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Wanna Make a Bet?

The global pandemic put North American professional sports on the shelf for nearly five months but bettors soon found leagues that they never knew existed and, well, if you’re dying of thirst in the desert and someone offers you water, you don’t ask if it’s Fiji. Soon there were millions of experts on Belarusian soccer and Taiwanese paddle ball willing to put up or shut up. Even eSports became a mainstream betting vehicle with everything from League of Legends to Madden NFL simulations.

Sports betting may not be the oldest profession but it is quickly becoming one of the most compelling. After decades in the shadows, it has recently been legitimized due to it finally being legalized in many parts of the United States. But gambling, whether it be legal or illegal, will always be pervasive because it’s fun, and potentially profitable if you know what you’re doing.

Adam Burns, an industry sportsbook director, stated, “Business is booming. “We probably took in 10 times more money than last year on the 2020 NFL Draft. It goes to show people are looking for something to bet on. The draft is always big, but I couldn’t believe how much money [was bet] when I woke up the next morning.”

In April of this year, betting was up 50 percent at New Jersey sportsbooks over last year on sports other than basketball, football, and baseball, to the tune of $21.7 million.

Prior to the reopening of sports in North America, Dustin Gouker, lead analyst for PlayUSA.com network, stated, “The rise in bets on nontraditional sports has been interesting, and with auto racing and golf closer to starting, that trend could increase.”

Books are Booming

Now that the NBA, MLB, and NHL are in full swing, business is booming even more as evidenced by reports from the best online sportsbooks in the industry. But with the king of kings, the NFL, drawing closer, the numbers are expected to soar as long as the leagues can remain open for business.

In August of 2019, a total of $744,065,765 was legally wagered in the United States and $61,762,233 in revenue was hauled in as a result. But industry experts are nearly unanimous in declaring that this August will dwarf last year’s take, not to mention what the offshore books will do as well.

But few believe the take this month will beat the record-breaking month of November 2019, when U.S. sportsbooks handled over $1.8 billion, due to the fact there is no preseason football. “It’s a reach,” opined ESPN gambling writer David Purdum when asked by US Bets whether the month that starts Saturday can break the November ’19 record, “especially without preseason football, which accounts for more than most would believe. Last August, around 25% of the total handle bet in Nevada sportsbooks was attributed to football wagers. The NBA will probably make up for the lack of football, but even then, eclipsing a regular-season football month seems unlikely.”

As Purdum noted, the NBA and NHL are both playing in August which is a first for both leagues and will only add to what should be a robust betting handle this month. SportsHandle Editor-in-Chief, Brett Smiley, echoed Purdum’s sentiments regarding his skepticism of a record handle in August of 2020, “There are so many moving parts here, including players going in and out of quarantine. Over/under on games played for any of these leagues, I mean, who knows? We’re in completely uncharted territory here and there’s too many unknowns in the equation. I think people may watch in record numbers, but hopefully people who have taken a serious economic hit — and that’s an awful lot of Americans — are not using limited resources to gamble on sports. Betting 10 bucks is fine, but that doesn’t impact handle much.”

Purdum referenced the uncertain economic times and the looming election as another hurdle to climb for a record-breaking month, “The U.S. betting market is expanding and growing. We have more visibility than ever at how much is being wagered, which may lead to some record-setting numbers in some states. Records seem to be set routinely these days. But, to me, the pandemic, the pending election, and uncertainty surrounding the economy and sports in general will, at some point, have a negative impact on the betting market.”

Whatever happens this month, one thing we do know is that Americans have a growing passion for the action. Sports betting is now mainstream and records will be routinely shattered for several years to come as more states enter the fray and become beneficiaries of all that additional tax revenue. Legalized sports betting in the USA has been a long time coming but at long last, we’re glad it’s arrived.

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EGO (EgamingOnline.com) affiliates partners will drive conversation about safer gambling this October

EGO (EGamingOnline.com), the affiliate program for SkillOnNet’s network of proprietary online casinos, is urging its affiliate marketers to embrace Safer Gambling Week.

With the aim to stimulate conversation around safer gambling, the industry-led annual event will take place between 17th and the 23rd October. Organisers are asking the whole of the UK gambling industry to participate and to help drive awareness of how to approach gambling more safely.

All SkillOnNet brands will be involved, including PlayOJO, Slingo, Genting Casino and SpinGenie. And EGO is asking its affiliate partners to get in on the act, too.

