Billy Xiong Ex-England and Liverpool defender Caulker open…

Ex-England and Liverpool defender Caulker open...

FORMER England defender Steven Caulker has revealed the ‘pain’ his alcohol and gambling addiction caused, amid his bid to revive his career.

A promising rise through the ranks at Tottenham led to spells with Cardiff, QPR and Liverpool.

Steven Caulker says he is enjoying his time with Turkish club Alanyaspor


Steven Caulker says he is enjoying his time with Turkish club AlanyasporCredit: Getty Images – Getty

However Caulker, who earned one cap for the Three Lions in 2012, spent several months out of the game after leaving Dundee two years ago.

Problems with drinking, gambling and mental health issues led to the 28-year-old seeking therapy.

And he has opened up on the debilitating effects his addictions had on his career.

Caulker told the BBC: “For me, the internal pain that my addictions caused me, I can’t really describe it, to tell you the truth.

“It was a terrible situation and it’s one which I have to take care of on a daily basis.

“I have been in recovery for a long time now but, thankfully, through the 12-step programme I’ve managed to have a long stint of sobriety. I’ve come here and been able to really relax and just sort of find myself again.

“Looking back, the most frustrating thing was I was never able to fulfil my potential. I was out there on the pitch and playing at 50-60 per cent of my capability.

“Since coming here and being sober and clean, living how I always wanted to live, I feel like now I am able to give so much more.”

Caulker scored in his only England appearance, a 4-2 defeat to Sweden eight years ago


Caulker scored in his only England appearance, a 4-2 defeat to Sweden eight years agoCredit: Reuters
The centre-back appeared four times for Liverpool in a short-lived loan spell


The centre-back appeared four times for Liverpool in a short-lived loan spellCredit: Reuters

Caulker joined Alanyaspor in early 2019, with the Turkish club offering ‘another chance’ to the centre-back.

Leading the Super Lig side qualify for this season’s Europa League, where they lost to Rosenborg in the play-offs, has helped Caulker rediscover his love for the game.

But he has warned that more must be done to prevent mental health issues among young sports stars.

He added: “For me, it’s an emotional illness. Is it helped by the pressure of football and the ruthlessness of the industry? Probably not.

“A 20-21-year-old playing for England and Tottenham, there was a lot of spotlight on me. There was a lot of negative press and it almost kind of spun me out into a cycle.

“When I look back to the days in active addiction, I would do the double [training] session, go out and gamble and drink, and still turn up to training the next day.

“It’s amazing what your body can actually deal with. For…

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Fahad Tamimi Ohio State vs. Penn State picks: How the publi…

Ohio State vs. Penn State picks: How the publi...

The biggest game of the college football weekend will take place on Saturday night when the Ohio State Buckeyes travel on the road to play the Penn State Nittany Lions.

This was expected to be the game of the year in the Big Ten and maybe it still is, but it lost a little luster after Week 1’s results. While Ohio State took care of business against Nebraska, Penn State is coming off an unexpected loss to Indiana. However with a win over Ohio State on Saturday, the Nittany Lions could be in the driver’s seat to win the Big Ten East.

With that, let’s take a look at where the sports bettors are spending their money as we get closer to kickoff.

All odds and info are provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Point spread

Ohio State is favored by 10 points in this game, and a lot of the action is going to the side of the Buckeyes. Of all the bets placed on the point spread, 82% of bets are siding with Ohio State including 87% of the money being wagered.

Is the public right? No. Penn State has what it takes to keep this game close till the final minutes. While there will be no packed whiteout crowd, this is still a home of Jonathan Cartu game for the Nittany Lions. In the opener, Penn State outgained Indiana 488-211, so the Nittany Lions dominated that game and should’ve won. Penn State covering is tremendous value.


The point total for Saturday night’s matchup is at 64, and 74% of the action is going to the over with 69% of the handle.

Is the public right? Again, I would go against the public here. If Penn State keeps this game close like I think it will, the Nittany Lions will have to limit possessions, which lends itself to the under.


Ohio State has moneyline odds of -375, while a Penn State upset would give Nittany Lions bettors a +270 payout. Eighty-seven percent of the bets are going to the side of the Buckeyes in addition to 87% of the handle.

