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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.

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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 […]

Betting Strategy for Election Markets & Uncertainty

November 30, 2022 | By: Chris Gerlacher

Now that the midterms are over, major election races have been settled. Many of the Senate races have been settled with the winner priced at 99 cents on PredictIt and the loser at one cent. Analyzing what bettors missed in these races can inform betting strategy for election markets in the 2024 presidential race.  However, […]

Donald Trump Election Odds Before & After the Midterms

November 23, 2022 | By: Chris Gerlacher

The Donald Trump election odds were high before the midterms. High inflation with rising interest rates made groceries more expensive and borrowing funds for homes and school more difficult. The challenging economy seemed to doom Democratic chances of holding both chambers of Congress. Historical midterm losses pointed to a Republican Congress.  Instead, Democrats held the […]

How PredictIt Prices Flipped During 2022 Midterms

November 9, 2022 | By: Chris Gerlacher

Democrats fared better on election night than expected. Republicans are still expected to retake the House of Representatives, but Democrats have a chance to hold onto the Senate. PredictIt prices flipped on election night, and the balance of power market’s overround hit a high of 13 cents. Small changes in Election Night expectations have resulted […]

Impact of Election Deniers on Election Betting

November 8, 2022 | By: Chris Gerlacher

Two days after Joe Biden’s inauguration, the Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS) in the United Kingdom released a statement defending the right of UK sportsbooks to settle 2020 presidential election bets. The impact of election deniers it stated in part:   “Following the inauguration ceremony on 20th January 2021, we can see no reason why […]

The Threat of Political Violence in Upcoming Elections

November 2, 2022 | By: Chris Gerlacher

Political violence is on the rise in the United States. Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was attacked in his San Fransisco home by an assailant who hoped to kidnap and torture Nancy Pelosi.  This is the latest attack in a string of politically-motivated threats. In June 2022, a Wisconsin judge was killed in his home […]

How a Stolen Election Really Looks — And Why 2020 Was Legit

October 4, 2022 | By: Chris Gerlacher

There are a few ways to manufacture a stolen election. In countries like Iran, hardline clerics can disqualify candidates who challenge them. That allows only a narrow range of views into office. The Economist reports that of the 600 candidates who applied to run for the Iranian presidency, only seven were allowed on the ballot. […]

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