Canadian Leagues Pushing For Legal Sports Betting

Ben Hamill - June 17, 2020

Legalised single-event sports betting in Canada is a conversation that’s in recent years seen its fair share of ups and downs. But it’s also a conversation that’s gained increased traction ever since the ban on professio...Read More

3rd Push For Legal Sports Betting In Canada

Ben Hamill - February 28, 2020

The push for a legal Canadian appears to be a never-ending one. Legalised single-game sports betting is yet again under the looking glass following a third attempt at successfully passing a bill and this time round by politicians and spo...Read More

BC Telescope Provides Insight Into FRBs

Ben Hamill - February 01, 2020

Trying to figure out the exact nature of what they are and where they originate from is not all that different to a celestial game of Clue. Astrophysicists all around the world have been playing a cosmic game of cat and mouse ever since f...Read More

Malindi Elmore May Be Headed For Tokyo

Ben Hamill - February 01, 2020

B.C. native Malindi Elmore made her Olympic debut some 16 years ago. The year was 2004 and Elmore had qualified to run the 1,500 at the Olympic Games that was hosted by the city of Athens that year. But Elmore missed qualifying for the se...Read More

DraftKings Look Into Celeb Cheat Allegations

Ben Hamill - January 12, 2020

Sports betting giant DraftKings has officially launched in-house investigations into whether Bachelor in Paradise celebrity couple Tanner Tolbert and wife Jade Roper Tolbert had been in unfair cahoots that led to the type of unfair advant...Read More

London’s SBC 2019 Awards Shows The Gold

Ben Hamill - December 31, 2019

With London’s expanded SBC 2019 Awards now declared a done and dusted success, the industry officially has a better idea as to who was responsible for making the year the super-nova success that it turned out to be. ...Read More

How Legalised Sports Betting Has Benefitted the USA

Ben Hamill - December 28, 2019

May 2018 was a monumental month for the USA’s gambling industry. The US Supreme Court overturned PASPA, legalising sports betting and opening the way for the country to benefit from it in various ways. According to a...Read More

California Sports Betting Talks Postponed To 2020

Ben Hamill - December 16, 2019

The now-legal framework for sports betting is taking the US by storm, and what with each state being at liberty to decide for itself whether or not to adopt the new framework, California appears to be next in line to r...Read More

Top Canadian Sportspeople of 2019

Ben Hamill - December 10, 2019

There are wow moments in Canadian sport every year, but 2019 has seen some truly spectacular performances, especially among the country’s rising stars. Sportsmen and women have proven themselves to be examples of tru...Read More

NFL Suspends Josh Shaw For Betting On Sports

Ben Hamill - December 03, 2019

Arizona Cardinals defenceman Josh Shaw has been suspended for betting. The NFL recently issued a formal statement providing details around the suspension, reiterating yet again that no action threatening the integrity ...Read More

Sportsbook Now Offering Betting On Trump’s Mistruths

Ben Hamill - November 14, 2019

Imagine being a man best known for being the ultimate fact-checker buster. And in no good sense of the word either, meaning that one tends to err on the side of the lie instead of the truth. If this sounds American, an...Read More

US Sports Betting To Reach $7bn Mark By 2025

Ben Hamill - November 07, 2019

The latest news on the US sports betting front is the updated projection that by the time the door is officially closed on 2025, or five years from now, the industry will be worth an astonishing $7 billion. It’s a bo...Read More

Positive Attitude To Betting On the Rise In The USA

Ben Hamill - October 15, 2019

The 2018 repeal of PASPA and the nation-wide ban on sports betting by the US Supreme Court is most likely the reason behind more Americans now than ever before having done a complete one-eighty regarding their feelings...Read More

CGA Supports Call To Legalise Sports Betting

Ben Hamill - October 15, 2019

The positives flowing from the legalisation of betting on single sports events far outweigh the possible concerns. This is the explanation offered by the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) when diluted to its most basic...Read More

