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PokerStars Returning to US Gambling Market

PokerStars Returning to US Gambling Market

The world’s largest Internet poker company plans to return to the United States online gambling market next month.

PokerStars will begin operations in New Jersey on March 21.

It will mark the much anticipated re-emergence of the Internet poker giant, which stopped doing business in the United States in 2011. For now, only PokerStars customers physically located within New Jersey’s borders will be able to use its platform to gamble online in the U.S.

PokerStars’ parent company, Amaya Inc., owns online gambling brands that have over 100 million registered customers worldwide. It was approved by New Jersey gambling regulators in September to enter the state’s Internet gambling market.

The site will be the state’s 18th Internet gambling site. It will undergo testing by state regulators before its debut. It will offer not only poker, but online table games and slot machine games as well.

“PokerStars is the global leader in online poker and trusted by its customers for its robust and innovative technology, world-class security and game integrity,” said David Baazov, Amaya’s chairman and CEO. “We are honored and excited to now bring these experiences to New Jersey.”

The announcement capped a long and arduous road to approval for PokerStars, which had been banned in New Jersey because of legal problems concerning former corporate officials before Amaya took over.

PokerStars tried twice in 2013 to get licensed in New Jersey. But the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement suspended the company for up to two years, citing legal problems involving some company executives, including an unresolved indictment against its founder. Executives involved in PokerStars’ acceptance of bets in the United States after the U.S. government made it illegal to take payments in connection with illegal gambling through the Internet stepped down as part of the sale to Amaya.

The PokerStars website paid a $547 million fine to the Department of Justice but didn’t admit wrongdoing.

Amaya is currently fighting off a demand by a Kentucky judge that it pay $870 million for PokerStars taking bets from 2006 to 2011 in a state where casino gambling is illegal. The company filed an appeal this week of Kentucky’s December ruling.

New Jersey requires that Internet gambling companies partner with an existing brick-and-mortar casino in Atlantic City in order to offer online gambling. PokerStars tried to buy the Atlantic Club Casino, but that deal fell apart and the casino shut down in January 2014.

PokerStars then partnered with Resorts Casino Hotel. Resorts launched online gambling last year with Sportech NYX Gaming LLC. Amaya bought PokerStars and Full Tilt in August 2014.

The entrance of PokerStars is expected to give a jolt to New Jersey’s Internet gambling market, which took in $149 million last year in its second full year of operation. That represented an increase of more than 21 percent over the previous year.

But Internet gambling still accounts for less than 6 percent of all gambling revenue taken in by Atlantic City’s eight casinos.

Gambling regulators, casino executives and online poker players all agree that what’s truly needed to fuel substantial growth in New Jersey’s Internet gambling are the larger prize pools that come with a greatly expanded player base.

As of now, state law restricts Internet gambling to customers within New Jersey’s borders. It leaves open the possibility of multistate player pools, but only three states currently allow Internet gambling: New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware.

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MP Brian Masse to re-introduce sports betting bill in House of Commons

MP Brian Masse to re-introduce sports betting bill in House of Commons

Windsor West NDP MP Brian Masse is reintroducing a sports betting bill in Parliament, according to the government’s Order Paper for Feb. 17.

The bill is called “An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sports betting).”

The act, if passed, would allow provinces and territories the option to allow wagering on “any race or fight, or on a single sports event or athletic contest.”

Currently, wagerers must bet on — and correctly predict the outcome of — at least two games, but usually three, in order to win.

Retired NDP MP Joe Comartin first introduced Bill C-290 back in 2011. It passed the House with all-party approval and arrived in the Senate in March 2012, and ended up one stage short of Royal Assent by June 2013.

The bill died when the 42nd general election was called last year and the process is now starting over.

The original Bill C-290 was an act designed to amend the Criminal Code and “allow for wagering on the outcome of a single sporting event, which is currently illegal in Canada.”

Masse has previously said more money could be put toward gambling addiction toward gambling addiction treatment programs if single-sport betting is legalized.

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Sports betting advocates push for legalization in Illinois

Sports betting advocates push for legalization in Illinois

As spring training kicks off for Major League teams across the country, fans are picking their fantasy teams.

But after an opinion last year that daily fantasy sports betting is illegal in Illinois, proponents of the multibillion-dollar industry are making a push to make sure the games are legal this spring.

“There is a lot of legal uncertainty as to what the state of daily fantasy sports is in Illinois,” state Rep. Michael Zalewski, a Riverside Democrat, said. “We need certainty in this area. We need it now.”

Zalewski proposed legislation to regulate the online contests made popular by FanDuel and DraftKings. Participants pick a roster and win or lose based on players’ stats in actual games.

The proposal allows gambling for people over 18, defines the games as based on skill rather than chance, and bans athletes from playing.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan ruled in December that the games are gambling and, therefore, illegal. Both companies have sued over the ruling.

