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PPA chairman reminds US lawmakers that millions want legal poker

July 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Writing in an op-ed article in the Washington DC publication Politico this week, the chairman of the Poker Players Alliance, former Senator Alphonse D’Amato reminded US lawmakers that large numbers of American poker fans have repeatedly demanded that internet poker be legalised and regulated.

D’Amato points out that in addition to ongoing demands, there have been two highly publicised internet petitions in which players have made their views known.

Under the liberty and freedom section of the new GOP website America Speaking Out, more Americans voted to legalise Internet poker than weighed in on any other issue, D’Amato notes, adding that in an earlier initiative when then president-elect Barack Obama solicited ideas on his new website, http://www.change.gov, legalising Internet poker was one of the two top issues.

“It would be easy to dismiss this as a coincidence or as a manufactured grass-roots campaign, but there is more to this story,” D’Amato writes. “There are plenty of issues that face the American people and plenty of big trade groups to push those issues.

“But it takes real passion to get people to take valuable time out of their day to log on to these websites, give up a portion of their privacy and cast their vote for an issue. So it is extraordinary that making Internet poker legal consistently ranks as a top issue for the American people.”

The former Senator goes on to comment that it is fashionable these days for politicians to ask for voters’ input about what they want from their government, but he asks: “When will it become fashionable for these politicians to actually listen to the voters?”

He describes the current position, where the government has tried to prohibit online poker by deputising U.S. banks to play the morality police (via the UIGEA) as “bizarre.”

“Proponents of the law say that it helps deter kids from playing poker in their bedrooms. But there is little evidence to suggest that this law has deterred kids from playing poker,” D’Amato opines. “In fact, playing Internet poker is still easy to do for just about everybody. Instead of playing in a more regulated industry, the law has created an environment where there is no federal oversight – because there are no U.S. companies to regulate.

“By refusing to regulate this industry, the federal government has also decided to refuse to tax it. That means that billions of dollars in potential tax revenue go uncollected. This is just about the only industry I know of that has basically begged to be taxed – only to be ignored by politicians who refuse to listen to the desires of the American people,” he adds.

D’Amato describes the latest (HR2267) federal attempt to legalise online poker, describing the initiative in supportive terms.

“These are positive signs that somebody, somewhere, in Congress is starting to listen to the desires of the American people,” he writes.

“The freedom to play poker is not one of the rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights. But when the Founding Fathers conceived of a new nation, they never dreamed that someday Congress would dream up a law to ban that particular freedom – especially when such a ban was so clearly against the wishes of the American people.

“What the Founders did envision was a government that would necessarily listen to the wishes and demands of those who sent them to Washington in the first place.

“The American people are saying loudly and clearly: ‘Repeal this silly law.’ The question today is: Are the politicians listening?”

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BetUS Posts Odds On Celebrity Scandals – 07-23-10

July 23, 2010 1 comment

July 23 – In a week which may turn out to be the only time you hear Lohan and Gibson mentioned in similar news coverage celeb issues with the law hit the front lines once again. Mel Gibson is facing potential lawsuits with his significant other and Lohan was recently slapped with a 90 day jail sentence.

As fans across the country look for answers, the largest most successful sportsbook on the web, BetUS.com posted odds on both troubled stars’ situations.

Analysts at BetUS.com posted the following odds on Gibson and Lohan:

How long will LiLo actually serve in jail?

  • Over 24.5 Days 10/11
  • Under 24.5 Days 10/13

Notes:
(Lohan is expected to serve only 23 days of her sentence, due to chronic overcrowding at jail facilities in Los Angeles, to be followed by a 90-day term in an inpatient rehab facility, meaning she is likely to be out of the star machinery full time until the fall.)

Odds on how long until Lohan arrested after released

  • 1 Week after 8/1
  • 2 Weeks or 1 Month after 5/1
  • 2 or 3 Months after 7/2
  • 4 or 6 Months After 4/1
  • More than 6 Months after 3/1

Will Mel Gibson serve any jail time?

  • Yes 2/1
  • No 1/3

Notes:

(If No: Mel Gibson might be charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, not felony assault. Gibson has no serious prior convictions. In a case like that, a conviction would most likely mean probation and counseling, not jail time.

If Yes: If charged with felony assault, he could face up to four years in jail, but since he has no history of abuse, "his lawyers could broker a deal" and "perhaps spend 90 days in jail and then a probation period."

