The Wagers Wonks Podcast

Hosted by Wagers.com's Ryan Butler, this podcast will look into the business side of sports betting. Each week, join Ryan as he looks at all the major news stories impacting the financial side of one of the fastest growing sectors of sports business.

Prophet Exchange’s Dean Sisun and Jake Benzaquen and Difficulties with Federal Policy – Episode 29

Why is it so hard to pass federal sports betting legislation? Host Ryan Butler takes a closer look at the difficulties facing federal policy, plus an interview with Prophet Exchange…

BettorEdge Part 2 and Ohio Has a Start Date – Episode 28

Mark your calendar for Ohio’s official launch date. Host Ryan Butler welcomes back BettorEdge co-founders James Seils and Greg Kajewski to chat what’s ahead for the company. theScore says bye-bye…

BettorEdge’s James Seils and Greg Kajewski and Good News in North Carolina – Episode 27

Sports betting takes a positive turn in North Carolina. Host Ryan Butler welcomes BettorEdge co-founders James Seils and Greg Kajewski to discuss their social betting platform. More indications Fanatics is…

Quarter4’s Kelly Brooks and Danijela Covic and Sports Betting in 2022 – Episode 26

Hear everything that’s gone down in the sports betting legalization world in 2022. Host Ryan Butler welcomes Quarter4 CEO Kelly Brooks and Chief Sales Officer Danijela Covic to talk women’s…

Sportradar’s Brandt Iden and Bill Killed in Missouri – Episode 25

Frustrating developments in Missouri as the sports betting bill is officially killed. Host Ryan Butler welcomes back Sportradar Head of Government Affairs Brandt Iden to break down bills in Maine…

Legacy Fantasy Sports Part 2 and Competing Ballots in California – Episode 24

California is set to make history with competing ballots in 2022. Host Ryan Butler continues his chat with Legacy Fantasy Sports Co-Founders John Latella and Grady Toombs. Missouri hits a…

Legacy Fantasy Sports Co-Founders John Latella and Grady Toombs and Progress in Massachusetts – Episode 23

After years of legislation, Massachusetts finally saw some progress on sports betting. Host Ryan Butler chats with Legacy Fantasy Sports Co-Founders John Latella and Grady Toombs. Another big week in…

Aubrey Levy Part 2, Maine Passes Mobile Bill, and MaximBet Signs Charlie Blackmon – Episode 22

Maine became the first state in 2022 to pass a bill legalizing mobile sports betting. Host Ryan Butler continues his chat with theScore Senior VP of Content and Marketing Aubrey…

theScore Senior VP of Content and Marketing Aubrey Levy and Fanatics Making Moves – Episode 21

Not so good news for Kentucky sports betting. Host Ryan Butler chats with theScore Senior VP of Content and Marketing Aubrey Levy on the launch of their new betting app.…

Champion Gaming CEO Ken Hershman and Poker in Michigan – Episode 20

An update on where Kentucky stands on its road to legalizing sports betting. Host Ryan Butler welcomes Champion Gaming Group Co-Founder and CEO Ken Hershman to share how his company…

SharpLink CEO Rob Phythian and Kansas Close to Legalizing Sports Betting – Episode 19

Kansas is well on its way to being the first state to legalize sports betting in 2022. Host Ryan Butler welcomes SharpLink Chief Executive Officer Rob Phythian to chat their…

Sportradar Head of Government Affairs Brandt Iden on Minnesota – Episode 18

It’s a big week for Kansas as lawmakers hope to legalize sports betting by April 1. Host Ryan Butler welcomes back returning guest and Sportradar Head of Government Affairs Brandt…

AGA Senior Director of Research David Forman and Movement in Missouri and Minnesota – Episode 17

Sports betting is making progress in Missouri and Minnesota, where both states have very different legislative processes. Host Ryan Butler welcomes American Gaming Association Senior Director of Research David Forman…

Light and Wonder Global Head of Government Affairs Howard Glaser and Calvin Ridley Fallout – Episode 16

The Calvin Ridley news has huge implications for him, the NFL, and the sports betting world. Host Ryan Butler welcomes Light and Wonder Global Head of Government Affairs Howard Glaser…

Saracen Casino Resort CMO Carlton Saffa and Illinois Goes Remote – Episode 15

Believe it or not, Illinois residents can finally register remotely for any sportsbook. Host Ryan Butler welcomes Saracen Casino Resort CMO Carlton Saffa to chat how Bet Saracen will stand…

iDEA Growth State Advocacy Director John Pappas and Earnings Reports – Episode 14

This week brings big earnings reports and investor days from Flutter (FanDuel), Rush Street, and DraftKings. Host Ryan Butler welcomes iDEA Growth State Advocacy Director John Pappas to talk about…

DraftKings Awful Stock Day and More Super Bowl Betting Records – Episode 13

DraftKings stock dropped 21% in one day after announcing they’re expected to lose $900 million in 2022. New York has a Super Bowl week that outpaces entire months for most…

New Era of Super Bowl Betting and Vegas Bouncing Back – Episode 12

Super Bowl LVI is the first of its kind from a sports betting perspective. Q4 2021 revenues at MGM Las Vegas Strip properties were higher than Q4 2019. More states…

Brandt Iden Part 2, Super Bowl, and South Dakota – Episode 11

Super Bowl LVI has the potential to set betting records thanks to New York and Louisiana and their already-hot start. South Dakota betting is waiting for approval. Host Ryan Butler…

Sportradar Head of Government Affairs Brandt Iden and Florida Pulled – Episode 10

Online sports betting was pulled from consideration in Florida before the deadline to qualify for the ballot. Host Ryan Butler sits down with Sportradar Head of Government Affairs Brandt Iden…