Updated Futures Betting Odds for the 2018 NBA Championship

Updated Futures Betting Odds for the 2018 NBA Championship

For three years and counting the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers have formed a two-team race atop the NBA Championship futures betting market.

That pattern held at the beginning of the 2018 season, when the defending champion Dubs (+100) and runner-up Cavs (+500) opened as the clear favorites to face off in their fourth consecutive NBA Finals. And while the regular season has been relegated to a glorified scrimmage in years past, the current campaign’s unpredictable nature has upended the odds – if only slightly.

With the NBA taking the week off for All-Star Game festivities, online sportsbook Bovada still has Golden State (-175) as the overwhelming favorite to win their third ring in four years. But in a refreshing change of pace, a fellow Western Conference juggernaut in the Houston Rockets (+400) offers the next best odds to win it all.

The most recent edition of the Warriors has ridden its core four – Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green – to a 44-14 record and a +8.1 point differential. Both are second-best, however, as the high-octane Rockets have seamlessly integrated Chris Paul into head coach Mike D’Antoni’s run and gun offense. Houston sits atop the West by a half-game at 44-13, and their +8.7 point differential is the best in all of basketball.

As for Cleveland (+600), the team’s odds to win a title may not have changed all that much, but the roster itself is almost completely different nowadays. Following the trade of Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, the Cavs experienced a few months of upheaval and ugly basketball. The team suffered through multiple losing streaks, while enduring a war of words in the locker room, and even in the media.

An ambitious trade deadline plan spearheaded by LeBron James saw former sidekick Dwyane Wade shipped out, along with a disgruntled Thomas, and bench pieces like Channing Frye, Derrick Rose, and Jae Crowder. The new-look Cleveland squad – which now includes newly added role players George Hill, Rodney Hood, Larry Nance Jr., and Jordan Clarkson – proceeded to win three straight games over playoff contenders, and on the road no less.

Today, the Cavs sit at 34-22, but their barely perceptible point differential of just +0.2 puts them in line with the New Orleans Pelicans rather than the league’s elite.

Cleveland’s post-trade winning jag included an impressive win over the Boston Celtics (+1200), the next team on the Bovada title odds totem pole. Boston has overcome the opening night loss of Gordon Hayward to the tune of a 40-19 record, with Irving providing emphatic proof of his ability to be a top team’s number one option.

Next up on the betting board is the Toronto Raptors (+1600), a team that finally seems to have put it all together after a few years as a fringe contender. In fact, the Raps lead the East with a 41-16 record, and they hit the break riding a seven-game win streak. And at +8.5, the Raptors are the only team aside from the Warriors and Rockets with a point differential higher than +3.5 – showing they can score in bunches with the game’s best.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (+2000) and San Antonio Spurs (+3300) are the only other teams offering better than 66 to 1, so the league is still as stratified as ever.

As of now, 10 teams have been stricken from the board altogether – the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, L.A. Lakers, Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, and Orlando Magic.

See below for all the info on the 20 remaining contenders for the NBA title, as currently listed on Bovada:

2018 NBA Title Odds on Bovada

Team NBA Championship Odds on 2/19
Golden State Warriors -175
Houston Rockets +400
Cleveland Cavaliers +600
Boston Celtics +1200
Toronto Raptors +1600
Oklahoma City Thunder +2000
San Antonio Spurs +3300
Minnesota Timberwolves +6600
Washington Wizards +6600
Milwaukee Bucks +6600
Philadelphia 76ers +7500
Miami Heat +15000
Detroit Pistons +15000
Indiana Pacers +20000
Utah Jazz +25000
Denver Nuggets +25000
Portland Trail Blazers +30000
Los Angeles Clippers +50000
New Orleans Pelicans +50000
Charlotte Hornets +50000

 

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NJ’s Top Gaming Regulator Invites International Sportsbook Operators to Begin Licensing Process

NJ’s Top Gaming Regulator Invites International Sportsbook Operators to Begin Licensing Process

New Jersey’s top gambling regulator has invited international sportsbook operators to get in on the ground floor should sports betting become legal in the Garden State.

David Rebuck – the longest serving director in the history of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) – made the comments February 8 during the ICE Totally Gaming expo in London. With a roomful of representatives from established European, Asian, and Australian sports betting firms on hand, Rebuck instructed companies to begin the licensing process sooner rather than later:

“Don’t sit back and wait for the regulations. If you sit and wait you will be left behind.”

