Gambling News

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission 80 Percent Success Rate: No Mention of

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC) this week boasted about their impressive 80 percent success record for complaint resolution.  That left many a poker player scratching their respective heads. and Absolute Poker, which was forced out of the US market last April following a series of US Justice Department indictments ranging from conspiracy to money laundering, has yet to pay any of their US-based customers.  Company bank accounts were also froze as a result of the investigation. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/22/2012

Joe Hachem Becomes New Ambassador of the Asian Poker Tour

2005 World Series of Poker Main Event winner, Joe Hachem, will now serve as Ambassador for the Asian Poker Tour.  Hachem recently parted ways with the world’s largest online poker room, PokerStars.  At the time of his departure, Hachem claimed he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Jan/22/2012

Aussie Millions Event 6 $1,100 NL Rebuy Won by Michael Pedley

Michael Pedley has won the Aussie Millions Event #6 $1,100 NL Rebuy and the $122,670 cash prize.  There were a total of 331 rebuys for this event. 

One of Pedley’s biggest cashouts to date was at the 39th World Series of Poker 2008 Main Event whereby he walked off with $35,383.  He actually finished in 242nd place. 

His biggest payday was at the 2008 Crown Aussie Millions Championship Event Number 5 – No Limit Hold’em.  Pedley walked away with $177, 011. 

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Jan/22/2012

Ron Paul South Carolina Speech Mentions Online Gambling

While it appeared likely GOP Presidential hopeful Ron Paul was getting online gambling legislation confused with the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA), it was interesting to see the Texas Congressman mention online gambling and how the US people essentially got the issue off the docket.

Paul was a co-sponsor of a bill to legalize Internet gambling in the US along with Democrat Barney Frank.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/21/2012

Huffington Post: Where the GOP Candidates Stand On Gambling

The Huffington Post’s Ron Dicker published a piece this weekend on the four remaining US GOP candidates and their stance as it relates to gambling founder Chris Costigan was quoted in the piece as it relates to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. 

"I can't see Romney supporting gambling. I just can't see it," said Costigan.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jan/21/2012

Zen Entertainment Adds New Suite of MAC and PC Compatible Browser-Based Applications

Zen Entertainment (ZEN) has announced that its brand partners, including South Point Casino’s South Point Poker website, can now offer their customers the opportunity to play through a new suite of MAC and PC-compatible browser-based applications.  The network is expected to become iPad compatible in the coming weeks.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/21/2012

Psychiatrist on Why People Get Transfixed to Slot Machines, Video Poker: Draws Similarities to Prayer

Dr. David Forrest, clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, claims that gamblers enter into a “meditative” state or a “trance” when playing casino slot machines and video poker. 

Forrest should know.  He’s not just a psychiatrist, he’s also an avid slots player himself.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Jan/21/2012

Social Security Payroll Tax Extension Bill Could Carry Online Poker Measure

Harry Reid this past week confirmed he is in talks with Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona to draft legislation that would essentially override the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA) and make online poker legal at the federal level.  Kyl was the architect of UIGEA, which requires banks to halt transactions related to Internet gambling, with some exceptions.  Financial institutions have, however, chosen to ignore those exceptions, opting instead to block nearly all gambling-related transactions. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/21/2012

Gus Hansen Prepares for Aussie Millions 2012 Following Huge Macau Winnings

Gus Hansen won big at last week’s Big Macau games and now he has his eyes set on the Aussie Millions 2012.

Hansen participated in a gruelling 24 hour high stakes poker game then immediately departed Macau en route to Melbourne $3.8 million richer. 

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Jan/21/2012

Poker News: Zynga Shares Up 6.1 Percent on News of ‘Real Money’ Play: Reid i-Poker Insertion Plan

The world’s largest online poker room, Zynga, witnessed a 6.1 percent surge in its share price on Friday following news it was in talks with another party to provide a “real money play” platform.  Zynga, which also produces popular games like Farmville, is currently free to play on Facebook.   

Zynga already claims to have some 30 million monthly users.

