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Best of Online Gambling 2021

We’ve sorted through the highlights and lowlights of the year in online gambling and present to you our picks and pans, including our selections for Best Casino, Best Software and Internet Gambling Man of the Year. So grab yourself a festive beverage and let’s take a look back at this year in online gambling.

Most Bizarre Casino Game

Chernobyl-themed Atom slot machine at Russia’s Casino2000.ru. Line up the three nuclear radiation symbols to win the jackpot!

Biggest Jackpot

$171,893 slot machine win at King Solomons on June 17.

Biggest Jackpot That Wasn’t

$60,000 never awarded to WebTV player whose screen showed that she won the jackpot at Slotland only to be informed by the casino manager that it was a WebTV error and she didn’t “really” win the jackpot. Player settles for $3000 booby prize.

Most Overrated Technological Development

WAP technology lets you play real-money casino games on your cell phone. Almost as much fun as programming a VCR.

Best New Casino

Pyramid Casino. Excellent bonuses, good customer support, innovative ideas. Runners up: William Hill Casino and California Casino.

Best Casino

Tough call guaranteed to draw flak no matter who we choose, but we’ll narrow it down to five we really like. All of these casinos use quality software, always pay their winners and never draw serious complaints: Casino On Net (advertiser), Sands of the Caribbean, Lasseters, USA Casino (advertiser), Global Player.

Best No-Download Casino

None really stand out. So bite the bullet and do the download already!

Best WebTV-Compatible Casino

WebTV casino games universally suck. If you want to gamble online you better get a PC.

Best Casino for Low Rollers

Lasseters. Penny slots, penny roulette and other cheap games.

Best Celebrity Casino

Larry Holmes’ Bet With the Champ wins by default since Kenny Rogers Casino, Rodney’s Place (Rodney Dangerfield) and Evel Knievel Daredevil Casino are no longer operating.

Worst Celebrity Casino

Pamela Anderson Casino. It isn’t the real Pamela.

Stupidest Decision by Elected Officials

Australian Senate enacts retroactive moratorium on Internet game online destroying Australia’s world-leading online gambling industry, forfeiting a potentially enormous revenue stream, and making themselves look like a bunch of narrow-minded kangaroo-eaters.

Best Lack of Action by Elected Officials

Bill to prohibit Internet gambling in the US fails to pass. It’s becoming increasingly unlikely it ever will.

Most Exciting Development in Online Gambling

Major Las Vegas casinos Harrahs and MGM begin offering play for fun games, gearing up for the day when they accept real money wagers online, which could be soon.

Best Bonus Offer

$50 “win or your money back” promo available at various times throughout the year at First Web Casino, Wild Jack, Winning Worlds and elsewhere. Runner up: $25 free, no deposit required at Gaming Club (now reduced to ten bucks free).

Lousiest Bonus Offer

Nextel cell phone giveaway at NasaSports, PlayersBet and other casinos/sportsbooks. This turkey’s only redeemable in Las Vegas. Guess you’re expected to move to Las Vegas to get your free phone.

Most Inauspicious Casino Debut

The Red Line. Looked hot, shame the games didn’t work.

Biggest Fraud

Jack Banks and Larry Weltmen, top executives at Galaxiworld online casino, convicted of defrauding a British bank of US$32 million.

Best New Software

Innoco’s Flash games previewed at the World Gaming Expo. Honorable mention to Diamond Games for their really-fast-loading Java games.

Best Software

A toss up between CryptoLogic Version 4 (InterCasino, William Hill Casino, etc.) and Boss Media Version 2 (USA Casino, Metro Casino, etc.).

Best Graphics

Boss Media software takes it hands down. Check out USA Casino or California Casino if you don’t believe us.

Best Customer Service Policy

VegasUSA will courier your winnings to you free of charge in 1 to 3 business days if you’re in North, Central or South America.

Worst Customer Service Policy

Boss Media casinos will only pay a maximum of five grand of your winnings per month. Not good.…

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GOP Wants No Net Bets

WASHINGTON — House Republicans, bowing to pressure from conservative groups, agreed to propose a ban on nearly all forms of Internet gambling.

The draconian proposal, scheduled for a floor vote next week, is the result of closed-door negotiations between GOP leaders and special interest groups that claim an earlier version of the bill does not go far enough.

“It’s about time Congress acts to curb this dangerous and rapidly expanding activity. Online gambling is much more destructive and addictive than other forms of gambling; it provides high-speed instant gratification together with the anonymity of the home,” said Janet Parshall, spokeswoman for the Family Research Council in Washington.

“When finally approved, this will be a victory for American families and traditional values,” said Billy Tauzin, chairman of a House Commerce Telecommunications Subcommittee. Tauzin credited the bill’s sponsor, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia), for handling the negotiations.

