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Robert McGuigan: How Gambling Addiction Killed My Son Part II

Part 2 of my interview with the father of Jason McGuigan,Robert. Read what signs Jason was showing for gambling addiction and measures he was willing to take to satisfy his need.  Part 1 of this interview received quite the response and you can read and comment here.

Submitted by Jenny Woo on, Sep/10/2013

New Jersey to Launch Legal Online Gambling Site November 23

New Jersey has set a tentative date for permitting legalized real money online gambling for November 23.  Whether sites are ready to begin taking customers by that time remains to be seen though Atlantic City’s Borgata Casino has actively been hiring for its online gambling arm in recent weeks.


Submitted by Ace King on, Sep/10/2013

Pros Won’t Get Paid Back by Full Tilt Poker

The claims administrator overseeing payouts for former Full Tilt Poker customers announced Tuesday that pros and employees will be excluded from the process.

Submitted by Ace King on, Sep/10/2013

Washington State Withdraws Action Against Galaxy Gaming

Galaxy Gaming, Inc. (OTC:GLXZ) announced that the Washington State Gambling Commission has withdrawn administrative charges against the Company. The previous action was the result of a routine audit conducted in 2010 by Commission agents who alleged the Company did not timely report certain items to the Commission. The withdrawal of all charges signifies the Company is cleared of any and all alleged wrongdoing and has entered into a settlement agreement with the Commission.

Submitted by Press Release on, Sep/10/2013

North Korea to Host Paddy Power Dennis Rodman Invitational

Dennis Rodman and Paddy Power, one of the world’s largest quoted betting companies, today announced details of the “Paddy Power Dennis Rodman Invitational”, an international basketball event taking place in the North Korean capital Pyongyang in January 2014, with the official support and backing of the DPRK government and leader, Kim Jong-un.

Submitted by Press Release on, Sep/10/2013

Illinois Casinos Want 24 Hour Gambling

CHICAGO  (Associated Press) - Riverboat casinos in Illinois want to remain open for business around the clock.

The Illinois Casino Gaming Association is asking state regulators for the OK to operate 24 hours a day. Currently, no casinos are open more than 22 hours.

The Illinois Gaming Board has scheduled a public hearing for Sept. 19 in Chicago to consider the request.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Sep/09/2013

Alabama Robbery Probe Unveils Illegal Gambling

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Associated Press) - Jefferson County sheriff's officials say a reported robbery has led authorities to busting an illegal gambling operation.

Sheriff's spokesman Randy Christian says deputies were called to a business early Monday morning to investigate a robbery. Christian says responding officers found illegal electronic gambling machines inside the establishment.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Sep/09/2013

Controversial ‘Money Talks’ Premieres on CNBC Prime Tuesday Night (Video)

A reality show about sports betting that some have argued has little to do with reality at all will make its debut Tuesday night on CNBC Prime.  “Money Talks” takes viewers inside the world of Steve Stevens, a sports handicapper who runs VIP Sports out of Las Vegas.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Sep/09/2013

Deadwood Casino to Shut Down

(Associated Press) - A longtime Main Street casino in the western South Dakota gambling town of Deadwood is shutting down, putting 24 full-time employees and another six part-timers out of work.   

Submitted by Associated Press on, Sep/09/2013

Curacao Fines Online Gambling Company for Operating Without a License

The Dutch Antilles island of Curacao has fined an online gambling operator $100,000 for failing to hold a gaming license.

The company, Global Stars, focuses primarily on the Dutch market where such activity is deemed illegal.

Jan Suyver, chairman of the Kansspelautoriteit, said that “companies offering online gambling now know they can be penalised because licences are yet to be granted, and consumers know that those who do so are not being supervised by the government.”

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Sep/09/2013

Ashley Mason Leads 2013 APPT Melbourne Main Event Final Table

United Kingdom poker player Ashley Mason was leading at the 2013 APPT Melbourne Main Event Final Table.

Mason just won the APPT Melbourne Event #5.  He has cashed $180,849 to date in his live tournament career.

David Yan of New Zealand was the 2nd biggest chip leader. 

The champion of this event will take home AUD 217,000

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Sep/08/2013

Pay Per Head Agent Scam Revealed has been advised of a pay per head agent scam preying on operators that offer a free trial period.

