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Chris Gerlacher

Chris Gerlacher

Christopher Gerlacher is a Lead Writer and contributor for Bonus. He is a versatile and experienced gambling writer with an impressive portfolio who has range from political and legislative pieces to sports and sports betting. He's a devout Broncos fan, for better or for worse, living in the foothills of Arvada, Colorado.

Latest articles

Virginia Responsible Gambling Groundwork Built with Pre-Filed Bill

January 13, 2023 | By: Chris Gerlacher

On Dec 27, 2022, Delegate Paul Krizek (D) and Senator Bryce Reeves (R) of Virginia pre-filed bills to create a Problem Gambling Advisory Committee (PGAC). The committee members would include gambling regulators, industry representatives, and community service members. The PGAC’s goal would be to seek alignment between experts on problem gambling and the Virginia gaming […]

Why In-Person Registration Will Cost Illinois Online Casinos

December 8, 2022 | By: Chris Gerlacher

In Mar. 2021, Illinois sent an online casino bill to the state’s House Rules committee. Though that effort stalled, we’ll likely see a similar push in 2023. One unfortunate feature of the original Internet Gaming Act is a six-month window during which in-person registration would be mandatory for Illinois online casinos. That means bettors would have […]

Kyrsten Sinema & Joe Manchin Vote with Biden over 90% of the Time

August 17, 2022 | By: Chris Gerlacher

Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin have made headlines for withholding votes from key Democratic bills, bills that may have shifted the odds for President in 2024 had they passed. In January 2022, their votes prevented filibuster rule changes, which prevents popular legislation from passing without a supermajority. (Passing unpopular bills in a gridlocked Congress is […]

Supreme Court Abortion Ruling Doesn’t Change Midterm Outlook 

June 27, 2022 | By: Chris Gerlacher

After the Supreme Court abortion ruling eliminating the right to abortion, 15 states banned all or most abortions immediately or will ban all or most of them within 30 days. Another five are likely to ban it shortly. Despite this consequential decision, PredictIt’s balance of power market still predicts a Republican House and Senate in […]

Texas Secession Doesn’t Affect PredictIt Balance Of Power Market

June 22, 2022 | By: Chris Gerlacher

Texas State Republican Convention called for a referendum on Texas secession and declared Joe Biden an illegitimate president. Nothing in the Convention seemed to impact PredictIt’s balance of power or presidential markets. It’s not surprising that Texas secession didn’t move PredictIt markets. Secession is a local issue that doesn’t snowball into a national issue. It doesn’t […]

January 6 Hearings Fail To Change PredictIt Markets

June 13, 2022 | By: Chris Gerlacher

The first January 6 hearings were held on Thursday, June 9 and Monday, June 13. These hearings into the origins of the January 6 Capitol riot gave the public new information, including:  Proud Boys’ and Oath Keepers’ instigation of the day’s violence  Police body camera footage of rioters attacking police officers    Testimony from one […]

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