Sports Betting Gets Creative with Wagers: Weather, Politics, And Celebrity Bets

MyBookie Bets ScreenshotWhat does a sports bettor do if there are no actual sports to bet on?

While the thought of sports being “canceled” in the US seemed nearly impossible two weeks ago, that’s all changed with the rapid spreading coronavirus outbreak.

Just 9 days ago, Darren Rovell with the Action Network even predicted that all 50 states would officially make sports betting legal. His prediction came on the heels of several states, including Illinois and Michigan, legally green lighting sports betting.

The first major professional sports league to suspend play was the NBA after a player contracted the virus. Soon after, the NHL and MLB followed suit, with the most recent NCAA even canceling their March Madness tournament, a highly-anticipated event for bettors everywhere this time of year.

With the global pandemic heavy in play, it wasn’t too long until Las Vegas, the gambling mecca of the world, shut down their casinos for 30 days following a mandate given by Nevada Gov. Sisolak. And other casinos across the country have temporarily shut their doors, too.

So what does that leave a sports bettor to do? No sports. No casinos. But top bookies are saying “no problem” and choosing to get creative with their line offerings instead.

This creative spectrum of wagers is ranging from weather predictions, politics, Tom Brady’s future, celebrity dead pools and more. Let’s take a look at the unique lines being offered by some of our top bookies at BestUSCasinos.org.

Bovada

Trending betting opportunities at the popular online sportsbook Bovada this week asked what the weather would look like in several different states: “What will be the maximum temperature in Dallas, Texas on March 19?”

The winner said “Under 79 Degrees Fahrenheit, ” choosing to go under -155 as opposed to +155.

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“The severity of what’s going on in the world right now, it’s bombarding us,” said Pat Morrow, head oddsmaker at Bovada. “You can’t really flip away from cable news. You can’t have your usual distractions. So we figured: What else are people talking about? What else are people engaging with? Hopefully this could be our own way to provide distraction.”

Bovada also offers political wagers, which seem to be quite popular among bettors. Right now, political wagers are weighing the winnings odds between Republican and Democratic candidates, and the 2020 US Presidential Election Winner.

US Presidential Election 2020 – Democratic Candidate

Democratic Candidate

  • Joe Biden -2000
  • Hillary Clinton +1400
  • Bernie Sanders +2500
  • Michelle Obama +5000
  • Tulsi Gabbard +20000

US Presidential Election 2020 – Republican Candidate

Republican Candidate

  • Donald Trump -2000
  • Mike Pence +1600
  • Nikki Haley +3000
  • Mitt Romney +8000
  • Paul Ryan +10000
  • Ben Sasse +15000
  • John Kasich +15000
  • William (Bill) Weld +15000
  • All wagers have action. More upon request.

US Presidential Election 2020 – Odds To Win

2020 US Presidential Election Winner

  • Donald Trump -105
  • Joe Biden -105
  • Bernie Sanders +4000
  • Mike Pence +5000
  • Hillary Clinton +8000
  • Nikki Haley +10000
  • Michelle Obama +20000
  • Tulsi Gabbard +50000

Data taken from Bovada

BetOnline

Tom Brady has been a hot topic of discussion during the 2020 offseason, especially amid the sport suspensions.

On BetOnline, popular lines featuring Tom Brady are focusing on his total interceptions, passing yards, and TD passes during the 2020 regular season.

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MyBookie

Keeping in line with its motto, “Bet on Anything. Anywhere. At any time.” the online sportsbook has been offering a wide variety of unique bets, including U.S. politics, Trump, and celebrity dead pools.

One wager is having bettors place odds on “who will play the next James Bond.”

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Some Sportsbooks Are Staying in Their Lanes

While it isn’t illegal to bet on politics or other creative forms of non-sports event wagers in the US, some sportsbooks are decidedly sticking strictly to sports.

“Any offerings in Nevada are still sports based and horse racing,” said Vinny Magliulo of the Vegas-based sports betting network VSiN. “With Nevada casinos closed, the only way to bet on a limited menu (Australian Rules Football & Rugby, Turkish Super LIG Soccer, MLB Pennants & World Series & Super Bowl Futures, some later in the year boxing) is on the mobile apps within Nevada.”

