SportsHandle https://sportshandle.com/ An independent news site dedicated to informing American bettors about the latest news in legal sports betting in the US. Tue, 23 Aug 2022 21:15:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.1 Latest ‘Yes On 27’ Ad Puts Focus Squarely On Homelessness, Mental Health Issues https://sportshandle.com/yes-on-27-ad-homelessness-california/ https://sportshandle.com/yes-on-27-ad-homelessness-california/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2022 20:49:46 +0000 https://sportshandle.com/?p=120159 The post Latest ‘Yes On 27’ Ad Puts Focus Squarely On Homelessness, Mental Health Issues appeared first on SportsHandle.

Two ads were released in California -- one focused on how digital betting will fund homelessness solutions, the other on tribal opposition.

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On Tuesday, backers of Proposition 27, the California initiative that would legalize statewide mobile wagering, released their first ad that completely embraces their cause — attempting solutions to homelessness and mental health issues through sports betting tax revenue.

The ad shines a spotlight on the City of Refuge, a Sacramento homeless facility that houses up to 26 families. In the ad, co-founder Rachelle Ditmore clearly hits on the key issues the proposition promises to address.

Proposition 27, funded by Bally’sBetMGMDraftKings, Fanatics, FanDuel, PENN Entertainment/Barstool Sportsbook, and WynnBET and supported by three smaller gaming tribes, is one of two sports betting initiatives that will be on the November ballot. The other, Proposition 26, would allow for in-person wagering at tribal casinos and four horse racetracks, the addition of ball-and-dice games at casinos, and enable “people or entities that believe someone is breaking [gambling] laws to file a civil lawsuit in state trial courts.”

“Here at City of Refuge, we currently house up to 26 families. We reduce homelessness, address mental health, provide spaces for addiction to be broken, and create spaces of healing and restoration,” Ditmore says in the ad. “For the first time ever, Prop 27 will provide permanent funding for organizations just like ours. Saying yes to Prop 27 means more people get the assistance that they need. They get someone to partner in such a way to see transformation come to them. Yes on Prop 27 because there’s no place like home.”

Op-ed backs Proposition 27

The ad came one day after San Diego Regional Task Force on Homelessness Director Tamera Kohler had a pro-Proposition 27 column published in the San Diego Union-Tribune. The op-ed was among the first — if not the first — such piece in support of Proposition 27 to appear in a major California newspaper.

If passed, Proposition 27, a measure that would allow Native American tribes and gambling companies that partner with a California tribe to offer online sports betting, would finally give our communities what they need to address this crisis: a permanent, ongoing source of revenue for homelessness solutions, and immediate access to mental health and substance treatment and affordable housing programs.

Kohler went on to write that Proposition 27 would mean that advocates would not have to fight for dollars every year, but rather could focus on care. She stated that independent studies have shown Proposition 27 could bring in about $500 million annually that “includes baked-in safeguards to ensure that this funding actually ends up where it’s supposed to.”

In addition, Kohler points out that Proposition 27 sends 85% of tax revenue to homelessness and mental health causes and 15% to state tribes, but allows that the initiative isn’t an answer all on its own.

It’s not a silver bullet, but it is the ongoing investment that will provide permanent solutions — unlocking additional dollars for homelessness that aren’t available without it. We need to create a permanent source of revenue for homelessness and affordable housing programs that is specific to state and local needs if we are ever going to implement permanent solutions to the degree necessary to solve this crisis.

Fifty tribes against Prop 27

Opponents of Proposition 27 also had their say this week, releasing an ad that shows more than 50 tribes oppose the measure, with just three supporting it.

The 15-second spot asks voters to “please stand with California Indian tribes” and says that the state’s tribes “overwhelmingly” oppose Proposition 27.

“Prop 27 is a direct attack on Indian self-reliance, and Indian Country overwhelmingly opposes this deceptive measure,” James Siva, chairman of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, said via press release. “Prop 27 jeopardizes Indian gaming and vital funding that both gaming and non-gaming tribes use to provide housing, healthcare, firefighting services, education, cultural preservation, and other services for our communities. That’s why more than 50 California Indian tribes – both gaming and non-gaming alike – strongly oppose Prop 27.”

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Canada’s Single-Event Wager-versary: A Look Back At The Past Year https://sportshandle.com/canada-single-event-betting-history/ https://sportshandle.com/canada-single-event-betting-history/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2022 19:01:36 +0000 https://sportshandle.com/?p=120032 The post Canada’s Single-Event Wager-versary: A Look Back At The Past Year appeared first on SportsHandle.

It's been almost one year since Bill C-218 was passed, decriminalizing single-event sports wagering across the country.

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Whew, what a year it’s been for Canada‘s sports betting industry.

On Saturday, It’ll be the one-year anniversary of the decriminalization of single-game sports wagering in Canada. Bill C-218, known as the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act, was enacted on Aug. 27, 2021, allowing Canadians to bet on individual games, or outcomes, in a regulated environment.

Canada has a long, complicated history with sports wagering, but the passing of Bill C-218 was without a doubt a gamechanger for bettors across the country.

Let’s take a brief look back at Canada’s sports betting journey.

How it all began

Gambling activities in Canada went unregulated until 1892, when the federal government developed and passed the Criminal Code of Canada, which banned all gambling activities except for horse wagering and games at small midways, or carnivals, across the country.

In 1969, the Criminal Code was tweaked by the federal government to allow small-stakes gambling on behalf of charities. This development later led to the passing of Bill C-150, which gave the provincial and federal governments the opportunity to use lotteries to fund specific activities, such as the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal.

In 1985, another amendment to the Criminal Code gave provinces the exclusive authority to conduct and manage lotteries and lottery schemes, including games conducted via a computer, video device, or slot machine.

This amendment also gave provincial lotteries the opportunity to offer parlay markets for popular North American sports events, like hockey, basketball, baseball, and football. At this time, moneyline wagering was the only option available and each parlay required at least three legs.

In 1992, provincial governments debuted the parlay betting product PROLINE, and other similar sports lottery products, at retail locations to offer an alternative to illegal bookmaking in the country.

With the rise in popularity of the World Wide Web in the early 1990s, several independent gray market operators from around the world, in places like Costa Rica, Gibraltar, and Isle of Man, began taking bets from Canadian customers, who were exposed to a wide array of markets, higher bet limits, and bonuses for the first time.

Legislators drafted a number of bills to legalize single-event sports betting and attempt to begin taxing the revenue domestically, which eventually led to Bill C-290 getting passed in the House of Commons in 2012. However, the bill was voted down in the Senate in 2015, and a second attempt was also squashed in 2016.

