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.

Is 2023 The Year When Online Casino Expansion Kicks Into High Gear?

As sports betting legislation continues to sweep the nation, online casino legislation continues to be … well, practically non-existent.

With only six states — New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, and West Virginia — regulating iCasino, and zero states with bills passed or pending, it would appear the industry is stalled out.

But not so fast, according to industry watchers Eilers & Krejcik Gaming.

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An Estimated $511 Billion Per Year Wagered Illegally In United States

The American Gaming Association estimates nearly $511 billion is wagered illegally in the United States on an annual basis, with nearly two-thirds of that total coming from online casino gaming.

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Hacker Attack On DraftKings Still Causing Headaches For Affected Bettors

Franz Kafka himself couldn’t have concocted a more verkakte tale than the one a recreational sports bettor in Oregon is going through right now.

Before we go any further, dear reader, please be aware that I don’t have, and won’t be getting, all the details. I can only report on what I’ve been told, and from what I’ve been told — while “Kafkaesque” gets thrown around a lot — this one qualifies.

It all started a week ago Monday, when a 30-something tech worker from Oregon opened his email account to find several messages from DraftKings confirming a series of deposits he made the day before totaling $1,500.

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DraftKings To Launch Horse Racing Platform In Deal With Churchill Downs

DraftKings and Churchill Downs Incorporated announced a multi-year agreement on Tuesday that is expected to bring a parimutuel horse betting platform to DraftKings ahead of next May’s Kentucky Derby.

Under the agreement, Churchill Downs’ subsidiary, TwinSpires, will provide advance deposit wagering (ADW) technology to DraftKings, the companies said in a statement. The new platform, which DraftKings plans to name DK HORSE, will allow eligible DraftKings customers to bet on horse racing using a stand-alone app.

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NYU Class Helps Caesars Craft Responsible Gambling Strategy

How do you craft a responsible gambling message for college students? It’s harder than it sounds, which helps explain Caesars Sportsbook’s first-of-its-kind partnership with New York University.

This semester, Caesars has been exposing 16 NYU graduate students — quartered off in teams of four — to the emperor and all his clothes. Having familiarized themselves with the brand, these teams next month will present what they believe are viable responsible gambling marketing strategies to Caesars executives — including Creative Director Daniel Isenberg — with one quartet declared the winner.

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Mobile Sports Wagering’s Potential Impact On Maryland Problem Gambling

Mobile sports betting launched in Maryland on Wednesday, as seven mobile sportsbook operators went live in the state. With the launch comes a rush of excited bettors signing up for sports betting platforms and wagering on a host of sporting events, from the NFL to the NBA to the World Cup. 

The mobile launch also brings some worry to those in the responsible gambling community, as easier access to wagering could increase the number of people in the state with gambling problems.

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Bettor Wins Face-Off With Caesars Sportsbook And Gets Paid, Operator Slapped With Fine

New Jersey gaming regulators have slap(shot)ed Caesars with a $500 fine for failing to pay out over $27,000 to a sports bettor who placed a winning wager on an international hockey game last year, the Associated Press reports.

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NJ DGE Bans UFC Bets Involving Coach At The Center Of Gambling Probe

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement isn’t risking being choked out.

The authority has taken proactive steps in light of the recent “suspicious” betting activity ESPN first reported in a Nov. 5 bout between Darrick Minner and Shayilan Nuerdanbieke.

The DGE, as a result of the ongoing investigation, is now prohibiting the state’s sports betting operators from taking any action on UFC fights that involve James Krause, who is Minner’s coach.

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Gaming Control Board Warns Parents To Monitor Problem Gambling By Teens

Citing studies indicating that teenagers develop gambling problems more often than previously thought, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) this week issued guidelines for parents to combat problem gambling among young people between the ages of 14 and 19.

The MGCB urged parents to begin teaching their kids about responsible gambling, saying seven out of 10 students in that demographic will wager money on poker or other games this year. Citing the work of the International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) pointing to a problem gambling rate of up to 15% in the aforementioned age group, the board urged parents to take steps to monitor and control their kids’ gambling activity.

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Esports, But No Gatorade: Ohio Bet Menu Will Give Bettors Plenty Of Choices

The Ohio Casino Control Commission released its wagering menu last month, and it includes the usual suspects — NFL, pro baseball, and the Olympics — and a few not-so-usual suspects, including esports.

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