Bill Simmons’ Grantland, the new site by ESPN’s most popular sports writer, has already racked up some impressive bylines since its launch in June: Chuck Klosterman and Molly Lambert have written stories and Dave Eggers and Malcom Gladwell are consulting editors. We just found out that one of our favorite novelists, Colson Whitehead, will be Read More
The tradition of politicians making bets on sporting events has been given a new twist before the Jets’ AFC championship game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Steel City mayor Luke Ravensthal are asking fans to send in ideas about what they think the two cities should put on the line for Read More
Time to cash out, boys: After decades of loose gambling on fast horse races, the Off-Track Betting Corporation announced that all New York City operations would cease. The industry had been suffering from slow profits, and the failure of a support bill in the State Senate rung the death knell for the symbol of Old Read More
The state is once again rolling the dice on a casino in the Catskills. Yesterday, Governor David Paterson signed an agreement with the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans to build a new casino and resort in the economically depressed hill country upstate.
It is not the first time such a project has been attempted — Read More
With time running out to place bets on the novels shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize before the winner is announced on Oct. 12, literary gambling aficionados can now direct their attention to the writers in the running for the Nobel Prize. The spread that’s up on the British betting site Ladbrokes.com has Read More
Last month, we noted that Paddy Power, an online betting website, was giving Rice better than even odds at winning the attorney general’s race.
The Man Booker Prize longlist was announced last week, and now literary gamblers can begin placing bets: Bookies have posted odds on the thirteen contenders. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, The Long Song, and C are leading the pack.
But, wonders The Guardian, what does it all mean? This Read More
Maligned by politicians (including the president-twice) and busted by the boom, Las Vegas isn’t the place you’d think there’d be a lot of optimism.
But Joanne Podell, a Cushman & Wakefield executive vice president, smiled as she headed to her dinner table at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel. Here she’d feast on Read More
The State of New York is nothing if not persistent when it comes to adding slot machines at the Aqueduct racetrack.
And it is nothing if not slower than expected.
In what is now at least the eighth year of attempts to remake the Aqueduct in one form or another, the Paterson administration’s Division of Read More
Apparently fed up with the tortured politicized process of selecting a firm to build a slot machine operation at the Aqueduct Racetrack, Governor Paterson said this morning his administration would simply, by itself, pick a winner through a standard procurement process. This would jettison the unusual process set up years ago for the racetrack that Read More