Online sports wagering continued to gain momentum in Canada in the coming years, with estimates that roughly $14 billion (CAD) was being gambled illegally each year.

The developments since Bill C-218

On Feb. 25, 2020, Conservative Member of Parliament Kevin Waugh introduced Bill C-218, intended to legalize single-game wagering in Canada and give the provinces the authority to conduct and manage the regulation of the industry. Conservative Senator David Wells later sponsored the bill in the Senate, ultimately leading to the decriminalization of single-game wagering, effective Aug. 27, 2021.

The bill was widely supported by all four of Canada’s major political parties and passed its second reading on Feb. 17, 2021, by an overwhelming vote of 303-15. The bill also had the support of many professional sports leagues, such as the Canadian Football League, NFL, and NBA.

At this time, sports betting was also becoming more mainstream and socially acceptable across North America, with many jurisdictions in the United States regulating their respective markets. It was clear that the perception of sports betting was changing.

Ontario was among the first provinces to offer single-event sports betting on Aug. 27, 2021, when the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) debuted its new PROLINE+ digital sportsbook. PROLINE’s retail product was also quickly revamped to accommodate the new legislation.

OLG announced it handled more than $1 million (CAD) over the first five days of legal single-event sports betting across Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, with roughly 15 million inhabitants. Nearly 75% of all wagers placed at the PROLINE + sportsbook were of the single-event variety during that span.

In November, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation announced that bettors in the province had placed more than $25 million in single-game wagers on its PlayNow platform in the first two months following single-game betting legalization.

After the successful launches of the provincially run online sportsbooks, industry stakeholders quickly shifted gears to opening an expanded regulated iGaming and sports betting market in Ontario. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) opened the registration period for iGaming operators in September and initially targeted a December launch for the market with private operators. A December launch was overly optimistic, though, as regulators pushed this timeline back to early 2022.

Leading up to Christmas 2021, two major developments were announced out of the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta.

The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority struck a historic revenue-sharing deal with its provincial government to launch a new online gaming site, with a focus on sports betting. It would later be announced, in July 2022, that BCLC would develop the online gaming site with plans for a November 2022 launch, just prior to the CFL’s Grey Cup festivities in the province.

Meanwhile, Alberta, not to be outdone, also announced in December that it would be accepting proposals from two private sports betting operators. Although Alberta was unwilling at this time to fully adopt an open model like Ontario, it had hoped to have sportsbooks up and running at the major professional sports venues across the province by the end of 2022 with the help of a pair of private operators. As of Tuesday, the winning vendors have not yet been named by local regulators, suggesting that timeline might not be met.

With anticipation building about the timeline for the launch of Ontario’s regulated market in 2022, regulators announced on Jan. 28 that April 4 would be the historic day for sports betting in the province. Operators were initially disappointed that the market wouldn’t be up and running in time for the Winter Olympic Games and Super Bowl in February, but an April launch would still come in time for the NBA and NHL playoffs as well as the start of the MLB season.

On Feb. 11, the province of Nova Scotia began offering single-event sports betting through the Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC). The adoption of single-event sports wagering had been delayed in the province due to the election of a new provincial government.

April 4

On April 4, Ontario became the first province to allow private operators of online sportsbooks to launch. More than a dozen operators, including PointsBet, theScore Bet, FanDuel, BetMGM, Rush Street Interactive, Unibet, Coolbet, bet365, and Caesars, launched at various points throughout the inaugural day, finally giving sports bettors in the province fully legal betting markets.

As of Tuesday, there are more than 35 online gaming sites live in the province, and that number could double before the end of 2022, according to regulators.

There’s also optimism that retail sportsbooks could launch in the province as early as September, just in time for the NFL season.

Regulators have not yet released the first revenue report for Ontario’s market, but some estimates presume it to be a $1 billion market for iGaming in its first year. That number could grow to $3 billion by 2026, making Ontario one of the largest markets in North America.

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Both Major California Political Parties Now Oppose Proposition 27 https://sportshandle.com/gop-dems-oppose-prop27/ https://sportshandle.com/gop-dems-oppose-prop27/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2022 19:29:08 +0000 https://sportshandle.com/?p=120000 The post Both Major California Political Parties Now Oppose Proposition 27 appeared first on SportsHandle.

Consultants say they haven't worked on ballot campaigns both parties oppose, and it's unclear what the effect will be.

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In a situation that political and gaming consultants say they haven’t seen before, both major parties in California have now come out in opposition to Proposition 27, the statewide mobile wagering initiative backed by the a group of seven commercial operators.

Late Friday, the California Republican Party announced its opposition, joining the Democrats, who stated their position in late July. The Democrats also said they will remain neutral on the tribal-backed, retail-only Proposition 26. The Republicans voted to oppose it.

“Prop 27 breaks the promise made to California’s Native American tribes to grant them the sovereign right to operate gaming in California in order to improve the lives of their communities across the state,” Jessica Millan Patterson, chairwoman of the California Republican Party, said in a press release. “We stand with California tribes and oppose Prop 27.”

One political consultant said she has never worked on or seen a campaign that both parties have opposed, while a gaming consultant said he’s never seen this kind of political opposition to a gaming initiative.

According to a press release from “No on 27,” 60 elected officials from both parties across the state oppose the measure, as well as the California Teachers Association, League of California Cities, and Veterans of Foreign Wars (California Department). Major League Baseball this month announced its support for the measure.

“It is certainly a bold statement that both parties have come out opposed to Prop 27,” consultant Brendan Bussmann of Las Vegas-based B Global wrote in an email. “I think that speaks volumes for the hometown team’s ability to articulate a message to local stakeholders.

“This has always been a ballot initiative that is going to be won with an air and ground game. This opposition speaks more to the ground game than anything else. However, there is still roughly 30 percent of the vote that doesn’t identify with a party sitting out there.”

Advertising is confusing

Since Proposition 27 was approved for the ballot in late June, residents have been pummeled with ads from both sides on television, through streaming services, on social media, on billboards, and even with pop-up ads while surfing the net. Campaigns from both propositions have been using tribal leaders as critical parts of their advertising, which appears to be confusing voters. Anecdotally, several California voters told Sports Handle they won’t vote for legal sports betting at all, as they can’t determine the differences between the proposals and who would benefit.

While Proposition 27 is backed by a coalition including  Bally’sBetMGMDraftKings, Fanatics, FanDuel, PENN Entertainment/Barstool Sportsbook, and WynnBET, it also has the support of three smaller gaming tribes, who in advertising have said that Proposition 26 would really only benefit the biggest, richest gaming tribes.

None of the tribes on any side of the issue have been available for comment since the advertising blitz began.

