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The Sports Betting Boom

Agile technology and increased opportunity have sparked a sports gambling renaissance
By Michael Kaplan | From Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky, March/April 2021
The Sports Betting Boom
It’s a Sunday afternoon in Atlantic City. Inside the sportsbook of Ocean Casino Resort, gamblers’ eyes dart between open betting apps on their phones and athletic play on the dozen or so monitors that fill a front-and-center wall. Games of football and basketball can be seen unspooling inside empty stadiums and arenas—a sensible bid aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus—but lack of spectators is no issue at Ocean. There are plenty of fans in the house. In fact, from here in A.C. to Las Vegas, and many points in between, business at the books is booming and some casinos are investing mightily.  At the newly opened Circa, in downtown Las Vegas, for example, a …
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