Twice weekly, we’ll comb through as many articles, tweets and podcasts as we can find related to the world of sports betting and daily fantasy sports, and publish the good stuff here.
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Sportsbooks have been taking bets on Donald Trump’s presidency.
Will President Donald Trump spend four years in the White House?
William Hill, whose name adorns the sports book at Monmouth Park, is taking bets.
The odds are 11 to 8 on Trump quitting before his term expired, a 42 percent chance.
And the odds of loyal Republicans changing their tune and impeaching the controversial president were set at 2 to 1.
The Westgate SuperBook listed Floyd Mayweather as a 25-to-1 favorite in a potential boxing matchup with UFC fighter Conor McGregor.
Jeff Sherman, assistant manager at the Westgate SuperBook, tweeted out that Mayweather is a heavy -2500 (25-1) favorite, with McGregor as a +1100 (11-1) underdog. The bet only applies if the bout is a boxing match and takes place by June 2018. The sportsbook won’t make any more odds on the fight until it’s official and is limiting wagers to $2,000.
An article published by Gambling Insider speculates whether gamification will be the next step for the sports betting industry.
When it comes to the gamification of mobile sports betting, it is fair to say that the successes experienced by the modern juggernauts of the mobile gaming genre will not have gone unnoticed.
It is here that the likes of Candy Crush and Angry Birds have surely proved impossible to ignore for mobile betting operators. One of the largest companies in the world of video-games, Activision Blizzard, responsible for mega-hits including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and the Bee Movie Game, purchased the creators of Candy Crush, King Digital Entertainment, for a total consideration of $5.9bn, so notable has the game’s world-conquering performance been.
Call to the Pen published an article about a Chicago Cubs player who admitted to betting against his own team in 1920.
However, before that time, Major League Baseball had a warmup act to get ready for the impending storm. Chicago Cubs outfielder Lee Magee, fearing that his attempts to throw a game would catch up to him, admitted to team president William Veeck and National League president John Heydler that he had attempted to throw a game.
Heydler had already begun an investigation of his own into the matter. Back in 1918, Magee and Hal Chase had approached a gambler in Boston, putting up $500 each as a down payment for a portion of his winnings when they would lose to the Braves. Magee did his part, making two key errors and barely running around the bases. However, the Reds won 4-2 in the 13th inning, as Magee himself was forced to score the winning run. Fearing that he had been double crossed by Chase, he stopped payment on the check. This ruined his relationship in the clubhouse, leading to a trade to the Dodgers. When Magee and the Dodgers returned to Boston in 1919, that gambler served him with papers for non-payment of a debt, sparking the investigation.
Members of the Cleveland Indians organization have been known to bet on an annual spring training drill.
The pitchers were chuckling, none quite as loud as Jason Kipnis or Lonnie Chisenhall had during the first race. They were into it, though, trying to handicap who was left and who would be there at the end. Francona walked down the line to Erik Gonzalez, an infielder whom he’d chosen with a late pick as a darkhorse.
“You all right?” Francona said.
He nodded, preferring to conserve his breath for the next run.