5
Sep

Richard Gere, ‘Arbitrage’ Star, On His Sporty Past

“He was very impressed that his dad had been a gymnast.”

We knew Richard Gere had a whole life before his star-making role in “American Gigolo,” but we didn’t know it involved a pommel horse.

His gymnast past impressed more than just us — his 12-year-old son, while watching the Olympics with his dad, was shocked to find out Gere used to pull off the same feats as the guys on TV.. To hear more about Gere’s first job, watch the video above.

“There’s a picture of me [at home] having just done a dismount — I was actually looking pretty good,” Gere said. Gere has since followed other pursuits; while he’s better known for acting, Gere and his wife also run a Relais and Chateaux, a boutique hotel and restaurant. It’s not his first time working in food services

5
Sep

The Negative Influences of Media on Society You Never Thought About

Newspapers, television and the Internet are used to convey social messages. Advertisements carry subliminal messages influencing buyers’ psychology, or carry direct messages that bear a negative influence. News sources often bombard you with the same negative stories over and over again, in order to increase the impact. Thus, all the time, you are glued to some form of media. The media does play a role in portraying thin as beautiful and fat as ugly. When this thought grips the minds of youngsters, they take to fad diets or turn to cosmetic surgeries to get that so-called perfect body. An inferiority complex and lowered confidence in people with not-so-perfect bodies can lead to eating disorders. An early exposure to bold or violent films, books publishing adult content and news portraying ugly social practices has a deep impact on young minds. This is leading teenagers to adopt unhealthy eating habits. But there are advertisements of expensive exercise equipment, and weight and fat loss programs. No one’s propagating the importance of exercising to keep fit. Aren’t there ghost and vampire stories that media claims as real? These characters enter our world through books and movies. Media is exposing the masses to fast food products, canned food, fad diets, and energy drinks. This leads to a notion that thin is sexy and fat is not. The impact of media is such that the wrong, the controversial, and the bad is more talked about. And that’s how impactive media is.

You want to imitate an action sequence just because your favorite action hero looked ‘cool’ doing it. Instead, watch good programs that carry healthy content, engage in positive activities, and encourage others to do the same. Haven’t you had experiences of a bad dream after watching a violent movie? Or of imagining something scary happening to you after watching a horror film? Or a sudden fear gripping your mind after reading about a murder in your city? The reality should be depicted but not so gaudily that it’ll have a lasting impact on people’s minds.

Health Problems

Your role models are people that the media exposes you to. With the intent of stressing their point or for grabbing greater attention from the masses, media hypes or exaggerates things to a certain degree. Media is everywhere, affecting every aspect of life.

Wrong Message

Changed Outlook

Information Overload

Media has negative effects on the physical and psychological well-being of society. It has led to a general opinion that size-zero is the in thing and fat and chubby are out. Adults may have the maturity to distinguish between the good and the bad, but bombarding only the bad can affect anyone at least at the subconscious level. They will only make the negative influence of media more obvious.

The negatives in society are highlighted with the purpose of awakening people about them. Sometimes, little things are blown out of proportion thus changing the way they are perceived by the audience. You want to wear the shade of nail polish Lady Gaga wears for that frantic gaga look. Depiction of the bad has a negative impact on kids not mature enough to interpret what they are being shown. The masses fall for this being-in-the-news and end up imitating celebrities without much thought. You want to do everything that people from the glamor world do, you want to be like your favorite celebrity. Any publicity is good publicity, you begin to feel.

Right-or-Wrong Dilemma

The media has, in its own way, changed people’s outlook towards life. And there are so many things you see around you, without choosing to watch them. Media influences them negatively. With a ‘world’ of information and entertainment waiting on the other side of a computer or TV screen, it’s not unnatural for anyone to spend hours exploring it; it’s addictive. Those at a vulnerable age, especially children and teenagers, are highly influenced by anything that is put before them in a jazzy way. It is bombarding you with content, news, information, gossip, rumors – it is exposing you to everything it has, some things necessary, some not; some things important, some not, some things you want to ignore, some things you cannot. As a responsible adult (parent or teacher), exercise control on the media exposure that kids and teenagers get. Media influences public opinion and impacts the choices that people make. The bad is overinflated and the good goes unnoticed. You want to be someone, but not yourself! And now you say media does not influence you! Oh come on, it surely does! Mass media does affect the way in which masses think and act. But the negative effects are not conducive to a healthy society. What is shown with an intent to ‘spread a message’ ends up becoming a bombardment of the bad, the ugly. Parents and teachers have a big role to play in selecting what the young should see and what they should not.

