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Brett Collson

Brett Collson is the managing editor of TheLines.com. With more than 10 years of experience in the gambling industry, Brett has covered poker, sports betting, and daily fantasy sports extensively. He also spent several years reporting on Major League Baseball and college basketball in Philadelphia. He now resides in Buffalo, NY.

TheLines Podcast Episode 13: Outrage At The FanDuel Sportsbook Opening

Brett Collson July 19, 2018
TheLines

The FanDuel Sportsbook is now live in New Jersey, but the opening drew a lot more negative attention than we could have imagined. What was the intent of the high vig on Day 1? Matt Brown, Brett Collson and Eric Ramsey break down this topic and the other big news items from the past week in sports betting.

Plus, a wrap of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas where Justin Bonomo won the Big One for One Drop for $10 million. Is he having the greatest year in the history of poker?

Show Timestamps

  • 1:59 — World Cup recap and 2022 odds
  • 6:08 — DraftKings enters New York sports betting
  • 9:07 — FanDuel online sportsbook to open by football season?
  • 10:45 — Meadowlands/FanDuel sports opening was a disaster … or was it?
  • 14:30 — DraftKings teases online sportsbook product
  • 16:22 — Interesting comments from MLB commissioner about sports betting
  • 26:33 — Bryce Harper and the Home Run Derby betting drama
  • 30:14 — World Series of Poker wrap
  • 37:52 — Just how impressive is Justin Bonomo’s 2018 run? DEBATE

Have thoughts about the podcast? Anything you’d like us to discuss next week? Reach out to us on Twitter at @TheLinesUS or individually at @MattBrownM2, @Eric_Ramsey, and @BrettCollson.

Also be sure to rate, review and subscribe to TheLines Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud!

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TheLines Podcast Episode 12: FanDuel Beats DraftKings To Sports Betting

Brett Collson July 13, 2018
TheLines

FanDuel is set to launch its sports betting product on July 14 at The Meadowlands race track in NJ. Soon we’ll be seeing FanDuel sportsbooks popping up all over the country. What a difference a few years makes.

In Episode 12 of TheLines Podcast, Matt Brown, Dustin Gouker and Eric Ramsey break down what to expect from the DFS giant in the new space, along with all of the biggest news in the sports betting industry from the past week.

Show Timestamps

  •  1:43 — STATE WATCH: The latest in Colorado and Iowa sports betting
  • 2:40 — Another tennis match-fixing scandal? How the leagues and sportsbooks react
  • 8:14 — New Jersey sports betting revenue numbers: good, bad, or too soon to tell?
  • 14:15 — And how’s Delaware doing?
  • 15:30 — FanDuel Sportsbook becoming a reality, launching in New Jersey this week
  • 20:42 — What the hell is the new Carolina Panthers owner talking about?
  • 24:34 —  Madness at the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas
  • 30:00 — Thoughts on Phil Hellmuth
  • 35:15 — Tiger vs. Lefty for $10 milly

Have thoughts about the podcast? Anything you’d like us to discuss next week? Reach out to us on Twitter at @TheLinesUS or individually at @MattBrownM2, @Eric_Ramsey, and @DustinGouker.

Also be sure to rate, review and subscribe to TheLines Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud!

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TheLines Podcast Episode 11: When Will We Have Online Sports Betting In NJ?

Brett Collson July 6, 2018
TheLines

Sportsbooks in New Jersey and Delaware have been accepting legal bets for weeks. But the wait is on for online operators in the Garden State to flip the switch and open up even more possibilities for bettors.

In Episode 11 of TheLines Podcast, Matt Brown, Dustin Gouker and Eric Ramsey update the latest happenings on that front, including a possible delay for new operators like DraftKings and FanDuel in NJ. Plus, the crew discusses a controversy in the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and the potential need for ‘integrity fees’ in future eating events.

Show Timestamps

  •  1:18 — Nevada and Delaware sports betting numbers
  • 3:56 — World Series of Poker setting records
  • 6:39 — Daily fantasy tennis debuts at DraftKings
  • 8:40 — Scandal at the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest
  • 11:12 — FanDuel founders won’t get paid for sale to Paddy Power Betfair
  • 15:19 — Eric’s report from New Jersey
  • 18:29 — What to expect with online sports betting, starting in NJ
  • 22:20 — A delay for online platform providers?
  • 23:50 — LeBron James shakes up NBA futures market … sort of
  • 28:30 — Why the WSOP Main Event continues to grow

Have thoughts about the podcast? Anything you’d like us to discuss next week? Reach out to us on Twitter at @TheLinesUS or individually at @MattBrownM2, @Eric_Ramsey, and @DustinGouker.

Also be sure to rate, review and subscribe to TheLines Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud!

