An article in the Las Vegas Sun offers us a look around a university campus and a glimpse inside the issue of sports gambling by students, stepping behind the current debate in Congress over how to stop it. Stosh Bruch, 25, says gambling on professional and college games is simply part of college culture for some students: “You bet the one o’clock games, then the four o’clock and the seven o’clock games. Then you bet Monday night. Every weekend.” Matthew, a Cornell University student, admits, “I’m addicted to gambling, to be honest.” He uses bookies on campus to place bets on college basketball, professional basketball, hockey and baseball. Matthew says his bookie collects bets from maybe 20 other gamblers on campus and then places them with another guy who runs the operation. Matthew doesn’t know who is at the top, but says it’s not someone in Nevada. He says it’s strictly a local network. What’s the best way to stop the many students like Matthew from gambling? The NCAA says its bill will close the Las Vegas “loophole” that allows campus bookies to place big bets in Nevada; but Arnie Wexler, a nationally recognized gambling counsellor and former addict, maintains, “Las Vegas is not the problem. The problem is on campuses. Early intervention is the ballgame, and no one is doing it.”
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Glazer Reports on World Series of Poker Championship
Acclaimed gaming columnist Andrew N.S. Glazer, a.k.a. “The Poker Pundit,” will provide coverage of the most prestigious poker championship on Earth, the World Series of Poker, already in full shuffle at Binion’s Horseshoe in Las Vegas until May 18. The World Series attracts the best and brightest poker players from even the most remote corners of the globe. However, players don’t need a big reputation or a winning team behind them to participate in casino en ligne. Anyone over 21 years of age can enter to compete and maybe even win the grand prize this year of at least one million dollars. As the Casino.com Network’s poker expert, Andrew N.S. Glazer will provide detailed daily reports on the high-stakes tournament action starting on April 21 until the final showdown on May 18. Poker enthusiasts are invited to subscribe to Glazer’s free e-newsletter, Wednesday Nite Poker, to receive the exciting reports–full of quips and tips–in their inboxes.
Online Gambling Comes to Scandinavia
The Aland Islands Slot Machine Association, PAF, is operating an online gambling site after a Finnish Supreme Court decision on April 11 permitting the operation. Aland, the group of islands between Sweden and Finland, is an autonomous, Swedish-speaking region with representation in the Finnish Parliament. When the government of Aland gave PAF the right to open the betting site, the Finnish government and the competing gambling monopoly on the Finnish mainland, Veikkaus, objected to the decision. However, Finland’s Supreme Court agreed with Aland’s stance that Internet gambling takes place where the game server for the site is located, not where the player is located. The gambling site, now available in Finnish and Swedish, currently accepts only transactions from customers holding Finnish bank accounts; but PAF plans to accept credit card transactions by the end of June.
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