Seahawks’ Richard Sherman says NFL injury reports ‘are for gamblers’

 

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said he finds it curious the NFL requires injury reports to aid in gambling while the league says it is opposed to betting on games.

Cornerback Richard Sherman legitimately had an injury last week, a hamstring issue that crept up in the Seahawks’ season opener at Green Bay and caused him to miss two practices before Sunday’s 12-9 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

But Sherman said he thinks there’s a somewhat illegitimate reason the NFL cares so much about publicizing the injuries of players with daily injury reports and designations each Friday (for games played on Sunday) stating what the odds are that a player will play.

“I guess from what I understand the rules is for the gamblers, for Vegas, to make sure the odds and everything are what they are supposed to be, which is apparently what the league is concerned about when talking about injuries and things like that,” Sherman said. “So maybe somebody should look into that, because I thought we weren’t a gambling league and we were against all those things. But our injury report is specifically to make sure the gamblers get their odds right.”

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High-stakes gambler describes addiction, recovery

THIRTY YEARS AGO, ROBERT WENT TO HIS FIRST GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS MEETING, BUT HE WASN’T READY TO COMMIT TO RECOVERY UNTIL 12 YEARS LATER WHEN HE MADE A RETURN TO THE MEETINGS WITH A NEW PURPOSE.

DENVER - Addiction can take a person to some dark places. One man went to those places figuratively and literally as he was in the throes of his gambling addiction.

“I was involved in very serious situations when I did gamble. It was life-threatening at times. I dealt with a lot of shady people,” said a man who we’ll identify as Robert. 

He’s concealing his identity to protect the people around him, including other gambling addicts who attend support group meetings with him.

“When I was out gambling, I dealt with people who gave me the shivers. And I wish I wouldn’t have. I regret that,” said Robert, who placed most of his bets in blackjack and horse races.

Thirty years ago, Robert went to his first Gamblers Anonymous meeting, but he wasn’t ready to commit to recovery until 12 years later when he made a return to the meetings with a new purpose.

“I had to let those people love me back to health, take care of me until I could get stronger,” said Robert “And that’s what they did.”

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Estate planning protects inheritance of husband with gambling problem

Question: At 73, my estate planning is way overdue. I've put it off because I don't know what to do about my husband, who has a gambling addiction. For the past 15 years, we agreed all of our money would be kept in my account, in my name only, so that he couldn't gamble with it. But what happens if he outlives me? My estate plan has to be set up so that he can't gamble away what I leave him. We have two adult daughters. Do you have suggestions?

Answer: Your estate planning should include a spendthrift trust set up for your husband's benefit. You can leave money for him in the trust, but someone else must be in charge of the trust. The money in the trust will be unavailable to him. The trustee will distribute the funds to your husband for his legitimate needs.

You will need to find a trustee. Trust companies may serve if assets meet a minimum level. If your assets are substantial, interview a few trust companies to see if they will serve upon your death or disability.

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Pennsylvania Cities Begin Satellite Casino Discussions after Gov. Tom Wolf’s Gambling Expansion Green Light

Pennsylvania’s sweeping gambling reform has already begun changing the state’s gambling landscape and debates over further alterations have been taking place in different parts of the Keystone State. As reported by local media, multiple Pennsylvania cities have commenced talks on whether they are interested in hosting one of ten satellite casinos allowed under the amended state gambling laws.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed earlier this week an omnibus gambling expansion bill as part of the state Legislature’s efforts to fill a massive budget gap. Generally speaking, the gambling legislative piece legalized the provision of online gaming services and daily fantasy sports within the state’s borders, the addition of video lottery terminals at truck stops and taverns across the state, and the opening of up to ten small-scale satellite casinos, among other things.

Some of the eligible cities have reportedly begun weighing the benefits of hosting smaller casinos. Local media outlets believe that the likes of York, Reading, Altoona, and Lancaster may be targeted by operators of Pennsylvania’s land-based casinos for potential hosts of satellite casinos.

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Has Denmark Found an Effective Treatment for Problem Gambling Through an App?

The Danish Gambling Authority (DGA) launched a potential breakthrough with an innovative app named MitSpil. The Danes have always operated at the forefront of online gaming technology, and they have tackled problem gambling head on. The mobile app is a player-friendly resource designed to track game time, and monitor gambling-related activity. The analysis generated by the app is geared towards providing customized reports and data related to gambling activity.

A Possible Solution for Compulsive Gamblers?

The release of a gambling app is not a novelty per se – there are many gambling apps on the market that prevent players from registering and gambling for real money. The problem is that they only work if players are prepared to take the initiative. Gambling addiction is a universal problem, but the Danes are confident that the latest app will serve as an effective preventative measure for players. Players are required to interact with MitSpil by inputting their winnings and their losses over time. This allows players to understand precisely how much they are being affected by their gambling activity.

