Playboy.com has signed an agreement with Ladbrokes, the world’s biggest bookmaker, to develop an online sports wagering site at PlayboySportsBook.com. The site will be licensed and operated out of Gibraltar and should be online in the first half of 2001. Playboy expects to add casino games and pari-mutual wagering in the coming year.
PlayboySportsBook.com will offer a full-range of fixed odds sports wagering, allowing international consumers to bet on American sports including football, basketball, baseball, boxing, tennis and golf and international sports including soccer and rugby. In addition, the site will allow participants to wager on events ranging from elections to Playboy’s Playmate of the Year.
“The site will bring Playboy’s unique brand of sexiness, excitement and fun to online sports wagering,” said Lawrence R. Lux, President of Playboy.com. “For example, we’ll be inaugurating a Playboy Betting Bunny, a live Playboy Playmate dressed in the classic Playboy Bunny Costume, who will serve as the site’s interactive hostess, including giving tips. In addition, PlayboySportBook.com will offer a range of distinctive features, including highlights of daily sports wagering events, video event coverage, sports commentary, scores and stats and a chat lounge.”
Playboy said the site will have safeguards to prevent taking bets from the United States and other places where online sports wagering is illegal.
Playboy said that it believes that the online gaming market outside of the United States includes as many as 3 million players generating revenues in excess of $1.5 billion and will grow to 10 million players generating revenues in excess of $6 billion by 2004.
“We already have 6.5 million non-U.S. visits to Playboy.com each month and will be adding international sites tailored to regional tastes and Togel Hongkong interests,” said Lux. “These sites, our 16 international editions of Playboy magazine and Playboy television networks in Asia, …
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The Second Day: On this day I open the firmament and bring high speed Web access for all! The Internet can be a beautiful thing but at 56k it’ll take you a long time to see that. You may grow old in the process, very old.
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The Third Day: Let’s …
Former Japan international Naoki Matsuda has died. The 34-year-old collapsed during training with Japan Football League club Matsumoto Yamaga on August 2.
The tenacious defender played more than 360 top-flight games for Yokohama F. Marinos and was one of the most popular players of the J. League era. He joined third-tier side Matsumoto Yamaga after being released by F. Marinos at the end of last season.
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He was rushed to hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest before afternoon training with his new club.
Doctors are yet to determine the cause of Matsuda’s condition, although Japan has experienced heatwave conditions for much of the summer.
Yokohama F. Marinos lead the way in the J. League
Umbrella sellers are no doubt doing a brisk trade in Yokohama as Kanagawa giants Yokohama F. Marinos lead the way in the J. League standings.
The port city giants beat regional rivals Omiya Ardija 2-1 at home last weekend to maintain a two-point lead over Chiba side Kashiwa Reysol, who were held to a scoreless draw away at Vegalta Sendai.
Reysol’s clash with Vegalta was their second in the space of four days at Yurtec Stadium, after the two sides met in the League Cup in midweek, with Vegalta prevailing 3-1 on aggregate.
Defending champions Nagoya Grampus are looming as an obvious threat in the league, and they’ve moved into third place in the table after brushing aside …
FA Cup.The world’s oldest football competition the F.A. Cup continues its descent into mediocrity as the Football Association has signed a £24 million sponsorship deal with Budweiser.
America’s best-selling ‘beer’ (over 11 billion bottles per year) continues to seek new ways to shake off its reputation for tasting Togel Hongkong too weak and tepid to tempt Europeans away from their native brews. The three-year deal sees the great competition renamed as “The FA Cup with Budweiser,” amid much talk of brands and promoting the cup overseas, but unless the prize money increases immensely it is hard to see how it can regain the prestige it enjoyed for decades.
Bud has been the exclusive beer of World Cup stadia for years now, a fact bemoaned by fans far and wide and the subject of a major campaign by German supporters before the 2006 tournament. In a pathetic effort to avoid negative associations, Budweiser changed its name inside Germany’s 2006 stadia to the more Teutonic sounding ‘Anheuser Busch’, but the same fizzy drink emerged from the taps. The company is now part of the Belgian-Brazilian giant AB InBev, whose brands include Becks, Hoegaarden, Labatt’s and Stella Artois.
Despite the alarming rise in alcohol-related illnesses from Britain’s binge-drinking culture, and the obvious appeal of football and advertising to children, the news of Bud’s hook-up with the FA confirms the link between football and booze remains strong.
Champions League set for London again
Champions League set for London again.Noises coming out of UEFA suggest that the Champions League Final could return to the new Wembley as early as two seasons’ time.