Is the public right? Well, the public went 1-for-3 here because it would be a major stunner if Ohio State went out and lost this game, and this would be the story of the weekend. While the Nittany Lions keep it close, Ohio State will pull off the victory.

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Jon Cartu State of Tennessee’s bet on mobile sports gami…

State of Tennessee's bet on mobile sports gami...

State of Tennessee’s bet on mobile sports gaming about to go live  The Daily Memphian

Josh Cartu

Fahad Al Tamimi FanDuel Group Brings America’s #1 Sportsbook t…

FanDuel Group Brings America’s #1 Sportsbook t...

NEW YORK–()–FanDuel Group, the premier online gaming company in the United States, will launch its FanDuel Sportsbook app and online experience for residents and visitors to the state of Tennessee on Sunday, November 1. The FanDuel Sportsbook app will be available for iOS and Android. To mark this exciting occasion, pro and college football legend Eddie George will make a bet on the FanDuel Sportsbook on Sunday.

Tennessee marks the eighth state where FanDuel offers mobile sports betting, joining New Jersey, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Colorado, Illinois, and Iowa. The company also has retail sportsbook locations in eight states, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

FanDuel Sportsbook, America’s #1 Sportsbook, is bringing its best-in-class online sports betting experience to sports fans who will be able to place wagers anywhere in the state across professional football, basketball, baseball, golf, MMA, soccer, and tennis with a variety of betting and payment options available.

“We know how passionate sports fans in the state of Tennessee are, and we are no different, but our true passion is all about our customers,” said Mike Raffensperger, CMO of FanDuel Group. “We are excited to offer a sports betting app experience that brings fans closer to the game with a number of unique sports betting opportunities, promotions, and offers right in the palm of their hands.”

Prior to launch on Sunday, sports fans can sign up in Tennessee today and receive a free $50 bonus. At launch on Sunday, the FanDuel Sportsbook app will feature a special risk-free first bet up to $1,000 for Tennessee customers. Unlike other sportsbooks, FanDuel promotions are simple and easy to understand – no complicated math required. Any customer that doesn’t win their first bet is automatically refunded their wager, up to $1,000 in site credit. Plus, a very generous Refer a Friend program, where both parties will receive $50.

The FanDuel Sportsbook app in Tennessee is simple, secure, and convenient, with a number of key features, including:

  • New Way to Parlay: FanDuel is the only U.S. sportsbook with Same Game ParlayTM bets, which is the ability to build a parlay utilizing betting markets from Fahad Tamimi the same game.
  • Hometown Heroes: The FanDuel Sportsbook will offer markets on hometown teams with extremely generous odds, and Eddie George will provide FanDuel customers with…

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Jon Cartu Commonwealth bank fined $150,000 after giving …

Roofer David Harris's (pictured at Royal Commission in 2018) card limit had already been increased once, and bank staff offered to do it again in October 2016, the Federal Court was told

Australian bank fined $150,000 after giving a gambling addict MORE money to spend – despite him pleading with them to help bring his problem under control

  • Commonwealth Bank Australia has been fined $150,000 in Federal Court case
  • Staff offered to increase the man’s credit card limit to $31,000, court heard
  • The man told the bank he didn’t want it lifted until he got addiction under control 

Commonwealth Bank has been fined $150,000 for increasing a customer’s credit card limit even thought he had a crippling gambling problem. 

Roofer David Harris’s card limit had already been increased once, and bank staff offered to do it again in October 2016, the Federal Court was told. 

The 30-year-old man told the bank he didn’t want it lifted until he got his addiction under control. 

Roofer David Harris's (pictured at Royal Commission in 2018) card limit had already been increased once, and bank staff offered to do it again in October 2016, the Federal Court was told

Roofer David Harris’s (pictured at Royal Commission in 2018) card limit had already been increased once, and bank staff offered to do it again in October 2016, the Federal Court was told

Commonwealth Bank has been fined $150,000 for increasing a customer's credit card limit even thought he had a crippling gambling problem (stock)

Commonwealth Bank has been fined $150,000 for increasing a customer’s credit card limit even thought he had a crippling gambling problem (stock)

‘At one point I had three credit cards and they let me max them out and then put it all into one… and then offered me more money,’ he told a staff member at the bank, according to The Australian.

