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Hilton Group PLC wants to introduce Las Vegas glamour to resorts such as Brighton and plans to transform coastal hotels into giant casinos with roulette tables, slot machines and cabaret, The Sunday Times reported citing chief executive David Michels.

 

Hilton, which hopes to revamp its 400-room Brighton hotel by the end of next year, also wants to transform sites in Blackpool and Bournemouth.

 

“You could have mini Atlantic Cities. The hotels in Blackpool and Brighton are both very big, and they have banqueting facilities that can become large casinos. There will be slot-machine areas as well as entertainment and gaming – roulette wheels, craps and poker,” he is quoted as saying.

 

He expects the Brighton site to include 200 slot machines and up to 30 gaming tables.

 

The hotels could attract gamblers by offering machines with unlimited cash jackpots – to be made possible by the changes to gaming laws.

 

Hilton plans to add cabaret and entertainment to attract couples where only one partner is interested in gambling.

 

“If you don’t add the entertainment you are not adding enough,” said Michels. “There are people, for example, who go to Las Vegas and don’t gamble. And in the same way, our resorts must always be an experience and not just a gamblers’ den. Besides which, if you are in a resort like Brighton there are plenty of other things to do if your UFA partner is not interested in gambling,” he added.

 

Hilton plans to target the middle market of occasional gamblers and weekend breakers with its casino hotels.

 

Speculation that Cryptologic Inc. would continue to suffer from credit card issuers blocking online gambling transactions was verified late Wednesday when the firm issued an earnings warning for its second quarter.

 

Shares of Cryptologic, an online gaming software provider, have tumbled 44% since mid-May on concerns the firm’s U.S. business would dry up as more credit card issuers took steps to protect against possible federal legislation banning internet gambling.

 

Gamblers trying to renege on debts racked up online have also made credit card issuers increasingly wary of processing the transactions, analysts said yesterday.

 

The stock closed down for the fourth consecutive session yesterday, ending off 35¢ at a 52-week low of $11.20 yesterday.

 

Citigroup Inc. is the most recent financial institution to announce it will no longer process online gaming transactions, extending a problem which, earlier this year, Cryptologic had suggested would ease.

 

Cryptologic’s lowered guidance sees revenue of US$8.8-million to US$9-million, down from original expectations for US$9.5-million to US$10.5-million. The company now expects earnings in the quarter of 15¢ a share to 17¢, down from original expectations for 19¢ to 22¢.

 

Cryptologic also said it will take a US$9.5-million charge in the second quarter.

 

 

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“Israelis really like playing casino games, they’re quite hooked on it,” said Ira Gladnikoff, vice president of Swedish online gambling company OnGame. She added that Israelis are particularly prevalent visitors on online gambling sites. “That’s why we will be running a site specially in Hebrew, despite it being such a small country.”

OnGame runs the online site www.pokerroom.com, considered the fifth-largest online poker web site in the world. Some 3.5 million surfing punters a day place around $13 million on bets.

The local potential is so great that OnGame will be launching a campaign to teach Israelis how to play the game.

“Initially we will open real [not online] poker classes in Tel Aviv,” Gladnikoff said,”with tutors brought specially to Israel from overseas. Poker is a game that requires 70 percent skill and 30 percent luck, so there is something worth learning.”

Americans account for the vast majority – some 80 percent, according to the VP – of OnGame’s customers,”but there are loads of Israelis that play on the site, and they are considered good players.”

Gladnikoff, a Swedish Jew who has family in Israel, thought up OnGame’s venture in Israel, for which the company is to spend $100,000 in the first stages.

Online poker is estimated at taking in some $2 billion a year in bets, and that’s just part of the phenomena of online gambling worldwide. Another major player in the field is Casino-On-Net, whose software was developed by Random Logic, ironically an Israeli company, based in Tel Aviv. Ironic because according to Israel’s strict gambling laws, punters are forbidden from gambling, even online. The company therefore decided to run its casino from Gibraltar, and the site is barred to surfers from Israel.

Another local online gambling company, King Solomon, found another way round the legal restrictions. The company, which takes in bets of $1.5 million a month and makes profits of $400,000 to $600,000 a month on its site, kings.co.il, runs its online casino from South Africa. Its support services though are available in Hebrew.

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Government is banking on revenues of $1.3 million from betting shops during the next fiscal year, according to the budget that was unveiled in Parliament on Friday.

