The rock star, who was the latest high-profile entertainer to be prematurely buried by pranksters on the Internet, looked and sounded fit as he sang a jazzy version of The Letter by the Box Tops, the Showstoppers stomper Ain’t Nothin’ But a House Party alongside Southside Johnny, and Bon Jovi hits Wanted Dead or Alive, Who Says You Cant Go Home, and Born to Follow.”. Jon Bon Jovi returned for a holiday-themed encore set, pulling out his best Elvis impersonation for Blue Christmas and splitting microphone time with Nicole Atkins and Gary U.S. He referred to the hoax several times, and even pantomimed taking phone calls from concerned friends checking to see if he was still alive. Unlike most all-star charity shows, the Hope Concert was well paced: No performer outstayed his or her welcome, and the musicians (mostly) resisted the temptation to extend their songs to absurd lengths. But on Monday night, Jon Bon Jovi disproved rumors of his death at the Hope Concert at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. Bandiera had his Rock-N-Soul revue drilled, and he proved to be a generous, graceful master of ceremonies.

The wicked Twitterati had him in the grave earlier today. The benefit, which was the fifth in the series of occasional charity concerts at Count Basie Theatre, brought in $175,000 for the comprehensive cancer center. Backed by longtime sideman Bobby Bandiera — the evenings musical director — and the 14-piece Jersey Shore Rock-N-Soul Revue, Bon Jovi ended the two-hour benefit concert with a flourish.

At the last Hope Concert in 2008, Jon Bon Jovi shared the Count Basie stage with Bruce Springsteen. The Boss did not make a surprise appearance on Monday, but Thunder Road pumped over the theatre sound system after the show prompted a compensatory singalong.

Like Scott Baio, who was victimized by a similar prank a few days ago, Jon Bon Jovi seemed unnerved by the barrage of Twitter rumors. He even felt the need to rehash the old Mark Twain quip about how the reports of his death had been exaggerated.. Bonds on a raucous rendition of Run Run Rudolph.

Atkins, Bonds, Southside Johnny, Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem, and Tim McLoone and the Shirleys all lent their strong voices to the Hope Concert cause — raising money for the Cancer Institute of New Jersey

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“France may become the second largest European market behind the UK for internet sports betting,” he says.

UK OPERATORS should be making tracks to France, according to Zeturfboss Emmanuel de Rohan Chabot, whose challenge to horseracing monopolistthe PMU helped pave the way to the imminent opening of the cross-Channelmarket.

De Rohan Chabot, whose online poolbetting company made a first contribution to British racing by sponsoring at Cheltenham last month, is surprised at the lack of public interest shown by British fixed-odds operators in bidding for a slice of action when sports betting comes on stream in France in time for the 2010 World Cup.

He says: “It will be hard to compete against unlicensed operators with that level of tax, but the authorities have promised a review after 18 months, and I will be among those lobbying for change.”

De Rohan Chabot makes his observation despite admitting that the tax regime proposed by the French government – 7.5 per cent duty and one per cent levy to sports’ bodies from turnover – would normally be a disincentive.

“UK companies, which have huge experience in the fixed-odds market, should think of taking a share.

“There’s no way an outsider can significantly enter the UK market, so if UK companies want to increase their own market share, they should look seriously at France, even though they will lose money in the first two or three years. . “The bigger operators will take 80 per cent of the business, and if they don’t get in from the start, there’s no way they will get in at the top end later.”

“Growth elsewhere has so far been capped by the limit of broadband, but this will be the first time that a market will open with a complete, fast broadband system.

De Rohan Chabot, whose zeturf.com site is based in Malta, is planning a zeturf.fr site to comply with the new regulations, so that he can replicate his current offer of horserace pool betting on French racing for French residents.

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Right?

So what is happening to daily fantasy sites like FanDuel and DraftKings comes as no surprise to former online poker players. Advertising is annoyingly saturating the airwaves. The New York State Attorney General sent out cease and desist letters a week ago to FanDuel and DraftKings. They enjoyed the proliferation of the game into mainstream media. They witnessed the boom of poker. It’s the same pattern. Online players were in heaven. Poker is just as much a game of skill as betting on fantasy sports. The government has begun to take notice. And they must sit and wonder how these sites have gotten away with this as long as they have. Money was changing hands. Money in players’ accounts was frozen and seized.

