PGA golf betting odds to win 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Kevin Na – 22 to 1

Scott Piercy has three PGA Tour wins including a win at the 2015 Barbasol Open in July. That was Laird’s first of three PGA Tour wins. Bohn then hit a nice shot onto the green after he got relief but he missed a putt that would have put him into the playoff with Na and Grillo. He did shoot -11 under last week to tie for 10th at the Open.

T-12. Can he repeat again this week at 25 to 1 odds? He’s a better bet than Kevin Na. The 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open will be the 192nd tournament for Scott Piercy on tour. The one thing Kevin Na does have going for him this week is that his lone win on tour was at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 2011.

Jason Bohn was right in contention at the Open last week until he shanked a shot on the last hole into the table umbrellas for guests. That has to mess with your mind so it will be interesting to see how Jason Dufner plays this week.

Ben Martin – 80 to 1 odds

Ben Martin won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open last year and he is 80 to 1 odds to repeat this year. That earned him $73,333, which is par for the course for Howell who has won just twice on tour in 450 starts but has earnings of $29 million. Rickie Fowler did have a very good 2015 season, winning The Players Championship, Scottish Open and Deutsche Bank Championship. He’s earned $10.9 million on tour to date.

In addition to the betting odds for each player who has odds of 50 to 1 or less this week, notable players with higher odds are also listed with comments for each player. Which Rickie will show up this week?

2. Hunter Mahan has six wins on tour with his last win coming 14 months ago. This is a decent spot to try and get that first win but 30 to 1 odds are probably too low for a bet on him this week. Keegan Bradley won the 2011 PGA Championship and he has three wins on tour but his last win was in 2012. Emiliano Grillo, Jimmy Walker, Ryan Moore, Brandt Snedeker – 25 to 1 odds each

The 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on the PGA Tour is taking place this week from October 22-25, 2015, at the TPC at Summerlin private golf club located in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has career earnings of $14.8 million playing in 296 events on tour.

T-4. He also won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2011 and the Valero Texas Open in 2013. Mahan shot -7 under last week to finish in a tie for 32nd place. Due to his name he’s sometimes confused with Robert Allenby but he’s nothing like Allenby.

Martin Piller – 300 to 1 odds

Martin Piller is listed here because he’s married to Gerina Piller who plays on the LPGA Tour and is one pretty lady. His other wins were at the RBC Canadian Open in 2012 and the Reno-Tahoe Open in 2011. Patrick Rodgers, Brendan Steele – 35 to 1

Charley Hoffman has three wins on tour with his last win coming last November at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Appleby has nine PGA Tour wins but none since 2010. Jimmy Walker and Brandt Snedeker are two proven PGA Tour winners who both tend to win during the earlier months of the PGA season, which makes both a threat here. Scott Piercy – 33 to 1

Brendan Steele led the Open over the first three days but he faded badly on Sunday shooting a 76 to end up in a tie for 17th place at -10 under. He is looking for his first PGA Tour win. Gerina Piller has earned $2 million on the LPGA Tour including $84,703 last week at the LPGA Hana-Bank Championship. He’s looking for his first win as a rookie on tour and this is not a bad spot to get it.

14. Will Wilcox shot -11 under to finish in a tie for 10th place last week. Anybody who wants to bet Kevin Na to win this week better have some guts because Na has just one PGA Tour win in 300 events. Brendan Steele is Tony Geary’s (Luke from “General Hospital”) nephew. Charley Hoffman – 40 to 1

8. Tiger Woods recorded the first professional win of his career at this tournament (called the Las Vegas Open then) when he beat Davis Love III in a playoff in 1996. Dufner got a divorce from his hot wife Amanda Boyd earlier this year and rumors are that she is or had been dating Tiger Woods. Chris Stroud is looking for his first win too at age 33. Todd won the 2014 Byron Nelson for his lone win on tour in 117 starts. Bohn has two wins on tour but his last win was in 2010. Steele’s only win on tour came at the Valero Texas Open in 2011. Neither husband or wife have ever won a tournament on their respective tours.

11. Russell Knox is looking for his first PGA win at age 30. Tony Finau, Webb Simpson – 30 to 1

T-18. He also won the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour last November. He’s played in 498 tournaments on tour and has career earnings of $28.9 million. Byrd has six wins on tour but his last win was in 2011. His earnings stand at $18.6 million.