Bets are Still Happening in the Midst of the Coronavirus Outbreak

Futures betting for offseason leagues are still on, like the MLB and NFL. Esports is also expected to rise up during this period of shutdown, should they remain to hold non-spectator events. Virtual horse-racing is also available on some platforms.

Other online sportsbooks are even betting on which league will come back from the crisis first.

For professional sports bettors wanting to keep their bets focused on sports, they’re turning to International markets like Mexican soccer, Turkish soccer, and Serbian soccer to get their bet fixings in.

Other professional bettors are shifting focus to smaller Esports league. NFL futures, and some UFC games.

While these creative betting handles aren’t replacing the NBA or March Madness, they’re still beneficial to bettors and give them something to fill the temporary void of not being able to place American sports bets.

Which one of these bets would you be willing to wager on? The weather? Tom Brady’s future? Or who the next James Bond will be?

There’s still a lot to stay busy with during this season of sports shutdown.

Happy wagering!

Sports Betting Options in Illinois Are About to Launch

For months, lawmakers in Illinois have been working to expand the state’s gambling industry. New casino and sports betting options in Illinois are becoming available. According to new reports, this state’s first sportsbooks are set to launch this month.Flag Of Illinois

It’s exciting news for sports fans here. Today, we’re going to look at what new gambling options are coming here. We’ll also discuss when Illinois’ sportsbooks will finally launch.

Let’s get into it!

Illinois Lawmakers Push For Gambling Expansion

A huge number of states around the country are currently working to expand their gambling industries. Much of this process began after the Supreme Court decided to remove PASPA. Doing so gave every state the ability to set its own laws on sports gambling.

This led to many states changing their set of gambling laws. Lawmakers began to realize how much money could be earned from this industry. Within just months of PASPA being removed, New Jersey and Delaware already had their sports betting options up and running.

States began looking into new casino regulations, as well. This includes Illinois. Back in June, officials in this state presented a new capital plan that allows for five new casinos to open up.

This includes a casino in Chicago. Officials immediately began looking at sites for this new venue. Unfortunately, the tax structure set for the Chicago casino was unusually high and kept many companies from wanting to enter into this city.

Within the next few years, several new casinos will officially begin operating in this city. Now, reports indicate that sports betting options in Illinois are set to launch in the coming days.

Sports Betting Options in Illinois Will Become Available For March Madness

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, also known as March Madness, is one of the most-watched sporting events in the country. It draws in millions of spectators to watch the top collegiate teams compete for the championship. Unsurprisingly, it’s also one of the sporting events that draws in a huge number of bets.

It seems like officials in Illinois want to take a piece of the revenue that will be wagered on the tournament. According to the Chicago Tribune, the first sports betting options in Illinois will officially become available in time for March Madness. The Illinois Gaming Board approved a sportsbook to open at Rivers Casino on Monday.

Dan Nita, regional president of Caesars Entertainment, parent of an Illinois casino called Horseshoe Hammond, spoke about how this may affect the state’s gambling industry.

“Obviously, just from a pure supply and demand standpoint, that will definitely have some degree of impact in guests having more choices,” he said.

Illinois will officially become the 15th state to have live, regulated sports betting. We’ll need to wait and see how successful the industry is here.

Chicago Casino is Still at a Standstill

Illinois has gradually become a popular gambling destination. There are many casinos spread around the state, many of which offer a huge range of different games. Under the new capital plan, five new casinos will open in different parts of the state.

As we already mentioned, a casino-resort will open in Chicago. At first, many predicted this would be one of the most successful gambling venues in the midwest. Unfortunately, lawmakers have set unusually high tax rates for the casino, forcing many gambling operators to turn their heads away.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot continues to push for this casino to open. She believes it will help to bring the city and state valuable revenue. Unfortunately, this property remains at a standstill.

In other parts of the state, casino plans are coming together. It’s beginning to look like Rockford and Waukegan will soon welcome new properties.

Sports betting options in Illinois are launching in just a few days. It will be interesting to see the state’s gambling industry expand as a result. Make sure to stay tuned for updates over the next couple of months!

Rivers Casino to Open First Illinois Sportsbook in Time for March Madness

Sports Betting CartoonJust in time for March Madness, one of sports betting’s hottest times of the year, Illinois just received approval on Friday to open up the first sportsbook in the state.

