Sports Betting in the Heartland – Sportsbook Issues With NBA Games
As one of the 10 states with legalized sports betting, Indiana has attracted a lot of sports bettors to its doors. Attracting several major sports betting events to the state, such as the Indiana State Lottery and the Heartland Football Conference, has also helped build interest in the sports betting industry in the Hoosier state. According to the International Business Times, ” Bloomington has attracted a number of companies that offer sports betting services, which have contributed to an improvement in the sports betting market in Indiana.”
The popularity of sports betting is increasing in other states as well. In Illinois, the Illinois Lottery Commission has made it easier for people to place wagers on the lottery. In New York City, the total number of sports betting terminals in the New York Skyline has nearly tripled since 2008. In addition, the Indiana Sports Betting Association has also helped grow the sports betting industry in the state. According to the Indianapolis News Journal, ” Indiana residents and sports lovers have taken advantage of the gambling opportunities provided by sports books.”
As more individuals partake in online betting via their laptops and cell phones, there has been an increase in the growth of sportsbooks. Many of these sportsbooks are located along the Interstate, such as in Bloomington, Indiana. At a recent meeting of the National Association of Sport Book Writers, William Pittman, president of the Indiana State Society of Betting, was quoted as saying that he believed the future of sportsbooks was “looking strong.” Additionally, Joe DiVito, executive director of the New York State Department of Financial Services was quoted as saying that online gambling was becoming an accepted part of the public policy of the New York State. This, he said, would allow the state to curb the impact of mafia connections to online gambling in the state.
In September of 2009, just before the Super Bowl, the state of Indiana held its first ever major sports betting event. Hundreds upon hundreds of hopeful bettors showed up at the Indiana State Capitol to partake in the annual Hoosier Lottery Brag. Most of the bettors came from surrounding states like Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin and beyond. Of the 100 or so winners in the hopper, about half were from the surrounding areas. The numbers for winning numbers that day:
In the spring of 2010, the Hoosiers will once again take center stage in the ongoing series of Super Bowl festivities. The date is set for sometime in March or April and all indications are that the annual Hoosier State Lottery will once again be a significant part of what occurs during the Super Bowl. The Indiana Sports Betting Association has also indicated that there will be additional dates set in the near future. For now, the odds have yet to peak in terms of what handicappers project the odds for the upcoming major sporting events.
Other issues that may be addressed as the groundwork for a potential new plan are whether or not to remove the in-play betting option from the sports betting card. Some say that players are comfortable with the current arrangement. Others argue that it is a serious problem gambling enthusiasts are experiencing. So what exactly are these problems and how will these concerns affect the upcoming betting season?
According to some experts, the lack of in-play betting options is a significant problem. However, others believe that it is not a problem and feel that players are okay with it as it is. If you go to a baseball game in Indianapolis and see a dozen people sitting in front of the television set, you might assume that there is nothing wrong with the stadium. On the other hand, if you walk into an Indiana sports betting salon and watch people eating pretzels while listening to the coaches talk about the game, you might think that something’s up. If you are betting on college basketball, football, basketball, or even hockey, you should always have an open mind and be aware of any and all new information.
Perhaps the biggest issue facing baseball and basketball fans in the Hoosier State in regards to their in-play betting options is the NCAA tournament. The Midwest is known for hosting high profile games and large sums of money, and Indiana has had its share of conference finals in recent years. With the increasingly difficult landscape of the NCAA tournament and the struggling economy in the Hoosier State, bookies have tightened up their wagering policies and have limited the number of games with the in-play betting cap. This has left many fans frustrated and upset, but this is only the case if you bet only on your favorite team. If you like to bet on every game and place your bets accordingly, then you might be upset with the changes and you’ll likely make different decisions moving forward.