#WashingtonCapitals (@Capitals) Announce #CaesarsEntertainment (@CaesarsEnt) as First-Ever Jersey Patch #Partner

Caesars Sportsbook logo debuts on home and third jerseys starting with the 2022-23 NHL season in first announced team agreement in NHL’s Jersey Advertising Program

ARLINGTON, Va. and LAS VEGAS, Sept. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Washington Capitals and Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR) announced a multi-year partnership agreement today that places the Caesars Sportsbook logo on Capitals home and third jerseys worn for games played at Capital One Arena beginning with the 2022-23 NHL season. The landmark announcement marks the first team announced agreement in the NHL’s Jersey Advertising Program.

Caesars Sportsbook, the best-in-class sportsbook offering, will have its logo worn on the Capitals home and third jerseys, with the 3 x 3.5 inch patch positioned on the upper right chest area of the jersey. An industry first, the introduction of the Caesars Sportsbook patch follows the historic opening of the Caesars Sportsbook at Capital One Arena in May 2021.

In addition to the home jersey patch, Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) and Caesars Sportsbook expand their partnership with additional Casino, Gaming and Caesars Rewards programming elements. The agreement also includes the entitlement of a Caesars hospitality space and VIP seating at Capital One Arena.

“Following the successful launch of Caesars Sportsbook adjacent to Capital One Arena last spring, we are thrilled to introduce Caesars Sportsbook as the Capitals’ inaugural home jersey advertising partner in a first-of-its-kind announced partnership in the NHL,” said MSE president of business operations and chief commercial officer Jim Van Stone. “Together as two industry leaders, we’ve built a robust partnership in the gaming and casino space, and our overall relationship reflects our shared commitment to providing sports fans with world-class, unique experiences. MSE, the Capitals and Caesars share a commitment and passion toward innovation in the sports and entertainment space, and the opportunity to incorporate Caesars onto Capitals home jerseys is a wonderful development and exciting new fan engagement opportunity for both organizations in the nation’s capital.”


#BetterCollective (@BetterCollectiv) bolsters Dutch foothold ahead of #online market launch from @SBCGamingNews

Better Collective has moved to strengthen its position in the Dutch betting and gaming market via two acquisitions, ahead of next month’s online launch.

Separate transactions consisting of upfront payments of €5.9 million and €3.75 million has seen Better Collective acquire sports media website Soccernews.nl and ‘well established’ online sports betting community Voetbalwedden.net.

Although Better Collective anticipates a positive impact on its revenue and earnings, the firm has noted that its financial targets for 2021 remain unchanged, as it expects the financial impact in 2021 ‘to be limited’ due to the time of incorporation and the time needed for the Dutch online market to firmly establish itself.

However, the company expects the two acquisitions to attract 2.5 million monthly visitors in total, enabling Better Collective to position itself to take advantage of the anticipated arrival of international online sports betting operators in the Netherlands in 2022.


Turnpike Sports® Pro #Football Picks – Week Three

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Carolina Panthers (-7.5) @ Houston Texans O/U 43.5

Tyrod Taylor is already ruled out for the game so it’s probably going to be Davis Millis under center for the Texans. This will be his first NFL start and with a short week, I don’t expect much. The Panthers defense has been really good and seems to be getting better. Even after two weeks into the season, I think Carolina has one of the better defenses right now. I don’t think this will be a completely one sided game, but, as a Jets fan, I think it will be fun to watch Darnold go 3-0.

Pick is UNDER 43.5

Arizona Cardinals (-7.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars O/U 52.0

I thought about going with the OVER here, but the Jags offense isn’t that good and the special teams had to score a touchdown to make last week’s game look closer than it really was. The Jaguars are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. I really like the way the Cardinals have been playing this year, averaging 36 points per game on offense and only allowing 23 points per game on defense.

Pick is Arizona (-7.5)

Seattle Seahawks (-1.5) @ Minnesota Vikings O/U 55.5

A couple of stats here stand out. Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota. The Under is 3 – 1 in their last four matchups. And it took Overtime for Settle to allow a game total to go above 50, which was last week against the Titans in a 33-30 loss.

