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Posted by on Nov 28, 2014 in Blog, General Poker, Politics, Sports Betting | 0 comments

An Open Challenge to Blanche Lincoln and the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG)

 

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In her utterly embarrassing and thoroughly discredited appearance on Mike Huckabee’s FOX News program earlier this week, former Sen. Blanche Lincoln made our task way too easy.

The former senator from Arkansas made so many inaccurate statements and committed such a multitude of factual blunders that conspiracy theorists might reasonably suspect she’s actually a plant working for the other side.

Seriously, she was that bad.

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Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Blog, Las Vegas, Sports Betting | 7 comments

Unprofessional Service Yet Again at M Casino Sportsbook

 

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I usually let things slide.  Especially in the service industry.

It’s perfectly understandable that some people have a bad day.  Or, an employee has a personal issue and can’t fully concentrate on his job.  Occasionally, things just go wrong — and it’s best to simply let it go.

No more.  Not this time.

Once again, the M Casino Race and Sportsbook (Cantor Gaming) in Las Vegas provided yet more evidence that they’re quite possibly the most unprofessional staff in the entire city.  I’ve visited lots of Las Vegas sportsbooks over the years, so that’s really saying something.

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Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Blog, Essays, Sports Betting, What's Left | 4 comments

First and Ten Corinthians (God’s Memo to Athletes)

 

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MEMORANDUM

From:     God

To:     Athletes Around the World

Subject:      Prayer

 

Dear Athletes:

I beg all of you.  Please stop.

When one of you catches a touchdown pass, stop thanking me.

Seriously, do you think I spend my entire Sunday afternoon watching the Browns-Titans game?  What do you think I am — some kind of sadist?

I’ve got earthquakes to plan, tornadoes to unleash, wars to schedule, and horrible biological viruses to create.  I’ve got more than enough on my plate already without having to take your phone calls pleading with me all the time.  It’s enough to wear a god completely out.  I’m famished.

Call me what I truly am — an effervescent couch potato.  I’d much rather sit by and do absolutely nothing while heads get decapitated by some of my most loyal admirers who openly exploit my name for their own political causes.  I passively watch and do nothing other than feign minor interest because my name gets mentioned.  Doesn’t that make you wonder about how much I truly care?  Think of it another way.  If I fail to intervene and put a stop to those horrors, do you really think I’ll interpose my divine powers to cure Auntie’s cancer or allow Browns’ wide receiver Taylor Gabriel to catch a touchdown pass from quarterback Brian Hoyer late in the fourth quarter to beat Tennessee?

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Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Blog, General Poker, Las Vegas, Politics, Sports Betting | 5 comments

Lies, Lies, and Videotape — Sheldon Adelson Skewers Poker Players Again

 

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Yesterday, Sheldon Adelson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which owns and operates The Venetian Luxury Hotel Resort Casino in Las Vegas, appeared as the keynote speaker at the 2014 Global Gaming Expo, which is the world’s largest casino industry annual convention.

I attended.

To put it kindly, Mr. Adelson’s 50-minute talk received what I would classify as a lukewarm response.  Unlike the Sands Expo Center’s main ballroom which was filled to full standing-room only capacity the day before, when fellow casino mogul Steve Wynn spoke to a similar gathering, the allure of Mr. Adelson’s appearance filled only about two-thirds of the seats in the room, despite ideal placement as the prime time speaker on the show’s biggest afternoon (Wednesday).  Some attendees boycotting?  Mass disinterest?  Perhaps those who didn’t bother to show up to see the man who rules his mighty kingdom in the flesh already realized what most of the rest of us didn’t — that Mr. Adelson is a selfish, rambling bore.  Despite this, one might have expected this far-more controversial public figure and political lightning rod to draw a significantly bigger crowd, but that didn’t happen (see photo evidence at conclusion of this article).

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Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Blog, Sports Betting | 1 comment

A Stunning Turn of Events for Legalized Sports Gambling in New Jersey

 

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What a difference a day makes.

On Monday afternoon, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order which will permit legalized sports gambling in New Jersey — effective immediately.  READ MORE HERE

Wow, just wow.

As recently as last month, Gov. Christie seemed to have completely given up on this initiative.  Earlier, he publicly acknowledged that state-sanctioned sports gambling was a virtual impossibility given current federal law, which clearly contains prohibitive statutes against legalized betting on professional and college sports in all but four states (Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana), the Garden State noticeably expunged from the party.  The battle seemed to be over, with Gov. Christie and the citizens of New Jersey utterly powerless to do anything to save what remains of their ailing casino industry — all this despite the fact that voters there had already overwhelmingly approved sports gambling in a statewide referendum.

Then, the lights long the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk started going out.  Three casinos — The Showboat, Trump Plaza, and The Revel — went dark.  Thousands of workers, about 20 percent of the state’s entire casino workforce, lost their jobs.  About 6,000 citizens were tacked on to the state’s already swelling unemployment rolls, with many seeking government assistance from a treasury admittedly starving for revenues.  Anger mounted.  And for once, instead of just talking and doing nothing, public officials decided to try something really bold, starting at the very top with a dinged up Governor who has taken more than a few body blows in recent years.

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