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  • PA, KS Governors Bet On Super Bowl
  • Billy Walters Publishing Sports Betting Book in August
  • Gannett Teaming Up With Gambling.com

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The Kansas City Chiefs celebrate on stage during the Vince Lombardi Trophy presentation after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Super Bowl 57 football game, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023, in Glendale, Ariz. The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)

This week’s casino news starts off with some news on the Super Bowl. The two governors of the two states that participated in the big game placed a bet on it. That goes to show how far sports betting has come in the United States.

Pennsylvania, Kansas Governors Gamble On The Super Bowl

Josh Shapiro speaks to crowd as Pennsylvania governor

Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro speaks after taking the oath of office to become Pennsylvania’s 48th governor, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Leaders from two states agreed upon a bet regarding the outcome of the most Super Bowl LVII. Laura Kelly, the governor of Kansas, and Josh Shapiro, the governor of Pennsylvania, decided to agree upon a wager. After all, the Kansas City Chiefs were taking on the Philadelphia Eagles in the biggest NFL game of the season.

The deal was reportedly involving food and not real money. If the Chiefs had won, which they did, Shapiro agreed to send Kelly soft pretzels, cheesesteaks, and mini-Eagles doughnuts. All of which would come from different places in the Philadelphia area. On the flip side, if the Eagles were to have won, Kelly would have to send steak and chocolate-covered sunflower seeds the other direction.

Kelly, in particular, has been crucial in promoting sports betting in Kansas. She was the first person to place a legal sports wager in the area, putting $15 on the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl. And lo and behold, that bet actually turned out to be a winning one. Regardless, she’s been a massive contributor to the growing market in Kansas, which is estimated to be netting $10 million annually in revenue. As for Pennsylvania, they have also legalized sports betting. Both governors wanted to bring attention and some action to the biggest football game of the year.

Billy Walters Sports Wagering Book Set To Publish In August

Billy Walters leaves court

FILE – In this July 27, 2017, file photo, Las Vegas gambler William “Billy” Walters leaves Manhattan federal court, in New York. Walters, a Las Vegas professional gambler, real estate mogul and philanthropist who was convicted in an insider trading case said Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, he’s grateful his prison sentence was commuted by outgoing President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Readers who might be interested in getting to know the sports gambling world might be intrigued to hear about a new book that’s on the way. Legendary bettor Billy Walters announced that he will be publishing a book called Gambler: Secrets From A Life At Risk. The current estimation for when the book is that it will be published is August 15th, 2023.

As of right now, signs point towards the book being a way for Walters to share his secrets regarding the proprietary sports betting system. In other words, the book will be a wonderful learning process for millions of gamblers to improve their skills and while getting a peek inside the world of one of the biggest sharps. Walter will reportedly also detail his relationship with golfer Phil Mickelson in the book.

Aside from gambling, Walters has thrived in other areas as well. As of right now, he currently owns a massive business empire which has him owning 22 car dealerships, seven golf courses, heavy investments in major stocks and much more. It’s good to see that he’s found his way to make that money he made in betting work for him in other areas.

Gannett Finds Sports Gambling Content Partner

Newspaper giant Gannett

FILE – Sections of a USA Today newspaper lie on display, Aug. 5, 2019, in Norwood, Mass. On Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, newspaper publisher Gannett Co., confirmed that it’s laying off some of its newsroom staff, part of a cost-cutting effort to lower its expenses as revenue crumbles amid a downturn in ad sales and customer subscriptions. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Newspaper giant Gannett has finally found themselves a brand-new partner to hit the ground running with in terms of sports betting. Gannett Corporation, the owner of the USA Today brand, just announced a large multi-year agreement with Gambling.com Group. Gambling.com is expected to provide Garnett with content that they have to help further push their market up the rankings.

As it stands, nobody is quite sure what the official terms of this deal are. All that’s known is that Gannett has an audience of at least 47 million sports fans and that they are looking to capitalize on that exposure with more analytics and content.

Both sides are confident in the deal that they currently have in place with each side already mentioning how great past media partnerships have been. The two are planning to put together phenomenal content for their audiences to give them the best experience possible given an ever-growing number of online bettors in the United States. There might also be some affiliate deals in the making where Gannett can capitalize a bit better off of their audience.

Dave Consolazio

Dave Consolazio has been passionate about writing and sports journalism since his high school years. He has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from USC where he worked with the school's radio and television stations. His work has been featured in SportsbookReview, Sports Illustrated and SB Nation. Dave's experience ranges across multiple fields in the gambling industry. You can find his sports, casino, and poker articles in GambleOnline.co.

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