High Stakes SA Gaming Legislation

Controversy continued to mount Thursday over the issue of Internet gambling, which appeared headed for a U.S. government ban earlier this week. A vote on a pending House of Representatives bill could come as early as next week.

The Internet Gambling Prohibition Act was the subject of heated negotiations in the House on Tuesday, and by Thursday the fate of the bill was still unclear. The Senate has already approved a similar bill.

At the center of the controversy is language in the House bill that seems to allow consumers to place inter-state wagers over the Internet, wagers that are illegal under all other circumstances.

Playing the Horses

The proposed law, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, (R-Virginia) and U.S. Rep. Billy Tauzin, (R-Louisiana) has raised the ire of online gambling opponents because it includes exemptions for horse racing and other sports that allow pari-mutuel wagering. Although dog racing and jai alai would also fall under this category, the critics are focusing on horse racing.

On Thursday, Goodlatte and Tauzin, struggling to gain passage of the bill, agreed to amend some of its language so it would no longer appear to endorse activities that are now illegal. Goodlatte and Tauzin still strongly defend their effort, saying the bill is designed to stop the growth of Web sites that allow people to wager money on casino games through their home computer, regardless of whether casinos are legal in their state.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) contends the bill is inadequate because it would enable home-based computer users to routinely place illegal bets. With the weight of the Justice Department behind the mounting opposition, the bill has stalled in the House Commerce Committee.

Gambling Laws Behind the Curve

Gambling is currently illegal in the United States, unless allowed and regulated by state law. Every U.S. state has gambling statutes to determine the type and amount of legal SA Gaming gambling permitted. With the development of the Internet, however, prohibitions and regulations governing gambling have become outdated, according to many industry observers.

Some legal analysts say that current federal law does not clearly provide that using the Internet to operate a gambling business is illegal. The view is that the closest useful statute is the Wire Act, which prohibits gambling over telephone wires; however, because the Internet does not always travel over telephone wires, the Wire Act — placed on the books …

Televised Poker

The whole poker community owes Late Night Poker a huge debt of gratitude. Thanks to this show, we now have a plethora of programmes on tournaments and poker “characters,” which in turn has led to the poker sponsorship that we’ve all been waiting for.

That’s great stuff … well, not all of it is.

Take Late Night Poker, for instance. That programme, revolutionary as it was, could have been a whole lot better. I did one of the commentaries with Jesse May, and as much as I enjoyed it, I was annoyed that the editing was so poor. One minute, we would all be looking at Player X, well endowed with a mountain of chips, and the very next frame, the same player would be nursing a miniscule stack. Where did all of his ammo go? Could I explain to the viewers that he’d suffered some bad beats? Nope — the powers that be didn’t care. Could we have heard more of what the players were saying to each other, as some of it was very funny and provocative? Nope — television likes long, silent, “dramatic” moments.

How about the Poker Million? The first series held in the Isle of Man was fantastic, probably because it was live and therefore had no editing to interfere with John Duthie’s magical performance. As for the following two series, well, I wonder if the office of fair trading would be interested in a programme with a title that bore about as much resemblance to its contents as Arnold Schwarzenegger does to Tobey Maguire. And how about cancelling one series just three weeks before filming? Many poker players were left fuming about their travel arrangements that then had to be scrapped.

On to the World Poker Championships, recently televised in Dublin’s fair city. This was the first European poker tournament that was shot “on location,” and because of that, there were many unexpected problems. It’s obviously a whole lot easier to film in a studio than in a Grade 2-listed Georgian town house with four flights of stairs. Cramming two poker tables, an audience, and a camera crew into such a confined space meant there were many delays. Filming two heats a day resulted in the cameramen working from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. the following day. They were not happy bunnies, nor were the players who expected to be starting at 3 p.m. …

Nevada Passes Judi Bola Online Gaming Bill

Nevada lawmakers on Monday passed historic legislation that paves the way for legalized online gambling in the state.

