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Advice :: Internet Addiction | ArticleBiz.com

Written by  on September 4, 2016

Substance abusers may find it easier to purchase their drug of choice through the internet. This form of addiction is completely psychological.

The greatest tragedy to it all is that those around the addicted individual are the real victims. They may exhibit personality qualities much like “Dr. It may be a private method for indulging in what is actually a gambling or pornography addiction. They must not only endure the emotional “mess” they must clean up after their loved one.

It’s fairly easy to spot internet addiction. Internet addiction is completely curable and there’s no reason to endure it any longer.

Any addiction becomes an actual “addiction” when it negatively affects the lives of both the addict and all those around them. They watch their loved ones morph into someone else. Hyde.” They are horrible to live with offline, but as long as they have that connection, they are relatively normal.

Internet addiction is a very real condition that affects households worldwide. Most internet addicts do have an ulterior motive for being online so much.

They want complete privacy when they are online. Some may have complete alter identities through the internet. Jekyll / Mr. If you try to talk to them, you will be ignored. The “fix” is pretending to be someone else. What is it that causes this? What are the symptoms? Many people mistakenly believe it’s merely a penchant for checking email or losing track of time while playing a game. The most important step is to force the individual to see there is a serious problem. It may be serious problems in the workplace due to inattention or inactivity. Internet addiction is not the same and it’s consequences can be far more devastating. The best time to act is now. It often requires professional help to break internet addiction. The addicted individual withdraws from real people and becomes more focused with individuals they know online. Many will not even stop to talk with people who are visiting. It may be issues at school with children. They see the mood swings and make excuses to others. Internet addiction has taken so many years to become established due to the disbelief many have over its legitimacy. They often make excuses to stay home more, but when they are home, they may seem apprehensive or depressed until they can find a good reason to go online.

There are individuals who like to use the internet as a method of escape from their daily lives. This can be skyrocketing bills from gambling or substances.

Fighting Internet Addiction. Many internet addicts, however, aren’t classified with any of these more typical vices

Richard Gere, Nate Parker and Nicholas Jarecki Discuss Inspiration Behind ‘Arbitrage’ Video

Written by  on September 4, 2016

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Funny NCAA Bracket Names 2012

Written by  on September 1, 2016

Feel free to add to the list by leaving a comment with your funny NCAA bracket name and show the world that even though you know nothing about college basketball (or at least not as much as the blonde from the office who had her dog make all of her picks), you know enough to get a laugh out of your bracket name..

Coming up with a funny or witty NCAA basketball bracket name is almost as much fun as watching the March Madness games and cheering for teams that you know nothing about but picked to go to the Sweet 16 because of a tip you overheard while at the bar doing your “research” for the NCAA tournament. NCAA brackets with the best names have almost as much bragging rights as the people who actually win their pools. At least that’s what we all tell ourselves as our brackets are statistically eliminated after the first weekend.

Below is a list of some funny NCAA basketball bracket names that I have come up with, heard of, seen in some of my pools over the years, or saw on a forum at some point

Nevada casinos hit by massive losses

Written by  on September 1, 2016

And if people aren’t gambling as much, that means they’re not losing as much.

Nevada’s casino industry lost $662 million last year, and has been in the red consistently for six years.

The problem: Visitors are spending plenty on restaurants, booze and glitzy shows featuring Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and magician Criss Angel.

Related: More Atlantic City casinos may close

“The Strip is at an all-time high in revenue,” he said, driven by hotel rooms, the second biggest spending category behind gambling, as well as retail and entertainment. Nevada’s 271 casinos collected a hefty $24.6 billion in fiscal year 2015 (which ended June 30,) according to the state’s Gaming Control Board. But spending on actual gambling is way down, according to Mike Lawton, senior research analyst for the Gaming Control Board.

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“More people are coming to Vegas, but they’re spending differently,” said Lawton. Things hit bottom in 2009 when the industry posted a staggering loss of $6.8 billion. He said that Vegas expect to have 42 million visit in 2016, which would be a record. “But gaming is lagging. That’s why we’re losing money.”

It’s a trend that began with the Great Recession in 2008. “Basically, gaming (revenue) hasn’t quite caught up and non-gaming is leading.”

The good news is that the industry’s losses have been narrowing every year, and Lawton is optimistic that the Nevada casino industry will start making money again this year. That’s up from $21 billion in revenue for 2010.