The regulations referenced by Rebuck would go into effect immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on New Jersey’s ongoing challenge to federal sports betting prohibition. Voters and lawmakers alike have approved regulated sports betting in the state, with Governor Chris Christie also signing the bill into law, but a coalition of sports leagues sued to rebuff those reforms.

The resulting case, known as Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, was heard in oral arguments before the Supreme Court last December.

Based on a consensus of legal analysis on those arguments, most observers believe the Supreme Court will find in New Jersey’s favor when their final ruling is rendered sometime this year. If so, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 – a federal law which limits legal sports betting to just four states – would be effectively repealed.

Since the first voter-approved referendum to regulate sports betting was passed in 2011, New Jersey has been preparing for legalization to arrive. Those efforts include the construction of sports bars within brick and mortar casinos in Atlantic City, with the establishments designed to be converted into sportsbooks should the law change.

And as one of three states to offer regulated online gambling, along with Nevada and Delaware, New Jersey would also be poised to capitalize on the popularity of online sports betting.

Rebuck mentioned how online sportsbook operators would be required to follow the same procedures as casino and poker providers, which involves partnering with an existing gaming company already doing business in the state:

“That is completely different to the UK. So B2C operators and B2B suppliers will need to partner with casinos, racetracks or lotteries.

Even if you don’t have a partner, nothing stops you from submitting your application for a license to do sports wagering.”

Given the controversial history of online sportsbooks based offshore accepting action from American customers, Rebuck warned that so-called “rogue” operators will not be welcomed in his jurisdiction.

He also offered advice on how to effectively capitalize on the emerging marketplace for regulated sports betting in states like New Jersey:

“You need to convince operators and regulators that you are willing to commit to the US.

It is not just about flicking a switch and adding a new market to your existing market. That does not show commitment.

Most of you, from an integrity standpoint, will be able to get in the door now. And if you can’t, we will tell you you’re not going to make it.”

Rebuck’s bullish stance on a sports betting renaissance was contrasted by Susan Hensel, who serves as director of licensing for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). Speaking as part of the same panel discussion, Hensel revealed that Pennsylvania is not ready to accept sportsbook licensing applications just yet:

“There will be a patchwork of regulations. We are not going to have a federal system.

So where does the monitoring system sit? What standards will apply? And who is going to pay for it?”

Pennsylvania passed a comprehensive gambling expansion bill last year, one which included iGaming regulations along with additional brick and mortar casinos.

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Futures Betting Odds to Win the 2018 World Series

Futures Betting Odds to Win the 2018 World Series

Hot Stove season may be suffering from a cold front when it comes to free agent signings, but with Spring Training just two weeks away, baseball fans are awakening from their annual slumber.

Pitchers and catchers report to their respective clubhouses in a few days, signaling the official start to baseball’s preseason. Before they do, bettors can get in early on the latest World Series odds offered by online sportsbook Bovada.

After coming up on the short end of last year’s epic seven-game series, the Los Angeles Dodgers (+500) will enter the 2018 campaign as narrow favorites. The boys in blue will be bringing back largely the same roster as last year, and given that roster’s historic 43-7 run between June and August, making L.A. the favorite in the National League certainly makes sense.

But with top flight starting pitcher Yu Darvish as yet unsigned, the Dodgers’ star-studded staff could be down a big arm going into a heated N.L. West race.

And that same Dodgers squad did lose 16 of 17 games before the playoffs began to cool off considerably, so bettors looking to fade L.A. can be forgiven – especially when a potential World Series hangover is added to the equation.

As for the victors in that unforgettable seven-game duel, the Houston Astros (+550) are favored to represent the American League in the Fall Classic once again.

Having finally secured the first World Series title in the franchise’s 55-year history, general manager Jeff Luhnow isn’t resting on his laurels. He followed last year’s decisive signing of ace Justin Verlander – who sparkled throughout the team’s dream postseason run – by trading for Gerrit Cole, a 27-year old starter and former All-Star.

That move wasn’t the splashiest of the offseason, however, as the New York Yankees (+550) pulled off their usual coup de grace by signing slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Paired with Mike Judge, the Bronx Bombers now have the only two hitters to hammer 50 home runs last season in the middle of their lineup.

