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It’s Like Gambling: NCAA Rules Against Fantasy Football

Sep 25, 2015
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Fantasy football is “the thing ” right now. Not for everybody , though…

NCAA rules against fantasy football threatens participating athletes with a year of suspension.According to Oliver Luck, the executive of the college sports organization and father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, entry-fee daily fantasy sports qualify as sports gambling, which is prohibited for NCAA players. This means that athletes playing fantasy games for money violate the organization’s gambling laws. They will automatically lose one year of their eligibility if caught playing DraftKings or FanDuel.

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There, somebody finally said it!

Like the NFL and unlike the NBA and the MLB, NCAA strongly opposes sports gambling. But the amateur sports organization went one step further recently. They declared that entry-fee daily fantasy sports are also a form of sports gambling.

Though the major leagues all embraced these games – or just did not act to prevent them growing – NCAA has a firm stance against the matter. They argue that it is a threat towards the integrity of the game and amateur players are far more vulnerable like their pro colleagues.

Since there is big money in this business, it is obvious that at some point it will worth it for someone to try to influence the result of college sports scores to make some cash. The majority of the NCAA athletes have no shot at professional careers at all. So, why not try to earn some extra income towards the end of their college careers?

Huffingtonpost.com: Why The NCAA Is So Uneasy About The Rise Of Daily Fantasy Sports

 

fantasy football champion ring

This champion ring is just as…real as fantasy football

A survey from 2004 found that 1.4% of college athletes changed their performance in order to influence the result of a game. According to a 2012 survey, 4.6% of college players were approached by outsiders for confidential information. The latest big point-shaving scandal in NCAA basketball from 2004 to 2006 also emphasizes the threats towards the integrity of college sports.

Taking all this into account, it is no wonder that NCAA rules against fantasy football are the same as against traditional forms of sports gambling. However, many experts of gambling facts consider this as an outdated and hypocritical approach. Labeling all this as gambling and prohibiting it, won’t solve the problem.

A few players might get caught and would be handed a year suspension, but this thing is so widespread, that it won’t avert athletes from playing. The 2012 survey that was mentioned above, found that 50% percent of NCAA athletes played fantasy sports. It was three years ago, and these games grew massively since then…

fantasy football meme

Fantasy Football: anybody can be a coach (or a manager)!

The NCAA want to ban college games from the catalogues of daily fantasy sports sites. Though this would be a better solution, it is hard to see happening anytime soon. And even if they would be able to get a gambling regulation like this implemented, all this would continue in illegality…

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Springboks Changes after Warning

Sep 24, 2015
South African Sports minister demands Springboks changes

What was that about, Mnr Meyer?! (Photo: Getty/GovernmentZA)

The South African sports minister warned the rugby team they can’t play again like vs Japan, and coach Meyer came back with Springboks changes before the next game.

Heyneke Meyer made eight Spingboks changes to their starting line-up. The overhaul was triggered by the embarrassing defeat they suffered from Japan last weekend. After the game, Minister of sports, Fikile Mbalula warned the side, that one more defeat and they will be referred to us “a bunch of losers”. Mbalula thinks South Africa can’t let to be represented by a side like this.

Mbalula also criticised the team selection and he demanded Springboks changes. He was unsatisfied with the performance of senior players in particular. After all that, national team coach Meyer reacted with a major refurbishing of the side, that did not come as a surprise for those, who follow rugby in online mobile news.

iol.co.za: Eight changes to Bok team

 
On Saturday, South Africa will face Samoa at Villa Park, in their second game at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Meyer insisted that the Springboks changes were made with the game against Samoa in mind, not just because of the 34–32 defeat against Japan.

Experts of gambling facts might know that Samoa have never defeated the Boks in their eight previous matches. The average score is 48–12 to South Africa, who are favourites to win the game once again. Unibet Sportsbook offers the Springboks’ success with online betting odds of 1.09 (1/11), and this is the best offer on this market.

Springboks changes before Samoa match

Samoa beat the US, but Springboks have no room for failure left (Photo: Getty Images)

Samoa, who defeated the United States 25–16 in their opening game, are available at 8.00 (7/1). On the handicap markets, Unibet Sportsbook has the best offer for a 19-point Springboks win amongst websites providing online betting odds: draw with South Africa -19 is available at 30.00 (29/1).

Though it is expected to be a tough, overly phisycal game, there is a feeling that the fresh and angry Springboks could do some more serious damage. They are available to win with a -25 handicap at online betting odds of 2.67 (5/3). With Unibet promotions and the operators extensive coverage of the tournament, Unibet Sportsbook is a perfect destination to bet on the Rugby World Cup.

RugbyWorldCup.com: South Africa place their hopes on Handre Pollard’s young shoulders

 
The biggest role in the new-look Springboks side will go to 21-year-old fly-half Handre Pollard. Pollard is considered as one of the best attacking 10 in the world. He is known for his spectacular charges and the incredible tries he is capable of scoring.

However this time his tactical wisdom will be needed from him. Meyer went as far as pronouncing to the media that “there’s a game, you’ll need 23 players, but this game is going to be won and lost by Handre.” Meyer emphasized thet Pollard’s tactical sense helped South Africa’s junior side to win the World Championship in 2012.

Have a look at Pollard’s rugby skills:

 
The 2012 title came against New Zealand in a rainy final. This time the weather in Birmingham on Saturday will be fine according to forecasts. However the overly physical rugby that Samoa plays will demand an approach from the young player that is different to his usual game. He is not expected to score the most thrilling tries this time but his tactical sense – helped by his fellow halfback, Fourie du Preez – could contribute to the victory.

Meyer also spoke about Du Preez. He said, “He is a true general, he is one of the best rugby minds I’ve ever coached. He will look after Handre and obviously that’s been our dilemma; a lot of our superstars haven’t played a lot of rugby. I said before the World Cup that I thought the guys could handle pressure and now it’s up to them to show that.”

