John Olsen

John Olsen

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In this time of accelerated digital growth, the world we all live in is changing beyond all recognition.Gambling, and people who gamble, are influenced more than ever by broader trends outside the sector.The rise of online casinos, smartphone apps and 4G networks has made gambling more accessible than ever before.In turn this has made it even more important for us at the Gambling Commission to hear the voice of consumers to help us understand the impacts of all these developments on the way they gamble.We already conduct a programme of consumer surveys, which generate statistics about consumer gambling participation, problem gambling rates and trends, giving us a solid understanding of how many people gamble, what they gamble on, the products, and who chooses to gamble.But to better understand how gambling fits into people’s lives we commissioned in-depth qualitative research including considering general lifestyles, hobbies, aspirations and routines.
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Today I want to review a tricky spot from a $1,000 buy-in World Series of Poker event I played recently.It was relatively early (blinds 150/300) and action began with a player I thought might be tight-aggressive raising to 725 from the cutoff from a stack of about 15,000.It folded to me in the big blind where I began with 20,000 and had been dealt .I discuss in the video below how I could reraise here as a bluff (and what sizing I should use if I did), but ultimately I just called and the flop came .Some players always lead in this spot, in part because we should have more nines in our range than our opponent.Here I talk about the merits of check-raising (which would signal I have a nine or a draw) and how I don't necessarily need to check-raise big in order to get the message across.
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Ready to get in on a real bingo bonanza?They’re coming together to take part in fun, games and prizes at an online venue that boasts fresh new action every week, and you can get in on the party as well.Wink Bingo Brings Game Selection to a Whole New LevelWink Bingo keeps it fresh, relevant and interesting with an interactive site interface, a hot aesthetic and a consistently updated lineup of choices.Besides an exciting array of colors, the first thing to draw players’ attention as they navigate to the site is the vast selection of games available to play.The Wink Bingo web page is peppered with numerous types of bingo and branded and classic slot games to choose between, including Love Island and Britain’s Got Talent themed favorites.
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Yield Lab have launched an agritech accelerator programme which will support up to five businesses with a particular emphasis on addressing food security and environmental sustainability.Yield Lab has announced a new accelerator programme which will offer €500,000 in support for agritech start-ups.It will support up to five companies with a support of €100,000 each, €75,000 of which will be in cash with the remaining €25,000 worth of services and support.It will also offer successful applicants an intensive mentoring and training programme to help turn ideas into internationally scalable businesses.The programme is in its third year and to date, Yield Lab have invested in eight different companies, four of which are based in Ireland.In this round, the company will support firms with a particular focus on environmental sustainability and food security.
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Maine lawmakers approved a sports wagering legalization bill earlier this week, sending the bill to Gov.More substantially, Maine’s bill creates one of the nation’s most well-rounded sports betting frameworks.Maine Bill Allows Online, In-Person OptionsUnlike last year’s wave of legalization bills that restricted or banned online options, the class of 2019 has embraced mobile-friendly plans, which have proven far more lucrative than exclusively land-based infrastructures.New Jersey, which has garnered more than $3 billion in total wagers since it legalized betting nearly a year ago, sees more than 80 percent of its bets from online sources.Maine is the first state with existing land-based gaming entities to approve unrestricted, untethered third-party access, meaning an online operator doesn’t have to partner directly with a brick-and-mortar property.Lawmakers in Augusta viewed a less restrictive online market as the best option for the state’s overall economic wellbeing, the Portland Press Herald reports.
