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.

Ohio Slow, Methodical In Building Sports Betting Platform Compared To Other States

Just over six months remain before the date of Jan. 1, 2023, arrives.

On that day, Ohio’s gambling scene will look a lot different than it looks now. That’s the day when sports betting will launch in the Buckeye State.

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Barstool, Caesars Are Solidifying As Sportsbooks To Watch In Michigan

May’s online sportsbook numbers in Michigan took an expected hit as the dog days of summer — and the accompanying lack of popular betting options — began to take hold.

But all in all, May’s sports wagering numbers were definitely a positive for the relatively nascent market.

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Key North Carolina Mobile Sports Wagering Bill Dies In House

After a dramatic, twist-filled Wednesday in the North Carolina House, the narrowest of votes late in the day all but erased hopes for the legalization of mobile sports betting in 2022.

Despite the legislature seemingly making progress toward legalization Wednesday morning and afternoon, including passing one sports wagering bill, SB 38, by a 51-50 margin, a second bill, SB 688, failed its second reading on the House floor by the same margin, 51-50 against.

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Media Notebook: VSiN Prominent In Push For More Sports Betting Talk

Sports talk seems to be taking a turn toward more talk about sports betting than just talk about sports.

To this end, Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN), which was acquired by DraftKings in 2021 and provides real-time sports betting content to listeners, is involved with recent format changes at radio stations in Nashville, Tennessee, and West Palm Beach, Florida.

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PointsBet Shares Pop 20% After Susquehanna Becomes Sportsbook’s Largest Shareholder

With its stock price lingering in the single digits, PointsBet received a lifeline of sorts on Monday from a bumper investment by one of the world’s largest proprietary financial trading firms.

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Former ‘Bachelor’ Star Takes Down DraftKings’ Golf Milly Maker For His ‘First’ Win

Looks like Tanner Tolbert finally got his rose.

The former Bachelorette contestant who found himself — well, found his wife, Jade Roper Tolbert — stripped of a DraftKings million-dollar victory in the wild card round of the 2019 NFL playoffs took down the DraftKings U.S. Open Golf Millionaire Maker Sunday afternoon. 

With the win, Tolbert brought home a million bucks (and then some, as he also had three other top 10 finishes) for his $15 entry.

Of course, nothing is official until Tolbert cashes the winnings, a lesson the former contestant of the ABC hit show found out the hard way a few years back.

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NYRA Panel Suspends Bob Baffert For A Year, After Lengthy Disciplinary Process

Nearly five months since New York Racing Association disciplinary hearings began for Bob Baffert, to assess whether the horse trainer should be suspended from racing and training at its racetracks, the organization announced Thursday the process has come to a conclusion.
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