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Christmas Time Gambling Updates!

Christmas Time Gambling Updates!


Hello friends, and welcome to This Week in Gambling! Our last show of the year before I take some
much-deserved time off! And hey, what better way to say goodbye to 2019 than to look back at this year’s big stories? After a long wait,
Pennsylvania online poker finally arrived. Now just over a month after the launch, PokerStars has blown away all the expectations! In fact, Pennsylvania has done better than
any other regulated poker market in the United States! The site is averaging over 400 cash games
running at the same time… and tournament participation has been so strong that Poker Stars had to up their guarantees
by 20 percent! However, it wasn’t all good news this past year. You may remember that the US Department of
Justice played Scrooge to online gambling when they suddenly change their opinion on
the Federal Wire Act earlier this year… a case they eventually lost
but are planning to appeal. As we reported on our show from November 12th, the DOJ’s paperwork to file that
appeal was due last month. However, they asked the judge for an extension and he said yeah sure… go ‘head go ‘head… The new deadline is December 20th, so I’ll have to update you on this case
when I come back in January. Threats from the DOJ did not dampen the
Christmas spirit of the states when it came to sports betting. Thirteen of them have now regulated the activity, and another six have passed legislation and
should go live sometime in 2020. But with mo’ sports betting comes mo’ problems. As we reported last week the very first NFL
player has been suspended for betting on the games, prompting a fresh warning from the league
to be issued just a few days ago. To be fair, the player in question never
compromised the integrity of the games… he never played in any of the games… and he never used any inside information when
placing his bets on the games. Still, he made the NFL’s naughty list. After all, rules are rules. Of course some people may use this incident
to condemn sports betting expansion in America… but if they do you just remind them that these
bets were placed in a Las Vegas casino where sports betting has been regulated for years… not in one of these new jurisdictions
with expanded sports betting. So this incident would have happened even
without sports betting reform. So they can go stuff that argument
straight in their stocking! Hey, just in time for the holidays
why don’t you leave us a present and subscribe to our YouTube channel?! It doesn’t cost you anything, but hey… it’s the thought that counts. Now before I put a pretty red bow on this show, call it quits for the year and hit the eggnog… I leave you with some game reviews sure to
get you in the holiday spirit! First up it’s the Merry Xmas
online slot from Play’N GO… a 5 reel game with 15 pay lines, wilds, scatters and a gamble round. Also Polar Paws from Quickspin… Fluffy polar bears that can
turn wild during the games are featured on the reels, plus there’s a free spins feature. Next, Jingle Spin from our friends
at Net Entertainment which has wilds, expanding wilds
and free spins… Plus, Santa’s spinning a Bauble Wheel! Lastly, it’s Icy Gems from Microgaming that comes with five reels, 20 paylines, free spins, symbol storage and super spins! You can find these reviews on our YouTube
channel from now through the end of the month. And finally this week, my friends… or should I say, finally this year… I wanted to take a moment to say thank you
for supporting this channel and wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Take some time off for yourself! See the new Star Wars film! And spend time with your family… not necessarily in that order. See you in January! HO HO HO! Cuz 3 hoes are better than one!


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