Gambling News

Revealed: Lock Poker Puts Its Pros Up In French Castle

Lock Poker pros from throughout Europe and North America had something to be excited about this week as they were treated to exclusive use of a centuries old French castle just outside of Lyon.

“There are going to be many more of these events upcoming,” Lock CEO Jennifer Larson told the nearly 50 guests in attendance.  “We are all a family and you are all going to get a taste of the Lock treatment.”

The crew was also invited to stay at the fabulous Chateau de Bagnols castle. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/06/2011

Michael Gaughan Online Poker Site Approved by Nevada Gaming Board

The highly anticipated debut of the South Point Hotel and Casino online poker site comes with the blessing of the Nevada Gaming Board., a website developed by our good friends at Level Media, entered the play-for-fun-while-we-wait-for-legislation-in-the-US market on Wednesday.  

Michael Gaughan’s property in the first US-based casino operation to open an Internet poker room in the US.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Oct/06/2011

Lock Poker Retreat Comes to a Close

The highly anticipated Lock Poker retreat has completed with everyone leaving Thursday morning. will not discuss details of this incredible event until after everyone has departed.

Some of us at closed the party Wednesday night with a little dancing but Wednesday was a fun-filled day, which began with a hot air balloon flight followed by a horse and carriage excursion followed by a wine tasting at two different vineyards (7 taste tests) then an amazing dinner and dancing.  We were all up by 6:30 am and most of us went to bed by 3 am.

Submitted by Payton on, Oct/05/2011

G911 Exclusive: A Sneak Peak at the South Point Casino New Online Poker Room

The very first Las Vegas casino to launch its own online poker room is South Point Casino and that takes place later on Thursday (October 5, 2011).  However, has been provided with an exclusive look at the new site here.

Level Media was the agency selected by South Point to build the new online poker room.  It is now live.

South Point Poker will offer a play-for-free registration online poker platform in anticipation of legalization within the USA.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/05/2011

Cake Poker Now Reporting More Expedient Payouts

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/05/2011

Lock Poker is Full of Hot Air….Literally!

Today, and the Lock Poker pros woke up at the crack of dawn.  Well actually it wasn’t quite dawn and many of us had not yet fallen asleep.

Tuesday evening’s sunset hot air balloon flights were postponed until the early AM on Wednesday due to high winds in the region.  So basically, the late Tuesday night dinner, drinking and poker-for-fun event ran right into the hot air balloon flights.  Hence, there were a few drunkards taking flight in the early AM hours. 

Submitted by Payton on, Oct/05/2011

PartyPoker Builds Strong Margin Between It and iPoker Network

The battle over number two has been won by PartyPoker for the time being as it builds a solid 500 player lead over its closest competitor iPoker.  The two online poker sites have been battling to be the second largest ever since Full Tilt Poker was shut down on June 29. 

Throughout much of last month, iPoker had occupied the number two spot.  In recent weeks, Party has taken over and it now has since build the largest margin between it and the iPoker Network since the FTP closure. 

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Oct/05/2011

Situation Looking Bleak Again for Those Owed by Full Tilt Poker

Hopes appear to be dashed that French investors Bernard and Laurent Tapie can save shuttered online poker room Full Tilt Poker, at least where payment to customers is concerned.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/04/2011

Defense Attorneys for Man Named in Full Tilt Poker Case Say Poker is not Gambling

The defense attorneys for a Utah banker and businessman indicted as part of a probe into the online poker firm Full Tilt Poker are trying to convince a federal judge that playing poker on the Web is not a form of gambling. 

Lawyers filed their arguments in a Manhattan federal court on Friday and Monday in hopes of having charges against their clients John Campos and Chad Elie dismissed. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/04/2011

Betfair Scandal: Critical Credit Card Hacking Data Withheld From Players

The world’s largest betting exchange, Betfair, has found itself in the middle of a major scandal that resulted in the firm’s Head of Security stepping down.

