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When Are Major Horse Racing Events Scheduled To Return?

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If it’s not already trademarked, Alex Waldrop should consider it.

“We were the original sports bet. We’re still here. And we’re still going strong.”

And with COVID-19 keeping sports contested by humans off their fields of play, the chief executive officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association earnestly hopes one of the United States’ original sporting passions can extend a moment it has inherited since major professional and college sports went dormant in mid-March.

While new-age virtual games such as eSports and iRacing have also had their moment, horse racing — for one of the first times since its slow decline in popularity began decades ago — has so far had the bandwidth to satisfy a national appetite for betting markets.

Horses can’t contract the novel coronavirus that has led to more than 100,000 deaths in the US. Expansive track facilities and a relatively small amount of humans needed to conduct the sport has allowed track operators to hold meets that were generally an online wagering enterprise and devoid of spectators anyway.

So while Russian table tennis has found a novelty following and a virtual NFL Draft flared and faded, the national pari-mutuel industry has so far surged. While national handle figures for May are not yet available, April revealed that horse racing had made some hay.

According to Waldrop, pari-mutuel wagering handle was down 24 percent from April 2020 as compared to April 2019, “but that is remarkable,” he told PlayUSA, “because we had a 72-percent decline in the number of races and race days. That tells you that we had much less racing product out there for horse players to bet on, but they were betting a lot more.”

The average wagering per race day, he added, was up 176 percent to $7.5 million. That was with a small collection of tracks including Gulfstream Park, Fonner Park, Oaklawn Park, Tampa Bay Downs and Will Rogers Downs. Now larger venues are about to open with social-distancing restrictions and governmental sign-off.

“Larger tracks, like Churchill Downs, Santa Anita has been back and operating for the last week or so, Maryland starts this weekend, [New York] starts sometime in early June,” Waldrop added, “so the major race tracks are about to crank back up and we should see an increase in the number of races and race days, which hopefully will translate into recovery, putting handle back to where it was or above last year.”

Attempting to maintain this momentum, the Breeders’ Cup and Jockey Club on Thursday launched a national campaign specifically targeted at sports bettors that are bolstering its coffers.

And at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, where a horseman’s lawsuit was the first maneuver in the campaign that eventually made legal sports betting a national possibility, track operator Dennis Drazin is about to unveil the device he has long seen as the bridge from sports bettors to horse players: fixed odds wagering.

Even with the Kentucky Derby rescheduled for just the second time since 1875 and its signature Triple Crown scrambled and delayed, horse racing is generating promise.

When will horse racing hubs open nationally?

California
Del Mar: July 18-Sept. 7
Santa Anita: underway through June 21

Florida
Gulfstream: underway through Sept. 27
Tampa Bay: underway through May 30, then Monday and Wednesday in June after an extension was granted by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Kentucky
Churchill Downs: underway through June 27; Sept. 1-5
Ellis Park: June 28-Aug. 30
Keeneland: July 8-12

New Jersey
Monmouth: July 3-Sept. 27 (not yet approved by state of New Jersey)

New York
Belmont Park: June 3-July 20.
Saratoga (NY) – July 16-Sept. 7

When are the Triple Crown races in 2020?

Belmont Stakes
June 20 (moved back two weeks and from final leg to opener)

*Note: The longest race of most thoroughbreds’ careers will not be on the resume for this crop of 3-year-olds. To alleviate injury concerns in a disjointed approach to the Triple Crown, stewards have reduced the race distance from 1 ½ half miles to 1 ⅛ miles. The Belmont goes from the longest to shortest Triple Crown race for this season. The Kentucky Derby is 1 ¼ miles and the Preakness 1 3/16. … The purse will drop from $1.5 million to $1 million because no spectators will be allowed.

Kentucky Derby
Sept. 5 (originally May 2)

Preakness Stakes
Oct. 3 (originally May 16, second leg)

Horse industry launches national campaign to retain sports bettors

The “Still. Running. Strong.” campaign, launched in conjunction with the NTRA, TVG network, which is an affiliate of the FanDuel Group; the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will attempt to leverage “broadcast, digital, and social media elements,” according to a release to exploit heightened exposure even with the Triple Crown delayed more than six weeks. NBC Sports and FOX Sports have already filled programming gaps with live racing, providing a natural entry point for the effort.

A focal point of the digital and social media campaign is legal online horse betting, centered around educational materials at a new America’s Best Racing website.

“We’re going to be turning sports bettors, because we know there are lots of sports bettors out there that are desperate for content. They’re not able to bet right now. There’s not enough sports,” Waldrop said. “But horse racing is still going strong. And we have our ADW platforms, those online platforms which allow people to watch and wager, do it every.

“Certainly, now that opportunity is at a premium because many sports bettors don’t have that opportunity. It raises our profile. That’s the purpose of the awareness campaign. It’s the oldest form of sports betting.”

Horse racing getting a leg up as human sports shelter in place

Johnny Avello would have preferred that horse racing’s renaissance as a betting market was spurred by something besides COVID-19.

As head of sportsbook for DraftKings, he fully comprehends the impact of the pandemic shutting down the sports that would normally have comprised the vast bulk of his sports betting and daily fantasy sports company’s offerings. But even as a Las Vegas transplant, the product of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., longs for his annual pilgrimage to the Saratoga summer meet, and with MLB, the NBA and NHL still in the planning stages of a return to play, Avello hopes horse racing can capitalize on the opportunity. Because so far, he told PlayUSA, that’s worked well for the industry at large at a crucial time.