Many fans of rugby and sports scores overall can’t wait to see the side after the Springboks changes were implemented. They are 10.00 (9/1) to win the tournament at Unibet Sportsbook. That would be a major surprise after their fiasco against Japan, but would also generate thrilling headlines all over the world…

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Lewandowski 5 Goals in 9 Minutes Trick

Sep 23, 2015
Lewandowsky 5 goals in 9 minutes against Wolfsburg

How many, Robert? It happened too quickly, we couldn’t follow (Photo: EPA)

Bayern was down, so they needed their Polish striker from the bench, who came in and finished off Wolfsburg. The Lewandowski 5 goals in 9 minutes show created history.

At Borussia Dortmund, Robert Lewandowski was a superstar. He was the focal point of all the attacks, which naturally appeared in his goal-scoring statistics. He scored 22, 24 and 20 Bundesliga goals in his last three campaigns for Dortmund. That was 27.5, 29.5 and 25 percent of Dortmund’s league tally respectively.

At Bayern Munich, he is also the No. 1 option for the central striking role. However at Allianz Arena, he is just another player. He still scored 17 goals in is first Bundesliga season with die Roten, which is 21 percent of the Bavarian’s total. But since Bayern plays a different, less vertical game to that Borussia played under Jurgen Klopp, not all the attacks come down to Lewandowski.

He is an important player for Bayern, but not that important as he was at Signal Iduna Park.

Bundesliga: Lewandowski Smashes Scoring Records as Bayern Crush Wolfsburg

But on Tuesday, he was the most important player in sports scores news around the world. Wolfsburg took the lead with their first shot of the game in the first half against Bayern Munich through Daniel Caliguri. Bayern had most of the ball in the first half, but Wolfsburg protected their box immaculately. The hosts were unable to create quality chances, they relied on long shots instead.

Pep Guardiola sent in Robert Lewandowski and Javi Martinez at half time, taking off Thiago and Juan Bernat. Since Bayern had the ball and Wolfsburg was camping in their own defensive third, it was reasonable to deploy a more typical striker alongside Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze.

The Pole came in and the game was settled and sealed in fifteen minutes. The amazing show when the Lewandowski 5 goals in 9 minutes came, started in the 51st minute. And the game was all over in the 60th, when the No. 9 hammered home the goal of the day, a flying volley from the 18-yard line.

Three of his goals were unassisted. This signals that the Wolfsburg defence simply shut down after the break and the structural change in Bayern’s line-up might also confused them. It also marks that Lewandowski had some luck with his goals – particularly the third – but his positioning was perfect throughout this period. He was able the exploit the holes in the Wolves’ defence, and he banged home the ball from every opportunity he had in that 9-minute-long spell.

With this Lewandowski 5 goals in 9 minutes show the polish striker scored the fastest Bundesliga hat-trick (less than 4 minutes). He was also the quickest Bundesliga player to reach four goals (6 minutes) and five goals. Experts of gambling facts might also know that he is also the first player in league history who scored four and five goals as a substitute.

Who Scored the Most Goals in a Bundesliga match?

The Bundesliga record for most goals in a game is six. The sechs Tore feat was achieved by Dieter Muller for 1. FC Koln in 1977 against Werder Bremen in a 7–2 victory. Since the cameramen were on strike that day, unfortunately there is no video footage of that historic act.

Dieter Muller more than Lewandowski 5 goals in 9 minutes

Dieter Muller still holds the single game scoring Bundesliga record with 6 (Photo: dpa)

This fünf Tore trick, that was discussed by online mobile news all over the world. And by the record-breaking Lewandowski 5 goals in 9 minutes glamour the Polish striker became one of the best substitutes in footballing history. After all, it could be a great role to be a multiple-goal substitute in every game for a European elite club.

Remember Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who became a legend from the bench – once scored four as a substitute for Manchester United and decided the 2000 Champions League final against Bayern Munich coming in late in the second half. Or there is Henrik Larsson, who virtually won the 2006 Champions League final for Barcelona with his two assists after coming in as a sub.

However, I am sure that the Pole has no plans about sitting on the bench for long periods. This Lewandowski 5 goals in 9 minutes ensures his starting place – unless Guardiola being a mastermind genius freak, making a habit of humiliating opponents with super subs…

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The week in pictures: September 14 – September 22, 2015

Sep 22, 2015

Weekly news in pictures

With lots of big news stories breaking over the last seven days so lets take our regular look back at some of the most important

Last week saw the migrant crisis in Europe deepen as an increasingly large number of migrants fleeing the war zones of the Middle East arrive in the border countries of Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia & Hungary. With the death toll of this perilous journey mounting the central powers of the EU have yet to reach consensus on how best to deal with the problem and in the meantime many of the smaller nations in the migrant’s path are struggling to cope in face of the influx.

A controversial security bill in Japan that would permit the overseas deployment of Japanese military forces for the first time since their surrender at the end of the Second World War passed in parliament after numerous days of protests on the streets of Tokyo, scuffles in parliament, a series of no-confidence motions from opposition parties and dismayed outrage from China. The popularity of Shinzo Abe’s government fell to its lowest since 2012.

The front-running Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, found himself once again amidst controversy last week as he avoided correcting the erroneous statements of one of his supporters at a rally in New Hampshire. The supporter prefaced his question to Trump by saying President Obama was a Muslim and “not even an American”. Since the incident Trump has defended himself by saying were the situation reversed there was “no chance” Mr. Obama would defend him, and that it wasn’t “his job” to defend the President.

In sport US golfers produced a superb display of skill to beat Europe 14½-13½ and win the Solheim Cup 2015. As the games played out in Germany there was a minor controversy on the 17th where neither side did themselves any favors. The question is now can the men replicate this feat of their female counterparts at the next Ryder Cup? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime here’s a look at some of the big stories we covered last week.

1. After the agressive advertising campaign of daily fantasy sites in the first week of the NFL season, many consider these type of games illegal gambling.

NFL.com fantasy sports gambling site

NFL’s site provides fantasy players with statistics (Photo: NFL)

 

2. Peyton Manning passed the 70,000-yard mark as the Denver Broncos produced a last-minute comeback against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Manning over 70000

Peyton Manning (Photo: John Rieger-USA TODAY)

 

3. Phil Hellmuth showed everyone how to get back to winning after losing big at the poker table.

Phil Helmuth tips

Phil Hellmuth’s tips and tricks… (Photo: Paul Oresteen/BLUFF via ESPN)

 

4. The Republican candidate discussed football amongst politics-related matters via his Twitter account.

Trump knows everything president 2016

Donald-know-it-all (Getty Images)

 

5. Archie Karas is the latest name in the Black Book of the Nevada Gambling Commission after cheating in blackjack several times.

