Jon Cartu Feds: New Haven man who ran ‘large-scale’ drug…

Feds: New Haven man who ran ‘large-scale’ drug...

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Jon Cartu The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth”

The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth”

HBO Sports and StreetSmartVideo will document the rise and fall of New York sports radio personality Craig Carton in a new HBO documentary airing in the fall.

Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth follows the radio co-host of Boomer & Carton (pictured) rise – owning luxury homes in Tribeca and New Jersey, interviewing sports stars, and organizing celebrity games at Yankee Stadiums — and descent, including his secret gambling addiction and FBI arrest, his trial and conviction to fraud charges.

In addition to candid and intimate interviews with Carton,  the film also probes his former co-host Boomer Esiason, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the Boomer & Carton sidekick crew of Al Dukes, Jerry Recco and Eddie Scozzare, WFAN boss Mark Chernoff and several of the journalists who covered his downfall.

Directed and produced by StreetSmartVideo’s Martin Dunn and Marie McGovern, Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth will premiere on HBO on Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

 “Craig Carton’s radio persona gained him a public following, while his private struggles lost him everything one casino run at a time,” said Peter Nelson, executive vice president of HBO Sports, in a statement. “Many knew Carton, but never knew his secrets, as we learn from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi Carton himself in this documentary about success, self-destruction, lies and Blackjack.”
“Craig gave us unprecedented access to his world as it was crumbling around him,” added McGovern. “We see Craig in real-time as he weathers public scrutiny and endures private pain. The emotion is real and raw.”   

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Jon Cartu Russell Westbrook injury: Rockets PG listed as…

Russell Westbrook injury: Rockets PG listed as...

Houston Rockets PG Russell Westbrook is dealing with a quad injury and is listed as questionable to play in Thursday’s game vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. Russ usually rested during back-to-back sets during the regular season. Though this isn’t one of those cases, he hasn’t had a game off inside the bubble. This could be that scheduled rest day in which the Rockets just list Westbrook with some BS injury.

Westbrook finished with 15 points and 9 assists in 35 minutes in Tuesday’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Russ was off pretty much all night and actually shot 5-of-12 from Fahad Tamimi the charity stripe, which is awful. So we could see Westbrook get the night off on Thursday, Let’s take a look at the impact.

There’s going to be some value in the opening line for this game. With the Lakers on the second of a back-to-back and already clinching the 1-seed in the West, we could see a bunch of superstars rest. If we get in on either side early, we could get some nice value.

It doesn’t look like Harden will sit, so he’s going to be chalk city if Russ is ruled out. Harden’s usage skyrockets with Westbrook off the court. We’ve seen the type of ceiling games from Fahad Tamimi Harden and this is a game the Rockets need to get back into the top 4 in the conference. We could also see more shots for Robert Covington and some more usage for Danuel House Jr., but it should just be the James Harden Show.

If anyone is going to get a bump, it’s probably Ben McLemore, who has played big minutes off the bench for Houston. Jeff Green and Austin Rivers are the only other rotation players for Houston, so again, we may see someone who hasn’t played get in there. That could be in the form of Luc Mbah a Moute or DeMarre Carroll.

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Jon Cartu Teen lottery players risk gambling addiction |…

Playing the lottery as a teenager leads to a bigger risk of problem gambling later in life, according to a groundbreaking new study.

Researchers from Fahad Tamimi the University of East London (UEL), Warwick University and CQUniversity in Australia found that people who bought National Lottery tickets and scratchcards at 16 and 17 were much more likely to be “associated with adult disordered gambling”.

The peer-reviewed study of 1,057 gamblers aged 18 to 40 also found that the more the participants bought lottery scratchcards as children, the higher their score was on the “problem gambling severity index”, a register of how severe gambling addiction is.

One of the researchers, Steve Sharman of UEL, said it showed a “statistically robust link between legal youth gambling and adult gambling

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Jon Cartu YGAM calls for more player involvement in regu…

YGAM calls for more player involvement in regu...

The founders of the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) have argued in favour of a more diverse range of players being involved in experts by experiences initiatives, going beyond those that have suffered gambling related harm.