Nevada Beats NJ Sports Betting Revenue

Ben Hamill - August 05, 2019

Nevada has emerged the latest victor in the battle of sports betting revenue income against the state of New Jersey. The garden state used to lead by a mile and then some but it now appears as if the tables really are starting to turn. Re...Read More

New SoftSwiss Logo Teases Sports Betting

Ben Hamill - July 30, 2019

iGaming provider SoftSwiss is getting ready to embrace a new day, as attested to by its brand new logo. SoftSwiss at the time of the new logo reveal also made use of the opportunity to make known some of its future pla...Read More

Leafs Secure Two Promising Free Agent Trades

Ben Hamill - July 06, 2019

Not being overwhelmed by the free agency frenzy isn’t easy. Ask anyone. But in particular, ask the Leafs. Toronto on Monday managed to swing fate’s pendant in their favour when the team secured a giant-sized trade ...Read More

Colorado Heads Towards Legal Sports Betting

Ben Hamill - June 10, 2019

A public vote with regards to an increase in taxes is the final hurdle to be crossed for the US state of Colorado to offer fully legalised retail as well as online sports betting. Lawmakers are no doubt exhaling a sigh...Read More

NCAA Sticking To Its Sports Betting Guns

Ben Hamill - June 10, 2019

The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) will not budge with regards to its views on sports betting, and specifically that college-level athletes should not be permitted to bet on sports or come into contac...Read More

Gambling As A Legitimate Career Path

Ben Hamill - June 06, 2019

Whether or not it’s actually possible (read: profitable) to make a full-time career out of gambling is a question that has captivated and also boggled the minds of many. To the person who just loves a good old bet; whether standard ...Read More

ESPN And Caesars To Launch Branded Studio

Ben Hamill - May 22, 2019

ESPN is a brand that is exclusively sport-driven and it’s become synonymous with some of the biggest sports tournaments in the world. When talking gambling and betting, the same can be said of Caesar’s Entertainment. Combine t...Read More

AGA Launches Sports Betting Advertising Code

Ben Hamill - May 21, 2019

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has announced by means of a special press release that it has, in partnership with the operator-members of the association, formulated a responsible marketing code that aims to regulate marketing and ...Read More

Disqualification Fiasco At Kentucky Derby

Ben Hamill - May 15, 2019

Never before in the history of America’s most prestigious horse race, the Kentucky Derby, has any winning horse been disqualified as a result of having interfered with other horses during a race. Until this year’s ...Read More

Kentucky Derby Smashes Betting Records Again

Ben Hamill - May 13, 2019

The Kentucky Derby has done it again. It has yet again managed to smash all records of bets placed on any which event hosted at Churchill Downs. On Saturday, bettors showed up in their drones to take a stab at who they...Read More

March Madness Attracts $106M In Bets In NJ

Ben Hamill - May 05, 2019

Much like its basketball tournament’s namesake, March really was a month of madness for New Jersey’s sports betting industry. Basketball’s March Madness tournament has seen record betting figures being tallied, a...Read More

Colorado Wants In On Sports Betting Too

Ben Hamill - April 28, 2019

Sports betting and the promise of a whole new world of excitement have changed the way we do entertainment. The US finally abolished the ban on legalised sports betting when the US Supreme Court declared PASPA void, and ever since, it&rsq...Read More

Pennsylvania Heads Towards Online Sports Betting

Ben Hamill - April 27, 2019

Residents of Pennsylvania will soon be able to able to place online bets on sports events; and if all goes according to plan, as soon as within the next two to three weeks. Doug Harbach, spokesperson for the Pennsylvan...Read More

Bettor Wins $1.2 Million Backing Tiger Woods

Ben Hamill - April 25, 2019

A decade plus ago, nobody would have as much as bat an eyelid about putting it all on Tiger Woods. But in the lead-up to this year’s Masters, betting anything more than a couple of bucks on Woods winning the tourname...Read More

