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Clarion Gaming announces its inaugural ‘Sports Betting USA’ conference

Clarion Gaming announces its inaugural ‘Sports Betting USA’ conference

Industry corporate events organizer Clarion Gaming has announced the launch of its first ever ‘Sports Betting USA’ conference which will take place this November 14-15 2017 at the Convene in New York City.

This two-day conference will discuss the legislative path to the repeal of PASPA; demystify misconceptions around sports integrity; outline data monetization strategies, fan engagement opportunities and new revenue streams for the rights holders, and present routes to a regulated market for the operators wishing to add this vertical to their offer – all of it positioned at the intersection of sports and gaming.

Clarion occupies a unique position in the sector, providing the full range of services to the entire spectrum of the global industry including exhibitions, conferences, technical training, research and digital information. Their products include the world’s largest gaming technology exhibition, are delivered globally and attract more than 30,000 participants annually in locations spanning every continent. Their New York conference will further detail opinion in how a legalized US market may take form, in terms of regulation and commercial opportunities.

Further discussion will center on US sports consumption, market particulars and misconceptions and identifying revenue streams and stakeholder values, all of it via a whole offer of practical strategies, business networking and expert speakers.

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The agenda for the Sports Betting USA conference has been drafted by Ewa Bakun, Head of Content for Clarion Gaming, who praises on the events ambitions:

“I have been monitoring the evolution of the sports betting discussion in the USA for the last two years waiting for the right moment to offer this conference to the market”, she details in the event’s website. “As this issue has now become a mainstream one, largely due to the effort by the American Gaming Association and the shifting positions of the sports leagues, and as we’re starting to see operators invest to prepare for regulated sports betting through products that are legally viable now, I think our November event will see top level participation from both the sports sector and the gaming industry.”

Sports Betting USA has been also intended as a meeting and educational platform for the sports leagues, team owners and TV networks to learn how regulated sports betting could help their plummeting viewership numbers and to address the concerns around sports integrity.

The event will also bring together gaming operators including land-based casinos, tribes, licensed sports books, both online and land-based from Nevada and European markets, DFS operators, lawmakers, regulators and suppliers to discuss the route to legalization and paths to market, including provisional strategies to create a footprint with sports driven customers now.

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Junior Achievement’s annual charity poker tournament

Junior Achievement's annual charity poker tournament

For the seventh year in a row, Junior Achievement (JA) of Southern Nevada held on Sunday, June 11 its Charity Poker Tournament at Planet Hollywood.

This tournament usually attracts poker professionals, aspiring players and viewers. More than 200 players were expected to register. The grand prize winner scored either a seat at the World Series of Poker’s Main Event this summer at Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino (a $10,000 value) or $7,500 cash option, winner choice. For 2nd through 10th place prizes included cash, show tickets and dinner packages.

Michelle Jackson, President of Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada loves the event: “it is an incredible opportunity for members of our community to join together and raise funds while having a great time. Money raised from this event will help enable us to continue teaching young people how to be financially successful and aspire to greater things.”

Relying entirely on donations and grant funding, Junior Achievement operates numerous programs in Southern Nevada to help more than 20,000 students in at-risk areas learn everything from budget management to economic principles in primary schools, and works with them to develop skills for the workplace.

Around 80 percent of participating students live at or below the poverty line, and the organization fills a critical need. Business partners in different industries volunteer their time to teach the programs.

According to ninth-grader Christian, his participation in Finance Park was vital in providing him with a glimpse of life after school: “It helped me to know the basics of budgeting and learning the value of money. Now, I know the difference between needs and wants. Learning those basic skills now can help me in the future.”

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Texas Hold ‘em was the main game. This variation of poker enables a large group of people to play at once with the focus on both cards and betting.

Players enjoyed drinks and gourmet food prepared by Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino with exclusive access to the VIP Party. Participants could also enjoy a front row seat for all the action without playing in the Tournament and bid in a silent auction without even attending the event, through either their cell phones or on-site systems.

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UFC veteran Tim Hague passes away at the age of 34 after boxing knockout

UFC veteran Tim Hague passes away

Tim Hague, a five-fight UFC veteran, died Sunday, June 18th, at the age of 34, two days after suffering a boxing knockout in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The five-fight UFC veteran had been in critical condition after his defeat Friday evening, during the second round, to former football player Adam Braidwood at Shaw Conference Centre. Although Hague had 34 pro MMA fights, his bout with Braidwood was a boxing match for the KO Boxing promotion. He was hospitalized for a brain hemorrhage.

