Get a Grip: The Week in Sports Betting & Sports: SVP, G2E & New Mexico’s a ‘Go’

It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad).

Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the week’s top stories, and rounding up key stories in sports betting, gaming, and the world of sports at large. You may have missed them, and they are worth reading.


SVP: Legal Sports Betting Just ‘Common Sense’


ESPN personality Scott Van Pelt didn’t pussyfoot around his thoughts on sports betting at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas earlier this week. Nope, the sometimes irreverent, always hip late-night sports jock just said it like it is on why sports betting should be legal.

“Because I have common sense,” he said in answer to a question from the American Gaming Association’s Sara Slane, per CDC Gaming Reports. “I live in a state (Connecticut) where I can buy lottery tickets at a gas station, go to a casino and play blackjack, but I can’t bet on the Red Sox or the Yankees? People bet. They are adults. I’m in favor of adults doing adult things.”

Van Pelt shared his thoughts on how fast states across the nation would legalize sports betting — “Maybe six months, a year, we’ll get to a point where everyone, even grandma, is out on the dance floor.” And if that would compromise the integrity of games — “You have to be vigilant. You have to be concerned, but you just can’t listen to the conspiracy theorists and the idiots on Twitter”.

 

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VSiN Headed East With New Studio In Atlantic City, Rosters Former NFL Exec Mike Lombardi

Former NFL executive Michael Lombardi, the man multi-Super Bowl winning NFL head coach Bill Belichick called “one of the smartest people I’ve worked with,” is joining the Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN).

The Las Vegas-based, multi-media sports wagering information outlet announced Thursday Lombardi will soon spearhead revamped weekend programing from new studio facilities in the sportsbook of the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.

The new studio facilities will serve as the home for weekend morning shows featuring Lombardi and current VSiN host Jonathan Von Tobel. The programming, which will debut in the next few weeks, will kick off VSiN’s live weekend offerings at 10 a.m. ET on Saturdays and Sundays.

‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 4 Breakdown: Patriots, Mayfield Starting, Steelers-Ravens Clash And More

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On The NFL Handle, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the same from behind the microphone, so they’ll have you prepared for anything.

After a bonkers Week 3, NFL Week 4 is upon us. Totals are high in reaction to last week’s penalties. Can the struggling Patriots -7 redeem themselves against at home against the undefeated Dolphins?

Spotify fans go here to listen.  Time codes for the episode follow below. Your comments are welcome at @sports_handle.

0:45: The guys recap their weird betting weekend with the Oregon Ducks’ collapse and Buffalo Bills domination at Minnesota.

3:38: Minnesota Vikings -7 at L.A. Rams (Thursday Night) — Perrault has faith the Vikings will cover and even have a chance to win outright. But Minnesota doesn’t do well with hype and the Rams are the real deal.

8:50: Miami Dolphins +7 at New England Patriots –The Dolphins may be 3-0, but bettors aren’t sold. Even at 1-2, the Patriots are a touchdown favorite. The guy suggest passing on this game — the Fins are better than we think and the Pats are a mess.

13:59: Houston Texans +1.5 at Indianapolis Colts —  Neither team is very good. If you have to take this game, take the points.

16:56: N.Y. Jets +7.5 at Jacksonville Jaguars — Running back Leonard Fournette is back and the Jags are a good team but there’s that hook.

19:28: Philadelphia Eagles -3.5 at Tennessee Titans — Bet the Eagles or walk away. This matchup screams teaser as there are not a lot of points expected.

24:50: Alabama Crimson Tide — Tease it up. If you can get the points, take the dog.

25:37: Cleveland Browns +3 at Oakland Raiders —  Both teams are evenly matched and there’s a strong case for both sides. Rookie QB Baker Mayfield is the wildcard. Will he fall flat in his first start or light up the Raiders defense?

30:09: San Francisco 49ers +10.5 at L.A. Chargers —   The Chargers shouldn’t be a 10.5-point anywhere. It’s an overreaction to QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending injury. The 49ers may not win, but the spread’s another story. 

