Monthly Archives: November 2011

Gaming Union Finds Reasons to Oppose Ontario Online Casinos

Gaming Union Finds Reasons to Oppose Ontario Online Casinos
Despite estimates that online casinos can solve a plethora of budgetary problems for Ontario without harming residents, a union invested in land gaming is speaking out against the lottery’s Internet gambling plan. Officials in the Canadian province of Ontario say they will bring online casino gambling to the region’s lottery gambling by 2012, but leaders of a powerful union are denouncing the plan. Representatives from the Canadian Auto Workers, which coincidentally has organized over 7000 land-based gaming employees, think the concept may put players suffering from problem gambling at risk.“Internet gaming facilitates serious gambling addictions wherein participants can spend thousands of dollars without ever leaving their homes or coming into contact with another human being,” said CAW President Ken Lewenza in a statement released after Ontario had confirmed its plans, according to the Toronto Star.Internet experts have testified that technology can make online casinos as secure against compulsive gambling as any land-based venue.The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation released estimates that almost $1 billion flows annually from Canadian residents to foreign Internet casino operators without a dime of tax being paid. A government spokesman said online gambling run by the province could be earning as much as $100 million yearly within five years.British Columbia and the Atlantic provinces have already begun allowing their lotteries to accept online casino gaming, and Manitoba leaders say that province is also considering operating its own Internet gambling sites.Still, CAW leaders only saw the potential loss of jobs in one area as the issue, while those with less tunnel vision remarked that online jobs would be increasing, as well as the general public welfare once revenues were boosted.“It could lead to a loss of jobs at a time when the province cannot afford it,” stated Lewenza. “This should also be taken into account.”Ontario is facing a multi-million dollar deficit, with future spending expected to rise sharply. Published on August 11, 2010 by TomWeston

Don’t Gamble at Night

Don’t Gamble at Night
Ever notice a pattern of big loss during playing poker or blackjack at night? Scientists have noticed this and are probing why gamblers lose big time during the night. Their first culprit was lack of sleep. Now gamblers have become favorable subjects for sleep research to prove if really it is sleep. Some players may have noticed making unsound decisions during a night of gaming. They never realized it until the game is far over. They could perceive a bad hand as worthy of a raise only to lose the bet later on. Such phenomenon might also be perceptive by those gambling online. Exhaustion will upset one’s thinking. Experts say that not having enough sleep makes one prone to accidents. History is witness of such statements with the accident at Chernobyl for example which happened, you guessed it, at night. For gamblers that means accidentally raising the bet without thorough thinking. For those online, it could be as simple as clicking for the wrong virtual poker room. In an experiment to test the result of sleep deprivation on decision-making two types of gambler were pitted against each other. One group was comprised of gamblers who barely had rest and the other who rested well enough and refreshed. The result of the study revealed that when sleep is cut short, gamblers go into jeopardous, high-paying options. By studying further the brains of these gamblers with scanners (MRI), a certain part of the brain becomes more active compared to those seen in well-rested subjects. The scientists added that one’s adeptness to learn from past mistakes is arrested. Losing does not take its toll until later when one’s mind clears. The gambler is not deeply involved with the bad consequences in holding risky cards. That makes matters worse. When such learning is arrested, the brain is only pushing for high stakes and is gambling and not folding even in cases of a bad hand. One’s brain becomes only focused on the gains and not the reality of one’s hand. This muddled thinking is similar to those experiencing insomnia that wake up in the middle of the night confused. The good thing is that these gamblers are choosing decks that are of great advantage to them. And so the scientists are now advising gamblers to carry watches or be conscious of the time so as to rest after hours and hours of play. Most importantly just don’t neglect how important sleep is to a gambler. This sleep study on gamblers has shed a new light on the perils of playing when tired.

Massachusetts Compromise Casino Bill Blocked by Governor

Massachusetts Compromise Casino Bill Blocked by Governor
Massachusetts lawmakers succeeded in crafting a compromise casino gambling bill, but Governor Deval Patrick says he won After a divisive argument between the legislative houses in Massachusetts almost derailed this year’s chances for expanded gambling in the state, it now appears the governor may prevent the bill from becoming law. Deval Patrick told reporters he won’t sign the casino bill as currently structured.Patrick says he needs lawmakers to amend the bill, which permits the creation of three resort casinos and two racinos at existing race tracks. Patrick wants an amendment added eliminating the racino provision and allowing only the stand-alone casinos.While the casino operators would be subject to a competitive bidding process, the racino locations would be assigned to existing tracks, one of which is Suffolk Downs. The House version of the bill, guided by Speaker Robert DeLeo, whose district contains the track, specified the need for racinos.”I’m not going to be a part of no bid contracts, that’s precisely the kind of thing that folks voted to change,” said Patrick. “That kind of inside deal that the fix would be in for some powerful interest.”The Senate version had licensed only the casinos, but DeLeo forced the racinos into the compromise version, playing chicken with a deadline of last week until the Senate side blinked. Now, it is highly doubtful the Speaker will allow any casino bill to go forward unless a Suffolk Downs racino is included. Published on August 9, 2010 by K.C.Carmichael