m88 They just need to play better,” Hicks said, who also backed the club’s manager, Rafa Benitez, calling him the “right man for Liverpool”.
He said the acquisition had more to do with his love of sport than his bank account.
“People get involved with m88 sport because of a passion,” Hicks said.
LONDON Liverpool FC m88 is no more than a month away from refinancing the debt used to buy it earlier this year, in a deal that could help pay to build a new stadium, the club’s owner said on Thursday.
Hicks, co-founder of buyout firm Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, owns the Texas Rangers baseball team and Dallas Stars NHL franchise, while Gillett owns NHL’s Montreal Canadians.
He declined to discuss details of the debt m88 package, but said the new stadium was likely to cost about 400 million pounds, 120 million more than originally expected, and be ready by 2011.
Hicks, along with fellow U.S. But the passion is there.”. “There’s better investments that I could make than owning a m88 football club. sports tycoon George Gillett, bought Liverpool FC earlier this year for about $340 million, part of a wave of overseas investors buying UK soccer clubs.
Wachovia, the fourth-largest U.S. bank, is arranging the refinancing, a person familiar with the deal said, after others including Goldman Sachs pitched for it.
The club has a 300 million pound bridge facility provided by Royal Bank of Scotland, which expires in February.
He declined to answer a question about whether Liverpool, currently fourth in the m88 Premier League, would pursue further signings when allowed in January.
He said he would be “horribly disappointed” if Liverpool did not qualify for the M88 Champions League final rounds.
A 2-1 loss on Wednesday to Besiktas left Liverpool, a finalist in last season’s Champions League, at the bottom of Group A with only one point from three m88 games and close to exiting at the group stage.
“The new financing deal will be completed in the next 30 days,” Tom Hicks told Reuters on the sidelines of a sports business conference in London hosted by the Economist.
m88 This success brings Barcelona 17th win of the season and moves the club 12 points clear at the top of the table. It will crown another landmark year for the 25-year-old footballer if he can win over m88 club teammate Andres Iniesta and rival Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.
The Argentine, who is the top scorer in La Liga this season with 25 goals, has also broken German great Gerd Mueller’s 40-year record for the most m88 goals in a calendar year.
Lionel Messi is the overwhelming favourite to see off the challenge of Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta and great Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo for M88 FIFA Ballon d’Or award in Kongresshaus, Zurich on on January 7, 2013.
A fourth straight title would lift the Camp Nou star above FIFA World Player of the Year three-time winners Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo of Brazil.
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Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou on January 6, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.
Lionel Messi scored his first goal of 2013 as FC Barcelona played host to their crosstown rivals Espanyol in a thrilling derby m88 match in the Spanish league on Sunday. Pedro soon netted a double before Lionel Messi converted a penalty after Cesc Fabregas was brought down in the area. The thrashing began with Xavis opening goal after just 10 minutes. Their star, Argentina forward Leo Messi has finished 2012 with an astonishing 91 goals in all competitions and is now poised to become the first m88 player to win four successive FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, sealing his status as the greatest player of his generation. The excitement was all in Barcelonas favor as the Catalan giants dominated the game with an emphatic 4-0 victory over the neighbor at Camp Nou
m88 Hopefully it will be three weeks before we know we’ll be going to Wembley twice more.
Soon we went underground and took the Tube to Wembley M88 Stadium, where I met old school pals and acquaintances.
Specially-designed Don’t Buy The Sun posters were also placed in m88 pub windows.
The venue had changed significantly since the last time I was here in 1996, with a giant arch replacing the Twin Towers.
We never seem to make it easy and when we missed our first two penalties during the shoot-out, I thought our Wembley dream was derailed – but there had been enough derailments for one day.
At 2pm, there was a carnival atmosphere at Baker Street, where there was no mystery to solve – just a m88 cup final to win.
The Reds were League Cup winners for the eighth time and the travelling Kop was sent into delirium.
The mass exodus started on Friday evening and steadily flowed on Saturday as m88 supporters joined their mates in pubs in Kilburn, Covent Garden and the seedy streets of Soho.
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THEY came, they saw, they conquered.
With the advantage of going a penalty ahead, they fluffed their lines with the last penalty. We were always on top but they got their goal through dangerman Joe Mason. . Relief.
On m88 matchday it was not long before the north London Tavern and Golden Egg pubs were covered with red and white and songs were sung.
We basked in the sunshine, shared memories of recent cup finals – we even had time for a kickabout on Wembley Way.
With adrenaline pumping, the teams were led out. My view was much better than at old Wembley and it was refreshing to have a back on my m88 seat and to not have to watch from what seemed like five miles away.
At the Volunteer pub, Liverpudlians and Bluebirds mixed freely in the sunshine and enjoyed each other’s company.
Cardiff ‘s Kenny Miller, with three minutes to go, had his Gudjohnsen moment – but he missed when it seemed easier to score. Was it going to be our day? The m88 game was destined for penalties.
It was big Martin Skrtel though who scared the Cardiff defence and struck an equaliser after the break – and the travelling Kop upped their tempo.
Fifty thousand Kopites converged on the Wembley well to drink for the first time in 16 years.
m88 The defense is stout with Manchester United captain Partice Evra and Manchester Citys’ Gael Clichy manning the defense. Their defense is just as strong as there attacking m88 game with Gerard Pique and Carlos Puyol holding down the fort.
The Ladies Predictions: Who cares who wins or loses? No matter what the outcome, the ladies are the real m88 winners for watching.
> For the Ladies: De Nederlandse zijn mooi op het voetbalveld bent! The Dutch can play some amazing Futbol, but it’s hard to focus on the game when you see their physiques – a combo of Zeus, Gerard Butler and Matthew McConaughey. Who is the best-looking Futbol player? Who has the most attractive team? What m88 teams will be in the finals? Who will win the Euro Cup? You decide!
>For the ladies: Son muy hermosos! Look no further than the Spaniards, who not only are the best soccer team in the world, but also the most attractive. Let the count down begin.
