Sports betting to be hot topic at G2E, as AGA wants answers

Sports betting to be hot topic at G2E, as AGA wants answers

September 13, 2016 3:01 AM


According to the American Gaming Association $90 billion will be bet on football this season. Of that, $88 billion will be bet illegally. In 2015, an estimated $149 billion was bet on all sports by Americans.

The AGA thinks it is time to make a change. Federal law prohibiting sports betting has failed, says the AGA, and has created a massive illegal gambling market without any rules or protections. So it is no surprise sports betting will be a hot topic at the upcoming Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the international gaming trade show and conference held at the Sands Expo Center, Sept. 27-29.

We noticed a half dozen sessions on the agenda, including “How Legal, Regulated Sports Betting Works” with speakers Bob Scucci, director of race and sports operations for Boyd Gaming in Nevada, and Todd Furhman, CBS Interactive.

Another session that should prove interesting is “Huge Opportunity or Marginal Upside: The Legalization of Sports Betting in the U.S. beyond the Silver State.” The panel of experts who will give their insights and vision about what could be will include Stephen Master, senior vice president Nielson Company, and Joe Asher, CEO William Hill US.

Of course they have saved the best for last. The closing day “Super Session” roundtable will have David J. Stern, former NBA commissioner, as its featured speaker; Geoff Freeman, AGA president and CEO, Timothy Wilmott, Penn National Gaming president and CEO, and several other top industry executives.

It should be an interesting year ahead for sports betting.

Tee Time

Registration is now open for the $125,000 Nevada Open Professional Golf Event, Nov. 7-10, in Mesquite, a short 80 miles north of Las Vegas. Presented by Mesquite Gaming, the longest-running pro golf tourney in Nevada will be played at both the CasaBlanca Golf Club and Palms Golf Club in the breathtaking Virgin Valley.

The Nevada Open tournament has been played for more than four decades and attracts some of the top aspiring golfers in the country. It will again offer a total purse of $125k in addition to a purse for the pro-am and valuable prizes for amateurs.

As in the past, the tourney is projected to sell out so if you are interested in playing, don’t delay, register today.

Visit for information and reservations.

Ready for Kickoff

Looking for a place to watch your favorite team this football season? Check out the Club Madrid at Sunset Station.

Every Sunday and Monday, Chuck Esposito, director of race and sportsbook operations, along with Brian Blessing of the Sportsbook radio show, 1400 KSHP AM, host a free football viewing party inside Club Madrid for guests 21 years or older.

Of course you can’t watch a game with snacks and something to drink. Don’t worry, there will be a number of food and drink specials, including $1.50 Bud and Bud Light, $1.50 hot dogs, $5 bucket of beers, $5 packs of five hot dogs, and a $3 special on a beer, hot dog and chips combo, and more.

There will also be giveaways throughout the season.

See you around town.