PointsBet joins Illinois online sports betting party
I just placed THE FIRST @PointsBetUSA bet in Illinois! Let’s Go, Go-Go White Sox!!!
* @PointsBetIL promises to have the best price on Bears spread and ML all season
* No Juice Saturdays for every NFL game in September
* Crowd boosters for the first 3 Bears games
GET THE APP NOW pic.twitter.com/Jzqsynr21Z
— Joe Ostrowski (@JoeO670) September 12, 2020
Elsewhere in Illinois
Other big things
THE SHIELD: Betcris is now the official betting partner of the NFL in Latin America [Chalk]
WHAT IT ALL MEANS: A dive into the most compelling issues/questions around the Colorado University-PointsBet partnership [Sports Handle]
HANDLE UP: Indiana sports betting handle surges to $169 million for August [HSB]
CRYPTIC: Popular offshore sportsbook 5Dimes is closing to U.S. customers, but the reason, and its future, is a mystery [Sports Handle]
PULLING UP A STOOL: Check out sneak preview images at Penn Bets and a feature about Penn National’s plans for Barstool Sportsbook [Sports Handle]
CHIN MUSIC CITY: Baseball in Nashville? Justin Timberlake trying to make it happen [TN Bets]
And more of the top industry and sports stories of the week
SPAC to buy Yahoo Fantasy Football and turn it into a standalone business.
— Zach Weinberg (@zachweinberg) September 10, 2020
For some of those 13% harm may result from their gambling.
Consumers deserve better! https://t.co/lZtnMSZuum
— Brianne Doura (@BrianneDoura) September 9, 2020
“This is basically like our holiday season,” says @DraftKings CEO Jason Robins on the start of the new @NFL season. He also weighs in on whether COVID-19 could cut the season short. $DKNG pic.twitter.com/T7ROTYsJPQ
— CNBC’s Closing Bell (@CNBCClosingBell) September 10, 2020
This video from Arrowhead Stadium shows fans were not booing when players from the #Chiefs and #Texans gathered at midfield for a moment of unity before kickoff. #Texans HC Bill O’Brien also said after the game he didn’t hear boos.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) September 11, 2020
Next frontier: Legal iGaming in Michigan
In this case, ignorance isn’t bliss.
During an iDEA Growth Power Lunch Summer webinar this week, one legislator and one sportsbook operator pointed to ignorance as the reason the iGaming hasn’t been legalized at the same pace as sports betting since the fall of PASPA in 2018.
“At the risk of insulting some of Senator (John) Ford’s and Rep. (Brandt) Iden’s colleagues … some are not comfortable with the internet,” said FanDuel’s Cory Fox. “We’ve brought Reps to see what our offices look like and I know that our friends at DraftKings have, too. We do it so they can see a tech-forward company.”
Indiana’s Ford, who was the architect of sports betting in that state, is planning to push for legal online casino in the upcoming session.
“We are arming ourselves and will educate our colleagues and the public to some extent,” said Indiana State Senator John Ford during the webinar. “People didn’t understand (while we were legalizing sports betting) the gray market — they didn’t understand that people could bet on their cell phones and that it was that easy. We still have some people in Indiana that don’t believe that there is a gray market out there at all.”
“The perception of gaming in general — and it doesn’t really matter what jersey they wear, red or blue — they are hesitant,” Iden said. “I think there is a lot of hesitation with iGaming when it comes to addiction.”
Iden also pointed to taxation as another concern.