The BetRivers sportsbook at Rivers Casino will be open and ready to take bets beginning at noon on Monday. Eddie Olcyzk, former Chicago Blackhawks star, was given the honors to place the very first bet.

The Illinois Gaming Board finally granted the 4,840-square-foot BetRivers Sportsbook approval to start taking bets on March 9.

The casino, who is owned by Kentucky-based gambling giant Churchill Downs and Chicago-based Rush Street Gaming, said it plans to launch its official BetRivers.com website and mobile app later this year.

6 Illinois Casinos Applied for Sports Betting Status

Rivers was just one of six Illinois casinos in the state who submitted applications for sports wagering licenses.

In December, the gaming board opened up the application process, with applicants hoping to gain approval in time for March Madness.

Hollywood Casinos, which has locations in Joliet, Aurora, and Argon Casino Alton, located near St. Louis, will be releasing information on the status of their sportsbook rollouts in the “coming days.”

Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin hasn’t responded to a request for comment yet. Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino in East Peoria is further back in the application process than the rest of the casinos.

The Illinois Sports Wagering Act

The Illinois Sports Wagering Act grants the state’s 10 casinos, three horse tracks, and the seven largest sports venues in the state (they must offer 17,000-plus seating capacity) the allowance to operate a sports gaming license.

Within 18 months of the first on-site license launching, three additional, online-only, licenses will be issued. This delayed allowance on mobile sports betting is referred to as the “penalty box” provision in the press.

Sports Betting Licensee Fees

When applying for initial sports wagering licenses, fees must be collected. Take a look at the differing fees among Illinois’ casinos:

  • Alton Argosy: $1,948,186
  • Aurora Hollywood: $5,731,926
  • Des Plaines Rivers: $10,000,000
  • Elgin Grand Victoria: $7,801,967
  • Joliet Harrah’s: $8,581,742
  • Joliet Hollywood: $5,779,948
  • Metropolis Harrah’s: $3,420,849
  • Peoria Par-a-Dice: $3,641,064
  • Rock Island: $3,315,761
  • Louis Casino Queen: $4,975,750

As the chart shows, Des Plaines Rivers casino had to pay out the highest fee for licensing, while Alton Argosy had the lowest application fee.

March Madness Sports Betting Stats

March Madness is a prime betting season for sports bettors. According to the American Gaming Association (AGA), an estimated 47 million Americans planned to wager $8.5 million on the NCAA Tournament in 2019.

With sports wagering becoming more legalized throughout the country, that number is only expected to go up, and this year, Illinois will get a chance to add to the stats.

Take a look at the staggering March Madness statistics found by the AGA:

  • 47 million adults in the US will wager on the NCAA Tournament.
  • 40 million people will fill out a bracket and wager $4.6 billion doing so.
  • 18 million Americans will bet $3.9 billion at some form of sportsbook.
  • 4 million will bet with an illegal bookie.
  • 2 million will bet on an illegal offshore website.
  • 1 million will wager through a regulated retail or online sportsbook.

About BetRivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino

From their official website:

BetRivers features a LED High Definition Wall and premium stadium seating sure to make you feel like you’re at the game. Monitors line the room and surround the 26-seat bar outfitted with tabletop video poker. 

BetRivers Sportsbook is currently accepting applications for Sportsbook writers and ambassadors.

MGM’s New Sports Betting App is Coming to Nevada

For years, MGM Resorts International has operated one of the largest sports betting applications in the country, called PlayMGM. Recently, the company teamed up with GVC to relaunch this betting platform called BetMGM. Today, MGM’s new sports betting app will officially launch in Nevada.MGM Resorts Logo

Many feel this is a long time coming. The original betting application from MGM Resorts faced criticism. Hope is that this one turns out to be considerably better.

Let’s take a look at what the new sports betting app has to offer!

Nevada’s Sports Betting Industry Continues to Grow

Nevada has always been the sports gambling capital of the United States. In fact, for many years this was the only state where sports betting was even legal. That all changed in May of 2018 when the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA.

This decision immediately gave every state in the country the ability to legalize sports betting. Within just months, several states officially launched their first regulated sportsbooks. Many felt this would take away from the sports betting revenue that Nevada was used to earning.