“While party endorsements still mean something, the influence of political parties is becoming less and less as we shift to more individual driven efforts which clouds issue campaigns allegiances,” Bussmann said. “This is going to be won or lost by reaching voters directly and maximizing the spend to establish a ground game. The opposition has the advantage on that right now.”

Money still rolling in

According to campaign finance reports and local media accounts, funding for the gambling campaigns has now reached about $357 million. BetMGM, DraftKings, Fanatics, FanDuel, and PENN Entertainment have each put $25 million toward “Yes on 27,” and Bally’s Interactive and Wynn Interactive have each contributed $12.5 million. Opposition groups and those supporting Proposition 26 have added another approximately $180 million.

The funding has blown away California’s previous costliest campaign. In 2020, DoorDash, Lyft, and Uber amassed a $200 million war chest in an effort to defeat a law that would have classified their drivers as employees. The proposition passed, but it has since been deemed unconstitutional by a California Superior Court judge.

The Bay Area News Group (BANG) on Monday reported that sports betting campaigns have raised an average of $16.5 million per week since June 30.

“You aren’t going to be able to watch evening news, a football game or a YouTube video without seeing a message on these initiatives,” Thad Kousser, professor of political science at UC San Diego and co-director of the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research, told BANG. “It is worth it to spend a couple hundred million to gain, essentially, a monopoly over a multibillion-dollar industry.”

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Louisiana Sportsbooks Record Another Historic Rout Of Public https://sportshandle.com/louisiana-july-2022-revenue-report/ https://sportshandle.com/louisiana-july-2022-revenue-report/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2022 19:28:09 +0000 https://sportshandle.com/?p=120024 The post Louisiana Sportsbooks Record Another Historic Rout Of Public appeared first on SportsHandle.

National win rate for the month approached 10% as the Bayou State bettered its own record for the highest sports wagering hold.

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Louisiana sportsbooks again performed the voodoo that they do so well in July, as operators claimed $20.7 million in gross sports wagering revenue for the month. This was according to the state police, which track such matters and released the figures Monday.

While the strong July figure was nearly double June’s total of $10.9 million, it was still just the fourth-best haul in Louisiana’s seven months with mobile wagering. The 17.5% hold, however, is the number that stands out. It is the highest recorded in the state’s brief history and well above the 15% recorded in May that was the highest win rate for any state in the post-PASPA era.

Louisiana operators have posted holds of 10% or higher in six of nine overall months of activity, including four occasions this year since mobile was launched in January. The four double-digit win rates in 2022 have been 11.2% or higher, with July’s more than double June’s 8.2% mark.

The state was eligible to tax all but $131,611 of that gross revenue, which totaled $20.6 million and resulted in $2.4 million entering state coffers. Louisiana’s seven mobile operators are allowed to write off $5 million in promotional credits per year, and those who still have room in their budgets are likely keeping their powder dry until the start of the NFL season in the coming weeks.

Strong gross revenue despite retail hoops woes

Operator gross revenue could actually have been higher had it not been for a rough month for brick-and-mortar sportsbooks in basketball. The state’s 17 retail outlets paid out $350,653 more than wagers accepted, leaving operators with a net below $160,000 when it came to hoops. Overall, the brick-and-mortar books claimed $1.4 million in revenue from $15 million handle, resulting in a healthy 9.3% hold.

Unsurprisingly, parlay revenue more than compensated for basketball shortcomings, as operators totaled $12.9 million in gross revenue. The Louisiana State Police does not disclose handle by either operator or category, but it appears likely the operator win rate for parlays exceeded 20% given the robust overall hold.

Parlay revenue has reached eight figures in four of the last five months, totaling $60.9 million in that span, a promising sign for operators given that came outside football season. The overall $70.5 million since launch accounts for slightly more than half the $139.2 million in gross revenue generated over the first nine months.

Baseball was the other big revenue generator for July with $5.7 million, the second time in three months it exceeded $5 million. The catch-all “other” category, which includes golf and hockey, had $1 million in revenue, while soccer and football combined for $900,000.

The $103.3 million in online wagering pushed Louisiana’s total over $1 billion all-time, while the state cleared $1 billion in overall handle in May.

Will there be a 10% national hold for July?

Though there are still multiple large-market states, most notably Illinois and Nevada, that have yet to report July numbers, the Bayou State’s performance increased the gross revenue nationwide hold more than one-third of a percentage point to 9.8%. That is on pace to be the highest monthly mark since a 10.1% hold recorded in October 2019, when only 12 states were accepting wagers.

Ten of the 17 states and jurisdictions that have published revenue reports for July reported double-digit win rates, with New Jersey‘s 8.5% currently the lowest on the list and the only one below 9%.

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How Caesars Created The Emperor’s Sports Betting Groove https://sportshandle.com/caesars-emperor-otterman-feature/ https://sportshandle.com/caesars-emperor-otterman-feature/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2022 18:20:50 +0000 https://sportshandle.com/?p=119978 The post How Caesars Created The Emperor’s Sports Betting Groove appeared first on SportsHandle.

Now in its second year since launching the "We are all Caesars" ad campaign, Caesars Sportsbook looks to keep raising brand awareness.

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Storytelling, when done right, sells.

In the sports wagering space, ad spend is scrutinized because, other than revenue, customer acquisition cost is the financial metric arguably most obsessed over by operators. If an operator keeps ad spend in check, it offers the chance to increase profit margin.

There is no tried and true method for mobile advertising campaigns. After all, the public’s taste is as fickle as the weather. Today’s great-tasting chocolate ice cream may be tomorrow’s bland vanilla.

Some operators have large ad budgets to saturate radio and TV airwaves for an impending launch market. Some opt for name recognition and put athletes and celebrities front and center. Some have substantial social media reach, providing an upstart feel that resonates with certain demographics.

Caesars Sportsbook launched its “We are all Caesars” ad campaign slightly more than a year ago — Aug. 2 marked the first anniversary of the first 30-second spot — following its rebrand from William Hill. With actor/comedian J.B. Smoove starring as Caesar, the ads provided instant and lasting brand recognition for Caesars Sportsbook. The Caesars universe has expanded in ensuing “seasons” to include Academy Award-winning actress Halle Barry as Cleopatra and the Manning family of quarterbacks, Archie, Peyton, and Eli — and non-QB Cooper.

The ad campaign is firing on all cylinders in starting its second year, with Cooper taking center stage in the debut of “Season 4” unveiled Friday. But getting to this point required a sprint to launch that Caesars CMO of Digital Sharon Otterman recounted at last month’s SBC Summit in New Jersey and elaborated on further during interviews with Sports Handle.

