Category: Gambling

Department of I Tried to Warn You

One of the most useful tools at a blowhard’s disposal is a search function of his gaseous blatherings. When one is in the business of spouting unsolicited opinions, few of which garner attention or reflection worthy of their profundity, having the means to retrieve long-ignored pronoucements allows the self-annointed know-it-all to remind himself (and anyone...

Online Gambling

If you enter the phrases “betting on” and “stock market” in the Google search function, .12 seconds later you’ll be furnished with 322,000 Web page matches.  Nearly every state in our great union — except for Hawaii and Utah — oversees some form of gambling, including State Lotteries, which serve as a regressive tax and...

Gambling on Healthcare

Almost every month, the call goes out to those of us in, or on the fringes of, the so-called “jazz community”: So-and-so was in a bad car accident. He has medical bills of $44,000 and NO INSURANCE! We’re organizing a benefit concert to raise money to help pay for his care. Please contribute what you can… ...

Taking Responsibility for the Mortgage Mess

From trustworthy publications like the august New Yorker to the journalistically sound Los Angeles Times, and from just about every other mouthpiece on the respectability spectrum, we’re learning that the Big Mess in our economy is largely the fault of Wall Street fat cats who helped bundle terrible housing loans into decent-looking packages that are...

The Political Odds

With the early returns from Iowa in hand, those inclined to wager on the next President of the United States can find betting “lines” (odds) on various illegal gambling sites. Although our friends in the middle of the country, land of cornfields and “core values”, might not be perfectly representative of the average voter in,...

Poker’s World Championship on TV

This week, the final hands of the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event , the unofficial “world championship” of tournament poker, will be broadcast on America’s unofficial Gambling Network, ESPN. The winner’s name has been public knowledge since July, but if you’ve been following the taped coverage and don’t want to know who earns...

How to Win at Football Betting

With the opening of the NFL season this week, thousands of gamblers, serious and recreational, all want to know how to beat the pointspreads, how to get the best of the Line. Many of these hopeful souls end up writing me for the “secrets.” Since the publication of my book “The Smart Money,” which explains...

ESPN, America’s Gambling Network

ESPN, the cable TV empire, covers all things sports-related. Except sports betting.  Apparently the wry, hip, knowing, ironic, slick, and authoritative on-air broadcasters may discuss anything and everything about the sports and athletes they cover provided there’s no mention of the pointspread line or the underlying odds that swirl around virtually every event that ESPN...

The Sporting Scene: America’s Morality Tales

The eternal battle between Good and Evil rages on. We watch (and learn) in awe, each of us better somehow for having witnessed Virtue collide with Sin. But America’s most instructive forum of late hasn’t been the Church pulpit; it’s the sporting scene.  The characters in these Morality Tales are so clearly identifiable, so devoid...

The $10,000 Lottery Ticket

This week someone will win the unofficial World Championship of Poker, the World Series of Poker “Main Event,” a $10,000 buy-in no-limit Hold ’em tournament. Never mind that other, bigger buy-in tournaments — the $25,000 World Poker Tour Championship and the $50,000 buy-in multi-game “HORSE” tournament at the World Series — attract the most elite...