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Mattress Mack Doesn’t Expect Legal Sport Betting In Texas Soon, But Eyes March Madness, Astros Bets

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Multimillion-dollar sports bettor Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale doesn’t expect sports wagering to be legalized in Texas in the next few years — but he’s happy placing his bets next door in Louisiana.

The Houston furniture store owner spoke to Gambling.com’s Larry Henry this week, and he “seriously” doubts Texas lawmakers will approve a measure to legalize sports betting when they next meet in Austin in 2025.

“They can’t pass anything,” McIngvale, 73, said in a telephone interview. “It’s a fractured group.”

McIngvale, whose major bets in Louisiana and elsewhere usually attract media attention, said he has no problem making the drive over to Louisiana. The state line is about 100 miles from Houston.

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“I’m perfectly happy going to Louisiana,” McIngvale said. “All I do is sell furniture and go to Louisiana and bet.”

McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture, said he probably will bet this year on the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament and on Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros.

He said it’s too early to decide which team to bet on to win the March Madness tournament. He noted that the Houston Cougars (21-3), ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, have a talented team this season.

McIngvale also said the Astros are expected to be contenders this season. The team recently signed star second baseman José Altuve to a new contract. The Astros open the regular season March 28 at home against the New York Yankees.

 

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Louisiana Thanks Texas For Sending Bettors Their Way

Ronnie Johns, chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, previously told Gambling.com he doesn’t think Texas lawmakers will approve sports betting soon. At one Control Board meeting in 2022, he thanked Texas for sending its gamblers to Louisiana.

The casinos in Lake Charles, Louisiana, only about 2 1/2 hours from Houston, typically generate more gaming revenue than the state’s other metro casino markets, including New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Houston is the fourth most-populated city in the U.S.

Johns is a former state senator from Lake Charles.

 

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Missouri Voters Could Decide On Sports Betting

As in Texas, sports betting is illegal in Missouri. Its Legislature also has shot down previous efforts to approve sports betting. These efforts have run into a legislative battle over the video lottery games operating in places such as convenience stores and bars.

In Missouri, Gary Jenkins, an attorney former Kansas City Police Department intelligence detective, recently told Gambling.com on “The Edge” that he doubts the Legislature, now meeting in Jefferson City, will approve any measures this year that would lead to legal sports betting.

Jenkins noted Missouri is losing millions in tax dollars to bordering states where sports betting is legal. Every state that borders Missouri, except Oklahoma, has legal sports betting. Missouri’s two largest cities are border cities — — St. Louis (Illinois) and Kansas City (Kansas).

The initiative’s organizers need more than 170,000 signatures from registered voters by May 8 for the issue to appear on the November ballot this year.

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Jackpot.com Inducted as Associate Member in North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)

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Online lottery courier welcomed by the industry-leading group.

Leading online lottery courier, Jackpot.com, announced today that it has received approval to join NASPL as an Associate Member organization. NASPL represents 53 lottery organizations across North America, advocating on matters of general lottery policy and leveraging collaboration, communication, education, and information for the advancement of the industry. Jackpot.com is excited to join this dynamic community, bringing years of knowledge and experience to help impact and support its ongoing growth.

“It is an absolute honor to be joining the NASPL community,” said Akshay Khanna, CEO and Co-Founder of Jackpot.com. “As Jackpot.com continues to grow and expand its presence in additional member states, we could not be more excited to collaborate with regulators and other NASPL members to help sustain future opportunities for contributing to worthy causes and the drive towards responsible gaming.”

Since its inception, Jackpot.com has made responsible gaming a focal point in their operations and is the only lottery courier service to launch with iCap certification from the National Council on Problem Gambling. The company has set a new standard for responsible gaming and has significantly invested in integrating gaming protections that include allowing customers to set spend limits, setting default limits on daily deposits, providing access to local and national responsible gambling resources, self-exclusion, self-suspension and automated notifications that offer help should problematic behavior be detected.

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“NASPL is pleased to have Jackpot.com as an associate member; and look forward to working with them throughout the year and beyond”, said Jake Coy, Director of Partner Relations at NASPL.