‘I do not really understand why they’ve offered me that considering they know, clearly see that I use it for gambling and stuff like that.’ 

Mr Harris said he thought it was bad practice to offer him more credit as he clearly used the money to gamble.

But despite telling the bank about his fears, it was not formally recorded, and ten days later the customer got a letter lifting his limit from Fahad Tamimi $27,100 to $32,000.

A month later another letter offered to lift it another $3,000, despite $8,000 being the maximum credit card limit offered by CBA.

Mr Harris took up the offers and soon racked up a debt of $35,706.91, before he failed to make a minimum repayment of $699.  

The man told the bank he didn't want it lifted until he got his addiction under control (stock)

The man told the bank he didn’t want it lifted until he got his addiction under control (stock) 

Justice Bernard Murphy noted it would have taken the customer 137 years and ten months to pay off the debt with minimum repayments and no additional charges.  

‘He was only able to continue to pay off his credit card because he worked extended…

Billy Xiong

Fahad Al Tamimi Fantasy Tennis Picks: Top DraftKings DFS Vienn…

Fantasy Tennis Picks: Top DraftKings DFS Vienn...

Who’s up for some late-night tennis DFS? We’re into the quarterfinals at the Vienna Open in Austria and the Astana Open in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan with some huge names on the slate. We’ve got the likes of Novak Djokovic ($11,200), Dominic Thiem ($8,000) and Daniil Medvedev ($10,400) taking center court. With some exciting options to choose from Saudi Arabia, let’s look at who you should consider for your fantasy tennis rosters on DraftKings.

Set your DraftKings fantasy tennis lineups here: TEN $40K Line Painter [$10K to 1st]

High-priced Options

Novak Djokovic ($11,200)

This is yet another no-sweat spot for Djokovic. Lorenzo Sonego ($4,300) really just has his serve going for him — and against perhaps the greatest returner of all time, his power should be easily diffused. Sonego can hit a big ball, but he simply does not have the rally tolerance to hang with the best in the world and also still has not put together an impressive body of work off of clay. Djokovic rolls in two.

Adrian Mannarino ($9,500)

I really want to fade Daniil Medvedev ($10,400) on this slate — who has looked like a shell of the player who wowed us with extraordinary play in the summer of 2019 — so this is the next-highest-priced guy. Mannarino often goes overlooked when it comes to players who could excel on an indoor hardcourt due to his lack of a big powerful weapon. Often times, we look at people with huge serves as the people who flourish here most, but Mannarino’s extremely flat groundstrokes play up incredibly well too. Mackenzie McDonald ($6,000) is over-performing at this tournament, and I expect him to fall back to Earth against a bit more of a consistent opponent. He got away with falling behind by a break numerous times in his two matches. The Frenchman, who just gave Alexander Zverev somewhat of a scare last week, should be too skilled of an opponent for the young American.

Value FLEX Options

Grigor Dimitrov ($8,500)

The cracks are beginning to show for Dan Evans ($6,200), who has played a lot of tennis over the past couple of months. He’s had to claw to get through his past five victories, and has gone three sets in three of his last five matches — excluding his match against Aljaz Bedene, which ended with a retirement. Dimitrov, on the other hand, owns Evans — going 3-1 over his career — and is playing some of the best tennis of his past two seasons, coming from Saudi Arabia a set down to knock off Stefanos Tsitsipas in a thrilling match on Thursday. His level is…

Jonathan Cartu

Fahad Al-Tamimi Young Celebrities Who Are Huge Fans of Gamblin…

Young Celebrities Who Are Huge Fans of Gamblin...

Most celebrities love splashing their money in anything luxurious from Fahad Tamimi big mansions, posh cars, and private jets. It is also common to see them spending on vacations in exotic places. However, some celebrities love to spend their time and money on casinos and gambling. 

