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Independence Day gave us an excuse to gather around the cooler, char hot dogs on the grill, and light some low-grade explosives on fire. On a weekday!
Hopefully you ate fewer hot dogs than Joey Chestnut did, and hopefully you didn’t rip up your “Over” tickets before the scorers fixed their counting error. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, keep reading.
The news was kind enough to take the holiday pretty easy, but the rest of the week was as active as any other in the post-PASPA era. It’s been eight weeks since the US Supreme Court overturned the federal ban on sports betting, and one month since Delaware took first advantage.
A great many things have happened since, enough that we’re reducing thousands of words to mere bullet points these days. Here’s what happened this week, in short:
The Paddy Power Betfair acquisition of FanDuel should be finalized in the near future, and its US sports betting conquest will soon begin. The group already has partnerships in three states, including what is presumed to be an imminent launch for The Meadowlands in New Jersey.
The PPB/FanDuel deal didn’t close this week, but a few corollary headlines surfaced:
At the state level, we should probably start with the three that have legal, live sports betting.
Nevada is king, of course, looking to build off a strong revenue report in May. The guys on TheLines Podcast spent some time running through the Nevada sports betting numbers, which included a strangely poor showing for the books in parlays.
Down in mighty Delaware, the lottery released a revenue report covering the first 20 days of Delaware sports betting. From July 5-24, sportsbooks held $1 million of the $7 million in total wagers — more than 14 percent. The state takes the largest cut, keeping almost $440,000 of that revenue.
We dug into the numbers a little deeper here.
As for New Jersey, it’ll be a few more weeks before we know how revenue is looking.
Speaking of NJ sports betting…
We’ve had new partnerships to talk about nearly every week since the SCOTUS ruling, and this week was no exception. We got lucky, in fact, with two big ones out of Atlantic City.
Of the nine Atlantic City casinos, we now know something about the sports betting roadmap for four. Borgata and the new Ocean Resort Casino have opened brick-and-mortar books with plans for online/mobile platforms in the works, as well.
You know what? The map has actually quieted down a bit now that we look back at the week. Most states have resolved sports betting for the immediate future in one way or another.
Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Rhode Island and Mississippi are preparing to launch in the coming months, and that’ll pretty much round out the list for 2018. The rest have either adjourned or are too far from the finish line to be in immediate contention.
There was only news worth highlighting in two states this week, frankly:
We also have another reminder about the general importance of tribal-state relationships, regarding both sports betting and other forms of gambling expansion. This week, Martin Derbyshire explored how the success of tribal gaming affects leverage in several states.
July 4th isn’t exactly a holiday of leftovers, especially if you have the appetite of a competitive eater. We have a few delicious morsels remaining on the plate, though:
All right, if we’ve gotten to the poker news, we must be running out of things to talk about. Until next week, then.