Carolyn Harris: We’ll fight to pull the plug on Fixed Odds Betting terminals for good

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals. Four words that I have probably said more than any others in the last three years.

Four words that sound quite innocent.

But four words that have caused devastation to those cursed with an addiction to playing these machines. And to their families.

When I first started campaigning for a reduction in the stakes on FOBTs, I was a newly elected Member of Parliament.

Taking the lead on this genuinely cross-party campaign, I was possibly out of my depth and probably naive.

I was passionate and determined enough to speak up for people who were battling against the hold these electronic demons had over their lives Image: Images

But I was passionate and ­determined enough to speak up for people who were battling against the hold these electronic demons had over their lives.

Getting the stake reduced seemed almost impossible in those early days but as the months passed I began to realise I could make a difference.

I was no longer the new, ­inexperienced MP. I was someone who people were listening to, someone quite capable of taking on the bookmakers and winning.

I was therefore delighted on May 17 when the Government announced a stake reduction for fixed odds betting terminals from £100 to £2 per spin.

This welcome, and long overdue, change will see potential losses for individual gamblers plummet from £18,000 an hour to only £360.

I was delighted on May 17 when the Government announced a stake reduction for fixed odds betting terminals from £100 to £2 per spin Image: REUTERS

This will be life-changing, agen piala dunia possibly even life-saving, for many gambling ­addicts up and down the country. To have worked with ­colleagues from across the House to achieve this historic milestone makes me very proud.

To have achieved something that will so reduce the causes of problem ­gambling and the related harm makes me even ­prouder.

Since the Government first ­announced its consultation on stakes back in October 2016, £3billion has been lost on fixed-odds betting ­terminals – often by those who can least afford it.

Last year alone, 230,000 ­people lost more than £1,000 on one of these toxic machines. For many the losses were much ­higher. This needs to stop – and it needs to stop quickly.

Every day that passes is another day that threatens vulnerable addicts.

Last year alone, 230,000 people lost more than £1,000 on one of these toxic machines

The bookmakers’ argument that they need time to make technical ­adjustments to the machines is ­nonsense. This can happen quickly.

Government ministers are saying they can reduce the stake only once they ­increase the duty on online ­gambling and that this could take up to two years. While I agree that online operators should be taxed more, this timescale is totally unacceptable.

Matt Scarrott: Sports betting industry has yet to achieve real personalization

In this interview with CalvinAyrem’s Becky Liggero, Matt Scarrott of BetVictor shares his thoughts on the key area the sports betting industry needs to improve—personalization.

All sportsbooks share a single goal and that is to provide an engaging and more gamified experience to their players. To do that, operators use advanced personalization strategies so that punters will only see the sports that they want to bet on.

However, providing real personalization is far from a simple mission. Operators need to analyze player behavior and predict what they will likely bet on next. Matt Scarrott, director of Sportsbook and VIP at BetVictor, believes providing a more personalized experience for in-play bettors is an area that still has some room for improvement.

“Real personalization, I don’t think anyone’s quite got there yet, what we try and do is put the right markets in front of everybody, we haven’t quite got to the individual customer level yet. So it’s more about getting the individual events right,” Scarrott told CalvinAyrem.

Scarrott shared that BetVictor are working on new and exciting strategies to provide a more personalized experience for in-play bettors.

“Scoreboards are a big area. We are just trying to renew our top sports, you’ll start to see those games rolled out over the next few weeks.” Scarrott said. “What we’re trying to do is put the right markets of everybody rather than we haven’t quite got to the individual customer yet. So, it’s more about getting individual events right.”

Operators also face several in-play challenges in real-time messaging and push notifications. poker indonesia He pointed out that the speed of real time makes most of the messages to the players were pretty much out of date.

“It’s difficult actually, in-play, because it moves so fast. By the time you’ve got the message ready and got it out, it is pretty much out of date—even to tell people just before it starts,” Scarrott said. “In football, if we’re go again at halftime, we need something relevant to talk about. You don’t just want to say it’s ‘two-nil’… it’s boring. You need an event to have happened during the game to talk about to try and grab that interest.”

