Good morning. Today we take a look at New York State’s rise into the newly legalized world of online sports betting (and how bettors use ‘Twosday’ to play the numbers). In addition, Mayor Eric Adams was also criticized for several appointments.
Since New York State opened its doors to online betting in early January, it has become the largest betting market in the country, surpassing Nevada, the nation’s gambling mecca, and New Jersey, taking the No. in the field of mobile sports betting after legalizing the activity in 2018.
To date, there have been over $2 billion in stakes in New York State, bringing in nearly $80 million in taxes, reported my colleague Jesse McKinley.
A quarter of the nation’s mobile sports bets on the Super Bowl come from New York.
That demand was probably fueled by the long waits of New York gamblers, who watched enviously as New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania all legalized mobile betting. mobile or laptop in recent years.
Since the state’s first four betting sites launched on January 8, with the NFL knockouts starting a week later, more than two million unique player accounts have been used in the state. , according to GeoComply, a Canadian geo-location security company.
“New Yorkers are avid sports fans and active sports bettors,” said Bill Miller, President of the American Gaming Association. “They just don’t have a legal option. And now they did. ”
Why is the number of gambling in New York so high?
Part of it is simply the size of the state. New York is the most populous of the 20 states that allow people to gamble on their phones. Two larger potential players, Texas and California, are awaiting legalization.
Companies looking to attract bettors to their platforms have offered generous short-term promotions, including oversized payouts, risk-free bets, and thousands of dollars in credits. Free betting apps are deposited into the player’s account.
Caesars Sportsbook, for one, offers a dollar-to-dollar match on player accounts, up to $3,000, in addition to a $300 sign-up bonus.
“New Yorkers have always wanted to do this,” said Gary Pretlow, chairman of the racing and betting committee at the New York State Council. “And it’s happening right now.”
Analysts say that once the promotions decrease or disappear in the coming months, the state’s betting activity is likely to drop and stabilize, especially after the college’s March Madness knockout round. School ends in early April.
A boon to tax revenue and a viable route to New York City casinos
State tax revenue from online betting has skyrocketed compared to forecasts. Gamblers have bet over $2.4 billion through February 13, including a staggering $472 million in the week ending with the Super Bowl and 51 tax-paying betting platform operators % of total game revenue.
State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., a Democrat from Queens who serves as chair of the committee on racing, gaming and betting, is pushing for the expansion of new brick-and-mortar casinos. with betting shops on site, an effort supported by Governor Kathy Hochul. That prospect could pave the way for opening a casino in New York City.
Mr. Addabbo also looks to expand betting to stadiums, racetracks and arenas. Randy Levine, president of the New York Yankees, last week expressed support for a betting kiosk at Yankee Stadium, following the lead of other professional sports franchises.
The rise in betting worries gambling addiction experts, who say the ease and speed of mobile sports betting could trap new entrants and tempts. who are trying to recover.
The state’s Office of Addiction and Support said it saw a 46 percent increase in calls to its gambling helpline in January compared with the previous January.
On 2/22/22, how many people play those numbers? Too much.
In other betting news, New York bettors were boosted yesterday by another factor: It was Twosday.
The nickname refers to yesterday, February 22, 2022, written in numbers that would be 2/22/22, a palindrome of the day made up of both.
It’s an appealing combination for number players who love lotteries and lotteries where they can choose their own numbers. Number two is played early and often.
“When I opened at 8 a.m., all the double-digit numbers were sold out,” said Fatool Patel, who sells lottery tickets and withdraws tickets from his newsstands on Broadway and West 39th Street.
Mr. Patel said more than 50 customers had asked for a combination of the two but it was too late to place a bet.
It’s also like that. The winning numbers announced at noon do not include a combination of the two. However, some customers have asked to wager all of their two part sequences for the Wednesday draw. And soon began to sell out.
Dunia Mars, an accountant who works nearby, went to see Mr. Patel, who told her that the 2222 combination for Win-4 on Wednesday had been sold out. So Miss Mars played 222 on her pick 3 ticket.
“Sometimes you hit big the next day,” she says. “It’s worth a try.”
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Recent mayoral appointments anger LGBTQ leaders
Mayor Eric Adams is being increasingly criticized for appointing a number of people to positions in the city who have expressed opposition to same-sex marriage.
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LGBTQ groups are planning to protest on the steps of City Hall on Thursday.
To help run his Office of Faith and Community-Based Partnerships, Adams appointed Fernando Cabrera, a former Bronx councilmember, and Gilford Monrose, a Brooklyn pastor, both of whom said they oppose same-sex marriage.
The mayor also appointed Erick Salgado, a pastor who has expressed opposition to same-sex marriage, as assistant commissioner for foreign affairs of the Mayor’s Office of Immigration, My colleague Dana Rubinstein reported.
Many gay and lesbian leaders, many of whom are Adams supporters, have criticized him over the appointments.
“All of them are known gay people,” said Cathy Marino-Thomas, board chair of the New York Equality advocacy group. She is helping organize Thursday’s protest.
Christine Quinn, gay and former New York City Council speaker, said of Mr. Cabrera and Mr. Salgado, “It’s crazy; I don’t understand why a mayor with a good track record on LGBT issues would appoint two individuals with such a terrible track record.”
In a statement, Mr. Adams described himself as a “man of faith” and said he had always supported “tolerance and inclusion”.
Mr. Adams voted to legalize same-sex marriage twice in the New York State Senate, even giving a nine-minute speech in support of it in 2009.
Cabrera’s resentment dates back to at least 2014, when he represented the Bronx on the City Council. He visited Uganda and appeared on a video praising Ugandans’ intolerance of same-sex marriage as the “determiner of the nation” of solid Christianity alongside outlawed abortion. laws and “things that Christians really stand for.”
“My views have evolved as society has evolved,” Mr. Salgado said in a statement through the mayor’s office. Mr. Monrose has forwarded a request for comment to City Hall.
A spokesman for the mayor noted that on Monday night, Mr Cabrera apologized on Facebook for “the unnecessary pain and suffering my past remarks have caused to the LGBTQ+ community.” “.
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