More than three million customers were affected by a massive credit card hacking scheme.  The company made the situation worse by failing to advise customers.  The hacking incident in question occurred over 18 months ago.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Oct/03/2011

Full Tilt Poker Acquisition Right Now Just a Prelude Stresses Attorney

An attorney for the embattled online poker company Full Tilt Poker stressed to the New York Times Friday afternoon that a potential sale of the company was still in the initial stages.

It was “merely a prelude to a formal acquisition, pending resolution of the civil suit”.  Players waiting since April 15 to see their funds will likely still have to endure a long wait and there are no guarantees this deal will not ultimately fall through.

Still, affected customers have more to grasp onto than they did yesterday.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Sep/30/2011

French Business Tycoon Bernard Tapie Agrees to Buy Full Tilt Poker on Condition

French business tycoon Bernard Tapie has agreed to buy Full Tilt Poker on condition that it settles legal concerns in the US.  Executives of what was once the world’s second largest online poker room were indicted on April 15, charged with money laundering and bank fraud. 

Full Tilt has also said there is a plan in place to repay deposits of players worldwide, which suggests that any winnings will not be paid. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Sep/30/2011

Canadian Gaming Association Welcomes Changes to Allow Enhanced Sports Wagering in Canada

Submitted by Guest on, Sep/30/2011

Chili Poker Moves Into US Market

Chili Poker is the latest European-based online poker site to delve into the US market.

No, they won’t be offering real cash poker.  Chili will be opening a free to play social networking online poker venture.

Players will be able to utilize a virtual currency system.

Obviously, Chili Poker is positioning itself to gain a solid foothold in the US market should the activity become legal at the federal level as it applies to real cash play.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Sep/29/2011

Alderney Revokes Full Tilt Poker License

The Alderney Gambling Control Commission as expected as revoked the license for Full Tilt Poker.

The AGCC had yanked the license on June 29 after Full Tilt Poker failed to pay its US customers following indictments against two executives by the US Justice Department.  They were charged with money laundering and bank fraud.

Since that time Full Tilt Poker has failed to pay players across the world including Europe. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Sep/29/2011

Online Poker White House Petition Meets Goal in Less Than One Week

The Obama Administration asked those with ideas to boost the US economy to take part in a petition drive.  Any petition with 5000 signatures would automatically be reviewed by the White House for inclusion in an upcoming jobs bill. 

Well, in under a week (3 days to be exact), those 5000 signatures were gathered.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Sep/28/2011

San Francisco Chronicle: Full Tilt Poker a Game Changer…We Say Not Really

The San Francisco Chronicle featured an interesting piece on the current crisis surrounding Full Tilt Poker and its impact on the Internet gambling sector as a whole.

Last week, US Feds accused Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson and Rafael Furst of defrauding thousands of poker players out of more than $300 million. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Sep/28/2011

Nevada Moves Forward With Online Poker

Lawyers, consultants and gaming industry representatives packed a room in Carson City, Nevada on Monday to discuss that state’s move forward to legalize online poker. 

Regulations were released just over a month ago and this group was looking to make a few changes that will allow Nevada to become the hub of Internet poker in the US once federal legislation is passed. 

"I think we have a solid foundation for regulations," board Chairman Mark Lipparelli said.

Submitted by Ace King on, Sep/28/2011

Famed G911 Reporter, Former Colts Cheerleader Lisa Perry Wants Your Vote

Our good friend Lisa Perry will be competing in an upcoming fitness contest here in our stomping grounds of Miami Beach, Florida.  Ms. Perry once served as a writer for the website and was captain of the Indianapolis Colts cheerleading squad. 

The event is the 2011 NPC National Bodybuilding Championships, scheduled November 18-19.  Come on down and support our girl Lisa!


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Submitted by Guest on, Sep/27/2011

Full Tilt Poker French Investors Look to be Out $800M Should They Go All In

News that mysterious (or not so mysterious) “French investors” are looking to acquire Full Tilt Poker had the folks from doing the math, mostly subtraction…and folks, it doesn’t look good by any stretch of the imagination, even using Mickey Mouse calculations. 

