About the Author

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes has written three books about sports. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He enjoys writing, running, and lemon bars. He lives near Lake Michigan with his daughters and usually has an orange cream soda nearby.

Virginia Sports Betting Surpasses $5 Billion in Total Handle

July 11, 2022 | By: Dan Holmes

The total sports betting handle in Virginia dropped in May, but still managed to generate $42 million in gross revenue for sportsbooks. More significantly, the state surpassed a milestone by topping $5 billion in all-time sports handle. Nine states have exceeded $5 billion on sports betting handle since a U.S. Supreme Court decision cleared the […]

Best NFL Draft Prop Bets

April 22, 2022 | By: Dan Holmes

On Thursday, April 28, the front offices of the 32 NFL teams will occupy a large space at Caesars Forum on the famed Las Vegas Strip, convening to make their selections in the annual NFL Draft. Unlike the draft of any other league, the NFL Draft has become a spectacle, with live coverage of each […]

Virginia Sports Betting Handle Set Record In January

March 2, 2022 | By: Dan Holmes

More than $485.5 million in sports bets were placed in Virginia in January, according to a report released by the Virginia Lottery. The total handle for January sets a record for a single month in Virginia, passing the previous mark of $427.3 million in October 2021. Virginia sports betting launched more than a year ago […]

Virginia In-state College Sports Betting Would Be Allowed If New Bill Passes

January 14, 2022 | By: Dan Holmes

Two bills have been proposed in the Virginia State House of Delegates that would make significant changes to the sports betting market in the commonwealth. Virginia launched online sports betting in January 2021, after legalizing it in 2020. But nearly one year later, lawmakers see opportunities to make it even better. The bills would make […]

Virginia Sports Betting Handle Has Second-Highest Month in November

January 4, 2022 | By: Dan Holmes

In November, for the second consecutive month, Virginia reported more than $400 million in total handle on sports betting. The figure of $402.6 million in November 2021 is the second-highest since sports betting was legalized in the state. With 10 months of sports betting numbers now in the books, Virginians have bet more than $2.7 […]

Washington Football Team Vs. Las Vegas Raiders Betting Odds And Preview

November 30, 2021 | By: Dan Holmes

After getting embarrassed by the Chiefs and Bengals in back-to-back losses, the Raiders managed to win on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys. The game was an ugly prelude to a turkey and stuffing dinner, but somehow the Raiders emerged with the drumstick in a 36-33 overtime victory. Gobble, gobble. After an extended period of preparation, the […]

Washington Football Team Vs. Seattle Seahawks Betting Odds

November 26, 2021 | By: Dan Holmes

Since its inception in 1970, Monday Night Football has had great games, good games, weird games, and ho-hum games. Through it all, MNF has become an institution that’s as much a celebration of America’s love affair with pro football as it is an individual game. That love affair will be tested next Monday when the […]

Baltimore Ravens Vs. Cleveland Browns Betting Odds And Analysis

November 23, 2021 | By: Dan Holmes

Each time the Ravens and Browns face each other, it’s sort of a strange shirt-tail relative meeting. The Ravens were once the Browns (but technically not). The Browns are now the real Browns but want nothing to do with the old Browns, except when it suits them. Call this the Art Modell Bowl. The Ravens […]

Washington Football Team Vs. Panthers Betting Odds And Analysis

November 17, 2021 | By: Dan Holmes

The game between the Washington Football Team and the Carolina Panthers Sunday is a case of two teams looking up.  The WFT halted a four-game losing streak last weekend with a surprising 29-19 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while the Panthers went into the desert and upset the Arizona Cardinals […]

Richmond Casino Options Narrow: Two Proposals Remain

April 22, 2021 | By: Dan Holmes

Odds increased for two groups who have proposed casino plans in Richmond when an evaluation committee eliminated a proposal from Bally’s Corp. from consideration. The city seems to have responded to protests from residents of the Stratford Hills neighborhood and negative reaction to the Bally’s proposal from neighboring areas. Critics posed concerns over traffic, noise, […]