Hague’s sister, Jackie Neil, confirmed Hague’s demise in a statement published on her Facebook page.

“It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today. He was surrounded by family, listening to his favorite songs. We will miss him so greatly. We ask for privacy during this difficult time.”

Braidwood knocked Hague down numerous times during the bout, but the referee didn’t call for a finish until one punch left Hague out cold in the second round. Hague was 1-2 as a boxer going into the fight, while Braidwood was 7-1 with six knockouts. The bout was sanctioned by the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission (ECSC).

Hague, also a school teacher, compiled a 21-13 record in MMA with 15 knockouts and four submissions. He started his MMA career in 2006 and won 10 of his first 11 fights, including his UFC debut – a first-round submission of Pat Barry at UFC 98 in Las Vegas. But that would prove to be his only victory in the promotion.

In his next three fights, he suffered a seven-second knockout loss to Todd Duffee at UFC 102, a majority-decision loss to Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 109 and a unanimous decision loss to Joey Beltran at UFC 113. After this last defeat, he was released from the UFC, but made a quick return on short notice to fight Beltran again. But after that loss, with a 10-4 record overall and 1-3 in the promotion, he was let go again.

He rebounded in 2010 with knockout wins in Edmonton over Zak Jensen and Travis Wiuff, and those were enough to get him invited back to the UFC. However, at the UFC’s second “Fight for the Troops” show in January 2011, he was stopped by Matt Mitrione with a first-round TKO.

After that, Hague remained active in MMA, including fights for King of the Cage in Canada, as well as WSOF. In the past two years, he was just 1-4, and all four losses have come by knockout. His lone success was for Canada’s XFFC promotion in April 2016, for which he beat UFC veteran Kalib Starnes to win the promotion’s heavyweight title.

The Edmonton Combative Sports Commission (ECSC) released this statement prior to Hague’s passing:

“Following the news that boxer Tim Hague is in critical condition following a professional boxing match on Friday, June 16, 2017, we have extended the request for reports to all referees, ringside judges, physicians, chief inspector, paymaster and the presiding inspectors assigned to the bout. We will determine the next steps following the evaluation of these reports,” the declaration reads.

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Hague, who gave his classes at Ecole Bellevue School, had already announced his retirement indicating that he didn’t want his students to see him this way. According to a CBC article, he accepted the match with Braidwood as the latter was without an opponent just a few weeks out from fight night. School principal Jennifer El-Khatib told CBC News that “support will be available for Hague’s students when they return to class Monday,” and added this statement: “Our hearts are heavy. Mr. Hague was a beloved teacher and staff member. His students loved him and looked up to him, and he was an important part of our school community.”

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2017 Royal London One-Day Cup

2017 Royal London One-Day Cup

The 2017 Royal London One-Day Cup tournament is a cricket competition that forms part of the 2017 domestic cricket season in England and Wales. All eighteen First-class counties are competing in the tournament which run from the end of April with the final taking place on July 1th.

The competition this year was moved earlier in the season to allow the NatWest t20 Blast to take place during the summer and to allow England players to prepare for the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales, during this present June.

The aim of the England and Wales Cricket Board is to allow county players to develop skills more effectively, to allow preparation for England matches and to make the schedule easier to understand.

The Royal London One-Day Cup reaches the knockout phases this week. They changed the format this 2017, and it’s certainly fairer.

There’s now perceptible reward for topping the group in the preliminary period, with Essex and Worcestershire skipping the quarter-final stage and going straight to the semi-finals.

The teams finishing second and third in each group play off for the right to meet, so there are only two quarter-finals played.

The quarter-finals have thrown up a tough clash with Yorkshire meeting Surrey in Tuesday at Headingley (1400 BST start). Both teams are clearly packed with quality, although Surrey are odds-against outsiders and make more appeal in a game that looks tight. There is an inherent risk in backing a middle-order batsman in this market for limited-overs games.

The other quarter-final pits Somerset against Notts, with the visitors odds-on favorites in a market that looks good. Samit Patel was easily Notts’ leading run-scorer in the group and comes into this one on the back of a Championship double-century. On the other side, Adam Hose might not be the biggest name in the Somerset line-up.

The competition will be on hiatus for the majority of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy which takes place in England and Wales during this month, with the quarter-finals and semi-finals taking place this week (between 13 and 17 June). The knock-out stages of the competition will continue near the end of the Champions Trophy with the final taking place at Lord’s on July 1st.

