Gambling News

Facebook Exec Niranjan Nagar to Speak at Social Gambling Conference

Niranjan Nagar, the Head of Games & Apps for Global Vertical Marketing at Facebook, is slated as the keynote speaker at next months’ Social Gaming & Gambling Summit in Los Angeles (taking place December 13-14). 

Nagar is responsible for managing Facebook's marketing strategy for the vertical and for architecting programs to build the category globally. He was most recently the COO at Outspark, a publisher and operator of free to play RPGs.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/17/2012

Booby-Trapped Denver Home Once Belonged to Mobsters

Renovations on an 1891 Victorian home in Denver turned up something shocking this week.  The home, once owned by the Smaldone Crime Family, was apparently booby-trapped. 

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Matt Feeney bought the old home on Osage Street and knew it needed some TLC.  So upon knocking down walls, he made the shocking discovery. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/17/2012

GOP Senate Candidates Received Over $200k in Laundered Gambling Money

Reports have surfaced that gambling money linked to a 2010 GOP takeover of the Alabama Senate allegedly was laundered. 

From the Alabama Political Reporter:

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/17/2012

Lock Poker Pro Annette Obrestad Booked for Aussie Millions 2013

Lock Poker, which will be offering online satellites for the Aussie Millions 2013, already had one of its pros confirmed for the big event.

Annette Obrestad revealed on Saturday she has booked her tickets for Aussie Millions.  Obrestad won the first ever World Series of Poker Europe in 2007.

The Aussie Millions (also known as the Crown Australian Poker Championship) is considered the Southern Hemisphere’s richest poker tournament and one of the most prestigious in the world.  Last year, the first prize award paid out $1.6 million. 

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Nov/17/2012

Penn National Gaming to Split Into Two

NEW YORK -  (Associated Press) -- Shares of Penn National Gaming Inc. hit their highest price since early 2008 on Friday, after the casino and racetrack operator said it plans to split its business into two separate public companies.

It will complete the separation by spinning off its real estate assets into a real estate investment trust. Its gaming business will then stand alone. The split is subject to gaming regulatory approval, which Penn expects to receive in the next nine to 12 months. It expects to complete the spinoff of the REIT in the second half of 2013.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/16/2012

Disgraced Former Full Tilt Poker Head Howard Lederer Files Motion to Dismiss

Attorneys for poker pro and one time part owner of Full Tilt Poker Howard Lederer on Friday filed a Notice of Motion and Motion to Dismiss the Verified Second Amended Complaint with the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. 

The Notice of Motion in part reads:

Submitted by Ace King on, Nov/16/2012

Three More Companies Obtain Nevada Online Gambling Licenses

LAS VEGAS — (Associated Press) - Three more casino operators have been issued a Nevada online poker license.

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The state Gaming Control Board on Thursday approved interactive gambling licenses for MGM Online LLC and boutique firms Z4Poker LLC of Las Vegas and Cams LLC of Los Angeles.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/16/2012

Spain Court Upholds PokerStars Right to Operate Online Poker room

A Barcelona court has ruled in favour of PokerStars and reaffirmed that the world’s largest online poker company has operated legally in the country ever since it began offering its services in 2001.

Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/16/2012

Nick DiVella Stopped From Circulating 'Ban Howard Lederer' Petition at Aria Poker Room

Poker pro Nick DiVella doesn’t believe Howard Lederer should be able to play in live events, at least not at the Aria Poker Room in Las Vegas.

Submitted by Ace King on, Nov/15/2012

BestBet Poker Room St. Johns to Close While Jacksonville Room Thrives

The BestBet St. Johns County poker room in Florida is set to shut down due to declining revenues with much of the staff to be relocated to venues in either Orange Park or Jacksonville.    

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/15/2012

Tribes Want In On Internet Gambling: ‘Preparing to be Active Participants’

Connecticut tribes reacted to news that Rep. Stephen Dargan, co-chairman of the legislative public safety committee, wants to re-evaluate the state’s role in legalized Internet gambling.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/15/2012

Nun of That Now: Archdiocese Principal Responds re Daniel Negreanu Threat

Following Gambling911.com’s report earlier in the day that one Nicholas Cusato had posted about knocking poker pro Daniel Negreanu’s teeth out via Twitter, Neumann-Goretti High School Principal Robert Selg was quick to insist the man in question is not employed by their High School despite Cusato’s assertion on his Twitter page. 

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Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/15/2012

Your Daily Dose of Poker Pro Matt Marafioti Rants: Says ‘F*** You’ to TwoPlusTwo

Poker pro Matt Marafioti continues to rant on via Twitter.  And it we didn’t know any better, it might appear as if Marafioti were auditioning for the next “Rocky” flick. 

His latest spat(s) involve 25-year-old Montreal-based player Pascal Lefrancois, who has won close to $1.3 million in live tournaments to date.

Lefrancois questioned Marafioti regarding his perceived dislike of fellow poker pro Chanracy Kuhn.

If you have trouble following below, don’t be alarmed. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Nov/15/2012

Top Poker Pros Confirmed for 2012 DeepStacks Poker Tour at Mohegan Sun

Friday November 23 will mark the start of the 2012 DeepStacks Poker Tour at MoheganSun. A $400 No Limit Hold'Em Tournament gets the action started at 11:00am hosted by Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi.  

Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/15/2012

High School Coach Wants to Knock Poker Pro Daniel Negreanu’s Teeth Down His Throat

Outspoken poker pro Daniel Negreanu has gotten into it this time with none other than High School Assistant Basketball coach a la Twitter, or so he claims.