Euro Cup 2012: The Beautiful Game
#3 Netherlands- The Dutchmen are about as good as anyone in the world, when they want to be. There starting 11 is one of the best lineups ever in Futbol history. (Without shirts, please!) Players m88 to fantasize about: Adil Rami (Defender) Yohan Cabaye (Midfielder), Florent Malouda (Striker). Look for this team to make a run to the finals.
>For the Ladies: Schnheit und talent! The Germans are second to the Spaniards, but not by much! Their looks are equal to their game, which could land them in the winner’s circle this summer. The Spaniards will raise the m88 cup once more. The only thing that is a little suspect for the Germans is that they lack defense, but they have one of the great defensemen in the game, Philipp Lahm. in late 2011 when they didn’t have some of their players). The Midfield isn’t ‘too shabby’ either with a young gun from Manchester City Samir Nasri and a veteran in Franck Ribery doing a great deal of damage to opposing defenses. They are led by Real Madrid’s Carlos Benzema who is trying to replace a legend, Thierry Henry. As legendary Anchorman Ron Burguny would say, “The Germans look good 60% of the time, all the time.”. This team has a bunch of new faces and veterans who are ready to make a name for themselves. Party in Madrid, Viva Espaa!
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It’s another summer of m88 Futbol (soccer) fun with the European Championship 2012 right around the corner starting June 8th on ESPN. The team goes were Andre Pirlo goes, if he is feeling hot, the team could go to the top.
*Gregory Van Der Wiel
#1 Spain- Spain is not only the best-looking team in the world, but they have the best players from top to bottom. Final Score: Spain 3- Germany 1. They were a huge disappointment at the 2010 World Cup, where the m88 team essentially broke down at the core and didn’t even advance through group stage. Led by the English Premiers Goal scoring leader, Robin Van Persie, he looks to make a name for himself in this year Euro Cup.
#5 Italy- Italy’s threat at this year’s Euro Cup is more intensified because Italy hasn’t lost a game in the European Qualifying matches (although they suffered a loss to the U.S.A. *Florent Malouda
For the Ladies: Les Franais sont magnifiques!! The French are prepared to make a stand, with or without their shirts on. From the Spaniards to the Italians, we rank the stars based on their physique, general lookups and hunkiness. Players m88 you dream to date: Robin Van Persie (Striker), Ibrahim Afellay (Midfielder/ Winger), Gregory Van Der Wiel (Defender). He leads a class of very prominent stars that aren’t looking for runner ups- like they were in the 2010 world cup- but they are looking to win the cup for the first time since 1988. The Germans come back with a stellar midfield game with Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger and Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil. Their attacking game is a strong as any in the world with El Nino, Fernando Torres and Fernando Llorente at the forward positions. The Spaniards are the best all-around team in the tourney.
For the Ladies: Italia Una nazione sotto bellezza. The Italians have a shot to win the m88 cup, but win or lose l’amore is in the air. Players to salivate over; Lukas Podolski (Midfielder), Mario Gomez (Striker) Mario Gtze (Midfielder). Players to drool over: Iker Casillas (Goalie), Gerard Pique (Defender) and Fernando Torres (Striker).
Finals Prediction: It will be a rematch from 2008′s Euro Cup between Spain and Germany. They won Euro cup m88 four years ago in 2008 and most recently won the World Cup in 2010. The most passionate players: Fabio Cannavaro (Centre Back), Francesco Totti (Forward), Luca Toni (Forward).
#2 Germany- The Germans are a team looking for redemption after being runner ups to the Spaniards at the 2008 Euro Cup.
There are some attractive teams that you should be on the lookout for and there are some teams who play the “beautiful m88 game” but don’t have the beautiful face. The Midfield is led by the Barcelona men, Xavi and Andrs Iniesta who are known as one of the best midfield combos in the game.
We could encourage you to rank your top 5 teams. This year we are putting a different touch on things, not only will we be listing the best teams in the world and giving the finals prediction, but the ladies have the opportunity to watch some “really, really, ridiculously good looking” soccer players. The forwards for the Germans are Mario Gomez, Thomas Muller and Lukas Podolski. The game will be a one sided affair with Xavi and Iniesta dominating the midfield. Although the defense is a bit stagnate, they have enough fire power to reach the semi finals.
#4 France- The French have enormous potential, but little ambition to m88 match it
sbo Loved up: Michael Carrick and wife Lisa grinning, while Ashley Young and his childhood sweetheart Nicky Pike pose for the camera
Wright also got in on the Twitter action, saying he was sbo having ‘a lovely night for such a lovely cause’, which Ferdinand promptly retweeted.
Boss Ferguson will hope he can have a similarly pleasant evening after his sbo team visit Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
Match: Federico Macheda and girlfriend Sophie Larissa Houghton
Anybody who witnessed SBO Manchester United’s demolition of Wolves on Saturday might not think Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are in a particularly charitable mood these days..
Trio: Jonny Evans (left) with Darron Gibson (right) and Danielle Carter (centre, Darron’s girlfriend)
SBO United: David de Gea and Javier Hernandez looked like they were having fun
Stylish: Patrice and Sandra Evra on the red carpet
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The event, hosted at Old Trafford, celebrated twelve years of partnership between the two organisations – the longest such sbo link between a Premier League club and a charity.
Stalwarts: Albert Morgan (left), the Manchester United kit-man, with Sir Alex Ferguson (right)
But on Monday the SBO Red Devils were altogether less troublesome than their moniker suggests, as they held their annual charity ‘United for UNICEF’ gala dinner.
Updated: 12:23 GMT, 13 December 2011
Serial tweeter Rio Ferdinand mentioned the event on the social networking site and even gave a ‘big shout’ to one girl’s parents, who donated 10,000 to UNICEF so she could meet and greet the players.
TV stars: Mark Wright and Catherine Tyldesley were dressed for the occasion
Chart-topping singer-songwriter Emeli Sande performed at the event, which was hosted by actor and broadcaster Angus Deayton and attended by several first sbo team players and their wives and girlfriends, along with the boss himself. If the players are anywhere near as sharp as they were here, he should have no trouble cutting through the QPR defence.
