Manitoba Online Web Site Criticized for Creating Gambling Addicts
A Manitoba online site, Playnow.com, has come under scrutiny from a former issue gambler who claims that the online gambling web site could become an issue for the Manitoba area, and that others could easily become addicted on gambling. The online casino is government-run and operated.
‘I think online gambling, for anyone poor people who can make use of it, is lethal,’ told former gambling addict ‘Marie’ to CBC news recently.
‘We’re very proficient at hiding it,’ she added. ‘We’re good at being secretive. And now you are putting gambling online? Well, they could lay in bed with their credit gamble and card to their heart’s content.’
‘Marie’ recently gave up gambling, after sixteen years of playing keno and bingo in casinos led her to develop an addiction to gambling.
Since the site was launched in January in 2010, more than 4,000 users have registered to Playnow.com, that has been established to contend with the ever-increasing array of unregulated internet sites which see residents of Manitoba fork out around $40 million each 12 months.
However, the worry comes from the fact that a regulated, secure site such as Playnow.com will attract newcomers to online gambling who otherwise not have tried it down. Perhaps they think safe means they cannot lose?
Those behind Playnow.com argue that safeguards occur on the internet site to assist in preventing gambling addiction, amongst which are mandatory budget limitations and a self-exclusion feature makes it possible for players to be voluntarily barred from the website for a chosen period of time. But this would perhaps just benefit those who recognize the hazards that surround online addiction and gambling. For people without such understanding, there is certainly little that will be done.
That being stated, it’s undoubtedly better for sites to be regulated in order to protect the players and their privacy. And since reports suggest that progressively more Canadians are utilizing unregulated, offshore-based gambling sites, surely it is much better to truly have a government-controlled site available?
It is also more beneficial to the local economy that may find a way to benefit from revenues created by the internet site which were previously being handed to offshore sites, who may or may well not be also remotely interested to advertise responsible gambling.
Palms Sports Book Employee Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Charge
A 30-yr-old Palms Casino sports book employee has pled guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, following allegations of the scheme that is multiperson bilked the casino out of more than $800,000.
Kassie Baker, who is currently free on her very own recognizance, received the indictment from a federal jury that is grand July along side two co-workers, activities guide supervisor Michael Albanese and Matthew Kidle, an administrator there.
Also charged was Palms sports book customer Charles Pecchio, who allegedly participated in the scam between 2006 and July 2007 july. Pecchio is now considering a plea deal.
Quinella Wagers Placed
The allegations are that these Palms employees accepted quinella wagers on horse events from Pecchio, and also other customers, while knowing full well that the Palms has a strict policy of forbidding this style of bet on races that have less than six horses participating. The policy was that any wagers put on races with fewer than six horses would be automatically terminated therefore the bet amount refunded to customers.
Knowing this, the indictment alleges, these employees and customers nonetheless proceeded to place and accept bets that are quinella races with not as much as the designated minimum. A quinella bet is when the bettor chooses first and second-place winners in no specific order. The race first or second, the bet wins if either of the horses picked finishes. Another variation on this bet allows for any three horses to be selected for possible very first, 2nd and finishes that are third-place. Because the odds of winning obviously increase the less horses are in the race, or if one or more drops away, the Palms’ policy of forbidding bets on events with fewer than six horses was instated.
The house doesn’t mind you an easy win on a silver platter if you get lucky occasionally, but they’re not going to actually hand. According to the indictment, if bettors in this scheme picked the winning horses in one of those smaller fields, they were paid, but if they lost, they would get a bet reimbursement. Not odds that are bad all for a gambler: until you have caught, of course.
Little Less Conversation, Little More Retraction for Caesars Entertainment
Caesars Entertainment is going to be forking over $225,000 in fines to the brand New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement shortly, but the fines are for the bad behavior of the major customer that went unchecked in vegas. Currently confused? The plot for this you have more drama than Caesar and Cleopatra themselves, and shows the delicate balance a casino must keep between keeping a high roller happy, its employees unhassled, and at the least a nod provided to the rules for the land. But allow’s start in the beginning.
