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Celebrity Betting: Royal Baby Number Two Set to Draw Massive Bets

 

bettingNews that Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their second baby is only a few days old. However, it has not taken gambling websites very long to set up odds for different categories in relation to this royal baby. The bets normally center on the gender of the baby, the name given to the child, whether or not Middleton will be expecting twins and the weight of the baby when it is born. Here is a detailed look at those betting lines and odds.

The odds for whether the baby is a boy or a girl are both the same. Betting sites are offering 20/21 odds on the baby being a boy or a girl. Unless you have some inside knowledge about the baby’s gender (which is highly unlikely) it would make no sense to bet on this line. The odds are unappealing and the chances of it being a boy or a girl are 50-50.

A more interesting betting line is the baby’s name. Right now, there are a few names out in front with the bookies. Elizabeth, James and Victoria have been priced at 10/1. Arthur, Catherine, Charles, and Phillip are 12/1. With Charles and Phillip being names of men in the current royal family, they seem fair possibilities for a royal baby name. Elizabeth is a very popular name among British royals as well.

Further down the list are Alexandra, Alice, and William at 14/1. With Prince William being the father, that seems an unlikely choice for this royal baby. Diana, Henry and Mary are at 16/1. Diana would be a fitting name should the baby be a girl, with it being the name of Prince William’s late mother. Odds of 16/1 are appealing for Diana.

Long odds are available for the names Albert, Isabella, Richard, Wilfred, Elliot, Frances and Francis. These names are less common among royals, but they are still a possibility. Andrew, Frederick and Oliver are the longest odds with bookies at 40/1.

There are odds of 20/1 on Will and Kate expecting twins from this birth. In addition, odds of 20/23 are available on the baby being either 7lbs and 10z or less, or more than 8 lbs. Similar to the gender bet, it does not make sense to place money on the baby’s weight with both odds being unappealing.

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EU Takes Position on Online Gambling

 

With the proliferation of online gambling throughout many parts of Europe, the European Union (EU) has indicated its intention to seek rules and guidelines designed to protect its citizens. It appears they would also like to establish some type of regulation conformity, which would certainly make online gambling easier to regulate.Online Gambling

Gambling in Europe
The EU’s call to action comes on the heels of 2012 study on online gambling sites that offer poker, casinos and sports books. In that study, it was determined that as many as 7,000,000 Europeans have participated in online gambling. That would amount to about 45% of the current online gambling market, or an estimated €24 billion per year in revenues. The current trends in online gambling point to a continuation of current expansion levels.

At Issue
There are two primary issues that are of concern to EU officials; the protection of minors, and the general lack of consistency between member nations that have have developed their own set of regulations. First, many online sites are operating without proper measures in place to prevent minors (under 18 years of age) from signing up and gambling. Secondly, the EU recognizes that regulations imposed by nations are less effective when the thing they are regulating (online gambling) has no formal boundaries.

Proposed Actions
The EU has issued recommendations on four different items they would like to address.

  • Extensive registration procedures designed to deter minors
  • Clearer warnings about the dangers of problem gambling
  • Easily accessible information for individuals who may have a gambling problem
  • Rules designed to prevent fraudulent or misleading advertising

In the coming months, the EU is expecting to receive assistance from the its “Expert Group on Gambling” in coordinating information gathering and sharing efforts amongst member nations. They also expect to receive very little resistance from the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), which fully supports the concepts being considered by the EU’s commission.

Ben Affleck Caught Counting Cards – Holy Future Batman!

Ben Affleck is one of Hollywood’s biggest and most favourite stars, but unfortunately for him, what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas. The Batman star was recently barred from playing Blackjack at Hard Rock Casino in Vegas after he was accused of counting cards.

Affleck was reported to have been asked to stop playing immediately. Although the act of counting cards is not illegal, is certainly frowned upon in most high end casinos.Card Counting

 

Booted from blackjack

According to initial reports, Ben was supposedly prohibited from entering the premium casino premises after he was busted trying to cheat. Hard Rock Casino later released a new statement claiming that he was not banned from their property, and is welcome any time.