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A blast from the past… (Photo: Card Player- Latin America)

 

Meanwhile a prospective lover who took 35 Viagra tablets in under an hour suffered five days of constant erections and was treated to a two day stay in hospital for his efforts. “I ended up feeling sick, dizzy and hallucinating, everything I saw was green.” Said Medforth, “and I had an massive erection that would not go away. The paramedics were very professional but you could see they were trying not to laugh. Fortunately my wife has forgiven me and I realize I have been very, very lucky.”

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Legendary Poker Player Banned from Las Vegas Casinos

Sep 22, 2015
Archie Karas Poker player banned from Nevada casinos

Archie will have to find some other living, and that might be the least of his worries (Jayne Furman)

Archie Karas is the latest name in the Las Vegas black book, as the legendary poker player banned from casinos by the Nevada Gaming Commission.

Karas was at his best in the early nineties. Back then he completed “the Run”, a hot streak when he started with a U$50 bankroll and ended up winning  40 million dollars. This happened between 1992 and 1994, and no pro poker player was able to stop him except Johnny Chan, who robbed him of 900,000 bucks in hold’em poker games.

The Greek blew it all in the next couple of years though and was never able to crawl back to those heights. He had decent poker results, completing shorter winning streaks and money finishes at the World Series of Poker. And he also became known as a serious blackjack player who sometimes crosses the line. And he did that quite too often.

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Gambler Karas, known for ‘the Run,’ placed in Nevada’s Black Book

 
Karas was first arrested in 1988 for cheating in blackjack. He was marking cards in Reno, and he was arrested several other times after that in Nevada. Last time Karas was caught selling his card marking trick in San Diego in 2013. He was always able to evade jail time, but 2014 saw the legendary poker player banned from visiting casinos in California.

And the Nevada Gaming Commission recently opted for that too. They included Karas into the GCB Excluded Person List, making the Greek the 33rd member of the infamous group. From now on, by Nevada gambling laws, he commits a criminal act only by entering a casino in the state.

This means that the sixty-four-year old is unable to participate at future WSOP events that is held in Las Vegas every year. He had seven money finishes in the history of the competition. His best result was a 4th place finish in 2005, when he picked up 30,120 dollars in a Seven Card Razz event. As the NGC had the poker player banned, this result is likely to be his last.

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Donald Trump Knows Everything

Sep 22, 2015
Trump knows everything president 2016

Hail to the Chief? Are you sure? (Photo: Getty Images)

The republican candidate used his Twitter account to suggest his followers that Trump knows everything.
 
Seriously. The guy, who started as a real estate developer, then got into television, writing books and now running for the presidency, answered a wide list of questions during his Twitter session. He discussed not only political matters, but also answered seemingly not that serious questions. And he did that with amazing seriousness, like when tackling the Cowboys’ chances without the injured Tony Romo.

The future President of the United States has to know everything after all. Or if not everything, at least football. But Trump knows everything, he is aware of the Dallas Cowboys’ problems and the strength of their defence.

Of course, he did not forget to drop that how good he is with Romo and more importantly, Tom Brady. Since the latter superstar is the hero of New England, an area full of blue states, he had to mention that he and Mr. Brady are best buddies, and he also supported the Patriots quarterback during the ridiculous deflategate scandal. Wow, Trump knows everything!

Alright, casino winners know that one area he is not an expert of is probably gambling. Trump brought four businesses to bankruptcy in the ’90s and 2000s: Trump’s Taj Mahal, the Trump Plaza Hotel, the Trump Hotels and the Casino Resorts.

Bet365 Sportsbook has excellent online betting odds for Trump being elected as the next President of the United States. He is available at 8.50 (15/2), being third favourite behind top dog Hillary Clinton, who goes for 2.25 (5/4) and Jeb Bush, whose success is given at 5.00 (4/1) by the top gambling destination.

Experts of gambling facts might be aware of that at some funny online gambling sites you can also wager on celebrities like Eva Longoria, Kanye West or even Kim Kardashian winning the presidential election. That wouldn’t be the first time that show business got into politics. Just think of Ronald Reagan’s career as an actor… or rather don’t.

But Trump knows better how to impersonate a dumb character like George W. Bush did with great success. Trump knows everything, or almost everything, so he could totally do that. The question is that how many of the Americans will take him seriously.

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How to Win Soon After Losing in Poker?

Sep 21, 2015
how to win soon after losing in poker Phil Hellmuth

How to win soon after losing in poker? Phil Hellmuth knows (Photo: Jayne Furman)

Remaining calm and being positive is the key about how to win soon after loosing in poker.

Leave the online gambling guides this time, because Phil Hellmuth has the answer. First, take a break of poker, because it is positive that you will be on tilt for weeks after a big loss. Then be calm and find a way back to your game. If you are determined and consider the pro’s tips about how to win soon after losing in poker, winning will come like this:

Of course, it also helps if you have great poker skills, but you can train yourself. Not just by reading poker books, but after a short break, paying a small deposit and start to play online poker tournaments and cash games at a top destination, like Poker Stars. If you are determined and have self-discipline, you will be among poker winners again for sure and you will tell others how to win soon after losing in poker.

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Manning over 70,000 Yards in Dramatic Win

Sep 18, 2015
Peyton Manning over 70,000 yards

Manning over 70,000 yds of passing, second QB ever (Photo: USA Today Sports)

“Peyton Manning over 70,000 yards, the second QB after Brett Favre” was the big news Thursday night before the Broncos’ last minute comeback against the Chiefs.

Roughly a year ago, Manning left the 500-TD mark behind. He broke Brett Favre’s NFL record of 508 touchdown passes soon after, as experts of gambling facts might remember. Now, Manning over 70,000 yards in passing in his career and on his way to brake another record of Favre, namely the all-time record of 71,838 passing yards. And it is noteworthy that reaching the latest milestone came in a game, where the Broncos offense was far from the most important unit on the field.

The Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Denver Broncos on Thursday night in a tight division matchup. The opening game of the second round of the 2015 NFL season was also a heavy defensive battle. The Chiefs dominated Manning and co. for most part of the game, also contributing with a pick-six. This was the second consecutive game with an interception return TD from one of Manning’s passes.

NFL.com: Broncos score two last-minute TDs to stun Chiefs

 
The visitors #D once again emerged as a dominant gang, pretty much winning the game. They harassed Alex Smith with two interceptions and forced two Jamaal Charles fumbles. Though the Chiefs running back had a 125-yard game with a TD, he lost a fumble in the red zone and another one in the last minute. The latter came through Brandon Marshall when the score was tied and was returned for a touchdown by Broncos corner Bradley Roby making it 31–24.

That was just enough to win the game for the Broncos and it came five seconds after Peyton Manning found Emmanuel Sanders in the Kansas end zone for a 19-yard touchdown. Though the Denver QB registered 3 TD-passes and 256 passing yards, and provided the “Manning over 70,000 yards” headlines for sports scores news, he produced another shaky performance.

Manning over 70,000 Yds

Bradley Roby thanks very much, pick 6 saves the day (Twitter)

However, it is remarkable that Manning was instrumental once again when the game was on the line, leading the Broncos offense in a fourth-quarter scoring drive. He was at his best from the shotgun when Denver went no-huddle and this might be a glimpse of things to come from the 39-year-old this term.

With an outstanding defensive unit on the board, which made a statement in an important division game, Manning doesn’t have to carry the team on his shoulders. It seems that he only needs to make his magic in the decisive moments to win most of the games. All this could be enough for another division title this year.

ESPN: Peyton Manning over 70,000 yards

 
The game that brought the “Manning over 70,000 yards” online mobile news, also was the second in a row when the former Colt led the Broncos to a key scoring drive in the fourth quarter. He said afterwards, “To be able to win two games in this fashion, you can always refer back to games like this later on in this season. These are obviously great times to play football.”

He added, “To win a division game on the road, a great atmosphere, this place is always a great place to play football, and the crowd was rocking, they were into it. … Yeah, I think this is one that you always remember, certainly the way it ended.”

 

The last time when a team was able to turn the game around with two touchdowns in the last minute happened 37 years ago. Manning was only two years of age, when his father, Archie Manning lost in an NFC West division game in similar fashion. The New Orleans Saints went down against the Atlanta Falcons 20-17 after Haskel Stanback scored with 57 seconds to go and Alfred Jackson received a TD-pass from Steve Bartkowski with 10 seconds from the end of regulation.

So, Manning over 70,000 yards and the Broncos with two wins out of two. They will play at Detroit next week, who are 2.20 (6/5) underdogs at Betway Sportsbook against the Minnesota Vikings in an NFC North matchup this Sunday.

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Is Fantasy Sports Gambling?

Sep 17, 2015
FanDuelVille Jacksonville Jaguars

FanDuelVille is the ultimate hangout for fantasy sports gambling in the Jaguars stadium!

In their current form many considers fantasy sports gambling. What is the difference between sports betting and playing fantasy football for money after all?

As the new NFL season started, fantasy sports games appeared and were advertised in a quantity that was unknown before. Is fantasy sports gambling? It is not decided yet, and operators can capitalize on this blurred status for now. However, a congressional hearing will examine the issue after New Jersey representative Frank Pallone called for it on Monday.

He did that on the first working day after the first weekend of the 2015 NFL regular season. Maybe he was shocked by the amount of fantasy football ads during the games, or maybe he was simply pissed that New Jersey legal sportsbooking wasn’t granted for casinos and racetracks located in the state. But that is true that this is a USD 15 billion business and that betting on player’s performance is quite close to bet on live sports results.

Moreover, if he went through the odds of any legal online sportsbook in the US, he might have noticed that sports betting also covers individual performance. You can bet on touchdown passes, interceptions, completions, rushing and receiving yards etc. Considering this, the answer to the question that is fantasy sports gambling seems even closer to a yes than before.

New York Times: An Ad Blitz for Fantasy Sports Games, but Some See Plain Old Gambling

 
Best experts of sports and gambling facts might know that the actual playtime during a three-hour long NFL broadcast is no more than 11 minutes. For most of the time you will see players standing around the field between plays. Though for hardcore fans and experts this is the most interesting part of the game in some aspects.

And still, there is an awful lot of time for advertisements. And in the first weekend of the NFL season, most of the spots were advertising fantasy sports products. The biggest of these are DraftKings and FanDuel, who were even approved by PayPal, the overly popular payment service that is also back in the gambling business after a twelve-year long absence.

DraftKings fantasy sports gambling shop in Foxboro Patriots stadium

Foxboro stadium’s fantasy sports gambling zone lets fans play during games (patriots.com)

DraftKings and FanDuel basically split the field between themselves as now each of them have sponsorship deals with 16 out of 32 teams in the NFL. It is interesting that the National Football League is so favorable towards fantasy sports, while it opposes sports betting so vehemently. Maybe the fact that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft have stakes in DraftKings might help us to understand the picture better.

The league actually distanced itself from daily fantasy sites for long, but the teams agreed with the operators individually. Fantasy sports are legal since 2006 in all but five federal states in the united states. Legislation provided an exemption for them, since they would have been banned according to gambling laws in the US just like online poker.

NFL: Fantasy Football

 
However, fantasy football was a season-long game first, and participators picked their players for the whole regular season. The NFL has been running such leagues long, money is not involved, and usually friends play against each other for fun. This service was implemented to engage viewers for games that would be originally uninteresting for them.

NFL.com fantasy sports gambling site

NFL.com helps fantasy players with all the statistics and news they possibly need

But the competition at fantasy football sites goes for large prize pools up to USD 2 million, and participators have to pay an entry fee. There are weekly payouts and the whole concept pretty much resembles to internet gaming. Is fantasy sports gambling then? Some say, yes, definitely, just like Frank Pallone, who initiated the congressional hearing on the matter.

Some see a future with legalized sports betting in the US, with the big daily fantasy sports sites running the show. That is certainly a possibility. However, for the moment, these fantasy operators are driving on the limit. Frankly, they should have an effect on US gambling laws, as some regulations might be needed for this gray area.

