How American Express Will Save DraftKings

We can all keep burying our heads in the sand and pretend that daily fantasy sports "wagering" is not actually sports betting. We can keep pretending that the ability to choose a winning make-believe roster is somehow more skillful than hitting a multi-team parlay and thus totally not gambling. » 2/16/15 8:56pm 2/16/15 8:56pm

Republicans Take Aim At Internet Poker And Fantasy Sports

It is pretty damn good to be a Republican right now. The GOP controls both the House and the Senate, it owns more than half of the gubernatorial seats in the nation, Obama is close to a zero percent approval rating, and 9/11 truther Pete Carroll kept Marshawn Lynch from being the Super Bowl MVP. » 2/09/15 12:43pm 2/09/15 12:43pm

Who Did The Eliminating In The 2015 Royal Rumble?

This year's Royal Rumble was kind of, for lack of a better term, underwhelming as shit. But it definitely happened, and there were definitely a bunch of people eliminated. Here's a breakdown of who did the aforementioned eliminatin'. » 1/25/15 11:00pm 1/25/15 11:00pm

How To Survive At The Poker Table

Poker used to be cool. From Wild Bill Hickok getting shot up over aces and eights to Paul Newman and Robert Shaw eyefucking each other in The Sting, it has always held a place in American culture as the game you'd find grown-ass men playing in the smoke-filled back rooms of grown-ass places. Blame Norm Chad and the… » 1/21/15 4:57pm 1/21/15 4:57pm

Siena's Willem Brandwijk Shatters A Backboard, Delays Game

It's abundantly obvious that shattering a backboard is the coolest thing that anyone can do in all of sports. Prior to tonight's MAAC basketball game between Siena and Canisius, Siena big man Willem Brandwijk did just that. » 1/16/15 6:50pm 1/16/15 6:50pm

The Knicks Can't Even Beat The Spread This Season

There isn't a worse NBA team than the New York Knicks this season. Their 5-35 record and 15 straight losses have them in the pole position to earn (?) the highest probability of winning the top pick in the NBA Draft and the Jahlil Okafor that comes with that honor. One would assume that betting against the Knicks… » 1/10/15 3:13pm 1/10/15 3:13pm

Can You Beat This Virtually Unbeatable Poker Algorithm? 

The challenge is on. Computer scientists say they've created an algorithm that has essentially solved a version of Texas hold 'em, and it's guaranteed to beat every single puny human competitor in the long run. Don't believe it? Why, you can play against the program yourself. » 1/08/15 9:34pm 1/08/15 9:34pm

Bets And Bullets: A Small-Time Gambler's Death By SWAT

It's been nine years since police in Fairfax County, Va., turned small-time bettor Sal Culosi into a bookie and then killed him, but Culosi's death has been forcibly dragged back into the news, and so has all the unaccountable power-drunkenness that led to it. His killers, we've been reminded, struck again. » 1/06/15 6:29pm 1/06/15 6:29pm

2014 Sidespin Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are upon us, and by that I mean that they're pretty much over already and we are all just mere days away from returning to our dull, meaningless lives without any excuses to drink and be merry around others. So let's dull the pain in our hearts with some gifts for the rest of our Sidespin pals, using this… » 12/24/14 1:13pm 12/24/14 1:13pm

Confessed Gambling Addict Arrested For More Alleged Airport Scamming 

Earlier this year, we were introduced to the strange, sad case of Michael Borovetz, who shared his life story on a poker forum. A chemical engineer who found himself addicted to poker, pai gow, and baccarat, Borovetz found himself reduced to scamming strangers at the Las Vegas airport. He was aware enough to know he… » 12/11/14 4:44pm 12/11/14 4:44pm

Cardinals/Rams: A Betting Guide For Those Who Feel Like Quitting

You know what feels shitty? Spending years working at something only to have it not pay off in the least. I know, we've all been there or some other useless fucking platitude, but save that shit for a motivational cat poster. There's no worse feeling than trying your best and failing. » 12/10/14 10:47pm 12/10/14 10:47pm

Jets Screw Up Game And Cover In Overtime Loss To Vikings

With their season in shambles, and wholesale changes seeming inevitable, the New York Jets could have rolled over today against the Minnesota Vikings. They didn't do that, and took the Vikings to overtime. Then they went and pulled a Jets, losing the game and against the spread in one play. » 12/07/14 9:05pm 12/07/14 9:05pm

Casino Designers Have a Whole New Theory About How to Manipulate You

Why can't you stop gambling? Many people would say it's because the windowless, maze-like layout of casinos is designed to keep you mesmerized by the games. But scientists argue that the most successful casinos keep you playing with a new set of psychological tricks. » 12/05/14 4:29pm 12/05/14 4:29pm

Bookie: Thomas Vanek Had Gambling Debts Of More Than $10 Million

An upstate New York man who pleaded guilty to charges related to running an illicit gambling ring admitted to extorting Wild winger Thomas Vanek, in an attempt to recoup some of the more than $10 million he says Vanek owed. » 12/05/14 1:20pm 12/05/14 1:20pm

Thanksgambling: NFL Picks and Prop Bets

Thanksgiving is the best day of the entire year in America, and that is an objective fact. This is the case because it combines the four best non-sexual things on the planet. In no particular order (okay, maybe in particular order), those things are large quantities of food, all the booze you can drink, loved ones,… » 11/26/14 10:09pm 11/26/14 10:09pm

Mark Cuban Takes Shot At NFL For Its Opposition To Sports Betting

On Friday, a judge shot down a New Jersey law that would have allowed sports betting, to the satisfaction of the four major American sports leagues, all of which opposed it—and all of which profit immensely from bettors' interest. As Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said of every owner and executive, including himself,… » 11/23/14 2:35pm 11/23/14 2:35pm