beard.)

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DraftKings Shakes Up Rules For SBNC Sequel This Weekend In Weehawken (And Beyond)

This isn’t your grandfather’s DraftKings Sports Betting National Championship.

With nearly three years to think about what went right and what went wrong when DraftKings swung for the fences with the first sports gambling competition of its kind in January 2019, DK is trying again this Friday-Sunday, Nov. 5-7, headquartered at the EnVue Hotel in Weehawken, N.J. Some of the broad strokes remain the same for the 2021 edition: $10,000 buy-in, $5,000 starting stack, a million bucks for first place, biggest bankroll at the end of Sunday wins.

But quite a lot will be different from that wild weekend 34 months ago when amateur gambler Randy Lee was crowned the winner and professional bettor Rufus Peabody finished in a highly controversial third place. Among the differences: It appears neither Lee nor Peabody will be competing this time around.

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Tennessee Has Biggest Sports Betting Month Since Launch

The first September of sports wagering in Tennessee was one to remember as the state’s Education Lottery Corporation reported record handle and gross gaming revenue figures Monday.

The Volunteer State launched sports wagering last November, which meant it missed out on the key month when NFL and college football begin an annual four-month stretch of high game inventory across multiple sports. With the Tennessee Titans firmly in control of the AFC South and the popularity of SEC college football, it figured September would provide an excellent opportunity for new benchmarks.

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