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This week’s stories include Maryland launches mobile sports betting, record sports betting numbers for Pennsylvania and FIFA announces sports betting partner for the World Cup .

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#Maryland #education plan set to benefit from successful #betting launch from @GeoComply

Maryland’s education fund will receive a boost as the state greeted the opening of regulated online sports betting with record setting enthusiasm.

16.5m geolocation transactions were recorded over the course of US Thanksgiving Holiday, according to data from geolocation and fraud specialist GeoComply.

GeoComply SVP Compliance Lindsay Slader commented: “A strong start for the regulated market delivers on the promise of new revenues and consumer protections. Marylanders will continue to ditch illegal offshore sportsbooks for the security of legal, regulated operators that provide player safeguards and tax dollars for the state, just as lawmakers intended.”

When the law passed in 2021, policymakers cited mobile sports betting as an important component of revenues for the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Fund. In recent months, Governor Larry Hogan publicly urged for an expedited launch of mobile betting to bring tax dollars into the state’s education fund and protect consumers.

GeoComply is the trusted geolocation and fraud-prevention solution for approved Maryland sports betting operators, and its data provides a unique view of the Maryland market since it launched on November 23.


#TwistedMetal Series Will Be Like #Zombieland, New Season 1 Details Revealed

Peacock’s Twisted Metal series is shaping up to be a post-apocalyptic mash-up of fun.

The series, a live-action adaptation of the classic PlayStation video game, was announced in 2019, and some inside looks to the final product are finally here. Carter Swan, a Senior Producer at Playstation Studios, spoke to IGN about how the show looks to represent the games as best they can.

“You gotta have the cars, you’ve gotta have the post-apocalyptic setting,” Swan said. “There’s a lot of characters that we thought were great. Obviously, Sweet Tooth has been announced and I think will be a very iconic character in the show. He’s being voiced by Will Arnett, played by the wrestler Samoa Joe, who did an unbelievable job. When you think of that game, the first thing that kind of pops into my head is the ice cream truck, that’s the piece that’s been marketed all these years.”

In fact, back in late August, the show wrapped production and celebrated with, of course, some Sweet Tooth ice cream. The series is created by Deadpool scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese and stars Anthony Mackie as an amnesiac, post-apocalyptic outsider tasked with delivering a mysterious package across the wasteland.


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

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New York – Week ending November 13; Handle of $339,917,250, Gross Gaming Revenue of $31,270,384, hold of 9.20% and taxes of $15,947,896; Fanduel led all operators with $140.14 million in handle, followed by DraftKings ($111.11 million), Caesars ($43.72 million) and BetMGM ($24.67 million); Big 4 accounted for 94% of weekly handle (Fanduel and DraftKings accounted for 63%); Fanduel – 6th straight $15M+ revenue, 4th straight $140M+ handle, All-time taxes passed $225 Million; BetMGM passed $900 million all-time handle and had its 4th straight week of at least $24 million handle; DraftKings had its 7th straight week at least $110 million handle and company’s total taxes passed $125 million; Caesars had its 4th straight week of at least $43 million handle, 6th straight week at least $3 million in revenue and company’s total revenue passed the $170 million mark

New York – week ending November 20; handle of $343,522,993, GGR of $41,270,932 (up $10 million from last week), AGR of $20,222,756.68, hold of 12% and taxes of $21,048,175.32; Fanduel led all operators with $144,209,843 in handle for the week, followed by Draftkings ($111,109,051), Caesars ($44,409,638) and BetMGM ($24,431,629); Fanduel and DraftKings made up 74% of total weekly handle; Big four made up 94%; YTD handle passed $9 Billion and $14 Billion all time; 9th straight week of more than $300 million in handle and seventh straight week of more than $30 million in GGR; 3rd time GGR passed $40 million mark

New Jersey – October total Handle of $1,060,154,535, up 22% from September and down 18% from October ‘21; mobile handle of $987.6 million; Revenue of $77,907,041, down 20% from October and down 7% from October ‘21; mobile revenue of $72.95 million; Hold of 7.35% and taxes of $9,879,163; top sport was football with $414.15 million in handle; 2022 YTD – Handle of $8,787,414,017, Revenue of $594,826,569, hold of 6.77% and taxes of $76,039,678; All time – Handle of $31,570,491,126, Revenue of $2,202,870,643, hold of 6.98% and taxes of $274,979,429; 7th $1 Billion handle all-time, first since March; 5th time with at least $75 million in monthly revenue; NJ Sept-Oct 2022 handle of $1.93 billion, down 16.7% from NJ Sept-Oct 2021 handle of $2.31 billion; Wells Fargo noted this was the sixth straight month of mid-teens handle YoY declines in New Jersey, which they attributed to cannibalization from New York

