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. 

America’s Grittiest OTBs And Betting Parlors

It’s a short flight from Portland, Oregon, to Las Vegas, Nevada. But sitting in the subterranean off-track betting parlor at the Rose City’s Rialto Poolroom a few years ago, my friend Tom and I were a world away from the palatial sports betting environs of a SuperBook or Circa.

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Sports Betting, Problem Gambling, And Suicide: Are Operators Doing Enough?

Researchers have consistently found that problem gamblers have a higher suicide rate than virtually any other group with addictive behavior.

“If you’re experiencing gambling behaviors problematically, your risk of thinking about suicide and attempting suicide are hugely elevated, and that can’t all be explained by other things,” said Heather Wardle of the University of Glasgow, one of the UK’s leading problem gambling researchers. “There is a mechanism in there for gambling to specifically heighten these things. We don’t know exactly how this works, but there is a role that cannot be diminished.”

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Latest California ‘No’ To Digital Wagering Ad: ‘They Didn’t Write It For The Tribes’

The negative campaigning continues in California as a group of tribes released a new advertisement Monday contending that Proposition 27 — the commercially backed digital sports betting initiative — would benefit neither the tribes nor the state.

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Finally, A Sportsbook Commercial That Doesn’t Make You Want To Scream

Last year, I wrote about mobile sportsbook commercials and how, on the whole, they are awful. 

Well, I wish I waited to write that article, because finally — finally! — we have a sportsbook commercial that doesn’t make you want to immediately switch the channel. Ladies and gents, I give to you SBK and their ad titled Rewriting the Sportsbook.

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U.S. Sports Betting Industry Warming Up To Crypto, But Concerns Remain

Despite a massive correction in the cryptocurrency market in recent months, the U.S. sports betting community is finally rounding the corner in its acceptance of virtual coins for wagering activities.

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Caesars Socked With $50,000 Fine For Regulatory Violations In New Jersey

Caesars Entertainment — which owns the Caesars, Harrah’s, and Tropicana casinos in Atlantic City — has been hit with an unusually large $50,000 fine by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

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It Took New Casinos To Get PA To A Record For Total Revenue From Slots, Table Games

While Pennsylvania’s gaming industry has been boosted most in recent years by the addition of online casinos and sports betting, its 2021-22 fiscal year results released last week also show brick-and-mortar casino revenue to have reached its highest point ever.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s report for the July 2021-June 2022 period showed the state’s casinos generating $3.43 billion from slot machines and table games.
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