A statement released by the company on Friday read:

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Jan/20/2012, Moneybookers Named in MegaUpload Piracy Indictment

For an industry rattled by US Justice Department domain seizures in recent years, it may not have been too much of a shock seeing mentioned as part of the much publicized indictment of video and image hosting website,  The site was taken down by US authorities on Thursday with principles in the company charged with conspiracy. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/20/2012

Poker News: Zynga in Talks to Offer ‘Real Money’ Poker, MSNBC on Player Plight

Here is a recap of poker news headlines as we head into the Friday afternoon hours January 20, 2012.   Among the headlines, the mainstream press is now taking notice of a lawsuit filed against while Zynga confirmed it is in conversations with other parties to offer “real money” online poker. 


Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/20/2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Postpones Vote on Antipiracy Bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has delayed vote on a controversial antipiracy bill originally set for consideration this coming Tuesday.

A massive protest by hundreds of Internet websites including Wikipedia, and Google resulted in a number of the bill’s co-sponsors bailing on Wednesday. 

Reid did not offer an explanation for the delay.

The Senate Majority Leader said he still hopes a compromise can be reached "in the coming weeks."

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/20/2012

Poker News: Tom Dwan ‘Australia’ Photo With Girlfriend Emerges

Here is a recap of poker news headlines as we head into Friday January 20, 2012 (This is the overnight/early AM edition).  Tom Dwan, who has maintained a low profile of late following the Full Tilt Poker debacle, has been spotted near the Aussie Millions.  We’re assuming he’s going to be playing.  Let’s get started. 

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Jan/19/2012

Card Player Magazine Publisher, Poker Pro Barry Shulman Leaves on Half Million Dollar Cruise

Oh, how the other half lives!

Or in this case, the top 1 per cent!

Card Player magazine publisher and poker pro Barry Shulman, who last year dropped $200,000 for a 61-day, Mediterranean Sea cruise on a luxury cruise ship, is at it again.

This time he's on a 94-day, Pacific Ocean cruise on the same ship.

And if, like his cruise last year aboard the Crystal Cruise Lines ship Serenity, he's shelling out big bucks for the ship's priciest stateroom, he's paying a whopping $250,000 for this year's cruise!

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Jan/19/2012

Anonymous Takes Down FBI Website

Reacting to news of a US Justice Department indictment against streaming upload site magaupload along with the website’s seizure, the hactivist group Anonymous has taken down none other than the US Justice Department website. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/19/2012

Online Poker VIP Program: Cashback, $10K Freerolls and More

For anyone looking for a fantastic online poker VIP program, look no further than Carbon Poker, which accepts players from across the globe including North America. 


Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Jan/19/2012

Power Struggle at Wynn: Another Ugly Divorce Battle

Have you all been following the power struggle at Wynn Resorts Inc?

It seems their largest shareholder, Japanese pachinko mogul Kazuo Okada, recently nominated up to four people to the board of the U.S. casino company.  He is currently suing founder Steve Wynn and accuses the Vegas casino titan of blocking access to records related to his investment in the company as well as objecting to an “inappropriate” $135 million company donation to the University of Macau. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/19/2012

Ladbrokes Buys Stakes in US-Based Stadium Technology Group

One of the United Kingdom’s largest bookmakers has bought a 65 per cent stake in US-based Stadium Technology Group, which specializes in sports betting technology and is used by a number of Las Vegas sportsbooks. 

“The size of the US market and potential for positive regulatory change in the coming years make it a sensible place to establish a presence,” said Richard Glynn, Ladbrokes’ chief executive. “Stadium Technology is already one of the key software suppliers to casinos in Nevada and Delaware and it has the potential to expand.”

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/19/2012

Newt Gingrich Ex ‘Open Marriage’ Claims, Rick Perry Out and the Latest South Carolina Primary Odds

Appearing on ABC’s ‘Nightline’, GOP US Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich’s ex wife claimed the candidate desired an “open marriage”.  The network released excerpts from the previously recorded show scheduled for airing Thursday night at 11:30 pm EST. 

Marianne Gingrich said her ex conducted his affair with current wife Callista "in my bedroom in our apartment in Washington."

"He always called me at night and always ended with `I love you,' " she said. "Well, she was listening."

