New Jersey’s Push To Legalize Sports Betting Could Pay Off For Ailing U.S. States

The NFL is hypocritical, Lesniak said, because much of its popularity derives from its appeal to gamblers. Roderick Wright (D), chair of the state’s gambling committee, had considered asking fellow lawmakers to join New Jersey’s challenge. Thirty-seven states now have casinos, a natural outlet for sports betting.

Attorney Stephen Schrier, head of the gaming practice at law firm Blank Rome and a former regulator for the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, said the state has more than a Hail Mary’s chance. Newspapers and websites regularly publish the odds on games, and broadcasters openly discuss the point spreads. It’s a fait accompli.”

The 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act prohibits wagering on games in all but four states: Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana. “Our interest is in not having our players, referees and games used as gambling vehicles.”

Nevada is currently where most of the action is. States approve their own casinos and

racetracks, Schrier pointed out. In California, State Sen. A federal judge recently threw out a suit against the Justice Department brought by Lesniak and other lawmakers, saying the state itself had to file the action. Last year, the Missouri House of Representatives urged Congress to repeal the sports-gambling ban. The betting at the state’s three racetracks raised $11 million in 2009 and $13 million in 2010, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Schrier said a victory hinges on two keys: convincing the court that the Justice Department is out of bounds in enforcing the commerce clause that permits Congress to regulate activities between states; and that the congressional ban defies the 10th amendment, which says that states have a right to oversee their own revenue-raising. “On Super Bowl week or Final Four week, you can’t get a room in Vegas, and Atlantic City is a ghost town,” he said.

Major sports such as the National Football League vigorously testify against sports-betting when legal challenges arise. Americans bet $100 billion a year on sporting events, according to the UCLA Gambling Studies Program. Raymond Lesniak (D) apparently likes to bet on the underdog. Lesniak expects that to happen soon.

Proponents say that gambling is happening anyway, so it might as well be legitimized.

New Jersey State Sen. The U.S. In a lingering economic slump, the temptation to grab a legal piece of the action could turn a few states into bona fide bookies.

Any moral argument is moot, said Avery Cardoza, a well-known professional gambler, publisher and author of “Lost in Las Vegas.” “Sports betting is here to stay. “We don’t believe that more gambling on our players and games is healthy for the sport,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. Why not sports gambling?

Victory is far from a sure thing. ban on sports betting. The state fields $2.6 billion in legal sports bets annually — and around $90 million on the Super Bowl alone.

With football nearing its postseason and pro basketball ready to reboot, Americans typically accelerate their betting. Much of that now fills the coffers of illegal Internet sites and organized crime, Lesniak said. But New Jersey will likely wait to lock horns with the Justice Department until next year, after the New Jersey state attorney general files an action in federal district court to try to overturn the law. “The likelihood of some gambler trying to fix games is much greater when you’re dealing with unregulated betting, which is what we have in the other 46 states,” said New Jersey State Sen. Jim Whelan, chair of the state’s Wagering committee.

Several states will be watching from the sidelines. “We all know how that one turned out,” he said.

Anti-gambling forces warn of the societal cost of betting in any form. And that’s where Lesniak and other gaming advocates see an opening to declare the law unconstitutional: If them, why not us?

Lesniak and other advocates say that all they want is a level playing field. He compares his fight to legalize sports-wagering to David and Goliath. The Internet wasn’t around when the law was enacted, and the proliferation of online gambling could force the court to rethink its stance, said Schrier, who is not involved with this legislation.

The state recently sought to expand its sports-betting from parlay cards — in which bettors must beat the point spread in at least three games — to single-game bets in a bid to drastically increase revenue. Americans spent $92 billion gambling in 2007, according to Sam Skolnik, author of “High Stakes: The Rising Cost of America’s Gambling Addiction.” Legislators think gambling is a money-maker without consequences, Skolnik told AOL’sDailyFinance website, but they are actually creating a new class of addicts.

