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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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Nevada Has Big June for Sports Betting, But COVID Concerns Remain

Jul 30, 2021 - 1:46 PM ET

Both the win amount and the volume of sports betting in June were "all-time records" for Nevada, according to the state's gaming control board.

In-Game, Exchanges, eSports: Ontario Proposing to Cast a Wide Net For Online Sports Betting

Jul 29, 2021 - 1:11 PM ET

The proposed standards could lay the groundwork for a pretty broad online betting market in the province, with plenty of sports available for wagering.

Colorado Reports Dip in June Sports-Betting Handle

Jul 28, 2021 - 12:43 PM ET

The Colorado Division of Gaming released the June 2021 sports-betting numbers on Tuesday, showing the Centennial State’s handle last month was nearly $229.8 million — down from about $249 million in May.

New Hampshire’s Sportsbook Handle Falls Again in June as More Competition Looms

Jul 27, 2021 - 4:08 PM ET

The slowdown since March is not unexpected, but New Hampshire’s steadily declining handle of late comes as New England’s sports-betting scene is on the cusp of becoming even more competitive.

Arizona Opens Window for Sports-Betting License Applications

Jul 26, 2021 - 3:40 PM ET

The Arizona Department of Gaming is still aiming to launch legal sports betting in the southwestern state by September 9.

‘Everybody Wants This Legislation’: Massachusetts Lawmakers Making Progress On Legal Sports Wagering

Jul 22, 2021 - 8:04 PM ET

House Bill No. 3977 was amended and then passed by Massachusetts representatives on Thursday by a vote of 156-3. The legislation will now head to the state’s Senate.

Online Sports Betting in Ontario, Canada’s Biggest Provincial Market, Starting to Take Shape

Jul 21, 2021 - 3:39 PM ET

Rules so far include restricting gaming to those 19 years of age or older, requiring player complaints to be addressed promptly, and ensuring responsible-gambling policies are in place.

Michigan Sportsbooks See Handle Rebound in June On Stronger Retail Wagering

Jul 20, 2021 - 2:47 PM ET

The Michigan Gaming Control Board recently reported that the state’s total sports-betting handle for June was approximately $259.5 million, which was made up of $235.1 million in online wagers and about $24.4 million in retail action.

Pennsylvania Ratchets Up Sports-Wagering Revenue in June Amid Shrinking Handle

Jul 19, 2021 - 3:34 PM ET

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced on Monday that the sports-wagering handle in the state for June was nearly $420.2 million, down from May’s $447.5 million, April’s $479.4 million, and March’s $560.3 million.

New Jersey Sports Betting Cools In June, But Revenue Heats Up

Jul 16, 2021 - 1:29 PM ET

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced a monthly sports-betting handle of approximately $766.9 million for June, down from the nearly $814.3 million reported for May.

Ohio’s Latest Legislative Push For Legal Sports Betting Left Hanging — For Now

Jul 15, 2021 - 11:00 AM ET

Members of the Ohio Senate had been pushing to get a sports-betting bill passed through the legislature before the end of June... but came up short. Now the Buckeye State will have to wait (at least) until after a summer lull in legislative action.

DraftKings and FanDuel Pump $20 Million Into Florida Sports-Betting Ballot Initiative

Jul 13, 2021 - 10:26 AM ET

The Florida Division of Elections’ campaign finance database shows the two sports-betting companies contributed $10 million apiece in June to a political committee called Florida Education Champions.

Indiana Sports-Betting Revenue Climbs in June Despite Decreased Handle

Jul 12, 2021 - 4:10 PM ET

The Indiana Gaming Commission reported on Monday that the state’s sports-wagering handle for June was $246.3 million, a decrease of about 3.2 percent from May’s $254.4 million.

New York State’s Slow March Towards Mobile Sports Betting Gets Rolling Again With RFA

Jul 12, 2021 - 1:53 PM ET

The New York State Gaming Commission on Friday issued a request for applications for at least two licenses to operate a platform for mobile sports wagering, which will host a combined total of at least four consumer-facing operators.

Iowa Sports-Betting Handle Continues To Shrink In June, But Revenue Rises

Jul 9, 2021 - 4:01 PM ET

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission reported recently that the state’s handle for June was nearly $111.2 million, which was the third consecutive monthly decline.

FanDuel Coming To Connecticut For Sports Betting After Striking Deal With Mohegan

Jul 9, 2021 - 11:12 AM ET

The latest news also suggests that sports betting in Connecticut is shaping up to be a battle of industry heavyweights.

Illinois Sees Both Sports-Betting Handle and Revenue Drop In May

Jul 6, 2021 - 5:51 PM ET

The Illinois Gaming Board reported Tuesday that the state’s sports-wagering handle for May was approximately $507.3 million, the second straight monthly decline after April’s almost $537.2 million in wagers and March’s $633.6 million.

Canada’s Lotteries Aim to Offer Single-Game Sports Betting For Football Season

Jul 6, 2021 - 2:26 PM ET

The comments from the lotteries highlight just how eager they are to offer single-game betting and how important it could be for their businesses in a new era of Canadian sports wagering.

Virginia Sports Betting Slows Again In May, But Total Handle Tops $1 Billion

Jul 5, 2021 - 2:00 PM ET

The Virginia Lottery recently reported that the Commonwealth’s handle for May was nearly $227 million, down about four percent from the $236.4 million announced for April and below the $304 million recorded for March.

Nevada Sports-Betting Handle Rises in May Ahead of State Reopening

Jun 30, 2021 - 4:45 PM ET

Both the win and volume were "all-time records" for the month of May in Nevada, according to the state's gaming control board.

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