Pennsylvania – October total Handle of $797,124,732, up 23% from September and up 3% from October ‘21; mobile handle of $732.36 million; GGR of $61,519,576, down 18% from September and up 45% from October ‘21; mobile revenue of $55.45 million; AGR of $40,514,020, down 19% from September and up 72% from October ‘21; Hold of 7.72% and taxes of $13,774,767; Fanduel led all mobile operators with $289.6 million in handle, followed by DraftKings ($229.01 million), BetMGM ($55.33 million), BetMGM ($55.33 million), Barstool Sports ($46.91 million) and Caesars ($23.27 million); market share leaders – Fanduel (39.5%), DraftKings (31.3%), BetMGM (7.6%), Barstool Sports (6.4%) and Caesars (3.2%); 2022 YTD – Handle of $5,707,348,213, GGR of $456,128,241, AGR of $293,702,912, hold of 7.99% and taxes of $101,885,667; All time – Handle of $17,348,076,598, GGR of $1,345,798,022, AGR of $910,143,422, hold of 7.76% and taxes of $311,475,444; Record handle for Pennsylvania, beating previous high of $793.7 million in January ’22; 3rd time state reported GGR of at least $60 million and 3rd time reporting AGR of at least $40 million; All-time taxes top $300 million

New Hampshire – October total Handle: $91,345,018, up 17% from September and down 7% from October ‘21; Mobile handle of $68.25 million; Revenue of $9,078,684, up 13% from September and up 68% from October ‘21; mobile revenue of $6.62 million; Win Rate: 9.94% and taxes of $4,482,596; 2022 YTD – Handle of $707,742,469, Revenue of $53,420,621, hold of 7.55% and taxes of $24,983,907; all time – Handle of $1,704,557,377, Revenue of $120,281,639, hold of 7.06% and taxes of $55,876,921; All-time record revenue (prev $8.03M 1/22); YTD handle clears $700M and revenue clears $50M

Connecticut – October total Handle: $164,170,106, up 25% from September and up 200% from October ‘21; mobile handle of $153.31 million; GGR: $15,871,948, down 6% from September and up 220% from October ‘21; mobile revenue of $14.73 million; AGR of $12,628,897, down 2% from September and up 240% from October ‘21; hold of 9.67% and taxes of $1,736,473; DraftKings led all mobile operators with $73.38 million in handle, followed by Fanduel with $66.26 million and PlaySugarhouse with $13.68 million; 2022 YTD – Handle of $1,194,598,422, GGR of $100,076,133, AGR of $78,885,022, hold of 8.38% and taxes of $10,865,989; All time – Handle of $1,531,042,830, GGR of $130,189,291, AGR of $101,826,286, Hold of 8.5% and taxes of $14,020,412; All-time record for total handle; Fanduel record $8.1 million GGR; Retail handle all-time high $10.86 million; All time handle passed $1.5 Billion mark and all time AGR passed $100 million; All time taxes passed $14 million mark

Louisiana – October total Handle: $255,528,321, up 23% from September; mobile handle of ; GGR of $30,694,282, down 5% from September; mobile revenue of ; AGR of $30,243,842, down 5% from September; hold of 12.01% and taxes of $4,305,414; 2022 YTD – Handle of $1,782,316,432, GGR of $201,761,619, AGR of $176,952,326, hold of 11.32% and taxes of $25,286,231; All time – Handle of $1,849,451,027, GGR of $211,828,255, AGR of $187,018,962, hold of 11.45% and taxes of $26,292,895; Record monthly handle; $1.85 billion handle first full year; 1st B2B months $30M GGR & AGR; Of the six states that launched in 2021, Louisiana finished second only to Arizona for handle

Arkansas – October total Handle of $26,879,107, up 27% from September and up 180% from October ‘21; mobile handle of $20.73 million; Revenue of $2,793,719, down 13% from September and up 250% from October ‘21; mobile revenue of $1.99 million; hold of 10.39% and taxes of $363,183; Southland Gaming led all operators in retail with $3.08 million and Saracen Casino led all mobile operators with $13.17 million; 2022 YTD – Handle of $122,931,017, Revenue of $11,439,490, hold of 9.31% and taxes of $1,601,016; all time – Handle of $234,820,552, Revenue of $25,604,766, hold of 10.9% and taxes of $3,583,322; 2nd straight month of record handle; BetSaracen mobile accounts for nearly 50% total handle; 2nd straight month $2M+ revenue; 6th time over $1 million