The measure says “it shall be unlawful for a person engaged in a gambling business knowingly to use the Internet or any other interactive computer service to place, receive, or otherwise make a 789bet bet or wager; or to send, receive, or invite information assisting in the placing of a bet or wager.” Anyone who violates the law would be subject to fines and up to four years in federal prison.

Gone from the new version is an exemption that would have permitted some forms of horse race, dog race, or jai alai betting.

But not all nations are as conservative as the U.S. about gambling, and some Caribbean countries happily welcome and regulate “offshore” Internet casinos.

The bill tries to anticipate the offshore enforcement problem by saying that law enforcement agencies may obtain an order telling an Internet service provider to take “reasonable steps specified in the order to block access, to a specific, identified, foreign online location.”

Internet service providers also would be required to provide filtering software and “expeditiously” pull the plug on suspicious websites once contacted by state or federal police. No court order would be required, and the ISPs would need to cooperate to be immune from prosecutions.

Another anti-gambling bill, approved last month by the House Banking Committee, takes a different approach. It tries to bar businesses from knowingly processing credit cards, accepting checks, or conducting any transaction related to Internet gambling.

Critics have said Republicans are hypocritical for claiming to believe in a hands-off approach to the Internet while simultaneously backing strict controls.

“If government takes on the role of deciding which online activities individuals should engage in, it is substituting its moral compass for that of the individual and that would deliver two blows against liberty,” said Sonia Arrison, director of technology policy at the free-market Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco.

“If government substitutes strict regulations for individual choices, it would discourage individual responsibility,” Arrison said. “For instance, in California, a law has been proposed to place credit card companies on notice that gambling debts incurred on the Internet are not enforceable. But if people can’t be held responsible for their actions, what incentive will they have to make responsible choices?”

Senator Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) has introduced related legislation called the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act. After initially opposing it, the horse racing industry came around to cautiously support it because the bill would clarify some of the uncertainties surrounding their business.

Since the Senate has already passed Kyl’s bill, both chambers would have to reach a compromise proposal and then approve it for the law to take effect.…

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EH New Ventures Inc. (EHNV) has just relaunched the newly-acquired SuperSlots web site as part of its online casino family, which includes English Harbour, Caribbean Gold, and Silver Dollar.

The site features – as the name suggests – nothing but slots games that are sure to appeal to die-hard fans and new players alike. Game action is smooth and graphics are impressive, and the selection is hard to beat.

There are 25 new games to choose from at SuperSlots, including five progressive games, three- and five reel slots, and the Triple Slots game, which allows players to view and play up to three, three reel slot games at the same time.

Totals for the SuperSlots progressive jackpots are about to break through the $200,000 mark right now, so they’re well worth checking out.

In addition to the great games, there are several promotions available these days. The first is a chance for players to win their own real Vegas-style slot machine.

The second is a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas, home of more Situs Judi Slot Online Terpercaya machines than anywhere else on the planet. The winner will receive two roundtrip tickets, three nights accommodation, and $2,000 to spend in the casinos.

More importantly, there’s a 100% deposit bonus. Deposit $50 or more and receive $50 to spend at SuperSlots. That’s in addition to the weekly cash casino giveaways, the bonus chip surveys, and special double- and triple reward opportunities.

And if those aren’t enough reasons to play SuperSlots, download and installation of the casino is easy and customer support is available 24/7.

SuperSlots accepts FirePay, PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, and ClearChex, and is licensed by the government of Antigua.

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Hot Weekend Picks

Aces High has $15 for new players when they sign up, no purchase required. Players will also get another $35 when they deposit $50. There’s also a $5 PayPal bonus and a 10% ACH bonus on purchases over $100, as well as the $5,000 monthly draw.

Aces High is part of the Jackpot Madness network of progressive jackpot casinos, which includes games like Cash Splash and WowPot. The Treasure Nile jackpot is at $40,000 this week after a recent $156,000 win, but it’s growing fast.

Aces High accepts Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, FirePay, and ACH. Payouts are reviewed by PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the casino is licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.

Blackjack.com

The name may be Blackjack.com, but there’s a lot more going on at this site than just Blackjack. You’ll find all your favorite casino games here, including Video Poker, progressive slots, roulette, in addition to a top-notch sportsbook.

Blackjack.com offers all the great Jackpot Mania’s progressive jackpot games like the Triple Olive slots and Rags to Riches. The Rags to Riches jackpot is rapidly approaching a whopping $145,000, so be sure to check it out.

