|Internet users take a gamble in online Grammy Awards pools
||[Feb. 9th, 2005|01:41 pm]
According to AnyBets.com, 69% of punters predict the international pop diva Sheryl Crow will win the award for her performance of The First Cut is the Deepest at odds 1:1.25 US dollars. And 79% believe that the category winner will be at the ceremony to accept the award with 37% predicting that she will be wearing a black or grey outfit. Punters who have backed that the winning artist will not be present will win a whopping US$22.92 per US$1 bet placed.|
For Best Album, most bettors seem to think hip-hop artist Usher will win for Confessions, holding 63% of the money placed in the category. Unless the pendulum swings before betting closes, highest dividends in this category will be paid for bets on Kanye West's 'The College Dropout' taking just 3% of the betting pool.
John Mayer's Daughter is currently the favourite with 58% of the money placed for Best Song. C. Smith and Kanye West are the long shots in that category for 'Jesus Walks' - a US$1 bet would net a US$14.30 dividend.
Grammy pool betting closes February 14, 2005 at 00:50 GMT. Winners will be paid out the next day. ;)
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|Odds fall on naked Britney Playboy pose
||[Feb. 3rd, 2005|05:50 pm]
With Britney Spears’ nude photos being the worst kept secret since J-Lo and Marc Anthony’s marriage, betcom.com was forced to take down the betting odds until there is a resolution. |
“The photos sure seem real, and they definitely have that classy Playboy feel to them,” said Will Hawkins, props department manager for betcom.com.
“We strive to offer our customers all kinds of entertainment props to bet on in addition to our regular sports and casino games,” added Hawkins.
Betcom has many other ‘Playboy Props,’ such as: Will Janet Jackson pose nude for Playboy? and What will the Olsen twins do first, get married, give birth, or pose for Playboy?
“We have a lot of fun with these bets and so do our customers,” said Hawkins. “And as you can see, when we created these betting odds we never thought that Britney would be the winning ticket!”
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|NHL lockout: no labor deal, no season. Owners, players chiefs didn't play poker
||[Jan. 28th, 2005|05:05 pm]
Hopes of last-minute salvaging the 2004/05 NHL season evaporated when representatives of the disputing sides ended their low-level New York meeting held at an undisclosed location on January 27 with no deal. The NHL and the NHL Players' Association (NHLPA) said no plans for further talks have been drawn. |
Representatives of team owners and locked-out players were discussing the longstanding labour dispute for 11 hours, as more than half the campaign and more than 700 professional hockey games had already been lost.
Since the two sides have been unable to resolve the labour dispute, the time to save even a partial season (February 2 is the actual of deadline in the issue) has almost run out.
Thursday's NHL-NHLPA meeting followed negotiations in Toronto 24 hours earlier.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and his counterpart in the negotiations, the players’ union executive director Bob Goodenow, did not take part in the meeting.
The discussions yesterday were focused on finding a kind of common ground from which to negotiate.
The main obstacle is still the demand from team owners for a form of salary cap.
Arguing that they have lost $1.8 billion over the last 10 years and close to $0.5 billion in the last two years, owners have demanded "cost certainty" in any new deal in a bid to gain control of rocketing payrolls. NHLPA has interpreted that as a salary cap, something they have vowed never to accept.
The labour dispute between NHL and NHLPA could probably have been settled otherwise: in late December, PokerRoom.com, one of the world's largest online poker gaming sites, proposed a way find the NHL lockout solution.
On December 22, PokerRoom.com delivered registered letters to NHL commissioner and NHL Players' Association chief Bob Goodenow's Toronto office, inviting them to settle the longstanding labour dispute “like men - in a game of winner-take-all poker on PokerRoom.com.”
Despite an advertising and slightly humoristic nature of the proposal, many had taken it seriously. In the spirit of NHL and NHLPA’s respective bargaining positions, poker could probably have helped in reconciliation and finding a much-needed compromise.
The two-stage online tournament would feature a game of limit Texas Hold'em poker with a cap of four raises, followed by a heads-up, one-on-one game of no-limit Texas Hold'em. The first player to capture all his opponent's chips wins the challenge and the season is saved. It seems that neither Mr. Bettman nor Mr. Goodenow are truly prepared to end this conflict and save the season.
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|For Oscars, all bets are on
||[Jan. 25th, 2005|12:27 pm]
The leading British bookmaking companies are already posting Oscar odds, even before the the nominations are revealed tomorrow morning.|
Ladbrokes began offering 6-to-4 odds on British favorite Clive Owen winning best supporting actor after his Golden Globe triumph.
Gamblers from all over the world bet online on the Oscars, with residents of the Far East and Scandinavia showing special interest. At the moment, leading British bookmakers don't officially take online bets from Americans with U.S. credit card addresses.
Still, Americans living abroad or visiting Britain are free to bet here, not to mention any with a British connection.
Paddy Power has posted a full slate of pre-nomination odds and is currently offering even money for "The Aviator" to win best picture, with "Million Dollar Baby" at 6-to-4.