Lesniak hopes to parlay the state’s recent referendum approving gambling with a federal court rematch to repeal the U.S. Supreme Court said no, citing the 1992 law.. Those were grandfathered in because they had operated some form of sports gambling before the law’s passage. But with his state facing a $10 billion deficit, Lesniak is determined to follow through on a venture that he says will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and create more jobs at casinos and racetracks. And he’s launching another slingshot round on Thursday: his committee plans to present a plan to the New Jersey Senate for how game wagering could pay off for the state.

Delaware re-enacted sports betting on pro football in 2009 to help offset an $800 million deficit. Republican Governor Chris Christie has said he would approve Lesniak’s bill.

A win for New Jersey would be profit-gushing good news for other revenue-starved states willing to put their money down on bookmaking

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A spokesman for Walker and a spokesman for the Menominee tribe both declined to comment.

The BIA has 60 days to file a response.

The Potawatomi argue in their lawsuit that this interpretation was completely wrong.

The federal government approved the idea in 2013, leaving the final decision up to Walker. “This Amendment would have clarified how the provisions of our … The federal government’s decision only creates more questions and uncertainty for the Kenosha casino project.”

Kevin Washburn, assistant secretary of Indian Affairs in the U.S. He wrote in a letter to Walker and Potawatomi Chairman Harold Frank that the new language shifts the cost of any impact on the Potawatomi to the Menominee in hopes of preserving the Potawatomi’s “monopoly profits.”

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In the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., the Potawatomi contend that the Bureau of Indian Affairs incorrectly interpreted the language to mean the Menominee would have to reimburse the Potawatomi. The tribe also says the decision deprived it of its right to freely negotiate compacts with the state and restricts Gov. Scott Walker’s discretion to set the terms for approving the new casino.

The Potawatomi say their gambling compact with the state requires the state to reimburse the tribe for any losses linked to a Kenosha casino. The Menominee have said they would reimburse the Potawatomi but under the new language the state would ultimately be responsible for making sure the Potawatomi get paid.

BIA spokeswoman Nedra Darling didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Walker’s administration has warned that those back payments could total in the hundreds of millions of dollars. He has until Feb. 19 to make a call.

“The 2014 Compact Amendment is carefully crafted to create no contractual duty upon Menominee or any entity other than Potawatomi and the State of Wisconsin,” the lawsuit said.

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The lawsuit is just the latest twist in the complex, high-stakes saga surrounding the new casino.

“Good government requires clear rules, and we think the BIA violated those rules,” Potawatomi attorney Jeff Crawford said in a news release. The Potawatomi, though, fiercely oppose the project, fearing it would cut into their Milwaukee casino’s profits.


MADISON (AP) – The Forest County Potawatomi filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the federal government’s rejection of compact language that would have left the state on the hook for reimbursing the tribe if the rival Menominee Nation gets a casino in Kenosha.

The Menominee have been pushing to build a casino in Kenosha for years, hoping revenue from Milwaukee and Chicago gamblers will help pull the tribe out of poverty.

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Rendering of the Menominee Nation's proposed casino in Kenosha. Rendering of the Menominee Nation’s proposed casino in Kenosha.

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. The tribe has already withheld its $25 million annual payment to the state out of concerns Wisconsin will end up owing the tribe if the casino goes forward.

As per the compact, the state and the Potawatomi turned to arbitrators last year to determine the financial terms for reimbursement. gaming compact will be enforced. 9. The arbitrators produced a compact amendment establishing that the state is responsible for ensuring the Potawatomi are reimbursed and laying out the process for determining the Potawatomi’s losses. The tribe also maintains that the agreement requires the state refund payments the tribe made to the state to guarantee exclusivity in the region if the new casino is built. Department of the Interior, rejected the amendment on Jan

College Football Playoff — Oregon Ducks-Ohio State Buckeyes expected to be most heavily bet college football game ever

“It’s all been $20,000, $30,000, $40,000, a lot of those on both sides.”

“It’ll be easily as big as one of these games we’ve got going on today,” MGM vice president of race and sports Jay Rood said, referring to Sunday’s NFL playoff games. Monday’s game (8:30 p.m., ESPN) is expected to eclipse both marks.

