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This week Adam Small (USBets.com) returns to give us a recap of this year’s ICE Sports Betting USA conference.

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Barb’s Best Bets: Secrets of Christmas By NetEnt Is Jingling With Holiday Cash by Barbara Nathan

This review of the NetEnt slot Secrets of Christmas is the first in a special series devoted exclusively to holiday-themed NetEnt slots.

It’s a follow-up to my Dec. 2 article about a big NetEnt giveaway going on right now at six NJ gambling websites.

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Pennsylvania Triples Down On Sportsbooks, As Two More Casinos Launch Betting by Brian Pempus

The state of Pennsylvania had one sportsbook on Wednesday, and on Thursday it had three with the opening of books in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Both are owned by Chicago-based Rush Street Gaming, which partnered with the Kambi Group, a Malta-based sports wagering software provider.

Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and SugarHouse Casino in Philly were both green lit for “soft” launches on Thursday, ahead of an official launch on Saturday. The soft launch is just a testing phase to make sure the sportsbook can operate without any hiccups. The sportsbooks at both properties will have limited hours on Thursday and Friday (2 p.m. to midnight local time).

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WITH ATTENTION FOCUSED ON SPORTS BETTING, NJ ONLINE CASINOS CONTINUE TO BREAK REVENUE RECORDS BY BILL GRINSTEAD

Sports betting fever may have swept through the state over the last several months, but the NJ online casino industry is still breaking records.

In November, the state’s seven iGaming licensees topped their all-time high for the second month in a row, combining for a total of $26.9 million. A record $25.3 million came from table games like blackjack, while a paltry $1.5 million was contributed by online poker sites.

Market-leader Golden Nugget was responsible for the lion share of the profits, but nascent online casinos launched by Hard Rock and Ocean showed impressive gains as well.

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Why Las Vegas Is Still America's Most Sinful City by David G. Schwartz

It came as no surprise that a recent WalletHub study named Las Vegas the most sinful city in the United States. After all, “Sin City” has to be more than just marketing fluff, right? Las Vegas definitely is sinful, at least according to the parameters of the study, but not because it’s any different from the rest of the country—just a little more honest and accommodating than virtually everywhere else.

WalletHub, a personal finance website, ranked major metropolitan areas across seven areas which are adapted from Seven Deadly Sins. Envy becomes “jealousy;” wrath, “anger and hatred;” sloth is “laziness;” pride is characterized by “vanity;” lust and greed are self-explanatory; while gluttony is enlarged to “excesses and vices.”

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Report: NJ Online Sports Betting Grows To Nine With PointsBet Soft Launch By Grant Lucas

New Jersey is getting another mobile sportsbook.

As first reported Tuesday by the Associated Press, the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement gave preliminary approval for PointsBet to offer NJ sports betting.

A partner with Meadowlands Racetrack, the Australia-based sportsbook is beginning with what the DGE called “soft play” and only operates online in the Garden State.

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AMERICAN DREAM COULD BE A NIGHTMARE FOR SPORTS BETTORS AT THE MEADOWLANDS NEXT FALL BY JOHN BRENNAN

Many brick-and-mortar-loving sports bettors made a point of heading to the Meadowlands Racetrack’s FanDuel Sportsbook this past Sunday, knowing it was one of the rare fall Sundays when the Jets and Giants both were out of town.

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That meant free parking at the track, compared to spending $30 on a parking pass or nearly half that for a roundtrip Secaucus Junction park-and-ride to the MetLife Stadium lots.

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No Mile-High Gambles In Colorado, As Voters Would Need To OK Raising The Stakes by Brian Pempus

The median bet on DraftKings Sportsbook in New Jersey is less than $10 according to CEO Jason Robins. In Colorado, that figure might end up being even lower, as the state is looking to subject its commercial sportsbooks to a maximum legal wager.

Sharps might be staying away from Colorado, which could create considerably less fanfare if/when the state launches. While the Garden State is seeing a lot of small wagers, one of the first bets in the state was a $5,000 gamble on a baseball game, which generated some good press for the industry.

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House of Cards® Gaming Report for the Week of December 10, 2018

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This week’s stories include Hard Rock opening a sportsbook in New Jersey, Fox Sports signs deal with New York Racing Association and it’s official - Vegas IS Sin City.

Have any news or tips regarding casinos, gaming or legislation? Send us an email at newsroom@houseofcardsradio.com and follow House of Cards® on twitter at @hocradio!

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Looking Back: Top 5 New Jersey Online Poker Moments Of 2018 By Kim Yuhl

The past year hasn’t been very kind to New Jersey online poker.

Overall, online poker saw declining player fields, tournaments struggling to make the guarantees, and less game choice thanks to fewer players.

Even so, NJ online poker had some shining moments. These moments highlight the potential of the online poker market as we head into 2019.

Here’s a look back on the top five New Jersey online poker headlines for the year.

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