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William Hill Buys Out Online Partner Playtech

(Reuters) - William Hill is to pay 424 million pounds ($643 million) for full control of its online business, marking an acceleration of the expansion of Britain's largest bookmaker.

The deal to buy out the 29 percent stake in William Hill Online held by software company Playtech was the company's second major deal in the past three months.

It has already agreed to pay 460 million pounds for the Australian and Spanish operations of online gambling company Sportingbet, deal set to complete on March 19.

Submitted by Reuters on, Mar/01/2013

Hansen vs. Negreanu Taunt Turns Into $300k PokerStars Full Tilt Poker Challenge

Dublin, Ireland – What started as a light-hearted twitter rant between long-term rivals Gus Hansen and Daniel Negreanu has escalated into a full-blown $300,000 heads-up battle between Full Tilt Poker‘s “The Professionals” and members of PokerStars elite “Team Pros” - to be played out live during EPT London next weekend.

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Submitted by Press Release on, Mar/01/2013

US States Race to Capture Online Gambling Bonanza

(Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie this week finally approved online gaming in the Garden State. Now comes the hard part: banding together with other states to attract more gamblers, drive up jackpots and lure players away from offshore websites.

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Submitted by Reuters on, Feb/28/2013

Bitcoin ‘Best Performing Currency Year-to-Date’

Bitcoin, used by a small number of online casino operators, is being touted as the “best performing currency year-to-day” according to Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge.com. 

Durden writes:

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/28/2013

Girls Gone Wild Goes Bankrupt in Wake of Wynn-Francis Lawsuit

The company that produces racy videos of half naked women dancing and drinking has filed for bankruptcy.  “Girls Gone Wild” filed for bankruptcy protection citing $16 million in debts, according to court papers obtained by Reuters on Thursday.

The franchise’s founder, Joe Francis, owes a $10.3 million debt to Las Vegas gambling magnate Steve Wynn according to papers filed in U.S. federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Feb/28/2013

Jim Erwood leaves Poker Royalty to join the Lock Family

Jim Erwood has joined the Lock Poker family after leaving Poker Royalty.

Submitted by Press Release on, Feb/28/2013

Online Poker Satellites to the 2013 LSOP Available at Americas Cardroom

Lima, Peru - Americas Cardroom released today the online satellite schedule for the 2nd annual $500k Guaranteed Latin Series of Poker (LSOP) no Limit holdem tournament. The LSOP Lima is celebrating its second annual tournament with another $1,500+$150 No Limit Texas Holdem event scheduled May 20th to 25th at the Atlantic City Casino in Lima.

Submitted by Press Release on, Feb/28/2013

Last Woman Standing: CSI Episode Focuses on Poker Player Murders

When several prominent poker players lose their lives, the CSI team is called to investigate before more victims surface.

The “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” episode aired Wednesday night but you can still watch online here.

Submitted by Jordan Bach on, Feb/28/2013

Next Pope Betting: Cardinals Turkson, Scola in Dead Heat, Bono at 1000-1

Ghana’s Cardinal Peter Turkson and Italy’s Cardinal Angelo Scola were both listed as 3/1 favorites to become the next Pope as the selection nears.  (Pope betting odds available at BetDSI.com here)
 

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Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Feb/28/2013

Analyst Paints Rosey Outlook for Zynga

Joseph Stauff of Susquehanna Financial Group believes the “sky is the limit for Zynga” in the wake of a third state this week legalizing “real money” online gambling.

That state is New Jersey.  Governor Chris Christie signed a measure legalizing Web gambling for those logging on within the state.  Because New Jersey is within an easy reach of two major metropolitan centers, the industry could potentially tap into a market that nearly doubles the Garden State’s population of 9 million. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/28/2013

PokerStars to Launch Zoom Tournaments During Micromillions 4 Festival

Fourth installment of low stakes series guarantees $5 million across 100 event

Submitted by Press Release on, Feb/28/2013

Seedy Side of Internet Cafes: Degenerate Gamblers, Hookers, Mickey Mouse

Law enforcement in North Jakarta have detained Mickey Mouse…well, sort of…

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That’s the nic they gave to gambling boss Hady Soemantri a.k.a Bong Can a.k.a Acan.

