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.

Betting’s Bad Apples Who Threaten Athletes Are A Threat To The Whole Industry

Chris Boucher is the sixth man for the Toronto Raptors, a 20-minute-per-game role player on a .500, play-in-bound team. As NBA players go, he’s about as middle-of-the-road as they come. Nobody, not even the most hardcore basketball fan, should care much about Boucher’s nightly box scores.

But some people do care. Some people care way too much.

On 90th Parimutuel Anniversary, Michigan’s Last Horse Track Looks Ahead

On Sept. 2, 1933, Michigan’s first parimutuel horse race was run at the State Fairgrounds in Detroit. 

Ninety years on from that inaugural wagering pool, the ups and downs of Michigan’s horse racing industry have mirrored those of the Motor City itself. About a dozen tracks have come and gone, with only Northville Downs, a harness racecourse in suburban Detroit, remaining.

Here Are All The Reasons Texas Won’t Legalize Wagering This Year

Much has been made over the last few months about the possibility of Texas lawmakers legalizing sports betting and casino gaming, but many signs point to this not being the year the nation’s second-biggest state is ready to do so.

So far, this session has been one in which lawmakers get educated and begin to crystalize a firm idea of what they want legal gambling to look like. During a hearing last month, lawmakers discussed tax rate, fees, retail vs. digital, and responsible and problem gambling plans.

Breaking Down The Chances Of Each Major New York City Casino Proposal

The process to license three new Las Vegas-style casinos in the New York City area continues to grind away like a glacier scouring the side of a mountain. It’s not exactly moving at lightning speed.

A year after the state of New York authorized up to three downstate licenses to go along with the four casinos already built upstate, the seven bids continue to work their way meticulously through a process that doesn’t figure to end until the final months of 2023 at the earliest.

Handle Tops C$35B In 2022 As Ontario Celebrates iGaming Anniversary

Over the last 12 months, Canada again failed to win a game in the FIFA World Cup, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 55-year Stanley Cup drought continued, and a Buffalo Bills team backed by many north of the border once more failed to make it to the Super Bowl.

Skills To Pay The Bills: The Winners And Losers Of Kentucky’s ‘Gray Game’ Ban

When Matt Widing was contemplating getting into the electronic skill-game business as a distributor 2½ years ago, the first question he sought to answer was whether what he would be doing was legal.

“I looked at the definition of gambling by Kentucky law and the answer was yes,” he said.