Gambling News

Annie Duke: Poker Pros in Their 20’s Lack ‘Star Power’

The Las Vegas Sun recently had an opportunity to speak with acclaimed poker pro Annie Duke.  She’s the Commissioner of the fledgling Epic Poker League, which is rumored to be in acquisition talks with Pinnacle Entertainment.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/12/2012

Yatahay Becomes the Winning Poker Network

It’s about time!  To this day we at Gambling911.com have trouble remembering the Yatahay Poker Network, but we can certainly remember the Winning Poker Network. 

And that’s the name change folks.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/12/2012

Ohio Open to Internet Poker: Nevada Permitted Private Testing of Poker Sites

Ohio has become the latest state exploring its options to allow residents of the Buckeye State the opportunity to play “real money” Internet poker.

“We’re exploring this topic,” Dennis Berg, interim director of the Ohio Lottery Commission, told The Cincinnati Business Journal on Wednesday. “We want to be in the forefront of being able to generate revenue for the lottery commission. But it’s a policy decision that we will not make on our own.”

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/12/2012

Epic Poker in Acquisition Talks With Pinnacle Entertainment

The fledgling Epic Poker League is reportedly in talks with Pinnacle Entertainment regarding a potential purchase of the league, sources close to WickedChopsPoker.com reported on Wednesday.  The deal could occur within the next 60 days.

A previously scheduled event has been pushed back to a yet-to-be-determined April/May date.  While the league claims this move was a result of player feedback, others have speculated Epic may be undergoing financial difficulties. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/11/2012

Sununu Takes Aim at Sheldon Adelson: “Not So Bright” (Video)

If ever there was a time when US citizens could cry foul over big businesses and campaign donations influencing politicians, that time might be now.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jan/11/2012

Daniel Negreanu Vows No Drinking, No Sex Before a Tournament: Bad Beat Nears a Million

It’s been a while since we here at Gambling911.com have covered one of our personal favorites in the poker world, Daniel Negreanu.  For a while he was among the most trafficked figures here at G911.  Alas, Negreanu has revealed a few goals for 2012 that include, of course, winning at least one more bracelet.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/11/2012

Joran van der Sloot Pleads Guilty to All Charges Including Murder

Dutchman Joran van der Sloot pleaded guilty early Wednesday on all counts against him for the murder of Peruvian college student Stephany Flores. 

"I am really sorry for what happened," he said. He pleaded guilty to "qualified murder" and simple robbery.

Van der Sloot had met Flores in a casino while attending the Latin American Poker Tour in May of 2010. 

Police say van der Sloot killed Flores in his Lima hotel room shortly thereafter, then took money and bank cards from her wallet and fled to Chile, where he was arrested a few days later.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/11/2012

World Sports Exchange Slow Paying 123 Players $738,852 to Date

World Sports Exchange (WSEX.com) is like Somalia, a failed state….but they still exist.  SportsBookReview.com is reporting that it has documented 123 players currently waiting on payments that total $738,852.  Many players have been waiting over a year for payouts, though it should be noted a few are trickling in.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/10/2012

Ron Paul Pays 1 to 3 Odds With 2nd Place Win in New Hampshire

Ron Paul has been declared as the 2nd place finisher in the state of New Hampshire for their Republican Primary Tuesday night.  Paddy Power had been offering the Texas Congressman with 1 to 3 odds of winning without Mitt Romney, who easily won the state he calls his second home.

At press time, Paul appeared to be grabbing over 20 percent of the state vote after finishing a very close third in Iowa (only four percentage points behind the co-winners, Romney and Rick Santorum).  Santorum was not a major factor in the New Hampshire race. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/10/2012

Connecticut Online Poker ‘Inevitable’ Says Governor

Could Connecticut somehow join a multi-state pact with neighboring New York and New Jersey to pool online poker players should the activity become legal stateside?

Connecticut’s Governor Dannel P. Malloy has been among the most emphatic when it comes to welcoming Web poker to his state since the Department of Justice released a statement that it would no longer apply The Wire Act to Internet poker. 