Players will also enjoy the Break the Bank game with its $100,000 jackpot, the $5,000 monthly giveaway, and the chance to cash in their comps points for free Blackjack.com apparel. Last but not least, there’s a $25 deposit bonus on players’ first deposits of $50 or more every month. Blackjack.com uses the Ecash payment system.

Omni Casino

Omni Casino and Sportsbook is offering players $20 free on their first deposit, and another $50 free every month on top of that. There are 28 games to choose from at the casino, including a great selection of multi-player and single player games.

Omni offers a number of special perks for players. There are free travel vouchers, flights, and VIP holidays as part of the comps program, as well as a special high rollers comps program for players who like to bet more and win more.

Players are eligible to win up to $26,400 every year with Omni’s weekly cash giveaway. Every player can win up to $300 in Ecash each week and $1,000 in the monthly random draw. On top of that, the Jackpot Mania The Spice Island progressive poker jackpot at Omni is over $102,000 right now.

Omni Casino uses the Ecash online payment solution to process all deposits, and accepts Visa, MasterCard, FirePay, PayPal, Western Union, Neteller, bank wires, and checks. There’s even a 10% deposit bonus for Western Union, bank wires, and checks.…

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ValueClick Media Expands Judi Slot Player Base

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA — According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), online gaming will grow nearly 50 percent each year with U.S. revenue climbing from $210 million last year to $1.8 billion in 2005. Jupiter Media Metrix has reported a similar growth forecast with U.S. revenue climbing to $2.55 billion by 2006.

To keep pace with the growth of online gaming clients, ValueClick, Inc.’s (Nasdaq:VCLK – News) media division, ValueClick Media, continually designs unique media and optimization strategies to scale their player base. One optimization technology ValueClick Media offers, enables reporting on conversion data based on the highest quality visitor. ValueClick Media’s ability to label the origin website associated with visitors that become customers, allows campaigns to be optimized by the advertiser’s performance metrics.

Online casinos and sports betting sites can finely target their gaming messages to the appropriate users (based on desired demographics and behavior patterns of “online gamers”) utilizing ValueClick Media’s mass global reach spanning 30,000 unique websites — 9 out of 10 households in major global Internet markets. (April 2002 netScore Internet Traffic Measurement.)

“We have been providing customer acquisition solutions for many of the top online gaming and sports betting advertisers over the last three years and have successfully built long lasting relationships based on the superior results we deliver,” stated Michael Laur, Vice President of Western Sales for ValueClick Media.

Classic Internet Gambling Quotes

“Americans now waste $4 billion a year on this pernicious form of gambling.” – New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer

“If American citizens or legal residents want to gamble, let them. Why do you care?” – Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank (left)

“The feeling I had when winning that huge jackpot is indescribable. I was stunned! I couldn’t sleep for a few days. I was way too excited. This only happens once in a lifetime.” – Lasse Skov-Skov, a car dealership supervisor from Norway who won $357,089.04 at jackpotcity.com

“Virtual casinos are the hard-core crack cocaine of gambling.” – Dr. Howard Schaeffer, Harvard Center for Addictive Studies

“For addicts, net gambling is the great rock-candy mountain. It’s like an alcoholic being given a bathroom in which the taps run with iced vodka.” – The Guardian Unlimited

“Am I addicted to [Web gambling]? No. If I don’t have the recreational funds to gamble I don’t do it. Period.” – ‘Double Diamond,’ a 48-year-old financial analyst from Dallas, Texas who gambles online

“People are betting billions of dollars online and they’ve no idea who they’re giving their money to. They could be betting with the Mafia, for all they know.” – Damian Aspinall of Aspinalls.com

“I’m quite confident that all of the major software companies (like Microgaming, Boss Media, CryptoLogic, Playtech, Real Time Gaming, World Gaming, IQ-Ludorum), are playing fairly.” – Gambling consultant Michael Shackleford aka The Wizard of Odds

“Although blatant ripoffs can never be ruled out, there have been surprisingly few.” – Bill Haywood, author BeatWebCasinos.com

“There is a clean nexus, a connection, between Internet Judi Slot gambling and money laundering of terrorism activities.” – Rep. Marge Roukema (R-New Jersey)

“The idea is ridiculous. Even the FBI and CIA have said there is no evidence that Islamic terrorists have ever had any connection with online gambling.” – Professor I. Nelson Rose, a leading authority on gambling law

“Too many people who disapprove of gambling want to ban it. It’s not generally been the policy of the U.S. government to tell people how to spend their money.” – Rep. Barney Frank…

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Court halts wind-up of free zone Keluaran Hkgaming firm

HIGH COURT judge Marjorie Cole-Smith has issued an injunction halting, at least until September 9, the move by the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) to shut down a Montego Bay Free Zone company which it accused of illegally taking bets via the Internet and international toll-free telephone calls.

