According to the American Gaming Association Americans are illegally betting over $150 billion
dollars on sports every year! And no one is paying a penny of taxes on the $150 billion! The
reason is obvious; only four states in America have legalized online sports betting: Oregon,
Montana, Nevada, and Delaware. Of course, casino-type of online betting is legal in a few
New Jersey is taking the lead in an effort to overturn the Amateur and Professional Sports
Protection Act of 1992, and recently, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case. In 2011,
New Jersy voters showed their approval towards sports betting, but in an amazing twist, the
NHL, NBA, NFL, NCAA and Major League Baseball sued and successfully stopped the legalization
of online sports betting in New Jersy.
If New Jersy fares well in the US Supreme Court, it will definitely open the floodgate of
new legislation in other states. In fact, already, several states have introdced bills
that would legalize online sports gambling in West Virginia, New York, Hawaii, Connecticut,
Maryland, Michigan, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania
Things are heating up now with lawyers across the country giving their opinion on how
the New Jersy case will be received in the US Supreme Court. Arguments are scheduled
to being in a few days on December 4th, 2017.
Rainbow six Siege is one of the best tactical shooter games based on a Tom Clancy novel.
The game is published by Ubisoft. Rainbow Six Siege was first released in December 2015
for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. As with all Clancy’s novels, the
game put a heavy emphasis on property destruction, and refreshingly, teamwork among the
players rather than the players having the main goal of killing each other.
Each player takes on a role of either ‘hostage rescuing’ or “bomb defusing”, (among
others). And each game session features a series of short missions that can also be played
solo. The playing solo option-feature attracts many of those that are turned-off by
all the toxicity in the online multiplayer environment.
There are plenty of non-player characters with which to deal, such as, the White Masks,
a terrorist group that is a dangerous and constant threat.
The good news for seasoned players is the Rainbow Six Siege is getting more characters
and also a new map scheduled for release in early December 2017. The new map is called
Tower and it takes place in a skyscraper in Seoul. Initially, there will be three floors
for the players to defend from an attack force which is outside but trying to infiltrate.
You can expect a lot of doors blasted off and a lot of broken glass flying through the air!
Skyrim is the fifth episode in The Elder Scrolls video game series by Bethesda Game
Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. When Skyrim first launched, it was
hailed as one of the best RPG of all time! The game shipped over seven million copies
to retailers within the first week of its release
Recently it has been remastered and re-released for the Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4,
and PC. What’s really new about this latest version of Skyrim is that it has been
adapted to virtual reality and named Skyrim VR!
Just in case you are not acquainted with The Elder Scrolls Skyrim, the game-play centers
around the player saving the world from a dragon, (Alduin the World-Eater), that could
actually devour the entire planet. Skyrim is the name of a province in this fictional world.
The setting of Skyrim VR consists of wilderness expanses, dungeons, cities, towns, fortresses
and villages. In the game, the player is allowed to roam anywhere by several modes of transport
include a warp drive feature that puts the player anywhere previosly discovered in an
Of course there are quests involved and there are non-player characters that might either
assist with those quests or get in the way of a player’s progress.
Just a few days ago, Pennsylvania’s Gov. Wolf signed into law a state law that legalizes
and regulates online gambling. This law allows the existing land-based casinos in the
state to buy a license for all forms of online gambling. The price? $10 million!
Some of the wagering activities legalized are:
Video gaming terminals at truck stops
Daily fantasy sports
Sports betting (with a change to federal law)
Tax rates on gaming revenue:
54 percent for slots
16 percent for poker
16 percent for table games
Since there are twelve land-based casinos in PA that will buy into the licensing, the state
should take in about $120 million in the first year in fees. But what about revenue in the
following years? Industry officials say the tax revenue for PA will be similar to other
states that have legalized online gambling. Some are estimating at the above tax rates the
state will receive $400 million in taxes over five years.
Pennsylvania actually has a short history regarding legalized gambling. For example, just
ten years ago, there were no land-based casinos in the state, now there are twelve. Even
more amazing is that Pennsylvania is the 2nd largest gambling economy in the United States.
Battle for Azeroth will be additional game-play for World of Warcraft, (WoW), lovers.
It is set to be released sometime in 2018 and the developers are promising quite a
huge change in battle-play!
According to game director Ion Hazzikostas there will be two new continents for
everyone to fight over, take over, and make over. That’s a lot of property and
we are sure there will be many fierce battles in order to acquire even a small
piece of the pie.
The Battle for Azeroth game-play will take place on the high seas and will include
trolls, pirates, and other malicious misfits. In addition to the two new continents,
Battle for Azeroth will include a level cap of 120, six new races to unlock, ten
new dungeons, and new warfronts, such as, a group of twenty players try to siege a
Each of the new continents contains three zones identical to Legion with the level
scaling feature. When and if, you reach the level of 120, the oppossition’s zone
becomes available to conquer.
Another new element in Battle for Azeroth is that the Artifact weapons have been
retired and replaced with some sort of necklace called the Heart of Azeroth.
The scenerio: You’ve heard over and over about PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds,
(PUBG, for short), viral online game sensational hit, but you don’t have
regular access to a PC, you just have your Xbox! What to do?
Relax, the game is coming to you! In only a few weeks, (Dec 12th), PUBG will
be released for the Xbox and most Xbox owners are probably camping outside
their local game-store in order to not miss it.
PUBG is probably the biggest thing since sliced bread. It has sold over two
million copies per month in it’s first five months. On some days, there
are over two million gamers playing the PC version. It is the most played
game on Steam, (the company that hosts many popular, online games);
PUBG is a FPS, (first person shooter), type of game patterned in the ‘battle
royal’ game genre. The play of the game takes up to one hundred simultaneous
players that parachute into a ‘battle zone’ which shrinks smaller and smaller
as some of the players are eliminated. The last man, (or woman), standing
is the winner.
Some game experts are saying that PUBG will be the top FPS game of 2017 and
it certainly has a shot at that elite position, but there is also a lot
of competition in the field. We’ll see.