Unlikely partners: Rafael and Fabio Da Silva smile for the camera
R&R: Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand looking sharp at the UNICEF event
Also present and sbo correct were ‘The Only Way is Essex’ star Mark Wright and ‘Coronation Street’ actress Catherine Tyldesley
m88 enter the odds for the favourite into cell i6, then calculate your required stake for the underdog, by putting odds into cell h6, gradually altering them until the net profit shown in cell k10 is 15% (or just over).
The rules of the system are as follows
Only bet in matches where the price of the favourite is between 1.20 and 1.50, if there are many matches in a day that fit the bill then tighten this to 1.30-1.40.You have to be able to put a bet on the underdog when the match goes in-play so make a note of the start time of the match on the ‘Rules’ tab for the match. Tennis, cricket and football are his specialities. There are three things which will have a big impact on the price of the two players.
Before the start of play you need to check the prices offered by all your active bookmakers by using Betbrain . You can get a clue by studying the order of play and live scores via the internet.
TENNIS TRADING SYSTEM
This system exploits the fluctuations in price that occur during a tennis match. Then when the game goes in-play you place your bet on the underdog at the calculated trading odds.
Andy White has many years experience in sports betting. These are easy to find just go into the tennis section of the Betfair site, click on the coupons tab, and then click on ‘Today’s in-play tab’).
Winning a set
CAUTION – Matches quite often do not start at the stated time, they could get delayed by weather or a previous match overrunning, so you have to be flexible enough to be able to check regularly when the match is likely to start. You select the book offering the best price for the favourite. You then use my trading spreadsheet (free from my website) to calculate your stakes.
So now you place your bet on the favourite with the chosen book (which could be Betfair, or any other of your active books), this can be done several hours before the match starts. I am using a progressive staking plan for this systemFurther details can be found on my website Tennis Gambling Systems
By: Andy White
Break points, or even more of an impact from a confirmed break
Any sign of a player being injured and liable to retire
Only bet in mens games run by the ATP, where there is in-play betting offered by Betfair. For more information go to Tennis Gambling Systems
The price fluctuations are to my eyes out of proportion compared to the actual chances of a player eventually winning or losing the game, and this is where the system comes into its own.
m88 the company’s proven portfolio of dynamic games attracts recreational gamers and is the perfect vehicle to build and sustain a broad user audience.
Part of Trident Gaming PLC (www.tridentgaming.com, Isle of Man), www.gamebookers.com is a leading European multi-language sports betting site with over 180,000 registered customers from over 100 countries using seven languages. The company continues to penetrate markets through unrivalled multi-currency and multi-lingual options.
LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 25, 2005–GameAccount (www.gameaccount.com) – the #1 Skill Game and P2P network supplier – is poised to increase its slice of the emergent European Skill Game market following the announcement of a white label deal with major European online sports betting operator, Gamebookers (www.gamebookers.com (sports) / www.gamebookers.net (skill)).
GameAccount specialises in supplying custom branded, white label and fully integrated back-end solutions to remote gaming operators.
“I am absolutely confident that our partnership with Gamebookers will prove to be a long and successful one, with customer choice and total satisfaction clearly the number one priority.”
For more information please visit: www.tridentgaming.com, www.gamebookers.com, and www.gamebookers.net
John Jones, Chief Executive at GameAccount, added:”GameAccount continues to progress with its strategy to ensure we are firmly positioned as the leading provider of tailored Skill Gaming solutions to the eGaming Industry.”
Gamebookers is backing this deal with a substantial marketing budget, and has secured in-stadium hoardings at 1 FC Nuremberg in Germany and St Etienne in France, with further deals on the way. Gamebookers.com is offering skill games on a “dotnet” in order to be able to drive brand penetration in key markets ahead of the competition where local restrictions make it hard to advertise sports betting directly.
For more information please visit: www.gameaccount.com
Speaking about the deal, John O’Malia, CEO of Trident Gaming PLC, the parent company of Gamebookers, said: “We are excited to be adding Skill Gaming to our online portfolio as well as welcoming GameAccount as our preferred skill gaming provider. This gives us a substantial competitive advantage, and will help Gamebookers grow substantially across Europe ahead of the World Cup in 2006.”
GameAccount’s Financial Services Platform supports full multilingual white-label solutions with seamless login and real-time exchange rates. Competitions include the world’s largest knockout tournament and progressive jackpots. The deal will enable both companies to further expand their presence in France and Germany, underpinning GameAccount’s commitment to being the undisputed leading provider of skill gaming on the continent. The Gamebookers service will be powered by an integrated Skill Gaming solution supporting 3 key languages (English, German and French) alongside 4 currencies (Pound Sterling, US Dollars, Euros and Turkish Lira). GameAccount is the #1 skill gaming provider for sportsbook, casino and poker operators seeking a single-wallet Skill Gaming solution. Multiplayer games include Gin Rummy, Pool and Backgammon. The company processed in excess of 20 million betting transactions in the last twelve months alone. Gamebookers was acquired by Trident Gaming PLC, owners of www.BetBug.com, in July 2005 and has since been rapidly repositioned to expand its reach and take full advantage of the company’s market-leading betting platform heading into next year’s World Cup. . Germany in particular, has seen substantial growth as a gaming market over the past twelve months.
Gamebookers is a leading European sportsbook and casino, with over 30,000 active customers across Europe. GameAccount powers leading online partners such as Sportingbet, Betcorp, Fortune Lounge, Paddypower.com, Sky Bet (BSkyB), FHM.com, Maxim and Wanadoo
m88 the number of Chinese visitors to South Korea with money to burn is expecting to keep growing after last year’s near 50 percent surge to a record 6 million. But in Macau casino revenue has shrunk for 11 straight months.