That hasn’t necessarily been the case, though. While competition in this industry has increased, Nevada’s sports betting industry has continued to grow. The fact remains that millions of tourists still flock here every month and many of them place bets on sporting events.

It’s good news for major gambling companies in the city, many of whom continue to invest in their sports betting operations. Several major casino-resorts in Las Vegas also recently launched new sportsbooks. More are likely to open here over the next few years.

The online sports wagering industry hasn’t taken off in Las Vegas like many expected it would. Some blame the poor betting applications. MGM Resorts recognized this and is now working to improve their online sportsbook platform.

MGM’s New Sports Betting App Launches in Nevada Today

PlayMGM, the first online sportsbook created by MGM Resorts International, launched to the public back in 2019. As we already mentioned, the app faced a fair share of criticism almost immediately. Company officials began discussing plans to re-launch the app in the near future.

Eventually, MGM announced that it was teaming up with GVC Holdings to launch a new online sports betting platform. This new app, called BetMGM, is expected to be considerably better than the first betting application. Today, MGM’s new sports betting app officially launches in Nevada.

MGM recently had a soft launch of the app in Nevada. Today, the app is truly opening to the public. It offers pre-bets, in-bets, parlays, prop bets and more. It also allows for wagering on professional and collegiate sports.

Adam Greenblatt, CEO of Road Digital, the joint venture between MGM Resorts and GVC, spoke about the launch to the media this week.

“We’re proud to formally introduce the new BetMGM app in Nevada today,” he said. “MGM Resorts’ iconic properties across Las Vegas and GVC’s technology combine to deliver a streamlined sports betting experience that’s easy to use and exciting to play.”

The sportsbooks across all of MGM Resorts’ major Las Vegas Strip properties will soon be rebranded. We’ll need to wait and see how popular this new betting platform becomes.

Coronavirus Fears Continue to Escalate in Las Vegas

2019 was a fantastic year for Las Vegas. Almost every single month, revenue in the city increased dramatically. Unfortunately, many now fear that 2020 will be a tough month for the city due to concerns over the coronavirus.

Covid-19 has already spread to many states across the country and has infected more than 250 individuals. Two cases have already been confirmed in Clark County. It seems like just a matter of time before a case is confirmed inside Las Vegas.

The spread of this virus could lead to a significant decrease in tourism here. It may eventually force the city’s major casino-resorts to temporarily shut down, as well. This would be devastating to the economy of Nevada.

State governments are still working hard to contain this virus. As of now, these efforts have been largely successful. Every day, several new cases are reported in new areas of the country.

Exactly how this will affect Las Vegas is still unknown. For now, it does not appear that the coronavirus is having a significant impact.

MGM’s new sports betting app is finally here. If you’re in the city, check the app out and place some bets!

Sports Betting at Freehold Raceway is On Its Way

New Jersey legalized sports betting back in June of 2018, less than a month after the Supreme Court struck down PASPA. Since that time, the state’s sports betting industry has grown dramatically. This week, a measure to allow sports betting at Freehold Raceway was approved by a city council.New Jersey

It’s exciting news for visitors to this racetrack. It should help to bring in significantly more money to the state, too. Today, we’ll look at the state of NJ’s sports betting industry.

Let’s get into it!

New Jersey’s Sports Betting Industry Continues to Grow

Lawmakers in New Jersey were instrumental in getting the Supreme Court to remove PASPA. Many analysts felt that this state would quickly develop a large and successful sports gambling industry. These predictions have turned out to be correct.

Gambling revenue in this state has continued to increase since sports betting laws were approved. The majority of money is being earned in Atlantic City. Here, a huge number of major casino-resorts are operating.

Allowing sports betting helped to significantly improve Atlantic City. A massive influx of visitors began flocking here to make their wagers through land-based sportsbooks. As a result, casino revenue increased here, too.

This industry growth isn’t slowing down, either. Revenue continues to increase here. New reports indicate that January of 2020 saw a 23% revenue increase from the same month the year prior.

Now, sports betting at Freehold Raceway is being discussed. Owners of this track have spoken about plans to allow sports gambling for years. Now, these plans are finally being put in motion.

