Gambling and Sports Betting News Wire - June 3, 2019

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C Costigan
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Here are today's headlines in the world of gambling and sports betting as they happen - Monday June 3, 2019.

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9:57 pm EST - Sports Betting on the Table Again in Louisiana - Zach & Kristian talk with Louisiana State Senator Danny Martini about the sports betting bill he's trying to pass through state legislature.

8:15 pm EST -Holzhauer Finally Gets Beaten on Jeopardy - Everyone else, know this: James Holzhauer isn't invincible after all.

The game show's 32-time champion lost for the first time in an episode that airs Monday, falling short of records for total winnings and longest reign, but leaving little doubt he's the best to ever play television's most popular game.  Read More Here

5:55 pm EST - Ties Between Lawmakers and the Gambling Industry in Illinois? The IG Should Investigate -

Newly installed Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been calling out elected officials who leverage their public service roles for personal profit.

Kristen McQueary of the Chicago Tribune writes:

A May 28 report from ProPublica Illinois and WBEZ named several politicians profiting off Illinois’ video gambling industry. The state legalized video gambling in 2009 — allowing legal payouts at those video poker and slot machines inside bars and restaurants — and although revenue got off to a slow start, insiders are now making millions from the losses of players. One of those insiders is Brady, a conservative Republican from Bloomington who ran for governor three times.

Internal records from the Illinois Gaming Board obtained by ProPublica/WBEZ revealed that Brady and his wife are more intimately tied to the industry than previously known. The Gaming Board identified them as persons with “significant influence or control,” a marker that separates big fish from little fish in a highly regulated, highly profitable industry.  Read More From The Tribune Here

5:28 pm EST - Updated NBA Finals Series Price - Warriors -285 Raptors +240 Warriors favored by 6 at home fot Wednesday's GM 3 at BetOnline

12:08 m EST - DiCaro & Hendricks: Joe Ostowski on Illinois' Push for Sports Gambling - In the final hour, Julie DiCaro and Maggie Hendricks were joined by Score host and gambling expert Joe Ostrowski live from Springfield to provide updates on the ever-changing Illinois sports gambling legislation and the chances of the bill passing.

11:42 am EST - Man Leaves Baby in Car While He Gambles Inside Casino - A Brookport, Illinois man was arrested in Metropolis after he allegedly stole gas and left a baby inside a car while he was inside an establishment gambling.

38-year-old Christopher Harris was found inside the gaming area of a gas station playing the video machines. Outside, police found an 18-month-old child that had been left in the car while Harris was inside gambling.

Harris had earlier stolen gasoline from the same gas station.

Harris was arrested and found to have methamphetamine and a controlled substance (Alprazolam) on him.

10:42 am ET - Illinois Gambling Expansion Biggest Losers Draftkings and FanDuel - Fantasy power houses will not get a leg up in Illinois' gambling expansion plans as legislation expected to be signed by that state's Governor this week includes language prohibiting the two companies from entering the new sports betting market for nearly two years.

Worse still, they will not even be able to use their own brand.

Rivers Des Plaines Casino has been accused of not wanting to compete on a level playing field with DraftKings and FanDuel.

DraftKings CEO Jason Robins said on Twitter: "While it is good to see sports betting bills passed, excluding DraftKings and FanDuel is like passing a ride sharing bill that excludes Uber and Lyft. Very disappointing Illinois customers will not have the best options available to them for 18 months."

10:06 am ET - Steve Shadders on Giving Bitcoin SV 'a More Complete Toolset' - nChain's Technical Leader Steve Shadders took a few minutes to talk to CoinGeek’s Becky Liggero on how the wallet workshop can benefit the Bitcoin SV ecosystem.  At a previous conference, Shadders found himself having the same conversation with a lot of people: Some infastructure requirements, the common requirements for wallets as such a big part of the (cryptocurrency and blockchain) ecosystem. 

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