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Four employees of a Texas company called Fidelity were fired for playing fantasy football at work. Fantasy football involves creating virtual teams out of pro football players, then using the real player’s statistics to determine the results. Pooled money from all participants provides prizes. A Fidelity spokesperson claims the company has strict rules against gambling.
Reuters: Fantasy sports at work spark concerns after report
Fantasy sports leagues are up in arms after news got out that a company called Fidelity Investments recently fired four employees for playing fantasy football while at work.
President of The Fantasy Sports Trade Association Paul Charchian said on Wednesday that the association is concerned that the incident marks the start of a battle between employers and the popular pastime of internet sports betting. Charchian cited a June survey that found 29 million people played fantasy sports in the United States and Canada in the past year, up from 20 million people in 2007.
Fantasy sports games revolve around the statistics or actual professional athletes. Players put together a virtual team and convert the stats of each player into online points, winning money when their “team” performs well. The money comes from participants who pool funds to fuel the games. Many offices tolerate fantasy games, and some even encourage them as morale-builders. Others question shether these games amount to gambling in the true sense.
Cameron Pettigrew, a manager at Fidelity’s Westlake office in Texas, along three other employees were fired by Fidelity for participating in the fantasy sports. A Fidelity spokeswoman said “We have policies in place that address a variety of professional conduct standards for our employees”.
Few details have been released concerning how Pettigrew’s league worked or why Fidelity may have objected to it.
Boston Herald: Fidelity fires 4 in fantasy football
Fidelity Investments in Texas reportedly fired four employees for participating fantasy football while at work.
Cameron Pettigrew, a manager at Fidelity, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram how he and three other employees lost their jobs at the Boston-based mutual fund corporation.
Pettigrew, who worked for Fidelity for 2 years before losing his job, could not be reached for comment.
Vin Loporchio, a spokesperson for Fidelity, said that the company does not comment on current or former employees “out of respect for their privacy and confidentiality,” and would not provide information.
“Our company policies address a variety of professional conduct standards for our employees,” Loporchio said yesterday in an e-mail to the Boston Herald. “Beyond that, however, we would not have anything to add.”
Loporchio told the Star-Telegram that Fidelity has “clear policies” relating gambling. “Participation in any form of gambling through the use of Fidelity time or equipment or any other company resource is prohibited,” the newspaper quoted Loporchio as saying. “We want our employees to be focused on our customers and clients.”
NBC Dallas/Fort Worth: Fired for Tackling Fantasy Football
A broker at a financial company in Westlake, Florida, claims that he lost his job for playing fantasy football while at work.
“I’m being 100 percent honest,” said Cameron Pettigrew. “It’s as ludicrous as it sounds.”
Pettigrew said his former employer, Fidelity Investments, let go of him and three others in October for organizing $20 fantasy football games. Fantasy football is a popular sports game in which participants bet on the performances of real football players.
“I loved my job at Fidelity,” Pettigrew said. “My whole argument is, the punishment didn’t fit the crime.”
Vin Loporchio, a spokesman for Fidelity told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the company has a clear policy against gambling. “Participation in any form of gambling through the use of Fidelity time or equipment or any other company resource is prohibited,” said Loporchio. “We want our employees to be focused on our customers and clients.”
Pettigrew claimed to understand the company’s policy but didn’t think it was enforced. “We had people in management and leadership doing it, ever since the first day I was there,” he said. “I thought it was a rule nobody took seriously.”
Pettigrew is now unemployed and looking for work.
Legislators in Pennsylvania have been making progress with a bill concerning the state’s laws towards gambling. The bill passed in the state House of Representatives on Monday by a very thin margin, and will be up for questioning in the Senate this Wednesday. Complications in the bills passing are foreseeable, as is the case with any legislation.
A proposal to expand casino gambling in Pennsylvania Gambling Laws cleared a crucial first hurdle in the state House of Representatives on Monday by a close margin of 97-95. Most Democrats were in favor of it and most Republicans opposed it.
