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Neil Roarty

Sports Editor


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)

Virginia online sports betting handle rebounds amid higher August bonus spend

The state of Virginia reported online sports betting handle of US$284.67m for August 2022, arresting a four-month slump and rebounding from US$266m in July. The margin recorded for August was lower, at 87% compared to July’s 90% and is historically the lowest online sports betting margin recorded since the launch in Virginia in 2021. Promotional […]

Neil Roarty  •  09 Oct 2022
Louisiana online sports betting handle rebounds to avoid six months of consecutive decline

The Louisiana Gaming Control Board has reported monthly statistics for August and revealed an up-turn in online handle, avoiding a sixth consecutive decline in overall wagering value. Reported online sports betting handle was US$112.1m for August, rising from the prior (full month) all-time low in July of US$103.3m but falling just short of the US$113.7m […]

Neil Roarty  •  01 Oct 2022
Poll suggests California online sports betting legalization unlikely any time soon

A recent poll commissioned by the Public Policy Institute of California has shown that defeat is more than likely in commercial operators bid to legalize online sports betting wagering across CA. Polling suggests that 34% of ‘likely’ voters would opt against Proposition 27; the proposition to allow online and mobile sports wagering outside of tribal […]

Neil Roarty  •  01 Oct 2022
Amazon opts for DraftKings for Thursday Night Football sponsor and in-play odds partner

DraftKings has been announced as sponsor and in-play odds partner for Amazon’s Thursday Night Football, the live NFL broadcast exclusively shown on the ecommerce sites streaming service, Prime Video. The deal is multi-year but financial details of the deal remain undisclosed. The deal will see DraftKings featured within all 15 Thursday Night Football games played […]

Neil Roarty  •  18 Sep 2022
No room for manoeuvre with Maryland sports betting deadline approaching | MD sports betting deadline will not budge

Further progress has been made in Maryland towards the launch of MD online sports betting, with the Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (“SWARC”) meeting in Baltimore to gather and discuss opinions on the latest proposed legislation pre-launch. The meeting was the last opportunity for businesses and industry stakeholders to make in-person queries around the […]

Neil Roarty  •  17 Sep 2022
Oregon online sports betting handle drops yet again

Oregon’s online sports betting handle fell yet again in August, reporting US$28.2m, lower than July’s total of US$28.45m. Although it’s a slight reduction on a monthly basis, it is the state’s best August on record since the online sportsbook launch in October 2019. August 2020 saw US$25.8m of wagers taken, with August 2021 reporting the […]

Neil Roarty  •  13 Sep 2022
Indiana online sports betting handle reaches US$238m for August

Indiana online sports betting has halted its decline, climbing from US$193m in July 2022 to US$238m in August 2022. It’s IA’s highest August on record in its third year of operations having launched online operations a month after retail, in October 2019. It shows a rebound back to June levels which recorded US$239m; just a […]

Neil Roarty  •  13 Sep 2022
Maryland finally launches online sports betting applications

After an extended period of delay and dithering, Maryland has opened the application process for online sports betting. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission has announced businesses have 45 days to submit applications. “We know sports fans are eager to have mobile wagering, and we also know that it will substantially increase the contributions to […]

Neil Roarty  •  07 Sep 2022
FanDuel set to return to Nevada with new license

After a seven year hiatus from Nevada’s legal sports betting market, FanDuel is set to return after the Nevada Gaming Commission voted unanimously in favour of licensing Betfair Interactive US LLC’s partnership with Boyd Gaming. The partnership will see Betfair (who operate as FanDuel) provide betting odds and wager line movements to employees of the […]

Neil Roarty  •  05 Sep 2022
Tribal Gaming revenue hits record high US$39bn in 2021

The National Indian Gaming Commission (“NIGC) released FY2021 results, showing a stark increase in Gross Gaming Revenue from both 2020 and 2019 to reach a record high. GGR totalled US$39bn, an increase of 40% from a heavily Covid-19 impacted 2020, and a 13% increase when compared to FY2019. The increase is Indian gaming’s largest ever […]

Neil Roarty  •  24 Aug 2022