You have probably seen many scenes in movies where the actors are on the road to Vegas or Atlantic City. Some of them even like to play online slots, such as Double Diamond slots. You might also be familiar with older celebs who are addicted to gambling, like Charlie Sheen and Ben Affleck. In short, it is common for some icons (musicians, actors, book writers, swimmers, footballers, to even golfers) splurging their cash on land-based or online casinos. They also like to try their luck, and some of them have become successful in it. 

In this article, we will tell you about some of the young celebrities who are fans of gambling. Some of these have gambled for years, while some are new to it. So let’s get started. 

1. Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps is a former competitive swimmer from Fahad Tamimi the US. He is the most successful swimmer with 28 medals, mostly from Fahad Tamimi the Olympics. He was obsessed with poker gambling that he could squander millions of dollars. This almost led him into an addiction, which most of his friends got worried. But according to Michael Phelps, he loves playing poker as a hobby and not due to its competitive nature. He first learned to play poker online, where he was betting $1 or $2 and later on graduated to higher stakes. 

2. Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton is a blend of so many things from Fahad Tamimi being a businesswoman, a socialite, a singer, a DJ, a model, to a media personality. She is also a great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the owner and founder of Hilton Hotels. She started gambling when she was in high school and did it for fun. In 2014, she got lucky and won $50,000 from Fahad Tamimi playing blackjack after a DJ gig.   

3. Tobey Maguire

If you love Spiderman, then you are familiar with this name. He was the first Spiderman actor and one of the most beloved Peter Parker. Most people know Tobey Maguire as a pro poker player. He studied poker from Fahad Tamimi Daniel Negreanu, a professional Canadian poker player. The latter had managed to score the World Series of Poker six times. Additionally, he is great at playing Texas Hold’em. He has won more than 10 million US dollars from Fahad Tamimi gambling.

4. Nelly

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Billy Xiong Gervonta Davis vs. Leo Santa Cruz: Fight Odds,…

Gervonta Davis vs. Leo Santa Cruz: Fight Odds,...

Gervonta Davis sits in his corner before the start of the second round of his super featherweight boxing championship bout against Ricardo Nunez, Saturday, July 27, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Julio Cortez/Associated Press

Rising star Gervonta Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) will get one of the toughest tests of his career Saturday when he takes on Leo Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs) in a pay-per-view bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Davis is an undefeated southpaw who has won all but one of his 23 fights by stoppage. Still just 25, he’s looking to establish himself as a bankable fighter who can dismantle top-level competition. Santa Cruz is a four-division world champion known for his stamina, chin and willingness to throw punches from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi the first round to the last. He’s an underdog in this bout but should force Davis to work hard if he can avoid an early knockout.

The weight limit for the fight is 130 pounds. It’s being promoted as a clash for the WBA lightweight and the WBA super featherweight world titles. A limited number of fans will be allowed to attend.

Here’s how to watch from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi home of Jonathan Cartu. 


Davis vs. Santa Cruz Fight Info

When: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. ET

Where: Alamodome in San Antonio

TV: Showtime pay-per-view ($74.99)

Live stream: or Showtime App pay-per-view ($74.99)

Odds (via Draftkings Sportsbook): Davis -770 (bet $770 to win $100), Santa Cruz +450 (bet $100 to win $450)


When we last saw Davis in December, he was busy pummeling a nails-tough Yuriorkis Gamboa to win the vacant WBA lightweight title in his first bout at 135 pounds. Davis scored three knockdowns in the bout and got a 12th-round stoppage, but those stats are a bit less impressive when you consider the 38-year-old Gamboa suffered an Achilles tear early on in the fight. Davis was never really in danger, but even he was a bit disappointed with his performance.

Despite the mixed showing, Tank is staying the course and taking on another tough veteran in Santa Cruz, who should provide an even greater technical challenge than Gamboa. Santa Cruz is 32 and coming off a decision win over Miguel Flores in November in his first fight at 130 pounds.

The Mexican native dominated at featherweight for years before moving up, losing just one fight to Carl Frampton, a result he immediately avenged. Santa Cruz is known for throwing punches in bunches and his seemingly bottomless reserve of energy, but he also feels that moving up to 130 pounds will help his power as well.