It was only a matter of time. Not everyone may know how to play poker, but nearly everyone watches football. Any online poker player who has visited DraftKings will find an eery familiarity between the lobby area of the online fantasy sports site and their old favorite online poker websites. Some, eventually, got their money back. FanDuel and DraftKings are suing the New York Attorney General.. Poker After Dark. Some are still waiting.

Enjoy it while it lasts, friends. is banning fantasy sports betting by New York residents. Online poker sites that once would be lucky to have 1,000 players online at any given time now had over 200,000– many of them “fish,” a term used to describe bad players. These sites gain popularity. They cause a lot of buzz. Basically, the New York A.G. On April 15, 2011 — a day known as “Black Friday” among the online poker community — the United States government shut down the three big online poker sites. The government will, eventually, shut down daily fantasy sports betting just like it did to online poker wagering.

The online poker player is very familiar with these game setups. There are the various buy-ins, ranging from free, to a single dollar, to as much as several hundreds of dollars. How about head-to-head with just one other opponent? You could even create your own tournaments with as many, or as few, players as you like.

Those who played online poker for a living know how this is going to end. Mike Sexton became a household name for many. Advertising for sites like PokerStars and PartyPoker were inundating the airwaves. The public outcry will be huge if fantasy sports betting is deemed illegal.

Former online poker players have seen this story play out before. A poker player can calculate the odds of a certain card hitting the table as much as any fantasy sports bettor can calculate the odds of a certain hitter getting a base hit against a certain pitcher.

Wrong, said the United States government. PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker were closed for business to all American players. World Series of Poker. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, because as popular as online poker may have been (and it was enormously popular), fantasy football is even bigger and more mainstream. The government, especially, notices they aren’t getting their piece of the action. You want to play in a tournament against thousands of others with the chance for a huge payout? Or do you want to just “grind” out a steady profit? You could play single “games” against only fifty people, twenty, or nine– how many ever you want. ESPN and NBC couldn’t get enough poker programming. There has been the scandal questioning the integrity of the game. They generate a lot of money. No one was being hurt. Just a word of advice– Don’t keep too much money on the sites.

The bottom line is the government will always want a piece of the action. And you can play as many times as you want. The two fantasy sports sites have chosen to ignore the injunction and elected to continue to take bets from New York residents. The government calls daily fantasy sports betting “gambling.” The accused sites argue that fantasy sports is a “game of skill” and not “gambling.” The government goes after the payment processors for the various sites.

The legal wrangling has already begun in one state. People were having fun. You can play against how many ever opponents you want. Poof! Just like that

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It is “trick or treat” after all, so are you ready with a few safe Halloween pranks to make your family and friends jump out of their skins? Here are five great ones – all safe, but still spooky – to help get your Halloween tricks started.

Place plastic insects and spiders on their front porch, window sill, or other well-trafficked home area

Creepy crawlies like spiders and bugs are always a great way to create a little scare. They’ve got that wiggly feel while still having some real weight, so they can really cause a fright! When your friends go to sit down on the couch and get comfortable among the pillows, they’ll be in for a fun scare!

Put fake spider web on your friend’s front door or a family member’s bedroom door

Stretchable spider web is safe and easy to dispose of, making it an excellent Halloween trick material. It’ll cause a nice fright the minute your Halloween prank target opens that door! Add a few plastic spiders into the web for an even spookier effect.

Place plastic ants, spiders, or other small plastic critters into the cereal in a cereal box

This one is not a prank for small children, as you don’t want these to be eaten! And you do need to sacrifice a box of cereal to the Halloween prank gods, but the jump you may get from your intended target could be worth it.

Halloween is not only a time of the spooky and scary, it’s also a time of mischief. Remember – keep them safe!

