Kansas Casino Offers Unique Choices to Gamblers

kansas-star-casinoNow that the government has given approvals for setting up casino projects in Kansas state, all the top players in the market are bidding for a piece of the pie. On the closing date of Jan 30, 2015, four proposals were submitted by bidders among which two are small and would be located near southeast of Kansas close to its most populous city Pittsburg. The two larger ones will be based close to state lines of Missouri and Oklahoma to cater to needs of players from across these states. The four firms which presented proposals for these projects are Castle Rock Casino, and Emerald City Casino followed by Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel and last project by Southeast Kansas Casino partners.

Selection of best proposal

The Kansas Lottery is now reviewing the proposals to check for financial sufficiency and other criteria of selection. When the proposals are cleared by April 2015, they will be passed unto an independent public office referred to as Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board and will name the winner by June end. According to the CEO of Southeast Kansas Casino Partners, the company which wins the proposal will have the advantage of attracting customers from across state boundaries including Springfield, Joplin, Missouri, Fayetteville and also Arkansas. The advantage of attracting customers from other states is that it will bring money from other states into Kansas.

Likely changes from new casinos

The largest casino will be set up by Castle Rock Casino with cost outlay of $145 million and will have a hotel and restaurant along with a casino and will be located less than a mile from Interstate 44 and U.S.400. Southeast Kansas Casino partners will set up the second biggest casino with layout of $140 million which would be spread across 123 acres and will have hotels, equestrian center, concert venue along with manmade lake and retail stores. Both these casinos will give a close competition to the large Downstream Casino Resort owned by Quapaw Tribe.

Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid Gambling Odds

Barcelona go into this game with rivals Atletico Madrid knowing that a defeat could spell doom for their manager. Coach Luis Enrique is under huge pressure after Barcelona lost 1-0 at Real Sociedad last weekend. The loss at La Real meant Barca are one point behind Real Madrid, who have played a game less. They are also level with Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

Barcelona vs. Atletico MadridThese two teams were involved in some tasty encounters last season. Atletico Madrid took a 2-1 aggregate win in the UEFA Champions League quarter finals over Barca. They also managed to knock the Catalans off their La Liga perch, winning the league title on the last day of the season with a 2-1 win at the Nou Camp.

Despite Atletico’s brilliant results over Barca in recent months, they are underdogs in this game. Bookies believe that Barcelona will have a comfortable game on their hands, with odds of 3/5 on them winning.

The draw has a price of 10/3, while Atletico’s price is 11/2. It would be unwise to bet on Barcelona in this game. Their squad has not looked happy under coach Luis Enrique, while Lionel Messi has not formed a proper partnership with Neymar or Luis Suarez.

Atletico are capable of getting results against the best sides. Their most recent game was a 2-0 win in the Copa del Rey over defending champions Real Madrid. This result was achieved despite the manager resting many key players. If they turn up with the type of energy they showed in these meetings last season, Barcelona will struggle.

Whoever wins this game will have the best chance of challenging Real Madrid for La Liga. A draw would be a disappointing result for both sides, because it would allow Real to move 3 points clear with a game in hand.

English Court Rules on Gambling Act for the First Time

UK seems to be going through a volatile period in terms of gambling laws, with the passing of new laws to protect gamblers and casinos from fraud and making a ruling for the first time on civil law offence of cheating. The case being discussed is the one filed by top professional gambler Philip Ivey against the Genting Casinos in UK for refusing to pay his winning amount. The court rejected his appeal under the terms on Gambling Act 2005.

The case details

Philip IveyThirty eight-year-old Ivey, known as Tiger Woods of Poker in the gambling world, had played Punto Banco (a type of Baccarat) at the Mayfair Casino in August, two years back. On completion of his four sessions, the Casino officials told him that his winning amount would be wired. He left to the US, but never received the amount; however, he was returned his original stake of £1 million.

However, the lawyers of the casino were able to prove the British High Court that Ivey’s actions during the game amounted to cheating and hence payments to him were dissolved. He used a kind of gambling tactic known as ‘edge-sorting,’ which deals with memorizing card values based on design imperfections on the back of the cards, to win the whole amount. The casino said they decided not to pay him after examining the recordings of the play and discovering what had happened.

The curious case of edge-sorting  

According to the casino, Philip Ivey had resorted to cheating under Gambling Act Section 42 by deceiving the croupier and interfering with the game with his edge sorting tactic. As he had broken his trust terms with the Casino, he was not entitled to the winning amount. However, Ivey denied that he had committed any kind of malpractice and his strategy was lawful as he had only used the available information and made legitimate requests to the casino that it could reject or accept.

The court however, ruled that Ivey’s actions did amount to cheating as he used the innocent croupier to his advantage. The judge concluded it as a case of cheating.