32:43: New Orleans Saints -3  at N.Y. Giants — The Giants are a bad football team and the Saints are electrified. Is this a trap?

34:56: Baltimore Ravens +3 at Pittsburgh Steelers — The Steelers are a popular public team and is perceived as better team, but the Ravens are a good team. This rivalry game will be highly entertaining.

36:27: Kansas City Chief -4.5 at Denver Broncos — QB Patrick Mahomes and the KC offense is the most staggering attack since the 18-0 Patriots. People are running to bet the Chief and books will need Broncos money.

40:00: Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3 at Chicago Bears — Will the Bucs start Jameis Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB? Don’t bet Tampa until we know who is starting. And if they start Winston, bet against ’em.

43:08: Detroit Lions +3 at Dallas Cowboys — The Cowboys offense is a disaster, but what kind of team is Detroit?

45:39: Which dog has better chance of covering, Cincinnati Bengals or Buffalo Bills?

46:57: Big totals this week because of penalties. Rules committee will meet next week to further discuss.


Have a profitable Week 4, folks. Follow Perrault on Twitter @sportstalkmatt and Walker @robertusfsports.

 

‘Cover City’: Week 3 NFL Recap And NFL Week 4 Preview With Christian Pina

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Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro and College Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way.

Let’s wrap our heads around what happened in NFL Week 3, particularly in Detroit and Minnesota. Ready to bury the Patriots again…? Consider buying.  To dissect what occurred and look toward NFL Week 4, Rosenthal is joined again by Christian Pina (@ChristianPina), professional sports handicapper for Radar Sharp Edge, host of Inside Vegas and Gambling Podcast content editor. 

Time codes for the episode follow below. Listen and subscribe on Spotify here.


0:30: Pina explains his general betting philosophy and gets his 80/20 Rule.

2:00: The Patriots at the Lions and the biggest teaser liability ever. Also touching on social media and sports betting.

4:11: Time to buy Patriots futures is now. 

7:11: Shock of the week: Bills thump Vikings as 17-point ‘dogs.

10:30: Overreacting and under-reacting. Why Eric thinks this is what happened this weekend with the Bills in Week 3.

13:45: Buying low and selling high: Oakland Raiders edition.

15:46: AFC East: Patriots and Dolphins. Where is this division going as Fins head to New England?

18:40: Eric and Christian weigh in on Clay Matthews and the roughing the passer epidemic. And what to make of the Packers and Redskins moving forward.

23:15: Sam Bradford and a terrible, horrible bad game. How about Josh Rosen’s debut as the Cardinals head to Seattle.

28:48: The Saints of old? All Drew Brees and offense, no defense.

30:30: A brief Rosenthal rant about the NFL’s overtime rules. Is it time to adopt college football rules? What’s the correct solution?

34:25: The Patrick Mahomes Phenomenon. Do all good things have to come to an end? Christian talks about why the bookmakers are sweating his season.

37:30: “The best fade in the NFL” right now, per Christian.

40:40: L.A. Chargers and Bills: A return to normalcy this weekend. How Christian is approaching the Chargers vs. 49ers.

42:37: The Houston Texans and Bill O’Brien’s future.

43:56: On Dak Prescott and props on his passing yards getting set around baseball’s Mendoza line.

45:55: “Dak Prescott is a good Tim Tebow.” Eric object’s to Christian’s characterization. Wrapping things up and looking to Week 4.

 

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‘Cover City’: Week 1 Recap With Pro Bettor Christian Pina, Look at Week 2

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Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro and College Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He has wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way.

NFL Week 1 is now the books but there’s a lot to absorb from what occurred. We’re seeing some interesting lines compared with the Week 2 lookahead lines.

Joining Rosenthal on Cover City to break it all down is Christian Pina (@ChristianPina), professional sports handicapper for Radar Sharp Edge. Host of Inside Vegas on the Sports Gambling Podcast Network and the Gambling Podcast content editor. Lots of insightful ground to cover in this episode. Time codes for the episode follow below.


