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Majestic Star Casino in Gary to Host Heartland Poker Tour in August

Gary, IN –Heartland Poker Tour (HPT), one of the longest-running televised poker tours in the United States, announced today its upcoming return to Majestic Star Casino & Hotel this summer, August 9th-19th.  Majestic Star, located just 25 minutes outside of Chicago in Gary, IN, has been one of HPT’s most popular stops, hosting the tour each year  since its second season in 2006. 

Submitted by Press Release on, Apr/17/2013

PokerStars SCOOP 2013 Schedule Released: Will be Richest Online Poker Festival

ONCHAN, ISLE OF MAN –PokerStars today released the official schedule for the 2013 Spring Championship of Online Poker, which takes place from May 12-26 and features 44 events (132 tournaments) spread across low, medium and high stakes levels, making it the largest poker festival ever held.

Submitted by Press Release on, Apr/17/2013

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Will Feature $10 Million Guarantee

The Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida, has announced it will be hosting a $10 million guarantee poker tournament this Aug. 22-29.  The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open will be one of the largest guarantees of the year and is certain to draw big name players from around the globe.  Gambling911.com, with headquarters nearby, will be in attendance.

Submitted by Ace King on, Apr/17/2013

NJ Men Arrested for Running Illegal Poker Games Tied to Russian Mob

Yugheshwar Rajkumar of Bergen County, New Jersey, has been taken into custody for his alleged role in running high stakes poker games tied to Russian organized crime. 

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The games were attended by Hollywood celebrities, athletes and high powered Wall Street executives, according to an indictment handed down on Tuesday.  

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Apr/17/2013

Youth Brutally Murdered for Protesting Gambling Racket: Genitals Cut

An Indian youth was brutally murdered for his role in protesting a gambling racket.

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The body of 20-year-old Subho Dhaki was found Tuesday morning at Shibtala in Dhulagarh, Howrah, under Sankrail police station.  His genitals had been cut and placed in his pocket.  Dhaki’s throat was also slashed.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Apr/16/2013

Spiros ‘The Greek’ Athanas Released on $1 Million Bond

One of online sports betting’s most legendary bookmakers, Spiros “The Greek” Athanas, has been released on $1 million bond according to court documents.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Apr/16/2013

FBI Names Poker Hostess Molly Bloom, Others in Massive Gambling Ring Raid

Feds released the names of poker players connected to an investigation into a Russian organized crime ring that held high stakes poker games.

FBI agents arrested several people Tuesday in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and elsewhere as part of the investigation.  Federal agents also searched a Madison Avenue art gallery located within the prestigious Carlyle Hotel.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Apr/16/2013

NY’s Carlyle Hotel Raided in High Stakes Poker Probe With Mafia, Art Ties

A section of New York’s ritzy Carlyle Hotel was raided on early Tuesday in connection to an international multi-billion dollar gambling investigation with alleged ties to the Russian Mafia.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Apr/16/2013

Online Poker Phenom Isildur1 Closes in on $2 Million in Just Over Week

One of online poker’s most famous young players, Viktor “Isildur” Blom, has won over $1.5 million in just over a week.

Following last week’s $1 million in winnings, Isildur1 took in another $548.1 million yesterday playing against another notable online poker, Tom “Durrrr” Dwan.

Blom had sought sweet revenge for a defeat Sunday at the hands of Dwan.

Submitted by Ace King on, Apr/16/2013

Vegas Refunds Celtics-Pacers Season Win Total Bets

In light of Monday’s tragic terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon, Las Vegas sportsbooks have decided to refund all Celtics/Pacers season win total bets, according to Randy J. Bell of Pregame.com.  It was not immediately clear if online sportsbooks would follow suit.

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Submitted by Tyrone Black on, Apr/16/2013

Free-to-Play Online Poker Network Zen Entertainment Acquired

A Swedish gaming company has purchased the troubled free-to-play online poker network Zen Entertainment.

NYX Gaming Group has completed the acquisition according to Gaming Intelligence Report.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Apr/16/2013

Gambling911.com Marketing: Bitar, Bitcoins and Legends Continue to Dominate

Gambling911.com continued to receive plenty of readership traffic April 15 for the latest news on Full Tilt Poker former head Ray Bitar, updates on last week’s Legends Sports bust in the United States and our extensive coverage on Bitcoin’s crazy rollercoaster ride.

