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Eye on Gambling Online Sports Portal and Forum Founder, Passes Away

12 April 2010 by Devon Chappell

The owner and founder of a popular online sports betting portal, Kenneth Weitzner, has been found dead inside in his Virginia home, along with his wife, Jackie Weitzner. Ruled a double-suicide, the death of the Weitzner’s not only comes as a shocker to the departed’s family and loved one’s, there is also a sense of disbelief brewing within the internet betting industry.

An avid and gregarious voice amongst the ruling elite in the professional sports betting arena, Weitzner was largely known for his podcasts and presence on his online sports betting portal, EyeOnGambling (EOG), which Weitzner used to publish sports betting news and live lines, as well as recruit online bettors for sportsbooks and poker rooms.

Widely regarded as a player advocate and purveyor of strict gambling standards, Weitzner was a friend to online gamblers and sometimes-foe to the Costa Rican based sportsbooks seeking to levy deals with Weitzner – many of whom Weitzner would call out for unethical business practices. The fact is, Weitzner certainly wasn’t afraid to shoot from the hip, which is precisely why some of his colleagues are speculating whether his death was truly a suicide, especially considering the murder of PokerListings.com owner

Another variable to consider is speculation from some of Weitzner’s colleagues that he owed large amounts to business contacts. Whether from gambling debts or business dealings, it’s hard to fathom that Kenneth Weitzner would be strapped for cash. One of Weitzner’s first successful online betting portals, ThePrescription.com (theRx.com) sold for $2 million in 2002. As for EOG, it was and continues to be thriving portal site, no doubt pulling in good money for affiliate referrals.

A tragedy all the same, Kenneth and Jackie Weitzner will certainly be missed by many. Weitzner’s legacy – EOG – will be business as usual, and is currently being manned by one of Jackie Weitzner’s sons. The forums were recently shut down for a designated time period, serving as a moment of silence for the Weitzners.

A touching announcement on all sub-forums reads,”There are times in everyone’s life when the unimaginable becomes reality, thus has been the case for those of us here at EOG. We have lost two wonderful people who touched many lives and will never be forgotten. Before we can begin to move forward from these moments we must first reflect upon our own feelings and personal thoughts regarding this tragedy. While we may never truly know the reasons why this tragedy happened, we will always have with us the fond memories, the laughter shared, and the wisdom given by both Ken and Jackie. We live our lives day to day often forgetting to tell those we love and care about how we feel. If nothing else, take this time to let those you love know how much they mean to you. You never know when it may be too late…”.

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