AFL outlines media betting ban

AFL outlines media betting ban

The Australian Football League (AFL) has announced the introduction of a new set of restrictions for accredited journalists and broadcasters who currently bet on games in the Australian rules competition.

From February 18, accredited media will not be able to place wagers on a game that they are attending for work purposes.

The AFL will introduce a five-hour blackout period for accredited media as soon as they enter the stadium, running from two hours before the game through to the final siren.

Working media will still be able to bet on the games that they are covering, but it must take place outside of the blackout period.

In a statement confirming the new restrictions, the AFL said there had been regular instances when media members “had been privy to sensitive team information once entering a venue, before the 90-minute cut-off period where clubs have to hand their final team sheets to the AFL”, thus giving them an advantage for betting.

“The ban has been introduced to help protect against the potential misuse of information gained by personnel working at a match,” the AFL added.

AFL and club personnel are already restricted from all types of betting on the competition.

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Inspired pens virtual sports deal with Colombian national lottery

Inspired pens virtual sports deal with Colombian national lottery

Inspired Gaming is to launch a range of its virtual sports titles with Corredor Empresarial, the Colombian national lottery.

Under the agreement, Inspired’s virtual sports will be deployed across thousands of venues and will go live within a year.

Virtual sports titles on offer in Colombia will include ‘Rush Football 2′, ‘Rush Horses’ and ‘Rush Motor Racing’, in addition to various number games. All products will also be adapted for the Colombian market, with local language and specific bet types.

Steve Rogers, chief commercial officer of digital games at Inspired, said: “This exclusive deal is demonstrative of our commitment and leadership in the Colombian market.

“We have made significant investment into this market to develop a bespoke, customised solution that we are confident will entertain, excite and delight players, whilst driving incremental revenues for Corredor Empresarial.”

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N. J. gets better odds in sports betting court case

N. J. gets better odds in sports betting court case

New Jersey has another chance to make its case to offer traditional sports betting at Monmouth Park and other racetracks and casinos, getting a rare en banc rehearing Wednesday from the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

However, the schedule could be affected by funeral plans for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. No arrangements for Scalia had been announced Monday.

Attorneys representing Gov. Chris Christie, the state Legislature and the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association of Monmouth Park will have 30 minutes to argue their case to 12 judges including Maryanne Trump Barry, whose brother is Donald Trump, and Marjorie O. Rendell, the wife of former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.

An en banc hearing involves all the active judges on the court, rather than a smaller panel of judges.

“To get to this stage is a strong signal that New Jersey may prevail,” said Daniel Wallach, a sports and gaming attorney at Becker & Poliakoff. “The biggest obstacle for New Jersey was getting a rehearing, and that’s already done.”

The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA sued in 2012 to stop sports betting in New Jersey, arguing that, in addition to conflicting with federal law, it would damage the integrity of the games and lead to a higher incidence of game-fixing.

The case drew the exra review after the Third Circuit judge who wrote the majority opinion in a 2-1 ruling that sided against the state in 2012 flipped last year when the case was heard again. The judge dissented in a second 2-1 decision against the state.

The judge, Julio Fuentes, commented that the two decisions by the same court are “precisely the opposite.” The first held that New Jersey could repeal its own laws against sports betting without violating a federal 1992 law, while the second held that doing so would violate it.

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College Basketball Tuesday Preview and Pick: Iowa State Cyclones at Baylor Bears

College Basketball Tuesday Preview and Pick: Iowa State Cyclones at Baylor Bears

The NBA remains on its All-Star break until later this week so I have turned my attention to the college basketball ranks for this week’s free basketball pick for OSGA. Tuesday’s college hoops slate offers up an interesting matchup in the Big 12 between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Baylor Bears. VietBet has opened the Bears as slight 1.5-point home favorites in the second meeting between these two conference foes this season.