Mississippi – October Handle: $56,199,189, up 30% from September and down 22% from October ‘21; Revenue of $7,687,183, down 12% from September and down 16% from October ‘21; hold of 13.68% and taxes of $922,462; Coastal region led all with $35.82 million in handle, followed by the Central ($11.75 million) and Northern ($8.63 million); 2022 YTD – Handle of $383,717,474, Revenue of $44,431,359, hold of 11.58% and taxes of $5,331,762; All time – Handle of $1,859,892,422, Revenue of $213,668,015, hold of 11.49% and taxes of $25,647,632

Michigan – October total handle of $504,336,507, up 31% from September and up 1% from October ‘21; mobile handle of $480.79 million; GGR of $51,362,299, up 2% from September and up 91% from October ‘21; mobile revenue of $49.23 million; AGR of $33,882,309, up 13% from September and up over 300% from October ‘21; hold of 10.2% and taxes of $2,022,618; MGM Grand Detroit led all retail operators with $9.57 million; Fanduel led all mobile operators with $145.38 million in handle, followed by DraftKings ($129.35 million), BetMGM ($97.75 million) and Caesars ($40.09 million); 2022 YTD – Handle of $3,821,150,042, GGR of $325,284,474, AGR of $178,492,444, hold of 8.51% and taxes of $10,897,626; All time – Handle of $7,917,819,844, GGR of $683,312,311, AGR of $354,629,379, hold of 8.63% and taxes of $19,889,265; first handle over $500 million since January’s record $532.7 million handle and 4th handle of at least $500 million all time; first time in Michigan sports wagering operators cleared $50 million in gross revenue in back-to-back months; first time the monthly tax revenue was at least $2 million; BetMGM led combined digital market share in MI in October at 32.73%, leading iGaming at 37.10%, 2nd for OSB at 20.22%; FanDuel led OSB at 42.41%, 2nd for iGaming at 16.33% and DraftKings was third for OSB at 20.09% and iGaming at 16.05%

South Dakota – October Handle of $862,170, up 21% from September and up 6% from October ‘21; Revenue of $31,749, down 37% from September and up 34% from October ‘21; Hold of 15.28% and taxes of $11,857; 2022 YTD – Handle of $5,573,559, Revenue of $644,280, hold of 11.56% and taxes of $59,221; All time – Handle of $8,225,048, Revenue of $898,862, hold of 10.93% and taxes of $82,134; Highest handle for 2022

Jackpocket – announced record participation in the run up to the $2.04 billion Powerball through its lottery courier app. From August 6, 2022 to November 7, 2022, Jackpocket notably was used for 2% of national Powerball ticket sales for particular drawings while being available in just 14 out of 48 Powerball states and jurisdictions; Jackpocket users were responsible for up to 11% of all Powerball tickets sold in the 14 states where it operates, and reached even higher market share in some states for particular drawings: 15% in New York, 15% in Arkansas, 13% in Texas and 13% in New Jersey


Maryland – state’s first mobile sportsbooks launched on Wednesday, November 23 at 9 am EST

Pennsylvania – betPARX launched the new SPARX tab on the betPARX sportsbook app, which will deliver a complete personalized betting experience to users of the all new betPARX app; the new SPARX feature allows users to access a personalized area based on analytic models of the individual users’ preferences; the new personalized area is displayed in rich infographics that marry the bet offer with relevant statistical information and supporting graphic elements that help entertain, inform and educate the user while placing a bet; betPARX will also employ Epoxy.ai’s On4Me™ entitlements service, which uses artificial intelligence to determine available sports for specific users to watch live; betPARX will also be adding the ability for users who are watching a game live to enable TV detection, which means that the technology identifies the specific game or games the user is watching — and then delivers personalized offers and content related to the game being watched on TV

Ohio – JACK Entertainment open its sportsbooks at its Cleveland casino and Thistledown racino last week, but patrons will only be able to watch until Jan. 1; company also has the @betJACK mobile platform

