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It Turns Out PA Online Sports Betting May Only Be 3 Weeks Away

Kyle Scott - April 17, 2019

Things are about to change around here. Following our earlier post on the likelihood of PA online sports betting launching sometime before the July 15 go live date for online casinos, an official with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board says online sports betting apps could go live in as soon as three weeks.

Director of Communications Doug Harbach was quoted by Penn Live as saying online betting apps will go up for testing as early as this month.

“I really believe that within the next two to three weeks, we will see the first of the sports wagering internet sites go up for testing,” Harbach said. Assuming no major glitches, the sites should be given the green light from there.

Big deal, for those of you in PA who care about wagering on the NBA Playoffs, and a slew of other golf majors (The Masters was one of New Jersey’s biggest sports betting events).

 

PA regulator says it will be soon

UPDATE: After posting this, we spoke with Harbach. Here are some highlights of what he said about online betting launch in PA.

He said there will be a limited test period for a period of a few days, similar to New Jersey, where operators can be up and running for select hours. The Gaming Control Board will then work with them to iron out any issues before setting them live 24-7. Harbach said there will be one site live before the others.

“And I would expect that there’ll be some additional operators in line soon thereafter to get their sites up and running. So I think we’ll start to see a number of these being offered within the next couple of months.”

It sounds almost like sports betting sites will go live on a first-come, first-serve basis?

“It will be. We made the announcement today that we were gonna do a more coordinated launch for the iGaming and that will commence on the week of July 15. But in regards to the sports wagering, we’re going to allow them to test and get up and running as they’re ready.”

So it sounds like one app will be ready soon, with several more to follow over the spring and summer.

 

Qualifications

Anyone wishing to bet will have to be 21+ and pass an age-verification (obviously). And you’ll have to be within the borders of Pennsylvania– this is confirmed using geo-comply or similar technology that uses your phone’s GPS, or through a program you can download on your computer. Both of these are in place over the river.

 

Timing

Executive Director Kevin O’Toole told Penn Live that sports betting is on a faster track to launch than online casino games because there are fewer approval factors at play. For sports betting, PA regulators will have to verify that age verification and GPS tracking works and that the underlying technology backing the bets is sound. But the events themselves – sporting events – are already sanctioned and well officiated, so there is no work to be done there. With online casino games, they have to approve apps to make sure game mechanics and randomness comply with the law and are fair to the player.

 

Online is where it’s at

This is a quote from Penn Live:

Gaming industry consultant Michael Pollock told PennLive last year that the online games are seen as capturing a younger players who, for whatever reason, are seen as less likely to visit physical casinos.

This is such a ludicrous, simplified line that it borders on patronizing. For whatever reason. Set aside the younger gamer’s interest in visiting casinos, the sheer scale of online betting is almost too obvious to point out: the market size is literally every adult who has a phone in their pocket. It’s not even up for debate. And yet…

Of course your state hasn’t brought in expected sports betting revenue the way New Jersey has– the only state to, thus far, offer wide-scale online betting. Other states have adopted things like “in-casino mobile betting,” which is so archaic it almost hurts my head.

Pennsylvania has higher tax rates on casinos and partners when it comes to sports betting, which contributed to a tepid response from operators to enter the market, but the opportunity is too great in a state with two major sports cities. This all makes Philly the epicenter of the sports betting universe, with its entire market within three states that allow sports betting– two of which, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, will allow wide-scale online sports betting.

 

Which apps will be first?

We’ve put together a complete guide on where and how you’ll be able to bet online in Pennsylvania, but among those expected to be in contention to launch soon are:

What about DraftKings Sportsbook PA? They’ll need to find a casino partner first, but do have plans to enter the market, likely before football season.

All have been working on betting apps for some time, and in the case of FanDuel and SugarHouse (and Rivers, owned by same company as SugarHouse), some have working apps elsewhere.

We’ve reached out to the PCGB for comment and additional information and will update this post if we hear anything.

Sixers VP of Communications Rips “Steaming Pile of Trash” Column

Kevin Kinkead - April 17, 2019

Good morning.

If you missed it last night, veteran NBA writer Chris Sheridan shared on Twitter a column he wrote for the New York Daily News titled “76ers’ Brett Brown is heading for coaching purgatory.

Sixers VP of Communications Dave Sholler read the piece and did not like it, calling it an “irresponsible hack job” and “steaming pile of trash” –

Strong response right there!

So here’s a bit of background –

Sheridan has been in the business for decades. He was an NBA writer for ESPN and The Associated Press back in the day. Then he started his own site, SheridanHoops.com, and covered the Sixers for two months last season for NJ.com before resigning for what he describes as a “family emergency” on his Linkedin page. He had replaced Zack Rosenblatt on the beat, who moved over to the Eagles after Matt Lombardo took NJ.com’s Giants gig. Now Sheridan contributes to the NY Daily News as an NBA and sports gambling writer.

