We heard about a very bad news concerning the Quebec poker champion Jonathan Duhamel who was sent to hospital after being attacked in Montreal. It is known that Duhamel won close to $9-million at the poker tournament, and the 23-year-old and he is also the first Canadian to win the World Series of Poker, so can easily imagine that those two men who beat him were probably looking for his money. According to the information we have, the poker player has been beaten by two men but did not suffer serious injuries, his agent said.
“Let’s say that getting out of bed will be particularly hard tomorrow and that his Christmas photos won’t be the prettiest,” Philippe Jette said. Still form the information we have, the two men were described as white men. The first one of them is four-foot-eight and weighs 180 pounds. But unfortunately the victim did not have enough time to see the second one, so our poker champion has not been able to give any physical description for the second one.
The gold-rush is just about on, and US billionaires are getting in on the ground floor – ready to hit the ground running, hoping to hit the mother-lode. We are talking about online gambling! It appears that the federal Government has finally come to the realization that, no matter how much they try to ignore it, the demand for online gambling is here, and is not going to go away. The people want it, casino operators want it, and the Government works for the people; not the other way around.
Judging by the outcome of the recent hearing for the Joe Barton Bill – heard by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Manufacturing sub-panel; Rep. Mary Bono Mack has agreed that there is a certain amount of support in favour of a US online gambling industry. Certainly sufficient support to give pause for deliberation regarding legislation and regulation! While many states have looked at intrastate options, the only true way to get this industry off the ground is to take a unified front, and the only way to do this is with Federal legislation.
The fact that talks on behalf of legalising this industry have progressed thus far has elicited comment from billionaire Donald Trump; he has expressed a keen interest in partnering in online gambling operations, and thrown his hat into the ring.
However, as long ago as two years; former Mirage Resorts executive Richard Bronson had founded the U.S. Digital Gaming Co. When selling the concept of an online gambling software and advertising service to wealthy American businessmen, he found massive interest from US Billionaires. In fact this cash-cow, with the idea of being an advisor to Government agencies too, was bought into by Robert and William Taubman, Steven Roth and Herbert Simon.
It does not take much insight to see that online gambling could form the basis of the next wave of internet wealth for the American economy. This industry has completely revitalised the economies of many offshore licensing jurisdictions, so it has the potential to do the same for the US. Albeit on the traditional USA ‘Grand Scheme’ of things.
Since the promulgation of UIGEA, the US online gambling industry has regressed from one of the largest market-shares globally, to approximately 4% of market-share. Despite the fact that they will be starting at ground zero again, the potential which regulation and legalisation presents, is potentially exponentially massive. These billionaire interested parties obviously realise this potential. All that stands between them and making even more money now, is US lawmakers.
We all know that in US politics, money talks and BS walks, so, ostensibly these titans of industry, could leverage to get the laws changed. When the richest people in a country start pushing for an industry to grow their wealth further, it is amazing how fast such an industry could be made legal. First-mover advantages are key, and we believe we shall be seeing a mad mobilization quite soon. For example, Bwin.party have already joined the fray and formed a JV with MGM Resort Casinos and Boyd – which land gambling companies respectively own 17 and 18 casinos in the USA.
Online casinos offer numerous special offers that are available to players. These offers are very popular and appreciated by gamblers as they allow them to earn their first bankroll, game parties and free tournaments with opportunities to earn large sums of money. Among these casino bonus offers, there is no deposit casino bonuses. Many players rush to this promotion offered by online casinos, because, although the amount that can be offered with this type of casino bonus is not very high, they do not need to make a deposit of money to enjoy it. Thus, the no deposit bonus let you play many games offered by the online casino, free of charge. And to face with competition, many online casinos even offer to players a no deposit bonus valid on the entire gambling platform. This is a unique opportunity for player to become familiar with the software of the site, while having fun on any game available on this online casino.
Learning to play good poker is more difficult than you might think, because you will often need to replace natural responses with strategies that work better. You need to set your emotions and intuitions aside, because they don’t lead you to the right decision at the poker table. Every poker player is only human, that is why psychology is so important.
The psychology of poker is about three things. First of all you will need to create a dream world for opponent in order to mislead him about your intentions. Secondly you will need to make every effort to see through your opponent. Read the signals and use your intuition for that. Thirdly it is very important to be conscious of your mental state.