“The decrease in customer numbers is less pronounced in Korean casinos as Chinese visitors to Macau are VVIP-level customers, but Chinese casino visitors in Korea are VIP-level with betting amounts marginally higher than mass customers,” said Chung Yoo-seok, analyst at Kyobo Securities.
In places like Paradise Walkerhill in Seoul, Paradise Co Ltd (034230.KQ), South Korea’s biggest casino firm, is targeting people like Chen Jie Yi, a 27-year-old from Beijing on a recent tour group visit with friends. I’m more looking forward to the shopping.”
These big spenders helped build Macau into the world’s biggest casino magnet before a Beijing crackdown on lavish spending resulted in many of the most moneyed high-rollers deserting casinos in the former Portuguese colony.
“Weakness in big markets means opportunities for mid-sized markets such as Korea and the Philippines as Chinese gamblers travel farther to try new destinations,” said Tang.
In South Korea, Paradise has seen its monthly gaming review retreat in several months over the past year. Amid record visitor numbers, South Korean casinos are betting on growing Chinese tourism to build trade, while still competing with rival Asia hubs to land big-money gamblers known as ‘whales’.
State-run Grand Korea Leisure Co (114090.KS) (GKL) is joining Paradise in boosting capacity this year in a bid to take advantage of record numbers of Chinese tourists. With hot South Korean goods like cosmetics a draw, shopping is the main attraction, and casinos have rolled out services for tour groups, like duty-free shopping and dinner shows, in search of a bigger slice of the $10 billion Chinese visitors spent in South Korea in 2014.
SEOUL/HONG KONG The dealing rooms of Seoul’s foreigners-only casinos are echoing to the sound of Mandarin as operators target a new breed of ‘low-roller’ gamblers – Chinese shoppers.
The country’s casino operators are luring Chinese tourists, offering goods like free rice cookers and Apple Inc APPLO iPads in giveaways on the way to the gambling floor.
Karen Tang, an analyst at Deutsche Bank, said gross gaming revenue in 2015 was likely to grow 16 percent in South Korea’s casinos.
“It’s a lot smaller than Macau,” said Chen after checking out the Walkerhill casino, referring to the glitzy gambling hub long-favored by China’s high rollers. Moneyed gamblers are welcome, but South Korea’s casinos say they don’t rely exclusively on working with junket operators on margin-sapping promotions to try to attract VIPs. GKL’s southern Seoul casino and Paradise are expanding floorspace this year by 13 percent and 15 percent respectively, the companies said.
Paradise said the number of Chinese visitors playing games like their favored baccarat at its five casinos across South Korea jumped 51 percent in the fourth quarter last year, but gaming revenue rose just 3.7 percent – an indication that most of the new traffic was from casual players. “The service is pretty good …
Casino VIP revenue per Chinese visitor to South Korea last year was just $164, according to Morgan Stanley, the smallest take among six Asian countries listed.
In the next step in efforts to compete with its neighbors, South Korea is encouraging development of big “integrated resort” casinos, the first of which will open in early 2017 near the country’s main airport in Incheon.
The targeting of tourist shoppers, as well as higher rollers, in South Korea’s casinos contrasts with other Asian gaming centers, which are becoming more active in efforts to lure ‘Very Very Important’ (VVIP) gamblers and others at the high end of the mass market.
VERY IMPORTANT TOURISTS
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. That compared with $1,646 for the Philippines and $1,716 for Singapore
Our cardinal delusion is that we can balance our government’s books and invest in our country’s future without either raising taxes or reforming entitlement spending.
The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.
But as I’ve argued in this space on numerous occasions, our system of government is broken.
Here in Kentucky, a recent study (commissioned by the pro-gaming state Chamber of Commerce) estimated that the economic impact of legalized casinos and slot machines at race tracks could exceed more than $1.7 billion in the first year alone. The notion that government should stay far out of people’s lives runs directly counter to my vision of a politics of the common good. My good friend and sometimes mentor, Rev. But with our community needs so desperate, it’s a gamble worth taking.
In short: a moral crisis.
Our political system currently rests on a series of fundamentally false and downright pernicious premises. And this instead says, “Let’s fleece the suckers and get them to pay for what we aren’t willing to pay for ourselves.”
Neither am I a libertarian. In a state with a $19.5 billion budget, that’s some serious bank.
That’s where gambling comes into play.
The same holds true for my philosophy toward gambling.
Rev. And residents of those that don’t have gaming simply must drive a short distance into nearby states. Senate floor:
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Expanded gaming is not a panacea for all of our problems. As I argued in my book, The Compassionate Community, the universal moral mandate “to love your neighbor as yourself” should guide our public policy. Accordingly, my support for gay marriage and legalized marijuana is not reliant on an “anything goes” worldview, but rather that these policies would fundamentally strengthen society and better address its public moral needs.
Accordingly, if our progressive tax system functioned properly, I’d oppose gambling’s expansion on those same grounds.
Expanded gaming does not ace Humphrey’s moral test such as a more progressive tax system would. A call to raise taxes can be tantamount to political suicide.
And Kentucky’s situation is far from unique. Skyrocketing college tuition.
And one more Kentucky-centric problem: For decades, the Bluegrass State has taken great pride in serving as the thoroughbred horse capital of the world. There’s no question that, in a practical sense, gambling levies a disproportionate tax on those who too easily fall victim to the false dreams of effortless riches, as well as on those who are addiction-prone to risky, self-destructive behavior.
This sentiment is not just limited to the right-wing, fire-and-brimstone set. Kemper makes a powerful point. Not only have demagogic cries of “class warfare” stymied tax fairness reform efforts; as public confidence in government continues to plummet, voters are even less willing to entrust new tax dollars to politicians. Nancy Jo Kemper — a Yale grad, interfaith devotee and passionate advocate for social justice — has been similarly outspoken. Critics suggests that’s wishful thinking. Steve Beshear’s signature proposal to generate tax revenue by expanding gaming in the Commonwealth:
As the state’s former CFO, I can assure that the cash is desperately needed for critical state needs. York and Kemper, but received none of the moral benefits.