But Lee Beauchamp, general manager of Seahorses betting shop believe that estimate, which is the same as the amount raised two years ago, is too high. He says it’s more likely to be $800,000, the amount Government expects to raise during the current fiscal year, which ends March 31.

That’s because, Mr. Beauchamp says, fewer punters are willing to part with their gambling dollars at local betting shops because they are subject to a 20 per cent tax.

They are betting instead in tax-free cyberspace. Others avoid taxes by using illegal brokers. All of this means Government is being deprived of revenue.

Mr. Beauchamp said hundreds of Bermudians spent money betting on horses and other sports events at the island’s three betting shops each week, but the numbers are falling.

He has asked Government officials to consider halving the tax or taxing the betting shops directly, but this has fallen on deaf ears.

People still prefer to bet with cash, instead of using their credit cards over the Internet, but not if they have to pay 20 per cent.

Mr. Beauchamp believes he is fighting a losing battle —what Government wants to be seen coming down on the side of gamblers?

But in his view, maintaining the betting tax rate at 20 per cent amounts to a missed opportunity. Lower taxes would keep more gamblers’ money on the island and ultimately means more revenue for Government.

“People are going to gamble no matter what,” he said.…

Soccerphile in the Qiu Qiu Terbaik Emerald Isle

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IRISH EYES ARE SMILING WHEN THE FOOTY’S ON

I’ve just been on a quick trip to Northern Ireland to see relatives but I could not get away from football.

For one thing the Northern Irish are mad about the game, passionate about the Premier League and the big two from Glasgow.

Walk around an Ulster town and you will see more football shirts than in a comparable English town. Travel to Liverpool or Manchester United for a home game and you cannot miss the many Irish accents around.

As it happened, all Ulster eyes were fixed on the telly on Sunday as there was an Old Firm game, a classically passionate affair won by Celtic, the team Irish Catholics gravitate to. Rangers are the Ulster Protestants’ club of choice, their red white and blue colours chiming perfectly with their Union flags.

The Ulster connection with the Glasgow derby remains strong: Celtic manager Neil Lennon is Northern Irish and famously resigned from captaining its national Qiu Qiu Terbaik team after Loyalist death threats (he is Roman Catholic); Celtic fans fly Irish tricolours.

The Northern Protestants, predominantly descendants of 17th century English and Scottish colonisers, support Northern Ireland as their national team while the Catholics cheer the Republic of Ireland, established in 1924 after the island’s partition.

As a classic marker of the complexity of this island’s politics, Northern Ireland wear green and their badge is a Celtic cross with shamrocks, all symbols of Catholics and the South eschewed by hardcore Unionists who assert their British identity. Confused? You are not the only one.

Northern Ireland has traditionally been the stronger but the Republic enjoyed a golden age under England hero Jack Charlton, reaching the last eight of the European Championship and the World Cup. At Euro 2016 both Irelands reached the last 16.

Currently the North is ranked by FIFA slightly higher, 36th versus the Republic’s 39th.

There are also two leagues in Ireland, the NIFL Premiership (Irish League) in the North and the League of Ireland in the South. In 2018 the average crowd in the North was 1,090, in the South it was 2,139, the level of the fifth tier of English football.

The League of Ireland (the Republic’s League) plays February to October, avoiding the worst of the notorious Irish weather. It was the Romans after all who called the place ‘Hibernia’ – Winter Land. It also cannily plays on Friday nights to avoid competition with English football.

The North’s league, the NIFL Premiership by comparison goes head-to-head with English football by playing August to May on Saturday afternoons. Does that partly explain their lower crowds I wonder?

In Derry/Londonderry, the second city of the North, the town’s team Derry City have played in the South since 1972 for security reasons, another curiosity. Local hero James McClean, now at Stoke City following spells at Sunderland, Wigan and West Bromwich, plays for the Republic despite having started in the North’s U21s.

McClean, who hits the headlines every year when he refuses to wear a poppy, was in the press deriding Declan Rice, who had just made his England debut having played for the Republic, the country of his grandparents, since U-16 level up to senior team friendlies.

After an assured debut against the Czech Republic for the holding midfielder, Eire’s loss is surely England’s gain.

A handful of Northern-born footballers have crossed the border for international football, as anyone born in the island of Ireland can obtain an Irish passport, another curiosity.