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TheLines Podcast Episode 10: More Excitement In New Jersey (Feat. Marky Mark)

Brett Collson June 29, 2018
TheLines Podcast

Things we learned in sports betting this week: Gov. Phil Murphy is not a sharp bettor, DraftKings is still really good at PR, and New York sports betting still has a fighting chance in 2018.

Matt Brown, Dustin Gouker and Brett Collson break down these topics and more in Episode 10 of TheLines Podcast. Plus, how many hot dogs could you eat in 10 minutes? And would you bet on it?

Show Timestamps

  • 1:24 — Plan B for New York sports betting
  • 3:30 — Pennsylvania slowly making progress
  • 6:02 — A DFS court case in Indiana heats up
  • 8:00 — Quick! Check your FanDuel account
  • 9:13 — Gov. Murphy lost the first legal bet in NJ
  • 13:50 — Oceans Resort sportsbook opens, featuring  Mark Wahlberg
  • 16:05 — More developments in New Jersey
  • 19:15 — Hot dog betting at DraftKings?
  • 23:35 — STATE WATCH: Connecticut, Kentucky, Illinois
  • 24:57 — DFS handle/revenue numbers and what to expect going forward
  • 31:32 — World Series of Poker chatter

Have thoughts about the podcast? Anything you’d like us to discuss next week? Reach out to us on Twitter at @TheLinesUS or individually at @MattBrownM2, @BrettCollson and @DustinGouker.

Also be sure to rate, review and subscribe to TheLines Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud!

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TheLines Podcast Episode 9: The Good News … And The Bad

Brett Collson June 22, 2018
TheLines Podcast

A lot happened in sports betting on Thursday. It looks like three more states will soon be joining Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware with legal sports betting before the end of the year.

But New York and Pennsylvania? Not … so much.

In Episode 9 of TheLines Podcast, Matt Brown, Dustin Gouker and Brett Collson cover the latest news on the industry front. Plus, Dustin rants about the Pittsburgh Pirates wanting a sports betting ‘royalty’ fee to cover stadium costs.

Show Timestamps

  • 2:41 — Congress sports betting hearing is PPD
  • 3:50 — Phil Mickelson’s penalty at the U.S. Open
  • 8:13 — Poker! Online bracelet events at the World Series of Poker thriving
  • 12:40 — William Hill partners with pro soccer team in the U.S.
  • 14:12 — Rhode Island greenlights sports betting in 2018
  • 16: 29 — How many states will have legal sports betting before 2020?
  • 17:45 — West Virginia and Mississippi won’t be left behind
  • 25:48 — And then … there’s New York
  • 31:50 — … And Pennsylvania
  • 36:51 — DraftKings making sports betting moves
  • 46:10 — FanDuel > DraftKings?
  • 48:27 — Dustin gets angry about a baseball franchise

Have thoughts about the podcast? Anything you’d like us to discuss next week? Reach out to us on Twitter at @TheLinesUS or individually at @MattBrownM2, @BrettCollson and @DustinGouker.

Also be sure to rate, review and subscribe to TheLines Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud!

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TheLines Podcast Episode 8: Live From New Jersey!

Brett Collson June 14, 2018
TheLines Podcast

June 14 was another historic day in U.S. sports betting as New Jersey became the second state post-PASPA to accept a legal sports bet.

This week, Eric Ramsey from Legal Sports Report joins the podcast from New Jersey where the first bet was placed at Monmouth Park on Thursday. Ramsey paints the scene in the Garden State ahead of the official launch.

Plus, Dustin Gouker provides an update on some of the other states trying to advance sports betting here in 2018, and the whole crew picks on Mike Francesa.

Show Timestamps

  • 2:00 — Quick Hits: Baazov, Freeman, and DFS growth
  • 9:00 — Mike Francesa’s brilliant new sports betting innovation
  • 14:55 — Eric Ramsey reports from Jersey
  • 19:50 — When will this DraftKings sportsbook thing happen?
  • 21:50 — Recap from Delaware
  • 23:00 — When will mobile betting be available?
  • 25:04 — STATE WATCH! Latest from Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, Mississippi and California
  • 28:20 — Congress looking at sports betting
  • 30:10 — MLB criticizes Nevada’s sports betting regulations
  • 35:15 — Sports betting expansion will draw younger bettors
  • 41:55 –The LeBron James hand injury and transparency

Have thoughts about the podcast? Anything you’d like us to discuss next week? Reach out to us on Twitter at @TheLinesUS or individually at @MattBrownM2, @Eric_Ramsey and @DustinGouker.

Also be sure to rate, review and subscribe to TheLines Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud!

