Newly approved sportsbook appears to be allowing banned bets

A screen grab of proposition bets on college basketball players on the William Hill sportsbook.

When Tennessee lawmakers were debating the state’s new sports betting bill in 2019, a late change to help ensure its passage was to eliminate the possibility of proposition bets on college players.

William Hill, one of the most recent sportsbooks approved to operate in the state by the Tennessee Lottery, doesn’t appear to have gotten the message. As of Monday evening, the gaming outfit was taking bets on how individual players would do in the NCAA tournament.

The Lottery’s oversight of the new gaming program has come under scrutiny after the body suspended the Tennessee Action 24/7 sportsbook due to fraudulent debit card activity on the its platform. A Nashville judge late last week threw out the suspension, ruling the Lottery hadn’t gone through the proper procedures. The sportsbook run by executives of short-term lender Advance Financial had self-reported the fraudulent deposits and withdrawals and its lawyers called a Lottery investigator’s claims about the scope of the problems to be vastly exaggerated.

A screen grab of proposition bets on college basketball players on the William Hill sportsbook.

Approved sportsbooks each pay an annual licensing fee of $750,000, but the Lottery has had trouble with keeping the sports betting oversight staffed . Danielle Boyd recently announced he was resigning as vice president of sports gaming after about nine months on the job. The Lottery’s first gaming director, Jennifer Roberts, left after a seven-month tenure in 2020.

UPDATE: A comment from Lottery spokesman David Smith:

There’s a process in place for violations, and we will follow that process. This matter is under review, however, prop bets on college players are not permitted. The operator has taken those down, and any wagers placed have been voided by the operator.”

63 Responses to Newly approved sportsbook appears to be allowing banned bets

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    devastated families from gambling are on the way.

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      Cryan says:

      Bingo is the biggest scourge on our elderly population in assisted living facilities. Well, that and venereal disease.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Sooner or later than the “slaughter” that will be coming our way from armed Trump supporters thanks to the open carry laws just passed. You know, like the “slaughter” taking place in all of those conservative run big cities.

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        Paul says:

        Violent crime and gambling have long been related to some degree, but since the old canard of “big cities are violent and run by Democrats” has been alluded to, and that’s a fave conservative talking point to “prove something” (whatever it is), let’s take a sec to look at some real data. It is true that Democrats run many/most large cities in the state and certainly large cities are, well, “large”, so they have more actual crime….that should be obvious and that’s likely the basis for the “big cites are run by violent Democratic antifa lovers” meme that folks of a certain persuasion toss out to own the libs or whatever the point is.

        But, let’s look at per capita violent crime for the top 10 cities in TN, ordered from most violent crime to a bit less high violent crime per capita for 2020, based on actual collated data from the police, FBI, etc:

        1) Memphis
        2) Dyersburg
        3) Savannah
        4) Chattanooga
        5) Millington
        6) Cleveland
        7) Newport
        8) Pigeon Forge
        9) Athens
        10) Sweetwater

        So….there’s plenty of violence in Republican-centric small towns. Ergo, maybe we can change the equation in the future to “violent liberal and conservative cities and towns” for the sake of accuracy, eh? This data is easily findable for the US…..and the US has a lot of violence all around in general, big town, small town, wherever. So using “violence” or “slaughter” as some meaningful proof of anything beyond what H. Rap Brown said about violence, which is, to quote, “[It] is as American as cherry pie” is kind of a waste unless the intent is to take some sort of action to prevent it.

        I can’t see more guns being bandied about as changing that, since we are awash in guns already, but that’s a different discussion.

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          Cryan says:

          “This data is easily findable.” Well, you just lost Stuart. Let him move to Athens and bury his head in the muddy banks of the Hiwassee river.

          Squeal like a pig in your conservative, meth-laden utopia, boy.

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            Beatrice Shaw says:

            Meth? really? bad stuff. This is also proof positive Republican ‘TRUMP’ territory is the real scourge in society.

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    There is a certain underclass that is prone to commit violent crime. These individuals should be in prison for a long enough period of time until their propensity to do so disappears with age. If it never disappears then they should only see the sunlight when they get their time in the prison yard for the rest of their life. I don’t care how much it costs, let Tennessee have the reputation as a really bad place to commit crime so the criminal element gets the idea that moving to a more . . .”liberal” community where they defund the police and don’t even prosecute certain crimes is the place to go.

