All It Took Was a Tweet: BetOnline Settles Biden Winners

After six weeks of delays, dozens of lawsuits, a handful of recounts, and one lame-duck president who’s yet to admit he lost, Panama City, Panama-based BetOnline became the last major sportsbook to settle the 2020 Election Tuesday morning.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for the first time, acknowledged Joe Biden’s victory and referred to him as President-elect from the Senate floor in the US Capitol Tuesday morning. Moments later, BetOnline became the last major sportsbook to settle the 2020 presidential election. (Image: Getty)

The announcement came via tweet, which ended more than a month of radio silence from the sportsbook. BetOnline’s statement was direct and flavorless, though it did thank bettors for their patience—something they’d been short on over the last few weeks on Twitter.

In the wake of President-elect Biden’s certification, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for the first time, acknowledged Joe Biden’s victory and referred to him as President-elect.

“The electoral college has spoken,” McConnell said in remarks from the Senate floor in the US Capitol. “Today, I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden.”

Kremlin Beats McConnell To the Punch

McConnell’s comments came five hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Joe Biden on his victory.

“Vladimir Putin wished the President-elect every success and expressed confidence that Russia and the United States, which bear special responsibility for global security and stability, despite their differences can truly contribute to solving many problems and challenges that the world is currently facing,” a Kremlin readout said on Tuesday.

The majority of Senate Republicans still haven’t recognized Biden’s victory on Tuesday even after the Electoral College certified the win.

And as some who wagered heavily on Trump took to Twitter to protest Monday evening in the wake of London-based Betfair’s settlement, the markets turned their attention to the Jan. 5 Georgia runoff, which will determine control of the Senate.

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