But Geisenberger said Delaware will need a flood of new wagers to pump up its current level of profits.

“We may see a bump when it first starts and during this NFL season, but as more states come on line, that very well may flatten,’’ he said. “I don’t think we’ll see some huge windfall from this.’’

Updates with first bettors in third paragraph.

–With assistance from Eben Novy-Williams and Ira Boudway.

To contact the reporters on this story: Jef Feeley in Wilmington, Delaware at jfeeleybloomberg;Christopher Yasiejko in Wilmington, Delaware, at cyasiejko1bloomberg

To contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovinbloomberg, Flynn McRoberts, Joe Schneider.

2018 US Open expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips

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For the final time for the foreseeable future, the US Open is the second major of the year. Shinnecock Hills hosts again after a 14-year gap between the debacle of 2004 and today. This is a golf course that’s been lengthened by some 450 yards since Retief Goosen took just 11 putts on the back nine on Sunday to defeat Phil Mickelson. No two holes run parallel though Nos. 9 and 10 sort of do, the wind is a big factor, the rough will be nasty just off the fairway and driving will matter this week more than most on the PGA Tour.

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    5. Justin Thomas — Thomas is the No. 1 player in the world for a reason. He’s second on the PGA Tour in strokes gained from tee to green. He hasn’t finished worse than T-22 this year.

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Delaware Beats New Jersey to Single-Game Bet Starting Line

— Delaware became the first U.S. state aside from Nevada to allow wagers on individual professional sporting contests, just three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court freed states to do so.


Dover Downs Hotel & Casino

Full-scale sports books opened at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Delaware’s three casinos, offering single-game bets on football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer. The move trumped neighboring New Jersey, whose challenge the court used to strike the prohibition. New Jersey lawmakers are scheduled to vote on new gambling regulations to accommodate single bets later this week.

The inaugural bet was made by Governor John Carney of Delaware, whose state was the first to challenge the federal sports betting ban in 2009. He put down $10 on the Philadelphia Phillies to beat the Chicago Cubs tonight at Wrigley Field. Carney was quickly followed by Stuart Feiner, a professional gambler from Long Island who bet $500 that the Pittsburgh Pirates would defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Feiner said he came to the Dover Downs casino to support legal sports betting. “It removes the bad aura about betting as illegal and will encourage more people to participate,” said Feiner, daftar poker clad in black shorts and a black T-shirt with the words “I will kill your bookie.”

: Delaware Casinos, Vendors See Limited Benefits

Carney said the state had no plans to expand wagering outside casinos, adding that “I don’t expect” people will be able to bet at convenience stores and gas stations.

Delaware wasn’t racing to be the first to offer single bets after the nation’s highest court cleared the way on May 14, but had the advantage of having its regulatory system in place, said Rick Geisenberger, Delaware’s secretary of finance. One of four states grandfathered into a 1992 federal ban on sports betting, Delaware already operated a sports lottery that allowed bets on multiple games, known as parlays.

“It was more important for us to get it right than to have it first,’’ Geisenberger said. The state recently oversaw computer training of casino employees who’ll handle the bets.

Under Delaware’s gambling scheme, bettors have to place wagers in person at Dover Downs or one of the state’s other casinos, Delaware Park outside Wilmington or the Harrington Raceway & Casino, south of Dover.

Geisenberger said state officials are discussing an app that would allow gamblers to make bets over their phones if they are “geo-located,’’ meaning physically present, in Delaware. “That means if someone is registered with the casinos, they could place a bet from their car as they drive through the state.’’

Being first, though, may not mean much given that nearby states such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania will quickly have their own single-bet systems, said Chris Grove, managing director of sports at the research firm Eilers & Krejcik Gaming.

The Punter’s In-Play Blog: Molinari poised for historic third home title

Forecasted bad weather has seen the tee times brought forward in Ohio so with both final rounds being played out simultaneously, we’re set for a busy afternoon. Our man looks at the current state of play at both events here…

08:25 – June 03, 2018

One week after winning the BMW PGA Championship, Francesco Molinari has positioned himself nicely to claim his third Italian Open title. Here are the latest standings with prices to back at 8:15.