Building a brand in 99 days

Otterman did not get the chance to directly interact with Caesars until April 2021, following the completion of its acquisition of William Hill, since rules do not permit American and British-owned companies in potential mergers to talk. Otterman was coming to Caesars from William Hill, which was still better known for being England’s top sportsbook than as an entrant in the nascent U.S. marketplace.

“We had just launched the William Hill brand, so we were like, ‘Whew, we launched a brand!’ and now we’re like, ‘Great!’” she said sarcastically of the takeover timing.

During the SBC Summit, Otterman compared the compressed timetable of 99 days for the Caesars rebrand to her once-favorite television show 24, complete with the metallic clock-ticking sound that drove home the urgency of the situation. Lacking direct access to Caesars, Otterman focused her team on consumer interaction to gauge the strength of the Caesars brand.

“We did spend a lot of the time prior doing the research without being able to talk to Caesars during that acquisition period,” she explained. “It’s a blank slate. We’re launching a new sportsbook, what are all the things we wanted to learn from the brand and the consumer so that when we did get acquired, the last piece of the puzzle internally was what was the mission and the vision, and how do we bridge all that together?”

What they learned was sobering. Caesars’ casino brand and brick-and-mortar sportsbook were known; Caesars’ online sports wagering product was anything but. Surveys revealed a 2% unaided brand awareness, which caught Otterman off-guard.

“It really is one of those moments of ‘holy s**t,'” she said. “As a consumer that lives in New York, goes to Atlantic City, I love betting on sports and gambling, I always revered the Caesars brand, loved the days of Muhammad Ali and Evel Knievel. It was so jarring to see in this space that we weren’t considered.”

That limited awareness, though, also brought a silver lining. Otterman noted her team went from, “‘Oh my god, I’m nauseous,’ to a sense of ‘oh my god, I can get this goal,’ because all I have to do is make you aware. The data didn’t come back and say ‘We can’t picture Caesars being there.’ It was we weren’t top of mind because we weren’t there.”

A small agency with big dreams

Image courtesy of Caesars Entertainment

Otterman leaned on Caesars’ history when it came to brand positioning. She recalled the days of founder Jay Sarno, who opened Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 1966 and deliberately left the apostrophe off “Caesars” because he wanted the venue to be “everyone’s palace.”

The idea of “We are all Caesars” was born, and Otterman recounted staff “high-fiving and deploying road shows to getting everyone aligned.” They recruited Smoove, whom Otterman labeled “the perfect person for our Caesar” and “one of the hardest-working guys in show business.” The challenge then became finding an agency that could turn around the concept in 66 days.

Enter Ten6, a relatively small London-based ad agency. Otterman had known founder and CEO Spence Kramer from their ESPN days in the early 2000s. Otterman had concerns that the project could be too much for Ten6 on such a tight schedule, but Kramer put those fears to rest during an unconventional agency pitch, which came minutes after the ceremonial ribbon cutting for Caesars’ sportsbook at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., in late May.

“We had the insane notion, considering that Caesars had virtually no time between the pitch and trying to launch, to actually bring the head of the production company to the pitches, as if to say, ‘If you like our work, we can be in production by the end of this week,'” Kramer said in a recorded segment shown at the SBC Summit. “The combination of our hunger, a pretty good idea, and the idea that we were practically in production once the creative got greenlit made for a very interesting and, thankfully, successful pitch.

“That was the story, and we’re thrilled to continue working with Caesars Sportsbook to this day.”

Brand recognition success, challenges ahead

There were other moves Otterman and her team made ahead of the initial ad launch to promote brand awareness. You might have seen them if your state has legal sports wagering: Uber cars wrapped with chariot skins, goblets for use at Caesars’ brick-and-mortar locations, re-skinning the mobile app to tie in the Caesars Rewards program, NFL jersey promotions. All of this came about, as Otterman noted, because of “the power of having all the employees really understand the brand positioning because we could go parallel paths and help build the brand.”

The “We are all Caesars” campaign launched successfully and did its job in raising brand awareness, with subsequent spots sustaining the created momentum. That proved crucial because Caesars aggressively went into New York with deep pockets for ad spend and the most audacious launch promotion of any sportsbook, matching initial deposits up to $3,000. That haymaker combination continues to have aftereffects, as Caesars Sportsbook is a clear No. 3 in the Empire State, behind only titans FanDuel and DraftKings.

With new ads — there will be four for this “season” — come new challenges. Caesars will be cutting back on national ad spend as the NFL season start looms, instead looking to target specific markets. One focus likely will be Ohio, which is expected to have a universal Jan. 1 launch.

Caesars Sportsbook has positioned itself to be a prime player, and its emperor’s tales have been a vital part of that positioning. Otterman does not expect that to change simply because the medium conveying the message may change from traditional media to newer forms of social media.

“We know we can be very, very efficient about getting a clear narrative across,” she said. “And when you’re spending less dollars in media and you’re segmenting more and targeting more, you have to be more precise in your messaging. Now that we’ve built and introduced this story, it’s much easier to get a little bit more specific and deep down into the story line.”

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What’s On Tap: NFL Preseason, FedEx Cup Finale, And The Return Of College Football https://sportshandle.com/on-tap-82222/ https://sportshandle.com/on-tap-82222/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2022 15:10:13 +0000 https://sportshandle.com/?p=119917 The post What’s On Tap: NFL Preseason, FedEx Cup Finale, And The Return Of College Football appeared first on SportsHandle.

Turn to What's on Tap to keep up to speed on the latest sports betting developments and get a look at major events in the week ahead.

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Each week, our “What’s on Tap” series previews the week ahead in the world of sports betting. Come here for a summary of upcoming financial happenings, legislative and regulatory meetings, industry conferences, top games scheduled for the week, and much more. Also, check out our weekly review “Get a Grip” for a look back at last week’s notable news. 

Monday, August 22

BetMGM opens new sportsbook at Cosmopolitan

Several months after MGM Resorts completed a $1.63 billion purchase of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, BetMGM will open a new retail sportsbook Monday at the glitzy resort. Several top company executives including BetMGM Vice President of Trading Jason Scott will be on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. In addition, BetMGM’s trading team will preview the upcoming NFL season at Monday’s event while unveiling the sportsbook’s biggest wagers and liabilities. BetMGM has pegged the Buffalo Bills as the favorite to win the Super Bowl, with odds of +600.

Tuesday, August 23

DeGrom faces Yankees in Subway Series

When the New York Mets swept the Yankees in a brief two-game series last month, they were without injured staff ace Jacob deGrom. Since then, deGrom has recorded 37 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.31 in four starts in August. DeGrom will be on the hill Tuesday when the Mets face the struggling Yankees in the Bronx. After entering August with the most runs scored of any team in Major League Baseball, the Yankees rank among the worst this month in batting average and runs scored.