“It is quite clear that Internet gaming is coming to Connecticut. Period. It’s coming,” said Malloy. “We have a stake in protecting that industry.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jan/10/2012

Bail Denied for Two Assailants in Jonathan Duhamel Attack, Including Ex-Girlfriend

The ex-girlfriend of 2010 World Series of Poker champion Jonathan Duhamel and one other accomplice, John Stephen Clark Lemay, have been denied bail by a Montreal judge.  Both are accused of forced entry into Duhamel’s home along with robbery and a beating of the poker pro that left him hospitalized. 

Anthony Bourque, charged with the home invasion of poker champion Jonathan Duhamel, used his sweatshirt to wipe away his tears after a Quebec Court judge released him on bail today.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/10/2012

MGM Resorts International Granted Injunction Against Cybersquatters

A federal judge has sided with MGM Resorts International in its complaint against a group of so-called cybersquatters looking to capitalize on the companies name. 

The court ordered GoDaddy.com Incorporated, Wild West Domains Incorporated and Melbourne IT Incorporated to place the following domains on hold: bellagioonlinepoker.com, circuscircuspoker.com, excaliburpoker.com, luxorpoker.com, mandalaybayonlinepoker.com, mgmpoker.com and ariapoker.com.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/10/2012

Online Poker Surges With Nearly 10 Percent Increase in Traffic This Week

The poker sector received more great news this week after it was revealed Tuesday morning that traffic for all the world’s networks had jumped an amazing 9.8 percent.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/10/2012

Ice, Ice, Baby - Bigger and Better ICE Online Gambling Affiliate Party January 2012

The Sports Betting Community (SBC) in association with iGaming Super Show announced that its second Ice, Ice, Baby party will be bigger and better than last years.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/10/2012

New Jersey Approves Sports Betting in Final Minutes

With only hours to go before a legislative session deadline, the New Jersey Assembly approved legalized sports betting in the state. 

Early in the day, the Senate had approved the measure.

Last November, voters gave the approval for legalized sports betting in the state by a 64/35 margin.   Bets could be placed on professional sporting events at Atlantic City’s 11 casinos and 4 racetracks. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/09/2012

‘Worst Cooks in America’ Will Star Poker Pro Tiffany Michelle (Video)

Former UB.com pro Tiffany Michelle has come out of the oven and right onto the frying pan.  She’ll be starring on the Food Network’s ‘Worst Cooks in America’ series. 

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16 people with terrible cooking skills will compete for a $25K grand prize.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/09/2012

‘Pawn Stars’ Spin-Off Goes All-In

‘Cajun Pawn Stars’ Debuts:  Clone has Redneck Bent

It's official: poker lingo is now a part of pawn shop lingo.

On Sunday's television premiere of "Cajun Pawn Stars," the new spin-off of the History Channel's highly-successful "Pawn Stars" show, a Louisiana pawn shop owner upping his bid for an antique car declared: "I'm all-in!"

He then offered a customer $7,500 for a 1936 Ford automobile similar to the car used by Depresssion-Era bandits Bonnie and Clyde, who were gunned down by police not far from the shop about 80 years ago.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Jan/09/2012

Online Poker Tournament $100,000 Guaranteed, Newt’s New Money Man is Adelson

There is an amazing online poker tournament going on at Carbon Poker, a Sunday $100,000 Guaranteed Freezout.  We also have some important news related to Sheldon Adelson, Chairman of the Sands of Las Vegas, and his efforts to ensure President Barack Obama is not a two-term President.  First, he had to get frontrunner Mitt Romney out of the way. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jan/09/2012

New Jersey Measure to Legalize Sports Betting Approved by Senate Lawmakers Monday

A measure to legalize sports betting in New Jersey was sent to the legislation on Monday and approved in the Senate.  New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved the referendum by more than 65 percent this past November. 

The measure would allow casinos, racetracks and some restaurants and bars to take bets on sporting events.

A legislation vote was seen as highly likely since a similar measure was approved last year prior to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoing it.  He now has offered his support for the bill. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jan/09/2012

Bail Decision for Bianca Rojas-Latraverse and Accomplices Will Come Tuesday

A Quebec Court judge is weighing a decision to release Bianca Rojas-Latraverse and two other accomplices out on bail after she was charged with orchestrating the forced entry and robbery of her former boyfriend’s home, 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel. 