When you try to imitate your role models from the glamor industry, do you give a thought to whether you are doing right or wrong? It is often seen that young girls and boys imitate celebrities blindly. There’s no one advertising the benefits of eating fresh fruit everyday, no one’s promoting drinking 8 glasses of water daily. You want to wear the LBD just because you are a fan of Coco Chanel. It influences their behavior both positively and negatively.

Media portrayals give rise to stereotypes, affecting your mindset. The negative effects of media on children are manifested in terms of their changing mental setup and the declining quality of their lifestyle. Children should invest more time reading good books, studying, playing outdoors and exercising. Just like them, even you want to be in the news. You ask me why? Well, because there are these junk food advertisements everywhere. Use your judgment before following or falling for anything. The craze for models or actors and actresses, makes teenagers want bodies and facial features like theirs. Put things in perspective, and don’t let the media influence you to do the wrong things.

Media Addiction. Media sources are so many in number and all of them so convincingly make their point, that it is hard to distinguish between right and wrong. At that age, they are attracted to anything that’s flashy and anything that can make news.

Fact-Fantasy Confusion

The media in itself is so addictive that once glued to it, you tend to forget everything else. In a survey done on fifth graders by the National Institute on Media and the Family, it was found that kids had become dissatisfied with their bodies after watching a video of a certain very popular artiste and a certain scene from a popular TV show (names omitted on purpose).

The media is so overwhelming that the masses end up believing everything it says/shows. Media claims to depict the ‘today’, but not all types of media show only the truth. This affects kids and teenagers the most, as they are exposed to things they might interpret wrongly or may not even understand at that age.

Self-hatred

Unhealthy Lifestyle

Blind Imitation

To some extent, media is responsible for generating negative feelings among those exposed to it. To get rid of a big nose or to get those big pouty lips, teenagers are ready to go under the knife.

While a certain amount of exposure to media is essential for introducing ourselves to the world outside, excessive exposure, uncontrolled access and belief without thought won’t lead us anywhere. But unfortunately sometimes, the message is misconstrued. Here, we will try to understand how media influences us negatively.

Negativity

Media is held responsible for the change in eating habits of teenagers and the unhealthy lifestyle they are adopting. The positive effects are surely celebrated by one and all. Due to the oh-so-alluring media, most of their time is spent glued to the television, reading celebrity gossip, listening to something sensational or wandering aimlessly on the Internet. This can, and has led to increasing cases of anorexia. For example, the negative effects of addiction are portrayed through advertisements. When you are not watching TV, you are surfing the Internet, when you are not on the web, you are reading newspapers, when you are not reading anything, you are listening to something. How far do we go to check its authenticity? How deep do we dig to get to the root of something that’s making news? How critically do we judge the reality of reality shows and the truth behind true stories? We don’t think, we believe. It’s not just media to be blamed in this case. Sometimes, small incidents or events in the lives of celebrities and politicians are hyped, in order to make them more sensational. It’s not possible to insulate yourself completely from the effects of media, even if you limit the exposure. You want to sport your favorite actors’ hairstyles and you want to walk like those ramp models do. But isn’t it too much to blindly believe that they exist? Fiction is amusing only till the distinction between fact and fiction is clear. People spending hours in front of a television or surfing the Internet experience eye problems. Lack of physical activity leads to obesity problems. Not everyone is able to filter that element. But media did play a role in propagating these characters and making them seem real. The benefits of following a balanced diet are not being hyped anywhere. When the two worlds mix, life becomes difficult.

