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Poker Player Who Lost Prop Bet Gets 99 Character Name Change Approved

22-year-old “Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova” has had his name change approved by the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs upon attempting to renew his passport. 

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Mar/17/2014

BetOnSports Founder Gary Kaplan Assessed $36.5 Mil Tax Bill

BetOnSports founder Gary Kaplan will have to pay $36.5 million to the IRS after losing an appeal.

Kaplan’s attorneys initially argued double jeopardy as he was already ordered to pay the US government $44 million after having served a 51-month prison sentence.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Mar/17/2014

Funeral Set for Las Vegas Gambling Pioneer Jackie Gaughan

LAS VEGAS (Associated Press) - A funeral is set Monday for a Las Vegas gambling pioneer who once owned much of the downtown casino market.

The service for Jackie Gaughan is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Saint Viator Catholic Community.

Gaughan died in hospice care Wednesday at the age of 93.

He was most closely associated with the El Cortez casino, which he used to own. He lived in a penthouse apartment there and was known to play poker in the casino almost every day.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Mar/17/2014

Ifrah Law Wins Dismissal in PokerStars Class Action

Ruling for defendants in plaintiff-friendly jurisdiction likely spells end of class action

Submitted by Press Release on, Mar/17/2014

New York State Senate Approves Gambling in Airports

Albany, N.Y. (Associated Press) - The state Senate is proposing that New York authorize video lottery terminals, A.K.A slot machines, at international airport departure terminals to catch gamblers on their way out of the country.

The airports serving Buffalo, Albany and Syracuse, among others, appear to be out of luck.

The Senate budget resolution says it's for international departure terminals located within a city of one million or more.

That would appear to apply as proposed only to Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York City.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Mar/15/2014

X-Rays Obtained in Alleged Floyd Mayweather Vegas Assault has obtained the x-rays of two men who claim to have been assaulted by boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr.’s crew.


Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Mar/15/2014

Will Bookies Begin Offering Betting Odds on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 carrying 227 passengers mysteriously went missing almost a week ago today, online bookmakers have so far shied away from offering odds on this event.  The more riveting this story becomes, the less some bookmakers may be able to resist.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Mar/14/2014

New Hampshire House Kills Gambling Bill

CONCORD, N.H. (Associated Press) - New Hampshire's House has stuck to its long-term tradition of opposing a casino and killed a bill that proposed licensing one casino with up to 5,000 video slots and 150 table games.

The House voted 173-144 Thursday to kill a bill that was the result of a special commission appointed to study regulatory issues after a casino bill failed in the House last year. The House has repeatedly rejected efforts to legalize casinos.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Mar/14/2014

Caesars Claims Hidden Agenda Behind Mass Unflattering Background Check

Attorneys for Caesars Entertainment are citing newly released information from a Massachusetts Gaming Commission report as the main reason for an “unflattering background check” that prevented the casino giant from landing a lucrative contract in the state.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Mar/14/2014

Ameristar East Chicago to Host HPT in August

East Chicago, Ind. –After a long history of success in Chicagoland, Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) is movin’ on up to a first-class property for their next visit to the area. Ameristar Casino Hotel in East Chicago, Ind. will become home to one of HPT’s biggest events of the year.  An action-packed ten-day series will start with a deepstack event Aug. 8, and conclude with a nationally-televised Main Event beginning Aug. 15. 

Submitted by Press Release on, Mar/13/2014

How Can I Enter the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker

In order to take part in the inaugural New Jersey Championship of Online Poker, one needs to be physically located in the state of New Jersey though it is not necessary to be an actual resident.

The PartyPoker website and all online gambling sites in the Garden State utilize a state-of-the-art geo-targeting system that prevents anyone from accessing the site for real money if logging in outside of New Jersey’s border.

Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/13/2014

New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Promising $600,000 Guaranteed announced this week its first ever New Jersey Championship of Online Poker, available to anyone who has the ability to log into a computer from the Garden State – and that means you Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware residents.  Just get your *ss over the border and play for your share of the $600,000 in prize money with a cool $50,000 going to the winner.

The event will be held in conjunction with the WPT World Championship live tournament at the Borgata Hotel, a PartyPoker partner in New Jersey.

Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/13/2014

Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness Sentenced to 3.5 Years Prison for Tax Fraud

Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness was sentenced Thursday to 3.5 years behind bars by a German court for tax evasion. 

"In the name of the people, Mr Ulrich Hoeness is sentenced for seven serious counts of tax evasion to a prison term of three years and six months," Judge Rupert Heindl told the Munich courtroom.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Mar/13/2014

Bwin.Party Sees Return to Growth Ahead of World Cup: Activist Investor Watches

(Reuters) - Online gambling company Bwin.Party said this year's soccer World Cup would help it to return to growth after problems in Greece and a shift away from riskier markets cut earnings in 2013.

Bwin.Party is concentrating on fewer markets where regulations are more clear cut and is expanding in the United States as gambling rules are relaxed there.

Rival Betfair, another of a cluster of online gambling companies that have grown up over the past decade, is pursuing a similar strategy.

Submitted by Reuters on, Mar/13/2014

Phil Ivey is Not Broke: Participates in Rare Interview (Video)

Phil Ivey dismissed rumors being spread by fellow poker pro Dan Bilzerian that he is broke.

"People can say what they're going to say… I don't really feed into that. His opinion is his opinion… He really doesn't know my financial status,” Ivey said during a rare interview conducted by Bluff Europe.

“Phil Ivey just went broke,” Bilzerian told in a January interview.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Mar/12/2014

New Jersey Governor Christie Backs Away From Online Gambling Forecast

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s aggressive forecast for online gambling revenue was mostly seen as unattainable.  On Tuesday, the Christie Administration backed off those initial projections, relaying its concerns to a leading Democratic leader in the state.

"Given the complex connections between internet and on-site gaming, we do not break down the anticipated total collections between the two sources," state Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff wrote in a letter today to Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen).

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Mar/12/2014

Internet Gambling Growth Slows in New Jersey

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Associated Press) — The growth of New Jersey's Internet gambling market slowed somewhat in its third full month of operation, with the Atlantic City gambling websites posting a nearly 9 percent revenue increase in February.

The 16 online gambling sites had posted a 28 percent gain in January, to $9.5 million. In February, the online sites won $10.3 million.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Mar/12/2014

Bayern Munich President Evaded $18.5 Mil in Taxes: Used Money for Gambling

(Reuters) - Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness stunned a German court on Monday by admitting he had evaded taxes of 18.5 million euros ($26 million) using a secret Swiss bank account - more than five times the amount on a prosecutors' charge sheet.

Once one of Germany’s most admired managers, Hoeness apologised and appealed for leniency at the start of a trial in a case that shocked Germany and prompted other tax dodgers to turn themselves in.

Submitted by Reuters on, Mar/12/2014

Las Vegas Gambling Pioneer Jackie Gaughan Dies at 93

(Associated Press) - A Las Vegas gambling pioneer who once owned much of the downtown casino market has died. John "Jackie" Gaughan was 93.

Clark County coroner's officials say Wednesday that Gaughan died in hospice care.

Gaughan is most closely associated with the El Cortez casino, which he used to own. He lived in a penthouse apartment there and was known to play poker in the casino almost every day.

He has also been associated with the Showboat, the Golden Nugget, the Pioneer and Boulder clubs, the Flamingo and the Royal Inn.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Mar/12/2014

‘Mob Wives’ Star Ex-Hubby Testifies Against Gambino Associate in Murder Trial

The ex-hubby of “Mob Wives” reality star Renee Graziano took to the stand Tuesday to testify against former buddy and Gambino mob associate Luigi Grasso.  

Admitted killer Hector Pagan says he pulled the trigger and killed Luchese associate James Donovan outside a Gravesend body shop in 2010.  But Pagan knew enough about Graziano that he agreed to become a Mob turncoat in return for a reduced sentence.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Mar/11/2014

Massachusetts Weighs in on Web Gambling

BOSTON — (Associated Press) - The head of the state's gambling commission suggested on Tuesday that lawmakers hold off on key decisions about Internet gambling until after the panel completes the process of awarding casino licenses in Massachusetts.