CNNMoney (New York) First published January 8, 2016: 5:12 PM ET

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It’s not that casinos don’t bring in plenty of cash

FBI Probes NBA Referee’s Alleged Betting

Written by  on August 31, 2016

The official, who did not identify the referee, is familiar with the investigation but was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.

“We’re the only regulatory agency in the world that really looks at unusual activity as far as the movement of the line and that type of conduct,” he said. He also worked 20 playoff games, including five last season.

Kornegay said legal sports betting in Nevada represents a fraction of sports betting worldwide, with 98.5 percent of all action taken outside the state. Clayton cited a 2005 estimate by the National Gambling Impact Study Commission that found $380 billion is wagered on illegal sports betting, compared with $2.25 billion in legal sports betting in Nevada.

Although asked by the government not to comment, Stern said the naming of Donaghy prompted a fuller statement.

“The allegations were new to us,” said Mark Clayton, a control board member. I probably worked a handful of games with him overall, just a handful.”

The law enforcement official, who spoke to the AP on Friday on condition of anonymity, said the referee was aware of the investigation and had made arrangements to surrender as early as next week to face charges. Other arrests are expected, the official said.

“We would like to assure our fans that no amount of effort, time or personnel is being spared to assist in this investigation, to bring to justice an individual who has betrayed the most sacred trust in professional sports, and to take the necessary steps to protect against this ever happening again.”

The referee had a gambling problem, according to the official, and was approached by low-level mob associates through an acquaintance.

Nevada gambling regulators were not involved in an investigation and had no information about the allegations, said Jerry Markling, enforcement chief for the state Gaming Commission and Gaming Control Board.

“I’m shocked, terribly shocked,” said Gary Benson, an NBA official for 17 years who retired two years ago because of knee problems. The NBA, for example, discusses gambling at rookie orientation, even bringing in former mobster Michael Franceze to speak.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Donaghy officiated 68 games in the 2005-06 season and 63 games in 2006-07. “I think it’s a good thing that Las Vegas has the type of regulation that makes sure that bad things don’t happen.”

Defense attorney John Lauro confirmed Donaghy is under investigation but refused to comment on the allegations or the case.

“At this point, it’s too early to know if any games were affected,” Avello said, adding that no regulators or investigators had contacted him about the case.

The FBI probe, which began recently, also involves allegations that the referee had connections to organized crime associates.

Veteran oddsmaker John Avello, at the Wynn resort on the Las Vegas Strip, said that without specific information it would be difficult to identify wagering irregularities over the last two seasons.

Jay Kornegay, executive director of the sports book at the Las Vegas Hilton, said he had never seen any unusual activity in NBA betting, and was surprised not to have heard about an investigation until Friday.

Markling, in Las Vegas, said he learned of the probe from news accounts.

The investigation first was reported Friday by the New York Post.

“You have a lot of acquaintances and very few friends. “However, we will continue to monitor them to ascertain whether there is any connection to Nevada’s licensed sports books.”

“We haven’t seen anything like that in the NBA that I can remember,” he said, “and we haven’t been contacted by anybody.”

“Whispers would have happened on the street, and we would have heard something,” Kornegay said. We’re so regulated and policed, any kind of suspicion would be discussed.

NEW YORK – ┬áThe FBI is investigating allegations that veteran NBA referee Tim Donaghy bet on basketball games over the past two seasons, including ones in which he officiated.

Goodman argues that legalized gambling, monitored by the Nevada Gaming Commission, prevents these types of suspicious activities.

“As we previously stated, we have been cooperating with the FBI in their investigation of allegations that a single NBA referee bet on NBA games that he officiated,” commissioner David Stern said in a statement Friday afternoon.

The law enforcement official said the bets involved thousands of dollars and were made on games during the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons.

NBA commissioner David Stern had long objected to putting a team in Las Vegas because it permits betting on basketball, though earlier this year allowed Mayor Oscar Goodman to submit a proposal to owners on how the city would handle wagering on a team if it moved there.

According to a law enforcement official, authorities are examining whether the referee made calls to affect the point spread in games on which he or associates had wagered.

. … “Any type of suspicious or unusual movements, you usually hear in the industry. “Those are people that you work with and that you literally — you spend more time with those people than you do with your family.”

