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Geoff joined Covers as a sports betting journalist in May 2021 amid the legalization boom. Prior to that, he spent time writing about business and politics at the Financial Post and QP Briefing.

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Team: Miami Dolphins
Sport to bet on: Golf or NASCAR
Sports movie: Senna
Sports snack: Giant pretzel
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Nate Diaz over Donald Cerrone at UFC 141. I was in Las Vegas at the time and saw my bet win while watching the fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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Massachusetts Governor Signs Sports-Betting Bill Into Law

Aug 11, 2022 - 9:08 AM ET

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday signed Bill H.5164, which will allow for both retail and online sports betting in the commonwealth.

Sports Betting Activity in Canada Relatively Small but Could Grow: StatsCan

Aug 10, 2022 - 12:41 PM ET

While sports betting may not be the most popular way to gamble in Canada, recent legislative changes could increase adoption and prompt further scrutiny from researchers and policymakers, according to a new Statistics Canada study.

Maryland Sports Betting: Washington Commanders Sportsbook Earns Key Regulatory Approval

Aug 10, 2022 - 12:15 PM ET

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission found on Wednesday that Maryland Stadium Sub LLC, the designee of FedEx Field in Landover, Md., was qualified for a sports wagering facility license.

BetMGM Strikes NFL Sportsbook Deal in Canada as Operators Ready for Regular Season

Aug 9, 2022 - 1:56 PM ET

The already crowded field of online sportsbooks in Ontario has operators trying to find ways to stand out.

Ontario Sports Betting: OLG Launches New App as Rivals Circle and NFL Season Approaches

Aug 9, 2022 - 10:51 AM ET

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) announced on Monday that its “first of its kind” app is now live, allowing players to place bets via the company’s PROLINE+ online sportsbook and a bet-builder feature for retail wagering.

Billy Walters Files Trademarks for Handicapping System

Aug 4, 2022 - 9:08 AM ET

The goods and services attached to the trademarks include "providing news, information, consultation and commentary in the field of sports, entertainment, sports teams, athletes, sporting events, sportsbetting and gaming."

Caesars Reports Reduced Sportsbook Promos, Eyes Digital Profitability as NFL Looms

Aug 3, 2022 - 2:48 PM ET

"Now we want to prove we can make a profit," Caesars CEO Tom Reeg said on Tuesday.

Is the Online Sportsbook Promo Party Coming to an End?

Aug 2, 2022 - 2:45 PM ET

A recent analysis of promotional spending by online sportsbooks found those expenses were at their lowest level since the first quarter of 2021.

Massachusetts Sports Betting: Lawmakers Pass Legal Wagering Legislation

Aug 1, 2022 - 3:45 PM ET

The announcement followed an extension of the last formal session of the year in Beacon Hill, the end of which likely would have spelled doom for efforts to bring retail and online sports betting to the state this year.

Ontario Sports Betting: Betway Officially Launches in Province’s iGaming Market

Aug 1, 2022 - 11:28 AM ET

Betway had begun warning its existing customers in Ontario that changes were coming, saying they would need to start using a new, provincially regulated website that would launch on Monday.

New York Sports Betting Keeps Slowing Down, but Weekly Revenue Picks Up

Jul 29, 2022 - 4:12 PM ET

According to the New York State Gaming Commission, the mobile sports wagering handle for the week ended July 24 was $149.7 million, down 18.6% from the previous week and a new all-time low for weekly online wagering for the Empire State.

Ontario Sports Betting: PointsBet Claims $14M in Handle as Provincial Numbers Still MIA

Jul 29, 2022 - 12:51 PM ET

Australia-based PointsBet reported on Thursday that it handled approximately $14 million (Canadian) in sports bets in Ontario during the three months ended June 30, a period which included the launch of the province's new iGaming market on April 4.

Online Sportsbooks Should and Will Have Horse Racing, Churchill Downs CEO Says

Jul 28, 2022 - 1:23 PM ET

Churchill Downs CEO Bill Carstanjen says the strategy for the company's TwinSpires platform will allow the Louisville-based firm to offer sports-betting sponsorships for its flagship event, the Kentucky Derby.

Big Kentucky Derby Gives Boost to Churchill Downs Amid Online Sports Betting Exit

Jul 27, 2022 - 5:46 PM ET

Louisville-based CDI on Wednesday reported record net revenue and net income for the second quarter of 2022, a period which included 80-1 longshot Rich Strike winning this year's Derby in early May.

DraftKings Departure Lingers Over Kambi Earnings, but Ontario Sports Betting Provides Lift

Jul 27, 2022 - 3:50 PM ET

Kambi on Wednesday reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2022, noting that revenue fell to €34.7 million for the period, a 19% drop compared to a year earlier.

Underdog Seeks to Build Sports-Betting Business After $35M Funding Round

Jul 26, 2022 - 12:32 PM ET

The fantasy company “plans to build innovative licensed sports betting products” over the next year, in addition to hiring more than 100 new employees.

Ontario Sports Betting: theScore Bet to Offer More Props and In-Game Options After New Tech Launch

Jul 26, 2022 - 10:41 AM ET

Although theScore Bet was one of the first bookmakers to go live in Ontario's iGaming market, it is facing a growing number of competitors in Canada's most populous province.

Sportsbooks Stand Fast After NASCAR’s DQ Decision Upends Pocono Result

Jul 25, 2022 - 4:45 PM ET

In the wake of such a rare decision, bookmakers stuck to their house rules, tapping the signs explaining how bettors will or won’t be paid in the event of certain things happening — including a historic disqualification.

Ohio Sports Betting: BetRivers Applies for License, but Not Guaranteed Jan. 1 Launch

Jul 25, 2022 - 4:22 PM ET

According to the list maintained by the Ohio Casino Control Commission, the owner of BetRivers applied for a mobile management services provider license on July 19, just past a key deadline.

Ontario Sports Betting: Bally Bet Launches Casino, but no Sportsbook, in Province’s iGaming Market

Jul 22, 2022 - 3:35 PM ET

Government agency iGaming Ontario announced Wednesday that Bally Bet had joined the province's internet gambling market as a regulated and approved operator — there's just no sports betting, at least not yet.

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