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Breakup of Bwin.Party Possible With Activist Fund Taking Stake in Company

The Financial Times of London is reporting that a New York-based activist hedge fund will be taking a stake in struggling Bwin.Party

SpringOwl, which is managed by the activist fund Cumberland Associates, has “agreed in principle” to purchase around 6.1 per cent of Bwin.Party from the group’s founders, Ruth Parasol and Russ Deleon.

As part of the deal, SpringOwl will have the right to appoint one director to the board.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/18/2014

Former Baltimore Ravens Star Ray Rice Arrested at Revel Casino in Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Associated Press) — Atlantic City police said Baltimore running back Ray Rice was arrested at a casino after an argument with his fiancée turned physical.

Atlantic City police said that Rice and Janay Palmer were arrested on simple assault charges and were released on a summons after an incident at the Revel Casino early Saturday morning. Both Rice and Palmer declined medical attention, and neither reported any injuries

Submitted by Associated Press on, Feb/18/2014

Another Man With Ties to Legends Sports Gambling Ring Plead Guilty

Timothy Robillard, 44, pleaded guilty Monday to one felony charge of running an illegal gambling operation.  The former Albany, New York corrections officer faces a year of conditional discharge and a $25,000 forfeiture of profits when sentenced in April. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Feb/18/2014

Online Gambling Gold Rush: Adelson was Once Poised to Operate Web Casino

In a 2007 piece appearing in the San Francisco Chronicle, Thomas Somach wrote extensively on the potential for an Internet Gambling gold rush in the US where land-based casinos and even the likes of Disney could get into the fray.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/18/2014

Milner Prevails Over 731 Entrants in Black Hawk

Black Hawk, CO - Doug Milner’s poker accomplishments pale in comparison to many in HPT’s field of 731 at Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour, including world champion Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, Bryan Devonshire, and Dan O’Brien. The 73-year-old from Salt Lake City had just two career cashes totaling $1300.  He last cashed three years ago for $376.  Although he advanced to Day 2 at Golden Gates on Sunday, he had a lackluster stack towards the bottom of the chip counts.

Submitted by Press Release on, Feb/18/2014

China to Crack Down on Vices Including Gambling, Prostitution

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s government told police across the country to get tough on prostitution, gambling and drugs following an expose in the “sin city” of Dongguan, where a crackdown on prostitution led to the detention of nearly 1,000 people this month.

The announcement, on the Ministry of Public Security’s official website late on Monday, said investigations had begun in several provinces, and police had broken up 73 vice rings and closed down 2410 prostitution and gambling dens over the past week.

Submitted by Reuters on, Feb/17/2014

Can you Bet the Oscars in Las Vegas?

Can you bet the Oscars in Las Vegas? has the answer to this question and it is…..

Submitted by Jordan Bach on, Feb/17/2014

Cell Phones May Boost Internet Gambling in New Jersey

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – (Associated Press) - Internet gambling analysts and casino executives say the increased use of cellphones to place bets could accelerate the growth of the nascent industry in the state.

“Mobile applications will play an enormous piece of the puzzle in online wagering, which is why we are so positive and see so much upside in months ahead,” said Joe Lupo, senior vice president of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, which began offering gambling Monday over Android cellphones on 3G and 4G networks.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Feb/17/2014

WSOP 3 Time Gold Ring Winner Chan Pelton Accused of Pocketing Tournament Chip

A three-time gold ring winner in World Series of Poker circuit events, Chan Pelton, is under investigation for allegedly pocketing a T25,000 chip from the WSOP Circuit Palm Beach Kennel Club in Florida.

Submitted by Ace King on, Feb/17/2014

Frustration Continues as Sands Las Vegas, Venetian Websites Down Again

One week after a malicious hacking of the Sands Las Vegas casino websites, the progress getting them back up has been especially slow.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/17/2014

Mt.Gox Bitcoin Exchange Withdrawals to Resume ‘Shortly’

Following a halt to bitcoin withdrawals by one of the anonymous digital currency’s largest exchanges, Mt.Gox, it was announced Monday that these withdrawals should resume “shortly”.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/17/2014

New Jersey Online Gambling Expected to Triple in 2014

The Daily Record of New Jersey describes how that state’s new online gambling sector is expected to triple by year’s end.

Submitted by Ace King on, Feb/17/2014

Poker Pro Phil Galfond: ‘Old School vs. New School’

Poker pro Phil Galfond has written an excellent article on the “old school vs. new school” in the poker player world.

The topic up for discussion is, more or less, the way that poker players carry themselves and the effect it has on the game as a whole- a very important discussion to have, he noted.

Galfond contends that the old school players believe that today’s younger pros carry themselves in a way "that isn’t good for the games or for the general popularity of poker".

Submitted by Ace King on, Feb/16/2014

Sands Casino Websites Back Up But Slow to Access

Days after a hacking of its various corporate websites, Sands Casino was back up and operational on the Web Saturday evening.  Still, the sites were slow to access at times.

The access time had some initial telltale signs of a Denial of Access (DoS) attack though the slow downloads were more likely attributed to routine maintenance.

A DoS attack sends pockets of useless traffic from compromised servers to a website, thus crippling load ability. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Feb/15/2014

Former Atlantic City Mayor Claims Caesars ‘Meddling in Atlantic Club Future’

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Associated Press) — A state senator says the company that bought the former Atlantic Club Casino Hotel wants to make sure it never reopens as a casino.