This small FIFA nation (population 1.9 million) is a football backwater on the wider stage but has produced players like Tottenham legend Danny Blanchflower, Arsenal/Spurs goalkeeper Pat Jennings and until recently Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill.

And the province also gave us one of the game’s greatest ever players in George Best.

It was the Belfast-born ball wizard’s wish that the two Irelands unite on the football field as they have on the rugby one, but unification is not on the agenda of either association, even though it would make sense for many reasons.

Friday night saw Derry City eke past Sligo Rovers at the evocatively named Brandywell Stadium, recently renovated to hold 8,000 and with a 3G pitch, the latter of which I was not too enamoured. Still the Candystripes fans sang and flew giant red and white flags, making for a fun night out.

 

Next door to the Brandywell stands another stadium holding 22,000, Celtic Park, used for gaelic football and hurling.

 

It is easy to forget the draw of traditional sports in Ireland as they do not feature in the rest of the British Isles, but the largest stadium in Ireland remains Dublin’s Croke Park gaelic games stadium with a capacity of 82,000.

 

Another draw in certain parts of Ireland, particularly Munster and middle-class and anglophile areas, is rugby union, which draws sellout crowds to internationals in Dublin. Unlike in football, Ireland are a force in rugby, currently ranked third in the world.

 

Ireland in general is a second division nation in European football at international level and lower tier when it comes to the club game, a situation unlikely to change.

 

There is only so much you can do with a small population and the competing attractions of other sports and a football giant next door, whatever the local fervour.

 

A small landmark will be reached however when Dublin’s Landsdowne Road (capacity 51,700) hosts a first and second round match in Euro 2020.

 

If the Celtic nations or British Isles can combine forces in the future then maybe even the World Cup itself could land on Irish soil.

 

In the meantime visitors can console themselves with talking soccer with locals well versed in the ins and outs of the Beautiful Game, whether over a whiskey, Guinness or Irish coffee.

 

 

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Shimizu S-Pulse lost the Shizuoka Derby against relegation-threatened Jubilo Iwata 0-1 at Ecopa Stadium. A poor game was settled in the first minute of the second half after a terrible mistake from the kick-off by the S-Pulse defence.

 

Shimizu, fresh from defeat in the League Cup, were booed off the field by their passionate support.

 

And Then There Were Six

 

The regular season of the K-League has come Qq Poker Online to an end; now six teams are standing and dusting themselves down in preparation for the championship play-off series.

 

Despite a mid-season dip that threatened to go the way of Seoul’s KOSPI index and head into a plunge, Suwon Samsung Bluewings bounced back to finish in first – just. The Gyeonggi giants took top spot ahead of FC Seoul by virtue of a slightly superior goal difference.

 

The reward for laying claim to the top spots is that the lucky recipients get to watch the other quartet quarrel until one is left.

 

The smart money is that Seongnam will emerge from the dust but anything could happen. The yellows finished in third and host barely-squeezed-into-sixth Jeonbuk. The match-up between fourth and fifth is an all-southeastern affair between Ulsan and Pohang.

 

Winning the first match is just one step. The prize for the two victors is a battle with each other. The winner of that game will head to capital for a one-off match with FC Seoul. The winner of that takes on Suwon in a two-legged final with the K-League title as a prize.

 

It is simpler than it sounds but the process getting to this point was not easy. Going into the final round of games on Sunday, there were a host of issues that had to be settled.

 

Suwon traveled to Incheon. Both teams needed to win –Suwon to ensure first place and Incheon to stay in sixth.

 

Thousands of Suwon fans also made the short journey west and were rewarded as their heroes took control of the game by scoring three very good goals. The first a real beauty courtesy of Baek Ji-hoon.

 

Baek Ji-hoon celebrates

 

Incheon pulled one back with a late penalty but the eventual result was never in doubt. The Suwon players celebrated first place with their fans while Incheon’s supporters quietly left their stadium for the last time this year.

 

“We started this season so well but had injuries and then had a bad run,” smiled Suwon coach Cha Bum-keun after the match. “As a coach, this is the most difficult time but it was good experience for the other players.

 

“I think that the team which finishes first is the real champion,” he added.

 

Suwon had to win as Seoul was waiting to pounce and take top spot if there were any slip-ups. The capital club slipped up itself and lost the initiative in the race for the summit last weekend with a 2-0 defeat at Busan.