“It’s as big as any college football game that I can remember,” Bogdanovich, a 28-year Vegas veteran, said of the handle.

A record $119.4 million was bet on the Super Bowl last year at Nevada sports books.

The semifinal games between Florida State and Oregon, and Ohio State and Alabama each attracted more than 100,000 bets.


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William Hill director of trading Nick Bogdanovich estimates the Oregon-Ohio State game will attract “20 percent” of the amount wagered on the Super Bowl at his book.

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“There hasn’t been any six-figure wagers so far,” Avello said. The point spread was growing back to Oregon late Sunday.

The excitement generated by the first College Football Playoff has bubbled over to the betting window.

Both semifinals — Florida State versus Oregon and Alabama versus Ohio State — surpassed last season’s championship game between Auburn and Florida State in the total amount wagered and the number of bets placed, according to William Hill spokesman Michael Grodsky. The prominent UK bookmaker received its Nevada gaming license in 2012 and now operates sports books at 104 locations state-wide. But other Nevada books also reported heavy handle on Ducks and Buckeyes.

“To have as much as we’ve written before day of the game is pretty impressive,” said Ed Salmons, head football oddsmaker at the Westgate SuperBook., a sports betting analytics site, reported Sunday that 54,981 bets had been placed on the game at the seven online sports books it tracks.

Heading into game day, the College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T between Oregon and Ohio State was on pace to be the most heavily bet college football game ever at William Hill’s Nevada sports book.

John Avello, executive director of the Wynn Race and Sports Book, said as of Sunday night the biggest bets he had taken on the championship game were in the five-figure range.

Books are expecting “50-60 percent” of bets to be placed Monday with the bulk of the action showing up in the hours leading up to kickoff.

Oregon was favored by 6 over the Buckeyes at most books heading into game day.

Some of the increase can be attributed to William Hill’s growth. The Ducks opened as 7-point favorites, but the line had dropped to as low as minus-5 during the week. “We’ll be into the seven figures (on Ohio State-Oregon).”

Las Vegas sports book operator CG Technology reported a flurry of action on the Ducks on Sunday night.

Bogdanovich said William Hill had taken twice as much money on Oregon than Ohio State, heading into game day.

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Best Winter Steelhead Fishing in Southern Oregon

In better years, anglers harvest 2,000 to 3,000 winter steelhead from Gold Ray Dam downriver all the way to the mouth. Boat anglers launch at Templeton Beach in Roseburg, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Happy Valley and several unimproved ramps.

“Every time out on the river you know you have a shot at a fish of a lifetime,” said guide Todd Harrington of The Big K Guest Ranch, who has a clients land steelhead over 20 pounds every year. Public access to prime gravel bars is very good for the lower 15 miles. According to ODFW, anglers will find more than 20 publicly owned parks and recreation areas with bank access to the Middle Rogue, plus numerous boat launches.

The Umpqua and Rogue rivers are year-round fisheries, including not only great winter runs but also impressive summer steelheading.

Coquille River Near Bandon and Myrtle Point is Small in Size but Big on Results

Mike Magovern Releases Wild Steelhead Into UmpquaSteelhead, a rainbow trout that migrates to the ocean like a salmon to grow far bigger than your average lake fish, are particularly abundant in the rich rivers of southern Oregon, where they return to spawn every winter.

Chetco River is in Oregon but Close for California SteelheadersEntering the Pacific Ocean near Brookings, the Chetco River is a longer drive for many Oregonians but worth the trip. He also pulls plugs or anchor-fishes and, during low water, fishes with float or spinner tactics.

On the other forks, which can be steady if less spectacular, try bank fishing spots at Laverne County Park on the North Fork and Frona County Park on the East Fork.

Umpqua River Provides Excellent Steelheading From Reedsport past Roseburg

The Umpqua gets started below Elkton in December, and by its peak in February and March steelhead are well distributed throughout the mainstem and major tributaries such as the North and South Forks, Smith River and Cow Creek.. Try between the hatchery and the Highway 62 Bridge, or at Casey State Park, Rogue Elk Park and Touvelle State Park.