Possible Lotto and Sports Betting Collaboration On The Cards

Ben Hamill - April 24, 2019

ust when you think that sports betting in the US has managed to be all that it can be since the strike-down of its PASPA chains, an event regarded as being nothing short of historical, the industry presents yet another untapped area of im...Read More

James Holzhauer Makes Jeopardy! History

Ben Hamill - April 23, 2019

Professional sports bettor James Holzhauer is a man well acquainted with a simple truth and the mantra of many a pro-gambler: the size of the win will always be directly proportionate to the size of the risk. The Illinois native made hist...Read More

Sports Betting On The Verge Of Regulation

Ben Hamill - April 23, 2019

Ontario may very well soon claim its share of the sports betting market from the neighbouring US. A draft budget this week saw the light and it appears as if Ontario’s progressive conservative government has been pay...Read More

Venture Capital Firms Zoom In On Sports Betting

Ben Hamill - April 18, 2019

More and more venture capital firms are starting to show a definite interest in the legalised US sports betting market. The 2019 strike-down of the federal ban on sports betting by the US Supreme Court has literally op...Read More

Pennsylvania To Issue 2 More Betting Licenses

Ben Hamill - April 12, 2019

Operating a sportsbook in the newly regulated US state of Pennsylvania doesn’t come cheap. But according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) this doesn’t appear to be slowing anyone down in their quest to obtain a ...Read More

William Hill US To Sponsor NHL

Ben Hamill - April 04, 2019

London’s William Hill is one of the few operators whose name is linked almost exclusively to sports betting. William Hill is a bookie first and an online casino operator second. The sports betting giant last Thursday revealed via a ...Read More

NY Casinos Cut Back On Slots to Cut Costs

Ben Hamill - April 04, 2019

Two of New York City’s upstate casinos have approached the New York State Gaming Commission for permission to reduce the number of slot machines on their floors. Tigoa Downs owner Jeff Gurrall has tried to humour the curious by sayi...Read More

Rhode Island Approves Online Sports Betting

Ben Hamill - March 30, 2019

There’s been a lot of speculation about which US state would be the next in line to take the plunge and legalise online sports betting. When the US Supreme Court abolished PASPA, allowing for legal bets to be placed ...Read More

Player Ordered to Pay Back Winnings

Ben Hamill - March 27, 2019

A California man has learnt the hard way that breaking the law never really pays. He was recently ordered to pay back a dizzying $93,000 in winnings to New Jersey’s gambling regulators. According to the state’s gambling laws, ...Read More

Canada Ponders Fully Legalising Sports Betting

Ben Hamill - March 18, 2019

The US recently put a hot spark to the flint of interest when it abolished its PASPA ruling (The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992) and legalized sports betting in its entirety. And whilst it’s true that gamblin...Read More

No Bets On The Sports Betting Ballot In California

Ben Hamill - March 18, 2019

Californian tribal casino operators are quickly becoming sports betting’s most notorious enemy in the state. The state is a complicated playing field not just in as far as it relates to betting on professional sports...Read More

MGM Resorts Closes Red Sox Sponsporship Deal

Ben Hamill - March 17, 2019

Of all of the US’s major pro-sports leagues, Major League Baseball (MLB) has been the sports betting industry’s toughest customer to win over. The league has in the past voiced major concerns about allowing bets to be placed o...Read More

Canada Defeated by Australia At Vancouver Sevens

Ben Hamill - March 15, 2019

Losing steam and momentum is one thing, but when you’re the national Canadian Sevens team and you’re playing the Challenge Trophy final, it’s no longer a case of dusting yourself off and having another go. Sudden...Read More

ESPN To Air Daily Sports Betting Show

Ben Hamill - March 09, 2019

It wasn’t exactly ages ago that Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger declared with bold confidence that despite the fact that Disney-owned global sports network ESPN recognised the prominence of the sports betting industry, its parent company (...Read More

1995 Winter Games Time Capsule On Display

Ben Hamill - March 06, 2019

Anyone who has ever had the privilege of opening up a time capsule will tell you that it’s a very unique and special experience; the ultimate recognition of the tangible passing of time. And yet, not too many people have had the opp...Read More