The bill, which had been making its way through the state legislature over recent weeks, was caught last week in a legislative roadblock that threatened to kill the initiative. But hard work by its supporters and an effort to join the bill with another piece of legislature ultimately proved successful.

Senators voted 17-4 in favor of the Internet wagering measure, which had been attached to a work card bill for gaming employees to ensure its success. The bill then moved on to the governor’s office, where Governor Kenny Guinn is expected to give it the final stamp of approval in the next few days.

Opponents of the bill argued that the $500,000 licensing fees would prevent smaller casinos from entering the lucrative online gaming market. But supporters claim that the high price of entry will ensure that only reputable companies launch Internet gaming ventures.

Proponents of the bill have long argued that Nevada has a duty to lead the way in the growing field of online gaming. Bill Bible, president of the Nevada Resort Association, noted that, “The important thing is that [the bill] maintains Nevada’s leadership in legalized gaming throughout the world.”

This does not open the doors for the immediate launch of online casinos, however. The Nevada Gaming Commission must now draft and adopt a strict set of regulations before it was even in a position to offer Internet gambling licenses. That process could take anywhere from 18 to 24 months.

The state will also have to deal with the U.S. Department of Justice, which views online wagering as illegal. Brick-and-mortar casinos wanting to cash in on the highly lucrative online gaming market will likely challenge that position, however.

Stay tuned to WINNERonline.com for reactions from the interested parties as this story continues to develop.

Net Gambling’s Roller Coaster Ride

The past week has been a bit of a roller coaster ride in the world of online Judi Bola Online gambling, filled with a very significant high and a series of stomach-turning lows.

On the positive side, Nevada has finally given its approval to Internet gambling. The decision comes after months of wrangling, votes, near-collapses of the motion, and a final triumphant vote on Monday. The governor is expected to sign the bill into law in the next few days, …

Atletico seek the start of a new Qiu Qiu Online Pkv age in Milan

Has the prospect of a Champions League Final of Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid set the football world alight?

Not exactly. Why is that?

Atletico seek the start of a new age in Milan.

 

Well, despite a city derby being something to relish on paper (2014’s was the first in the history of the European Cup) the pair’s rendezvous in Lisbon then proved to be such a long, drawn-out affair it has not left the continent chomping at the bit for another round.

Atletico were leading in injury time that sweaty night before Real’s last-gasp equalizer led to a white goal rush, but had they seen out the clock their victory would have been as dull as many a 1-0 in the history of the competition.

Derbies are usually hectic affairs but the huge stakes of the Champions League trophy means the final will probably be a cagey affair once more.

Atletico have never won the top prize so will not be going for broke while Real have too much experience to gamble. One point separates them in the league; they are too close to separate.

There is also the fact Spanish football is so dominant – four of the last seven Champions League finals and seven of the last twelve Europa League finals have been won by La Liga clubs, while three out of the four finalists in this season’s Qiu Qiu Online Pkv competitions are Spanish, that another all Spanish final has no novelty factor.

If Manchester City had not been so overawed by the Bernabeu on Wednesday, then their first visit to the final tie would have engendered much expectation, even if they probably would have capitulated through a lack of experience on the night.

Wolfsburg was the wildest of wildcard entries in the last eight but also froze like a deer in the Real Madrid headlights, despite holding a 2-0 first-leg lead. In that context, City’s loss does not look so bad.

Paris Saint Germain were the most exciting presence in the knock-out stages, and a win for them would have come as a welcome reassurance that French club football can compete again for the top prizes and that there exists another European centre of excellence. But it was not to be.

Based on the semi-finals, Bayern Munich were the best side still in the competition but rotten luck conspired against them in their away …

Spray of sunshine for Argentina’s Togel Primera División

 

 

When Argentina’s Primera División commences next month referees will be armed with a vanishing spray to keep defensive walls ten-yards back at free-kicks.

 

The aim is that refs will pace out the yards at dead-ball situations and spray a line on the ground to stop the defenders from encroaching on the set-piece taker.

