The Week’s Top Gaming News
More than one hundred million Americans are expected to watch Super Bowl LIII, with millions more overseas. In 2019, for the first time ever in the U.S., sportsbooks in eight different states will take a legal wager on the biggest football game of the year. Though legal wagering isn’t yet permitted in all 50 states, the following covers where U.S. residents can place a bet (or two) leading up to the Big Game.
Global sportsbook operator PointsBet announced that today it launched its online sports betting product, including its signature Points Betting product. Wagering is now available 24/7 on different sports all over the world, including all professional and college leagues in the U.S.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced Thursday he plans to file legislation that would legalize professional sports gambling in the state. Betting on college sports would not be allowed under the proposal.
Maryland lawmakers are exploring a faster way to approve sports betting this year, but it’s unclear if they will be able to do it without voter approval in 2020. Voters endorsed a constitutional amendment allowing casinos in 2008, but further commercial gambling expansion requires another voter referendum. Lawmakers failed to pass legislation to put sports betting on last November’s ballot, but momentum appears to be building to act this year.
-The Washington Post
As it happens, the billion-dollar mark sailed past without too much difficulty. Officially, New Jersey sportsbooks collected $1,247,290,341 in their inaugural year of service. The month of December itself proceeded at a similar rate to November. December monthly handle was just over $319 million, and the sportsbooks themselves kept $20.8 million in revenue. By comparison, November 2018 featured $330 million of wagers and $21.2 million in revenue.