“Horse racing was getting dinged pretty good there with all those deaths of horses at San Anita, and I was really frightened for the game, especially in California,” he said. “California racing has been such a great product for many years. You’ve got Del Mar and then you got Santa Anita and then they go to the fairs during the summer.

“But I was concerned and I thought that this could be a good thing for horse racing because it could isolate them and as long as things went well, which they pretty much have, with the isolation, people could just concentrate on betting on horse racing because it was one of the few games that they were very familiar with.

Crucial, Avello said, is that the Belmont Stakes, traditionally the final leg of the Triple Crown, but now the opener, has the weekend of June 20 relatively to itself in terms of other major events.

“Talk about isolation. There won’t be a lot of sports going on, most likely,” Avello said. “So, I think that race is going to get a lot of exposure.

“And as we move forward here, you’ll have the Belmont, you’ll get a couple other races in between. You’ll have the Travers, which is normally in the end of August, probably going to shift the dates there and that’s probably going to be a prep for the Kentucky Derby. Hopefully, some younger people have gotten involved lately. Let’s hope that momentum continues. I can’t say it will for sure, but I’m hopeful that it will.”

Another reason horse racing and betting are still thriving

Though the disruption of the one annual period when horse racing becomes at least a passing mainstream interest represented a loss for the sport, Waldrop said, horse racing still holds an industry-wide advantage on professional team sports. Though its classics have been impacted, it’s daily business has been able to restart quicker despite local shutdowns.

“It’s never good to lose that traditional season because that’s the one time of year when we were top of mind. The ability to come back now, later, is great,” Waldrop said. “For the Belmont to be on a day when it’s the only game in town, literally, that’s also great. We’ll see how that feels shapes up.

“Our awareness campaign is really focused mostly on sports bettors than the casual fans who generally learn about us on national television. But it’s all about converting people from casual fans to fans who’ve watch and wager.”

DraftKings has a license to offer pari-mutuel wagering through its association with the Scarlet Pearl sportsbook in D’Iberville, Miss., but couldn’t capitalize on the rush because the state hasn’t legalized mobile and online wagering.

A report released last week by Infiniti Research claims that the “horse and sports betting market is poised to grow” by $139.52 billion, progressing by a nine-percent compound annual growth rate through 2024.

The first day of the delayed Churchill Downs, contested without fans posted a 183% increase in handle as compared to the same night, one replete with customary Louisville opening festivities, in 2019, according to WDRB television.

The home venue of the Kentucky Derby wasn’t the only park awash in interest. The handful of tracks open and running without fans – Gulfstream Park, Fonner Park, Oaklawn Park, Tampa Bay Downs and Will Rogers Downs exploded by 129 percent through the first few weeks of the meet.

At Santa Anita, the total handle for nine races on May 15 was $11,207,076, a 61-percent increase from an eight-race card on the same date a year ago.

While an increase of interest is a boon for the tracks, it has hardly been a financial windfall, with tracks being hit with the type of financial loss the major pro leagues could face with fanless games. The reason: tracks receive only a percentage the handle their tracks generate via simulcast and away from their betting windows.

The boom is also being experienced internationally with a Swedish government minister noting that “horse betting has exploded” during COVID-19 while debating regulations on the online casino industry there.

Horse racing resurgence amid COVID-19 shutdowns

Various sports and events have experienced an increase in exposure during the novel coronavirus pandemic. There was the wildly popular virtual NFL Draft, eNASCAR and eSports.

That horse racing — a vestige of America’s 17th-century agrarian past — and eSports, a digital vanguard of our presumed gaming future, were key among them created a fascinating spectrum for sports’ ecosystem. Both became focuses because they happened to be left standing for differing reasons when college and professional team sports were forced to go dormant. eSports can be conducted in relative confinement even though large arenas are being erected to present the spectacle of events like the Fortnite World Cup, pre-pandemic. Horse racing, which has fallen into a sad state of decline, where the Kentucky Derby is generally the only event to resonate with the general public, didn’t have many fans to turn away.

A collection of tracks remained open during the shutdown, notable among them Oaklawn Park, which hosted an expanded Arkansas Derby on the day the Kentucky Derby was originally scheduled.

In a perverse sign that business seemed to be as usual, the Bob Baffert-trained Charlatan, a runoff winner in one of the two races that comprised the event is said to have tested positive for illegal substances.

Can fixed-odds wagering bridge gap from sportsbooks to horse tracks?

Drazin knows their frustration. He’s absorbed it through their emails and voice messages: Dabbling horse player bets a filly at Monmouth Park at long odds. Filly wins. Dabbling horse player is surprised to find a pedestrian payout waiting at the window. Late money had come in on her, the odds plummeted. The payout decreased.

That quickly, a winning bettor and potential repeat customer had a bad experience.

Standing at the nexus of sports betting and pari-mutuel wagering, Drazin has long advocated for fixed-odds wagering as a means to appease those dabblers and perhaps retain sports bettors disinclined to accept that a lot of late money generated online and as smart as theirs ruined a payday. And their fun.

“They bet the horse at 7-1, then it’s 5-1, at the gate and 8-to-5 and by the time it breaks out of the gate it’s 3-to-5,” Drazin said. “They say ‘What happened?’ And that’s not because there’s anything improper going on, it’s just all these wagers that are made by computer and otherwise the last minute being added to the pools. But I don’t think it gives the public a good feeling. I think the public would feel better if they’d bet at 2-to-1 and they got 2-to-1. So I think that will help bring some people back to racing.”

So in February, the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Darby Development LLC, which operates Monmouth Park, entered a 10-year deal with BetMakers Technology Group to facilitate fixed-odds wagering for that track. The Australian company will initially offer just win, place and show bets.