Charles Howell was at -10 under after three rounds last week and in contention to win but he shot even par Sunday to finish in a tie for 17th place. Ryan Palmer has three tour wins but last was in 2010. Brooks Koepka – 16 to 1

T-9. Laird played last week and shot -2 under to finish in a tie for 64th place. Brendon Todd, Charles Howell, Will Wilcox – 45 to 1

3. Good luck to all the PGA golfers and especially the bettors this week at the 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

1. The 29 year old is looking for his first PGA Tour win.

Brooks Koepka is the second choice in the betting at odds of 16 to 1. First played in 1983, this tournament was a 90 hole event until it switched to 72 holes in 2004. Martin has started 82 tournaments on tour and has career earnings of $4.54 million.

Martin Laird – 66 to 1 odds

Martin Laird from Scorland won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 2009. Martin sometimes caddies for his wife but he’s trying to win some dough himself this week. Martin is 28 years old and his win here last year remains the only PGA Tour win of his career. Webb Simpson has four PGA Tour wins including the major U.S. Brooks Koepka won his first PGA Tour win at the Phoenix Open last February. Jim Furyk holds the record for most wins (1995, 1998, 1999) in the tournament with three and he is the only player to win more than once.

Emiliano Grillo is the PGA rookie golfer who just beat Kevin Na in the playoff at the Open to claim his first title. Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan, Ryan Palmer, Russell Knox, Chris Stroud – 50 to 1

Jason Dufner has three wins on the PGA Tour including the 2013 PGA Championship golf major. Brendon Todd shot -9 under last week to finish tied for 26th place. Here is a list of the betting odds for the PGA golfers to win the 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

T-15. Rickie Fowler – 10 to 1 odds

The 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is the second tournament in the 2016 PGA Tour schedule and all FedEx Cup points players earn here this week will count for the 2016 FedEx Cup chase. His two other wins were at the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2010 and the Bob Hope Classic in 2007. Jonathan Byrd has played in 351 PGA events and he’s earned $18 million on tour to date.

Stuart Appleby – 400 to 1 odds

Stuart Appleby won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 2003. Open in 2012, but his last win on tour was in 2013. He will likely play better this week and a win is not out of the question.

Jonathan Byrd – 150 to 1 odds

Jonathan Byrd won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 2010. He might just be due for another win this week.


Tony Finau finished last week at -7 under and tied for 32nd place. Rickie Fowler played poorly a couple weeks ago at the 2015 Presidents Cup, posting a record of just 1-3 and he lost his singles match in record time to Adam Scott. The good news is that his last win on tour was in the 2013 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Kevin Na is 22 to 1 odds this week after he lost last week in a playoff at the 2015 Open. Patrick Rodgers shot -12 under last week to finish in a tie for 6th place. Martin Piller has earned $221,398 on the PGA Tour in 28 starts. Jason Bohn – 28 to 1. Koepka hits the ball a mile so he’s always a contender especially if he can chip and putt well. Charley Hoffman is playing in his 281st career event on tour this week. Ryan Moore also fits that mold as he’s won four PGA Tour events and three were in the early season in the fall including a win in this tournament in 2012.

At the relatively high odds of 10 to 1, Rickie Fowler is the betting favorite this week to win the 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Nero and Wallace, Fighting Lions Visited by Queen Victoria

It was agreed that this time the dogs would be sent in two at a time. On three occasions, Queen Victoria was present. Animal baiting was outlawed in 1835. The last to succumb was Turk who braved the lion alone. As Wallace approached, Tiger ran for the shelter of his kennel while Billy was faced with the lion who once again grabbed him by the loins until persuaded to drop him in return for more meat. As the contest prepared to start, Nero meekly followed his keeper into the arena, proceeding to walk quietly around, seeming immune to the uproar around hm. Each person also paid five shillings for the privilege of being there while several “well dressed females,” had a bird’s eye view from a gallery.


Nero was a lion belonging to Wombwell who claimed that he was his”favourite.” Whatever the public were expecting the bout did not turn out as expected.

A second pair of dogs were released and Turpin, the braver, or perhaps more foolhardy of the two briefly faced Wallace who grabbed him. Faced with their anger, Wombwell promised another bout with a different lion.


Wallace was the first lion to be born in Britain and altogether of a more feisty disposition. In return, he asked for some wood from the wrecked ship Royal George on which 1,064 people had died. As the crowd waited Wallace was turned onto the stage. When he succeeded he still showed no sign of aggression. Nero finally freed himself from the torment by lying on him, causing him terrible damage.

