Record Jackpot Won at Situs Slot Deposit Pulsa Tanpa Potongan Sands of the Caribbean

Record Jackpot Won at Situs Slot Deposit Pulsa Tanpa Potongan Sands of the Caribbean

from The Sands of the Caribbean – On September 3, 2001 an online casino player won more than US$414,119 playing the Rags to Riches slot game at The Sands of the Caribbean Online Casino announced Gwen Salmon, Director of Finance at CCMH, Ltd.

“We are always excited to see one of our patrons win big and we are proud of the fact that we continually award the largest winnings in the online casino industry. Our players recognize that our games are fair, our payouts are fast, our service is professional, and our games are fun are full of variety. Because of this, our reputation is at the top of this exciting new industry,” said Salmon.

“Unbelievable, I couldn’t and still don’t believe it!” said the winner whose online moniker is “BOBO.” “I was playing the Rags to Riches game and all three of the reels stopped on the “Rags to Riches” symbols and the bonus wheel started to spin,” explained BOBO.

“I was just hoping for the wheel to stop at $200, but it stopped at JACKPOT!!! I woke up my wife and we sat for almost 12 hours as the machine counted off at $600 per minute. After the win, The Sands of Caribbean Online Casino customer service department couldn’t have been happier for me or treated me nicer. People really do win on Internet casinos. Thank you 414,000 times!” exclaimed BOBO.

The Sands of Caribbean Online Casino was most recently recognized this past March for awarding what was then the largest jackpot ever won online, US$235,662. The March jackpot was won while playing Caribbean Stud Poker. The Sands of the Caribbean Online Casino is operated by CCMH, Ltd., a Caribbean-based company holding multiple gaming licenses.

The Sands of the Caribbean Online Casino currently serves more than 120,000 online customers worldwide and has paid out more than US$1 billion to its players’ accounts since being licensed in August of 1997. CCMH, Ltd. also operates 49er Casino and One on One Casino in addition to The Sands of the Caribbean Online Casino.

Laying a Bet on the NFL

The National Football League regular season Situs Slot Deposit Pulsa Tanpa Potongan starts this Sunday, so we thought it would be a good idea to showcase three sportsbooks that will take your gridiron bets.

Sports Interaction

Sports Interaction has all the moneyline and over/under bets for the NFL Week 1 action, which includes Tampa Bay at Dallas, the New York Giants at Denver, and Chicago at last year’s Super Bowl champs Baltimore.

Punters can also find lines on most other sports, including baseball, basketball, horse racing, hockey, and snooker. You can even lay odds on whether Prince Charles will marry Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Bettors can get the latest scores and news on their favorite teams at SportsInteraction, and choose from either Las Vegas or European-style odds.

Sport Interaction is offering a 10% bonus on all deposits until September 10, so be sure to take advantage of that. Sport Interaction is the first online sports wagering site to be licensed in North America and accepts Visa, MasterCard, FirePay, and PayPal.

Canbet

Canbet is one of Australia’s oldest and largest legal online sportsbooks. The site is government regulated, and offers Vegas and European odds. Punters can choose from a range of sports, including baseball, football, and soccer, and can check scores for all major sports for the past week.

Players can wager in U.S., Canadian, or Australian dollars, as well as Euros and pounds sterling. Betting limits are $10,000 on NFL sides and $2,000 on NFL totals. Canbet accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Neteller.

The Big Book

Punters can choose from all their favorite sports at The Big Book, including football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, tennis, and even martial arts. There’s a scrolling scoreboard that you can add to your desktop, and the latest handicapping information is available on the Links page.

The Big Book offers some great bonuses. Punters get 10% on a $100 deposit and up to 20% on $500. Big deposits of $5000 will net up to $1000 free. There’s also a great referral bonus.

The Big Book even offers a no-download casino, in case you get tired of betting on the NFL.

 

New to the whole sportsbetting thing? Check out WINNERonline’s How to Bet on Sports – a guide to the basics from Chuck Greene. You’ll be able to find out about the different types of sports bets or learn some of the sportsbetting terminology.

