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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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Minnesota Sports Betting Drive Sputters Out as Legislature Adjourns

May 24, 2022 - 10:13 AM ET

Minnesota's House of Representatives and Senate have now adjourned for this year’s regularly scheduled legislative session without passing a bill that would bring legal wagering to the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Massachusetts Sports Betting Bill Headed to Conference Committee to Iron Out Issues

May 20, 2022 - 9:49 AM ET

Gov. Charlie Baker is reportedly still aiming to sign a sports-betting bill into law before the end of the legislative session to help his state compete with other legal wagering jurisdictions.

Ohio Sports Betting Won’t Begin in Time for Start of NFL Season

May 19, 2022 - 10:29 AM ET

Ohio's start date for legal sports betting will likely be close to, if not exactly on, Jan. 1, 2023, which is the deadline for both retail and online wagering to begin.

DraftKings Announces Ontario Sports Betting Launch After Ending DFS Contests

May 18, 2022 - 1:50 PM ET

The company's arrival could ratchet up the competition in Ontario, where more than a dozen online sportsbooks were already taking bets.

New Jersey Sports Betting Handle Dips Below Billion-Dollar Mark in April

May 17, 2022 - 9:39 AM ET

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement reported Monday that the state’s sports-wagering handle for April was $926.9 million, down from $1.12 billion for March but up from $748 million a year earlier.

Ontario Sports Betting: DraftKings Dropping Daily Fantasy in Province Ahead of iGaming Launch

May 16, 2022 - 9:48 PM ET

While DraftKings is preparing to launch its online sportsbook in Ontario, its daily fantasy users in the province will soon be locked out of contests.

Ontario Sports Betting: DraftKings Gets iGaming Approval from Regulator

May 13, 2022 - 7:25 PM ET

The Boston-based bookmaker was issued an internet gaming operator registration from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario on Friday, the regulator's registry shows.

Minnesota Sports Betting Bill Faces ‘Dead End’ After Passing House

May 13, 2022 - 1:03 PM ET

"This will not become law through this avenue this year and it appears to be a waste of time," one Minnesota lawmaker said on Thursday.

Kansas Sports Betting Bill Signed Into Law by Governor

May 12, 2022 - 4:58 PM ET

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s office on Thursday announced she had signed Senate Bill 84, which will allow for in-person and online sports betting in the Midwestern state.

Massachusetts Sports Betting Could Be ‘Significant Catalyst’ for WynnBET, CEO Says

May 11, 2022 - 12:36 PM ET

Proposed legislation in Massachusetts could allow wagering at casinos and online sportsbooks, such as Wynn Resorts’ Encore Boston Harbor and the WynnBET app.

Kentucky Derby Betting Surges in 2022 Despite a Few Obstacles

May 10, 2022 - 11:03 AM ET

Churchill Downs Inc. recently announced betting on this year’s big race was up 15% year-over-year to US$179 million and by 8% compared to the previous high of US$165.5 million recorded in 2019.

Ohio Sports Betting Start Date Still TBD, But Timeline Taking Shape

May 9, 2022 - 3:18 PM ET

A recent update from the Ohio Casino Control Commission reiterated that its executive director will announce a statewide launch date no later than Jan. 1, 2023, which is when wagering must begin by law.

Ontario Sports Betting Changes Leave Province’s Horseplayers with Fewer Options for Kentucky Derby

May 6, 2022 - 3:54 PM ET

One of the biggest races of the year is just days away and Ontario-based users of formerly “grey” sportsbooks no longer have access to what might have been their usual way of betting on the sport of kings.

Ontario Sports Betting: DraftKings Expects Q2 Launch in Province’s iGaming Market

May 6, 2022 - 9:27 AM ET

Going live in Ontario's iGaming market would likely herald the end of DraftKings' DFS offerings in the province, although it could ratchet up sports betting-related competition.

California Sports Betting: Online-Wagering Measure Headed for Ballot, Backers Say

May 4, 2022 - 11:22 AM ET

The stage is now set for an intense and expensive battle between digital bookmakers and Native American tribes in the Golden State.

Ontario Sports Betting Regulator Fines BetMGM and PointsBet for Alleged Advertising Infractions

May 4, 2022 - 10:07 AM ET

The penalties appear to be the first issued in connection with Ontario's new iGaming market, which has allowed multiple operators to legally advertise and accept bets in the province.

Ontario Sports Betting, iGaming Scheme Expected to Generate $75M for Province Over Three Years: Auditor

May 3, 2022 - 6:13 PM ET

The numbers from the auditor general are the first projections of what the province’s cut could be from its new competitive market for online sports betting and casino gambling, which is unique in Canada.

Maine Sports Betting Bill Signed Into Law by Governor, Launch Still TBD

May 2, 2022 - 4:08 PM ET

Maine Gov. Janet Mills on Monday signed LD 585 into law, which is legislation that allows for both retail and online sportsbooks in the New England state.

MGM Launches Bid to Buy Online Gaming and Sports Betting Company LeoVegas

May 2, 2022 - 9:43 AM ET

MGM is taking another run at buying a global operator of an online sports betting and casino gambling business, after walking away from a proposed bid for Entain last year.

Massachusetts Sports Betting Bill Approved by Senate, But Will it Become Law?

Apr 29, 2022 - 4:22 PM ET

Residents will have to be 21 or older and physically located in the commonwealth to bet under the two legislative visions for Massachusetts sports wagering. Beyond that, though, there are some major differences of opinion.

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