Due to the penalty for accepting a £3.8 million financial assistance package from the ECB during 2016, Durham began the competition this year with a deduction of two points.

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2017 ICC Champions Trophy

2017 ICC Champions Trophy

The ICC Champions Trophy is the 8th in its series, a One Day International cricket tournament. It is being held in England and Wales between 1 and 18 June 2017. The top eight teams in the ICC Championship as on September 2015 qualified for the tournament, for which they were divided into two groups.

Following the Ariana Grande concert attack in Manchester, it was reported that security around the tournament was increased before the start.

In a media release before the commencement of the tournament, the ICC stated that the tournament’s broadcast would reach China, South Korea, Thailand and Indonesia for the first time.

While the West Indies failed to qualify this year, Bangladesh returned to the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time since 2006. England qualified for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 automatically as host. England became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals. Pakistan won by 8 wickets yesterday. This was the first time that Pakistan had qualified for a final and it was their first in an ICC ODI competition since 1999.

It is fair to say that few people have expected a one-day tournament to produce three sub-continent semi-finalists.

India progressing from Group B it’s certainly a surprise, especially when seeing them joined by Pakistan and Bangladesh in the knockout stages.

Bangladesh may have had some good fortune along the way via their no-result against Australia, but they cashed in with a sensational victory over New Zealand.

Pakistan’s varied seam attack always keeps batsmen thinking, while England will be delighted at the way Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid have performed. Pakistan possess an attack capable of spiking England’s guns.

From the Pakistan cricket team, you get an inspired spell of fast bowling, an outrageous catch, and a match-saving innings. They spring these surprises every now and then.

The other semi-final – which takes place on Thursday – features an even tougher favorite in India, and the temptation is to side with the remarkable underdog at extravagant prices. Bangladesh have frozen in the past against India, but they undoubtedly have the talent.

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Gambling on The Big Screen

Gambling on The Big ScreenAre you a bettor or are you considering to become one? Gambling and movies are some of the most popular entertainment activities in the US.

Finding good movies that go in depth into the world and underworld of the industry can sometimes be hard to find. The entertainment industry at times takes aim at the gambling industry.

Most of the movies made about betting take the viewer into the dark side of the gambling industry. This lets you see some of the possible outcomes for those who find themselves stuck in this life.

Others take you to the other side where the bookies make the money. Even movies about the other side of the industry show the possibility of trouble coming. This can take those involved and turn their lives upside down.

Gambling is a great theme for a movie and brings in big bucks for most at the box office.

The next time you’re looking for a movie check one of these films out. You might learn something. At the very least you’ll enjoy some entertainment.

One thing that it hasn’t touched up that much is sports betting, and in particular soccer betting, but it has shown up in a couple of films in recent memory. The first is the Matthew McConaughey and Al Pacino film Two For The Money. The film is written by Dan Gilroy, who would later go on to make the Jake Gyllenhaal movie Nightcrawler, and was directed by D.J. Caruso (xXx: Return Of Xander Cage).

McCounaghey played the part of Brandon, a college American Football star who was forced into an early retirement by a life-changing injury. After the accident, he hooks up with Al Pacino’s Walter, a guru in the world of sports betting where he starts a brand new career. Of course, this film largely revolves around American sports, but soccer is something is offered on sports betting websites these days, and some even come with a handy football betting guide, something that Brandon could have done within Two For The Money.

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Football is a game where you can bet on absolutely anything, from an outright score to the first player to land the ball in the back of the net, goal difference, correct score prediction and even whether the game will go into extra time or not. These are things the lead character of our next movie may have seen he get involved with.

Football, horse racing and even cards are something that is seen in Mississippi Grind, a 2015 Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn film which showed the duo take to road in the southern States for Mendelsohn’s character, the down on his luck Gerry, to attempt to win a fortune. Of course, Gerry is the kind of guy to bet on absolutely anything, a trait that sees him get into all sorts of trouble.

These two films are really worth checking out, two examples of sports betting used to great effect in the ever changing world of the movies. Seek them both out at your nearest opportunity. Sign up at

NBA Finals and Early Lines

NBA Finals and Early LinesJust as it was expected the 2017 NBA Finals wrapped up last night with the Golden State Warriors easily defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers en route to their second championship in the last three seasons. Even less surprising, sportsbooks have already released odds on which squad will reign supreme a year from now and the results won’t shock you.

