It was another news-filled week in the world of gambling.
In this installment of the weekly roundup from US Bets, we’re giving you a rundown of some of the more interesting new nuggets from the world of sports betting and beyond.
Also be sure to check out Sports Handle for its weekly news recap, “Get a Grip.”
Blockbuster NBA trade shakes up betting odds
After the #Nets landed James Harden, their odds of making the #NBA Finals – 9:1 back in October – moved from 9:4 down to 7:5. DraftKings director of sportsbook ops Johnny Avello: “This trade only enhances their chances while becoming the new Eastern Conference favorite.”
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) January 14, 2021
NJ scolds sportsbooks for slow cashing out process
NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck delivered a warning to online gaming operators Wednesday regarding payout delays. @BergenBrennan on Rebuck's bulletin: https://t.co/eKpkY8Sgzr pic.twitter.com/sfOoAgrQrW
— NJ Online Gambling (@NJ_Gambling) January 14, 2021
Multi-state lottery jackpots soaring to historic levels
Numbers will be drawn Friday night for the $750 million Mega Millions prize, the fifth-largest jackpot ever. On Saturday, players will have a chance at a $640 million Powerball prize, the eighth-largest jackpot. https://t.co/stOeB7lgsc
— KPLC (@KPLC7News) January 15, 2021
Richest casino owner in the world passes away
BREAKING: Sheldon Adelson, founder, chairman and CEO of @LasVegasSands has died, the company said Tuesday. Adelson, 87, died from complications related to treatment for non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. @GamblingComp https://t.co/tPNLmsr2Kp
— Chris Sieroty (@sierotyfeatures) January 12, 2021
Porn mogul scores win in California gambling case
Tilting the odds in Larry Flynt’s favor Thursday, a federal judge gave life to the porn mogul’s fight to oust a California law that’s preventing the expansion of his gambling industry portfolio. https://t.co/NEY81kxnDN @NickCahill_5
— Courthouse News (@CourthouseNews) January 15, 2021
Tom Dwan wins nearly $1 million HSP pot
— Grand Cardroom 🇨🇦 (@grandcardroom) January 15, 2021
Nearly $1 billion bet in single month in New Jersey
Another new record — just shy of $1 billion betting handle wagered in December '20, increase over $931M in November '20.
Also a national single-month record again. $929.3 million came via online/mobile.
— Sports Handle (@sports_handle) January 13, 2021
Feds looking for gambling murder suspect 30 years later
Seen him? Hung Tien Pham, who has Bay Area family, is wanted for the execution-style killings of 5 men at gambling den in Boston’s Chinatown 30 yrs ago today, per @FBIBoston @bostonpolice @SCDAONews @DMAnews1 @FBISanFrancisco. $30K reward for info leading to arrest & conviction pic.twitter.com/ySBwfdLofj
— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) January 12, 2021
COVID-19 nurse wins $1 million in lottery drawing
COVID-19 nurse wins improbable $1 million lottery prize https://t.co/GDmnA1Svjo
— Daniel Lopez (@4danlopez) January 15, 2021