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Amy Calistri got her high school letter in golf and hasn't golfed since. She has a collegiate letter in wrestling, but never wrestled. She was arguably the worst catcher in IBM's coed softball league. But she is a hardcore sports fan, having spent her formative years yelling from Boston Garden's second balcony and Fenway's cheap seats. Amy loves when she can combine her love of sports with her business acumen. She has covered the sports and gambling industries for more than 20 years, writing for outlets including Bluff Magazine, PokerNews, and Amy co-hosted the popular radio show Keep Flopping Aces and co-wrote Mike “The Mouth” Matusow’s memoir, Check-Raising the Devil. Amy is also published in the areas of economics, investing, and statistics.

Team: New York Mets, Kaulig Racing, Austin FC
Sport to bet on: NASCAR, MLB
Sports movie: North Dallas Forty, Slap Shot
Sports snack: Beer and a 'dog
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I was on a date at the Meadowlands. It was the first time I had bet on the ponies. I won every single bet I made — including the Daily Double. Favorite or longshot — I just couldn’t lose. My date, however, couldn’t win. Apparently, I was his cooler. He never asked me out again — which I also score a win.
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It’s still to painful to write about. But I’ve since forgiven Bill Buckner.
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Jontay Porter Reportedly Did Not Bet on NBA Games in Colorado

Apr 16, 2024 • 7:16 PM ET

On April 10, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league was looking at any connection between Jontay Porter and the prop betting markets, saying the Toronto Raptor is accused of a “cardinal sin.”

Dave Portnoy Scores Big on Masters Bet

Apr 15, 2024 • 6:16 PM ET

On April 10, Dave Portnoy posted a screenshot of his $300,000 bet on Scottie Scheffler to win the Masters. In the comments, one poster called it a “sucker” bet, while another called it a “donation,” alluding to Scheffler’s potential withdrawal from the tournament.

Massachusetts Lottery Pushes for Online Sales to Compete with Sports Betting

Apr 1, 2024 • 6:38 PM ET

Online sports betting wagers came in just over $530 million, the lowest monthly total wagered online in Massachusetts since September 2023

Fanatics Sportsbook Launches in Kansas, Completes Migration from PointsBet in State

Mar 28, 2024 • 3:30 PM ET

Kansas becomes the 17th state to offer Fanatics Sportsbook.

888 Holdings Changing its Name to evoke

Mar 27, 2024 • 2:59 PM ET

New name part of sports betting company's new focus on four core markets – the UK, Italy, Spain, and Denmark.

Bruno Mars Reportedly Suffers $50 Million in Gambling Losses With MGM Resorts

Mar 18, 2024 • 5:41 PM ET

According to a NewsNation source, Mars “owes millions to the MGM (from gambling). (MGM) basically own him.”

American Gaming Association Projects $2.72B in 2024 March Madness Bets

Mar 14, 2024 • 3:53 PM ET

AGA estimates the amount wagered legally during this year's men's and women's NCAA basketball tournaments will double the amount bet legally on the Super Bowl.

Former Jaguars Financial Manager Sentenced to 78 Months for $22M Theft

Mar 12, 2024 • 3:34 PM ET

Amit Patel, the former Jacksonville Jaguars employee who pled guilty to stealing $22 million from the team, was sentenced to 78 months in prison on Tuesday.

Drake Bets $615K on Francis Ngannou to Upset Anthony Joshua

Mar 8, 2024 • 1:00 PM ET

Just hours before the big match, Drake revealed a $615,000 wager on Francis Ngannou.

Panini Signs Caitlin Clark in Exclusive Trading Cards, Memorabilia Deal

Mar 6, 2024 • 5:35 PM ET

The deal marks Panini’s first exclusive partnership with a female athlete for both trading cards and memorabilia.

Underdog Invests in Critical Responsible Gaming Platform

Mar 4, 2024 • 5:44 PM ET

The investment was made by GuardDog, Underdog’s responsible gaming innovation fund. idPair offers a unique view of an individual’s gambling activity. It can monitor activity across multiple operators within a jurisdiction.

Renowned New Jersey Gaming Regulator David Rebuck to Retire

Mar 1, 2024 • 1:22 PM ET

Director of New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement helped shape the regulatory framework for all the states that followed.

Iowa State Athletes Claim Evidence is Inadmissible in Push to Dismiss Gambling Charges

Feb 28, 2024 • 4:40 PM ET

Attorneys for former college athletes Isaiah Lee, Jirehi Brock, Enyi Uwazurike, and Paniro Johnson filed a motion in Story County, seeking to suppress evidence that they claim was illegally obtained.

Fanatics Sportsbook Launches in Michigan

Feb 22, 2024 • 4:49 PM ET

Michigan becomes Fanatics' 13th state. As part of its Wolverine State launch, Fanatics is also offering its new online casino, embedded in the Fanatics Sportsbook app.

Caesars Q4 Earnings and Revenues Disappoint Even as Digital Outperforms

Feb 21, 2024 • 5:47 PM ET

Caesars Entertainment reported a net loss of $72 million in the fourth quarter. Although this was better than the $148 million loss it reported for the same period last year, it still wasn’t the improvement analysts were looking for from the casino giant.

Adam Silver Maintains Las Vegas is on NBA’s Expansion Team List

Feb 16, 2024 • 5:46 PM ET

The Sin City is currently the home of the back-to-back WNBA Champions, the Las Vegas Aces, and the NBA also hosts its annual Summer League at UNLV's campus.

Simplebet Sets New Super Bowl Handle and Betting Records

Feb 14, 2024 • 5:55 PM ET

The operator took in half a million more bets than last year's Big Game.

FanDuel Casino Adds Vegas Matt as Exclusive Ambassador

Jan 27, 2024 • 2:36 PM ET

Vegas Matt is FanDuel’s first brand ambassador specifically focused on gaming.

FanDuel Parent Flutter Delisting on Euronext Dublin Ahead of NYSE IPO

Jan 24, 2024 • 5:55 PM ET

In April 2023, the plan for the dual listing of shares in London and the U.S. received approval from 99.9% of shareholders.

Barstool Sports Reportedly Nears Multi-Million Dollar Marketing Deal with DraftKings

Jan 24, 2024 • 4:25 PM ET

Barstool Sports lands on its feet again, as Sportico reports a mega-marketing partnership with DraftKings.

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