States Race To Legalize Online Gambling

The catch, however, is that the new laws apply only to people physically present in the individual states.

Several other states, including Massachusetts, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa and Mississippi, are weighing some kind of online gambling legislation. Nevada’s law legalized only online poker, while New Jersey’s allows for a broad array of games, including online slots, blackjack and other table games.

New Jersey is now the third state to approve online gambling, after Nevada and Delaware. More stringent geolocation options could “put limitations on growth, or on the ability to create revenue,” Durbin said.

States hit hard by the financial crisis, and by the increasing costs of retirement and healthcare benefits, are still struggling to plug big budget holes, and many expanded gaming as they looked in every corner for new sources of revenue.

“There’s going to be intense competition for customers,” Michael Paladino, a Fitch Ratings senior director, said.

“I would be shocked if within a few years there aren’t multiple states cooperating,” said Tom Goldstein, an attorney who has represented online gaming companies. States received an estimated $7.5 billion in direct gaming revenue in 2011 on a fiscal year basis through licensing fees, taxes and other allocations, according to Fitch Ratings.. A 2012 analysis by Stateline, a project of the Pew Center on the States, found that of the 13 states that had legalized casinos, casinos at racetracks or lotteries in the previous decade, more than two-thirds “failed to live up to the initial promises of projections made by political and industry champions of legalized gambling.”

“If individual jurisdictions go about setting up their own individual processes without the industry as a whole looking at it together, it’s going to be a very difficult thing to do,” said Craig Durbin, committee chair for the lottery subcommittee of the National Association of Gaming Regulators.

“We are encouraged to know that states are talking to one another. With just 2.7 million residents, Nevada could have trouble attracting enough in-state players to its online poker games to offer a range of limits, or the minimum and maximum amounts a player can wager on one bet. Nevada will keep 6.75 percent of the dollars won from online poker players. Once that happens, Goldstein expects a “steamroller effect where a state legislature says ‘Why are we passing up on tens of millions of tax revenue every year?”

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“Revenues generated through online gaming will hike in the beginning,” said Lucy Dadayan, a senior policy analyst at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, New York.

(Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie this week finally approved online gaming in the Garden State. “But they are always short lived.”

Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts International told Reuters in October that several states were already in talks about how to link interactive gaming plans.

(Additional reporting by Hilary Russ; editing by Edward Tobin and Andrew Hay)

While it may be hard for states to not make a run for the money, historic trends show revenue spikes from gambling are anything but a steady stream. For instance, technology that allows states to detect where a person is playing online — so that someone in New York can’t access New Jersey’s online gaming system, for instance, is not totally foolproof. Now comes the hard part: banding together with other states to attract more gamblers, drive up jackpots and lure players away from offshore websites.

Such pacts would come in addition to relationships many casinos have with overseas online gaming companies. If more states sign up for online gaming and form a large, multi-state system, the numbers of players could soar — and so will tax revenues.

According to American Gaming Association, about 85 countries have legalized online gambling, and an estimated $35 billion is bet online worldwide each year, including millions of people in the United States through offshore websites. Gibraltar-based Bwin. They are crafting their own legislation and legal frameworks but are talking with other states in anticipation of compacting with multiple states,” said MGM CEO Jim Murren.

The U.S. If they want to offer the big jackpots that attract scores of players, they are likely to look outside their borders to combine gaming offerings and set regulations, much as they have with multi-state lottery drawings like Powerball and Mega Millions.

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A state’s population is a key factor for the new gaming programs. Without a wide range of active games, states could lose business to the unregulated offshore sites that dominate the market currently.

At the same time, Durbin said it will take time to find common ground. “New Jersey is bigger, but the opportunity comes when a number of states are up and operators can span across those states.”

A partnership with New Jersey, which has more than three times as many residents, would boost the pool of potential players dramatically. Every state except Hawaii and Utah collects some kind of revenue from lotteries, casinos or other types of wagering. Party Digital Entertainment, the world’s largest listed online gaming group, has a joint venture with MGM and Boyd Gaming. Rival company 888 Holdings is partnered with Caesars Entertainment, while Wynn Resorts is partnered with PokerStars.

New Jersey will take 15 percent of the amount won by online casinos from players within its borders. government has long considered online wagering illegal, but the Department of Justice in late 2011 clarified its stance, paving the way for states to unilaterally legalize some forms of online gambling.

Cooperation would also help states regulate the market by sharing resources for identifying where gamblers are located and guarding against under-age gambling, stolen identities and credit card fraud.

