Betting on Where Lebron James Will Land

Betting on the NBA isn’t over quite yet. July 1st marks the start of the free agency so let’s take a looks at some betting odds released on where some NBA stars will play next season. This year’s list is littered with perennial NBA All-Stars, including Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer. However, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the crown jewel of this year’s free agency class is non other then LeBron James.

Let’s take a look at some of the 2010 NBA free agency betting odds currently posted by some online sportsbooks and analyze where exactly James will call home next year.

Cleveland Cavaliers (-150)
Despite another postseason disappointment, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites to resign arguably the premier player in the NBA. An Ohio native, James has often alluded that staying home and leading the Cavs to an NBA Championship is very important to him. Although it is quite apparent that he’ll need more help to do so, because there just isn’t enough fire-power on the current roster to win it all.

Chicago Bulls (+150)
The Chicago Bulls make plenty of sense as a place for LeBron to call home. After the Cavaliers early exit, plenty of bettors piled in on Chicago reducing their odds to +150, second behind Cleveland. In Chicago, LeBron would have some very talented ad young running mates in Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah. With an ego as big as his vertical leap, could James live in Michael Jordan’s shadow if he chooses Chicago?

New York Knicks (+200)
Let’s face it, athletes of LeBron’s stature make more money in endorsements then they do with their salaries. That’s where the New York Knicks enter the race. Having been maneuvering their roster and salary cap for a couple years now, the Knicks franchise thinks they have what it takes to bring King James to the Big Apple. Going to New York wouldn’t be good for James’ immediate title hopes. Outside of power forward David Lee, the talent on the Knicks roster is pretty ordinary.

New Jersey Nets (+400)
The Nets have a new Russian playboy owner Mikhail Prokhorov, a new head coach in the likeable Avery Johnson, but the same old roster that could only muster up 12 wins last season. To add insult to injury, the Nets are drafting third in Thursday’s NBA Draft despite having the NBA’s worst record. They do have some good young pieces in Brook Lopez and Devin Harris, but even with James, they would have a very difficult time making the playoffs – can’t see LeBron being too excited about that. However, with the Nets moving to Brooklyn eventually, James would be able to cash-in on all off that New York marketing money touched on earlier.

Miami Heat (+600)
If the Heat could retain Dwayne Wade and sign LeBron, they would be instant NBA title favorites. Wade and James would be the most electrifying one-two punch in NBA history selling out seats across the country. It is hard to imagine that the Heat will be able to sign both superstars. Additionally, will both of these players want to share the ball and spotlight with the other? Doubtful…

LA Clippers (+1000)
Los Angeles’ other team is a current betting long shot for James’ services. There is some very good young talent on the Clippers’ roster, including last year’s #1 draft pick Blake Griffin. The Clippers have been the league’s laughing stock for years and the franchise quite frankly seems to be cursed. LeBron would fit in right away with all the glitz and glamor of LA, but is he capable of sharing the limelight with Kobe Bryant. Although it is the second biggest city in the U.S., LA might not be big enough for the two of them.

Student Pay’s Off $60,000 student Loan Playing Online Poker

I thought this might be an interesting article to list since I only started this new site less that 2 weeks ago. This site is all about debt and everything that goes along with it. I barely had this thing up and going and i was getting emails from people telling me their debt stories and I have no place to put them so I figured I would add them on here until i’m ready for them so here it is:

To: whom this may concern,

I noticed you started this new site and wanted to hear about debt and all the stories people have whether good or bad. Well I have an interesting story for you not one that a lot of people would agree with but one that I did and paid off in a big way. I graduated from Ohio state in 2005 and had no idea what i wanted to do in life. I had around $60,000 in student loans and was being “killed” (sorry but I didn’t know what other word to put there) by the interest on the loans as you know many of us students are. I worked my butt off and tried to pay this down during school and didn’t have much luck with the cost of living.

So one day I was surfing around on the net and saw all these articles about online poker and I said what the heck let’s try it out, one site was offering 100% match on my deposit. Now i’m from a very religious home and gambling is not tolerated.