Both teams come into this game with a 7-5 straight-up record in Big 12 play and one of the Cyclones’ losses came at the hands of Baylor in a 94-89 setback on Jan. 9 after closing as seven-point home favorites. The total went OVER VietBet’s 156.5-point closing line in that game. This past Saturday, Iowa State knocked-off Texas 85-75 as a 4.5-point favorite at home, but it was just its second win in its last five games either SU or against the spread.

In the current NCAA basketball betting odds posted on this game by Elite-rated Vietbet, the game has moved significantly since the opening number which favors the home team:

Iowa State Cyclones (+4) -110 Baylor Bears (-4) -110

Over 158 points -110 Under 158 points -110

The duo of Georges Niang and Monte Morris combined for 48 points in Saturday’s win with each player scoring 24 points. Niang is the team’s leading scorer this season with 19.2 points per game and Morris is second with 15.1 points. The return of Jameel McKay helped provide a spark after missing his last two games due to a team suspension. He ended that game with eight points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots.

Baylor has also had its fair share of trouble winning games lately with a 1-3 SU record in its last four outings. Thing have been even worse ATS with a costly 1-6-1 mark in its eight games. The total has gone OVER in six of those contests. This past Saturday, the Bears fell to Texas Tech 84-66 as heavy 10.5-point home favorites. It was the third time in their last four games where they failed to score at least 70 points. This compares to a scoring average of 78.1 points on the year.

Senior forward Taurean Prince continues to play at a high level despite his team’s woes with at least 17 points in three of his last four games and he leads Baylor in scoring on the year with 15.1 PPG. All told, the Bears have four players scoring in double figures and they are shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from three-point range.

Neither team is obviously playing its best ball of the year right now, but I like the Cyclones’ chances to even the score in the season series against the Bears with a SU road win of their own on Tuesday night. is your international headquarters for the best in NBA basketball betting, offering sports betting in English, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Spanish.

Predictions and picks for the 2016 Oscars

Predictions and picks for the 2016 Oscars

Now that all the significant award shows are finished it’s time to look for value bets for the 2016 Oscar race before the odds plummet. Oscars odds will change frequently until the show but history dictates that around 2 weeks before the telecast is the time to find the best odds for the Academy Awards. Looking ahead to the Oscars I have some predictions and picks, including winners for several of the big categories.

Best Picture: Usually this category represents the lowest value at the Oscars but this year is different. Prior to the Golden Globes, Spotlight, the film that focuses on the media’s spotlight on sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church, was the overwhelming favorite. But at the Golden Globes Spotlight lost to The Revenant, a film described as an adventure western which looks at fur trappers in Montana and South Dakota and their deadly dealings with native Indians, and consequently the odds on Spotlight plummeted, although it remained the betting favorite. That changed again when the Producer’s Guild Award went to The Big Short, a film about the 2007-2008 financial crash and Spotlight was no longer the favorite. Industry analysts were quick to point out that the Producer’s Guild Award winner went on to win every Oscar for Best Picture since 2006 and only missed 7 times since its inception in 1989.As a result The Big Short which was trading at odds as high as 10/1 plummeted to become the even money favorite. Spotlight moved up to odds around 7/5 and The Revenant skyrocketed to 4/1 odds from the 8/5 odds it was offered at following the Golden Globe win.

The next award ceremony was the SAG Awards, which is comprised of actors and makes up the largest contingent of Academy Awards voters, and for best cast ensemble (their equivalent to Best Picture) the award went to Spotlight. The odds reversed again after that win and Spotlight became the slight favorite. Then the DGA Awards came out and best director went to Alejandro G Innaritu, and the odds on all 3 films tightened up. While the DGA Awards only looks at the director it has also been a good precursor to predicting the Best Picture winner. Spotlight was the slight 7/5 favorite, the Big Short was trading about 8/5 and The Revenant was 9/5 making it a toss-up and by far the closest odds in recent memory. The last award show was the BAFTA awards who handed the award to The Revenant. It doesn’t appear that win changed any of the Oscars odds.

