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iGaming Super Show Amsterdam 2013 Lands GCB’s AG Burnett as Speaker

iGaming Business have announced that AG Burnett, Chairman of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board (GCB), will be speaking at the iGaming Executive Conference. This C-level, invite only event is one of the seven concurrently-held conferences that take place on June 12th as part of the iGaming Super Show, which is being held in Amsterdam on the 11th – 14th June 2013.

Submitted by Press Release on, May/17/2013

Paul Leggett, Phil Hellmuth Absolved From Wrongdoing in UB.com Poker Scandal

On the surface, it would appear that both former UB.com COO Paul Leggett and poker pro Phil Hellmuth have been absolved from any wrongdoing in a much publicized UB.com online poker insider cheating scandal.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/16/2013

Max Altergott Wins €100,000 Super High Roller at EPT Grand Final 2013

German online high-stakes cash game player Max Altergott had never cashed in a live poker event before, but today he took down the prestigious €100,000 Super High Roller event at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final for a massive €1,746,400 first prize.

Submitted by Press Release on, May/16/2013

Lock Poker Accelerates Payouts

Following an exclusive Gambling911.com interview with Lock Poker CEO Jennifer Larson this week, Lock Poker has begun to accelerate payouts to customers after a prolonged period of what it deemed to be “processing delays”.

Skrill payouts for those residing outside the US began coming in even for the maximum amount of $10,000.  There were even reports of Skrill payouts being received within one week of the initial requests.

Submitted by C Costigan on, May/16/2013

Tim Tebow Twitter Followers Odds Now Up

Carrie Stroup here with the latest odds offered by Sportsbook.com.

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They are now offering odds on the number of Twitter followers Tim Tebow will have by June 30, 2013.  The OVER/UNDER is 2,305,200.

Submitted by Carrie Stroup on, May/16/2013

Gambling911 World Exclusive: The Russ Hamilton Recordings, Who Knew What

The poker community listened with fascination and disgust this week, after Russ Hamilton's personal assistant, Travis Makar, released audio of secretly recorded meetings between Ultimate Bet founders and lawyers.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/16/2013

Partouche Online Poker Parts Ways, Closing Shop

France online poker venture, Partouche, is shutting down.

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The company announced plans to cease existence effective next month (June 2013).

Partouche cited France’s stringent tax code, combined with a limited player pool, as reason for its failure.

Submitted by Ace King on, May/16/2013

Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau Season 7 Schedule Released

The PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) has released its APPT Macau* Season 7 schedule (see below), which will take place at 'PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams' from June 7-16.

Submitted by Press Release on, May/16/2013

Ware is he Now: Former WSEX.com Owner Lives in German Brewery

A co-founder of now defunct World Sports Exchange (WSEX.com), Hayden Ware, is living quite the intoxicating life, Gambling911.com can report.

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Ware and his German-born wife now reside in a converted German brewery. 

The Wares paid around 655,000 euros (about $890,000) for the 3,230-square-foot space located in Berlin.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/16/2013

Tribes in California Craft Own Draft Legislation for Internet Poker

Tribes in the state of California have put together their own draft legislation to legalize online poker.

The proposal would allow Tribal casinos and the state’s 88 card rooms to license Web poker sites. 

The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians near Temecula and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in the Coachella Valley are currently pushing the draft legislation. 

State Senator Rod Wright (D-Ingelwood) has introduced his own bill (Senate Bill 51) that would permit horse tracks to hold such licenses.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, May/15/2013

Atlantic City Revel Casino Gets Reprieve

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Associated Press) — Revel was given a second chance Wednesday from New Jersey casino regulators, and now it’s seeking the same thing from customers.

In winning a reprieve, the bankrupt casino acknowledged several big mistakes, including preventing its guests from smoking; not paying enough attention to slots players; and booking too many hip acts at the expense of other forms of entertainment.

Submitted by Associated Press on, May/15/2013

Macau New Resort Casino Approved

HONG KONG (Associated Press) - Macau casino operator SJM Holdings has received official approval to build a new resort in the world's biggest gambling center.

