Over the course of more than four years and 200 episodes, Gamble On has established itself as the leading gaming industry podcast, delivering news and analysis as well as interviews with the most influential names in gambling every week.
Episode 207, posted Sept. 1, 2022, features an interview with VegasInsider.com Senior Reporter Patrick Everson, one of the hardest-working people on sports betting Twitter, especially on Saturdays and Sundays during football season. He works anywhere from 12- to 16-hour days every fall weekend, talking to the bookmakers and reporting on the line moves and betting splits for every major game — and he wouldn’t trade it for anything.
“When Sunday night wraps up, it is absolutely time to crack a cold one, or maybe two,” Everson said. “But, look, I’m getting to cover sports betting, and being on the ground here in Las Vegas and inside the sportsbooks doing videos and so forth — it’s pretty exhilarating. It’s its own brand of — even though I require Coffee Bean on the regular — it’s its own brand of caffeine jolt.
“I’m definitely shot by the end of Sunday, but it’s totally worth it.”
Listen to “207: Ontario revenue (finally!), first betting exchange, Vegas and football with Patrick Everson” on Spreaker.
Everson’s money quotes
Lots of people love to vacation in Vegas, but not everyone can imagine living there. Everson has called Las Vegas home since 1994, and to him, the desert climate is no big deal — even playing a round of golf on an over-100-degree day. He keeps in mind six words his boss told him when he first moved to town from Colorado: “You don’t have to shovel heat.”
“You don’t have to shovel heat.”
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Everson on the health of Nevada sports betting, post-PASPA: “Last year during football season, every month, Nevada was setting handle records. … Nevada continued to set records while more than half country, state-wise, was engaged in legal, regulated sports betting. I found that fascinating. And it struck to a point that Chris Andrews, the sportsbook director at the South Point, and several other oddsmakers here in town, had noted when PASPA was struck down four years ago. And that was, Chris was very much, ‘A rising tide lifts all boats.’”
Everson taking a critical view of Vegas sports gambling’s future: “I think Nevada needs to start looking forward quickly. They are being lapped by the field in terms of being able to register remotely for apps, fund and withdraw remotely for apps. [They need to] make some adjustments in how people can access sports betting.”
Everson on his favorite sport to wager on: “What I’ve found over the last couple of years that I like doing at least as much [as betting NFL] and maybe more, I love betting golf. I like betting the golf majors, particularly. I just think that’s a lot of fun. You know, you bet the futures, you take somebody at 10, 12, 15 to 1, you take somebody at 25 to 30 [to 1], another guy at 40 to 50, and a longer shot at 80, and you just see what happens. If a couple of guys make the cut, you’ve got something going for the weekend.”
Podcast hosts Eric Raskin and John Brennan analyzed the Canadian province of Ontario finally releasing its first revenue report nearly five months after launch — a report that contained minimal info and dumped online casino, online poker, and sports betting handle and revenue all together into one bucket. “I’ll give them a one-time pass on how slow they were, because, sure, you don’t want to make mistakes and then come back with a second or a third amended report,” Brennan said. “But who lumps in sports betting with online casino? [U.S. states that have reported both sports betting and iCasino] didn’t make a sloppy joe out of the numbers like this thing did.”
Prophet Exchange made U.S. sports betting history this week by becoming the first regulated wagering exchange to launch — in only New Jersey for now, with more states expected to follow. “If it is a clear success, it’s only a matter of time until FanDuel and DraftKings are also offering exchange wagering,” Raskin said. “I mean, look at the best ball fantasy drafts. … Underdog gets it going and finds success, and the very next season there’s DraftKings doing best ball also. So I guess that’s my semi-bold prediction here, is that before too long the big mobile operators will have some form of exchange wagering in their apps alongside traditional wagering, if indeed Prophet and Sporttrade succeed and show that there’s money to be made.”
At Rivers Casino Pittsburgh on Aug. 25, the poker room paid out the richest bad beat jackpot in U.S. history, spreading more than $1.2 million among eight players. Noted longtime poker journalist Raskin: “I can only imagine how much that dealer got tipped. I have to assume that lucky dealer went home with at least $5,000, maybe even $10,000, in her pocket.”
Closing thoughts: Brennan wrapped up the podcast by embracing the excitement and sentimentality of Serena Williams’ underdog U.S. Open run and offered a word of advice to those considering betting against her: “Don’t.”