The Yankees entered the All-Star break with a league-best 64-28 record, but since then, the Bronx Bombers have dropped 20 of their last 30 contests. The tailspin may be causing indigestion for whale bettors who placed five-to-six-figure wagers on the Yankees to win the American League East. Over the weekend, the Yankees’ lead in the division shrunk to seven games, the least it’s been since June 13. The Yankees still have odds of -2000 to win the AL East at FanDuel, along with odds of +220 to win the pennant.

Thursday, August 25

DraftKings up for licensure in Maryland

When the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency meets Thursday, it will consider the Sports Wagering Facility Operator License of Crown Maryland Gaming LLC, more commonly known as DraftKings. At the moment, at least six retail sportsbook accept legal sports wagers in Maryland.

DraftKings gained market access in Maryland last August through a partnership with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. John J. Mooney, managing director of regulatory oversight for the Maryland Lottery, will give a presentation Thursday on DraftKings’ qualifications for licensure. There are strong indications that Mooney plans to recommend that DraftKings has established its qualifications for an operator license with “clear and convincing” evidence.

Cantlay pursues second straight Tour Championship win

Over the short history of the FedEx Cup, no golfer has won the PGA Tour playoffs in consecutive years. Patrick Cantlay, the 2021 winner of the Tour Championship, put himself in place Sunday to potentially become the first. Cantlay tapped in a par on the 72nd hole of the BMW Championship to defeat Scott Stallings by one shot. With the victory, Cantlay enters Thursday’s Tour Championship as the second seed behind Scottie Scheffler.

Because of Scheffler’s prolific season, the reigning Masters champion will receive a two-shot advantage over the field at the start of the Tour Championship. Based on the event’s unorthodox format, Scheffler will open the tournament with a score of -10, two shots ahead of Cantlay. Will Zalatoris will start at -7, followed by Xander Schauffele at -6 and Sam Burns at -5.

Scheffler is the favorite at DraftKings with odds of +260, ahead of Cantlay and Schauffele at +330 and +600, respectively. Zalatoris is next at +1000, followed by Rory McIlroy (+1100) and Jon Rahm (+1600). Cameron Smith, who missed the BMW with a hip injury, has odds of +2800.

Saturday, August 27

Nebraska takes on Northwestern in Dublin

Nebraska’s long-awaited trip to Ireland finally occurs this week after a year-long delay due to COVID-19. Originally scheduled to face Illinois in the 2021 season opener in Dublin, Nebraska moved the game back a year because of travel complications associated with the pandemic. Northwestern has replaced Illinois in the 2022 Aer Lingus College Football Classic at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

In the offseason, Nebraska added former Texas quarterback Casey Thompson, one of the nation’s top quarterbacks on the transfer market. Thompson threw for 2,113 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. As of Monday, Nebraska remained a 13.5-point favorite over Northwestern at BetRivers. The Dublin matchup marks Nebraska’s first game outside the U.S. since 1992, when the Cornhuskers faced Kansas State in Japan.

Other college football matchups on Saturday

  • UConn (+27.5) at Utah State — Total 60 (Over -109/Under -112)
  • Wyoming (+10) at Illinois — Total 44 (Over -110/Under -110)
  • Charlotte (+7) at Florida Atlantic — Total 57.5 (Over -117/Under -105)
  • North Texas (-1) at UTEP — Total 55 (Over -109/Under -112)
  • Vanderbilt (-6.5) at Hawaii — Total 54.5 (Over -115/Under -106)
  • Nevada (-9) at New Mexico State — Total 50.5 (Over -113/Under -108)

Travers field marred by scratch of Charge It

The field for Saturday’s Grade I Travers took a hit on Sunday when trainer Todd Pletcher scratched Charge It with a foot abscess. Charge It, a 3-year-old son of Tapit, was expected to challenge favorite Epicenter after recording a dominating 23-length win in last month’s Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes. The absence of Charge It removes a key challenger for Epicenter, who won last month’s Jim Dandy Stakes on the same track at Saratoga Race Course.

Known colloquially as the Midsummer Derby, the Travers is typically the most prestigious race for 3-year-olds each year outside of the Triple Crown. The Travers features a rematch between Epicenter and Zandon, the runner-up in the Jim Dandy. The field will also include Rich Strike, the improbable winner of the Kentucky Derby at odds of 80/1. Rich Strike has not raced since a disappointing sixth-place finish in the Belmont Stakes.

Sunday, August 28

Final opportunity for Flacco in preseason finale

The final day of the NFL preseason schedule will provide Joe Flacco with another opportunity to become accustomed to his new wide receivers before the New York Jets’ regular-season opener on Sept. 11. Flacco, a 15-year veteran, could start in Week 1 of the regular season vs. the Baltimore Ravens if Zach Wilson remains out with a knee injury. The Jets will face the Giants Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Several other teams enter the week with lingering questions at quarterback. The Seattle Seahawks have yet to name a starter for their regular-season opener against the Denver Broncos. Drew Lock missed last Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bears while Geno Smith struggled in the 27-11 defeat. The uncertainty at quarterback has prompted some Seahawks fans to push for the acquisition of Jimmy Garoppolo. It is unlikely that the San Francisco 49ers will trade Garoppolo to a division rival, but Seattle could sign the veteran quarterback if he is released.

The Cleveland Browns, meanwhile, head into the regular season with Jacoby Brissett at starting quarterback after the NFL Players Association agreed to the NFL’s 11-game suspension of Deshaun Watson through early December. If Brissett fails to replace Watson adequately, Cleveland could consider Garoppolo as a stopgap measure. Garoppolo is on the trade market after Trey Lance won the starting job in San Francisco. The Browns’ season-win total at PointsBet is 8.5 (over +135/under -165).

Have a good week, everyone!

 

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UFC 278 headlines a packed August weekend of sporting events and there’s no better place to bet on them than with FanDuel Sportsbook. If you’ve been waiting, the “Main Event” featuring Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards for the welterweight title is a prime candidate for FanDuel’s $1K No Sweat First Bet welcome bonus. FanDuel Sportsbook

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UFC 278 headlines a packed August weekend of sporting events and there’s no better place to bet on them than with FanDuel Sportsbook. If you’ve been waiting, the “Main Event” featuring Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards for the welterweight title is a prime candidate for FanDuel’s $1K No Sweat First Bet welcome bonus.

FanDuel Sportsbook is a betting titan in the United States, and for good reason. With their aesthetically pleasing app interface and an array of betting markets, new and experienced bettors alike can flock to FanDuel for this exciting UFC 278 card.

Beyond Usman vs. Edwards, this is an insanely packed main card that should be a lot of fun to wager on. Below we will dig into the details of the enticing welcome offer and the UFC betting slate for Saturday night in Salt Lake City.

