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‘5Dimes Tony’ found dead after kidnapping; William Hill to open lounge in Devils arena

William Sean Creighton, better known as “5Dimes Tony,” was found dead after a suspected kidnapping in Costa Rica.

Today Creighton’s body was found, and as per our sources the strong suspicion is that he was a victim of a kidnap- for- hire scheme hatched by someone very close to him. Cause of death is yet to be established. Creighton’s wife allegedly had the ransom money wired to a family member of hers, reportedly the lesser $750,000 request.

The OIJ will be investigating further, and report their conclusions in the coming week. Fellow sportsbook operation owners in Costa Rica have expressed their sadness and regret at Creighton’s tragic death.


William Hill will open a lounge at the home of the New Jersey Devils.

As part of becoming a team sponsor, sportsbook operator William Hill will have its name on a Prudential Center lounge where games can be watched on more than 20 screens with odds boards displaying the menu of betting options across all sports.

Because the NHL is not comfortable with the venue being an actual sportsbook where bets can be placed at windows and kiosks, William Hill US CEO Joe Asher told ESPN that company ambassadors will assist bettors in downloading William Hill’s betting app. The space is being converted and rebranded quickly, but there is currently no opening date.

Odds will be displayed not only within the sports lounge but also on the team’s 4-story scoreboard. The lounge will be open for every event in the venue, including concerts. That’s a lot of exposure, as Billboard ranked the venue 10th in the world on its Arena Power List earlier this month.

 

William Hill also sued FanDuel for allegedly plagiarizing its copyrighted betting guide.

William Hill, which operates the sportsbooks at Monmouth Park racetrack and Ocean Resort Casino in New Jersey, is seeking damages and injunctive relief after discovering that FanDuel’s betting guide included identical wording from parts of the “How to Bet Guide” published by William Hill on June 5, 2018. FanDuel opened the sportsbook at the Meadowlands in mid-July, when it began offering the betting guide in question to customers.

The complaint highlights several sections of FanDuel’s guide that appear to be identical to William Hill’s, including a paragraph that reads, “Alternate & reverse run lines are propositional wagers offered by William Hill on each baseball game.”

“FanDuel’s unauthorized copying is perhaps most evident in the fact that FanDuel actually forgot to remove William Hill’s name when printing the Infringing Pamphlet,” the complaint alleges.


The NCAA outlined its proposal for expanded sports betting guidelines — and it doesn’t include an “integrity fee.”

Notably, the integrity fee does not make an appearance in the NCAA’s written testimony. In fact, the NCAA explicitly rejects the integrity fee concept in an adopted resolution:

WHEREAS some have advocated that NCAA members financially benefit from new state laws, including integrity fees levied on sports wagering revenues, the NCAA chooses to focus its attention on education, the protection of student-athletes and staff, and a standard approach to game integrity through consistent national guidelines.


 

Louisiana state lawmakers will look to discuss sports betting legalization next year.

“If we don’t address it, the world will be way out ahead of Louisiana and we’re going to be lagging behind,” Sen. Norby Chabert, R-Houma, said during a hearing at the State Capitol on Wednesday.

Sen. Danny Martiny, a Metairie Republican who was among the most outspoken supporters of an unsuccessful push earlier this year, has vowed to again file legislation to create a path to legalized sports wagering during the next legislative session, which begins April 8 and must end by June 6.

“I’m going to have a bill,” he said. “If we pass (it), we’re going to be able to keep up with Mississippi.”

Mississippi casinos have fielded more than $5.5 million in bets on sporting events through September, generating about $650,000 in state revenue in the first two months, figures from the state gaming commission show.

 

 

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