Another great resource is Stanford Wong’s book, Sharp Sports Betting. The book covers everything from how to place a bet on an NFL game, to the moneyline vs. spread bet, to money management. There’s even a section on how to bet online. Go to SharpSportsBetting.com for more information or to order the book.

Finally, check out ESPN.com if you’re looking for some hard information on the NFL season, the teams, and the matchups.

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Status of Casino Malaysia Gambling Laws in the U.S.

Status of Casino Malaysia Gambling Laws in the U.S.

The following are American jurisdictions having recent activity concerning legal gambling.

* – States and territories with gaming devices are marked with an asterisk: *

! – States with at least one casino (defined as having both banking card games and slot-like machines) are marked with an exclamation point: !

!* INDIANA – Legislative leaders may approve a voter referendum, over the opposition of Gov. Bob Taft, to let seven of Ohio’s horse racing tracks install video gaming machines. Earlier, the Senate Rules Committee killed a bill, approved by the House, which would have allowed riverboats to operate casinos while docked, and would also have authorized electronic pull-tab machines (slot machines which cash out with paper tickets) at Hoosier Park racetrack and its OTBs. Riverboat casinos opened in 1995, after the State Supreme Court held the law constitutional. The Legislature authorized 11, but the federal government will not allow a boat on Patoka Lake. The ten riverboat casinos took in $1.7 billion in 2000. Boats on the Ohio River can only move a few feet, for fear of trespassing into Kentucky. Riverboat admission charges help subsidize the state’s horse racing industry. The Pokagon band of Potawatomi Indians is trying to open a land-based casino in north-central Indiana, and Indiana Legislative Insight reports the Miami Indians have a “fairly low-key effort” to put a casino in western Indiana. A study released in 1999 found gambling, including the heavily-taxed casinos, are the state’s fifth largest source of revenue. The Senate voted to allow candidates to accept contributions from casino owners, but the House of Representatives killed it by a 2 to 1 vote.

!* IOWA – Slots are legal at one horse and two dog tracks, in three Indian casinos and on ten riverboat casinos — gambling is the state’s fourth largest source of income. Racinos pay a 30% tax, which is set to rise to 36%; riverboat casinos pay 20%. Gross gaming revenue is close to $1 billion a year. The Racing and Gaming Commission passed regulations which prohibited casinos from expanding, banned credit card cash advances and barred new licenses. Gov. Vilsack fired most of the Commissioners for going beyond the authority delegated them by the Legislature. But the Senate and House could not agree on what changes should be made, so the governor let the regulations stand. Suit was filed to keep the ATMs, and a court ruled the Commission had exceeded its authority. Rules are being promulgated to allow ATMs in non-gaming areas. The Senate killed a proposal for a five-year moratorium, which would have been like money from heaven for existing operators. Only the State Lottery, not charities, can sell pull-tabs.

!* KANSAS – A bill to allow VLTs at dog and horse tracks will be reintroduced, again. Tribes operate four casinos, under compacts, at White Cloud, Mayetta, Horton and Powhattan. Although the compacts were reported to exclude electronic gaming devices, tribal casinos have slots and video poker machines, as well as table games. The Casino Malaysia Delaware Tribe, forcibly removed to Oklahoma around 1868 but with no reservation, wants to move back to Lawrence and open a casino. In a highly questionable move, the U.S. Dept. of Interior approved a casino for the Miami Tribe, despite vocal opposition from Gov. Graves. The state has filed suit. Camptown Greyhound Park closed, again; but if slots for tracks is approved by the 2002 legislature, it may reopen. In Summer 2000, Greyhound Park in Wichita opened a drive-through betting window. The Legislature is expected to renew the State Lottery in 2001, which would otherwise expire in 2002.

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New Code of Conduct at Grand Virtual Togel Hongkong Casinos

New Code of Conduct at Grand Virtual Togel Hongkong Casinos

Massachusetts-based I-gambling software provider Grand Virtual has established a new casino alliance for its licensees. The alliance aims to set guidelines and standards for fair play at member sites, and features an extensive Code of Conduct.

