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Casino roadblock: Florida wants casino gambling barred without statewide vote

floridaThe group, Voters in Charge, are planning to propose a constitutional amendment next year that would require additional gambling to get a statewide public referendum first before it can be allowed in Florida, Tampa Bay Times reported.

John Sowinski, chairman of the newly-formed coalition, told the news outlet: “Given the stakes involved and the money that the gambling industry puts into campaigns and lobbying, the people of Florida should have the final say on whether or not to legalize casino-style gambling.”

Sowinski said the group has already started collecting the required 700,000 signatures and more than 60,000 valid petitions to trigger a review by the Florida Supreme Court, according to the Palm Beach Post.

At least 60 percent of voters are needed to approve the amendment, but Sowinski believes they already have about 70 percent of support for their proposed measure.

The amendment, however, will not affect any gambling allowed on the property of Seminole Tribe of Florida, which had a gambling compact with the state of Florida. Sowinski said the measure will be a warning to state legislators who are considering expanding gambling as part of its negotiating talks with the tribe over a new deal.

The Seminole Tribe and the state government are currently at an impasse. Last Monday, the tribe filed a lawsuit ahead of the looming Oct. 29 deadline that could shut down table games at five of its seven facilities in the state, according to a Palm Beach Post report.

The two parties entered a compact in 2010, which gave the tribe exclusive rights to operate popular card games at its casinos in Broward County, Tampa, and Immokalee. In return, the tribe guaranteed $1 billion in state revenue.

The compact expired last July 30, and without a new deal, the Seminoles only has until the end of October to continue offering the games. The parties hope to finalize a new deal, but talks broke down during the regular legislative session last spring.

The tribe said it will continue offering the games, noting that it “has no option but to file in order to protect its interests and those of the 3,100 employees and their families whose jobs are in jeopardy,” according to the report.

October 29, 2015: posted in News And Reviews No Comments

Will There Ever Be an Online Back to the Future Slot?

future“Wednesday is October 21st 2015, a day known to millions as Back to the Future Day. We discuss whether there will ever be an online slot based on the film.”

Back to the Future is one of the most beloved films to ever grace the silver screen, capturing the hearts of millions. Those familiar with the Back to the Future trilogy will remember how Marty, Doc, and Jennifer set off for future to a time when clothes could dry themselves, shoes would tie their own laces, and kids would skate around on hoverboards. The date entered in to the DeLorean was October 21st 2015, a day that is now upon us.

Today (Wednesday) is to be called Back to the Future Day in honour of the date that featured in the 1985 film. Going back more than 30 years, creators Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale simply chose a date, not thinking that it would ever become so significant to millions of people. Nevertheless, here we find ourselves. And now that the day is here, it is worth asking whether or not we will ever get to play a Back to the Future slot.

IGT Has the Back to the Future Licence

First of all, it certainly appears possible, given that IGT had already unveiled a Back to the Future slot machine back in 2013. Many land-based casinos in the US now have the machine, allowing for players to experience a slot with all of the main actors’ realistic likenesses.

IGT obtained the licensing needed to recreate the film as a slot machine, so it could technically be possible for them to decide to release a version for online casinos. However, the developer is probably waiting to see how the slot machine performs before committing to the creation of an online version.

For the meantime, there are some excellent IGT slots to experience at sites like Mr Green Casino, and Vera and John Casino. Slots to try include Star Trek, Prowling Panther, and the Mega Jackpots series.

October 23, 2015: posted in News And Reviews No Comments

DraftKings clears employee of wrongdoing over data release




DraftKings has cleared an employee of any wrongdoing after it was alleged he used insider information to win $350,000 (308,300) on a website operated by rival daily fantasy sports (DFS) company FanDuel.

As reported by iGaming Business, Ethan Haskell, a manager at DraftKings, is alleged to have inadvertently released key data on fantasy teams for the NFL American football league and won the real-money prize on FanDuel in the same week.

Data said to have been released by Haskell showed which NFL players were most used in teams submitted to the websites Millionaire Maker contests, with this data not usually released until the line-ups for games have been completed. Furthermore, having such information prior to entry deadline is seen as offering an advantage.

However, US Attorney John Pappalardo, hired by DraftKings to investigate the case, has ruled that Haskell could not have used the information in question to win the contest on FanDuel.

The investigation found that Haskell did not receive the data until 40 minutes after he had locked up his line-up on the FanDuel contest.

It would have been impossible for Mr Haskell to have used such non-public information, DraftKings said in a statement.

DraftKings and FanDuel have banned staff from playing contests on rival websites following the allegations earlier this month, but the Haskell case has raised concerns as to whether there is sufficient regulation of the US DFS market.

Nevada last week ruled that DFS companies cannot operate in the state without a gambling licence, ordering operators without the necessary permit to cease operations in the state.

Meanwhile, DraftKings and FanDuel are the subject of a class action lawsuit in the US, while New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an inquiry into both companies to consider the advantages DFS employees may have gained using data to win prizes with competing operators.

In addition, the US Department of Justice and the FBI are said to be in the early stages of investigating daily fantasy sports operators while, in Florida, a Grand Jury has been convened to investigate whether DFS is in breach of state law.

As a result of the ongoing regulatory concerns, Amaya this week announced that its StarsDraft DFS brand has ceased offering real-money contests in a number of states.



October 21, 2015: posted in News And Reviews No Comments

Cavs still the favorite to win 2015-16 NBA title

nbaThe 2015-16 NBA season is right around the corner and the one thing that everybody wants to predict is which team will take home the Larry O’Brien trophy?

So before the October 27 season debut comes, let’s take a look at some future bets on some of the teams that can win the championship.

Since the Golden State Warriors won the championship for the 2014-15 season, the team they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers became the odds-on favorite at 3/1 and Lebron James himself is the favorite to win the MVP at 11/4.

Although James and the Cavs begin the season as favorites to win the NBA title, the odds may not be completely on their side as Kyrie Irving remains sidelined following the surgery and there is no timeline for his return. Power forward Tristan Thompson has reportedly rejected the Cavs’ five-year $80m contract. Iman Shumpert will likely miss at least two months with a wrist injury and Anderson Varejao is working his way back from a season-ending Achilles injury. Matthew Dellavedova, J.R. Smith and Timofey Mosgov all missed the preseason games with injuries.

If you think Spurs is too old to compete for the NBA championship, hold up! After getting LaMarcus Aldridge and David West along with veteran big man Tim Duncan plus rising young star Kawhi Leonard, the San Antonio Spurs has taken the second slot at 3/1.

For the defending champ, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and the rest of the Warriors to prove that the last season was not a fluke is at 5/1.

If Kevin Durant returns from his foot injury at 100% and Russell Westbrook builds off of his dynamic MVP-caliber season, there are few teams in the league as dangerous as Oklahoma City Thunder. At their best, you can never count out the Thunder, which is at 17/2.

D’Andre Jordan’s decision to mocked the Dallas Mavericks and return to Hollywood, coupled with the team’s signing of Paul Pierce who brings a much-needed winning mentality with him, it’s no wonder that the Los Angeles Clippers is at the top 5 to win the series at 10/1.

Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat are both at 20/1, respectively but if you’re really feeling crazy Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings have the longest odds at 250/1.

October 19, 2015: posted in News And Reviews No Comments
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