U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear N.J. sports betting case

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear arguments on whether sports betting should be legalized in New Jersey. The justices, as is custom, gave no reason for agreeing to hear the appeal of a court decision that threw out the state’s latest effort to bring sports betting to its casinos and race tracks.… [Read more…]

Casino industry launches campaign to legalize sports betting

Sports bettingWASHINGTON — Casino industry officials on Monday launched a new campaign to legalize sports betting, something New Jersey has been trying to get for years. They’re behind the new American Sports Betting Coalition, which is trying to get Congress to repeal a 1992 law that allows such wagering in only four states: Nevada, Delaware, Montana, and… [Read more…]

Top 10 US states likely to pass iGaming legislation in 2017

Top 10 US states likely to pass iGaming legislation in 2017 Casino City Times (press release)

Though the New York Senate’s budget proposal included online poker, the Assembly’s did not, and there continue to be concerns over the status of poker as a game of skill .

Source: Top 10 US states likely to pass iGaming legislation in 2017

Trump administration asked to support N.J. sports betting appeal

Washington DCWASHINGTON — In his quest to legalize sports betting in New Jersey, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. is seeking help from President Donald Trump’s administration. Pallone (D-6th Dist.) is asking Acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall in a letter to be sent Tuesday to request that the U.S. Supreme Court to hear New Jersey’s appeal of the latest… [Read more…]

Joe Maddon: Use ‘Moneyball’ Stats to Teach Math

“I’d like to see fantasy baseball in schools and make it part of math class,” he explained. “If you brought fantasy baseball into school and brought in technology such as Skyping, for example. End of January, beginning of February, I would Skype a classroom here and talk about team construction. Theo Epstein does it a day or two later.

ANALYSIS/OPINION — Baseball’s rock star was in town for the baseball winter meetings, and he stopped by a youth baseball event at Gallaudet University. Kids and adults alike flocked to him, asking for autographs and photos, and hung on his every word.

No, I’m not talking about Bryce Harper, who didn’t have the District in his… [Read more…]

N.J. lawmakers respond to Super Bowl wagers by trying to legalize sports betting

WASHINGTON — In advance of Sunday’s Super Bowl, when an estimated $4.7 billion will be wagered, Reps. Frank LoBiondo and Frank Pallone Jr. introduced legislation Wednesday to let New Jersey offer legal sports betting. The lawmakers, as they did two years ago, offered different measures to achieve the goal that the state sought since its 2011… [Read more…]

Will Odds of N.J. Sports Wagering Increase Under President Trump?

WASHINGTON — The head of the casino industry’s trade association expressed optimism that incoming President Donald Trump and federal lawmakers will act to allow states to legalize sports betting.  The inauguration of the new president is this Friday.

During the campaign, Trump expressed support for legalized sports betting.

“I’m OK with it because it’s happening anyway,” Trump told Fox Sports in November 2015. “Whether you have it or you don’t have it, you have it.”

An estimated $150 billion a year is bet illegally on sports, according to the gaming association.

“We are entering a perfect storm,” said Geoff Freeman, president and chief executive of the Washington-based American Gaming Association, claims Caesars Entertainment and Borgata owner MGM… [Read more…]

Atlantic City’s Darkest Days May Be in the Past

racino slots machineOptimism from top casino executive

WASHINGTON — The chief executive officer of Borgata owner MGM Resorts International said he expects Atlantic City to stop hemorrhaging casinos and begin traveling on the road to recovery. “Atlantic City’s darker days are behind it,” MGM CEO Jim Murren said at a National Press Club luncheon Friday. “We’re going to see gradual improvement.” Atlantic City… [Read more…]

How to Find the Best Online Sports Books

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Fans have always seen sports betting as a way of becoming more engaged with their favorite teams or sports. The online sports book, however, has broadened players’ options and horizons significantly, and now an entire global sports market is open to players, wherever they are in the world. Many traditional forms of betting on sports, whether it be on-course, at a bricks and mortar bookmaker, or even on the phone, have largely been superseded by the online sports book.

There are any number of reasons as to the rapid increase in popularity of online sports betting. Firstly, for those who take their sports seriously, it’s a chance to put your knowledge to the test and gives you the opportunity to make informed choices before making a wager, by studying records, form, recent results, etc., through the information provided by websites like SkySports. Having up-to-date news and stats from sports and leagues around the world means that no matter where you are, you can keep in the loop about what’s happening with your favorite teams and stars.

The range of bets on offer on all types of sporting events is also one of the great appeals of online sports betting. Single-event betting and parlay (or multi) bets are generally the most popular markets, but there are always plenty of prop and exotic bets on offer at the best sports books, like this site – so you can wager on whole season events, like who will be the champion, right down to in-game events such as who will be the first scorer or who will be ahead at half time.

However, you don’t have to follow a sport intimately to be able to enjoy betting on it. When the big international events roll around, like the Super Bowl, the FIFA World Cup, US Open Tennis or the World Series, even the casual fan can find enough background data and stats online, on ESPN for example, to be able to place a bet without feeling as though they’re completely in the dark. The abundance of advice and guidance on these major events means you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy getting involved.

People who are new to online betting might naturally feel a little apprehensive about signing up for a sports book, but if you choose wisely, you should have no issues with security, privacy and fairness. However, if you’re not certain about how to find the best sports book, there are a number of good review sites that give you background on how online sports betting agencies are operated and what you can expect from them (follow the link to find out more). Using a review portal before you commit will give you some peace of mind that you’re betting with a well-regulated, reputable brand, as well as information on how to go about setting up an account and the sorts of special offers that are available to new players. These Welcome Bonuses provide great value and the chance to make free bets or receive a cash bonus when you set up an account, so do your research to find out which sites will give you the best value.

For the enthusiastic punter, another advantage to online sports betting is that the biggest operators will often also run online casinos or poker rooms as well, and with these it is always easy to sync your accounts, so you can play poker, slots or bet on NFL, NBA or MLB matches all from the one playing account.

Whatever your interests, whether it’s racing, sports, poker or casino games, the online betting world is growing all the time, and is full of great opportunities if you know where to look.

No Sports Betting in New Jersey

Baseball and bat_promo_smaller WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out New Jersey’s sports betting law, once again blocking the state from expanding its gambling options to augment Atlantic City and the horse-racing industry. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that the state’s law violated a 1992 federal ban on sports betting, the Associated… [Read more…]