SportsHandle: the week that was in US sports betting

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

Biography Reveals Some Of Phil Mickelson’s Risky Sports Betting Habits

Legendary golfer Phil Mickelson is affectionately nicknamed “Phil the Thrill” by his adoring fans. The left-handed golfer often sprays the ball wildly off the tee, setting up dazzling birdies, magical par saves, and head-scratching bogeys from thick rough, trees, and bunkers. 

His short game is superb, and Mickelson never lacks creativity around the greens. Watching him play a unique style of golf while willingly interacting with fans is exhilarating, especially for a sport that often seems to lack engaging characters. 

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Circa Sports Gearing Up For Entry Into Illinois Sports Betting Scene

It’s not so much that the third state is the charm for Derek Stevens as Circa Sports continues its expansion since entering the sports wagering space in Las Vegas in late 2020. Rather, Stevens’ confidence surrounding Circa’s entry into Illinois — after setting up shop in both Colorado and Iowa — stems from this being precisely the large-market fit he has sought.

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SuperBook Enters Tennessee At Its Own Pace, As Always

If the SuperBook Sportsbook were a racehorse, it would be a deep closer, hoping for a hot pace that it can run into and passing the leaders as they lose their early steam.

“We view it as more a marathon than a sprint,” Jay Kornegay, the Westgate SuperBook’s longtime vice president of race and sportsbook operations, said of his employer’s post-PASPA expansion plans. “We want to be selective of what states or jurisdictions make sense. We started very slow, but here we are in five states and looking to add others later this year and more than a handful after 2022.”

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NJ’s Chief Gaming Regulator Hints At ‘Time For New Leadership’

New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck served as the luncheon speaker at the Seton Hall Law School Gaming Law, Compliance, and Integrity Boot Camp on Monday.

It’s a familiar role for the nation’s most prominent regulator, having overseen the launch of the first U.S. free-market online casino gaming platform in 2013 and then helping implement regulated sports betting within weeks of the Supreme Court’s 2018 nullification of a 26-year-old federal law that had effectively limited the gambling to Nevada.

But while Rebuck has been at the helm of the DGE since April 2011, he seems to have no intention of serving as a lifetime appointee.

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DraftKings Now Fully Licensed, Live In Ontario

DraftKings announced Wednesday afternoon the launch of its online sportsbook and online casino  platforms in Ontario.

More than six weeks after the launch of Ontario’s regulated iGaming and sports betting market on April 4, DraftKings will now be accessible to roughly 15 million Canadians in the province, joining other major operators like bet365, FanDuel, PointsBet, Rush Street Interactive, BetMGM, Caesars, and theScore Bet.

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Kansas Regulators Work To Launch Sports Wagering As Soon As Possible

The new legal sports betting law in Kansas calls for a Jan. 1, 2023, launch date, and regulators are already at work to hit it — or, in a perfect world, maybe be a little early.
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