The principal of Neumann-Goretti High School in Philadephia confirmed to Gambling911.com following publication of this piece earlier Thursday that one Nicholas Cusato only volunteered briefly at the school and was never employed as an Assistant Basketball Coach as he claims on his Twitter page. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/15/2012

Noah Schwartz Wins 2012 WPT Jacksonville

Poker player Noah Schwartz won the 2012 WPT Jacksonville this week and the $402,970 cash prize that came with that honor.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Nov/15/2012

$67k Up for Grabs at Americas Cardroom as Part of Mini Online Super Series

It's not just the iPad mini that's stealing headlines for packing a huge amount of excitement into such a small package. Americas Cardroom announces the Mini Online Super Series. The five-day event runs from November 15th through 19th and features more than $67,000 in prize money, $25 bounties on online poker pros, four big leaderboard competitions, and a special $1k guaranteed event for the four top performers.

Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/15/2012

Mob Boss Wanted Philadelphia Radio Personality Jerry Blavat Whacked

Testimony continued this week in the trial of reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi with the revelation that he had allegedly vowed to kill radio celebrity Jerry Blavat after reading a 2009 article appearing in the Philadelphia Magazine.

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Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/14/2012

2013 World Series of Poker Schedule Unveiled

The 44th running of the World Series of Poker will begin on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. 

The action-packed schedule which includes gold bracelet events, satellites, cash games and daily deep stack tournaments will run for 49 consecutive days, concluding with the final nine players of the WSOP Main Event on Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/14/2012

Gambling911.com to Attend Social Gaming & Gambling Summit in Los Angeles

One of the biggest events in social gaming is taking place December 13-14 in Los Angeles, the Social Gaming & Gambling Summit, and Gambling911.com, the worldwide leader in Gambling news, has announced it will be in attendance.

The two day event will feature some of the biggest names in social gaming including Facebook, Rocket Play, Bunker Mode, Abode, Bees and Pollen, Blitzoo and so many more. 

Submitted by Payton on, Nov/14/2012

MicroMillions III Madness Starts Thursday with $5 Million Guaranteed

PokerStars, the world’s largest real money online poker room, has announced that its MicroMillions III Madness series is set to begin Thursday November 15, 2012.

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Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Nov/14/2012

Social Gaming & Gambling Summit to Take Place in Los Angeles Next Month

The two-day conference will explore the convergence of social gaming and gambling, as well as its impact on the industry.

Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/14/2012

Chicago Suburb Targeted for New Casino Development

COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, Ill. (Associated Press) — A North Las Vegas, Nev.-based company wants to build a $250 million casino in the Chicago suburb of Country Club Hills.

The SouthtownStar reports the casino operator is making the announcement despite Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of a gambling expansion bill. It’s unclear whether the Illinois Legislature will be able to override Quinn’s veto or pass a new bill.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/14/2012

Cake Poker to Offer Mac Compatible and Online Cardroom With No Download

Great news for Cake Poker players as the company has unveiled a new Mac compatible online poker platform.

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Additionally, Cake Poker will have available a Web version of its card room that will not require any download.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/14/2012

Full Tilt Poker Money for US Players: The Waiting Game

It appears the year-and-a-half long wait for US players to receive monies owed to them by Full Tilt Poker will be extended…indefinitely

Submitted by Ace King on, Nov/14/2012

76-Year-Old Reputed Mobster Robert Gentile to Plead Guilty

HARTFORD, Conn. (Associated Press) — A 76-year-old reputed Connecticut mobster said to have information about the largest art heist in history was expected to plead guilty Wednesday in a weapons and prescription drugs case.

Robert Gentile, of Manchester, has a change-of-plea hearing scheduled in Hartford federal court. He has pleaded not guilty to allegations he illegally possessed firearms and explosives and sold illegally obtained prescription drugs.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/13/2012

Connecticut to Re-Examine Online Gambling

Connecticut, which had dabbled with the idea of licensing online gambling websites earlier in the year, is looking to revisit that option.

Rep. Stephen Dargan, co-chairman of the legislative public safety committee, said on Tuesday his state should jump on the bandwagon come January.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/13/2012

EU Must Act Over ‘Protectionist’ Rule Following Detention of Bwin.Party Founder

The Financial Time’s Jonathan Guthrie blasted the European Union for its failure to act appropriately in light of member nations chokehold over online gambling firms.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/13/2012

Camasino.Com Launches Real Money Online Casino to Coincide With Webcam Poker Room

Isle of Man licensed Camasino.com has announced the launch of its real money online casino lobby.

Camasino, which runs Canada’s biggest land-based poker room, Snakes Poker Club (now rebranded as Camasino.com Poker Room), is offering a $300 bonus to those who open an account.

28 games are being offered that include Blackjack, Craps, Progressive Slots, Multi-Hand Video Poker, Roulette, Chinese New Year and Magical Forest, just to name a few.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/13/2012

Bwin.Party Head Norbert Teufelberger Released After Belgian Detention

Norbert Teufelberger, the co-founder of Bwin.Party, was released following two hours of questioning by Belgian authorities late Tuesday.

Teufelberger had just finished giving the keynote address at the Responsible Gaming Day conference when authorities came and requested he come with them for questioning after the event at 2 pm local time.  Teufelberger did go voluntarily, a company representative confirmed. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/13/2012

Breaking News

DraftKings, FanDuel Exit Alabama Market

Daily fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel have announced their exit from the Alabama market ahead of the state attorney general’s deadline for doing so. 

Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Signed by Tennessee Governor (Update)

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed off on a bill that will make Daily Fantasy Sports in the state legal.

Sports Betting Expert Arrested on Numerous Outstanding Felony Warrants Including Rape

Sports Betting Expert Arrested on Numerous Outstanding Felony Warrants Including Rape

A sports betting expert was arrested this past Thursday on felony warrants that ranged from intimidation to theft to fraud to even rape.