Fixed-odds betting has been credited with stimulating the horse racing industry in Australia and is expanding worldwide, but has been resisted in the United States because of the differences in takeout structure between sportsbooks and pari-mutuel pools. Tracks often hold up to 20 percent of handle to feed pools, while sportsbooks take less. Proponents of fixed-odds horse wagering assert that players will make up for the shortfalls with their increase volume of wagering.

“These are issues that happen not just on a state by state basis, but really on an operator-by-operator basis. People are moving cautiously in the sports betting arena,” Waldrop said. “It’s too early to tell whether the fixed-odds wagering will gain traction.

“It should, it absolutely should. It provides some certainty to players, the kind of certainty they’re used to getting in the sports betting arena. But I can’t predict how quickly that happens. The revenue factors that have to be considered. The risk factor is not an element for parimutuel because you’re basically commission-based wagering and how to convert a sports wager into DraftKings offered fixed-odds betting on the Haskell Invitational card at Monmouth Park last year.

Any vendor with a skin in a New Jersey sportsbook, Drazin said, is eligible to contract for fixed-odds horse wagering. Waldrop said that TVG, whose parent company is Flutter Entertainment, is also “looking at” fixed-odds wagering.

Horse racing provides boost to sports betting, needs a residual effect

It was once ironic that the campaign that ultimately led to the possibility of legal sports betting in the entirety of the United States began with a horsemen’s association lawsuit in New Jersey. All those new consumers would have even less reason to turn their attention to an afternoon program at Monmouth Park. But now there’s a symmetry.

The horse racing industry collectively hoped after the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 2018 that newly cultivated sports bettors would turn the occasion dollar toward the flagging pari-mutuels industry, and for now, they have. While the industry faces the same sustainability questions as eSports and Russian table tennis markets once the “big four” return, the present is heartening.

“We love it,” Waldrop said. “We love it.”

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UFC Events In May Could Be The Injection Sports Betting Needs Right Now

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Dana White doesn’t get his Fight Island. At least not yet. So for now, the empty arena a few blocks from the St. John’s River will suffice for the impresario of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

And for sports bettors eager for something else familiar.

The UFC’s bout is scheduled for Saturday, May 19 at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL, the first of three cards planned for the venue. The premier bout at UFC 249 will be a tussle between Tony Ferguson and replacement Justin Gaethja, who took the fight just two weeks ago because Nurmagomedov hasn’t been able to return to the United States after retreating to Russia when his previous card was canceled.

UFC 249 will mark the re-emergence of major professional sports in North America, preceding a Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson charity golf match and NASCAR’s return on May 17.

Thoroughbred horse racing has continued at a handful of venues, but that sport’s grip on mainstream America’s attention span was tenuous even in what would have been the run-up to a Kentucky Derby that should have been held on May 2.

UFC, while still a niche, is an ardent one and the weekend card marks a return to some semblance of normalcy for fans watching on television, as none will be allowed inside the arena. Bettors are finally presented with something more recognizable than table tennis, far-flung pro soccer leagues or Korean professional baseball.

“As one of the first major sporting events since COVID-19 caused a nationwide cancellation of major US sports leagues, we could not be more excited ahead of this weekend’s UFC 249 fight,” DraftKings Sportsbook Director Johnny Avello told PlayUSA. “Thus far, the card has seen significant volume and as the week goes on, we expect to see continued engagement around the highly anticipated match up.”

William Hill US trading director Nick Bogdanovich told PlayUSA that UFC betting volume has been “okay” through Tuesday, but also expects it to heighten as the bout approaches.

“I firmly believe come Friday and Saturday, action will be heavy,” he said. “It’s a great card in a great time zone and it’s the first step to having sports fans get excited about U.S. sports again.”

Sports and betting public has been awaiting UFC 249 card

White had originally balked at all attempts to curtail his business plan even as major pro and college leagues responded with varying speed and vigor to government moves to mitigate the spread of a COVID-19 virus.

He first planned to hold UFC 249, featuring a lightweight title fight between champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, on April 23 at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in California when the Barclays Center in Brooklyn became unviable.

This so-called “Fight Island,” a tribal island property on which the hotel is built, is exempt from the surrounding county’s shelter order, but White was eventually forced to yield to pressure from ESPN, which was to broadcast the event, and parent company Disney.

Though he still plans to field matches on an island, Florida became an amenable stopgap because of Gov. Ron DeSantis’s declaration that professional sports are “essential” services – the WWE has held fanless events in its Orlando Performance Center – meaning that the Florida State Boxing Commission also will oversee the proceedings as a regulated event.

What are the popular bets in UFC249?

Top-ranked Ferguson has won 12 fights consecutively and is a -177 favorite at DraftKings.

Gaethje is listed at +150 underdog at DraftKings, with the fight at -400 to last less than 4.5 rounds. Ferguson, who has won six of his last eight bouts by stoppage, is +260 at DraftKings to win by knockout, technical knockout or disqualification.

FanDuel has Ferguson as a -174 favorite (with Gaethje at +148), and at +260 to win by knockout or TKO. He’s at +600 there to win on points.

Reflecting Ferguson’s run of stoppages, FanDuel has Gaethje at +1400 to win in points.

In the co-main event, bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo (-220) is favored over challenger Dominick Cruz (+183) at DraftKings. Cejudo is listed at -210 at FanDuel, with Cruz at +176.

UFC takes its swing (and kick) as the next best thing for sports betting

When North American sports began shuttering on March 1 after NBA when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, sports fans, sports bettors and sportsbooks began groping for alternatives.