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New FanDuel Sportsbook bettors can take advantage of the lucrative $1K No Sweat First Bet offer. Here’s how it breaks down: when you make your first bet on FanDuel, you don’t have to sweat it. FanDuel sportsbook will refund the first wager, it it loses, in full, up to one thousand dollars. This refund is paid in sports betting credits that cannot be withdrawn directly, you must use them. This $1K FanDuel No Sweat First Bet can be used on UFC 278, or other betting markets – take your pick.

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UFC278 Preview – Main Card fights with FanDuel Sportsbook

Below we’ve previewed some of the Main Card for UFC 278, with betting odds provided by FanDuel Sportsbook (subject to change!). Again, your $1K “No Sweat First Bet” can be used on any bet, for any fight – it doesn’t have to be the Main Event.

Kamaru Usman (C) vs. Leon Edwards (#2)

Odds: Welterweight title bout: Usman -370, Edwards +265

The Nigerian Nightmare, Kamaru Usman, will pursue his sixth straight title defense and record-tying 16th straight UFC victory for Saturday night’s main event. But make no mistake, Leon “Rocky” Edwards is no slouch. Edwards and Usman met back in December of 2015 when Usman got the best of him, but Edwards has climbed the ranks since then, including big-time wins over Vicente Luque, Donald Cerrone, Rafael Dos Anjos, and Nate Diaz.

Will Usman tie Anderson Silva’s record for consecutive wins? We’ll find out on Saturday night.

Paulo Costa (#6) vs. Luke Rockhold

Odds: Middleweight bout: Costa -340, Rockhold +250

The Eraser, Paulo Costa, will prepare to take on former champion Luke Rockhold. After winning the first 13 fights of his career, Costa is on a 2-fight slide where he fell to Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori.

When Costa is right, he’s powerful, cocky, and one of the world’s best. But he’s proven to be pretty volatile, to say the least, which adds plenty of intrigue for this one.

Rockhold will be making his first appearance in MMA in over three years. Rockhold fell short in UFC 199 to Michael Bisping in his one and only attempt at a Middleweight title defense. In the time since he’s been getting healthy, working on his craft, and seems ready to contend in the division once again.

José Aldo (#3) vs. Merab Dvalishvili (#6)

Odds: Bantamweight bout: Aldo +114, Dvalishvili -146

Widely regarded as the best featherweight of all time, José Aldo will take on Merab Dvalishvili.

Aldo has dropped his first two decisions in the new weight class but has since won three straight in the bantamweight class. Dvalishvili is amidst a seven-fight winning streak where “The Machine” has been tossing around his opponents left and right.

Styles make fights, and this one should be a doozy as Aldo, one of the best technicians of all time, takes on the powerful Georgian, Dvalishvili.

FanDuel UFC 278 Odds Boosts

Odds boosts are cool promotions where the sportsbook enhances the odds on specific bets, meaning when you win the bet, you win more money than you normally would have. FanDuel currently has two “odds boosts” on offer for Saturday’s fight card.

  • Paulo Costa and Oleksander Usyk (Boxing) to Each Win by Knockout (KO or TKO) – Was +350, Now +450
  • Kamaru Usman to Win by Submission or Points – Was -135, Now +100

Complete UFC 278 betting odds

The Main Card (PPV) features five fights:

  • Welterweight: Kamaru Usman (-370) vs Leon Edwards (+265)
  • Middleweight: Paulo Costa (-390) vs Luke Rockhold (+280)
  • Bantamweight: José Aldo (+114) vs Merab Dvalishvili (-146)
  • Women’s Bantamweight: Wu Yanan (+104) vs Lucie Pudilová (-132)
  • Light Heavyweight: Tyson Pedro (-900) vs Harry Hunsucker (+520)

Preliminary Card (ESPN(+), ABC):

  • Heavyweight: Marcin Tybura (+290) vs Alexander Romanov (-410)
  • Lightweight: Leonardo Santos (+240) vs Jared Gordon (-330)
  • Featherweight: Sean Woodson (-390) vs Luis Saldaña (+280)
  • Welterweight: AJ Fletcher (-172) vs Ange Loosa (+134)

Early Prelims:

  • Flyweight: Amir Albazi (-520) vs Francisco Figueiredo (+370)
  • Bantamweight: Aori Qileng (-144) vs Jay Perrin (+118)
  • Flyweight: Daniel Da Silva (+138) vs Victor Altamirano (-170)

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For sports fans who do not want to use their $1K No Sweat First bet wager on a UFC 278 fight, that is not a problem. MMA is not the only sport you can use the lucrative welcome bonus on. Here are some of the other prominent, bet-able matchups taking place this weekend that you can use your FanDuel Sportsbook promotion on:

  • NFL – Preseason Week 2
  • 2022 NASCAR at Watkins Glen: Go Bowling at the Glen – August 21 at 3:00 PM ET on USA
  • WNBA – Games all weekend
  • BMW Championship – Friday-Sunday on NBC and GOLF
  • MLB – Games all weekend

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Major League Baseball is officially in full swing as the playoff race continues to heat up and the contenders begin to separate themselves from the pretenders. This weekend will feature some of the best matchups of the regular season to date, highlighted by a rematch of last year’s World Series between the Houston Astros and

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Major League Baseball is officially in full swing as the playoff race continues to heat up and the contenders begin to separate themselves from the pretenders. This weekend will feature some of the best matchups of the regular season to date, highlighted by a rematch of last year’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the defending champion Atlanta Braves… and Caesars Sportsbook has odds on every game.

As playoff hopefuls throughout the league make their push through the dog days of summer, there couldn’t possibly be a better time to jump on Caesars Sportsbook’s $1500 risk-free first bet offer, available to all new users that register with the book. Enter Caesars promo code HANDLE15 during sign-up to claim your welcome bonus.

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Major League Baseball’s regular season is moving towards its final month and the playoff race is tighter than ever. Every game matters from here on out, and Caesars Sportsbook is offering all new players an opportunity to get some skin in the game with less risk involved! Claim your $1,500 risk-free first bet on this weekend’s loaded MLB slate using Caesars Sportsbook promo code HANDLE15.

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Caesars $1,500 risk-free bet terms & conditions

The details surrounding this offer are extremely simple and easy to follow. If your first wager placed comes up a winner, you’ll receive your stake back and payout in cash – nothing to see here, a normal bet. However, if your first bet happens to strikeout, Caesars Sportsbook will reimburse your entire stake up to $1,500 in the form of a single-use free bet credit.