The statement, however, failed to mention if Ben would be allowed to play at their Blackjack tables.

 

Caught on the count

Security guards at Hard Rock Casino reportedly noticed Ben using the basic technique of blackjack card counting. He had been using his chip stack to keep a count of cards played, and moved his bet accordingly.

 

This not being his first attempt at card counting, Ben was previously spotted displaying his blackjack counting skills at Wynn Resorts in Vegas. According to Radar Online, Games Protection Manager at Rob Olivetti had sent an email stating that the actor had been warned about being ‘too obvious moving his money with the count.’ Ben was spotted spreading $100 – $10 thousand on the double decks and $0 – $20 thousand on the shoe games, according to Olivetti.

 

Prior history

Fond of gambling, Affleck is known to have won $800,000 playing blackjack at Hard Rock Casino at the high rollers table. According to TMZ, he won three $20,000 blackjack hands in a row at one of the games.

 

 

 

John Hartson Fights A Gambling Addiction Harder To Overcome Than Cancer

 

Sports players receive media attention for a plethora of reasons. Whether they’re in the news because of big wins, celebrity scandals, or heartbreaking losses, everyone tends to know their names. One such athlete, John Hartson, the former Cetlic Football player, has been making the news a lot lately. However, his name isn’t in the news for his sports performances, but for some plays he’s made off the field recently.

The former athlete has been battling testicular cancer. While that’s certainly a difficult battle that has made headlines all across the world, his real battle is with a gambling addiction. He suffers from an unquenchable desire to bet.Gambling Addiction

With many celebrities, these types of topics are off limits for interviews, or at the very least, are spoken of in very subtle ways. While problem gambling is a topic that we discuss more and more as a society, it’s not something we expect high profile personalities to openly claim as a part of their life. But that’s just what Hartson did when he candidly talked about the fact that he has a very serious addiction to gambling that could ruin his life.

As a survivor, Hartson knows what’s important to him in life. He understands how stressful high stakes can be, and has even acknowledged that continuing to gamble could result in financial ruin capable of ending his life should he become unable to afford his medical treatments. It’s also an addiction that could ruin his life in other ways, though. The family man has a beautiful wife and children, whom he loves very much. He has, however, admitted that the gambling addiction he fights could easily cause an unfixable rift in his marriage.

Right now he’s on the road to recovery as both a gambling addict and a cancer survivor. He says he’s attending Gambler’s Anonymous meetings on a regular basis, and with the public attention he’s bringing to this issue, he’s able to stop trying to hide his problem from himself. We as a society look to athletes as role models, and Hartson’s strong actions toward ridding himself of a gambling addiction are admirable and potentially inspirational to others in the same problem gambling position as he was in, not so long ago.

Bookmakers Retailate over FOBT Taxes

 

gambling taxesFBOTs are supposedly addictive gambling machines that the United Kingdom’s government has been worried about for years. They are finally at a stage where serious action will be taken, in the form of regulations and taxes. There is plenty of concern among bookmakers, but they have decided to change from defence to offense in recent weeks. Instead of waiting it out and hoping for a lenient set of rules from the government, they have begun scare mongering.

A petition has gone out, created by the ABA (Association of British Bookmakers), which states that “10,000 jobs and 2,300 gambling shops are at risk” if the government’s new laws are passed in the coming months. While a petition like this would normally not be a problem, its obvious scare mongering tactics are worrying government officials. Many gambling shops in the poorer cities and towns of England are using persuasive techniques to get their customers to sign these petitions, in order to show that a majority of gamblers are not in favor of any regulation.

If there were any truth in the statements of these petitions, there would be no issue. However, most of the claims are 100% false. The government is not trying to shut down any shops or cause a mass clear out of FOBT machines. All they want is for regulations to be put in place that control the amount of time people spend on those machines.

The petition talks about how gamblers are being controlled by a nanny state, how their basic wishes and desires are being blocked by a government overstepping its mark. “Punters have a right to bet” and “human rights” are the types of sentences being used, with many gamblers scared that they will no longer be able to get their daily or weekly FOBT fix.

