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Geoff Zochodne

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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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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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Alberta Joins Ontario, Bans UFC Betting Over Integrity Concerns

Dec 2, 2022 • 5:27 PM ET

But Quebec is not following suit, at least not yet.

New York Bill Targets ‘Predatory’ Sports Betting Site Bonuses

Dec 2, 2022 • 3:58 PM ET

While the legislation still has a ways to go before it becomes law, the fact it has been introduced at all suggests operators could be in for further scrutiny and direction from lawmakers and regulators in the wake of the Times series.

Sports Betting Sites in Virginia Report Record Handle for October

Dec 2, 2022 • 10:54 AM ET

Wagering at Virginia's sportsbooks cracked the $500-million mark for the first time ever in October, helped by a growing number of operators in the state.

Sports Betting Sites in New York Report March Madness-Sized Week in November

Dec 1, 2022 • 4:28 PM ET

Numbers recently released by the New York State Gaming Commission show sports betting sites handled approximately $429.3 million in wagers during the week ended November 27.

UFC Betting Banned in Ontario Due to Integrity Concerns, Regulator Says

Dec 1, 2022 • 1:29 PM ET

“In recent weeks, the AGCO has learned of publicized alleged incidents, including possible betting by UFC insiders, as well as reports of suspicious betting patterns in other jurisdictions,” the regulator said in a press release.

Maryland Regulators Advance More Online Sports Betting License Applications

Dec 1, 2022 • 10:56 AM ET

Thursday’s qualification hearings mean that two more online sportsbooks are poised to launch in Maryland in the near future, just a week after mobile wagering finally began in the state.

Growth of Ontario Lottery’s Online Sports Betting Revenue Slowed After Competitors Arrived, AG Says

Nov 30, 2022 • 4:29 PM ET

For a time, OLG’s site was the only legal source of online sports betting in Ontario. Now, though, it is facing increasing competition due to a regulated iGaming market in the province.

Sports Betting Sites Are All About Horse Racing Recently

Nov 30, 2022 • 12:18 PM ET

Horse racing offers online sportsbooks a way to acquire more customers and to cross-sell them on other offerings, such as wagering on other sports.

Lawsuit Aims to End Ontario's Online Sports Betting Market

Nov 29, 2022 • 2:04 PM ET

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke says their gaming business is being threatened by Ontario's iGaming market, which launched in April and is the first of its kind in Canada.

Ronaldo's Near-Goal Prompts Payouts from Some Sports Betting Sites, Nothing from Others

Nov 29, 2022 • 12:57 PM ET

The Ronaldo miss and the response by bookmakers highlights the balance operators are trying to strike during such an important customer-acquisition event.

Fast Start for Online Sports Betting in Maryland, with Over 16.5M Geolocation Transactions

Nov 28, 2022 • 4:17 PM ET

The long lag time for mobile sports betting in Maryland might partly explain the boom in demand when it was finally allowed.

Ohio Equipment Deadline Looming for Sports Betting Sites

Nov 28, 2022 • 2:51 PM ET

The latest deadline in Ohio comes ahead of the fast-approaching start of legal sports betting on Jan. 1, 2023, in the Buckeye State.

Maryland’s Next Batch of Sports Betting Sites Already on Deck

Nov 28, 2022 • 10:06 AM ET

Maryland regulators are set to weigh mobile sports betting license applications for Bally Bet, Betway, and WynnBET at their meeting this week.

Bet365 Refunds Users More Than $6M After England-USA ‘Bore Draw’ at World Cup

Nov 25, 2022 • 5:45 PM ET

Bet365 users have now been refunded around $15 million during this World Cup on account of the operator’s offer and the five scoreless ties thus far in the tournament.

Sports Betting Sites Expecting Big Action for NFL's Black Friday Game in 2023

Nov 25, 2022 • 4:46 PM ET

The NFL remains king among sports bettors, and operators of online sports betting sites see another standalone game driving a healthy chunk of handle their way.

Another Big Week for Sports Betting Sites in New York

Nov 25, 2022 • 3:13 PM ET

The latest numbers reported by New York regulators show the state's mobile and online sports betting sites handled $343.5 million in wagers for the week ended November 20, up slightly from the $339.9 million booked the week before.

World Cup: US Sports Betting Sites Taking Big Action on USMNT Loss to England

Nov 25, 2022 • 12:36 PM ET

Even though their clientele is American, several U.S. sports betting sites say that there is a good deal of money on England to beat Team USA in Friday's World Cup match.

New PGA Tour App Offering More for Golf Bettors and Sportsbook Operators

Nov 24, 2022 • 5:20 PM ET

Launching a new PGA Tour website and app with betting-friendly features is just one of the latest moves by professional sports organizations to strengthen ties with bookmakers.

Another Wisconsin Tribe to Offer Sports Betting at its Casino and on its Lands

Nov 24, 2022 • 2:12 PM ET

Wisconsinites are slowly getting more and more options for retail sports betting and mobile wagering while on Native American reservations.

Bet365 Refunding Millions for Boring World Cup Matches

Nov 23, 2022 • 1:16 PM ET

After another 0-0 tie in Qatar, bet365 has now refunded more than US$7 million (or C$9 million) to customers due to its "Bore Draw" offer that returns stakes if the match finishes 0-0.

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