The evidence against him might not be that strong. If the judge agrees, "the tapes would be inadmissible and can’t be used against Mel." Prosecutors could still base their case on her testimony alone, but her credibility will already have a strike against it. And if the audio tapes were under court seal and Grigorieva is found to have leaked them, she could be the one in legal trouble.)

Odds tapes were doctored

  • Yes 1/2
  • No 3/2

Odds photos were doctored

  • Yes 10/13
  • No 10/11

Check out our BetUS.com review.

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Win A Day casino adds keno to its game selection

July 22, 2010 1 comment

Slotland's sister casino WinADay has introduced its own unique, no-download version of the casino classic game Keno, which it describes as a straightforward, easy to play game of lucky numbers. The new offering features a dramatic, futuristic sound track on a multi-ticket game, which continues until 20 winning numbers are displayed.

“For a long time WinADay was all slot machines and video poker games,” says casino manager Michael Hilary. “This is the second new casino game that we’ve added to WinADay. Many of our players play only slots but many others have told us over the years that they also enjoy other online casino games like Roulette and Keno.”

The introduction of Keno follows the launch in April of another new proprietary game, Roulette 5, which combines slots and roulette.

“Keno has come a long way since the ancient Chinese used pigeons to deliver Keno numbers to outlying villages,” said Hilary.

“WinADay’s new online Keno is a sophisticated high tech game in which players can pick their own 15 numbers or use the Quick Pick feature to let the game select for them. WinADay Keno players can play up to 7 tickets, or selections of numbers, per game.”

For players that are new to Keno and want to get some practice before betting real money, WinADay Keno can be played in free mode or for real money.

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Atlantic City casino district to fall under state government control

July 22, 2010 Leave a comment

The Reuters news agency reports that New Jersey governor Chris Christie is about to announce a state takeover of Atlantic City’s casino district, removing local government functions such as police and refuse pickup.

News of the proposed take over of the beleaguered gambling mecca was leaked anonymously by a state government official.

The plan includes keeping revenue from a gaming tax within the city rather than paying it into state coffers; taking over the city’s convention and visitors’ bureau, and seizing control of Boardwalk Hall, an entertainment venue.

Christie will also apparently announce plans to sell or close the battling Meadowlands Racetrack in northern New Jersey, to minimise the role of the authority that runs it, and to refinance a $2 billion entertainment and retail complex near the New Meadowlands stadium.

Reuters reports that the plans were drawn up by a commission created by Christie in response to plunging revenue in Atlantic City, which has been hit hard by competition from new casinos in neighbouring Pennsylvania, and the losses suffered by the horse racing industry at Meadowlands.

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100 payline War of the Worlds slot launched at Virgin Casino

July 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Online casino operator Virgin Games has announced the release on the groups Virgin Casino of a new 5 reel, 100 pay-line video slot themed on the fictional War of the Worlds. Each reel in the new game is 4 symbols tall, and in addition to a bonus round where winnings are awarded for damaging and killing the Fighting Machines, the game features special expanding Wild symbols.

In the bonus feature, players are armed with 3 forward facing cannons with which to destroy three Fighting Machines. Cannons are equipped with power meters, which control the firing sequence by disabling the cannon whilst power reloads.

Players who manage to destroy all three Fighting Machines advance to the next stage of the game, with three stages leading ultimately to a bonus worth 500 times the amount wagered fo players who can successfully take out all 9 machines.

The game was developed by Ash Gaming comes equipped with an autoplay facility through which up to 25 bets can be made automatically.

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BetUS.com Posts 2011 Super Bowl Odds – 07-21-10

July 20, 2010 Leave a comment

July 21 – NFL mini-camps will get underway this week and excitement for the the NFL season will begin to build. Fans and bookmakers are starting to speculate over the Super Bowl. One of the largest and most respected sportsbooks on the web, BetUS.com, has posted odds on all things NFL.