The Coquille, like nearby Coos River, is hemmed in by the bigger Umpqua and Rogue rivers, but what it lacks in length it more than makes up for in catches. The previous few seasons saw retention above 2,300, according to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife catch records. Even though they draw a good number of anglers, they are long streams far from major cities and with room to spread out. Bank access is good at Templeton Beach, Myrtle Creek Bridge, Stanton County Park and behind the Seven Feathers Casino.

Boaters can launch near Beaver Creek on the South Fork and also at the confluence of the South and Middle forks.

Ron Buntrock of Fishing with the Boss Guide Service, said many anglers want to side-drift with bait these days but that “old school” fishermen working plugs in tailout sections catch plenty of fish.

In the middle section, steelheading is best in February or March in the Grants Pass area, which includes a section where limited harvest of wild fish is allowed. Stick below Powers for hatchery fish.

Rogue River Offers Winter Steelhead From Gold Beach to Cascade Mountains

Bank access points on the mainstem include Family Camp, Sawyer’s Rapids, Scotts Creek and the Bunch Bar wayside.

It would be hard to find rivers more deserving of steelhead fame than the Rogue and Umpqua rivers. The Umpqua has good runs of both hatchery and wild fish; consult ODFW regulations yearly.

Also, the state’s lower coastline also includes several rivers where a limited number of wild steelhead may be retained, while most northern Oregon coast rivers or those close to Portland have strict regulations that require immediate release of all steelhead without hatchery fin-clips. The Chetco produced about 2,400 winter steelhead in the 2004-05 and 2006-07 seasons and regularly tops catches of 1,200, according to the ODFW.

The best winter steelheading in this system is on the South Fork, particularly near smolt acclimation sites at Beaver and Woodward creeks, according to ODFW. The Coquille system produces 2,000 or more winter steelhead in a good year.

The Umpqua has something for everybody: salmon, smallmouth bass, shad, striped bass – and lots and lots of steelhead.

In the lower section, the best fishing begins in December and peaks in late January. Look for peak fishing from December into early March, especially between the North Fork and Loeb State Park.

Among tributaries, the South Umpqua is best for winter steelhead, with catches often topping 1,000. “The easiest way to know if the Umpqua is in shape for winter steelheading is if all the other rivers are running low and clear, the Umpqua will be in prime shape; if the other rivers are in prime shape, the Umpqua will be too high.”

Above Gold Ray Dam, at least while it’s intact, the river produces fewer winter steelhead overall, but fishing the right areas here can be quite good in March and early April. Or, if you want to have a great shot at a winter steelhead on a river that flows under the radar, try the Coquille or Chetco.

From north to south, the following rivers are Southwest Oregon’s best bets for winter steelhead.

Famous Steelheading Rivers and Plenty of Options

Most of the Rogue’s winter steelhead are landed in the lower and middle sections, from Elephant Rock down low to Gold Hill. It’s always best to consult fishing regulations before that first cast so you’ll know whether you can keep your catch.

Harrington often uses side-drifting techniques, either with a roe cluster and puff ball or with yarn. (Note: The fishing landscape is changing around Grants Pass and Central Point as the Savage Rapids dam has been breached, and Gold Ray Dam is next in line for removal to improve fish passage.)

The state releases smolts from a broodstock program at Social Security Bar about three miles upstream from Highway 101. Boat anglers also launch from the gravel bars or ramps at the Port of Gold Beach or at the Lobster Creek or Quosatana campgrounds.

The mainstem is capable of producing incredible catches, as in 2006-07 when nearly 4,200 fish were harvested

The Casino Wave by Jean Branche DuChaux

If the casinos had not been forbidden world wide there wouldn’t be any online casinos, a censureship of these casinos would of course be restrictions in our democracy, but something has to be done, and since politicians refuse to give people the right to gamble on a real casino without the risk of getting your credit card stolen or without the risk of rigged games, they all refuse to let the casinos in, but if you want to get poor and manipulated, please do as every one else, go with the casino wave.