The commission convened an all-day hearing to examine the potential impact of online gambling should it be legalized in the state. Lawmakers and gambling regulators worry that it could take a bite out of revenues currently produced by the state lottery and that are expected to be generated by taxes on casinos in the future.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Mar/11/2014

Online Poker Room Now Offering 24 Hour Payout Guarantee

The management of the Chico Poker Network are once again thrilled to announce that, after their acquisition of the network, they can now put out a very strong and positive message to all players at! They are offering 24 hour payouts, guaranteed - via Skrill, Neteller and EcoPayz, to all their players online!

Submitted by Press Release on, Mar/11/2014

PokerStars Launches 2nd WCOOP Challenge Series with $9 million Guaranteed

ONCHAN, Isle of Man  – PokerStars today unveiled the schedule for a second WCOOP Challenge Series that will take place at the end of March. The World Championship of Online Poker spin-off series is scheduled for the weekend of March 28-30 and consists of nine tournaments, with a total guaranteed prize pool of $9 million.

Submitted by Press Release on, Mar/11/2014

Mark Jones Picks Up $90k, HPT Title

Rancho Mirage, CA - Canyon Lake, California business owner Mark Jones had his work cut out for him at HPT’s latest stop at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa.  The recreational player faced a tough field including many top pros such as Phil Hellmuth, Greg Raymer, and HPT’s Player of the Year Allen Kessler.  Advancing to his first Final Table, Jones faced accomplished players with millions in career winnings to his $150k.

Submitted by Press Release on, Mar/11/2014

Van der Sloot to be Extradited to US in 2038: Killed Woman During Poker Tour

A citizen of Aruba who killed a young Peruvian woman while attending the Latin American Poker Tour in 2010 will be extradited to the US in 2038.

Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/11/2014

British Poker Pro Sam Trickett Teams Up With Everest Poker

Having won nearly $20 million during his live poker career, British pro Sam Trickett has teamed up with Everest Poker as its new ambassador. 

Trickett will be playing in Everest Poker tournaments and provide coaching for customers of the online poker site.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Mar/11/2014

Bad Weather Hits Casino Revenue in Snow States

Arctic winter weather continue to chill the gambling business across the midwest and eastern states. 

Submitted by Payton on, Mar/10/2014

Tribes Position Themselves Ahead of New York Casino Expansion

BUFFALO — (Associated Press) - With New York state about to take bids for its first non-Indian casinos, tribes have been upgrading their existing casinos and exploring new ones.

The Seneca Indian Nation, which operates three casinos in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Salamanca under a 2002 compact with the state, bought 32 acres outside Rochester last week for a potential fourth location.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Mar/10/2014

Poker Tournament Shot Clocks Could be Introduced Soon

The World Poker Tour has announced that it plans to introduce shot clocks to its tournaments similar to that which appear during NBA games.

The WPT began polling players at last week’s LA Poker Classic in order to determine if the shot clocks were a viable option.  80% of those asked liked the idea of a shot clock.

Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/10/2014

Dan Gosling Admits to FA Misconduct: Broke Gambling Rules

LONDON (Associated Press) — Newcastle midfielder Dan Gosling has admitted to a Football Association misconduct charge related to multiple breaches of betting rules.

The FA says Gosling has requested a personal hearing and a date had not been set.

No details of the case have been revealed publicly. Players are prohibited from betting on matches in competitions they are involved in or have any influence over.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Mar/10/2014

Breaking News

Mafia Planned to Infiltrate Malta Gambling Sector

Mafia Planned to Infiltrate Malta Gambling Sector

An anti-Mafia investigation in Palermo uncovered “advanced plans” by Mafia clans to relocate their underground activities through online gaming companies in Malta, the Times of Malta is informed.

Doyle Brunson Said to be Doing Some ‘Serious Back Peddling’ in POTUS Bashing

Doyle Brunson Said to be Doing Some ‘Serious Back Peddling’ in POTUS Bashing

Once a big supporter of US President Donald Trump, poker legend Doyle Brunson has made it clear he’s not exactly thrilled with Trump since he’s been in office.  This sentiment was relayed in a tweet Thursday, making reference to this past Tuesday’s Alabama Senate race.

Caesars Bans Player for Being Named in Legendz Sports Indictment

Caesars Bans Poker Player for Being Named in Legendz Sports Indictment

A player suing Caesars Casino for allegedly banning him had previously worked for the now-defunct Legendz Sports, a company the US Government forced to close in 2013. 

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