Philly Newspapers Turn to Online Gambling For Revenue

Sign of things to come?

by , Apr 19, 2010 | 3:05 am

I honestly believe that 10 years from now, online gambling will be what saves newspaper journalism in America. Check it out …

Newspaper gambles on online gambling | Media Maverick – CNET News
Philadelphia Inquirer claims to be country’s first newspaper to venture into sports betting. Read this blog post by Greg Sandoval on Media Maverick.

So is the pioneer, banking (finally?) on the UIGEA carveout for fantasy sports to offer real-money gambling. (Holy shit, like you actually get to use Paypal to fund your account!) Limits are small — right now the most you can lose in a day is $50, and the most you can win is $90 — and it’s not heavily promoted elsewhere on the site., the web home for both the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, has partnered with British company to run their games.

How this pertains to poker is it gives a teensy glimpse of what the landscape could look like down the road. It might not be about PokerStars sending players to the WSOP, but rather the Des Moines Register hosting satellites. (And this could work within an intrastate framework, too!)

Editor & Publisher seems at least open to the possibility. At a minimum, poker stands to benefit from anything that has so many mainstream media big-wigs finally taking a closer look at the UIGEA.


4 Comments to “Philly Newspapers Turn to Online Gambling For Revenue ”

  1. Pauly

    Nothing can save newspapers, Dan.

  2. DanM

    i meant newspapers as in newspaper websites.

  3. Eric Celeste

    Any surprise this is Gonz’s paper?

  4. DanM

    yes, i am shocked he hasn’t gotten fired three times over by now.