At some places you can find that the Golden State Warriors are the -150 favorites to go all the way with the Cleveland Cavaliers (+300), Boston Celtics (+1200), San Antonio Spurs (+1200), Houston Rockets (+2000), Los Angeles Clippers (+3300), Toronto Raptors (+5000), Washington Wizards (+5000), Oklahoma City Thunder (+6600) and Memphis Grizzlies (+7500) listed as the next likeliet contenders to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Truthfully, anyone who’s seen even the littlest basketball action in the last few years could’ve guessed the top portion of these odds. The Warriors have assembled one of the most dominant teams the Assocation has ever seen, while the Cavaliers aren’t going to go away as long as LeBron James stays back home in Northeast Ohio.

There are some interesting things to note on the board, though. Already possessing a deep roster headlined by the fantastic Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics are about to land what will most likely be Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 spot in the NBA Draft. Like every team in the East, Boston will have a tough time getting by Bron Bron and the Cavs but I’m a big fan of the +1200 price.

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Following the conclusion of the NBA Finals, the Warriors moved from +100 to -150 while the Cavs slipped from +400 to +450. For what it’s worth, the Warriors opened the 2016-17 NBA season as +150 favorites to win the title but jumped to -150 following their acquisition of Kevin Durant.

These odds will fluctuate throughout the offseason based on free agency, trades, and the NBA Draft. As the season progresses it is important to monitor the changes.

One of the most interesting teams to monitor will be the Boston Celtics, who will have ample salary cap space this offseason in addition to the first overall pick in the NBA Draft. Although it’s unclear whether GM Danny Ainge will cash in some of his assets to acquire another star player like Paul George or Jimmy Butler, Boston could see their odds skyrocket with a blockbuster trade.

It will also be curious to see whether the Cavs will break up their core this off-season. Cleveland was dominated by Golden State in the NBA Finals, and there are already rumors circulating that LeBron James could opt out of his contract at the end of next season if things don’t turn around. Unfortunately, Cleveland doesn’t have many valuable trade assets outside their big three, so they may need to disrupt their core if they hope to make any major moves.

Once the uncertainty around these two players is cleared up, we could assume that Golden State would become an even larger favorite. Odds could also be impacted by the results of this year’s NBA Finals. Sign up at

Bad Bets Do Happen

Bad Bets Do HappenSo we’ve come to game 5 but prior to the NBA Finals, books did their part setting odds on a number of props, everything from the length of the series to the MVP to the most three-pointers. With potentially just one game left in the 2017 season and the Warriors on the verge of something truly historic you may not have much time to place bets on a wide selection of prop bets but it is never too late to make some smart bets.

Bad bets happen. Don’t trust anyone who tells you otherwise. With all the experience and attention, some slip through the cracks even with the best bettors out there. We must accept the fact that we made one, mark the situation down and learn from it to prevent it in the future, or at least minimize the occurrence.

But what is a bad bet, if I may ask you? Most of the recreational bettors answer this question with a wrong answer. No, it is not a bet that you have lost a significant stake on, and it’s not one which outcome was far from your projection. Bad bets can earn you money. Not too often, but with his variability of results and event, you may find yourself fortunate here and there and profit on a bad bet. It doesn’t make it less bad, just like a losing outcome doesn’t turn a good wager into a bad one. This is what many casual players can’t comprehend. Any winning wager should be a good one and vice versa. This thinking leads to definite red numbers over the longer period, unless everything you touch turns to gold. If you are not already aware, mark it down.

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A bad bet is a one that holds a negative value under a certain set of circumstances.

You might find this definition too broad, so let’s use some examples. You open up your bookie’s offer and spot a +4 Cleveland Cavaliers in Detroit and you think this is such a nice price and bet on it. After placing the wager, you check the Twitter and find out that LeBron James won’t be playing. Right there, there’s a bad bet.

You haven’t checked all the circumstances and ended up with a bet you probably wouldn’t make if you had known all the facts. Cavs could win the game or cover, but it’s still a bad bet. Or, your team led by 20 after three-quarters but you lose a money line bet on a historical comeback by another team. In frustration, you immediately punt against the team that lucked out (or on your team), but the price ends up 15 points better by closing of the market. Bad bet. The market move indicates that the value was clearly on the other side and you allowed your emotion to get better than you and chose the wrong team. There are numerous ways how you can make bad bets, ranging from terrible one to null-value bets, and they all have that negative value in common. Avoid taking bad bets as much as possible and you’ll see an increase in your accounts. Sign up at

Bet On The NBA Finals

Bet On The NBA FinalsThe Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers face off Monday night at 9 p.m. ET in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

The Warriors hold a 3-1 series lead and can clinch their second NBA championship in three seasons with a victory in front of their home crowd in Oakland, California.