Michigan – DraftKings and Live! Hospitality & Entertainment announced today the first DraftKings Sports & Social venue will have a grand opening on Thursday, Dec 1, at Somerset Collection in Troy, Michigan; venue will feature a 32-foot LED media wall and wifi for online sports betting

Texas – Colorcast, the Austin-based fan engagement company, has launched a sports-betting platform and has officially rebranded as Outlier

Ontario – theScorebet -launched its Parlay+ feature for sports betting in the province, allowing players to mix and match lines and player props from the same game across multiple leagues into a single bet; theScore Bet also launched live casino dealer games including Blackjack and Roulette

Ontario – sports betting entity Betano received license from province;

Africa – bet365 launched a sportsbook offering in Ghana in time for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, in which Ghana is a participant, with football being a hugely popular national sport; customers will be able to access bet365 via a web page and on iPhone and Android apps and company will feature a range of localized betting markets, including streaming of and in-play betting on leagues such as the German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga, NBA, NFL, NHL, baseball and international tennis, for a total of 75 sports and 600,000 live events; bet365 also added that its sign-up offer and ‘wide selection’ of promotions, features and bonuses have also been incorporated into its offering for the Ghanaian market


Ohio – Ohio sports betting regulators have posted the state’s initial catalog of approved events and wagers; catalog includes sports governing bodies that capture about 95 percent of wagers made in legal US markets; catalog list was compiled after researching sports betting offerings in other states and additional events may be added later, pending state approval

Massachusetts – Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) unanimously approved an emergency regulation that will allow sportsbooks licensed in the Bay State to launch here next year when sports betting goes live; 5-0 vote allows the commission to certify for launch those operators that meet state regulatory and approved industry standards; once certified, as many as 15 online sportsbooks and 5 retail sportsbooks would be put in queue for launch early next year; a sportsbook operator that is licensed, but not certified, will not be allowed to launch; five retail sportsbooks – one for each of the state’s three casinos and two simulcast facilities – expected to open in late January; as many as 15 mobile sportsbooks (eight tied to retail locations and seven standalone sportsbooks) are on track to launch in early March; Another retail sportsbook and tethered mobile sportsbook could come later if plans to build a new horse racetrack in Hardwick are successful

Massachusetts – state gaming commission received 15 Massachusetts sports betting license applications, including six for untethered online sports betting licenses; FanDuel Massachusetts, DraftKings Massachusetts, Betway, BallyBet, Betr, and PointsBet each submitted applications to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for an untethered online sports betting licenses; Encore Boston Harbor will partner with WynnBet and Caesars Sportsbook Massachusetts for its online sports betting services; MGM Springfield has indicated they will only partner with BetMGM Massachusetts for its online services; and Plainridge Park Casino will partner with Barstool Sportsbook Massachusetts and BetFanatics for its online sports betting; Raynham Park will partner with bet365 to operate its online sports betting program, with the operator already applying for a Category 3 operator license

New Jersey – Division of Gaming Enforcement notified the state’s sportsbooks today that they are prohibited from taking bets on fights that James Krause is involved in “as a coach, trainer, promoter or fighter.”


National Football League (“NFL”) and Genius Sports Limited (“Genius Sports”) (NYSE:GENI) today announced new licensing agreements with three sportsbooks to distribute live video streams of NFL matches to their customers in Canada; Bet365, Bet99 and Rivalry granted rights to distribute low latency video feeds for NFL games to customers in Canada; deal includes all regular and post-season matches on the NFL through Genius Sports’ fully integrated Watch & Bet solution; each of the three licensees will combine low latency video feeds with the league’s official data and access to exclusive data-driven advertising inventory, to provide their Canadian customers with the highest quality NFL betting experiences

International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) – announced that it has received a $180,000 grant from BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming company, in support of the organization’s research and education on responsible gambling and the impact advertising has on problem gambling; ICRG has become a prominent source in problem gambling research, yielding hundreds of articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has issued a call for research proposals

FIFA – announced an official betting partner of the World Cup for the first time; Betano, the sportsbook brand of multinational operator Kaizen Gaming, has been selected by the football governing body, which will leverage this partnership to ‘engage and excite’ football fans around the world during the ongoing Qatar-based tournament; agreement follows a series of football-focused deals signed by Kaizen Gaming this year, which has seen Betano become a partner of teams such as the Czech Republic’s FC Viktoria Plzeň, Brazil’s Fluminense and Portugal’s FC Porto

