Get a Grip – The Week of Sports Betting: Phil, Kentucky and Mass

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There’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not enough time to sleep and eat and keep up with what’s happening on our crazy blue dot (two out of three isn’t bad). Here’s the weekend’s Sports Handle article, ‘Get a Grip’, which rounds up the top of the week US Sportsbook Stories, highlights some recent news and summarizes key stories.

Top stories about our network this week

It’s not always sunshine and rainbows in the world of sports betting and this week provided some good examples.

While sales have been strong Pennsylvania and Illinois in April it took a nosedive in Louisiana and overall handling too was met in Michigan (although it was a significant improvement from last April).

There was also plenty of controversy to report this week, and while they might not qualify as full-blown scandals, they’re not… great.

Phil is having a hard time

The bio reveals some of Mickelson’s risky sports betting habits

Gary McCord shares in-game betting stories with Mickelson on the PGA Tour

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Steve Wynn is accused of lobbying against the Trump administration on behalf of the Chinese government

Man Accidentally Receives COVID Aid Funds and Destroys It While Gambling Online

ICasino players stole identities to create 187 fake accounts and claim bonuses

Portnoy polarize again

Controversy erupts after sports bettors were restricted with changed odds in Barstool retail book

Minnesota slips away

Significant impediments to the sports betting bill in Minnesota remain

The Waiting Game

Maryland bettors are increasingly frustrated and waiting for online betting to begin

Ohio Commission announces plan to announce June 1 universal start date

Kansas regulators are working to introduce sports betting as soon as possible

It’s Preakness week, honey!

Preakness is still packing a punch without a Kentucky Derby winner

How did the mares fare in the Preakness?

Our Staff Horseplayers have a longshot game at Pimlico and some interesting exotics to consider

Complications in Kentucky

Rep. Adam Koenig, who has led the legislative effort to legalize sports betting in Kentucky for several sessions, lost his bid for re-election in the Republican primary to Steven Doan on Tuesday. He was one of three prominent members of the state House of Representatives to lose to Liberty Caucus challengers.

What does this mean for the sports betting movement in Kentucky, considering Koenig’s 2022 bill first came out of the House but died on the Senate committee? Lawmakers are mother for now, and while Koenig declined to specify members of the House of Representatives who could take over, he still found an optimistic tone in defeat. Koenig has worked at the Kentucky House since 2007.

“We showed that sports betting is very popular in Kentucky and I think someone will pick up their coat and run with it,” Koenig said sports grip. “And who knows, maybe they’re better at it than me, and I’ll be fine with that when it’s over, as long as they invite me on their opening day.”

The mass madness continues

The American Gaming Association on Thursday sent a letter to Massachusetts lawmakers asking them to allow wagering on all collegiate sports, agree on a “reasonable” tax rate and reconsider the “excessive” restrictions on advertising and marketing that are part of a bill before the conference committee was to find a consensus to do so.

Also on Thursday, Sens. Eric Lessor, Patrick O’Connor and Michael Rodrigues were appointed to the conference committee after the House failed to approve the Senate version of the bill on Tuesday and the Senate then insisted that its amended version be accepted.

Now the bill H3933, would allow statewide mobile betting, but the chambers haven’t agreed on a tax rate, whether betting will be allowed on all college sports, and other details. Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, David Muradian and Jerald Parisella were named House members of the conference committee this week.

— Jill R. Dorson

NFL competitions offer more money options

Circa Sports announced this week that it will increase prize money for its Million IV and Survivor NFL competitions to $12 million, up from $11 million last season. Both competitions have an entry fee of $1,000.

Among other things, noisy changes Las Vegas Journal Reviewis that players are only eligible for the $1M bonus in the Circa Survival competition if they do not select a competitor for the Super Bowl 2022 (Rams, Bengals) in any week.

Registration for this season’s competitions opened Tuesday, and players can register in person at the Golden Gate, D Las Vegas, Circa, Tuscany or The Pass. Those who do not reside in Nevada can participate through a local proxy and vote weekly.

SuperBook, which hosts the SuperContests, offers 12 ways to win in its contests and will also increase the number of contests throughout the season. Bettors can participate in the full season SuperContest, or first and second half competitions, each lasting nine weeks. SuperBook will offer a total of 11 competitions throughout the season. In addition, the SuperContest Gold and Reboot will also be back.

SuperBook expects registration to open on July 1st.

— Jill R. Dorson

Colorado tweaks budget, reissues licenses

The Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission voted Thursday to increase the state’s betting budget by about $9,640 to meet increased vehicle costs as the state transitions to electric vehicles. It has also reissued master vendor licenses for Deck Prism, Amelco, and Banach Technology, as well as about three dozen ancillary vendor licenses.

Division of Gaming Director Dan Hartman also updated a legislative change that extends the expiration date on bets from five to 10 years. According to a source, the state legislature regularly reviews most of the state’s departments.

More of the most important, most interesting stories

“ALEXA, METS-1.5”: The voice activated product allows drivers to bet on live sports [Forbes]

REASON TO WORRY: As addiction rises, lawmakers are examining the limits on sports betting ads [NJ.com]

Take this, WOJ: Silver says NBA fan aggression isn’t caused by sports betting [Sports Illustrated]

COME ON DUDE: A man tries to switch the jackpot to avoid the casino slot prize going to child support [JG-TC]

BREW: Federal lawsuit over new sports betting rule could jeopardize tribal sovereignty [KUOW]

JOB OFFERS: Arkansas group sues over lack of gambling resources [THV11]

SWITCH OFF: ND Commission halts Vegas-style gaming at gas stations and stores [AP]

AT LEAST THEY HAVE POTATOES: Idaho has no plans to legalize sports betting anytime soon [Idaho Press]

BEAUTIFUL BLOW, EH: Drake says he’s won $2.6 million in NHL, NBA sports betting [UPI]

CHANGING TEAMS: DraftKings Adds Ex-Flutter Manager as VP of Platform Product [EGR]

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