He was soon to be faced with Captain, Tiger and Turk who immediately set upon him, grabbiing him by the lips and the mane. On the third occasion, with all three dogs holding onto his nose and lips, he rubbed himself along the bars in an effort to dislodge them, in the process causing them serious injury. Morning Herald July 26 1825

The Salisbury and Winchester Journal of August 8th 1825 contained a chilling, blow by blow account with the heading Second Lion Fight..

Wallace v Dogs – the Contest.

The six dogs involved were Ball, Tinker, Turpin, Sweep, Tiger and Billy. Buying two South American boa constrictors he displayed them for money, soon recouping his outlay. Tinker, responded by doing what he was bred to do and made an attempt to savage the lion’s lip. In the early 19th century for a public bored by dog fights, cock fights, bull and bear baiting, the prospect of a lion contest whetted the appetite.

Lions v Dogs – the Venue

In mid summer 1825, George Wombwell, exotic animal owner obtained a factory site at Warwick. In a second onslaught the dogs bit into his flesh and he paced around the cage dragging them with him and trying to throw them off. With a roar of pain he pulled them off using his claws.

At Batholomew Fair an elephant died and with scant regard for the animal’s suffering, Wombwell immediately advertised it as the only chance to see a dead elephant.

Royal Connections

The royal household saw nothing untoward in Wombell’s activities and five times he was invited to exhibit his animals at Court. On hearing the dogs he instantly sprang against the bars of the cage.

Wallace Fights Six DogsAt least since Roman times, spectacles involving animal baiting attracted large audiences. Their bodies were either sold to taxidermists or medical schools.


At the end of the contest, Wombwell declared that he would not stage such an event again.

When it came to the third pair, both Tiger and Billy were clearly terrified. Prince Albert, whose dogs were unaccountably sick, consulted Wombwell who detected a poisoned water supply. Nero seemd shocked by the attack and responded by trying to brush the assailants off with his paws. Styling himself “wild beast merchant” he toured fairs displaying his menagerie. Poor Sweep was not so lucky being grasped across the loins, After too long, the organisers succeeded in extricating him.

Born in Essex, Wombwell worked in London as a shoemaker. Happily he managed to get free and raced for the safety of his kennel. Deprived of his prey, Wallace “betrayed his anger by lashing his sides with his tail and roaring tremendously,” pacing through the blood of the dead and dying dogs.

Salisbuy and Winchester Journal August 8 1825.

George Wombwell 1777-1850. Up to 1500 people turned up, willing to bet money on the outcome. As before he tried to protect himself, in the process causing more damage to his attackers but he finally fell to the ground. The audience were furious when the fight was stopped.. Wombwell’s travelling menagerie continued into the 20th century.

The Journal concluded “Ball died a few seconds after he was taken out ot the cage, and Tinker has since expired. Many died in the damp, cold British climate. They were described as “fine” but at the sight of of Wallace they immediately became cowed, “His head and ears were erect, and the hairs of his mane stood up like bristles.” For several minutes despite encouragement the first pair of dogs refused to enter the cage, then Ball, inadvertently came too close to the bars, and was seized by the lion and paraded around the enclosure in the way that a cat might carry a mouse. They seemed convinced that a lion was up to defeating the united power of six dogs and placed bets at odds of five to one in favour of the lion.. It was broadcast that six dogs would confront him in groups of three.

One by one the dogs were badly mauled as Nero tried to defend himself with his claws. Wallace dropped the dying Ball and grasped Tinker across the body being eventually persuaded to drop him when offered meat.

The Morning Herald of July 26 1825 carried a detailed report of the event. Sweep lies in a very dangerous state, having several of his ribs broken.”

This was not the end of the contest for three other dogs were set upon the exhausted lion. He then acquired other exotic creatures including elephants, lions, tigers,giraffes,a rhino, gorilla, kangaroo, monkeys and ostriches. He fashioned himself a coffin and proceeded to charge to view it.

When Wombwell died he was buried in Highate Cemetery, a statue of Nero surmounting his grave

Reasons Why Gambling Should Be Illegal

The same, on applying to gambling, can prevent or at least reduce the negative effects it has. And hence it’s best done by law.