So who will win this? My guess is that it won’t be The Big Short. The film was always a longshot and only gained any interest because of the PGA Award win. But the snub of that film at every other awards show tells me that for the first time in a decade the PGA will be wrong. It’s also notable that the SAG voters account for far more Academy Award voting members than the PGA does. That leaves it to either Spotlight or The Revenant. While the SAG voters chose Spotlight it’s important to realize that The Revenant wasn’t on the list of nominees. Again industry analysts suggest that this hurts The Revenant’s chances since no film that wasn’t on the SAG award nominee list for best cast won an Oscar since 1995, when Braveheart won, but the similarities between Braveheart and The Revenant are mind blowing. Both films were historical adventure dramas focusing on native warriors, both films missed out on the PGA Award, neither film was nominated for a SAG Award, both films featured one main acting character which is likely why it wasn’t nominated for best cast ensemble, both films finished around the same position for box office gross and both films were nominated for virtually the same categories like Best Director, Best Cinematography, best Costume Design and Best Film Editing. As a result, the fact that the SAG voters chose not to choose The Big Short was more notable than the fact they voted for Spotlight. I have no doubt that if The Revenant was on the SAG Awards list it would have won.

Given the closeness of the race, given the odds and given the similarities from this year to last when Innaritu won every directing award last year proceeding to easily win Best Picture for Birdman, despite Boyhood being the early favorite, look for the Revenant to win the Oscar for Best Picture. I’d also be surprised if the Revenant isn’t the odds on betting favorite on Oscar day.

Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance was favored to win this award for Bridge of Spies but that changed when Sylvester Stallone won The Golden Globe for his role as Rocky Balboa in Creed. It’s believed that Stallone’s win was more as a lifetime achievement for his role as Rocky where he always overlooked. And this could be a last chance to win a major award. Stallone wasn’t nominated for the SAG but Rylance didn’t win either, with the award going to Idris Elba for his role in Beasts of No Nation. Rylance finally won at the BAFTA Awards, but again Stallone wasn’t nominated. Rylance’s snub at the SAGs and the fact that Elba was always a longshot seems to set this up for Stallone. He’s loved in Hollywood, made a great speech at The Golden Globes and his odds never rose after the SAG Awards. There’s no question that Stallone will never be equated to Jack Nicholson or Leonardo di Caprio for acting ability but look for the Academy to award Stallone as a type of lifetime achievement on Oscar day. His odds of 2/5 are small but I’d be shocked if he doesn’t win.

Best Director: As I said I generally try to avoid big favorites but sometimes the odds are not low enough to avoid it. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has won everything. He won the Golden Globe, he won the DGA Award, he won the BAFTA and he will win the Oscar. The last 12 winners of the DGA Award won the Oscar (excluding Ben Affleck who would have won but wasn’t nominated) and other than 2000 and 2002 as well as 1995 when Ron Howard won the DGA but wasn’t nominated for the Oscar the DGA Award winner won every Academy Award since the Godfather in the early 1970s. This award is a foregone conclusion especially since Innaritu is loved in Hollywood. At odds of 2/7 he is an absolute lock to repeat his win from last year.

Best Supporting Actress: This is an interesting category. Rooney Mara was the favorite for her role in Carol from the beginning. She was actually nominated for Best Actress at the Golden Globes, so couldn’t win Best Supporting Actress, but she’s lost every award since, including the SAG and the BAFTA. Kate Winslet won the award for her role in Steve Jobs for both the Golden Globes and the BAFTA, while Alicia Vikander won the SAG for her role in The Danish Girl. Vikander was actually nominated for Best Actress at the BAFTA Awards but had no chance against Brie Larson who is a lock to win the award at the Oscars. Nevertheless, Vikander is the 2/5 favorite while Mara is 3/1 and Winslet is 5/1. I’m going to take a shot at the big odds and predict an upset win for Winslet. This is Winslet’s first nomination since 2009, when the Academy awarded her the Oscar for The Reader. Prior to that she was nominated and lost 5 times. In a popularity contest Winslet will win over either Mara or Vikander and while most of her colleagues from the SAG will probably vote for Vikander again, I expect the other voters to choose the more glamorous Winslet. At the odds she represents great value. One thing for certain is she won’t be 5/1 on Oscar day.

