Gambling News

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.

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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

Mobster Baker Sues New York for ‘False Imprisonment’ Tied to Gangland Murder

A Brooklyn bakery owner with alleged mob ties is suing the state of New York for what he claims was false imprisonment.

Mario Fortunato was placed behind bars following two guilty verdicts against him involving a gangland murder.  Both those verdicts were later overturned.

The reputed Genovese Crime Family associated wants to be reimbursed for millions of dollars.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Dec/25/2013

Gambling Expansion Again on the Table in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. — (Associated Press) - Those who support legalizing casinos in Kentucky are back in the starting gate, mounting another campaign that promotes expanded gambling as a lucrative revenue source during lean times in hopes of a strong stretch run for a proposal mired in defeat.

The latest version will be presented as a proposed constitutional amendment that would go on the 2014 fall ballot in Kentucky if approved by the General Assembly. Proposals have been drafted for introduction in the House and Senate.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/25/2013

Mobster Accused of Trying to Have Daughter’s Boyfriend Killed Won’t be Home for Xmas

(Associated Press) - A REPUTED mob associate will stay in jail over Christmas while a judge weighs charges that he tried to have his daughter's boyfriend and two rivals killed.

Ronald Galati Sr., who has an auto body shop on 20th Street near McKean in South Philadelphia, also is accused of threatening people during a grand-jury investigation focusing on organized crime and insurance fraud.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/24/2013

NJ Judge Approves Atlantic Club Shutdown

CAMDEN, N.J. (Associated Press) — A slowdown brought on by the rapid proliferation of casino gambling in the northeastern United States claimed its first victim in New Jersey on Monday when a federal bankruptcy judge approved the sale and shutdown of Atlantic City's Atlantic Club Casino Hotel.

The casino, which opened in 1980 as the Golden Nugget and featured then-owner Steve Wynn bringing fresh towels to Frank Sinatra in its commercials, will shut its doors Jan. 13.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/24/2013

Online Poker to Help Super Storm Sandy Victims in NJ With ‘Restore The Shore’ Event

More evidence of online poker’s positive impact: PartyPoker, in conjunction with the Borgata Hotel, has announced a “Restore The Shore” charity poker event to be held over a 6-month period and will assist in the restoration of six coastal New Jersey towns.  Each were severely impacted by Super Storm Sandy just over a year ago.  It was among the most costliest natural disasters in US history.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Dec/23/2013

Somach to Talk Online Poker ‘Texas Block’em’ With Inventor Arthur Pfeiffer

Journalist Tom Somach of Gambling911.com and the San Francisco Examiner and mathematician Arthur Pfeiffer, inventor of the new poker game Texas Block 'em, will be guests on national radio on the day after Christmas--Thursday, December 26, 2013.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Dec/23/2013

Canada’s Most Notorious Mobster Vito Rizzuto Dies in Hospital

One of Canada’s most notorious mobsters, Vito Rizzuto, has died of natural causes after being admitted to a Montreal hospital early Monday morning.  He was 67.

Rizzuto reportedly entered the hospital after suffering chest pains.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Dec/23/2013

PokerStars Announces 2014 Stops for UKIPT Season 4

LONDON, UK – UK & Ireland’s biggest and best live poker tour confirmed the final stops of the season 4 tour in six major cities today. Each event aims to be a spectacular can’t-miss festival of poker with a huge selection of poker action. The New Year will kick off with the UKIPT Edinburgh main event starting 16 January, and the tour will then visit Dublin, Nottingham, Marbella, Isle of Man finishing with the Grand Final in London.

Submitted by Press Release on, Dec/23/2013

David Beckham to Promote Casinos in Singapore, Macau

Retired British Football star David Beckham is set to begin promoting casinos in Singapore and Macau in the coming year.

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He’ll be the face behind the Las Vegas Sands in those two markets.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Dec/23/2013

Casinos Take Over Airwaves, Malls in New Jersey Online Gambling Blitz

The Newark Star Ledger’s Ryan Hutchins reports on what Gambling911.com noticed the last time we were in New York City during the launch of New Jersey’s real money online gambling sector in late November: online casino ads are everywhere.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Dec/23/2013

Jessica Lange Set to Join Cast of Upcoming Remake ‘The Gambler’

This weekend it was confirmed that Jessica Lange has signed on for the upcoming Paramount Pictures project “The Gambler”.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Dec/22/2013

Atlantic Club Casino in NJ Closing Jan. 13: Caesars Among Buyers

The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in Atlantic City says it will close on Jan. 13, reducing the number of casinos in the struggling gambling resort to 11.

It will be the first Atlantic City casino to close since the Sands shut down in 2006 to make way for a new casino project that never got built.

The casino said Friday it reached two sale agreements that will be submitted to a judge Monday for approval. It did not list either buyer, but a bankruptcy court filing identified one as Caesars Entertainment.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/20/2013

Online Poker: Last 10-Package Guarantee of Year for LSOP Millions this Sunday

(San Jose, Costa Rica) - Americas Cardroom is making this Sunday the most anticipated day of the month for Hold'em fans that want to take their game offline. The online poker site is announcing 10 packages this Sunday for the $1 million guaranteed LSOP, a land-based poker tournament set to get underway this March in Panama.

Submitted by Press Release on, Dec/20/2013

Forget Santa Calls – Get Calls From Charlie Sheen, Justin Beiber Or Reggie Bush

In what is clearly a naughty or nice special, a new service, Celebcalls is offering kids of all ages Christmas calls from such charming characters as Justin Bieber, Charlie Sheen, Snoop Dogg, and Ice-T.

With their Send Santa Calls program, for only $4.99 celebs call with a customized, personalized message.

Submitted by Jenny Woo on, Dec/20/2013

Convicted Genovese Crime Family Member Denied Furlough to Attend Rangers Game

Brooklyn Federal Judge Pamela Chen has denied Genovese crime family mobster Felice Masullo an unusual request to attend a New York Rangers game this week with his family.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Dec/20/2013

Breaking News

PGA Tour Next Frontier for Gambling? Wirecard Processed for Mafia-Controlled Casino

PGA Tour Next Frontier for Gambling? Wirecard Processed for Mafia-Controlled Casino

PGA Golf is looking to make a major impact in the world of legalized gambling and sports betting.

Suspect Arrested in Poker Pro Susie Q Murder Case

Suspect Arrested in Poker Pro Susie Q Murder Case

A 60-year-old Michigan man has been arrested in connection to the death of professional poker player Susie "Susie Q" Zhao, authorities said.