Submitted by Payton on, Apr/15/2013

Legends Sports ‘Bookie’ to Remain Behind Bars: Deemed a ‘Fight Risk’

While three of four individuals arrested in Florida for their role in a massive multi billion dollar sports betting ring have been released on bond, one will remain behind bars.

Prosecutors claim Philip Gurian, 51, acted as a “bookie” out of his Boca Raton home on behalf of Panama-based Legends Sports.  The Sun-Sentinel reported Monday evening that Gurian had employees working for him in 10 different states and 6 countries.  He is charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Apr/15/2013

Ladbrokes Shares Plunge: Profit Warning Issued

LONDON (Reuters) - Ladbrokes , Britain's second largest bookmaker, warned investors it expected annual operating profit to fall this year after a poor performance from horse racing and online gaming in the first quarter.

Ladbrokes shares fell eight percent after the unscheduled trading statement, which dashed expectations that the company was turning itself around after problems with its online operations last year.

Submitted by Reuters on, Apr/15/2013

Daniel Negreanu Wins 2013 WSOP APAC and 5th Bracelet

Big name poker pro Daniel Negreanu has won the 2013 World Series of Poker APAC and his 5th gold bracelet.

It has taken Negreanu five long years to win his most recent bracelet.  In doing so he managed to take down 405 other players and win AUD$1,038,825.

The Toronto, Canada native sits among the biggest money earners on the live poker circuit of all time, winning just over $17.5 million in his career.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Apr/15/2013

PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker Would be Permitted to Offer Online Poker in Illinois

Illinois is pushing to legalize online poker as part of a gambling expansion bill.  On Monday it was revealed that both PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker would be permitted to apply for licensing in the state.  The two companies were named in a 2011 indictment.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Apr/15/2013

Full Tilt Poker Founder Ray Bitar Sentenced to Time Served

Full Tilt Poker founder Ray Bitar plead guilty last week to operating an illegal online poker company. 

Bitar who is awaiting a heart transplant and only has 6 months to a year to live without one, will not be serving any prison time.  The former Full Tilt Poker head was sentenced to time served exactly two years to the day he was indicted. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Apr/15/2013

Private Equity Group Sports Betting Bill SB346 Advances in Nevada Senate

A bill to allow private equity groups to place large bets at Nevada sportsbooks has advanced in the state Senate with the Judiciary Committee amending and approving Senate Bill 346 this past Friday.

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Submitted by C Costigan on, Apr/15/2013

Guns, Online Gambling Ensure Bitcoin Staying Power

As long as online gambling remains on the fringe of legality in nations across the globe, Bitcoin should emerge as a viable alternative currency for the industry as more operators come to embrace it.

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And then there are guns.

With US efforts to curb gun sales through expansion of background checks, Bitcoin suddenly becomes more attractive to gun sellers and buyers.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Apr/15/2013

Formula One Group Looks to Acquire Online Betting Exchange Betfair

A private equity firm that owns Formula One motor racing is looking into the possible purchase of Europe’s largest betting exchange, Betfair. 

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CVC Capital Partners confirmed on Monday it was in talks with investors about the possibility of a joint offer for the wagering firm, said to be worth around £800 million.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Apr/15/2013

‘Straight Flush’ Book Details Absolute Poker: Excludes Cheating Scandal

“Straight Flush”, a story of how Montana college frat brothers launched one of the biggest online poker rooms, Absolute Poker, is available for pre-order now.

The book won’t be on shelves until May 28.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Apr/15/2013

B3W Group to Fix Security Flaw in Online Poker Software

B3W Group, based out of Malta, has announced it plans this week to fix a vulnerability recently discovered by two security experts.  The company produces turnkey online casino and poker solutions. 