0:00: Introduction of Christian Pina, his background, move to Las Vegas and putting his money where his mouth is.

5:00: What’s happening with the spread, how to read it and considering moneyline underdogs.

9:45: Review of Saints vs. Buccaneers — the biggest upset of the week. 

12:47: Pina’s 10-3-3 rule.

13:50: Potential Best Bet for Week 2.

15:00: Review of Cowboys vs. Panthers.

19:45: Review of Patriots vs. Texans.

21:25: Review of Chiefs vs. Chargers. 

27:45: Early look at a teaser for Week 2 

32:00: Christian, who has a DFS background, offers thoughts on capitalizing on the prop market.

43:00: Closing remarks from Pina.

Come back here Thursday for the full NFL Week 2 and a look at the Saturday college football slate. And follow us on Twitter at @ericeports and @sports_handle

 

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Kentucky Horsemen Don’t Want to Be Left Behind; Will Host KY Sports Betting Symposium

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Sports betting continues to get a lot of attention in Kentucky. A week after the state legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue held a hearing on the topic, and less than a month after a “working group” of state lawmakers had its first meeting, Bloodhorse and Breeder’s Cup are teaming up to sponsor a symposium on sports betting at Keeneland Sales Pavilion on Thursday, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The symposium will be the most diverse of the meetings that have been held so far, and will include lobbyists from the horse world and the professional sports leagues, lawmakers, and industry representatives. Among the speakers scheduled are:

  • Greg Means, Alpine Group, National Throroughbred Racing Association lobbyist;
  • Sara Slane, American Gaming Association senior vice president of public affairs;
  • John Hindman, FanDuel/TVG general counsel for Fan Duel;
  • Bill Knaulf, Monmouth Park vice president of business operations;
  • Dan Spillane, NBA senior vice president for league governance and policy;
  • Damon Thayer, Kentucky senate majority floor leader;
  • Victor Bigio, consultant and Sportech sports betting business development;
  • Ed Hannah, Stronach Group (owners of Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park) vice president; and
  • Daniel Shapiro, William Hill vice president of strategy and business development.

KY Sports Betting Is a Hot Topic and Multiple Bills Have Been Filed. 

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WV Lottery Director Resigns Day After WV Sports Betting Starts

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West Virginia Lottery Director Alan Larrick submitted his resignation on Friday, a day after the Mountaineer State ushered in the era of legal sports betting. According to a press release from governor Jim Justice’s office and multiple media reports, no reason was given for Larrick’s resignation. In a second press release, Justice announced that Doug Buffington, the deputy secretary for the West Virginia Secretary of Revenue, will be acting lottery director. The lottery oversees sports betting in West Virginia and the agency developed the state’s sports betting regulatory structure.

“After the successful launch of sports gaming at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town (Thursday), Alan Larrick informed Gov. Jim Justice that he would step down as the director of the West Virginia Lottery effective Sept. 1, 2018,” read the release.

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Arizona Must Consider Tribes When Crafting Sports Betting Law

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Arizona lawmakers are finding themselves in a pinch similar to other states — it’s slow going on the sports betting front because of existing tribal compacts with Indian gaming interests. Arizona hasn’t made any real progress on sports betting this year, and part of the reason is what’s often referred to as the “poison pill” that states dealing with tribal compacts must consider.

In Arizona’s case, according to a recent report from the Bloomberg, the state would lose significant revenue should it introduce sports betting without reworking the tribal pacts. The state has deals with more than 20 tribes, each of which pay the state a tax of up to 8 percent — which translates into about $80 million annually — on gaming revenue. From the Bloomberg story, Stephen Hart, who practices Indian and gaming law, said Arizona would be hard-pressed to pass a sports betting law that would allow the state or commercial interests to offer sports betting, but not the local tribes.

