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The state AGs appeal to VP Elect Pence to reverse the DOJ action on internet gambling

There are a wide variety of internet gambling approaches to draining the pockets of American families. Those who support internet gambling say it is an issue of personal rights, although those rights have only existed since 2011. They also blame… Read more

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Gambling over the Internet Part II

As we noted in Part I while the two largest companies, Draft Kings and Fan Duels, received over $3 billion in “entry fees” in 2015, they did not make a profit. They were plagued by employees playing on the other… Read more

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Blog No 100 New Lottery Game

The Georgia Lottery has launched the latest gimmick to lure players. This time they are after the Millennials and their Smartphones. For $2 per play the person buys a chance to win up to $10,000 electronically. The game was released… Read more

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Long term Leadership

When I first became involved with opposing gambling in 1992, The Rev. Tom Grey was the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, a small Board directed the organization and Dr. Guy Clark was a Board member.   Now, twenty… Read more

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Why Sheldon Adelson Opposes DFS

Sheldon Adelson is the owner of the largest gambling empire in Las Vegas, the Sands. He is the main mover behind the $1.9 billion football stadium planned for Las Vegas and the move of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas…. Read more

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A new wave of gambling may be coming through eSports

If you are not a regular player of video games then you are probably unaware of eSports. This word represents competitive video gaming, complete with tournaments, leagues, professional level players, large prizes, teams and even cheating. There is also betting… Read more

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New York State Approves Daily Fantasy Sports

New York State approved daily Fantasy sports and allowed the DFS companies to resume play on August 22. The New York Gaming Commission notified five companies, Fan duel, Draft Kings, Yahoo, Fantasy Draft and Draft that they could begin processing… Read more

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DFS slips through the MA Legislature

Daily Fantasy Sports legislation slipped through the Massachusetts Legislature, tucked in a popular development bill.  Proponents slipped it into a bill the legislature wanted to pass. Massachusetts became the eighth state to legalize DFS games, although the governor still has… Read more

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High Tech Wagering

You will never guess how high-tech wagering in entering the US. Through horse-racing!!! Only New Jersey has approved it so far, although it has also passed the California and New York Legislatures, although the tracks are resisting. You can bet… Read more

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Australian Sports Betting

Sports betting is legal in Australia, unlike the US where it is legal in only four states, although widely practiced in many other states by means of fantasy sports sites. In Australia, as a result, there are serious concerns about… Read more

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New gambling for kids

Now we have a “weird” new $2.3 billion gambling game involving garish virtual assault rifles. The latest scandal involves “video game weapon skins” available to any age including kids using parents credit cards. The video gaming world based on “Counter-Strike:… Read more

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Kids and Simulated Gambling Games

Australia is frequently ahead of the US in developing gambling problems, because gambling is so readily available there. The latest report from the Australian Gambling Research Centre   indicates the popularity of simulated gambling games has been growing, with a third… Read more

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Differing Gambling Definitions

Ever wondered why different states allow different kinds of gambling without changing the law? As it turns out states define gambling differently. They fall broadly into four different categories: states that ban games where chance is the predominant factor, states… Read more

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New York Fantasy Sports Battle

A week from today, New York’s legislative session for 2016 ends. There is fantastic pressure to craft a “regulate and tax” deal to allow the games in the state with over a million players. The opponents and proponents are various,… Read more

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Daily Fantasy Sports Update

Here is a brief update of the Daily Fantasy Sports Games as of the end of April. Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana and Washington have prohibited them as against state laws on gambling. Attorneys General or Gambling Control Boards in Nevada,… Read more

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Consumer Protection

  Electronic gaming machines do not need to comply with consumer protection laws in any state. Regulators turn a blind eye to any features that would be misleading or deceptive in any other business. This has always been the case… Read more

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DFS Predators have little concern for the addicted

Peggy Noonan, the noted political analyst, wrote a powerful article in the Wall Street Journal on February 25, 2016. She described two groups, the protected and the unprotected. The protected make public policy. The unprotected have to live by it…. Read more

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Growth of Daily Fantasy Sports Games

Perhaps you are tired of my writing about DFS games again,.This is the fastest growing expansion of gambling at the present time, therefore worthy of attention. The top two companies attracted approximately $3 billion dollars in “entry fees” commonly known… Read more

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Fantasy Sports Games Work on their defense

  As attacks against daily fantasy games (DFGs) have increased, so has their defensive strategy. While they are struggling against New York’s Attorney General, other states have proved to be softer targets, if the states have more poorly written laws…. Read more

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New York Battles Fantasy Game Companies

NEW YORK BATTLES FANTASY SPORTS GAMES Things are moving fast in the world of fantasy sports as the states move to shut things down. Back in December after the New York Attorney General ordered a shut-down of the two largest… Read more

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Citigroup shuts off Fantasy Games

CITIGROUP AND FANTASY GAMES On February 5, 2016 announced it was blocking payments from credit and debit cards to FanDuels and DraftKings fantasy sports game sites from New York patrons. The New York attorney general has declared the sites to… Read more