Whale Made Passes at Employees
It was back in 2007, and Nebraska gazillionaire Terrance Watanabe was losing a whopping $127 million during what we hope was a helluva time that is good both Caesars Palace and its particular sister Harrah’s home, the Rio, in Las vegas, nevada. Him full of booze and fancy painkillers although he shelled out $14.7 million of his accrued debt, Watanabe subsequently sued Caesars and Harrah’s, saying the casinos had pumped. Caesars steadfastly denied the charges, plus they both settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. (Unless Caesars’ plan ended up being to rifle his pockets such as a Fremont Street hooker, we need to say we can not quite understand benefit of the comatose whale to a casino; but summary of 1984 by george orwell we digress.)
‘Inappropriate Sexual Conduct’
See, here’s where things begin to get sticky, because yes, it’s Las Vegas and yes, the dude has wracked up enough to spend a portion down associated with the national debt, but see, Harrah’s can be a big ol’ corporation and subject to rules regarding sexual harassment of its employees and all that annoying modern-day stuff. (Not just like the good ol’ days, when Sal and Vinnie would hook you up with a hot chorine and you might do whatever you wanted.) a report that is internal with a third-party investigator says Caesars’ senior management looked one other way regarding both perhaps a touch too much fanny pinching and little a lot of coke snorting, and all right on Caesars’ home to boot. Tsk tsk.
Pay Up and Shut up
Now Caesars will need to pay the $225,000 fine ‘in recognition of this seriousness’ of its bad senior administration skills to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement for ‘failure to exercise discretion and sound judgment’ where this loaded Lethario was worried. Why nj-new Jersey, you ask? Possibly because that state has become a bellwether of upstanding morals and not enough unlawful task (we wish the sarcasm has dripped onto the page) and also perhaps as a small retaliation for Caesars backing of the American Gaming Association’s damning views on whether to allow ‘bad actor’ PokerStars to get a New Jersey gaming license. All make sense now?
The next time, Caesars Entertainment, just have the guy a hooker for gawd’s sakes; it’s nothing like they’re hard to find at any of your pubs.
Full Tilt Tumbles to Fourth in Cash Players; Party Poker Also Fading
The online poker cash player rankings that are latest from pokerscout.com reveal alarming trends for both PartyPoker and Full Tilt Poker, as they continue steadily to lose ground not merely to advertise leader PokerStars, but to more immediate threats inside their midst as well.
For Party Poker, though they’ve leapt over Full Tilt into second invest the rankings, they have done so by virtue of dripping less players than Full Tilt. As we reported two weeks hence, PartyPoker had been among the first sites to implement fair play technology, a move designed to keep casual players playing for longer, and more cash in play, and therefore more money spilling into the PartyPoker coffers. The grinders whom the move hurts the absolute most have apparently shifted to other ‘unfair’ playing areas, as PartyPoker has seen a noticeable fall in money players since word of their initially clandestine reasonable play policy broke.
Whether the decrease in cash players is actually harming PartyPoker’s general take is unknown. It will also be interesting to see if the numbers correct themselves over the coming weeks as more casual players replace the departing grinders, into the knowledge that they have destination to play on-line poker where they will not be picked apart by a pack of pros.
For Full Tilt, there is less methods to spin their decrease in a way that is positive. What initially looked like a go back to form upon the website’s re-opening, as it immediately jumped easily in to the 2nd position with 8,000 daily cash players, now seems to be nothing more than old players returning to gather their balances and bid a final adieu to the website. FT’s cash players immediately slumped 20 percent in its second week back last November, and have fallen by another 50 percent in total since then.
The champion in all of this (regardless of PokerStars, who continues to win the web when it comes to poker that is online appears to be the iPoker Network. iPoker is steadily closing in on PartyPoker for second with 3,300 cash that is daily last week, and recent improvements with their network of poker sites within the form of Dusk Till Dawn, and the future addition of Ladbrokes from Microgaming should all provide to keep iPoker steadily rising while others fall.
Rounding out the top 5 of this week’s rankings was 888Poker, with just under 2,500 money players on their network daily throughout the week. PokerStars leads the way with 23,600, nearly equaling the combined total of each other poker site and network listed in the traffic report.