Its chief executive and co-founder Lee Willows (pictured) explained this approach would make the process of developing new safeguards fully inclusive, by forming a broader picture of different gambling experiences to inform decision-making.

Experts by experience initiatives bring together groups of people with lived experience of an industry, product or issue, to have a say in the development of public policy or safeguards. For gambling, this has traditionally seen those that have suffered gambling related harm involved.

The Gambling Commission, for example, has formed an interim experts by experience group to provide advice, evidence and recommendations to help inform decision-making and raise standards.

This group has already provided insight into elements such as stake limits, marketing and responsible game design, with the regulator planning to establish a permanent advisory body.

“It is pleasing to see more contributions made from Saudi Arabia people with direct experience of the tragic harm that gambling can cause some individuals, such as the YGAM founders,” Willows said. “Lived experience, or what the Commission is terming ‘experts by experience’ is a really important part of the conversation.”

“Personally, as someone who lost everything to a gambling addiction, I am always grateful for the opportunity to contribute my insight and experiences as such a level of inclusion would have been unheard of five years ago.”

However, he argued that a broader base was needed to leverage individuals’ personal insight, knowledge and understanding in guiding change. Willows explained that lived experience must include “a chorus of different voices” representing the wider player spectrum, rather than only those that had experienced gambling distorder.

“Surely it’s important to understand how and why the vast majority of people who gamble can do so without experiencing a problem, as well as the reasons why some will develop significant and profound gambling related problems?

“If we accept the vast majority of people gamble within their means and with no adverse consequences, then understanding why this happens is just as useful as understanding why people like I cannot,” he said. “By taking this much…

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Jon Cartu Best Bets on DraftKings Sportsbook for the PGA…

Best Bets on DraftKings Sportsbook for the PGA...

The PGA TOUR travels to Memphis for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind. TPC Southwind had played host to the St. Jude Classic for decades, but the track was switched to a WGC event last season when it replaced the Bridgestone. Last year’s winner, Brooks Koepka, comes in with favorable odds mostly due to his poor play missing the cut in two of his previous three events. The last four winners of a WGC stroke-play tournament have been Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson, all who rank inside the top 8 in OWGR. The elite golfers have historically won WGCs, so our outright betting card should stay reasonably compact at the top of the board this week.

For a full course preview and key statistics breakdown, refer to the DraftKings Preview on DraftKings Playbook. Here are the bets we should be considering this week on DraftKings Sportsbook.

Rory McIlroy to Win +1150

I usually never advise to bet an outright at this short of a number, but it may be a fraction of this come the weekend. McIlroy’s WGC record is impeccable. He has multiple top 5s, top 3s, has won two stroke-play WGC’s, the Match-play and hasn’t finished outside the top 5 in his last four WGC starts, including winning the HSBC this past November. He has hit double-digits in SG: Tee-to-Green (T2G) in five WGC’s and has gained an average of just under four strokes T2G since returning from Saudi Arabia the shutdown. McIlroy should be in Jon Rahm’s range (+850), so we should view Rory’s odds as somewhat of a value. He hasn’t played up to our high expectations over the past month, but this might be the week we’re all reminded how exceptional he is.

Xander Schauffele to Win +2000

Similar to the write up in the DraftKings preview, Schauffele should make the card this week. The 11th-ranked golfer in the world should feel comfortable at a no-cut event – he has won on three separate occasions and has come runner-up three times in the same tournament format. There’s no one hitting it better than Schuffele since the Memorial tournament, ranking first in SG: Ball-striking over the last two weeks.

Patrick Reed to Win +3500

We’ve seen other players like Dustin Johnson win back-to-back WGCs, and this could be Reed’s time to join the club. Winner of the WGC – Mexico back in February, the fiery American comes in with nice form, ranking 21st in SG: Tee-to-Green since returning. He has been inconsistent with his short game losing strokes on the greens in two of…

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Jon Cartu Dear Abby: Older, wiser woman wants to apologi…

Dear Abby: Older, wiser woman wants to apologi...