It is up to politicians up and down the country to assure gamblers that their fight is not with the average British citizen, but with the uber-rich gambling companies that take advantage of their betting habits.

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Turf Fight Between Millionaire Gamblers in Macau

 

There was a time when the gambling riches of Macau led to serious gun violence between gangsters in the region. That was two decades ago, yet history has a funny way of repeating itself. Now the turf war is being fought by millionaires with limousines, private jets, and money that is desperate to be spent.

Casino MillionairesFor a long time, casinos have been staunch allies of the junket operators in Asia. These middle men are responsible for bringing millionaire and billionaire gamblers from China to Macau, where they get interest free loans so that they can gamble their hearts out. However, companies with a stake in casinos are now looking to offer those services themselves, taking out the middle men. This is prompting anger from individuals and businesses that have been operating in the same manner for decades.

Casinos know that this is a tension filled issue, but the profits cannot be ignored. Cutting out the middle men, and hosting direct VIPs, would provide casinos with a 10 to 15 percent increase in profits. The potential could go as high as 50 percent when everything is up and running at full capacity.

Current junket operators, such as the Jimei Group and Suncity Group, are not pleased about these developers. Their tight grip on this special market is still steady, but they fear being squeezed out by new regulations and casinos operating independently.

To take into account the seriousness of this issue, one must look at how valuable this particular market can be. Two thirds of the casino revenue made in Macau is dud to these VIP accounts. Most of them come from mainland China, and they all bet on credit.

Macau has a $3,300 borrowing limit per day, but VIPs need a way to get around this regulation. Junket operators have long provided that service, but could be out of business if the Macau casinos go it alone. For more information, visit this link on Bloomberg.

Coral Partners With Chelsea

 

ChelseapartnershipThe EPL titan Chelsea FC has signed a deal with Coral Sportsbook so that Coral Sportsbook can be Chelsea’s official sports betting partner. While it is interesting that any one sportsbook would partner with a football club, it is even more interesting that a football club would need to have a partner in the sports betting industry.

With this partnership, Coral is going to be able to offer deals to Chelsea fans every week that other fans will not be able to get. By doing so, Coral will be able to cash in on the rabid Chelsea fan base and the relatively long seasons that Chelsea tends to play.

Also, Chelsea is able to market themselves in the gambling and sports betting industry. With this, Chelsea will be able to bring themselves to the attention of sports gamblers around the world who may not be aware of the EPL or may not bet on the games. Plus, the club will likely attract more attention by partnering with Coral.

In all of this is the concern that sports are being managed by sports betting agencies. While there are extreme examples from television and movies, we can all assume that the players are exempt from working with gambling outfits. They wear advertisements on their jerseys, play the matches and then go home to their huge mansions.

However, the advantage that Chelsea fans can get through special deals will likely bring in more money to Coral while also raising the action on Chelsea overall. The more press the better for Chelsea when it is working to expand its global reach.

This partnership can do well for both groups if it handled properly and makes money for the companies while also benefiting Chelsea fans.

Scotty Nguyen and Tom McEvoy Selected for Poker Hall of Fame

 

Poker Hall of FameThere were two inductees into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2013: 51-year-old Scotty Nguyen and 69-year old Tom McEvoy. The two were honored at a ceremony on November 3, 2013 at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. They thus joined the 44 previous members of the Hall of Fame, 21 of whom are still living.

Selection Procedure

The Hall operates a public nomination process on its website. Public voting, which is open for a brief period each year, determines a shortlist of 10 potential candidates who are then considered by a committee comprised of existing members of the Hall of Fame and people from the poker media. The committee then selects the inductees for that year. The finalists from 2013 were:

 

  • Chris Bjorn
  • Humberto Brenes
  • David Chiu
  • Thor Hansen
  • Jennifer Harman
  • Mike Matusow
  • Tom McEvoy
  • Carlos Mortensen
  • Scotty Nguyen
  • Huck Seed

 
About Scotty Nguyen

Over the course of 30 years, Scotty Nguyen has made over $11 million in live poker tournaments. He has won five World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, including the 1998 WSOP Main Event. Scotty’s most famous moment in poker came when he bet all-in on the river in the final hand of that event and quipped to his opponent, “You call, it’s gonna be all over, baby!” His opponent did call, and it was indeed all over as Scotty’s hand beat his opponent’s to win the tournament.