Though one may argue that gambling is only a means of recreation and that it should be taken as a form of entertainment, truth is that it is seldom taken that way. Gambling often turns out to be a thoughtless splurge of money and a waste of quality time. Gambling is so addictive, that it won’t be wrong to compare it with drugs. Crime is best curbed through the use of law and order. Gambling can make the rich poor and the poor rich, within seconds; that too, only out of luck. Even if you win, your greed to win more might never end. You get caught in this cycle and keep gambling for hours together. Their addiction forces them to risk huge amounts of money. It tempts you to risk more in an attempt to win more and the cycle does not seem to end. Those addicted to gambling fail to think wisely before taking any decisions in life. Gambling may breed ill-practices that have adverse effects on your family and social life. If addiction to gambling is entitled to punishment, gambling practices will become less prevalent or even stop. Gambling is something that blurs this line. People engage in gambling activities to get rid of their problems, stress, and loneliness. And then you do it regularly. Hence, it should be made illegal.

Gambling can lead people to crime. In case you lose money, you want to earn it back and in case you earn money, you are tempted to get more. It invites problems.

Problem gamblers or compulsive gamblers as they can be called, feel compelled to bet money with the intent to win more and more. It may lead them to a stage where they cannot stop themselves from betting money and valuables, in turn leading them to bankruptcy. Money just changes hands between the gamblers and is never really put to good use. They take irresponsible decisions about staking money and risk amounts they don’t even have. Gamblers consider it to be a business, an investment, or a way to earn money. But most often, the contrary happens. The prohibition of gambling by law is an effective measure to discourage people from its damaging effects.. Why not make it illegal?

Gambling refers to the process of staking money in view of gaining more. Strict laws against gambling, and punishments or penalties to those caught, coupled with surveillance, can prevent the number of people indulging in gambling. Perhaps, a good solution to prevent the ill-effects of gambling is to make it illegal.

Why Gambling Should Be Illegal

Gambling is meant to serve as a recreation. Lack of funds to repay the loans may leave them incapable of shouldering their responsibilities towards their family. But it is tempting to bet money, hoping for a bigger win every time. These practices can best be prevented through the use of rules. Many a time, law serves as the best stickler.

Money that could have been invested in better ways or put to better use is lost in gambling. This leads to huge debts they may never be able to repay. In the process, you may end up losing large amounts of money. It may land them into huge debts. In this case, the family members either have to face hardships and economic problems, or they may decide to separate, sharing no responsibility of the money lost.

Gambling leads people to borrow money and take secret loans for betting. It’s a fruitless activity actually. When it comes to making money, one has to draw a line between need and greed. It keeps circulating between those involved in gambling, and they keep switching between rich, richer, poor, and poorer. The allurement is not easy to overcome. The activity that started as a game of winning or losing money might take a bad turn and lead you to criminal activities. Generally, people fear to do something that is illegal. It will keep a check on the prevalence of gambling practices. Those addicted to gambling are often seen giving up their jobs and careers, thus spoiling their lives.

Making gambling illegal can solve most of the problems associated with it. Irrespective of whether they lose or win money, their addiction to gambling forces them to continue staking it. You get addicted to it. They prefer to remain away from something that is banned by law. Similar to how substance abuse has devastating effects on a personal and social level, even gambling is detrimental to both these aspects of living

Online Sports Betting in America Should Be Legal?

The executive director of this organization, Les Bernal, states that, sports betting erodes the integrity of sports. The wheels of change may have been slow, but lawmakers will not be able to stall forever. Sadly, California lawmakers did not follow through on their promises until 2013. Primarily, organized crime in the early 1900′s would often throw the games in order to keep money that gamblers placed on a certain sports team. In particular, betting on sports like the NHL, NFL, NBA, and MLB are generally prohibited in all 50 states. The Southern Baptist Convention stands firm in saying that expanding gambling laws in Kentucky will negatively affect families.

Throughout America, the big question is whether online sports betting in America should be legal. Despite gambling issues, America is starting to accept online betting as a legal entertainment source that strengthens tax coffers. Nevertheless, there are plenty of voices that want to legalize betting online and offline for very different reasons.

The fight against legalizing gambling

In the state of Kentucky, Governor Steve Brashear is respectfully declining to honor the wishes of the Southern Baptist Convention in regards to banning gambling. A law against sports betting was developed in 1992, and it is usually referred to as the Bradley Act. After all, some people do become addicts. Overseas, the World Trade Organization is wondering why America will not comply with treaties that state all forms of betting will be legal in the United States.

