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Our writers and industry veterans have been sources for a wide range of print, television, and online outlets over the years. In fact, you can find some of our opinions and insights in publications such as ESPN, NY Times, Investor.com, and the Associated Press. PlayUSA analysts including Dustin Gouker and Eric Ramsey have also contributed to industry panel discussions and white papers.

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Press Mentions

News Day / Apr 7, 2021 (Yancey Roy) – NY OKs mobile sports betting, but it will take time to start

We believe the governor’s revenue projections are overly optimistic,” said Dustin Gouker, lead analyst for the PlayUSA.com network. He said a more realistic projection for New York is $200 million to $400 million annually. Among other things, the company believes the New York tax rate is too high.

AP News / Mar 23, 2021 (Jonathan Mattise) – Sportsbook operator sues over its suspension in Tennessee

The move marked the first time an online sportsbook operator has had its license suspended in the U.S., according to Dustin Gouker, lead analyst for the PlayUSA.com sports betting news website. The suspension remains in effect indefinitely until a review finds that proper internal controls are in place going forward.

Yahoo! Finance / Mar 23, 2021 (Sweta Killa) –Sports Betting ETFs to Rally on March Madness Gambling

The tournament is expected to generate as much as $2 billion in legal bets, per the H2 Gambling Capital estimates. The biggest modern sporting event of the United States will likely draw more than $1 billion in legal wagering and could approach $1.5 billion, according to projections by PlayUSA.

MarketWatch / Mar 16, 2021 (Weston Blasi) –2021 March Madness will be the first sporting event to reach $1 billion in legal wagering, analyst says

The 2021 NCAA Tournament will be the most widely bet-on sporting event in U.S. history,” said Eric Ramsey, analyst for PlayUSA.com. “The popularity of the NCAA Tournament combined with such a high number of games typically makes March Madness the largest sports betting holiday each year in terms of handle, and there is no reason to suspect that won’t be the case this year.

The Motley Fool / Mar 15, 2021 (Rhian Hunt) – DraftKings, Penn National Could Cash In on $1 Billion March Madness

PlayUSA analyst Eric Ramsey notes that March Madness is “the largest sports betting holiday each year in terms of handle,” even exceeding the Super Bowl because of the large number of games in the tournament. PlayUSA says the results are unpredictable but expects “an eye-popping handle number” potentially as high as $1.5 billion.

Investor.com / Jan 26, 2021 (Adelia Cellini Linecker) – DraftKings, MGM, Other Gaming Stocks Rise As New York Gov. Cuomo Eyes Legalizing Online Sports Betting

“The initial optimism has been muted a little bit by the updated news of a lottery preference,” said Eric Ramsey, analyst for PlayUSA.com. “If New York allows sports betting through the lottery, it essentially shuts the door on these big sports betting companies.”

USA Today / July 21, 2020 (Chris Bumbaca) – Fall without football would require sports betting industry to get creative

However, the large sports books should be able to weather the storm, said Dustin Gouker, sports betting analyst for PlayUSA.com. The same goes for operations in states with robust access to mobile betting, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Indiana and Nevada.

Dustin Gouker, an analyst with PlayUSA.com, agreed that estimating missed revenue in a new market could be tricky. But Gouker found Ifrah’s estimate to be in line with the District’s own annual revenue projections. Gouker, using the District’s earlier prediction of $27 million in estimated revenue for fiscal year 2021, said February would likely yield roughly $2.25 million when yearly revenue is broken out by month. He added that Super Bowl bets traditionally account for 15 to 25% of February revenue, which might yield anywhere from $337,500 to $562,500.

NY Post / Feb 11, 2019 (Richard Morgan) – You can now place legal bets on the Oscars in New Jersey

“The novelty alone should pique the interest of bettors,” said Dustin Gouker, lead sports betting analyst for PlayUSA.com, a website dedicated to online gambling news. “People already love to try to predict who will win the Oscars, and now they can actually put their money where their mouth is.”

NY Times / Jan 19, 2019

CBS Sports / Jan 18, 2019 (Jonah Keri) –  As New York weighs legalized sports gambling, bet on the industry to find answers

“They were looking for revenue,” said Dustin Gouker, lead sports betting analyst for PlayNJ.com, part of the PlayUSA Network. “Given what happened to Atlantic City obviously, after the economic downturn, [New Jersey] was just trying to find ways to get revenue. Casinos were saying, ‘We could really use this.’ Horse racing was in decline too, so this was a way to increase revenue and attendance at Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands. That’s what it will be moving forward in a lot of states.”

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