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Legalized Internet Gambling Likely?

Leave it to the credit rating companies to make a push that could see Internet Gambling legalized in the United States.On Monday, a prominent credit rating agency said it sees Internet gambling gathering momentum in various states and in Congress. Fitch Ratings , the agency whose bond ratings the state of Massachusetts uses as a measure of the state’s economic strength, said in a new report that legalized online gambling is “increasingly likely.” It said the changes may happen on either a regional basis or at the federal level.“Multiple states have been considering intrastate online gaming proposals, new federal proposals are being discussed, and the budget outlook at both state and federal levels remains strained,” according to the Fitch analysis. “Companies have been ramping up online initiatives and/or entering into alliances, such as Wynn-PokerStars and Caesars-888 Holdings .” Read More


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You want real March Madness? Go to Las Vegas

There is no place more mad during March Madness than Las Vegas . And when I say mad, I mean crazy busy. Folks there definitely aren’t mad, as in angry, because they’re raking it in as fast as the visitors can fork it over.This is the first week of March Madness – the NCAA Tournament , the Big Dance – and that means sportsbooks will be getting their largest crowds of the year.

That’s right, bigger than the Super Bowl.It is not uncommon to spend 20 minutes standing in a line to place a bet. Actually, come to think of it, the only people in Vegas who might actually get mad this week are the sportsbook tellers, who will have to punch more tickets this week than any other all year.“The tellers don’t look up from their windows for three-and-a-half days,” said Las Vegas Hilton Superbook director Jay Kornegay. “It’s amazing how much work they put in.”

March Madness in Las Vegas truly is like the sports betting version of Mardi Gras. Everywhere, people are partying and talking about the tournament, and many are betting on basketball.The hotels, casinos, sportsbooks and restaurants began preparing for this weeks ago.For Kornegay, it’s just about the only time during the year when he has to work closely with every department at the resort. The Hilton even opens up remote-betting terminals in the hotel’s theater so that customers and bettors  can wager while they watch the games on three cinema-sized screens.“We’ve prepped everyone for what to expect,” Kornegay said. “Some of it is through memo form, some through meetings and some through conversations. The main thing is we really have to go over it with the people who haven’t gone through it before.”Las Vegas has even had its share of live March Madness, with three conference tournaments taking place in Sin City last week.

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Lot’s of News Today From the NFL, and NCAA March Madness. Maybe even a touch of Charlie Sheen Stay tuned.

Busy Monday morning here at SmPicks, With the NCAA March Madness announcing the brackets yesterday, the NFL Lockout, Even alittle bit about everyones favorite Nut Case Charlie Sheen. Let’s kick this day off right now.

March Madness or as We like to call it Matthews Madness – officially known as the Men’s College Basketball Tournament, or just the NCAA Tournament , or better, The Big Dance – officially kicks off with Selection Sunday , when the brackets are filled and the College Basketball Betting can begin. And Basketball Betting fans will have no shortage of TV coverage as the 2011 NCAA Tournament marks the first year of a new 14-year agreement between CBS and the NCCA in which CBS will team up with Turner Sports and its top stations – TNT, TBS and truTV – to provide wall-to-wall coverage of every game. Read more

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Over to The NFL and the Lockout. It looks like this is going to get Nasty. During a lockout, the NFL prohibits discussion about current players and pending free agents between agents and teams. FOX Sports reports that the league has “warned coaches and team officials” not to engage in any such conversations while the lockout is in place. Read More Guys sit down and talk this out this is not a good time for a strike maybe you can hire Kate Reed from Fairly Legal on USA to help you out

Finally a shout out to Charlie Sheen. Charlie keep up what your doing and If you change your mind and want to start betting on sports again I would love to point you in the right direction and get you on the winning team here at Smpicks.com.

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Charlie Sheen Betting Odds are Hot Props

Charlie Sheen just won’t stay out of the news. Even after he seemingly exhausted all avenues of public attention, even after the insane rants on top talk shows like Piers Morgan Tonight and The Today Show, even after finally and mercifully getting axed from Two and a Half Men, Sheen is still making headlines.

As anyone with a TV – and any of the more than 2 million people following his X-rated exploits on his Twitter feed – already know, Sheen is a tad reckless.

There are the drug and alcohol addictions, the lawsuits, the goddesses and much, much more. But one habit of Sheen’s that’s been more or less glossed over has been his confession to being addicted to gambling, namely sports betting.

Sheen’s penchant for sports betting became public in 2006 when second wife Denise Richards said in divorce papers he was spending upwards of about $200,000 a week on gambling, mostly on sports.

One story was that on the way to the hospital for the birth of their daughter, Lola, in 2005, Sheen reportedly called his bookie and placed a bet on a game. And like any good sports bettor, he had to follow the results – even as Richards was headed in for  a C-section before giving birth.

And there were other sports-betting incidents, like making sports bets using online sportsbooks while the couple went away for romantic weekends.

But for all Sheen’s crazy statements over the past few weeks, he actually confessed that his gambling days are behind him recently.

Of course, that doesn’t stop people from betting on Sheen, as a number of sportsbooks have posted prop bet odds on his future.

So if you want a break from March Madness, here are some Charlie Sheen Prop Bets: He’ll become a talk show host: 6-1; He’ll start a prostitute halfway house: 6-1; He’ll shave his head: 6-1; He’ll get arrested again: 2-1; and he’ll star on another sitcom: 2-3.

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Here’s a surprise Athletes, celebrities love to gamble

It’s often said that any of the pro sports leagues would welcome a franchise in Las Vegas because athletes love the place, largely because they love gambling.Look no further than a guy named Charlie Sheen , who is said to have spent hundreds of thousands on sports betting over the past few decades.And just last weekend, NFL Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith could be found at Caesars Palace, front and center at the annual NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.Smith said he’s pretty new to the game, but it’s getting a grip on him. “I took a crash course from someone famous, but I’m not going to tell you who,” said Smith. He added that he and his Dallas Cowboys teammates would regularly play cards on flights, but not poker.

Smith was up against pro poker player David Williams, who finished second in the 2004 World Series of Poker. Smith said he had no problem getting a read on Williams. “You know how us football players do,” he said. “We study our opponents.”Also on hand for the event in Las Vegas was “ Seinfeld ” star Jason Alexander and actor Don Cheadle. “George Costanza” is an avid poker player. He was even in the WSOP main event in 2007 but was eliminated the second day.There are a number of celebrities who have made a fortune not just with their movies, but with poker.Tobey Maguire, best known for his role as Spiderman, has cashed in several poker tournaments. According to poker pro Phil Hellmuth, Maguire has won more than $10 million on Internet poker.And Ben Affleck was the first celebrity to win a major open poker tournament when he won the California State Poker Championship, picking up $356,400. He has even sought out a poker mentor in pro Annie Duke.It’s definitely not the money these celebrities and athletes are after. It must be the rush.

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