Pat Evans

Pat Evans is a Las Vegas-based reporter covering sports business. Evans previously worked at Front Office Sports and the Grand Rapids Business Journal. He has authored two books: Grand Rapids Beer and Nevada Beer.

Illinois sports betting

Last Hurrah For Illinois Sports Betting Market Before In-Person Rule Returns

Illinois sports betting continued its rise in February, recording more bets than Pennsylvania for the first time. Now the question becomes whether its sudden return to in-person signup will stunt that growth. Bettors in the state wagered $509.8 million in February, according to an Illinois Gaming Board report released Friday. That is more than Pennsylvania’s […] Read More
Posted on: April 9, 2021 | Sports Betting | Pat Evans
Iowa sports betting

March Report Shows New Iowa Sports Betting Records

The Iowa Hawkeyes didn’t make a deep March Madness run, but the state set sports betting records in March. Iowa sportsbooks took a record $161.4 million in wagers, up from $144 million in February, according to a report from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission released Thursday. The previous record was January’s $149.5 million handle. […] Read More
Posted on: April 8, 2021 | Sports Betting | Pat Evans
Maryland sports betting

Senate Committee Fine-Tuning Maryland Sports Betting Legislation

With a deadline looming Monday, Maryland sports betting legislation should see the Senate floor Thursday. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee unanimously passed a workgroup’s changes to HB 940 Wednesday. The bill could see full chamber action as soon as Thursday. MD sports betting legislation has been in the works this year after voters approved sports betting […] Read More
Posted on: April 7, 2021 | Regulation Sports Betting | Pat Evans

LSR Q+A: TransUnion Jumps Into Gaming Touting Data Security Expertise

Financial services provider TransUnion wants in on US sports betting. The firm announced Wednesday the launch of TransUnion Gaming Services to service the US sports betting industry. TransUnion, known largely for its credit bureau, believes the American gambling market is worth approximately $119 billion. The company isn’t new to gaming, however, as TransUnion has serviced […] Read More
Posted on: April 7, 2021 | Sports Betting | Pat Evans

Entain Aims To Push Women Forward With UNLV Partnership

As Entain Chief Executive Officer Jette Nygaard-Andersen steps into her role, the company is also pushing women upward in gaming. The UK-based Entain recently partnered with UNLV to launch the Women’s Innovation Igniter. Through the program, women will receive mentoring and support to help bring innovation and more inclusive environments to STEM fields, including sports betting. […] Read More
Posted on: April 2, 2021 | Sports Betting | Pat Evans
Virginia sportsbooks

Virginia Sportsbooks See Super Bowl Boost In First Full Month

In their first full month of legal sports betting, Virginia sportsbooks took more than $265 million in wagers. The Virginia Lottery released the state’s February figures on Thursday, with the total handle reaching $265.8 million. Bettors won $253.5 million, while operators recorded a combined 4.6% hold. Big first month for Virginia sportsbooks VA sports betting launched […] Read More
Posted on: April 1, 2021 | Sports Betting | Pat Evans
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