Right, so why does Sholler think the column is trash? Let’s look after the jump:

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The Alain Vigneault Hire is a Symbol of More Changes to Come for Flyers

Anthony SanFilippo - April 16, 2019

Alain Vigneault is the new Flyers coach.

There were a lot of instant reactions in Flyerdom yesterday. And, as the case most times these days, the extremist opinions were the loudest.

There were those who panned this hire as another NHL retread who hasn’t won anything, a coach who trusts veterans over younger players, a coach who pushes the envelope with his offensive systems but has a defensive blind spot and relies heavily on goaltending to keep his team in games.

Conversely, there were those who see that Vigneault took two different teams to the Stanley Cup Finals, had eight teams reach 100-point regular seasons, won a President’s Trophy and a Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the year and were chortling “Let’s Go” with their thumbs on their smart phones.

The actual reaction though, as always, should be somewhere in between.

Vigneault is a good coach. You don’t get hired by four NHL teams and coach nearly 1,200 games and make the playoffs a dozen times if you aren’t a good coach.

As a matter of fact, the only coaches in NHL history who have won as many games as Vigneault has (648) and have taken at least two teams to the finals is pretty short:

  • Scotty Bowman (Montreal, Pittsburgh, Detroit)
  • Dick Irvin (Toronto, Montreal)
  • Mike Babcock (Anaheim, Detroit)
  • Mike Keenan (Philadelphia, Chicago, New York Rangers)
  • Alain Vigneault (Vancouver, New York Rangers)

The one thing that stands out on that list? Vigneault is the only one who didn’t win a Cup.

That was something that GM Chuck Fletcher pointed out during his Conference Call – that Vigneault is “ready” to win a Cup.

I would hope so. If after trying 16 times and failing to reach your goal 16 times, I would hope you are ready.

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Masters Betting Guide: 2019 Masters Odds and Betting Preview

Philip Keidel - April 9, 2019

Hello, friends. The 2019 Masters tournament is here. Let’s take a look at the odds, favorites, longshots and our betting picks for the tradition, which is unlike any other.

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Odds

Here are the 2019 Masters Outright Betting Odds at leading NJ online sportsbooks:

Golfer PointsBet FanDuel DraftKings
Rory McIlroy +800 +650 +700
Dustin Johnson +1000 +1100 +900
Justin Rose +1200 +1200 +1200
Tiger Woods +1400 +1800 +1400
Justin Thomas +1600 +2000 +1600
Jon Rahm +1600 +2000 +1400
Rickie Fowler +1800 +2000 +1600
Jordan Spieth +1800 +1800 +2200
Brooks Koepka +2000 +3000 +2500
Francesco Molinari +2200 +2200 +2200
Bubba Watson +3300 +3300 +3500

DraftKings also allows bettors to bet on individual players based on finish. Take a look at these finishing odds:

Golfer Winner Top 5 Top 10
Rory McIlroy +700 +175 -167
Dustin Johnson +900 +200 +110
Justin Rose +1200 +200 +125
Tiger Woods +1400 +350 +164
Justin Thomas +1600 +400 +175
Jon Rahm +1400 +400 +175
Rickie Fowler +1600 +450 +200
Jordan Spieth +2200 +450 +225
Brooks Koepka +2500 +550 +275
Francesco Molinari +2200 +500 +250
Bubba Watson +3500 +700 +333

 

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The Sixers Are Bringing Back Their “Phila Unite” Playoff Campaign

Kyle Scott - April 9, 2019

Unite, or die, you shall. The Sixers are rolling back out their wildly popular “Philly Unite” campaign for the second year in a row this playoff season.

For those of you who don’t know, “Phila Unite” was a take on Ben Franklin’s 1754 political cartoon, “Join, or Die,” depicting a severed snake which represented the individual colonies. In the 18th century, the severed snake was thought to possess the ability to be resurrected if its separated pieces were put back together before sunset.

Today, it represents something much larger for the Sixers.

I spoke with team president and branding guru Chris Heck about resurrecting the snake and what it means to the team.

Planned from the beginning

While from the outside it may have seemed like the campaign and popular snake logo were a one-year effort that lasted not nearly long enough, Heck says it was always the plan to use it on a recurring basis as the Sixers are in the midst of what they feel is an impressive run of consecutive 50-win seasons.

It may seem obvious to incorporate historic elements of the city when your team name is literally derived from its most significant moment, but for the Sixers and Heck it goes deeper than that.

It may sound like marketing speak – and a good bit of it is – but Heck walks the talk– he is the sort of guy who will give you a tour of the Sixers’ practice facility in Camden and spend more time talking about the color palette and thought behind the retired-number banners hanging in the rafters than he will about the multiple NBA All-Stars who routinely walk those halls.