 

The line on the pitch will then disappear within a minute without leaving a Togel lasting trace on the pitch. The scheme was successfully trialed in the second division last season and now the Argentina Football Association (AFA) has approved its use in the top flight.

 

The spray is contained in a 115 gram light weight aerosol can which means referees can carry it on them at all times. It is hoped that the scheme will speed play up by preventing the common disputes which crop up at dead-ball situations.

 

The AFA hopes the measure will put an end to the days of retaken free-kicks and needless bookings for walls creeping too close to the ball.

 

The invention is the brainchild of sports journalists Pablo Silva who first had the idea eight years ago when playing in an amateur league.

 

Silva’s team were 1-0 down when they got a free-kick on the edge of the box in the dying minutes of the match. When the kick was taken it crashed into the wall who had advanced to within three yards of the set-piece taker.

 

When the referee took no action despite a wave of protest the seedling of the idea had been planted in Silva’s head.

 

“We lost the game and, driving home later with a mixture of anger and bitterness, I thought that we must invent something to stop this.” Pablo Silva said

 

Silva also wondered if the problem was confined to football in Argentina or if the same thing happens all over the globe. He decided to undertake a study of behaviour at free-kicks in the professional game worldwide.

 

“We have observed more than 1,500 matches all over the world and we have studied how long it takes to take the free kick and how far the defensive wall moves forward.

 

“We have proved this is not just an Argentine problem, it happens everywhere.” Silva conceded.

 

He hopes that the spray he developed with chemical engineers will catch on all over …

ACL loss to Sepahan confirms Frontale’s season a bust for Bandar Togel Singapore

 

 

Kawasaki Frontale’s exit from the Asian Champions League earlier this week proved what many had feared about Takashi Sekizuka’s men over the last couple of weeks: they’re a spent force whose season has gone the way of a Britney Spears comeback.

 

Only time will tell how their freefall into irrelevancy in 2007 will affect Frontale in the foreseeable future, but there’s no denying that the team has suffered a major setback.

Frontale has improved in the league standings every year since finishing 7th in J2 in 2001, returning to J1 in 2005 before shocking all but the most optimistic supporters with their runner-up performance last season.

 

What a difference a year makes.

 

Currently in ninth place, Kawasaki sit 22 points and a prayer behind pacesetters Urawa Reds.

With nothing left to play for in the league, Sekizuka trained all his focus on progressing in the ACL. He rested the bulk of his first-choice Bandar Togel Singapore players, including Brazilians Juninho and Magnum, for Frontale’s Round 26 match with Kashiwa Reysol three days before Wednesday’s ACL clash with Iranian cup winners Sepahan.

 

The 4-0 loss to Reysol will hurt a lot more now than it did before the demoralizing defeat to Sepahan, who eked out a 5-4 penalty-shootout win after 210 minutes of scoreless football in the two-leg tie.

 

Despite outplaying their opponents in both legs, Frontale were unable to put the sword to Sepahan, the result of an impotent offense that Sekizuka says has dogged the team for two months.

 

“We’ve found it difficult to score since August, and it was the same today (Wednesday). We’ve got to figure out what the problem is and fix it so we can get our league campaign back on track,” Sekizuka said at the post-match press conference.

 

Frontale may very well be at rock bottom, having won only three of their last 15 league games and having salt rubbed in their wounds by rivals Urawa, who advanced to the ACL semifinals on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Jeonbuk Motors of South Korea.

 

The disappointment of the last few months was clear for all to see on Wednesday, as a glum Sekizuka apologized for failing to take his team further in the continental championship.

“I am personally disappointed that I couldn’t meet the expectations of those in the J.League and Japanese football in …

It could only be Qatar it will only be Togel Online Doha

 

 

I was driving through the Welsh countryside when the news broke detailing the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals. Millions waited in nervous anticipation, as years of planning, investing and campaigning culminated in a single word on a piece of paper.