So here goes I deposited $800.00 it was the last of my student loan money and well I was up $500.00 in the first 10 minutes, I thought AWESOME here I go. I played for several hours and didn’t move very much that day. So the next day I woke up and played again I went UP $2500.00. I was darn near rolling over on the floor. So I figured I would go grab something to eat and came home and played again. Now i’m thinking I have issues with gambling. So I figured if I went up anymore I would quit. Well that never came I went down $600.00

On to the next day a Sunday (god’s day)hahah I thought OK i’m gonna win today. I wasn’t playing for 20 minutes and I was broke. I LOST it ALL I didn’t know what to do talk about depressed. So back to the drawing board. I started mowing lawns and was making OK money but the thrill of winning that money playing poker never left my head.

Now that everyone thinks I have a gambling problem I went on and played again FOR FREE this time and went into a FREEROLL tournament(is a tournament you can play and win small amounts of money or entries into bigger tournaments) so I play about 20 tournaments lost them all and started to give up. There was one more tournament at 9:30pm for a free entry into a big tournament. The problem was there were 2500 people playing for this. Well I played and 8 hrs later I won the tournament and I was in to the big tournament.

So the following Saturday is the big day. Well I was late by 30mins I was down big time but I was still in the tournament just sitting out every hand. 7 1/2 hours later I was the winner of $100,000.00 Yes I could not believe it and I still do not believe it but here I am today debt free of $60,000 and off to the wonderful game of life.

Online Poker – High Stakes Action

Origin of poker playing is highly debated, however recent excavations lend a helping hand to the doubt about its beginnings. Cards in Egypt have been found belonging to the late 12th century, while another school of thought credits India to the land where poker originated. There are other pieces of evidence that suggest that poker might not have originated in Egypt or India but in the western world.

Documents maintained since early days in the American civilization show that poker was a much favoured game with the upper class citizens. Legend has it that the game began in New Orleans and spread all the way to Ohio and Mississippi. It was further popularised when extensive rail networks began to develop throughout the land. The game underwent several modifications to be called by nicknames like stud, straight and draw poker which gained fame during the time of the Civil War.

In Europe, the demise of poker was marked as the year the wild card concept was introduced. An example of the wild card was the Joker card and it led to further modification of the poker game. Court ruling in Nevada declared games involving betting as illegal and gamblers could be arrested for getting involved in such acts. California however favoured this game, and gave it legitimate grounds to play the game. Draw poker was favoured because, the player’s skill mattered most and the laws that prevented gambling anywhere within the state were powerless against it. Stud poker was not that favoured due to its dependence on luck of the player over his skill. Due to this, draw poker became the nation’s favourite game and Nevada went along with the tide, cancelling the laws that banned the game. It went so far as to legalise gambling in casinos.

From these bits of evidence it can be inferred that the poker game has stood the test of time and is still the people’s favourite. Although it is a highly modified form that is being played now, it is historically rich, with its own set of stories and puzzles.

– Along came online poker

During its formative years, only the upper-class men played poker mainly because of the affordibility and placing the high stakes. The commoner was a mere witness to it and the situation was worse for those who had just begun playing. A person who wished to play poker had to have a bundle of cash on his person, and also a technical knowledge about the game. Even if their chances of winning are nil, they have to keep a straight face in order that they may not give themselves out to the opponent.

Online poker changed the scenario, and is now a force to be reckoned with, seeing the number of participants turning up for the Poker series. The how’s behind the growth of the online poker game can be easily defined. Online poker has the advantage of having a smaller over-head cost, a player can increase or decrease the number of opponents according to his skill. Online poker is also credited as being more user friendly and requires less skills to play. A player’s current status in the game is flashed to him at regular intervals.

Probably the most important feature in playing poker online, is that there is no need to wear a mask and play the game. There is no need to fear about face-reading when your draw is bad or when you’re about to win. Since its all done through the software, the risks are minimal while the stakes soar high.

Ohio – The New Haven of Casinos!

In the past decade gambling has been brought online and has quickly seen an astounding popularity-a sign that when more accessible to people, gambling easily becomes a sensation. When introduced to the Americans, gambling instantly became popular in United States as many people quickly have gotten familiar with roulette and other games of chance. The Americans availed of the express payment features of Canadian casinos because they have better banking and payment policies than casinos from other countries.