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Fantasy Game Proponents Distort Reality

DISTORTING REALITY As the debate over Daily Fantasy Sports Gambling intensifies, more and more outrageous claims are made. A push is currently underway to legalize the games in Nebraska and some rather wild claims are being made. The promoters of… Read more

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Judge Awards $870 million to Kentucky

JUDGE AWARDS $870 MILLION TO KENTUCKY Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate awarded $870 Million to the state against Amaya, Inc., the parent company of the website PokerStars, for illegal play from 2006 to 2011 in Kentucky. The State sued… Read more

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New York Bans Daily Fantasy Games

We have some really good news from New York. Some of you may have noticed the little article in today’s local papers. The New York Attorney General ordered Draft Kinds and Fan Duel and other daily fantasy companies to stop… Read more

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Our National Report on How Daily Fantasy Sports Gambling Impacts You

You’ve seen the ads for DraftKings, FanDuel and other online sports gambling operators. Today, we released our new national report on Daily Fantasy Sports gambling: “Use Promo Code INEQUALITY:  Inside Online Fantasy Sports Gambling and the Misleading, Unfounded Lobbying Push… Read more

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Daily Fantasy Games

The fastest growing gambling enterprises are the daily fantasy sports games. An estimated 57 million Americans are playing them, many of them on a daily basis. There are now over 200 sites with DraftKings and FanDuel leading the way. When… Read more

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Growth of Mobile Gambling

Just as the growth of internet gambling has grown through fantasy sports gambling, so also mobile gambling has grown. Technically the UGEIA of 2006 prohibits such gambling, but the Attorney General’s Office has chosen not to enforce the law, so… Read more

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Internet Sports Gambling

Most of us thought that the UIGEA law of 2006 prevented sports gambling on line. The law left a loophole allowing fantasy games and leagues to exist. When the fantasy sites grew and started to charge for bets the Justice… Read more

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SPG’s Bernal presents to Congress on how state-run gambling contributes to rising unfairness and inequality

SPG’s Les Bernal recently presented on the public policy of government-sponsored gambling at a hearing before a congressional subcommittee. He explained why any serious effort to address the rising unfairness and inequality in America must include, as part of its… Read more

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American Gaming Association called upon to take down its “dishonest” media campaign around new film

Today, Stop Predatory Gambling called on the American Gaming Association to take down its  “dishonest” media campaign around the film release of  “Runner, Runner.”  The Associated Press carried the story. Below is the text of our letter to AGA President… Read more

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Internet casinos defeated in Congress

Last Tuesday, Stop Predatory Gambling released its Fact Sheet about the serious and powerful push underway by some in Congress to introduce “Facebook casinos” across the U.S. during its current lame duck session. Thank you to all of you of… Read more

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America Doesn’t “Like” Facebook Casinos

Today, Stop Predatory Gambling released a Fact Sheet about the Reid-Kyl bill titled “America Doesn’t “Like” Facebook Casinos: Why the Federal Government Should Not Get into the Internet Casino Gambling Business.” You can download it here. There are at least… Read more

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The push for internet gambling is really about online casinos, not poker

A must-read editorial about the push for internet gambling by The Christian Science Monitor: Many lawmakers in Washington and a few states are eager to approve Internet gambling. But to make it politically palatable, they are first pushing only for… Read more

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Billionaire casino operator concedes the technology is not good enough to prevent young people from gambling online

Sheldon Adelson, the world’s richest casino executive, said this week he opposes online gambling because he rightly says the available technology is not good enough to prevent young people from making wagers on the Internet. Other casinos operators like Caesars… Read more

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Key predatory internet gambling supporters don’t lose their own money gambling online

As the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Manufacturing subpanel prepares to hold a hearing Tuesday on Internet gambling, it is important to note that four of the leading proponents of legalizing predatory internet gambling, including the bill’s chief sponsor, don’t… Read more

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An opportunity to finally have a national conversation about the failed policy of predatory gambling

The New York Post reports today there will be a renewed push in Congress this fall to legalize predatory internet gambling across America.

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Launch of predatory online gambling in D.C. may be delayed

Efforts to expand predatory gambling in Washington, D.C. slow down as the public learns more about the issue. Read about it here.

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Associated Press: Prosecutions turn online poker into a shaky bet

Last Friday’s takedown of the nation’s three largest predatory internet poker sites continues to reverberate across America. Here’s the latest from Associated Press: Prosecutions turn online poker into a shaky bet By OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press – Wed Apr 20, 7:13 pm ET LAS… Read more

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FBI shuts down Internet poker sites

The FBI shut down the three biggest online poker sites on Friday. Check out the LA Times story below: By Nathaniel Popper and Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles TimesApril 15, 2011, 7:34 p.m. Reporting from New York and Los Angeles— A… Read more

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Predatory internet gambling bill appears to be dead for 2010

From The Las Vegas Review Journal: Gamblers and casino interests are throwing in their cards as prospects to legalize poker gambling over the Internet are all but dead for this year in Congress. Even though only days remain in the… Read more

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