-16 Lee Slattery 8.6-15 Francesco Molinari 3.55-15 Thorbjorn Olesen 6.4-14 Martin Kaymer 10.5-14 Danny Willett 18.0-13 Rafa Cabrera-Bello 14.0-13 Andy Sullivan 19.5-13 Haotong Li 22.0-13 Jordan Smith 30.0-12 and 30.0 bar

Lee Slattery’s nine-under-par 62 in round three is the round of the week so far and it sees him leading by one but whether he can stay there is highly debatable. Following one low round with another is never easy and Slattery isn’t the most prolific. situs judi online The 39-year-old is playing in his 365th European Tour event and he’s looking for just his third win. And whether we can read too much in to it is debatable but all five previous third round leaders at this venue were beaten.

Last week’s Wentworth winner, Molinari, is the man to beat. So far this week he’s ranked first for Greens In Regulation and Scrambling and his bogey at the sixth hole in round three yesterday is a collector’s item. That’s his only dropped shot over the first 54 holes and three rounds of 66 have put him in a terrific position to become the only Italian to win their national title three times.

Molinari’s handled himself brilliantly so far this week and if he can keep his cool as well as he did last Sunday he’s going to take some stopping but it’s possible that the magnitude of the situation hits home at some stage. Jockeying for position over the first three rounds is one thing, delivering the goods on payday in front of an adoring crowd, when mental fatigue must be a consideration, is something else though and I fancy the man alongside him in a tie for second, Thorbjorn Olesen, represents better value at more than twice the price.

The Dane has been in the wilderness for some time now and having won European Tour titles in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as the World Cup with Soren Kjeldsen in 2016 and the GolfSixes with Lucas Bjerregaard last year, Olesen will feel it’s about time he won again.

Olesen’s already been matched at less than 21 but he finished his third round tardily. He failed to birdie the par five 15th and bogeyed 16 before parring the last two holes.

Sportech & Sportradar Team Up To Deliver Sports Betting Solutions To U.S. Operators

Following the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision paving the way for states to adopt legislation to permit and regulate sports betting, this agreement will allow Sportech to offer Sportradar’s proven sports betting related product portfolio – including pre-match and in-play betting services, content, trading tools, and risk management services – to its network of 90 licensed operator business clients and other eligible operators in states where sports betting activity is declared legal. Sportech also has plans to deploy Sportradar’s turnkey sports betting platform in Connecticut when legislation permits.

“We are very pleased to have forged this agreement with Sportradar, a global leader in sports event data, monitoring, and integrity and an official partner for the NBA, NFL, NHL, NASCAR and more,” said Andrew Gaughan, CEO of Sportech.  “We are thrilled to expand our product line to include Sportradar’s globally recognized sports betting capability, and we are poised to deliver a world class sports betting experience to our business clients across the US and within our 16 Connecticut locations and through our online and mobile channels, when legislation permits.”

Beyond serving operators in Las Vegas for a number of years, Sportradar has been proactive in planning for a broader legalized sports betting landscape in the U.S. and this partnership underscores the great potential that exists within this developing market.

“We’re excited to partner with Sportech, situs judi bola a company that shares our vision of how the US betting market will unfold and who are well positioned to capitalize on that market with existing gaming licenses and a strong customer base,” said Neale Deeley, VP Gaming Sales, Sportradar. “Our turnkey solutions and market leading bookmaker services will accelerate their sportsbook offering and provide them with a strong advantage as other states pass sports betting legislation.”


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Ari Lewski Provides A Unique Insight Into The Next Generation Of Betting

Hammersmith, London – WEBWIRE – Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The first key change we’ve observed is in connection and engagement with sports betting millennials.

There have been a lot of changes in the betting industry over the past fifteen years – more than in the previous forty. From about 1961 to around 2000, cash betting remained virtually the same until the industry saw some minor regulatory adjustments; however, it wasn’t until online betting and daily fantasy sports DFS started to take hold that real changes were seen.

