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.”
Big growth in Super Bowl betting handle
Online sports betting volume during Super Bowl weekend increased 254% year-over-year, according to geolocation data from GeoComply distributed by Morgan Stanley.
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) February 8, 2021
Winning Powerball ticket so far unclaimed
So far, the Maryland Lottery said it does not know who has that ticket. But the lottery is not worried. https://t.co/GVC9vgf3pP
— WTOP (@WTOP) February 11, 2021
Porn mogul, cardroom owner passes away
LOVED VEGAS: Larry Flynt loved to play poker and blackjack, and even considered opening a Las Vegas casino after he built the Las Vegas Hustler Club … see George Knapp's 2010 interview: https://t.co/XBuzaaZCui
— 8 News NOW (@8NewsNow) February 11, 2021
TN bill would prohibit potential loan sharking
Tennessee Bill Would Prevent Sports Betting At High-Interest Loan Locationshttps://t.co/D0sqfXBabW
— Brian Pempus (@brianpempus) February 10, 2021
5Dimes secures first licensing arrangement
Former offshore sportsbook 5Dimes has launched online sports wagering and casino gaming in the Isle of Man. @AlTruda73 on what this means toward the company entering the U.S. market: https://t.co/ljhoijn1k7 pic.twitter.com/8ZWH4YfyLV
— US Bets (@US_Bets) February 10, 2021
Outages at sportsbooks during Super Bowl
“While outages happen, it happened at literally the worst possible time & that's a VERY important miss considering that all operators just launched in MI."@MattRybaltowski on costly outages impacting Barstool, BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetRivers.https://t.co/LdefJeNyRj
— Sports Handle (@sports_handle) February 9, 2021
100k sign ups in first week of MI online gambling
At the end of January, online betting became legal in Michigan and, it's off to a successful start.
According to data from GeoComply, more than 100,000 people in Michigan created online gambling accounts in the first week betting was legal. https://t.co/Mgs6W6I2tJ
— WTOL 11 (@WTOL11Toledo) February 11, 2021
Super Bowl streaker claims it was a bet
Legal sports books don’t allow any wagers over $2k on prop bets. So that story about the streaker netting $375K is a lie he didn’t win anything actually. Bovada (illegal book) canceled his ticket.https://t.co/Blj2lv5tYw
— Matt Grisham (@GetGrishd) February 12, 2021
Bad beats aplenty during the Super Bowl
Going back through the Westgate packet and found this gem. Goals in the Cagliari-Lazio Serie A match vs. Chiefs TDs. Lazio won 1-0 and still won the prop. https://t.co/MAVgGgxa7r
— Jim Barnes (@JimBarnesLV) February 10, 2021