NGCB Sticks To Its Guns Re Pre-Season MLB Bets

Ben Hamill - March 04, 2019

The MLB (Major League Baseball) appears to be, for the first time in many years, concerned about bets placed on pre-season contests. It recently filed an application with the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB), to the effect that it want...Read More

MGA Suspends & Terminates iGaming Permits

Ben Hamill - February 24, 2019

The Malta Gaming Authority has suspended the licenses of four of the gambling companies under its jurisdiction, and has ordered them to cancel their online operations with immediate effect. The MGA is seemingly getting much stricter on l...Read More

Indiana Proposal to Enable Online Betting, Casino

Ben Hamill - February 17, 2019

Just last week, the Senate Public Policy Committee of the US state of Indiana cleared a proposal which would legalize sports betting and casino gaming state-wide, and allow two new casinos to be constructed from 2020. The announcement ha...Read More

Survey Proves Bets Help Sports Viewership

Ben Hamill - February 17, 2019

A poll conducted by a New Jersey university has discovered that sports betting actually aids sports viewership. This is excellent news for the television networks that stream major league games, as in recent years, the US league has exper...Read More

Prof. Redlick Talks Canadian Betting Laws

Ben Hamill - February 04, 2019

Since the US Supreme Court overturned PASPA last year, the US’s sports betting market has grown exponentially in size. However, this growth has given rise to another question, namely: where does this leave Canada’s own wagerin...Read More

Women Power Gambling Growth in the US

Ben Hamill - January 27, 2019

Traditionally, gambling has always been considered a pastime for men. Many women were banned from entering casinos and gaming saloons altogether during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, and it was only in...Read More

Women Battling Bias in eSports

Ben Hamill - January 12, 2019

Among many of her peers, Susie Kim thinks that female gamers are definitely out there. She would know, too, being the general manager for an iconic championship eSports team. However, Kim is still not surprised that none of these ladies a...Read More

Louisiana Governor Gets Behind Sports Betting

Ben Hamill - January 11, 2019

Louisiana might soon become the latest in a long line of US states to legalize sports gambling if the state’s governor’s plans go well. Gov. John Bel Edwards has publicly voiced his support for the industry, noting that revenu...Read More

NY Senators Reviewing New iPoker Proposal

Ben Hamill - January 11, 2019

The new year has already brought around favourable changes for the online poker scene in the US state of New York. State lawmakers have again contemplated iPoker legislation, thanks to a bill that was recently forwarded to the Senate for ...Read More

OLG To Put Sports Betting Plans Into Motion

Ben Hamill - December 11, 2018

Sports betting is, for the most part, illegal in Canada. Operators are not permitted to run retail betting shops or on-location kiosks. This is quite ironic, as Canada is a sports-loving nation. As a result, Canadian p...Read More

Red Sox CEO Gets Behind Sports Betting

Ben Hamill - December 10, 2018

Not too long ago, pro-sports leagues were the main spanners in the sports betting legalisation works. Big-shot managers were lashing out at anyone even suggesting a re-consideration, let alone a reform, and the general picture that was pa...Read More

Business Booms for Bede Gaming in 2018

Ben Hamill - December 07, 2018

Bede Gaming, the popular developer of online and mobile gaming software, has hailed 2018 as its ‘most successful year’ to date, thanks in part to its completion of no less than ten content integration deals. Another developme...Read More

Online Gambling To Bring in $73 billion by 2020

Ben Hamill - December 05, 2018

$1 million in online payment transactions every day. This is the golden number that was recently released by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) and refers to the average value of the payments processed by its members every...Read More

CA Sports Cease Use of the Term ‘Midget’

Ben Hamill - December 02, 2018

Sports leagues across Canada’s provinces have long made use of the term ‘midget’ when referring to youth sporting groups. However, the term has many negative connotations, particularly for those with the conditio...Read More