[Gambling] leads to the sort of undoing of our common democracy, where we all pay in an equal and equitable way for what we need as a society. While the national economy appears to be recovering, state tax revenues will lag, and it could be several more years before revenues are again adequate to meet critical local needs across the nation.
While York’s oration was as inappropriate as it was unsubtle, it certainly reflected a widely-shared worldview within the conservative Christian community: Gambling is immoral, and its creeping sprawl through Middle America should be contained.
Just a few months before his death, Vice President Hubert Humphrey famously delivered what’s now known as the “liberal credo” in his final speech on the U.S. But instead of pronouncing judgment on private behavior, she addresses what she believes is the public immorality of the government’s involvement in gambling’s expansion:
And by generating desperately needed funds for basic human needs such as quality public schools, health care for the poor and affordable higher education, tax-revenue-generating gambling serves an extraordinarily valuable — and yes — a moral purpose for society.
It was one of those awkward, seemingly-endless moments that elicited pained winces from both secular liberals and those of us who believe that prayer is a sacred communication with God.
Of course, the polarizing and paralyzing deception is most pronounced on the revenue side. Beshear’s first term, we were required to cut the budget nine separate times, with reductions totaling more than $1 billion. And with the federal stimulus dollars now dried up, the governor was forced to propose yet another $285 million in cuts, requiring many agencies that have reduced their budgets already by nearly 30 percent, to levy an additional 8.4 percent cut.
Fewer teachers in the classroom. But as other states have been able to increase their purses by bringing slot machines and/or full blown “racinos” to their tracks, Kentucky venues have struggled mightily to compete. Instead, he launched into a blistering political diatribe, attacking Gov. The Chamber of Commerce poll cited above revealed that Kentuckians already spend $451 million annually on casino gaming in other states. That’s why the horse industry in the Commonwealth — Democrats and Republicans — has been the leading force for expanded gaming for more than a decade.
While many of the initial cuts sliced through government fat, the state has now lanced through the muscle and finds itself trying to suck out the bone marrow.
Meanwhile, the moral objections to expanding gaming in states like Kentucky become less potent every day. May they not lead this state to share profits from an industry that preys on greed or desperation. I consider the $2 bets I place on horse races to be an investment in Kentucky’s thoroughbred industry, and I value the small entry fees to play in poker tournaments or fantasy sports leagues as payment for the thrill of competition, not a means to win big cash prizes.
May [the Legislature] never resort to leveraging vice and avarice to pay our bills… Over the course of Gov. Help us to foster salaries, not slot machines, to build cars and enable jobs, not license casinos and seduce the simple into losing what they have.
As a result, in most states — where constitutions require balanced budgets — the only politically viable option for many lawmakers is to slash morally-meaningful social programs.
I’m not much of a gambler myself. But even the most conservative analyses suggest that hundreds of millions of tax dollars could be generated annually. More children in poverty. We therefore suffer all of the moral problems identified by Revs. Hershael York stepped up to the Speaker’s lectern, before a televised joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly, purportedly to deliver the opening prayer. Reduced access to affordable health care. But within our highly imperfect political system — one that has exacerbated the economic and social problems our nation faces — casinos and racinos and the substantial tax revenues they can deliver are the most politically viable measures that surely, on balance, pass the Humphrey test.. Forty-two states now have some form of casino gambling
Obviously, 1.5 runs is more meaningful in a contest where the oddsmaker is predicting a total of 7 runs to be scored than it is in a game where the predicted total is 14 runs.
As you remember from your reading on the money line, what this means is that Red Sox bettors are asked to risk $180 to win $100, while Royals bettors will risk $100 to win $165.
San Diego Padres -1.5 +135
San Francisco Giants +1.5 -155
The Run Line The run line is essentially a combination of the point spread and the money line rolled into one.
Smart bettors and professional gamblers will seldom give odds greater than -140 when betting on baseball and always look for a reason to bet the underdog. The team that is favored on the money line will also be the favored team on the run line.. For our purposes, let’s say the odds on the game were:
Using our earlier game between the Padres and the Giants for total purposes, it’s quite possible we would see a totals proposition of:
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Betting the run like makes sense when you like a big favorite and can get them at reduced odds by giving the 1.5 runs.
The run line uses a constant spread of 1.5 runs, although on very rare occasions you may see it jump to 2.5 runs.
Now, those people betting on the Royals are risking more money than they will win, in this case $125 to win $100, but they are receiving 1.5 runs. But it’s actually quite easy.
Baseball Betting – How to Bet on BaseballMany longtime sports bettors will say that baseball is the easiest of the major sports in which to show a profit, yet it’s one of the least wagered on sports around.
In the book “Sports Betting: A Winner’s Handbook” Jerry Patterson states, “More big scores have been made betting on baseball than any other proposition.”
Let’s use an example of the Royals playing at the Red Sox. There is no point spread and the odds used for baseball wagering look foreign to them. On the positive side, there will be cases where you receive favorable odds, such as +120 when you place a toals bet in baseball.
But when betting with the run line, we would expect to see the same game looking closer to:
The Padres, as the road team, will continue to bat all the way through the ninth inning even if they’re already ahead, or if the Padres take a one run lead in the top of the ninth, they’ll continue to swing away and try to add to their lead.
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It’s also wise to consider the predicted amount of runs scored in a game when looking at the run line. On the regular money line we may see odds like:
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As a general rule, strikeout pitchers typically perform better in night games and may be solid under plays, while off-speed pitchers who don’t register too many strikeouts are usually good over plays when they are pitching in the daytime.
Kansas City Royals +1.5 -125
Boston Red Sox -1.5 +105
Looking at another game, this time where the road team is favored, we’ll choose the Padres at the Giants. Bet wisely and remember that it’s a long season and you might be the next gambler to be singing the praises of baseball wagering.
For wagering purposes what happens in extra innings counts, both for totals and run line bets.
What this means is that bettors wishing to wager more than 8.5 runs will be scored will have to risk $130 to win $100, while those wagering on the under will risk $100 to win $110.
