Gambling News

Ben Affleck Knew ‘Runner, Runner’ Would be an Epic Failure

“Runner, Runner” star Ben Affleck was so worried over the outcome of the online gambling flick that he brought in his go-to-film editor, Academy Award winner William Goldenberg, to spruce things up.

Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/10/2013

Jury Begins Deliberations in Florida Veterans Gambling Case

SANFORD, Fla. (Associated Press) -- Florida's statewide prosecutor has told jurors that an attorney "gamed" the legal system to help build a multimillion-dollar network of storefront casinos throughout Florida under the guise of a veterans' charity.



In rebuttal closing arguments, Nick Cox said Thursday at Kelly Mathis' trial that the Jacksonville attorney manipulated the law while helping Allied Veterans of the World set up Internet cafes in Florida.



Later Thursday, jurors could begin deliberating whether Mathis committed any crimes.


Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/10/2013

Two South Carolina Men Charged With Running Illegal Gambling Operation

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Associated Press) — Two men are being held on charges of laundering more than $140 million in connection with an illegal gambling operation.

A report Thursday by WYFF-TV says Bobby Mosley and Michael Caldwell have been charged with operating an illegal gambling business. Also named in the indictment were the firms Gateway Systems, Frontier Software Systems and Frontier Gaming.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/10/2013

Jury to Decide Florida Charity Gambling Role

(Associated Press) - The case against a lawyer accused of helping to build a multimillion-dollar network of storefront casinos throughout Florida under the guise of a veterans' charity is based on "blurry evidence," a defense attorney said Wednesday.

Attorney Kelly Mathis is the first of more than 50 other defendants to go on trial in the Allied Veterans of World case that led to the resignation of Florida's lieutenant governor and a ban on all Internet cafes in the state. It also drove legislators to return campaign donations made by the group.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/09/2013

Legends Sports Operative Philip Gurian Enters Guilty Plea

As reported by Gambling911.com Tuesday, Legends Sports operative Philip Gurian has agreed to waive grand jury indictment and plead guilty to conspiracy in connection to his role in an international sports betting ring.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/09/2013

2nd in Command of Nuke Program Stripped of His Duties Following Gambling Fraud

The second in charge of the US nuke program has been demoted following a gambling fraud investigation involving counterfeit poker chips at an Iowa casino.  Little details were provided over the matter other that it occurred this summer.

Vice-Admiral Tim Giardina was relieved of his duties at the US Strategic Command in Nebraska outside of Omaha. He was also stripped of his rank.  The US Strategic Command oversees all of America’s cyber warfare activities and military satellites in addition to providing a storage facility for the world’s largest nuclear stock pile. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Oct/09/2013

Borgata Claims First Internet Gambling Permit

(Associated Press) - On an otherwise cloudy day in Atlantic City, a bright spot of news: New Jersey's first Internet gambling permit has been issued to the Borgata in Atlantic City.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement says the casino was the first to complete the application and must wait until Nov. 21 to actually make use of the permit.

On that date a 5-day trial period begins. If that goes well, state residents and visitors will be able to access Internet gambling on Nov. 26.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/09/2013

Gamblers Betting on Twitter IPO Valuation

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Though Twitter's first day on the stock market is probably still months away, a handful of international gamblers aren't waiting for the official debut and are already laying bets on how much the social media site will be worth.

Initial public offering experts are floating a market capitalization for Twitter of around $10 billion, but bettors on the Irish gambling site Paddy Power give the shortest odds to it closing with a market cap 50 percent to 100 percent above that.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/09/2013

Lawsuit Claims Americare Boss was ‘Pervert’ and ‘Degenerate Gambler’

A lawsuit filed in a Brooklyn Federal Court by former Americare supervisor Mendel Cohen claims his boss, Favish Pewzer was a pervert and degenerate gambler, among other things.  

The ex-employee of Americare also claims he was sexually harassed by Pewzer, an Orthodox Jew and married father of five, who Cohen claims lived a double life.  The lawsuit also alleges that Pewzer regularly smoked pot and solicited hookers.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Oct/09/2013

William Hill Issues Profit Warning

(Reuters) - British bookmaker William Hill said a poor retail performance in its third quarter meant operating profit had fallen 20 million pounds ($32.5 million) below expectations, warning that shortfall may not be recovered by the year end.