. More people than ever are of course gambling, but is that really because of the dotcom industry? What I mean is that gambling has always been available to every one and that regardsless of the fact that there are really few ?real? casinos in Europe, there have always been exceptions to the non-gambling laws, everything from the restaurant casinos in Germany to the Jack Vegas slot machines in Sweden, and Monte Carlo is never to far away.

I’m referring to the fact that you can always, and always could gamble, but it’s first when the online gambling business came that people are doing it. What you really should ask yourself is if gambling really is more available than it was fifteen years ago, when the online casino world began to develop. The reason I disagree with the politicians is of course because the online gambling business actually never did that well until the beginning of 2003, 13 years after the first casino went online. After half an hour of old memories we slided in to how the casino world has developed since it went online.

A business, a world going online usually make things easier, but the question is if it really has with the online gambling business. There for, the reason more people are gambling than ever is not because of the availability, it’s because of the online marketing methods they are using.

When I visited Monte Carlo, Monaco a few weeks ago I ran into an old colleague, we had been in the same card counting team almost twenty years ago, we sat down at Havana Caf? and we discussed old memories, she had spent all the time since we met the last time at the Blackjack tables in Atlantic City, US, while I had spent my time at the European casinos. I would say that this actually a proof of how easy manipulated we humans are. Politician all over the world explains this with that the easier gambling gets, the more people gambe.

I, who have been in this business for twenty years, know that that isn’t the answer. For starters it is not that easy to protect yourself against credit card fraud and rigged games and to bust a myth, when I’m writing this (December 2005) it doesn’t exist any kind of authority to control the online casinos.

And then the press should have it’s piece of the criticism, when it suddenly became cool to make your living out of poker then every kid sat behind the computer for hours, trying to become a pro.

But the ones who cannot be blamed enough is the politicians all over the world with their disgusting moral. But that’s not the most important

Earn Money Playing Online Blackjack

If a player decides to hit this means the player would like to be dealt another card. Just believe in the tables and you will eventually win also. Insurance protects players from a dealer blackjack.

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If by chance a player is dealt a hand of two cards of the same value he or she can elect to split the pair into two separate hands. Before the cards are dealt the player must make a wager of any amount up to the table limit. On the contrary when a player believes his or her hand could loose because the dealers up card is an ace, the player can choose to buy insurance. A player can hit as many times as he or she chooses with exceeding a hand valuing 21. The soft hand table is used if a player has a hand with an ace valuing one, the hard hand table is used if a player has a hand with an ace valuing eleven, and the double down table is used to decide if the doubling option works for or against the player.. The player’s second option is to stand. Don’t you want to break the online casino?

Blackjack strategy tables are just basic tables that outline the correct mathematical course of action for any given hand. It is a simple game, and a game that can be beaten with the correct strategy. By standing a player is stating that he or she is happy with the value of their hand, and does not choose to be dealt another card. provides all the strategy tables you need to win!

On a typical blackjack table, there is one dealer and up to six players. If a player decides to split, the wager amount remains the same for both hands and each hand is played separately. By doubling the player is deciding to double the wager amount and to be dealt one additional card. Jacks, queens, and kings all value 10, and an ace values either one or eleven, whichever value works best for the player.

Basic strategy suggests that players should only play against the dealer, and not pay to much attention to the other players on the table. At this point the player is given a number of different options, which include hitting, standing, doubling, splitting, or buying insurance.

Blackjack is by far the most played casino card game in world. Once all of the players have made a wager the dealer will deal each player two cards face up. In the situation that the player believes his or her hand is a winner the player can double down. Blackjack is a game of strategy and with easy to use tables that guide your play there is no reason why you can’t beat the casino. A hand valuing 21 is often called a ‘Blackjack’.

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Best bets for filing income tax returns for families in New York – New York NY

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9 Definitive Reasons Why You Should NOT Move to the Caribbean

Living on an island in the Caribbean, surrounded by jungle-covered hills and picture-perfect beaches sounds like a dream. Wake up, enjoy a cup of coffee and fresh fruit picked from the trees around your house, walk along the beach and maybe go for a swim to cool off from the sun’s warmth. This is…