Gambling and the World of 666

Money is the product of greed and it is in everyone’s sight that has not the knowledge that God provides for us. The world runs on money and without it one is destitute and unable to survive in what has become the world of 666. Most, however, have not the knowledge or know how to make it in quantities they expect they would need to provide them a good life. That is why they enjoy taking short-cuts with their dreams as motivators to gamble.

Those who engage in it are easy prey for some to extract their money and make big profits. The addiction to gambling is an acquired taste and once hooked it becomes a life-style the victims cannot escape. It’s a drug that changes the brain to require more and the main thing behind it is an evil force that will eventually rob those so afflicted of everything they own.

Over and again the stories of those who have gone down this path are highlighted in the drunks who occupy the streets and often sleep under bridges or on park benches. Spending time recently speaking with some homeless men in my city of Canberra, Australia, the nation’s Capital, there is a common thread running between them.

Mostly they come from homes that have rejected them and from broken marriages. They all have bad attitudes towards society which can be blamed on their circumstances. They have reached a point in their lives where they no longer trust anyone and they are vulnerable to forces beyond their control. They live with evil and they are the victims of same.

The governments tolerate gambling and many encourage it. Likewise they allow the alcohol because these things go together and revenue is obtained that makes the rest of society work. This is a tragedy and one most are powerless to stop.

Constantine, emperor of Rome, established the Catholic Church in 325 AD and he put up the image of Jesus Christ as its Saviour. He also introduced the Trinity God, which became its focus along with the Mother God of Babylon, Mary, the sun-star. He was Islamic and the Amorite of the bible (Amos 2:9) and the one identified as 666 (Revelation 13:12-18).

The world over which his methods still rule is corrupt, evil, full of drugs, and it creates victims who are prone to gambling and such. They are targeted by the rich and easily fall victim to anything that might make them money. They are destined to lose out and their future is set if they go down this path.

Fantasy Football – A Lesson In Monetizing Anything

Attention entrepreneurial spirits – the following would have seemed as fictional as Star Wars to our grandfathers, not to mention Vince Lombardi. However, it’s all true and there’s a valuable lesson in this – you can monetize anything!

Congratulations to the NFL. They’ve found a way to keep a huge fan base despite the myriad off the field issues they seem to shrug off weekly. The referee strike of 2012 and the inept replacements? Forget it – that didn’t even register on the NFL fan’s “List of Things to Care About. ” How could it? This is a league that has recently seen popular players either indicted or found guilty of domestic violence, rape, child abuse, and murder. Nice guys, huh? In short, there is NOTHING that would keep us from tuning in each Thursday, Sunday, and Monday (in my lifetime, I am sure there will be a game on every night of the week). TV ratings suggest this monster really IS too big to fail.

So why do we do it? It’s not because we care about who wins or loses the actual game. Some of us do, but we’re now in the minority. No, the wins and losses are not even the second reason. Sports gambling, though illegal in most states, WAS what kept the NFL atop the list for sports fans. People gamble nearly $10 billion on the Super Bowl alone. Imagine what a full season brings in. The joke used to be something like “Daddy’s favorite team is the Dolphins and he wants them to win by less than 4 points.” However, because gambling has such a negative connotation in society, people don’t talk about it much, and certainly not when they lose.

The thing that will help the NFL remain the king of the hill indefinitely turns out to be the photo negative of gambling. It’s Fantasy Football, and it’s nearly reached the point where we can remove the word “Fantasy” from the name. It’s quite real, and it’s here to stay. Gambling is illegal because it’s considered a “game of chance.” Wagering on Fantasy Football is legal because it is considered a “game of skill” (don’t ask me who decides these things, but it’s true). Gambling is ugly because it can ruin people’s lives when they lose. Fantasy Football is innocent and fun, even though the same amount of money is spent on participating, and yes, half of it is lost. With gambling, there is only money. With Fantasy Football, there is money, but also funny team names, trophies, and bragging rights. It’s market norms versus social norms, once again. Unless you live in one of the few states where gambling is legal, it takes connections to people with connections to partake. Participating in Fantasy Football only requires an internet connection and as little as a $1 investment.

Fantasy Football’s roots can be traced back to the 1960’s, but that was a different world. It wasn’t until the last 10 years, thanks entirely to the internet, that it took flight and became a craze… and a SERIOUS business. About 40 million Americans are playing some form of Fantasy Football this year, and they are spending approximately $2 billion to do so, but that’s just the beginning. When you consider the entire industry, the empire that is Fantasy Football is estimated to be worth more than $50 billion! And it’s going to continue to grow. Everybody’s doin’ it. I play, my friends play. Heck, even NFL players play! Just this week, one NFL player tweeted “I’m probably going to lose my fantasy football matchup this week cause (Adrian Peterson) can’t play Sunday for disciplining his child… ” Really.

While you won’t hear announcers talk about point spreads, they frequently refer to Fantasy statistics. The crawl at the bottom of the TV screen is now devoted to the new national pastime. As big as the NFL has become, it recognizes that it NEEDS the Fantasy Football element to keep its brand healthy, so they go out of their way to promote it. There are magazines, books, radio shows, and TV shows devoted to it and there is even a TV series based on a group of friends tied together by their Fantasy Football league. Only in America!