Pick is UNDER 55.5

New Orleans Saints V. New England Patriots (-2.5) O/U 43

I’m not a fan of either of these teams’ offenses. Mac Jones has yet to throw a ball into the end zone and there’s real concern about the Patriots offense of line which saw the Jets sack Jones 3 times last week. The Saints offense has been inconsistent as well with Alvin Kamara pledging to do better this week. I think this is going to be a run-heavy game which means a low-scoring game.

Pick: I’m going with the UNDER in this one

Indianapolis Colts V. Tennessee Titans (-5.5) O/U 48.5

With a Carson Wentz injury the Colts offense may have to put in Jacob Eason as quarterback who only has five career pass attempts. The Tennessee Titans are coming off a huge overtime win against the Seattle Seahawks and I think they’re going to keep it rolling this week. The Colts are 2 – 6 ATS in their last 8 meetings against the AFC South and I do not think this is going to be a good week for Indy.

Pick: I’m taking the Tennessee Titans and laying the points

Miami Dolphins V. Las Vegas Raiders (-3.5) O/U 45

The Dolphins are coming off a 35-0 loss against the Buffalo Bills but more importantly Tua was injured in the game. I have been incredibly impressed by what Las Vegas has done in their first two games with Derek Carr playing great. The Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a win and I think after this weekend they’ll be one of the undefeated teams in the league.

Pick: I’m taking the Las Vegas Raiders

Turnpike Sports® – S 5 – Ep 38

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Turnpike Sports® Book Report® – News and Notes from the #sportsbooks around the country


New Jersey – August handle of $664.66 million, up 14.9% from July’s $578.7 million but down 0.5% from 2020’s $668 million; online accounting for $612.9 million of total handle (approximately 92% of total handle), down 5.4% from July’s $55 million; Gross Revenue was $52.0 million, an increase of 31.7% from August ‘20 but down 5.4% from July’s $55 million; Sixth straight month of $50+ million in revenue; Taxes of $6.68 million and win rate of 7.83%; According to data from GeoComply Solutions Inc., New Jersey led all states for total transaction volume over the first weekend of the NFL recording 12.5 million geolocation transactions (Pennsylvania was second at 11.5 million)

Iowa – state recorded an August handle of $108.4 million, up 21.9% from July’s $88.9 million; mobile sports betting handle of $96.1 million, up 23.3% from July’s $77.9 million; revenue came in at $6.6 million, down 6.9% from July’s $7.1 million; state received $486,608 in sports betting taxes, up 1.5% from July’s $474,479; Diamond Jo Dubuque and Diamond Jo Worth, partnered with Fanduel, took in $26.4 million in bets; Isle Casino Hotel in Waterloo is partnered with Caesars Sportsbook, and combined, took in $18.3 million in sports bets for August; Wild Rose in Clinton and DraftKings Sportsbook recorded a total handle of $12.1 million for the month

Mississippi – August sports betting handle was $21,436,948, down 30.1% from $30,659,426 in July and down 47.1% from the $40,489,135 in August 2020; revenue of $1,886,405, down 34.7% from July ($2,887,695) and 49.7% from the $3,748,732 in August 2020; baseball betting was top sport with $11,641,899 in handle, followed by football with $2,038,104 then basketball with $629,459 in handle

Arkansas – August Handle of $2.89 million, down 0.6% vs. July ’21 and up 186.7% vs. Aug. ’20; revenue of $310,481, down 30.9% vs. July ’21 and up 345.9% vs. Aug. ’20; Win Rate: 10.73%; Taxes of $40,362; Handle Rankings: 1. Southland ($1.31M) 2. Oaklawn ($1M) – Oaklawn cleared $10M YTD Handle 3. Saracen ($580K); Revenue Rankings: 1. Saracen ($118,929) 2. Southland ($101,280) 3. Oaklawn ($90,272); YTD Handle: $35.05M, Revenue: $5.24M, Hold: 14.95% and Taxes: $775K; Since Launch: Total H: $79.2M; Total R: $10.88M; Hold: 13.74%; Total T: $1.53M