The future of online sports betting

Due to a troublesome past, the Federal government limits the types of betting that can be conducted. Their answers regarding whether sports betting in America should be legal may surprise you.. Gary Payne from the International Sports Betting Association states, Sports betting already happens; government might as well regulate it.

However, after examining the outcome of online betting for major league sports in Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia, American lawmakers are starting to wonder why they are forced to loose out on crucial gambling related revenue.

In 2010, the State of California was looking to expand betting laws. Typically, the individual states can decide what types of gambling they want to allow online or offline with the exception of major league sports.

The state of gambling in the US

Reasons gambling should be legal

Contributing to this idea, a Kentucky organization called Stop Predatory Gambling says that current laws are already creating a lottery class of citizens with the one in five playing the game. While working for as a website developer, I often wonder this myself. University of Illinois professor, John Warren, says that, sports betting means crime, addiction, and costs for taxpayers. Instead, the Kentucky Governor is interested in collecting gambling tax revenues. On the other hand, betting on horses is almost always allowed anywhere online in the United States. Because it promotes tax dollars, some states are taking the issue of legalizing all forms of gambling to the Supreme Court.

For example, has quotes from proponents on the team sports gambling issue. In Kentucky, 87% of voters think that gambling laws should be expanded. Also called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, betting on sports was banned with the exceptions of Montana, Oregon, Delaware and Nevada. In other words, it is time for America to come to grips with sports betting online and offline. Nonetheless, it appears that online betting on sports of any type may be legalized soon despite proponents for and against it.

As the tides are turning, organizations that are for and against gambling are making their way into news headlines. All of the big changes were set to take place by May 2012. A loophole in this law mean that states that have casinos, like New Jersey, may be able to legalize gambling on sports in the near future. In particular, California State Senator, Roderick Wright, says, Making sports betting legal protects bettors from fraud, theft. Until then, internet service providers will be the reluctant gatekeepers to illegal and legal forms of online sports betting.

Technically, some states already have the right to bet on any sports

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Was my sports bet legal?

But it likely wont set off alarms with law enforcement. (So far, it appears he did not.)

Some politicians are starting to lobby for looser laws, pointing to the potential economic help that regulated gambling could bring. Humphrey says that March Madness pools are usually not prosecuted because they typically do not involve anyone making money other than the bettors. The taking of a bet, however, is illegal in almost all states.

Thats the case with federal law, too. In addition, Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, Puerto Rico and Rhode Island all allow the taking of bets on jai alai, a popular sport for gamblers. Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank (D) has been the leading proponent of the charge, and in 2007, U.S. Of course, in Vegas casinos, all betting is legal.

This month, Fortune delves into the story behind Ted Forstmanns controversial sports betting history in the story Ted Forstmanns bad bet. States are divided on this, he points out, which makes establishing an overall, unified set of laws complicated.

Those running the pools, however, are technically breaking the law. Most of them make room to permit calcuttas, or betting auctions most often used with March Madness pools. In 2010, notably, New Jersey became the first state to legalize some forms of online gambling (Washington, on the other hand, recently made it a felony to bet on the Internet).

A small number of states do have laws enabling the taking of bets, or bookmaking. However, the government only gets involved if its serioussay, in the case of a large-scale betting ring, or organized crime. There is no federal law that makes it a crime to make a bet, says Professor I. In terms of social betting like a low-stakes poker gameRose says authorities look the other way. Nelson Rose, gaming law expert and author of an internationally syndicated column called Gambling and the Law. residents to fund their accounts. The making of bets, he says, is legal (or at least isnt prosecuted) in most states, including California and New York. (In other words, the person running a pool typically does not take a cut.)

Unsurprisingly, Anthony Cabot, a well-known international gaming attorney based in Las Vegas, says the issue of sports gambling continues to confuse almost all non-experts. The facts have by now been well documented: last fall, prompted by a lawsuit, Forstmannwho heads IMG, one of the biggest talent agencies in the worldacknowledged he had placed bets on NCAA college basketball, pro football, and tennis matches involving IMG clients (though Forstmann appears to have stopped betting on college sports before entering that business). The reason: laws about gaming, or legalized betting (as opposed to gambling which is usually unlawful) are murky, vary state to state, and are hotly debated.

