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New Jersey Sportsbooks Accepting Legal Oscars Bets for First Time in U.S. History

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Academy Awards should generate interest from bettors, according to PlayUSA.com analysts

For movie lovers in and around New Jersey, there has never been a better time to have a strong opinion on this year’s Oscars. New Jersey sportsbooks are the first in United States history to legally accept bets on the Academy Awards — which are set for Feb. 24 — breaking new ground on the rapidly expanding legal sports betting market, according to analysts at PlayUSA.com.

PlayUSA.com’s complete rundown of the Oscars — including odds on every major category, a pick sheet, what sites are accepting bets, and analysis on the races — can be found at www.playusa.com/sports-betting/oscars.

“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for American movie lovers to bet on the Academy Awards — legally — for the first time ever,” said Jessica Welman, betting analyst for PlayUSA.com and a movie historian who earned a bachelor’s in Cinema-TV Critical Studies from the University of Southern California, and a master’s in Film and Media Studies from Indiana University Bloomington. “Oscars betting has been popular overseas for years, so it will be intriguing to see what the reaction here is. We suspect interest will be relatively high during a typically slow month for sportsbooks.”

In late January, New Jersey regulators opened the door to legal Oscars betting, though it is possible that this is the only year that it is offered. New Jersey sports betting operators have responded, with nine online sites currently offering odds on the Academy Awards.

Odds and contests vary by sportsbooks, and betting limits are relatively low compared with mainstream sporting events. Most books are simply offering odds on the winners of the big six Academy Awards categories: best picture, director, actor, actress, supporting actor, and supporting actress.

“The novelty alone should pique interest of bettors,” said Dustin Gouker, lead sports betting analyst for PlayUSA.com. “People already love to try to predict who will win the Oscars, and now they can actually put their money where their mouth is. Do you think Black Panther, Roma, or A Star Is Born can win it all? You can bet on it in New Jersey.”

As an event that has never been offered before, the handle for legal Academy Awards betting is difficult to predict. But this year could be ideally situated. Odds for a tight Best Picture race range from the favorite, Roma (odds are as low as 1 to 2), to the dark horse, Vice (as high as 800 to 1).

Without a clear favorite, the Best Picture race could generate significant interest.

“This is a fun year, especially for bettors, because there is no heavy favorite,” Welman said. “Looking at the classic indicators of who will win Best Picture, the results are all over the map. While Roma may be the frontrunner, it is far from a guaranteed winner, which means one of these underdog winners could result in big payday for those who back them. Take Black Panther, for example. There is a scenario that the box office smash could win Best Picture. And with some books offering +2,500 odds, a small $10 bet could result in $250 profit.”

For more information, visit www.playusa.com/sports-betting/oscars.

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Proposed Gambling Reforms Not Seem to Resonate Well in Ukraine, President Zelensky’s Ratings Down

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A recent public poll conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology has revealed that the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky’s rating is down from 73% to 52% in just two months. Not-in-favour ratings also jumped from 7% to 19% in November. The series of reforms proposed by the president seems to have played against him.

President Zelensky has been a strong proponent of legalising gambling and recently Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers approved the government’s new Action Programme. The programme included a draft law which calls for the legalisation of gambling in the country.

The draft gambling law also calls for gambling operators to pay a license fee of UAH 38m for operating a casino in Kiev, UAH 25m for a casino in one of the four other cities with a population of a million or more and UAH 12.5m for a casino anywhere else.

The president speaking in favour of the gambling reforms has advocated that with regulated gambling markets there will be a decline in illegal gambling and also the funds received in tax from gambling operations would provide for social programmes.

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Survey Reveals More Than 50% of English People Gambled in 2018

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The Health Survey for England 2018 has revealed that more than half of people aged 16 or older in England gambled at some point during last year. The results of the survey also showed that millions of people are overweight, drink too much alcohol, eat badly or fail to do enough exercise.

The survey showed that 53% of people had gambled in 2018, which included buying a lottery ticket, with 56% of men reporting that they had gambled against 49% of women. While the figures have fallen in recent years, the chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, issued a warning not to infer the problems that gambling present had gone away.

“These new stats are a stark reminder of how common gambling is in our society and how easy it is to become addicted, particularly with the aggressive push into online gambling,” Stevens said.

“The NHS never stands still as health needs change, which is why we’re rolling out new specialist services to tackle mental ill health linked to gambling addiction, as part of our long-term plan. But it is high time that all these firms who spend many millions on marketing and advertising step up to the plate and take their responsibilities seriously,” Stevens added.

For this year’s study, 8178 adults and 2072 children (aged up to 15) were interviewed from households across England.

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GFINITY ARENA TO HOST NBA 2K LEAGUE EUROPEAN INVITATIONAL DEC. 13-14 IN LONDON

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WHAT:

  • The NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. and the first official esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league, will host the NBA 2K League European Invitational, the league’s first-ever qualifying event in Europe.
  • The two-day event will be held at Gfinity Arena in London – home to some of the U.K.’s leading esports events – and will feature 20 of the best NBA 2K players from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey and the U.K.
  • The event, which will identify several elite players who will become eligible for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft, will see players competing over two days of gameplay, including scrimmages and a double-elimination tournament, and participating in interviews with league representatives and team managers. The double-elimination tournament on Dec. 14 will be livestreamed on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

 

WHO:

  • Twenty of the best NBA 2K players from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey and the U.K.
  • NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue
  • Knicks Gaming center and U.K. native Harry “HazzaUK” Hurst

 

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13 – Saturday, Dec. 14; Media can attend during the following times:

  • Friday, Dec. 13 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Scrimmages
  • Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Double-elimination tournament
  • NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue media availability – Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • European Invitational players and Harry “HazzaUK” Hurst media availability – Friday, Dec. 13 from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 from 7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:

  • Gfinity Arena

Unit 13 Fulham Broadway Retail Centre

Fulham Road London SW6 1DN

 

CREDENTIALS/TICKET INFORMATION:

  • Fans can attend for free by registering at https://n2kleuropeaninvitational.splashthat.com/.
  • Media are welcome to attend; Interview opportunities are available with players, coaches and executives.
  • Interview requests outside of the designated media availability will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis onsite.
  • Media must RSVP to Ignasi Castello (icastello@nba.com) and Cath Shefford (cshefford@nba.com).

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