The only other teams offering better than 10 to 1 against winning it all are the Cleveland Indians (+800) and Washington Nationals (+800). Both managed to make the Divisional Round in last year’s playoff dance, before seeing their year end in disappointing fashion.

Two more also-rans from the previous postseason come in at 15 to 1 or better – the Chicago Cubs (+1000) and Boston Red Sox (+1200). This duo is also linked in another way, as the Cubs have former ace Jake Arrieta still unsigned, while the Red Sox are banking on free agent masher J.D. Martinez blinking first in their contract discussions.

But if “Just Dingers” – who slammed 45 longballs in only 119 games, including 28 after a midseason trade to the Arizona Diamondbacks – rejects the Red Sox’ hardball offer, expect Boston’s title odds to drop as a result.

Conversely, if Martinez decides to stay in the desert, the D-Backs (+2500) would surely see their odds narrow with a 3-4-5 of Paul Goldschmidt, Martinez, and Jake Lamb.

Bettors looking to hit a bullseye with their futures bullets would be wise to consider teams near the (+1400) level, as both the Dodgers and Astros enjoyed those odds ahead of the 2017 season.

The full table of 2018 World Series odds currently offered by Bovada is shown below:

2018 World Series Odds on Bovada

Team World Series Odds on 2/8/18
Los Angeles Dodgers +500
Houston Astros +550
New York Yankees +550
Cleveland Indians +800
Washington Nationals +800
Chicago Cubs +1000
Boston Red Sox +1200
San Francisco Giants +1800
St. Louis Cardinals +2000
Arizona Diamondbacks +2500
Los Angeles Angels +2800
New York Mets +2800
Minnesota Twins +3300
Milwaukee Brewers +4000
Seattle Mariners +4000
Toronto Blue Jays +5000
Colorado Rockies +5000
Tampa Bay Rays +10000
Chicago White Sox +10000
Atlanta Braves +10000
Texas Rangers +10000
Baltimore Orioles +10000
Kansas City Royals +10000
Oakland Athletics +10000
Pittsburgh Pirates +10000
Philadelphia Phillies +10000
Cincinnati Reds +10000
San Diego Padres +10000
Detroit Tigers +20000
Miami Marlins +20000

 

 

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News and Notes from the 2018 ICE Totally Gaming Trade Show

News and Notes from the 2018 ICE Totally Gaming Trade Show

Billed as the largest gaming technology trade show in the world, the 2018 ICE Totally Gaming expo in London concluded February 8 after three days of demos and displays.

Official attendance numbers for this year’s edition haven’t been tabulated as of yet, but the exhibition was widely expected to top last year’s record mark of 30,000 guests.

ICE Totally Gaming is the modern incarnation of the International Casinos Exhibition, which parent company Clarion Gaming updated to include the iGaming space. Among the sectors covered in this year’s show were Casino, Lottery, Sports Betting, Online, Social, and Payments.

Over 500 exhibitors were on hand, including leading iGaming product developers like NetEnt, Scientific Games, Real Time Gaming (RTG), Microgaming, Playtech, Novomatic, Konami Gaming, Pragmatic Play, and Habanero.

In a press release issued ahead of the expo, Clarion Gaming’s managing director Kate Chambers offered a glimpse into the event’s consistent growth over the years:

“We have been very careful to grow ICE at a manageable pace and avoid the boom bust scenario you might associate with an overheating economy.

The expansion of ICE has been driven by demand and reflects the dynamics of the international market, which views London as the once-in-the-year opportunity to engage with a really significant and influential community of buyers and influencers.

This is great news for gaming organisations who we know want a flagship event that showcases the world’s leading innovators from every gaming vertical. Gaming is a global industry and ICE is its global event.”

One cornerstone of ICE Totally Gaming is the annual Gaming Intelligence Awards, where Las Vegas-based Scientific Games bagged two of the industry’s highest honors. The company – which consists of major subsidiaries like Bally Technologies and WMS Industries – took home “Lottery Supplier of the Year” for the fourth time in as many years, while adding “Social Casino Supplier of the Year” to their haul.

Kevin Sheehan, who serves as president and chief executive officer of Scientific Games, issued a statement celebrating the company’s achivements:

“It’s a great honor to win so many awards from such distinguished industry award programs.

We are extremely proud that our hard work and industry-leading innovation continues to be recognized throughout the international gaming, lottery and digital industries.