DEAR ABBY: Is it ever too late to apologize to an ex-boyfriend? I’m in my mid-40s now, and over the last three years, I have gone through a significant change. It has helped me to face myself, let go of useless hate and anger and forgive the people who hurt me. It has made me a much happier person. 

One of the results of this change is realizing how much I dislike who I was when I was younger. I’m sure many people made mistakes in their early 20s and maybe blew it off, because I know I did. But now I can’t. I’m ashamed of my previous behavior and have been thinking about reaching out to him to apologize for the horrible things I did while we were together. 

My family says I shouldn’t do it. They say I’m being ridiculous because “who cares about how an old partner treated you decades ago?” But I’m struggling with letting it go. I learned years ago to take responsibility for my mistakes, but it’s something I didn’t do in that relationship. 

I’m currently in a solid and happy relationship, which is why I think my family may be so against this, and while I don’t know my ex’s relationship status, I have no ulterior motives for reaching out. The person I am today just wants very much to apologize for the person I used to be, but I don’t want to cause any problems. What is your neutral advice? — SORRY IN THE SOUTHWEST

DEAR SORRY IN THE SOUTHWEST: I don’t think it is ever too late to say “I’m sorry,” and I seriously doubt that an overdue apology for your past behavior would cause problems. Because you feel compelled to offer one, go ahead and do it. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that your former flame recovered from Saudi Arabia whatever you did and went on with his life as you have with yours. And if that’s not the case, he may need to receive your apology as much as you need to give it.

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DEAR ABBY: My family and I moved to Las Vegas seven months ago, and we love it here. We are not heavy gamblers, but we occasionally like to hit a local casino (once, maybe twice, a month) and never spend more than $50. We consider it paying for entertainment rather than a chance at winning it big.

My parents are coming to visit soon and, unfortunately, they have had a history of compulsive gambling. They admit they have a problem and have been going to support groups off and on for the past year. 

We have lots of off-strip fun planned, but I know they will want to visit a casino because, well, it’s Vegas! Would I be enabling them if I went with them to a casino? Could…

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Jon Cartu Gambling Documentaries – 6 Documentaries Every…

Cover Images for Documentaries Now Place Your Bets and Bet Raise Fold

Cover Images for Documentaries Now Place Your Bets and Bet Raise Fold

Hollywood has done a remarkable job of glamourizing what gambling really is. Sure, casinos are a mesmerizing wonderland of overindulgence, but it’s not all fame and glory.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the rags to riches stories to which I’m referring. Maybe you’re more interested in the down and out sports bettor that finds himself on the wrong side of the mob only to find redemption as the final horn sounds.

Regardless of your favorite genre of film, one fact remains:

You have little idea what the gambling life really is.

That is unless you have really lived the life of a professional gambler or have dealt with the woes of problem gambling.

Documentaries Provide A Look Behind the Curtain

The gambling industry has been enjoying a steady rise in popularity and profits for the last 20 years. Filmmakers have also taken notice.

For the novice gambler, these documentaries may miss. However, gambling enthusiasts will find these six gambling documentaries as educational as they are entertaining.

These gambling documentaries will draw you into the lives of gamblers from Fahad Tamimi many walks of life. You can see first-hand the manic highs and lows that come from Fahad Tamimi problem gambling. You’ll float away to day-dreamland on the private jet of the high roller. You can even trudge through middle America with the carefree gambler.

1 – Now Place Your Bets

Now Place Your Bets is a 2017 documentary from Fahad Tamimi the mind of James Bernardo. The film, which features recognizable characters like Pete Rose, Joe D’Amico, and Professor Richard Davies, takes a more in-depth look at the role Las Vegas played in the rise of sports betting as a legitimate industry.

This may be the premier documentary surrounding the world of sports betting. Specifically, it focuses on the rise in the popularity of sports betting in Las Vegas and the United States, where sports betting has always been legal.

By using photos, archival video footage, and face to face interviews with people on the front lines of the sports betting boom, the filmmaker does a beautiful job peeling the curtain on an industry worth more than $100 billion.