Any eligible players who lose their risk-free first bet will receive their free bet credit within 48 hours of the initial wager’s settlement and must use it within 14 days of receipt or it will expire. Once again, the free bet credit will only be available for a one-time use, meaning players will need to use it on a single wager – it cannot be broken up. The free bet credit does not need to be used on MLB-related bets, so feel free to use it on any other markets available at Caesars Sportsbook.

All users must be 21 years or older in order to play and must be located in an eligible Caesars Sportsbook state to claim their welcome bonus. This offer is currently available to players located in AZ, CO, IA, IL, IN, LA, MI, NJ, NY, TN, VA, WV, and WY.

MLB betting slate for Saturday, August 20

  • Toronto Blue Jays (Y. Kikuchi) @ New York Yankees (G. Cole) – 1:05pm ET
  • New York Mets (D. Peterson) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Z. Wheeler) – 1:05pm ET
  • Los Angeles Angels (R. Detmers) @ Detroit Tigers (T. Alexander) – 1:10pm ET
  • Milwaukee Brewers (F. Peralta) @ Chicago Cubs (M. Stroman) – 2:20pm ET
  • Boston Red Sox (M. Wacha) @ Baltimore Orioles (K. Bradish) – 4:05pm ET
  • Kansas City Royals (K. Bubic) @ Tampa Bay Rays (D. Rasmussen) – 4:10pm ET
  • Chicago White Sox (J. Cueto) @ Cleveland Guardians (S. Bieber) – 6:10pm ET
  • Cincinnati Reds (J. Dunn) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Z. Thompson) – 7:05pm ET
  • Texas Rangers (G. Otto) @ Minnesota Twins (C. Archer) – 7:10pm ET
  • Houston Astros (C. Javier) @ Atlanta Braves (S. Strider) – 7:15pm ET
  • New York Mets (TBA) @ Philadelphia Phillies (B. Falter) – 7:15pm ET
  • Seattle Mariners (L. Gilbert) @ Oakland Athletics (J. Kaprielian) – 7:15pm ET
  • San Francisco Giants (A. Cobb) @ Colorado Rockies (R. Feltner) – 8:10pm ET
  • St. Louis Cardinals (D. Hudson) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (M. Bumgarner) – 8:10pm ET
  • Washington Nationals (J. Gray) @ San Diego Padres (J. Musgrove) – 8:40pm ET
  • Miami Marlins (B. Garrett) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (D. May) – 9:10pm ET

Saturday’s game to watch: Astros @ Braves in 2021 WS rematch

Our top choice for Saturday’s game to watch is none other than a rematch of the 2021 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves.

This high-intensity matchup is set for 7:15pm ET on Saturday night at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia and will feature a pair of young arms in Christian Javier for Houston and Spencer Strider for Atlanta. Javier (7-8, 2.96 ERA) is seemingly enjoying his third season in the big leagues, posting career highs in nearly every statistic across the board, while Strider (7-4, 3.04 ERA) is currently listed as the betting favorite to win the National League Rookie of the Year award.

While Houston should already have the American League West locked up, entering the weekend with an 11.5-game division lead, Atlanta will continue its hot pursuit of the New York Mets and first place in the National League East. It’s a must-see event that you can bet on completely risk-free over at Caesars Sportsbook. Get started today using code HANDLE15.

MLB betting slate for Sunday, August 21

  • Chicago White Sox (D. Cease) @ Cleveland Guardians (A. Civale) – 12:05pm ET
  • Cincinnati Reds (M. Minor) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (M. Keller) – 1:35pm ET
  • Houston Astros (J. Urquidy) @ Atlanta Braves (C. Morton) – 1:35pm ET
  • New York Mets (TBA) @ Philadelphia Phillies (K. Gibson) – 1:35pm ET
  • Toronto Blue Jays (A. Manoah) @ New York Yankees (N. Cortes) – 1:35pm ET
  • Los Angeles Angels (S. Ohtani) @ Detroit Tigers (E. Rodriguez) – 1:40pm ET
  • Kansas City Royals (Z. Greinke) @ Tampa Bay Rays (TBA) – 1:40pm ET
  • Texas Rangers (K. Arihara) @ Minnesota Twins (J. Ryan) – 2:10pm ET
  • Milwaukee Brewers (B. Woodruff) @ Chicago Cubs (J. Steele) – 2:20pm ET
  • San Francisco Giants (J. Junis) @ Colorado Rockies (K. Freeland) – 3:10pm ET
  • Seattle Mariners (L. Castillo) @ Oakland Athletics (J. Sears) – 4:07pm ET
  • Miami Marlins (S. Alcantara) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (R. Pepiot) – 4:10pm ET
  • St. Louis Cardinals (J. Quintana) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (M. Kelly) – 4:10pm ET
  • Washington Nationals (P. Corbin) @ San Diego Padres (S. Manaea) – 4:10pm ET
  • Boston Red Sox (N. Pivetta) @ Baltimore Orioles (D. Kremer) – 7:10pm ET

Sunday’s game to watch: Blue Jays @ Yankees in AL East pitcher’s duel

A marquee matchup is on tap for Sunday afternoon as the Toronto Blue Jays get set to take on the New York Yankees in a battle of struggling American League East rivals.

The game is scheduled for 1:35pm ET at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York and will be headlined by a pair of AL All-Stars dueling it out on the mound. Alek Manoah (12-6, 2.71 ERA) will get the ball for Toronto and face off against Yankees southpaw Nestor Cortes (9-4, 2.74).

New York has been scuffling since the calendar turned to August, having not won a series since they took down the Kansas City Royals on July 31st. But despite their recent struggles, the Bombers still hold a 9-game lead in the division over both Toronto and the Tampa Bay Rays. If the Blue Jays hope to make one last push at the AL East, it begins this weekend in the Bronx.

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  • UFC 278: Usman vs Edwards 2
  • NFL Preseason Week 2 (12 games Saturday-Monday)
  • English Premier League (9 games Saturday-Sunday)
  • Any other markets offered at Caesars Sportsbook!

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Legal online sports betting will launch in Kansas on September 1, 2022, and BetMGM Sportsbook will be there for day one. Future Kansas bettors can jump on an enticing BetMGM pre-launch offer right now and claim $200 in free bets, no deposit required. It’s that simple: new users that register using BetMGM Kansas promo code: HANDLE

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Legal online sports betting will launch in Kansas on September 1, 2022, and BetMGM Sportsbook will be there for day oneFuture Kansas bettors can jump on an enticing BetMGM pre-launch offer right now and claim $200 in free bets, no deposit required.

It’s that simple: new users that register using BetMGM Kansas promo code: HANDLE can lock in $200 in free bets. The $200 in KS free bets will be made available on the day that BetMGM launches in the state and can be used on any game or sport of the bettors choosing.