According to Chuck Humphrey, a Colorado attorney specializing in gambling law, the basic gist of the law boils down to a distinction few people know or make: the laws are different for the person making the bet, or the bettor, and the person taking the bet, i.e. The answer, it turns out, is far from simple. Even if its with an illegal bookie, the bettor is not violating a law.

About half of the 50 states do have ancient laws on the books that criminalize the making of bets. The legality of his wagers has not officially been questioned and most chatter has instead focused on the ethics of his gambling and on whether he violated any rules of the various sports governing bodies. Especially considering that, as one source shared with us, there are basketball tournament betting pools going on even at some District Attorneys offices. could get revenues of anywhere from $3 to $15 billion if it legalized Internet gambling.. And of course theyre de rigueur around newsrooms too: one source told Fortune that a newspaper reporter once interviewed him for a story about the illegality of sports pools, only to have the story killed at the eleventh hour. As for those using the sites, Humphrey says, enforcement actions against individuals are just about non-existent. the bookmaker or, in more informal situations, the person running a pool. The reason? His editor was organizing his own pool.

More on sports betting:

From March Madness to online poker whats legal and whats not in the complex (and lucrative) world of sports betting.

The takeaway, then, is that for most readers, your occasional bets at the racetrack, keno games in bars, and participation in March Madness pools wont be bringing the feds to your door anytime soon.

But a worthwhile question Fortune readers may have, especially as March Madness season fast approaches, is what a typical personone that doesnt have a hand in the businessis permitted to do in terms of sports betting.

Above board betting

But with a few exceptions, anti-gambling laws have traditionally been state issues, not a matter of major concern to federal lawmakers.

Where is bookmaking legal? Each of the following states allows for some sort of bet-taking, though what is permissible is highly specific, so this doesnt mean you can legally begin a new career as a bookie: Alaska; Delaware; Mississippi; Montana; Nevada; New Mexico; North Dakota; Oregon; Washington; and Wyoming. The common mistake is to assume the laws are the same for both parties, Humphrey says. Representative Jim McDermott (D), Washington, cited an estimate that the U.S. Federal laws have generally switched from prohibition to grudging permission, he says.

What about online betting? Thanks to the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), the online operator of a betting site is committing a crime by accepting money from U.S

Can You Bet on the NFL in America?

Although few people are going to find themselves in the aforementioned scenario, the idea is that it is possible to make a few mistakes with NFL betting online. You log on to the website and withdrawal your winnings. This means that if you can access the website, open an account, and use a credit card to make your initial deposit; you are likely betting on the NFL legally. Later that week, you return to the US and want to check out the results of your NFL bet. In most cases, websites that disobey American internet betting rules are blocked completely to US citizens. Instead, a few states do give their citizens a chance to bet legally online on the NFL and with a “winner takes all” gambling scheme that is commonly associated with charity fundraisers. Whether it is between friends, with your favorite celebrity, online, or with a local bookie; it pays to know the rules before you place a bet on an NFL game.

Can you bet on the NFL in another country from America?

However, once you have a general idea of what is accepted in a court of law, you will be on your way to having fun — all while maintaining a reputation that allows you to run for public office. Although you made your initial deposit with the corporate credit card, your boss said that whatever you win or lose is a gift. The money is on the coffee table where it will sit until the game is over.

How to tell if an NFL betting website is legal

It can seem like the American government is being a real spoil-sport when it comes to betting on the NFL and other sports. Did you do anything illegal?

Depending on where you live, the answer may be yes. The biggest exception is gambling covered by charity laws; otherwise, your criminal record may be at risk for illegal betting if you don’t have your facts straight.

The bare bones rules for offline NFL betting

You have created a new user account on a recent trip to Europe where NFL betting is legal. For this reason, if you live in a state where it is allowed, you can sign up for a betting account and the website will be located in one of the Native American territories or a state where NFL betting is legal.

The good news is that shady betting websites are almost always inaccessible to Americans. Unfortunately, these laws were put into place for good reasons and most of them were connected to mafia activity. We also tend to think that no one is being paid to under-perform or throw the game.

The history of sports betting in America

You can bet on horses in the Unites States legally, but what about other types of sports? For instance, are you thinking about betting on the NFL this year? The big fuss between New Jersey and the NCAA has certainly brought up question marks in many people’s minds about the legality of their past Playoffs bet. Mainly, the idea is that a horse cannot be talked into throwing a race, and, if the horse has been manipulated, it is easier to suss out.

