South Point Casino in LV Launches Drive-Thru Sports Betting Station

South Point Hotel and CasinoBeginning Wednesday, May 6, the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas will be launching the South Point Sports app for mobile betting.

New users will be able to sign up for the app through a drive-up station located at the valet entrance, where they will be able to deposit money and wager on upcoming sports events.

Brand new customers must sign up for the app in person, and existing customers must also have to make their deposits in person as well. The South Point valet entrance will be open for new and existing customers seven days a week, from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m, beginning May 6.

The South Point’s new drive-up system complies with the CDC’s social distancing guidelines, and is a convenient option for sports bettors to place their bets “quarantine-style.”

The new system was launched ahead of sport’s likely return this month, and ahead of what looks like another few weeks before casinos are finally able to reopen nationwide.

Customers who are signing up for the app must be 21 or older with a valid photo ID. Users can download the app through Apple, Google Play Store, or through southpointsports.com.

What Sports Can Users Bet on Through the App Right Now?

Right now, users can start placing their bets on new UFC and NASCAR events that are scheduled to roll out this month.

Currently, UFC and NASCAR are the first U.S. sports organizations to return to the scene amid the pandemic.

On May 9, UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje will jumpstart UFC’s return with a revamped fight card for the interim lightweight title. The winner of the fight is expected to square off against Khabib Nurmagomedov this fall.

Beginning May 17, NASCAR announced they will be resuming operations with seven races in the books.

The races will be held at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina, and three races will be held over the course of four days in Darlington before moving the races to the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina on May 24, where four races will be held over four days.

Both the UFC and NASCAR events will be held without fans present, and include only necessary personnel. They will also include the follow coronavirus safety precautions:

  • Required use of personal protective equipment throughout the event.
  • Health screenings conducted on all individuals prior to entering the facility, while inside the facility, and upon exiting the facility.
  • Social distancing measured implemented throughout the event.
  • Strict limits on the number of individuals that are given access to each facility.

Stay Tuned

Casinos seem to be on the horizon of reopening within the next few months, with some operators hopeful that they’ll reopen by June 1 at the latest.

We’re happy to see that South Point is preparing to get back to business as usual on the sports betting front, and love that they’ve introduced a handy new system that bettors can use amid the outbreak.

Will you be signing up for the new South Point Sports app? And will you be placing any bets on the upcoming UFC:249 fight or NASCAR races this May?

Let us know in the comments below!

Sports Betting is Finally Legal in Colorado!

Crowded SportsbookDespite the global pandemic that’s going on and the suspension of major sports that happened because of it, Colorado couldn’t wait to finally launch legalized sports betting.

The Centennial State will officially be open to taking sports bets May 1.

It will still serve as a historic day for sports fans in the state, even though bettors’ options will be severely limited right now. Colorado has bigger future plans to be a robust state for sports betting.

Bronco fans need to look no further than their own backyard to place sports bets anymore, and that’s something worth celebrating even during these challenging times.

Here’s a brief rundown on the road to sports betting in Colorado and what it looks like.

Supreme Court Decision Makes a Way

The 2018 U.S. Supreme Court that ruled that sports betting bans were unconstitutional and needed a revision was a major victory for the sports betting market in the U.S.

Although it took six years of litigation to finally pass, once it did, states like New Jersey took the lead in implementing the legal sports betting market, and soon others quickly followed.

In a bipartisan effort, lawmakers in Colorado referred for a sports betting measure to be added on the Nov. 2019 statewide ballot. That paved the way for a majority of Colorado voters saying “yes” to legalizing sports betting, as well as a 10 percent tax rate on any casino earnings.

What Legalized Betting Means for the State

Different states have their own unique rules and regulations when it comes to legalized sports betting.

For Colorado, a wide variety of sports is available for wagers with the legalization. That spans from major professional sports to the more niche, unheard of sports.

NFL, soccer, track and field, Olympic games, will all be available to bet on, but so will sports like intercollegiate competitions and professional video-game competition, granted that the specific sportsbook creates a wager for them.

Ways You Can Bet

Betting will be done in one of two ways.

The first is betting at physical locations. Once casinos reopen in the state, which is expected to be near the end of May, bettors can drive to them and place their bets on-site.

The other betting option is mobile betting applications, which any phone is Colorado will be capable of doing.

What Kind of Bets Can Be Made?

