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Maryland Lawmakers Gather in 2nd Special Session to Consider Gambling, Pit Bulls

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — (Associated Press) - Maryland lawmakers convened for the year’s second special session Thursday to consider a significant expansion of gambling in the state to raise more revenue and create jobs.

The measure, which is tailored to make Maryland more competitive with neighboring states with a larger variety of gambling options, would allow table games like craps and a new casino in Prince George’s County near the nation’s capital.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Aug/09/2012

Foxwoods CEO Sees Business Shift

HARTFORD, Conn. (Associated Press) — Increased gambling competition is forcing the largest casino in the Western Hemisphere to shift its business to include more non-gambling enterprises such as retail and conferences, the chief executive of Foxwoods Resort Casino said Thursday.

Scott Butera, CEO of the Indian-run casino, said in an interview with The Associated Press that Foxwoods anticipated the success of New York's Aqueduct Racetrack "racino."

"We planned for the effects of Aqueduct," Butera said.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/09/2012

Record $1.13 Billion Bet at Aqueduct Racetrack in July

(Associated Press) - More than a billion dollars bet by nearly a million customers last month is the latest evidence that the “racino” at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York City is capitalizing on its prime location and drawing dollars and gamblers from neighboring states’ casinos.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/09/2012

Clinkville: Facebook Online Poker Players Ask for Leniency, Face 7 Months in Prison

11 poker players in Jakarta, Indonesia have been charged with playing online poker via Facebook, with each facing up to 7 months behind bars for their crime. 

Online chips were transferred during the commission of the crime.  The chips are deemed to be “virtual cash” since Facebook does not permit real money gambling in Indonesia. 

The seven poker players were identified as: Kesuma Wijaya Sidauruk; M Nasir, aka Aldo; Eman, aka Liang Sun; Hendry, aka A Hen; Haris Pratama Putra; A Seng, aka M. Ikhsan; and M. Zulfikar.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Aug/09/2012

Shannon Eastin World Series of Poker Past: NFL Officials Prohibited From Gambling

The National Football League apparently has a zero tolerance policy as it relates to officials gambling.

Shannon Eastin is to become the first female to officiate an NFL game Thursday night when the Packers meet the Chargers for the start of preseason play. Eastin will serve as a replacement official.

Submitted by Don Shapiro on, Aug/09/2012

NFL Replacement Official Shannon Eastin Poker Past Comes Back to Haunt Her

Breaking overnight news:  National Football League replacement official Shannon Eastin has come under scrutiny for having played in the 2007 World Series of Poker, NBC Sports revealed late Wednesday.

Submitted by Dan Shapiro on, Aug/08/2012

Absolute Poker Liquidation Confirmed by Kahnawake

Claims of ownership interest in Absolute Poker parent company Blanca need to be settled prior to the distribution of liquidated assets, PokerFuse.com was reporting on Wednesday

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Aug/08/2012

Moody’s Investment Service Backs Mohegan Sun Purchase of Resorts Casino Hotel

HARTFORD, Conn. – (Associated Press) - A ratings agency says the deal in which Connecticut-based Mohegan Sun casino operators will manage Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City could boost the Mohegan tribal authority's management venture.

Moody's Investors Service said Wednesday that to the extent the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority can improve the performance at Resorts and develop a successful track record in Atlantic City's challenging market, the deal could result in more management contract opportunities.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/08/2012

South Point Casino Receives Tentative Approval for ‘Real Money’ Internet Poker

LAS VEGAS (Associated Press) - Nevada state gambling regulators have given tentative approval for a casino's plan to operate an Internet poker website accessible only within Nevada boundaries.

The state Gaming Control Board in Carson City gave conditional approval Wednesday for the South Point casino to conduct interactive gambling.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that if the Nevada Gaming Commission gives the OK on Aug. 23, the casino owned by Michael Gaughan would be the first licensed for interactive gambling.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/08/2012

Former Philadelphia Mayor's Daughter, 15 Others Charged with Running Massive Bookie Biz

Federal prosecutors claim to have broken up a massive bookmaking business based in suburban Philadelphia that spanned beyond state borders into New Jersey, Florida and Costa Rica. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Aug/08/2012

Philadelphia Mob ‘Capo’ Pleads Guilty: Won’t Turn Rat in Joseph Ligambi Trial

A Philadelphia Mob lieutenant, Martin “Marty” Angelina, 50, has plead guilty to racketeering but has refused to cooperate in the fall trial of alleged crime family boss Joseph Ligambi. 