B3W's software updates itself over an insecure HTTP connection. Updated files are stored without digital signatures, and ".exe" files are not verified before installation. They also found issues with how B3W's software stores passwords on a person's computer.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Apr/14/2013

Sam Trickett and Team Europe Win WSOP Asia Pacific Caesars Cup

The greats of poker from three continents went up against one another down under at the 2013 Caesars Cup.  Ultimately, Sam Trickett’s Team Europe came up victorious.

The event took place at the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific in Melbourne, Australia.

Trickett’s team consisted of fellow Europeans Marvin Rettenmaier, Phil Gruissem, Dominik Nitsche, Sam Holden.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Apr/14/2013

Online Poker Attorney Jeff Ifrah Sued by Client: Claims He Cooperated With Feds

A big name attorney for the online poker and gambling industry, Jeff Ifrah, is being sued by one of his own clients for allegedly withholding information. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Apr/13/2013

Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari Among Chip Leaders at WSOP APAC Main Event

Among the 15 players remaining at the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific (APAC) Main Event were none other than big name pros Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu. 

Russell Thomas was the overall chip leader after Day 3.

15 of 94 players that started out the day have advanced.

There is a AUD$1,038,825 top prize waiting for the winner of the WSOP APAC Main Event.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Apr/13/2013

Gambling911.com Marketing: Reddit, Bitcoin, Sports Betting Bust Give Traffic Boost

As regular Gambling911.com readers might imagine, this week’s news regarding the indictment against Legends Sports and related sports betting busts have resulted in some significant traffic for the site.  Gambling911.com first broke these stories on Wednesday.  Additionally, tons of traffic has been coming in from social media behemoth Reddit.com for articles related to both Bitcoin and Morgan Stanley’s forecast for online gambling. 

Submitted by Payton on, Apr/13/2013

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown 2013: Day 1b Standings

The WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown 2013 is well underway with Micah Smith leading in chips followed by Ebony Kenney.  Big name pros Paul Volpe and Shawn Deep were among the top 10 chip leaders after Day 1b.

205 players entered Day 1a with 75 remaining.  Last year’s Day 1a entries totalled 290 but did not feature a re-entry day.  Volpe busted in Day 1a.

This year has single day re-entry, two starting days and a $5,000 buy-in.

Noteable poker player Mike Sexton busted out earlier in the evening.

He tweeted:

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Apr/12/2013

PlayOLG.ca Online Gambling Website to Launch in Ontario This Year

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) is set to launch its online gambling website, PlayOLG.ca, later this year.

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Casino and lottery type games will be offered to citizens of the province including those in its biggest city of Toronto.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Apr/12/2013

Hearing Delayed for Oklahoma Man Charged in Florida Case

ANADARKO, Okla. (Associated Press) - An extradition hearing has been delayed for an Oklahoma man indicted in Florida over an alleged illegal gambling ring.

Chase Burns is the owner of International Internet Technologies. He faces racketeering and conspiracy charges over several Internet cafes affiliated with Allied Veterans of the World.

Federal prosecutors allege the cafes are illegal casinos - and that those involved have been using the charity as a front for a $300 million gambling operation.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Apr/12/2013

Bitcoin Down 75 Percent: CNN Profiles Currency

The virtual currency Bitcoin was down a whopping 75 percent in just under 48 hours and still falling Friday.

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Bitcoins were down to $61.11 as of 9 a.m. ET Friday. Prices reached as high as $266 per Bitcoin around 7:30 a.m. ET Wednesday.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Apr/12/2013

Breaking News

Ohio Mayor Pleads Guilty to Illegal Gambling, Racketeering

A former longtime northeast Ohio mayor accused of taking bribes in exchange for jobs and running an illegal gambling house has pleaded not guilty to numerous charges.

Lam Still on Lam as Philippines President Takes Aim at Casino Tycoon

Lam Still on Lam as Philippines President Takes Aim at Casino Tycoon

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the arrest of Jack Lam, one of Asia's top casino kingpins, on charges of economic sabotage and bribery, according to the country's police chief.

Sordid Lifestyle of Slain Aussie Mobster Revealed by Ex-wife

Sordid Lifestyle of Slain Aussie Mobster Revealed by Ex-wife

The ex-wife of slain Aussie mobster Pasquale Barbaro says he would read Bible verses to his children during the day and film naked escorts in the evenings.