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Monday, April 23, 2018

Emmy-Winning TV Presenter Discusses Problem Gambling in Ireland in New Documentary

April 23, 2018 0
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Emmy-Winning TV Presenter Discusses Problem Gambling in Ireland in New Documentary

Irish TV presenter Baz Ashmawy is dwelling on problem gambling and the lack of information about the growing issue in Ireland in his new documentary All Bets Are Off, which premieres Monday at 9:35 pm local time on Irish channel RTÉ One.

The popular presenter won an Emmy Award in 2015 for his show 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy in which he convinced his then 70-year-old mother to perform dare-devil stunts and documented her hilarious reactions of a typical Irish mammy.

Ashmawy’s new project revolves around a much more serious topic which he believes has not been paid much attention to by Irish media over the years.

The presenter talked about the making of All Bets Are Off at The Ray D’Arcy Show this past Saturday. The presenter pointed out that gambling is much bigger of an issue in his country than people actually realize and that there is not much awareness about it.

Ashmawy explains in All Bets Are Off that the program was the hardest one he has ever made, although he has been creating documentaries for over two decades. He said that trying to encourage problem gamblers to talk about their issues was as difficult as making a “program on pedophilia”.

According to a 2016 report compiled by research firm H2 Gambling Capital, Irish people are the third-biggest gambling losers in the world with annual losses per resident adult amounting to around $500 and total full-year gambling losses of $2.2 billion. The study further points out that half of Irish gamblers’ losses are incurred by gambling on online gambling websites and via mobile apps.

Part of the Problem

Ashmawy admits to being part of the problem. He says in his new program that he himself has gambling apps on his smartphone and that “loads of lads do”, which practically trivializes gambling activities.

On the other hand, he has found that there is such a “huge amount of shame with problem gambling” that people suffering from gambling addiction avoid talking to others about their issues. Ashmawy further dwells on the fact that online betting and gaming accounts help gamblers get addicted and hide their addiction.

Tony O’Reilly is one of the people with gambling issues featured on All Bets Are Off. A former post office manager, Tony stole more than €1.75 million from his workplace to fuel his gambling habits. He tried to run away but was eventually caught and sentenced to prison.

Comparing gambling addiction to other addictions, Ashmawy says in his upcoming documentary that while many other addictions affect mostly the addicted person, gambling also affects those around the addict, sometimes leaving whole families on the street.

The TV presenter largely blames the growing problem on the lack of proper information from within Ireland. He points out that all they know about problem gambling in the country comes from studies conducted from outside Ireland.

Regulation Efforts

Gambling services are currently regulated in Ireland under the country’s outdated Betting Act 1931 and Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956. A 2008 report by a specially appointed Casino Committee outlined the need for new regulations that would meet the demands of contemporary gambling customers and protect them properly from the risks posed by excessive (and unregulated) gambling.

The Gambling Control Bill 2013 was introduced to repeal the above-mentioned two acts and present a uniform licensing and regulatory system. However, little action was taken with regard to the bill over the past five years.

Earlier this year, Fianna Fáil, Ireland’s main opposition party, submitted the Gambling Control Bill 2018 that was largely based on its 2013 predecessor. The piece of legislation covers all sectors of the gambling industry from land-based casinos to online gambling websites and aims to create a licensing system, to set out a framework for the regulation of gambling, and to introduce measures for the protection of gambling customers and for helping people with problem gambling behavior. It is yet to be seen how and when the government will act on the new bill.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Wild Woman of The West

April 22, 2018 0
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On a summer day in 1852, a dust-covered stagecoach from San Francisco came to a screeching halt in Nevada City, CA. There was only one passenger aboard -- an attractive well-dressed young woman wearing a stylish hat.

Single women were a scarcity in the early days of the wild west. Her arrival drew curious and even lustful glances from the cowboys, gold prospectors, gamblers and even clergymen who were lucky enough to see the arrival of Eleanore Dumont.

She was dressed a little flamboyantly with jewelry and a low-cut gown. But it was evident to those who saw her that she was not a lady of the evening as prostitutes were called. And the men were also pleased that she was not a school teacher or social worker who frowned on whiskey and gambling, both of which were prominent in Nevada City.

Miss Dumont had a delightful French accent as well as an attractive downy fuzz on her upper lip. One of the men removed his hat and escorted her from the stagecoach. He followed her like an obedient puppy dog to a hotel a block away from where she registered herself.

The eligible males and a few who were not eligible took great interest in Eleanore Dumont. They noted she smoked cigarettes that she rolled herself and drank fine wine. She carried herself like a lady and appeared to be chaste. She did not go out of her way to attract men, but neither did she drive them away.