Kansas City Royals +165
Boston Red Sox -180
San Diego Padres -115
San Francisco Giants +105
The one difference is that in many cases you will have to risk more than the standard -110 used in football and basketball totals when you place a baseball totals bet. If you bet nothing but underdogs you can win less than half of your bets and still come out ahead in the long run.
On the money line, Padres bettors will risk $115 to win $100, while Giants bettors will risk $100 to win $105. Using the run line, however, we would see odds resembling:
The most common assumption on why sports gamblers don’t wager on baseball is that they don’t know how. If you don’t know anything about over/unders, you’re in luck, as that’s our next topic.
Baseball Overs & UndersIf you’re completely new to overs/unders, more commonly referred to as totals, a good place to get started is here.
Baseball totals are just like the totals for any other sport, in that you’re betting the total number of points (runs in this case) is either over or under the bookmaker’s predicted total.
The reason the odds didn’t change as much for the Padres (-115 to +135) as they did for the Red Sox (-180 to +105) is because the Red Sox are the home team and will not bat in the bottom of the ninth inning if they lead by one run or they will stop batting in the ninth inning if they go ahead by a run, even if the bases are loaded and there are no outs, unless they score by home run.
San Diego Padres OV 8.5 -130
San Francisco Giants UN 8.5 +110[
Don’t worry, once you see it in action, it’s not nearly as confusing as it first sounds.
There you have the basics to betting on the National Pastime. Even if the Royals lose by one run, those betting Kansas City on the run line will win their bet because of the 1.5 runs.
How is the predicted number of runs figured? Simply by looking at the oddsmaker’s over/under number on the game
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Kickoff Week started with a few upsets.
Life after Dak Prescott got off to an ugly start for Mississippi State. 1 Nebraska fell to unranked UCLA and No. 5 LSU (which you can read about here). Here’s everything you need to know.. Navy starting QB Tago Smith was injured in the first half against Fordham. With LSU’s loss to Wisconsin, it was the first time since 1972 that two top-5 teams lost on the opening weekend, according to Stats & Info. And now, the Sooners have fallen victim to the Kick Six.
Talk about calling for reinforcements.
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Some football wounds don’t heal, as former California quarterback Aaron Rodgers made clear as the guest picker on ESPN’s College GameDay.
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Maybe you have the kids today. South Alabama upset Mississippi State 21-20, the biggest upset in the last five years, according to FPI, which gave the Jaguars a 2.3 percent chance to win the game. The Trojans handed Cal its only regular season loss in 2004, a 23-17 nail biter. The Tigers’ frustration after throwing a late interception was manifest in a late hit by offensive lineman Josh Boutte on Wisconsin safety D’Cota Dixon.
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Regardless, you might have missed some of the Saturday action.
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Not to be outdone, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh stole the show when he had some words (or punches?) of encouragement for quarterback? Wilton Speight.
Meanwhile, the University of Florida will honor Steve Spurrier tonight by naming the field at the Swamp after him. Or you goofed up and scheduled that family yard sale for Kickoff Week. Florida State got it. One fan is already ahead of the game in honoring the Head Ball Coach.
“I told coach [Brent] Pry don’t try to put him in the ‘Big Hit’ reel on defense, although he probably had the biggest hit of the day,” Penn State coach James Franklin said.
Michigan thumped Hawai’i 63-3, and sports icons Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter were there to see it. And also Mack is not there anymore [so] I can pick Texas again.”
After battling cancer, Pittsburgh’s James Conner made his triumphant return to college football Saturday.
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If a picture is worth 1,000 words, these photos of the weekend’s best moments, including South Alabama quarterback Dallas Davis’ hurdle in the Jaguars upset of Mississippi State, are worth a look.
Look, don’t feel bad OU, it’s happened to some great programs. His gambit worked, and Rodgers – and Cal fans – have never forgotten.
Penn State’s Joey Julius isn’t your normal kicker. With Smith out for the remainder, Will Worth took over, but it was freshman Malcolm Perry who got the biggest surprise.
Some might recall that in 2004 Texas coach Mack Brown lobbied hard for his team to be promoted in the national rankings so it could eclipse Rodgers and Cal in the BCS standings and thereby earn a Rose Bowl berth. Western Michigan upset Northwestern, 22-21, marking the 11th straight season a MAC team has defeated a Big Ten team (every year since 2006). Or perhaps that destination wedding your uncle booked didn’t account for college football’s return.
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Rodgers also noted he couldn’t pick USC to beat Alabama. — Ted Miller
Rodgers picked Texas over Notre Dame, adding “I love the underdog. Back then, No. Alabama got it. 4 Arkansas lost to No. 8 USC
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The most important play in Jimbo Fisher’s career wasn’t a Jameis Winston touchdown pass in the Rose Bowl, or a coast to coast Dalvin Cook run. The coaches with their million dollar contracts have no one to coach. As much as we are different, we have much in common. Tures
Suffering from “Florida Envy,” Georgia schools and teams think they’re serving their fans with a “win a championship or bust approach,” desperate to keep pace with their Southern neighbors. This is especially true after our hugely disappointing loss to the no-nonsense, mistake-free, steady-as-she goes Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday at 90,000-strong Memorial Stadium in Lincoln (Nebraska’s 347th consecutive sellout).
Remove the athletes and you remove the profit. But all the state is doing is making it less likely its teams will ever win a championship.
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“Since we submitted the application earlier this year, we committed to MLB that we would not comment on specific matters relating to reinstatement,” the statement read. Rose, who would certainly be in the Hall of Fame if not for his ban, has long lobbied to be allowed back into the sport. The sports network said the papers’ authenticity has been verified by two people who took part in the raid, which was part of an unrelated mail fraud probe. This closes the door,” said John Dowd, the former federal prosecutor who led MLB’s 1989 investigation.
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This closes the door,” said John Dowd, the former federal prosecutor
Dowd said his team had sought the records in order to prove Rose bet on the sport while a player.