Wagers will range from simple bets that many sports bettors are already used to seeing claiming team winners, like “The Denver Broncos beat the Miami Dolphins,” but there will also be the option for more complicated bets including wins by a specific point range.

What Kinds of Sports Can Bettors Bet on Immediately?

It’s definitely a unique situation that Colorado has run into with the official launch of sports betting. Many of the sports bettors are used to waging on simply aren’t an option right now.

With that reality in mind, what can bettors in Colorado expect to bet on right now?

Well, right now the main focus seems to be upcoming UFC matches. State gaming officials are also looking to see if virtual NASCAR races will be sanctioned.

And one of the most anticipated sporting events of the month looks like it will be the charity golf match between Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady.

Stay Tuned

We’re happy to states like Colorado, who have waited patiently for sports betting to arrive on the scene, finally get to be a part of the family of states who has already gotten legal with it.

Although it comes out at a seemingly inopportune time, that doesn’t dull the excitement of legalization and the future of sports betting in Colorado to come.

Are you still placing sports wagers during this offseason for major sports? We’d love to know what you’re betting on.

Hopefully, casinos will be reopening by month’s end, and by Summer, we’ll be able to see some sports can return again.

 

2020 Arkansas Derby Will Take Place This Saturday, May 2nd in a Two-Race Event

The 2020 Arkansas Derby has the green light from Arkansas authorities to take place this Saturday at Oaklawn Park. This top Kentucky Derby prep race has now been split into two divisions due to 22 horses entering. Two winners will walk away with enough qualifying points to be assured of a spot in the Kentucky Derby.
Two Racing Horses at the Arkansas Derby

Like most of the sports world, horse racing has been on hold during the COVID-19 crisis. A few Kentucky Derby prep races managed to sneak in right before more serious restrictions on live events were handed down. But for the past month, the sport has been quiet at a time when it’s usually drawing its most fervent attention.

That will change on Saturday with two divisions of the Arkansas Derby, held at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, take place one after another in the early evening hours. In previous years, the Arkansas Derby had always been a single-race event, but unique circumstances called for something different. Each of the two races on the schedule will carry a purse of $500,000 and will feature a field of 11 top three-year-olds.

Ironically, Saturday was the original scheduled date for the Kentucky Derby, which has been postponed to September 5th at Churchill Downs due to COVID-19. The two splits of the Arkansas Derby will give horses a chance to qualify for the Run for the Roses. With 170 qualifying points going for each winner, there is almost no possibility that the two winners Saturday will be kept out of the field in Kentucky should they be healthy enough to race at that time.

The Fields

Each of the two divisions of the 2020 Arkansas Derby will take place at a distance of 1 1/8 miles on the dirt surface at Oaklawn Park. The first split takes place with a post time of approximately 6:29 PM ET. As for the second split, it will go off at 7:43 PM ET.

As is often the case in the world of American Thoroughbred racing, trainer Bob Baffert seems to be holding all the cards. Baffert trains the morning line, unbeaten favorites in each of the two divisions.

In the first division, Charlatan, winner of his first two career starts at Santa Anita, goes off as a prohibitive even-money favorite. Even though the three-year-old has not yet faced stakes competition, the impressive nature of his performances so far figures to earn him the bulk of the betting attention.

The second betting choice in the first division is Gouverneur Morris at 9-2, while Anneau d’Or gets the nod as the third choice at 6-1. Many in the field are deep long shots, which is a clue as to how highly-regarded Charlatan is.

In the second division, the odds are a little bit tighter. Baffert’s trainee Nadal, winner of all three of his races to date, gets the nod as the 5-2 favorite. But King Guillermo, a surprising winner in another Derby prep race, the Tampa Bay Derby, in his last start, is right behind him at 3-1.

Other top contenders in the second 2020 Arkansas Derby division include Wells Bayou, the 7-2 third choice who won the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby in his last start, and Storm The Court, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner.

Added Importance

Right now, there are no other Kentucky Derby prep races on the schedule between now and September. While some are expected to be added if restrictions are lifted somewhat, there is no guarantee that will happen.

As a result, all eyes in the horse racing world will be on the Arkansas Derby’s two races on Saturday, which should gather a lot of betting attention. Even casual racing fans, who might be missing other sports, could be watching closely. It figures to make for a memorable evening at Oaklawn Park.

UFC Simulation Betting is Now Available Online!