Sports Betting at Freehold Raceway May Come in 2020

It’s amazing to see land-based sports betting continue to generate revenue in New Jersey. Some felt this would eventually taper off, as online sports gambling is freely available throughout the state. This goes to show that many individuals still prefer to make their bets the only fashioned way.

Another venue is now preparing to allow this form of gambling. Officials at the Freehold Raceway received approval from the city council to offer sports betting at the track. Now, owners of the racetrack will need to request a sports betting license from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

Steve Gallo, a Freehold Borough Administrator, commented on these plans to the media this week.

“What we have is a very preliminary two-page document that states their plan is to do some renovations within the envelope of the existing structure,” he said. “They’re not adding anything new. It’s not going to trigger any major land use application or anything like that, and this is their first step towards getting a license from the DGE.”

That’s certainly true. This is just the first step needed to allow sports betting at Freehold Raceway. It may be some time before any sports gambling options actually open here.

The state’s other two race tracks currently allow sports betting. Since launching sportsbooks, the tracks have brought in a combined $250 million in sports gambling revenue. Freehold Raceway now wants a piece of that revenue pie.

Is The Coronavirus Having an Effect On Atlantic City?

Since December of 2019, the world has been working to contain the spread of Covid-19, a coronavirus originating in Wuhan China. Thus far, containment efforts have failed. The virus has now spread all over the world including the United States.

About 130 people have been infected across 16 states. Several deaths have now occurred in different states. Washington is the worst-affected state right now.

No cases have yet been confirmed in New Jersey. New York, on the other hand, is dealing with a rising infection rate. It seems like just a matter of time before NJ is hit.

This virus can take a significant toll on the casino industry. It essentially forced Macau to shut down for weeks. Some worry about the effects that the Coronavirus will have on Las Vegas.

For now, Atlantic City remains safe from the new virus. It remains to be seen how officials will tackle this issue. Closing casinos here may eventually be the only option.

Sports betting at Freehold Raceway is on its way. This is exciting news for those in the Freehold Borough area.

Stay tuned for more updates on this situation over the next few months!

CT’s Sports Betting Laws Are Coming Together

Lawmakers in Connecticut have been working to legalize and regulate sports betting for years. Now, it appears that CT’s sports betting laws are nearly set in place. This week, Governor Ned Lamont endorsed a bill that allows for this form of gambling to take place in the state.Ned Lamont

Not everyone is happy about this, though. The Mohegan Tribe has already voiced its disapproval with Lamont’s support for the new bill. Today, we’re going to take a look at what exactly is going on here.

Let’s get into it!

New Gambling Bills Continue to Pop Up in Connecticut

Connecticut is a small state, home to just 3.5 million individuals. Nowadays, it’s considered very liberal when it comes to the gambling industry. Most traditional forms of gambling are perfectly legal here, including casino gambling.

Only tribal casinos are able to operate in Connecticut. The Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino are both popular gambling venues here. For years, tribal leaders in this state have pushed to open a new casino in East Windsor. It’s unclear whether or not this new venue will be able to open anytime soon.

The discussion around sports betting has been raging here for years, as well. In May of 2018, the US Supreme Court removed PASPA, giving every state the ability to regulate sports gambling. More than 20 states have since done so, and most are earning a huge amount of revenue from this industry each month.

Several sports betting bills have been presented in Connecticut over the past few years. This includes several new ones put forward at the beginning of the year. One favors the Native American tribes in the state. The other is more favorable to the state’s non-tribal gambling operators.

This week, Governor Ned Lamont voiced his approval for one of these bills. Unsurprisingly, the decision has generated massive controversy. Here’s who’s now complaining.

CT’s Sports Betting Laws Endorsed by Lamont Angers Tribes

Ned Lamont has been studying the sports betting bills presented here for years. He hasn’t made it easy for the proponents of this new industry. Part of the reason for this hesitation to approve CT’s sports betting laws was the state’s Native American tribes claiming they should be given exclusive rights to offer sports gambling options.

At the moment, the state’s tribes are the only groups with permission to operate casino gambling options in Connecticut. This gives them significant power. These tribes help to bring the state millions of dollars every year via taxes.

Connecticut’s tribes presented a sports betting bill early this year that would only allow for sports wagers to be placed inside tribal casinos. Other lawmakers set forward a bill that would allow for the tribes, the Connecticut Lottery, and Sportech the right to offer sports gambling options.