. Strategically place them in locations you are sure they’ll notice and wait for the chaos to ensue. Do you have one you can share? Leave it in the comments below, so others too can enjoy these fun Halloween tricks. If there are babies around, place them above the reach of their tiny hands, otherwise they may think they are a tasty treat to eat!

Put fake skeleton or zombie hands in the dirt outside of your friend’s house; make it look like it’s popping up from underground OMG are those zombies coming to get us?! You bet, and your neighbor will have a little fright too. You can add to the effect with a fake gravestone that, along with the hand, seems to have popped up out of nowhere. A few well placed rocks and some mulch can help hold up that hand without giving it away.

Place a few plastic snakes in the pillow cases on your couch before having guests over

Plastic snakes are great for Halloween tricks. When your family member goes to pour their favorite brand of cereal in a bowl on Halloween morning, they’ll be in for quite a treat!

There are a lot more safe Halloween pranks out there that can help you turn the scary season into frightful fun. Don’t go crazy digging up their yard (your friends probably won’t appreciate that), but do find ways to disguise it

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The line hadn’t moved to reflect Moore’s scratch until they put it on the score phone prior to the game.

“From that point on, we always called courtside and asked for last-second scratches, injury information, etc.,” Duffy said. How many of the calls were from separate individuals, and how many came from the same desperate gamblers remains top secret.

“It could have easily been 17 degenerates, coming out of Madison Square Garden, looking for what the scores were,” Charles, the founder of Dial Sports and one of the pioneers of pay-per-call score phones, said with a laugh. But Charles wasn’t running a backroom bookmaking operation.

A charismatic and ambitious kid from the Bronx, Charles was one of the public voices of sports betting in the 1970s and ’80s. Tables with partitions divided the office into individual booths for the five announcers who would work on a busy shift. I distinctly remember, the first six months that I did my 1-900 line, it got right around $500,000 in revenue. It was to go with a more than 5-point road favorite off either a road loss or a loss as an underdog,” Duffy recalled. He was both an announcer and a pick-seller, who admits to not being “completely proud” of some of the things that were said on the phone those days. Lichtenstadter spent the last decade in banking, and Duffy remains in the handicapping business as the owner of OffshoreInsiders.com.

Charles, who turns 80 in November, is working on a digitally enhanced book accompanied by 31 songs that he wrote that will go on sale on Amazon.com this fall. I’d release it on my 1-900 number, and the [betting] line would almost inevitably go up.” And occasionally, they’d even stumble upon information that hadn’t been made public and wasn’t represented in the betting market. barely. After all, how else would they know how much to bet on the next games? (The 976 prefix was the regional predecessor to the national 1-900 numbers that became the story of the early 1990s. We’d have games on most of the TVs, and we’d have a few TVs reserved for Playboy Channel or something less restricting, X-rated.”

But the score phone industry was much more than just porn, picks and scores. The calls, costing as much as 50 cents apiece, came from across the nation. “The system, at the time, was incredible. Announcers would call sports information directors, media relations personnel and even directly to press row for updates.

“Dial Sports, can we have an update on your score?” they’d tell whoever answered the phone.

“No one cared,” recalled Steve Lichtenstadter, a Dial Sports alum, who worked in the garage office. Locals know it as Cheshire Bridge. They once acquired computer software written by Dr. Currently, pick-sellers rely more on social media and online advertising, but at the time, the free score phones were a boon for their ilk.

By the early 1990s, score updates by phone were free. Surrounded by gentlemen’s clubs, massage parlors and liquor stores, the work environment ranged from very casual to vulgar.

“We had multiple televisions, hooked up to the old-style big satellites,” recalled Lichtenstadter, one of the early Dial Sports announcers, who went on to work for several free phone services in Atlanta. “You could pick up anything. But he also believes that era helped grow the sports betting industry.

“The free score phones definitely changed how Americans bet,” said Duffy. Bonaventure and were given information that their star Harry Moore Jr. It once happened right before a 1993 UMass-St. In a 1978 appearance on “The Today Show,” he nailed the score of Super Bowl XII, telling then-host Tom Brokaw the Dallas Cowboys would beat the Denver Broncos 27-10.