Intuitive App for Gambling Addiction

The app instantly notifies players when their gambling activity results in a negative return. In other words, when losses exceed winnings, players will be alerted to a problem. The app was released in November 2016, when it served as an informative resource for players. At the time, players used the app to understand the negative impact of problem gambling activity on their lives. Version 2 of the app is a major upgrade and provides in-depth analysis on actual winnings and losses over time. The app contains a feature which alerts players to blank periods of data input.

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More than just financial loss, the social impact of gambling cannot be underestimated

The UK government is mulling a review of the regulations on fixed odds betting terminals commonly found in pubs and betting shops, in order to reduce the risk of problem gambling developing.

Based on a report from the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, this would see the maximum stake gamblers can bet on the machines reduced from £300 a minute to between £2 and £50.

Given that the Gambling Commission, the industry regulator, found 43% of people who use the machines are either problem or at-risk gamblers, some such as opposition Labour MP Tom Watson, have described this as "a squandered opportunity". Critics believe the proposals don't go far enough to protect people from fixed odds betting terminals, sometimes described as "the crack cocaine of gambling" due to their addictive nature.

Harmful gambling can have crippling financial and social effects on the gambler, their friends and family. In the first national study of the social impact of harmful gambling in Ireland, we examined how it affected recovering gamblers, their families and friends. We also heard stories from counsellors and those who provide services to help gamblers. Talking to people from all walks of life, from different age groups and different economic backgrounds, we found that a common theme was the devastating social effects gambling had on people's lives.

In particular, we learned that gamblers were often exposed to gambling at an early age, for example by collecting betting proceeds for a family member, or watching adults place bets. This then led them to participate in gambling before the legal age of 18.

Gamblers reported gambling in secret, isolating themselves from family and friends to feed their addiction. As relationships deteriorated, the gambler's behaviour would only be discovered when they were no longer able to maintain a double life, such as failing to intercept unpaid bills that had been part of trying to maintain a facade of normality. The availability of technologies, such as smartphones, means that it's possible to conceal a secret gambling habit for years, before financial and emotional crises reach breaking point.

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Las Vegas gamblers, expect to lose. That’s what casinos are saying as part of a new safe-betting campaign

Las Vegas casinos have a message for gamblers willing to blow away their entire paycheck or next month’s mortgage payment: Don’t do it.

“That is of absolutely no value to us at all,” said Alan Feldman, an MGM Resorts executive vice president. “There is no win in that for us. Our business is built on healthy customers enjoying themselves, their ability to afford it and their ability to return.”

Over the last few weeks, MGM Resorts has launched GameSense, a campaign that encourages responsible gambling. The program is featured at the company’s 10 hotel-casinos in Vegas, as well as other properties in Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi and New Jersey.

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With Star Wars Battlefront II, Disney and EA May Have a Gambling Problem

After months of anticipation, Star Wars Battlefront II made its U.Sdebut on Tuesday, immediately making its dent in the video game galaxy. And while last minute changesdesigned to address gamers’ complaints about the game’s difficulty were made, a controversial decision that lets players pay extra to unlock the game’s best charactersmore quickly has caused some Star Wars fans to rebel on social media, saying the game’s loot crate digital rewards system is a form of gambling.

The concern is over how Battlefront II rewards players with loot crates filled with randomized items. In addition to earning these crates, players can also buy them via microtransactions that convert real world dollars into in-game currency. But since the items are random, players don’t know what they’re buying, and that could be a problem for both Electronic Arts (EA, -1.42%) which developed the game, and Disney (DIS, -0.49%), which owns Star Wars.

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Outlook Rosy for Sports Betting if Supreme Court Approves Legalization

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of an upcoming case that would legalize sports betting a recently published report said the US could make between $2-$5.8 billion in gross gaming revenue within five to seven years.

The analysis was provided this week by GamblingCompliance, a leading provider of business intelligence to the global gambling industry.

New Jersey officials appealed to the nation’s highest court urging them to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). The federal law was enacted by Congress in 1992 and limited sports betting to Nevada, Oregon, Delaware and Montana.

The 20-page report based their findings on 21 to 37 states making wagering available at casinos, racetracks, retail outlets and mobile phone applications.

Some of the states they believe would institute sports gambling are ones that already have casinos, such as Pennsylvania, New York, Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio and New Jersey.

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A surprisingly easy way to keep people from a gambling addiction

New players can avoid gambling addiction with some learned tricks

Celebratory music, flashing lights and the thrilling feeling that the next try may be the winning one drives slot machine players to push the button again — and again. But sometimes when a slot machine tells you you have won, you have actually lost.

Using a trick known as “losses disguised as wins” (LDWs), modern slot machines make players think they’re winning more than they are by blaring happy tunes and shining lights. It looks and sounds similar to an actual win, but in these cases, the “win” pays less than the person bet.