 

On the subsequent trip to the southeast, Seoul performed better and was two goals ahead by half-time. Pohang hit back in the dying minutes but it was too little too late. Despite finishing second, Seoul coach Senol Gunes proclaimed that he was happy with the season.

 

“All our players have given everything over the last 26 games. First of all we will give them a vacation and then continue the hard work. We will not make too many changes,” Gunes said.

 

Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma spent virtually the whole season in the top two until the final week. The team simply stopped scoring though managed a 1-0 win at Daegu FC. Even that was slightly disappointing as Daegu may be a city famous for juicy apples and dainty dames but the team is notorious for its leaky backline. The seven-time champion will host Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the play-off.

 

Of all the six teams remaining, Jeonbuk is the happiest to be there. The Jeonju team started the season poorly and spent much of the first half scrambling to stay to climb off the bottom. A great run in the second half of the campaign, culminating in an exciting 3-1 win over Gyeongnam, ensures that the 2008 season is not over in Jeolla Province

 

With Pohang and Ulsan also ready to continue, there is still a great deal of football still left to be played.

 

 

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Australian World Cup saviour Guus Hiddink might this Pkv Poker week have announced his decision to coach Russia after the finals – but for now his undivided attention turns to working his second miracle with the Socceroos.

 

Weeks of speculation linking the in-demand Dutch coach with every managerial position vacant or otherwise ended with Hiddink’s inking of a two-year contract with the Russian Football Association. He will reportedly receive AUD$3.2 million per annum in a deal rumoured to have been bankrolled by billionaire Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich such was his popularity with national team bosses. Unlike the Socceroos, Russia failed to qualify for Germany under coach Yuri Semin and were handed a 7-1 hiding by Portugal during a dismal campaign.

 

Hiddink has also finished his second stint at the helm of PSV Eindhoven after leading them to the Dutch title for consecutive seasons last Sunday. His championship winners signed off in style with a 6-2 thrashing of NAC Breda, the coach’s 200th victory during eight years with PSV. With the Dutch giants already eliminated from the Champions League, the match signalled the end of Hiddink’s domestic reign.

 

With the new Aussie Rules season cranking up and the National Rugby League already in full swing, Hiddink’s departure has gone unnoticed by all but the footballing fraternity down under. It is a harsh indictment on the man supporters are already lauding as the best-ever Socceroo coach after guiding the Aussies to their first World Cup in 32 years.

 

In some ways, Hiddink’s failure to renew his international contract with Football Federation Australia has provoked a typical response. The Dutchman has somewhat adopted the “no worries, mate” mantra himself during his tenure and his departure is seen as merely the inevitable end of a beautiful relationship – no matter that without him the Socceroos will certainly be a poorer set-up. His decision to step in and help on a part-time basis when the team were in the doldrums will always be remembered as a turning point in Australian football.

 

Hiddink, of course, is making little of his repatriation to Roman’s army at this stage. His work with Russia begins with the Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia [a nation he’ll know plenty about after their Group F encounter with Australia] on September 6. His work preparing the Socceroos for the greatest test in their history starts now.

 

His first task will be to utilise the final weeks of the European season to assess his stocks. The major leagues play their final round of matches on May 7 with the 23-man playing squads for Germany to be submitted no later than May 15. Of Hiddink’s likely squad members, only AC Milan goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac could still be in action in the Champions League final after this deadline.

 

He will, no doubt, be pleasantly surprised with what he finds. The form of his key armoury is robust with Mark Viduka, Harry Kewell and Everton’s player of the month for March Tim Cahill all weighing in with goals of late. Former captain Craig Moore is starting to put his injury nightmare behind him at Newcastle United and remains firmly in Hiddink’s thoughts for the opener against Japan. Meanwhile, influential midfielder Josip Skoko – who captained the Socceroos in February’s Asian Cup qualification win in Bahrain – is blossoming in a loan spell at Stoke City.

 

The coach’s major dilemma remains the balance of his defence. Stalwarts Tonys Vidmar and Popovic continue to struggle with injuries or a lack of match practice. Depending on which way you look at it, it might have been a positive factor that Vidmar’s rib injury meant he didn’t feature in the NAC side which capitulated against PSV last weekend. He and Popovic are being pushed hard by Moore, recently appointed FC Thun captain Ljubo Milicevic and even A-League high-flyer Michael Beauchamp for a starting spot.

