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Grant is a former junior B ice hockey player, and a current believer that the Washington Capitals’ aging core still has another Cup run left in the tank. Grant’s owned and operated his own marketing agency since shortly after graduating from Virginia Tech in 2014. He pursued the profession because he figured it’d be a great way to get paid to do something he loves to do, write. After years of hammering puck lines and leading his fantasy football league as Commissioner, Grant started writing about sports betting and the casino gaming industry in 2021 and hasn’t looked back.

Team: Washington Capitals
Sport to bet on: NHL
Sports movie: Miracle
Sports snack: Chips & Hummus
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Sometimes in betting it's not about adding to the bank roll, but about getting the moral victories. That's what I earned when I bet my friend that the Washington Capitals would win the 2018 Stanley Cup in five games after losing Game 1. The wager? He had to get a CAPS IN 5 tattoo on his ... you can probably guess where. As luck would have it, us lifelong Caps fans got the Cup after Alex Ovechkin and company rattled off 4 straight victories, yet here I am 6 years later still holding the proverbial receipt since my friend's rear-end still does not read CAPS IN 5. I ended up being his best man at his wedding, and promised to tell his kids about this bet one way or another, a valuable opportunity that no number can justify.
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I came to sports betting by way of fantasy football, and I fumbled the 2013 season in the most embarrassing fashion. I got the #1 overall pick and rightfully drafted LeSean McCoy who was then at the height of his powers. Shady was a bit underwhelming through the first few weeks though, so I fell victim to one of the biggest trade swindles in the history of mankind, trading him away for Doug Martin, Knowshon Moreno, and a slew of waiver wire adds that had big early season performances. My team declined every single week from there on out and finished dead-last in both the regular season and playoffs, while the person who won that trade went on to win the whole damn thing. This is a league with my best friends, too, and they have never let me live it down.
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Caesars Sportsbook Accepts First Wager in Nebraska

May 17, 2024 • 5:49 PM ET

The company’s first property in the Cornhusker State opened at Harrah’s Columbus Nebraska Racing and Casino.

Wheel Of Fortune’s 8000th Episode to Feature Jackpot Sponsored By BetMGM

May 17, 2024 • 4:34 PM ET

BetMGM will sponsor a Nightly Progressive Jackpot that will be added to whatever a contestant wins if they solve the show’s Bonus Puzzle.

Sportradar’s Betting Business Accounts For 82 Percent of Revenue in Q1 2024

May 16, 2024 • 4:01 PM ET

The €266 Million in first-quarter revenue increased 28% year-over-year, reaching a new high mark for Q1 revenue for the company.

Netflix to Air NFL Christmas Day Games for Next Three Years

May 15, 2024 • 4:55 PM ET

By partnering with one of the most recognizable brands in modern history, the NFL will garner further international distribution to a massive audience, attracting new fans of younger and more diverse demographics.

FanDuel ‘Off To A Flying Start’ In First Quarter Of Flutter’s NYSE Listing

May 14, 2024 • 6:40 PM ET

FanDuel maintains the top spot in the US legal sports betting market with a 52% share of net gaming revenue (NGR) as well as topping the iGaming market with a record GGR share of 27% in Q1 2024.

New CFTC Proposal Attempts to Ban Political Wagering

May 14, 2024 • 3:21 PM ET

Democratic Commissioner Kristin Johnson cited the need to preserve the integrity of the US’s electoral Democratic processes as a key force driving the new proposal

Iowa Sportsbooks Collect Lowest Handle of 2024 in April

May 13, 2024 • 7:04 PM ET

Iowa’s sports betting operators cashed a total of $16.6 million in net receipts, good for a 7.9% win percentage (hold). Unlike the other metrics, operator revenue was not actually the lowest in 2024.

Indiana Sports Betting Posts Yearly Gains While Basketball Betting Dominates

May 13, 2024 • 6:51 PM ET

The Indiana Gaming Commission reported over $500 million in wagers for March, which topped February’s $408.6 million by nearly $100 million.

FanDuel Surpasses Expectations For DC Sports Betting Launch

May 10, 2024 • 6:04 PM ET

A spokesperson from the District’s Office of Lottery and Gaming (OLG) told Covers that FanDuel’s initial launch as the go-to online sports betting platform in the nation’s capital “has not just met but surpassed expectations.”

DraftKings Nabs Oddsmaker Provider Sports IQ

May 9, 2024 • 3:32 PM ET

Company uses advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to build proprietary odds for the U.S. sports betting industry.

Wynn Reports Record Adjusted Property Earnings in Q1 2024

May 8, 2024 • 5:12 PM ET

Overall, Wynn booked $1.86 billion in operating revenues for the first quarter, a nice increase of $439.2 million from Q1 2023’s $1.42 billion.

New Jersey Launch Marks 20 States for Fanatics Sportsbook

May 8, 2024 • 4:10 PM ET

Fanatics' online sports betting site is now available to roughly 95% of the addressable online sports bettor market in the U.S.

Soft2Bet Joins IBIA in Ontario, Worldwide Launch Upcoming

May 7, 2024 • 5:01 PM ET

Earlier this year, the IBIA released a report that highlighted Ontario as a leading regulated gambling jurisdiction, citing the effects of its prolific market of 30 legal Ontario sports betting sites keeping bettors away from offshore options.

Basketball Betting Propels Colorado Sportsbooks to $593M Handle in March

May 6, 2024 • 3:00 PM ET

The $593 million total handle was also a nearly 20% year-over-year increase from March 2023’s $494 million.

NBA Discussing Changes to Betting Menus with Sportsbook Partners

May 3, 2024 • 6:11 PM ET

BetMGM, DraftKings, and FanDuel all have commercial contracts with the NBA that influence the league on what types of wagers are offered.

Illinois Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Block Dave & Buster’s From Allowing Bets on Arcade Games

May 3, 2024 • 3:59 PM ET

Rep. Daniel Didech (D-Buffalo Grove) assembled strong support within the Illinois House of Representatives with 27 of his congressional colleagues co-sponsoring the bill.

Rush Street Interactive Reports Record Revenue, EBITDA in Q1 2024

May 3, 2024 • 9:30 AM ET

Company grows iCasino, online sports betting businesses by over 35% year-over-year.

Virginia Sports Betting Books 3rd-Largest Monthly Handle in March

May 2, 2024 • 3:29 PM ET

Virginians wagered over $635 million, which was a 24.2% jump from March 2023 and a $90 million increase from February’s handle.

Rivalry Reports Massive Gains in Handle, Revenue in 2023

May 2, 2024 • 1:19 PM ET

iGaming operator's betting handle came in at $423.2 million for the full year, up 82% year-over-year. Gross gaming revenue spiked 34% to $35.7 million.

Changes at Entain a 'Breath of Fresh Air' for MGM Resorts CEO

May 1, 2024 • 6:38 PM ET

The operator recorded $4.4 billion in consolidated net revenues for the first quarter, marking a 13% increase from Q1 2023.

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