On Tuesday, Ned Lamont endorsed the second bill. The state’s tribes were not pleased. Max Reiss, Lamont’s communication director, commented on the decision to the media this week.

“The governor is committed to a fair resolution that brings Connecticut’s gaming economy into the 21st century,” he said. “He wants to sign a sports betting bill into law over the next few months.” 

Some analysts now believe the tribes here will challenge the decision in court. If that happens, it may be some time before any sports betting regulations are set in place here.

Online Gambling Continues to Grow in Connecticut

Connecticut’s gambling industry is in an unusual place right now. As we just mentioned, lawmakers in the state and tribal leaders are battling over sports betting regulations. The tribes here are also working hard to open new casinos.

In recent years, the popularity of online gambling in Connecticut has grown considerably. This industry remains unregulated in this state. Fortunately, there are no laws in CT that claim it’s illegal to make wagers online.

One site that’s grown hugely popular is Bovada. This site is known to be one of the best online sportsbooks in the US. It offers a huge number of betting options and a safe, simple payment system.

Bovada also provides some fantastic casino gambling options. There are hundreds of slots available and all major table games including blackjack, roulette, and craps.

Hopefully, CT’s sports betting laws are agreed to by lawmakers and tribal leaders. Until that happens, the best way to place sports wagers here is through online betting sites.

It’s a very interesting time for this state’s gaming industry. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

MI’s Sports Betting Options Are Almost Available

Michigan’s Governor officially signed a sports betting law into place back in December of 2019. Since that time, state officials have worked to come up with specific regulations for the industry. Based on new reports, MI’s sports betting options are likely to become available next month.Michigan State Flag

It’s great news for sports fans here. Hope is that the first regulated betting options become available prior to March Madness. Today, we’ll give a quick update on the status of sports betting here.

Let’s get into it!

Michigan Lawmakers Decided to Legalize Sports Gambling

The discussion of legalized sports betting is raging around the country. Much of this is due to the fact that the Supreme Court struck down PASPA in May of 2018. After this decision, every state in the country was given the ability to legalize sports gambling.

As of now, 21 states have passed bills to start regulating their sports betting industries. This includes New Jersey. Since legalizing sports betting, New Jersey is now earning millions of dollars every single month through taxes from the industry.

More states have begun to realize how much money can be earned from sports gambling. Back in late 2019, Michigan’s lawmakers began a push to open this industry. By December of that year, Governor Gretchen Whitmer finally approved a sports betting bill.

There was some debate over when the first sports betting options would become available here. In January, it seemed as if things were getting delayed and internet sports betting would not become available until 2021. This week, reports surfaced that MI’s sports betting options are likely to become available soon.

It’s clear that state officials here are taking their time with this new form of gambling. They want to ensure that problem gambling does not become a major issue. Here’s what new reports about this industry are saying.

MI’s Sports Betting Options Should be Available By March Madness

Michigan is home to a huge number of passionate sports fans. Several major sports teams are based here and many have been asking when the first regulated online sportsbooks would become available here. It now appears that we have an answer.

Several politicians in the state claim that the first sportsbooks will start operating here before the start of March Madness. Richard Kalm, Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board, claims these betting options will launch soon. Specific regulations for this industry are being finalized.

There’s a reason why the regulatory process is being streamlined. March Madness is known as one of the most popular sporting events to bet on in the country. Millions of dollars are wagered on the NCAA tournament.

Michigan will likely earn a huge piece of revenue from March Madness. State officials want to ensure they’re earning money from this new industry.

MI’s sports betting options are finally set to launch. Some feel that Michigan will grow to become one of the country’s true sports gambling hubs. Several casinos here are already gearing up to launch their sportsbooks.

North Michigan Casinos Prepare to Launch Sportsbooks

Michigan is home to several popular casinos. Many operators of these gambling venues are now expressing a desire to launch sports betting platforms. The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians announced they’re planning to launch sportsbooks before the end of the year.

This tribal group owns two casinos in Northern Michigan. Tribal leaders claim that they’ve teamed up with William Hill to launch sports betting options in these venues before the start of the next NFL season. Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, commented on the new partnership to the media this week.