It’s been more than a month since most sports leagues around the country shut down. Many individuals around the country have been looking for new forms of sporting entertainment. Recently, UFC simulation betting became available online and fans are now flocking to internet sportsbooks to place their wagers on the outcomes.

Simulated UFC Fight

The UFC is likely to be the first major sports league to resume operations. Until that happens, however, betting on simulated UFC fights is the next best thing. Today, we’re going to look at this new form of sports betting and discuss when the MMA powerhouse will be back up and running.

Let’s get into it!

Dana White is Determined to Host Events Next Month

The UFC has always done things its own way. Its owners have taken some very drastic steps over the years to make it a major sports leader. With that in mind, it’s not very surprising to see the UFC working hard to get back on track.

It hasn’t been easy, though. Sports leagues around the country are completely shut down at the moment. There are now heavy restrictions now set around the country that are preventing any of these sports from running.

Owners of the UFC are determined to host events. For weeks, Dana White was adamant that UFC 249 would take place on April 18th. It was set to take place in California, yet a call from the state leader finally forced officials within the UFC to pull the plug.

White conceded that things would be temporarily shut down. That doesn’t mean the UFC is shutting down, though. Just a few days after UFC 249 was canceled, Dana White announced that the next event would be held on May 9th, likely at the UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas.

Anything can happen, though. It’s possible that heavy restrictions will remain in place through next month. This may force the UFC to rethink its strategy. Due to the current situation, more unique forms of sports wagering are growing more popular right now.

UFC Simulation Betting is Growing More Popular Every Day

MMA fans have been eagerly awaiting for the next event to take place. We came very close to seeing one of the biggest fights of the year with Justin Gaethje and Tony Ferguson. Unfortunately, no fight cards will be held for at least a few weeks.

That doesn’t mean all MMA action is shut down. Recently, some of the top online sportsbooks in the country have begun offering UFC simulation betting. Unsurprisingly, this has grown very popular with fans who aren’t able to watch the real games.

One site that’s offering a huge number of different simulated UFC betting options is Mybookie.ag. This site is known for its safe payment options and wide range of different betting odds. The UFC wagering options here are some of the best that you’ll find.

Some of these simulated fights are very entertaining. It features some matchups that we may never see in real life. Nothing is as exciting as watching a real event live, yet this is probably the next best thing.

Hope is that the UFC can start hosting fight cards again next month. Exactly where this will happen is still unknown. For now, betting on virtual UFC fights is the best option available for fans around the country.

What Simulated Fights Are Available to Bet On Right Now?

Many online sportsbooks recognize that MMA fans are looking to bet on some fights. As a result, there are now UFC simulation betting options available all day, every day. Some of these bouts are offering some fantastic opportunities to win big.

One fight is between Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano. Rousey was one of the UFC’s dominant champions at one point. She defeated Zingano back in February of 2015 and is coming in as the favorite in this virtual fight with odds of -250.

Cat Zingano has some great stats in this virtual UFC world. She’s a strong grappler with dangerous muay thai skills. She’s still listed as the +170 in this virtual fight against Ronda Rousey.

An exciting virtual fight between Dominick Cruz and TJ Dillashaw is also available to bet on. Cruz comes in as the +150 underdog. Dillashaw is listed as the -200 favorite. This is a fight that fans may see in real life if both men are able to get back to the top of the bantamweight division.

There are a huge number of great simulated fights available to bet on right now. In some cases, the odds here are better than what you would find during actual events.

Make sure to check out Mybookie.ag today for a full list of UFC simulation betting options. Let us know what fight you plan to bet on in the comments section below!

More Esports Betting Options Are Becoming Available

With all major sports leagues now shut down, more and more people around the country are beginning to look at different ways to place bets. To the disappointment of many, it may be months before any leagues begin operating again. This week, more Esports betting options officially became available in the state of Nevada.

Esports Tournament

Over the past couple of weeks, Esports betting has grown more and more popular. This is especially true in Nevada, where all casinos are currently shut down. Today, we’re going to look at some of the new “sports betting” options that have just become available here.

Let’s get into it!

Esports Are Growing More Popular Every Week

Back in early March, all of the top sports leagues in the country began discussing plans to close down. The new coronavirus had quickly begun spreading around the United States and several professional athletes had already tested positive. Many state leaders began supporting the decision for sports leagues to shut down their operations.