 

The Code of Conduct includes provisions for prompt payouts, game fairness, and truth in advertising. The Code also requires members to have financing available to pay all obligations to vendors, suppliers, partners and affiliates and have sufficient working capital available to maintain “viable, ongoing operations.” (Read full text of Code of Conduct)

 

Grand Virtual casinos are geared to the European market and do not accept bets from North America. Licensees include Casino Fantasy, Casino Glamour, Casino Lux, Casino Treasure and Imperial Casino.

 

Only casinos powered by Grand Virtual software can join the alliance. Members must embrace the alliance’s principles and ethics, and agree to adhere to its Code of Conduct.

 

Despite the new effort at building player trust, Grand Virtual continues its policy of keeping the identity of its licensees secret. The company says its website “is not a marketing portal and does not seek to funnel players to particular sites.”

 

Members of the Grand Virtual Casino Alliance will display the alliance logo beginning later this month.

 

BOOK REVIEW – Insider’s Guide To Internet Togel Hongkong Gambling

There was a time when a new book on Internet gambling was something of an event, but today a new book on the subject can sit around a while before being noticed. Such has been the case with John G. Brokopp’s Insider’s Guide To Internet Gambling (Bonus Books Inc., 2001).

 

Nothing against this particular book but with dozens of web sites, magazines, books, television shows, and newspaper articles making hash out of the same old information it’s hard to get excited about yet another offering of it.

 

Brokopp does, however, deserve credit and commendation for being the most down-to-earth writer on the subject I have ever read. In the first 30 pages of this book, you’ll have a very clear picture of what Internet gambling is and what you can expect if you decide to wager. He tells it straight and true.

 

In spite of what’s indicated in the Table of Contents (more on this later), there are three basic areas covered: 1) What is Internet Gambling and how do I do it?; 2) Game and betting analysis; and 3) Tips on choosing a casino, a web site, etc.

 

I could go into each section in detail but let’s opt for brevity on this one. As much as I praise Brokopp’s approach, I’m afraid to say that if you’ve spent any time at all gambling online, you probably won’t find many surprises in this book. If you’re a total newbie or just getting your feet wet, by all means enjoy. But I can’t say that I learned much, or anything, at least not about Internet gambling.

 

What I did learn was a whole lot about horse racing, handicapping and the rest of the equestrian scene on the web. Clearly this is Brokopp’s pet subject and I’d bet it’s why he wrote the book in the first place.

 

A big tip-off is the subtitle “Special Section on Horse Racing” on the cover pages, but the proof is the way Brokopp delivers this material with a healthy dose of affection. I’ll even admit to getting a little misty-eyed every now and again ’cause it’s clear that this guy truly, madly, deeply loves the ponies.

 

You’re in luck if horses are your thing, because no less than 1/3 of the 110 pages in Insider’s Guide are devoted to them. But again I can’t help but wonder whether the author is preaching to the converted. If you’re already a horseplayer, I’ll bet you know most of what he has to say. The historical passages may be of interest, though.

 

This section reveals the truth behind the text: Brokopp is hoping to introduce people to the ponies. He’s trying to pass the old torch on to a new generation. I wish him all the best but I honestly wonder how many of the people that pick up this book are going to care.

 

One last thing: for whatever reason, the publisher has rolled the “what is …?” and the analysis material — items (1) and (2) mentioned above– into the same section of the book. I found this confusing and it left me with a muddled understanding of what Brokopp was saying. Once I went back and reviewed it things were clear, but needing to do so annoyed me somewhat. Unfortunately, the index didn’t help much either.

 

These organizational issues may be personal quibbles and you might find yourself unperturbed. Either way, they don’t significantly effect the overall value or impact of the book.

 

The bottom line? Rookies to Internet gambling should find Insider’s Guide informative and sobering, while more experienced readers will find it underwhelming. Would-be horseplayers may well feel they’ve discovered the meaning of life.

 

 

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Grand Virtual Togel Hongkong Partners with Gaming Insight

Grand Virtual Togel Hongkong Partners with Gaming Insight

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Grand Virtual, the global market leader in software and services for the online entertainment and gaming industry, today announced a partnership agreement with Gaming Insight (LSE:GIN), the United Kingdom’s leader in digital media rights and interactive gaming products. As part of the agreement Grand Virtual and Gaming Insight will provide the software platform and services for a number of major brands; among Gaming Insight’s many clients is the famous London department store Harrods. Harrods Casino Online (www.harrods-casino.com) is an MSN UK featured gaming site.

