The BettingUSA Brief recaps the week that was in the worlds of gambling and sports betting. The Betting USA Brief is a one-stop-shop for US gambling information, from headline news and stories that may have fallen through the cracks to upcoming hearings, revenue reports, and gaming conferences.

Topics in this week’s the BettingUSA Brief include:

  • Part 1 of an exclusive three-part series on the FlutterThe Stars Group merger plans;
  • A commentary on states choosing in-person registration for mobile sports wagering;
  • Betting USA’s monthly look at the revenue numbers across US sports betting markets;
  • And much more.

This Week’s Headlines at BettingUSA

Breaking Down the Flutter-TSG Merger

The mega-merger of Flutter and The Stars Group had far-reaching implications. In the first of a three-part series, Betting USA examined the big-picture ramifications of the deal, including the possible strategies the new company might implement.

Part 2 will be published on Monday and will look at what the deal means for US sports betting. Part 3 will be available the following week and will focus on the company’s US online casino and poker operations.

In-Person Registration Is a Really Bad Idea

The internet is supposed to provide unlimited access to potential customers, but special interests in several states have managed to restrict its reach when it comes to sports betting legislation by requiring customers to register their accounts in-person.

In a special commentary, Betting USA’s Steve Ruddock outlines the numerous reasons in-person registration is a bad idea.

Sports Betting By the Numbers

Every month Betting USA breaks down the sports betting revenue numbers from across the country to determine each state’s market share and industry trends.

Here’s a breakdown of the August US sports betting numbers.

Newsbytes from Around the Gambling Industry

  • Mobile sports betting in Georgia? Georgia lawmakers heard testimony in favor of mobile sports betting during a committee hearing.
  • Sands Bethlehem no more. Months after the sale was approved, the Sands Bethlehem Casino has been officially rebranded as the Wind Creek Bethlehem Casino. That marks the official end of the Sheldon Adelson era in Pennsylvania.
  • Parx Casino launches an online casino in New Jersey. Parx is the second Pennsylvania operator to launch an online casino in New Jersey. Parx’s New Jersey site operates under Ocean Casino’s interactive gaming license.
  • Twenty people indicted by the Eastern District of New York for crimes including an alleged NCAA match-fixing scheme. The indictments include an attempt to fix an NCAA basketball game and Wire Act violations.
  • Ohio sports betting bill gets another hearing. That’s the good news. The bad news is the legislature seems incapable of solving the lingering “official league data” question.
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