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.

Are Bad Beat Refunds From Sportsbooks Beautiful Or Worth Bemoaning?

For Devin Booker, it was a groin aggravation.

He had missed three games with a sore groin, and then came back for the Phoenix Suns’ Christmas Day tilt against the Denver Nuggets. He lasted four minutes before he left the game, his groin acting up.

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For Jake Panus And His Family, The Race Is Far From Over

In the days leading up to Christmas, a devastating winter storm brought 30 inches of snow, high winds, and subzero temperatures to South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, forcing some stranded residents to heat their homes by burning clothing for lack of firewood.

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Advocacy Group Renews Calls For CDI To Stop Taking ADW Greyhound Bets

Grey2K USA has renewed its calls to Churchill Downs Inc. and its advanced deposit wagering service TwinSpires to stop accepting online wagers for greyhound racing.

The recent closure of Southland Park Racing in Arkansas for dog racing at the turn of the calendar year leaves two West Virginia tracks as the only ones conducting live greyhound racing in the U.S. The owner of both tracks, Delaware North, continues to operate them in large part because it receives nearly $17 million annually in state subsidies. Wagering on greyhound racing is already illegal in 42 states, with Iowa and Arkansas the latest to phase it out of existence.

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Bernie Kosar’s Charitable Bet On Launch Day Broke NFL Rules That May Need A Fix

Dear Bernie,

With all of the controls in place to catch or prevent people banned from betting in every U.S. jurisdiction, you never should have been allowed to place that $19,000 wager for charity on opening night of Ohio sports betting. And beyond that, you should not have lost your gig with the Cleveland Browns.

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TwinSpires Names Feb. 15 As Last Day For Its Online Betting In PA

TwinSpires will be wrapping up its online sports betting and iCasino operations in Pennsylvania on Feb. 15, the Churchill Downs Inc. site announced in an email to customers Thursday.

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Massachusetts Regulator Outlines Strict Advertising/Marketing Guidelines

On the same day that it awarded Fanatics initial approval for a digital sports betting license, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission released its bet menu, discussed stringent guidelines around advertising, announced the hiring of a new director of sports betting, and discussed in detail how promotional play will be handled with regards to taxes.

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Fanatics To Launch Sportsbook Brand In Maryland Next Week At FedEx Field

When Fanatics makes its highly anticipated sportsbook debut later this month, the e-commerce sports merchandise giant will do so at a site familiar to NFL fans.

Ahead of the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, Fanatics will open a retail sportsbook at FedEx Field, the home of the NFL’s Washington Commanders, according to Action Network’s Darren Rovell, who first reported the news. The Maryland launch of the company’s new brand, Fanatics Sportsbook, has been confirmed by a prominent industry source who spoke with Sports Handle.

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