Zalewski says making fantasy sports betting legal will benefit not only FanDuel and DraftKings, but also dozens of smaller businesses in the industry. These include SideLeague, a company based in Chicago, Stats Inc., a Northbrook-based data analytics company, and Dream 11, a Naperville fantasy cricket operation.

“The governor has said he wants this state to have a pro-growth economy,” Zalewski said. “If you’re for small-business growth, you should be embracing a new technology that people enjoy and is funneling opportunities for small businesses in Illinois.”

Anita Bedell, director of the Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems, sees it differently.

“The attorney general has ruled that it’s illegal,” she said. “(Legislators) should not be rushed to change the law before the lawsuit is settled.”

Hundreds of thousands of Illinois residents play fantasy sports daily, said Peter Schoenke, head of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, which supports legislation to legalize it in Illinois and other states, including Massachusetts, Virginia and Arizona.

In Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey who drafted legislation that would make the minimum age for fantasy sports gambling 21, limit the amount players can spend monthly and ban contests for college sports.

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College Basketball Odds — #3 Virginia Tries to Shut Down #6 North Carolina

College Basketball Odds -- #3 Virginia Tries to Shut Down #6 North Carolina

Admittedly, showdowns in the Atlantic Coast Conference are not all that unusual, but Saturday’s matchup between the Virginia Cavaliers and the North Carolina Tar Heels could have a significant bearing, both on the national rankings in the seating of the post-season conference tournament. These teams will get together at 6:30 PM ET at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA. And even after the opening tip off, BetAnySports customers will have the opportunity to place wagers in real time against the college basketball odds through the facilities of Live Betting Extra.

North Carolina is 23-5 straight-up and 11-16-1 against the basketball pointspread, and they are ranked sixth in the coaches’ poll, with a #7 slot in the Associated Press rankings. Virginia, the #3 team in the country in both major polls, is 21-6 straight-up and 12-13 ATS.

The Cavaliers have won 18 straight games at home, and they are on the money-making and of an interesting trend, as they are 21-7 ATS in their last 28 games that a been played on a Saturday. But North Carolina, arguably, is coming in here with a little more momentum, scoring big wins over Miami (96-71) and North Carolina State (80-68) after losing to Duke.

In the college basketball odds that have been posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, Virginia is the team favored:

Virginia Cavaliers -3.5 North Carolina Tar Heels +3.5

Over 137.5 points -110 Under 137.5 points -110

Everyone knows that North Carolina is a team that likes to push the tempo, and they are perfectly capable of exploding on offense. But what is absolutely critical is that point guard Marcus Paige gets untracked. Page has been extremely erratic from the field lately, shooting only 29% over his last three games. And Bryce Johnson has to find some room inside. He averages 17 points, but he will encounter probably one of his toughest defensive challenges of the season against the Cavaliers.

In fact, Virginia, coach by the terrific Tony Bennett, once again stands out as one of the nation’s best defensive teams. Part of that is also that they are able to slow the pace more often than not against opponents; they have given up just 59.7 points per game, and that is third-best in the nation.

Along those lines, interesting trends for BetAnySports patrons to digest involves the over/under on the game. North Carolina has played nine of its last 11 games under the total, while Virginia has registered seven straight “unders.”

The Cavaliers are shooting pretty well lately, hitting at least 48% of their shots in eight of their last 10 games. Meanwhile, the Tar Heels are not likely to make their living from the outside, as they have converted only 31.4% of their three-point attempts. Against Virginia, which has held four straight opponents to 50 points or less, they are going to have to find their points wherever they can.

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NBA Odds — Jazz Looks to Extend Home Streak vs. Spurs

NBA Odds -- Jazz Looks to Extend Home Streak vs. Spurs

If the season ended today, the Utah Jazz would be in the playoffs, as they occupy the 8th spot in the Western Conference playoff queue. They have won seven consecutive games at home, and beat the San Antonio Spurs the last two times they played in Salt Lake City. On Thursday night they will try to keep their good fortune on the home floor going, and at the same time get some payback for two losses they suffered at the hands of the Spurs, with game time at 10:35 PM ET at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Even after the opening tipoff, BetAnySports customers can take advantage of the chance to challenge the NBA odds in real-time through the facilities of Live Betting Extra.

Utah has a 28-28 straight-of record, and during this seven-game home winning streak, they have allowed only 88 points per game. But San Antonio soared well above that in the last two meetings between these two squads. Granted, both of those were at AT&T Center, but the 118-81 and 123-98 victories were decisive, to say the least. Collectively, the Spurs shot 58.4% in those games, so if there was a better opportunity for some payback, or the occasion to get it for the Jazz, we couldn’t come up with one.