“I told Tom Brokaw that I’d come back on, but he couldn’t ask me for another score ever,” Charles joked during a spring phone interview about his successful and lucrative career in sports media and gambling.

Financially, things took off for Charles after he transformed the two-car garage adjacent to his home in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, into the headquarters of Dial Sports, one of the earliest pay-per-call services that provided frequent score updates on games.

At a time when technological options were limited, gamblers didn’t hesitate to part with two quarters to hear updates on their invested interests. Bonaventure basketball game.

“We called pregame at St. They constantly called Charles’ 900-976-1313 pay number. Many were placed from the pay phones outside of Madison Square Garden, some came from Las Vegas and almost all were from gamblers. “Even some of the colleges never had a problem with it.”

Dial Sports, much like a lot of pay-per-call services in the mid-1980s, grew rapidly. Former Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers worked in the score phone industry and even made picks as “Will The Winner.” Another score phone alum is now a pastor in metro Atlanta. “We got some very heavy call volume on our 1-900 numbers back in the day. He’s also a regular speaker at gaming industry conventions. If I knew then what I know now, I probably could have negotiated a little bit higher salary.”

Duffy swears there was some advanced handicapping taking place. He wrote a gambling column for the Philadelphia Inquirer and featured Las Vegas sportsbook executives and handicappers on his radio broadcasts. Mike Orkin, a prominent statistician and college professor.

“We found this one NBA system. It expanded to regional offices and was thriving, before the industry began to change and the touts got into the game.

The tout takeoverJust before the Internet took hold in the early 1990s, there was a rise in touts — sports betting pick-sellers who often were much more expert salesmen than prognosticators. Dial Sports eventually evolved into the content provider The Sports Network, and Charles got away from the phones, but not before making millions.

“We didn’t have a dollar to our name when I sat down with my wife, before the garage,” Charles said, thinking back to how it all started. “Not bad for a kid from the Bronx.”

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At its peak, in the early 1980s, Mickey Charles’ garage was receiving 20 million phone calls a month and generating millions of dollars in revenue. Asked if they did it for their own purposes or to enhance the value of the score phone, Duffy replied, “Both.”

The offices that housed the free score phones of the 1990s were a step up from Charles’ garage … But a lot of the score updates came directly from the stadiums and arenas. One office was located in a seedy area of metro Atlanta. Multiple services had 976 numbers to serve regional audiences, including the Sports Phone out of New York, which was recently profiled by Newsday).

Dial Sports was extremely popular.

The evolution of American sports betting prior to the Internet can be traced back to a garage office in the suburbs of Philadelphia. “When someone asked that question, that’s when we’d [try to change the subject and] say, ‘Would you like to go to lunch?’”

The garage office had flooring, a drop ceiling and neon lighting. Not quite enough of it trickled down to me. But before you got the scores, you had to listen to iterations of nonsense like this from one pick-seller: “If I don’t win this game, I will blow my brains out.” Another tout from Atlanta told callers, “In honor of my idol Martin Luther King, TL Steele is having his DEAD-MORTAL lock … if this does not win, TL Steele will donate $1 million to his favorite charity, the United Negro College Fund.”

Sources say the real dead-mortal lock was that the donation was never making it to the UNCF, win or lose.

Sometimes during their boisterous, rambling sales pitches, they would offer a free selection on a game, before encouraging customers to contact a sales rep at another number for the “big play.”

Joe Duffy, another Dial Sports alum, witnessed the full spectrum of score phone’s rise and fall. It produced an array of characters who went on to a wide variety of professions. Each booth had a phone and a list of approximately 200 contacts with professional and college sports leagues and arenas.