The BGLC had also ruled that Spiros George Athanas, one of the owners of Olympic Sports Data Services Limited, was not a “fit and proper person” to run a gaming operation.

But last Thursday, on the eve of the expiry of the BGLC’s three-month winding-up window, Justice Cole-Smith granted the 28-day ex-parte injunction to Olympic Sports, which the gaming authorities have vowed to contest.

“The Commission was issued with a copy to the order late Thursday (and) it was brought to my attention last Friday,” BGLC’s chairman, Walter Scott, said yesterday. “I will say this much. The Solicitor-General will be contacted to vigorously defend the motion on behalf of the commission.” Scott declined to comment further.

Jamaica last year began to focus on the company when the British Keluaran Hkgaming board accused the company of illegal bookmaking.

In May, the BGLC, which regulates the Jamaican gaming industry, ordered, after months of investigation and wrangling between both sides, that Olympic Sports wind up its operations, insisting that its bet-taking business breached Jamaican laws.

The company was initially granted a licence to operate a telemarketing business from the free zone, but branched out into gambling, taking bets from around the world, including Jamaica. Winnings had to be sent abroad.

English Sports’ servers are located abroad and this, plus the fact that it operated on the free zone, at first took issues about the jurisdiction of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission.

The company subsequently argued that it possessed a licence to conduct its gaming operation, eventually producing a letter from former junior finance minister, Errol Ennis, suggesting that it may not have needed a BGLC licence.

It, however, applied for the licence, which the gaming authority refused.

English Sports’ situation was further complicated by accusations from at least one foreign government, that it was involved in money laundering, leading Jamaican financial investigators to raid the company in April and seize records and other documents.

When the company’s business was disrupted in May, about 200 persons lost their jobs.…

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The Lottery Mentality — Part II: Some Professionals’ Reactions

My last column said that some professionals are extremely frustrated by the lottery mentality of poker tournaments and its effects. Of course, some professionals love the gigantic prize pools and the juicy ring games, but this column will focus only on reactions to frustration. Some of these reactions are irrational and self-defeating.

Complaints About Weak Players

If the weaker players did not enter tournaments, they would not be worth playing. Since all of the prize money comes from buy-ins, the professionals as a group make all of their profits from the weaker players, the so-called “dead money.”

When the World Series of Poker was a small, invitational event, the professionals collectively made little or nothing from it. As it grew, so did their collective profits. Now that so many weak players enter the world championship event and other major events, the top pros make immeasurably more than they have ever made. In 2002, 2003, and 2004, outsiders won the world championship, but the pros collectively made much more money from the WSOP than they had ever made.

Some pros have ignored this fact and complained bitterly about the weak players. Some complaints were the ones you hear in any low-stakes game. “They don’t respect my raises.” “I can’t protect my hand.” “I can’t bluff these idiots.” “So many people played trash that it was just a crapshoot.” “They are so clueless that you can’t put them on a hand.” Berating the people who provide all of your profits is very foolish. Sane business people don’t insult their customers.

Hopes That WSOP Fields be Capped

Some professionals have said they hope that the buy-in is raised, or that other steps are taken to limit the size of the field. A few have even said they won’t play if the fields continue to grow. This hope is certain to be frustrated, because it conflicts with the casinos’ economics.

Because they have never done much besides play poker, many professionals don’t understand economics, business, or their own importance. The central business fact is that professionals, especially the top tournament pros, are almost irrelevant to the poker economy.

More than 99 percent of total cardroom revenues comes from low- and middle-limit games, and most poker tournaments lose money. The juice is less than the cost of putting on most tournaments (including the lost ring-game revenue). Most tournaments are run to bring players into the room so that they will play in ring games, especially low- and middle-limit games. High-limit ring games are glamorous, but almost irrelevant to the poker business.

In fact, 99 percent of the cardrooms spread only low- and middle-limit games, and even the places that spread high-limit games get only a small percentage of their revenues from them. In my opinion, if all the professionals disappeared, cardroom profits would not decline, and they might even go up (because the weak and average players would do better, last longer, and pay more in table charges).

Because fields have become larger, the WSOP and a few other tournaments now make a profit, but the primary reason for hosting them is still to develop other business. Benny Binion started the WSOP to promote business, and Harrah’s will continue it for the same reason, not to please the professionals.

The demand that the world championship event be kept smaller ignores an obvious fact: The larger the field, the more money Harrah’s (and all the other casinos and websites) will make from it. The more players there are, the more juice Harrah’s gets, the more hotel rooms and meals get sold at all of Harrah’s Las Vegas properties, and the more action occurs in their pits, sportsbooks, and cardrooms.