UK Gambling Brands Move Advertising Online

Ben Hamill - November 28, 2018

Gambling companies over in the United Kingdom are spending notably more on online and mobile marketing channels than on traditional TV ads. This news comes despite the current doctrine that public channels are already saturated to capacit...Read More

US’s Betting Legalization Pressures Canada

Ben Hamill - November 26, 2018

Moves towards boosting players’ experiences and introducing regulated sports betting offerings have been waxing and waning unsuccessfully over the years in Canada. Another motion was indicated recently, however, as Canadian legisla...Read More

Legal Sports Betting Coming to Rhode Island

Ben Hamill - November 24, 2018

Eager punters in the US state of Rhode Island will finally be able to get their hands on legal wagering options. The regulated sportsbook offerings for the state will officially begin to hit the market from Monday, November 26 onwards. L...Read More

Mississippi Casinos Suffer as Sports Betting Grows

Ben Hamill - November 23, 2018

The sports betting operations at Mississippi (MS) casinos have reported a small increase in their overall wagering handle for the month of October. However, revenues for the establishments dropped by more than three-quarters during the sa...Read More

Virginia Set to Legalize Lotto & Betting

Ben Hamill - November 23, 2018

A bill aiming to repeal Virginia’s current online sports betting and lottery bans was reportedly pre-filed with the Virginia General Assembly (VGA). The bill was filed by Delegate Mark Sickles on November 20, 2018. As it is pre-fil...Read More

US Sports Betting Scene Keeps Evolving

Ben Hamill - November 21, 2018

Industry insiders firmly believe that the world of US sports changed forever when the Supreme Court abolished a law that prevented states from deciding whether or not to legalize sports betting between their borders. Before the ruling, o...Read More

Legal US Sports Betting Hits Canada Hard

Ben Hamill - November 19, 2018

It was in 2017 when the US Supreme Court abolished a long-time ban that prevented the majority of its states from offering legalized sports betting services. The historic decision led to a flurry of activity by allowing individual states ...Read More

Bet365 Enters the New York Betting Market

Ben Hamill - November 19, 2018

Online gaming and sports betting operator Bet365 has just announced that they have signed an exclusive, 20-year partnership deal with Empire Resorts. As the result, the operator will soon be entering the valuable New York gambling industr...Read More

Florida Green-Lights Anti-Casino Measure

Ben Hamill - November 12, 2018

The recent midterm elections have resulted in a big win for Florida giants Disney and the Seminole Tribe of Florida – the owner of the Hard Rock brand. According to the experts at Ballotopedia, entertainment behemoth Disney and the ...Read More

US Casinos Mull Cross-Border Operations

Ben Hamill - November 11, 2018

Casinos in the US state of Pennsylvania (PA) have used up 28 of the available 39 interactive gambling permits during two recent application periods. The 11 permits now remaining for the state represent tens of millions of dollars in poten...Read More

Famous Celebs Who Were Successful Athletes

Ben Hamill - November 04, 2018

Most people don’t realise it, but many successful actors and celebrities started out as high-achieving athletes, before turning their attention to entertainment, acting or politics. Actors such as Burt Reynolds, Forest Whitaker, De...Read More

Indiana Encouraged to Legalize Betting

Ben Hamill - October 29, 2018

Since the US Supreme Court’s May ruling to , state after state has begun to legalize the profitable industry under their own sets of rules. Lawmakers are also continuing to investigate what legal betting could bring to their domain...Read More

US Elections May Impact Online Poker

Ben Hamill - October 15, 2018

In just a few short weeks, voters across several US states will be casting their votes to decide the fates of various pressing issues. These include, among other things, online poker and sports betting. Right now, it is t...Read More

SG Set to Acquire Don Best Sports Corp.

