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Zynga Incorporates Digital Currency Bitcoin: Tops $1000

In recent days, social gaming company Zynga announced the adaptation of anonymous digital currency Bitcoin for some of its social games.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/05/2014

Online Poker Affiliate Programs in New Jersey Won’t Allow Rakeback Deals

Many of today’s online poker affiliate programs offer rake back as a means of building a site’s business but rakeback offers will be prohibited in the state of New Jersey.

Such deals on the Web today tend to allow for between 25 percent to 35 percent rakeback and are typically administered by a third party such as poker room affiliates or dedicated rakeback websites.  Think of the rakeback system as similar to that of a casino comp program whereby gamblers are rewarded with comped rooms and food based on their volume of play.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Jan/04/2014

Robocoin Bitcoin ATM Arrives in Hong Kong, Taiwan: 50 Machines Sold

Robocoin, the first ever shipping ATM, has arrived in Hong Kong and Taiwan, thus helping to make the alternative payment solution even more mainstream. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/04/2014

Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. Declares a Special Dividend of $11.85 Per Share

$1.05 Billion Represents Accumulated Earnings and Profits Allocated to GLPI In Connection With Spin-Off From Penn National Gaming, Inc.

Submitted by Press Release on, Jan/04/2014

Candy Ass Piece of S***: Suns Eric Bledsoe Blasts Gambler ‘NotGonnaStop’ in Tweet

Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe responded to a gambler who accused the NBA player of being a “candy ass piece of shit” for electing to sit out Thursday night’s game with a knee ailment.  The gambler, using the Twitter handle “NotGonnaStop”, claimed Bledsoe’s decision to sit out with little pre-game notice cost him thousands.

Submitted by Tyrone Black on, Jan/03/2014

Daniel Negreanu Named ‘Poker Player of the Decade’

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – Daniel Negreanu, a member of Team PokerStars.com Pro, has been recognised as the best poker player of the past decade by independent poker ranking service Global Poker Index (GPI). This recognition follows an outstanding performance by Negreanu in 2013, where he won a number of big poker tournaments and received numerous ‘Player of the Year’ awards.

Submitted by Press Release on, Jan/03/2014

Online Gambling Exceeds Expectations for Borgata in Atlantic City (Video)

Appearing on CNBC's "Squawk Box", Tom Ballance, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa president and COO, discussed the early success of legalized online gambling in the state of New Jersey for his casino. 

Borgata’s managing partner Boyd Gaming utilizes the PartyPoker platform.  It was one of two companies to get an early start launching in the Garden State.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/03/2014

Glitches, Bugs Persist With New Jersey Online Gambling, Poker Sites

In just over one month, New Jersey’s launch of real money online gambling has proven a huge success with over 40,000 individuals having signed up to open accounts.

The process hasn’t always gone smoothly, however.

Case in point:  One Gambling911.com reader wrote us to discuss his experience signing up with Caesars Online Poker, utilizing the popular 888.com platform.

Ralph P., a resident of Northern New Jersey, writes:

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/03/2014

Live Ace Online Poker Room Shuts Down

The short-lived Live Ace online poker room has shut down after a disastrous run utilizing a business model it claimed was within the proper legal framework for operating from the US.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/03/2014

Maryland Live Casino to Hire Atlantic Club Employees Following Closure

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - (Associated Press) -- A Maryland casino will hold a job fair next week for soon-to-be laid-off workers at Atlantic City's Atlantic Club Casino Hotel.

Maryland Live! will interview employees of the Atlantic Club who will lose their jobs when it closes Jan. 13. The casino has more than 100 openings across all departments, and says it will eventually need even more workers than that.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Jan/02/2014

Macau Casinos Hit Jackpot With $45 Billion in Revenues for 2013

HONG KONG — (Associated Press) - The tiny Chinese city of Macau has again smashed its annual record for casino earnings as revenues last year hit a staggering $45 billion, further underlining its position as the world’s biggest gambling market.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Jan/02/2014

You’ve Read the Rest…Now Get the Real Best of 2013 in Gambling

So all the websites have come out with their annual “Best of in Online Gambling” looking back at the eventful year of 2013.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/01/2014

Sands Bethlehem DeepStack Extravaganza Cancellations Announced for Thursday

The 2014 poker tournament schedule is off to a cold start with Sands Bethlehem already announcing the cancellation of Thursday’s flight for the DeepStack Extravaganza.

Event 1B: No Limit Hold'em ($100,000 Guaranteed) will not be taking place due to inclement weather.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Jan/01/2014

PokerStars: Closure of Atlantic Club Casino was Avoidable

This was not the greatest year for the world’s largest online poker room, PokerStars.com.

While it’s true they continue to amass the largest chunk of the Web poker landscape, Stars insistence on operating in the US market post 2006 prohibition has apparently come back to bite them in their respective ass.

Submitted by Ace King on, Dec/31/2013

‘Sopranos’ Star Tied to Cop’s Murder to be Set Free

“Sopranos” actor Lillo Brancato will be a free man Tuesday (December 31, 2013) after serving less than 10 years for a botched robbery that led to the murder of NYPD cop Daniel Enchautegui. 