    Let’s get the news out about how Tennessee is a really bad place to do crime because of the cost of doing that kind of business is so high. We should be especially anxious to get the news out to high schools whose alumni somehow find themselves in our prisons in particularly high numbers. A complete crime stopping program.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      As part of that crime prevention program public relations campaign, and in view of the rate of recidivism prisoners, I would even give Tennessee prisoners a good education as to how much tougher Tennessee is in sentencing and parole than other states. This will allow those prisoners who are anxious to resume their profession as criminals to fully aware upon release from prison that there are more hospitable places to be a criminal than Tennessee.

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        Cryan says:

        How is Sex Trafficker Matt Gaetz working out for your grand old party, you dipshit, hypocritical Boomer.

        Jesus would have nothing to do with today’s Republican Party.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        It appears that so many formerly incarcerated people in Tennessee move swiftly into politics and they always seem to drift to the far right and just repeat the crime cycle.

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      Stuart, you state “there is a certain underclass that is prone to commit violent crime.” If we leave out the one word “violent” this is exactly what I have been relaying to you in replying to your posts. Your next statement in that same post is that “these people should be in prison” and that is also what I have been saying to you in pointing out how many conservative republican politicians in Tennessee have and are being arrested for a wide variety of criminal activities. I agree with you 100% on this. As you say sarcastically, do the crime, do the time!

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        Cryan says:

        No, no, no Taxpayer. We don’t lock up the GOP/Proud Boy connected elites. They are above the law. Also, in the eyes of God they are saints who He has given special permission to break the 10 Commandments, especially adultery. Praise Trump and Tammy Faye Bakker!

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Unfortunately Taxpayer as a man of the left who is particularly interested in “clean government” you still are intellectually incapable of drawing the obvious conclusion that government breeds corruption, the bigger the government the more opportunity for corruption. Leftists are authoritarian control freaks so they LOVE big government, so long as they control the government of course, so leftist “clean government” types have to run around in concentric circles railing about this and that when age old and inevitable government corruption rears its head.

          Tennessee government is, has been, and will be completely controlled by Republicans. Governmental corruption will therefore be practiced by Republicans. The same one party rule is found in New York State and City, California, Chicago, D. C. etc. etc. where corruption is practiced by Democrats. It’s big government that is always presents the opportunity because “that’s where the money is” as the great Willy Sutton said regarding banks. I am a conservative. I’m for small government. I’m for stiff sentences for lawbreaking of all kinds AFTER investigations, fair trials, and convictions for the dregs of society as well as the elite. As usual I am consistent in all of these things, otherwise this ceaseless yammering about age old corruption I find a bore.

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      MARLE says:

      which are the “certain crimes liberal communities Don’t prosecute”, Stuart?

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Prostitution, shop lifting off the top of my head in Los Angeles I believe. Haven’t you heard? George Soros had funded the campaigns of a number of District Attorneys who, upon election, simply refuse to prosecute certain crimes.

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          MARLE says:

          The US has more incarcerated per 100K population than Brittan, France, Japan, Australia, Canada, Germany, Norway and several other countries COMBINED. And while they are there they do inmate “jobs” at slave wages.

          I though Republicans were all over the Chinese (who are not as evolved as we are on human rights) b/c of imprisonment and slave wages in Xinjiang province.

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            James White says:

            We have people in jail because ‘they did it’. Here in the USA people have more freedoms and libertys (or supposed to) and thus they commit more crimes.

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            MARLE says:

            Having more freedoms should mean you commit Fewer crimes b/c fewer things are forbidden. How does what you said make any sense?

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          I’m not concerned about the internal affairs of China, I’m concerned that they have a military that is getting bigger, stronger and tougher than ours while the demented Big Guy is concerned with “diversity” and utilizing pregnant women in our military. We have more people in this country who are prone by genetics or environment to commit violent crime than other countries. I want to see them in prison and I want them to stay there for a long time. PERIOD. Everything else is a distraction and I’m against distractions.

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            Eddie White says:

            I don’t think the Biden Administration cares about the strength or quality of our military. Their main priority is to make sure the transgenders get to jump in the foxhole with everyone else.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            What is even more head exploding they are so fanatical about this senselessness that they are willing to lower requirements for such elite units like the Navy Seals in order to achieve their ideological goals which is rapidly taking the form of a new religion – ‘DIVERSITY.”

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            MARLE says:

            If a conservative such as yourself isn’t concerned then why are nearly ALL republicans whom you financially support weighing in with their Concerns all over the media? Ted Cruz can’t shut up about it. Green, Marsha etc have done the same.

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            MARLE says:

            We spend nearly 3X what China spends (and that doesn’t include our outsized Veterans spending) what the US spends (in US dollars).

