Daily Archives: December 4, 2023

DeSantis team requests to dismiss petition against betting in Florida

Florida governor Ron DeSantis’ office has formally requested the state's Supreme Court to dismiss the lawsuit challenging sports betting in the state ahead of its scheduled expansion this week.

Attorney-general Ashley Moody claimed the petition brought by pari-mutuel betting operator West Flagler Associates is “unjustifiable”. The submission defended the state’s gambling compact between the Florida authorities and the Seminole tribe, which was signed in 2021.

Last month, the Seminole tribe, which has the exclusive right to offer gambling in Florida, re-launched its Hard Rock Bet service in the state.

Among the reasons Moody puts forward for the dismissal is the more than two years West Flagler took to submit its petition, following the signing of the gambling compact. Moody also argues that West Flagler’s petition for writ of quo warranto fails to meet legal standards.

Finally, Moody argues the petition is incorrect to claim sports betting is “casino gambling” as defined in th..

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ESPN Bet: The view from the top

Hot off the launch of ESPN Bet, Mike Morrison, vice-president of sports betting at ESPN, explains how sports betting’s biggest launch is set to upend the market – and what he thinks makes it the premier choice for sports fans.

When we first spoke with Morrison in August, he was adamant about ESPN Bet’s potential to be the best sportsbook on the market. At the time it had only been weeks since ESPN had clinched its $1.5bn (£1.18bn/€1.37bn) deal with Penn Entertainment, officially choosing the operator to manage the ESPN Bet sportsbook.

Just over three months later, ESPN Bet has burst onto the scene. With the launch being so highly anticipated, the best place to start is by establishing how it went.

“Really smooth,” according to Morrison. “We’re thrilled. Everything is working very well. Some of the early reviews we’ve seen are really good. Teams are energised and excited on both sides.”

ESPN Bet launched in 17 US states on 14 November

The whirlwind saw ESPN Bet hit 17 US states on ..

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Rhode Island betting handle and revenue reach 10-month high in October

Sports betting handle and revenue in Rhode Island hit a 10-month high in October, although the Ocean State reported year-on-year declines across both.

Rhode Island players spent a total of $45.8m (£36.1m/€42.2m) betting on sports in October. This was down 25.2% from $61.2m in October 2022 but 21.8% more than September this year.

It was also the highest monthly total since a record $62.3m was bet in January 2023.

Of this total, $36.4m was wagered online and $9.5m at retail sportsbooks. This includes $6.3m at Twin River and $3.2m at Tiverton Casino.

Rhode Island revenue slips year-on-year

Turning to revenue and it was a similar year-on-year story for Rhode Island. The $4.5m posted in October was 8.2% less than $4.9m in the same month last year but 28.6% more than $3.5m in September.

It was also noted that the October figure was the second highest of the calendar year. The $5.2m generated in January is the only higher monthly figure so far in 2023.

Mobile betting accounted for $3..

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Maine sports wagers surpass $37.0m in opening month

Consumers in Maine spent more than $37.0m (£29.1m/€34.0m) betting on sports during the first month of legal wagering in the Pine Tree State.

Total handle in the month amounted to $37.6m. Maine launched its market on 3 November, with the reporting period covering the 27 days to the end of November.

Players won $32.7m from wagering during the month. After discounting $137,112 in voided bets and $82,342 in federal excise tax, this left adjusted gross receipts of $4.6m.

In addition, the State of Maine Gambling Control Unit says $464,152 was collected in other tax. Operators pay at a rate of 10% of adjusted gross receipts.

DraftKings ahead of Caesars in Maine

Looking at operators active in the opening month, only DraftKings and Caesars were live in November. Both launched in Maine on the market’s opening day on 3 November.

DraftKings performed the better of the two, posting $4.3m in adjusted gross receipts from a $30.5m handle. The operator is working with the Passamaquoddy tribe to o..

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