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Moooonlighting Mobster-Cattle Rancher Convicted in Racketeering Trial

(Associated Press) - A former mob associate who spent over a decade posing as a cattle rancher in Idaho has been convicted of federal charges including the attempted murder of a man who became the boss of the New England Mafia.

Enrico Ponzo was convicted Wednesday after a month long racketeering trial.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/20/2013

5Dimes Sportsbook Joins the Equity Poker Network

San Jose, Costa Rica – The momentum continues to build at the (“EPN”), with the confirmation today that it has signed the 5Dimes Group to the online poker “Collective”. The deal will see several of the 5Dimes Group’s websites operating immediately on EPN, making the Network’s tested and trusted software available to the their players for a much-enhanced and enjoyable online poker experience.

Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/20/2013

Two More Casinos Approved for Online Gambling in New Jersey

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Associated Press) - New Jersey approved two additional casinos Wednesday to conduct Internet gambling, bringing the total to seven so far.

But last-minute testing that was to continue late into the night might knock some out of the running for Thursday night's launch of a five-day test period, also called soft play.

David Rebuck, director of the state Division of Gaming Enforcement, said his office was testing the systems of the seven casinos.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/20/2013

HostGator Experiences 2nd Outage in Six Months: Many Gambling Affiliates Down

A number of online gambling affiliate websites were down after 11:15 am EDT Wednesday due to an outage with Web hosting site

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/20/2013

Paddy Power Profits Hit by Soccer, Horseracing Results

(Reuters) - Bookmaker Paddy Power expects full year operating profit to be about 11 million euros ($15 million) lower than it forecast three months ago after unfavorable soccer and horse racing results.

The Dublin-based group, which has posted stellar top-line profit growth in recent years, said results had gone against it since July, particularly at the Australian Spring Horse Racing Carnival and Champions League soccer.

Submitted by Reuters on, Nov/20/2013

Robert De Niro's Failed Audition as Sonny Corleone in 'The Godfather' Surfaces (Video)

Robert De Niro didn’t get the part of Sonny Corleone in the classic 1972 film “The Godfather”.

A failed audition tape surfaced this week, which showed De Niro, in his late 20’s,  is seen spinning around in front of the cameras wearing a black trilby hat and a buttoned-up grey shirt.  While the performance may have been good, it wasn't enough to make the cut.

De Niro would go on to win the part in "The Godfather"'s second installment, a role that would ultimately lead to an Academy Award.

Submitted by Jordan Bach on, Nov/20/2013

Foreign Online Gambling Bill to be Introduced in New Jersey

New Jersey state Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) is set to introduce new legislation that would allow residents of jurisdictions where online gambling is legal outside the US to play with individuals based inside of New Jersey.  The official announcement was slated for 10:30 am EST Thursday.

The move would help create a more expansive pool of players, especially with online poker where volume is most needed.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/20/2013

Poker Player Niklas Heinecker the Biggest Online Money Earner in 2013

German poker player Niklas Heinecker has won more money than any other person online in 2013 to date, cashing out a sweet US$1.19 million.  And to think he only began playing online back in May.

It’s not just online where Heinecker has enjoyed huge success.  He also won the HK$1 GuangDong Asia Millions (US$4.5 million) back in May, bringing his total combined earnings on the year to an unprecedented $8.7 million. 

Overall, Chris Moorman is the biggest money earner online, having amassed $10 million in Web tournaments over his career.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Nov/19/2013

American Gaming Association Responds to Adelson Anti-Online Gambling Effort

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has issued a statement in the wake of casino magnate and GOP bigwig donor Sheldon Adelson’s threat to launch a media blitz against legalization of online gambling in the USA.

The AGA state:

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/19/2013

Philly Mobster Asks Why He Should Go to Prison for Something PA Will Soon Make Legal

With the announcement that the state of Pennsylvania is pushing to legalize gambling in bars, Philly Mobster George Borgesi questioned why he should be going to prison for essentially engaging in the same type of business model.

"So what are we doing here?" he asked a reporter Tuesday during a break from his retrial on racketeering conspiracy charges.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/19/2013

Poker Pro Dan Bilzerian Redefines Being on Instagram ‘Straight Flexin’

Everybody and their mother is talking about poker pro Dan Bilzerian, the man, the myth.  He’s the millionaire who has redefined what it means to be “on Instagram, straight flexin”.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/19/2013

Mobster Frank ‘Bobo’ Marrapese Sentenced to 9 Years for Role in Sports Betting Ring

PROVIDENCE – (Associated Press) - A reputed New England mobster was sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty on Monday in connection with an illegal sports betting ring.

Frank "Bobo" Marrapese, 70, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge William E. Carnes Jr. to five counts of extortion conspiracy and one count each of racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit criminal usury.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/19/2013

Christie Goes Off on ‘Trainwreck’, 'Absolutists' GOP: Could War With Adelson Be Brewing

New Jersey Governor Republican Chris Christie lashed out at his own party on Monday night, calling them a “train wreck”.  That just happens to be the same term used by one of the GOP’s biggest donors, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, to describe legalized online gambling in the US.

Coincidental timing?