Jackpot.com currently operates in Massachusetts, Arkansas, New York, Ohio and Texas, and has received investments from major investors in sports, entertainment, and gaming, such as Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, San Francisco 49ers, the Tisch family (co-owners of the New York Giants), the Haslam Sports Group (owners of the Cleveland Browns and Columbus Crew), Kraft Sports & Entertainment (owners of the New England Patriots), Michael Rubin (founder of Fanatics), and NBA stars James Harden and Joel Embiid.

For more information, please visit Jackpot.com.

 

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Thousands attend grand opening of Pinkbox Doughnuts® at the Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino in Pahrump, Nevada

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Thousands of people gathered Saturday morning for the grand opening of the award-winning and wildly popular Pinkbox Doughnuts ® at the Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino, located at 681 Hwy. 160.

The grand opening event started with an official ribbon-cutting with numerous local dignitaries including:

  • Justice of the Peace for Nye County Michele Fiore,
  • Nye County Sheriff Joe McGill, and Jenney Sartin,
  • CEO of the Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce.

At the event, Pinkbox Doughnuts also made donations via large check presentations to the Pahrump Valley High School and Pat Leming of Never Forgotten Animal Society. Pinkbox’s signature grand opening festival-style celebration followed with performances by the Pahrump Valley High School Dance Team and numerous family friendly activities such as balloon art, face painting, and games. Records were broken in doughnut eating contests, and winners received a Pinkbox Doughnuts gift card. In addition, three lucky customers who found a “Pink Ticket” in their doughnut won free doughnuts for a year.

Located by the hotel entrance, across from the registration desk, the new Pinkbox Doughnuts shop welcomes guests with its fun design elements and trademark décor, including pink drips, a graffiti wall, and an over-sized Pinky statue that is a perfect companion for photos.

An illuminated oversized doughnut display case showcases Pinkbox Doughnuts’ full line of more than 70 creatively designed, delicious doughnuts that will be sold seven days a week. The shop also features Pinkbox Doughnuts’ full coffee program including premium roast coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, nitro cold brew and more.

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“The fantastic community of Pahrump has been eagerly requesting Pinkbox Doughnuts, and as the saying goes: ask and you shall receive,” stated Judith Perez Siegel, executive vice president of Pinkbox Doughnuts. “No need to journey to Las Vegas anymore; we’ve brought our fun, unique, and one-of-a-kind doughnuts directly to you. We’re ecstatic to join this wonderful community and share our doughnuts, guaranteed to bring smiles to everyone.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Pinkbox Doughnuts to Pahrump, where our community will not only enjoy their amazing doughnuts, but also a fun, whimsical experience of their playful shop,” said Eliot Ripoll, vice president and general manager of Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino. “The addition of Pinkbox Doughnuts to the property furthers our commitment to enhancing the Pahrump Nugget guest experience.”

The Pinkbox Doughnuts shop in Pahrump created more than two dozen jobs. The Pahrump shop is the twelfth location for the fast-growing Vegas-born doughnut brand, which currently boasts eight locations across the metropolitan Las Vegas Valley in addition to a shop at the Arizona/Nevada border in Laughlin, at the California/Nevada border in Primm, Nevada and in St. George, Utah.

For more information on Pinkbox Doughnuts, shop locations, hours, and doughnut varieties, please visit pinkboxdoughnuts.com.

 

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Smoking Room & Bar to Open This Summer at Miccosukee

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This summer, Miccosukee Casino & Resort is preparing to unveil a new and exclusive smoking casino section. The venue, located in the northwest corner of the property, is tailored for casino-goers who prefer to smoke while playing their favorite slots in a comfortable and refined indoor ambiance featuring 20-foot-tall ceilings.

“At Miccosukee Casino & Resort, we value our customers’ feedback, and we strive to meet their needs. Many of our guests have requested a new, indoor, dedicated smoking section, and I am proud that we will be unveiling this unique attraction to them very soon. It’s a fusion of gaming, sophisticated design, and an upscale bar, all created to cater to our distinguished guests,” said General Manager Brad Rhines.

The new smoking venue is equipped with a state-of-the-art air filtration system to ensure the comfort of smoking guests while preserving the air quality in the casino’s non-smoking areas. Additionally, it offers new restrooms in the smoking section, as well as in the non-smoking corridor.

Featuring 117 slot machines, a contemporary full bar with four 75-inch high-definition TVs, and eight bar-top slot machines, this exclusive smoking area perfectly accommodates Miccosukee’s esteemed patrons.

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