“We are pleased to have found a great partner in the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and look forward to working with the Tribe to bring a leading retail and online sports betting experience to sports fans in Michigan,” he said. “Michigan will be a key state in William Hill’s U.S. expansion due to its large population and deep rooted-sports culture with so many popular college and pro sports teams.”

The Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel and Leelanau Sands Casino are both set to launch these sports betting platforms. Both land-based and online sports betting options will be available here.

MI’s sports betting options could officially launch within the next few weeks. Time will tell how successful this industry will be for the state. Stay tuned for updates!

Kansas Senate Passes Bill to Move Sports Betting Forward

Court Gavel
While the Kansas Senate has been back-and-forth on sports betting for the past few months, they came together on Wednesday for the first time and finally passed the bill forward. Bill SB 283 passed 23-15.

This is a major advancement for the Sunflower state, but it wasn’t done easily. The debate went on for over four hours. Hot topics of discussion were where the revenue would go, and how it would be divvied up, whether horse or greyhound racing would be included, and what amount of the revenue would be set aside for gambling addiction education.

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Senator Tom Holland attempted to get an amendment pass that would seek to replace the bill, but it failed to get support. The amendment wanted to allocate power to the state for future negotiations with sportsbook operators and casinos.

In the committee, there were no opponents of the bill. This was rare for a gambling bill in the state, according to Sen. Jeff Longbine, carrier of the bill. The Senate passed the bill through by a voice vote.

The state voted to allow both on-site casino betting and mobile betting. The state is asking to get 5.5% of on-site casino revenue and 8% of the mobile betting revenue.

Sports Betting Details Under SB 283

For sports betting revenue obtained from retail operations, operators are expected to pay a 7.5% tax. Online revenue will be taxed at 10%.

Under SB 283, there could be up to eight online sports betting operators in the state, with the casinos receiving two licenses each.

Senate President Susan Wagle got an amendment passed that will put 2% of the sports betting revenue toward addiction counseling and education. According to Wagle, 54,000 Kansans struggle with a gambling problem, and of that number, 75% struggle with other addictions as well.

Revenue Predictions

In a fiscal note from Kansas’ Director of the Budget, Larry Campbell, he details modest fiscal expectations. Campbell says he expects around $500 million in the sports betting handle. The Kansas Lottery estimates anywhere between $360-$600 million in annual handle. As detailed in the note, the number could potentially go up to $900 after five years.

What’s Next?

With the Senate passing the bill, next down the line is the House, and if passed there, it would move on to the governor.

With this bill, sports betting would be permitted in state-owned casinos. If it passes, tribal casinos will be able to apply to allow sports betting as well.

The passing of the bill will also enable the state to collect on college and professional bets that they believe are currently going on under the radar.

“It’s not a new outlet because I think we know that it’s happening, we hope that it’s a new safer outlet,” Lawrence Senator Marci Francisco said. “Why not have it controlled by the state, and then make sure for those people who are participating in that wagering that it’s non-offshore, that they know that their bets will be acknowledged.”

Indiana’s Sports Betting Market Continues to Expand with BetMGM Launch

Soccer Player Kicking Ball Into Goal, BetMGM Logo
On Tuesday, Boyd’s Belterra casino celebrated the official launch of BetMGM’s mobile sportsbook. That makes for the fifth mobile sportsbook in the state.

Last month, BetMGM held a temporary license but was officially cleared on Feb. 25. The BetMGM app is powered by Roar Digital, a partnership between MGM Resorts International and GVC: Great Britain’s betting technology leader.

BetMGM now has four mobile states in the US: New Jersey, where they originally launched, Nevada, West Virginia, and Indiana. When you visit BetMGM’s official site, it asks, “Where do you want to play?” with an option to click on one of the four state’s portals.

Indiana’s Growing Sports Betting Market

With Governor Eric Holcomb signing SB 552 into law last May, Indiana has been diving deep into the sports betting industry.

From December to January, sports betting revenue jumped 5.6% to $170.8 million. The online handle of their sports betting industry included a 11.6% growth, hitting $123.4 million.

DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook dominated the online handle, with DraftKings alone contributing $66 million to the total number. The majority remainder was taken by BetRivers, with BetIndiana and PointsBet receiving less than $90,000.