The property was elevated, allowing the team to pick up games on the radio from across the nation and up into Canada. was a last-second scratch,” Duffy recalled

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Here’s why. The Attorney General is trying to shutdown both companies, saying DFS violates the criminal laws in NY. You have a degree of control but the randomness of the cards counterbalances your control. . Chess involves so much skill that it is not considered gambling. Hence, they call the money staked on the outcome, an “entry fee,” and the resulting win “a prize,” masquerading it as a tournament. However, at some point you fall into a third party bettor role or a passive role, when the real world game begins. You start as an active player in that you are role playing as the team manager and selecting your players under the restrictions of a set salary cap. He concluded that when the same “expert” players win at marginally higher percentages than the novices, the game is skill-dominant. Therefore, not only do the games involve a high-degree of skill, but the players are exerting control over the composition of competing teams. The points accumulated are based off of a unique combination of performers that you have chosen for strategic reasons.

What is gambling? It’s a new question with an old-aged answer. Now consider DFS. Unlike betting on a real-life sporting event, you are betting on a “fantasy team” that you created, which makes this wholly different from simply choosing whether the Jets or Giants will win a game or whether Alex Rodriguez will hit a certain number of home runs. The contentious lawsuit in New York illustrates the dilemma. Those real-world games may be influenced by the weather, a bad call by a referee, a mid-game injury, an impassioned rivalry, a coach’s decision not to put certain players in the game, etc. I would propose that neither is true. be based on a future event where the player has no control. There is no point spread betting or parlay betting. It is a game that facilitates role-play in real-world events, active play and passive observation. Everyone else, stick to tailgating, nachos and beer. In contrast, critics say, there is so much chance involved that daily fantasy sports is flat out unlawful gambling. Legislators must go to the table and create new laws to address this complex game and its unique considerations. Gambling should NOT be narrowly defined as a game dominated by chance. Contrary to popular belief, fantasy sports isn’t for the face painting, chest baring sports enthusiast – you essentially have to be “Rainman” to win big. The creation of daily fantasy sports necessitates a change in our country’s legal definition of gambling. Calling all mathematicians, wizards and soothsayers. be dominated by chance to be gambling or 2. It exists across the country. Does it? No. In choosing players it is standard to do research and review statistics, recent performances, weigh the value and cost of one player up against another, so on and so forth. Jennings says he won a $1 million dollar jackpot and admitted he spends in excess of 70 hours per week preparing for his DFS contests. The UIGEA however allows states to regulate gambling regardless of its federal fantasy sports exemption. There are two forms of gambling: passive gambling and active gambling. Lotto, for example, is clearly chance-dominated. In court, the debate centers around one key issue: does daily fantasy sports involve more skill or more chance? If it is predominantly chance, then under most state laws it constitutes gambling and states have the authority to outlaw or regulate it. So we see that varying levels of skill can be integral to “gambling” games, but when a certain level of skill is reached, as in chess, the game falls off the gambling spectrum. There is a clear continuum of games that are almost entirely chance, games that require greater levels of skill and games that fall in the middle of that spectrum. Furthermore, salary caps require players to choose winning combos that cannot be based on the best or most expensive players in the league. There is intellectual engagement and the opportunity to sit back and let chance take over. Just like life, free will and external factors influence outcome. At that point, you have no control over the player’s ultimate performances and you have to sit back and enjoy the game. As we move up the ladder, consider chess, which undoubtedly involves more skill than chance.

The problem is that most states have to first prove that DFS is gambling in order to regulate it and many states only define gambling as a chance-dominant game. However, in poker there is still a good deal of chance because cards are randomly dealt. Thus, the narrow definitions in their own laws are preventing them from regulating this novel form of skill-dominant gambling. Yes, these are the types of people you are up against in these contests, in case you were wondering. If you bet on a horse race or a sports game, you are a third party passive bettor waging your money on the outcome of an event that you have little to no control over. How on earth can anyone predict what Ping-Pong balls will pop out of that oscillating hamster wheel? Roulette is also mainly chance. DraftKings submitted affidavits from some of the top statisticians in the country. It’s that very oxymoronic quality that makes the games fun. So, until legislators get our laws up to speed, sports fans should be free to responsibly get lost in their fantasies.