On-line Fantasy Football sites are raking in money, capitalizing on the popularity of this “game of skill.” One of the most popular sites boasts that it pays out more than $10 million per week. Considering they are cleverly charging 10% on every dollar to facilitate the thousands of contests among strangers, it’s easy to calculate how a company like this can quickly become worth millions almost overnight. And it’s not just NFL football. Most of these sites provide the forum for “Fantasy” baseball, hockey, basketball, golf, and the major college sports.

The lesson in all of this is simple – If you build the site, they will come, and they will come with dollars to spend. Find the product that people are crazy about and make it available to them on-line, in any form you can. If you don’t have the product itself, write a book about it. If you don’t want to write a book, write an article and sell it. Position yourself as an “expert” (whoever questions that anyway), and you’ll command a price.

Now, if you’ll excuse me. It’s nearly game time and I need to root for my kicker’s offense to move the ball down the field to the 30 and then get stopped. Strange thing, this Fantasy Football.

The SP Bookmaker

The term SP Bookmaker means Starting Price Bookmaker which generally refers to receiving bets at fixed odds or starting price.

This type of gambling was legal in Australia only for licensed bookmakers working on course meaning at the racetrack. In the 1930’s with the radio and telephone in full swing the races could be heard without going to the track. Lots of people liked to have a punt on the horse racing but often could not go to the track to put on the bets.

The Melbourne Cup was well known by the Australian punters and everyone wanted to have a small bet.

This being the case it made it very difficult for most people to put a bet on if they could not get to the track.

The Illegal SP Bookmaker, it could be anybody. It could be a small timer operator run by a single person taking minimal wagers from one or two friends including neighbours, family members, workmates etc.

Runners as they were known who would go around the neighbourhood collecting wagers from clients in their own houses, at the local hotel, in back streets and so on. Cockies short for Cockatoos who would be placed in positions of high points and other keen viewing advantages to warn Runners and Bookmakers of approaching law authorities.

Then there was the large scale telephone based SP Bookmaking ring involving people answering phones all day long taking thousands of bets worth thousands and thousands of dollars just in one day.

Of course this was all illegal but the authorities were slow to act and did not realise the magnitude of money being generated by this activity in the racing industry. In fact police often turned a blind eye to this as it seemed harmless and was in fact the SP Bookmaker supplying a service to the public.

Eventually the Government finally caught onto it and realised something lucrative was happening in this part of the racing industry. They also realised that it was not generating any taxes and therefore a Royal Commission was launched in 1959.

In 1961 due to the Royal Commission an Off Course Totalisator Agency Board was introduced.

This now resulted in some of the money that was being wagered on racing bets being returned to the racing industry. Punters could now place bets without fear of the law.

As time went on TAB Agencies were showing up everywhere, Hotels, Clubs, shopping centres and so on.

The racecourse Bookmaker still had short comings. In Australia legalised Bookmakers were unable to operate off course shops similar to other countries around the world. So the majority of bookmakers were only allowed to take bets from people at the track up until the 1990’s.

The death of the SP Bookmaker and the final nail in their coffin is near.

Corporate bookmakers were then able to offer another alternative to the punter thanks to new legislation. The Northern Territory Government could now issue Licences offering phone and online gambling to the Bookmakers. Online Bookmakers are now legal and bets can be placed with them from customers in Australia and overseas on all Australian racing and sporting events by almost any means.

With all this new legislation and control by the Governments of Australia the SP Bookmaker slowly died out. They are no more.

To place a bet now, you can use your mobile phone to ring your local legal Bookmaker at the track or at his office, have a credit account with them if you wish. You can place a bet on via the internet with one of many online bookmakers, go to the local pub and use the TAB, place a bet using your TV remote control handset while watching the race or even do something different, go to the racecourse and have a bet with an oncourse bookmaker.

Who will be next to die, not the oncourse Bookmaker I hope.

Obtain Evidence Of A Gambling Addiction For Litigation

Are you are in the process of custody litigation and need to prove that your ex has a severe gambling addiction? If so there are ways for you to obtain that evidence and present it in court in support of your custody case. you may know that they have a gambling addiction but the court will want solid proof and evidence, not just your accusations.In fact if you are making too many accusations and cannot back them up with proof it can work against you and bring your credibility into question.

When you are seeking joint or full custody or your child or children the court my order a professional to evaluate your situation. The evaluator will take many things into consideration including such factors as addiction. There are many different kinds of addictions, drugs, alcohol, sex, pornography and gambling. In this article we will examine gambling addiction and how private investigators can obtain evidence of a severe gambling addiction so that evidence can be used in your custody evaluation or litigation.

The court ordered custody evaluator will take addictions into consideration because of the adverse affects addicts have on children and stability in the home. If you can prove addiction you can win custody.

Today gambling addictions are worse than ever before because in 20011 we have literally hundreds on Internet gambling sites. Anyone with a severe gambling problem will have several accounts with online betting, sports book,card gaming and race book sites. So the fact that there are so many online sites that require you to register and sign in using an valid email address. Makes it a very simple investigation for an Internet investigator that is trained in tracing email address back to secret online gambling sites.

The Internet investigator will take the suspects name and email address search thousands of Internet gambling sites. Until he obtains a list of Internet gaming sites the suspect is associated with. Once the investigator returns a list of addresses that the suspects email has been registered with then it is a very simple matter for a divorce or custody attorney to subpoena the financial records of the gaming site. This will show how obsessed the person is with gambling and the amount of time, money and focus they are spending on their addiction.This kind of evidence will be very valuable in a custody litigation or court ordered evaluation.

Copyright (c) 2011 Opperman Investigations Inc