Michigan – casinos reported total retail handle of $16,288,170; Retail sports betting revenue of $1.65 million; Retail sports betting qualified adjusted gross receipts (QAGR) for August fell 16.5% compared with the same month last year. QAGR was up 36.2% compared with July 2021. The casinos’ August 2021 QAGR totaled: MGM, $851,920; MotorCity, $232,675; Greektown, $565,432; casinos paid $62,371 in state taxes on retail sports betting and $76,231 in retail sports betting taxes to the City of Detroit

Michigan – online sportsbooks took in $192.3 million in bets in August, up 2.3% from $188.0 million in July; revenue from online betting fell 18.8% to $15.9 million from $19.6 million in July; Taxable revenue from online bets landed at $9.2 million, which generated $757,405 in state and local taxes

Michigan – Michigan’s online and retail sportsbooks accounted for $208.6 million in wagering, up 1.1% from $206.3 million in bets in July; With retail revenue included, the state’s sportsbooks combined to win $17.5 million for the month, a drop of 15.6% from July; Michigan market: $2.2 billion in wagering since launch, including $2.1 billion this year alone; $189.0 in gross gaming revenue, including $170.8 million in 2021; $8.9 million in state and local taxes, including $7.4 million this year; DraftKings took the online market lead with $61.4 million in wagers. Gross gaming revenue rose to $4.4 million. FanDuel fell to No. 2 in the state with $47.7 million in wagers. The bets in August produced a market-best $4.8 million in gross sports betting revenue

Washington DC – the three DC sportsbook operators collected $12,445,312.30 in handle with a 14.1% hold ($1,801,748, down from $12,808,240 in July ); GambetDC’s handle dipped by nearly a quarter (24.8%) from July to $1,618,545.18 with a hold of 18.9% ($432,726); Caesars By William Hill Sportsbook saw a minuscule increase month-over-month (less than .1%) with a handle of $10,080,741.32, a hold of 11.2% and revenue of $1,128,317.07; BetMGM increased by about $100,000, or 15.9%, with a handle of $746,025.80 and a hold of 7.7% for $57,939.27 in revenue


Kambi – announced launch of “Game Parlays”; Game Parlays will allow bettors utilizing sportsbooks on the Kambi platform — BetRivers, Barstool Sportsbook, Unibet, and Parx in Pennsylvania — the opportunity to combine main and player prop bets across a single game or multiple games

Wyoming – Wind River Hotel & Casino in Riverton opened a retail sportsbook, bringing in-person betting to the state

Arizona – Tonto Apache Tribe launched a live onsite retail sportsbook at its Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson; in partnership with TwinSpires Sportsbook owned by Churchill Downs, Mazatzal Hotel & Casino will now offer onsite retail sports wagering on the results of professional, college and international sport and athletic events; Tonto Apache also launched mobile sports betting statewide through the TwinSpires online app; Tonto Apache is one of ten tribes that applied for and were recently awarded sports betting licenses under new legislation (HB 2772)

Arizona – Kindred-owned sportsbook Unibet has launched sports betting in Arizona under 10-year partnership with the Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation; the sixth state where the sportsbook is operational; only a digital application will be available, with a retail sportsbook planned for a later date

Wisconsin – Oneida Casino, set to become the first casino in Wisconsin to offer sports betting, pushed back its start date due to delays with ordering equipment; property anticipates start by mid-November; Chad Fuss, the assistant CFO of gaming operation for the Oneida Nation, had been notified that the computer equipment it needs to begin operating sports betting is currently on back order

Fanduel – opened its retail FanDuel Sportsbook lounge, located in the Footprint Center, home of the Phoenix Suns, in conjunction with launch of its mobile sportsbook, online horse racing and deposit wagering platform TVG in Arizona; Governor Doug Ducey and the former Arizona Wildcats basketball players Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson held a ribbon-cutting and placed the ceremonial first bets on Thursday at 3 p.m; 7,400 square feet sportsbook has five betting windows plus one for VIPs, a large video wall, 40 HD televisions and 26 self-service kiosks; Arizona is now the 11th state where Fanduel offers mobile sports betting, aside from New Jersey, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Colorado, Iowa, Illinous, Michigan and Tennessee

