Gambling News

Maryland Live Casino to be Open 24 Hours

(Associated Press) - Maryland's largest casino will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Maryland Live! at Arundel Mills Mall unlocked its doors for the last time on Thursday morning.

Previously, Maryland casinos could be open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. But an expansion of gambling approved by lawmakers in August and voters in November included the expansion of hours for the state's casinos.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/27/2012

Poker Pro Joe Sebok Now Crushing Grapes

Having won a mere $24,792 playing in live tournaments over the past two years, poker pro Joe Sebok has decided on a bit of a career change:  cultivating grapes. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Dec/27/2012

Phil Ivey Cleans House at PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker

One of the biggest money makers in poker, Phil Ivey, added to his bankroll the day before Christmas with a $460k pay day.

He won the monies between both PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.  Ivey began playing at Full Tilt earlier in the month following more than a 1-and-a-half year absence.  Ivey plays under the new handle “Polarizing”. 

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Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Dec/26/2012

Gambling Addict Pretending to be Rugby Player was ‘Too Fat’

Christopher Hoare, age 30, claimed to be playing for the London Wasps Rugby team.  The staff of a London hotel where Hoare racked up a £2,400 bill became suspicious, however, as he appeared far to "overweight" and "out of condition" to play such a physically demanding game. 

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Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Dec/26/2012

Texas Gambling Supporters Ready Despite Long Odds

AUSTIN, Texas — (Associated Press) - Supporters of casinos and expanded gambling in Texas say they're more united before the upcoming legislative session, but their proposals will still face long odds.

The Austin American-Statesman reports ( http://bit.ly/W1Pweb) that previous pushes for more gambling have failed when groups representing different interests have fought each other. Political consultant Bill Miller tells the newspaper that won't happen when the Legislature meets next year.

Texas has a state-run lottery and betting on horse and dog racing.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/26/2012

iDate 2013 in Las Vegas to Feature Google, CBS News, Federal Trade Commission

Those in the gambling sector might be interested in attending iDate 2013 in Las Vegas this coming month (January 16-19, 2013).  Don’t be fooled by the name.  One of the best presentations at their recent Miami event was from search engine giant Bing.com.  Anyone who is even slightly involved in SEO or affiliate marketing should consider attending.  And, yes, Google will be there.

Submitted by Payton on, Dec/25/2012

Is Joey Porter Really a Degenerate Gambler Deadbeat

TMZ.com this week posted a story on NFL superstar Joey Porter being a degenerate gambler and a deadbeat to boot

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Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Dec/25/2012

Astrologer Enlisted to Help Poker Pro Daniel Negreanu Find Love (Video)

One of the most famous poker players, Daniel Negreanu, is set to appear on the Bravo reality series “Millionaire Matchmaker”. 

Patti Stanger founded the Beverly Hills-based "Millionaire's Club" in 2000 to cater to wealthy men looking for partners.  In the episode featuring the Canadian poker icon, Stanger enlists a psychic to help find Daniel true love. 

And Negreanu may have been tapping into his inner Nostradamus last month. 

The poker pro tweeted in November:

Submitted by Ace King on, Dec/25/2012

Americas Cardroom Tops Online Poker Payment Processing Report

The $1 million in guaranteed money that's on the line in Americas Cardroom's Online Super Series this January will be paid out in record time, if this month's payment processing report is any indication.

Submitted by Press Release on, Dec/24/2012

New Jersey Potential for Legalized Online Poker Causes Zynga Shares to Slide

Zynga’s shares fell 3 percent as lawmakers almost unanimously voted for a bill that would allow online gambling in New Jersey.  Next stop, Governor Chris Christie’s desk where there appears to be a better than 50 percent chance he will sign off on the measure. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Dec/23/2012

Leagues, NCAA Can Move Forward With New Jersey Sports Betting Suit

NEWARK, N.J. - Four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA are poised to move forward with their legal fight over New Jersey's plans to allow sports gambling.