Angelina admitted to operating illegal poker machines at the First Ward Republican Club in South Philadelphia and using extortionist tactics to collect a $6700 debt.  He faces up to five years in prison as part of the plea deal. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Aug/08/2012

Mobile Gambling Comes to Atlantic City

TRENTON — (Associated Press) - Adults who patronize Atlantic City’s casinos will soon be able to gamble at the pool, in their hotel rooms or while waiting in line at the buffet.

Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation increasing gambling options to include handheld devices.

Mobile gambling will be restricted to the casino property.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/08/2012

Plans for Maryland Casino Expansion Unveiled

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — (Associated Press) - Casinos could be able to collect more revenue than currently allowed under the long-awaited details of a bill released Tuesday by Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration ahead of a special session on gambling.

Maryland’s 67 percent tax rate on casinos is considered unusually high. Under the bill, casinos could get a lower tax rate if they buy or lease expensive slot machines instead of the state and, in some cases, to make up for added competition from a new casino site in Prince George’s County.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/08/2012

Mohegan Sun Takes Over Atlantic City Resorts Casino Hotel

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — (Associated Press) - The tribe that owns the Mohegan Sun casino extended its reach in the East on Tuesday by taking over operations of Atlantic City’s oldest casino, planting itself in the region’s gambling mecca as an alternative to luring tourists to its slot machines and poker tables in eastern Connecticut.

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Submitted by Guest on, Aug/08/2012

PokerListings Battle of Malta to be Hosted by Ravishing Kara Scott

November 22-25 will be yet another poker tournament held in an exotic locale.  PokerListings.com’s “Battle of Malta” will feature a €500+50 buy-in, a €150,000 guarantee held at the Portomaso Casino. 

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Event organizers have also announced that the beautiful poker presenter Kara Scott will be hosting this magnificent event. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Aug/08/2012

New Jersey Sports Betting Moving Forward Despite Lawsuit

Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (imega.org) head Joe Brennan, Jr. tells Gambling911.com that a suit filed Tuesday on behalf of the four professional sports leagues and NCAA will not stop legalized sports betting from moving forward in New Jersey. 

“The leagues should not get an injunction since they cannot prove irreparable harm,” Brennan noted, with a sports betting measure expected to be approved in November. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Aug/08/2012

Facebook Friendzy ‘Real Money’ Online Gambling Appears to Target Little Ones

With the “real money” online gambling launch of Bingo & Slots Friendzy on Facebook in Great Britain Tuesday, courtesy of provider Gamesys, mums across the nation have begun condemning the deal.

Indeed, the new app appears to have the look and feel of a child’s game.

"If my child came and asked me for money to play on this, I'd be livid," one mother  said, speaking with TechEye.com. "But then I couldn't blame him, it looks like a very simple child's game." 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Aug/08/2012

Zokay Entertainment Acquires Global Poker Index

Zokay Entertainment announced today that it has acquired the Global Poker Index (GPI) from Pinnacle Entertainment. The GPI is a patent pending system that ranks the weekly performance of the world’s top 300 live tournament poker players. Since its launch in June of 2011, the entire poker community has embraced the GPI and considers it to be the most respected and well recognized independent ranking system for live tournament poker players worldwide

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/08/2012

Poker ‘Psycho’ Matt Marafioti Accused of Trying to Hack Into Fellow Players Accounts

In a shocking development first reported on the popular TwoPlusTwo.com posting forums, poker pro Matt Mafafioti has been accused of conspiring to hack into fellow players accounts with the assistance of another player, Samer Rahman.  While these allegations cannot independently be confirmed by Gambling911.com, it should be noted that administrators of the TwoPlusTwo.com website have elected to keep the forum post up. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Aug/07/2012

Real Money Online Gambling Doesn’t Help Facebook as Shares Continue Skid

Facebook Inc. extended its decline through Tuesday (August 7, 2012) with the stock falling 5.5 percent to $20.72 at the closing bell in New York, this despite news that the company would begin offering real money online gambling in the United Kingdom.