A couple of notes about those two previous meetings, however; San Antonio was missing LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker in the second game, while Rudy Gobert, the artful shot blocker for the Jazz, has had to sit out both of the previous encounters. Derrick Favors, the power forward, missed the last.

In the NBA odds posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Spurs are laying points on the road:

San Antonio Spurs -3 Utah Jazz +3

Over 193 points -110 Under 193 points -110

The presence of Gobert is critical for Utah, considering that the Jazz are going to be relying on their defense to get them to the playoffs. The “French Rejection” has averaged 2.5 blocks per game. And speaking of defense, San Antonio, which sports a 48-9 record, leaving them only 3.5 games behind Golden State Warriors, has it in droves. To begin with, they have allowed only 92.7 points per game, which best figure in the NBA, and they have no less than seven players in the top 15 in the category of “Defensive Rating.”

One of those players his Kawhi Leonard, the reigning NBA Defensive player of the Year, but he has been bothered lately with a calf injury, and getting on the floor tonight constitute back-to-back games for him. We know how judicious coach Gregg Popovich is when it comes to allocating minutes, especially with players who can use some rest, so BetAnySports patrons would want to keep an eye on that situation. His presence is just as critical to San Antonio as Gobert’s is to Utah, as he would be responsible for Gordon Hayward, the high-scoring forward for the Jazz who has shot 34% against the Spurs over the last nine.

San Antonio is currently in the midst of its “rodeo road trip,” and they have won five of their six games so far of his extended “journey.” On Wednesday night, they beat Sacramento 108-92, with Leonard scoring 18 points.

Keep in mind that San Antonio lost both of the games they played in Salt Lake City last season, so laying points in this hostile venue, with the possibility that Leonard is not 100%, could fall into the category of “risky business.”

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College Basketball Betting – Gonzaga vs. San Diego: Who Bounces Back Better?

College Basketball Betting – Gonzaga vs. San Diego: Who Bounces Back Better?

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are going to have a hard time of it making the NCAA tournament as an-large contestant if they cannot capture the tournament title in the West Coast Conference. Currently they are tied for the lead with the Saint Mary’s Gaels, who beat them on Saturday, completing a sweep for the first time in 21 years. Poor shooting did Gonzaga in, and they hope to remedy that against a rather punchless San Diego Toreros squad which is coming off a supreme humiliation. Game time at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego is 10 PM ET, and BetAnySports customers love the opportunity to place wagers on the game even after the opening tipoff, as they take advantage of state-of-the-art software available through Live Betting Extra.

Gonzaga has 21-7 straight-up record, and they have been a perennial participant in the Big Dance, but that is in danger this season. The funny thing is, this was supposed to be one of the better teams Mark Few has had in Spokane. Here is a club that has so much size up front, but they managed to shoot just 36% against Saint Mary’s. This club does not have a strong non-conference resume, so it goes without saying that if they want to have any chance to make it to the post-season, they will either have to win the conference tournament or, at the very least, get to the finals there and, of course, win these last couple of regular-season games, noting that a trip to BYU is on the horizon.

In the college basketball betting odds that have been established on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, Gonzaga is favored by more than “two touchdowns”:

Gonzaga Bulldogs -14.5 San Diego Toreros +14.5

Over 133 points -110 Under 133 points -110

Certainly Gonzaga is not a lock to make it into the tournament, and if they don’t, it will spoil the storyline for their reality show that is currently on the premium channel Showtime. But that’s the way it has gone for a team that was ranked in the Top 10 at the season’s start, but has been something of a disappointment. It is unusual that a team can put three players on the floor at the same time who are 6-10 or taller, but the Bulldogs can do exactly that, We could certainly expect more in this game from twin towers Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis, who both offered letdowns last Saturday.

The word “disappointing” is not enough to describe the way San Diego played on Saturday against BYU. They scored only 11 points in the first half on the way to a 91-33 loss, which constituted their worst the since joining Division I basketball. They were an incredible 0-for-20 from three-point range. The awful thing was that this was just two nights after taking BYU right down to the wire and losing by two points, so obviously BetAnySports patrons know that they are capable of better efforts.

Still, this is a team that is right near the bottom when it comes to scoring. And they are shooting just 39% as a team. Their leading point-getter is Duda Sanadze, who has averaged only 11.7 per contest.

Gonzaga has won 36 out of the last 39 meetings between these two squads, including a thorough beatdown on January 16 in Spokane, where they cruised to an 88-52 victory. They were dominant on the boards, with a 46-29 edge. if it’s technical trends you are looking for, San Diego has dropped five of its last six games against the basketball pointspread after a straight-up loss of more than 20 points. The only worry you would have the Bulldogs is whether they are focused here, but last weekend’s loss seems to ensure an honest effort.

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