Most options, including the incredibly popular and lucrative NCAA Tournament, were quickly gone, replaced by the likes of Nicaraguan soccer, briefly Australian rules football, table tennis and eSports, notably eNASCAR.

The NFL Draft was a well-received return to taste of home, with anecdotal evidence from gaming operators claiming business was brisk. State revenue reports should reflect those assumptions after being a crushing April.

UFC now takes its turn with additional events: May 13 with a main event between Anthony Smith vs Glover Teixeira and May 16 with a main event between Alistair Overeem vs Walt Harris.

While not as much of a mainstream diversion as the NFL – but honestly, nothing is – the bloodsport brings a fervid fanbase hungering for content and a community of sports bettors who will likely feel more comfortable handicapping a mixed martial arts bout than Oleg Kutuzov vs Igor Smirnov in table tennis.

It’s not Fight Island, but it’s a port in a storm.



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UFC Events In May Could Be The Injection Sports Betting Needs Right Now

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Dana White doesn’t get his Fight Island. At least not yet. So for now, the empty arena a few blocks from the St. John’s River will suffice for the impresario of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

And for sports bettors eager for something else familiar.

The UFC’s bout is scheduled for Saturday, May 19 at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL, the first of three cards planned for the venue. The premier bout at UFC 249 will be a tussle between Tony Ferguson and replacement Justin Gaethja, who took the fight just two weeks ago because Nurmagomedov hasn’t been able to return to the United States after retreating to Russia when his previous card was canceled.

UFC 249 will mark the re-emergence of major professional sports in North America, preceding a Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson charity golf match and NASCAR’s return on May 17.

Thoroughbred horse racing has continued at a handful of venues, but that sport’s grip on mainstream America’s attention span was tenuous even in what would have been the run-up to a Kentucky Derby that should have been held on May 2.

UFC, while still a niche, is an ardent one and the weekend card marks a return to some semblance of normalcy for fans watching on television, as none will be allowed inside the arena. Bettors are finally presented with something more recognizable than table tennis, far-flung pro soccer leagues or Korean professional baseball.

“As one of the first major sporting events since COVID-19 caused a nationwide cancellation of major US sports leagues, we could not be more excited ahead of this weekend’s UFC 249 fight,” DraftKings Sportsbook Director Johnny Avello told PlayUSA. “Thus far, the card has seen significant volume and as the week goes on, we expect to see continued engagement around the highly anticipated match up.”

William Hill US trading director Nick Bogdanovich told PlayUSA that UFC betting volume has been “okay” through Tuesday, but also expects it to heighten as the bout approaches.

“I firmly believe come Friday and Saturday, action will be heavy,” he said. “It’s a great card in a great time zone and it’s the first step to having sports fans get excited about U.S. sports again.”

Sports and betting public has been awaiting UFC 249 card

White had originally balked at all attempts to curtail his business plan even as major pro and college leagues responded with varying speed and vigor to government moves to mitigate the spread of a COVID-19 virus.

He first planned to hold UFC 249, featuring a lightweight title fight between champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, on April 23 at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in California when the Barclays Center in Brooklyn became unviable.

This so-called “Fight Island,” a tribal island property on which the hotel is built, is exempt from the surrounding county’s shelter order, but White was eventually forced to yield to pressure from ESPN, which was to broadcast the event, and parent company Disney.

Though he still plans to field matches on an island, Florida became an amenable stopgap because of Gov. Ron DeSantis’s declaration that professional sports are “essential” services – the WWE has held fanless events in its Orlando Performance Center – meaning that the Florida State Boxing Commission also will oversee the proceedings as a regulated event.

What are the popular bets in UFC249?

Top-ranked Ferguson has won 12 fights consecutively and is a -177 favorite at DraftKings.

Gaethje is listed at +150 underdog at DraftKings, with the fight at -400 to last less than 4.5 rounds. Ferguson, who has won six of his last eight bouts by stoppage, is +260 at DraftKings to win by knockout, technical knockout or disqualification.

FanDuel has Ferguson as a -174 favorite (with Gaethje at +148), and at +260 to win by knockout or TKO. He’s at +600 there to win on points.

Reflecting Ferguson’s run of stoppages, FanDuel has Gaethje at +1400 to win in points.

In the co-main event, bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo (-220) is favored over challenger Dominick Cruz (+183) at DraftKings. Cejudo is listed at -210 at FanDuel, with Cruz at +176.

UFC takes its swing (and kick) as the next best thing for sports betting

When North American sports began shuttering on March 1 after NBA when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, sports fans, sports bettors and sportsbooks began groping for alternatives.

Most options, including the incredibly popular and lucrative NCAA Tournament, were quickly gone, replaced by the likes of Nicaraguan soccer, briefly Australian rules football, table tennis and eSports, notably eNASCAR.

The NFL Draft was a well-received return to taste of home, with anecdotal evidence from gaming operators claiming business was brisk. State revenue reports should reflect those assumptions after being a crushing April.

UFC now takes its turn with additional events: May 13 with a main event between Anthony Smith vs Glover Teixeira and May 16 with a main event between Alistair Overeem vs Walt Harris.

While not as much of a mainstream diversion as the NFL – but honestly, nothing is – the bloodsport brings a fervid fanbase hungering for content and a community of sports bettors who will likely feel more comfortable handicapping a mixed martial arts bout than Oleg Kutuzov vs Igor Smirnov in table tennis.

It’s not Fight Island, but it’s a port in a storm.