“If you are flying to Vegas you are not necessarily doing so with the aim of being able to fire up your laptop and gamble,” said ITG casino analyst Matthew Jacob, pointing out that most people go to Vegas for its casinos

Sports :: Recreational Drug Testing in Welsh Rugby

Not only are recreational drugs banned by professional sporting bodies, but participating in the illegal use of recreational drugs can have negative effects on athlete’s performance. Between 2004 and 2009, the RFU’s own anti-doping programme that tested players on days of competition caught seven positive tests for illicit drugs including two players from the Guinness Premiership.

“It’s important that all athletes are given the same advice about recreational drug use as they receive about Steroid and Hormone abuse. Their much publicised disagreement over additional Olympic style blood and urine testing during their preparation for competition has asked many questions about the way drugs are tested in sport and has raised awareness for the need of out of competition drug testing.

This year undefeated Welsh boxing icon Joe Calzaghe admitted to the recreational use of cocaine following his retirement from boxing and Ms Carter reiterates the importance of educating athletes on the side effects of drug participation and abuse.

Abi concluded “With the media spot light focused so much on the reputation of athletes and their duty as role models to many young people, it appears recreational drug testing is the next big step in professional sports legislation”.

Abi Carter, Director of Forensic Resources Ltd one of Wales’ leading Drug Testing Specialists, believes it’s only a matter of time until Welsh sporting bodies reform their recreational drug testing policies and suggests athletes from as young as 15 could soon be tested for recreational drugs on a regular basis.

The groundbreaking announcement that the English Rugby Union will introduce out of competition recreational drug testing for all professional players in the English rugby league has put pressure on Welsh sporting authorities to follow suit and set a similar example.

“Many young people today are approached to participate in the recreational use of drugs and it’s essential that we create a no nonsense drug culture in Welsh Sport to deter athletes from taking drugs and possibly ruining any chances they may have of becoming professional sports people

Recreational Drug Testing could soon become a regular occurrence across sport in Wales.

Statistics show that recreational drug use frequently follows alcohol abuse and that the most susceptible group are males aged between 16-24. The new policy introduced this month will test urine samples from players across the English Rugby League, from grass roots level to the national team, to identify players who have participated in the recreational use of cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine and ecstasy in an effort to clean up drug use in professional rugby.

Boxing appears to be the next sport to introduce reform in its drug testing laws following the controversial collapse of the mega fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao earlier this year. We must encourage young athletes from an early age that recreational drugs will not be tolerated in professional sport to help give them the best chance to succeed and build respectable role models for the future.”

Ms Carter continued “I believe over the next year more vigorous drug testing will occur in all sports to eliminate recreational drug abuse and I wouldn’t be surprised if young adults whom are on trials or in a youth development academies with large sports teams are screened during their sporting education.. “It’s evident that attitudes towards recreational drug testing are changing amongst sports governing bodies and this latest announcement from the English Rugby Union will put pressure on Welsh sporting bodies to set a similar example to help remove drug abuse from professional sport.

The English Rugby Unions bold decision to introduce recreational drug testing on non competitive match days follows the high profile case of shamed England international prop Matt Stevens, who is serving a two-year ban for cocaine use

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ISIS Accused Of Executing 600 Yazidi Prisoners, Dumping Bodies On A Highway

But the United States has shied away from entering the conflict directly, instead offering support to groups fighting ISIS.

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The Yazidi people, a religious minority who mostly keep to themselves, have been a particular target for ISIS. Locals said the captives were lined up and executed, with their bodies piled up on a highway.

ISIS Accused Of Executing 600 Yazidi Prisoners, Dumping Bodies On A Highway [Disturbing Video]

“IS gangs executed hundreds of innocent Yezidi prisoners.”

Many groups are pushing back against ISIS, with Kurdish fighters winning back much of the land in northern Iraq that ISIS took during a blitz in 2014. Muslim clerics should bear their responsibility to show the public the reality of this terrorist group, demonstrating how it is diametrically opposed to the correct, tolerant teachings of the Islamic religion,” al-Nujaifi added.

The killings took place sometime on Friday, after ISIS transferred the hostages to Talafar. Militants have killed hundreds of Yazidi already and sold many of the women and girls into slavery.

ISIS militants are accused of executing 600 Yazidi prisoners, with the gruesome murders caught on video.

The Iraqi governor who confirmed this week’s execution of Yazidi captives used the alleged atrocity as a call for others to turn against ISIS.

Shahin Shingali, a fighter with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, said the executions are taking place with greater frequency and called on others to join the fight against ISIS.