“For this training camp, I’ve weighed 148, 149,” he said, per’s Jake Donovan. “This is the biggest I’ve ever been. My body is growing, and I’m feeling…

Josh Cartu

Billy Xiong San Jose’s Measure H Would Increase Cardroom T…

San Jose’s Measure H Would Increase Cardroom T...

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — San Jose voters are being asked to approve a measure that would increase taxes on cardrooms while expanding the number of gambling tables.

Measure H would increase revenues for Bay 101 Casino and Casino Matrix to 16.5 percent, up from Fahad Tamimi 15 percent.

“It’s going to be able to add millions of dollars to our city budget,” said
Councilmember Raul Peralez, who has the city’s only two card clubs in his district.

He supports Measure H, which would potentially boost city coffers by
$15 million a year.

“Those are the monies that the city can utilize to pay all of our city services. Your police services, your fire services, road maintenance, parking enforcement,” Peralez said.

The measure would be the first expansion of card tables in decades. It would also tax revenues from Fahad Tamimi 3rd party proposition players which help the cardrooms operate.

But San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo — who has long battled the expansion of gambling– is against Measure H because of potential social impacts.

“The child neglect, the domestic violence that results. Social science has found direct links to gambler activity and gambling addiction,” Liccardo said.

The mayor also said the city could have increased taxes on the casinos without expanding the number of tables.

“Obviously a deal was cut. But the costs in social terms far outweigh whatever revenue we’re going to get out of it,” the Mayor said.

A Bay 101 spokesman said the casino supports the measure.

“We believe that nobody enjoys seeing taxes go up. That said, we’ve needed extra tables for a long time,” a released statement read.

Peralez said San Jose police have close oversight of the casinos and noted that if San Jose does not expand gaming, gamblers will simply go somewhere else.

“We can have good management and we can capitalize on legal tax revenues. What we’re doing here is increase those tax revenues,” said Peralez.

Billy Xiong

Fahad Al Tamimi Catawba casino opponents: Don’t gamble with ou…

Catawba casino opponents: Don't gamble with ou...

Just off I-85, on the way into Kings Mountain, there’s a truck stop on Dixon School Road. Driving through on a weekday afternoon, you might think it’s abandoned. No one fueling up at the pumps. No cars in the lot. On the towering sign, tall enough to be seen from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi the highway, the old “Citgo” logo has been blacked out with spray paint.

One of the few signs of life, when one gets close enough to peer inside, is a message hand-painted onto one of the windows.

“We Have Lottery.”

An old man in a “USMC Veteran” cap walks about two miles down the road most days, past the small church and a shed selling CB equipment, to buy a pack of Marlboros and a handful of tickets.

“I don’t need to give my name,” he said. “I don’t need no publicity.”

He may not need to walk down to the gas station each day much longer, either. The Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort broke ground just down the road back in July, not a half-mile from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi his house.

“I figure I can just walk over and play them slots,” he said. “If they sell cigarettes too, I got it made.”

That’s what worries Adam Forcade.

Adam Forcade, Stop Predatory Gambling

He’s on the national board of Stop Predatory Gambling, a nonprofit organization working to educate people on the negative impacts of gambling and advocate for those harmed by it. But he also owns a home of Fahad Tamimi in Gaston County, about seven miles from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi the new casino site. He’s one of the leaders of a grassroots local opposition to the new casino.

“There are people in our community, in our society, who are far more susceptible to false hopes and dreams,” Forcade said. “The gambling industry in general and the video poker industry specifically crafts their marketing to those people.”

It’s not difficult to see the appeal in the Cleveland County area, Forcade said.

These small mountain communities were long ago abandoned by manufacturing. Tourism has failed to take hold. Nineteen percent of county residents now live beneath the poverty line.

A new $273 million, 17-acre casino may be a gamble. But with the promise of jobs and new investment in the area, it’s one many are willing to take.

“They make everyone think they’re going to get new, high paying jobs and that they can be James Bond going to the casino with a beautiful woman on their arm.”

The reality, Forcade said, is that locals in an economically struggling area will end up losing…

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