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A Rundown of Top Online Poker Events For The Weekend Of March 28

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As the world continues to fight back against coronavirus, social and physical distancing have taken effect. Folks have holed themselves up as a preventative measure.

In turn, the public has shifted attention to legal online casinos and online poker, and poker operators have introduced various events and tournaments.

Need to find a table this weekend? Look no further than these events happening online.

Where to play legal online poker

Only select states offer regulated real-money poker in the US: DelawareNevadaNew Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The likes of PokerStars and World Series of Poker (WSOP) are heavy-hitters in the online poker world. So, too, is Global Poker, which prides itself on the social gaming aspect.

PokerStars stands as the largest online poker operator in the world, offering a wide array of cash games and tournaments for players in New Jersey, Nevada and Pennsylvania. Those wanting to play on the WSOP site have the option of a shared liquidity pool among players from New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware.

Global Poker, meanwhile, allows players to buy Gold Coins for for ring games and tourneys.

PokerStars online poker events

A pleasant surprise of late has been the rising popularity of online poker in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Here is the schedule for players in Pennsylvania:

No Limit Texas Hold’em
Date: March 29, 6 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $30
Guaranteed prize pool: $15,000

No Limit Texas Hold’em
Date: March 29, 7 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $250
Prize pool: $20,000

The Big
Date: March 29, 7 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $20
Guaranteed prize pool: $10,000

Sunday Storm, No Limit Texas Hold’em
Date: March 29, 5 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $10
Guaranteed prize pool: $7,500

The Big
Date: March 29, 6 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $10
Guaranteed prize pool: $7,500

Bounty Builder, PKO
Date: March 29, 9 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $20
Guaranteed prize pool: $10,000

Sunday Supersonic
Date: March 29, 10 p.m.
Buy-in: $50
Guaranteed prize pool: $7,500

For those in New Jersey, here are the upcoming tournaments:

No Limit Texas Hold Em
Date: March 29, 4 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $50
Guaranteed prize pool: $10,000

No Limit Texas Hold Em
Date: March 29, 5 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $10
Guaranteed prize pool: $7,500

No Limit Texas Hold Em, deposit freeroll
Date: March 29, 6 p.m. ET
Buy-in: Ticket
Guaranteed prize pool: $1,000 added

No Limit Texas Hold Em
Date: March 29, 6 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $200
Guaranteed prize pool: $40,000

No Limit Texas Hold Em
Date: March 29, 7 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $500
Guaranteed prize pool: $10,000

8-Game
Date: March 29, 8:30 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $50
Guaranteed prize pool: $1,000

No Limit Texas Hold Em
Date: March 29, 10 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $75
Guaranteed prize pool: $5,000

And with several variations of Championship of Online Poker (COOP), PokerStars has helped spearhead the uptick of online poker.

The Spring Championship of Online Poker will be the first such event in PA and feature a whopping $2 million guarantee. New Jersey, meanwhile, expects to have a $1.2 million guarantee, representing a $200,000 increase from 2019.

Those tourneys are scheduled for April 4, allowing for enough practice time.

Complete schedules for both events are expected shortly.

WSOP.com online poker events

A premier event expects to be a monumental hit during this summer’s World Series of Poker. And one last qualifying event is left for players hoping to join those tables.

The $55 March Mayhem tournaments boast a $50,000 guarantee and a seat at the Big 50 table to the winner. Players have one final opportunity to earn that seat as March Mayhem wraps up March 29.

Take solace for non-winners, however: Those players who have entered at least two tourneys receive tickets to a Big 50 Seat Freeroll, which awards five seats at the Big 50 table.

Not to be outdone, WSOP.com is looking to make up for postponed and canceled events. As part of its Online Super Series, WSOP hands out 18 WSOP Circuit rings in 18 days. One of the primetime tables: a $525 Main Event with $200,000 guaranteed.

The series goes through March 31. Here’s a look at this weekend’s events:

  • Saturday, March 28: 7 p.m. ET, $320 buy-in, $75,000 guarantee
  • Sunday, March 29: 5 p.m. ET, $525 buy-in, $200,000 guarantee

To boot, players in Nevada and New Jersey have access to daily WSOP tournaments:

  • Daily, 4 p.m. ET, $215 buy-in, $10,000 guarantee
  • Daily, 11 p.m. ET, $30 buy-in, $10,000 guarantee
  • Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m. ET, $20,000 guarantee
  • Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. ET, $500 buy-in, $20,000 guarantee
  • Thursdays, 10 p.m. ET, $250 buy-in, $15,000 guarantee
  • Thursdays, 11:30 p.m. ET, $1,000 buy-in, $20,000 guarantee

Global Poker online poker events

Like WSOP, Global Poker continues to add to its tournament schedule to help meet the demand for online poker.

On top of five-figure guarantees during the week, Global Poker offers several high-profile payouts over the weekend, including:

  • Friday Flash: SC15,000 Guaranteed
  • Saturday Swift: SC15,000 Guaranteed
  • Sunday Six: SC15,000 Guaranteed

The site has also ramped up its daily offerings including its new “NightCap” series for night time players. Here’s a look at the complete slate of new dailies:

Throughout the night, too, Global Poker features a variety of events for night owls:

  • 6 p.m. ET, SC11 buy-in, SC6,000 guaranteed
  • 6:45 p.m. ET, SC55 buy-in, SC8,500 guarantee
  • 8:00 p.m. ET, SC5.50 buy-in, SC15,000 guarantee
  • 8:30 p.m. ET, SC33 buy-in, SC20,000 guarantee
  • 10 p.m. ET, SC55 buy-in, SC10,000 guarantee
  • 11 p.m. ET, SC11 buy-in, SC5,000 guarantee
  • Midnight ET, SC21.50 buy-in, SC3,000 guarantee
  • 12:30 a.m. ET, SC22 buy-in, SC2,000 guarantee
  • 1 a.m. ET, SC21.40 buy-in, SC2,000 guarantee
  • 1:30 a.m. ET, SC21.40 buy-in, SC1,500 guarantee

Finally, Global Poker strengthened its weekend schedule with the addition of a deepstack event featuring SC1,500 guarantee. Those tourneys begin each Sunday at 4:15 p.m. ET.

