Stuffing Stockings with Lottery Scratch-offs?

Lottery tickets and scratch-off cards are extra enticing during the holiday season with their special promotions and themes. Plus, they are fun, fast, and frugal stocking stuffers! However, gambling addiction organizations are warning adults about sharing this excitement with children.

"We urge adults not to give lottery tickets and scratch cards to children at any time as it contributes to the normalization of gambling," says Graeme Ramsey of the Problem Gambling Foundation.

He says research shows that the earlier children are exposed to gambling, the more likely they are to develop gambling problems as adults. Not to mention that this innocent practice is illegal.

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Hot Russian Spy, Anna Chapman, Gets Her Own iPhone App

Sure, Anna Chapman was a spy out to uncover our country’s most sensitive secrets. But does that mean Americans shouldn’t buy an iPhone app created in her honor? According to Zeda, creators of the newly-released “Poker With Anna Chapman,” the answer is nyet.

For $1.99, players can “feel the ultimate drive of competing with a truly worthy opponent - Anna Chapman, the real-life Russian femme fatale.” The app offers Texas Hold’em and 5 Card Draw and the “luckiest players” will have a chance to befriend the sexy spy on Facebook and read a personal blog she created especially for the app. “Poker With Anna Chapman” also features an extensive collection of Anna’s photos which show her doing such exciting things as shopping, going to parties, and flaunting posh outfits. Follow the link to purchase Anna Chapman's poker app.

I can’t decide if this app is tasteless (after all, she’s a SPY who is almost certainly profiting from this game) or harmless fun. What do you think?


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Make a Novelty Bet at InTrade.com

Novelty betting, or the act of betting on the outcome or likelihood of a future, non-sports-related event, is becoming increasingly popular in the world of online gambling. Not everyone is interested in sports or has the knowledge to make educated bets. For people who are more interested in the outcome of politics, award shows, or reality TV there are sites like InTrade.com.

Intrade is an online trading exchange website that allows users to bet on just about anything. Think you know where the first hurricane of the 2010 season will make landfall?  How much money a particular movie will gross? When Osama Bin Land will be caught or whether or not California will legalize marijuana? Put some money on it! With 14 categories ranging from Current Events to Business to Climate and Weather, everyone can find something to gamble on. If you don’t want to risk money, sister site InTrade.net allows users to play just for fun as well as create their own betting markets.

If InTrade doesn't do it for you, head over the other novelty betting sites we've profiled: Stiffs.com or Longbets.org. It's just money, right?


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The World’s Biggest Casino

Where do you think the biggest casino in the world is located? Las Vegas? Atlantic City? Somewhere in the Caribbean? These are all good guesses, but the answer is Macao, China. In fact, Macao is home to five of the world’s 10 largest casinos, including the record-holding Venetian Macao.

The Venetian Macao opened in 2007 and encompasses a mind-boggling 546,000 square feet of casino space, or 10,500,000 square feet if you count the entire resort. It is large enough to hold ninety 747 Boeing jets or 3,000 gaming machines, 870 table and poker games, 24 restaurants and bars, and 3,000 hotel rooms. There is also a 15,000 seat arena for special events. Many well-known musical groups have performed at the Venetian Macao, including The Police, Beyonce, The Black Eyed Peas, and more.

Interested in a stay at the world’s biggest casino? A one-night stay in July will cost you anywhere between $218 - $327. Visit The Venetian Macao to learn more.

Here are a few pics of the world’s largest casino.

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Bet on Who Will Win Miss USA 2010

On May 16, 51 lovely ladies will compete for the title of Miss USA 2010. Why not visit Bodog.com and bet on which contestant will take home the crown? Miss California is favored with odds of 8/1, though Kansas, Idaho, Lousiana, Nebraska, and Oklahoma aren't far behind. Click to evaluate the Miss USA contestants for yourself.

Last year's competition gained notoriety after contestant Carrie Prejean voiced her opinion about gay marriage. Who knows what this year's pageant will bring. 

Here are pictures of the favored contestants.

Miss California: Nicole Michele Johnson (8/1)

Miss Kansas: Bethany Gerber (11/1)

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Australian Lawmaker Wants to Ban Gambling Apps

Australian senator Nick Xenophon is known for his anti-gambling views, so it should come as no surprise that the lawmaker takes offense to gambling apps offered for the iPhone.

Xenophon says he recently became aware of apps that allow users to play simulated slot machines and that such apps, recommended for users age 12 and up, are a danger to children. Why? In Xenophon's opinion, gambling applications teach children that gambling is a legitmate way to earn money and set kids up for future financial ruin.

"The use of money, albeit fantasy, drills home a false impression that poker machines can be a source of money or income," Senator Xenophon said. "...This is a training application for kids to lose real money when they turn 18."

Many of the apps in question are associated with major casinos and can be downloaded for free. Critics argue the apps are harmless as there is no real money involved.

What do you think? Are the gambling apps harmless fun or do they encourage future gambling problems?

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald


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Iowa Lawmakers Consider Legalizing In-State Internet Poker

A group of Iowa lawmakers are proposing to legalize in-state Internet poker, a move that would make Iowa the first state in the nation to do so.

Proponents argue that some 50,000 Iowans already play illegally and that state-regulated gambling would be safer for residents and bring approximately $11.5 million in extra revenue a year.

“We would take something that Iowans are currently being abused on by out-of-country, unregulated entities and allow the state to put constraints on it," said Rep. Doug Struyk, who is part of a legislative group working on the issue.

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Betting on the Academy Awards

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards are on March 7th and Vegas is taking bets on who the big winners will be. 

The favorites for Best Picture are Avatar and The Hurt Locker. Although Avatar did not receive a screenplay nomination, Vegas still expects the film to win Best Picture. Traditionally, films lacking screenplay nominations do not win in this category. The Hurt Locker, on the other hand, did receive a nomination for best screenplay. Not only that, but Avatar director James Cameron is going against The Hurt Locker director (and ex-wife) Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director so that should make things interesting.

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Who Will Star in Spiderman 4?

With the unexpected departure of Spiderman star Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi, the future of Spiderman 4 is uncertain at best. Despite the upheaval, Columbia Pictures recently announced that it has no plans to abandon the film and will in fact release a rebooted version in 2012.

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Which Celebrities Will Die in 2010? Bet Now at Stiffs.com

2010 celebrity deaths

A New Year brings new beginnings, but with it also comes celebrity death wagers. 2009 brought a rash of celebrity deaths. Some were surprising (Michael Jackson, Brittany Murphy, Billy Mays). Some were not (Patrick Swayze, Farrah Fawcett, Ted Kennedy). Today, the Internet is buzzing with the unexpected death of Johnson and Johnson heiress Casey Johnson. Think you know who will kick the bucket next? Then step right up to www.stiffs.com!

Stiffs.com offers a twelve-month game (sorry, it’s already closed) and a sixth-month game (deadline February 1st, 2010). To play, users must list (in order of certainty) 11 celebrities they believe will die in the selected time frame and then pay the appropriate entry fee ($15.00 for twelve-month wagers, $7.50 for six-month wagers). Whoever predicts the most deaths wins. It’s as simple as that. The top prize is $3,000, while lowlier prizes include t-shirts, coffee mugs, and free entries in next year’s pool. Wanna get in on the action? Then place your bets before it’s too late!

Note: murdering a celebrity on your list will get you disqualified.


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