January 22, 2009
January 22 – The NFL’s biggest game will feature the Cardinals and the Steelers in what is sure to be an epic battle. Speculation and analysis from experts to fans is at an all time high in regards to everything from who will win, to the likelihood of an overtime, to which player will take home the MVP ? fans are even wondering about the chances of another halftime wardrobe malfunction. This being the case, the largest most successful sportsbook on the web, BetUS.com posted odd son all things Super Bowl XLIII.
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Super Bowl Line
Pittsburgh -7 Moneyline 3/8 Total 47 5/6
Arizona +7 Moneyline 11/5 Total 5/6
Halftime Show Odds:
Playlist A: Glory Days, My Lucky Day, Badlands, Born to run: 5/2
Playlist B: Born to Run, Rosalita, Working on a Dream, The Rising: 8/1
Playlist C: The Rising, Darkness on the Edge of Town, Working on a Dream, Hungry Heart: 15/1
Playlist D: Born in the USA, Thunder Road, Rosalita, My Lucky Day: 3/1
Playlist E: Born to Run, Dancing in the Dark, Radio Nowhere, The Rising: 5/1
Playlist F: Rosalita, The Wrestler, Glory Days, Born to Run: 8/1
Playlist G: Glory Days, Born to Run, The Rising, Working on a Dream: 7/2
Number of songs played by Bruce Springsteen:
Over 3.5 3/2
Under 3.5 1/2
Bruce Springsteen 3/1
Patti Scialfa 2/1
Clarence Clemons 4/1
Steven Van Zandt 8/1
Garry Tallent 12/1
Max Weinberg 10/1
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January 21, 2009
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January 20, 2009
A New York Times report on confirmation hearings for a member of the new US presidential team foreshadows continued Department of Justice hassles for online gambling in the United States.
Eric Holder is president-elect Obama’s choice for the important Attorney General post, and this official has a history of lobbying involvement with the vehemently anti-Internet gambling and influential national sports leagues in America – in particular the powerful NFL.
In the confirmation hearings, it was clear that Holder had had earlier discussions with long-time online gambling opponent Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, as the question and answer session went like this:
KYL: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. There seem to be an inordinate number of members of this committee and the finance committee that discussed and talked about the potential for fraud and money- laundering and organized crime. Again, I won’t go through all of that.
HOLDER: That’s correct, Senator.
KYL: And then we discussed the [UIGEA] regulations that were issued recently, actually, jointly by the Federal Reserve Board and the Treasury Department in consultation with the attorney-general. The regulations primarily try to go at the [online gambling] problem by thwarting the payments for unlawful Internet gambling – in other words, to shut off the cash flow.
And I mentioned the fact that they [supporters of online gambling legalisation] were already beginning to spend millions of dollars in an effort to try to undo these regulations somehow and hope that you would – and you indicated you would – oppose efforts to modify or to stop those regulations, and, of course, continue to be vigilant in enforcing those regulations to shut off the flow of cash from this illegal activity. Is that your intention?
HOLDER: Yes, that is my position. That’s what I will do.
KYL: Yes, thank you, and I appreciate that very much. And we could talk a lot more about the pernicious nature of Internet gambling, but in view of the time here, let me move on.
ESPN picked up on the New York Times story, commenting: “If the Senate confirms Holder as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, he will be responsible for federal prosecutions throughout the U.S.
“It is possible committee members will ask Holder about his stand on enforcing drug laws against players in light of his past representation of a professional league and its athletes. Holder is still being paid for his NFL work, with $2.5 million in deferred compensation and separation payments coming to him in 2009, according to a financial disclosure statement he filed with the Judiciary Committee in mid-December.”
ESPN refers to the transcript of the confirmation hearing, where Kyl inquires of Holder, “The question that I’d ask and wanted just to get confirmed for the record is that you indicated that under your leadership, the Department of Justice would continue to aggressively enforce the law against the forms of internet gambling that DOJ considers illegal.”