TheLines Podcast Episode 7: Delaware Is The ̷F̷i̷r̷s̷t̷ Second State To Launch Sports Betting

Brett Collson June 7, 2018
TheLines Podcast

Delaware officially beat New Jersey out of the gate this week, accepting the first legal single-game sports bet outside of Nevada since PASPA was repealed last month. And that first bet, placed by Gov. Carney, was a +200 winner!

In Episode 7 of TheLines Podcast, Matt Brown, Dustin Gouker and Brett Collson break down all of the happenings in Delaware and what to expect now that New Jersey is nearing its own launch. Plus, will we ever see college sports return to the daily fantasy sports platter?

Show Timestamps

  • 1:07 — A sports betting hearing in Congress
  • 2:54 — Will DraftKings be the leader in U.S. sports betting?
  • 6:46 — Sports betting in little Delaware is LIVE
  • 16:00 — New Jersey is on deck — what still needs to happen?
  • 25:50 — New York and Pennsylvania feeling the heat
  • 32:52 — College football DFS — juice worth the squeeze?
  • 38:57 — In-play betting and the future

Have thoughts about the podcast? Anything you’d like us to discuss next week? Reach out to us on Twitter at @TheLinesUS or individually at @MattBrownM2, @BrettCollson and @DustinGouker.

Also be sure to rate, review and subscribe to TheLines Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud!

TheLines Podcast Episode 6: A Golden Fairytale And An NBA Snoozer

Brett Collson May 31, 2018
TheLines Podcast

In Episode 6 of TheLines Podcast, Matt Brown, Dustin Gouker and Brett Collson break down the latest news in the world of sports betting. This week saw the start of the Stanley Cup and NBA Finals, and betting interest in the two events seems to have swapped positions in 2018. We also catch up on the latest sports betting legislation news in key states.

Show Timestamps

  • 1:03 — How many burner accounts do we all have?
  • 3:28 — Are the NBA Finals even worth betting on?
  • 6:14 — The Vegas Golden Knights are the sports (and gambling) story of the year
  • 10:42 — A really dumb article about betting on high school sporting events
  • 13:45 — The NHL commissioner finally comments on legal sports betting and “integrity fees”
  • 18:52 — STATE WATCH! The latest in Delaware, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey
  • 24:15 — How to make sports handicapping contests better
  • 32:45 — The World Series of Poker is underway in Las Vegas

Have thoughts about the podcast? Anything you’d like us to discuss next week? Reach out to us on Twitter at @TheLinesUS or individually at @MattBrownM2, @BrettCollson and @DustinGouker.

Also be sure to rate, review and subscribe to TheLines Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud!

TheLines Podcast Episode 5: The One Where We Get Angry About Things

Brett Collson May 24, 2018
TheLines Podcast

There was a lot to get heated about in the world of sports betting this week. All of a sudden:

Matt Brown, Dustin Gouker and Brett Collson tackle each of these topics at full speed in Episode 5 of TheLines Podcast. Matt nearly gets flagged for an unsportsmanlike penalty before the show wraps.

Show Timestamps

  • 0:57 — Quick hits from last week
  • 5:45 — State Watch: Who will launch sports betting first?
  • 10:09 — What’s up in New York, Mississippi and Florida?
  • 16:40 — The power of the Tribes
  • 18:20 — The NCAA and its sports betting hypocrisy
  • 25:23 — Dustin’s victory lap; FanDuel acquired by a sports betting company
  • 35:06 — DraftKings is already marketing its sportsbook that doesn’t exist
  • 36:09 — A lot of yelling about Orrin Hatch’s op-ed

Have thoughts about the podcast? Anything you’d like us to discuss next week? Reach out to us on Twitter at @TheLinesUS or individually at @MattBrownM2, @BrettCollson and @DustinGouker.

TheLines Podcast Episode 4: A Brand New Sports Betting World

Brett Collson May 16, 2018
Sports Betting

So, something happened this week.

In Episode 4 of TheLines Podcast, Matt Brown and Dustin Gouker dig into the landmark Supreme Court decision that will completely reshape the way we bet on sports in the U.S. By a vote of six to three, SCOTUS reversed the federal ban on sports betting, allowing states to offer sports wagering if they choose to legalize and regulate it.

What does it mean for your state? A lot still needs to happen, and we unpack as much as we can in 47 minutes. Have a listen below.

Show Timestamps

  • 0:27 — The decision
  • 4:11 — Next steps for states
  • 6:32 — Winners and losers of the ruling
  • 24:20 — Falsities about sports integrity
  • 28:30 — The future of offshore betting sites and local bookies
  • 36:10 — More on integrity: statements from the NBA and NFL
  • 41:40 — Potential launch date for sports betting in New Jersey

Have thoughts about the podcast? Anything you’d like us to discuss next week? Reach out to us on Twitter at @TheLinesUS or individually at @MattBrownM2 and @DustinGouker.