Quiet trading in July helped push retail net revenue in the 13 week period to Oct 1 down 4 percent on an underlying basis, the firm said on Thursday, with gross margin wins falling 0.8 percentage points as football results went the way of customers.

Submitted by Reuters on, Oct/08/2013

Chris Moneymaker: Full Tilt Poker Likely to be Sold

PokerStars team pro Chris Moneymaker, the man credited for starting the online poker revolution, offered up a daring prediction regarding Full Tilt Poker’s future. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/08/2013

BetOnline Releases More Info on Shocking 18-Team Parlay Win: Records Shattered

Panama City, Panama – Anyone who watched the Cowboys vs. Broncos game Sunday afternoon was surely on the edge of their seat. The Broncos won a back-and-forth slugfest, in which the teams combined for 99 points. As exciting as this game was for any viewer, nobody’s heart was pounding more than Brandon P. from the upper Midwest.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/08/2013

New York Governor, Others Receive $3.3 Mil From Gambling Interests

ALBANY, N.Y. — (Associated Press) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has received $361,500 and the state Legislature has raked in more than $1 million from gambling interests leading up to the Nov. 5 casino referendum which is being challenged in court, according to a new report.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/08/2013

Mob-Linked Agent to Plead Guilty for Role at Legends Sports: Worked for 40 Plus Books

A Florida man with alleged Mob ties is expected to plead guilty on Wednesday (October 9, 2013) to a federal money-laundering charge tied to a multi-state and international sports betting ring said to have made close to a billion dollars over the past decade.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/08/2013

EPT London 2013 Prize Pool Close to £3 Million

There were 604 entries for this season's EPT London Main Event, creating a £2,929,400 prize pool.This is the first PokerStars.com London Poker Festival to be held at the glamorous Grand Connaught Rooms in London's West End - a fitting setting for a spectacular 11 day, 36-event schedule combining the very best of the UK & Ireland Poker Tour and the EPT.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/08/2013

Less Than 2 Percent Owed Money by Full Tilt Poker Have Filed Claims

Good news for those Americans still owed money by Full Tilt Poker.  With only 2 percent of those reportedly having filed claims, those who have stand a better chance of receiving all their funds.

PartTimePoker.com noted the discrepancy in those sent emails via the claims administrator versus those who actually responded.

Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/07/2013

Casinos Could Pop Up Everywhere in Florida if New Gambling Laws Get Approval

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/Associated Press) — If the state leaders approve changes to the gambling laws, nearly every Floridian could soon be within a two-hour drive of a casino that contains slot machines.

That was just one of the many scenarios consultants hired by state legislators said could happen, depending on what steps legislators take in the next few months.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/07/2013

Mason Confirms Unbelievable $54k 18-Team Parlay Win

A gambler hit an amazing 18-team parlay for $54k in the 5th week of the 2013 NFL regular season, it was confirmed by Dave Mason of BetOnline Monday.  Some teams bet as part of the parlay were College Football.

Submitted by Dan Shapiro on, Oct/07/2013

Clubbing Almost as Popular in Vegas as Casino Gambling

LAS VEGAS  (Associated Press) - The cannon at the Flutter Fetti booth near the front of the gambling trade show in Las Vegas last week delivered regular bursts of metallic and crepe paper cutouts, shooting them to the ceiling in big booms and carpeting the floor with shimmering hearts, stars and circles. The glittery mess outshone the slot machines and online poker touchscreens in more ways than one.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/07/2013

Last Minute Touchdown for Ohio State Cost Vegas Sportsbooks $100 Million

A last minute touchdown may not have changed the outcome of Saturday night’s Ohio State vs. Northwestern game, but for Vegas and online sportsbooks, it was a definite game changer.

Bookies in Vegas alone lost $100 million to overjoyed gamblers.  More than 90 percent of the bets were coming in on OSU.

Submitted by Don Shapiro on, Oct/07/2013

Online Poker Film ‘Runner, Runner’ Bombs at the Box Office

The Ben Afleck-Justin Timberlake film about online poker, “Runner, Runner”, has bombed at the box office.