SJM said its contract for land in the Cotai district was published Wednesday in the official government gazette. The company is racing to catch up with rivals like Wynn Resorts and MGM.

The new projects are centered on the Cotai Strip, a patch of former swampland intended to be Asia's version of the Las Vegas Strip.

Submitted by Associated Press on, May/15/2013

DOJ Freezes Accounts Between Bitcoin Exchange and Dwolla: Maryland Center Stage

The US Department of Justice on Tuesday froze accounts belonging to one of Bitcoin’s most prominent exchanges, Mt. Gox.

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, May/15/2013

Tiger Woods to Host $10k Buy-in Poker Tournament This Weekend

The world number one golfer Tiger Woods is set to host a $100,000 buy-in poker tournament this coming weekend in Las Vegas.

The two-day charity tournament, known affectionately as “Tiger Jam”, has raised approximately $14 million to benefit college access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Poker pros joining Tiger will include Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth and Mike Sexton, among others.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, May/15/2013

Iovation Investigated by Nevada Officials: Company Linked to Poker Cheating Scandal

Nevada State Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett has stated in an email that regulators are looking into identification verification firm Iovation and its relationship to licensed online poker company UltimatePoker.

Iovation had ties to an insider cheating scandal at UB.com, a now defunct online poker site.

Submitted by Ace King on, May/15/2013

Minted Poker Moves to Fledgling Plutos Poker Network

Everleaf Poker Network’s flagship room, Minted Poker, has jumped ship to the newly started Plutos Poker Network.

Minted has offered a 100 rakeback deal to long time Minted Poker players who have been unable to play as a result of Everleaf’s reported insolvency.  The company claims that Everleaf owes it a substantial amount of money.

Submitted by Ace King on, May/15/2013

Hedge Fund Tycoon Talal Shakerchi Loses £850,000 in Poker

A London tycoon, Talal Shakerchi, has lost more than £850,000 in a poker game held over the past weekend.

The 49-year-old head of hedge fund, Meditor, staked 500,000 euros (£424,112) along with five other players for an unofficial game at the European Poker Tour in Monaco this past weekend.

Submitted by Ace King on, May/15/2013

Jason Mercier Leads at Final Table of 2013 Super High Roller EPT Grand Final

Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, who bust the Main Event in seventh place two days ago for €137,000, is chip leader for the final table of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final €100k Super High Roller.

Mercier, who also won the Open Face Chinese tourney for €48,000 at the start of the festival, leads a star-studded final which includes PCA Super High Roller champion Scott Seiver, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, who was runner-up in the PCA $25k High Roller and EPT Barcelona Super High Roller finalist Mike Watson.

Submitted by Press Release on, May/14/2013

Verdict Reached in Las Vegas Sands Case

LAS VEGAS (Associated Press) — A Las Vegas jury has reached a verdict in a Hong Kong businessman's breach-of-contract lawsuit against the Las Vegas Sands, potentially bringing nine years of litigation to an end.

Richard Suen sued the casino giant run by multibillionaire Sheldon Adelson for $328 million in 2004. He says the company owed him for his help securing a lucrative gambling license in the Chinese territory of Macau, the only place in that country where casino gambling is legal.

Submitted by Associated Press on, May/14/2013

Paul Leggett Hiring by Amaya Under Review by Nevada Gaming Commission

Former UB.com COO Paul Leggett has been tagged as the next head of gambling firm Amaya but the Nevada Gaming Commission might not be too happy.

UB.com closed shop following a 2011 indictment by the US Government owing millions of dollars to players. 

The website LegalPokerSites.com begged the question, with so many other folks from the online gambling sector unemployed, why bring on Paul Leggett?

