New Jersey makes case to Supreme Court on sports betting
New Jersey's chances of getting the U.S. Supreme Court to consider its attempt to allow legal sports gambling hinge on how a bedrock constitutional principle is applied.
The state argued in briefs this week that Congress is barred from forcing states to repeal or reinstate their own laws. That's a reference to an issue at the heart of a lawsuit by the NCAA and the four major pro sports leagues, who argue a 1992 federal law barring all but four states from authorizing sports gambling derails N ...
Dec 28, 2016, 8:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Woman denied $43 million jackpot, offered steak dinner instead
It was a selfie she thought was worth nearly $43 million.
Katrina Bookman hit the jackpot on a slot machine in late August at Resorts World Casino in Jamaica, Queens. She even took an excited self-portrait with the machine displaying her winnings: $42,949,672. It would have been the largest slot machine jackpot in US history.
I can't even describe the feeling. It's like my whole body just got numb, Bookman said.
But when she came back the next day to find out the exact size of her jack ...
Nov 3, 2016, 12:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Judge: Poker pro Ivey, pal broke gambling rules in $10M win
A federal judge ruled on Friday that poker pro Phil Ivey and a companion violated state gambling regulations in the way they won nearly $10 million at cards at an Atlantic City casino.
U.S. District Court Judge Noel Hillman determined that the pair did not meet their obligation to follow gambling regulations on four occasions in 2012 by having a dealer at the Borgata arrange Baccarat cards so they could tell what kind of card was coming next.
By shifting the odds in their favor, they viola ...
Oct 21, 2016, 8:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Mississippi lottery talk likely to coalesce odd coalition
Analysis: Natural foes to reunite yet again in opposition to lottery efforts
Nothing puts preachers and their flocks in political cahoots with the state's casino gaming industry barons faster than any serious talk of Mississippi authorizing a state lottery.
Fellow scribe Geoff Pender told us last week in a story about the possible prospects of Mississippi adopting a state lottery that Gov. Phil Bryant is open to a discussion of a state lottery.
The exact quote Pender attributed to Bryan ...
Oct 6, 2016, 11:11 am - Lottery News forum
These poker-playing robots can bluff better than humans
When it comes to understanding intelligence, the greatest challenge out there is not a Rubik's Cube, or chess, or even Go. These games are difficult in the sense that there are often many options, but they are still transparent: nothing is hidden; every bit of information is in front of you. The main obstacle is converting this perfect information into a strategy. There is a fixed set of rules out there, and if a computer can find them, it will achieve the optimal result in every game.
When G ...
Oct 1, 2016, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
Appeals court hands loss to New Jersey sports betting effort
A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt another defeat to New Jersey's years long attempt to legalize sports betting, setting aside the state's legal challenge to a federal betting ban.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling invalidated a law passed by New Jersey in 2014 that would have allowed sports betting at casinos and racetracks. The court found New Jersey's law violated the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which limits sports betting to the handful of states ...
Aug 9, 2016, 11:07 am - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Lottery now offers problem gambling info via text or chat
For nearly two decades, people in Kentucky have been able to call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) to speak with a counselor concerning issues with problem gambling. This service has now been expanded to include text and online chat capabilities.
This program is administered by the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling (KYCPG), and is being underwritten by the Kentucky Lottery. Thousands of callers have been helped or received information on problem and addicted gambling through the helpline, KY ...
Jul 30, 2016, 6:20 pm - Lottery News forum
New survey destroys myth that poor Americans buy most lottery tickets
Half of all Americans play the lottery
New Gallup survey results have again debunked the popular myth created by anti-lottery crusaders that low-income Americans buy a disproportionate number of lottery tickets.
Roughly half of Americans say they have bought a state lottery ticket within the last year, similar to the figures recorded in 2003 and 2007, but down considerably from the 57% who said they played the state lottery in 1996 and 1999. This trend has occurred even as the number of st ...
Jul 25, 2016, 2:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Las Vegas woman wins $100,000 on $5 NFL parlay bet
Only the 2nd bet she has ever made
One of the biggest long shots in betting history will be cashed on Wednesday afternoon when Tayla Polia gets paid $100,005 for her $5, 15-leg NFL parlay that came through this week.
The 26-year-old Polia, who moved to Las Vegas two months ago, got 20,000-to-1 odds on the parlay card on betting firm William Hill's mobile site. She cashed in by being on the right side of the point spread in 14 games and correctly picking the over in the Steelers-Broncos gam ...
Dec 26, 2015, 1:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas Gov. tells Lottery to stop exploring gambling expansion
But he doesn't have the legal authority to force the Lottery to stop
Gov. Greg Abbott has told Texas lottery officials to stop efforts to explore the expansion of sports betting lottery games and other types of gambling that are prohibited under state law.
The Dallas Morning News reports Abbott told Texas Lottery Commission Chairman J. Winston Krause in a letter Monday that he does not want the agency to continue its exploration of the games that other states have launched. Abbott wrote th ...
Nov 12, 2015, 11:56 am - Lottery News forum