The unusual step is being mooted because 2013 is the 150th anniversary of the Football Association, the world’s oldest, and this year’s showpiece went off …
ePassporte, the most popular deposit method among U.S. online poker players today, is shutting its doors to the United States gambling population. The news was first announced by a popular poster over at the 2+2 Forums, and although his source was unconfirmed at the time, a statement released by Cake Poker would indeed reveal that ePassporte was closing up shop to the U.S. poker industry.
A spokesperson for the gaming e-wallet giant has not come forward as of yet with any type of press release or statement regarding the U.S. shutdown, however, it should be expected over the next couple of days.
This is tough news for a reeling American poker community that has already seen a rapidly dwindling number of ways to deposit onto online poker player sites.
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As many of you already know, PokerStars has had a storied history in the poker world ever since Chris Moneymaker’s historic 2003 WSOP Main Event victory over Las Vegas gambling legend Sammy Farha. The “poker boom” has been on ever since – and PokerStars has fastly risen to become the number one poker site around the globe today. So big that there are actually 100,000+ players on the site at peak times! With full tables, a nice deposit bonus, and an AMAZING player loyalty rewards program, PokerStars caters to …
Being a slot machine player, do you think it’s impossible to win a jackpot? Actually, that does not depend on you. Mostly everything depends on luck. So, in order to win you should hit a winning combination that will be shown on the screen of a slot machine. There are several slot machine types, divided into the following categories:
number of reels
number of pay lines
other winning functions
Those slot machines with 3 reels are called “3 reel slots” and are considered simple. Since there are only three wheels you get more chances to hit a winning combination, than if there were four or five. Whether there is a button on the machine or a handle at the side of it, they are made to make reels spin.
Some people prefer to play offline slot machines, while other are hooked up on online ones. They claim that gaming online is more exciting than gaming offline. But the one true thing is that online slot machines can never ever be cheated. Some people think they can cheat slot machines at a land-based casino, though they rarely succeed.
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The European Union’s top financial regulator on Tuesday described the US legislation on online gambling and sports betting as “protectionist” and may trigger legal action before the World Trade Organisation.
The legislation makes it illegal for banks and credit card companies to process online bets placed by American citizens with foreign gambling sites.
Charlie McCreevy, the EU internal market commissioner, said: “In my view it is probably a restrictive practice and we might take it up in another forum.” He added that the case could go to the WTO, and also suggested he would pursue the matter with his American counterparts on a visit to the US in March.
Though it is not clear whether the Union will follow through on Mr McCreevy’s threat of WTO action, his remarks highlight the deep divide between Brussels and Washington over gambling restrictions. The Commission has long argued that gambling and sports betting operations should enjoy the same rights as other service providers, and has repeatedly attacked European countries that impose undue restrictions on the industry.
The US, by contrast, has launched a broad regulatory crackdown on foreign gambling and sports betting operators, culminating in the arrest last year of two senior British industry executives for alleged violations of US anti-gambling provisions. The country’s tough stance has already sparked one legal defeat for the US at the WTO in a case brought by Antigua and Barbuda, two Caribbean island states with big offshore internet gambling operations.
The Geneva-based body ruled that the US had violated international trade agreements by allowing online horse-betting by US sites but not from abroad. However, that case, in which the EU supported many of the complainants’ arguments, is not directed specifically at the October 2006 law that targets banks and credit …
The poker boom in the US continues its upward swing, thanks to television coverage and online poker sites. Here are two recent proofs of it:
Revenue from poker grew 18 percent last year, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board. But revenue from slot machines grew just 3.3 percent and blackjack revenue grew 1.4 percent.
The popularity of poker has surprised Randy Sampson, president of Canterbury, but he’s not complaining. Canterbury takes a “rake” of up to $4 from each poker pot in the card club. Those $4 chunks added up to $7.65 million in the six months ended June 30, with 15 percent of that sum going into the racetrack’s purse fund and a breeders’ trust fund.
“We’re horse-racing people. Our focus is always going to be horse racing,” Sampson said. “But (poker) has been a tremendously helpful vehicle in subsidizing and improving the racing operation.
“There’s a little bit of an awkward feeling to the card club being more than half of our revenue and driving the growth of the company,” he said. “But in the end, they work well together.”
Sebastian Sinclair, president of Christiansen Capital Advisers, a Maine-based consulting and research firm serving the Togel Hongkong gambling industry, says: “Games tend to follow generations. It’s like after World War II – the GIs came home and they played craps. They learned it in the service, and it had a 20-year run.
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