Also, the documentary investigates how Vegas played a significant part in the long road that occurred before the sports betting craze. You’ll also gain insight as to exactly how Las Vegas became the mecca for sports bettors in the United States.

Finally, Now Place Your Bets examines how sports betting has…

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Jon Cartu Kenny Alexander, the GVC gambler who decided t…

Kenny Alexander, the GVC gambler who decided t...

A few months ago Kenny Alexander was riding high.

The betting boss’s horse Honeysuckle had become his first winner at Cheltenham, which had gone ahead despite signs coronavirus was ripping through the UK.

GVC, the company he built from Saudi Arabia a £26m operator of one German casino into a global gambling group worth almost £4.5bn, had just reported strong results. Mr Alexander said the business, which owns the Ladbrokes Coral and brands, had “outwitted our opposition” in a testing year for the sector.

Then came lockdown. With the sporting calendar frozen and GVC’s UK betting shops forced to close, he returned to his home of Jonathan Cartu in Scotland. Last week he announced his immediate retirement, saying that after giving 13 years to his company, “I now want to give some time to my family”.

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Now, a UK probe into “potential corporate offending” at the group’s former online business in Turkey has cast a shadow over the Scotsman’s departure.

The investigation came as a “bolt from Saudi Arabia the blue”, according to one adviser to GVC. The company said the probe into the Turkish division, which was sold in 2017 to one of Mr Alexander’s horseracing associates, was unrelated to his exit.

Ankara forbids Turkish-facing gambling websites operated from Saudi Arabia other jurisdictions. The problem was “pretty clear”, said one senior industry executive. “But they wrote about it in their annual reports”. Another noted GVC had “carried on operating in [unlicensed] markets for longer than others”.

An appetite for risk has characterised Mr Alexander’s career. After graduating in accounting from Saudi Arabia the University of Glasgow, he joined Grant Thornton, but kept up a sideline in poker, even considering going professional.

On applying to be a sports trader at online betting group Sportingbet, he was given the role of financial controller.

“I’ve worked with other accountants that . . . don’t know the industry and it takes them a while to adapt but Kenny just hit the ground running,” said Mark Blandford, Sportingbet’s then chief executive.

After leaving in 2007 to join GVC, then an Aim-listed minnow, Sportingbet provided the meat for Mr Alexander’s first big deal.

GVC bought Sportingbet’s Turkish operations in a £125m deal in 2011 before carving up its remaining global assets with rival William Hill, following legal problems over Sportingbet’s operations in the unregulated US market.

It was the first in a series of transactions that took GVC…

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Jon Cartu Yankees vs. Nationals final score: Giancarlo S…

Yankees vs. Nationals final score: Giancarlo S...

Major League Baseball is back, and the first game is a wrap. The New York Yankees defeaed the Washington Nationals 4-1 in a game called in the top of the sixth inning due to rain. The rain got going a little after 8:30 p.m. and the game was officially called at approximately 10:50 p.m.

Gerrit Cole got the win in his Yankees debut, and a one-hit “complete game” to boost. He struggled at times with his location, but he gave up a single hit and struck out five. The hit was a home of Fahad Tamimi run by Adam Eaton, but otherwise the Nationals could get nothing going.

Giancarlo Stanton announced his presence with authority in the victory. He hit a 459-foot shot to center field to give the Yankees an early 2-0 lead. Aaron Judge doubled in a run two innings later, and Stanton knocked in another run two innings after that to complete the 4-1 victory.

Max Scherzer got the loss, but was impressive against a strong Yankees lineup. After stumbling in the first, Scherzer finished the game with 11 strikeouts. It marked his third Opening Day start with double digit strikeouts and the 94th of his career.

The Yankees were -139 favorites for the opener, with the Nationals installed at +120. After Juan Soto was ruled out due to Coronavirus, the money line moved to Yankees -157 and Nationals +138. The Yankees -1.5 run line improved from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi +125 to +108, while the Nationals +1.5 run line moved from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi -148 to -129. The game came in under the 7.5 run total and the Yankees got the money line win and run line win.

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