Affiliates will be carrying a Safer Gambling Week banner on the homepages of all UK-facing casino sites for the duration of the campaign. Those who regularly mail their database of players or members have been asked to send a Safer Gambling Week email during the week.

Additionally, affiliates will be following and liking Safer Gambling Week Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and have been asked to share or repost a selection of Safer Gaming Week posts on all relevant social media channels at least once during the campaign.

Those concerned about their gambling can visit the Safer Gambling Week website now to get advice and learn about resources available to help them stay in control.

Michael Golembo at SkillOnNet said: “Safer gambling has always been a watchword for SkillOnNet and we have always expected the same of our EGO affiliate marketing partners. They have always done a great job of arming players with the tools and knowledge they need to make responsible decisions and informing them about resources available if gambling becomes a problem. But let’s push that message even harder during Safer Gambling Week.”

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Who does not know the game of blackjack? Maybe it is difficult to find such people. No wonder! This iGaming product is among the most playable in the industry of online casinos. The reason is that it is full of excitement and fun. While some gamers believe that blackjack is a game of fortune, other players think about tactics and strategies for playing this amazing game.

It is very important to deal with the fundamentals of this gambling product before diving into it. We prepared some effective steps that will help you to be as close as possible to the winning money prize at blackjack.

Basics is a foundation

General rules of any blackjack including blackjack online game in Australia are the must for players especially if they are the newbies in the iGaming world. They should keep in mind the fact of facing up two cards at every start of this game. Speaking about the dealer it is essential to remember that he also has two cards but one is up, another is down its face. After the player should do one of the options (case in point, Aces splitting).

These are just a few examples of general cases of blackjack. At the first glance they are so simple. But it is a key idea to practice every point of them.

Learn diversity of strategies

There are plenty of strategies for gambling blackjack online including those that were developed for real money online casinos. You can read about such gambling platforms here toponlinecasinoaustralia.com/online-casino-australia-legal-real-money.

We recommend looking through the best blackjack strategies and finding one that will be suitable for your game and needs. Of course, you can add or change something in the strategy of your selection.

Try live games

The games with live dealers are so attractive. You can get an experience of a real casino sitting on your sofa with a glass of cold drink in your hands. Speaking about online blackjack it is about being at the table with the live dealer, taking one of five seats and seeing more cards that were dealt. In addition, you have a perfect chance to learn charts with strategic cases while you are waiting for your next hand.

It is known that the study process will go more rapidly in the online environment with dealers and other players. You will see cards in different positions and in different circumstances. It will improve your game for sure.

Use bonuses

Take into account the programs of bonuses and special promotions that are offered by online casinos. Moreover, these bonuses depend on the term of your playing on the online gambling platform.

So, you can use a welcome bonus that will be presented for registration, bonus coins for the minimum depositing. But before using them, learn carefully all terms and conditions of the website. There you will get essential information about the size of deposits (minimum and maximum), requirements of wagering and other important facts.

Bottom lines

We presented just some of the steps on the way to successful blackjack playing. If you follow all these points and combine them with other information you will create and develop your own way of gambling blackjack online. In addition, we want to say that this game is pretty funny and simple to understand, so you will have no difficulties with the game of blackjack. But play safe and responsible.

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AstroPay expands services with the launch of Global Affiliates Programme

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AstroPay, the online payment solution of choice for millions of users worldwide, has launched a flagship global Affiliate Programme to provide revenue generating opportunities to individuals and businesses that want to generate online income and grow their business. The new programme is aimed at increasing AstroPay’s consumer base worldwide, while ensuring that those who are professionally dedicated to affiliate marketing can rely on a solid partner to thrive.

AstroPay launched the programme to enable affiliate partners access to special deals where they can generate income on an ongoing basis for every new user that joins the payment platform. The programme offers up to 20% revenue share commission, as well as dedicated teams and expertise on sales conversion. Affiliate partners will be able to rely on multilingual support and local experts for any of their needs and will also benefit from the AstroPay payment platform/solutions that have been tested and optimised for cross-border payments.

AstroPay will welcome a diverse range of partners including platforms, comparison sites and content creators in the payment industry as well iGaming, forex trading, and many others.

The programme will be available across countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe where AstroPay is available, and through hundreds of merchants that offer AstroPay as a payment option.

Leonardo Alonso, Head of Affiliates at AstroPay, said: “I am excited to see our new programme go live today. The Affiliate Programme is a new way of doing business with AstroPay. All those who are professionally dedicated to affiliate marketing will be very welcome and we look forward to working together and rewarding partners with a robust partnership that provides added value through an alternative way to continue growing their business.”

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