We are building momentum as an industry leader, offering our customers the broadest gaming portfolio, engaging content, innovative technology platforms and excellent service.”

ICE Totally Gaming also provides a venue for iGaming operators to showcase their latest product launches, and U.K.-based upstart Blue Print Gaming didn’t disappoint.

Speaking from a display booth with industry outlet Calvin Ayre, Blue Print Gaming’s chief executive officer Matt Cole hyped the company’s plan to fuse live dealer gaming with online slots:

“We’ve got a game called ‘Flames of the Phoenix’ live multi-play.

It’s all about multiple players getting the same result, it’s bringing live play to slot environment, so if you imagine mixing live dealer with slots, that’s what we’re trying to achieve.”

Swedish payment processing titan Trustly was also on hand to demonstrate Pay ‘N Play, a new product designed to streamline deposits and withdrawals made to iGaming sites.

Trustly’s chief product officer Josef Darmark commented on Pay ‘N Play’s potential impact on the iGaming industry in an interview with Calvin Ayre:

“The Pay ‘N Play product is our latest innovation and it’s extremely interesting to launch it because it changes the way companies and people experience payments, removing the payment part away from the cashier on to the first thing that happens on the site.

And we also remove the fact that you have to register to start playing on a betting site.”

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Blackjack unlimited Already has It merges of Any new language and Spain Gamer Swimming pools by having €1 Huge number of Assured Tourney

Blackjack unlimited Already has It merges of Any new language and Spain Gamer Swimming pools by having €1 Huge number of Assured Tourney

PokerStars’ long awaited merger of its French and Spanish platforms was launched just three weeks ago, but the site is already celebrating the success of its player sharing experiment.

According to the PokerScout database – which tracks player activity across major online poker platforms – the newly combined PokerStars Europe is now the third-largest in the world. With a seven-day average of 1,800 players, the site beats out established competitors like 888Poker (1,500) and PartyPoker (1,400).

The only platform boasting higher levels of activity are the primary PokerStars site (11,000), and the Asian-facing IDN Poker (5,000).

To commemorate that achievement, PokerStars launched a new tournament series known as FRESH (France Espania Hold’em) on January 28. The FRESH series consists of 50 tournaments, with buy-ins ranging from €10 to €250, offering a combined €5 million in guaranteed prize pools.

The FRESH festivities will be finished off with a €1 million guaranteed Main Event (€250 buy-in), which runs from February 11-12.

In a press release, Severin Rasset – who serves as director of poker innovation and operations for PokerStars – dubbed FRESH as the first online tournament series open to both the French and Spanish markets:

“After so many years of closed liquidity, it is a major milestone to offer the first online series that combines French and Spanish players.

We created this series by learning from both countries and we hope that players will enjoy the bigger prize pool and tournaments on offer.”

The path toward player pool sharing began in July of 2017, when the various gaming regulators in France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy announced an historic agreement to combine their online poker presence. Previously, these European countries operated online poker as “ring-fenced” markets, with the Spanish-facing PokerStars.es open only to Spanish IP addresses.

At that time, Guy Templer – the chief operating officer of PokerStars parent company The Stars Group – issued a statement praising the regulators’ decision to cooperate, rather than compete, with one another:

“This will be great for players and great for the poker category.

The French and Spanish regulators have done an excellent job in enabling a dramatic improvement in the gaming experience in their jurisdictions.

Now French and Spanish players can access a larger player pool with bigger prizes, promotions and a better selection of games, all with the confidence provided by a trusted, licensed operator.

Having a strong, competitive regulated offering – which comes from combining player pools – has proven to be attractive to consumers who might otherwise be choosing to play on un-licensed and potentially un-safe sites.”

Six months later, the French and Spanish regulators came together to codify the agreement, leading to the launch of PokerStars Europe.

As of yet, progress has stalled in Italy and Portugal, but a January report by industry outlet PokerRed revealed that Italian regulators are putting the final arrangements in place. Per PokerRed, a listing posted in the Official Journal of the European Union calls for online poker licensing tenders to be submitted between applications between March 15-19.

If the PokerStars Europe platform absorbed the current Italian-facing PokerStars.it site, it would add another 900 players to its seven-day average (per PokerScout).

Templer reached out to Italian and Portuguese regulators as part of his statement, urging the two parties to complete last year’s player sharing agreement:

“We’re looking forward to extending this to Italian and Portuguese players, and offer our full support to the relevant authorities in those countries to do so.