If people knew about the LDW trick, they’d be less likely to be fooled into thinking they’re winning — and becoming problem gamblers, according to new research from the University of Waterloo in Canada. “Slot machines are designed to capture your attention toward those cool animations and the neat sounds, but that is where they can lead you astray,” said Michael Dixon, a professor and research director in the Gambling Research Lab at Waterloo.

The researchers gave one group of participants an educational video on slot machines, which explained the concept of losses disguised as wins, and another group was shown a video unrelated to gambling. After being shown the videos, all participants played two slot machine games, one with lots of LDWs and one with a few LDWs.

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A good bet? The fixed-odds controversy

Britain’s betting industry is bracing for the release of a government review into controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

Punters can stake up to £100 per spin on the machines, leading critics to dub them the “crack cocaine of gambling”.

They generated more than £1.8bn in revenue for bookmakers last year.

This week the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announces the findings of its review into whether FOBTs cause harm to gamblers.

It will also begin a 12-week consultation that will guide its ultimate decision on the issue.

The review has some industry figures worried because it could recommend maximum bets be cut from £100 to just £2. It may also push for gambling companies to fund an industry awareness campaign and more training for its staff.

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Jack Cleveland Casino has strong October compared to 2016: casino/racino reports

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Jack Cleveland Casino's revenue for October was a strong rebound from a poor showing during the same month a year ago.

The casino had $16.9 million in revenue last month, according to the monthly report from the Ohio Casino Control Commission. That was a 10.4 percent increase from October 2016, when it drew only $15.3 million.

All four casinos showed higher revenues last month than during October 2016, and statewide revenue of $66.5 million was a 6.2 percent increase.

Jack Thistledown Racino, with $9.5 million in revenue, remained stable compared to last year, according to the Ohio Lottery Commission monthly report.

Its competitor to the south, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, had another strong month. It again led all casinos and racinos in revenue with $19.6 million, which was $1 million more than October 2016. 

Statewide revenue from the seven racinos was $78.2 million in October, a 4.8 percent increase from a year ago.

The state commissions define revenue as the money left after casinos and racinos pay winners and deduct for promotions.

Casino and racino officials say year-over-year comparisons typically provide a more accurate reflection of performance than comparing one month to the previous one.

The ‘feminization of gambling’

Chris Danner, like a lot of slot machine players, started gambling to win money.

Eventually, she played the slots to escape.

When seated in front of a slot machine, Danner thought only of winning a big jackpot. She forgot about the controlling husband who always was concerned about money, her escalating gambling losses, her feelings of shame and guilt.

 

In April 2012, after about three years, Danner hit bottom. Her husband had cut off her access to the couple’s bank accounts, but she forged his signature on checks to get cash anyway. She gambled away the money and had no way to cover the losses. Her credit cards were maxed out. She feared her husband would have her charged with forgery. At the age of 64, Danner decided suicide was her only way out.

“I was turning myself into someone I didn’t know: a liar, cheat and thief,” Danner says.

Danner never followed through on suicide, but her story is a common one when it comes to female problem gamblers. Middle age, “escape gambling” and slot machines can be a deadly cocktail for women at risk of developing gambling problems. Experts estimate there are thousands of at-risk women in New Mexico, and thousands more who already have developed the affliction.

“I was turning myself into someone I didn’t know: a liar, cheat and thief,” Danner says.

Danner never followed through on suicide, but her story is a common one when it comes to female problem gamblers. Middle age, “escape gambling” and slot machines can be a deadly cocktail for women at risk of developing gambling problems. Experts estimate there are thousands of at-risk women in New Mexico, and thousands more who already have developed the affliction.

POKER & AI: THE RISE OF MACHINES AGAINST HUMANS

The AI technology has been picking up steam in the past couple of years. It’s no longer a gimmick or a faraway fiction. Scientists from all around the world are slowly but surely cracking this riddle. Sure, they are still a long journey away from creating a true Artificial Intelligence, but each year we see significant breakthroughs in this field.

Today, you can find some form of AI in many everyday places. For example, Alexa and Siri are world famous AI assistants. They will create appointments, answer your questions, set alarms, shop, and a million other things. Another great example is the Tesla car. Thanks to Tesla’s AI, self-driving cars are no longer a work of fiction.

But what about the poker industry? Surely there must be an AI capable of playing poker at high levels. The answer is yes, there is. This infographic will show you how the poker’s AI developed throughout the history, as well as where it is now. You can find a lot of interesting stats and information in this infographic, but if you are interested in reading more about poker related stuff, visit our website.

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Exclusive: Vegas killer described his unusual habits in 2013 testimony

Las Vegas (CNN)He was a nocturnal creature who gambled all night and slept all day.

He took Valium at times for anxiousness, and had the doctor who prescribed it to him on retainer.

