Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A look at some of the stranger bets available for gamblers to wager on during the Super Bowl.
There was a time in the history of the Super Bowl when people simply bet on who was going to win the game. But why bet on something so boring as to the actual outcome of the championship when you can bet on how long it will take Alicia Keys to sing the National Anthem? It used to be that the tried and trusted box pool was the staple of any Super Bowl party wagering. But the rising popularity of prop bets allow people to wager on everything that could occur during the game, from who wins the coin flip to the over/under on how many yards Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta will have on his first reception. And there are, of course, options to bet on what color of Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach and whether any player will …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Gambling pumps billions into the state economy, almost none of it goes to help those struggling with their addiction.
At age 47, after stealing some $80,000 from her employer to support a secret $100-a-day lottery habit, Elaine wound up on the street -- her husband threw her out of the house -- and eventually in jail for five months. “I ended up in hell.” It has been 18 years since Elaine placed a bet. Divorced, she found love with another recovering gambler, has the love and support of her children, and makes a monthly restitution payment to her former employer, which she calls “a small mortgage without the house.” She works at the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey and, among her duties, counsels those who call its 1-800-GAMBLER helpline seeking assistance with their own addiction. Elaine, who asked that her last name not be used to spare her…
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Racinos, pop-up casinos, sports betting, Internet action, and mobile apps -- gaming in the Garden State could wind up meaning much more than Atlantic City.
During a season that’s brought Jimmy Buffett to Atlantic City to announce the addition of the music superstar’s Margaritaville mini-casino complex to the market, the future of gambling in New Jersey continues to take center stage for industry leaders and lawmakers in Trenton and Washington, D.C. Over the past several months, state and national legislators have drafted more than a dozen bills to expand gaming in the state to include sports betting, gambling via the Internet and mobile apps, and wagering at horsetracks and at special events. Some of these activities are already being implemented at the state level despite violating federal law. As new casinos in New Jersey’s border states rapidly siphon off gamblers who until recently …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Legislation being considered to create a pilot program for a small number of bars that eventually could spread to the entire state.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Both houses of the state Legislature are planning hearings on Thursday on a bill that would create a pilot program to allow betting on horse racing in New Jersey bars. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli and state Sen. Paul Sarlo, creates a pilot program in northern Ocean County in which computer-betting terminals would be set up in a small number of bars and restaurants, according to NJ.com. The legislation would allow wagering on in-state and out-of-state races in Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Passaic, Union, Morris, Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren, Sussex, Middlesex and Ocean counties. Off-track parlors already exist in Vineland, Toms River and Woodbridge. The bills will be heardd by the Senate State Government, Wagering…