Month: December 2017

New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak (D-District 20) has supported online gambling in his state and proposed a bill that would make it possible for others outside the Garden State to play. (Image:

Friends, Foes of Online Gambling Make Their Stand in 2017

The battle for online gambling legalization and/or regulation was fairly fierce in 2017 with lines clearly drawn between friends and foes. The issue seemed to polarize everyone from legislators to casino owners. Many state governments saw it as a way to make up budget deficits and pushed for legislation allowing […]

Famed sports gambler Billy Walters was found guilty of 10 counts of fraud and conspiracy and sentenced to five years in prison. (Image: Wall Street Journal)

Bets That Didn’t Pay Off in 2017: Criminals Who Fought the Law, and the Law Won

They had different motives, used varying tactics, but these criminals all lost when it came to gambling with the law in 2017. The degrees of their transgressions ranged from bizarre to tragic. Embezzlement, fraud, robbery, and murder were some of the felonies carried out by this collection of criminals and […]

There was plenty of hype and theatrics going into the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor but it ended as predicted. (Image: Getty Images)

Three 2017 Bouts Bring Back Boxing’s Popularity with Fans

Boxing at the start of 2017 was on the ropes as far as popularity with fans but three bouts gave an overwhelming decision to the sport’s popularity. The trio of contests were distinct and separate in their approval with crowds. One was an upset in the winnerís home country that […]

Governor Chris Christie has been a supporter of legalizing gambling in his state and the Supreme Court will rule on the issue sometime in early 2918. (Image: Associated Press)

How Long Shot New Jersey Sportsbetting Case Got to Supreme Court

It was an underdog from the start but New Jersey government officials managed to defy heavy odds against them and get its sportsbetting case to be heard by the Supreme Court this year. It is the culmination of a three-year battle the state has waged against the federal government and […]

Floyd Mayweather, left, defeated Conor McGregor on their Aug. 26 fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and several seven-figure bets were placed on the champion. (Image: AP)

The Million-Dollar Sports Bets That Made Big News in 2017

Sports gamblers like to wager heavy on big events, and 2017 was no exception. They came to sportsbooks in Las Vegas and plunked down large amounts of cash on contests like the Super Bowl, the World Series, and marquee boxing matches. Some took advantage of favorable odds, others on favorites […]

After Stanton Trade Yankees Leap Over Dodgers in World Series Odds

Oddsmakers think the recent trade involving the New York Yankees and the Miami Marlins should give the Bronx Bombers the edge to win next yearís World Series. Sports books have made the team a 5-1 favorite to win the 2018 Fall Classic. The Marlins shipped last yearís National League home […]

NFL Playoff Picture Getting More in Focus With Two Weeks Remaining

There are only two weeks remaining in the NFL regular season but several teams last Sunday determined whether they were going to the playoffs. The postseason picture is now much clearer than seven days ago. The AFC Conference has sorted itself out a little more than the NFC and there […]

Miami football dismantled Notre Dame earlier in the year and is hoping they can do the same to Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30. (Image: USA Today Sports)

Top Bowl Games to Watch Beside College Football Playoffs

The number is mind numbing, 40 college football bowl games that run from Dec. 16 to Jan. 1 that will overdose even the most avid sports fans. Bowl season kicks off Saturday with six games and then television viewers will have only 34 more to go. The obvious must watch […]