The Solution

The solution to avoiding the negative influence of media lies in limiting media exposure and choosing what to watch. The media is constantly bombarding us with information. There is no denying their amusement value or entertainment quotient. This makes the overweight feel out of place. The reel entertains only till its difference from the real is understood. They are ready to starve themselves to lose weight. If children are bombarded with fight sequences, stunt work, sex and rape scenes, suicides and murders through books or movies, they are bound to leave a scar on these impressionable minds. So there is a section positively influenced by the media while there are others who take the wrong message from it. We don’t judge, we get influenced. And not just children, the unpleasant can impact even an adult’s mind. The only way to shield yourself from them, is to not allow them to influence you. Most believe everything to be real, especially kids and teenagers.

Vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts – where did they come from? Fairies, superheroes, angels – where did they come from? It’s not only media to be blamed, as these characters belong to folklore. Watching TV or browsing the web late night is spoiling the sleeping habits of many.

Women with petite bodies and girls with a barbie figure are always shown to be more popular or attractive while the overweight are portrayed as less popular, having less friends and being bullied. Media highlights controversies and scandals in the lives of celebrities. Don’t believe in them without thinking. Media is the interface through which millions look at the world outside. The ‘awakening’ does not reach everyone or it reaches the masses in the wrong way. Don’t take media portrayals by their word. Refrain from watching such programs or news

5
Sep

How To Get Offshore Oil Rig Jobs With No Experience

With the amount of money being spent in the oil industry, you can bet that there will be offshore drilling jobs available to a fit, hardworking young man.

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For most jobs on an oil rig, university degrees are useless pieces of paper.

Even without experience, getting offshore oil rig jobs is easier than getting a job as a rocket scientist. Work hard and smart for one to two years, and you could be promoted to a roughneck. Offshore oil rigs legally count as ships at sea, so you’ll want to find out how the different laws affect you. The different requirements are not just across countries, but also across US state boundaries and Canadian provincial boundaries.. You will also get the chance to help the derrickhands and drillers, giving you the experience to be promoted to a driller yourself.

Remember to read up a little bit on maritime law. Large oil companies like Exxon spend $79 million everyday looking for new oil fields. You’ll be doing more of the same physical work, but you will also lead a team of roustabouts. In this line of work, you want to look for entry level roustabout jobs. Don’t forget to check with a good tax lawyer – at one point of time, there were very good tax incentives for people taking up offshore jobs. Good cooks and medics are two other entry level positions always welcome on an oil rig.

You can still find offshore oil rig jobs even in the middle of this recession. Worldwide, $400 billion will be spent in 2009 looking for more oil… You will be doing a lot of hard, dirty work and heavy lifting. A certified welder could make $60,000 working on an offshore oil rig. Even though the Department of Labor will call you a general laborer, you’ll be earning somewhere around $45,000 a year, better than some white collar jobs.

Unlike most physical jobs, you actually have a pretty good career path. Even though OPEC is complaining that oil at $40/barrel is too cheap. This could get you highly paid jobs in the electrical department or motor room. Depending on where the oil rig is located, you may need vaccinations, first aid certifications, offshore survival certifications, firefighting certifications and helicopter underwater escape training certifications. Instead, go for a certified trade like an electrician or mechanic. Offshore drilling companies like Transocean are still deploying new oil rigs and hiring workers

1
Sep

BET Networks Announces the 1st Annual “Players’ Awards” Premiere Date Tuesday, July 21st at 8:00 P.M.*

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Sep

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31
Aug

Research and Markets: Research Report – Global Online Gambling & Betting Market 2014

The authors observe: while land-based lottery and casinos still dominate

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In North America, online gambling was legalized in three US states by

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31
Aug

NBA’s Silver: Legalize sports gambling

“Over half of them have legal casinos.” He quoted estimates that $400 billion is wagered on sports every year. And the New England Patriots already have a deal with a rival site DraftKings.

Fantasy sports is a form of sports gambling which is allowed under current law.

On Friday, the Washington Redskins announced a marketing agreement with FanDuel, which runs daily fantasy games. And that means even bigger broadcast rights deals for the leagues, which is where the big money lies.

But there are already some signs of a change of heart at the NFL, the same league that once banned Vegas tourism commercials from the Super Bowl lest it be seen as endorsing gambling.