In particular, we would encourage Italy to resume their drive toward shared liquidity which after a good start has recently slowed considerably.”

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First Look at Futures Betting Odds for Super Bowl 53

First Look at Futures Betting Odds for Super Bowl 53

With the city of Philadelphia still celebrating a Super Bowl championship that was 52 years in the making, oddsmakers are already looking ahead to next year’s title tilt.

According to online sportsbook Bovada – which released its opening odds in the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s supersized shootout – the Eagles are (+900) to win Super Bowl 53.

Only one team in the NFL offers better odds and that’s the New England Patriots (+400), the runners up in one of the more entertaining Super Bowls in recent memory. But with the Pats securing a Super Bowl berth in three of the last four seasons – and four out of the last seven for that matter – their placement at the top of the table certainly makes sense.

Even so, it won’t be the same Patriots juggernaut football fans have reckoned with during the Belichick/Brady dynasty. Sure, those two will be back in the fold for 2018, but defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has already been hired away as the new head coach in Detroit, while offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is widely expected to take the head coach position in Indianapolis.

Throw in star tight end Rob Gronkowski’s refusal to recommit for next year during the postgame press conference – following a pair of concussions in a single month – and shutdown corner Malcolm Butler’s inexplicable benching, and the Patriots could be a different team altogether going forward.

As for the Eagles, career backup quarterback turned Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will almost certainly be traded. With his stock at an all-time high, and starter Carson Wentz recovering well from his season-ending leg injury, the sparkplug who powered three straight postseason wins as an underdog will likely suit up for another squad next year.

Adding to the intrigue, Philadelphia is currently more than $ 9 million over the salary cap, so roster upheaval is to be expected.

Joining the Eagles as favorites to represent the NFC are the Green Bay Packers (+900), a team which will benefit immensely from the return of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Pack went 4-1 before Rodgers went down last season, notching impressive wins over the Seahawks and Cowboys before Rodgers’ season was cut short. With a full 16-game schedule to work with, there’s every reason to believe Rodgers’ return will key a renaissance in Green Bay.

From there, the betting board is dominated by NFC contenders, as nine of the top 12 teams per Bovada odds hail from the same conference.

The Minnesota Vikings, who were just one win away from hosting their own Super Bowl, are fourth-best at (+1200).

The Dallas Cowboys, a talented team that took a step back after 2016’s playoff run, could be a bargain at (+1800).

The same can be said for a trio of playoff participants from this season, as the L.A. Rams, the New Orleans Saints, and the Atlanta Falcons can also be backed at (+1800).

In the surprise department, the San Francisco 49ers moved from (+10000) in last year’s post-Super Bowl odds to (+1800) this time around. The addition of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo transformed the Niners from a 1-10 doormat into a powerhouse, with San Francisco closing the year on a five-game winning streak.

And speaking of last year’s odds, the Eagles were tabbed as (+5000) longshots this time last year. Bettors looking for a longshot at the same price have the Buccaneers, Cardinals, Giants, Lions, Titans, and Redskins to choose from.

Check below for a full lineup of all 32 teams along with their initial odds to win Super Bowl 53:

Team SB Odds on 2/5/18
New England Patriots +400
Philadelphia Eagles +900
Green Bay Packers +900
Minnesota Vikings +1200
Pittsburgh Steelers +1400
Dallas Cowboys +1800
L.A. Rams +1800
New Orleans Saints +1800
Atlanta Falcons +1800
San Francisco 49ers +1800
Carolina Panthers +2500
Houston Texans +2500
Seattle Seahawks +2500
Jacksonville Jaguars +2500
Kansas City Chiefs +2800
Denver Broncos +3300
Indianapolis Colts +3300
L.A. Chargers +3300
Oakland Raiders +3300
Baltimore Ravens +4000
Detroit Lions +5000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +5000
Arizona Cardinals +5000
New York Giants +5000
Tennessee Titans +5000
Washington Redskins +5000
Buffalo Bills +6600
Cincinnati Bengals +6600
Miami Dolphins +6600
New York Jets +6600
Chicago Bears +7500
Cleveland Browns +10000

 

 

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New York Senate Set to Pass Online Poker Bill for Third Straight Year

New York Senate Set to Pass Online Poker Bill for Third Straight Year

It’s déjà vu all over again in New York, where the state’s Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering voted 10-1 in favor of a bill legalizing and regulating online poker.