In the past four to five years, in particular, there have been a lot of changes in user trends in sports betting, including the increased prevalence and prominence of player performance aka player prop betting. One company that has been at the forefront of this shift in user preferences and in many ways been a pioneer for the innovation in player prop betting is Digital Sports Tech DST. DST Director and industry expert, Ari Lewski, has been closely observing the changes in sports betting to help ensure DST continues to be at the forefront of industry advancements and has valuable insight into where sports betting is headed.

“The first key change we’ve observed is in connection with the next generation of users coming through,” says Lewski. “These users, agen sbobet commonly referred to as millennials, are seeking a different type of engagement when betting on sports. These days, users have access to vision of all the games they bet on and, therefore, want a more immersive experience. I believe this alone has been one of the biggest contributing factors to the rise in popularity of in-play betting.”

In-play betting has evolved massively since its emergence 10-15 years ago, with many operators now offering a myriad of in-running markets to attract gamblers and increase volume. The primary catalyst for the more recently steep rise in popularity has been the advent of mobile betting and the penetration of smartphone devices. This has led to in-play betting representing anywhere up to 80% of turnover for most operators across Europe, a region dominated by in-play betting on football.

Lewski explains, “The other significant shift we’ve observed in the industry is the growing attention to player performance and, by extension, player-related betting markets. Another senior industry executive was recently quoted as saying that in certain sports and leagues the players are becoming stronger brands than the teams and I couldn’t agree more with this statement. The NBA is a great example of that ⎯ it’s a sport in its prime in terms of its global appeal and popularity, and it’s solely due to the proliferation of captivating, star players currently in the league.” launch in-play esports betting; Asian Games to include esports

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Many moons ago I visited the track for my cousin’s birthday. I always had a knife inside of me back then when it came to betting. I had to be careful not to stick myself with it.

My wife at the time, who would, for a good reason, worry about my increasing capacity to lose my shit whenever I could gamble, came up with the brilliant idea of placing our bets on the Internet before we left for the track, preventing the knife from twisting and turning.

It was a brilliant idea until it wasn’t.

At home, agen piala dunia where my keys lived in the cupboard with the squid, anchor and seahorse I was a rational man. Stick me in the middle of a track, steam coming out of a mare’s nose, bookies with chalk-stained fingers screaming shit that I never understood, and the knife works lose and cuts me to ribbons.

Live betting.

There’s nothing like it.

The dedicated esports sportsbook,, knows this, and that’s why they’ve recently rolled out a live betting product.

According to iGaming Business, the new live, in-play offering, is available as I type. The first significant event where punters used the platform was ESL Birmingham where locked up the title and $500,000 first prize.

A Rivalry spokesperson said the move towards in-play, live betting came about as a way to satisfy their consumers “appetite for more contextual and rapid wagering options”.

Research indicates that this move will be the last that people distinguish with a traditional sportsbook before dashing headlong into more innovative and challenging content designed to provide Rivalry customers with a “dynamic and exciting experience”.

Rivalry, licensed in the Isle of Man, launched in February. In April, they released the Rivalry Academy, a home where esports enthusiasts new to betting can learn the ropes. It’s an insight into the core values of a company that values honesty and transparency highly. Backing that up, Rivalry is also a member of the Esports Integrity Coalition ESIC.

Esports to Feature in 2018 Asian Games

We’re inching closer to a video game professional winning an Olympic gold medal after organisers agreed that six esports titles would feature at the 2018 Asian Games as Official Demonstration Sports.

Those six titles are:

League of Legends LOL.Clash RoyaleHonor of KingsPESStarCraft IIHearthstone

The Asian Games, held every four years, is recognised by the International Olympic Committee IOC as being the second largest multi-sport event in the world after the Olympics.

The 2018 iteration takes place at Jakarta-Palembang, Indonesia Aug 18 – Sep 2, and Tencent has a big part to play in proceedings. Not only are three of the games Tencent owned titles, but they will also manage the broadcasting alongside the Olympic Council of Asia.

