Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Fans Can Wager On PBA Championships

  Oddsmakers are working to establish the early favorite in the upcoming Rolltech Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) World Championship.
  It's the second year that bowling fans of legal gambling age will be able to wager on the outcome of this championship through sports book venues in Las Vegas and Reno.
  This championship is the crown jewel of the GEICO World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy will be the season's first major championship and it will include the first live prime-time telecast of a PBA Tour event in 14 years when the stepladder finals get underway.
  Reno properties offering World Championship wagering include the Silver Legacy and Circus Legacy. Las Vagas properites offering this wagering include Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo and New York New York.
  Wagers may be placed in person at any of the properties' sports book locations.
  PBA Staff, contractors and World Series participants (members and non-members) are prohibited from making wagers on the event.
  The opening line odds for wagering on the World Championship were established by Jay Rood, Vice President  of Race and Sports for MGM Resorts for MGM Resorts International based on performances in past PBA World Championships and PBA Tour competition in recent years.
  The focal point of the World Championship will be the PBA Tour's ultimate test of versatility and endurance, both physical and mental. The five players who quality for the ESPN stepladder finals will survive a total of 66 games of qualifying and round-robin match play bowled on the PBA's Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and World Championship lane conditions.
  Between the time match plan concludes and before the stepladder finals begin , MGM Resorts International will post a new line so that wagers can be placed for the five players who qualify for the stepladder finals.
  Bowling fans can keep tabs on all the action leading up to the stepladder finals by watching live comprehensive coverage of all preliminary rounds via PBA's online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

  Ed's Outlook

  As noted in our lead story gambling continues as part of the PBA World Championship.
  This is the second year for the World Championship  and adds  more spice to a highly competitive sport like bowling's World Championship.
  It this a good idea? It will be interesting to see if this legalized gambling will have any real effect on how the professional bowlers react to having bowling fans placing bets on their bowling abilities.
  It seems that every time you turn around a new casino is opened and the push is on to allow more and more gambling on sports competition.
  At first glance bowling seems like a natural....you can bet on teams and individuals, but what negative factors now will take place and in what light will professional bowlers be placed in when they step on the lane to roll a money making important shot.
  Bowling rules evolved over the years to insure that equipment meets rigid specifications and all competitions have strict rules.
  History has proven that legal gambling on bowling has never been a goal of many.           

Bowling Comment
   By Mike Luongo

  Instead of a tip this week I'm addressing the subject of gambling and bowling that Ed has written about in the lead story for this weeks column.
  This is a discussion that has gone on at times for many years. Personally, I have been very outspoken on this subject as if putting bowling on the board is the only way to save the sport long term.
  We only have a certain amount of truly die-hard fans that study the game and understand bowling balls, lanes and the physical game.
  The best way to look at this is to compare it to the NFL. The average "fan" has no understanding of the game of football and how it is played at all. The popularity is due to gambling.
  The interest can come from legal gambling, office pools, illegal bookmakers taking bets and the fantasy side. People like action as a diversion to everyday pressures of life.  The growth of casinos proves that the big fancy buildings would not be built if people did not frequent them. Online gambling is also popular in places that it is legal.
  Once professional bowling goes on the board in casinos, bookmakers will pick up on it and it will explode in popularity. The decline in bowling started with the popularity of casinos if people want to check history. The gamblers hung out in bowling centers (many who did not even bowl) to bet on all of the action bowling going on.
  Looking back and having bowled in that environment, we had no idea at the time how much money was being bet on our matches.Many who do not bowl and have no interest in doing so will participate.
  One interesting thing is that bowlers will now be under the microscope as "funny" things can happen to turn a match (fouls, missed easy spares) and with that their integrity challenged. Again, look at the history of other sports.
  The comments above are my own and in no way have anything to do with Storm Bowling as a company or anyone in the organization. I have no idea what the official "company" position is on this subject.
  Mike Luongo is a certified IBPSIA Pro-Shop Operator, Master Instructor, USBC Silver Level Coach and an Advisor-Special Events Assistant with the Storm and Roto Grip Bowling Ball Company. Have a question,  email at mikel@stormbowling.com

   Local Scores

  Beechwood Lanes

  Mon. Villa Roma Ladies League

  Danielle Meyer 178, Beth Schumacher 150, Tracy Puerschner 155, 161, 166, Diane Conroy 152, Lindsey Bauer 162.