Best Costume Design: Cinderella is the 3/2 favorite to win this but these “B” movies never win the Oscar. The Academy will look to award Mad Max: Fury Road for its success and this is one category where they can do so. The costumes for the film were excellent, it’s more of a mainstream movie and at 5/2 odds represents great value.

Best Documentary Short: Usually the short films are the hardest to predict but this year it’s really between two films Body Team 12, a film about workers in Liberia who gathered the bodies of Ebola casualties and Claude Langmann: Spectres of the Shoah, a film about a man who went out and interviewed holocaust survivors to show what they are up to now so that they are seen as successful individuals rather than as victims. While the latter film is good I expect the Academy to give it to Body Team 12. Not only is Ebola a more current and highly political topic but 2 executive producers of the film were Olivia Wilde, a highly regarded actress and Paul Allen who was one of the co-founders of Microsoft. The film has also been getting a lot of play recently on the talk shows. At odds of 10/13 Body Team 12 may represent the best value of all for the Oscars. I’d be surprised if it’s more than 1/2 on Oscar day.

I’ll have an updated list of every category including updated odds before the Oscar telecast.

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DraftKings secures UK compliance deal with NMi

DraftKings secures UK compliance deal with NMi

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) operator DraftKings has entered into a partnership with compliance specialist NMi.

Under the deal, NMi will carry out compliance testing of the DraftKings platform in the UK.

NMi will test and certify the full range of DraftKings fantasy sports contests on desktop and mobile platform to ensure compliance with technical standards set by the UK Gambling Commission regulatory body.

“We are committed to providing competitive and entertaining contests for players while ensuring full compliance with regulatory requirements in every jurisdiction we work within,” DraftKings chief international officer Jeffrey Haas said.

“Partnering with NMi affirms this commitment and we are proud to work with such an experienced and trusted entity.”

Julian Borg-Barthet, business development manager for the NMi Gaming division added: “We have had quite a bit of experience with fantasy products across Europe already, so when DraftKings approached us for the UK, NMi were in a great position to support them.

“Daily fantasy sports as a new category have phenomenal potential here, and having DraftKings as one of our clients is a proud moment for us at NMi.”

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Missouri Lawmaker Pushes For Higher Taxes on Fantasy Sports

Missouri Lawmaker Pushes For Higher Taxes on Fantasy Sports

Governor Jay Nixon wants state lawmakers to tax daily fantasy sports and regulate the industry like gambling.

During his State of the State address last month, Nixon called on the legislature to do so and said applying a tax could raise millions of dollars for things like education.

Senator Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) has filed a bill that would include standardized guidelines.

“Since it is generally is over the internet, it’s going to be more effective if you’ve got kind of a national standard that each state is able adopt if they so choose, rather than going state by state. Some form of regulation is appropriate to make sure that it’s not being abused and participants are appropriate ages,” said Schaefer.

Nixon thinks daily fantasy sports is gambling. Schaefer’s bill doesn’t include a tax or regulate the industry as gambling.

“I don’t look at everything out there as some way for the state to get more money,” said Schaefer. “There’s some legitimate issues about people underage getting their parents credit card and getting online.”

Representative Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) has filed a House bill that would legalize gambling on daily fantasy sports. He doesn’t consider fantasy sports to be gambling, but instead a game of skill.

Fitzpatrick is considering a number of amendments, including one that proposes a tax and another would require participants to be at least 18 years old to play.

Several states, including Illinois, have made playing daily fantasy sports illegal.

Governor Jay Nixon wants state lawmakers to tax daily fantasy sports and regulate the industry like gambling.

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