 

After submitting his final 23, Hiddink then looks forward to his first match in charge of the Socceroos since that famous night against Uruguay last November. He leads the side against reigning European champions Greece at the 90,000-capacity rebuilt MCG in front of an expected capacity crowd on May 25. The squad then head to Holland for a pre-finals training camp – including a friendly against Marco van Basten’s side on June 4 – before heading to their base in Ohringen in Southern Germany.…

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* Scouts: Person(s) who study team plays and/or practice and report findings to handicappers.

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* Steam: When a betting line starts to move quite rapidly; most “steam games” do not necessarily reflect the “right side,” but are games that the mass of bettors somehow decide to key on.

* Score: To make a big win.

* Scratch: To call off a wager.

* Side: When one side of a wager wins and the other side ties.

* Smart Money: Sides that are bet on by the more knowledgeable handicappers.

* Sport Player: A person who waits for what he thinks is an unusually strong wager.

* Star: Rating.

* Steam: When a betting line starts to move quite rapidly. Most “steam games” do not necessarily reflect the “right side”, but are games that the mass of bettors somehow decide to key on.

* The Store: Bookie.

* Steuck: Behind, losing, buried, down for the week.

* Sucker Bet: A bet that is very disadvantageous to the player such as a public opinion game.

* Taking: Wagering on the underdog; taking the odds.

* Totals: Total combined point/runs/goals scored in a game; In baseball, if either of the two listed starting pitchers don’t go the bet is automatically cancelled.

* Tout: Someone who sells his opinions on sports or horse wagers.

* Value: Getting the best odds on a betting proposition; the highest possible edge.

* Virgornish: The commission paid to the bookmaker.

* Wager: Any Bet.

* Wise Guy: A sophisticated gambler.

* Wood: Laying points.

 

SLOTS COULD SPEED UP PIMLICO RENOVATION

 

In his first appearance before a General Assembly committee that could soon decide on enormous profits for his company, the head of a Canadian-based racetrack chain said yesterday that he could rebuild Pimlico Race Course within two years if lawmakers authorize slot-machine gambling. Jim McAlpine, president and chief executive officer of Magna Entertainment Corp., said that if legislators approve slots at racetracks, the revitalization of the home of the Preakness could begin immediately and be completed in about 24 months.

“For sure, Pimlico needs a total rebuild,” McAlpine said. Revenues from slots would accelerate the company’s present timetable, he said, allowing Magna to borrow money against gambling revenues for construction.

 

Magna agreed in July to purchase a controlling interest in the Maryland Jockey Club, which owns Pimlico and Laurel Race Course. Since the agreement, Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. was elected governor, pledging to add slot machines to four state racetracks to help balance the budget and boost the racing industry.

 

McAlpine made a presentation on racing and slots yesterday to the House Appropriations Committee in Annapolis, along with Joseph A. De Francis, president and chief executive of the Maryland Jockey Club.

 

The two men faced questions about recent disclosures that De Francis and his sister, Karin, could collect a share of slots profits for two decades – even after they have sold their interest in the tracks.

 

Del. Howard P. Rawlings of Baltimore, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, said the revelation could raise problems for slots legislation. Some Togel Singapore lawmakers might compare the deal to a proposed conversion of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to for-profit status, which includes millions of dollars in bonuses for executives, Rawlings said.

 

But De Francis said his agreement with Magna has no impact on how much money would flow into state coffers. The partners would split whatever profits remain after all expenses, he said, including money for racing prizes, Maryland’s share for the state general fund, and payments for loans, advertising and other costs. Ehrlich has talked about charging an upfront licensing fee that could yield $200 million to $400 million for next year’s budget.

 

Once slots are fully in place at the four racetrack sites, he estimates they could generate $800 million a year for Maryland’s treasury. But that would require huge slots emporiums with nearly 3,500 slot machines at each track.

 

 

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TEXAS HOLD’EM PUSHING THE LEGAL LIMITS

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The popularity of Texas Hold’em Poker is growing in Michiana and is apparently pushing the legal limits.

 

The rules of the game itself are pretty clear, but the legality of the games being played in the community is constantly being questioned.

 

In Elkhart County, a tournament at the Goshen Moose Lodge allegedly offered a pot in excess of $40,000.