Analysts at BetUS.com posted the following NFL odds:

To Win NFL : Super Bowl XLV

Pittsburgh Steelers 20/1
New England Patriots 12/1
Dallas Cowboys 10/1
New York Giants 25/1
Indianapolis Colts 8/1
San Diego Chargers 9/1
Baltimore Ravens 14/1
Philadelphia Eagles 18/1
New Orleans Saints 9/1
Minnesota Vikings 14/1
Carolina Panthers 45/1
Tennessee Titans 30/1
Atlanta Falcons 25/1
Green Bay Packers 14/1
Denver Broncos 50/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 60/1
Arizona Cardinals 40/1
New York Jets 12/1
Miami Dolphins 30/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 150/1
Buffalo Bills 100/1
Chicago Bears 35/1
Washington Redskins 35/1
Seattle Seahawks 60/1
Houston Texans 30/1
San Francisco 49ers 30/1
Cleveland Browns 100/1
Oakland Raiders 125/1
Cincinnati Bengals 25/1
St Louis Rams 200/1
Detroit Lions 150/1
Kansas City Chiefs 150/1

To Win NFL : AFC Championship

Baltimore Ravens 7/1
Buffalo Bills 60/1
Cincinnati Bengals 14/1
Cleveland Browns 50/1
Denver Broncos 25/1
Houston Texans 16/1
Indianapolis Colts 4/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 30/1
Kansas City Chiefs 60/1
Miami Dolphins 16/1
New England Patriots 6/1
New York Jets 13/2
Oakland Raiders 50/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 9/1
San Diego Chargers 5/1
Tennessee Titans 14/1

To Win NFL : NFC Championship

Arizona Cardinals 20/1
Atlanta Falcons 10/1
Carolina Panthers 18/1
Chicago Bears 18/1
Dallas Cowboys 11/2
Detroit Lions 60/1
Green Bay Packers 13/2
Minnesota Vikings 13/2
New Orleans Saints 9/2
New York Giants 10/1
Philadelphia Eagles 9/1
San Francisco 49ers 14/1
Seattle Seahawks 35/1
St Louis Rams 100/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 60/1
Washington Redskins 18/1
To Win NFC North
Minnesota Vikings 13/10
Green Bay Packers 5/4
Chicago Bears 7/2
Detroit Lions 20/1
To Win NFC South
New Orleans Saints 2/3
Atlanta Falcons 2/1
Carolina Panthers 6/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20/1
To Win AFC East
New England Patriots 13/10
New York Jets 7/5
Miami Dolphins 13/4
Buffalo Bills 25/1
To Win AFC North
Cincinnati Bengals 3/1
Baltimore Ravens 13/15
Pittsburgh Steelers 21/10
Cleveland Browns 15/1
To Win AFC South
Indianapolis Colts 2/3
Houston Texans 7/2
Tennessee Titans 7/2
Jacksonville Jaguars 10/1
To Win AFC West
San Diego Chargers 4/13
Denver Broncos 6/1
Oakland Raiders 15/2
Kansas City Chiefs 7/1
To Win NFC East
Dallas Cowboys 5/4
Philadelphia Eagles 27/10
New York Giants 11/4
Washington Redskins 11/2
To Win NFC West
Arizona Cardinals 5/2
San Francisco 49ers 10/11
Seattle Seahawks 11/4
St Louis Rams 15/1

Division to win Super Bowl XLV

AFC South 9/2
NFC East 9/2
AFC East 5/1
AFC North 5/1
NFC South 6/1
NFC North 13/2
AFC West 7/1
NFC West 16/1

Sports and Newsworthy odds can be found at http://www.BetUS.com

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PhilWeb Corporation inks joint venture agreement with Cambodian operator

July 19, 2010 Leave a comment

The Manila-listed online gambling technology provider PhilWeb Corporation scored a significant coup this week, inking a joint venture agreement with the Cambodian firm 5P Corporation with the goal of breaking into the online and mobile gambling sector in the country, which boasts a population of some 15 million.

5P has influence arising from principal shareholder Hun Sun Ny, the sister of Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen.

“The Cambodian joint venture is consistent with PhilWeb’s focus on an international expansion strategy,” read a statement from the Manila-based firm.

“PhilWeb is also working to obtain gaming licenses in other countries including Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Guam, Saipan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Nepal and others.”

Eighty percent of the joint venture is owned by PhilWeb Cambodia Limited, a subsidiary of PhilWeb, which estimated that total capital investment over a five-year period would reach five million US dollars.

PhilWeb acts as the enabler of the State-run Philippine Amusement And Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and revealed that its latest venture had already secured a Cambodian gaming licence in order to operate lotteries and online casino cafes.

The Philippines government recently indicated that it was considering the privatisation of PAGCOR.

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