In addition, Global padded its Saturday schedule of events:

  • SC11 buy-in, 3 p.m. ET, SC3,000 guaranteed
  • SC22 buy-in, 4:15 p.m. ET, SC6,000 guaranteed
  • SC55 buy-in, 5:30 p.m. ET, SC12,000 guaranteed

Finally, several satellite tourneys will run earlier in the day each Saturday, awarding seats to the major events:

  • SC2.20 buy-in, 2:20 p.m. ET, 12 seats guaranteed
  • SC3.21 buy-in, 2:50 p.m. ET, 10 seats guaranteed
  • SC3.30 buy-in, 3:20 p.m. ET, 8 seats guaranteed
  • SC5.30 buy-in, 4:05 p.m. ET, 10 seats guaranteed

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A Rundown of Top Online Poker Events For The Weekend Of March 28

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As the world continues to fight back against coronavirus, social and physical distancing have taken effect. Folks have holed themselves up as a preventative measure.

In turn, the public has shifted attention to legal online casinos and online poker, and poker operators have introduced various events and tournaments.

Need to find a table this weekend? Look no further than these events happening online.

Where to play legal online poker

Only select states offer regulated real-money poker in the US: DelawareNevadaNew Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The likes of PokerStars and World Series of Poker (WSOP) are heavy-hitters in the online poker world. So, too, is Global Poker, which prides itself on the social gaming aspect.

PokerStars stands as the largest online poker operator in the world, offering a wide array of cash games and tournaments for players in New Jersey, Nevada and Pennsylvania. Those wanting to play on the WSOP site have the option of a shared liquidity pool among players from New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware.

Global Poker, meanwhile, allows players to buy Gold Coins for for ring games and tourneys.

PokerStars online poker events

A pleasant surprise of late has been the rising popularity of online poker in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Here is the schedule for players in Pennsylvania:

No Limit Texas Hold’em
Date: March 29, 6 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $30
Guaranteed prize pool: $15,000

No Limit Texas Hold’em
Date: March 29, 7 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $250
Prize pool: $20,000

The Big
Date: March 29, 7 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $20
Guaranteed prize pool: $10,000

Sunday Storm, No Limit Texas Hold’em
Date: March 29, 5 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $10
Guaranteed prize pool: $7,500

The Big
Date: March 29, 6 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $10
Guaranteed prize pool: $7,500

Bounty Builder, PKO
Date: March 29, 9 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $20
Guaranteed prize pool: $10,000

Sunday Supersonic
Date: March 29, 10 p.m.
Buy-in: $50
Guaranteed prize pool: $7,500

For those in New Jersey, here are the upcoming tournaments:

No Limit Texas Hold Em
Date: March 29, 4 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $50
Guaranteed prize pool: $10,000

No Limit Texas Hold Em
Date: March 29, 5 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $10
Guaranteed prize pool: $7,500

No Limit Texas Hold Em, deposit freeroll
Date: March 29, 6 p.m. ET
Buy-in: Ticket
Guaranteed prize pool: $1,000 added

No Limit Texas Hold Em
Date: March 29, 6 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $200
Guaranteed prize pool: $40,000

No Limit Texas Hold Em
Date: March 29, 7 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $500
Guaranteed prize pool: $10,000

8-Game
Date: March 29, 8:30 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $50
Guaranteed prize pool: $1,000

No Limit Texas Hold Em
Date: March 29, 10 p.m. ET
Buy-in: $75
Guaranteed prize pool: $5,000

And with several variations of Championship of Online Poker (COOP), PokerStars has helped spearhead the uptick of online poker.

The Spring Championship of Online Poker will be the first such event in PA and feature a whopping $2 million guarantee. New Jersey, meanwhile, expects to have a $1.2 million guarantee, representing a $200,000 increase from 2019.

Those tourneys are scheduled for April 4, allowing for enough practice time.

Complete schedules for both events are expected shortly.

WSOP.com online poker events

A premier event expects to be a monumental hit during this summer’s World Series of Poker. And one last qualifying event is left for players hoping to join those tables.

The $55 March Mayhem tournaments boast a $50,000 guarantee and a seat at the Big 50 table to the winner. Players have one final opportunity to earn that seat as March Mayhem wraps up March 29.

Take solace for non-winners, however: Those players who have entered at least two tourneys receive tickets to a Big 50 Seat Freeroll, which awards five seats at the Big 50 table.

Not to be outdone, WSOP.com is looking to make up for postponed and canceled events. As part of its Online Super Series, WSOP hands out 18 WSOP Circuit rings in 18 days. One of the primetime tables: a $525 Main Event with $200,000 guaranteed.