Silver says it is important to protect the integrity of games, but argues that it would be easier, not tougher, with legalized gambling.

In the Op-Ed, Silver called on Congress to change the law prohibiting sports gambling in most of the country since 1992.

The NBA announced its own partnership deal with FanDuel on Thursday that grants it an equity stake in the site.

“Gambling has increasingly become a popular and accepted form of entertainment in the United States,” Silver wrote in an Op-Ed Friday in The New York Times. 14, 2014 by Chris Isidore   @CNNMoney November 14, 2014: 2:46 PM ET

Don’t bet on him being the last. That’s also the main reason that despite being an attractive and growing market, no major sports team is based in Las Vegas.

“I believe that sports betting should be brought out of the underground and into the sunlight where it can be appropriately monitored and regulated,” he said.

Related: Sports gambling vs. the stock market

Leagues have opposed sports betting because of the possibility it could compromise their games’ integrity — a big concern ever since the thrown World Series in 1919, where Chicago players conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the games.

CNNMoney (New York) First published November 14, 2014: 2:46 PM ET

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Silver was acknowledging what has been obvious in the world of sports for decades: people like to gamble on their favorite games, and will find ways to do so, no matter what the law says.

NBA’s Silver: Legalize sports gambling – Nov.

Related: Macau trumps Vegas with $270 minimum bets

The National Football League, Major League Baseball and the NCAA did not have a comment Friday on Silver’s position. It is estimated to be a $1.4 billion a year business.

More interest means even better ratings for what has increasingly become the most valuable programming on television.

But beyond those kinds of sponsorship deals, the leagues are betting that the biggest side benefit that gambling will generate is greater interest in their sport

30
Aug

The Next Billion Dollar Opportunity?

Offline gambling is a massive market with validated demand, and many believe online gambling will be llarger. Juniper Research estimates that betting on mobile devices alone will be a $100 billion worldwide industry by 2017.

Betable allows social game developers to add real, working gambling mechanics to their games.

If online gambling laws continue to be relaxed across the United States, it could represent a massive opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors. Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chariman.

Given the lengthy licensing process and regulatory concerns, new entrants are looking to partner with currently existing casino operators.

Concerns over social responsibility will have some consequences on investment considerations in the market.

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MGM Resorts and Boyd Gaming Corp, its partner in the Borgata casino in Atlantic City, have arrangements with Bwin.Party, which runs Internet gambling from Gibraltar.

Chris DeWolfe, a co-founder of the pioneering social site Myspace, is launching a gaming studio with a gambling component. Delaware recently passed similar laws.

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Startups

Some large companies have policies against involvement with gambling, which reduces exit opportunities for companies in the business.

Zynga

Rational Group, the Isle of Man-based company that operates PokerStars, the world’s leader in real-money online poker, acquired the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, one New Jersey’s 12 licensed casinos and will obtain and NJ Casino license with the transaction. Investors include Jeff Bezon’s, Founder of Amazon, and Eric E.

No one seems more qualified to exploit the opportunity than social gaming company, Zynga, with their established user base, expertise in driving engagement and virality, and iterative data driven product development process. They’ve already hired an executivefrom 888 Holdings, a gambling company, begun investing in state and federal lobbying efforts, and have applied for an operator license in Nevada and expect to launch their first real-money gaming products in international markets in the first half of 2013. Nevada’s law, signed on February 21st of 2013, lets land-based casino operators offer online poker only. Overseas, online betting is generating an estimated $32 billion in annual revenue — nearly the size of the United States casino market.

In addition, some large public equity investors, such as hedge funds, have policies against investing in gambling related companies and some general and limited partners of venture capital and private equity funds have similar policies, which could reduce liquidity in private markets.

Many believe that online gambling will soon become as simple as buying an e-book or streaming a movie, and that the convenience of being able to bet from your couch, will present incredible opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Social Responsibility

Partnerships and M&A

In the U.K., Zynga has partnered with Bwin.Party to offer games such as “FarmVille” slots for real-money betting. .