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Online gaming software, Latest Casino and Gambling News, Casino News, Online gambling regulation, New online casinos, Technology, Mobile gaming, The Players Lounge, Online Gambling News, Sports betting, Mergers, Acquisitions & Partnerships, West VirginiaThe boss of the West Virginia Lottery, John Myers, has declared that it is to be ‘several more weeks’ before the state’s Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races venue begins offering a mobile sportsbetting service.According to a Wednesday report from local radio broadcaster, West Virginia MetroNews, the disclosure comes after last month’s revelation by the casino owned by Gaming and Leisure Properties Incorporated that it had finished testing the online innovation, which is to be run in partnership with DraftKings Incorporated.Once operational, the mobile sportsbetting app from Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races will reportedly allow aficionados located anywhere in West Virginia to place wagers on a wide range of sporting action.However, Myers stated that its debut has now been delayed after these trials uncovered that one of the service’s two servers was located in New Jersey, which could leave the state exposed to the United States Department of Justice’s new interpretation of the Interstate Wire Act.Myers reportedly told West Virginia MetroNews…
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TAGs: Golden State Warriors, nba, nba finalsIf the crowd at Oakland’s Oracle Arena seems a little more boisterous on Wednesday for Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors, it’s because it likely will be the last time many of those fans can afford to see the Dubs in person.Probably would be easier to address which Warriors are healthy right now instead of banged up.The biggest question remains Kevin Durant, still yet to play since Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals due to his calf injury.Klay Thompson left Golden State’s 109-104 road win in Game 2 with a hamstring injury.An MRI confirmed a strain, and he’s listed as questionable for Wednesday’s Game 3, although Thompson says he expects to play.
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New Jersey players may find themselves limited to only two World Series of Poker (WSOP) online events this year.However, after last night’s event, it’s clear that they are not wasting any opportunities.LuckySpewy1, the online alias of Yong Kwon, outlasted 1,964 other competitors (and 860 re-buys) in the $400 WSOP online no-limit hold’em event that ran on June 2 for just under 12 hours.The Korean player scored $165,263 for the win, the only six-digit prize of the tournament.He drew a full house over second-place finisher MeatIsMurder after roughly 20 minutes of heads-up play.It is good that Yong Kwon wrapped up the victory from his home in New Jersey.
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A Midnight Esports pro is in hot water over a betting tweet, Tfue sues FaZe Clan, and Ferarri rethinks F1 Esports involvement.Concerning a twitter conversation with Evil Geniuses’, Jordan “JKap” Kaplan, Provenzano tweeted.The tweet has since gone the way of Frozen’s ‘Marshmallow’, but screenshots have been saved, and will no doubt be used to hurt the lad when the Call of Duty World League (CWL) complete their investigation.If you play in the CWL then betting on CWL matches is strictly forbidden as per Section 6.2 of the CWL Handbook’s “Betting and Gambling” rules, and one would think is also common sense.Turner “Tfue” Tenney is suing FaZe Clan citing a limited ability to pursue his profession due to stringent and unfair contract stipulations.Freedman claims that professional Esports players and streamers are ‘artists, entertainers and content creators’, and they need protecting in an industry that has “little to no regulation or oversight” when dealing with the ‘young and trusting.’
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Triton Poker has just announced Tom Dwan as its latest ambassador.Dwan is a recognizable name to all poker fans.In the early 2000s, Dwan, playing under the screenname "durrrr", successfully ran up a $50 deposit into a $2 million bankroll.Although mostly known for playing high-stakes cash games, Dwan has held his own in the tournament arena as well with nearly $3.2 million in live tournament earnings according to The Hendon Mob.In 2009, Dwan became a Full Tilt Red Pro and was part of the first Full Tilt Pros along with Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Gus Hansen when the online poker room relaunched after Black Friday in 2012.This relationship lasted for more than a year before he left the brand at the end of 2013.
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In Part One of our interview with Matt Salsberg, we found out about his time at the racetrack as a young man and how it informed his TV writing past Before the Game of poker got to him.After co-writing a hit TV show, Salsberg penned his own show, with a very familiar subject.He was all-in and at risk... but how did it play out?"I turn to my girlfriend and say to her ‘I’m going to win this tournament to spite them.’"“We were still doing Weeds, and as a present to myself for selling that show, I played the WSOP Main Event, under the guise of looking for characters to write about.Using his winnings, Salsberg played some World Poker Tour events.
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Irish start-ups with a vision to scale urged to vie for programme with prizes worth thousands up for grabs.Google is looking for 15 Irish start-ups with the vision and capability to compete in its Adopt a Startup programme.The eight-week programme will focus on priority growth areas identified by the companies themselves and the Adopt a Startup team in Dublin.The priority growth areas include four crucial stages: understanding your customer, building your brand, growing globally and scaling your organisation.Participants will benefit from expertise and support in topics such as analytics and user experience, pitching and networking, automation and machine learning, and how best to plan for global growth.Following the eight-week programme, each start-up will have the opportunity to pitch their growth plan to a panel of select judges, with some unique prizes up for grabs including €10,000 in Google Ads credit and eligibility for the Google Cloud Programme, which includes $100,000 in Google Cloud Credit.
