Gambling and Sports Betting News Wire - June 17 2019

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Here are today's headlines in the world of gambling and sports betting as they happen - Monday June 17, 2019.

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Cubs Consider Opening Sportsbook at Wrigley Field

6:17 pm ET - The Chicago Cubs are considering opening up a sportsbook inside and outside of Wrigley Field as the state of Illinois prepares to implement a new sports gambling law, according to an ESPN report.

Currently, MLB prohibits sportsbooks and betting kiosks inside an actual ballpark. But the league discussed the topic at December's winter meetings in Las Vegas while addressing the altered landscape since the U.S. Supreme Court took down the federal law restricting sports gambling.

Betting windows, automated kiosks and a sportsbook venue are all under consideration.

Esports Entertainment Partners With Owners of 76ers and Devils

11:56 am ET - Esports Entertainment has partnered with the majority owners of both NBA team the Philadelphia 76ers and NHL team the New Jersey Devils in a multi-year deal with Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment that will provide player-to-player esports betting.  Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment owns the eSports organization Dignitas.

Users will be able to gamble on League of Legends, Call of Duty and a variety of other popular esport games through VIE.gg.

CEO Grant Johnson said: “I am very proud of this new partnership with HBSE and their Dignitas esports brand, which is founded in our shared common beliefs of player safety above all else.”

Betting on eSports matchups currently is available at BetOnline here.

Mobile Sports Betting Not Part of NY Bills as Deadline Looms

10:50 am ET - The deadline for getting any legislation passed to allow mobile sports betting in New York State will be this coming Wednesday, which concludes the 2019 legislative session.

Matching bills from Sen. Joseph Addabbo and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow now feature language permitting mobile sports wagering at casinos, tracks, OTBs, and professional sports venues.

Even if the bills were to somehow make it through committee for a vote, both face stiff opposition, mostly from the Governor’s office.  NY Governor Andrew Cuomo believes a voter referendum will be necessary to permit statewide expansion of gambling in the form of mobile/remote access.

Howard Mash Wins Senior's Event at WSOP

9:44 am ET - Howard Mash won the $1,000 Seniors Championship at the 2019 World Series of Poker Sunday night. He earns his first WSOP bracelet and $662,594. This payout is more than double his previous total career earnings.

"This is unbelievable," an ecstatic Mash said after the event. "I don’t even know what to say. I’m totally in shock, honestly." Mash, a financial advisor from Florida, is just barely eligible for this event. He just recently turned 50, and made the most of his first opportunity to play the seniors event.

Here are the final table results:

1 – Howard Mash – $662,594
2 – Jean-René Fontaine – $409,249
3 – James McNurlan – $303,705
4 – Adam Richardson – $226,996
5 – Donald Matusow – $170,887
6 – Farhad Jamasi – $129,582
7 – Samir Husaynue – $98,981
8 – Mike Lisanti – $76,165
9 – Mansour Alipourfard - $59,044

Gary Woodland US Open Payout $6600

9:44 am ET - The books made out like bandits for this past week's US Open, but it was a sweat.

Gary Woodland's payout was $6600 for every $100 bet but hardly anyone was backing him.

Instead, all the money was on the likes of Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka, the later of whom finished in second.

State Grants First Gambling License to Convenience Store

9:37 am ET - The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has granted a license to the owner of the Rutter's convenience store chain to install video gambling at a store in Walker Township, Juniata County.

The location, along Route 75 near Mifflintown and close to U.S. Route 322, the major highway artery in the area, becomes the first chain convenience store to get into Pennsylvania's exploding commercial gambling market.

19 other stores are in Central PA are looking to do the same.

The big question: Could they obtain a sports betting license at some point?

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