 

It’s alleged that the sponsors did not have a charitable gaming permit. The incident remains under investigation and criminal charges are possible. This is just one example that comes from the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

In Indiana, certain groups can hold a poker tournament in the name of charity, so long as they fill out the proper paperwork and receive the state’s permission. Card players can also play legally on one of Indiana’s riverboat casinos.

 

Beyond that, there are certain risks associated with playing the game in public and a certain level of confusion as to exactly what can and can’t be done.

 

The prosecutor’s office is also concerned about a Texas Hold’em tournament on tap for next month being sponsored by The Bear radio station (WRBR).

 

WRBR operations manager Ron Stryker said, “The concern is obvious, will people be gambling? Not from our perspective. Our perspective is just fun, whoever wins the table wins the table, no money changing hands just chips.”

 

Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill said, “Amongst the calls we had is a call from an individual outside the community wanted to talk about establishing a Texas Hold-em type of format on a regular basis, a for profit operation and was suggesting that the game would not be gambling because poker is not a game of chance, but was a game of skill.”

 

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LINCOLN PARK BRIBERY CASE

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Lawyers in the Lincoln Park bribery conspiracy trial said during opening statements Monday that the case hinged on whether jurors believe gambling executives intended to pay a bribe or a bonus to the law firm of former House Speaker John Harwood.

On the first day of the trial for former Lincoln Park chief executive Daniel Bucci and Nigel Potter, who was a top executive with the park’s London-based parent company Wembley PLC, a federal prosecutor said he would prove the men concocted a $4 million bribery scheme in a bid to expand the gambling facility and dog track.

 

“The motive? Money,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Moore said.

 

Defense lawyers argued that nothing illegal took place. In fact, they said, the proposed payments to the McKinnon & Harwood law firm were never made.

 

Potter, Bucci and Lincoln Park have pleaded innocent to the charges, including wire fraud and conspiracy, outlined in a 15-count indictment. Neither Harwood, a Democrat, nor his law firm were charged.

 

Federal prosecutors say Bucci and Potter conspired to pay up to $4 million over five years to Harwood’s Pawtucket law firm in exchange for political support to add video lottery machines at the park, and to block state approval of a casino proposed by the Narragansett Indians.

 

Potter’s lawyer, Leonard C. O’Brien, and the lawyer representing Lincoln Park said the proposed payments were meant as a thank you to Daniel McKinnon, Harwood’s partner who had represented Lincoln Park for nearly a decade.

 

“Claims (of bribery) are simply mistaken,” O’Brien said. “Nothing nefarious happened here.”

 

The lawyers said Harwood was not involved, and avoided involvement in legislation affecting the track or the gambling industry.

 

The defense lawyers described McKinnon as “extremely valuable” to the park and said the bonus was discussed openly at Wembley PLC board meetings.

 

“The McKinnon issue was discussed up, down and sideways,” O’Brien said. “There were no secrets about this.”

 

The defense lawyers also said their clients consulted outside lawyers and gambling experts on the legality of a bonus payment.

 

Moore told jurors not to buy the defense’s assertion the proposed payments were a bonus, incentive, retainer, or “even an expression of gratitude.”

 

The payments were part of “a scheme or plan to defraud the public of honest services of a public official,” he said.

 

Moore said it didn’t matter whether anyone accepted the bribes, only that Lincoln Park and its executives concocted the scheme, which was allegedly conceived in 2000 and 2001, when Harwood was House speaker.

 

The indictment claims the defendants wanted Harwood and other public officials to influence the state Lottery Commission to approve additional video lottery terminals at Lincoln Park. The machines are similar to slot machines but make their payouts in paper receipts rather than coins.

 

Prosecutors have said Bucci told a Wembley official in 2001 that McKinnon had said he was “sincerely touched by the offer,” but “could not accept a multiyear arrangement.”

 

Tarantino said McKinnon didn’t accept the proposal because he thought it would be seen by the public as an excessive sum and bad publicity for the firm.

 

“He did not believe anything improper was suggested,” he said.

 

But Francis “Skip” Sherman, a former chief executive for Wembley’s U.S. subsidiary, testified on Monday that he told Potter and Bucci “any proposed payment would be improper or illegal.”

 

Sherman was the government’s first witness and was to be cross-examined by the defense on Tuesday.

 

 

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