Here is the problem. Now how about horse racing? Racing requires a little more skill because players are selecting horses. In fact, the initial hand dramatically impacts subsequent play and outcome. Just look at the varying categories of gambling. Prior to selecting his lineups, he watches countless hours of pre-recorded games and creates complex statistical charts that factor in weather conditions, possibilities of poor referee calls, home team advantages, emotional rivalries, you name it, he assigns it a numerical value. The same goes for backgammon and most dice-dependent games. Poker, on the other hand involves a sophisticated level of skill. These renowned professors analyzed the games and one of them determined that the top 1.3% of players win about 90% of the DFS profits. Even non-poindexter players must strategize over which combinations of players will yield the most points. In fact, both are true. So, there is skill in the selection of the players but chance when it comes to their ultimate performances. Ever since DraftKings and FanDuel attracted the attention of politicians looking to get a slice of their multi-billion dollar businesses for state funds (free money off of someone else’s idea!), the companies have had to hire high-priced lawyers to defend the legality of their businesses. But, horse racing also involves a fair amount of chance. While the AG may be right, that DFS is gambling, he is wrong when he calls it unlawful gambling in violation of NY law.

Operators of daily fantasy sports want to make the argument that there is so much skill involved in their business, that it is not gambling. It is a unique hybrid. However, if it is predominantly a game of skill, as the companies contend, then it is not gambling and federal law exempts it from state regulation. Daily fantasy sports is merely a new category of skill-dominant gambling, skillful enough to place it on the high -end of the gambling spectrum but not skillful enough to remove it from the gambling classification altogether. It is a coalescence of fantasy and reality. In this respect, the NY statute is too restrictive in requiring that a game 1. There is a weighted degree of both skill and chance, of both active participation and passive observation.

However, even if you look at it from a merely common sense perspective, average players are also exerting considerable skill. Players make skill-based decisions such as, stacking a team with both a quarterback and a receiver from the same team or choosing a boom or bust player and banking on that player blasting the board with points. Reformation of the laws is appropriate, not indictments, criminal charges or lawsuits. Bettors factor in past performances and weigh probabilities and circumstantial factors. Why? Because NY law defines gambling as staking or risking something of value “upon the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under his control.” DFS requires too much skill to be a contest of chance.

Under the law, the application of personal creativity and artistry is frequently used to claim ownership over a work. We see that in chess there is so much skill directly exerted by an active player, and so little chance, aside from who moves first, that it is not gambling. Skill, rather than chance dominates, but there is enough chance involved and money staked to label it gambling.

The invention of DFS requires legislators go back to the drawing board and update their archaic state laws. Thus, it is entirely original. You are both actively and passively playing to an almost equal degree. The bettor is at the mercy of the outcome and athletic performances in that one race.

This problem of trying to fit a square law into a circular fact pattern is not unique to NY. If, however, you are a poker player, you are actively playing. Thus, there is no need to decide whether skill or chance is more dominant. In fact fantasy sports are legal under the federal Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Rather, it is a tournament that often requires an entry fee and results in a prize. DraftKings also submitted a sworn affidavit from one of its repeat winners: Peter Jennings. Those dozens of variables are mathematically computed into advanced algorithms, which govern his eventual player selections

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Halloween is not only a time of the spooky and scary, it’s also a time of mischief. Strategically place them in locations you are sure they’ll notice and wait for the chaos to ensue. Remember – keep them safe!

. When your family member goes to pour their favorite brand of cereal in a bowl on Halloween morning, they’ll be in for quite a treat!

There are a lot more safe Halloween pranks out there that can help you turn the scary season into frightful fun. You can add to the effect with a fake gravestone that, along with the hand, seems to have popped up out of nowhere. A few well placed rocks and some mulch can help hold up that hand without giving it away.

Place a few plastic snakes in the pillow cases on your couch before having guests over

Plastic snakes are great for Halloween tricks. If there are babies around, place them above the reach of their tiny hands, otherwise they may think they are a tasty treat to eat!