DraftKings – announced sponsorship of Kindbridge Research Institute (KRI) to provide multi-year funding to KRI and become the sole sponsor of KRI’s Military Research Associate Program (MRAP), which is designed to assist the transition of military service veterans to pursue advanced training in public mental health research; KRI’s MRAP aims to attract more military veterans to work in mental health research and treatment by teaching participants academic skills, including academic writing, literature search and review, study design, and resume research and building, and it involves the publishing of peer-reviewed articles

Native Sportsbook Solutions – the only Native American-owned sportsbook provider and operator that focuses on developing top-tier and profitable sportsbooks, announced the selection of Quarter4, an AI-powered sports and betting data engagement platform, to propel its goal of delivering the most innovative and profit-enabling solutions for sportsbooks; Quarter4 generates content and curated data via a validated, deep learning neural network and generates a predictive data point for every player and team in select college or professional sports; data included up to 3 million probabilities produced daily, and updated no less than every 15 minutes

SCCG Management – announced a strategic partnership with 7BallRun, providing business development, and strategic advisory services for the distribution of their patented cue sport to existing betting platforms, per release; 7BallRun is a patented and trademarked breakless cue sports game to be played by professionals in a Company controlled venue; sole purpose of the live game is for betting operators to take bets on the outcome of shots or series of shots made during the game

Betfred Sports – announced it will be the main sponsor for the World Heavyweight Championship bout between Tyson Fury and Derek Chisora due to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 3; fight will be broadcast on BT Box Office in the United Kingdom and Ireland and ESPN+ in the United States; stadium can accommodate 60,000 fans

BET99 – announced that it has finalized a partnership agreement with Major League Soccer superstar Sebastian Giovinco, adding the Toronto FC all-time top scorer to its roster of high-profile BET99 ambassadors; BET99 and Giovinco will launch the partnership on Instagram with a number of celebratory fan giveaways, including signed soccer balls and merchandise. Giovinco will also host an Instagram Live appearance with BET99 and provide picks and predictions for upcoming World Cup games; Giovinco will also join the BET99 SOCCER HOUSE watch party on November 27, 2022 at local Toronto sports pub, The Firkin on Bay Street; Giovinco will allow BET99 to use his name, image and likeness for marketing and advertising purposes both during and after the FIFA World Cup

Epic Risk Management – announced a new collaboration with the official charity affiliated to and supported by Chelsea FC, the Chelsea FC Foundation; five Epic facilitators join an initiative called “Chelsea Champions” who will participate in well-being workshops on mental health for secondary schools in the southeast, joining Chelsea FC Academy Players, as well as Chelsea FC Foundation coaches

BetMakers Technology Group – announced a partnership agreement with Victorian Thoroughbred Racing IMB Pty Ltd (VTRIMB); BetMakers will introduce video content from Victorian live horse to its platform and integrated streaming solutions offered to betting service providers in Australia; Victorian thoroughbred racing will get access to as many as 25 fresh distribution partners for Racing.com’s live horse racing vision

bwin – announced expansion and renewal of partnership with Euroleague Basketball for the third time in a row for a four-year sponsorship agreement; renewal covers Greece; bwin will benefit from higher levels of visibility during the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and the 7DAYS EuroCup games; bwin will focus on offering premium hospitality packages while working on a series of technology initiatives

FSB – announced partnership in the African market with Nairabet, Nigeria’s first regulated online bookmaker; also announced strategic deals with gaming operator Olympic Entertainment Group and Abelson Info, a sports data and odds supplier

Ambev – Brazilian subsidiary of multinational brewery AB InBev appointed engagement platform Tally Technology to develop new football-based games and fan experiences for Brazil Serie A teams Atlético Mineiro and Cruzeiro Esporte Clube

Delasport – chosen as the new sportsbook and casino platform provider for Malta-based operator FansBet; deal integrates Delasport’s “one stop shop” solution and FansBet will also gain access to a range of gamification tools – including tournaments, missions, spin the wheel

ZEturf Group – announced a new collaboration with the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) becoming IBIA’s newest member; online sports betting and horse racing brand will tap into IBIA’s global betting integrity monitoring and alert network

Great Canadian Entertainment – announced the appointment of Matthew Anfinson as the new CEO; Anfinson was previously SVP of Operations at Caesars Entertainment Corp in Las Vegas and held leadership positions with Harrah’s

BETER – announced the appointment of Maria Mashchenko as its new general manager for the BETER Sports business unit; Mashchenko spent the past two years as the company’s chief operating officer and has been responsible for the development of in-house, outsourced, and franchised sports and esports tournaments