 

“We selected Grand Virtual because it is the most secure and trustworthy gaming software available for the Internet,” said David Sanderson, CEO at Gaming Insight. “Grand Virtual’s impeccable track record of adhering to legal guidelines for online gaming was key to our decision. All of the company’s technology components are purpose-built for online gaming. They include comprehensive jurisdiction control seamlessly integrated into a powerful, efficient, effective platform that provides maximum entertainment for players and peak performance for online gaming operators.”

 

The Grand Virtual platform is complete and self-contained to meet the strictest online gaming requirements, while also providing the extensibility for future growth and applicability. It incorporates distributed architecture and XML-RPC based APIs, supports multiple protocols for client-to-game-server and game-server-to-backend connections, has Flash and Active X frameworks, uses industry standard SQL and handles multiple concurrent payment processing systems.

 

“Gaming Insight is leading the online entertainment and Togel Hongkong gaming industry by providing major brands with the ability to launch online initiatives that offer the entire experience of a high-end casino in a virtual setting in strict adherence to regulatory issues,” said David Solomont, president of Grand Virtual. “Using Grand Virtual’s software platform, customers will be able to play a variety of games, including roulette or blackjack, in the most secure online environment available. Additionally, the Grand Virtual platform ensures Gaming Insight plc has the ability to expand its offerings beyond casino-style games to include peer-to-peer wagering, tournaments, lotteries and sweepstakes, bingo, and skills-based games.

 

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IGC Comments on Leach IDN Slot Bill

 

 

Statement of Sue Schneider, Chairman, Interactive Gaming Council

On House Passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Act

 

“The membership of the Interactive Gaming Council is naturally disappointed that the House of Representatives has chosen to pass H.R. 556. As has been the case with previous legislation in this area, a substantial misunderstanding of Internet gaming and of the Internet itself drives the bill.

 

“We take particular exception to the assertion that there is a link between Internet gaming and terrorism. Notwithstanding the reckless statements some have made, there has never even been a credible allegation that terrorists have used Internet gaming for money laundering. Internet gaming involves credit card transactions with a clear record of every wager. Money laundering is extremely difficult in a situation where every electronic transaction is recorded. Internet gaming is no different from any other form of e-commerce with respect to money laundering; perhaps the only difference is that our industry is subject to greater law enforcement scrutiny.

 

“It bears mentioning that if the Leach bill were to become law, it would most likely result in the development of settlement solutions that banks cannot recognize and block – truly blind e-cash. This does not exist today because there is no market for it. However, it is safe to say that, if the Leach bill becomes law, some portion of the 4.7 million Americans who like to wager on-line would seek alternative ways to IDN Slot bet, and some of these new settlement mechanisms would undoubtedly have unintended consequences.

 

“We take seriously the concerns expressed by members of Congress about the problem of minors gambling, and our members undertake steps to prevent this. However, protection of children would be better accomplished through a robust program of licensing and regulation. The IGC will continue to accomplish as much as industry self-regulation can to prevent money-laundering, underage gambling, and other social goals; but we again call on legislators to recognize that governmental regulation, and not prohibition, is the means to accomplish that.

 

“Time Magazine recently published its list of the 100 Worst Ideas of the 20th Century – unsurprisingly, alcohol prohibition was selected as the single dumbest idea. George Santayana warned us that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. We can only hope that the prohibitionists in Congress find themselves reading about the 1920’s sometime soon.”

 

Poker.com Directors Want to Privatize

 

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Poker.com Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:PKER), announces that the Board of Directors have come to the conclusion that;

 

Based on the current directives from the US Department of Justice and current and proposed legislation prohibiting gaming on the Internet there is a real potential risk to the company if it continues operating in the gaming industry where revenue is derived from royalty earned from on-line Casino and on-line Poker Card rooms. There are a variety of organizations, from financial groups to the Fraternal Order of Police, who have voiced support for the anti-Internet gambling bill put forth in the U.S. House of Representatives on the 25th September 2002 by Rep. James Leach, R-Iowa.