Supporters of Pennsylvania Gambling Laws will help the state government raise revenue to alleviate tax collections to 12%, and provide jobs in these hard times. Another House vote and Senate approval are needed before it can become law. Approval could occur this week, concluding a state budget agreement and freeing $700 million for universities that is being held by Gov. Ed Rendell until the bill passes.
The measure would raise the state’s number of casinos from 14 to 15 and legalize table games such as blackjack. It’s supposed to raise $320 million over the first 2 years, setting a 14% tax rate on table games and requiring casinos to pay millions in license fees.
The leaders of Pennsylvania’s state universities accused Rendell and House Democrats of holding them hostage by stalling their schools’ subsidy until Legislature approves a gambling expansion.
House Republican leaders opposed Pennsylvania Gambling Laws, as they believe financing state government with gambling money is bad policy. Opponents of the bill said it reeks of back-room deal making.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a controversial table games bill Tuesday, bringing Penn State one step closer to receiving its $334 million state appropriation.
Local representatives were split along party lines on the vote. Gov. Ed Rendell will not sign Penn State’s appropriation into law until the table games bill is passed by both houses of the General Assembly, said Gary Tuma, Rendell’s press secretary.
Tuma said Rendell wants to be certain funds are available for Penn State’s appropriation before signing it into law.
A Pennsylvania Gambling Laws bill to expand legalized casino gambling in Pennsylvania received approval Tuesday from the state House of Representatives. It is almost certain to face changes in Senate as early as Wednesday. Proponents say it will ease state taxes. Opponents say the bill is about doing the gambling industry a favor and is larded with favors for lawmakers’ pet causes while ensuring families will be broken by gambling addiction.
Changes likely to be made in Pennsylvania Gambling Laws include removing the provision that would allow a 15th casino license and adding a requirement that state gambling regulators allow new applications to be considered for the last existing competitive casino license that wasn’t awarded.
A key reform in the bill is the reinstatement of a ban on cash contributions to political causes by gambling industry executives and investors. In April, the state Supreme Court struck down the five-year-old Pennsylvania Gambling Laws, which had been considered a key bulwark against the political influence of the gambling industry.
The agreement will be beneficial to both parties, and Cryptologic will earn revenues based on wagers placed on the games. Following the announcement, the online casino pro shares jumped considerably.
CryptoLogic Limited, an international developer of online casino games and software, just signed a multi-year agreement to license five or more of its best casino games to BetClic, a major European internet sportsbook.
This agreement covers a few of online casino pro CryptoLogic’s best online slot games, which will soon be featured on BetClic’s Games website. The games will be integrated with the help of Gaming Technology Solutions plc, CryptoLogic’s technology platform provider.
President and CEO of CryptoLogic Brian Hadfield said, “The popularity and demand for our industry-leading games remains strong as evidenced by this latest agreement with BetClic, a fast growing European operator. As each new licensee launches our games, we add a new and recurring revenue stream to our business while providing enhanced value and user experience for our partners’ customers.”
Nicolas Beraud, CEO of BetClic, announced, “We are excited about the prospect of adding quality branded content to our current portfolio. CryptoLogic games are instantly recognisable and are developed to the highest industry standards. This partnership further enhances our commitment to offering the best gaming experience to our diverse customer base.”
Cryptologic, a Dublin-based company specializing in online gaming software, is about to sign a deal with Betclic, global online sportsbook operator, and will soon be launching a series of new games in partnership with DC Comics and Paramount Digital Entertainment.
They expected to announce this week that the Malta-based online sports betting company Betclic will soon offer Cryptologic games on the casino portion of their website.
Betclic is primarily focused on sports betting, especially football. The group has businesses in 15 countries and caters to around 1.5 million customers. Betclic is working to develop its casino and poker casino offerings, which have become a standard part of online gambling sites.
Cryptologic has partnerships with DC Comics and Paramount Digital Entertainment (a parent company of Paramount Pictures), and develops games using characters owned by these groups, including Superman and Braveheart.
