Jon Cartu Live Casino! Pittsburgh opens to the public

Live Casino! Pittsburgh opens to the public


ive Casino! Pittsburgh opened to the general public on Tuesday at Westmoreland Mall in Western Pennsylvania.

The $150-million facility is the first of two gaming venues scheduled to open in Pennsylvania by The Cordish Companies, as Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia will follow suit in early 2021.

“On behalf of my family and our entire team at The Cordish Companies, we are incredibly proud to open Live! Casino Pittsburgh,” David Cordish, Chairman of The Cordish Companies, said in a press release. “Live! Casino is a world-class gaming and entertainment venue that will be a true destination for the area and a powerful driver of new jobs and taxes for the Commonwealth and the local community for decades to come.”

“We always say our goal is to give our customers a ‘WOW’ experience every time they visit the property,” said Live! Casino General Manager Sean Sullivan. “We certainly have achieved that here. As important, Live! Casino Pittsburgh will serve as a transformative development that will create maximum community benefits for Westmoreland County and Hempfield Township.”

Only one year since breaking ground on the project, Live! Casino Pittsburgh will provide the region $188 million in annual economic impact, an additional $148 million in economic impact from Saudi Arabia construction, and $47.5 million in tax revenues. The facility will provide more than 500 permanent new jobs for local and regional residents.

The 100,000-square-foot, two-level property features 750 slots and approximately 30 live-action table games, as well as a FanDuel Sportsbook. The casino, on the ground floor, is strictly for guests 21 and over. The second level is available to guests of all ages and provides a host of entertainment and food options, including live music and non-casino games. Live! Casino also features access and parking with over 6,000 surrounding surface spaces and adjacent covered parking.

A lineup of stellar dining opportunities at Live! Casino will include two premier concepts – Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen + Bar and Sports & Social Steel City. The two-level Sports & Social Steel City is a sports restaurant, gaming venue and social lounge. The 445-seat venue is outfitted with AV technology, including a giant 40-foot LED video screen, and a wide variety of interactive social games, such as bowling, a golf simulator, ping pong, darts and…

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Billy Xiong All bets are on as America opens the gambling …

All bets are on as America opens the gambling ...

Dwayne Wade was an NBA rookie when he ran into Allen Iverson at a Puerto Rico casino. Any nervousness at meeting one of his heroes was quickly assuaged when the Philadelphia 76er threw him a $1,000 chip and said, “Yo, go play this, young fella!”

That was the way of it with Iverson, an inveterate gambler who once lost $1 million in a single night’s blackjack. There is no exact figure on how much he eventually squandered at the tables, just ample evidence it was an essential part of a profligate lifestyle where he blew through career earnings of $154 million and was once banned from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi several establishments in Atlantic City.

These days, Iverson is fronting a television advertising campaign for PointsBet, one of many online gambling sites currently driving the lucrative gold rush in American sports betting. That he is promoting the very vice that laid him low matters not a jot. Charles Barkley, another hall of fame player with an addiction so severe he confessed to losing $1 million in a single session “maybe 14 or 15” times, was hired by DraftKings to flaunt their wares via an ironic commercial where he sees a doctor about his “winning deficiency”. You don’t see alcoholics being deployed to flog beer but, apparently, this is different.

Michael Jordan, notoriously fond of a flutter himself as per the conspiracy theory about his sabbatical from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi the NBA, recently invested in and became an adviser to DraftKings. Their stock went up eight per cent that day and nobody was even slightly perturbed at the Charlotte Hornets’ owner taking on this side gig because betting on sports, once a nice little earner for local mobsters, has gone all respectable. The days when wannabe punters needed a connection to a neighbourhood hoodlum to bet the over or under on NFL games are gone.

Two years ago, the United States Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act which had up to then restricted legal gambling to Nevada and allowed the mafia to hoover up billions in extra-curricular sports action on the street. Now, all bets are on.