Based on the fact that the Company is in the on-line gaming industry, there is very little credibility given to the value of its stock, hence it is almost impossible for Poker.com Inc. shares to be fairly valued or to significantly increase in value.

The Directors propose to call an Extraordinary shareholders meeting to Vote on a resolution to sell the Assets of Poker.com Inc. to Poker.com S.A., a Private Company. The shareholders of Poker.com Inc. will retain their shareholding in Poker.com Inc. (the public company) and will be issued a proportionate number of shares in Poker.com S.A. the private company.

 

The Directors believe that this will create greater value to the shareholders in that they will earn dividends from the private company on a quarterly basis and will also benefit from any new business that the Public Company will acquire. The Directors are currently evaluating a number of business opportunities.

 

Poker.com Inc. is an on-line marketing company earning revenue from the sale of gaming Licenses and royalties derived there from.

 

This press release may contain forward-looking statements, particularly as related to the business plans of the company, within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Sections 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and are subject to the safe harbor created by these sections. Actual results may differ materially from the company’s expectations and estimates.

 

 

 

 

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London Clubs aims for black after loss hits £120m

London Clubs aims for black after loss hits £120m

London Clubs International, the debt-laden casino operator, yesterday insisted it could trade its way back to the black after crashing £120m into the red at the full-year.

 

A further £62.6m writedown on its investment in the Aladdin casino in Las Vegas, now in Chapter 11, and poor trading from its high-rolling casinos in London have left the group with net assets of just £3m which supports £224m of debts.

 

London Clubs said that “following lengthy discussions” it had reached an agreement with its banks, led by the Bank of Nova Scotia, to extend its debt facilities to June 2004.

 

The banking syndicate, which includes Bank of Scotland and Societe Generale, has also advanced a further £15m of working capital.

 

In return, “the company has committed to its lenders to undertake a strategic review of the options available to the group and to significantly reduce current debt levels by September 1 2003”. It will also explore how to raise a further £20m of funding.

 

Barry Hardy, chief executive, said: “The debt can be supported by the company’s underlying cash-flow potential. That’s why the banks are prepared to roll over the debt. If they weren’t happy they wouldn’t have done it.

 

“What the banks have concluded is that the value of the group’s assets exceeds the money that is owed to them.”

 

He said new chairman Michael Beckett, appointed yesterday, would now review the business.

 

Options for raising money included a sale and leaseback of its 50 St James’s upmarket casino, where Mr Hardy believes the freehold is worth £20m, and of its 70pc stake in its Johannesburg casino.

 

He admitted, however, that last year’s poor trading, had not helped.

 

While group sales were £1m higher at £152.5m, group operating profits, which exclude the Aladdin write-off, fell from £19.2m to £200,000.

 

The board admitted that the “underlying business has inevitably suffered” from the amount of time management spent talking to its banks. Mr Hardy said the group had been hit by “several millions of pounds of bad debts”, won less at the tables and incurred “substantial professional fees”.

 

Bad debts are believed to have topped £7m, while fees to lawyers and advisers were over £2m.

 

Mr Hardy said he was “confident of recovering the bad debts”, while trading UFA in the first few months of this year was ahead of last year.

 

He admitted he had received “a number of approaches from people who have seen the company is in a weak position” but “selling assets cheaply does not achieve anything”.

 

He said the group would consider joint ventures with companies looking to enter Britain’s deregulating gaming industry.

 

The shares rose 0.25 to 14.5p, valuing the group at £21.3m.

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There Is Such a Situs Judi Slot Thing as Bad Publicity

There Is Such a Situs Judi Slot Thing as Bad Publicity

Online gambling has been getting a lot of coverage lately in the mainstream press, most of which has been negative. Newspapers like to talk about broken marriages, massive credit card debt, and shady offshore operations because those kinds of stories sell papers. But they don’t seem to be interested in writing much else, and that’s hurting the online casino industry.

Two of the most recent examples of this growing trend appeared in the New York Times and the National Post over the past few weeks.