Can I Bet the Belmont Stakes Online From Connecticut, Rhode Island?

You are able to bet this year’s Belmont Stakes from Connecticut and Rhode Island online with an internationally licensed racebook in addition to a handful of US-licensed online racebooks, poker indonesia though the later will require you to provide your social security number and report tax winnings to the IRS.  SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE

Neither Connecticut or Rhode Island have horse racing facilities so you will need to bet on this year’s Belmont Stakes from home or on the road via your smartphone.

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The bill also clears away obstacles for any of Atlantic City’s casinos to offer sports betting, adding clauses to allow the Borgata, Caesars, Harrah’s, Bally’s and the Golden Nugget to offer sports bets despite ownership or partial ownership of professional sports teams.

A last-minute change allowed the Golden Nugget to take sports bets, despite the fact that its owner, Texas Billionaire Tilman Fertitta, also owns the NBA’s Houston Rockets. The bill previously shut the Golden Nugget out of sports betting, but a change allowed it to offer bets on sports other than basketball.

Fertitta thanked New Jersey for making the change and said he eventually hopes to convince state regulators to let the Golden Nugget take bets on basketball teams other than the Rockets, as Nevada regulators allow.

New York might not be too far behind New Jersey, Overmyer reported. A similar bill was introduced Monday.

New York legislators will try to pass the bill before a scheduled adjournment on June 20. That gives them just a week and a half to iron out the details.

N.J. Lawmakers Pass Sports Betting Bill

TRENTON, N.J. NewYorkAP — The New Jersey Legislature left little doubt about it’s view on sports betting.

It wants it, badly.

Both the Assembly and Senate pitched shutouts on Thursday, passing the measure 73-0 and 37-0, respectively. The bill is now heading to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk.

The governor would not signal whether he would sign the bill — or even when he might decide.

“Governor Murphy looks forward to closely reviewing the sports betting legislation that was recently passed by the Legislature,” said his spokesman, Dan Bryan. “The Governor has long been supportive of New Jersey’s right to allow sports betting and he wants to ensure that the proposed regulatory scheme is fair and reasonable.”

Sources tell 2 the bill is not expected to be signed this week.

Monmouth Park Racetrack has been particularly eager to begin taking bets Friday, hoping to cash in on large racing crowds over the weekend.

Once it becomes law, anyone 21 or over will be allowed to place bets in person and eventually online at casinos and racetracks in the state.

You will be able to bet on all professional sports — everything from the winner down to prop best, like who catches the first touchdown.

“I just turned 21, so I can finally do it,” Monmouth County resident Chris Ryan said. “Gonna lose a little bit of my paycheck.”

“Heard you could bet on anything, poker domino like you could bet on are they going to throw deep are they going to throw short? If it gets that nuanced it might change fantasy football. It might change how you watch TV,” West Long Branch resident Abe Maldonado said.

You will not be allowed to bet on high school sports, and college sports have a stipulation, 2’s Steve Overmyer reported. You will not be able to bet on any event with a New Jersey college, so no Rutgers football or Seton Hall basketball. However, if a game involving two schools from other states is played in New Jersey, it’s fair game. You can bet on March Madness games, if a New Jersey school isn’t in the dance.

Three weeks ago, New Jersey prevailed in a Supreme Court case that struck down a federal law limiting sports betting to just four states. Now, any state is free to adopt laws legalizing it, and analysts expect most to do so. A report this week by Eilers & Krejcik Gaming predicted that only six states will not have approved sports betting by 2023.

“I think it will increase revenue for the whole state,” Belmar resident Phil Cola said.

“I think it will boost business, bring a lot of new people to the area,” Oceanport resident Janet Cosengino added.

Former state Sen. Raymond Lesniak, who led the fight for sports betting for eight years, predicted it will help turn around Atlantic City, where casino gambling had been in decline. The state’s casinos and racetracks would be able to offer sports betting once the governor signs the bill.