Shares in online gambling software and games developer CryptoLogic soared after an announcement that they have signed a licensing deal with BetClic, a major European online sportsbook. Betclic will license at least five games from CryptoLogic. This deal will provide recurring revenues for online casino pro CryptoLogic because income is to be based on all wagers placed on the games.
CryptoLogic reported a significant decline in revenues from $50.2m to $29.9m in the nine months prior to September 2009. The loss more than doubled, jumping from $6.48m to $13.5m. The decline was blamed on licensees acting too slowly in launching new games.
CryptoLogic shares are traded on the TSX, Main Market, and Nasdaq. The current online casino pro is half what it was in the middle of September.
While regular mortals either play free online blackjack or low limits at various online casinos, some play for millions.
Tropicana Casino, which prides itself on taming high rollers, and making them crawl home defeated and demoralized, took a drubbing at the hands of the blackjack master.
In April of this year Don Johnson, a famous blackjack high roller, beat various Atlantic City casinos for more than $15 million playing ultra-high limit blackjack card games. He return again in October for a second helping, deciding to visit Tropicana Casino, which fell victim to his elite black jack mastery of the card table in April to a tune of $5.5 million.
Tropicana Casino, which was hemorrhaging from the blackjack high roller’s advanced card counting prowess, had recovered a bit and its owner even sent out a challenge for Johnson to return.
‘The Beast of Blackjack’ or ‘The Atlantic City Assassin’, the nicknames that the world press has christened Don Johnson with, speak volumes of the pure fear that every casino pit boss feels in the pit of their stomach when the mighty blackjack master walks onto the casino floor.
The $5.5 million dollars that Johnson won at the Tropicana in a single day exploded his face and name on television and newspapers throughout the world. In essence making him as much of a star as his namesake, Don Johnson, the actor from Miami Vice episodes of the 1980s.
In October, Johnson the blackjack high roller was back for more and nothing was going to hold him back from unleashing the power of the ancient gods of blackjack upon Tropicana.
He paid a visit yet again to the Tropicana Casino, located in New Jersey, and took $2 million in a death defying two day gambling spree at the blackjack tables. The blackjack high roller’s win was confirmed when Tropicana CEO, Mr. Tony Rodio, admitted that the casino was the victim of the Atlantic City assassin’s fury.
“I went back in and did very well,” the normally press shy Don Johnson stated to reporters. Not bad for two days work.
Source: Blackjack Champ: Blackjack Expert Don Johnson Wins $2 Million at Tropicana Casino
All Slots online casino became even more popular with online slot players at the start of November, when three Swiss internet gamblers each hit a separate online jackpot playing while playing different online slot games.
The trio, who never met before that lucky day, soon discovered that not only did they win at completely different online video slot games but each of them used a different method to even access.
Christel , who won €5,557 used his home internet connection to join All Slots online casino in Switzerland, while Steeve was playing on his Android smartphone and won $5,130 while playing the ultra-popular Tomb Raider online video slot machine, Rene won €5,022 Lord of the Rings online slot while playing right on his Google Chrome browser.
The lucky slot layers have been visiting the online casino for around 1-3 years and so far this is their biggest lump sum take. However they only gambled at the online casino during the weekends or lunch hour and were teetotalers. All three highly recommend both the All Slots mobile casino as well as the online version.
All Slots online casino is currently having a very nice online casino deposit bonus promotion, so go look for yourself what the fun is all about.
November was a great month for one happy player at the always exciting InterCasino when the Cryptologic online slot – Millionaires Club 3 – paid out its bloated $935,000 progressive jackpot.
An online slot player at Intercasino with the screen name of ‘Noura’ from Lebanon was the lucky recipient of the nearly $1 million dollar progressive jackpot from the Cryptologic online slot.
Millionaires Club 3 is an exciting online slot which recently became one of the most popular at Intercasino and has a monster of a progressive jackpot in the middle of the second stage bonus round.
The progressive jackpot was almost hitting the million dollar mark when Noura hit it bick, triggering the Cryptologic online slot with a $10 bet. Noura was unavailable for comment.
