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.

Beyond Bonuses: Sports Betting Industry Shifts Focus To Retention

So you’ve got ’em signed up, now how do you keep them active?

That was, word for word, the title of a panel discussion Wednesday at this year’s National Sports Forum Spring Summit at Betr’s headquarters in Miami, Florida. The microbetting company’s head of media, Mike Denevi, was joined at a conference table by Mike Salvaris and Bill Yucatonis, co-founders of Pro League Network (PLN), which focuses on programming and clearing the way for legal betting on niche sports such as mini-golf and car-jitsu.

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How Casinos In Pennsylvania Led To Nationwide Sports Betting

This Sunday marked five years since the US. Supreme Court overturned PASPA and gave each state permission to legalize and regulate sports betting.

Sports Handle published a massive, thorough oral history last week, three days before the anniversary, allowing those who caused and/or were affected by the fall of PASPA to tell the story of how the Supreme Court decision came to be and how it has shaken up the gambling world since.

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Doyle Brunson Changed The Game Of Poker And Never Let It Pass Him By

Doyle Brunson was known to say he wanted to live until the age of 102 to match the starting hand — a ten and a deuce — that became known as “the Doyle Brunson” after he used those two cards to win the World Series of Poker Main Event in back-to-back years.

“Texas Dolly” didn’t make it quite that far, but he crammed well over 102 years’ worth of stories, accomplishments, and thrills into his 89 years. Brunson, a figure as beloved and respected as any the game of poker has ever known, died Sunday in Las Vegas.

His other nickname, “The Godfather of Poker,” was no exaggeration.

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Industry Experts Applaud Removal Of Tennessee’s Official League Data Mandate

Tennessee’s legislative session included passage of SB 475, a bill that will have transformational effects on the state’s sports wagering industry and perhaps begin to reverse one key precedent set for other states.

SB 475 removes the state’s official league data mandate and also switches its tax structure from a 20% tax on adjusted gross revenue (with a controversial mandatory 10% hold) to a 1.85% tax on operator handle. The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Bill Lee on Wednesday, takes effect July 1.

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Caesars First To Announce Sports Wagering Access In Kentucky

Less than two weeks after Caesars became the first operator to announce an agreement for entry into Maine’s nascent sports wagering marketplace, Caesars has done the same in Kentucky, where its standalone horse betting app has been available since late last year.

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Dear Regulators: Merrick Garland Is The Wrong Guy To Stamp Out Offshore Betting

Much is being made in the US gambling space about people who are sending letters to Attorney General Merrick Garland urging him to do something about offshore sites. I thought I would throw in my two cents about this effort because I started researching this general topic about a decade ago for the state of California. My experiences might help people understand the challenges before them.

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Fanatics To Acquire PointsBet’s US Assets For $150M In Major Sports Betting Deal

Fanatics Betting and Gaming has entered into a binding agreement to acquire PointsBet‘s US assets for about $150 million, capping a hectic 72-hour period for both companies after speculation of an impending deal reached a fever pitch last week.

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