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Gambling and Sports Betting News Wire - June 12 2019

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Jun/12/2019

Here are today's headlines in the world of gambling and sports betting as they happen - Wednesday June 12, 2019.


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 Person Arrested for Cruelty to Animals and Gambling Charges Twice in Less Than One Month

The Maui Police Department broke up a cockfight in Puunene, Maui. This was in the area of the Hawaiian Cement quarry off Kaimana Road.

About one hundred people were watching a cockfight in progress. Two males were observed each pitting a gamecock that was fitted with a cockfighting weapon.

The two males were identified as 44 year old Shannon Mollena of Wailuku and 50 year old Marino Oliveros of Kahului. They were both arrested and charged for the offenses of Cruelty to Animals in the Second Degree and Possession of a Gambling Device. Their bail was set at $400 each.

Mollena was arrested for the same offenses in a raid in May. That raid was in the same area of the Hawaiian Cement quarry off Kaimana Road.  Source: HONOLULU (KHON2)

Atlantic City Casino Revenue up 22.5% in May

Atlantic City's nine casinos saw their gambling revenue increase to nearly $267 million in May, an increase of 22.5% from a year earlier.

There were two more casinos operating this May than last May, accounting for much of the increase.

The Golden Nugget had the largest increase, up 10.3% to $31.2 million; Resorts was up 4.1% to $16.1 million; and Caesars was up 3% to $22.9 million.

Tropicana had the biggest decline, down 14.6% to $29.3 million; Borgata was down 7.1% to $61.3 million; Harrah's was down 6.7% to $25.6 million, and Bally's was down less than 1% to $16 million.

NJ Sports Betting Beats Nevada

9:08 pm ET - Per David Payne Purdum of ESPN - $318.9 million was bet this May at New Jersey sportsbooks. In May 2018, $315.5 million was bet at Nevada sportsbooks.

Blow to Bitcoin as Banker Issues Warning

2:38 pm ET - With Bitcoin climbing over $8000 once again on Wednesday, a stark warning was issued by a former Wall Street executive.  The Crypto Winter may not be over just yet.

"[I don't see] too much external money coming into the [bitcoin and cryptocurrency] space," the former financial analyst at U.S. banking giant JPMorgan Tone Vays told bitcoin and cryptocurrency trade news site Cointelegraph in an interview this week, warning investors not to trust the recent rally in the bitcoin and crypto markets.

Vays did, however, reiterate his previous statement that he thinks "everyone should have some bitcoin" and that it is unlikely that bitcoin can dip below $2,000 "at this point."  Read More

US Open Betting: Stay Away From Phil...Tiger?  Well....

2:28 pm ET - Ryan Lavner of the Golf Channel has warned not to back Phil Mickelson at 40/1 odds to win this week's US Open.

“Anyone picking Phil to complete the career Grand Slam this week is going with their heart over their head," he warned. "Since his win here in February, Lefty doesn’t have a top-15 finish and lags in almost every statistical category compared to previous years.”

As for Tiger Woods (12/1 odds) there is reason to believe.

Lavner predicts he'll be the winner.  The books will get slaughtered if this were to happen.

“With so few drivers needed, almost everyone in the field will be playing from the same spot in the fairway – that gives Woods, the game’s preeminent iron player, a chance to separate himself from even the likes of Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka.”

Top Affiliate Firm Catena Media Paints Doomsday Scenario With iPhone Move

12:02 pm ET - While it may not quite be the end of the world, Jessica Welman, Regional Content Director for Catena Media, stressed the impacts iPhone’s new policy will have on the iGaming sector.

Apple's new policy goes into effect September 5. 

“HTML5 games distributed in apps may not provide access to real money gaming, lotteries, or charitable donations, and may not support digital commerce. This functionality is only appropriate for code that’s embedded in the binary and can be reviewed by Apple. This guideline is now enforced for new apps. Existing apps must follow this guideline by September 3, 2019.”

Most online sportsbooks and casinos do not conform and some experts believe it will take at least a year to do so.

“I cannot overstate how serious the new Apple guideline is. The online casino industry is being set up to fail, and there is not much time to try and right the ship.”

Catena Media is the largest affiliate conglomerate in the online gambling sector, focusing heavily these days on the legal US sports betting market, which stands to take a significant hit.

Ashlea Doro @7outshooter Tweeted:

Shocking this hasn’t received more coverage. Would be curious to see the amount of professional gamblers/ poker players have iPhones . Sure it’s well over 50%

Player Wins $130K at Seminole Classic Casino Playing Jackpot Game

9:30 am ET - One lucky player won more than $130,000 at Seminole Classic Casino in Hollywood Fla. The player was playing the Diamond Lotto slot machine on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 5 when they won $130,226.50. The player bet $100. The progressive slot machine reset the jackpot to $100,000.

McGregor: Back When Mark Wahlberg Was Marky Mark, I’d’ve Still Slapped the Ears Off Him

9:19 am ET - Conor McGregor wants to take on Mark Wahlberg and BetOnline has posted odds.  But will the fight happen, and what if it doesn't?  What happens to my bet.  Typically online sportsbooks will offer a cutoff point (i.e. December 31, 2019) and if the event is not announced by this time, the bet is refunded.

The fight probably will not happen. McGregor has come under attack for making the challenge.

This was a typical tweet courtesy of Brandon @Alphatarg3t:

Are you really looking for easy high paying fights with people that aren't fighters now?, wtf

Instant Fraud: Consumers See Funds Disappear From Zelle Account

8:38 am ET - Zelle is becoming one of the banking methods used by some online gambling companies, more so as a means to pay affiliates and for agents to send funds to Pay Per Head companies. 

But according to a report appearing on NBC News, the digital payment service embedded in banking apps has made it easier for thieves to access funds in personal checking and savings accounts, experts say.

Fraudsters are creating Zelle accounts in other people's names.

For instance, thieves use spoofed calls, phone calls that look like they’re coming from an individual’s bank, and traditional hacking to access people's Zelle accounts, experts say.

They call claiming to be a representative from your bank warning of an account compromise.

"They wanted me to verify my identity through a text code. So they sent me a text, and then I read the six numbers back," said ChrysanthiRausch, 30, of Columbus, Ohio told NBC News.

The fraudsters then go on to create a Zelle account in her name.  Read More From NBC News

Our Free Picks Record June 12

2019 MLB Record: 16-9-2 (64%) - No Plays Over -160

2018-19 College Basketball Record: 12-9 (57.1%)

2018-19 NBA Record: 7-5 (58%)

2018 MLB Record: 45-35 (56.2%)

2018 NBA Record: 12-4-1 (75%)

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