A full list of the five, live sportsbook apps currently available in the state:

Sportsbook Launch date
DraftKings Sportsbook Oct. 3, 2019
FanDuel Sportsbook Oct. 26, 2019
BetRivers Oct. 3, 2019
BetAmerica Dec. 30, 2019
BetMGM Feb. 25, 2020

The sportsbook apps that the state eventually expects to see at an unknown date: Fox Bet, PointsBet, William Hill, and Caesars Sportsbook.

BetMGM’s Planned Future Launches

MGM COO, Bill Hornbuckle, says BetMGM could very well be in eight states by year’s end. Besides their mobile offerings, they also operate retail sports betting. Three states are already planned for the near future: Pennsylvania, Colorado and Iowa. BetMGM has high future hopes for Michigan in particular.

Hornbuckle said he hopes the company will dominate in Michigan, where MGM operates MGM Grand Detroit.

About BetMGM

When legal sports betting first launched throughout the US, BetMGM operated under a different name, “PlayMGM.” PlayMGM was the 1.0 version of BetMGM we know today. Today, BetMGM offers many exciting and convenient features for its players, including early cash out, live in-game betting, odds boosts, and more payment options including PayPal and Skrill.

WA’s Sports Betting Bill Advances Once More

Lawmakers in Washington are currently working to expand the state’s gambling industry. A push to legalize sports betting has been going on here for months. This week, WA’s sports betting bill officially passed through another legislative session.

Stamp Of Approval

Based on the way things are going, sports betting will be up and running here before the end of 2020. It’s an extremely exciting time for sports fans in the state. Today, we’ll look at the road to get sports gambling legalized here.

Let’s get into it!

The Casino Industry in Washington Continues to Grow

There was a time when Washington was an extremely anti-gambling state. For decades, almost no forms of gambling were allowed here. It was disappointing for the huge number of gambling fans that lived here.

Fortunately, things have improved dramatically. In the late 1980s, the Supreme Court passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. This immediately gave Native American tribes in every state the option to run gambling venues on sovereign land.

About a decade later, several tribal casinos opened up in Washington. These gaming venues proved to be extremely popular. They draw in many locals and visitors from nearby states, bringing in millions of dollars through taxes. More recently, lawmakers here began looking at the possibility of legalizing sports betting.

This is all thanks to the Supreme Court striking down PASPA in May of 2018. Now, every state can set its own laws on sports gambling.

WA’s sports betting bill has been working its way through the state’s legislative process. This week, another state government body here officially approved the bill.

WA’s Sports Betting Bill Advances Once Again

As of today, 21 states have officially legalized sports betting. Based on the way things are moving, Washington will be the next. House Bill 2638 was presented earlier this year. It’s already moved quickly through the state’s legislative process.

This week, the bill was approved by the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee. It’s a huge moment for the state’s sports betting industry. WA’s sports betting bill was also recently approved by the House here by a margin of 82-14.

Lawmakers here are making the argument that online sports betting is already taking place in this state. Adding regulated sports betting options here will help earn the state valuable money. This argument seems to be working.

There are only a few more steps needed before this bill is officially approved. Eventually, Washington residents will need to vote to allow this form of gambling. Most analysts predict this will happen before the end of the year.

Unfortunately, Washington is only preparing to allow sports bets to be made in-person inside tribal casinos. This will make it hard for the state to compete with nearby states like Oregon, where online sports wagering is allowed. It remains to be seen how successful Washington’s new sports betting industry will become.

More States Push for Sports Betting Legalization

Washington seems poised to legalize sports betting this year. It’s unfortunate to see that lawmakers here aren’t interested in allowing online sports wagering. Nevertheless, this industry is likely to bring the state valuable revenue.

Several other states are likely to start regulating their sports betting industries over the next few years, as well. One state that seems poised to allow this form of gambling is California. This state is home to a huge number of tribal casinos. The legalization of sports betting would earn the state millions of dollars every single month via taxes.

There are several states that have legalized sports betting, yet have not yet launched any sports betting platforms. Gambling commissions across the country are still working to come up with specific regulations for this industry.

WA’s sports betting bill has passed through another important legislative session. It seems likely that legal, regulated sports betting options will become available here before the end of the year.

It’s an exciting time to be a sports fan in this state. Stay tuned for updates on the situation here over the next few months!