Oscar mania: Is there a future for specials betting in the US?

New Jersey broke new ground recently by allowing sportsbooks to take bets on the Oscars. So just how popular was the red-carpet event with gamblers, and could it be the stepping stone to eventually offering a full array of specials markets and, more importantly, political betting?

On Sunday, February 24, Hollywood’s glitterati gathered at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre for the 91st Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars. This year, though, there were armchair viewers almost 3,000 miles away taking more interest in the contents of the famous gold envelopes than in previous years. That was because it was the very…

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