Market size

New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie recently signed a law allowing Atlantic City’s casinos to run websites that take bets on games such as blackjack, slots and poker, but require bettors to be physically present in the state

30
Aug

BET Networks Announces the 1st Annual “Players’ Awards” Premiere Date Tuesday, July 21st at 8:00 P.M.*

(NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the

nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and

public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. Not only will the show have NBA star

power, but will also feature performances by the hottest musical artists

including renowned sports enthusiast and multi-platinum recording artist

Lil Wayne.

Prospect Park is a multi-faceted entertainment company working in music,

film and television, and sports.

The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can

be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom

and sub-Saharan Africa. The first

inaugural show will tape at the historic Penn & Teller Theater in the

Rio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino on Sunday, July 19th.

Player You Secretly Wish was On Your Team:

Stephen

Curry

Anthony Davis

Tim Duncan

LeBron James

Best Rookie

Jordan Clarkson

Zach

LaVine

Elfrid Payton

Andrew Wiggins

. Helmed by legendary

producer and director Don Mischer, along with partners Charlie Haykel

and Juliane Hare, DMP’s credits range from We Are One: The Obama

Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, The Primetime Emmy

Awards, and the Academy Awards; to Super Bowl Halftime shows (Prince,

The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen), the Billboard

Music Awards, and the Opening Ceremonies of both the Winter and Summer

Olympic Games.

Coach You Most Want to Play For

Mike

Budenholzer

Rick Carlisle

Steve Kerr

Greg Popovich

ABOUT NBPA

Best Defender

Tony Allen

Jimmy

Butler

Anthony Davis

DeAndre Jordan

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is the union for

current professional basketball players in the National Basketball

Association (NBA). Along with successful film and

television divisions which include breakout network hits “Salem”, “Royal

Pains” and “Wilfred,” the company’s music division boasts such clients

as Ice Cube, Azealia Banks, Eden xo, and P.O.D. Established in 1954, the NBPA mission is to ensure

that the rights of NBA players are protected and that every conceivable

measure is taken to assist players in maximizing their opportunities and

achieving their goals, both on and off the court. The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) decided to launch the

1st Annual “Players’ Awards” due to the overwhelming response

from its members and all categories have been voted by the NBA’s active

players.

Most Valuable Player:

Stephen

Curry

James Harden

LeBron James

Russell Westbrook

To apply for media credentials for the “Players’ Awards” please email: mediacredentials@bet.net

Clutch Performer:

Stephen Curry

James

Harden

LeBron James

Russell Westbrook

ABOUT DON MISCHER PRODUCTIONS

Don Mischer Productions (DMP) has consistently sought out to produce

programs that share the best of human experience, whether it be through

the work of our most acclaimed artists, the celebration of our greatest

monuments or the world’s most watched events. Serving as

Executive Producers from the National Basketball Players Association are

Chris Paul, NBPA President, Roger Mason Jr., NBPA Deputy Executive

Director, and Jordan Schlachter, NBPA Chief Marketing Officer along with

Prospect Park.

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BET Networks in partnership with the National Basketball Players

Association (NBPA) announces Tuesday, July 21st as the

premiere date for the 1st Annual “Players’ Awards”. For more information,

go to www.nbpa.com.

ABOUT BET NETWORKS

For more information about “The Players’ Awards” visit

BET.com/playersawards.

ABOUT PROSPECT PARK

Global Impact Player

Pau Gasol

Kyrie

Irving

Dirk Nowitzki

Tony Parker

The star-studded event will feature appearances by top NBA players

including members on the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA)

Executive Committee – Chris Paul, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Andre

Iguodala and Anthony Tolliver. and the highly

successful independent record label, Prospect Park Records.

The complete list of the “Top Voted Players” for the “Players’ Awards”

are (names are listed in alphabetical order):

Best Home Court Advantage

AT&T

Center (San Antonio)

Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City)

Moda

Center (Portland)

Oracle Arena (Golden State)

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. Hill, BET’s President of Programming, Connie Orlando, BET’s

Senior Vice President of Music and Specials, and Don Mischer Productions

will serve as Executive Producers for the “Players’ Awards”. BET is the dominant African-American consumer

brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading

Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news;

Centric, the first network dedicated to Black women; BET Digital

Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for

cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection

of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and

video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management

and production company with festivals and live events spanning the

globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for

wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the

United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for

global distribution.