Although internet betting rules on sports vary between states, the truth is that there may be a few fledging websites that manage to illegally bend the rules and get your NFL bet. For this reason, you take the $2000 you won and send it to your Paypal credit card. If all else fails, using a major credit card ensures you get your money back if a website is indeed fraudulent. Today, we assume that all the statistics for sports teams and individual athletes are trustworthy. If you want to stay on the safe side of the law, use solid resources such as Cornell University’s online legal guide to gambling and avoid advice from websites that do not have an academic background.. In spite of this ban on sports betting, the exception always leans in favor of horse racing. Although this informal style of betting is hardly the same as placing larger bets with illegal local bookies, the truth is that there is a possibility that a bet between friends could be used against you in a court of law.

Despite the fact that off-the-books betting is generally illegal, Americans are not necessarily limited to horse betting. Sadly, as a writer for, I know that people often do not realize they participated in illegal betting in the first place because most Americans view most gambling as harmless entertainment. Your new boss is from Belgium and he has encouraged you to place a bet at a website he likes with the company credit card. Regardless, getting paid for your bet might not happen because the website gets shut down for accepting illegal bettors. Of course, I am not a lawyer or academic, and this means you should finalize any of your betting legality questions with a law professional. Most of the time, when an American tries to sign up for an account for betting on the NFL with a website that is outlawed for Americans from particular states, the website will refuse to load for the user due to the bettor’s IP address.

You and your friends are planning on watching the big game and you each have $100 on the winner. With the exception of the Louisiana Saints bounty scandal, we can thank lawmakers of the past for our accurate athletic performances. Other areas of America with online NFL betting privileges include Native American territories. In the meantime, no one is thinking about illegal betting because it is just between friends

At least 10 states considering Internet gambling bills

Tribal leaders from two coalitions met last month and said they made progress but still need more time to work out an accord. The state will release January revenue figures next week.

But the Gambling Compliance survey also finds slim chances for a national law to regulate Internet poker, predicting a major effort by online gambling opponents to block it in Congress.

So far, three states allow Internet gambling: New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

. – At least 10 U.S. states are considering bills to legalize or expand Internet gambling this year, according to a group that tracks gambling-related legislation worldwide.

Gambling Compliance also says Nevada may consider expanding online gambling, which is currently limited to poker.

It predicts Delaware, where Internet gambling is off to a slow start, will seek cross-border agreements with other states to expand the pool of bettors, a tactic New Jersey also is considering. A bill awaiting consideration in the New Jersey legislature would create a new class of licensing to permit interstate and foreign bets to be taken by the Atlantic City casinos.

The report holds out little hope for a national bill legalizing Internet poker, noting that it is a midterm election year where anything politically risky is unlikely to be enacted. In fact, it said proponents and opponents of Internet gambling are jockeying for position in the U.S. 31 deadline.

The report also predicted a handful of other states will consider joining Georgia, Illinois and Minnesota in permitting lottery tickets or games to be purchased or played online.

2014 The Associated Press. The report says proposals for new or expanded Internet betting could be considered in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

On the pro-Internet gambling side, Caesars Entertainment lobbied more heavily last year than any other group to legalize Internet gambling at the federal level, according to the report.

That is the goal of Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who is funding a campaign to ban online gambling.

In California, one of the largest potential markets, Indian tribes are trying to agree on how to legalize Internet poker. “In 2013, 10 states considered legislation that would legalize online casino-style gambling, which was a historic high,” said Chris Krafcik, the group’s research director. ”This year is shaping up to be at least as busy.”

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. Senate, which is considering a blanket prohibition on Internet gambling.

A bill in Mississippi that would have legalized Internet gambling died Tuesday when the state legislature failed to act on it.

New Jersey’s 15 Internet gambling sites took in nearly $8.4 million between their late November launch and the end of last year. All Rights Reserved. The report said a bill is likely to be acted upon before an Aug

The Super Bowl: America’s Biggest Bet

But, who sets those odds and how? It’s a process of combining cold calculations with the occasional hunch.

As Super Bowl 45 draws near, “60 Minutes Overtime” goes behind-the-scenes with Las Vegas betting legend Billy Walters and renowned oddsmaker Kenny White, for their exclusive insight on the Vegas sports betting world.