Eventually, the NBA announced it was suspending its season. The NHL followed shortly after. Then came the NCAA basketball tournament and before long, every single sports league was shut down.

It’s been frustrating for many people stuck at home, unable to watch their favorite sports. Right now should be a great time in the sporting world. For this reason, several smaller competitive events have started to grow more popular.

This includes Esports. For those who are unaware, Esports are multiplayer video game competitions. There are a huge number of Esports tournaments taking place around the world every single month. More people are now choosing to place bets on these tournaments.

Even some state gambling commissions are now getting on board with this form of gambling. This week, several officials in Nevada passed a measure to allow more Esports betting options. Here’s what we know about this situation.

Nevada Gaming Control Board Approves More Esports Betting Options

Nevada is in a tough place right now. For weeks, all of the state’s casinos have been shut down. This has proved devastating for cities like Las Vegas, which rely heavily on gambling revenue. According to some reports, Nevada is actually the worst-affected state in the country in terms of economic impact.

Leaders of this state are working hard to obtain revenue from the gambling industry. This includes approving new forms of sports gambling. This week, the Nevada Gaming Control Board began allowing wagers to be placed on three Esports betting tournaments that are taking place right now.

This state government body officially approved bets on the 2020 League of Legends European Masters tournament, the 2020 League of Legends European Championship and the 2020 North America League of Legends Championship Series. With these three new tournaments, Nevada has now recently approved seven Esports betting options over the past month.

It’s unclear how much sports betting revenue is coming in right now. Even the top sports commissioners in the country cannot say when major leagues will start operating again. In time, Nevada may start approving even more unique forms of sports betting.

It’s a very difficult time for the land-based gambling industry around the country. Nevada is one of many states currently suffering from the casino shutdown. Some experts now believe that Macau may be the key for many casino companies to get past this pandemic.

US Casino Companies Are Starting to Rely on Macau for Revenue

Las Vegas and Macau are two of the biggest and most profitable gambling destinations in the world. Unfortunately, both of these cities have been heavily impacted by the coronavirus over the past few months. Macau, however, seems to be recovering already.

As the coronavirus began spreading throughout China, officials in Macau were forced to close down their gambling venues. This caused many companies (including some based in Las Vegas) to start losing millions of dollars every single day. China’s rates are now lower than in most other parts of the country and Macau’s casinos are once again up and running.

That doesn’t mean things are back to normal here. In fact, revenue in the city is lower than it has ever been. Many of the top Las Vegas casino companies here still believe that revenue in the city will be extremely important. It’s almost guaranteed that this city will earn more than Las Vegas over the next few weeks.

Many analysts believe that Macau will be an extremely important city for Las Vegas casino companies, as well. If revenue begins to increase here, it will quickly become one of the most profitable gambling destinations on the planet.

No one knows how long the casino industry will remain shut down for. To earn more revenue, some casinos are offering more Esports betting options. Some believe that Esports betting will become an extremely profitable form of sports betting for many companies.

Stay tuned for more Las Vegas gambling news over the next few months!

Odds on the Quarantine Eating Challenge Are Now Online!

All major sports leagues in the United States are shut down. It’s been disappointing for many people at home looking for some entertainment. On Friday, a unique new eating challenge is taking place, featuring some of the top competitive eaters in the world. Odds on the quarantine eating challenge are now being offered online!

Joey Chestnut

This should be a fun show for many people around the country. Many are already placing their wagers on who will win. Today, we’re going to break down the odds for each competitor.

Let’s get into it!

All US Sports Leagues Remain Shut Down

This has been the most unusual month in the history of professional sports. Since early March, all major sports leagues in the country have been forced to close down. It’s still unclear when any of these leagues will resume normal operations.

The UFC has worked hard to get back to normal. Officials within the company worked hard to put on an event on April 18th at the Tachi Palace Casino in California. It nearly took place, yet California’s leaders ended up putting an end to the show at the last minute.

Members of the IOC were also forced to cancel the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. This is the first time the Olympics have ever been canceled for something other than war. The event will now be postponed until the Summer of 2021.

MLB officials are also looking at ways to start holding events again. Not long ago, news broke that leaders of this league are considering holding all of the season’s games in one venue without fans. It’s unclear whether or not this is a real possibility.

All casinos across the country, including ones in Las Vegas, are shut down, too. This makes it almost impossible to make land-based wagers in-person! More people are now choosing to place bets online.