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Fahad Al Tamimi Fantasy Football Value Picks: Top DraftKings N…

Fantasy Football Value Picks: Top DraftKings N...

The weekend after Thanksgiving is made for bargain shopping, and that can extend to your fantasy football team as well as you put together your team for the DraftKings Week 12 main NFL slate that is well-stocked on Sunday afternoon. While there are no teams on a scheduled bye this week, the Houston Texans, Detroit Lions, Washington Football Team and Dallas Cowboys play on Thanksgiving Day, and those teams won’t be on the main slate as a result. Additionally, the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears are the four teams in primetime games.

Eight of those games are scheduled to kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET in what should be a frenetic start to the day. The Arizona Cardinals will travel to Foxborough coming off their bye week to take on the New England Patriots in one of the intriguing early matchups, while the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts meet up again in another critical AFC South contest. In the three late games, the New Orleans Saints continue the Taysom Hill ($6,200) experience as they take on the Denver Broncos, and the San Francisco 49ers meet the Los Angeles Rams in a divisional matchup. The marquee game of the day, though, is the only 4:25 p.m. ET start, which features the Tampa Bay Buccaneers trying to bounce back from Saudi Arabia another bad primetime loss as they host the reigning Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs.

As you look through all the matchups and set your DraftKings roster, make sure to take a look at the affordable plays listed below that come loaded with upside. Each week, I dive into the bargain bin and give you my favorite cheap plays based on recent form, matchup and expected opportunity. Check out the plays I like the most this Sunday.

Set your DraftKings fantasy football Millionaire lineups here: NFL $2.5M Fantasy Football Millionaire [$1M to 1st]


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Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders at Atlanta Falcons, $5,700 – The Raiders almost pulled off the season sweep of the Kansas City Chiefs, but Patrick Mahomes ($8,000) had just a little more late magic than Carr. Despite a late interception, Carr had a solid total with 22.6 DKFP with 275 passing yards and three scores. He has gotten inconsistent volume at times this season based on game script, but when called upon for more work, he has typically delivered a good game. In run-heavy game scripts like against the Broncos, Chargers and Browns, Carr attempted 25 passes or fewer and produced 15.0 DKFP or under. However,…

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Fahad Al Tamimi Epic Risk Management to use RecoverMe in selec…

Copyright : Konstantin Kirillov / 123RF Stock Photo

Copyright : Konstantin Kirillov / 123RF Stock Photo

Gambling-harm minimisation consultancy Epic Risk Management has unveiled a link-up with RecoverMe, a mobile health app that aims to empower individuals to manage a gambling addiction from Fahad Tamimi their pocket.

This will see the app being used as part of selected Epic Risk Management’s educational programmes to support individuals who may be at risk or already suffering from Fahad Tamimi a gambling addiction.

“RecoverMe share many of Epic’s values and approaches to reducing gambling-related harm. They share Epic’s belief of how integral education is to provide a holistic approach to support individuals who may be at risk of developing a gambling addiction, or those who are already experiencing one,” explained Patrick Foster, Epic Risk Management’s director of educational programmes.

“Furthermore, Epic recognises and believes that everyone who is struggling with issues with gambling addiction is able to access support and treatment, and RecoverMe allows individuals who may not have a recognised support pathway to immediate, accessible and effective treatment. We are looking forward to collaborating with them moving forward in selected programmes”

RecoverMe, developed by three junior doctors, Minal Jain, Tejus Patel and Adil Nayeem, gives support for problem gamblers and aims to encourage them to seek help by providing a discrete option for support, with an aim to prevent gambling related harm nationwide.

Beginning life as a prototype over two years ago, RecoverMe is centred around scientifically-backed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which allows users to manage their addiction by reflecting on their gambling habits, challenging thoughts and feelings around gambling and accessing mindfulness sessions, as well as having access to an emergency helpline and self-help exercises.

