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Geoff joined Covers as a sports betting journalist in May 2021 amid the legalization boom. Prior to that, he spent time writing about business and politics at the Financial Post and QP Briefing.

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Nate Diaz over Donald Cerrone at UFC 141. I was in Las Vegas at the time and saw my bet win while watching the fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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The Football Effect: Sports-Betting States Report NFL-Fueled Wagering Boom for September

Oct 14, 2021 - 4:55 PM ET

The latest numbers offer further proof that the return of football and the spread of legal sports betting across the United States are helping fuel record-breaking amounts of action at sportsbooks.

Tracking, Kraken, and Canada: As the NHL's Regular Season Begins, the League's Sports-Betting Embrace Continues

Oct 12, 2021 - 6:15 PM ET

The NHL's regular season begins again tonight — and it's going to be an important one for the league and its sports-betting ambitions.

Connecticut Starting 'Soft Launch' of Online Sports Betting, Full Launch Expected Oct. 19

Oct 12, 2021 - 10:47 AM ET

“Once the soft launch is complete, online gaming will open statewide.”

Retail Sports Betting Begins in Louisiana with Betfred-Paragon Partnership

Oct 6, 2021 - 5:03 PM ET

The sportsbook opening at the Paragon means legal sports betting is getting underway in Louisiana, although not exactly in the form that was recently approved by the state legislature.

Sports-Betting Surge During Early NFL Season Yet to Show Signs of Declining

Oct 5, 2021 - 7:20 PM ET

Vancouver-based GeoComply Solutions Inc. reported the volume of sports betting in the United States is still shattering records four weeks into the NFL's regular season.

Brady vs Belichick has Sportsbooks Staring Down the Barrel of a Huge Sunday Night Game

Oct 1, 2021 - 3:56 PM ET

"Depending how the earlier games fall on Sunday, I mean, there just could be a monstrous amount of liability build up on this."

Retail Sports Betting to Begin at Connecticut Casinos on Sept. 30

Sep 29, 2021 - 6:36 PM ET

Online sports betting and internet gambling in the Nutmeg State will still have to wait until early October, pending certain regulatory approvals.

A Place to Brand, a Place to Grow: Which Online Sportsbooks Are Interested in Ontario?

Sep 29, 2021 - 4:34 PM ET

There have been hints that the competition among online sportsbooks in Ontario’s iGaming market will involve several big names, as the province prepares to launch a model for online gambling that will be unique in Canada.

Colorado Sportsbooks Get Boost From NFL Season, Report Rising Action in August

Sep 28, 2021 - 10:53 AM ET

The Colorado Division of Gaming reported that the state’s total sports-wagering handle for August was $211.9 million, up 16.9 percent compared to July. Pro football was the No. 2 sport among bettors even though the NFL was in its preseason.

Saskatchewan First Nations to Launch Online Sports Betting Under Updated Gaming Agreement

Sep 27, 2021 - 5:58 PM ET

An online betting website and app would be a big change for Saskatchewan, which doesn't have any single-game wagering options yet.

Washington Capitals, Caesars Sportsbook Break New Ground with Jersey Patch Deal

Sep 24, 2021 - 11:48 AM ET

“The landmark announcement marks the first team announced agreement in the NHL's Jersey Advertising Program,” the partners say.

Maryland Eyeing Late Fall or Early Winter Launch for Legal Sports Betting

Sep 22, 2021 - 7:35 PM ET

Maryland’s rough timeline for sports betting could still mean that bettors wind up wagering on the ongoing football season, the busiest time of year for many sportsbooks.

DraftKings Targeting BetMGM-Backer Entain for Major Sports Betting Acquisition

Sep 21, 2021 - 3:26 PM ET

Although it’s not a done deal, if the two companies were to merge it would be a major shake-up for the online sports betting industry.

Pennsylvania Sports Betting Action Starts Picking Up Again in August

Sep 20, 2021 - 3:07 PM ET

The increase in handle reversed a downward trend that Pennsylvania sportsbooks had been on, with August’s increase snapping a four-month losing streak for operators in the overall amount of wagering.

Michigan Sportsbooks Report Slight Increase in Action for August

Sep 17, 2021 - 2:41 PM ET

Although Michigan’s overall handle did tick up in August, it wasn’t to the extent reported so far by some legal sports betting states, such as New Jersey and Iowa.

New Jersey Sportsbooks See Handle Grow Again in August as Football Season Beckons

Sep 17, 2021 - 11:31 AM ET

The bounce-back by New Jersey’s sportsbooks came as bettors were being offered lines on National Football League preseason games that began in August. The start of the uber-popular NFL regular season in September could provide another, even bigger boost.

Louisiana Sports Betting Delayed by Hurricane Ida, But Still on the Way

Sep 16, 2021 - 3:43 PM ET

The launch of sports betting in Louisiana has been delayed by Hurricane Ida, but progress is still being made and a senior gaming official is optimistic there will be “good news” soon.

‘Surprised Us Nonetheless’: NFL’s Week 1 Sparks Betting Boom for Sportsbooks

Sep 14, 2021 - 5:25 PM ET

With more potential bettors than ever, Week 1 of NFL action helped drive a spike in betting activity for legal sportsbooks.

Iowa Sportsbooks Eke Out Less Revenue, But Earn Bigger Betting Haul in August

Sep 14, 2021 - 11:10 AM ET

Iowa’s bounce-back month came amid the start of the National Football League’s preseason and a handful of college football games that took place in August.

Indiana Sports Betting Starts Picking Up Again in August, But Revenue Falls

Sep 13, 2021 - 3:46 PM ET

The Indiana Gaming Commission reported recently that the state's retail and online sports-wagering handle for August was $215.6 million, up around 10.8 percent from the approximately $194.5 million in action taken in July.

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