BetMGM – hiring for its retail sportsbook at Nationals Park in Washington D.C.; digital sportsbook is now “open” in a two-block radius around the stadium; Capital One Arena (D.C.), Chase Field (Phoenix) and Footprint Center (Phoenix) also have in-stadium sportsbooks

Rush Street Interactive, Inc. – launched city-specific sports betting audio and video podcasts across the U.S. for BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse brands; locally-focused sports betting “CityCasts™,” are airing weekdays on multiple platforms to deliver news, analysis and insights to help sports bettors make more informed wagering decisions; airing for Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia

BetBlocker – UK registered charity expanded their service to offer their responsible gambling app entirely in Dutch and Dutch language technical support

beBettor – launched ‘V-Check’ Financial Vulnerability Check in response to latest UKGC guidance; V-Check is built on the company’s flagship affordability algorithm which uses customer and Open Government Data (OGD) to instantly assess the financial vulnerability and affordability of any UK resident, screening for insolvency, low income social housing and relative income risk


Connecticut – online sports betting in Connecticut is set to begin on October 7, according to state lottery and the Department of Consumer Protection; Connecticut Lottery Corporation announced that they will use RSI’s Sugarhouse brand for their sportsbook since Connecticut law forbids the use of a name that promotes a retail casino brand

Maryland – John Martin, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, stated that betting industry looking at late fall, early winter for launch; agency has proposed over 200 pages of governing regulations and public hearing on those rules is set for Sept. 22; Lottery and Gaming Control Agency currently using emergency regulations to move forward on applications for licenses

Washington – Three more Washington Tribes have had their sports wagering compacts approved by the Department of the Interior, expanding sports betting from nine to 12 Tribes’ casinos; Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Shoalwater Bay Tribe and Muckleshoot Indian Tribe began taking sports bets at their casinos; retail sports betting at Muckleshoot Indian Casino (Auburn); Mill Bay Casino (Manson); Okanogan Casino & Bingo; Coulee Dam Casino; Shoalwater Bay Casino (Tokeland); Northern Quest Casino (Airway Heights)

Louisiana – eight casinos have applied to offer sports betting in Louisiana, according to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board; law allows the Big 20 casinos — on 15 riverboats, and at four racetracks as well as Harrah’s in New Orleans — to apply first; casinos are supposed to build out an area with limited access to handle in-person sports betting as well as contracting with suppliers to provide the platforms and software that will allow bettors to place their wagers on a smart phone in one of the 55 parishes that approved sports betting

New York – New York Gaming Commission has determined to proceed with application evaluation of mobile sports wagering platform providers and mobile sports wagering operators without oral presentations

North Carolina – SB 688 was sent to the House, which referred the bill to four committees; bill passing through the state Senate last month; committee chairs will decide the next steps with the bill

Canada – Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) released a final draft of its iGaming and sports betting regulation which will allow fixing some ambiguities around advertisement and integrity; Operators will need to enter into contracts with registered independent integrity monitors; “risk-free” wagers may not be promoted as such unless they are certifiably such


Caesars Sports – announced appointment of former ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne as brand ambassador and content contributor; Mayne will write, produce, and deliver original sports betting content that will be shared on Caesars’ social and other media channels, while also making live event and commercial appearances

Caesars – announced a partnership with Indianapolis Colts making Caesars Sportsbook a premier sports betting partner and the only official casino partner of the team; new multi-year agreement expands upon the existing Colts-Caesars partnerships with Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. As part of the expansion, the newly-launched Caesars Sportsbook will receive additional marketing and sponsorship assets, including Naming rights for Lucas Oil Stadium’s South Gate, now becoming Caesars South Gate; The opening of a Caesars Sportsbook Lounge at the former Blue Room at Lucas Oil Stadium; Caesars Sportsbook’s sponsorship of the free-to-play “Pick 6” predictor game on the Colts Mobile App