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/19/2013

Players Set to Rake in Winnings with $50,000 up for Grabs at

It’s set to be a merry Christmas for players at, with a $50,000 prize pool at stake, and two chances to claim it.


Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/19/2013

Rob Ford Odds: Stopped Drinking After ‘Come to Jesus’ Moment (Video)

Toronto’s embattled crack smoking Mayor, Rob Ford, said he quit drinking following what he called a “come-to-Jesus” moment.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/19/2013

Latest Federal Internet Gambling Bill Proposes Taxation: Reid Working on Measure

LAS VEGAS — (Associated Press) - If Congress makes no progress on a national framework for online gambling this session, it won’t be for a lack of legislation.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/19/2013

Sounding Off Over Adelson: “Would Give Up Poker to Wipe Smile Off Snarky Ginger’s Face’

Poker players on the popular website have blasted casino magnate Sheldon Adelson regarding his stance on legalized Internet gambling in the US.  Adelson announced he will be ratcheting things up a notch by hiring lobbying groups in a feeble-minded effort to ban Web gambling at t

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Nov/18/2013

Countdown to Legalized Real Money Online Gambling in New Jersey – Starts Nov

Real money online gambling is set to launch on November 26 in the state of New Jersey following an initial trial.  We can only hope this launch goes off better than what we witnessed with the much ballyhooed Affordable Healthcare website kickoff back on October 1, a site that still doesn’t quite work.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/18/2013

Full Tilt Poker Customers Expected to be Paid by March 31

Full Tilt Poker customers living in the US were expected to see their monies by March 31 (2014), nearly three years after that online poker company shut its doors to Americans.  A few million dollars is owed to former Full Tilt players.

Submitted by Ace King on, Nov/18/2013

Guillermo Olvero of Mexico Wins 2013 Punta Cana Poker Classic: 'Bears' All

Mexican poker player Guillermo Olvero has won the coveted 2013 Punta Cana Poker Classic Main Event.  He is the first poker player representing Latin America to win the Classic, now in its 4th year.  Until now, two Canadians and an American have been crowned.

Submitted by Ace King on, Nov/18/2013

Gambling Magnate Sheldon Adelson to Battle Online Gambling as NJ Sites Set to Launch

One of the biggest GOP donors, casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, is preparing to leverage his power by approaching Congress in an effort to ban Internet gambling in the US.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/18/2013

Purple Gang Mobster Shot Dead in Bronx: Brother Killed Up to 70 People

A violent thug involved in the Harlem and Bronx trade during the 70’s and 80’s was found shot execution-style in his head late Friday night.

Submitted by Alejandro Botticelli on, Nov/18/2013

Bookies in Tears Following 'Miracle in Auburn' (Video)

With Auburn the most wagered on side in this weekend’s College Football slate, bookies were slamming their heads against the wall following an unprecedented 4th quarter come-from-behind 20 points scored by the Georgia Bulldogs that resulted in a one-point lead for Georgia.  Bookies were beginning to celebrate.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/16/2013

NJ Loses Another Battle on Sports Betting Front: Supreme Court Unlikely to Take Case

More bad news for the state of New Jersey and its efforts to legalize sports betting as a Third Circuit Court of Appeals denied a bid for a full rehearing.

The Court ruled Friday:

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/16/2013

Latest Odds: President Obama Approval Rating to Drop Below 30 Percent at 3-1 has US President Barack Obama’s approval rating odds to stay above 30 percent, at least through December 31.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/16/2013

Professional Poker Player Vadim Trincher Facing Up to 27 Months in Prison

A professional poker player has confessed to his role in running an illegal sports betting operation that catered to wealthy gamblers in the United States, Russia and the Ukraine.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/15/2013

Former Utah AG Mark Shurleff Denies Role in Online Poker Payment Scheme (Video)

In 2009, St. George-based SunFirst Bank began processing payments to online poker players to the tune of $200 million dollars, resulting in what would ultimately become known as “Black Friday”.   The US Attorneys Office in the Southern District of New York indicted a number of key executives at three big US-facing online poker rooms including the co-owner of SunFirst Bank, Jeremy Johnson.

Submitted by Ace King on, Nov/15/2013

Full Tilt Poker Remission Process Deadline Looms: Affiliates Welcome to File Claim

The Full Tilt Poker Claims Administration, as authorized by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is accepting Full Tilt Poker remission requests until November 16, 2013. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Nov/15/2013

Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Still Favored to Stay Put: Will be Stripped of Power (Video)

More bad news for embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as he learned early Friday morning that the city council voted to strip him of some powers. has made Ford a -110 favorite to remain Mayor until the next election period approximately one year from now.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/15/2013

Some Visa and Mastercard Credit Card Issuing Banks Won’t Process for US Online Gambling Sites

American Express Co., Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC), Credit card issuers, Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) and eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY)’s PayPal won't be permitting transactions for online gambling sites located in the United States, at least for now.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/15/2013

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Video Evidence NFL Players Involved in Poker Game Armed Robbery

Video Evidence NFL Players Involved in Poker Game Armed Robbery

The New York Daily News reports that video evidence, Instagram DMs, and testimony show payoff cover-ups for NFL players DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar tied to an alleged armed robbery that occurred on May 13 in Miramar, Fla.

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