They might bring some change in the assessment of online sportsbooks in the US as well. This de facto fantasy sports gambling business, as some say, is not far away from betting on sports at all in its newest form. Actually both kind is in a legislative gray area, and regulations are definitely outdated. It is time to make things clear.

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Scotland v Germany 2-3 Ends Scots’ Campaign?

Sep 08, 2015
Scotland v Germany 2-3 Mario Gotze

Scotland v Germany 2-3: Puts the jocks’ EURO dreams in miracle zone (P: Reuters)

Scotland v Germany 2-3 together with the loss in Georgia hurt the Scots’ chances to qualify for EURO 2016 badly.

After the upheaval in EURO 2016 qualifying Group D, Republic of Ireland are in an excellent position to capture the third spot. They also have a chance to reach second place, ensuring outright qualification. This also means that the Scots went the opposite way. After Scotland v Germany 2-3 appeared in sports scores, and the failure in Georgia last week, they are sitting fourth, four points behind the Irish.

Watching the turnaround in Group D, it is interesting to see the odds for qualification. Republic of Ireland qualifying goes for online betting odds of 2.20 (6/5) at Bet365 Sportsbook. This is actually good business, since the Irish still have a shot at second place finish. They are also in contention for the sole spot of the best third-placed team, and their fighting spirit should help them in a possible playoff fixture as well.

ESPNFC: Germany break Scotland’s hearts in Euro 2016 qualifying

 
Germany ended their Euro 2016 qualifying struggles by beating the hosts at Hampden Park. The Scotland v Germany 2-3 meant that Joachim Low’s team is only three points away from officially being qualified for the tournament in France next summer.

For long periods of the match, they played like the side that won the World Cup last summer. They kept letting back Scotland to the game however. The hosts were able to equalize twice against the dominant Germans. They also had a shot at leveling again at the very end of the contest.

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Muller celebrates scoring his second goal (Photo: Getty Images)

Joachim Low has to sort out these suicidal tendencies, if he wants to make Germany ruthless champions once again. After the Scotland v Germany 2-3, they are favourites for the European Championship title next summer however, gambling news report. Bet365 Sportsbook has a reasonable offer for them to be crowned. They are available with online betting odds of 4.00 (3/1).

With Scotland suffering two defeats in a row – they were beaten in Georgia last week -, Republic of Ireland were able to overtake them. The Boys in Green won against Gibraltar and Georgia, and now they have a shot at second place.

This will be an interesting group to watch in the last two rounds. The Irish will entertain Germany, while Poland will visit Scotland on the penultimate matchday in Group D. Then in the closing round, Poland and the Republic might decide outright qualification between each other.

BBC: Euro 2016 qualifying: Scotland are still in this – Gordon Strachan

 
Scottish national team coach Gordon Strachan said after Scotland v Germany 2-3, that his side still have a chance to qualify for the EURO 2016. Some chance. Scotland to qualify for the tournament is available with internet betting odds of 13.00 (12/1) at Bet365 Sportsbook.

That would be good money for sure. However you can bet on their failure at 1.04 (1/25). You don’t have to be an expert of gambling facts to sort out what that means. However, Strachan thinks that tracking third-placed Republic of Ireland by four points doesn’t mean that his team is out of the competition yet.

He said, “We are still in this. We’ve had two chances over the last couple of days to pick up points and we’ve not done that, so we can’t look about and blame anybody else for anything. But trust me, we’re still in this.”

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Scotland coach Gordon Strachan still believes they can make it (Photo: Getty images)

He continued, “If we play like that, the same determination with a wee bit luck – when you play the world champions you need a wee bit of luck. You don’t need deflections coming off someone’s foot and creeping in the back of the net.” Strachan was talking about Germany’s luck by Thomas Muller’s shot. However, his side was also favoured by fortune, when the ball came off from Manuel Neuer and bounced back into his net from the chest of Mats Hummels, to make it 1–1.

Strachan added, “They’re a bit disappointed in there but I can feel within that disappointment that they gave it a good shot. We were just a fraction away from it being the perfect performance. We’re three or four passes from being a right good side.”

Then he concluded his press conference after the Scotland v Germany 2-3, “Every one of those guys has got something inside them that drives them on. To go behind against the world champions, go behind again and you keep coming back, keep plugging away – they can be proud of their performances. I can’t wait to get them back together. I’m really proud of them and they should be proud of themselves”.

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Netherlands Euro 2016 Chances Cut

Sep 07, 2015
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The Netherlands EURO 2016 qualifying campaign has been a disaster so far (Photo: Reuters)

After they suffered a 3-0 defeat in Turkey, Netherlands Euro 2016 chances are under serious threat.

The Dutch national team can still reach the playoffs of the Euro 2016 qualifiers, but they have to come back from a two-point handicap in two games. Now they will have a month of preparation. It is not expected that national team coach Danny Blind would leave his post after he took over the side in the summer. There is a crisis at the Dutch national side, and another change in management is hard to see bringing an instant solution.

Especially as Netherlands Euro 2016 chances are so bad that they don’t even have control over their fate. Next time they will play against Kazakhstan on the 10th October, so players will have time to clear their heads. Gambling news report that they will be 1.22 (2/9) favourites according to Betway Sportsbook in their next qualifier. However, looking at the side now, a draw for 6.00 (5/1) is also very tempting.

BBC: Euro 2016: What has gone wrong with Netherlands?

 
Several national teams celebrated the qualification for next year’s UEFA European Championships during the weekend. Two sides have booked their places for the tournament in France from Group A. They are Iceland – 67.00 (66/1) outsiders to win the Euro ’16 at Betway Sportsbook – and the Czech Republic, who are 81.00 (80/1) outsiders. Meanwhile the Dutch football giants continue to struggle.

Netherlands Euro 2016 qualifiers Iceland

The real blow was actually the side’s home loss to Iceland (AFP/Getty Images)

After a defeat in Turkey, Netherlands Euro 2016 chances suffered another blow under national team coach Danny Blind. The loss on Sunday came just three days after another defeat appeared in live sports results against Iceland. There are two rounds left from the qualifiers and the Dutch are trailing Turkey by two points. This means that they only have a chance to reach the playoffs, if the Turkish lose against the Czech Republic or Iceland.