Ben Hamill - October 13, 2018

Mere weeks after joining the Global Lottery Monitoring System, US-based gaming systems developer has revealed the inking of a deal allowing it to purchase Don Best Sports Corporation (DBS)Read More

Poker Pro Hired by Mavericks

Ben Hamill - October 11, 2018

Marc Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks has hired pro poker player and expert sports bettor Haralabos ‘Bob’ Voulgaris as the team’s newest director of quantitative research and development. ...Read More

Nevada Gaming Revenue Hits a Low In August

Ben Hamill - October 04, 2018

The absence of the Money Fight in August meant fewer visitors to Nevada, and with those smaller numbers came the state’s weakest numbers this year. The state’s total gaming win dropped 7.7% from $989.5m to $913m year-on-year. ...Read More

FanDuel Pays Out Full $82k Erroneous Win

Ben Hamill - September 26, 2018

Daily fantasy sports giant FanDuel has opted to pay out the full $82,000 to New Jersey-based punter Anthony Prince on a $110 bet he made on the Denver Broncos versus Oakland Raiders game ...Read More

Quebec Fights Against Supreme Court Ruling

Ben Hamill - September 23, 2018

The government of Quebec is reportedly planning to appeal the Supreme Court’s ruling that stated that its amendments to online gambling bans are ‘unlawful’. The aforementioned law requires ISPs to block players’ a...Read More

First-Time Bookmaker Sponsorship for F1

Ben Hamill - September 23, 2018

Formula One, the king of auto racing sports brands worldwide, has surprisingly decided to change its age-old negative stance towards sponsorship by bookmakers. On Tuesday, the owner of the brand Liberty Media revealed that it has inked ...Read More

SBG Growth Drives Stars Group’s Revenues

Ben Hamill - September 20, 2018

CEO of Canada’s The Stars Group, Rafi Ashkenazi, has described after the recently purchased business demonstrated fantastic growth across its key financial verticals for the year ended on June 30, 2018. Total revenues for SBG for ...Read More

Legal Sports Betting Could Benefit NASCAR

Ben Hamill - September 20, 2018

After the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the PASPA law against sports betting in May, major organizations quickly had to rethink their views on local wagering. NASCAR is one of the organizations now investigating the potent...Read More

888sport Moves In To New Jersey

Ben Hamill - September 12, 2018

888 Senior Vice President Yaniv Sherman has officially been relocated to the firm’s New Jersey office to spearhead its new expansion plans across America after its 888sport brand was launched recently in the Garden State. With 888&...Read More

NFL’s Sports Betting Revenues Set to Soar

Ben Hamill - September 09, 2018

The National Football League’s revenues are apparently set to soar by more than $2.3 billion per year thanks to the recently . The news comes according to a recent Nielsen Sports study, which was commissioned by the American Gaming Associ...Read More

IGT & William Hill Bag Sports Betting Deal

Ben Hamill - September 02, 2018

Leading gaming systems developer IGT (International Game Technology) has at long last revealed that it has been chosen in partnership with the American arm of British bookie William Hill to supply the Rhode Island Lottery with a new serv...Read More

FanDuel Co-Founder Opposes $465m Takeover

Ben Hamill - August 20, 2018

Nigel Eccles, a co-founder of daily fantasy sports giant FanDuel, has reportedly filed a lawsuit against British bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair. The case is based on the sports betting operator’s recent $465 million takeover of the a...Read More

NJ Punters Wager Nearly $4 Million in July

Ben Hamill - August 16, 2018

Bettors in the US state of New Jersey placed just less than $4 million in wagers during the first full month of legal sports betting for the region. New Jersey was the state that first began the push towards the abolishment of the long-ti...Read More

US Leagues Call for Betting Integrity Fee

Ben Hamill - August 13, 2018

According to new reports, New York could become the first American state to regulate its through a clause involving a specialized fee. This proposed fee, dubbed an ‘integrity fee’ by its attached legislative bill, would be pa...Read More

Sports Betting for Canada’s Border Cities?

Ben Hamill - August 07, 2018

Is an expansion of the sports betting industry on the cards for Canucks? The rise in popularity for online gambling worldwide is continuing apace, and Canada is no exception. Additionally, this sector is seeing some of the biggest amounts...Read More