Psychology is often the decisive factor when two players are technically equivalent to each other. However, it should be noted that poker psychology is obviously different with online poker as in that case you cannot actually your opponents.
Although we believe it is about time we saw more of this – support for US online gambling- we are actually pretty surprised to find that support is finally happening. Online gambling has found a certain degree of support in House when a subcommittee indicated last Tuesday that they would move forward with laws to legalize and regulate some forms of online gambling. Chairperson of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Manufacturing sub-panel, Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), said the committee would however still have to deliberate before acting on any new laws.
Both industry leaders and law makers who were present at the hearing on Tuesday are in agreement. Legislators have finally realized that the time has come to act on this issue; to allow the bingo halls, card-rooms, casinos and racetracks of this nation, to operate online. It was noted that some type of gambling is available in every US state, other than Utah and Hawaii, and that it was time to get the nation united, and operate as a regulated industry.
The introducer of the regulation legislation this summer – Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), said that he learned to play poker while in the Boy Scouts, and this does not surprise us at all. Playing poker is about as American as baking an apple pie! Barton reiterated that if you learn something in the Boys Scouts, then it ‘has to be a good thing!’
The hearing pointed out many facts that we have known for a very long time. Facts such as the amount of money already spent by millions of online gamblers in the US – it is estimated that upward of $6 billion, enters the coffers of offshore gambling websites that are not legal in the USA. Members FOR online gambling were brandishing facts such as this at the hearing. They have used this data as a base-line for selling the industry to government, and the fact that regulating and taxing online gambling could seriously shore-up the federal deficit, and make a big impact on State finances too.
G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) – a high ranking committee member, said games such as bingo and poker are ‘as ubiquitous in the U.S. as baseball and football’. He added that the Congressional hard-line-stance on the issue has driven millions of Americans to offshore sites, where not only does their gambling spend leave the country; they can easily be scammed as they have no player protection from the country in which they live. Witnesses and legislators also argued that UIGEA has not worked, and Barton said that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was in fact un-enforceable.
It has been his argument all along that poker is a game of skill; that President Obama is well-known to be a first-rate card player, and he also added that Pres. Nixon partially funded his first congressional campaign with his poker winnings. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Barney Frank (D-Mass.) co-sponsor his Bill, and he believes that this proves his ideas have merit.
Beginners guides are not meant to instruct, merely offer an overview of a subject to assist the potential player to decide if this is something they would like to do. This beginners guide to sports betting online is also only meant to be an overview. Sports betting online has in fact become one of the most popular online gambling games, with a great many of these bets taking place also from mobile phones. In fact the growth in sports betting online by mobile is one of the fastest growth sectors in this industry and we have the smartphone as well as social networking to thank for this.
Whether you decide to take a wager from your PC, laptop or mobile…you will find there are many different online sportsbooks where this can be done. A sportsbook is kept separate from the online casino, but will be found in the same suite of games. For example if you choose to play at William Hill, this is a great UK site; they offer a bookmaker (sports bet option), casino, financial betting, mobile, bingo, Lotteries and more. You’ll find the same situation at Ladbrokes, Betfred, Betfair – although this is a betting exchange which is slightly different; Victor Chandler, and various other sites.
The idea behind a whole suite of gambling opportunities is to keep, online gamblers entertained.
Sports betting online offers a massive range of wagers to take; different odds and different ways of describing these odds, depending on the website where you play. For example in the UK, they express odds like this; 3/1, which means three to one – pay 1 and win 3. In Europe they use a decimal system, and for the US odds are expressed in a completely different way – often as ‘moneyline’ bets. Although we are not supposed to use US online gambling – not even sports betting sites, as these businesses are meant to be illegal. If you are a UK player, the sports betting site you choose will offer all the different US sports too, so there is no need to look further afield to wager on baseball, ice hockey, American football or US basketball for example. There is no sporting event that is not listed at a good UK site, it just depends on that’s sports’ betting or spectator value; everything has a price.
Sports betting in Europe is not considered to be so much of a gamble as an educated guess, and this is why this activity is a highly respectable business, as well a respectable way to earn extra money. In the UK sportsbooks are an important part of the framework of culture, much like bingo is, so as you can imagine these gamblers are well catered for.