            Where as we maintain 800 bases in 77 foreign countries, Britain, France and Russia, by contrast, have about 30 foreign bases combined.

            It is the US who has a military fingerprint everywhere you look; not the Chinese.

            We spend a ton and Want to spend more, if you’re a Republican.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Our fundamental disagreement or difference in approach to politics is that I act upon the fact that we have a two party system so that the decision as to whom to support comes down to a choice between a handful or two imperfect human beings. Insofar as the Republicans are concerned with the internal affairs of other countries I believe they are WRONG. That’s how we turn missions like getting rid of the Taliban which was accomplished in days into a twenty year Afghanistan quagmire, or the Libyan idiocy that led to hordes of Africans descending on Europe etc. etc.

            Historically there has always been isolationist tendencies in American conservatism. Conservatives would be wise to adhere to that historical tradition.

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            Eddie White says:

            Hmm, that sounds a lot like the last Republican president. That is one of the reasons he was unpopular with certain segments of the Republican establishment.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            My problem with the last Republican President was his personality, which I believe cost him an election which was his to win, not with most of his policies. I voted for him the past two times and I will unquestionably do so again in the general if he is nominated again. I simply hope that it doesn’t come to that.

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            James White says:

            Both parties are Pro Military-industrial-complex. Neither close bases or cut spending.

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            MARLE says:

            Stuart…when the politicians from the party you support call for increased military spending and it is clear from the facts that we spend 3X more than China and have 3 times more military installations around the world than Brittan Russia and France Combined WHY can’t you simply say whether YOU think we need more military spending?

            Having a 2 party system doesn’t mean you can’t point out the flaws in their policy. Military Spending is a HUGE part of our annual DEFICIT budget.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            I pointed out the flaws in Republican thinking insofar as it supports neocon interventionist foreign policy that intervenes in the internal affairs of countries. Naturally I’m opposed to wasteful military spending. Why can’t South Korea have its own military that is greater than North Korea so we can bring most of our troops home? Why not force Japan to stop hiding behind post WW II restrictions and have a military as befits a strong well populated nation? We should have troops in Europe but the Europeans should pay for them and raise their military spending or we should do away with NATO and bring our troops home. Most of the bases you mentioned are there do to our interventionist policies which I oppose. On the other hand we can’t pay our volunteer military what the Chinese pay their military personnel. In short I’m for a strong military that we use more sparingly and efficiently.

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            MARLE says:

            We don’t cut lose Japan or S Korea for one simple reason: Control

            They could pay more for their military but then we wouldn’t be able to call the shots. We don’t do foreign aid to be “good guys”. we do it for a reason and the Military Aid we give them MUST be spent with our US defense contractors like Lockheed, Raytheon, Boeing etc.

            To be the boss of the world costs money!!!!!!

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            Cryan says:

            Do you still love Tucker now that he was outed for dining with a pedophile and victim of child sex trafficking? Is this what you call “renting women”? Well in this case she was a child, not a woman.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Well then MARLE, our military budget is really a part of our State Dept. budget. Things do tend to get complicated, so much so that nothing is ever done and our deficits grow and grow and grow. Would we exercise less “control” over South Korea and Japan with fewer/no troops? I doubt it. Why do we need to “control” them anyway? They can always run to the North Koreans/Red Chinese if they don’t like our suggestions sans our military presence.

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            MARLE says:

            We fund countries which are strategic. Like Israel. Like Japan and S Korea. We are threatened from Middle Eastern countries and Israel is strategic. Before this era we needed to fund Israel to keep an eye on Saudi Arabia on whom we depended for our life-blood, OIL

            Now we feel threatened by China and our influence over Japan and S Korea is strategic hence our interest in continued funding.

            YES a thousand times over: our military, our state dept and our Defense contractors are in an undeniable alliance.

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            James White says:

            We need to stop funding All countries. No Foreign Aid to Anyone

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Israel – Israel is strategic and wealthy. Does it need our funding. Why not simply locate a naval base there and pay them rent. I’m not sure they get foreign aid as such. I do believe they get money to buy our military equipment.

            Japan & South Korea – Very wealthy countries. No excuse for not being able to substantially defend themselves against North Korea and China with our maintaining an alliance with them and some troop presence that these host countries should pay for completely.

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            MARLE says:

            We have an exchange policy with the countries mentioned. We do for them and they back us up in our financial, military, rhetoric against communist or fanatical governments. AND they provided us cover for CIA and military operations in the Backyards of our enemies.