InterCasino however was available and has stated that Noura has been a regular player for over five years and this is not her first six figure win from a progressive jackpot at InterCasino by far, but it definitely is the biggest and the only one from a Cryptologic online slot – Millionaires Club 3.
The Head of Casino at InterCasino, Regis Pissot stated that – “Noura has been an InterCasino regular for nearly five years. Noura – our new Crypologic Online Slot Jackpot Queen – is another example of what is possible when you play at InterCasino..The team here is absolutely thrilled that one of our most loyal players is enjoying the ultimate reward. Dreams really can come true.”
InterCasino carries the burden of currently being the oldest online casino in the world, serving online gamblers since 1996. InterCasino’s spotless track record and a customer centric approach makes it a favorite with online gamers throughout the world (and the huge progressive jackpots as well).
Source: JackpotFinder.com – Lucky player celebrates $1 million progressive win at InterCasino
A few months back, promotional online bingo games in Scotland were organized with half a dozen Fiat Pandas offered as the grand prize.
The organizers, with years of experience operating online bingo games were doing their first promotion in Scotland and never realized that some of the locals are not the luckiest people when it comes to vehicles.
It’s the norm to see a large turnout at any event where not one but multiple free cars are awarded to the top tier online bingo winners.
Yet organizers never expected that the real problem will not be the new players unfamiliar with online bingo rules but the actual winners coming up to pick up the cars.
Out of the five online bingo games winners who showed up to pick up their car, the first three came without a driver license and were refused permission to pick up the car.
The fourth online bingo game winner once had a license and knew how to drive – drive too well it seems since his license was indefinitely suspended for almost outrunning a police chase.
The fifth online bingo winner drove up on a giant motorcycle without thinking through what to do with the bike once inside the car. The organizers refused to help him strap the 800cc motorcycle to the roof of the Fiat.
The sixth winner, who plays under the name ‘Big Mama’ never bothered to show up to even claim her car and hasn’t answered her mail, email or telephone for weeks since the day the prizes were awarded.
That day, the shocked promoters were unable to award even a single car and learned that online bingo games in Scotland are sometimes more difficult than imagined.
Yet so far no one has come forward to claim what would be the state’s biggest promotions, with a Winning Powerball Ticket cash prize of monsterous proportions. Officials are beginning to suspect that the USA Powerball Lotto ticket was lost, misplaced, or thrown away.
Officials are even asking folks to go look in drawers, purses, wallets, pockets or inside the car because the winning ticket just has a 180 day life, and after the six months are gone (on Wednesday April 30, 2012), the ticket will expire and become quite useless.
If the ticket is unsigned, then it’s the old “finders-keepers” rule, so just because you haven’t played, doesn’t mean that you can’t win if you happen to find the winning ticket and sign it first.
Overall odds of winning the USA Powerball Lotto jackpot prize are 1 in 195,249,054.
Good luck on your treasure hunt Connecticut!
Pius Heinz, who hails from Cologne Germany, became a professional poker player only earlier this year, against the wishes of his mother, who wanted him to enter the Church. Pius, who enjoys female strippers, schnapps and recreational drugs just said no to the church, and instead spent his time hunting for online poker bonuses.
This year the WSOP Main event has 6685 of the toughest traditional and online poker masters, who each ponied up the $10,000 entry fee for a chance at eternal glory as well as the $8,715,638 first place prize.
The runner up, a Czech player walked away with a $5.43 million consolation prize, not that he will have to weep too much since that’s more money than his entire village made in a century.
The German world poker champion turned out to be an astute businessman, making a deal with the king of online poker – Poker Stars – where he can be found playing so anyone can see if they have what it takes to beat the current world champion of poker.
“I hereby proudly announce that I am the 2011 world series of poker Champion !! I did it for Germany,” shouted Heinze to be overheard above the roar of fans and the din coming from hundreds of encamped international reporters. Pius Heinz not only becomes the first German to win the World Series of Poker.
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