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Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jan/09/2012

Casino Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Behind Super PAC Ad Blasting Mitt Romney

The casino billionaire magnate Sheldon Adelson is reportedly spending $5 million to a Super PAC group supporting Newt Gingrich.  Adelson is said to be a huge supporter of the former House Speaker. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/09/2012

Lottery Checks Bounce for 85 Illinois Residents

Eighty-five Illinois lottery winners discovered they were not as lucky as they thought.

Their checks, worth $159,000 combined, did not clear the bank.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Illinois lottery offered the winners a formal apology after their bank failed to authorize payment to several scratch-off winners.

Submitted by Guest on, Jan/09/2012

Alderney Gaming Commission Tells Full Tilt Poker Customers: Go To Local Police

The Alderney Gaming Control Commission (AGCC) may be wiping its hands of Full Tilt Poker and all responsibilities associated with the now defunct company once and for all.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/09/2012

Odds to Wn the New Hampshire Primary Have Ron Paul Winning (Without Romney)

So certain are the oddsmakers at Paddy Power that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will win Tuesday’s Republican Primary in New Hampshire, they are offering odds without him and have Texas Congressman Ron Paul as the 1/3 favorite.   

Paul finished a strong third in Iowa last week, just a few points behind the co-winners, Romney and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. 

For most pundits, New Hampshire is about who will finish second and Santorum appears to be losing some steam while Paul gains.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/09/2012

Online Poker in New York, New Jersey Likely by Year’s End

New York and New Jersey are both likely to offer online poker by the end of 2012, says one analyst.  Potentially the two states could offer pooling of their players utilizing a model that is similar to that of the state lottery system, Powerball.  Combined, the two states have a total population of approximately 27 million. 

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Jan/08/2012

Sports Betting News: Coral Sponsors ESPN Puppet Show ‘Off the Ball’

Forget the Muppets!

ESPN will be launching a light-hearted puppet show called ‘Off the Ball’ that will feature six hand puppet characters giving post match interviews.

The show’s sponsor is Coral, one of the United Kingdom’s largest bookmaking operations.

Launching on the 12th of January, Guardian football writer Will Buckley is slated as the host.  He will be joined by comedians and journalists Nick Hancock, Harry Pearson and Martin Kelner. 

More Sports Betting News Headlines Heading Into Sunday Afternoon, January 8, 2012

Submitted by Dan Shapiro on, Jan/08/2012

Suspects in Jonathan Duhamel Home Invasion Like Drinking, Being Promiscuous and the Law

When asked during a bail hearing Thursday what interests a woman charged in the home invasion of World Series of Poker champion Jonathan Duhamel, Bianca Rojas Latraverse responded with a smirk:  “I really like law”.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/06/2012

Joran Van Der Sloot Erratic Courtroom Behavior (Video)

Joran van der Sloot, the Dutchman accused of killing a young Peruvian college student, Stephany Flores, stopped short of pleading guilty on Friday after expressing apprehension over some of the charges.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/06/2012

Van der Sloot May Plead Guilty

The Dutchman accused of killing a Peruvian woman he met in a casino while attending the Latin American Poker Tour may plead guilty to the murder.  Joran van der Sloot is accused of killing college student Stephany Flores in May of 2010.  He has long been the prime suspect in the disappearance of High School grad Natalee Holloway on the island of Aruba nearly 7 years ago. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/06/2012

Person-to-Person Fees Waived at Americas Card Room, Christie Favors Online Gambling, More

A popular method now for transferring money at online poker rooms is via person-to-person.  Americas Cardroom has just made life easier by waiving fees on such transfers.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/06/2012

Breaking News

NJ June Gambling Revenue Down 65.6% Amid Virus Closure

NJ June Gambling Revenue Down 65.6% Amid Virus Closure

The final month of coronavirus-mandated closures for New Jersey’s casinos and racetracks was predictably bad.

Mouth to Kid Poker: 'We Might Have to Examine Your Mental Health'

It was an epic rant from Daniel Negreanu (AKA Kid Poker) after a disconnection on the WSOP.com website mid-hand.

Colorado Sports Betting Revenues Hit $946,741, Even With Few Sports

Colorado Sports Betting Revenues Hit $946,741, Even With Few Sports

May was a banner month for sports betting in Colorado.  It was the first full month of this offering after voters narrowly leaned in favor of the activity last November.