“His scam is this, he sets up agent for the free weeks and when its time to send in a payment he will push you off,” the pay per head operator tells  “Most likely he is already set up somewhere else free.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Sep/08/2013

PokerStars Qualifier Tom 'Hitthehole' Middleton Wins EPT 10 Barcelona

Tom “hitthehole” Middleton has won the EPT Barcelona Main Event - Spain’s richest ever poker tournament - for a massive first prize of €942,000.

Middleton, who was chip leader for the last thee nights of the €5,300 event, is a high-stakes online player with numerous big scores to his name, including third in a WCOOP $500 rebuy event. He also has a string of live tournament results with winnings totalling nearly $1 million. He won his seat to EPT Barcelona on PokerStars in June.

Submitted by Press Release on, Sep/07/2013

Florida Gambling Laws Due for Overhaul

TALLAHASSEE (Associated Press) - Gambling facilities in Florida could be in for some changes as the state considers a possible overhaul of the rules.

The state agency that oversees dog tracks, horse tracks and jai-alai frontons and other types of gambling announced Friday it would draw up new rules because some of the current ones are unclear.

The state plans to hold a workshop in October.

The move came the same day that the Florida Senate announced it was going to hold public hearings about gambling issues in October and November.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Sep/07/2013

Tom Middleton Leads for Final of EPT10 Barcelona Main Event

British online pro Tom Middleton is chip leader for the third night running – this time for the final of the €5,300 EPT Barcelona Main Event. A record field of 1,234 players has been whittled down to eight who will be fighting it out for a massive first prize of €1,067,000. All are guaranteed at least €102,430 – only Middleton and fellow finalist Kimmo Kurko have ever cashed for more in a live event.

Submitted by Press Release on, Sep/06/2013

Record Breaking EPT Barcelona €10k High Roller to Reward €1,764,000

This season’s record-breaking field for the EPT Barcelona €10k High Roller - a total of 180 entries – has also created a record-breaking prize pool of €1,764,000.

This is nearly €400k more than EPT Berlin last season and will be divvied up between 27 players, The winner will receive €390,700 as well as a luxury watch from SLYDE, the Official Watch Sponsor for EPT Season 10 Main Events and High Roller Events.

Submitted by Press Release on, Sep/06/2013

Arsenal Coach Allegedly Bet on Signing of Mesut Ozil

Arsenal confirmed Friday that they are actively investigating “as a matter of urgency” whether academy coach Mark Arber bet on the signing of Mesut Ozil. 


Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Sep/06/2013

£50,000 Super High Roller Event Makes Debut at EPT 10 London Festival

38-event festival heads to Grand Connaught Rooms from October 2-12

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – The European Poker Tour today announced the 38-event schedule for the Season 10 London Poker Festival, which will feature a £50,000 Super High Roller event for the first time. The London stop, which will take place from October 2-12, is also set for a brand new venue at the beautiful Grand Connaught Rooms in central London.

Submitted by Press Release on, Sep/06/2013

Poker Player Laptops May Have Been Compromised at EPT Barcelona

Reports surfaced on Friday that at least two laptops left in a Barcelona hotel during a European Poker Tour event may have been infected with a Trojan virus.

Submitted by Ace King on, Sep/06/2013

John McCain iPhone Poker Playing Spoofs on Jon Stewart, Conan (Video)

As has been reporting on all week, Arizona Senator John McCain was photographed playing poker on his iPhone during a 3-plus hour Senate Subcommittee hearing on the looming US attack on Syria.

The media has been all over this story….and now, so too are the late night comedians.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Sep/05/2013

Welcome to One of the Most Impressive Per Head Businesses for Bookies

When it comes to per head businesses this Football season, few come close to, one of the first operators in the offshore gambling scene (previously operating as  

First off, they operate from their own three story building (can you say “IMPRESSIVE”). 

Second, they have been operating offshore since 1999 but the current owner’s dad started the business way back in 1952.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Sep/05/2013

Poker Diva Daniel Negreanu Throws Tantrum at EPT Barcelona

One of poker’s most outspoken characters, Daniel Negreanu, had a temper tantrum Thursday at the European Poker Tour €10k High Roller event.

