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Ollie Ring

Sports Editor


Ollie is an experienced writer covering everything from esports to regulatory developments in the USA. He loves obscure data points and the occasional lousy parlay on 20 tennis players which inevitably loses.

Articles by Ollie Ring (52)

Legal sports betting gets underway in Massachusetts

Massachusetts became the latest state to launch legal retail sports betting after Mayor Domenic Sarno placed $50 on the Philadelphia Eagles to beat the Kansas City Chiefs at the BetMGM Sportsbook at MGM Springfield. The Mayor’s bet was the first legal bet, placed at 10am on Tuesday morning and is on the biggest betting event […]

Ollie Ring  •  09 Feb 2023
Virginia edges closer to once more allowing promotional deductions when calculating adjusted gross revenue

Virginia is a step closer to reintroducing some level of promotional deductions being allowed for the calculation of adjusted gross revenue after Senator Jeremy S. McPike’s Bill SB 1142 passed the Senate by a vote of 31-7.  What does the Virginia bill state? The bill, introduced in January sought to once more allow exclusion from […]

Ollie Ring  •  08 Feb 2023
bet365 continues steady US expansion with mobile sports betting launch in Virginia

UK headquartered online gambling behemoth Bet365 has continued its steady expansion in the United States of America with its mobile launch in Virginia. Where else is bet365 live? Virginia is the fourth state in which bet365 wil go live. The company has also launched in New Jersey, Colorado and Ohio.  The company withdrew its application […]

Ollie Ring  •  08 Feb 2023
Nebraska sports betting is legalized but weeks off launching

Nebraska retail sports betting is now legal in the state of Nebraska, but lack of infrastructure in place at Nebraska’s licensed casinos means no one will be able to bet on Super Bowl VII, and it’s doubtful whether they’ll be ready for March Madness.  Where can Nebraska gamblers wager? The Lincoln Journal Star has reported […]

Ollie Ring  •  07 Feb 2023
Texas gears up for 2023 legalized online sports betting battle

Legislators, with the backing of the Texas Sports Betting Alliance, have filed Bill SB 715 and companion HB 1942 attempting to legalize Texas online sports betting.  Who’s in the Texas Sports Betting Alliance? The bills were filed by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst and Rep. Jeff Leach. The Texas Sports Betting Alliance includes the following teams, betting […]

Ollie Ring  •  07 Feb 2023
NBA bans “risk free” from being used in gambling adverts on league and team-controlled platforms

Responsible gambling once again took center of attention in the United States, where the NBA has announced the banning of the term ‘risk free’ in any league-controlled media. This will include all advertisements posted on individual team websites. Furthermore, the NBA has put pressure on broadcasters over whom it does not have ultimate control, to […]

Ollie Ring  •  06 Feb 2023
New Jersey’s Atlantic City casinos could soon see smoking banned

Smoking could soon be totally banned from Atlantic City’s casinos as New Jersey’s lawmakers meet on February 13th to discuss the proposal.  New Jersey has outlawed indoor smoking since 2006, but a specific law allows smoking in up to 25% of a casino floor.  The issue remains contentious, with many patrons arguing gambling and smoking […]

Ollie Ring  •  04 Feb 2023
Virginia welcomes Betfred USA launch as official sports betting partner of Loudoun FC

Betfred USA has continued its aggressive US expansion with the launch of online operations in the state of Virginia, as the official sports betting partner of Loudoun United FC.  What does the partnership entail? The partnership not only facilitates Betfred’s Virginia online sports betting launch, but will also see the brand take prominent advertising inventory. […]

Ollie Ring  •  04 Feb 2023
Simplebet suggests micro-betting is the future

Simplebet is one of many companies looking to disrupt the online and mobile sports betting industry with innovative ‘micro-betting’ markets. In the first three rounds of the NFL playoffs, the company has revealed that over $1.5 million had been wagered on a touchdown scorer in an individual drive. What can punters bet on? The typical […]

Ollie Ring  •  02 Feb 2023
National Council on Problem Gambling claims bulk of US iGaming regulations fall drastically short of minimum standards

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has released its 2022 report assessing the responsible gambling practices of the 7 states in which iGaming is legal in the United States of America. The report found that regulations in four of the seven states fall ‘drastically short’ of NCPG’s minimum responsible gambling standards. The content of […]

Ollie Ring  •  02 Feb 2023