Future Anthem – announced the senior-level appointment of Emma Ferguson as head of people; Ferguson will spearhead the company’s recruitment efforts within all of its different departments. Moreover, she will collaborate with current and newly onboarded employees as well; Future Anthem is a company that offers an all-in-one product and leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to personalize the player experience

Gambling.com – Q3 2022 report; revenues climb 94% to $19.6 million while adj. EBITDA rose 32% to $6.4 million, helped by a 300% rise in North American revenue to $9.1 million; Gambling.com has acquired the Casinos.com domain name from Caesars, but terms of the deal were not shared on the earnings call

Catena Media – Q3 2022 report; recorded total revenues of $33.4m, down 2% YoY from Q321’s $34.2m; Catena’s European operations remain under review following poor performance; North America division reported revenue of $19.2m, up 11% YoY and contributing to 58% of group revenue; sports segments posted revenue of $18.5m, down 10% YoY but in NA, it improved by 6%; Catena Media’s operating expenses totaled $39.1m, up $5.1m YoY due to media and influencer partnerships including the NJ.com deal

Kero Gaming – secured $2 million in Seed 2 fundraise led by Happyhour.io; funds will enable Kero Gaming to continue developing RMG micro-betting products for sportsbooks

Scout Gaming: The free-to-play games provider saw revenues in Q3 come in at SEK6.6m, flat YoY, although within that B2B revenues rose 113% to SEK4.7m. EBITDA losses climbed 61% to SEK10.2m

Tabcorp – filed lawsuit against Entain regarding recent deals between Entain and pubs in New South Wales; Tabcorp holds the exclusive right to operate gambling machines at clubs in New South Wales, as per a license set to expire in 2033, which means that Tabcorp will remain the only operator allowed to offer gambling at pubs for the next ten years; Entain entered into agreement with the NSW division of the Australian Hotels Association which would allow Entain to promote its Australian brands, Ladbrokes and Neds, in pubs in the state; Tabcorp alleged that Entain and the NSW Hotels Association failed to properly inform it of the terms and details of their advertising deal

Facebook – announced it has implemented an update on its policies for online gambling advertising; gambling companies seeking to promote their products need to submit a special form to Meta where they will be required to submit evidence that the gambling activities they offer are licensed within the jurisdiction targeted by the gambling ads; Meta described online gambling and gaming as “any product or service where anything of monetary value is included as part of a method of entry and prize.”; any ads that involve the promotion of such activities via Facebook fall under the regulation of the updated policy on advertising; Meta explained that gambling ads cannot target any individuals under the age of 18; new policies affect all forms of online gambling, such as advertising “common types of gambling include betting, lotteries, raffles, casino games, fantasy sports, bingo, poker, skill game tournaments and sweepstakes” and games that require a monetary value for entry featuring prizes with monetary value (including not only cash but also digital currencies such as Bitcoin; games that require the user to pay in order to play or pay to get an advantage in winning a prize of monetary value also fall under the regulation; gambling ads “with destination (landing) pages that contain promotions for online gambling or games, even if there is no opportunity to gamble or game directly on that page, such as aggregator or affiliate sites” are also affected by the regulation and require written permission; free-to-play games are not subject to this regulation, as well as ads that promote gambling at retail locations such as brick-and-mortar gambling venues; Offline poker tournaments can also be promoted on the condition that “the ad or destination (landing) page does not promote or facilitate online gambling.”

Turnpike Sports® Book Report® – Ep 257

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Each week sports and gaming attorneys Dave and Doug Weischadle discuss the news and notes from the sports betting industry – state sports betting reports, Maryland online sports betting launch and legislative updates from Massachusetts and Ohio

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#WorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) – #bet365 (@Bet365) #Fan Nation Survey: #Brazil fans are the most passionate supporters

The World Cup is the one event that always manages to unify football fans around the world in celebration of their love for the sport. This year, albeit with some controversy over the tournament’s location, has been no different.

And over the years, we’ve seen some great examples of fan support at World Cup tournaments. But which national team has the most passionate fans?

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Asking thousands of fans around the world from Brazil all the way to Wales, bet365 finally has the answer to that very question.

Which international teams have the most passionate fans?

bet365, in conjunction with Censuswide, asked fans across the globe to pick the fans that they believed to be the most passionate.