Paddy Power is even taking bets on which designer will dress the best actress winner. It favors Calvin Klein, at 7-to-4 odds, because best actress favorite Hilary Swank models Calvin Klein underwear.
The company is offering 4-to-1 that Clint Eastwood will mention President Bush or Michael Moore in an acceptance speech.
Rob Gillespie, president of Bodog - which will post its odds tomorrow morning after the nominations are unveiled - estimated the company will receive up to 4,000 Oscar bets from U.S.-based gamblers this season.
"There are no runaway favorites with Jamie Foxx as a possible exception, given the crowd reaction to his win at the Golden Globes," he said with the expert eye of someone who watches big money riding on the outcome. "It looks like small pictures will make a big splash."
PADDY POWER'S PRE-NOMINATION ODDS
Even "The Aviator"
6/4 "Million Dollar Baby"
25/1 "Finding Neverland"
33/1 "Hotel Rwanda"
50/1 "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
2/7 Jamie Foxx ("Ray")
9/2 Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Aviator")
8/1 Johnny Depp ("Finding Neverland")
14/1 Paul Giamatti ("Sideways")
28/1 Liam Neeson ("Kinsey")
40/1 Clint Eastwood ("Million Dollar Baby")
66/1 Jim Carey ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind")
8/11 Hilary Swank ("Million Dollar Baby")
15/8 Annette Bening ("Being Julia")
4/1 Imelda Staunton ("Vera Drake")
25/1 Kate Winslett ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind")
40/1 Scarlett Johansson ("A Love Song for Bobby Long")
100/1 Emmy Rossum ("Phantom of the Opera")
4/7 Martin Scorsese, "The Aviator"
6/4 Clint Eastwood, "Million Dollar Baby"
10/1 Alexander Payne, "Sideways"
22/1 Marc Forster, "Finding Neverland"
25/1 Taylor Hackford, "Ray"
33/1 Mike Nichols, "Closer"
40/1 Michael Gondry, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
40/1 Terry George, "Hotel Rwanda"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
11/8 Thomas Haden Church, "Sideways"
13/8 Clive Owen, "Closer"
5/2 Morgan Freeman, "Million Dollar Baby"
16/1 Jamie Foxx, "Collateral"
16/1 Freddie Highmore, "Finding Neverland"
33/1 Alan Alda, "The Aviator"
33/1 David Carradine, "Kill Bill Vol. 2"
33/1 Peter Sarsgaard, "Kinsey"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
11/10 Cate Blanchett, "The Aviator"
15/8 Virginia Madsen, "Sideways"
3/1 Natalie Portman, "Closer"
9/1 Laura Linney, "Kinsey"
16/1 Kate Winslet, "Finding Neverland"
33/1 Meryl Streep, "The Manchurian Candidate"
33/1 Sophie Okonedo, "Hotel Rwanda"
|Father sold his sons’ Christmas presents to GoldenPalace.com on eBay
||[Dec. 27th, 2004|05:33 pm]
An Antigua-based online casino GoldenPalace.com yesterday paid $5,300 to a Texas man who sold off his sons' Christmas presents on eBay. The 41-year-old father said he auctioned three Nintendo DS systems because they do not deserve these expensive presents.|
Each boy - aged nine, 11, and 15 - had an opportunity to receive such a splendid gift. But their misbehaviour upset the father and he decided to post the items on the eBay auction website.
The three systems, together with three games were accompanied with the following posting: "No kidding. Three undeserving boys have crossed the line." According to BBC, the man said that his son would not stop fighting, swearing and making obscene gestures. Santa never gives presents to naughty children and it explains the father’s decision.
Monty Kerr, spokesman for GoldenPalace.com, said since posting the proposal on eBay, the Texas man has averaged one e-mail every five seconds. "He got some pretty threatening e-mails to the point he's not identifying his family's name," Kerr said. "He said it's been pretty split. Every other e-mail he gets has been supportive or threatening. He doesn't want to subject his family to that kind of split opinion."
According to Chron.com, the parent did not want to discuss the auction that got close public attention. He decided to remain anonymous. However, Kerr said that the money raised from the game system sale will pay for a new heater at Trinity Baptist Church, where the family worships in Pasadena. He added that the game systems will be donated to needy children selected by the parents and the church.
GoldenPalace.com pays $65,000 for ‘ghost cane’
|The oldest backgammon set found in Iran
||[Dec. 24th, 2004|05:42 pm]
GamblingGates.com informs that Iranian archaeologists have recently discovered the oldest backgammon set in the world. The board along with other 60 pieces was found beneath the rubbles of the legendary Burnt City in Sistan-Baluchistan province, south-eastern Iran.|
The scientists say this backgammon set was made at least 5,000 years ago as it belongs to the 5,000-year-old Burnt City civilization. They assert that this archaeological find is much older than the one already discovered in Mesopotamia. According to Iranian.ws, the recent discovery provides strong evidence that the board game was first played in the Burnt City and then transferred to other civilizations.
"The backgammon reveals intriguing clues to the lifestyle of those people. The board is rectangular and made of ebony, which did not grow in Sistan and merchants used to import it from India," said Mansour Sajjadi, head of the research team.
