This week’s casino news starts off on New York City where Caesars Sportsbook is wasting no time making moves. Now that they’ve been cleared to operate in the state, they’ve also struck their first major deal.
Caesars Sportsbook Partners Up With Madison Square Garden
Now that mobile sports betting is welcome in the state of New York, companies are moving in to make partnerships. Caesars Sportsbooks has officially locked themselves into a deal with Madison Square Garden, the home of the New York Knicks and Rangers. This deal comes right as online and mobile sports betting is about to launch in New York. Caesars will also now be known as the official sports betting partner of both the New York Rangers in the NHL and the New York Knicks in the NBA.
Caesars Sportsbook was given a license to operate in the state while residing in a group with Wynn Interactive, Resorts World, and Rush Street. As you could expect, DraftKings and FanDuel were also gifted licenses to operate in New York.
Senator Joseph Addabbo just announced that he thinks mobile sports betting will be up and running in New York by the time the 2022 Super Bowl comes around. For those who don’t follow football so closely, the Super Bowl will be played in February.
Poker Players Sets Guinness World Record
Poker players set new records all the time but Guinness World Records? That’s another story.
Zach Gensler attempted to overtake Phil Laak’s current record for the longest poker session of all time and he succeeded. Laak’s record was set at 115 hours straight while Gensler was able to truck along for a whopping 124 hours. When asked about why he decided to break this particular record Gensler responded, “I wanted to be a part of poker history.”
In regards to payment, Gensler wound up losing roughly $1,200 by the time his 124-hour session was all finished. Laak, on the other hand, wound up winning money with his session. He had a nice performance right at the back end of his 115 hours that netted him $6,766, though half of that money was donated to campsunshine.org.
Gensler said that he is still recovering from his incredibly long session but that his practice run of 80 hours, healthier eating habits, and long bike rides definitely helped him push through it.
Poker Player Cashes Out With $930K After American League MVP Bet
It was a big moment when the Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani was able to win the American League MVP award. Not only was it a huge milestone for the player but also for the betting community also. One gambler was able to place a $30,000 bet on Ohtani winning the award all the way back in March and that money turned out to win him $930K.
Ohtani was just coming off of Tommy John surgery and yet still improved every single month he played this past season. He started off as a 60-1 underdog for the award, then after a month, it was down to 30-1. Fast forward and he grew into the overwhelming favorite.
Caesars Sportsbook took a huge hit here with this gambler cashing out, but they are still happy about the publicity nonetheless.