The other Las Vegas casinos, hotels, and situs poker websites (plus the Las Vegas Convention Bureau) will do whatever they can to make the WSOP larger. The Las Vegas economy is based on tourism, and the more people who come here, the more money everybody makes. To expect corporate executives to ignore their bottom lines to make the professionals’ lives easier is extremely naïve.

Large Fields Greatly Improve Ring Games

After reading a draft of this column, Jim Brier sent me a note: “From the standpoint of a working professional, the purpose of tournaments is to generate good side games. The side games here in Vegas are among the worst in the country if there is not a major tournament in town. But when the Series arrives, they are among the best. A pro should view his tournament buy-in almost like a donation to cover the cost of sponsoring the tournament so that plenty of fish will arrive. The small amount a pro loses in tournament buy-ins is more than made up for by the enormous profits he makes from the side games.”

What About Television?

Television has different economics from the casino industry. Stars can have an immense impact on ratings, and the top players are developing some clout with TV producers. However, TV executives know that they must not offend their viewers, and those viewers are the same kinds of people who play bad poker.

They identify with the little guys and root for them to win. In fact, rooting for the underdog is an American tradition; we are proud that we have never had a king or hereditary nobility, and the common man has always been an American hero. Chris Moneymaker had such enormous appeal because so many people could identify with him. When stars attack weak players, it has a very mixed effect on their market value.

Outbursts, even childish ones, do have dramatic value, and television producers love drama. If they had their way, poker games would look like the broadcasts of the WWF (World Wrestling Federation). TV producers don’t necessarily want to see a bunch of well-controlled poker faces; they would much rather have “grudge matches” and trash talking. Such shows would have great appeal to the people who watch wrestling and Jerry Springer, and the players acting the most outrageously would become stars. If the top players wanted to act that way, they could probably find someone to put them on special shows. It wouldn’t be good poker, but that’s show biz.

If stars attack only other stars, they will become even more famous and develop the same sort of cult status as a few wrestlers. However, if they attack weak players, they will offend millions of people, and those people are the target audience for virtually all ads and product endorsements.

TV executives can’t offend them. As O.J. Simpson and many other stars have learned, notoriety wipes out their market value as product endorsers. Since advertisers pay for television, and the potential income from endorsements is enormous, it is extremely foolish to offend the average people who identify with weak players.

Attack When You Have an Edge

Every reasonably competent poker player knows and applies that principle while playing, and it’s central to any rational business strategy. Since the pros have hardly any clout with Harrah’s, but real and growing clout with TV executives, they should stop trying to change the WSOP and focus on TV events.

Televised poker is hot, and it will get hotter. The audience for World Poker Tour and WSOP events will be larger than ever before. There are already invitational events, and there will be more of them. The producers of those events don’t care much about huge fields; they want recognizable stars. Those stars will make a pile of risk-free money from special events, and they will also make very serious money from product endorsements.

So, go after the TV stars market, but leave the WSOP alone. It is doing incredibly well and is making money directly or indirectly for all of us, and nobody should rock the boat.…

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The Dominoqq Terpercaya Week in Spain 26 January – 1 February

* With a game in hand, Real Madrid maintained their one point lead over Barcelona with a 4-1 home win over David Moyes’ Real Sociedad. Barça twice fell behind to Villareal at the Camp Nou but ran out 3-2 winners. Atletico Madrid are three points behind them following a 3-1 win at Eibar.

Next weekend Atletico host real in the Madrid derby and a home win could really make the title a three-horse race. Barça visit Athletico Bilbao.

*Real could end up with a transfer ban similar to Barcelona’s after FIFA probed the arrival of two 12 year-old Venezuelans in Madrid. Rules forbid signing under-18s from outside of Europe unless their parents have already emigrated for other reasons. Real deny any wrongdoing but a further 49 transfers are under the spotlight.

Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid could be renamed the Abu Dhabi Bernabeu.

*The Santiago Bernabeu stadium could be renamed the ‘Abu Dhabi Bernabeu’ according to AS newspaper. Real President Florentino Perez let slip last November that a corporate name change was in the offing based on the deal the club had signed with Spanish oil company IPIC, whose mother firm is from the Arab state.

It would be a sad day if the Bernabeu’s hallowed name is tainted in this way because with the exception of Real Mallorca’s Iberostar, Spanish football has so far declined to go down the English road of soulless and transient titles like The Emirates, Etihad or Ricoh Arena. In the NFL it is par for the course however, with 25 of its 31 grounds named after sponsors.