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That comes after a judge on Friday rejected arguments that the leagues couldn't prove they would be harmed if the state proceeds with the plans.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/23/2012

Poker Maximus IV Announced by Carbon Poker

As part of Carbon Poker’s exciting new MTT schedule, Poker Maximus IV will be running this coming February 7th - 17th, incorporating 37 events, with over $1.2m in GTD prizes!

Submitted by Matt Skinner on, Dec/22/2012

Online Poker Bill Reintroduced in California

A bill to legalize online poker in the state of California was reintroduced by State Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Los Angeles).   

SB 51 would allow for five year licenses to be handed out to Indian Tribes, poker clubs, horse racing associations and others. 

Wright has presented similar bills since 2009, none of which made it through to the Senate committee. 

Tribal casino operators still expressed frustration over the current draft legislation.

Submitted by Ace King on, Dec/21/2012

PokerStars Becomes One of First Regulated Online Poker Companies in Germany

ONCHAN, ISLE OF MAN – PokerStars announced today that it has become one of the first regulated online poker operators in Germany, having been granted a license from the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. 

PokerStars will soon offer real money cash games and tournaments under the new license, enabling players to test their poker skills against the global community of online poker players for fun and for profit. 

Submitted by Press Release on, Dec/21/2012

Playtech May Complicate William Hill Takeover of Sportingbet

LONDON (Reuters) - British bookmaker William Hill has rejected a claim by joint venture partner Playtech that it should share in the benefits of a planned takeover of online gambling group Sportingbet.

The intervention by software group Playtech has complicated a deals seen as pivotal in the overseas expansion of William Hill, Britain's largest bookmaker.

William Hill is spending 454 million pounds to acquire Sportingbet's Australian operations and an option to buy its business in Spain.

Submitted by Reuters on, Dec/21/2012

Hero Poker Eyeing New Networks: Temporarily Closes and Transfers Accounts

Hero Poker doesn’t appear to be completely done as the company’s CEO claims he will at some point move his website to another poker network.

Submitted by Ace King on, Dec/20/2012

7Red Sports Alive and Kicking Despite Reported BetIslands Purchase

A representative for 7Red Sports insists his company has nothing to do with beleaguered BetIsland and it is business as usual.

An individual representing himself as the owner of now defunct BetIslands.com announced earlier in the month that his sportsbook had just purchased 7Red Sports.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Dec/20/2012

Pros Could Start Buying Up Condos in NYC, Philly With NJ Online Poker

With news Thursday that the New Jersey Senate had passed a bill to legalize online gambling by a margin of 33-3, one has to wonder about a positive economic impact that may not have initially been entered into the equation:  a real estate boom!

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Submitted by C Costigan on, Dec/20/2012

New Jersey Senate Gives Final Approval to Internet Gambling Bill

As was to be expected, the New Jersey Senate voted in favor of a bill legalizing Internet gambling in the Garden State. 

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S1565, an act authorizing Internet wagering at Atlantic City casinos under certain circumstances and amending and supplementing the "Casino Control Act", P.L.1977, c.110 (C.5:12-1 et seq.). passed in the Senate almost unanimously, 33-3. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Dec/20/2012

William Hill Acquires Sportingbet: Expands Into Australia

LONDON - (Reuters) - William Hill, Britain's largest bookmaker, expanded into the large Australian gambling market when it and partner GVC Holdings agreed a 485 million pound ($789 million) deal for Sportingbet on Thursday.

William Hill is paying 454 million pounds for its share of the deal - giving it Sportingbet's Australian operation and an option to acquire its Spanish business.

Smaller partner GVC will take on the remaining businesses, which are in countries where regulation is less clear cut and investment risks are higher as a consequence.

