Issue 326
December 11 - December 17, 2006
Volume 6
page 2

Bet on the Christmas Goat
Press Release

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – For the past 40 years, the small Swedish town of Gavle has erected a giant straw goat to mark the start of the festive season. And every year since 1966, vandals have tried to destroy the goat, creating what has become an annual Christmas ritual of attempting to destroy the straw goat. Now for the first time in the custom's history, is allowing people to bet on whether the giant goat of Gavle will survive through Christmas Day.

As the tradition goes, vandals attempt to destroy the 13-meter (43 foot) high goat usually within days of its creation, with arson being the preferred method, and only 10 times since 1966 has the goat survived intact through Christmas Day. Just last year, two culprits dressed as Father Christmas and a gingerbread man got close enough to the goat to burn it down using flaming arrows. Although constructor's claim this year's goat is completely fire- proof, believes the straw statue will once again be destroyed before Christmas.

While local townspeople have declared that "nobody will get their goat this year," the oddsmakers at Pinnacle Sports think otherwise, listing the odds of the goat's demise prior to Christmas Day as a 2/3 favorite (i.e., win $2 for every $3 bet). Meanwhile, the odds that the statue will remain unharmed and the townspeople of Gavle will awaken with their goat intact on Christmas morning are a slight underdog at 7/5.

"Each year the town of Gavle erects an enormous goat to celebrate the festive season, which commences the battle between vandals trying to destroy the structure and those protecting the goat," said Simon Noble of "Despite coating this year's straw statue in a waterproof, flame-retardant coating, odds are the goat will go up in smoke before Christmas again this year."

The bet offer at is on whether the straw goat of Gavle survives until the stroke of Midnight Central European Time (CET) on the night of December 24th to 25th. If the goat is toppled, removed, withdrawn, or otherwise destroyed before that moment, all bets will be settled as the goat having not lasted until Christmas. Should the goat undergo onsite repairs without being removed from its moorings, while always remaining intact without being toppled on its side, the goat is deemed to be happy, healthy and lasting.





Nevada businesses fight smoking ban
As reported by The Nevada Appeal

NEVADA – "A group of Southern Nevada tavern owners and casino operators have filed a lawsuit to block enforcement of the public smoking restrictions approved by Nevada voters Nov. 7.

"But a temporary order stopping the new law, if approved, would only apply in Clark County.

"The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act was approved by more than 310,000 voters, 54 percent to 46 percent - a victory margin of more than 45,000 votes.

"…The same taverns and small casinos, including Terrible's Hotel and Casino, that fought unsuccessfully to remove Question 5 from the ballot before the election, on Tuesday filed suit in Clark County District Court to prevent it from becoming law Friday. They have argued all along the statute will seriously damage their businesses…"

WPT Enterprises signs sponsorship deal with PartyGaming
Press Release

Los Angeles, Calif. – WPT Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WPTE) today announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with PartyGaming Plc, owner of, pursuant to which they will provide international television sponsorship of the World Poker Tour ® (WPT) and Professional Poker Tour(TM) (PPT). The agreement covers shows produced under WPT Seasons IV, V, and VI and PPT Seasons I, II, and III.

The agreement helps solidify and expand the international WPT brand through PartyGaming's extensive marketing resources, provides valuable promotional opportunities for WPT's online gaming site and, and represents a new revenue stream for WPTE. will receive exclusive in-show branded integration and association with the premier brand in televised poker. The financial terms of the agreement depend upon the number of international territories contracted with, the amount of branded integration within each episode and the number of episodes aired. PartyGaming has also made certain commitments towards online satellites to tournaments and promoting the WPT Academy.

"We are pleased to be creating an alliance with a leading marketer such as PartyGaming," said Steve Lipscomb, Founder & Chief Executive Officer. "This deal represents a win-win for both parties. It aligns WPT and PartyGaming's goals of expanding the international distribution of our programming and helps facilitate the growth of poker worldwide."

Jerry Seinfeld

Caesar's Pallace, Las Vegas, NV: Funnyman Jerry Seinfeld brings his unique brand of "observational comedy" to Las Vegas when he returns for a two-night engagement at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Dec 26-27. Come enjoy a night of comedy at The Colosseum with one of America's best-loved comedians.

Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 26-27
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $75 - $150
Reservations: 1-888-702-3544
For more information: Official Web site



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