Barcelona are set to ditch Qatar Airways as their shirt sponsor in 2016. Dominoqq Terpercaya Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said he was looking elsewhere to replace the €30 million a year deal, citing “social issues”, presumably the Gulf state’s kafala system of forced labour and an expected death toll of up to 4,000 migrant workers before the 2022 World Cup finals.

*World player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo was banned for two matches for his red mist kick and attempted punch last weekend against Cordoba. He will return for the Madrid derby with Atletico next weekend.

Gareth Bale dismissed British press rumours that he could be on his way to Man United.

*Gareth Bale dismissed British press rumours that he could be on his way to Manchester United but the some Real fans and Spanish papers are on his back for his apparent greediness on the pitch. With no Ronaldo, Bale had been expected to play a bigger role against Real Sociedad, and although he forged a goal for Karim Benzema, the Welshman failed to hit the target himself, snatching one chance from James Rodriguez, much to the Colombian’s chagrin.

Cadena Ser radio station’s interview with Bale got no more than a C+ for homework. Presenter Jose Ramon de la Morena asked him if Welshmen could play for England or if he had read any Ken Follett novels. No and no.

*Spain earned more in transfer fees last year than any other football nation. Its clubs garnered €588 million in transfer fees. England on the other hand was the biggest spender, shelling out over a billion Euros in 2014.

* The game of the week was one of high drama as Barcelona won 3-2 at Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the quarter-final of the Copa del Rey.

Fernando Torres netted in the first minute to cancel out Barça’s first leg lead but a Neymar brace, an own goal by Atletico’s Miranda and a red card for Gabi in the tunnel at half-time effectively killed the contest after 45 minutes.

Mario Suarez was also given his marching orders in the second half, leaving Atletico to see out the tie with nine men in front of a sell-out crowd of 53,800 in Madrid.

Ten players were booked including Arda Turan, who only saw yellow for launching one of his boots at a linesman.

* Next up in the Copa Barça play Villareal, while the other semi-final will see Espanyol play Athletic Bilbao, setting up the prospect of an all-Barcelona final.

* Angel Maria Villar, the Spanish Football Federation president who famously said “All the fish are sold” before Spain & Portugal’s 2018 World Cup bid was beaten by Russia’s, is in dispute with Miguel Cardenal, the country’s sports minister. Cardenal is demanding FEF accounts are laid open for auditing, while Villar is reporting the government to FIFA for interference.

* Pep Guardiola is “a shit of a man but a great coach” according to Mino Raiola, agent of former Barça striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a footballer not known for keeping his counsel.

* The week’s transfer rumours included Real losing Sergio Ramos to Chelsea and Chicharito to Lazio but the Madrid giants are in the hunt for Porto’s 17 year-old prodigy Raul Neves.

Chelsea are hoping to buy Raphael Varane from Real in the summer while Arsenal are said to be keen to take Luis Suarez off Barca’s hands after an indifferent first half of a season. The UK press are still saying Tottenham’s Harry Kane is on Real’s radar, but the Spanish press has yet to echo that.

* Spain’s siesta culture, where business shuts down for three hours from 2-5pm and people stay up late, could be responsible for La Liga clubs’ strong performances in the Champions League, according to a study by Birmingham University.

The gap between the body’s daily peak and trough is as much as 26% in terms of performance, claims the study. Given that CL games kick off in the evening, Spanish-based players, who are more used to staying up late, could have the edge over those used to 3pm kick-offs.

La Liga start times vary, but typically begin at 6pm or 8pm, but several start at 9 or even 10 o’clock at night.…

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Bola88 Master Behind the Microphone: Matt Savage

We’re about to take a journey inside the hottest reality offering on television, big-time tournament poker. To take us through the championship event portal, I met with Matt Savage, who will discuss his evolution from porter and pin-chasing duties in a San Jose bowling alley at age 14 to his appointments as tournament director of the top poker championships throughout the world 20 years later. He will name his dream final table, share his views on players who slow the game down, and highlight his plans to keep poker moving forward on the fast track.

Savage with his wife, Maryann

The native San Jose, California, resident now resides in Las Vegas with Maryann, his bride. Matt is the most recognized poker tournament director in the world, having held the microphone on more than 100 televised poker shows.

Savage, now 36, impressed me as a man consumed by his intensive work schedule and loving every minute of it. On a rare day off, he might play a round of golf, enjoy a nice dinner, and catch a movie. When he pushes Bola88 chips to the center of the table, the Seinfeld fan is loose-aggressive, partial to Omaha eight-or-better, and accomplished, having won “between 10 and 15” tournaments. Matt’s musical taste is varied and includes Rush, No Doubt, and Eminem (he has good taste — all three are 2005 Grammy nominees). His favorite sport to watch is the financially troubled game of hockey.