Benson said he didn’t work with Donaghy much.

Gambling long has been a problem in sports, and leagues have made a point of educating players of the potential pitfalls

Don’t Bet on It: Sports Gambling in America

Written by  on August 31, 2016

What then are the chances that the other sports leagues and the politicians will go along with Adam Silver’s proposal? In the short run, I would not bet on it. It is a courageous position for a sports commissioner to take. What Silver has done is to present the issue for public discussion.

Adam Silver’s approach calls for federal legislation that would allow states to decide whether they would authorize sports gambling. Of course, gambling depends upon the games remaining unfixed. Perhaps fair-minded individuals will see the proposal for what it is — an effort to respond to reality and minimize some of the unfortunate consequences of having to place bets with a bookie in violation of the law. At the same time, all team sports have discovered the marketing advantages of adopting fantasy games, some of which approach sports gambling when a participant can chose a new team each week. The sports establishment is vigilant in protecting the integrity of the product, and it will remain so if gambling is legalized, regulated and taxed.

We have entered a new phase of American history where some folks have begun to realize that prohibiting certain vices is foolish or just ineffective. No one has suggested that this fact of the sporting life be abolished, even if it were possible. So far, the Rocky Mountain high has not caused Denver to rise about its mile limit. Were this to be enacted, state sports gambling would spread like the lottery. Once the states impose their regulations and their taxation on this activity, gambling on professional sports in America will be universal.

. Adam Silver is right.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s op-ed in the New York Times calls upon Congress to change the nation’s laws to adopt a federal framework that allows states to authorize betting on professional sports. They should come prepared with an answer.

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How will politicians react to Silver’s proposal? If President Obama likes the idea — he dutifully fills out his bracket each March on the NCAA basketball tourney — then for sure the Republican majorities will oppose any change in the law. We are now experimenting with legalizing marijuana for recreational use. We will see this trend continue.

Gambling on sporting events is legal throughout most of the world. It is ubiquitous. There is no reason to think that were Congress to give its consent in a fairly short period of time we would see a “sports book” in almost every jurisdiction. Professional sports think that gambling means that their games will not be decided on the merits, that fixers will invade their enterprises and cause spectators and fans to lose interest in patronizing their entertainment businesses. I would be surprised if the other commissioners follow Silver’s lead, but they will be asked. Only five states do not have a state lottery, but even some of those states have casino gambling. Few turn on the games, especially football, without knowing the betting line. The availability of gambling online makes that easy to accomplish. Alcohol continues to cause much more harm to society than illegal narcotics, but we learned the hard way that Prohibition generated far more problems than it solved. They have been steadfast in opposition to the spread of legalized sports betting, most recently with regard to New Jersey’s effort to resuscitate Atlantic City by following the Nevada “sports book” model.

There can be little question that sports gambling is a vice — much like drinking and playing the lottery. It is time to legalize, regulate and tax it.

We now await input from the commissioners of the football, baseball and hockey leagues. To recognize the reality that hundreds of billions of dollars are bet annually — and illegally — on sports is an enormous breakthrough even if the NBA is the only sport to recognize the fact. For some, the greatest joy comes from gambling on the uncertain outcomes of these contests.

Gambling on professional sports will go on whatever we do. However, we have passed the point of trying to decide whether gambling on sports provides some sort of benefit to society

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Written by  on August 31, 2016

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LeBron James Is the Best Basketball Player in the World, According to LeBron James

Written by  on August 30, 2016

But James is right.

The city of Cleveland, meanwhile, hasn’t won a major sports championship since 1964. He recorded 40 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists Sunday, his second triple-double of the series. who knows?

James stepped up his production after two of his team’s key players, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, were lost to injuries.

Despite James’ tenacity, Golden State, with the reigning regular season MVP, Stephen Curry, has taken the series lead. West remains the only player on a losing team to be named Finals MVP.

A cocky statement? Sure.

. “It’s that simple.”

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, reaches for the ball next to Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., June 14, 2015.

Well, that settles it.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James walks in front of Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., June 14, 2015.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James remained steadfast following his team’s 104-91 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals Sunday.

James has backed up his self-assuredness on the court. Only Jerry West in 1969 has ever matched those numbers in an NBA Finals game. Curry made seven 3-pointers Sunday and scored 37 points, leaving the Warriors one win away from the team’s first championship since 1975.