Many people around the country are desperate for some kind of live entertainment event. This week, that’s exactly what we’re getting.

A Major Eating Challenge Takes Place This Friday

Eating contests tend to be very entertaining. While they don’t have nearly as big of a fan base as traditional sports, many still enjoy watching the top competitive eaters putting everything on the line. That’s exactly what’s scheduled to take place this week. Of course, this event will be different from all of the others.

On Friday, April 27th, the biggest names in competitive eating will face off in what’s called the quarantine eating challenge. This event will be live-streamed online at 7 pm on Major League Eating’s Youtube Channel. Below is a breakdown of the foods that will be consumed.

  • Qualifying Round: Sliced Bologna — two pounds
  • Quarterfinals: Milk and Cookies — one family pack of Oreos and a half-gallon of milk
  • Semifinals: Baked Beans — 1.5 gallons
  • Finals: Ramen Noodles — 10 individual ramen cups

George Shea, chairman of the MLE, commented on this event to the media this week.

“While there has been substantial discussion about which professional sport would be the first to return — with baseball, basketball, golf and MMA all floating recent potential return plans — competitive eating is first to come back. It is a powerful statement of American resilience.”

The winner of this event will take home $5,000. People around the United States are now getting ready to bet on the event. Let’s take a look at the odds for each competitor to win.

Breaking Down the Odds for the Quarantine Eating Challenge

For years, two men have dominated the world’s competitive eating challenges. Joey Chestnut and Matt Stonie are both known for their incredible ability to put food away. On Friday, these men will be taking part in the live-streamed eating challenge.

BetOnline, one of the top online sportsbooks in the US, is now offering odds on this event.

At the moment, Joey Chestnut is listed as the favorite with odds of -110. Matt Stonie enters as the second favorite with odds to win at +350. Below is a complete list of the odds for the quarantine eating challenge.

  • Joey Chestnut: -110
  • Matt Stonie: +350
  • Darron Breeden: +500
  • Gideon Oji: +900
  • Miki Sudo: +1000
  • Michelle Lesco: +1200
  • Nick Wehry: +1200
  • Eric Brooker: +2000

Of course, most analysts feel that Joey Chestnut will take the win. He’s the most accomplished professional eater in the world. Matt Stone has a real possibility of pulling off the win, too.

Those looking to go with an underdog may want to wager on Miki Sudo. She’s won many Nathan’s Hot Dog Contests over the years and has already won several major events in 2020.

Make sure to check out BetOnline for a complete list of the odds for the quarantine eating challenge taking place this Friday! Let us know who you think will win the comments section below.

A Great New Sportsbook in Colorado is Set to Launch

The popularity of sports betting is growing every single month in the United States. More states are now choosing to legalize this popular form of gambling. According to new reports, a fantastic new sportsbook in Colorado will be launching later this year.Colorado Flag Picture

Many analysts predict that Colorado will have an extremely successful sports betting industry. Today, we’re going to look at the road to sports gambling legalization here. We’ll also look at which sports betting company is entering this state.

Let’s get into it!

Colorado Lawmakers Legalize Sports Betting

Just a few years ago, the only state in the country that could legally offer sports betting was Nevada. It was frustrating for many other state leaders who recognized how much revenue could be earned from this industry. Eventually, these officials decided to argue their opinion in court.

In May of 2018, the Supreme Court decided to remove PASPA. This immediately allowed every state in the country to set its own laws on sports gambling. Within weeks, states like New Jersey and Delaware announced that sports betting was now legal.

The states with legal sports gambling options began earning serious revenue. As a result, more state leaders began looking into the possibility of regulating sports betting. Even states known for their harsh gambling laws are starting to embrace this industry.

Since PASPA was struck down, lawmakers in Colorado began pushing to allow sports betting. Eventually, a bill was approved in the House and Senate. It then went to a public vote and was approved by the masses in November of 2019.

It’s extremely exciting for sports fans here. As most are well-aware, Colorado is home to several major sports teams. This state should manage to earn a huge amount of revenue from this newly-legalized industry.

A Great New Sportsbook in Colorado is Opening This Year

For obvious reasons, Colorado is a very exciting new sports betting market for many companies. Several of the country’s top sports gambling operators have already expressed a desire to break into this state. This week, news broke of another major sportsbook that’s set to open here.