I caught up with the busy globe-trotter at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, where he was overseeing the taping of Poker Royale Battle of the Sexes, a GSN (formerly the Game Show Network) production featuring 12 name pros. Tom Leykis, a chauvinistic radio host, and Kennedy, a former MTV video jockey, were involved. Robert Williamson III handled the play-by-play and strategy analysis. I liked what I saw, but perhaps that’s because the first three players I ran into were Karina Jett, Evelyn Ng, and Clonie Gowen.

Lee Munzer:Take us all the way back. What was your main interest as a child?

Matt Savage: Bowling was definitely my main interest. I wanted to become a professional. When I wasn’t working or attending school, I spent all my time at the bowling alley.

LM: Did you have a favorite player?

MS: Living in the Bay Area, I’d say Earl Anthony.

LM: The left-hander was arguably the best we’ve ever seen. What led you down your chosen lane of poker?

MS: As a child I played poker with my family on holidays. Then, I began to play in our local casinos. I noticed the employees were making good money and I needed a more lucrative job. I became a chip runner, then a dealer, floorman, and finally a tournament director out of necessity when I burned myself out dealing without taking any time off. I was assigned to the floor, and when the assistant tournament director went on vacation, I helped run tournaments. I really liked that assignment and the timing was right. Lucky Chances opened nearby in Colma, and I caught on there as the tournament director.

LM: What traits make one ideal for tournament direction?

MS: Integrity and reading people are essential. Consistent rulings and personal interactions require those traits.

LM: Is there a way or ways for a tournament director to improve on his rulings?

MS: There are no easy ways. I try to have all the rules and possible applications committed to memory. I listen carefully when everyone is relaying what they think happened if I wasn’t present. That’s important; you never want to make a decision without all the information. Your rulings must not vary and they must be definitive. After I make a decision, I walk away. Players understand that I won’t change my ruling.

LM: Similar to a baseball umpire on a ball or strike call, eh? Elaborate on integrity and touch on more traits if you can.

MS: Yes, the umpire must be consistent on his calls for both teams. He needs to be confident and dependable. Integrity encompasses many things for me. An example is treating the pros and amateurs alike despite the fact that some players can be more, shall we say, demanding. It’s not always easy, but it is imperative. There’s another trait I like to think I possess, and that’s awareness. You have to be aware of your surroundings at all times and be able to focus on the priorities of the job. Although serious money is at stake, there are times when I like to ease the tension. Injecting humor that the players enjoy without “crossing the line” or “going over the top” is a nice trait to have. Staying even can be challenging due to the length of these events, so another trait would be patience.

LM: Did you study those who preceded you to emulate or incorporate their styles?

MS: Not really. As a matter of fact, I saw some things I wanted to change. For example, I knew I wanted to eliminate the abuse to dealers and players that had been accepted for many years. I decided to be firm from the outset. I’m proud to say the “no abuse” policy is now a given in any tournament with which I am involved. I also decided the structures could be improved. I worked with players to come up with a better system and am constantly fine-tuning structures to ensure that the players get enough play, especially in major events. In 2004 I made a conscious effort to flatten the payout structure. Although some of the top pros objected, I received many compliments on that decision and believe it is in the best interests of the vast majority of the players.

LM: A lot of effort goes into making a tournament successful. How much of the nitty-gritty are you directly involved with?

MS: I get involved in everything. I enjoy it and believe that’s my forte. Before I directed major tournaments, there was always a tournament director and a tournament coordinator. In fact, that arrangement still exists at many events. I do both jobs. Along with designing the structure, I get involved with setting dates, advertising, establishing prize pools, incorporating the rules, and taking care of anything else that comes up. Lately I’ve been coordinating casting with television networks. One of the things I take pride in is preparation. I work hard to ensure that my tournaments start on time, and I’m proud of my record in that area. Players are aware of my dedication to promptness now, but it wasn’t always that way. Early on, a player approached me at a World Series of Poker (WSOP) event after arriving late. He complained about the tournament starting on time, and told me that’s not the way it’s done. I smiled and told him to get used to it, because that’s the way it would be from then on.

LM: Has the poker explosion made your job more difficult in any way?

MS: As poker gets bigger, some egos also get bigger. I want to stress that the players are terrific, handle themselves professionally, and are the stars of the game. I care about them a great deal, work hard for them to get sponsorship, and want them to do as well as they can financially. I also want them to get the fame they deserve. I want what they want for many reasons. One is that I will be carried along with their success. That said, I have seen more attitudes and more “what’s in it for me” questioning than ever before. I can certainly understand some of that, especially from pros who see the top-name players getting all the publicity. On the other hand, players like Phil Hellmuth Jr. and Annie Duke have worked hard to promote themselves and capitalize on their poker successes. I admire people who work hard and promote themselves — as I’ve done.