With their backs against the wall, the Cleveland Cavaliers turned on the switch and had a night to remember in Game 4 Friday, blowing out the Golden State Warriors, 137-116.

The Cavaliers, trying to become the first team in the NBA to dig out of a 3-0 hole in the playoffs, jumped out to a phenomenal start and never gave the Warriors a chance to take the lead during the contest. They set new Finals records a plenty, namely the most points in the first quarter (48) and in the first half (86), as well as draining 24 three-pointers on 45 attempts.

It was expected that LeBron James and Kyrie Irving would take charge of Cleveland’s offense and they certainly stepped up tremendously at that. James secured his ninth triple-double (31-10-11) of the Finals to break Magic Johnson’s own record of eight, and with Irving exploding for a game-high 40 points on 7-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc.

What came as somewhat a surprise for the Cavs is that LeBron and Kyrie finally got some help from the rest of their supporting cast. Kevin Love knocked down six three’s and finished with 23 points, Tristan Thompson hauled-in double-digit rebounds for the first time this series with 10, and the bench pitched in with 23 points after a total of just 11 in Game 2.

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The Warriors saw for the first time this series just how dangerous the Cavaliers really are on Friday as they had their 15-game playoff win streak snapped in rather embarrassing fashion. It was also the first time that they’ve lost a game in two months dating back to the regular season.

Golden State still got a terrific performance out of Kevin Durant, who scored 35 points in the loss. Stephen Curry, meanwhile, made just four of his 13 field-goal attempts to finish with 14 points, but still dished out 10 assists. Draymond Green was nearly ejected from Game 4 as well, but still finished with 16 points and 14 boards.

No doubt that the Warriors will be smarting from Friday’s defeat, but don’t count them out from ending the series in Oakland on Monday. They’ve scored an average of 118.3 points at home this postseason, all the while limiting their opposition to just a little over 100 points.

The Warriors exact sweet revenge by winning the Larry O’Brien trophy at home, but the Cavaliers (+9) put up another valiant effort and cover the spread, 123-119.

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Find an Edge in Sports Betting

Find an Edge in Sports BettingFinding an edge in sports betting or in any particular market is the ability to place bets that have a higher probability of happening than the odds you receive. In any sporting event, the probability of something happening can never be known, but it can be predicted, which is what the bookies do when they price up an event. To find an edge people adopt different practices.


The concept of specializing in one or two sports is one that is growing in the sports betting world, primarily because people are seeing good results from those who do exactly that.

Some bettors will concentrate only a few sports, while others will limit themselves to either professional or college sports. Other bettors will take that another step and focus their attention on several conferences, typically the smaller ones that don’t get nearly as much press as the larger ones.

Many sports bettors have a hard time believing there are actually people out there who handicap nothing but cricket or soccer and make a decent living doing so, but they are out there. Just as there are bettors who devote all of their time and energy into football or basketball.

The ultimate factor when choosing which sports to wager on is largely dependent on two factors. The first is to decide why you are betting. Are you betting to make money or are you betting for enjoyment?

The second is how much time you have to devote yourself to handicapping. If your time is limited, it will be difficult to handicap an entire Saturday college basketball or football slate. Especially when you consider the fact that you are wagering against people who do nothing but handicap college football or college basketball.

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Non-Mainstream Wagers

Another way bettors may be able to find a decent advantage is by looking at the non-mainstream wagers that are available. These could practically be expanded to cover baseball and hockey, which receive far fewer wagers than football or basketball, but I was generally referring to things such as proposition wagers, the WNBA, AFL, etc.

Professional sports bettors often give readers profitable Super Bowls proposition bets, and the NHL awards are another example of finding a solid advantage in a non-mainstream manner.

There are also those who combine the first two methods by specializing in the non-mainstream sports. While it’s not guaranteed that spending hours handicapping the WNBA will lead one to riches, it would probably make sense to venture that those who do so are more likely to show a profit at the end of the season than those who devote all of their time to handicapping the NBA.

Don’t be afraid to look at wagers that aren’t getting much attention from the betting public. Many times you’ll find your most profitable opportunities. Put some of these tips in place, find an edge in sports betting. Sign up at