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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)

California online sports betting dealt blow by Republican Party | CA Republicans side with Tribes

California’s Republican Party has voiced its opposition to Proposition 27, the ballot initiative that seeks to legalize online sports betting on a CA state-wide level. The GOP recently announced its position on all seven proposals which the Californians will head to the ballots to decide on come November 8th. This, of course, includes Proposition 26 […]

Neil Roarty  •  23 Aug 2022
New Hampshire FY23 sports betting starts off slow with lowest handle since August 2021

The downwards sports betting trend across the United States has continued with New Hampshire recording its lowest handle since August 2021 as its financial reporting period for 2023 got off to a slow start. Retail handle recorded was US$9.5m, down from US$12m in June whereas online handle fell from US$41.5m to US$33.1m as the lack […]

Neil Roarty  •  23 Aug 2022
Kansas sports betting remains set for September launch despite legal issues

Kansas has announced that the four state-owned casinos will begin taking both retail and mobile wagers on September 1st, during a soft-launch period. This comes a week before the beginning of the next NFL season, and a week before KS believes the sportsbook will leave soft-launch and operate fully, after further regulatory updates. Kansas Lottery […]

Neil Roarty  •  23 Aug 2022
Ohio reaches 24 applicants for opening day of sports betting

The Ohio Casino Control Commission released an update on prospective applicants for the launch of mobile sports betting, revealing a further three applications. In total, there are 24 mobile operators that hope to be live for the first day of sports betting January 1st 2023. The three new names in the update fall under the […]

Neil Roarty  •  22 Aug 2022
State of Massachusetts begins to gauge sports betting appetite

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“MGC”) has issued a statement and released a ‘notice of intent form’, asking that sports betting operators provisionally interested in acquiring a license complete the form by the close of August 2022. The notice of intent is not to be considered an application for a sports wagering license, and anyone that […]

Neil Roarty  •  22 Aug 2022
MLB swings for CA online sports betting

Major League Baseball released a statement last week supporting CA Proposition 27, which would see the legalization of online sports betting in California. As reported yesterday, spending on California’s sports betting ballot initiatives has usurped previous records and looks set to hit upwards of US$500m by November 8th. Proposition 26 and Proposition 27 are currently […]

Neil Roarty  •  18 Aug 2022
New York online betting handle falls below US$1bn in July

The Big Apple’s online sportsbetting handle has fallen below US$1bn for the first time since its launch. July 2022 saw bettors wager just shy of US$801m in July, a fall of 23.8% on June’s US$1.05bn which was the lowest to date prior. GGR increases despite handle low Interestingly, despite the plummet of over US$200m in […]

Neil Roarty  •  17 Aug 2022
Washington DC’s sportsbetting handle continues decline to US$11.3m

The downwards trend in sportsbetting handle has continued in Washington DC, with handle for July 2022 reaching US$11.34m, down from US£13.76m in June. The second lowest in DC’s history Since the full launch of retail sportsbetting in August 2020, July 2022 comes in as the lowest month on historical records for the state. The lowest […]

Neil Roarty  •  17 Aug 2022
US commercial gaming reaches record US$14.81bn in Q2 2022

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has announced record commercial gaming revenue of US$14.81bn during the second quarter of 2022. The AGA Commercial Gaming Tracker has shown an 8.8% increase in nationwide gaming industry win from traditional casino games, sports betting and iGaming, as it surpassed the previous quarterly record set in the fourth quarter of […]

Neil Roarty  •  17 Aug 2022
California sports betting destroys campaign spending record

Despite there almost being three months until the decision on California’s ballot initiatives, gambling tribes and commercial operators have already smashed the record for campaign spending, usurping US$350m so far. The previous record for campaign spending was held by Proposition 22, which was eventually found invalid by a state court judge. This wasn’t before the […]

Neil Roarty  •  17 Aug 2022