This company, called SuperBook, has announced that it’s expanding to the Black Hawk’s Lodge Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado. Those who are familiar with this company are already getting excited. SuperBook currently operates the biggest sportsbook in Las Vegas.

The SuperBook is located at the Las Vegas Westgate Hotel. It’s 30,000 square feet and features the largest sports video wall in the city. This company is now teaming up with Jacobs Entertainment to break into the Colorado market.

JJ Garcia, vice president of operations for The Lodge, spoke about this new partnership to the media this week.

“Having Jay Kornegay lead this exciting opportunity is an added benefit Colorado fans are sure to appreciate,’’ he said. 

Jay Kornegay, the leader of this casino’s sports betting operations, is also optimistic about the future.

“We believe The Lodge is a perfect fit for our initial expansion opportunities outside Las Vegas,’’ he said. 

Initially, the new sportsbook in Colorado was set to open on May 1st. Due to new restrictions, this opening date is now being pushed back.

When Will the US Sports Industry Open Back Up?

Over the past month, the entire US professional sports industry has been turned upside down. This is due to the spread of a new coronavirus called Covid-19. This virus has a unique ability to spread and as a result, all professional sports have been forced to suspend their operations.

It’s unclear when this will change. At the moment, states around the country are seeing their infection rates increase rapidly. New York, in particular, is experiencing a huge surge in both infections and deaths.

As long as infections are increasing, sports leagues will remain closed down. This is hurting the sports betting industry, and some sportsbooks in major cities are now in danger of shutting down permanently.

Several leagues have looked at plans to get around these regulations. This includes the MLB, which is considering holding all games inside the same venue. Even the UFC has been forced to close down, despite the company’s attempts to keep things rolling.

Eventually, things will get back to normal. This will be exciting for states with legal sports betting options. We’ll need to wait and see how successful the new sportsbook in Colorado ends up being.

Stay tuned for more Colorado sports betting news over the next few weeks!

Dana White Confirms UFC 249 is Canceled

UFC 249 CanceledThe past few weeks have been a rollercoaster for MMA fans. The status of UFC 249 has changed several times, yet it seemed as if the show was on track to take place next weekend. Unfortunately, UFC president Dana White has confirmed that UFC 249 is canceled.

Putting on a major sporting event this month was never going to be easy. Today, we’re going to look at why exactly this card has been shut down. We’ll also discuss when we may see the next UFC card take place.

Let’s get into it!

Breaking Down the Timeline to UFC 249

The UFC has always done things differently. Back in the early 2000s, the MMA promotion was on the brink of collapse and company officials needed to take drastic steps in order to avoid bankruptcy. In many ways, the UFC continues to pave its own way today.

In March, all US sports leagues announced they were shutting down. The new coronavirus had quickly begun spreading around the country and commissioners realized it would be impossible to hold any games. Only the UFC expressed a desire to get back on track.

UFC president Dana White eventually told the media that the UFC 249 event would be held on April 18th. Its location was forced to change, yet promotion seemed determined to keep the show going. Some felt the card would take place in Las Vegas, where the UFC is headquartered.

By late March, Khabib Nurmagomedov was forced out of the main event against Tony Ferguson and many analysts felt it was time to announce the event was canceled.

Officials in the UFC disagreed. Earlier this week, news broke that Justin Gaethje had stepped in to replace Khabib and an entire card was formed. Dana White revealed he’d secured a location for UFC 249 and things seemed to be moving forward.

It was one of the most unusual months in the history of mixed martial arts. The UFC was willing to go against all of the country’s health advisories in order to put on a show. Unfortunately, this entire situation has finally been put to an end.

Officials Confirm that UFC 249 is Canceled Indefinitely

Most fans were overjoyed to hear the UFC would be putting on an event this month. It brought about a sense of normalcy during these highly unusual times. Some media analysts, however, voiced their opinion that the show should not take place amid a global pandemic.

Dana White and others inside the UFC seemed to tune these opinions out. It seemed as if nothing would stop the company from going ahead with things. White even told the media he’d rented a private island to start hosting international shows.

Today, news broke that UFC 249 is canceled. According to Dana White, the heads of Disney and ESPN reached out and asked the UFC to postpone its operations. He spoke in detail about the situation to veteran MMA reporter Brett Okamoto.

“Today we got a call from the highest level you can go at Disney and the highest level of ESPN,” White said. “One thing that I’ve said since we’ve started our relationship and partnership with ESPN is that it’s been an incredible one. It’s been an amazing partnership. ESPN has been very, very good to us, and the powers that be there asked me to stand down and not do this event next Saturday.”

