Is Sports Betting a Game of Skill?

Sports bettingFamed Las Vegas gambler Billy Walters shared his opinion on the issue of legalizing both poker and sports betting.

“I used to be a professional poker player,” Walters said, “and, they’re right, if you’re a good poker player, it’s a game of skill. Well, betting sports is much more of a game of skill than poker. I’m living proof that betting sports is a game of skill. I’ve won 37 years in a row. If that’s not a skill, then I don’t know what is.”

“They’ve legalized lotteries, and you can walk into an off-track betting parlor and bet on any horse race in the country,” said Walters. “And why can they do that? Because of the horse lobby; the people who control the horse lobby have a lot of juice; so does the poker lobby, but there is no such thing as a sports betting lobby. I think they’ll get poker approved, and hopefully sports betting will be next. People are doing it, and they’re not going to stop. It just doesn’t make sense.”

Walters believes that the National Football League (NFL) is another big obstacle in the fight for legalization. Read the full interview from Covers earlier this year.

Republican Candidates in a Horse Race

Cain or Romney?Watch the GOP Candidates match strides in a virtual political horse race. Pretty funny animation and clearly there is a horse to watch that comes out of this race!

“In the above animation, each horse is a candidate, with its horizontal position representing that candidate’s standing in the polls. Our starting line is March 2010, when the major polling firms began releasing national polls of likely Republican voters on a consistent basis. The horse’s position is the determined by the average of the last five polls, to smooth out the margins of error. The data is gathered from Real Clear Politics’aggregation of major polls. Check back regularly—we’ll [Slate] update the race as new polls come in.”