“I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world,” James said during his post-game press conference. But with the self-proclaimed best player in the world ..

Sports :: How to Win at Betting: Sports Gambling Winning Percentage, What You Need to Know

Written by  on August 30, 2016

And as is the case with the Arkansas-based giant, many times this will be more profitable than being extremely selective and doing a small amount of volume, even if the mark-up is higher.. If somebody were to ask you if you would rather be a 60-percent handicapper or a 55-percent handicapper, which would you choose? The obvious answer is that it’s better to be a 60-percent handicapper, but that isn’t necessarily true.

With baseball season coming back in about 4 months, many sports gamblers will be seeing ads from different sports services claiming winning percentages of 65-percent for baseball, and that’s entirely possibly, but what the services aren’t saying is that the majority of their selections were favorites of -200 or more, turning that 65-percent handicapping into a losing proposition.

The only statistic that sports bettors should be concerned with is units won, which is the amount of profit, or loss, they have over time, and not worry nearly as much about winning percentage. In the question above, it would be much better to be a 55-percent handicapper if you were playing 150 games a month, as opposed to a 60-percent handicapper playing one game a day. A winning percentage of 55-percent sure doesn’t sound as sexy as a 60-percent handicapper, but if your volume of plays is high enough, it can certainly be much more profitable.

The 55-percent handicapper is using what is commonly referred to as the Wal-Mart Approach, which is to have a lot of volume with the expectation of grinding out a small profit. At the end of the month, the 55-percent handicapper would have gone 83-67 for a gain of 9.3 units, while the 60-percent handicapper would have gone 18-12 for a profit of 4.8 units, so the 55-percent handicapper has made nearly twice as much.

Making it more difficult for sports bettors is that some sports services will claim to have won 200 units in a particular sport, but don’t mention that they release 10- or 20-unit plays, along with several 100-unit “locks” at the end of the year if things aren’t going so well and they need something to base next year’s advertising on.

For the bettors that do their own handicapping, however, units won is really the only thing you should be concerned with, as that ultimately is going to translate into the bottom line

Casino-Gaming :: How Safe is Online Casino Gambling?

Written by  on August 30, 2016

If a casino is verified by such a group there will be a link to them on the website of the safe casino Such groups include the Kahnawake Gaming Commission and the Interactive Gaming Council.

Moreover, online casinos that have a number of different gaming avenues tend to be safer. Many players are hesitant to put money into an online casino because they are concerned that they will not get paid when they win or that the games are rigged and they will lose their money.

Every player should choose sites which can provide them maximum protection against hacks and other breaks in security.

When you gamble in an online casino the only one in reach of your pockets is anyone you let into your own front door. Through this useful casino guide, one can play with much safety in a gambling site. Be careful of online casinos that have outrageously high bonus offers or that have only been around and in the long run, if you’re not comfortable with a certain casino, don’t use it. Today, a casino guide to identify safe online casino sites is much needed by all gamblers.

Online casinos usually offer odds and payout percentages that are almost the same as land-based casinos. However there are those websites that are set up to scam players from their money and that’s where online casinos guidelines for safe gambling come into play.

However, if you’re not sure about how safe a casino is, try doing some online research to see what others say. They want to know if the games are honest and if their money will be safe. Online casinos are created and operated in such a way that it has won over the trust of millions of players the world over. There are a lot of other options out there.

There are some groups dedicated to making sure that online casinos are safe. The safety of playing should be guaranteed from the first deposit of money to the final withdrawal of cash. Having multiple revenue streams, giving them more incentive to stay honest and making it more likely that they will stay profitable. Your credit card is fully safe with the online casino you can be sure that your personal details stay with the casino for you to authorize deposits into your casino balance and most online casinos even use higher level encryption than your bank.

Safety is the pre-eminent concern that players have about online gambling. While some online casinos offer even higher payout percentages on their online slot machine games others publish payout percentage audits on their websites usually approved by a third party accounting group approving that the online casino is using an honest programmed random number generator (RNG) which eventually makes the online casinos even reputable at some points over the land based traditional casinos.

The first on the list of online casinos guidelines for safe gambling is ensure that the online casino you wish to play at has a valid license and you can do that by simply checking the websites that post reviews and ratings of the online casino.