He wagered up to a million dollars a night, but wandered around glitzy Las Vegas casinos in sweatpants and flip-flops, and carried his own drink into the high rollers' area because he didn't want to tip the waitresses too much.

This was Stephen Paddock as he saw himself four years before he opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers, killing at least 58 people in the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

The details are contained in a 97-page court deposition obtained exclusively by CNN. Paddock was deposed October 29, 2013 as part of a civil lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan Hotel, where he slipped and fell on a walkway in 2011.

What otherwise would have been a mundane proceeding offers fresh details about Paddock's life and habits -- for the first time -- from the killer's own mouth. The document has been turned over to the FBI, according to sources.

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In the solitary world of video poker, Stephen Paddock knew how to win. Until he didn't

Stephen Paddock wanted to win and, like any savvy video poker player, knew which machine to lock down at Mandalay Bay.

There was only one in the casino — a Jacks-or-better 9-6 machine, meaning it paid 9-to-1 credits on the full house and 6-1 on the flush and offered the casino only a slim advantage. Mandalay Bay was having a contest for a $100,000 drawing and players, based on the amount of their play the next day, would get tickets to enter.

He got ready to work.

David Walton, a video poker playing pro, headed down to the casino floor early to nab the good machine.

There sat Paddock. Not playing it. Just sitting there. Waiting.

Walton settled into the machine next to him — not one with as generous a payout schedule — and waited for midnight. When it struck, Paddock hit the machine lightning quick, going at a rate of $120,000 per hour. He barely spoke.

Walton said Paddock played 24 hours straight that day in 2007. Before the drawing, Walton wandered over to look at the 4-foot-by-4-foot drum holding all the tickets to the drawing to size up his chances at the $100,000.

Those hopes were diminishing quickly.

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Paddock “won” $5 million in jackpots in 2015, but that’s not the bottom line

The seemingly impressive figure generated big headlines.

“Las Vegas shooter declared $5 million gambling winnings,” Slate shouted.

“Las Vegas gunman earned millions as a gambler,” CNBC.com declared.

What followed were intriguing, but admittedly inconclusive reports on the video poker gambling activity of mass murderer Stephen Paddock. In recent days he’s been described by his girlfriend as “a kind, caring, quiet man” and by those who watched him in casinos as an antisocial alcoholic who qualified for a millionaire’s credit line because he played poker slots like a fiend.

When Paddock turned up downtown, he played for days at a stretch and caused enough of a stir to be remembered by veteran casino employees. On the Strip, he worked both sides of Las Vegas Boulevard, slamming multiple machines like a dervish, and occasionally winning tournaments. He piled up the comps and was welcomed as long as his bankroll held out.

He pumped up to $100,000 per hour through the machines, some media outlets breathlessly reported, apparently not fully appreciating the fact most of those machines had an extremely high rate of payout. Paddock amassed gambling “winnings” of $5 million in 2015 verified in IRS forms, but the number is misleading. Casinos by law issue issue a Form W-2G titled “Certain Gambling Winnings” to players who score jackpots and winnings subject to federal income tax withholding.

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When new players learn slot-machine tricks, they avoid gambling addiction

Novice gamblers who watched a short video about how slot machines disguise losses as wins have a better chance of avoiding gambling problems, according to new research.

Slot machines present losses disguised as wins (LDWs) with celebratory music and flashing lights, even though players actually won less money than they bet. People can mistakenly believe that they are winning and continue paying to play.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo found that showing inexperienced gamblers a brief educational video before they play helps make them more aware and curb false perceptions about the number of times they won.

"One of the keys to gambling harm prevention is to curtail misperceptions before they become ingrained in the minds of gamblers," said Michael Dixon, professor and research director in the Gambling Research Lab at Waterloo. "By exposing these outcomes for what they are, our study shows a way in which we can lead slots gamblers to have a more realistic view of their gambling experiences and possibly prevent problems down the road."

Earlier research from the University's Gambling Research Lab found that LDWs can also lead players to gamble for longer even when they are losing money -- a symptom of gambling addiction.

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Responsible Gambling Professor Says Easy Access Creates Gambling Addicts

This Tuesday saw the statement that people who suffer from gambling addictions might be victims of the way the industry works. Bo J. Bernhard, a Professor on Responsible Gambling explained that the bad state of the gambling regulation in gaming hubs such as Macau and Las Vegas is the reason why people have much bigger access to participating in gaming activities and thus their chance of developing addictions are surging.

Mr. Bernhard is an Executive Director of the UNLV International Gaming Institute and he clarified that the rates of gambling addiction in places where people gather to play are not higher by default. This means that addictions are not entirely caused by internal drives, but also they are driven by the environment and the rules which apply to it. According to the professor, convenience gambling which is readily available for anyone to participate in is able to amass more revenue and social costs than the gambling in integrated resorts.

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