There are mixed reports on just how many Yazidi captives were executed this week, with some sources reporting that 300 were killed and others putting the number at 500 or more.

“Without a direct intervention by the international community, Iraq will be witnessing more genocides against innocent people at the hands of the IS terrorists,” he said.

ISIS Accused Of Executing 600 Yazidi Prisoners, Dumping Bodies On A HighwayISIS Accused Of Executing 600 Yazidi Prisoners, Dumping Bodies On A Highway

While many reports of ISIS atrocities are unproven, there are other sources confirming the execution of the Yazidi hostages.

The militant group has reportedly offered Yazidi girls as reward for fighters, and even created marketing videos to sell the prisoners.

“These terrorists are degrading Islamic religion. American-led airstrikes also crippled the militant group, pushing back against them and allowing trapped Yazidi people to break free.

The girls have reportedly been priced based on their eye color and “good teeth,” with younger girls reportedly fetching a higher price.

“A new crime was committed by Daesh (Islamic State) against our Yezidi people on Friday,” Aseel al-Nujaifi, governor of Nineveh province in Iraq, said in a statement.

ESPN Streak for the Cash Strategy

This is enough incentive for just about anyone to sign up for an ESPN account and start making picks. Currently, prize for having the longest streak of the month can net a prize of $50,000 plus bonuses of up to $550,000. The longest streak that I’ve had was 14 wins. Also, the person who makes the most correct picks during the month receives a prize of $2,500. An average winning streak for the month has been anywhere between 25 and 32 correct picks in a row.

Crazy concept right?  How can you actually have fun when you’re trying to make money online by picking sports and winning $50,000?!?!  That’s some serious dough and you have to be dedicated, focused, and forget about picking games and sports that you enjoy because if you enjoy it, you have no chance (kind of like making money on HubPages!).  There can be no fun, or else you will fail and not make your $50,000.

Everyone wants to win the cash, but only one person out of the thousands that play this game everyday will walk away with the paycheck.  You can take your picks seriously, but also make sure that you’re having fun along the way.

Tip #2: Research

One of the main ways that I will research a pick will be to look at the game logs from each team.  For example, if college basketball team A is 5-0 at home against ranked opponents and they are playing a ranked opponent at home, that information will influence my decision on the prop.  ESPN.com is a great resource for looking into statistics and trends and you can also search the internet for game previews and predictions by the experts.  Like with all sports betting, going with the percentages does not always work out, so go with your gut and take a few risks.  To win the big prize, you will have to get lucky and make some gutsy picks to put together a winning streak.

Every prop that shows up on Streak for the Cash has its own message board where hundreds of people chat about the prop.  Keep in mind that this game is a competition and some people may be trying to lead you astray by posting false information (or they may just be wrong).  In my experience, many of the regulars to these message boards are posting their legitimate picks and opinions about the games or props, so scanning through the postings before you make your pick can be helpful.

But seriously…have fun.  Pick games that you’ll actually watch, even if you’re not sure of who will win the prop.  Go with your heart if your home team shows up on the list and cheer even louder than normal.  Streak for the Cash is about getting involved in sports that you don’t normally watch and getting to know teams other than your favorites.  During one of my longer streaks, I actually watched a soccer match that was on TV because I had picked one of the teams to win by 2 goals.  I’m from the United States, so soccer is not something that I normally watch but I really got into the game and enjoyed it.  I’m a college basketball fan, but generally only watch my two or three favorite teams…but with Streak, I’ll end up watching a game on ESPN U or having gamecast running in the background at work and checking a score. 

Tip #1: Just Have Fun

I have played Streak for the Cash on and off for the last few years, starting back when the top prize was $1,000,000 and the contest went for months at a time. After you hit double digits, each game starts to mean a lot and makes it very exciting to watch the games that you pick, even though you are still less than halfway to the overall goal. Below are some tips for people just starting out.. ESPN’s Streak for the Cash is a pick’em style game where the goal is to build the longest winning streak

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Top Notch Online Gambling Activities by Julian Spencer

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. You possibly can decide for example to have fun with online poker. Howevere , if this Web gambling activity isn’t interesting for you then you might play on line all type of free casino games.

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Not Family Friendly: Fan Misbehavior at Pro Sports Venues

 If fans are still filling up the stadium, then the teams are less likely to offer any type of family alcohol free zone.