  Callicoon Kristal Bowl

  Mon. Hortonville Ladies League

   Darlene Mantzourate 152, 193, Joann Wright 161, 157, Sue Naughton 170, 168, 160, Kelly Gombita 170, Lillian Zieres 170, 166, 169, 505, Chris Burr 162, Eleanor Glassel 153, Debbie Loughrey 153, Virginia Connel 154, 151, Pat Peters 181, 164, 168, 513, Judy Mohn 150, 169, Kim Doty 187, 157, Mardette Wilcox 156, 164.

  Wednesday Fun

  Rich Thony 202, 189, Tim Sykes 223, 186, Mardette Wilcox 172, 218, 171, 561, Scott McGowan 201, Johnny Glassel 185, Bobby Glassel 188, Hoppe Hubert 191, 182, Jack Diehl 228, Craig Stewart 182, Roger Widmann 190, John Fischer 238, Kory Keesler 185.

  Kiamesha Lanes

  Monday Men's

  Jason Jones Sr. 247, Jason Jones Jr. 600, Russell Bivins 279, 649, Kyle Matthews 226, 645, Jim Piontek 254, 606, Josh Strang 630, Pedro Agapito 226, 245, 674, Jaryl Scott 235, 247, 668, Vinny Collura 235, 619, Donny Durland 229, 247, 683, Dan Ricco 236, 613, Mike Weiner 235, 641, Ryan Lepke 228, David Graham 225, 226, 675, Gene Smith 254, 238, 639, Arthur Stevens 229, 625, Lloyd Bridges 268, 236, 687, Jon Wilhelm 237, 246, 696, Robert Feeney Sr. 629, John Lopez 244, 613, James VanAken 245, 689, Jody Farquhar 259, 681, John Hoffmann 611, Robert Stewart 600.

Tues. Mixed Firefighters

  Kevin Stackhouse 234, 267, 690, Eddie Lake 279, 228, 278, 785, Kyle Vanwolde 653, Bob Yakin Jr. 234, Trasey Barres 244, 197, 608, Larry Whipple 225, 661, Peter Scannell 239, Charlie Tuttle 240, 232, 634, Tom Belgiovene 231, 639, Steve Belgiovene 610, Kyle Giordano 225, 290, 757, Rob Kessler 237, John Hoffmann 237, 659, Leanne Mangabang 216, 501, Christie Graham 227, 196, 185, 608, Mary Lee Williams 210, 561, Andrea Grossman 186, 511, Joan Lake 180, 188, 190, 558, Liz Stubits 190, Dave Graham 654.

Thursday Ladies

  Lisa Cartwright 525, Trasey Barres 210, 552, Barb Merton 190, 191, 536, Connie McKenley 189, 189, 529, Loretta VanAken 192, 204, 214, 610, Liz Stubits 505, Christie Graham 191, Debbie Heins 181, Shirley Bowens 200, 516, Dottie Cox 212, 216, 182, 610.

Friday Mixed

  Lauren Blume 190, 198, 540, Doris Castro 504, Julie Chen 187, 218, 523, Angie Desmond 181, 195, 523, MaryAnn Drobysh-Berens 204, 185, 529, Katie Hacker 199, 190, 550, Joan Lake 207, 196, 211, 614, Loretta VanAken 181, 188, 541, Eddie Lake 279, 258, 753, Ryan Lepke 602, Tito Santiago 256, 607, Bill Schubert 235, 233, 673, Keith Smith 227, 630, Kevin Stackhouse 234, 643, James VanAken 266, 682, Larry Whipple 231, 613. 
  Ed Townsend is a Public Relations Consultant to the sport of bowling and brings over 60-years of sports journalism experience in writing and compiling the information for this column. If you have league or tournament information, score a 300 game or 800 series, let Ed know at 845-439-8177, email at edwardctownsend@hotmail.com or fax at 845-205-4474. View this column and Ed's Photos at http://bght.blogspot.com We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

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