Negreanu revolted against a new so-called “first card” rule, leading to him quitting the event.


Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Sep/05/2013

Golden Nugget Casino to Offer Online Gambling

The latest casino property to embrace online gambling is none other than the iconic Golden Nugget casino brands.

Landry’s Inc. is the owner of Golden Nugget.  They have hired Thomas Winter, a former head of European-based Betclic Ltd. to run its online business.  They will also be partnering with Bally Technologies Inc. to provide the Internet platform.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Sep/05/2013

Boston, Everett Told to End Border Dispute Over Proposed Wynn Casino

BOSTON — (Associated Press) - The state’s top gambling regulator told representatives from the cities of Boston and Everett on Wednesday that they needed to resolve by week’s end a dispute over how much say, if any, Boston should have on a resort casino proposed by Las Vegas casino developer Steve Wynn.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Sep/05/2013

Equity Poker Network Launches First Non-Profit Poker Network

Unique Business Model to Deliver More Profits to Operators


San Jose, Costa Rica - The (“EPN”) is set to revolutionize the Network-Operator dynamic with the launch of the world’s first ‘non-profit’ online poker network. When EPN opened its doors for business, online poker operators around the world (including the U.S.) finally have a smarter Network alternative that guarantees a level playing field for all, and more profits back to the actual Operators.

Submitted by Press Release on, Sep/05/2013

Borgata Poker Open 2013: Big Stack No Limit Hold’em Payouts

The Borgata Poker Open 2013 payouts schedule has been announced for the $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em event.  The winner will be taking home a cool $363,091 and the top five spots each winning six figures.

The Borgata Poker Open 2013 concludes with the televised World Poker Tour ® (WPT) Borgata Poker Open Championship (September 15–20). The $3,500 buy-in Championship No Limit Hold’em event features a guaranteed $3 Million prize pool.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Sep/04/2013

John McCain iPhone Poker Gaffe Goes Viral on G911

It’s one of the most talked about articles to ever appear on the website – Arizona Republican Senator John McCain caught playing online poker on his iPhone during a Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Syria.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Sep/04/2013

Robert McGuigan: How Gambling Addiction Killed My Son (a Jenny Woo Exclusive)

Jenny Woo here switching things up a bit to bring you the other side of gambling. All of us who are successful in the gaming world have seen the great things that come with that success. However, what happens when the gambling takes a hold even when the success has run out or never took place. I had the chance to do an interview with Robert McGuigan, the father of Jason McGuigan, who’s life was taken too early all because of a bet.

Submitted by Jenny Woo on, Sep/04/2013

Online Bookmaker Paddy Power Sponsors Dennis Rodman 2nd North Korea Trip

Paddy Power, the UK’s third largest bookmaker, is sponsoring former NBA star Dennis Rodman’s trip to North Korea.  It is Rodman’s second trip to the “Hermit Kingdom” in so many months.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Sep/04/2013

No Contest Pleas From 2 Outlaws Motorcycle Club in Gambling, Extortion Case

A federal judge has accepted the no contest pleas from two Outlaws Motorcycle Club members charged with illegal gambling, extortion and wire fraud.  Both men will avoid a trial as a result of their pleas.

“By accepting this, she (Walton-Pratt) has saved the government probably about $400,000 for a seven-week trial,” said Monica Foster, a federal defender for the Indiana Federal Community Defenders Inc.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Sep/04/2013

Breaking News

Crown Casino Employees Sentenced to Six Months Prison

Crown Casino Employees Sentenced to Six Months Prison

Three Australian employees of Crown Resorts could be released from a Chinese jail within months after being handed nine and 10-month sentences for gambling related offences in a Shanghai court.

Phil Hellmuth on Verge of Getting Record 15th WSOP Bracelet

Phil Hellmuth on Verge of Getting Record 15th WSOP Bracelet

With 14 World Series of Poker bracelets under his belt, Phil Hellmuth is looking to improve on his record when he comes back to the table Monday night. 

‘Gamble-ing Man’: Nathan Gamble Wins $15K Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

‘Gamble-ing Man’: Nathan Gamble Wins $15K Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

Nathan Gamble defeated the 830-player field of the $15K Pot Limit Ohaha Hi-Lo event to win his first ever WSOP bracelet and $223,339 Sunday night.