She was a gambler -- one of the best -- and she opened a game that quickly grew into one of the most respected poker games in town.

California was still reeling from the economic effects of the gold strike. There were many prospectors in Nevada City whose pockets were heavy with gold. In her attractive, almost virginal style, Dumont managed to relieve them of much of the weight of the heavy precious metal.

At first, the men who played in her game did it out of curiosity. But the curiosity grew into admiration. In order to play at her poker table, she insisted that the men wear jackets, refrain from profanity, and not engage in fisticuffs or other violence. She also ordered them to remove their hats. The popularity of her gambling enterprise literally exploded, forcing her to move to a larger facility.

She hired dealers and other assistants and became wealthy. After several years, the economic prosperity of Virginia City began slowing down and Dumont bid a sad adieu to the town. She moved to other places to run gambling games -- Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and South Dakota. She was successful everywhere she traveled.

Then age caught up with her and she began to lose her beauty. By the time she was 40, she had put on pounds and the wispy downy hairs on her upper lip had turned into a mustache. She had switched her drinking from wine to whiskey. While she made some of her money gambling, she made even more of it by going to bed with her customers who had started calling her Madame Moustache.

She moved to Fort Benton, Montana and opened a gambling saloon and brothel in a two-story building. The place had no touch of elegance. It was rundown with a dozen small rooms on the second floor.

A steamboat man who had heard of Madame Moustache came to the place because he wanted to play against her. By then Dumont was considerably overweight and her moustache was quite pronounced. He told her he either wanted to lose his $200 to her or use it to win a considerable amount of money.

She smiled and they began playing. She cleaned him out.

As he rose to leave, she signaled to one of her employees and insisted the man have a special drink on the house. It was a glass of milk. He returned to his steamship with nothing but memories.

Elaine Dumont's life ended tragically. She moved to Bodie, CA., set up a gambling house, and in 1879 decided she had had enough of life..She wandered out of town and shot herself to death.

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Pala Casino offering $1 street tacos on Cinco De Mayo

April 22, 2018 0
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Jason Sandling Eyes Second WSOP Circuit Main Event Title at Harrah’s Cherokee

April 22, 2018 0
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Jason Sandling Eyes Second WSOP Circuit Main Event Title at Harrah’s Cherokee

As many as 182 players reached Day 2 of the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee $1,675 Main Event after entering the tournament on Days 1A and B. They are set to return at the host casino at noon North Carolina time and to continue their battle for the first-place prize and the gold ring that goes along with it.

The Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event attracted a field of 1,060 tournament entries who cracked the $1 million guarantee and generated a prize pool of $1.59 million. However, only the top 108 finishers will be treated to a portion of the money, which means that bursting the money bubble will be the first thing on today’s agenda.

The remaining survivors are scheduled to play ten one-hour levels today at the host venue. Their goal will be to hopefully reach the official nine-handed final table, but with 182 hopefuls left in contention that could be a difficult task.

The first flight of the tournament was played on Friday at Harrah’s Cherokee. It saw 407 players putting up the $1,675 buy-in fee to enter the event. Of them, only 67 bagged and tagged for the night. They were led by Andrew Mousmoules with 314,500 in chips.

Another 652 entries joined the field on Day 1B, which played Saturday at the host casino. However, only 115 survived throughout the day to secure a seat into Day 2. North Carolina native Jason Sandling ended Day 1B as the chip leader, transforming his 20,000 starting stack into a 340,000 one. The player will thus start Day 2 play as the overall chip leader across the tournament’s two starting flights.

Previous Triumphs

Sandling is vying for his third gold ring from the WSOP Circuit series and his second WSOP Circuit Main Event title. The player won his first Main Event at the same host venue four years ago. He topped a field of 665 entries at Harrah’s Cherokee to scoop a first-place prize of $204,487 and his first-ever gold piece from the popular poker series.

A year later, Sandling won a $365 No-Limit Hold’em at Horseshoe Baltimore for his second gold ring and a first-place payout of $14,505. He is now in a great position to make history at Harrah’s Cherokee, winning his second title from a Main Event and his largest WSOP Circuit cash.

As mentioned earlier, the top 108 finishers in the tournament will get paid. Payouts start from $2,926, but sights are set on the first-place prize of $294,152. Aside from the gold ring and the prize money, the winner will also secure a seat into the Global Casino Championship for a chance to win a WSOP gold bracelet.

Daniel Weinman is another player to be eying a second Main Event title. The player won that same event at Harrah’s Cherokee in 2015 for a gold ring and $280,260. Other notables still in contention include five-time gold ring winner Kurt Jewell, Josh Arieh, and Jonathan Hilton.

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April 22, 2018 0
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