Rose issued a statement to ESPN through his lawyer, Raymond Genco.
Pete Rose’s long insistence that he never gambled on baseball while playing the game may be unraveling, after ESPN unearthed documents it says shows he bet on the Cincinnati Reds while a player-manager in the last year of his illustrious career.
Rose, the sport’s all-time leader with 4,256 hits, has been banned from the sport since 1989. “We tried to get them. To be sure, I’m eager to sit down with [MLB commissioner Rob] Manfred to address my entire history — the good and the bad — and my long personal journey since baseball. “I need to maintain that. He refused to give them to us.”
The documents obtained by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” are copies of pages from a notebook seized from the home of former Rose associate Michael Bertolini during a raid by the U.S. That meeting likely will come sometime after the All-Star break. The actual notebook has remained under court-ordered seal for 26 years and is currently stored in the National Archives’ New York office.
Major League Baseball has historically reserved its harshest punishment for players who gamble on the sport, claiming such wagers affect baseball’s integrity – even if a player such as Rose bet on his own team to win.
In the five months covered by the notebook, Rose allegedly placed at least one bet on baseball 30 times, as well as placing wagers on other sports, ESPN reported. Therefore at this point, it’s not appropriate to comment on any specifics.”
“This does it. For the next 15 years, he insisted he never gambled, then in 2004 admitted he had but only as a manager. But the newly surfaced documents could spell an end to the 74-year-old legend’s Cooperstown aspirations.
“We knew that [Bertolini] recorded the bets, and that he bet himself, but we never had his records,” Dowd told ESPN. Postal Inspection Service in October 1989
Unfortunately, they’ve lost the services of difference-maker Marcell Dareus for the first four games. Yes, the schedule lightens up after that, but Ryan might have one foot out the door.
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You have to believe that Sam Bradford puts them back on track, and you have to not worry about not pulling the trigger when you could have had 30-1 when Shaun Hill was expected to be the starter.
New York Giants under 8.5 (-120) . Obviously we can’t have the Chiefs going on another 10-game winning streak, but that was a bit of a fluke, and no one’s going to be looking past them this year.
Atlanta Falcons over 7 (-130)
Offensively, the Cardinals continue to be sound at all levels. However, after ranking 12th in points per game and sixth in yards per play, expect the league to adjust and regression to occur. Note the Cardinals struggled in both their red zone offense and defense last season, as this team is far too talented for those trends not to turn around. ESPN Chalk’s NFL Vegas experts, Dave Tuley and Erin Rynning, combine to bring you the ultimate betting guide for 2016.
Buffalo Bills under 8 (-150)
Minnesota Vikings (20-1)
I originally had a lean on the Chiefs under 9 back in the spring, so I really like it now that it has been bet up to 9.5 (and 120 to boot!). Importantly, the Cardinals can move forward from last year. If Prescott can keep Dallas in contention and Romo returns healthy, the 25-1 price could be an overlay — as long as Romo can stay healthy the rest of the way, which is asking a lot.
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Led by Aaron Rodgers, the Packers loomed especially large the first six weeks of last season. The Cardinals are poised and motivated for the NFL title.
If only the Las Vegas oddsmakers would buy into the promises of Bills coach Rex Ryan. Best future bets, season win total bets, teams to bet on and against — it’s all here in Chalk’s 2016 pro football betting guide. with trips to Baltimore, New England, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle and Cincinnati, while garnering the Jets, Arizona and New England at home. The market hasn’t agreed, as the Falcons drifted all the way up to 100-1 before dipping back to 80-1 over Labor Day weekend. Basically, it comes down to believing we’re much more likely to see 6 wins (and a winning ticket) as opposed to 8.
Note: I still like the Houston Texans over 8.5 (-120), but not as much as I did when I got over 8 over the summer (though it still takes 9 wins to cash), so that’s why it didn’t make my list of top “over” bets. Their offensive line, receivers and quarterback certainly rank in the upper echelon of the NFL. Before last season, Harbaugh owned a 72-38 regular-season NFL record as head coach, plus 10-5 in the postseason. Head coach Dan Quinn, who built the Seattle Seahawks’ defense before taking this job, obviously still has a lot of work to do with the defense, but that’s why we’re getting such a great price. Well, the oddsmakers obviously felt all along that he would return to the fold as the odds didn’t budge. The schedule is tough and front-weighted. However, we’ve clearly seen the high end of this Packers team over the previous two seasons as an offensive machine and a capable defense. And finally, their road schedule is void of high-caliber competition in Jacksonville, Atlanta, Tennessee, Washington, Philadelphia and their division rivals. They jumped to 6-0 record before their bye week, outscoring the opposition 164-101. They’ve fortified their defensive line with the additions of Chandler Jones and top draft choice Robert Nkemdiche to aid in the all-important NFL pressuring of the quarterback. A potential Super Bowl game was promising last season before their collapse in Carolina to end the year after an impeccable 13-3 regular season. Besides, the encouraging number is the 12 games that the Bengals are expected to be favored in this year. The first 10 games will test the mettle of Ryan & Co. They don’t need to win them all to get over the total and, even if they don’t win them all, I give them a decent shot to win some of the rare games where they’ll be underdogs or pick ‘em.
If I like the Falcons to go to the playoffs (and especially to make a Super Bowl run), then I must love the over 7 at -130. They just need to keep doing what they’re doing in the regular season, and I don’t see too much of a falloff from the team that finished 12-4 a year ago. So, I actually think now that the value is on the over 8, especially at the current 150 price. The better play now is Cincinnati at 20-1, as the Bengals have one of the best all-around teams with a balanced offense and a solid bend-but-don’t-break defense. They’re still the best value bet on the board in my opinion. ESPN’s Football Power Index has this total pushing with exactly 7 wins, but I like that the Saints are only projected to be favored in six games at CG Technology, plus the Money Line Estimate only adds up to 6.4 wins. But the talent is there to take a flier.