The film, which was widely panned by critics, finished third behind “Gravity” and “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” (there was a number one?).

Submitted by Jordan Bach on, Oct/07/2013

Gambling Addict Who Held Up Betting Shop With Hammer Turns Himself In

A gambling addict flagged down police just hours after he held up a betting shop with a hammer.

The incident occurred August 2 at a Southhampton Ladbrokes. Michael Birch, 30, is charged with the crime.  He escaped with £1,637 in cash.

His defense attorney argued that Birsh should be given mercy for admitting to the crime and apologizing.

Judge Peter Henry said: 'This is a serious offence without question, breaking into a premises, arming yourself and threatening someone and terrifying them, forcing them to hand over the money.'

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Oct/07/2013

PokerStars to Welcome Players to Isle of Man for First UKIPT Festival

Players to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse behind the world’s leading online gaming company while competing for £500,000 guaranteed Main Event prize pool

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – PokerStars today announced an exciting series of events beginning October 30 as part of the UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) visiting the Isle of Man, bringing hundreds of poker players to the home of its corporate headquarters. 

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/07/2013

Somach: Online Poker Site CEO has No Fear of Being Arrested

Thomas Somach’s San Francisco Examiner piece on an Internet poker company operating right from San Francisco is now out.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/06/2013

EPT London £50K Super High Roller Final Table Determined: Finger Leads

Final table chip counts 
Martin Finger, 4,770,000 
Johannes Strassmann, 2,215,000 
Bill Perkins, 2,060,000 
David Benefield, 1,320,000 
Christoph Vogelsang, 1,220,000 
Timothy Adams, 1,140,000 
Tobias Reinkemeier, 850,000 
Patrik Antonius, 750,000

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/06/2013

Somach Exclusive: McDonald’s Hamburgers and an Illegal San Francisco Online Poker Room

Over the past five years, more than a dozen online poker rooms that allowed Americans to play Internet poker for cash have been busted by the U.S. Justice Department. Websites were shut down, website owners and operators were arrested and millions of dollars were seized. Party Poker, Poker Stars, Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet were among the sites targeted by the Feds.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Oct/05/2013

Mass. Casino Panel Qualifies 2 for Gambling Bids

BOSTON -- (Associated Press) - Massachusetts gambling regulators said Thursday that Mohegan Sun had cleared a required background check and could continue its pursuit of a resort casino in the town of Palmer.

The five-member gaming commission voted unanimously to qualify the Connecticut casino operator, saying agency investigators working with state police had not uncovered any factors that would disqualify the company from bidding.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/05/2013

European Poker Tour Prague Schedule 2013 to be Unveiled

Event Will be a 47-event schedule that features EPT-run cash games for the first time 

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – The European Poker Tour today released the schedule for the forthcoming EPT10 Prague Poker Festival in December and announced that Main Event qualifiers will start tomorrow (Saturday October 5).  

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/04/2013

Henri Balcazar Wins Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival Main Event

Ontario Man Wins Record-Breaking Main Event At Montreal Festival

Montreal, Canada – Henri Balcazar is the inaugural Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival Main Event champion, taking home C$194,044 for being the last player standing in a record-breaking field.

After just three hands of heads-up play, the 32-year-old from Kitchener, Ontario hoisted the trophy, beating local player Eric Despres to the top spot.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/04/2013

William Hill Issues Profit Warning

(Reuters) - British bookmaker William Hill said a poor retail performance in its third quarter meant operating profit had fallen 20 million pounds ($32.5 million) below expectations, warning that shortfall may not be recovered by the year end.

Quiet trading in July helped push retail net revenue in the 13 week period to Oct 1 down 4 percent on an underlying basis, the firm said on Thursday, with gross margin wins falling 0.8 percentage points as football results went the way of customers.

Submitted by Reuters on, Oct/04/2013

Breaking News

NJ Halts Bets on Ukrainian Table Tennis Due to Match Fixing

NJ Halts Bets on Ukrainian Table Tennis Due to Match Fixing

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement on Thursday ordered all sportsbooks to cease taking bets on Ukrainian table tennis.

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$7 Million Venom Kicks Off July 29

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