Senate Bill 3898 was forwarded on January 23 to the Senate Finance Committee for further review, where it’s expected to receive similar levels of support.

Last year, an identical bill was passed unanimously by Racing, Gaming, and Wagering, before a 28-9 vote moved it to the full Senate. The 2017 version of SB-3898 passed through the Senate by a 53-9 margin, marking the second consecutive year that online poker was authorized by one half of New York’s legislature.

But despite widespread support from the Republican-controlled Senate, the bill stalled out in the Democrat-dominated Assembly without ever receiving a vote.

State senator John Bonacic (R-42), the chief sponsor of SB-3898, spoke to his colleagues ahead of the committee vote to reiterate his justifications for legalizing online poker:

“There are many media reports that the [commercial] casinos aren’t meeting their revenue expectations.

This would be another tool in their toolbox to enhance revenues, if we allowed them to do it. This will be the third time that the Senate has passed this bill, and I know Assemblyman [Gary] Pretlow, who chairs the Racing and Wagering [Committee] in the Assembly, is supportive of the bill.

I know he will continue to use his best efforts to move it in the Assembly.”

For his part, assemblyman Pretlow (D-89) has promised to use his powerful position as chair of the Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee to champion SB-3898.

Even so, Pretlow has previously expressed personal reservations on the integrity of online gambling, going so far as to visit neighboring New Jersey to “study” the Garden State’s thriving iGaming industry in 2016. His hesitance to embrace the issue was widely cited as a factor in the first bill’s demise, but Pretlow reversed course last year after his fact-finding mission confirmed iGaming to be safe and secure.

In a recent interview with Online Poker Report, Pretlow laid the blame for last year’s inaction on women in the Assembly who he believes oppose gambling expansion in any form:

“It seems women are opposed to gambling or gaming, and it got a little heated.

There’s opposition to the legislation by a lot of female members of the Assembly, and the Speaker decided we should wait to get it straightened out. But now I know which ones to deal with and that’s what I’m going to do.

I’m going to redouble my efforts, as the expression goes.”

Assuming the Senate passes SB-3898 for the third time in as many years, Pretlow and his colleagues in the Assembly would reexamine A-5250, a version which essentially mimics Bonacic’s bill.

As he told Online Poker Report, Pretlow foresees several months of inaction while legislators address more pressing matters, including the state budget:

“It will probably end up being a June push again, unless there’s reasons for otherwise.

Right now we’re going into budget mode, and all February we’re lost in the budget. Then the middle of March we’ll be fighting over things, and on April 1 the budget is passed.

Then April, May and June is when all the work gets done.”

Pretlow also pointed out that New York has become increasingly isolated from a regional iGaming industry. Along with New Jersey, which recorded $ 245 million in iGaming revenue last year alone, Delaware also operates regulated online gambling. And following the passage of comprehensive gambling expansion last year, Pennsylvania is preparing to become the fourth state to establish an iGaming industry later this year.

As Pretlow frames the debate, New York can’t afford to fall further behind its regional neighbors:

“We’re surrounded by online gaming. I guess eventually we will come around.

It’s just like with marijuana. Many states are legalizing marijuana, and two years ago the governor was totally opposed.

But since we’re surrounded by Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey heading toward legalization and probably Pennsylvania, he’s going to rethink that. Times and situations do change.”

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Bovada Offering Bonuses and Prop Bets to Celebrate Super Bowl 52

Bovada Offering Bonuses and Prop Bets to Celebrate Super Bowl 52

Just days remain until the New England Patriots defend their title against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52, and the Bovada online sportsbook is rolling out the red carpet for football fans.

To get the Super Sunday festivities started in style, the site is offering $ 250 in bonus funds when making your first deposit. If you’re new to Bovada, simply register your account and begin the deposit process to claim your Welcome Bonus. You’ll score a 50 percent match, up to $ 250, on your initial deposit, providing the perfect supplement for your Super Bowl bankroll.

After securing your free bonus funds, it’s time to pick a side and place your bets on either the Patriots or Eagles to win it all.

New England opened as 6-point favorites a little more than one week back, which is understandable given the pedigree of this Patriots dynasty. But even with five Super Bowl rings to their credit, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady haven’t inspired the betting public just yet.