•   As of March 31st, Tilt owed players around the world approximately $390M…but only had approximately $60M in bank accounts, leaving a short-fall of about $330M.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Sep/27/2011

Today’s Full Tilt Poker BS or Not: We Weren’t Running a Ponzi Scheme

Even though the US Attorney’s Office out of the Southern District of New York has declared Full Tilt Poker a “ponzi scheme”, the powers-that-be at the now shuttered online poker company say otherwise, going as far as to issue a press release condemning the US Attorney’s accusations. 

In today’s installment of Full Tilt Poker BS or Not, reviews their latest statement.  As Anderson Cooper of CNN would say, “We’re keeping them honest”.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Sep/27/2011

Bodog Claims PokerScout Tried Extorting Company Out of One Million Dollars

The website on Tuesday reported that founder Dan Stewart attempted to blackmail Bodog Poker.  Pay $1 million or remain on the website, the website alleges.

The news portal making the allegations is owned by Calvin Ayre, who just happens to be the founder of Bodog. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Sep/27/2011 to Visit BetOnline, Lock Poker has announced its October 2011 schedule, which includes visits to Panama City, Panama (home of and a meeting with Lock Poker executives and poker pros in London next week. 

“We are very excited to be visiting with two of the industry’s fastest growing brands,” noted Payton O’Brien, Senior Editor of the website. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Sep/27/2011

PokerStars Tough Time Gaining Ground

The world’s largest online poker room is still the world’s largest online poker room but a substantial margin, but the company has lost a significant amount of its customer base since exiting the US market on April 15 even after a slight summer surge. 

Two Stars executives were indicted in mid-April for alleged money laundering and bank fraud. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Sep/27/2011

PartyPoker Takes Over Number Two Spot

PartyPoker has recaptured the number two spot for the world’s largest online poker rooms after iPoker’s reign for the past few weeks.

Both networks have been engaging in a tug-of-war for that coveted ranking since Full Tilt Poker went offline the end of June.   

The reality is that both sites have essentially the same average number of real cash players over the past week with Party trending upwards only slightly more than iPoker.

Submitted by Ace King on, Sep/27/2011

Chris Christie Confirms He Won’t Be Running

Despite the GOP’s pressure to get New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to join the race to run for US President, Christie confirmed once again he will not be running. 

Fox News broke the story Tuesday afternoon.

The GOP has expressed concerns over the current pool of candidates, in particular Texas Governor Rick Perry, who was widely panned for his performance at last week’s Republican debate.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Sep/27/2011 Debuts New Subsection: Full Tilt Poker BS

Mysterious European investors, bizarre posting forum identity theft, and denials that any ponzi scheme ever took place at Full Tilt Poker, frankly is getting a little tired of all these other media outlets getting hoodwinked by what was once the world’s second largest online poker room.

We’ve decided to devote an entire section here at to Full Tilt Poker and we are aptly calling it “Full Tilt Poker BS”.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Sep/27/2011

PokerScout Says it is Unaffected by Bodog Poker Software Update

Last week broke the news that Bodog Poker had implemented new software that is supposed to prevent data mining.  The public objective was to protect recreational players. 

 “Currently there is a wealth (quite literally) of data available on individual players and websites that only benefit professional players to the detriment of recreational player and, equally therefore, to the detriment of the poker industry itself,” a statement from the company read on Wednesday. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Sep/26/2011

Why New Jersey Needs Legalized Sports Betting

Following today's public hearing of the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee, Chairman Jim Whelan emphasized the importance of authorizing sports wagering for the New Jersey's gaming industry.


Submitted by Guest on, Sep/26/2011

Some Poker Players Benefit from Full Tilt Poker Ponzi Scheme

A handful of folks claim to have benefited from the Full Tilt Poker ponzi scheme that was revealed by the US Attorney in the Southern District of New York last week.  Adam Levy, a 26-year-old from New York is one of them.

He told the Wall Street Journal this weekend that, upon trying to transfer funds to what was once the world’s second largest Internet poker room, he quickly turned $150 into $9000 before the money was even verified in his account.  Turns out, that money was never verified in his account. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Sep/26/2011

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