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Legal sports gambling is all about playing the odds: checking the point spread in a game and deciding the team upon which to place your money

Daily fantasy sports sites under increasing scrutiny

DraftKings said in its email to customers it would work to ensure Nevada residents could play on the site again soon without saying how they would do so.

Like the ride-hailing app Uber before it, the two titans of the daily fantasy sports industry sent links to an online petition to Nevada customers.

Michigan has been reviewing if the state’s criminal gambling laws apply to daily fantasy sports before Nevada’s decision Thursday, but “obviously it’s something that would be taken into consideration,” said Michigan Gaming Control Board spokeswoman Mary Kay Bean.. The memo also pointed to text attached to images on DraftKings’ website that used the word “betting” to describe it.

Entry fees on DraftKings range from 25 cents to more than $5,000.

LAS VEGAS — As more states scrutinize the daily fantasy sports industry, the office of Nevada’s attorney general said it used DraftKings’ own words and online images as evidence the sites qualify as gambling.

Mississippi’s gambling commission is also looking into the issue.

“It appears that although the sites’ representatives publicly state that they do not believe daily fantasy sports involve ‘wagers’ or ‘bets,’ they do use the terms ‘betting’ and ‘wagering’ when they are not dealing with law enforcement agencies,” the memo noted.

Illinois regulators think daily fantasy sports is illegal under a state law prohibiting Internet gambling, but they plan to ask their state attorney general for a legal opinion next week. With the amount of money we’ve seen and the amount of participation we’ve seen in California and across the country, we’ve got to have some regulation,” he said in a telephone interview.

At least four lawsuits have been filed against DraftKings and FanDuel by customers who argue they never would have played had they known employees with insider knowledge were playing on rival sites.

CBS has an investment in FanDuel of less than 1 percent of that company’s value.

2015 CBS Interactive Inc. They try to assemble teams that earn the most points based on real-life stats in a given period with a certain percentage of top finishers earning a payout.

The sites will likely be making their case for legalization across the country, if they haven’t already, as lawmakers and regulators pour over their own gambling laws and wonder where sites like DraftKings and FanDuel fit in.

A transcript of the interview that remains online doesn’t identify Robins by name but an introduction indicates the three men who started DraftKings were answering the questions.

“Even church fundraisers for bingo night have some oversight. In Ohio, the issue is for state lawmakers since the contests don’t fit neatly into state’s definition of casino games.

A day after Nevada regulators ordered the sites out of the state unless they get a gambling license, a memo issued Friday cited a three-year-old online “Ask Me Anything” interview on where the office of the state’s attorney general said DraftKings CEO Jason Robins compared his site to a casino and described the concept as a mashup between poker and fantasy sports. Some prizes top $1 million.

Nevada’s determination is being watched by other states and lawmakers weighing whether the sites constitute gambling or not based on their own laws.

California Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, who introduced a bill to legalize fantasy sports there, said Nevada’s decision provided more evidence of the need for oversight.

DraftKings did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Delaware finance secretary Tom Cook, whose office oversees lottery and casino operations, said state officials are reviewing Nevada’s actions evaluating whether any of its conclusions would apply in Delaware, which allows parlay bets on NFL games as one of only a handful of states where legal sports wagering is allowed.

DraftKings and others in the fantasy sports industry, including competitor FanDuel, have insisted their sites aren’t gambling and are legal under a 2006 federal law that exempted fantasy sports from an online gambling prohibition.

A Pennsylvania lawmaker that had originally proposed legalizing the sites now wants to ban daily fantasy sports unless their operated by the 12 casinos in the state.

Neither DraftKings or FanDuel have said if they’ll pursue a license in Nevada, a process that costs $500 up front as well as hourly costs and travel expenses to cover the intense background investigation by state agents into the companies and their leaders. The group’s executive director, Alan Godfrey, said the Nevada decision could have influence elsewhere.

In less than two weeks, the two high-profile companies in the ever-growing industry had gone from being a seemingly unstoppable, untouchable force to facing intense scrutiny of their business practices and legality from investigators, lawmakers, regulators and even their own players after it was revealed employees often played on competing sites, raising questions about possible insider information being used to win.

On Friday, DraftKings and FanDuel took a cue from another prominent tech company spurned by Nevada that was eventually welcomed back: get an angry public to petition lawmakers and make it legal.

Participants on the unregulated sites can compete in games involving professional or college sports, paying an entry fee that goes into a larger pool. The Associated Press contributed to this report. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. All Rights Reserved