As of January 31, early betting on Philly has dropped the line to New England (-4.5). That number does come at a cost, however, with the (-115) odds suggesting that a market correction back to (-5) may be in the cards.

As for the Eagles, their (+4.5) point spread offers odds of (-105), so the market seems to have settled for Philadelphia backers.

Moneyline bettors will find the Patriots at (-175), while the Eagles are offering (+155) on the upset. Those numbers opened at (-215) and (+193), respectively, providing further proof that Philly fans are hitting the sportsbook in full force.

The total opened at 47.5 points, but early betting on the Over has nudged the number to 48.5 as of today. But with a (-115) surcharge attached to the Over, expect to see 49 points posted sometime soon.

The Bovada betting board also features hundreds of specialty wagers, ranging from the extra entertainment on hand to prop bets based on player performance.

Serious football fans may be focused on the big game for 60 minutes, but Bovada knows that the Super Bowl is a spectacle unlike any other. To that end, the site spreads several bets that prioritize fun over football, including how the pregame coin toss will land, the color of pop singer Pink’s hair, and the length of her national anthem performance to name just a few.

You can wager on the number of times President Donald Trump will take to Twitter on gameday, with the Over on five tweets set as a (-120) favorite. And with the Eagles second-year standout at quarterback down and out with an injury, Bovada has set the line on announcers mentioning Carson Wentz at 3.5.

Wentz put himself in contention for Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors during the regular season, but it’s backup QB Nick Foles with a (+325) shot to win Super Bowl MVP honors. Of course, with four Super Bowl MVP awards already, Brady is the big-time favorite for this prop bet at (-110).

Brady has won the Lombardi Trophy without claiming MVP status just once, when wide receiver Deion Branch collected 11 catches for 133 yards in Super Bowl XXXIV. On that day, Brady, Branch, and the Patriots defeated none other than the Eagles to take the title, and Bovada offers several bets based around the rematch implications.

The broadcast team will surely show clips from that 24-21 Patriots victory, but with the line set at 2.5 clips, the Over is a dog at (+150).

And if you think New England will wrap up its sixth Super Bowl victory of the Brady/Belichick era, check out the Over of 1.5 (+150) on a prop asking how many times the word “dynasty” will be mentioned during the broadcast.

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Jumanji by NetEnt and Playboy Gold by Microgaming Highlight Latest Online Slot Releases

Jumanji by NetEnt and Playboy Gold by Microgaming Highlight Latest Online Slot Releases

Based on a pair of press releases issued last week, leading online slot designers are leaning toward branded content in 2018.

After reaching an agreement with Sony Pictures Consumer Products, iGaming software developer Net Entertainment (NetEnt) announced that the jungle hijinks of Jumanji would serve as the inspiration for a new virtual slot game.

NetEnt is set to debut its new Jumanji slot on February 6 at the upcoming ICE Totally Gaming expo in London.

The game will be based on the original “Jumanji” film, which was released in 1995 with the late Robin Williams in the lead role. The first Jumanji has since become a beloved family flick, and late last year “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” was released to rave reviews.

The latest incarnation of Jumanji – starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black – became a surprise smash, garnering more than $ 676 million at the worldwide box office.

According to NetEnt’s chief product officer Henrik Fagerlund, nostalgia for the first film combined with the sequel’s rousing success prompted the company to seek a deal with Sony:

“The original Jumanji movie, which debuted in 1995, remains a moviegoer favorite and continues to demonstrate its cross-generational appeal more than 20 years later!

Also, with the recent release of the new film, the Jumanji brand is more popular than ever. We’re excited for the game launch in 2018.”

NetEnt isn’t new to licensing pop culture properties for its online slot library, with Planet of the Apes, Guns N’ Roses, and Motörhead among its more popular branded content titles.

Considering the astounding popularity of the latest Jumanji movie, Fagerlund was understandably proud of NetEnt’s ability to land top-tier licensing opportunities:

“Being able to secure a deal for another high-profile title showcases the moves we’re making in diversifying our roster of games.”

One of NetEnt’s chief competitors in the online slot space hopes to keep pace with an adult-oriented theme, as Microgaming also announced the upcoming launch of its Playboy Gold game.

Microgaming and Playboy have history together, as the iGaming software supplier previously partnered with the men’s magazine to create an online slot in 2013. Microgaming also developed a Playboy Live Dealer studio, which connects players at home with the magazine’s signature “bunnies” while the latter deal live table games.