One of the problems Americans face is the inability to cast wagers online, except in a number of states.

Nonetheless, online casinos remained successful even in the midst of the recession as more online participants joined the games and subscribed to the sites raising the revenues in this industry. The US was not oblivious of the success of gaming venues and their impending commercial explosion in the country. As any analyst would speculate, these sites would not exist for such a difficult time and continue progressing without avid support from their players. As more rumors spread, including those talking about the construction of Ohio casinos. It must be noted that there were previously four attempts to approve development of casinos in three Ohio cities – Cincinnati, Toledo, and Cleveland-failed. But casino supporters were adamant in demand for such venues.

Casinos remaining resilient in the middle of the downturn

It is not vague that many citizens lost jobs to recession, and the difficulty of searching for jobs was overwhelming. However, establishment of casinos may curb unemployment by giving jobs to 35,000 people of Ohio. That sounds great considering only very few companies would venture on giving jobs to a multitude. Such industries can pay a huge contribution to the state, considering the many patrons they can attract; thus, increasing revenues as these commercial establishments can pay up to $50 million to the government. Casinos can attract many personalities and celebrities, including celeb basketball players, many of whom wanted to have casinos in Ohio established. Without casinos, Ohio may lag behind other parts of the world where people frolic in game houses.

Ohio has an increasing number of voters who favor the establishment of casinos in its key cities, and this simply means that casino companies are going to see more enthusiasts in the near future. The gaming entertainment is packed by so many people, both amateurs and seasoned pros who only want to spend their pastime taking part in testing their luck or simply watching others play their games in amazement. As more people come to join casinos, this industry is simply seeing a boost. The government sees advantage here, too, because as these companies earn big, they contribute big revenues to the state as well. Hence, casinos hold some relevant economic contribution, not only in employing a huge number of people but also contributing big money to the state in terms of taxes. A good reference to this is what took place in Australia in the 1950s when casinos were legalized in New South Wales. The funds that went to the government were just tremendous, and this country still hold the record for running the most number of internet based casinos. Australia is, indeed, the online casino hub of the world.

NFL Online Gambling History

The NFL (National Football League), is product of the evolution and passion of many football players who throughout history, knew to find the different restrictions or rules that today compose the official regulation of the NFL gaming; also divisions of teams, and calendars of game for present seasons.

This game is the evolution of the well-known London Rugby. It can look similar, but is very different in methods, regulation, and appearance. The America Football keeps competitive essence like any game of teams that faces challenging to make the possible to get a victory against any rival.

This game begins in 1897, is known of several professional teams, but not a way to regulate it, or calendars to organize itself. Teams were only disputed between if, without an objective in common, in fact they were only nomad teams that just play.

Even players change their team as many times they want in a same season, because there was no regulation way. As a result of much disorder in games and players, several team owners consolidated the first regulating association for football. It took place in Ohio, in September 17th 1920, and was called Professional Football Association (APFA). It includes teams like, Decatur Staleys (present Chicago Bears) and the Chicago Cardinals (present Arizona Cardinals).

The recent APFA, had as first action, the creation of a game calendar, the teams did not play equal number of games so nobody have live odds to win something, also many teams played against rivals who do not was submitted in the agreement.

The game regulation first laws were established for transfer the football players and the standings to chose the season winner, the territories for the teams and the tax exemptions. Also increase a number of teams including. The well-known NFL, (National Football League), it changes to their present name in June 24th 1922.

All along history by years, events happen that mark the development of this game as a sport. The famous tax exemptions of football happened, and excellent details like the regulation and organization of teams by divisions. This sport has developed over 100 years of history, conserving the force of a country that grows quickly and strong. Today, anybody can find different ways to enjoy it, like by online sportsbook, by a video game, television, or completely live.

Today, the America Football makes its own space in the society, as an online gambling, as lifestyle and work, as a sport and weekend compromise to share between familiars or friends. This passion is lived from the first game of the season, until the last fan leaves the Super Bowl parking lot.