World Series of Poker

Some big news broke on Tuesday surrounding the 2021 World Series of Poker. Renowned poker media sensation Kevmath claims that there will be a live 2021 WSOP, but it will not hold the customary schedule.

Meanwhile, it appears that Connecticut is one step closer to legalizing sports betting. The Mohegan Tribal Nation has entered into an agreement with the state regarding legalizing sports betting and real money online casinos. Finally, Ohio’s governor believes that regulated sports betting is “inevitable.”

2021 WSOP Will Run But Later Than Normal

The big news in the poker world this week came from WSOP social media guru Kevin Mathers. Known as Kevmath to the poker world, he took to Twitter claiming that he has spoken to a high-ranking WSOP executive. This executive claims that a live WSOP will happen in 2021. He also claims that the series will not run during its customary late May through mid-July timeframe.

He then qualified the statement that this is assuming that pandemic conditions improve. He later followed up that tweet stating that the BCA Pool League World Championship will run at the Rio from September 1st through 11th.

For anyone that’s followed the WSOP over the years, the BCA World Championship usually runs right after the WSOP. Based on this, we could see the series run from July through August. WSOP officials have not commented on Kevmath’s claims, but there is still plenty of time for an announcement to be made.

Mohegan Tribe Agrees to Sports Betting and Online Gambling in CT

You may remember our report on Connecticut looking to legalize sports betting. The state government is working to force tribal compacts with the state’s two Indian nations. News broke earlier this week that half of that goal is accomplished.

According to reports, the Mohegan National Tribe, operators of Mohegan Sun Casino, has signed a compact with the state government. Under the deal, the CT Lottery Corp will offer sports betting and online casino games like online slots to CT residents. Online casino games will be taxed at 20% while sports betting will be taxed at 13.75 percent.

The deal however may run into a snag as the Mashantucket Tribal Nation, the tribe operating Foxwoods is strongly objecting to the deal and claims that they will be filing a lawsuit to try and block the deal.

Both Indian nations signed compacts back in the 1990s that gives them exclusive rights to gambling. The Mashantucket Tribal Nation is planning to sue to try and uphold those compacts. Granted, lawmakers could still come back with a deal to try and negotiate a separate compact.

Ohio Governor Claims Sports Betting is Inevitable

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine believes that sports betting is coming to Ohio sooner rather than later. The Governor gave a press briefing on Monday and during that briefing he addressed sports betting. He said that it’s more of a matter of when and not if sports betting will pass.. “Sports gaming’s already in Ohio. Ohio’s just not regulating it. This is something that I think is inevitable. It’s coming to Ohio.”

The Ohio House of Representatives passed a sports betting bill last year, but both the pandemic and the 2020 elections delayed that bill. The state Senate filed a similar bill in 2019, but there’s yet to be any movement on that legislation. According to the Governor, “The members of the general assembly are working that process.

I will have the opportunity to see what they came up with. I will have the opportunity to weigh in at the appropriate time. But sports gaming is certainly coming to Ohio.”

Nearby states of West Virginia, Michigan, Indiana, and Pennsylvania have all passed sports betting legislation in the last couple of years. Don’t be surprised to see lawmakers pass a measure sometime this year or next.

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James Guill is a veteran of the gambling media industry. James started his career as a semi-professional poker player, traveling the US to play tournament poker. In 2008, he transitioned to the media side. Since that time, James has worked for many established brands, including PokerNews, OnGame, Bwin, CardPlayer Lifestyle, Poker Junkie, and Ivey Poker. He also wrote for PokerNews Australia and once had his work featured on G4’s Attack of the Show.

James has a wealth of gambling knowledge and can write on most topics. He also keeps an eye on the growing Bitcoin gambling market and is a HODLer of BTC and several top altcoins. Check out James’ Game of the Week feature, covering the latest and greatest online slot games. James is also a part-time picker, traveling around Virginia looking for deals to flip.

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James Guill is a veteran of the gambling media industry. James started his career as a semi-professional poker player, traveling the US to play tournament poker. In 2008, he transitioned to the media side. Since that time, James has worked for many established brands, including PokerNews, OnGame, Bwin, CardPlayer Lifestyle, Poker Junkie, and Ivey Poker. He also wrote for PokerNews Australia and once had his work featured on G4’s Attack of the Show.

James has a wealth of gambling knowledge and can write on most topics. He also keeps an eye on the growing Bitcoin gambling market and is a HODLer of BTC and several top altcoins. Check out James’ Game of the Week feature, covering the latest and greatest online slot games. James is also a part-time picker, traveling around Virginia looking for deals to flip.

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