Submitted by Reuters on, Dec/20/2012

Breaking News: Online Gambling Bill to Receive Final Approval Today

ATLANTIC CITY  — (Associated Press) -  New Jersey lawmakers are expected to give final approval Thursday (December 20, 2012) to a bill legalizing Internet gambling within the state's borders.

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Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/20/2012

Hero Poker Latest to Leave Merge Network: Player Accounts to be Transferred

As the Merge Gaming Network continues its consolidation process as a means of becoming more lean and stronger, the latest skin to make an exit in so many weeks is the boutique online poker room, Hero Poker.

Submitted by Ace King on, Dec/20/2012

PokerStars and Casino Gran Madrid to Open New Poker Room

Onchan, Isle of Man - PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site, has reached an agreement with Casino Gran Madrid, the biggest casino in Spain, for a new state-of-the-art PokerStars-branded poker room at Casino Gran Madrid, which will deliver the highest-quality live poker experience.

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Submitted by Press Release on, Dec/20/2012

Bodog Poker Announces Anonymous Poker Series

To celebrate the Bodog Poker Network’s (BPN) creation of the first network made in Asia for Asia, Bodog will embark on a year-long poker series in 2013. The Anonymous Poker Series will comprise of both live and online events, to showcase the BPN’s unique product offering. January 2013 will also see the BPN’s newest B2B partners join the network.

Submitted by Press Release on, Dec/20/2012

WSOP Europe Moving to Paris in 2013

The WSOPE announced this week that it will have a new venue in 2013 – beautiful Paris, France.  The World Series of Poker Europe had been hosted in Cannes, France over the past two seasons.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Dec/19/2012

Defense Rests in High Profile Philadelphia Mob Trial

PHILADELPHIA (Associated Press) — They won’t be going home for Christmas, but several accused mobsters appeared upbeat Wednesday as their racketeering trial in Philadelphia nears an end.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/19/2012

Black Chip Poker Announces New Time Bank Feature

The latest online poker site to join the Winning Poker Network is letting everyone slow things down when facing a difficult decision. Black Chip Poker has just announced its new Time Bank feature, available in all tournaments and at all cash tables. The Time Bank gives players extra time to decide whether to fold, call, raise, or go all in, and it's available at all poker tables—including cash tables and tournaments.

Submitted by Press Release on, Dec/19/2012

Full Tilt Poker Head Howard Lederer Forfeits $1.25 Mil, Several Properties

Howard Lederer, the one time part owner of Full Tilt Poker, has settled with the US Government, agreeing to forfeit $1.25 million in bank accounts and a number of real estate properties.

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Submitted by Ace King on, Dec/19/2012

BetCRIS.com Announces Major Acquisition

San Jose, Costa Rica -- BetCRIS.com, one of the leaders in the online gaming industry, announced the acquisition of all BookMaker.eu non-US accounts.

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Submitted by Press Release on, Dec/19/2012

Cash Transfers to be Reinstated at Lock Poker at Start of January

Lock Poker announced on Tuesday it was in the final stages of re-implementing its popular cash transfer deposit and withdrawal methods with a target date two weeks from today (or early January 2013).

Submitted by Ace King on, Dec/18/2012

Breaking News

Illegal Online Sports Betting Ring Busted in NYC, Based in California

According to Thanh Nien News, an underground Vietnamese football betting ring with a total bet value of VND7.6 trillion ($340 million) has been taken down by Vietnam authorities.

PremierPerHead.com Leads the PPH Industry with Live Dealer Casino Software

One of the most important aspects of running and managing your own sportsbook is developing multiple streams of revenue with the addition of an expanded racebook for horse racing as well as a white label casino for online gambling.

247pph.com Acquires PayPerHeadServices.com and Becomethebookie.com

247pph.com Acquires PayPerHeadServices.com and Becomethebookie.com

247pph.com, one of the top pay per head companies in the world and the topchoice for bookies, professional credit bookmakers and agents, has just acquired PayPerHeadServices.com and Becomethebookie.com, continuing their impressive growth in the industry.