So, Turkey have to play against two sides that already have qualified for the tournament. Moreover, they are boosted by the fact that they inflicted the heaviest defeat on the Dutch since Euro 1996, when England dispatched them 4-1 at Wembley. It is no wonder that Netherlands Euro 2016 chances were cut, but they still have an outside shot to win the Euros with betting odds of 34.00 (33/1) according to Betway Sportsbook.

ESPNFC: Netherlands’ arrogance and idealism in doomed Euro 2016 bid under Blind

 
It seems that the announcement of Danny Blind did not solve problems at the Dutch national team. The side struggled under Guus Hiddink, and they have been struggling under Blind too. Netherlands Euro 2016 chances are becoming weaker and weaker. They occupy fourth place in Group A. This means that they have considerable problems.

Danny Blind Netherlands Euro 2016 coach

The blame is on Blind for the Netherlands Euro 2016 failure (Ph: gooischetamtam.nl)

Their qualification is out of their hands. Don’t forget, this is the same side that went all the way to the World Cup semifinals last summer in Brazil. They were eliminated by Lionel Messi’s Argentina on penalties, but after that they swept aside the hosts to claim the bronze medal. Though it is clear that the pragmatic approach left the team together with Louis van Gaal, they are still a puzzle, even for many experts of gambling facts.

Dutch football is all about ball control, skills and attacking approach. These are more important values for them than points and results. Still, the Dutch were able to reach second and third places in the last two World Cups by pragmatic football only. They returned to their traditional way of football since, but after Netherlands Euro 2016 chances will be completely gone, they might try something less pretty again.

It seems that those times, when the Dutch were successful by totally controlling their games are gone. Whether it is temporary or permanent, we will see. But it seems, that they have to embrace a new identity to return to world’s elite on a permanent basis.

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Wales Better Than England in FIFA Rankings

Sep 04, 2015
Wales better than England in FIFA rankings

The first time in history that the dragon got the upper hand in football

This is the first time ever that the FIFA World Ranking lists Wales better than England, as both teams preparing for their upcoming EURO 2016 qualifiers.

Though nothing happened in August regarding international football, the pointing system of the FIFA rankings is always at work. By dropping coefficient results from old games, the order can be altered even if no matches were played. This occurs all the time, but never occurred before that FIFA ranked Wales better than England.

Wales are 1.75 (3/4) favourites against Cyprus in their upcoming EURO 2016 qualifier according to Unibet. You should also consider a draw for betting odds of 3.50 (5/2). Especially if you plan to take advantage the 50% risk free bet that Unibet Promotions offer for new customers. Cyprus are 5.15 (83/20) underdogs as hosts against Wales.

BBC: Euro 2016 qualifiers: Wales above England in Fifa rankings

 

Wales are ranked higher than England in the latest FIFA rankings. That is the first time ever that FIFA list Wales better than England. The news came during the buildup to Wales’ Euro 2016 qualifier against Cyprus. Wales are currently ninth according to international football’s governing body. This is their highest ever position in the FIFA rankings. Meanwhile England are tenth after dropping two places since August.

Wales better than England in FIFA rankings

Is really Wales better than England? At FIFA they are (Photo: Wales Online)

Experts of gambling facts might know that if the Welsh national team would be able to beat Cyprus in Nicosia, they would be three points from qualifying to the Euro 2016 tournament. With games still left against Israel, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Andorra, they would have massive chances.

National team manager Chris Coleman considers the fact that the FIFA list Wales better than England as a major “confidence boost”. However, he hinted that missing out on qualification would mean an unsuccessful campaign for his team. It might be interesting but the fact is that both Wales and England are above Spain and Netherlands, listed as 11th and 12th respectively. The current FIFA rankings are led by Argentina.

The Guardian: Wales move above England in Fifa rankings for first time

 

After the Three Lions lost two places, the FIFA ranks Wales better than England. Chris Coleman’s team is ninth, while Roy Hodgson’s side is tenth in the September issue of the FIFA World Ranking. Wales are currently leading Group B in the 2016 Euro qualification. They have retained their ninth position in the FIFA rankings from August, however England moving backwards meant that they have found themselves above their rivals.

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Bale about to lead Wales to a historical success (Getty Images)

The leading countries have also retained their places from August according to the FIFA rankings system. Argentina continue to top the table. Wales’ Euro qualification rivals Belgium are still second, while reigning World Champions Germany remains in third place. Chile is the only team in the top ten that was able to gain places in the last month. The Copa America winners moved two places up to eighth.

Colombia, Brazil and Portugal occupies places between 4th and 6th. Romania, somehow stunning many followers of live sports results, are seventh. Anghel Iordanescu’s team will play a rivalry game against Hungary on Friday night. Romania are 2.65 (17/10) favourites according to Unibet. The hosts are 2.80 (9/5) underdogs, but a draw for online betting odds of 3.00 (2/1) looks like the best business regarding that contest. Especially as their previous meeting was also a draw in last October.

Wales Online: Wales rise above England in FIFA rankings for first time in history to become best of British

 
Wales better than England, according to the September FIFA rankings. That is official, as the monthly issue of international football’s governing body is the only recognized ranking system in world soccer. Wales better than England in football and rugby actually. The Welsh national rugby team also took over their neighbours recently.

A 1-0 victory over Euro 2016 qualification group rivals Belgium jump-started Gareth Bale and co’s new climb. They managed to take over all of Spain, Italy, France and the Netherlands in the summer. England were also successful with their qualies, so they were able to remain ahead of Wales then.

However, thanks to the complicated FIFA ranking system, England lost a significant chunk of points without playing a game. That is because of loosing the coefficient points from old games that were dropped from the sample. The current system counts results from the last four years, as many of those who follow gambling news might now. But many of those might be actually surprised seeing Wales better than England.

This is the first time that Wales are recognized as the leading force in British football since the introduction of the FIFA World Rankings in 1992. England were dropped to second in Britain for the second time. The first disgrace came in 1995, when Scotland managed to overtake the Three Lions.