The 28-year-old officer was fatally shot in the chest on December 10, 2005 upon arriving at the burglary-in-progress at his neighbor’s home.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Dec/30/2013

MGM Files Final Application to Build $800 Mil Massachusetts Gambling Complex

BOSTON — (Associated Press) - MGM Resorts International, which hopes to build an $800 million gambling and entertainment complex in Springfield, became the first company in Massachusetts to file a final resort casino application Monday with state regulators.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/30/2013

Wisconsin Lac du Flambeau Chippewa Tribe Looks to Enter Online Gambling Arena

After announcing it was in the process of entering the controversial payday loan business, Wisconsin’s Lac du Flambeau Chippewa tribe may be eyeing more lucrative business ventures, specifically online gambling.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Dec/30/2013

Atlantic City Murder Rate Lowest in 30 Years: Still Ranked Among Most Dangerous

Only three people were murdered in the New Jersey seaside gambling resort of Atlantic City in 2013 with just two more days to go.  That’s a steep drop from the 18 murders last year.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Dec/30/2013

Nevada Casino Revenues Up 12 Percent in November

LAS VEGAS (Associated Press) - State officials say Nevada gambling revenues went up nearly 12 percent this November compared with a year earlier.

The state Gaming Control Board released a report Monday showing casinos won $876 million in November.

Revenues jumped almost 23 percent year-over-year on the Las Vegas Strip, which brought in $529 million last month.

Downtown winnings fell 1 percent to $38 million.

Reno casino revenue climbed 17 percent to $43 million, while South Lake Tahoe winnings dropped 2 percent to $17 million.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/30/2013

2014 Starts Ominously With New Jersey Governor Watching Gambling

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Associated Press) -- The new year is a crucial one for Atlantic City's future, and 2014 won't start auspiciously.

This is the fourth year of a five-year grace period New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has given the seaside gambling resort to turn around its struggling fortunes before considering expanding casinos to other parts of the state - something casino executives fear will decimate the already wobbly market.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/30/2013

Black Monday NFL Coaches to be Fired Betting Odds: Whose on the Hot Seat

Black Monday is here!  Falling between Christmas Day and New Years Day this year, one or more NFL head coaches are about to meet their demise.  BetOnline.com, one of the world’s largest online sportsbooks, was offering odds on the OVER/UNDER number of head coaches that will be fired.

Submitted by Don Shapiro on, Dec/29/2013

Latin American Poker Tour Season 7 Schedule Announced

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – PokerStars.net today announced the schedule for the new Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) season to run throughout 2014. The LAPT’s seventh season will see stops in Chile, Brazil, Peru, Panama and Uruguay, with one more destination to be confirmed at a later date.

Submitted by Press Release on, Dec/28/2013

It Pays to be Honest: Poker Pro Gives Cabbie $10k for Returning Lost $300k (Video)

An unidentified 28-year-old poker player gave Las Vegas cabbie Gerardo Gamboa $10,000 for returning $300,000 left behind in his taxi.  The player, who many in the poker community were attempting to determine through his age and location, is said to be one of the better known players.

Justin Bonomo, Mark Newhouse, Phil Galfond and Ben Lamb are all being mentioned as the possible "Secret Santa" of Vegas.

Submitted by Ace King on, Dec/27/2013

Laundered Money From Illegal Gambling Used for NC Campaign Contributions

(Associated Press) - A checking account used last year to make $235,000 in donations to the campaigns of dozens of North Carolina politicians contained the laundered proceeds of a criminal gambling enterprise, according to Oklahoma's top law enforcement official.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/27/2013

Chris Christie’s Bloated Estimates but Money for Online Gambling Keeps Flowing

While some critics and those in the media keep coming down on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for his apparent overestimates of anticipated revenue and taxation derived from real money online gambling, few can say the new industry that kicked off late last month has been anything other than a huge success.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Dec/27/2013

Bet on Tokyo as Asia’s Next Gambling Mecca

(Reuters) - Asian countries are lining up to steal gaming business from heavyweight Macau. The tiny enclave on China’s south coast is the world’s gambling mecca: it took $38-billion (U.S.) in gaming revenue in 2012; hotels run at 87 per cent occupancy, according to official data, a shade better than Las Vegas. Yet casino operators are already looking for the next casino capital. Japan may fit the bill.

Submitted by Reuters on, Dec/26/2013

Doggone Shame: Millions of Bitcoin Alternative Dogecoin Stolen in Christmas Hack

The founders of Dogewallet, a storage system for the Bitcoin alternative Dogecoin, have confirmed a hack that may have cost owners of the currency over $12,000. Reports of the hack first began gathering pace at the Dogecoin forum, where users reported their funds were being sent to a wallet without their authorization. In separate posts on Reddit’s Dogecoin page and the dogewallet.com front page, the founders explained the issue.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/26/2013

Bally Technologies Gets Chastised by Gaming Board: Could be Fined

LAS VEGAS — (Associated Press) - Nevada gambling regulators say slot machine operator Bally Technologies failed to register some of its employees.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board filed a 28-count complaint against the company this week.

The complaint says that Bally registered its employees weeks, months, and in one case, years late. Nevada law requires gambling companies to register employees before they start work.

The board recommended that Bally be fined for each of the 28 counts. The company now has a chance to contest the complaint.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/26/2013

PokerStars Eyes Online Gambling License in New York State

Following New Jersey’s rejection of a licensing application from the world’s largest online poker company, PokerStars, its parent company is now said to be looking at neighboring New York State.

While New York does not yet allow real money online gambling, that could all change.  PokerStars has reportedly begun hiring lobbyists to push for legalization in a state that this year embraced expansion of its brick and mortar casinos.

From Casino.org:

Submitted by Ace King on, Dec/26/2013

New Mexico Gambling Proposal Likely to Face Critics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Associated Press) — It doesn't appear that a proposed gambling compact between the Navajo Nation and the state of New Mexico will get any warmer of a reception than it did during the 2013 legislative session when it was met with complaints.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the proposal that was unveiled in the last days of the 2013 session had run into trouble from the outset and was never voted on by the full Legislature. The Navajos' current compact and those of four other tribes expire on June 30, 2015.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/26/2013

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