Put fake skeleton or zombie hands in the dirt outside of your friend’s house; make it look like it’s popping up from underground OMG are those zombies coming to get us?! You bet, and your neighbor will have a little fright too. Don’t go crazy digging up their yard (your friends probably won’t appreciate that), but do find ways to disguise it. It’ll cause a nice fright the minute your Halloween prank target opens that door! Add a few plastic spiders into the web for an even spookier effect.

Place plastic ants, spiders, or other small plastic critters into the cereal in a cereal box

This one is not a prank for small children, as you don’t want these to be eaten! And you do need to sacrifice a box of cereal to the Halloween prank gods, but the jump you may get from your intended target could be worth it. It is “trick or treat” after all, so are you ready with a few safe Halloween pranks to make your family and friends jump out of their skins? Here are five great ones – all safe, but still spooky – to help get your Halloween tricks started.

Place plastic insects and spiders on their front porch, window sill, or other well-trafficked home area

Creepy crawlies like spiders and bugs are always a great way to create a little scare. They’ve got that wiggly feel while still having some real weight, so they can really cause a fright! When your friends go to sit down on the couch and get comfortable among the pillows, they’ll be in for a fun scare!

Put fake spider web on your friend’s front door or a family member’s bedroom door

Stretchable spider web is safe and easy to dispose of, making it an excellent Halloween trick material. Do you have one you can share? Leave it in the comments below, so others too can enjoy these fun Halloween tricks

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At the same time, your fave US bookie might have given you odds of 6/4 on Bush! That means if you took both bets, you are betting (risking) $1,600, but will win $2,000 WHATEVER the result! Easy money or what? Bank a cool $400 for nothing.

Mr Schultz is a writer for www.supabets.com bet site an archive of free tips and trix for betting fans, where he concentrates on sports betting rules.

This article was posted on February 10, 2005

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So how does 100% winners, no risk sound? Groovy, huh? But there are, of course, problems. The difference between the odds offered by 2 bookies, and exploited by an arbitrageur, may only amount to a fraction of a percent, meaning that you may have to wager several thousand dollars to win 5 bucks. The main problem is the size of the account you need to make a useful profit. Each online betting site has to maintain it’s own ‘book’, and it would be a strange world indeed if they all had the same number of punters, all betting the same way and the same amount, meaning they all had to offer the same odds!

How often does this happen? Quite a lot. Sometimes, the differences are deliberate. But what you could have done is put on a bet with UK bookie Coral that Kerry would win, and the odds they would give you would have been 6/4 (i.e. As you recall, it was close. Usually the difference will be small. Nothing wrong with that, you think? Not if the bet is 100% guaranteed? But what about if thru the vagaries of the internet, you manage to get one side of the bet on at the right odds, but not the other? You are left holding a LARGE position. For example, in a boxing match, the US champ will, of course be favored by the US bookies, but the UK challenger will be top bet at the UK bookies. Also, accounts of this size are viewed with some suspicion by the bookies – they will want to know that you aren’t (for example) money laundering.

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A Bet You ALWAYS Win – How Sports Betting Arbitrage Works

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Betting arbitrage is a method of creating a bet that has a zero risk – in other words, you always win! The concept of ‘arbitrage’ comes from the financial world, and describes the activities of traders who find two different places offering the same trade, but at different prices.

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So ok, you know the risks, but how does it actually work? Let’s go back to the US election between Bush and that Herman Munster guy, the Democrat fella with the long face (Kerry? Curry?). Simply exploit the difference. It works even within the US too – a Varsity football match, for example, may find the out of state team offering you an opportunity to arbitrage within the home team state depending on the demographics of the customers using two US online bookies.

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Generally, you can bet risk free on any sporting event with either 2 or 3 outcomes, such as Football, Baseball, Boxing, Basketball, Tennis, Soccer, Golf, Snooker, Cricket, Hockey, Ice Hockey and Darts. That is why you need large accounts. . By exploiting the inefficiencies of some brokers, a win can therefore be guaranteed. They then exploit this difference by selling in one location and buying in the other. a US 1.5 – bet $800, return $2,000).