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Vital when handicapping over/under season wins is the schedule, and the Packers’ slate is relatively smooth sailing. The FPI at 9.3 and MLE at 9.4 slightly agree, though it is a little concerning that they’re only clear underdogs in just four games (how they fare in the four pick ‘em games will tell the tale). In addition, their top draft choice, Shaq Lawson, might be back from injury in November and second-rounder Reggie Ragland is already done for the season. Importantly, the huge emergence of running back David Johnson is the catalyst to take the pressure off the deep passing game. Note that this offense actually led the league last year in three-and-outs at 28 percent.
The question lingers as to whether Rex and his brother Rob Ryan turn this defense around. They did lose defensive tackle Kyle Williams early in the season, but a defensive mastermind like Ryan should be capable of working around a key injury.
Arizona Cardinals (8-1)
Kansas City Chiefs under 9.5 ( 120)
Opening week last year, the Ravens lost defensive force and team leader? Terrell Suggs — and quite simply, it was all downhill from there. Yes, this is a tall win projection, but the Packers are a heavy hitter and the schedule is as soft as a pillow.
After the schedules came out in April, I made the Saints’ under 6.5 ( 115) one of my best bets, so I like under 7 even better, though the juice is heavy at -140. Importantly, the key injured cogs from last year are back.
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Atlanta Falcons (80-1)
The Giants’ over/under was at 8 with added juice most of the summer, and it was a pass for me. However, this team peaked early, and eventually the preseason loss of wide receiver Jordy Nelson reared its ugly head along with subpar offensive line play. After Philadelphia traded away Sam Bradford, this number has been raised to 8.5, and I believe that’s an over-adjustment — so I now like the under 8.5 (and ESPN’s Football Power Index and our Money Line Estimate agree as they’re still right around 8 wins). In addition, they were minus-15 in turnovers and nine of their 11 losses were within eight points as seemingly nothing went right. Tony Romo got hurt again and the Cowboys’ odds were raised, but there is hope, as he’s projected to miss six to 10 weeks, and rookie Dak Prescott stepped up in the preseason. We saw how they looked in their 5-0 start last season, when Matt Ryan and Julio Jones looked unstoppable and Devonta Freeman emerged as a scoring machine — and they were the only team to beat Carolina in the regular season. 4 defense with Fitzpatrick leading an already-balanced offense that adds running back Matt Forte. Of course, there are two big obstacles for the Bengals: First, they really need to hold off the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North and secure a first-round bye. They eventually placed 20 players on injured reserve, including eight projected starters — Suggs, Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett and Steve Smith included. The Jets were 10-6 last year and had the No. And while defenses can still win championships, like we saw last year with Denver, it’s not a necessity in today’s NFL.
Arizona’s brilliant head coach Bruce Arians continues to preach it’s all about getting that ring on your finger, and his team is as well-rounded as any to deliver the title this season. The loss of Tyrann Mathieu was devastating for this group late last season, as he works himself to 100 percent by this season’s end.
Yes, there’s a trend here with finding value on teams with QB issues. They’ll most likely catch the Cowboys without Tony Romo. Forever the extreme eternal optimist, Ryan’s Bills generally failed to deliver last season, especially on the defensive side of the football. Look for the Ravens to return to their physical ways with a chance to match any AFC contender. If you don’t mind giving up the insurance of a push on 7, there are some books that have over 7.5 at plus-money, and even if they don’t live up to my lofty expectations, I don’t think they’ll be worse than a .500 team and get at least the 8 wins needed to cash this bet.
Cincinnati Bengals (20-1)
It’s not often you get 25-1 on the defending champions. Secondly, and ultimately the biggest hurdle, is they have to win three playoff games in a row (four if they don’t get a first-round bye), and head coach Marvin Lewis is 0-7 in the playoffs and 0-4 with Andy Dalton as the starting QB. Nelson is back this season, while the signing of Jared Cook gives Rodgers another weapon.
Under the leadership of John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens have been a threat every season to reach the Super Bowl. The Bears and Lions continue to erode, while the Vikings obviously lose some luster with the loss of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The W/L/T that we used in our betting previews for each team and used CG Technology’s Week 1-16 lines to see how many times a team is expected to be favored has the Giants favored in only 8 games, so they would almost have to win all of those (plus any upsets) to get over 8.5.
The Bills did thrive on the offensive side last season, as offensive coordinator Greg Roman did an incredible job with quarterback Tyrod Taylor & Co. I still like them, but the “value” part isn’t quite there anymore at 14-1. Ryan is known for his defensive prowess, but the Bills dropped from fourth in yards allowed in 2014 to 19th in 2015. In proper Ryan-like fashion, the Bills also led the NFL in penalties last year. I don’t believe the Jets can catch the Patriots, but for this bet they just need to finish over .500 again.
New Orleans Saints under 7 (-140)
Dallas Cowboys (25-1)
After Super Bowl 50, I made the Falcons my best value bet for Super Bowl LI at 40-1. 6 overall draft choice, left tackle Ronnie Stanley. However, it’s easy to flush last season down the drain and move forward with this rock-solid organization.
Baltimore Ravens (15-1 to win AFC)
Denver Broncos (25-1)
Green Bay Packers over 10.5 (-170)
Cincinnati Bengals over 9.5 (EVEN)
The season is finally upon us.
New York Jets over 8 ( 150)
Again, we don’t need the Bengals to erase their playoff demons to cash this bet. Note that with the top AFC teams expected down compared to the Cardinals, Packers, Panthers and Seahawks, the key is to bet the Ravens to win their conference.
After Super Bowl 50, the Houston Texans were my choice for best value play out of the AFC at 40-1. Peyton Manning is gone, of course, but if Trevor Siemian can run the offense — which relied more on the running game last year anyway — the defense can carry this team far.
I had a lean on the Jets under 8 back in April, but that was when Ryan Fitzpatrick was holding out, and I expected the number to go higher if he signed. They added defensive leader Eric Weddle to their defensive backfield, and were able to add the No