 

Before the FIFA president announced who would be staging the former event however, he offered confirmation that the word ‘England’ would not appear from inside the envelope. In what was a strange pre-announcement speech (even for Mr Blatter) he referred to England as the ‘homeland’ of football. I did not require video footage to interpret this rare show of placation, the clarity of which was in stark contrast to my car’s radio Togel Online reception. The World Cup was definitely not ‘going home’.

 

The suitability as a venue and the strength of the English bid was never in question, yet ironically such pedigree would prove their undoing. Had it not been for 1966, England fans might be reflecting on ‘eighty years of hurt’, but the country would have also been in a stronger position to host the 2018 event. I was genuinely pleased to hear the decision to take the tournament to Russia for the first time – after all, would you rather go to Plymouth or St Petersburg?

 

Blatter reiterated the importance of ‘growing the game’, and taking it to new frontiers. Finding new hosts and spreading the competition across the continents seems a sensible way of doing this. Russia therefore appear to be the ideal candidate. Sprawling across Asia with a notable presence in Europe and one eye on the Americas, the Russian Federation is impossible to overlook.

 

What surprised me however was the lack of response to Qatar being named hosts of 2022. Save for the Australians, few would question the choice of continent, particularly given FIFA’s expansive and rotational agenda – seven of the ten most populous countries in the world are in Asia – but as a nation of 1.6 million people, with a landmass half the size that of Wales, how exactly will the 148th biggest country in the world grow the game? Cynics may point out that in global terms, Moscow has more millionaires than any other city, and Qatar has the highest GDP per capita – yet we are led to believe these were not chiefly economic or political decisions, but …

Pie Will Domino Qq Survive

 

 

I’m a lover, not a fighter. My campness is not a result of liberal idealism; I’ve simply lost so many brawls that i’ve had pacifism thrust upon me. Nowadays, the only way i’d get involved in a ruck is if the wife was being mugged. If we stood together, I reckon we could take her.

 

Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramovich do not share my increasingly feminine outlook. War has broken out between manager and chairman, and l Domino Qq Chelsea’s title ambitions are the first confirmed casualty. The beleaguered Blues are still firing on all cylinders in the cups though; Nottingham Forest will be cut down at a scything 1/7.

 

Petr Cech is so concerned about the ongoing hostilities, he’s whipped out his helmet as a safeguard. With the inspirational keeper between the sticks and a revitalised Shevchenko leading the line, I’m quietly confident that the Blues will either win 3-0 or 4-0, a scenario which pays out at a more socially acceptable 3/1.

 

The normally placid Frank Lampard has reacted angrily to criticism from Joey Barton this week. I can’t help thinking that Frank should have just taken it on the chin; the second one. The Lamp is in fine fettle, he must be backed at a rotund 11/8 to find the net at any time.

 

If the fallout from the ‘Big Brother’ house has taught us anything, it’s that we must unite as a people. Let’s come together, right now, to back West Ham at 5/6 to see off Watford.

 

Wayne Rooney has admitted to knowing all the songs from ‘Oliver!’ off by heart. I’d have thought ‘Grease’ would have been more up his alley. They say an army marches on their stomach’; Rooney can lead his United troop to a victory over Portsmouth at 3/10.

 

Southampton look overpriced to cause a shock at Manchester City. The Saints are flying high in the Championship, Bradley Wright-Phillips is in goal scoring form and Pele is sure to make it hard for Psycho’s men. Man City are always the epitome of unpredictability, the Saints can march in at 4/1.

 

I don’t believe in déjà vu, although i’ve got a niggling feeling that I may have mentioned that once before. Birmingham face Reading in the 4th Round for the second year running; the Blues came out on top last time, at odds …

All eyes on Urawa for Bandar Togel Online

 

 

Round 30 of the J-League has thrown up some fascinating fixtures, but all eyes will be on a Urawa Reds side that takes on Nagoya Grampus Eight in a blockbuster at Saitama Stadium.

