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Nevada bill would bring regulation for touts; Italian tennis pro gets banned for match-fixing

A bill introduced in the Nevada senate would add regulation for sports betting pick sellers.

The legislation makes a number of changes to existing gaming law. But in the 16-page bill, and indeed at the very top of it, is a section that would require touts to register with the state.
The bill does not get too much into details, but the intent — to provide some level of accountability in touting — is clear.

Here is some of what the bill would do:

  • It would require registration with state gaming regulators if they own or operate a tout service, or if they have “a significant involvement” with one.
  • Touts “may” have to be found “suitable to be associated with licensed gaming, including race book or sports pool operations.”
  • Fees for registration would be determined by the Nevada Gaming Commission, which is given authority to take other steps to flesh out regulation of tout services.

The bill would have to pass by a two-thirds majority vote — and be signed by the governor — to become law.

An Italian tennis player was fined banned for life from tennis for match-fixing.

Former top-50 player Daniele Bracciali has been banned from tennis for life after the Tennis Integrity Unit found him guilty of match-fixing.

His fellow Italian Potito Starace, who has retired, has been given a 10-year suspension for a similar offence.

Both players were also fined – Bracciali $250,000 (£195,500) and Starace $100,000 (£78,200).

They will both have the right of appeal through the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The TIU says both players were found guilty of two breaches of anti-corruption rules – one in relation to contriving the outcome of matches, and the other in connection with facilitating betting on matches.

The incidents occurred at the ATP 500 World Tour tournament event in Barcelona, Spain in April 2011.

Monday night’s Chiefs-Rams game featured a lot of points and caused a big loss for Nevada sportsbooks.

Sportsbooks set the total for Monday night’s matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams at an astronomical 64 — and the two teams blew past that by 41 points.

Michael Grodsky, spokesperson for William Hill, which has 108 sportsbooks in Nevada, told ESPN the game was a “healthy seven-figure loss” for the book, with 69 percent of customers betting the over.

The game had opened and closed at 64, the highest over/under in an NFL game since at least 1986, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

The Ohio State football team will likely be an underdog this weekend vs. Michigan after being favored in 51 straight games.

The sportsbook at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Sunday installed the Buckeyes as 3.5-point underdogs against Michigan. Ohio State hosts the Wolverines on Saturday in a showdown that will decide the Big Ten East champion.

Barring dramatic line movement this week, the Wolverines will be favored over Ohio State for the first time since 2011, when Michigan knocked off the Buckeyes 40-34 as 8-point favorites. It was the Wolverines’ last win in the series.

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