TOKYO (Reuters) – Hit by years of economic malaise that have trimmed jobs and budgets, a number of Japanese local governments are touting casinos as a cure.
The Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) reported on Saturday that at least eight localities are studying the idea of building casinos to bring in much-needed jobs and money.
Tokyo, whose nationalist governor Shintaro Ishihara reportedly strongly backs the idea of casinos, is set to pull together a report on the issue, with estimates of the economic benefits, as early as October, the Nikkei said.
Ishihara has also reportedly called on other governors to work together in lobbying the central government in favour of the plan.
For gambling in Japan is tightly controlled and strictly limited to a handful of events such as horse races. Places such as casinos, where money would be the prize, are prohibited.
Although pachinko gaming parlours are ubiquitous and nearly always full, they cannot provide cash prizes directly. Instead, winners get presents or chips they can exchange for cash.
Several local governments have already put out reports that are likely to set eyes gleaming in many a struggling community.
Estimates by a small city in central Aichi prefecture, some 269 km (168 miles) west of Tokyo, show that, based on overseas examples, the construction of three large UFABet casinos with 150 card and roulette tables, and some 2000 slot machines, could pull in more than 30 billion yen a year.
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“We are seeing bigger bets on the Eagles being matched by a larger number of smaller bets on the Patriots, which is an interesting indicator of who the ‘sharps’ and ‘squares’ are betting on, respectively,” he wrote in an e-mail.
O’Malia said he, too, sees more and more people from the stock market moving into online sports betting.
“They are literally the futures traders of old,” he said. “ … It’s the same mentality and the probabilities change the same way. A guy who knows how to trade stocks knows how to trade sports.”
While the systematic approach of economics and arbitrage theory may be helpful, other gamblers say they rely on instincts developed over years of careful observation.
Mark Royal, 31, an examiner with the Missouri Department of Insurance, said he made $40,000 last year “shopping around different online companies and spotting bad numbers.”
“Some books don’t do a good job of staying on top of the product,” said Royal, who spoke with MSNBC.com on the condition he be identified by a pseudonym. “They don’t notice injuries and don’t notice teams that are hot. At the beginning of the NBA season I got the (Phoenix) Suns at 15-1 to win the Pacific Division and I got the Sonics at 20-1 to win their division.
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Let us be honest, the Euros have been a bit of a damp squib this time around.
Northern Europe has had a wet and cloudy June and this seems to have been reflected on the field of France 2016.
The free-flowing football of Brazil 2014 is a bit of a memory, perhaps a telling comment on the tactics-heavy European teams.
With the possible exception of Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Hungary, there have been no standout games which ebbed and flowed to keep the neutrals enthralled. There have been a couple of thrashings – France racing to a 4-0 half-time lead over Iceland or Belgium thumping Hungary 4-0 for instance, and some very clinical, high-quality Judi Online Qq Games – Italy in the group stage most notably, but not a lot to write home about.
The multi-team format, three times the size of the eight country Euro ’92 in Sweden, has led to some teams deliberately playing for draws (Slovakia against England), fielding weakened elevens (Italy v Eire) or even happily losing 1-0 (Northern Ireland against Germany).
The knock-out stage was supposed to add some spice to the mix and has done to a small extent – Wales’ surprising 3-1 dismissal of Belgium woke the continent up even more than Iceland’s 2-1 win over a soporific and mesmerised England.
Then Germany and Italy provided some welcome comedy in their penalty shoot-out after an exhausting 120 minutes.
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It’s tough being Urawa Reds. The “biggest club in Asia” tag is a difficult one to live down, even if the Saitama giants haven’t come close to winning a trophy for years.
The Reds burst onto the Asian football scene by winning the J. League under the swashbuckling auspices of German coach Guido Buchwald in 2006, before his more circumspect successor Holger Osieck steered the Saitama giants to Asian Champions League glory the following year.
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EURO 2008 SF: Germany 3-2 Turkey, Basel
Boral 22′, Schweinsteiger 27′, Klose 79′, Semturk 86′, Lahm 90′
“They can play games like this, when maybe they are not the best team, and still win. That is why they are so good.”
Fatih Terim, Turkey’s coach, could have uttered these words tonight, but in fact it was Bruce Arena after Germany had edged the States 1-0 in Ulsan in the 2002 World Cup quarter-final.
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Now the Mannschaft have reached the EURO 2008 final with a 3-2 win over an arguably better team, nodding heads are attributing their triumph to simply being German, a synonym for depressingly successful.
A Protestant work ethic (Colombia’s Achilles Heel), physical force and endeavour (Portugal’s downfall), mental toughness (the Dutch weakness), self-belief (count out the Spaniards), efficient organisation (bye-bye England) and a resolve to keep fighting until the end (Au revoir Les Bleus) in an ‘all for one, one for all’ spirit of teamwork have been in the German genes for so long, their roll of honour comes as no surprise:
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A new season kicks off this weekend and see’s the return of Walker’s Word. Another 10 months of non-stop top flight football action begins on Saturday with both the opening and closing matches ripe for picking a couple of shock results at great odds writes David Walker.
Saturday 19 August
Sheffield United vs Liverpool
Sheffield United make their Premiership return after a 12 year absence at lunch time, to kick off another 10 months of top flight action. The bookmakers are predicting a cakewalk for visiting Liverpool, but Blades boss Neil Warnock will have other ideas. During the 2002/03 Carling Cup, United beat Liverpool 2-1 at Bramall Lane, drew 0-0 at home in 1993/94 and beat the Reds 1-0 the previous year in the Premiership’s debut season. Liverpool may have one eye on their Champions League tie against Maccabi Haifa Bandarqq three days later which still hangs in the balance at 2-1 in the Reds favour.
Walker’s Word: A “shock” draw to go against the bookmakers @ 12/5 (Coral)