The current gaming compact dates to 2002 and was approved by voters. Tribal leaders are open to adding sports betting to their repertoire and working with the state to hammer out an agreement.

AZ Sports Betting Law Would Have to Include Reworking Tribal Pacts.

“We are looking forward to discussing with the state how we can go about working together on developing this opportunity, which could be a win/win for the state of Arizona and Arizona tribes,” Stephen Roe Lewis, governor of the Gila River Indian community told 12 News in May.

But working with tribes is tricky, as lawmakers in Connecticut, Michigan and many other states are learning. In Connecticut, outgoing governor Dannel Malloy was pushing for a special session to legalize sports betting, but put that on the back burner after failing to come to an agreement with the state’s two Indian tribes. In Michigan, Representative Brandt Iden, who was hoping to move quickly with sports betting legislation, tabled much of the discussion for the summer so he could focus on negotiating with the state’s tribes.

Of the six states that have legalized sports betting to date, only Mississippi has tribal gaming, but the tribes do not have any relationship with the state’s gaming commission.

The Arizona legislature has considered sports betting and daily fantasy in past sessions, but neither has gained much traction.

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PlaySugarHouse.com Launches N.J. Online Sports Betting Platform

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PlaySugarHouse.com has now launched an online sports betting platform for New Jersey sports bettors  significant in that it integrates the new sports wagering opportunity for state residents with its already operating online casino. This also makes the mobile/online sports betting platform the third available in New Jersey, on the heels of MGM’s Wednesday release of the Android version of its playMGM NJ Sports app through the MGM-owned Borgata in Atlantic City.

New Jersey gambling regulators had approved the site to go live Thursday morning and the company said it was taking sports wagers as of 6 a.m. 

The SugarHouse Online Sportsbook & Casino is the first online sports betting site operated under the aegis of the Golden Nugget Atlantic City, which has an online and fully licensed affiliation with Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino. The site is operated by Rush Street Interactive (RSI), the SugarHouse parent company.  RSI is also partnered with the Malta-headquartered sports betting supplier Kambi, which previously helped launch the DraftKings Sportsbook, which on Aug. 6 was the first online sportsbook to go live in New Jersey.

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Wide Range of Testimony Offered at First Illinois Gaming Hearing

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Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday heard plenty during a four-plus hour hearing in Chicago about legalizing gaming in the state. Speakers at the meeting ranged from those representing municipalities, including the city of Chicago, to those opposed to gaming altogether to video gaming interests and casinos.

While sports betting was not a key part of the agenda, at least one speaker noted his company’s interest and referred to a second hearing, set for October. Wednesday’s hearing before the members of both the Gaming and Sales and Other Taxes House subcommittees, was arranged by Representative Bob Rita (D-District 28), who has been carrying the sports betting torch in Illinois for more than five years.

Though the hearing didn’t focus on sports betting, it was an opportunity to begin to lay the groundwork and understand what all interested parties are thinking.  A second hearing, scheduled for Oct. 22 in the state capital of Springfield, will focus on sports betting, online gaming and fantasy sports.

October Hearing Will Focus on IL Sports Betting, Online Gaming and Fantasy Sports.

On Wednesday, lawmakers heard all manner of testimony, ranging from several municipalities that are in support of gaming to a sweepstakes company that gave a detailed explanation of how that business works. In addition, the panel was admonished by several opposed to gaming, including one woman who told the group that the legislature “should not be in the business of making more money,” but rather should focus on creating a “just” society.

The net result was more information for the panel to begin anew the process of legalizing sports betting and other gaming in Illinois.

From here, the next step is that second hearing, after which lawmakers will likely begin crafting legislation that aims to satisfy as many interested parties as possible. When sports betting – or other gaming, for that matter – may get to the House or Senate floors remains a question. The earliest opportunity would be in November, after the gubernatorial election, during what is referred to as a “veto session.” The two-week session is used to consider vetoed legislation, as well as pending issues.

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