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The week in pictures: August 25 – August 31, 2015

Sep 03, 2015

Weekly news in pictures

Given there were just so many big news stories to hit the headlines last week perhaps we should have another look at the most important from the last seven days

Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, both of WDBJ-TV were shot and killed Wednesday by disgruntled former employee Vester Lee Flanagan II (aka Bryce Williams) during a live on-air interview with Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce executive director Vicki Gardner. Both Mz. Parker and Mr. Ward were killed, Mz. Gardner suffered a gunshot wound to the back and was hospitalized. Flanagan was sought by police but later died from self-inflicted gunshots.

In Austria an abandoned vehicle on the nation’s A4 motorway, just between Parndorf and Neusiedl, was discovered to contain the dead bodies of 71 migrants fleeing the warzones of the Middle East. With 59 men, 8 women, 3 boys under ten and a baby girl of no more than two years of age, the group is likely to have traveled from Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq. Investigations by authorities into their deaths led to four arrests, three Bulgarians and an Afghan, in neighboring Hungary where the vehicle was registered.

Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, all employees of the news network Al-Jazeera were each sentenced to three years in jail last week accused by Egypt’s ruling military as having operated without a license, broadcasting false reports and colluding with the Muslim Brotherhood. This was seen as yet another attempt by the Army to stifle free speech in the aftermath of their power grab in July 2013 when they seized power from Mohamed Morsi Egypt’s first democratically elected president.

In sport Jose Mourinho’s 100th home league game in charge of Chelsea ended in defeat after Crystal Palace put two past the blues. Palace took the lead early in the second half through Sako with Falcao answering a quarter of an hour later but it was Ward who scored two minutes later to seal the win for Palace. Will Chelsea bounce back from this ghastly loss? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out. In the meantime here’s a look at some of the big stories we covered over the last seven days.

1. Pedro has left Barcelona with a blue heart, but was happy to join a strong and ambitious team like FC Chelsea.

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Pedro chooses blue jersey (Photo: Chelsea FC )

 

2. Our intention was to sum up the first round of the Liga BBVA and tell more about the expectations in connection with the greatest derby of La Liga’s second round.

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It was a good game (Photo: EP)

 

3. We collected the most interesting football transfer rumours in connection with the most important European clubs.

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Who’s going where? (Photo: clips art)

 

4. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe received a letter in which they were explained that the regulatory body will decide about their USD 500 million casino project in 30 days.

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New plans for a gambling facility (Photo: )

 

5. The Washington Redskins were expected to try and trade Robert Griffin III, who seemed to be surplus to the team.

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RG3 (Photo: )

 

6. GamingZion looked at the proposal for legalizing the selling of 50%-50% high stakes raffles in California.

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High stakes raffle tickets purchasing (Photo: )

 

7. John Juanda won the European Poker Tour Barcelona EUR 5,300 Main Event for which he received a prize of over EUR 1 million.

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Juanda wins EPT (Photo: PokerStars)

 
 

Meanwhile in Poland the deputy culture minister, Piotr Zuchowski, confirmed that ground-penetrating radar images did seem to show the existence of a hidden armored train dating back to the second world war that is said to have been concealed as the Nazis fled the Red Army in 1945. Reputed to house a cargo of looted art and gold bullion the authorities will now undertake to recover the train that was only found after the deathbed confession of a man involved in the operation to hide it in the first place.

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EPT Barcelona Winner Juanda Takes Home Over €1M

Sep 02, 2015
2015 EPT Barcelona winner John Juanda

The 2015 EPT Barcelona event brought all the excitement we could hope for

The EUR 5,300 Main Event of European Poker Tour Barcelona’s Season 12 is over. The prestigious competition was won by the professional poker player John Juanda, who has achieved great poker results in the past as well.

The new season kicked off with a record-breaking attendance in the Main Event and with a huge cash reward of over EUR 1 million for the lucky EPT Barcelona winner. Online poker sites can’t stop praising the gaming skills of the 44-year-old winner.

PokerStars: EPT12 Barcelona: John Juanda negotiates his way to a million and a title

John Juanda is regarded as one of the greatest talents in the poker world. Not without a merit, the 44-year-old has just broken a record by becoming an EPT Barcelona winner and the Main Event of PokerStars‘ prestigious competition. He was the best out of 1,694 players and seized the first place, together with its EUR 1,022,593 cash reward.

This is the first EPT title of the successful poker player, according to online gambling news. Even though the fact that he won the largest amount of money, other players can be satisfied with the final results as well. Frederik Jensen finished in the third position, which awards him with a EUR 810,294 prize, while Steve Warburton’s silver medal comes with a EUR 941,613 cash reward.

The final round has started with Denys Shafikov being the overwhelming chip leader. Juanda quickly came up to the second position by an Ace and a King in hand, with which he defeated Andreas Samuelsson’s queens. Lots of hands later, Shafikov lost his leading position upon losing the all-in to Jensen, and eventually got knocked out by the latter EPT Barcelona winner Juanda.

EPT Barcelona winner John Juanda and Steve Warburton

Warburton was the last opponent standing (Photo: Danny Maxwell/Poker News)

At this point, Steve Warburton had the most coins, while Juanda was in second position. Jensen tried to match Juanda but his 2 pairs were not good enough against Juanda’s full house so he had to quit the game, leaving only 2 players in the game. Juanda had a great advantage over Warburton by now, thanks to which he managed to defeat his young rival.

The Indonesian EPT champion has added his prize of over EUR 1 million to his total career earnings which, due to his latest success, exceeds the USD 17 million. With this amount, John Juanda has made his way to the top 10 of all-time poker earners. He sat in the table with the second shortest stack but remained determined and focused until the last second, thanks to which he became EPT Barcelona winner.

However, it was doubtful whether he would even start competing in the EUR 5,300 Main Event of European Poker Tour Barcelona. Online mobile news report that he suffered from an illness and arrived in the last minute to play. In addition, only a few days ago, he was offered the chance to claim a prize of more than EUR 500,000 but he turned the offer down. Juanda explained his decision by saying that accepting that prize would have meant giving up on the EUR 1 million reward of the Main Event.

PokerStars: EPT12 Barcelona: Benjamin Pollak blitzes through tough EUR 5K Turbo field

A total of 71 events were held throughout the European Poker Tour Barcelona poker tournament series. The 12th season of the prestigious poker competition kicked off in the Spanish city as usual, and has brought great excitement among gambling enthusiasts. Thrilling games and incredible cash rewards were the main attributes of EPT Barcelona.