The raid comes at a time when Indonesia is in the midst of cracking down on illegal Internet café’s used for gambling purposes.  The businesses are often run from 8 am to 1 am.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Feb/27/2013

Online Gambling Web Chat Files: ‘A Phone Call From God Won’t Save You’

Social gaming, this is not.  Angry customers have taken to the posting forums to cut and paste online chats with reps from various online gambling sites.  Some of the best cut and pasted chats are courtesy of 5Dimes.com customer as the owner of that long-established company loves to “engage” with his clientele on occasion. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Feb/27/2013

Daniel Negreanu Issues EPT London Challenge to Gus Hansen (Video)

Outspoken poker pro has issued a challenge to Denmark player Gus Hansen for the upcoming EPT London.  Negreanu, a PokerStars team player, wants a heads up “battleship style” match against Hansen and other Full Tilt Poker pros that include the likes of Viktor Blom and Tom Dwan.

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Submitted by Ace King on, Feb/27/2013

Marvin ‘MadMarvin’ Guido Rettenmaier Tops Global Poker Index

Poker pro Marvin Rettenmaier has topped the Global Poker Index (GPI) for the last week of February 2013, knocking Dan Smith out of the number one spot.

The German poker player, who currently resides in London, England, finished in 1st place at the EPT Prague tournament held this past December.  He walked away with a cool €365,300.

Last week, Rettenmaier finished 5th at the 2013 Austrian Poker Festival - WPT & GSOP Live No Limit Hold'em - WPT Main Event QE, leaving with €44,790.

Submitted by Ace King on, Feb/27/2013

Atlantic City Casino Shares Up on NJ Internet Gambling News

(Reuters) - The legalization of online gambling in New Jersey gave a boost to shares of Caesars Entertainment Corp and Boyd Gaming Corp, on expectations that this will revive business in Atlantic City, the second-biggest U.S. gaming destination.

The companies, which together account for more than 60 percent of Atlantic City's gaming revenue, would benefit from new gaming rules that give preference to existing New Jersey casino operators in issuing online gaming licenses.

Submitted by Reuters on, Feb/27/2013

Cake Poker 20K Match & Win, Reload Bonus and Dice Point Board

Popular online gaming site, Cake Poker (CakePoker.eu) is matching into March with the launch of a $20,000 Match & Win Gold Card promotion, Cee lo Dice Point Board, and a 50% Reload Bonus.

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Submitted by Press Release on, Feb/27/2013

Gambling Companies, Zynga Shares Get Boost With Christie Decision

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signing a bill that would legalize online gambling in the state gave publicly traded casino and bookmakers a much needed boost.

Zynga, which plans to offer “real money” Web poker by year’s end or early 2014, witnessed a 3 percent rise on top of a 15 percent increase witnessed over the past week.  The world’s largest free-to-play online poker company has been on a roll ever since Nevada legalized interstate Web gambling last week.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/27/2013

Judge to Rule in New Jersey Sports Betting Matter Shortly

All eyes have been on New Jersey this week as Governor Chris Christie signed a measure into law that would allow online gambling within the Garden State.

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Perhaps this will serve as a positive harbinger as a judge is set to rule on whether New Jersey is permitted to introduce legalized sports betting.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Feb/27/2013

Chris Christie on Legalizing Web Poker: ‘A Critical Decision’

Speaking to John Brennan of NorthJersey.com Tuesday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had this to say regarding his decision to legalize Web gamblnig in the Garden State: “This was a critical decision, and one that I did not make lightly."

Christie, who had sat on previous bills up to the final hours, signed this third reincarnation within minutes of it hitting his desk.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/26/2013

Breaking News: Christie Signs Internet Gambling Bill Into Law

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed a bill authorizing Internet gambling in the state following swift passage by lawmakers Tuesday.

