Information overload is happening everywhere, and we don’t have enough time to sleep, eat, and be fully aware of what’s going on in this crazy blue dot of ours (2/3 is bad is not). Our weekend sports handle item “Get a Grip” rounds out this week’s top picks. US sports betting Highlight headlines, some fresh news, and wrap up major stories.
Top news about our network this week
Ohio emerged as the leading market for legal sports betting in the United States this week, with both fanfare and flubs from major sportsbooks.
A combination of over 25 digital and brick-and-mortar operations took advantage of the Ohio Casino Regulatory Commission’s January 1st launch date to offer a series of ribbon cuts, VIP bets, bonus offers and more. Ohio State marks a massive simultaneous launch with operators hoping to join New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Illinois and Pennsylvania, adding to his top betting handles and revenue-generating states.
GeoComply found that Ohio recorded over 11 million online betting transactions on Sunday and Monday. That’s higher than any other state. With approximately 167,000 mobile sportsbook app downloads nationwide on New Year’s Day, JMP Securities reported, Ohio’s entry into the industry is no doubt a key factor.
However, the vigor of its solid start was tempered by missteps by operators, especially regarding marketing issues, responsible gambling concerns, and the risks placed on underage gamblers. The Casino Commission had issued notices imposing large fines against Barstool Sportsbook and DraftKings. Then, regulators this week announced his new $150,000 fine pending against BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook and DraftKings (again).
The announcement comes on the heels of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issuing a public warning stressing that operators are being closely monitored for inappropriate behavior that could put state residents at risk for gambling problems. was performed on In announcing the fines, the Commission said failures, such as poor publicity of ways to obtain help with problem gambling and inaccurately advertising bets as “risk-free,” led the regulator to We have no choice but to pursue administrative measures to ensure compliance with
For several years, operators have largely escaped such swift and aggressive enforcement action by regulators in new states that conduct sports betting. As the book approaches its retail launch this month and its planned digital debut in March, it’s clear that it will have to prepare for the same kind of scrutiny.
sport handle And its network of sites and staff will, as these stories from last week show, monitor such trends as closely as they closely monitor other developments in the gambling industry.
Three is better than one or two…
Three states to legalize sports betting in 2022, but several others have tried and failed
glad the year is over
Monthly Stock Watch: Sportsbook Operators End Worst Year Since PASPA
An unprecedented and tragic MNF event
Sportsbook with retention pattern after life-threatening Monday night football injury
Media Note: Dummer Hamlin Emergency Raises Questions About Involvement
Ask Jay Kornegay Bookmaker: Aftermath of Bills-Bengals
Tell me how I messed up, really
Sorry, not all losing bets are bad beats
big new kid on the block
Fanatic Confirms Sportsbook Launch Plans, Will Be Possible in January in Maryland, Ohio
Massachusetts getting ready
Massachusetts Gaming Commission Delays Fanatics Decision To Next Week
Barstool Sportsbook Receives Initial Digital Platform Approval in Massachusetts
Pennsylvania has big things ahead
PA Gaming Industry Sees Growth Over $5.2 Billion Revenues This Year
more money coming in in colorado
Colorado expects sports betting tax to double this fiscal year
Colorado becomes second highest handle winning month in NBA betting
New Jersey, always a trendsetter
Prophet becomes first US gambling exchange to appoint an external auditor
Mojo accepts first 6-figure deposit for bettors to help colleges and back quarterbacks
Darts betting stalled despite incredible video
The sport of darts received unprecedented attention this week when footage of Michael Smith beating what was dubbed the greatest nine-dart leg of all time went viral on Twitter.
Smith’s ‘9 darts’ propelled him to the PDC World Darts Championship title ahead of three-time champion Michael van Gerwen. The accomplishment was filmed in front of a raucous crowd at London’s Alexandra Palace, and all of Smith’s ultra-accurate toss made March feel like a game-winning buzzer his beater to close out his madness.
Best legs ever! 🤯🔥
Smith pinned a perfect leg after Michael van Gerwen missed a D12 to score 9 darters.
One of the best ever in sports. pic.twitter.com/WyKWFcxq5V
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) January 3, 2023
But has this excitement led to an increase in darts across the pond on America’s mobile sportsbooks? BetMGM, BetRivers, and Caesars report no noticeable increase. A BetMGM spokesperson said while the darts handle recovered during his COVID height when most major sports were on hiatus, it was more than the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and major college track and field. , said bets on darts are still getting smaller.
— Mike Seeley
The most important and interesting story details
Kentucky, I want to trade you: Kentucky Sports Betting Bill Including Online Poker and DFS [SBC Americas]
Some parts of Texas are better suited than others: State senators introduce casino resort, sports betting bills in some Texas cities, including San Antonio [KSAT]
Stitt who doesn’t stutter about gambling: Governor Kevin Stitt: ‘I support sports betting in Oklahoma’ [KOKH]
Put your socks on and putt: Jordan Spieth calls out chatty fans for gambling while puttingt at Tournament of Champions [SI.com]
This is great! @Jordan Spieth Bump your fists, but ask to keep your gambling down. 🤣@it_ding pic.twitter.com/ktWqj7Dolw
— Fox Sports PHL Gambler (@foxphlgambler) January 6, 2023
Mid-South Moderation: Virginia legislators want to create new state commission on gambling addiction [Virginia Mercury]
Bear Poker: Louisiana was one of the first cities to introduce IGT’s video poker and sports betting combo [CDC Gaming Reports]
Their Heart Stone: Few options to bet on Canada’s second most popular winter sport [CDC Gaming Reports]
Think twice, Lincoln: Report: Illinois Considers Online Casino Gambling As Tax Revenue [The Center Square]