Caesars – shared official renderings today for Caesars Virginia, its $500 million resort expected to break ground by the end of the year in Danville; Caesars Virginia will include 500 hotel rooms (500 rooms inspired by local scenery and 200 more rooms than initially anticipated in the Development Agreement), a state-of-the-art casino floor, Caesars Sportsbook, World Series of Poker Room, new restaurant and entertainment offerings, and much more; Caesars Virginia will break ground in December of 2021 with an anticipated opening in late 2023

Caesars Entertainment – announced multi-year partnership with LSU Athletics to make Caesars Sportsbook the exclusive gaming and sportsbook partner of the Louisiana State University athletics department; deal facilitated by LSU’s third-party multi-media rights holder, Playfly Sports; Caesars Sportsbook, the best-in-class sportsbook offering, will receive a multitude of marketing and sponsorship assets from LSU Athletics. Assets include naming rights for the new Caesars Sportsbook Skyline Club at Tiger Stadium, signage throughout Tiger Stadium beginning on Saturday, Sept. 18 for LSU’s matchup against Central Michigan, as well as additional signage at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Alex Box Stadium and an exclusive presence on the LSU Sports Mobile App.  Broadcast and digital sponsorship rights, visibility for Caesars Sportsbook throughout all of LSU’s 21 men’s and women’s sports programs are also included in the agreement, as well as opportunities for Caesars Sportsbook customers to attend LSU athletic events and access VIP hospitality at Tiger Stadium through their membership with the company’s industry-leading loyalty program, Caesars Rewards.

Sporttrade – announced deal with NASDAQ; under deal, Sporttrade will leverage Nasdaq technology for surveillance of its sports betting and trading platform; Sporttrade will be able to monitor trading patterns and protect its user base by identifying irregularities and unusual trading behavior; complex data would be distilled into a single snapshot and provide a full view of the order book, enabling Sporttrade to transparently and continuously collaborate with regulators; Sporttrade is due to launch its native trading app beginning in New Jersey in Q4 of 2021, with additional states to follow in 2022 and beyond

Sportradar – Swiss Sports gambling data company went public last Tuesday morning, opening up at $27 a share, valuing the company at $7.8 billion and raising $670 million; trading on NASDAQ under the symbol SRAD

PointsBet – announced a new agreement granting PointsBet rights as a proud Founding Partner of Austin FC of Major League Soccer (MLS), the only major league sports property in Austin; long-term, exclusive sponsorship agreement spans the emerging gaming category, including retail and online sports betting, daily fantasy, and free-to-play games; As a Founding Partner and as the Club’s Exclusive and Official Sports Betting Partner, PointsBet will receive prominent brand integration at Austin FC’s new Q2 Stadium. Notably, PointsBet has secured entitlement to the “PointsBet Sports Bar,” located on the second level of the North Building, and featuring a wide variety of beers, various food options, 18 television monitors, table games, and air conditioning. The “PointsBet Sports Bar” currently operates as a public bar during Q2 Stadium ticketed events and is available to anyone with a match ticket.  PointsBet will also receive full usage of Austin FC IP, marks, and logos, in addition to various sponsorship opportunities and brand visibility across multiple linear and digital assets. The two sides will collaborate on giveaways, promotional sweepstakes, and events throughout the term of the partnership. PointsBet and Austin FC will activate together in both English and Spanish, as PointsBet’s rare ownership of its technology platform allows the company to be the only sportsbook with deep Spanish language functionality.

PointsBet – announced the hiring of Jeff Gamble as its new Vice President of Creative. Gamble will lead a team of designers, producers, and ambassadors, creating content and providing unique insights and information for PointsBet fans and customers around the world.  Gamble most recently served as VP of Creative & Content for the Brooklyn Nets and Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment.