The State Assembly and Senate both overwhelming passed the bill, AB 2578, this afternoon and Governor Christie immediately signed it into law.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/26/2013

More IGT Talent Jumping Ship: Competition Snatching Them Up

Last week, Gambling911.com and other media outlets reported on how IGT continued to lose some of its best talent over the past year.  On March 5, shareholders will determine whether new members join the board as part of a nasty proxy fight brought on by investor Jason Ader.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/26/2013

Zynga Will Bring Online Gambling to the Masses, CEO Claims

Zynga CEO Mark Pincus insists that Zynga will help bring the online gambling industry to the next level.  His company’s share price has seen a 15 percent jump in the past couple of days, fuelled, at least in part, by news that the state of Nevada will now allow interstate Web gambling.

From Cnet.com:

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/26/2013

Chris Christie Could Sign New Jersey Online Gambling Bill Tuesday

All eyes will be on New Jersey Tuesday as that state’s Governor Chris Christie may sign a bill legalizing online gambling.  The Governor has already said he intends to sign the bill within 48 hours of it arriving on his desk.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/25/2013

New Jersey Mobster Louis ‘Big Lou’ Fazzini Gets Nearly 5 Years Jail Time

New Jersey mobster Louis “Big Lou” Fazzini has been sentenced to 55 months behind bars after pleading guilty this past October to racketeering and conspiracy connected to a Mob-controlled gambling operation.

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Fazzini had previously served four years prison time after being convicted of similar charges in 1999.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Feb/25/2013

Zynga Shares May Gain Further Momentum as Christie to Sign Web Gambling Bill

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has said he will sign a bill into law legalizing online gambling once it hits his desk either Wednesday or Thursday of this week, and all eyes will be on the world’s largest free-to-play Internet poker site Zynga.

That company’s shares rose 15 percent to $3.67 Monday morning, representing the single biggest intraday gain since February 8.  Zynga’s shares were already up 35 percent on the year.

Why the surge?

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/25/2013

Search Widens for Suspect in Vegas Strip Shooting

LAS VEGAS (Associated Press) — The search has widened to the southeastern U.S. for a 26-year-old man who police call the prime suspect in a shooting and fiery crash that killed three last week on the Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas police Capt. Chris Jones said Monday that investigators were tracing places where Ammar Harris lived and worked in the past.

Public records show Harris lived in South Carolina and Georgia; was convicted in Atlanta in 2005 of marijuana possession; and was arrested in Miami in December on a reckless driving charge.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Feb/25/2013

Dejan Divkovic Wins 2013 ANZPT Season 5 Perth

Dejan Divkovic of Bosnia has won the PokerStars 2013 ANZPT Season 5 Perth.  As a result he goes home with $114,000.

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Divkovic enjoyed a 6th place finish at the ANZPT just a few days ago playing in the No Limit Hold’em Event 6. 

The Bosnian poker player is enjoying newfound success.

Below are the Season 5 ANZPT Perth results:   

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Feb/24/2013

Old Gambling Case Leads to Alabama Casino Raid

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Associated Press) -- The state attorney general's office used a century-old gambling case to get a rare, but not unprecedented, search warrant to raid VictoryLand casino in Shorter.

Macon County Circuit Judge Tom Young initially refused to give the attorney general a search warrant. Attorney General Luther Strange appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court. He cited an 1899 case where a justice of the peace denied an arrest warrant based on an incorrect interpretation of the law, and the Supreme Court ordered it issued.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Feb/24/2013

SUV in Fatal Vegas Strip Shooting Seized: Suspect Identified

(Associated Press) - Police are seeking a 26-year-old man as the prime suspect in last week's pre-dawn shooting and crash on the Las Vegas Strip that killed three people and injured several others

Submitted by Associated Press on, Feb/24/2013

Breaking News

Fraudster Impersonated Dead Mum to Steal £66K From Pension for Gambling

Fraudster Impersonated Dead Mum to Steal £66K From Pension for Gambling

The Sun reports that a heartless fraudster, Maria Blacklock, is accused of impersonating her dead mum in an effort to steal £66,000from her pension that she later lost at the casinos. 

First Presidential Debate Ratings Come in at Over 80.5 Mil: Odds Were at 97.5

The 80.5 million number, spread across 12 channels, had not yet counted PBS or CSPN ratings, which were expected to be nominal.

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