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In episode 331, Bruce Briggs and Robbie Strazynski examine the issues a player needs to be prepared for when approaching a mixed games home game versus a hold’em-only affair.Robbie recaps his eclectic experiences at EPT Sochi, including some tales from the Russian cash game scene.Bruce’s break-even streak gets broken and he goes gaga for Gonzaga in a brief March Madness aside.Of course, there’s a fun one-outer with which the show will likely leave you chuckling.Top Pair thanks their sponsors, J Design Cards and the Poker Notes Live mobile app for their support.00:26Synopsis1:11–29:43How Ya Runnin?1:21 Deriving happiness from sesame seed bagels.3:35Breakeven Bruce breaks down.
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A biotech company says it has created the first blood test for endometriosis that can detect it in 90pc of cases.UK-based company MDNA Life Sciences has claimed it will soon change the lives of millions of women worldwide with the introduction of a new blood test for endometriosis, a debilitating and painful condition for women where tissue – similar to the lining of the womb – starts to grow in other parts of the body, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.In the UK alone, it is estimated that as many as 1.5m women are affected by the condition, with more than 175m affected worldwide.Unfortunately, due to the broad symptoms associated with endometriosis such as period pain, heavy periods and lower stomach pain, an accurate diagnosis can take on average 7.5 years.Now, this new blood test can reportedly detect the disease in 90pc of cases, with results available in a matter of days, allowing doctors to start making decisions quickly on diagnosis and treatment.The technology behind the test was due to MDNA’s development of techniques that exploit unique characteristics of mutations of mitochondrial DNA, which can act as biomarkers for the presence of a range of diseases.
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The exit interview is a delicate affair that needs to be handled with finesse.Use these tips to ensure your swansong goes smoothly.There’s a lot of admin involved when leaving a role.Exit interviews are extremely valuable to employers.They allow them to identify potential issues interfering with employee retention and make improvements.People who have gone through the cogs of the organisation can speak freely about where a company falls down, whether it be a managerial issue, a communication one or a resources one.
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The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Poker Classic $1,650 Main Event attracted 332 entrants and created a $498,000 prize pool, well above the advertised $300K guarantee.“Poker is a game where we tend to think we’re doing everything perfect when it’s going and everything’s just against us when it’s going bad.” He continued: “I struggle with pride like the next guy or gal … I feel blessed and thankful that it ran this way.Obviously, I was on the good end of a lot of big hands all day.”In addition to playing poker, Leecy is heavily involved in his church and ministry.It marked the second-biggest score of Leecy’s career after he finished runner-up to David Bradshaw in the 2016 Winter Poker Open $1,650 Championship Event for $120,000.
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Years ago, I hung around with a lot of gambling degenerates.I specifically remember one such bender, which started with a simple trip to Monmouth Park because my friend Vito had a tip on a horse.All of us in that crowd thought we were big shots back then, so where else would we go but to the Steve Wynn-owned Golden Nugget, where Frank performed all the time.So here we are, five Jewish/Italian/Irish kids getting a round of Jack & Coke’s (Frank’s choice) as a salute to Sinatra and winning some money.The only real game back in those days was blackjack; so we battled for hours and until they called “last shoe.” In those days, the casinos all closed at 4 a.m. and didn’t re-open till 10 a.m..We were playing blackjack; after approximately an hour passed, we ran into my friend Bumper, who I played poker with at a pool hall in Elizabeth, NJ.
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Dutch gaming regulator, the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has imposed a fine of €400,000 ($454,000) on 1XBet for operating in the Netherlands without a license
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Company reveals new application experience platform and Kemp 360 brand refresh.A new family of technologies from Kemp Technologies will address the scale and complexity of application experience (AX) roll-outs.Load balancing and software-defined networking pioneer Kemp has revealed new capabilities for improving AX in line with the latest DevOps and cloud trends.‘Our DNA from the beginning has been about building invisible technology with a visible impact’The company today (20 February) revealed that its Kemp 360 AX fabric – which includes a family of virtual and hardware systems, and LoadMasters 360 Central and 360 Vision – is available globally.Kemp Technologies operates its EMEA headquarters from Limerick and is a major employer in the mid-west tech scene.
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