Daniel Peche, a talented poker player from Germany, came away with a EUR 11,800 prize upon finishing first out of 312 participants of the EUR 200 NL Saturday Night SuperStack tournament. The next exciting competition was the EUR 5K NL 6-Max. Turbo event, where successful poker players were fighting for the incredible first prize.

PokerStars‘ 25K-euro High Roller event’s champion Martin Finger was one of the best gamblers who managed to reach the final, however he finished in the third position. Upon his elimination, only Wael Sarkis and Benjamin Pollak remained in the game and these two players faced each other for final glory and the unbelievable money prize. Pollak became the next EPT Barcelona winner eventually, claiming the EUR 118,460 cash reward.

EPT Barcelona winner John Juanda

Overall EPT Barcelona winner John Juanda with his winning chips (Photo: PokerStars)

By the time that the Main Event was down to a heads-up, the fast-paced EUR 300 NL Turbo Edition of EPT Main Event has celebrated another EPT Barcelona winner as well. Danillo Patella from Italy was named as the best out of 350 players. Due to his great performance at the poker tables, he received a EUR 19,850 cash reward. Romanian Adrian Costin Constantin finished as runner-up while Peter Eichhardt from Sweden stood on the bottom of the podium.

John Juanda has achieved incredible poker results by winning the €5,300 Main Event, knocking out both Jensen and Warburton. Not so much later another EPT Barcelona winner was celebrated. Gregory Torrents from France was participating in the EUR 100 NL Hyperturbo event and has claimed the EUR 5,130 first prize. He was the best one out of 264 poker players.

Another great victory was achieved about an hour later, when the €2K NL 6-Max. Turbo event has finished. Farid Jattin was crowned as the next king of poker tournaments as he has received the 83,290 euro first prize. Fillippo Lazzaretto was given the silver medal while Joao Vieira finished in the third position.

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High-stakes raffles for California Pro Teams?

Sep 01, 2015
California state high-stake raffles

Sports teams don’t want California to turn its back on this excellent means of fundraising

California could join those states that enable high-stakes raffles for the purpose of charity at professional sports events.

A bill that passed the state senate that would let professional sports franchises to organize high-stakes raffles. Those 50-50 games are very popular all around the country, raising considerable amounts of money for charities. Lucky players can feel like casino winners at the same time. Those who participate have a shot at half of the revenues, so it is easy to understand why these games are so exciting. Meanwhile players also know that they have contributed to a good cause. The other half of the money goes for charities. There is also criticism though. The bill currently in effect would still apply all the remaining charity organizations. That makes it really hard to raise money through raffles.

Los Angeles Times: Pro sports teams go on offense to be able to offer high-stakes raffles

 
Major sports franchises in California strive for holding high-stakes raffles. According to current state regulations, only 90-10 raffles are legal. This means that players can go only for the 10% of the pot. At least 90% must be given away for charity. The 2001 bill also has that no electronic device can be used for selling raffle tickets or performing the draw.

A new proposal would let professional sports teams to be given an exemption from this law to organize 50-50 raffles. They would be also able to use devices, selling electronically generated tickets and employing a random number generator to determine the winner. Spectators at professional sports games, pro golf tournaments and NASCAR races would be able to participate. The raffle could be held only at the events itself.

Milwaukee Baseball charity high-stakes raffles vendor

Outside California major league teams have been selling high-stakes raffles for years (Photo: AP)

This high-stakes raffles system works in almost 30 states in the US and it is in place in Canada as well. The point would be raising considerable amounts for charity through the large pool of sports fans. High-stakes raffles offer a much more tempting prize than the 90-10 raffles. Thus a large number of sports scores fans are expected to participate if the bill passes.

Many nonprofit organizations oppose the bill however. They feel that legislation would favor major sports unfairly. CEO of California Assn. of Nonprofits, Jason Masaoka said, “This bill is a carve-out. It creates special rules for raffles by sports leagues, but the old rules still apply to PTAs and school bands.”

Native American tribes operating casinos think that this would be a new form of gambling. David Quintana, California Tribal Business Alliance lobbyist said, “When you go from a 90-10 split to a 50-50 split, you’re moving away from charity to something more like a lottery. This is a huge change.”

Yahoo! News: Pro teams push California to offer high-stakes raffles

 
Professional sports teams are lobbying for the possibility of organizing high-stakes raffles at sports events in California. These 50-50 raffles would be held at sports events only. 18 pro sports organizations, 23 minor league teams and golf and racing events are in the mix. Half of the revenues would go for charities. The players would go for the other half of the pot.

The bill already passed the state senate, online gambling news report. A similar law failed last year however. Several nonprofit organizations naturally opposes the new proposal. They argue that making an exemption favoring professional sports franchises would be unfair towards small charity organizations like food banks or churches. Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits was quoted by online mobile news, “Any bill that says there’s an exemption from the law for 11 corporations as named below, that immediately doesn’t smell right.”

Arizona Diamondbacks high-stakes raffles

The Diamondbacks sold over $100,000 worth of high-stakes raffles at a single game.

Meanwhile high-stakes raffles are great success in many other states. Texas locals will vote in November whether to change state constitution or not in order to enable pro sports teams to organize raffles at their games. In California the bill is supported by franchises like the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants and the Sacramento Kings. Service groups like the American Legion and Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club also back the proposal.

High-stakes raffles can raise a lot of money quickly. The Arizona Diamondbacks were able to sell a record USD 100,016 worth of raffle tickets in one game, using electronically generated tickets for their 50-50 raffle. They supported charities reacting to the Yarnell fire that killed 19 firefighters. Sen. Isadore Hall, the author of the law expressed that critics should be ashamed of fighting the bill. He argues that money generated by the high-stakes raffles would be vital for poor communities he represents, like Watts and Compton.

Although this is all about charities, there is a lot of money on the table too. Pointstreak Sports Technologies Inc. is an operator providing an electronic raffle system. That system is used by more than 70 pro sports teams all around the United States. Is is understandable why they spent more than 100,000 dollars in the last two years on lobbying to enter the largest market of the states…

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