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.

Media Notebook: NFL Playoff Ratings Propped Up By Sports Bettors?

Even with the 2.5 points the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were getting at home, Monday night’s wild card game was pretty much over early in the second half after Michael Gallup caught a 2-yard touchdown pass to give the Dallas Cowboys a 24-0 lead.

Yet while the game turned out to be a dud, the NFL certainly found out how putting the playoffs in prime time on Monday would perform.

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ChatGPT Could Improve Sportsbook Access

After years, if not decades, of barely hanging onto its “next big thing” status, technology fueled by artificial intelligence is finally having its moment. And that moment has a lot to do with the early buzz generated by a product called ChatGPT.

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Ask A Bookmaker With Jay Kornegay: About That Insane Chargers Bet (And Ohio)

The executive vice president of race and sportsbook operations at the Westgate SuperBook, Jay Kornegay has been in the sports betting industry for more than 30 years. After getting his start in Lake Tahoe, Kornegay took his talents to Las Vegas, where he opened the Imperial Palace sportsbook in 1989 before taking the reins of the 30,000-square-foot SuperBook in 2004. A Colorado State University alum whose putting stroke tends to betray him on the back nine, Kornegay has helped navigate the SuperBook’s expansion into multiple states since PASPA was overturned in 2018.

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Dayton Basketball Players Receive Online Hate From Upset Gamblers

The University of Dayton’s men’s basketball team defeated Davidson 68-61 Tuesday night, but you could hardly tell by the tone of head coach Anthony Grant’s postgame press conference

“There’s some laws that have recently been enacted, that to me, it could really change the landscape of what college sports is all about,” Grant said. “And when we have people that make it about themselves and attack kids because of their own agenda, it sickens me.”

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Atlantic City Anti-Smoking Group Aims For Casino Bill By April 15

As New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy was putting the finishing touches on his annual “State of the State” speech in Trenton last Friday, members of CEASE — Casino Employees Against Smoking’s Effects — appeared on YouTube calling for action by state legislators to ban smoking in Atlantic City casinos.

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Michigan Steered $365 Million In Gambling Taxes To Schools In Fiscal Year 2022

Michigan collected $365 million in taxes in fiscal year 2022 (Oct. 1, 2021-Sept. 30, 2022) from Detroit casinos, retail sports betting, and mobile gaming to be applied to the Michigan School Aid Fund, the state’s gaming control board announced last week.

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Massachusetts Gaming Commission Curious About Sportsbooks Limiting Customers

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission met for six hours and 45 minutes last Thursday, discussing what the future of sports betting was going to look like in the commonwealth.

At the very end of the meeting — literally, the last item, and it wasn’t even on the agenda — Commissioner Nakisha Skinner raised a point that, to the best of my knowledge, has never been discussed at the political and/or regulatory level.

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Caesars Sportsbook Accepts $150,000 Fine From Ohio Commission

Caesars Sportsbook, which received a notice of violations from the Ohio Casino Control Commission earlier this month, opted to pay a $150,000 fine Wednesday rather than request a hearing on the matter. 

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FanDuel Taking Two-Fifths Of All Bets In PA, Claiming More Than Half Of All Revenue

FanDuel continued claiming more than 40% of all the online betting volume in Pennsylvania in December, as well as more than half of all the revenue received by the state’s 14 online sportsbooks.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released monthly financial data Wednesday, along with its year-end report indicating that overall sports betting in the state in 2022 amounted to $7.25 billion wagered.

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