About Tom McEvoy

During his career, which spanned more than three decades, Tom McEvoy accumulated close to $3 million in live tournament winnings. He won four WSOP bracelets, including the 1983 WSOP Main Event. In addition to his feats on the felt, McEvoy became an author of highly regarded poker books, including “Championship No Limit & Pot Limit Hold-Em” and “Championship Omaha,” both of which he co-wrote with TJ Cloutier.

 

Re-Organize Towards Gambling Success

 

Some of the world’s leading names in international gaming have been facing an uphill battle since the world’s economy fell onto shaky ground. For a large number of trusted names, profits are rarely up at the end of each quarter. However, shareholders and game players alike will be happy to know that the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (Great Canadian) is moving towards the future with profits to report. Over the past three months, Great Canadian is reporting a one percent increase in profits worldwide. This one percent increase represents revenues that exceed $103.1 million. Although a one percent rise in profits may not seem like much at first glance, this current bottom line for their revenue is up a total of nine percent from this quarter in the previous year.

Coming Back Strong

The success means more to the company than further stability when it comes to keeping their doors open and providing healthcare benefits and paychecks to their workers. There were many aspects of their organization that had to be cut in recent time due to financial set backs. These venues and attractions can now reopen their doors to the public thanks to the upswing in profits. Among the aspects of their business making their way back to the gaming scene is the Hard Rock Casino in Vancouver. Great Canadian was also able to purchase substantial shares of stock that were vital to its business that had formerly fallen out of their hands, stabilizing the prospects for potential and current investors both public and private.Hard Rock Vancouver

Trimming the Fat

Analysis of the organization has revealed that the increased revenue is primarily due to the growth that has taken place at the River Rock Casino Resort. Other casinos in operation certainly contributed to the success as well while the only real losses took place at the Ontario Racetracks that are owned and operated by the company. There were also definite marketing and investment strategies of the company that came into play as well. An estimated $14.2 million of the revenue was made possible thanks to efforts to increase non-recurring expenses over an annual period. Such dimensions of the business included foreign exchange losses and various financing costs as well.

A Private Venture

 

The biggest obstacle for all gaming remains to be the regulations put in place by state boards all across the world. They have a tremendous amount of power when it comes to who can have games in operation and just how far the reach of certain organizations can go. It takes preliminary green lights in nearly all regions just to get projects off the ground in terms of funding in most cases. The gaming capitol of the world faces a gaming environment that is no different. Las Vegas regulation boards have just given a temporary green light to expand an already well-established institution within their borders. The Gaming Control Board has allowed John Ascuaga’s Nugget to work with private investment groups in order to increase profits and open further businesses with greater capitol at their backs.

A Group Effort

The expectations from people in the gaming industry have grown so large that developers need the help of private investors nine times out of ten to have an adequate amount of money in place to move forward with gaming ventures of any kind. The resort that the Nugget plans will be run by Global Gaming and Hospitality. The two main partners who are standing behind this project are Carlton Greer and Micheal Kim. Just last month, the Nevada Gaming Commission evaluated the project and found it to be “suitable” according to their standards.

Where the Money Goes

Casino WinningsThe figures behind this project have not been disclosed. However, they are likely to be extremely large when one considers the fact that the development represents an end to family ownership of the firm that lasted for over 50 years. Previous statements from the parties involved put the amount of money being invested in the ballpark of $50 million. This money will be used to make a casino and hotel possible that will have more than 1,600 available rooms. It has also been rumored that more than $20 million would be spent on gaming equipment. The space includes a restaurant and the partnership plans on reinvesting any earnings back into the business over a period of at least the next two years.