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jan/19/2012

Poker News: DOJ Unlikely to Change Recent Stance on Internet Poker: ACR 1-3 Day Payouts

Here is a recap of today’s poker news for January 19, 2012 (AM/Early Afternoon Edition) including I. Nelson Rose’s insistence that the Department of Justice will remain firm with its latest stance on Internet poker and how states should have little concern jumping into the fray. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/19/2012

Harry Reid: ‘We Cannot Have a Series of Laws Around the Country Related to Gambling’

Following an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press” this past Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was confronted by Tony Batt of  Reid told Batt that a recent change in stance by the US Department of Justice should help push to get federal legislation through that legalizes online poker.

“It’ll give us an incentive to get something done,” Reid told Batt as he departed the studios.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/19/2012

Internet Service Providers Will Not Have to Block Online Gambling Sites in Germany

The Administrative Court of Düsseldorf on Wednesday ruled that an Internet Service Provider (ISP) was not obligated to block an online gambling site even if the website in question was an unlicensed, unregulated foreign entity.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/19/2012

US Attorney Still Bowing to Full Tilt Poker, Pixie Dust Fairies

We at simply cannot take it any more and apparently neither can much of the rest of the online poker sector.

After months of reporting that a white knight had come to the rescue of Full Tilt Poker players who have been waiting upwards of nine months to get paid and how that white knight was supposedly going to set the US Feds straight by entering into some type of deal to ensure players get paid as two of its executives remain on the lam, the industry is finally coming to its senses and refraining from publication of such banter. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/18/2012

Funds Seized From Players Leaving PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

Three American players had their poker winnings seized by authorities in the Bahamas as they were leaving the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) 2012 this week.

From the Tribune News:

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/18/2012

Poker News: Phil Galfond Wins $400K in Less Than 7 Days, Maine Looks at Internet Poker

Here is a recap of today’s poker news for January 18, 2012 evening edition including Phil Galfond’s big week and Maine becoming the latest state to explore legalizing online poker.   

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/18/2012

Forbes: Online Poker Would be Huge for Zynga published a report Wednesday afternoon suggesting that legalized online gambling, specifically online poker, would be huge for Zynga.  Its free Texas Hold’em product is the biggest in the world. 


Following its Initial Public Offering just a few weeks ago, Zynga’s stock performance has failed to impress. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/18/2012

What is Going on at PokerStars? Company Parts Ways with EPT CEO John Duthie

Yet another high ranking executive from the world’s largest real cash online poker firm, PokerStars, has left the company.  This time it’s European Poker Tour CEO John Duthie. 

His successor has already been announced as EPT President Edgar Stuchly.   

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/18/2012

PPN Poker Returns After Leaving Players in Limbo for Four Months

There appears to be some good news involving Chuck Kidd’s Poker Pros Network (PPN).  After announcing more than four months ago it would be leaving the Cake Poker Network, PPN stopped accepting players and stopped paying them as well.  PPN Poker claimed it was in the middle of creating its own website/network.   

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/17/2012

PokerStars Assembles Panel to Meet With Disgruntled Players: CEO Exit Still a Mystery

You can’ fault PokerStars, the world’s largest real money poker room, for at least trying.  It was for Stars probably the worst two weeks they’ve had from a public relations standpoint since the company’s founder was indicted for money laundering and bank fraud back in April of last year. 

News broke earlier in the month that players were organizing a mass protest of the website after Stars changed its rake structure (switched to a weighted-contributed method) and rewards program.  PokerStars responded by banning the protesters from playing. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/17/2012

Breaking News

Denmark Prime Minister Refuses to Talk Greenland Sale, Trump Cancels Trip, Odds Still 25-1

Denmark Prime Minister Refuses to Talk Greenland Sale, Trump Cancels Trip, Odds Still 25-1

US President Donald Trump's quest to purchase Greenland continues to make headlines.  BetOnline Tuesday posted odds of 25-1 on Trump purchasing the semi-autonomous Danish territory.

Woman Gambling at Casino Left Kids Alone in Car

Woman Gambling at Casino Left Kids Alone in Car

Authorities say a New Jersey woman left three young children alone in a car for two hours while she gambled at a Pennsylvania casino.

Trump Buys Greenland

Trump Buys Greenland at 25-1 Odds

Not fake news after all.  US President Donald Trump confirmed over the weekend that he indeed has discussed the possibility of buying the autonomous country of the Kingdom of Denmark.  The Danes say it's not for sale.