The Times article was about the credit card processing problems that some casinos are facing, and it started off with a bang: “Mining the margins of legality” was the first line. The article paints a glum, but relatively accurate, picture of an industry that is struggling because of its bad reputation. And that bad reputation is due in part to – wait for it – bad press.

The second article, which appeared in the Canadian Post, was about a new ‘organization’ that has been created to supposedly safeguard players from the scourge of online casinos. Unlike the Times article, this piece wasn’t encumbered by the normal constraints of balanced reporting.

Much of the article is devoted to the so-called problems with Togel Singapore online casinos and the (questionable) solutions offered by this company. The worst part was the last sentence, a quote from a disgruntled player: “‘You didn’t really seem to have a fair chance of winning.'”

That was particularly tough to swallow in light of the fact that the author didn’t bother to talk to a casino operator to get that side of the story. But that wouldn’t have added much to the piece, would it?

Even though these articles deal with different issues, they both approach the topic with a similar bias: online gambling is bad and players are likely to get burned. I can understand taking that stand in an editorial, but unless I’m sorely mistaken, these were supposed to be news pieces.

So why do articles like this keep showing up in the mainstream (i.e. non-gambling) press? Because greed, corruption, crime, and personal loss – all of which are rampant in the online gambling industry if you believe what you read – make for good copy.

The business of Internet wagering has developed a reputation, in no small part thanks to the media, for being a Caribbean-operated shell game designed to defraud honest, hard-working people. People who just happened to find a casino site, register, download the software package, enter their credit card information, buy credits, and wager money. But that’s not the point here.

The biggest problem with most of these stories is that they conveniently ignore the issue of personal responsibility in the search for online gambling’s latest victim. No one is forcing these people to place a bet on the Internet, and anyone who gets burned after blindly sending off their credit card information doesn’t exactly deserve a whole lot of sympathy, never mind a few hundred words in an international publication.

Industry experts would be the first to agree that there have been unfortunate incidents in the past with casinos folding and players losing their money, but things have changed a fair bit in the last few years. What’s more, those incidents don’t mean that the whole industry is Evil – contrary to what most newspapers would have people believe.

The reality, however, is that all this bad press has a ripple effect, especially on people who don’t know anything about the industry or play at Internet casinos. Every casino gets tarred with the same sensationalized brush, regardless of the type of operation they run.

The online wagering industry needs to get off its collective butt and do a little spin doctoring of its own to improve its image. People who don’t already play need to hear – from a reputable source – that gambling online is fun, that it’s safe, and that people do actually win big money.

This is going to be an uphill battle because the Net gambling community doesn’t have a unified voice like the American Gaming Association to sing its praises, but it is an important one. And if casino operators aren’t careful, they may wake up one morning to find that all the bad publicity has put them out of business.…

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Down goes Qiu Qiu Pkv Brazil!

Down goes Qiu Qiu Pkv Brazil!

The Selecao are supposed to be invincible. The titans of the soccer world, indestructible to the efforts of lesser countries.

A Goliath in yellow and blue.

And Mexico? Psh. They just lost to a bunch of Gringos…

Thanks to the boys at Univision, I was able to watch a wonderfully exciting Qiu Qiu Pkv match tonight.

El-Tri played the role of David wonderfully in an upset win. A quick-strike five minutes resulted in two goals for the underdogs with much to prove.

The Brazilians were in their usual attack-mode, but could do nothing to get the ball past Guillermo Ochoa. The 21-year old Mexican backstop was stingier than Mormon at a strip club.

For moments, the samba stars showed all the skill and talent in the world. But what good is it if you can’t get the ball in the net?

I guess, Hugo Sanchez is off the hot seat now for a while. This is potentially a program-saving result.

And Nery Castillo (right)?

He keeps proving that he is the best player in CONCACAF. Write that one down.

It’s not hard to see why Castillo was once considered one of the best prospects in the world. Remember that a work permit issue kept him from joining the Red Devils in Manchester years ago.

Anyways, Mexico hasn’t won anything in a long time.

The sports world is more than familiar with soccer hooligans and out-of-control parents.

Combine those two and you have this soccer mom, who attacked a 13-year old girl and a ref the other day.