The board features an engraved serpent coiling around itself for 20 times, thus producing 20 slots for the game. This decoration proves that Burnt City artisans were masters of the craft. This reveals some new facts regarding life of this ancient civilization’s inhabitants, who are believed to be concerned with their daily survival and had no time to play games.
"The 60 pieces were also unearthed inside a terracotta vessel beside the board. They were made of common stones quarried in the city, including agate and turquoise," Sajjadi added.
At the moment, experts are trying to find out why players played the backgammon with 60 pieces and what the rules were then. The only one thing they say for sure is that the found board is it at least 100-200 years older than the one discovered in Mesopotamia.
|GoldenPalace.com buys $10,000 Titanic plate
||[Dec. 23rd, 2004|01:47 pm]
The online casino GoldenPalace.com purchased the alleged authentic dinner plate from the historical ship Titanic. The gambling operator, that has already bought some unusual things like the Virgin Mary grilled cheese sandwich and the ghost cane, had to pay $10,000 for the Titanic memorabilia.|
According to Biz.yahoo.com, the seller Jay Sherman, a homeless man, inherited the plate from his great aunt Eva, and sold it on eBay through intermediary DoorToDoorAuctions.com.
Eva Freada Husted was heading back to the United States after she and her husband were visiting England in 1912. She took a china plate with her as a keepsake and put it in her coat pocket. When the ship was sinking, she managed to catch up her coat on the way to the lifeboat. The ship sank in the North Atlantic in 1912 after striking an iceberg on its maiden voyage. About 15-hundred passengers and crew died.
Additionally to the Titanic plate Golden Palace.com received a letter dated February 23, 2004 and signed by Denys Rusatmov, the Marketing Director of the Pirkenhammer Porcelain Company. This document confirmes the authenticity of the plate, which was manufactured by Pirkenhammer specifically for the Titanic porcelain plate set in 1911. This item was not provided for the open market, and people could see it in the 2nd class staterooms of the Titanic only.
"We are very excited by this purchase," said GoldenPalace.com CEO Richard Rowe. "This plate truly is a piece of history, as the sinking of the Titanic is one of the most famous events of the last century. We are also very pleased that the money from this purchase will greatly help Mr. Sherman."
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|Ritz Roulette £1.3m win scam
||[Dec. 21st, 2004|01:22 pm]
According to GamblingGates.com three gamblers suspected of using a hi-tech mobile phone laser beam at London’s Ritz Casino being allowed to keep their £1.3m winnings, has prompted casinos across Britain to review their security.|
The gamblers’ laser device in the mobile phone allegedly enabled them to predict with more probability the outcome of every spin of a roulette wheel. But Scotland Yard has failed to find evidence to prosecute the gamblers and refunded them the “significant” quantity of cash which officers seized after their arrest.
The group, described as a “chic and beautiful” Hungarian woman, 32, and two “elegant” Serbian men, aged 33 and 38, had been on police bail for nine months but are now free to leave the country.
Scotland Yard spent nine months investigating whether the trio conned the Ritz Casino in London.
Reports from Budapest say the Hungarian woman was well known at the capital's top casinos and had been banned as a result. But on March 16 when she walked into the Ritz accompanied by her two friends, aged 33 and 38, she did not initially raise the suspicions of croupiers.
The 32-year-old woman watched as the roulette ball settled on her selection then cashed in her Ritz chips for £100,000. The following evening the three returned to the Ritz casino’s roulette tables. This time they won £1.2m.
The Ritz's management suspected they were using a scanner inside a mobile phone which measured the speed of the ball as the croupier released it and calculated where the ball would settle.
The phone data was then beamed to a microcomputer, which ran through thousands of possible outcomes to forecast which section numbers the ball would land in. This data was flashed on to the screen of the phone just before the wheel made its third spin, by which time all bets must be placed.
Having reduced their odds of winning from 37-1 to 6-1, the trio placed bets on all six numbers in the section where the ball would likely end up.
|Casino money lures robbers and… beavers
||[Dec. 21st, 2004|12:52 pm]
Beavers found a bag of bills stolen from a casino, tore it open and wove the money into the sticks and brush of their dam at a creek near Baton Rouge.|
According to the Associated Press, quoted by Abcnews.go.com, the money was part of at least $70,000 pilfered from the Lucky Dollar Casino in Greensburg, about 30 miles north-east of Baton Rouge. Surprisingly enough, the banknotes remained usable after the beavers' ‘construction project’.
The mystery of the stolen money turned out to be rather simple to solve, although it had a rather unusual twist to it. According to the Sheriff's deputies in St. Helena Parish, they started an investigation after local video poker casino accused its security guard of disabling its security cameras. Jacqueline Wall, 25, was booked for theft, Martin said.
The first money bag was found almost immediately, while the second bag of banknotes was found downstream of the beavers' dam shortly afterwards. The third bag caused a lot of trouble to officers as they couldn’t find it even in the deep water near the dam. Finally, deputies decided to break the dam down and suddenly found the money there. When they opened the third sack, it still had some cash in it.
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