Some sporting rivalries have become more intense as fans of each team mistreat each other.  Fans of the visiting team can get verbally eviscerated by the home crowd.  The fans of the other team have become true enemies instead of rivals.  A San Francisco Giants fan was beaten so badly he lapsed into a coma after an assault  outside of Dodger Stadium in 2011.  It’s almost surprising that this was a baseball crowd, as football fans seem to be the most wound up.  Thankfully, physical assaults are not keeping pace with verbal abuse, but opposing fans can’t feel entirely safe in many professional sports stadiums.  We have more hooligans than ever..  These family friendly sections don’t allow alcohol.  If most fans accept the current atmosphere, then allowing them to continue spewing obscenities isn’t quite so bad if family friendly alcohol free zones are readily available.  Teams certainly are not going to prohibit alcohol at events, which is a major contributing factor.

As a middle ground to allow most fans to continue business as usual and to also encourage family attendance, many teams offer family seating sections.

The infamous NBA brawl between players and fans began after a fan threw beer at Ron Artest (now known as Metta World Peace).  This melee led to several player suspensions, yet was initiated by outrageous fan behavior.  A recent Orlando Sentinel article recounts Stan Van Gundy’s description of a fan screaming vulgarities behind the bench during Pat Riley’s coaching return at Madison Square Garden, all while the fan is standing next to his young daughter.[1]  Fans act out in ways previously unimaginable, as if paying the price of admission allows any kind of behavior towards the opposing players and coaches.  Alcohol feeds the beast of fan anger.

are also permitted to have additional, more restrictive, rules of conduct in place.

Negative Atmosphere

Background Stress

Exacerbating the added stress load of the fans in general, alcohol is added to the mix.  I recall attending a Monday night football game once after tailgating for several hours.  My friends and I grilled and drank beer for a couple hours before going into the stadium.  I drank more beer once we were inside.  Walking around the concourse at halftime, I realized that I was among the most sober of the spectators.  Most of the people in the crowd were not merely buzzed, they were completely hammered.  Excessive consumption of alcohol makes all of us act out.  Unfortunately, professional sporting events have thousands of inebriated spectators together at once, each feeding off the other.

Having family sections widely available seems to be the best compromise to me.  The sports leagues should also recognize that creating family zones is an investment in creating loyal fans from the younger generation who will continue to attend games in the years ahead.

Alcohol

Another ingredient in the negative fan behavior recipe is sports betting.  Many NFL fans also

Social interaction these days is more negative than ever.  Road rage fights are not uncommon.  We all seem to be more stressed than ever.  This nervous tension impacts all our social interactions.  Yelling at each other has become more commonplace.  If spectators are more stressed than ever before even stepping foot into a stadium, then the tension is multiplied many times over by having fifty thousand or more of us sitting elbow to elbow.

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Response of Teams and Leagues

bet on the games.  If you’ve put significant coin on the game you’re attending and your team isn’t doing well or isn’t covering the spread, you’re likely not going to sit quietly and let it happen.  You’re going to yell and scream and what you say may not be pretty.

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Codes of Conduct

A sports ticket is a license to attend an event.  The team, in conjunction with the league, can set the terms under which the seat usage or the license is exercised.  For instance, we are all familiar with searches of belongings before entering sports venues.  While sometimes annoying and time consuming, most all of us understand the need for these types of security measures.  We submit to them because we know it’s a requirement in order to attend the game.

Each of the NBA, NFL and MLB governing bodies have adopted fan codes of conduct.  The NBA code prohibits offensive language, unruly behavior, throwing things onto the basketball court and fan entry onto the court.  Fans can be ejected for breaking the rules set forth in the code of conduct.  Similarly, the NFL doesn’t allow illegal behavior and fans are not permitted to throw anything onto the field of play.  The MLB code of conduct is very similar.  Baseball clubs

Family Sections

Fan unruliness has reached epidemic proportions at sporting events.  Fans curse and scream more than ever.  Many families can’t attend games with young children due to fan behavior, even if they can afford the astronomical ticket prices.  Children often bond with the same teams as their parents.  They certainly love to attend games when their parents go to the stadium.  Many parents consider taking their children to professional athletic contests to be irresponsible, given the poisonous atmosphere.  What are the causes and what should be done to allow children to enjoy games with their parents?

While the codes of conduct themselves may be helpful, actual enforcement is another story.  After all, the fans attending the games are customers of the teams and it’s not necessarily good for business to eject paying customers.  Pro sports teams have more security personnel available for games than ever, but security appears to become involved only in the most egregious of circumstances.  We should be able to enjoy games with our kids without fear of what they might see and hear.  Whether a team offers this type of section depends in large part on whether or not they already achieve sell outs on a regular basis.  The framework for ejecting fans is somewhat in place; however, the stomach to follow through remains somewhat lacking

Column: FIFA presidency no laughing matter as would-be candidate becomes frontman for gambling

So silky as a player for Newcastle and Tottenham; so ridiculous now with his car-crash campaign for the FIFA presidency.