            You don’t get the sort of cooperation we want by paying rent. You get it with payoffs.

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            James White says:

            Defund the CIA, they are deep state to the max.

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          Taxpayer #314 says:

          That reminds me of your (R) buddy Matt Gaetz?

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      Beatrice Shaw says:

      racist rhetoric coated in powder sugar

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Let’s see, the conversation is about crime and incarceration, there was a mention of “diversity,” but of course no “racist rhetoric” that any reasonable person can detect so only two points for the Tennessee Lady Race Baiters on that one. Just goes to show when you’re an All-Pro guard like Beatrice you can get your points from up close too.

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    MARLE says:

    Do we need to increase our military budget as Rep are calling for? Yes or No? I am sure heritage give points for votes cast to increase military spending. Am I right?

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      James White says:

      No, Cut ALL Spending.
      You know when they say the ‘cut’ spending, they just mean the cut the Increases , like from a 10% increase to 9%.

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      MARLE says:

      I am hoping that Stuart answers this simple Yes or No question. He always funds candidates who do support it saying we only have a 2-party system. I just want for a change to know what He thinks about the expenditures Being Proposed by nearly every republican he funds.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Now MARLE I know you are joking. You’re sort of spoofing a microanalyst contributor by thinking that before a sending off the dozen or more checks I send every election I sit down and analyze the policy prescriptions of every candidate who is a potential recipient of a grant from the SIA Evangelical Conservative PCF.

        Back to fundamentals. My goal is to move the Republican Party rightward. There are certain key races in every cycle that will serve to accomplish that goal. I analyze the elections in every cycle in order to come up with those races and that’s where I send my contributions. A bit analysis is required to come up with those races – NEVER MICROANALYSIS. I don’t do unnecessary microanalysis. “That ain’t no way to have fun” as far as I’m concerned.

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          MARLE says:

          Micro analysis always seems to involve any analysis you don’t like or leads to results you don’t like. I think you don’t understand the term. At all

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      That’s impossible to answer. We think we know wasteful spending when we see it but do we need more aircraft carriers, cruisers, F-35’s the Chinese now have a larger Navy than we do and these things are pretty big ticket. As to Heritage, I haven’t seen them weigh in on military budgets recently in the scoring but I don’t think military spending has come before Congress as a big deal free standing bill. These things are usually settled in committee which are relatively bi-partisan. As James said, both party leaderships are relatively interventionist and that’s why we have what we have.

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        MARLE says:

        Do we need to spend more? Simple. Really simple. It’s up to those who administer the Money They Are GIVEN to spend it wisely and without waste. The answer is not “more Money” regardless.

        That is how we end up with the education mess, the infrastructure (not so shovel-ready) etc etc etc etc etc.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Get out the latest score sheet and throw some money at the high scorers – that’s how he does it, there is not much thinking about it, he has the final score before the election even starts. Conservatives send the money and just live with the meager and pitiful results.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Indeed, there is an industry of scamsters out there with lists of people willing to contribute to political causes. I know, sometimes I feel that I am single handedly keeping the postal service in business when I go to my mailbox on most days and retrieve all the requests I get for money. I am sure that those on the left who contribute have the same experience.

      I am concerned that well meaning conservative contribute their hard earned money to these scamsters who pocket the vast majority of the proceeds they receive from their appeal. PLEASE CONSERVATIVES DON’T DO IT!!!! Conservatives should target most of their political giving to campaigns where they will get the most bang for the buck. That’s why I often mention some of the exciting senate races slated for 2022 that are worth attention at this early stage of the upcoming election. ATTENTION, not money at this time. This is the time in which I save my money. In 2022 a few months before targeted elections will be the time that I dispense the money which I have saved. CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES SI, SCAMSTERS NO!

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        Perry Aubric says:

        Stuart is actually right about being careful about contributing. I get as much solicitation from more liberal and Democratic causes, candidates and committees as he seems to get from the other side. (Oh, and occasional conservative causes, too, apparently because I contribute regularly to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation—they apparently shared their list based on a false assumption about me). But I agree with Stuart that anyone contributing should research carefully, because some groups are not really helping your cause as much as themselves.

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          Phillip Lassiter says:

          That’s pretty s***ty to lead someone to believe you were I the military and weren’t. Libtard. Ruining this country fast

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            Perry Aubric says:

            I never said I was in the military, you f***ing a**hole. Where did I ever say that? My father was in the Marines in WWII, I am proud of that, and I contribute in his memory.

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Stolen Valor

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