Holder responded affirmatively to this, leading ESPN to expand on the issue of legality by examining the confusing situation brought about by legislative “carve-outs” or exceptions in US federal anti-Internet gambling law such as horseracing, state lotteries and fantasy sports.
The U.S. Department of Justice which Holder will effectively lead appears to be out of step with both legislators and the exceptions they created in its continued insistence that all internet gambling, even on horse racing, is illegal.
January 20, 2009
The Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (iMEGA) has announced that its legal team has been asked by the US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals to provide notice of their availability in April 2009 for oral arguments in their challenge to a Federal law targeting the Internet gambling industry.
The court provided a list of possible dates to Eric Bernstein, lead counsel for iMEGA, and to the US Department of Justice, the lead defendant in the suit. The suit (iMEGA v. Keisler, et al) also names the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Reserve as defendants.
iMEGA’s suit challenges the constitutionality of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA), which prohibits US financial institutions from processing transactions between online gambling sites and US players, while shifting the determination, burden and cost of enforcement onto the financial institutions.
“We’re very happy the Court is moving forward to schedule oral arguments,” said Joe Brennan Jr., iMEGA chairman. “We’re confident we have a strong suit, and it will be difficult for the Department of Justice to defend UIGEA, because it is so fatally flawed.”
iMEGA’s attorneys argue that UIGEA should be ‘void for vagueness’, and that Congress erred when it declined to defined what “unlawful Internet gambling” is, as they are required. iMEGA also argues that Congress cannot delegate that necessary determination as to what is ‘lawful’ or ‘unlawful’ to US banks and credit card companies. The Department of Treasury, which crafted the regulations for UIGEA, testified last year before Congress that they themselves could not make the necessary determination.
iMEGA’s appeal follows a ruling by Judge Mary Cooper (US District Court, Trenton) that established iMEGA’s associational standing to challenge UIGEA on the behalf of its members and the Internet gambling industry, but was dismissed by Judge Cooper without considering the constitutional issues raised in iMEGA’s challenge.
iMEGA is a Washington DC-based, not-for-profit corporation which was founded in 2007 as a professional association dedicated to the continued growth and innovation of the Internet. The organisation maintains that growth and innovation is possible by continued adherence to the founding principles of the world’s online communities, and that openness and freedom will enable the Internet to become a means for citizens in national and global economies to raise standards for all who are touched by it.
January 18, 2009
Friday, Poker News Daily reported that Pennsylvania Judge Thomas James ruled Texas Holdem a game of skill. The ruling concerned Walter Watkins and his girlfriend Diane Dent, who were each charged with 20 counts of illegal gambling for holding $1/$2 live Texas Holdem games in Watkins’s Columbia County residence.
The Poker Players Alliance, a poker-advocacy organization, sees the ruling as a milestone and says it will set a precedent for online-poker cases in other states.
“Clearly, the judge had an understanding of how poker is played. Coming to this decision, to him, was not a far leap,” PPA Executive Director John Pappas told Poker News Daily. “The decision sets an excellent bar for us in the future.”
James’s decision could have profound implications for the Internet-poker industry. U.S. law enforcement has continuously pursued online poker-room proprietors since Congress enacted the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. The law, authorities argue, makes offering games like Texas Holdem over the Internet illegal.
The UIGEA prohibits Internet-gambling providers from accepting online and wire deposits from U.S. residents. However, it does not specify what constitutes “gambling” and defers to state legislators for a definition. Because some states differentiate between illegal, luck-based “gambling” and legal “games of skill,” online-poker proponents have argued that poker players’ success is primarily dependent upon how skilled they are.
These claims have been consistently undermined by the fact that no state law explicitly defines poker as a “skill game.” As a result, many online-poker advocates feared that the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s seizure of 141 poker and gambling sites’ URLs last year would result in a judicial categorization of poker as a type of “gambling.”
Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate upheld Kentucky’s right to confiscate the Web addresses in October. Yet, because the case was a civil suit concerning whether the state could legally seize Internet property it considered “gambling paraphernalia,” he did not rule on whether poker is a skill game. James’s decision is therefore the first time any government official has addressed the question of poker’s legal classification directly.
James’s decision refers to the findings of several mathematical studies, which affirm that some poker players win consistently despite the fact that all players receive an equal number of bad hands. The decision goes on to explain that a “dominant factor test” must be used in determining whether a wager is “gambling” or a “game of skill.” A game based primarily on skill, James argues, must be considered a “skill game” regardless of whether it also incorporates elements of luck. The decision concludes that “skill predominates over chance in Texas Holdem poker.”
The Associated Press reported that Watkins and Dent were arrested after an undercover Pennsylvania State Trooper participated in one of their games. According to the PPA – which helps supply counsel for poker providers facing prosecution and litigation in the U.S. – the couple did not charge a rake for their games and instead encouraged players to voluntarily tip Dent, who acted as the games’ dealer.
The pair has been cleared of all charges and freed as a result of James’s ruling. To date, no word of an appeal has been forthcoming.
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January 15, 2009
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While the two companies will benefit from the partnership, it is some of the world’s biggest online casino sites that will benefit the most. Sites such as Unibet and Betclick will now be able to carry some of the top online games provided by CryptoLogic.
The agreement allows for GTS customers to have CryptoLogic’s top games available for use through the company’s game platform, EdGE. It is expected that ten of those games will be made available to these casinos sometime in the first quarter of 2009.
CryptoLogic has been making a major push over the past several months to reach out to some of the biggest online gaming operators in the world. They have made agreements with PartyGaming, Orbis, and 888.com, and now their partnership with GTS further entrenches them in the Internet gambling community.
January 14, 2009
The Taiwan parliament approved a controversial bill to legalise land gambling on offshore islands by a 71-26 vote Monday. The government, led by President Ma Ying-jeou of China-friendly Nationalist Party or Kuomintang (KMT), pushed to end the ban on gambling for the Penghu Islands off Taiwan’s west coast, reports Earth Times.
Protesters led by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party and several civilian groups demonstrated outside parliament against the decision.
“To legalize gambling on the Penghu Islands, the government needs to hold a referendum in the whole country, not only on Penghu, and Parliament should hold a public hearing to assess what the public think about it,” Shih Chao-hui, a Buddhist nun, said.
“To rescue Penghu’s economy, the government should give the islands assistance, not give them a casino,” DPP lawmaker Pan Meng-an said.
The KMT-dominated parliament approved the bill to allow residents of Penghu to hold a referendum on whether to set up casinos to improve tourism and revenues. The referendum among the 90,000 Penghu population is expected to take place in June 2009.
Parliament Speaker Wang Jin-pying said Taiwan wanted to copy Singapore’s leisure industry, and stressed that casinos were only part of the package.
“Taiwan is a plural society. We respect all opinions. If we adopt Singapore’s model of establishing a special tourism zone, building casinos is only part of the zone,” he said.
The Penghu County government is already amassing 30 billion Taiwan dollars ($909 million) in private investment to help develop casino resorts, and plans have been drawn up to build a 120-hectare international vacation village which would contain a 2000-room hotel, a duty-free shopping mall, an international convention centre, as well as golf courses and casinos, with construction scheduled to start in 2011.
January 14, 2009
Following the soft launch in December of its new iPhone-capable mobile gambling operation, All Slots Casino announced this week that it has already more than doubled expectations in terms of players visiting the casino and using their iPhone or iPod Touch mobiles to play.
“While exact figures are confidential, we can say that the consumer reaction to the newly launched mobile casino has been incredibly favourable – the iPhone and iTouch enable us to display rich graphics and bring an awesome gameplay experience to the end-user,” said David Brickman, VP Player Affairs at the parent group Jackpot Factory.
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January 13, 2009
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January 12, 2009
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