LM: When Hellmuth was the guest host of the Ultimate Poker Challenge, he referred to you as “ … legendary Tournament Director Matt Savage.” Daniel Negreanu described you as “the most well-respected tournament director in our industry.” How do you think of yourself in the hierarchy of tournament directors?

MS: (brief pause) Well, I’d be lying to you if I didn’t tell you I strive and work hard to be the best and believe that I am the best. Obviously, some good people have preceded me and some will follow in our path, but while poker would be big without Matt Savage, I think I’ve made a mark in the last three years and I’ll continue to work on my game.

LM: You have been appropriately honored. Tell us about the origin of the Benny Binion Memorial Poker Manager of the Year award and what it meant to be the first recipient?

MS: It’s a memorial award for life achievement, so people have had fun with my selection at age 34. As I stood there, I thought of the many people who have made a major impact on poker, and I was very proud. I hope people will look back one day and say, “Matt made a difference in poker.”

LM: You provided real-time updates on your website—www.savagetournaments.com—during the Five-Diamond World Poker Classic II championship event at Bellagio. Tell us about the site. What do you offer now and how will it evolve?

MS: The catalyst came from two directions. People were always asking me where I was going next, what shows I was involved with, and what was going on in poker. Also, there was a lack of live tournament reporting. So, providing information was the driver. I was happy with my first effort. I typed the key hands from the 2004 Bellagio Five-Diamond championship into my cellphone and the text appeared on my website. The feedback was excellent. But, I was shortsighted in a way, because I really don’t have the time or the staff to do that type of work on a regular basis. I will be able to start a “blog” sometime soon to update people on my plans and poker happenings. In addition, the site gives me a way to communicate with those who have questions, want to pitch ideas, or want to know what services I provide. As poker evolves, I expect the website to grow. For example, I’m involved in the beginning phase of a plan to provide more benefits to players, including sponsorship. I think a players association is where we are headed, and it will be a great thing.

LM: Speaking of associations, tell us when and how the Tournament Directors Association (TDA) was born and what it does.

MS: In 2001 I started traveling extensively and hated the fact that everywhere I went, tournament rules were different. I decided something had to be done. In 2001 I attended the World Series for the first time and ran into Linda Johnson. We had become friends when I had occasion to invite her to some events in California. I asked her if she would be interested in working toward standardizing the rules for tournament poker. We realized it would be difficult, but along with Dave Lamb and Jan Fisher we set up meetings and worked to obtain agreement from many who held events. Then, we put a list of rules together — those that were being handled differently all over the place at the time. Finally, the four of us selected the best ones and put them into a document.

LM: Are you considering adding to, deleting, or modifying any of the 38 rules?

MS: I’m comfortable with the rules, although we might want to clarify some of them. I’m also happy with the acceptance of the TDA. To my knowledge, in the United States, only The Orleans and Taj Mahal do not use the TDA rules.

LM: Let’s examine poker’s rules of conduct. We have seen some behavior that qualifies as taunting on several televised shows. National Football League …

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You can’t do much better than 100 percent. South Korea’s quartet of teams that started the 2010 Asian Champions League back in February have all survived the first round intact. China have lost at least three of theirs and it could be all four while Japan will see at least one and probably two fall by the wayside.

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Seongnam is the best-placed and is already certain of a home tie. The Yellows can sit back and see who will finish first or second in Group G. At the moment, that is Suwon Bluewings. It remains to be seen if either team will welcome meeting such a familiar foe on the continental stage. The local media certainly will.

Suwon’s players are kicking themselves that they are not currently occupying top spot instead of Gamba Osaka. In last week’s match in Japan, Suwon was level at 1-1 with seconds remaining until the defenders somehow let Gamba’s 17 year-old striker Takashi Usami score the decisive goal. The 2-1 win puts the J-League team in pole position.

“I thought we were heading home with one point in our hand,” lamented Suwon coach Cha Bum-keun who is lamenting often these days. “But our players seemed to have lost their concentration in the last part of the game. We gave up their first goal so easily and so soon after our first goal, and that hurt us. We want to play at home in the round of 16 but … that possibility seems to have become smaller.”

Suwon is a team that has been struggling of late with Asia being the only bright spot of what is becoming another dismal season at home. Three successive defeats in the K-League, including a painful 3-0 loss at the home of bitter rivals FC Seoul and a 2-1 defeat at home to Seongnam, preceded the Osaka disappointment and then one followed. Unless the Japanese lose in China next week and Suwon defeat Singapore Armed Forces, Suwon will be making the short trip across Gyeonggi Province.

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