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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.



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.


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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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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This week we talk with table game inventors Angel Espino (Poker Burnout, Monarchy Baccarat) and Paul Harry of Innovative Table Games (Super Easy Aces).

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A pair of public Pennsylvania casino hearings were held this week for Category 4 licenses, the so-called mini-casinos, or satellite casinos. The projects weren’t given the green light at the meetings, but they were a crucial step in the process to check off.

Pennsylvania passed a law in late 2017 to allow the state’s 12 existing casinos to buy permits to open a maximum of 10 satellite casinos. Five of the 10 licenses were ultimately spoken for, generating $127 million for the Keystone State. Both casinos that were up for discussion this week are pegged for Western Pennsylvania.


Winning Poker Tournaments With Nick Petrangelo Review by Nathan Williams

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Recently Upswing Poker launched their brand new premium tournament poker course called Winning Poker Tournaments With Nick Petrangelo.

And I have been itching to have a closer look at this course for awhile now because Nick Petrangelo is currently one of the best tournament poker players in the world with over $16 million dollars in live cashes and two WSOP bracelets.

Perhaps more remarkably though is the fact that he is also an online tournament beast (most can't do both). He has impressively won both the Sunday Million on PokerStars and the WCOOP $25k High Roller.

So in this article I am going to give you my complete walkthrough and review of Winning Poker Tournaments With Nick Petrangelo.


Pachinko Mogul Okada Clashes With Wynn, Universal Spin Ahead In Philippines, Japan, America by Muhammad Cohen

After spending three and a half hours listening to Kazuo Okada, the deposed founder of Japan’s Universal Entertainment and dispossessed co-founder of Wynn Resorts, and spending twice as many years following the saga of Okada and Universal versus Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts, two things are clear: Okada is right, and Wynn is right.

A central feature of the dispute, Okada Manila opened two years ago as the third integrated resort in the Philippine capital’s Entertainment City district. The US$2 billion casino resort is the world’s first IR project to be solely owned and operated by a Japanese company, seen as potential advantage in the competition for a coveted casino license in Japan.


BetStars Vs. DraftKings Sportsbook: An NJ Mobile Sportsbook Comparison by Martin Derbyshire

DraftKings Sportsbook and BetStars NJ are two NJ sports betting apps that both operate under the Resorts sports betting license.

In fact, the two mobile and online sports betting operations have combined to help Resorts Digital become the state’s top-grossing sports betting licensee, with more than $16.5 million in gross NJ sports betting revenue reported up to the end of October 2018.

Of course, to this point, it has been a lot more DraftKings than it has been BetStars. However, it’s still worth comparing two of the top dogs in the burgeoning NJ mobile and online sports betting market.

Here’s a basic rundown of what each is all about:


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