The advent of online betting sites meant that the punter could suddenly check prices at a multitude of different locations very quickly, and open bets at those that had ‘slipped’ out of line. No one knew for sure which way it would go. Whatever happens to price, they make a profit on the difference between the original 2 prices. The same thing applies to betting arbitrage, typically on sporting events. Are the odds always as good as in the example? No

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15, 2014 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Second, as an economic activity, sports betting isn’t a game-changer. Despite such concerns, Christie initially moved to permit sports betting in 2011 after voters approved a constitutional amendment to legalize it.

“Nobody expected such a bizarre move,” said I. and the NCAA have long opposed sports gambling because of fears it would lead to game-fixing. Atlantic City casino revenue reached a peak of $5.2 billion, and tumbled to $2.86 billion last year nearly two dozen casinos were built within driving distance of the Jersey shore gambling mecca. All Rights Reserved.

Earlier this month, Brookfield Asset Management, owner of Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, acquired Revel for $110 million, a fraction of the $2.4 billion to build.

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A lifeguard boat sits on the beach in front of the closed Revel Casino Sept.

Atlantic City’s embattled casino industry, which has lost thousands of jobs this year as money-losing operator shut their doors, shouldn’t expect much of a boost from sports betting, experts say. According to data from the American Gaming Association, a trade group, about $3.4 billion was wagered on sports at casinos in Nevada in 2012, though the total amount generated by the state’s casinos race books was much smaller. Professional sports leagues in the U.S.

“I don’t think it’s going to be the lifeline for the casinos,” said Alex Bumazhny, who follows the casino industry for Fitch Ratings, adding that the credit rating agency “doesn’t think it will make a big difference” in Atlantic City.

But State Senator Raymond Lesniak, an outspoken proponent for sports betting, pushed through a bill this that year that abolished the state’s existing prohibitions against sports betting. But that law comes amid a major slump in gambling in the state. Casino industry experts have argued that it will be difficult for Brookfield to operate Revel as a casino because it never made a profit. The reasons are many.

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Another obstacle is that New Jersey residents are divided over the benefits of sports betting. “This whole thing is a snow job.”

Under a measure New Jersey Gov. There probably isn’t anything that can save Atlantic City.”

2014 CBS Interactive Inc.. Chris Christie signed into law last week, Atlantic City racetracks and casinos can start accepting sports bets. Nelson Rose, a professor at Whittier Law School who has written a textbook on gaming law, adding he wasn’t sure if New Jersey’s move will survive a court challenge. “This isn’t going to save Atlantic City. Over the past few months, operators of the Revel Casino Hotel, which at one time was touted as linchpin of an Atlantic City revival, Trump Plaza and Showboat, closed their doors. The Trump Taj Mahal has threatened to shut down next month unless it receives concessions from state officials. Though 44 percent of people surveyed by Rutgers-Eagleton poll thought that sports betting was a positive for Atlantic City, another 48 percent were less sure of its value, while another 31 percent thought it would make no difference. The state then eliminated all of its laws outlawing sports betting at tracks and casinos.

“The reality is that it’s a big deal for Monmouth Park and that’s it,” said Alan Woinski, the president of Gaming USA, a consulting firm based in Paramus, New Jersey, in an interview, referring to a struggling race track in Oceanport, New Jersey, that under the state’s new law will be able accept sports bets. Supreme Court refused to hear the state’s appeal, leaving the ban in place.

Still, sports betting is starting up in New Jersey despite ferocious competition from a number powerful interests. Florida developer Glen Straub, who submitted the losing bid, is challenging the sale.

A further damper on sports betting profits at Atlantic City casinos is the fact that it’s legal in Delaware and a handful of other states.. A federal court ruled in the league’s favor, and the U.S.

The NFL subsequently sued to block the law, claiming that it violated an 1992 federal law that restricted sports betting to four states. The AGA pegs the gross gaming revenue from sports bets at $170 million, a tiny percentage of the $10.9 billion consumers plunked down in the state’s casinos in 2012. For one, the decline of New Jersey’s gaming industry has been years in the making and was hastened when lawmakers in neighboring Pennsylvania, a key Atlantic City market, allowed casino gaming

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