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The terms and conditions regarding the BetMGM Kansas pre-launch bonus are pretty straightforward. To ensure you receive your $200 in Kansas free bets, you must sign up and create an account on BetMGM KS before they launch in the state. Once your pre-registration is approved, you will have $200 in free bets in your account once BetMGM goes live in Kansas.

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To get started, head over to BetMGM KS and get started:

  1. Register for an account
  2. Fill out some personal information such as first and last name, date of birth, and address
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  4. Enter BetMGM Kansas promo code HANDLE when prompted

Once you finalize your account information, wait for Kansas sports betting to launch officially, and you will have $200 in free bets in your account. It’s that easy!

BetMGM KS pre-launch offer terms and conditions

Let’s quickly go over a couple of important terms and conditions for the BetMGM KS $200 free promotion. First, once BetMGM launches in Kansas and you receive your $200 in free bets, you will have seven days to use them. Your free bets will expire and disappear from the account after seven days if unused.

Second, the $200 is divided up into four separate $50 bets. Each $50 free bet must be used separately, and in its entirety. For example, you can’t wager $35 and save $15 of a singular credit. You must bet the entire credit at once.

Third, it’s important to note that the free bet stake is not returned in the event of a successful wager. If you bet $50 with cash on a market with +100 odds, you would usually receive back $100 (your $50 stake, plus $50 in profit/winnings). When using your free bet credit, you would only get back $50 – the winnings from the bet.

Any winnings from the use of your $200 in free Kansas sports bets are yours to keep!

When is Sports Betting Coming to Kansas?

Kansas sports betting is scheduled for launch on September 1, 2022. The state legislature approved SB 84 in May, and Kansas legislators have worked tirelessly to launch sports betting before football season. The May – September turnaround is one of the quickest we’ve seen.

The Kansas Lottery is currently sifting through betting applications while the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission has handled the betting rules and regulations.

BetMGM Sportsbook will be accepting legal bets in Kansas by week 1 of the NFL season – so get excited!

More on sports betting in Kansas

Legal sports betting is new for the state of Kansas, so it’s worth recapping some of the important rules and information. Here are some of the key highlights from the Kansas sports betting bill:

  • You must be 21 years old to bet on sports in Kansas
  • You must be physically IN the state of Kansas to bet with BetMGM Kansas
  • Both online and retail sports betting will be legal
  • Sports betting delegation falls under two branches of the KS government:
    • Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission
    • Kansas Lottery
  • Kansas’s four casinos are each eligible to host three online sports betting skins via their sports betting license. This means there will be at least 12 online sports betting operators in Kansas – including BetMGM!
  • Wagers on college athletics, including the Kansas Jayhawks, is permitted
  • Sports betting in Kansas will be taxed at 10%

BetMGM KS licensing and retail sportsbook

Online sportsbooks in Kansas are required to pair with a retail casino for licensing in the state. The ​​Kansas Star Casino has already handed out two of their skins, with one of them going to BetMGM. BetMGM is gaining market access to the Wheat State via Boyd Gaming, which owns the Kansas Star Casino in Sumner County, KS. BetMGM is also expected to open a retail sportsbook at the casino.

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Use your BetMGM free bets on Kansas teams

Given their recent success, the state of Kansas has become a title town of their own. Now, with legal sports betting taking flight in September, KS bettors can legally back their local teams. 

With betting in Kansas scheduled to launch on September 1st, a wager on the NFL, and the local Chiefs is an enticing prospect. BetMGM currently has the Kansas City Chiefs with the following odds:

  • +1000 to win the Super Bowl
  • +500 to win the AFC
  • +160 to win the AFC West

Plus, you’ll be able to wager on the Chiefs Week 1 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.

Away from football, the Kansas Jayhawks won their sixth national championship on the hardwood over the North Carolina Tar Heels in dramatic fashion. BetMGM has them currently at +1600 to repeat. 

Although the Royals haven’t seen the levels of recent success as the Chiefs, they have won a title in the last decade when they topped the New York Mets in 2015. The Royals are led by a promising core of Bobby Witt Jr. and MJ Melendez. All of their games will be available for betting on BetMGM Kansas.

Keep in mind, your free $200 in free bets with BetMGM Sportsbook Kansas can be used on any market, any team, and any sport – just be sure to use promo code: HANDLE. Enjoy!

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Sept. 1 Wagering Launch Date In Question In Kansas? https://sportshandle.com/kansas-launch-date-question/ https://sportshandle.com/kansas-launch-date-question/#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2022 21:02:38 +0000 https://sportshandle.com/?p=119872 The post Sept. 1 Wagering Launch Date In Question In Kansas? appeared first on SportsHandle.

Attorney general's office says there are "significant issues" with proposed temporary rules that the lottery must address before approval.

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A Kansas television station is reporting that the state attorney general’s office has “identified significant legal issues” with the proposed temporary sports betting rules submitted this month by the Kansas Lottery Commission.

Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday announced that sports betting operators could go live on Sept. 1, a week before the start of the NFL season. Whether the attorney general’s “issues” could jeopardize the possibility of that Sept. 1 launch date is an open question.

The lottery will co-regulate sports betting with the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, which has also submitted proposed temporary rules to the attorney general’s office.

“Within days, we will be providing our formal feedback to Lottery and giving them the opportunity to correct the legal deficiencies,” Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s spokesman, John Milburn, told FOX4 in a statement. “We intend to approve these regulations as soon as the agency fixes the legal problems in their initial version. Our initial review of the proposed regulations from KRGC has begun and is also being expedited.”

The report did not indicate what the “issues” were for the attorney general or how difficult they would be to fix.

Eight operators heading toward launch

Kelly signed statewide digital and retail sports betting into law on May 12, and it took effect July 1. Should Kansas launch Sept. 1, it would become the second-fastest state behind Iowa to go from legal to live since the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was overturned by the Supreme Court in May 2018.

The state has four casino partners, each of which will be entitled to one brick-and-mortar sportsbook and up to three digital partners. To date, Bally’sBarstool SportsbookBetMGMDraftKingsFanDuelFOX Bet, Caesars Sportsbook, and PointsBet have announced partnerships.

On Thursday, the lottery announced that is has completed contracts with Boot Hill Casino, Hollywood Casino at Kansas Raceway, Kansas Crossing, and Kansas Star. Because gaming in Kansas is technically owned by the state, the four casinos are “management partners” that operate gaming on behalf of the state.

While it’s unclear if the attorney general’s review will delay the proposed go-live date, it creates additional homework for both the lottery and KRGC to handle in the 13 days before the launch date. According to FOX4, neither agency offered comment on the attorney general’s statement.

All four casinos have been feverishly working on building out sportsbooks and likely still have plans to move forward.

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