Playboy Gold will be also be unveiled at the ICE Totally Gaming expo in London between February 6-8.

Valerie Golson – who serves as Playboy’s senior vice president of gaming and location based entertainment – issued a statement to hype the company’s latest flirtation with Microgaming:

“For decades, gaming has been one of the most popular and iconic parts of the Playboy Lifestyle.

From our successful Playboy Clubs and Casinos and land-based games to our VIP player events and our online gaming properties, Playboy’s unique and exciting take on the world of gaming have been some of the most successful in the industry.

We’re thrilled to be working with Microgaming to expand our partnership and introduce a new gaming experience for players around the world.”

The six-reel slot concept was developed in conjunction with Triple Edge Studios, the designer behind popular online slots such as Oink Country Love and 108 Heroes Multiplier Fortunes.

Microgaming games publisher David Reynolds commented on the company’s relationship with Playboy, along with Triple Edge Studios’ ongoing commitment to creating the Playboy Gold concept.

“To work with Playboy again has been a real pleasure.

They are one of the most recognised and popular consumer brands in the world and Triple Edge Studios has worked tirelessly to bring the brand to life in Playboy Gold.”

Playboy Gold will officially go live on the Microgaming network March 7.

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Alabama Mother Receives a hundred dollars,five hundred Perk Internet gaming Gambling Animals

Alabama Mother Receives a hundred dollars,five hundred Perk Internet gaming Gambling Animals

After scoring $ 100,000 playing lottery games online, a mother in Michigan can finally bring her kids to meet Mickey Mouse.

The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous at this time, fired up the 25 Card Cash game offered online by the Michigan Lottery. While wagering $ 10 per ticket, she watched her card fill up with five of the “gold coin tree” symbols connected together – triggering the game’s grand prize payout.

Here’s how she described the incredible moment during a winner’s interview with the Michigan Lottery:

“I was playing the 25 Card Cash game on my son’s laptop, and when I saw I won $ 100,000 I didn’t think it was real.

I had the strangest feeling come over me. It was like I died and came back to life!”

The 25 Card Cash game begins with wagers of just $ 0.20, but players can up the ante to $ 0.50, $ 1, $ 2, $ 5, or the $ 10 maximum bet.

The game scrambles 25 playing card graphics, along with special symbols, before revealing their random arrangement to determine a winner. Players hope to string three or more matching symbols together along horizontal, vertical, or diagonal lines. The game offers overall odds of 1 in 3.85 to win any prize, but the anonymous mother managed to beat a much bigger longshot.

Winning the top prize in 25 Card Cash – a multiple of 10,000X the wager amount – is a one in a million lightning strike.

The winner seemed to know just how improbable her jackpot was when recounting the big win to the Michigan Lottery:

“I’m still in shock. I work two jobs to make ends meet, and this helps take a lot of pressure off my shoulders.”

She told lotto officials that her plans for the windfall include purchasing a new home, sharing the luck with her parents, and taking her kids on a trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

In late 2014, the Michigan Lottery began selling tickets to major draws like Powerball, Mega Millions, and Lotto 47, along with instant games like 25 Card Cash. Players can enjoy the action for as little as $ 0.05 per play, with betting capped at $ 20.

According to the Michigan Lottery, over 718,000 players have registered online lotto accounts, and in 2017 alone, online games paid out more than $ 535 million in prizes.

The new year has been highlighted by several six-figure scores landed online, with the anonymous mother joining a Genesee County man who pocketed $ 100,000 two weeks ago.

Matt Goss of Flushing was playing the Multiplier Max Out game when the stars aligned for a life-changing jackpot.

As he told the tale, Goss kept grinding and added another payday before closing out the session:

“I was playing online and when I won, I shouted ‘No way! I think I just won $ 100,000!’

I had to look at my phone a few times and I even took a screenshot to make sure it was real. After I won, I played a little more and won another $ 7,500 on a Keno game!”

The 38-year old also explained why online games are a perfect fit for modern players:

“It’s nice to be able to play at home and not have to go out for entertainment.

I like the games that have the bonuses and I like playing Mega Millions and Powerball online because when you win, the money is deposited automatically into your Lottery account.

Winning $ 100,000 online was a great experience, and it will be nice to have the extra money to invest in my business.”

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