MaximBet – Chinese company, ZK International Group, invested another $10 million in sports betting operator. Further investments could be coming if MaximBet stays on track with its US expansion.  ZK now owns 15.73% of the company and has the option to increase its holdings to up to 25%

Tipico – announced 10 year market access deal with Caesars Entertainment for the Indiana and Iowa sports betting markets; In Indiana, Tipico secured market access through a partnership with Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino; In Iowa, the sportsbook partnered with Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf; deal includes sports betting and access to the iGaming market; Tipico will launch the sportsbook in Iowa during the fourth quarter of 2021. The Indiana platform will be on hold until the first quarter of 2022. The sportsbook is currently live in Colorado and New Jersey, so it will be in four states by 2022

FanDuel – company announced it will brand the retail sportsbook at Live! Casino Maryland (Sports and Social) and will be it’s statewide mobile partner

MaximBet – secured sports betting market access deals in Pennsylvania and Ohio, the latter of which is set to debate a legalization bill in the coming days. The company also has deals in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa and New Jersey.

Playmaker – announced expansion of ‘Playmaker Betting’ with a new investor, Phil Hellmuth; weekly shows include ‘The Good, The Bad, The Hellmuth’ where Phil Hellmuth will be making his NFL picks with special guests and fans can look forward to bad luck stories in sports betting on the “NFL Bad Beat”

PointsBet – appointed Dale Fallon as senior director of product for its Canadian business.  

Fallon joins PointsBet from Canadian sports media brand Rogers Sportsnet where he was director of product management, leading digital products with responsibility for product strategy and the delivery for a number of apps and websites. Prior to this, Fallon spent five-and-a-half years with theScore, first serving as director of mobile before going on to become vice president of digital products.

VSiN – announced that Stormy Buonantony will join network as the new host of My Guys in the Desert. In addition to covering college football for ESPN, Buonantony joins VSiN from AT&T SportsNet, where she was the rinkside reporter for the Vegas Golden Knights over the past two seasons.

Fanatics – Sports merchandise company Fanatics is reportedly holding discussions with RSI and Betsson in order to purchase one of those companies; according to Action Network, RSI would be a good target being active in ten states, but isn’t one of the industry’s heaviest hitters. That would facilitate a name change to Fanatics that would mostly fly under the radar (RSI is reportedly considering ESPN’s offer to purchase the latter’s name for around $3 billion); Betsson, on the other hand, is a longer reach since it doesn’t currently have any established sports betting operations in the US; deal to purchase one of the entity’s sports betting operations could be made soon

Prophet – Peer-to-peer US sports betting exchange appointed three senior sports betting, igaming and gambling experts to VP roles in marketing, operations and strategy this week.  Thomas Phillips joins the firm as VP of Marketing, Matt Garrigan becomes VP of Strategy, and Michael Halperin takes on the role of VP of Operations. Phillips has over 14 years’ experience in the sports betting, igaming and gambling industries, working across multiple international territories and products including exchanges, sportsbooks and gaming products.  Garrigan joins from FanDuel where he was, most recently, Director, New Market Strategy.  Halperin was most recently with DraftKings where he was part of the VIP Promotions & Strategy management group.

Genius Sports – announced agreement with betting start up ParlayBay; Genius Sports will provide official data from its portfolio of competitions including the English Premier League, NFL, AFA, Liga MX and EuroLeague Basketball; ParlayBay aims to create immersive live sports betting experiences through real-money betting games that have been “founded on parlay bets”. The start-up believes that this approach to games will enable players to “build quick-fire, unique and in-play accumulators”.

Checkd Media – an operator of one of the largest sports betting communities in the UK, announced appointment of Michael Scott to a newly created role as Head of Organic Media; Scott will be responsible for conversion rate and traffic optimization across the company’s Footy Accumulators, The Winners Enclosure and Oddschanger core websites; Checkd Media seeks to fuel growth mainly via business partnerships and has signed long-term partnership deals with several tier-one sports betting operators, including Betfair, Sky Betting and Gaming and SKB, as the new 2021/22 soccer season is already underway

N1 Bet – announced partnership with Beyond the Summit Pro Series Dota 2 tournament to boost its visibility among esports fans; N1 Bet introduced a dedicated section focused on competitive video gaming offering free bets for players third, seventh and tenth wagers which will be applicable to both sports and esports contests