The social media giant, which went public in May, is now down 45 percent after peaking at $38 per share. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/07/2012

Brennan Jr on Sports Betting Suit: ‘New Jersey Will Win Against Sports Leagues in a Blowout’

Joe Brennan Jr. of the Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association reiterated to Gambling911.com on Tuesday New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak’s remarks that the professional sports leagues and NCAA had “taken the bait” where legalizing sports betting in the Garden State is concerned.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Aug/07/2012

Lesniak on Major League Sports, NCAA NJ Sports Betting Suit: ‘Bring It On’

New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak, who co-sponsored a bill to legalize sports betting in the Garden State, laughed off reports that the four major sports leagues and NCAA had filed a suit to prevent his bill from moving forward.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Aug/07/2012

Breaking News: NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, NCAA Sue New Jersey Over Sports Betting

(Reuters) - U.S. college and professional sports leagues filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to stop New Jersey's plans to legalize sports betting.

The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for New Jersey says that a law signed in January to allow sports betting at the state's racetracks and at Atlantic City casinos violates a broad federal ban on wagering on sports events.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/07/2012

Americas Cardroom Introduces CAP Tables: Limits How Much Players in Hand Can Bet

The online poker site that's famous for listening to its player base and making enhancements that make its software more attractive has done it again. Americas Cardroom has introduced CAP tables as part of their latest software release. The tables will be available in low-stakes tables to start.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/07/2012

Naughty Poker a ‘Tasteful and Classy’ Kind of Online Strip Poker Game Claims Founder

"It is naughty, but it's a tasteful and classy kind of naughtiness combined with fast-paced game play that makes Naughty Poker a thrilling experience beyond any other online strip poker," says David Shiller, a Toronto-based software engineer who developed the new online strip poker site aptly titled “Naughty Poker”.

Sure there is some degree of skill we suppose. 

Here's how the game works:

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/07/2012

MGM 2nd Quarter Loss Double What Wall Street Expected

NEW YORK — (Associated Press) - MGM Resorts International on Tuesday posted a second-quarter loss double what Wall Street was expecting, but revenue surged 29 percent on gambling and hotel room gains.

Shares rose 12 cents to $9.38 as the market opened.

The Las Vegas company, which runs the MGM Grand, Bellagio, Mandalay Bay and other properties, lost $145.5 million, or 30 cents per share, compared with a year-ago profit of $3.44 billion, or $6.22 per share.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/07/2012

No Internet Gambling for Maryland

As quickly as the topic arose, the plug has been pulled just as fast on the topic of Internet gambling in the state of Maryland. 

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/07/2012

Amazon Enters Social Gaming Fray

Amazon.com is the latest company to enter the social gaming sector, though no word yet as to whether the online retailer will introduce poker.

For now, Amazon plans to kick off its social gaming with a product line called “Amazon Game Studios” while introducing a Facebook game titled “Living Classics”.

A company statement was released late Monday.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/07/2012

Facebook Launches Real Money Online Gambling in UK with Bingo Friendzy App

Breaking News 5:45 am EDT:  Facebook announced this morning that it will begin to offer real money online gambling to UK residents 18 years and up beginning today, August 7, 2012, via a new Bingo Friendzy
app in conjunction with Gamesys, one of the UK’s largest online gambling operators.

“Gambling is very popular and well regulated in the UK . . . for millions of bingo users it’s already a social experience [so] it makes sense [for us] to offer that as well,” said Julien Codorniou, Facebook’s head of gaming for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Aug/07/2012

Legalized Online Poker in California Faces Long Odds in Final Weeks: Bill Not Likely to Pass

The deadline to get an online poker measure passed in the California legislature is looming. 

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That August 31 date leaves little wiggle room to pass such legislation that would make the activity legal online within the Golden State. 

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Aug/06/2012

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