SportsHandle: the week that was 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.

The ‘Risky Wager’ Series From New York Times Was No Hit Piece — It’s Reality

I had traveled to Malta for business. I added a few days to my itinerary so that I might sneak over to Sicily to tour for a bit. I would then fly back to Malta, spend the night, and catch my morning flight back to the U.S.

When I arrived back in Malta from my time in Sicily, I checked into a hotel and then headed out walking in the capital city of Valletta, looking for a place to have dinner. My passage was interrupted by a very large crowd, and it soon became clear it was a demonstration. The demonstration was for Daphne.

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Trying To Break Into The Online Casino Market, One Card At A Time

Pete Mastroianni is taking on Ragu in the pasta sauce wars and trying to get Taylor Swift to record one of his songs.

At least that’s what it feels like for the New York lawyer and co-inventor of a would-be iCasino game called Match 52.

“The challenge is to get it onto a platform, and that’s hard to do,” Mastroianni said. “How do you get Light & Wonder or IGT or someone like that interested in a little game? It’s like being a songwriter, or inventing a pasta sauce — how do you get it on the shelves? It’s a challenge.”

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Illinois Responsible Gambling Bill Language Scrapped In General Assembly

The Illinois General Assembly approved bills related to sports wagering and casino gaming in its recently completed session, but a third piece of legislation, focused on responsible gambling, did not achieve its original sponsors’ goals.

The state legislature extended the status quo regarding sports betting on in-state colleges and universities by continuing to allow only pre-game, in-person wagers for the spread, moneyline, and totals for those contests.

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Maryland Lottery Issues Mobile Wagering License To Fanatics Sportsbook

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission issued a mobile sports wagering license to Fanatics Sportsbook on Thursday, paving the way for the nascent operator’s online expansion across the capital region.

Fanatics completed a controlled demonstration of its mobile sports wagering platform on Monday, during which a group of customers took part in live wagering throughout the testing process. During testing, the MLGCC staff ensured that Fanatics complied with all required procedures and that its systems functioned properly, according to a statement from the commission.

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University Of Cincinnati Baseball Coach Resigns

University of Cincinnati baseball coach Scott Googins has resigned, the university announced Wednesday following a losing season marred last month by dismissal of two assistant coaches for alleged knowledge of improper betting.

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North Carolina Senate Approves Amended Sports Betting Bill

North Carolina‘s Senate approved HB 347, a digital sports betting bill, Thursday morning by a vote of 37-11. The heavily amended bill will now go back to the House for concurrence and then to Gov. Roy Cooper for his signature. The bill would allow for up to a dozen mobile sportsbooks, including four standalone platforms.

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