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Neil Roarty

Senior iGaming Journalist


Neil is a gambling industry veteran with over 15 years experience as a content writer, editor and speaker at events. He has a Masters degree in English Literature and Philosophy and has combined this analytical inquisitiveness with a passion for sports betting and casino gaming. Neil started his career with and helped build not only that site but various others such as, and numerous other sports informational sites, including and He then made the transition to the North American market, working both in the UK and in New Jersey to launch various sports betting and casino sites, including AmericanBettingExperts and NewAmericanCasinos. Working with regulators, Neil has helped to review sports betting sites and also test the regulated betting apps in a professional capacity. He now works almost exclusively in the US market and is one of the main reviewers and fact checkers on SportsLens gambling content. He also speaks at various gambling conferences including ICE, iGB Live and SBC Americas and has contributed to GamblingInsider, EGR Magazine and a number of others in a consulting capacity.

Articles by Neil Roarty (52)

Gov. Gavin Newsom further dooms CA online sports betting Prop 27

California online sports betting has not looked likely for months now, but Gov. Gavin Newson has arguably put the nail in the coffin with polling also suggesting that both CA Proposition 26 and 27 will not pass. Newsom said (via Politico) that “Proposition 27 is bad for California. It would hurt California’s Indian Tribes, increase […]

Neil Roarty  •  04 Dec 2023
DraftKings puts launch date pressure on Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Sports betting giant DraftKings has again asked the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to reassess its planned staggered retail/online sports betting launch following its approval in early October. Per current plans, retail sports betting would go live in January, with online lagging behind to March. The agenda for Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s meeting on Thursday includes “Commissioner Updates: […]

Neil Roarty  •  02 Dec 2023
Kansas edges ever closer to legalized sports betting following regulatory developments

The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission unanimously approved regulations for sports betting, paving the way for an imminent announcement on the proposed launch date. The regulatory process is long and complicated, as is the case with most US states. Following the approval of both the Kansas Lottery and the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, the […]

Neil Roarty  •  01 Nov 2023
Industry analysts predict sports betting defeat for California | CA online not likely

Industry analysts are not optimistic about California sports betting becoming legal, in a retail or online capacity. Both Proposition 26 and Proposition 27 will be voted on in early November, and require 50 percent or upwards of the vote to pass – something that looks increasingly unlikely. Despite marketing spending pushing half a billion US […]

Neil Roarty  •  01 Nov 2023
Washington DC to hold public oversight roundtable to assess sports betting

The Washington D.C. council will tomorrow hold a meeting on the region’s sports betting program and comprehensive underperformance compared to initial expectations, and what can be done to enhance performance to compete with sports wagering programs in neighbouring states Maryland and Virginia. What is the structure of D.C’s sports betting? When a law was passed […]

Neil Roarty  •  14 Aug 2023
New Hampshire online sports betting records marginal decrease in August

New Hampshire online sports betting declined on a month-by-month basis for the third consecutive month, recording US$32.87m in wagers for August. A small growth in retail handle to US$10.5m saw overall wagering in the state increase narrowly, but insignificantly.  The online GGR received by New Hampshire was also the lowest since August 2021, owing largely […]

Neil Roarty  •  14 Aug 2023
New York records uptick in online sports betting revenue ahead of NFL launch

August saw a positive upturn for New York which reported a month on month increase in online sports betting handle. Handle reached US$872m, up 9% from July’s US$800m but the two consecutive months remain the lowest on record since online sports betting launched in January 2022. The record highs for betting handle landed in January […]

Neil Roarty  •  14 Aug 2023
Massachusetts regulators deny operators universal sports betting launch

Following DraftKings appeal to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to reassess the planned staggered retail/online sports betting launch, the regulator has categorically declined the approach and decided to pursue its initial launch plan. The initial launch plan will allow retail sports betting to launch up to two months ahead of mobile/online sports betting, with retail going […]

Neil Roarty  •  29 Oct 2022
Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission approves qualifications of 11 entities for sports wagering

Maryland’s Lottery and Gaming Commission has announced the approval of 11 entities seeking sports wagering licenses in the state. 10 of the businesses are seeking mobile sports wagering licenses, and one business has applied for a Class B facility license. All eleven of the entities will go before Maryland’s Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (“SWARC”) […]

Neil Roarty  •  28 Oct 2022
Pennsylvania records US$540m in online sports betting wagers for September

Pennsylvania online sports betting reached US$540m in player wagers for September, recording its highest number since March. August saw just US$294.6m of wagers, resulting in September showing a staggering 83.1% month-on-month increase. It is also a 11.1% year-on-year increase from US$486.5m wagered in September 2021. Online sports betting is taken by a total of 13 […]

Neil Roarty  •  28 Oct 2022