Hardest to Guard

Stephen Curry

James

Harden

LeBron James

Russell Westbrook

Stephen G

30
Aug

Research and Markets: Research Report – Global Online Gambling & Betting Market 2014

Total online gambling revenue in Italy

recently reached a high number in hundreds of millions of Euros, with

poker constituting the largest segment.

- 888 Holdings

- Paddy Power

- Ladbrokes

The regulatory landscape on online gambling and betting is varied. We provide you with the latest

data on international and regional markets, key industries, the top

companies, new products and the latest trends.

- These market reports inform top managers about recent market trends

and assist with strategic company decisions

The spread of online betting and gambling is forcing governments to act

to regulate. In

South Africa, online gambling awaits legalization in 2014.

- William Hill Online

- The authors provide secondary market research: By using various

sources of information they ensure maximum objectivity for all obtained

data. However, offshore gambling websites

are popular among Brazilian gamblers, who spend several hundreds of EUR

million annually on offshore sports betting sites.

- PokerStars

- The author’s international employees research and filter all sources

and translate relevant information into English. In North America and major Asian

countries online real-money games are yet awaiting progress in

regulation. The first

regulated online gambling website in Kenya was launched in 2013. Product Information:

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/pwjr2j/global_online

Companies Mentioned

Global Online Gambling and Betting Market 2014 depicts the latest trends

and developments in the field. Mobile gambling is expected to grow at double-digit

rates and to reach over 40% of the total online gambling market by 2018,

as the number of mobile gambling users increases by a hundred million.

. As a result companies get a precise and unbiased impression of the

market situation.

- Betfair Group

- The analyses, statistical reports and forecasts are only based on

reliable sources including national and international statistical

offices, industry and trade associations, business reports, business and

company databases, journals, company registries and news portals.

About Research and Markets

Research and Markets is the world’s leading source for international

market research reports and market data. The global online gambling market has a current value

estimated at a medium double digit number in billions of Euros, with

growth expected between +7 and 10% annually in the next few years.

In France, online gambling and betting has been legal since 2010, but

many gamblers turn to illegal sites. Among the findings of the reports

researchers is that the online gambling and betting segment is

increasing, enhanced by the spread of smartphones and tablet computers. The

majority of Western European countries have some laws in place to

channel online gambling and betting. This ensures that the

content of the original studies is correctly interpreted.

The major trends in online gambling and betting globally are mobile and

social gambling. In the USA, online gambling is legal only in three states

and in many Asian countries gambling and betting is allowed only in

casino resorts.

Regulation of online gambling and betting in Germany and Russia lag some

of their neighbours. In

Australia, which leads the world in terms of per person gambling, online

sports betting and gambling has been growing by over 30% annually, while

the growth of the total gambling market does not exceed 5%.

Online gambling is only starting to emerge in Africa. Progress in online betting regulation in Germany is

expected in 2014, as several operators have applied for the first online

sports betting licenses.

In the largest Latin American market, Brazil, gambling and betting is

forbidden except for horse racing.

The authors observe: while land-based lottery and casinos still dominate

the gambling scene, online real-money gambling and betting are growing

rapidly.

Regional variations in legislation and acceptance of online gambling and

betting

Trends in online gambling and betting.

- Bwin.Party

Europe has been a leader in adopting regulation regarding online

gambling, but as the activity spreads, new measures are being enacted.

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/pwjr2j/global_online)

has announced the addition of the “Global

Online Gambling & Betting Market 2014″ report to their

offering.

The leading online gambling and betting companies worldwide include

PokerStars, Bwin.Party, William Hill Online, each of which annually

generate online revenues of over EUR 0.5 billion.

Online gambling and betting is spreading in the Asia-Pacific region. For example, a quarter of poker

players chose to bet on unregulated networks.

In North America, online gambling was legalized in three US states by

early 2014, with online gambling revenues surging to millions in the

first months of legal operation.

Italy has one of the most advanced regulatory arrangements regarding

online gambling in Europe