The series goes through March 31. Here’s a look at this weekend’s events:

  • Saturday, March 28: 7 p.m. ET, $320 buy-in, $75,000 guarantee
  • Sunday, March 29: 5 p.m. ET, $525 buy-in, $200,000 guarantee

To boot, players in Nevada and New Jersey have access to daily WSOP tournaments:

  • Daily, 4 p.m. ET, $215 buy-in, $10,000 guarantee
  • Daily, 11 p.m. ET, $30 buy-in, $10,000 guarantee
  • Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m. ET, $20,000 guarantee
  • Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. ET, $500 buy-in, $20,000 guarantee
  • Thursdays, 10 p.m. ET, $250 buy-in, $15,000 guarantee
  • Thursdays, 11:30 p.m. ET, $1,000 buy-in, $20,000 guarantee

Global Poker online poker events

Like WSOP, Global Poker continues to add to its tournament schedule to help meet the demand for online poker.

On top of five-figure guarantees during the week, Global Poker offers several high-profile payouts over the weekend, including:

  • Friday Flash: SC15,000 Guaranteed
  • Saturday Swift: SC15,000 Guaranteed
  • Sunday Six: SC15,000 Guaranteed

The site has also ramped up its daily offerings including its new “NightCap” series for night time players. Here’s a look at the complete slate of new dailies:

Throughout the night, too, Global Poker features a variety of events for night owls:

  • 6 p.m. ET, SC11 buy-in, SC6,000 guaranteed
  • 6:45 p.m. ET, SC55 buy-in, SC8,500 guarantee
  • 8:00 p.m. ET, SC5.50 buy-in, SC15,000 guarantee
  • 8:30 p.m. ET, SC33 buy-in, SC20,000 guarantee
  • 10 p.m. ET, SC55 buy-in, SC10,000 guarantee
  • 11 p.m. ET, SC11 buy-in, SC5,000 guarantee
  • Midnight ET, SC21.50 buy-in, SC3,000 guarantee
  • 12:30 a.m. ET, SC22 buy-in, SC2,000 guarantee
  • 1 a.m. ET, SC21.40 buy-in, SC2,000 guarantee
  • 1:30 a.m. ET, SC21.40 buy-in, SC1,500 guarantee

Finally, Global Poker strengthened its weekend schedule with the addition of a deepstack event featuring SC1,500 guarantee. Those tourneys begin each Sunday at 4:15 p.m. ET.

In addition, Global padded its Saturday schedule of events:

  • SC11 buy-in, 3 p.m. ET, SC3,000 guaranteed
  • SC22 buy-in, 4:15 p.m. ET, SC6,000 guaranteed
  • SC55 buy-in, 5:30 p.m. ET, SC12,000 guaranteed

Finally, several satellite tourneys will run earlier in the day each Saturday, awarding seats to the major events:

  • SC2.20 buy-in, 2:20 p.m. ET, 12 seats guaranteed
  • SC3.21 buy-in, 2:50 p.m. ET, 10 seats guaranteed
  • SC3.30 buy-in, 3:20 p.m. ET, 8 seats guaranteed
  • SC5.30 buy-in, 4:05 p.m. ET, 10 seats guaranteed

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US Casinos Go Dark As Sporting Events Cancel

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With each passing day, it would be easy to say the world is becoming a darker place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses are closing, schools are shutting down, quarantines and social distancing is being enforced.

During these times, we must remember this age-old (albeit cliche) bit of wisdom: It is always darkest before the dawn.

Casinos across the country are certainly hoping that is the case, what with nearly all properties closing up shop.

Regardless, we continue to march forward. And with each passing day, we are one day closer to getting through to the other side.

On to the Rewind:

The day Las Vegas casinos went dark

Not long ago, Gov. Steve Sisolak was supporting Nevada casinos that remained open during the outbreak. The Silver State governor called gaming “the lifeblood of Nevada’s economy and the source of financial support for so many of our citizens and their families.” As such, he added, “I strongly support any decision our properties make.”

Soon after making that statement, Sisolak ordered the 30-day shutdown of all non-essential businesses in Nevada. On the day of St. Patrick, the Vegas Strip was deserted, and the state’s casinos joined a long list of properties across the country that have suspended operations.

Prior to Sisolak’s order, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore both voluntarily closed for at least two weeks. MGM Resorts followed suit, shutting down nine casinos in Vegas “until further notice. The likes of Venetian and Palazzo also entered the fold.

The last time Las Vegas casinos closed came nearly 50 years ago, as the city went dark for the funeral of John F. Kennedy in November 1963.

As noted, Nevada’s decision added to the already lengthy list of states that issued similar directives. Now, according to the American Gaming Association, all of the country’s 465 commercial casinos will be closed this week. To boot, some 97% of the nation’s 524 tribal properties will have done the same. All told, around 650,000 casino gaming employees will be affected, and $43.5 billion in economic activity will be taken away if casinos remain closed for two months.

Fortunately for Nevadans, online gambling will remain open. Several sportsbooks have opted to shut down mobile platforms, but the likes of Circa SportsWilliam Hill and WSOP.com remain operational.

Another massive sporting event postponed

Last week, news revolved around the postponement of the NBANHL and MLB seasons, as well as the NCAA electing to cancel March MadnessAugusta National pushing back the Masters, and so on.

Now the first leg in horse racing’s Triple Crown has found a new date.

The 146th Kentucky Derby, always scheduled for the first Saturday in May, will instead run Sept. 5, according to Churchill Downs. Also postponed: the Kentucky Oaks, which will take place Sept. 4.

The Derby has been held on the first Saturday in May all but once in the 145-year history of the event. That one exception: 1945, the conclusion of World War II.

While its rescheduling would otherwise indicate the Kentucky Derby would not be the first leg of the Triple Crown, reports suggest that NBC, which airs all three legs, is considering pushing back the Preakness and Belmont Stakes due to the coronavirus.

Maryland sports betting gains traction

A silver lining emerged amidst the ever-darkening clouds.