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FanDuel Sportsbook Is Running 100-1 Odds on The Masters

Kyle Scott - April 8, 2019

A tradition unlike any other! I’m talking about FanDuel running another 100-1 odds promo for a major sporting event. This time, FanDuel Sportsbook is offering 100 to 1 odds on any golfer to win The Masters.

This is not the first time New Jersey sportsbooks have offered aggressive odds boosts for big events. For the Super Bowl, FanDuel ran a similar 100-1 offer, and DraftKings did the same for The Oscars.

 

How does it work?

New users can get any golfer at 100-1 odds to win The Masters at FanDuel Sportsbook by registering here.

The offer is available until the start of the tournament– but it’s worth acting quickly on, as this is an aggressive offer and FanDuel has the right to withdraw it if they are seeing too much action in one direction.

The maximum bet is $5, meaning you can get a $500 payout for correctly selecting the winner of The Masters.

FanDuel will pay winners within 72 hours with a promo code worth $500. While a promo code is a new way to issue a payout, this is essentially the standard way these sort of signup offers are paid out. They are called bet-through requirements and you’ll have to wager your winnings again before it is eligible to be withdrawn.

For The Masters, this will replace FanDuel’s regular $500 risk-free bet offer.

 

100-1 odds

These sort of odds boosts are ways for NJ sports betting sites to grab new customers prior to big events. The Masters is effectively the first golf major since the start of legal sports betting in New Jersey. This represents a whole new fan base and opportunity for FanDuel to gain new customers. And unlike the Super Bowl, where they essentially booked a loss before the game by offering such long odds on the winner, golf offers an entire field to select from and, thus, less risk for FanDuel.

 

FanDuel Masters odds

As of writing this, FanDuel offers the following Masters odds:

  • Rory McIlroy: +650
  • Dustin Johnson: +1100
  • Justin Rose: +1200
  • Jordan Spieth: +1600
  • Tiger Woods: +1600
  • Jon Rahm: +2000
  • Justin Thomas: +2000
  • Rickie Fowler: +2000
  • Francesco Molinari: +2200
  • Paul Casey: +2800
  • Brooks Koepka: +3000
  • Bryson DeChambeau: +3000

Keep in mind, 100-1 odds effectively means +10000, so all of the favorites listed here are huge values with FanDuel.

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Bonus: 100-1 Masters odds

Minimum Deposit: $10

FanDuel Sportsbook

  • Established brand
  • Backed by Betfair
  • Excellent interface
  • Live betting view

 

Keep it locked here for Masters betting coverage all week long.

The Joel Quenneville Talk Can Finally Stop. Now, lets talk Dave Tippett

Anthony SanFilippo - April 8, 2019

The Flyers offseason is only entering it’s second day and the angst has already set in.

It’s because of an early morning tweet from another team:

Wait, I thought he was “definitely” coming here?

Oh, sorry.

Let’s get some things out of the way here first:

  • The Flyers never offered Quenneville a contract.
  • Chuck Fletcher didn’t seek permission from Chicago to speak to him about the Flyers job – not in December and not in April.
  • Quenneville, while an attractive name and an impressive resume, probably wasn’t the right fit for a young team like the Flyers as he is not a patient coach.
  • I can’t say this with 100 percent certainty, but I’m pretty confident Quenneville let it be known in NHL circles where he wanted to go this offseason and Philadelphia wasn’t the option that interested him the most.
  • Not to mention, Quenneville has a pre-existing relationship with Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon from Tallon’s days in the same role in Chicago.

Now, why would Florida be more appealing than Philly? Especially since that team doesn’t draw well and roughly half of the people who do attend games in South Florida are fans of the visiting team.

Well, you can’t beat the weather, for one. But, hockey-wise, they are a draw for a coach, after the jump, because:

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Snow The Goalie: State of the Flyers with President Paul Holmgren

Russ Joy - April 8, 2019

Anthony and Russ sit down for an exclusive interview with Flyers President Paul Holmgren. They discuss the team’s young core, 2007 v. 2019, the team/fan dynamic, restricted free agents, the coaching search, the job Scott Gordon has done, Chuck Fletcher’s hiring, and just how long Holmgren believes he has left in his role. The guys then react to the interview and touch on some other Flyers topics, including the names being rumored in the coaching search and potential offseason targets. Plus, new five star reviews.

Please subscribe to the show ([iTunes] [Google Play] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @AntSanPhilly @JoyOnBroad

Plus, don’t forget to check out “The Press Row Show” with Anthony and Russ for pregame and intermission coverage of Flyers home games LIVE from press row of Wells Fargo Center! The show streams on Twitter/Periscope via Crossing Broad, Anthony, and Russ’ accounts and Facebook Live via the Crossing Broad page.

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports PodcastCrossed Up: A Phillies PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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