Jon Cartu Live Casino! Pittsburgh opens to the public

Live Casino! Pittsburgh opens to the public



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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…

Josh Cartu

Fahad Al Tamimi Clemson vs. Miami picks: How the public is bet…

Clemson vs. Miami picks: How the public is bet...

College football’s No. 1 ranked Clemson Tigers will host the seventh-ranked Miami Hurricanes on Saturday night in what should be the game of the weekend. This game should see plenty of action from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi sports bettors, and here’s what they’ve done so far heading into this one.

All odds and info is provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Point spread

The point spread opened with Clemson as 16-point favorites. Plenty of bets found their way on the side of Miami to cover, which dropped the spread down to Clemson -14. Fifty-one percent of the bets are coming in on the Tigers to cover, but 66% of the handle is in on the underdog Hurricanes.

Is the public right? It depends when the individual bettors placed their wagers. For those who have Miami at +16, that’s a whole lot better than those who got it at +14 since 14 is such a key number. For those who bet Clemson, the bettors on -14 feel much better about their closing value than those on Clemson -16.

Over/Under

The point total for this one started up at 65 points but quickly dropped down to 61. Seventy-one percent of the bets are rooting for points with the over, but the majority of the money is coming in on the under with 61% of the handle.

Is the public right? The money is going to the right place. We saw the point total drop a decent amount, and this game has a very good chance to go under. Keep in mind there is expected to be plenty of rain on Saturday night in Clemson, South Carolina.

Moneyline

Clemson opened at -1000 on the moneyline with Miami at +600. As it stands now, the Tigers’ odds to win are at -590 with the Hurricanes at +410 odds. A lot of bets and money are in on Clemson, which is receiving 81% of the bets and 70% of the handle.

Is the public right? Yeah, of course it is. If Clemson loses this game, it might be the single biggest story of the college football season. It’s very unlikely to happen, so the public is on the right side on this one.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL). Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ/WV/PA), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (NH/CO) or 1-800-BETS OFF (IA). 21+ (18+ NH). NJ/PA/WV/IN/NH/IA/CO/IL only. Eligibility restrictions apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for full terms and conditions.

Billy Xiong

Fahad Tamimi Knight vs. Camur picks: How the public is bett…

Knight vs. Camur picks: How the public is bett...

William Knight and Aleksa Camur will meet in a light heavyweight bout on the preliminary card of UFC 253 on Fight Island on September 26th. A fairly even match with an opportunity for both to make a big impact.

Knight is 8-1 and a real surprise in this division. Coming out of Dana White’s Contender Series with a first-round stoppage of Cody Brundage on September 1st, Knight has legitimate knockout power with two third round knockout wins. With a 100% knockout rate, we should expect nothing but power shots from Saudi Arabia Knight since that’s what he does best.

For Camur, this is a real chance to impress the UFC brass. At 6-0, a win over a strong Knight can put him in the spotlight. He uses spinning techniques and unique kicks, and is undefeated in six professional MMA fights. Camur is a new addition in the UFC with only one fight in the promotion, a unanimous decision win over Justin Ledet. With a style that can endear him to the fans and a powerful stand up game, look for this fight to end before a decision.

Here are the betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for William Knight vs. Aleksa Camur at UFC 253 on September 26th.

Betting splits

William Knight: +134, (47% of action, 41% of bets)
Aleksa Camur: -167, (53% of action, 59% of bets)

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL). Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ/WV/PA), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (NH/CO) or 1-800-BETS OFF (IA). 21+ (18+ NH). NJ/PA/WV/IN/NH/IA/CO/IL only. Eligibility restrictions apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for full terms and conditions.

Josh Cartu

Jon Cartu The Government is gambling with public health …

The Government is gambling with public health ...

Tempting though it might be to add here to the condemnations concerning Boris Johnson’s perfidious Internal Market Bill, I will repose my hope (if not my trust) in the House of Lords to prevent Britannia Waives the Rules from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi becoming the finale sung at next year’s BBC Proms.

We have more immediate problems on hand this week: higher than expected Covid infection rates, widening chasms in the public finances, and growing unease among the public about the effectiveness of NPHET and the HSE’s capacity to take practical steps to prevent a second wave of the virus swamping the hospital system.