Delasport – confirmed that it will continue to serve as the principal sponsor of the Balkan International Basketball League (BIBL / Balkan League); Malta and Sofia-based online sports betting and casino technology supplier became the principal sponsor of the Balkan League in 2020; Balkan League begins its 2021-22 season on 12 October and will feature 11 Balkan basketball teams competing in over 90 matchdays with all games broadcast on the BIBL YouTube channel and across the national networks of Bulgaria, Kosovo, and Israel

Coingaming Group – the operating company of cryptocurrency gambling brands Sportsbet.io and BitCasino changed its business identity to Yolo Group; Yolo Group will operate five business segments with the properties of Sportsbet.io and BitCasino held under the ‘Yolo Entertainment’ domain, supported by ‘Yolo Investments’ as the group’s focused igaming investment arm; group’s fintech and blockchain units will be held under the ‘Yolo Finance‘ segment, carrying the support of ‘Yolo Ventures’ covering strategic partnerships on a B2B scale; 

Yolo Group will be powered by its proprietary IT unit and engineering teams, which will be housed under the ‘Yolo Tech’ label

Genius Sports – announced appointment of Ian Wray to oversee this growth strategy; Wray will oversee the sports data and technology company’s partnerships with prominent football organisations, such as the English Premier League, Argentine Football Association (AFA) and Mexico’s Liga MX; Prior to joining Genius, Wray worked at ChyronHego for nine years, where he was responsible for leading global sales at the firm’s sport-data focused Tracab division

Genius Sports – announced partnership with Latin American gambling operator Betcris; Betcris will get full access to Genius Sports’ valuable sports data and betting data, while Genius Sports will reinforce its presence on the LATAM market; partnership will make Betcris among the first betting operators in LATAM to implement a full Genius Sports NFL offering with all the necessary statistics, live data, Next Gen Stats data, and also sports betting data; Betcris will be deploying BetBuilder, a fully automated single-game parlay solution that is developed by Genius Sports and Sportcast

DC Office of Lottery and Gaming (OLG) – appointed Frank Suarez as a new executive director; as reported in the Washington Business Post, Suarez, a former deputy executive communications director of the North Carolina Education Lottery, is tasked with revamping GambetDC, the app which received the criticism

Betano – announced it had entered into agreement with FC Porto as the sports club’s official betting partner; Betano will also be considered FC Porto’s handball team’s main sponsor and will have its logo represented on the dedicated main sponsor spot on the front of the athletes’ jerseys; partners will be launching a variety of social initiatives in the future; Betano signed deals with five other sports club in the country, namely Benfica, Marítimo, SC Braga, Sporting CP and Os Belenenses

SIS – announced agreement with A McLean Bookmakers’ for latter’s digital expansion; SIS will supply its horse and greyhound racing content to the operator’s online brand, BetMcLean

Raketech Plc – agreed to acquire QM Media and its P&P Vegas North American subsidiary outright; deal terms will see Raketech pay €9 million in cash upfront, with the remainder of the valuation paid as a share settlement

Foxtel – Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found Foxtel guilty of breaching broadcasting rules by promoting a sports betting service during the live broadcast of an AFL match; Foxtel self-reported the breach to the ACMA following a viewer complaint, with the breach occurring as a result of human error during the live broadcast; ad took place on Easter Monday afternoon, and was found by an ACMA investigation to be in breach of the rules in the Subscription Broadcast Television Codes of Practice; according to ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin, broadcasters are not permitted to air gambling ads during or within five minutes of live sports events between 5am and 8.30pm

#California Poll Shows Heavy Support For Operators’ #SportsBetting Initiative from @Sportshandle’s #JillRDorson

Results of a summer survey investigating support of the latest sports betting initiative in California shows broad — if partisan — support for the “California Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Support Act,” which is backed by a group of seven big-time wagering or sports companies.

According to the David Binder Research poll, 62% of voters polled July 14-22 said they would support the initiative, while 25% said they would oppose it. The rest are undecided. In California, an initiative needs only a simple majority to pass.

Operators Bally’s, BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel, Penn National/Barstool Sportsbook, and WynnBET are behind the proposal, as is Fanatics. According to the poll, 76% of Democrats and 59% of Independents would support the proposal. Republicans were the only group in which fewer said they would support (41%) than oppose (44%). Pollsters interviewed 2,400 “likely” November 2022 voters digitally or via telephone.