Fans were able to select up to three teams, and the average selection percentage was formulated to create the Fan Nation Survey ‘Most Passionate Fans’ league table.

Racking up 51.26% of the votes on average, Brazil fans were pitted as being the most passionate fans in the world. And it’s unsurprising, given that the five-time world champions are currently the favorites to win in Qatar.


#Sportradar’s (@Sportradar) Blaz Zitnik: #VirtualStadium and the art of user #engagement from @SBCGamingNews

Last week saw the unwrapping of the Sportradar Virtual Stadium, described by the sports technology company as an ‘artificial intelligence and machine learning driven social engagement solution’ for sportsbook operators, providing bettors with the opportunity to socialise with each other during the world’s premier soccer tournament. Blaz Zitnik, Managing Director, Betting Entertainment Tools (BET), at Sportradar, explains more.

Replete with a host of functions including game specific chat rooms and a ‘cheermeter’, the Sportradar Virtual Stadium looks set to bring a healthy dose of user engagement when it comes to betting on this year’s World Cup competition.

Outlining the rationale behind the solution, Zitnik said: “What we are focusing on is fan engagement and fan entertainment and how we can evolve these factors that are being echoed in other industries.

“Player engagement is a term that is being used across industries; and I would say that it’s wrongly used. It should be ‘user engagement’. Because when you’re a player you’re already engaged. There are two things from a betting perspective that are very important. On the one side, acquisition – how to get new users on your page. And second is retention – how to keep them on the page without going anywhere else.


Turnpike Sports® – S 6 – Ep 47

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This week’s topics: Trip Down the Turnpike (Betting Industry Opposites; EU eSports Resolution; FTX Fallout; New Jersey Casino Expansion); Betfred Sports pro football picks Week 12; our jackpot segment Beatin’ The House.

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Turnpike SportsⓇ #BetfredSports (@BetfredSports) Pro Football Picks – Week Twelve


Dallas just finished demolishing the Vikings and are now facing off against a New York Giants team that appear to have hit a rough spot this season. The Giants are coming off a bad outing versus Detroit, in which they lost six players to injury, and have lost two of their last three outings after a hot start to the season. The Cowboys have scored at least 24 points in each of their last four games and over 40 points twice in that span. The Over is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings between these teams in Dallas and 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings overall.

Over 45.0

These two teams haven’t played each other since Brady’s gotten there so past history may not factor into this too much, but the Buccaneers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. Speaking of Brady, he hasn’t looked like himself until last week’s game against the Seahawks and while Jacoby Brissett has done a pretty good job leading the Browns offense, the team is still 1-6 over their last seven games. Tampa Bay needs all the wins it can get its hands on so I’m expecting the team to come out focused and playing for their playoff lives.

Pick is Tampa Bay -3.5

Miami had a bye last week and still ended up in first place thanks to division rival Jets failing to stop an end of game punt return by the Patriots. The Dolphins have produced 105 total points the past three games. Miami’s defense, on the other hand, is the problem – they’ve allowed 76 points against in that span. The Over is 3-0 in Miami’s last three games and while the home team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the Favorite is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings, that 12 point spread might be a tough one for Miami to cover.

Over 46.0


These are two struggling offenses mainly because their offensive lines are in shambles. The Vikings o line has not been effective and the Patriots offensive line is injured and is not giving Mac Jones enough protection. I’m not expecting a lot of points in this one mostly because the Patriots offense is not a high-powered unit and not able to put a lot of points on the board and the Patriots’ very good defense should keep the Vikings out of the end zone for most of the night. Here’s an interesting stat I found for Thursday night Thanksgiving games: the under has hit 7 times in a row. And I think that’s what’s going to happen in this one

Pick: I’m taking the UNDER

Tampa Bay is coming off a bye week which is good for them because they are coming into this game a bit more healthy than they have been in the past weeks. I think this is the week when Tom Brady puts it all together with some of his skill position people being back in the line up. Tampa Bay is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Week 12 games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games in November. I like the Buccaneers to win by at least a touchdown.

Pick: I’m taking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and laying the points

These two teams have been the most disappointing for me this season. Especially the Los Angeles Chargers who I expected to play much better than they have this season. But right now the Chargers are the more talented team in this game against the Cardinals. Playing at home hasn’t even helped the Cardinals this year because in their last 10 home games they are 2-8 ATS. Looking at the Chargers, they are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after a loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. I like the Chargers in this one.

Pick: I’m taking the Los Angeles Chargers