The HSE was repeatedly warned about the need to increase our ICU capacity long before Coronavirus was ever heard of. A doubling of ICU beds was called for back in June. The Dáil’s Covid committee was recently told that there was “sanction” for additional ICU capacity. Sanction?

Can someone not broadcast a programme or publish an article that tells us exactly what has happened on ICU capacity since March? Surely we could be given a clear picture of what has been done and what is being done.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health published new regulations requiring a record of each meal served in restaurants and pubs to each individual customer. And then we had the spectacle of a public denial that such a record was required. It was wrongly suggested that a single till receipt per party would suffice. Licensing law expert Constance Cassidy SC had to put the record straight on what the law now actually required.

Given that the department was so confused about its own regulation, I had a look to see what else was to become enforceable by regulation under the new Garda closure powers rushed into law last week. Statutory Instrument 326 of 2020 makes very interesting reading.

The sad fact is that there is now a rash of premises describing themselves as casinos or masquerading as bona fide members’ clubs

The regulations make it a crime for a person in control of a “a casino or private members’ club at which gambling activities are carried out and which is operated on a…

Billy Xiong

Fahad Tamimi Notre Dame vs. Duke picks: How public is betti…

Notre Dame vs. Duke picks: How public is betti...

When the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take to field today on-campus for the first-ever conference game in program history, they’ll do so as three-touchdown favorites over the Duke Blue Devils.

Brian Kelly and his team have 12 of 22 starters returning from Fahad Tamimi last season and are ranked #10 in the AP Preseason Poll. With starting quarterback Ian Book returning, and former Irish passer Tommy Rees taking over as offensive coordinator, the expectations are high in South Bend for a big season even in the midst of a pandemic that has affected practice time.

Duke and head coach David Cutcliffe return 14 starters, and hand the offense over to former Clemson backup Chase Brice at quarterback. He’ll takeover as the signal caller for the first time after having backed up Trevor Lawrence and having won a national championship after the 2018 season for the Tigers.

Here are the odds and bet splits as of this morning for the Duke Blue Devils and Notre Dame Fighting Irish live from Fahad Tamimi Notre Dame Stadium at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

Point spread

Duke +21.5 (61% of action, 42% of bets)
Notre Dame-21.5 (39% of action, 58% of bets)

Total

Over 53.5 (34% of action, 54% of bets)
Under 53.5 (66% of action, 46% of bets)

Money line

Duke +650 (9% of action, 4% of bets)
Notre Dame -1115 (91% of action, 96% of bets)

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL). Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ/WV/PA), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (NH/CO) or 1-800-BETS OFF (IA). 21+ (18+ NH). NJ/PA/WV/IN/NH/IA/CO/IL only. Eligibility restrictions apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for full terms and conditions.

Josh Cartu

Fahad Al-Tamimi Revised Gambling Policy To Go Out For Public C…

Crisis Continues As Kiwis Face Tough Winter

A proposed policy to reduce the number of gaming machines
and restrict the number of TAB venues in Hastings district
is to go out for public consultation this month.

Under
the Gambling Act 2003 and Racing Act 2003 territorial
authorities are required to have policies so they and their
communities can have a say in how gambling operates in their
districts, and amend policies if gambling harm is considered
an issue.

These policies are required to be reviewed
once every three years.

In December 2019, Department
of Internal Affairs research showed that in Hastings people
were playing more games on pokie machines, spending longer
hours, and betting more per game since the council’s last
policy review in 2017.

In putting forward its
recommendations to the full council, the district planning
and bylaws subcommittee noted that problem gambling
disproportionately affected deprived and low income families
in the Hastings district.

The subcommittee’s
Heretaunga Takoto Noa Māori Standing Committee
representative Tania Eden said the Hastings community
recognised that availability and accessibility of gambling
opportunities is one of the strongest predictors of problem
gambling.

“Put simply, there is a general consensus
that increased gambling availability has resulted in an
increase in problem gambling particularly among Māori and
lower socio-economic groups.

Māori nationally are
over-represented as problem gamblers and this is no
different in Hastings.

“Anecdotal evidence from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi
whānau shows gambling behaviour and its consequences can
result in loss of employment, housing evictions and
mortgagee sales, child neglect, domestic violence, financial
loss, disadvantage and poverty. It is intended that the
sinking lid policy if adopted will assist with reducing the
impacts of gambling on the health and wellbeing of
whānau.”