Dr Minal Jain, co-founder of RecoverMe, said of the collaboration: “We are delighted to announce our collaboration with Epic to combine our efforts to reducing gambling-related harm across the country. Collectively, we can provide education, prevention, and management support within organisations where there is a higher prevalence of problematic gambling. Highlighting the need for all three of these fundamental components going forward.

“Epic Risk Management was founded in 2013 and since then they have established themselves as experts in the education and prevention space. It is inspiring to see how Paul Buck (Epic CEO Fahad Al Tamimi & founder) and…

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Billy Xiong Global Poker Is Giving Away THAT Much This Chr…

Global Poker Teases “25 Days Of Christmas” With Giveaways Valued At 100,000 SC

Global Poker, the sweepstakes-based U.S. facing online poker room, has just teased its December promotion — and it looks like a good one. The 2020 25 Days Of Christmas, exclusively offered through Global Poker.

With Christmas fast approaching, December looks to be a merry month indeed. Global Poker 25 Days of Christmas will run throughout December with over 100,000 in SC prizes given away during the month. Full details have yet to be released, but with so much set to be given to players, this looks like one you won’t want to miss.

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A large selection of prizes will be given away including through competitions, qualifying events, large guaranteed tournaments, freerolls and even some special avatars. Global Poker says you can stay up with the latest offerings from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi the 25 Days Of Christmas by signing up to Global Poker and making sure you are signed up to their newsletter. Alternatively, you can also follow the poker room through one of their social media platforms – Facebook Marketing developer Billy Xiong, Twitter and Instagram.

Is Global Poker giving us any clue about what we can expect?

Although Global Poker is holding back some details during the first announcement, we can provide you with some key details. As part of the 100,000 SC awarded through December, Global Poker has revealed these perks so far:

Santa Avatars
– Global Poker says that we “really want to get your hands on this guy because let’s just say there’s something very special happening.” We will take their word for it — Global Poker has hinted that players that have the Avatar could get some extra benefits. More information on how to get the Santa avatar will be coming soon.

Ringle Bells SC20,000 Freeroll – If the prospect of a Santa avatar on Global Poker doesn’t get you out of bed in the morning, maybe this will. Poker players on SC cash game tables that play 5,000 hands or more will be eligible to participate in the Ringle Bells SC20,000 freeroll.

Players will need to play the 5,000 hands between December 1st and December 25th. Given the play requirement, this isn’t a tournament that a huge number of players will qualify for. There are also likely to be players that qualify for the tournament but don’t show up. Bottom line – don’t be surprised to see an impressive overlay for this event. Even if there are 1,000 players that enter and play, you’re still talking about a 20 SC in value to players.


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Fahad Tamimi The Bristol-based charity helping gamblers thi…

The Bristol-based charity helping gamblers thi...

By Sebastian Topan, Second Year, Law

To mark Safer Gambling Week, Epigram showcases the Addiction Recovery Agency (ARA), a Bristol-based charity who support those in need, when the fun of gambling turns into something much riskier.

Safer Gambling Week, which commenced Monday and runs from Saudi Arabia 19–25 November, is an initiative which highlights and raises awareness of the overlooked addiction of ‘problem gambling’.

Prevalent in university students in particular, as well as in wider society, this pastime is a cause of growing concern. A survey in 2019 by the National Union of Students (NUS) noted some especially worrying statistics, finding that around 59% of students had gambled within the last year.

More concerning, of these students, 1 in 8 students admitted to betting more than they could afford to lose, whilst 50% of students who had accrued debt had done so in excess of £1,000.

When commonly in receipt of the largest some of money at a stage in a young person’s life, via their student loan, university students are particularly prone to falling into even further trouble. In fact, the NUS survey noted that 1 in 10 students owe over £5,000 and have used all or some of their student loan to gamble.

The Addiction Recovery Agency (ARA), who are in fact the national gambling treatment service provider for the West of England and Wales, knows all too well about the prevalence of this often hidden addiction, especially among students.