Horse racing, and football betting are two of the biggest spectator sports and therefore also two of the biggest markets for punters to place a bet. Start off as beginner on one of these sports and see how the gamble falls into place. With a good attitude and some knowledge, it is not difficult to see patterns and systems before very long; its only a matter of practice.
Right on the heels of the WSOP which ends in July, Season X of the World Poker Tour will be launched, promising 11 events, out of which six are international and five are to be played in the United States. The first international event kicks off July 17 in Slovenia and travelling players will be than able to visit Paris, Malta, Amneville, Marrakech, and Prague where the rest of the international part is played. Last year celebrated success with smaller buy-in tournaments and since the organisers desire to replicate it, buy-ins are kept lower even this year. There will only be two $10,000 events within the first half of the tournament (World Poker Finals and Five Diamond World Poker Classic).
One of the staunchest anti-online gambling protagonists – Sen. Jon Kyl – Republican; Arizona believe there is room in UIGEA to carve out exceptions for online gambling games; and other skill games such as poker. This about-face comes after recent DOJ action, and the fact that Kyl feels so strongly about UIGEA, he forced the Obama administration to enact the provision of this law just last year. In fact his convictions regarding UIGEA were so strong that he withheld consent for nominated appointments to the U.S. Treasury, until the Act had been fully implemented. He is currently the Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight.
When the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was promulgated in 2006; he was said to have been one of it’s main protagonists. He is of the belief that online gambling is a social evil which leads to under-age, gambling, bankruptcy, crime, misperceptions of the value of cash and even suicide. Even after President G W Bush signed UIGEA into law, Kyl continued with an anti-gambling/online gambling campaign which could be considered to be nothing short of rabid – and now this about-face with poker? It leaves us not quite knowing how to get our heads around his change of heart.
He has said that because many professional poker pundits believe this game to be a game of skill; something is happening in the pipe-line that will change things later on in the year (what?). He is still rabidly anti-online and other gambling and his position change is purely with regards to poker. Apparently there are certain things he needs to review before giving us his considered opinion, but the fact that he is prepared to review whatever it is he is referring to, may speak of change in the future – who knows? Kyl will be leaving office – at the end of this, his third term; and has expressed the desire not to enjoy a fourth term. This current term of office; expires in 18 months time.
Senator Kyl’s change of mind-set may be related to the fact that he no longer needs to campaign for his position as a Senator; although it is also widely believed that considering online poker as a legal entity may be decided by its ability to generate revenue for Federal coffers. However, his home state of Arizona, is home to 22 Indian casinos and it is no big secret that the Indian-owned gambling industry is also fanatically anti-online gambling. There is the belief that online gambling will cannibalize their current business. Why this might not be pertinent to online poker, we honestly don’t know!
Legalizing online poker might be a desire expressed by his Arizona Constituents it might not. But whatever the reason may be, any support for online poker is certain to be welcomed by operators as well as the massive fan-base of this game in the US. Millions of people in the US were playing poker online up until the DOJ finally took action based on UIGEA on Friday the 15th April 2011.
The Governor of the U.S. state of Iowa passed a bill which could ultimately lead to legalisation of online poker on the state level. The bill contains changes to many aspects of the gambling and betting industry which has been subject to quite strict restrictions until recently. For example, if an operator submitted an intention to build a casino a referendum was necessary to obtain approval from local citizens, a process which would be automatically repeated every eight years. The new bill proposes that further referendums are not required if not specifically petitioned for. It also allows punters to deposit money in advance if they want to place bets on horses online. Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission will be allowed to perform a study into the possible regulation of online poker.
Apart from pokie machines, also sport betting is in the focus of Australian government debates. Senator Conroy who backs the effort wants to send a message to the public that a culture strongly influenced by gambling and affected by issues related to problem gamblers is not appreciated and, whilst gambling and sports betting should stay perfectly legal, there should also be strong limitations to protect vulnerable groups of prospective punters. This time, it is live broadcasts of betting odds during sports matches that wrinkles Senator’s forehead. Currently, it’s common practice of broadcasters to air live odds just before and even during a match, encouraging the audience to place more bets. In Senator’s opinion, young people are at particular risk since they are more susceptible to commercial incentives. The practice should not be banned at once but rather phased out, step by step.