“A female parent from the visiting team came running onto the pitch and attacked a 13-year-old. She pushed the 13-year-old onto the ground, so the girl was lying on her back,” Tor Eriksen of the Bardufoss regional sports association (BOIF) told NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting).

The BOIF girls were called a range of nasty names, and were also told to “get their ugly asses off the field”, NRK reports.

That’s mean stuff.

“The referee was completely “shaky”, and the players were crying,” Eriksen said.

Not as bad as this soccer mom, but still reprehensible stuff.

 

Soccer craziness, it seems, sees no boundaries.

 

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GAMBLING: NBC to air poker tourney

GAMBLING: NBC to air poker tourney

NBC Sports plans to announce today that it will produce its own Las Vegas-based poker tournament — a move that could be a prelude toward landing the World Series of Poker on network television.

NBC will film the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, a showdown between 64 players at the Golden Nugget in early March, just the latest in a series of new television programs aimed at capitalizing on poker’s growing popularity.

The event, which features a $1.5 million purse and will air on four consecutive Sundays in May from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. (noon to 1 p.m. on the East Coast), prior to the network’s telecast of the Arena Football League. The tournament will conclude with a two-hour finale on May 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. (1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time).

Unlike other televised poker events, the format will be head-to-head competition with a single elimination. Players will pay a $20,000 buy-in and play no-limit Texas Hold ’em. The overall winner will receive $500,000.

“It’s almost like an NCAA (basketball) tournament format where you have 64 players and get them down to one overall champion,” said Jon Miller, senior vice president for NBC Sports. “The most dramatic phase of each game is when it comes down to the final two players. It’s in these heads-up matches that top players play their opponent more than the cards with a lot of bluffing and table talk.”

Miller said an NBC producer who has worked on NASCAR and the Olympics came up with the idea for a tournament.

“Poker has found a tremendous audience with a great following. One of our top producers who has worked on NASCAR and the Olympics came up with this idea,” Miller said.

Miller said the event would be filmed March 4-6 and players would be seeded into groupings.

Miller said NBC looked at other venues around the country, but decided Las Vegas was the right location for the tournament, which will include a recognizable field of players, including poker legends Doyle Brunson, Howard Lederer and Johnny Chan, and the two most recent World Series of Poker champions, Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer.

“Las Vegas gives this event a tremendous amount of credibility,” Miller said. “This is where a Bandarq poker championship should be held.” Rob Dondero, executive vice president with R&R; Partners, said the time slot for the broadcasts and their national scope could be worth $500,000 in exposure to both the Golden Nugget and Las Vegas for each telecast.

“They may get fairly decent ratings for an early Sunday morning time slot,” Dondero said. “The Nugget will get exposure from having its name on the table felt and the cards and through some property shots.”

Miller said invites had been sent to players and he expects the field to be filled quickly.

“Poker has been exploding in popularity the last couple of years,” Brunson said in a statement. “The only thing missing was having a tournament on a network TV. As a player, I couldn’t be happier.”

NBC has had success with two televised poker events shown the last two years opposite the Super Bowl pregame coverage, Miller said. This year’s event, the Poker Superstars Championship, scored a 2.2 rating opposite an National Basketball Association game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets, which had a 2.0 rating. Miller said the Las Vegas event will add to NBC’s poker credentials.

With Harrah’s Entertainment announcing in January that it had retained the former president of CBS Sports as a consultant to renegotiate its agreement with ESPN to televise the World Series of Poker, Miller said NBC might want to get in on the bidding.

“When we got the U.S. Open and our golf package, we had to show we knew how to do golf,” Miller said. “With what we’ve accomplished so far with poker, the World Series of Poker is something we’d like to take a look at. Poker has found a tremendous audience with a great following.”

Harrah’s obtained the rights to the World Series of Poker last year when it purchased downtown Las Vegas’ Binion’s Horseshoe. It sold the downtown casino to MTR Gaming Group last year, but retained both the Horseshoe name and the World Series of Poker.