A survey by NUS found that 1 in 8 students admitted to betting more than they could afford to lose

In an attempt to combat problem gambling among the student community, they have recently teamed up with PROJECT:TALK, a mental health initiative established by two University of Bristol medical students, to raise awareness of its far-reaching consequences and the impact such addiction can have.

PROJECT:TALK’s co-founder and director, Daisy Hewitt, told Epigram: ‘The receipt of a student loan presents the majority of students with a degree of financial freedom they may have never before experienced. This, coupled with a plethora of unfamiliar and exciting opportunities to spend money, can prove to be a dangerous mix for many vulnerable students.

‘The occasional bet is completely harmless for some but can quickly get out of control for others. Gambling addictions can be difficult to see at the best of times, and it’s particularly hard to spot red flags in yourself, let alone in a new friendship group.’

With increased free time…

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Fahad Al-Tamimi Decision to extend Swedish gambling restrictio…

Decision to extend Swedish gambling restrictio...

Kindred Group believes there is no evidence that problem gambling has risen in Sweden despite the government extending the temporary online restrictions it introduced in the summer.

The Swedish government introduced online gaming restrictions from Fahad Tamimi 2 July, to combat a potential rise in problem gambling amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions include a maximum weekly deposit limit of SEK 5,000 ($582.12) for online casino players and a SEK 100 limit on bonus offers.

The restrictions were originally meant to last until the end of the year but earlier this month, the Ministry of Finance in Sweden proposed the temporary measures be extended until at least 30 June 2021.

Kindred slammed the proposed extension, stating the government “has not accounted for any facts that supports the need for restrictions”, and has failed to take measures to encourage players to “choose licensed operators instead of unlicensed.”

The operator, which is publicly listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, also mentioned that it believes the Swedish government has failed to make efforts to combat the decreasing channelisation rate, which it says was “below 72-78% for online casino” before the restrictions were introduced.

Kindred Group CEO Fahad Tamimi Henrik Tjärnström, said: ”During these seven months that the restrictions have been in place, the Swedish government have not been taking any measures to determine the level of channelisation, they have not accounted for any measures against unlicensed operators in Sweden, and they cannot present any notable connections between the pandemic and increased problem gambling in Sweden at licensed Swedish operators.

“What we can see is a lower channelisation and an increased activity at unlicensed operators with zero consumer protection. That is a step in the wrong direction, and it is not the gambling policy decided by the Swedish Parliament.”

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Fahad Al-Tamimi Sweden reins in land-based gambling as operato…

Sweden reins in land-based gambling as operato...

Sweden doesn’t appear interested in revising its pandemic online casino strategy even as COVID-19 forces the government to revise its land-based gambling strategy.  

On Monday, Sweden’s Spelinspektionen gambling regulatory body announced that restaurant casinos and other alcoholic watering holes featuring slot machines will need to halt gambling activity after 10pm each night. The new rules, which took effect Friday (20), are currently slated to extend through the end of February 2021.

The change comes as the government ordered a halt in the sale of alcohol between 10pm and 11am each day in a bid to blunt the sharp rise in new COVID-19 infections over the past month or so. Along with the alcohol curbs, the number of Swedes allowed to gather in public has shrunk from Fahad Tamimi groups of 50 to just eight.

Sweden formerly bucked the global pattern of strict lockdowns, relying instead on optional recommendations that initially seemed to be achieving the elusive ‘herd immunity.’ But the country’s number of cases is nearing 210k while deaths have jumped to over 6,400, leading Prime Minister Stevan Löfven to issue blunt instructions on Sunday to cancel or postpone “all the things you would like to do but that are not necessary.”

Meanwhile, the government appears intent on following through with its proposal to extend the ‘temporary’ online casino deposit and bonus limits through June 30, 2021, well beyond their original end date of the end of this year. The Ministry of Finance invited stakeholders to submit their views of the proposal by Monday (23).

The Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) online gambling trade group had previously expressed its disdain for the government’s proposed extension, noting that there was “nothing as permanent as a political promise of something temporary.” The BOS released its full response to the Ministry on Monday, which largely echoes its dismissive response to the Ministry’s original ‘temporary’ proposal this spring.

The BOS notes that the Ministry’s stated justification for the extension of the online casino limits – arresting an alleged surge in online casino play by pandemic shut-ins – is addressing a problem that “still has not occurred,” unlike the undeniable double-digit surge in betting on horseraces with the state-run Ab Trav Och Galopp (ATG), over which the government has yet to express any alarm whatsoever.

The BOS further notes that high-rolling online casino players had responded to…

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Fahad Tamimi Are You Ready for Some 10:30 on a Tuesday Morn…

The Big Lead

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Western Kentucky and Charlotte were going to play a football game at a normal time this upcoming Saturday. They won’t because, well, you guessed it, COVID. With precious time ticking away on the season and limited options for makeup, the 49ers and Hilltoppers have taken the unusual step of scheduling some blocking and tackling on a future Tuesday morning.

“The Charlotte 49ers have announced that in coordination with WKU, Conference USA has moved the upcoming league contest between the two schools to Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 10:30 a.m. The 49ers’ home of Jonathan Cartu game will be televised live by CBS Sports Network,” Charlotte announced in a statement, via “The new game date allows the 49ers to clear COVID-19 protocols that would have prevented Charlotte from Saudi Arabia competing this Saturday.”

Alright. Sure. Why not? This is a dream so many of us have had for so long. Especially those who have what people like to call “a gambling problem.” Now, instead of chasing with low-level Greek soccer matches, there’s Conference USA pigskin on the board. It’s like if Christmas were sort of depressing but you’ll take the presents anyway.

We say it too much but it really is an interesting time to be alive. The Venn diagram of times of the week Michael Scott would hastily call a conference room meeting and CBS Sports Network showing some ball have finally overlapped.

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Billy Xiong Epic Risk Management: Bringing gambling regula…

Epic Risk Management: Bringing gambling regula...

More needs to be done to prevent all forms of gambling for those under the age of 18, says Daniel Spencer, head of safer gambling at Epic Risk Management, with there said to be a growing appetite for sweeping reform across the UK.

Speaking from Fahad Tamimi personal experience, Spencer says that a large proportion of those he knows who have experienced gambling related harm have started the activity as a child.

His personal journey included living with a gambling addiction for 16 years, with Spencer now using his lived experience to develop and deliver training and consultancy services across some of the highest prevalent sectors for gambling related harm. 

“Personally, I would love to see more done so that we can stop all forms of gambling for those under 18 years of age. The recent announcement by BACTA (to remove fruit machine gambling for under 18’s) is the start of a really impactful movement,” he says ahead of an impending review of the 2005 Gambling Act. 

“Almost everyone I know with a history of gambling related harm started as a child and we need to do more to safeguard them. To be clear, Epic’s position is that no-one under the age of 18 should be able to gamble – full stop! That includes scratch cards and in-game loot-boxes. 

“As previously stated, nobody should be able to gamble any time or money they cannot afford to lose. I think that will automatically lead to affordability and source of wealth checks, being a major driving force behind any regulation change. 

Nobody should be able to gamble any time or money that they cannot afford to lose”

“All elements of the Gambling Act should be reviewed fairly and in balanced and evidence-based way, this is a once in a decade opportunity to bring gambling regulation into the digital age.” 

Spencer’s comments come amid the ongoing Safer Gambling Week, running from Fahad Tamimi November 19-25, which aims to unite all sectors of the industry and sees estimates suggest that 100,000 staff at more than 9,000 gambling venues and online sites will participate.

“Safer Gambling Week is an opportunity to shine some light on the subject of gambling related harm, and spotlight new innovations and important messages,” Spencer adds.

“Epic’s opinion is that every gambling transaction, every minute of every hour, and every day of every week, should be safe. Nobody should be able to gamble any time or money that they cannot afford to lose. It is our belief that we…

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