James Whelan, a former mayor of Atlantic City, wrote this week to New Jersey casino regulators complaining about what he says are attempts by Caesars Entertainment to prevent a future buyer from operating the property as a casino. He said the company is seeking a deed restriction to be part of any future sale of the property dictating that it cannot be used as a casino again.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Feb/15/2014

Where Can I Bet Gulfstream Racing Online – Florida Derby, Donn Handicap, More

Where can you bet on Gulfstream racing over the Internet? features daily betting on all the major US racetracks including Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida (no social security number necessary and receive free cash up to 100% of your initial deposit)

Submitted by Ean Lamb on, Feb/14/2014

Louisiana Gov Bobby Jindal on the Internet Gambling Jihad: ‘Bad for America’

Current Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is on a crusade against Internet gambling.  His state was one of a handful that cracked down hard on the industry in recent years, prior to his election (arrest warrant issued against a board member of Sportingbet – remember this one?)

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Feb/14/2014

New Jersey Approves Revel Co-Owners to Operate Casino

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Associated Press) — New Jersey casino regulators gave final approval Wednesday to an investment firm to be the largest owner of Revel Casino Hotel.

The state Casino Control Commission granted final approval to Chatham Asset Management, a hedge fund that is part of a lender group that emerged with an ownership stake in Revel following its bankruptcy last year. Chatham owns 28 percent of Revel.

But how long any of this lasts is anyone’s guess. Revel is considering selling itself or making a second bankruptcy filing.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Feb/14/2014

Sands Hacked Casino Page Now Features Images: Still Reports Record Profits

Four days after Sands Las Vegas casino websites were hacked into, the respective sites for nine different properties are yet to be operating in full capacity. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/14/2014

Stanley Ho's SJM Makes Fresh Start With New Macau Casino

(Reuters) - Macau gambling kingpin Stanley Ho helped put the former Portuguese colony on the map 40 years ago with the fluorescent, onion-shaped Casino Lisboa. Now, the pioneer of old Macau is creating a new landmark - a $3.9 billion resort that will be one of the final projects to open on China's booming Las Vegas-style Cotai strip.

Submitted by Reuters on, Feb/14/2014

PokerStars Sportsbook: World’s Number One Could Dive Into Sports Betting

The world’ largest real money online poker site PokerStars is said to be contemplating the addition of a sportsbook.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Feb/13/2014

Regulators Still Unsure if Sands, Venetian Guest Credit Card Info Compromised

LAS VEGAS – (Associated Press) - A Nevada gambling regulator said Thursday afternoon that it's unclear whether the hackers who knocked down all of Las Vegas Sands Corp.'s websites for three days and counting had stolen patron data, including credit card information.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Feb/13/2014

NJ Online Gambling Operators Hamstrung by Credit Card Authorization Problems

The Financial Times on Thursday noted that New Jersey may not be living up to expectations where its burgeoning online gambling industry is concerned.  The main obstacle: getting through the signup process, and that includes getting money on the respective websites.

From the Financial Times:

But operators are hamstrung by teething problems that include getting credit card companies to process deposits and the slow process of website registration.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Feb/13/2014

Second Bitcoin Exchange Halts Withdrawals: Canada to Tighten Grip

A second major bitcoin exchange has temporarily ceased withdrawals following an apparent cyberattack that has seen the anonymous digital currency’s price drop in recent days.

Bitstamp followed the move of Mt.Gox by halting withdrawals after hackers had exploited a bug in some underlying software to carry out the attack.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/13/2014

FBI Confirms Probe of Sands Website Hackings: Credit Card Breach a Concern

Day 3 of the Las Vegas Sands casino websites remaining down following a corporate-wide hacking and it was still unclear as to whether customer credit card information could have been compromised.

At the time of the hacking, employee social security numbers were seen scrolling across the breached website.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/13/2014

CAN’T-Bet: Canbet Freezes $300k: Punters Issue Death Threats, File Lawsuits

Once among the most prestigious Australian online bookmakers, Canbet is now finding itself mired in scandal after freezing approximately $300,000 in player funds.

The reason: Financial restructuring, a gentle way of saying the company is having financial problems.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Feb/13/2014

Minimum $10 Million to be Rewarded to Winner of World Series of Poker Main Event

LAS VEGAS — (Associated Press) - The World Series of Poker will give poker pros and amateurs a record number of chances to win gold bracelets at its Las Vegas bonanza this summer, and will award at least $10 million to the main event winner.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Feb/12/2014

New Jersey Online Gambling Revenue Numbers Released: 28 Percent Increase

Internet gaming win for January 2014 increased 28% from the $7.4 million reported in December 2013.

As of January 31, 2014, 197,782 Internet gaming accounts have been created since the beginning of soft play on November 21, 2013.

Based upon filings with the Division of Gaming Enforcement, total gaming win from the casino hotels and Internet gaming operations totaled $195.7 million in January 2014,compared to $205.2 million in casino win last January.

- Aaron Goldstein,

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/12/2014

Former Full Tilt Poker Operative ‘Malpractice’ Claim Against Attorney Thrown Out

A Nevada district court has thrown out a claim against noted online gambling industry attorney Jeff Ifrah by which a former client asserted “malpractice”.

Chad Elie, a convicted online poker payment processor who was among those indicted during a sweeping crackdown on the industry April 15, 2011, alleged last April that Ifrah gave him misleading professional advice so that he could continue making millions of dollars in commission.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/12/2014

Rabcat Releases Castle Builder to the International Gaming Community

Austria - Rabcat is announcing the worldwide launch of its most innovative and successful real-money game yet, Castle BuilderTM.

Submitted by Press Release on, Feb/12/2014

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Hard Rock, Seminole Gaming Win Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Hard Rock, Seminole Gaming Win Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Hard Rock International and Seminole Gaming have won the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).  The award recognizes the PlayersEdge casino team member training program, which was introduced in December, 2019.  The award was presented at the recent NCPG Digital Symposium and National Awards Ceremony.  In 2014, Seminole Gaming also received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from NCPG.

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Should I teach my child to play poker?

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