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, May/14/2013

Atlantic Club Claims it Knew Nothing About PokerStars Running Afoul of US Law

Responding to a lawsuit filed by PokerStars, Atlantic City casino The Atlantic Club insists it knew nothing about PokerStars legal problems in the United States despite extensive mainstream press surrounding the matter.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, May/14/2013

Interview With Lock Poker CEO Jennifer Larson Part II

Gambling911.com continues its interview with Lock Poker CEO Jennifer Larson, who addresses the departure status of two pros.  Additionally, Ms. Larson responds to concerns over Lock’s communications process, which she describes as a “work in progress”.

In case you missed Part I of this interview, you can find it here.

Submitted by C Costigan on, May/13/2013

Blue Monday’ Online Gambling Beneficiaries Jailed, Forced to Resign

It’s been nearly two years since close to a dozen online gambling domain names were seized as part of a payment processing sting operation. 

Submitted by Alejandro Botticelli on, May/13/2013

Jason Mercier Leads Super High Roller EPT Grand Final 2013

Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, who bust the Main Event yesterday in seventh place, is chip leader in the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final €100k Super High Roller at the end of Day 1. Mercier has 1,183,000 with Sorel Mizzi currently second with 885,000. There were 41 players today, with seven re-entries. 30 players made it through Day 1 but those who were eliminated today have until play starts tomorrow at noon to re-enter.

Submitted by Press Release on, May/13/2013

Phil Hellmuth, Annie Duke Revealed as Part Owners of Defunct UB.com Poker Site

Shocking revelations have come out over the past week regarding poker pros Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke’s affiliation with shuttered UB.com.  While both were well known as the faces behind the company, taped conversations released in recent days shows that the two players actually had part ownership in UB.com

Submitted by Ace King on, May/13/2013

Spate of Casino Kidnappings has Officials, Gamblers Worried

The number of casino crimes in Macau jumped during the first quarter of 2013.  These include a rise in kidnapping reports.

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Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/13/2013

Crockford’s Claims Phil Ivey Exploited Cards: Won’t Pay £7.8m in Winnings

Following news that poker pro Phil Ivey has sued London’s oldest casino, Crockford’s, that establishment has fought back claiming that Ivey won £7.8m by 'reading' the back of cards.

Crockford’s refuses to pay out the £7.8m.  Ivey insists he did nothing wrong.

Submitted by Ace King on, May/13/2013

John L. Smith: Allowing Sports Betting Investor Groups in Vegas Carries Some Risk

John L. Smith, a columnist for the Las Vegas Review Journal, offered his assessment of a planned move to allow investment groups or syndicates to place large wagers in the state of Nevada.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, May/12/2013

Lock Poker Exploring Bitcoin Options

One of the largest US-facing online poker rooms has confirmed they are exploring a Bitcoin payment platform.  This is the biggest online gambling company to date that has announced plans to offer the digital currency.  

“We are indeed looking at Bitcoin as an alternative (payment solution),” Lock Poker Founder and CEO Jennifer Larson tells Gambling911.com. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, May/12/2013

Gambling911.com World Exclusive: Lock Poker CEO Jennifer Larson Interview

In her first ever sit down interview, Lock Poker Founder and CEO talks about recent concerns surrounding her company and the strategy moving forward.

Lock Poker last year migrated to the newly formed Revolution Gaming Network and the growth pains have been felt ever since.  Compounding these growing pains is the lack of payment processing available.  This has led many to question the company’s financial stability. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, May/12/2013

Breaking News

MGM National Harbor Celebrates the Year of the Rooster

MGM National Harbor Celebrates the Year of the Rooster

MGM National Harbor, the region’s hottest new destination resort casino, is celebrating Lunar New Year with festive entertainment, a vibrant Conservatory display and authentic culinary specials.

Western Union Fined $586 million for Colluding With Organized Crime

Western Union Fined $586 million for Colluding With Organized Crime

The popular money transfer service Western Union has been fined $586 million for allegedly colluding with organized criminal elements in an effort to circumvent money laundering laws.

Artificial Intelligence ‘Libratus’ About to Defeat Poker Champions for First Time

Artificial Intelligence ‘Libratus’ About to Defeat Poker Champions for First Time

So far, after 67,000 hands, Libratus has won $701,242 worth of chips after starting from a balance of zero