 

Urawa qualified for the final of the AFC Champions League in midweek, and Nagoya will be hoping to take advantage of any hangovers by putting one over the Reds in what is traditionally a hotly contested affair.

 

Sanfrecce Hiroshima kick off the weekend with what could be an ill-tempered clash against JEF United. Not only will Japan striker Hisato Sato come up against a team captained by his twin brother Yuto, but Hiroshima recently signed Bulgarian defender Ilian Stoyanov.

 

Stoyanov was sacked by JEF United for claiming that coach Amar Osim was “clueless” and would lead the Chiba outfit into the Second Division. Ironically it’s Hiroshima who could be destined for J2 – if they lose this match, they are in danger of being overtaken by a fast finishing Omiya Ardija.

 

In other highlight matches Kashiwa Reysol and Vissel Kobe will slug it out in a battle between two sides promoted from J2 last season, Omiya Ardija will be fighting for their lives away at a hapless Yokohama FC, Ventforet Kofu will be desperate to take all three points from Yokohama F. Marinos at home, there should be a near-capacity crowd at Nihondaira Stadium as fourth placed Shimizu S-Pulse take on second placed Gamba Osaka, and the Tama River Derby between FC Tokyo and Kawasaki Frontale will be another hotly anticipated affair.

 

Yokohama FC relegated in record time

 

Yokohama FC were relegated in record time, after their 3-0 loss away at Vissel Kobe in Round 29 condemned the port city strugglers to Second Division football next season.

 

Having picked up a meagre eleven league points, the fan-created club look certain to finish with the lowest points tally since the J-League introduced a single stage season in 2005.

 

Yokohama FC have lost an embarrassing eight matches in a row, and their last point came in a 1-1 draw with Gamba Osaka back in Round 21.

 

That run of losses has been overseen by Brazilian coach Julio Leal, who was brought in to replace the sacked Takuya Takagi, with Leal yet to pick up a single point in charge of the embattled club.

 

Omiya Park Stadium open …

K-League In Bandarqq Crisis?

 

 

“C U @ K-League” read the famous banner unfurled by the Red Bandarqq Devils as South Korea finished in fourth place in the 2002 World Cup. The feel good factor generated by epic wins over Portugal, Italy and Spain continued into the start of the domestic season. K-League clubs enjoyed unprecedented popularity as crowds flocked to the new World Cup stadiums to watch their heroes in action.

 

Fast forward four years and Australia seems to be the new South Korea. The Socceroos’ performance in Germany was somewhat similar to Korea’s in 2002 and not just because of the presence of a certain Guus Hiddink. The passion, aggression, never-say-die attitude of the players and the sheer delight of the fans was enough to generate a few wistful expressions on Korean faces in June. The party is set to continue Down Under and football bosses are rubbing their hands in glee in anticipation of bumper attendances in the A-League’s second season in existence.

 

A few thousand kilometers to the north, the Korean equivalent of the Australian domestic competition is not looking quite so hale and hearty. The talk in the Korean media is of a “K-League in crisis”. The charge goes that the league is not of a sufficiently high standard to support a competitive national team with overly defensive teams, a lack of creativity, goals and excitement witnessed by a steadily decreasing number of fans.

 

The post-mortem started immediately after the Taeguk Warriors’ defeat at the hands of the Swiss on June 23. Dick Advocaat told reporters at the press conference that “the K-League has to improve if the national team is to be successful.” The St. Petersburg-bound Dutchman had a point but had already made plans – hardly designed to increase the strength of the league – to take two of the K-League’s biggest stars, Kim Dong-jin and Lee Ho, with him to Russia.

 

After World Cup exits, it is natural to look for reasons or excuses, especially if the departure comes at the first hurdle. Often the blame falls on the coach, players or referees and while, in this case, it may not be wide of the mark to question the domestic setup it should be kept in mind that there are no easy answers.

 

It should also be remembered that although the K-League is the oldest professional league in Asia, it …