It’s unclear when the UFC will get back on track. If Dana White has his way, it will be before any other sports leagues do.

“We will be the first sport back,” White said. “‘Fight Island’ is real. It’s a real thing. The infrastructure’s being built right now, and that’s really going to happen and it will be on ESPN.”

Sports Betting in Washington Legalized for Tribal Casinos

Tribal Casino in Washington StateThe road to getting sports betting legalized in Washington state started off slowly, with traction coming off of the Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling to strike down the 1992 federal law that outlawed sports gaming in most states.

In recent months, it gained momentum, finally reaching its peak point last Wednesday. While it’s not during the most opportune timing with the current nationwide casino closures due to the coronavirus pandemic alongside the suspension of major league sports, it’s still great news for the Evergreen State.

On Wednesday, Washington officially became the 21st state to legalize sports betting when Governor Jay Inslee signed the bill into law. Currently, a total of 20 other states now have legal, regulated sports betting industries, with other states passing legislation and contemplating sports-gambling bills.

The legalization in Washington does come with its limits, however.

Unlike its neighboring state, Oregon, Washington will not allow internet or mobile betting options, outside of mobile betting while on the property of tribal casinos. They’ve also decided to limit sports betting on the premises of tribal casinos, only.

“This will give people an opportunity to participate in a new gaming activity that is safe and well-regulated by the tribes,” the Democratic governor advised.

Why Tribal Casinos?

So why limit sports betting to tribal casinos in the state?

Well, the state’s 29 federally-recognized tribes regularly testified in front of legislative committees about all the good they would be able to accomplish with gaming profits.

They also argued that since Washingtonians would prefer to limit the expansion of gambling, they should be crowned the sole partners to provide sports betting to the people.

The Washington state House of Representatives and the Senate approved the motion to limit sports betting to tribal casino premises in wide margins.

“The tribes, as we have seen, do an excellent job of funding problem gambling programs and that’s why I support keeping this within the tribal casino system,” Sen. Derek Stanford, D-Bothell, said in a committee executive session ahead of early February’s vote.

Betting Allowed on Wide Range of Sporting Events

A wide range of sporting events will be included in Washington state’s sports wagering authorization, including college sports, professional sports, Olympic and World Cup competitions, overseas leagues, and popular video game tournaments, known as eSports.

This seems like a promising variety, but it will be some time before we see how well sports betting does in the state amid the widespread shutdown of athletic events.

That could be an upside, however, since it’ll take some time for leagues to start up again alongside tribes needing to negotiate regulatory agreements with the state.

Washington Indian Gaming Association Executive Director Thanks Governor for Signing Bill

Rebecca Kaldor, Washington Indian Gaming Association Executive Director, gave Governor Inslee a big thank you for signing the law into existence, despite the unfortunate timing of sports being suspending and casinos being closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

”The revenue generated by tribal gaming funds critical needs in our communities,” Kaldor said.

”Tribal communities and governments are currently dealing with the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic,” she continued. ”As we recover from this crisis, the addition of this amenity will help tribal governments fund the essential services their members will need to get back up on their feet.”

Bill Limit Opponents

Despite objections that Indian Tribes would be granted a monopoly with the decision while hurting smaller commercial-card casinos, the bill still passed successfully.

Among the opponents were Nevada-based Maverick Gaming. Over last year, the company was able to secure 19 of the state’s 44 commercial card-room casinos. Maverick argued that they should be given some control over the lucrative sports gambling market.

According to Maverick Gaming Chief Executive Eric Persson’s stance in the public hearings regarding sports legalization, he believes Washington state could lose up to $50 million a year in tax revenues by not authorizing sports betting to expand past tribal casinos.

Updated List of States with Legal Sports Betting

For those keeping track at home, here is an updated list of the current states allowing legalized sports betting:

Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, Washington DC, and West Virginia.

Stay tuned to see what develops over the next few weeks in the legalized sports betting world, and to see how the casino shutdown turns out amid the outbreak.

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.

Bovada Bets Screenshot

Photo: Bovada Screenshot

“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.

BetOnline Bets Screenshot

Photo: BetOnline Screenshot

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.”

MyBookie Bets Screenshot

Photo: MyBookie Screenshot

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!