According to Legal Sports Report, the Maryland Senate overwhelmingly concurred (45-0) with changes the House made earlier regarding legalized MD sports betting.

As originally written when it sailed through the Senate, the bill to legalize wagering would authorize betting at four state casinos, three racetracks and potentially the Washington Redskins’ stadium and practice facility. Alas, along with several pages of the bill, this section was apparently taken out by the House.

As a result, the bill to legalize and regulate wagering in Maryland will go in front of state voters this year.

On the ballot, voters will face the question of favoring “the expansion of commercial gaming … to authorize sports and event betting for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education.”

Should they pass the referendum in November, the state legislature would need to pass another bill the following year detailing how the industry would operate.

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US Casinos Go Dark As Sporting Events Cancel

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With each passing day, it would be easy to say the world is becoming a darker place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses are closing, schools are shutting down, quarantines and social distancing is being enforced.

During these times, we must remember this age-old (albeit cliche) bit of wisdom: It is always darkest before the dawn.

Casinos across the country are certainly hoping that is the case, what with nearly all properties closing up shop.

Regardless, we continue to march forward. And with each passing day, we are one day closer to getting through to the other side.

On to the Rewind:

The day Las Vegas casinos went dark

Not long ago, Gov. Steve Sisolak was supporting Nevada casinos that remained open during the outbreak. The Silver State governor called gaming “the lifeblood of Nevada’s economy and the source of financial support for so many of our citizens and their families.” As such, he added, “I strongly support any decision our properties make.”

Soon after making that statement, Sisolak ordered the 30-day shutdown of all non-essential businesses in Nevada. On the day of St. Patrick, the Vegas Strip was deserted, and the state’s casinos joined a long list of properties across the country that have suspended operations.

Prior to Sisolak’s order, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore both voluntarily closed for at least two weeks. MGM Resorts followed suit, shutting down nine casinos in Vegas “until further notice. The likes of Venetian and Palazzo also entered the fold.

The last time Las Vegas casinos closed came nearly 50 years ago, as the city went dark for the funeral of John F. Kennedy in November 1963.

As noted, Nevada’s decision added to the already lengthy list of states that issued similar directives. Now, according to the American Gaming Association, all of the country’s 465 commercial casinos will be closed this week. To boot, some 97% of the nation’s 524 tribal properties will have done the same. All told, around 650,000 casino gaming employees will be affected, and $43.5 billion in economic activity will be taken away if casinos remain closed for two months.

Fortunately for Nevadans, online gambling will remain open. Several sportsbooks have opted to shut down mobile platforms, but the likes of Circa SportsWilliam Hill and WSOP.com remain operational.

Another massive sporting event postponed

Last week, news revolved around the postponement of the NBANHL and MLB seasons, as well as the NCAA electing to cancel March MadnessAugusta National pushing back the Masters, and so on.

Now the first leg in horse racing’s Triple Crown has found a new date.

The 146th Kentucky Derby, always scheduled for the first Saturday in May, will instead run Sept. 5, according to Churchill Downs. Also postponed: the Kentucky Oaks, which will take place Sept. 4.

The Derby has been held on the first Saturday in May all but once in the 145-year history of the event. That one exception: 1945, the conclusion of World War II.

While its rescheduling would otherwise indicate the Kentucky Derby would not be the first leg of the Triple Crown, reports suggest that NBC, which airs all three legs, is considering pushing back the Preakness and Belmont Stakes due to the coronavirus.

Maryland sports betting gains traction

A silver lining emerged amidst the ever-darkening clouds.

According to Legal Sports Report, the Maryland Senate overwhelmingly concurred (45-0) with changes the House made earlier regarding legalized MD sports betting.

As originally written when it sailed through the Senate, the bill to legalize wagering would authorize betting at four state casinos, three racetracks and potentially the Washington Redskins’ stadium and practice facility. Alas, along with several pages of the bill, this section was apparently taken out by the House.

As a result, the bill to legalize and regulate wagering in Maryland will go in front of state voters this year.

On the ballot, voters will face the question of favoring “the expansion of commercial gaming … to authorize sports and event betting for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education.”

Should they pass the referendum in November, the state legislature would need to pass another bill the following year detailing how the industry would operate.

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Betting on Sports – How to Win Up to 97% of All Your Bets on Sport Events

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Betting on sports is one of the forms of gambling in which bettors predict about the outcome of their chosen sport event by placing their bets. Previously sports betting always has been done with the local bookies but now the Internet have changed the whole concept of this business. Online betting on sports is available to everyone at his home or any place with Internet facility. The basic tools required to play a good betting game is information on background of teams, sufficient information about particular sport you want to bet on, statistical analysis and tactics to win the bet.

There are hundreds of sports betting sites now available on Internet. These websites have chatting forums for people who want to enhance their betting knowledge. Sports betting systems are also a good source of knowledge about any game. These systems are based on reasonable mathematical information regarding any sport and team players. Besides these system experts are available online to provide the new or junior bettors fruitful information regarding betting on sport. These experts may charge you some fees for their advices. However you should carefully check before paying fees to any exert because there are many fake experts besides real experts to make profit by providing wrong information.

Sports betting online have various advantages mentioned below:

  • You can easily place bet on any betting website instead of visiting the local bookies.
  • You can collect a lot of information about sports and betting process by just few clicks.

Many people rely on sports betting for their livelihood however making sports betting a regular earning source can put you sometimes at risk of poverty because it a game in which you can win money as well as you can lose. People who are experts and skilled in betting on sports usually win more than they lose because of their experience.

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