The proposal is one of three that could land on the November 2022 ballot. The only initiative approved for the ballot to date is one put forth by the state’s tribes that would allow for in-person sports betting at tribal casinos and four horse racetracks around the state. The operators’ initiative would be considered “complementary,” and could pass along with the tribal proposal. A third initiative was put forth by a group of four cities and would allow for in-person and digital wagering at card rooms, horse racetracks, professional sports stadiums, and tribal casinos.


#Caesars (@caesarsent) Takes More Aggressive Actions in Effort to Be #Louisiana #SportsBetting King from @Casino_org

Caesars Entertainment made a couple of eye-opening moves in Louisiana over the weekend. It was part of an effort to give the Las Vegas-based gaming giant a leg up on its competition when sports betting officially launches in the state.

The first occurred Friday, when Louisiana State University announced Caesars Sportsbook as the official sports betting partner for the school’s athletics program. It’s the third partnership in the country between a college and a gaming company and by far the most high-profile one to date.

LSU plays in the Southeastern Conference, considered the top Division I football conference in the NCAA, and the Tigers are one of the country’s top college football programs. Its stadium, which seats more than 102,000 fans, is one of the largest in the world.

LSU Athletics Director Scott Woodward said in a joint statement that the Tigers have always sought to offer its rabid fan base “unique, innovative, and world-class” opportunities. The partnership with Caesars, he said, just adds to that.

Like most partnerships between sportsbooks and teams, the Caesars-LSU marriage will give the gaming company marketing opportunities and branding rights. That includes signage throughout Tiger Stadium and naming rights to the Skyline Club. The deal also extends to all 21 intercollegiate sports programs. Sportsbook customers will also get access to LSU events through Caesars Rewards.


Turnpike Sports® Book Report® – Ep 195

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#Website launched for all active-duty #Marines looking to compete in #esports

A new website was recently launched to give active-duty Marines the opportunity to compete in video game tournaments on all-Marine teams.

Marine Corps Gaming is the service branch’s unofficial platform to connect Marines to military esports and to one another, said Capt. Michael Maggitti, who is spearheading what he hopes will become an official esports program within the Corps.

In addition to community building, the website will be used to identify gaming talent for the Dec. 10 Call of Duty Endowment Bowl, an annual tournament pitting the best in Call of Duty service branch teams against one another.

“The C.O.D.E. Bowl is the biggest stage to highlight the community … in a way that the Marine Corps will understand it,” Maggitti, the emergent technologies officer for Recruiting Command, told Marine Corps Times. “It will open a lot of eyes in a good way.”


#MaximBet (@MaximBet) Launches in #Colorado to Big Opening Weekend, Announces First-ever #Halloween Party For #Sports Fans

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WENZHOU, China, Sept. 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — ZK International Group Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: ZKIN) (“ZKIN”, “ZK International”) congratulates its investee company MaximBet.com (“MaximBet”) on the recent launch of its online sports betting license in Colorado, USA. The online sports betting and casino operator beat expectations for its Colorado opening weekend, successfully activating its strategy of delivering a full entertainment experience to its players.

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Hyper-focused on quickly capitalizing on the growth of the US market, Colorado represents the first of many State launches for MaximBet. It will continue to expand into Indiana, Iowa and New Jersey throughout Q4’21 as part of its 10-year multi-state market-access partnership with Caesers Entertainment. In 2022 Maximbet will expand to additional States with the company expecting to be live in at least 50% of the legalized US market by the end of the year.

MaximBet provides Coloradans with immediate access to promotions, the best odds on sports and money-can’t-buy experiences. The brand will host an invite-only Halloween Party on October 30th in Denver for members of MaxRewards, the company’s loyalty program, featuring celebrities, nationally recognized DJs and exclusive MaximBet merchandise and more. In addition, Colorado players will receive a special welcome offer: a 100% deposit bonus match of up to $1,000.

As part of the Maxim brand family, Maximbet is also rewarding fans with a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles in February 2022 for The Big Game.