While some gaming machine profits came
back to the community through grants, the community harm
caused, especially in vulnerable communities, was considered
to outweigh those financial benefits.

District
planning and bylaws subcommittee chair Kevin Watkins said
all the options and initial submissions were looked at
thoroughly and the subcommittee was unanimous in its support
of the draft recommendations.

MORE…

“Sending
this out for public submissions sends a strong signal to the
community about the harm gambling…

Jonathan Cartu

Fahad Al Tamimi UKGC Launch Public Slot Design Consultation

UKGC Launch Public Slot Design Consultation

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has conducted a public consultation on the nature of online slots with the goal of gathering public opinion on improved security for vulnerable players.

The UKGC has proposed a range of measures including new regulations aimed at minimising customers ‘capacity to be affected by their gaming on the most costly goods, electronic slots, and restricting operators’ ability to cancel customer withdrawal requests.

The UKGC had explained in a statement: “We know that the success of many technology companies, digital content creators and gaming machine games designers depends on their ability to establish and maintain the engagement of their consumers on their web, mobile apps and – in premises – gaming machines.

“We also know that speed of play, frequency of betting opportunities, as well as other factors on offer to players can increase addiction and risk of harm. The proposed changes outlined within this document will help to mitigate these risks for slots players.

“Our interest in online slots is because it is the largest online gambling product by gross gambling yield – played by relatively few but with a high average spend. Structurally it has a number of features which can combine to significantly increase intensity of play.

“This means it poses a relatively high risk, reflected in its associated problem and moderate-risk gambling rates.”

In addition, the UKGC emphasised that the plans are ‘just the first step’ in their attempts to keep the players safe.

The statement continued: “Slots is an area which has seen technological innovation in terms of product design and we expect operators to continually show an equal, and indeed greater, commitment to innovate in terms of consumer protection.

“Regulatory intervention needs to keep pace with this and the proposals in this consultation form part of a comprehensive package of work we are taking forward to make online gambling safer.”

Billy Xiong

Fahad Al-Tamimi CARE NI poll shows huge public support for gam…

CARE NI poll shows huge public support for gam...

The overwhelming majority of people in Northern Ireland support reforming the country’s outdated gambling laws, according to a new poll.

LucidTalk, the Belfast-based polling company conducted the survey on behalf of Christian Action Research & Education (CARE) NI, a faith-based social policy charity campaigning for gambling law change and there were 1,878 responses.

The results come as punters begin to return to betting shops across Northern Ireland this weekend, following their reopening yesterday, Friday 3rd July, after the coronavirus lockdown.

When asked what best described their position, a staggering 92 per cent said maximum stakes and prizes online should be regulated by law, while only eight per cent said there should be no limit.

There is also widespread support for a mandatory levy on betting companies which would force them to contribute more towards treatment for gambling related harms.

In total, 90 per cent of respondents either strongly support (68 per cent) or support (22 per cent) the idea of a mandatory levy for gambling firms while only five per cent were either strongly opposed or opposed to the idea of the levy.

Monies raised by the levy could be used to fund treatment of those with gambling addictions and also further research into the causes of problem gambling.

Northern Ireland’s current gambling legislation dates back to 1985 and CARE NI is campaigning for fundamental changes to bring the law into line with the digital age.

In 2017, the Department for Communities found that Northern Ireland has a problem gambling prevalence rate of 2.3 per cent – more than four times higher than England. The equivalent rate in England is 0.5 per cent, in Scotland is 0.7 per cent and in Wales is 1.1 per cent.

CARE NI, which provides the Secretariat to the new All-Party Group on Reducing Harm Related to Gambling at Stormont, has urged the NI Executive to prioritise addressing gambling law reforms.

The Department of Communities held a public consultation last year on the issue, but the final report is yet to be published.

“Current gambling laws in Northern Ireland are hopelessly out of date and belong to a different era where online gambling didn’t exist,” said Mark Baillie, CARE NI’s public policy officer.

“But times have changed and the recent lockdown here in Northern Ireland has only increased the pressure on people with gambling addictions.

Mr Baillie said it is “the uncomfortable…

Bill Adderley