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SugarHouse Casino Launches Its Sports Betting Operation

BWanksCB - December 13, 2018

SugarHouse Casino took its first sports bets earlier today, the first of a planned two-day soft opening. The casino is also expected to run a 10-hour soft opening on Friday, and if the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board gives the expected go-ahead, it will be all systems go for regular operations on Saturday, just in time for the start of NFL Week 15 action and college football’s bowl slate.

Footage of the first bets:

SugarHouse and Pittsburgh-based Rivers Casino, which also opened today, became the state’s second and third casinos to take legal sports wagers. Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville opened its sportsbook last month.

For those wondering, among the first accepted bets were plays on the Chiefs, Eagles, Lakers, and Flyers. Bold strategy backing the local teams, I must say.

With SugarHouse’s soft launch, Pennsylvania moves one step closer to green-lighting online sports gambling, which is expected to happen sometime in early 2019. You can read all about the much anticipated arrival of PA online sports betting right here.

 

Stephen A. Smith Gives an Insightful Breakdown of Tonight’s Chargers/Chiefs Game

BWanksCB - December 13, 2018

Stephen A. Smith, Tedy Bruschi, and Max Kellerman were on ESPN’s First Take earlier today breaking down the pivotal AFC West showdown between the Chargers and Chiefs. Typically, I don’t have many nice things to say about the show, but since it’s the holidays and all, I’m going to try to be a little more positive here. I have to give the show credit because, well, you’re just not going to find NFL analysis like this anywhere else:

The faces of Kellerman and Bruschi are absolutely priceless.

To recap:
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Sports Betting Updates

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FanDuel Sportsbook Review

Things have picked up for NJ online sports betting. FanDuel Sportsbook launched their sports betting app in September and they, along with DraftKings, have quickly become the leaders in the space. If you want to know how the sites compare to each other, read our DraftKings Sportsbook vs. FanDuel Sportsbook post. Otherwise, keep reading to get our review of FanDuel and their current bonus offers. Bonus: First deposit matched up to $100 Minimum Deposit: $10 FanDuel

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DraftKings Sportsbook Promo Code: DraftKings Is Offering a $500 Free Bet

DraftKings Sportsbook has been live in New Jersey for over three full months now and a lot has changed since launch, including promos and bonuses. Here is the current best DraftKings Sportsbook promo code and full review. The season of giving is upon us and our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook are spreading the holiday cheer between now and the end of the month by increasing their $200 free bet offer, which they’ve been running pretty

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The Best New Jersey Sportsbook Promos This Weekend

If you still haven’t gotten in on New Jersey’s legal sports betting action, now is a great time to check out the various promos some of the best betting apps are offering this weekend – just be sure to hit the “bet now” button or links to take advantage of these deals, as some of them are exclusive to our audience. For those of you in Pennsylvania, PA sports betting is coming soon. FanDuel Sportsbook FanDuel

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The Structure of the Andrew McCutchen Deal is Interesting

BWanksCB - December 13, 2018

As we await today’s fresh set of rumors stoked by agenda-driven agents and front offices, Ken Rosenthal checks in with the structure of Andrew McCutchen’s new three-year deal with the Phillies, and I like what the team did here:

The $10 million owed in the first year is pocket change, adding minimal obligation to an already modest 2019 payroll. In theory, it allows the Phils to make more aggressive short-term offers and front-load deals with prospective free agents, which certainly seems to be the organization’s goal. Look no further than their reported reluctance to go three years with J.A. Happ despite the obvious need for a reliable left-handed starter.

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Jahvon Quinerly Expresses Frustration With Villanova on Instagram

BWanksCB - December 12, 2018

Things seems to be going well on the Main Line.

Following the Wildcats’ surprising 78-75 loss to Penn, it appears freshman guard and former five-star recruit Jahvon Quinerly logged on to Instagram and shared some postgame thoughts:

Ouch.

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It Looks Like Chase Utley Is Going To Work For The Dodgers

BWanksCB - December 11, 2018

I have some bad news for those of you anticipating the newly retired Chase Utley would one day soon come back to work in the city where he spent the first 13 seasons of his career. In fact, you may want to grab a beer and take a seat.

It’s not happening–at least not any time soon:

The disloyalty! The treachery! The duplicity!

Come to think of it, I guess Utley isn’t the first person to betray while in Vegas, but it remains a bitter pill to swallow for those awaiting his triumphant return to usher in the next great era of Phillies baseball.

In all seriousness, Utley has made it clear that he retired in order to spend more time with his family on the west coast, so the Dodgers seemed like the obvious destination for his immediate post-player employment. I don’t really see any problem with it, but…

I don’t know what Jim Thome is doing with the White Sox, but maybe Chase can throw us a bone and back his employer off Harper. Then maybe we can call things even.

Report: Phillies Involved in J.T. Realmuto Trade Talks

BWanksCB - December 11, 2018

J.T. Realmuto is one of the best players in baseball that you may not know a thing about. Tucked away in the depths of baseball anonymity with the Miami Marlins since his debut in 2014, the 27-year-old Realmuto has emerged in recent seasons as one of baseball’s best young catchers. He led all catchers in fWAR a season ago, slashing .277/.340/.484 over 125 games. Throw in 30 doubles, 21 homers, and 74 RBI from a guy who primarily works behind the dish, and, well, that’s what I would call a pretty strong season.

Man, it would be awesome if the Phillies could get a guy like that. You know?

Well then.

Here’s Realmuto, considered by many around the game to be baseball’s most athletic catcher. Check him out in action, after the jump:
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Here’s What The Phillies Are Getting in Andrew McCutchen

BWanksCB - December 11, 2018

Fear not, Phillies fans.

Despite the team’s trade of Carlos Santana last week, there will be plenty of WALKS coming to Citizens Bank Park this spring. That is, of course, thanks to the Phillies’ reported agreement with 32-year-old free agent outfielder Andrew McCutchen on what’s believed to be a three-year deal worth $50 million. Of course, the immediate concern in the wake of this news has nothing to do with McCutchen at all, but instead what it does in terms of the Phillies’ desire and ability to pursue Bryce Harper. The status of that flirtation remains unchanged in that it remains wholly ambiguous.

For example:

This seems like a fairly reasonable breakdown of where things stand with the Phillies on the Harper front, after the jump:

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It Sure Sounds Like Gabe Kapler Wants Bryce Harper

BWanksCB - December 10, 2018

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler met with reporters at the Major League Baseball winter meetings this afternoon in Las Vegas, and let me just say, the guy is a total quote machine:

Without question, acquiring a player of, say, Bryce Harper’s caliber would go a long way towards building up that physical armor, and Kapler was unsurprisingly asked during the session about baseball’s most coveted free agent. His answer did nothing to dispel the rumors of the Phillies’ planned aggressive pursuit of Harper.

Here he is, after the jump:

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