But the targets were our wallets and spending habits, not our hearts. But I mean you’re talking about one of the biggest, powerfulest jobs in football and all you’re getting to hear about is Paddy Power.”

PARIS –  Don’t laugh. Tuning in for results of football betting pools, which offered big jackpots for small stakes, was a Saturday afternoon ritual for many 20th Century English families.

Ginola has zero chance of unseating Sepp Blatter. In pocketing 250,000 pounds (335,000 euros; US$375,000) from bookmaker Paddy Power for this stunt, Ginola became the latest Trojan horse in the gambling and gaming industry’s creeping and creepy embrace of football.

“It’s an absolute disgrace,” he said in a phone interview. What ever happened to sport for sport’s sake, for the buzz of competition, not a bet? How quaint. “There’s more passion, more pleasure and more pain.”

“It’s eyeballs we’re after,” 12Bet executive Rory Anderson, quoted in the Daily Mail, said when the online bookmaker became the name on Hull City’s shirt for this Premier League season.

But gambling advertising wasn’t as in-your-face as now. Villa’s shirt sponsor is dafabet, a name that works better in Chinese, where “dafa” means “big wealth.” Stoke and Burnley players are billboards for Bet365 and Fun88 (another name that plays on the Chinese word to get rich).

Sport “matters more when there’s money on it,” it says. “It’s great for Paddy Power. Hull against Aston Villa on Feb.

But that’s not the point here. The increase was three-fold for children aged 4-15.

John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. In the UK, which liberalized gambling advertising in 2007, adults’ exposure to gambling commercials on television soared five-fold in eight years to 2012, regulator Ofcom found. After Thursday’s passing of the entry deadline, “Team Ginola” should fade away.

One of those is Kevin Twaddle, a former player for Motherwell and other Scottish clubs who told his story in the biography, “Life On The Line: How to Lose a Million and So Much More.” He no longer gambles and has delivered talks to other players about the risks.

All this in a sport grappling with the increasing danger of gambling-related match-fixing and with ample examples of gambling-addicted players who frittered away their wealth.. There’s nothing funny about the gambling industry’s latest wheeze to sink its teeth even deeper into football and its fans.

And how about this blurb from Sky Bet, title sponsor since 2013 of England’s three divisions below the Premier League. It reads like a plug for Fifty Shades of Grey.

Whoa. Bet some more.

Asking your kids to make tea during half-time breaks won’t shield them from the bombardment, not with gambling ads flashing throughout matches on pitch-side light-boards. Write to him at jleicester@ap.org or follow him at http://twitter.com/johnleicester

Twaddle takes a very dim view of Ginola’s Paddy Power-backed grab for FIFA.

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“I’m here today to talk about love” were the Frenchman’s seductive opening words at his campaign launch in London this month.

“It just makes like a mockery of football.”

And that isn’t funny at all.

Imagine, for a moment, a Paddy Power-financed FIFA president. But the mere thought of the gambling industry even attempting to place a stooge at the very top of football makes the prospect of another Blatter term seem perhaps not quite so bad.

We’re talking here about David Ginola. This was about making a splash. It won’t happen; FIFA’s ethics rules should see to that. That was before online bookmakers offered odds on anything and everything, from match results and goals scored to which team will win the coin toss or take the first corner, and before their relentless advertising.

Bet. FIFA’s election and ethics rules will almost certainly keep him off the May ballot. 10 will pit two Asian online bookmakers against each other. Bet again. That much was clear from the Paddy Power branding.

That is the message that football, more than most other sports, is mainlining into our homes, helped by names like Ginola and teams lending their cachet, stadiums, jerseys and players to the industry that had cash to splash when the 2008 financial crisis hobbled other sponsors.

Sports and gambling have, of course, long gone together, feeding off each other’s success and growth

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Canadian Casinos North Of The Border For Fun Games

By: Gayle Mitchell | – Gambling in Canada expanded in leaps and bounds during the 1990′s.

Canada now boasts 59 casinos and 70 racetrack/slots venues in 7 provinces and NWT.

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Why Las Vegas Hotel Rooms For You?

By: J Schipper | – Las Vegas has more than 100,000 hotel rooms to choose from. The resort is elegant and sophisticated in all its splendor