Conference To Focus on California Online Poker

Online poker in California almost definitely isn’t coming this 12 months, but that gained’t stop a number of the industry’s leading figures from discussing its future in the Golden State.

The inaugural iGaming Legislative Symposium, to be held Feb. 27, 2014 in Sacramento, will “determine the crucial issues regarding the legalization of online gaming in California, and discover potential options and success scenarios which can be applicable to jurisdictions nationwide,” based on a press release.

California is the nation’s most populous state. It additionally has the biggest tribal casino business out of any within the nation.

The announcement added that the symposium will study the important thing policy choices that shall be considered in California in 2014 for on-line poker.

Trade experts corresponding to Geoff Freeman, President and CEO , American Gaming Affiliation; Mark Macarro, Chairman, Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians; and Richard Schuetz, Commissioner, California Playing Control Commission, will discuss topics similar to:

What can California legislators, regulators, and operators count on with the pending legalization of online playing? What are the political pitfalls and opportunities for making iGaming a reality in California? Who are the stakeholders that may participate in working California iGaming? What are the potential regulatory options and how are effective regulatory regimes developed? How ought to California construction its iGaming tax policy and what is the only coverage?

Right now, just Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey have authorized online poker.




NBA Playoffs: Who Survives the Loaded Western Conference? Predictions

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NBA Prediction Western Conference 2013

On Wednesday, we set our sights on the playoffs by predicting which eight teams comprise the Eastern Conference playoff bracket. As a follow-up, we will now shift our focus to the Western Conference and project the eventual representatives.



The Western Conference is decidedly stronger than the East this year based on team records. As of Friday, the team in ninth overall place in the West, Golden State, boasts a record of 14-13. This record would be good enough for 4th in the East, but unfortunately places the Warriors in the lottery based on the loaded Western Conference.


Were the season to end tonight, the Western Conference playoff representatives would comprise, in order, of Oklahoma City, Portland, San Antonio, Los Angeles (Clippers), Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, and Denver. This current standing is a result of some unexpected early season performances.


Portland has been the most surprisingly upstart team of from the West so far. A balanced rotation and lethal offense has given way to a league-best 22 wins. An equally surprising playoff team, as of today, is Phoenix. Loaded with young talent and playing cohesively under first-year head coach Jeff Hornacek, the Suns appear well-suited to compete for a playoff berth.


It may be easier to predict the playoff representatives by eliminating the teams set on “tanking” this season. Sacramento and Utah, though they both play host to an abundance of young talent in players like DeMarcus Cousins, Ben McLemore, Derrick Favors, and Trey Burke, would be better suited to set their sights on the NBA Draft, when college phenoms Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Julius Randle are expected to declare for the pro’s.


For four of the teams currently out of the playoff mix, injuries have been a source of collective misfortune. Golden State, at ninth, lost Andre Iguodala to a hamstring injury for 12 games, posting a record of 5-7. The Los Angeles Lakers, 11th with a record of 12-13, have been derailed by injuries to their entire point guard staff, and Kobe Bryant’s latest injury is sure to set them back even further.


New Orleans was without budding star Anthony Davis for seven days after the sophomore power forward broke his hand, and the Pelicans went 3-4 in his absence. Memphis has likely been the most unlucky team out of all of them, as they have had to play without Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol, starters Mike Conley and Tayshaun Prince, and rotational swingman Quincy Pondexter who has been lost for the season.


Of the teams currently outside of the playoff mix, the ones most likely to play their way out of the lottery would have to be Golden State and Minnesota. The Warriors possess possibly the most dangerous offenses led by “Splash Brothers” Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Iguodala’s return to the lineup shores up the team’s defense and allows second-year wing Harrison Barnes to return to the bench.


The Timberwolves have lighting it up of the offensive end, coming into Friday scoring the 3rd most PPG at 105.7. Their most apparent struggles have been on the road (5-9) and against other teams in the Western Conference (6-8).


As for the teams most likely to fall out of the playoff picture, Phoenix is definitely the most prime suspect. With the eighth toughest Strength of Schedule in the league, the Suns can be expected to succumb to their lack of veteran leadership, and they would also be better suited to try their luck in the upcoming draft.


We can say with reasonable certainty that there are five locks in the West for the playoffs: Oklahoma City, Portland, San Antonio, Los Angeles, and Houston. Assuming the Suns eventual regression, that leaves three spot for four real contenders in Dallas, Denver, Golden State, and Minnesota. Denver can probably be counted on to stumble a bit without projected starters Danilo Gallinari and Javale McGee, both of whom are without timetables for their returns. They should be able to hang on to one of the last two playoff spots, as fellow competitor Minnesota has the second toughest schedule in the NBA.


We’re counting on the eventual Western Conference playoff bracket consisting of, in no particular order, Oklahoma City, Portland, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Denver, and Golden State. Look for us to revisit these projections as the season winds on. 


By Austin Murphy – WonderPunter


Belk to sponsor bowl in Charlotte through 2019 (Yahoo Sports)


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Belk has a new six-year agreement in place to sponsor the Belk Bowl in Charlotte.

It’s now the primary sponsor through the 2019 season.

Belk’s three-year contract would have expired after this year’s game in December.

The Belk Bowl will feature a Southeastern Conference team against an Atlantic Coast Conference team for the next six seasons beginning in 2014. The game is played at Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.

Belk made the announcement on Monday.

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Alex Rodriguez’s press conference and suspension

Alex Rodriguez will get a experience to the Yankees clubhouse on Monday. (Getty Pictures)

CHICAGO — Massive League Stew is on the bottom within the Windy Metropolis for A-Rod-Palooza and we’ll be bringing you the happenings dwell as Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to meet with the media at 5:15 CT. Joe Girardi is slated to speak with the media at 5 p.m. and we’ll bringing you all of the motion as A-Rod will bat fourth while making his season debut underneath the cloud of Monday’s 211-sport suspension.


Woops: Florida State player’s championship ring features the wrong conference

Which trophy did the Noles just win? (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)

Florida State has won thirteen ACC football championships since becoming eligible for them in 1992. Last December they bested Georgia Tech 21-15 in the conference’s title game to clinch their most recent crown. Offensive lineman Menelik Watson – now with the Oakland Raiders – just got his ring and hey wait a second:

Sorry, Alabama: Looks like you’re not the only team to win the SEC championship last year. We don’t know if Watson’s is the only ring to have the error, but we at least are sure his fellow offensive lineman Daniel Glauser’s jewelery has the correct conference.

Should Watson bother to get a new ring, or just enjoy his status as the only Seminole with an SEC title?