Harrah’s plans to hold this year’s event at the Rio beginning the first week of June. The no-limit Texas hold’em main event will be played in mid-July with the final two days, scheduled for July 14-15, taking place at Binion’s for the final time.…

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Korea All Set For Poker Online Terpercaya UAE

Korea All Set For Poker Online Terpercaya UAE

 

 

A World Cup qualifier against UAE would not usually be a huge game but Wednesday’s clash in Seoul promises to be a big, big night for South Korean football.

 

What should happen in such a situation, and what has usually happened in the past, is that the host enjoys a fairly comfortable victory and takes a step towards what would be a seventh successive World Cup.

 

And yet, there are nerves everywhere. Nerves at the Korean Football Association that the team will miss out, dealing a huge blow to the sport in the Poker Online Terpercaya Land of the Morning Calm, nerves among the media who don’t want to imagine a World Cup without Korea, nerves among the players who dream of the chance to showcase their talents on the biggest stage of all, nerves among the fans who are rightly proud of Korea’s World Cup record and nerves among the coaching staff who could soon find themselves out of a job.

 

A 1-1 tie against North Korea in Shanghai in September was a reasonable, if slightly disappointing result –though the performance was poor- and leaves no room for error at home against the weakest member of the group. As well as North Korea and UAE, Asian powerhouses Iran and Saudi Arabia are the other two members of the group. Only the top two progresses to South Africa – third place means play-offs and if you thought things were tense now, winner-takes-all elimination games play havoc with the blood pressure.

 

But that is way in the future. With tricky trips to Riyadh, against a team that Korea has lost three and tied two of its last five games, and Tehran where the East Asians have never won an official match, up next, it is imperative that the full three points are deposited in the bank tonight.

 

If not, coach Huh Jung-moo is likely to be out of the door and a big-name foreign coach drafted in as a jittery KFA looks to salvage the campaign before it is too late. Huh is showing no signs of the pressure and has vowed to attack the West Asians from the beginning.

 

There are some absentees. Kim Do-heon, Lee Chun-soo, Kim Chi-gon, Kim Jin-kyu, Jung Jo-gook and Lee Jang-soo are injured. Captain Kim Nam-il is suspended but there is some good news. UAE is in something of a crisis. The West Asians have played two games so far, both at home and both were lost. In September, coach Bruno Metsu, who almost took the South Korean job in 2004, jumped ship to nearby Qatar.

 

Fellow Frenchman Dominique Bathenay is expected to play it safe in Seoul but knows that a good result could resurrect UAE’s World Cup dreams.

 

“South Korea is a strong team,” said a tired-looking Bathaney as he arrived at Incheon International Airport on Monday.

 

“We know many of their players but we are going to focus just on our own team and how we are going to play. It looks as if two from South Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia will qualify. We have struggled from the beginning but there is still a chance for us. It will be a tough match against South Korea but we will fight for our lives until the end.”

 

That end will be virtually guaranteed if the UAE loses in Seoul. Ismail Matar is the one to watch out for. Small but stocked full of silky skills, he scored four out of seven UAE goals in the previous round of qualification and is presented with gifts of camels on a regular basis from fans.

 

Korea warmed up for the UAE game against Uzbekistan on Saturday and won 3-0. All three goals were impressive as were the players that scored them. Talented teenagers Lee Chung-yung and Ki Sung-yung play together for FC Seoul and combined well for the first goal. Daegu’s Lee Keun-ho scored twice in the second, doing enough to earn a starting place.

 

Lee Chung-young and Ki Sung-yung celebrate

 

 

“The goal has given me confidence,” said Ki who scored the only goal against North Korea in Shanghai. “It has also made me greedy for more and I am looking for a third consecutive goal against UAE. It will not be an easy game for us but we are capable of getting a good result.”

 

As tests go, the Uzbekistan game was not the best as the Central Asians were happy to attack Korea, leaving holes at the back. There will be no such easy pickings in the northwest corner of Seoul this evening.

 

UAE prepared by drawing 1-1 in Japan last week. It was a good result though the Japanese missed a host of chances and allowed UAE to score on the counter-attack. It is a scenario not unfamiliar to Korean fans and a repeat tonight would signal the start of a turbulent few weeks in Korean soccer.

 

Despite all the nerves, that shouldn’t happen as Korea look set to take a step closer to South Africa.

 

 

 

 

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