The Gambler's Report: MLB's Drastic Turn

The Holiday Season is upon us and while I'm sure most are out decorating trees, hanging lights and shopping for loved ones there is still plenty happening in the sports world for gamblers to dive into this festive time of year. After an exciting championship weekend, the college football playoffs four teams are set and ready to win a national championship. Alabama is the favorite after narrowly escaping Georgia's upset bid and they are joined by Clemson, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma (who beat out Big Ten champ Ohio State for the final spot).  Week 13 for the NFL has come and gone as seeding and playoff battles continue to heat up. The NBA and NHL continue there regular season grind offering bettors an almost daily schedule to fire at. And the US legal sports wave continues to push across various states in the states. Let's dive and take a quick look around the industry in this weeks edition of The Gambler's Report. 

MLBs Drastic Turn

In a complete turn from their previous anti-gambling position MLB has reached an agreement to partner with MGM Resorts as the sports first gambling industry partner. Along with the data exchange, the deal will allow MGM to promote its gambling options on platforms like MLB Network, MLB.com, and the MLB app. 

This is just another sign of how quickly the major sports leagues are looking to embrace gambling providers since the Federal Ban was struck down by the Supreme Court. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is hoping the partnership will help a troubling trend that has shown declining attendance numbers for many ballclubs. 

The States of Sports Betting

Rhode Island has officially joined the fray as the Sportsbook at Twin River has recently launched and was greeted by a crowd of sports fans. 

 

Intertops is the World's first online sportsbook. It's been around since the early 1980s and prides itself on being the first sportsbook to take wagers online. They have odds for nearly every sport imaginable including NFL, College Football, NBA, College Basketball, MLB, NHL, Golf, MMA and more! Check out Intertops review and find out more... 

 

Missouri legislators anticipate the House and Senate discussing sports betting sooner rather than later. Rep. Dean Plocher said multiple drafts have been circulating regarding sports betting.  It's legislatures so who knows what kind of time frame you are actually looking at. 

Pennsylvania's legal sports betting is slowly expanding as four casinos that have applied for licensing are next on the agenda for testing. No specific dates have been announced but they are expected in the next few weeks. 

Two Virginia lawmakers announced that they were filling separate bills to legalize sports betting on professional sports. Both measures would exclude college sports. 

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is pushing for legalized sports betting in the state. He is looking for the increased revenue from gaming to help fund previously promised pensions. Would figure Kentucky(home of the Kentucky Derby) to be one of the quicker ones to pass the law. 

Offshore Report

A quick look around industry payout reports shows everything generally going within stated timeframes.  As usual, Bitcoin remains the quickest and most efficient way to both make deposits and receive withdrawals. 

And while payout reports generally seem clear still seeing a major issue with a rather large amount of money in dispute with the book Youwager. Same from last week as no resolution has been made for players $77k balance. The book is accusing him of using a bot to make plays, which is a violation of their terms of service.  No outcomes verified yet so it appears to still be up in the air.  Will update if/when anything is decided...

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