Daily Archives: September 8, 2023

Iowa athletes plead guilty to reduced charges

Five current or former Iowa State athletes have submitted guilty pleas to underage gambling as part of a state investigation into sports betting.

The pleas by quarterback Hunter Dekkers and offensive lineman Jake Remsburg, plus former players Dodge Sauser and Aaron Blom and ex-ISU baseball player Gehrig Christensen, were to reduced charges of underage gambling.

The original charge collectively dropped for the quintet – tampering with records – would have carried a maximum penalty of two years in prison. However, each athlete will now pay a $645 fine. None will face further criminal action.

Reduced charges

“The original records tampering charge against these young men never fit this case, either legally or factually,” attorney Mark Weinhardt, who represents Dekkers, Remsburg and Sauser, said in a statement.

“Hunter, Jake and Dodge are not and never were guilty of that charge. The charge has nothing to do with gambling. Other than the fact that Hunter, Jake and Dodge placed some bet..

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Kansas sports betting wagers reach $94.4m in August

Player spending on sports betting in Kansas increased month-on-month in August to $94.4m (£75.6m/€88.1m), although revenue in the state declined.

Monthly handle was 18.4% higher than the $79.7m reported in July. Of this total, $90.6m came from online betting and $3.8m retail wagering in Kansas.

However, revenue for the month declined to $4.8m. This was 29.4% lower than the $6.8m posted in the previous month.

Online wagering accounted for $4.5m of all revenue in August, with retail’s share amounting to $359,216.

Boot Hill Casino and DraftKings take the lead in August

Breaking down monthly performance by operator, Boot Hill Casino and partner DraftKings led the way in the online segment. The partnership heralded $1.8m in online revenue from $42.9m in bets.

Kansas Star Casino and FanDuel ranked second with $1.6m in revenue and a $27.0m handle. Kansas Crossing Casino and BetMGM rounded off the top three with revenue of $564,204 and $8.0m in player wagers.

In terms of retail, Hollywo..

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LeoVegas breaks ground with BetMGM UK

The news that BetMGM would be launching in the UK gave its gambling market a much-needed shake. But it was the fact that LeoVegas, not Entain, would be MGM’s launch partner that really set the conversation alight. Gustaf Hagman, CEO of LeoVegas, believes his company is more than ready to take on the challenge.

To say the journey to the launch of BetMGM UK has been complex would be an understatement.

To the uninitiated, an established US-facing brand – a joint venture of two industry giants – has managed to implant itself into the UK market.

But peeling back the layers reveals a different story. BetMGM’s US offering is a joint venture shared between MGM and Entain. But the launch of BetMGM UK doesn’t include Entain at all.

Instead LeoVegas, which was acquired by MGM Resorts last year for $604m, will power BetMGM’s new UK platform. This means that BetMGM UK will be competing directly against Entain’s UK brands, which include the likes of Ladbrokes, Coral and Gala.

Despite the enormi..

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BetMGM rolls out revamped sports betting app as NFL season kicks off

BetMGM, the joint venture between MGM Resorts International and Entain, has launched an updated version of its sports betting app to coincide with the start of the new NFL season.

The 2023-24 NFL campaign kicked off yesterday (7 September), with the Detroit Lions seeing off the Kansas City Chiefs 21-20. The revamped BetMGM app went live ahead of the game, with users having access to a number of new features.

These include a free-to-enter Survivor Pool, where customers pick a team to win each week of the season. Once a team is selected, they cannot be picked again. The last player standing will win the $100,000 (£80,085/€93,352) jackpot.

Players can also access a Same-Game Parlay+ feature, allowing BetMGM sports betting app users to connect two different same-game parlays into a single bet.

Users travelling across different states where online sports betting is legal can access their BetMGM account. In addition, customers will have access to a range of special offers such as a 50% l..

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