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Sports Betting Referendum in New Jersey Could be on its Way to Approval

There’s early indications that the statewide referendum on sports betting is on its way to approval.

William J. Pascrell III, campaign director for Vote YES on Sports Wagering and a partner at Princeton Public Affairs Group Inc., said, “At this stage so far, the absentee (vote by mail) ballots we’ve been monitoring in northern New Jersey are running 2-to-1 for approval.’’

Submitted by Guest on, Nov/08/2011

Bwin.party Shares Stable: Benefit Heavily From Full Tilt Poker Closure

Bwin.party reported a year-on-year revenue growth of 3 percent in the third quarter, benefiting from the abrupt closure of what had been the world’s second largest online poker firm, Full Tilt Poker.

According to Sharecast.com, third quarter pro-forma revenue of €201.1m was up from €194.7m in the third quarter of last year, ahead of the €194m Panmure Gordon had been predicting, and up 9% on the second quarter.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/08/2011

Black Friday Bank Shut Down

A bank implicated in the processing of funds for three of the world’s largest online poker rooms last April 15 has finally been shut down.

SunFirst Bank in Saint George, Utah, was closed down by US Feds at the close of last week.  It is the 87th bank of 2011 to fail. 

The US Justice Department alleges that Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars and UB.com enticed officials of SunFirst to disguise online poker transactions as dog food and golf balls.  Executives of the three online poker companies were charged with money laundering and bank fraud as a result. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/07/2011

Herman Cain at 5 to 1 Odds Despite Sharon Bialek Accusations

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/07/2011

South Point Poker Joins The Gambling911.com Family

In case you haven’t seen their banners flashing all over the site, we at Gambling911.com would like to officially welcome South Point Poker on board as the first Las Vegas Internet poker room.

“We are very thrilled to have them on board,” noted Payton O’Brien, Senior Editor of the Gambling911.com website.  “Their entry ushers in a new era of legalized US-based casinos now offering online poker rooms.”

For now, the site will be free-to-play, however, the incentives are enormous.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/07/2011

Election Day in New Jersey 2011: The Economy and Sports Betting

Chances are most of the 55 percent of New Jersey registered voters who realize Election Day is tomorrow (November 8) will cast their votes based on economic concerns and which of the 120 state representatives, if any, can actually provide some glimmer of hope to revitalize a stagnant state economy.

Ironically, one of the referendums on the November 8 ballot could actually help boost the state’s ailing economy without the assistance of any elected officials.

It’s legalized sports betting in Atlantic City!

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/07/2011

Bettors Find Loophole in Delaware Sports Betting Rules

Who says you can't make a single-game NFL bet in Delaware?

You actually can.

And many are.

Technically, you can't walk up to the windows of Delaware's three racetracks that offer NFL betting and bet on a lone NFL game.

You can't even bet a two-game parlay.

Under state law, the minimum number of NFL games you must bet at once is three.

In other words, you must bet a three-game parlay, and you have to win all three games in the parlay to win money.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Nov/07/2011

Several Big Name Denver Businesses, Individuals Tied to Sports Betting Bust

Charlie Brown’s Bar and Grill maintained a $290,000 limit account there while Sports Column and Blake Street Tavern also placed their bets with what the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is calling the biggest bookmaking operation in the state.

Daniel Dinner and Michael Elick were arrested after investigators seized more than $1 million in cash from their homes in July.  Now court documents have revealed some of their alleged big name clients.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/06/2011

MGM Head: “Positive Momentum in Congress Toward Passing Online Poker Bill”

In an interview with the Las Vegas Review Journal, MGM Resorts Chairman, Jim Murren, expressed his strong belief that the US Congress will get a bill passed to legalize online poker in the very near future.

"We think there is positive momentum in Congress toward passing a bill," MGM Resorts Chairman Jim Murren said. "It's time for the federal government to address this issue."

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/06/2011

BBC: The New British Invasion as Poker Pros About to Topple US

The BBC featured an extensive report on Friday about the “New British Invasion” and this one involves its growing pool of successful poker pros, one of whom will be playing in next week’s World Series of Poker Final, Sam Holden.

From Mario Cacciottolo of the BBC:

The US-dominated world of poker is under threat of invasion from a wave of British players, with a 22-year-old from East Sussex about to compete for the biggest international prize at the weekend. So how did Britons barge their way in?

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Nov/04/2011

Full Tilt Poker, Groupe Bernard Tapie US Justice Dept Settlement: Not Quite

Reports surfaced this week that Groupe Bernard Tapie out of France had entered into an agreement with the US Justice Department that would result in payment of all players.  But as we here at Gambling911.com have come to expect over these past several months, news coming out of the Full Tilt Poker camp is not always what it seems.

This is yet another perfect example.

An attorney for Groupe Bernard Tapie revealed on Thursday that, while talks were ongoing, a final settlement has yet to be agreed upon in writing.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/03/2011

New Amendments for Nevada Online Poker Released

In anticipation for legalized online poker in the state of Nevada, regulators released new draft amendments that include the ability for operators to cover funds in the event of a shutdown.

The agreement calls for a “federally-insured financial institute” to hold a reserve.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/03/2011

Online Poker Traffic Rises 2.2 Percent

Online poker traffic has risen 2.2 percent and there is likely to be another increase in the coming week with PokerStars 70 billionth hand promotion continuing. The world’s largest online poker room witnessed a traffic increase of 6 percent.  Traffic also tends to increase leading up to the World Series of Poker Final Table, which will take place next week. 

The weekly statistics tell only part of the story, PokerScout.com noted. Same-day comparisons show that the true increase in PokerStars cash game traffic is more than 30 percent. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Nov/03/2011

Clown Robs Chilean Casino at Gunpoint

A man dressed as a clown robbed the Casino Monticello in the Chilean capital of Santiago at gunpoint Halloween night stealing $12,000 in cash.

Most of the money was snatched from a single patron.  The clown entered through a side door, shooting his pistol several times into the air. 

Police believe this was an “inside job’, detaining one of the casino security guards, Cristian Poblete. 

The robbery occurred around 5 am. 

Casino Monticello is the largest shareholder is the France-based International Group of Gaming & Resorts.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/03/2011

Bernie Madoff and Ken “The Shrink” Weitzner: Birds of a Feather

American TV show "60 Minutes" ran a segment on convicted ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff on Sunday, and revealed how he and his wife unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide after he was exposed as a con man and arrested.

The story had an eerie similarity to the tale of Ken "The Shrink" Weitzner, the sleazy Internet entrepreneur who created a pair of websites devoted to gambling and who took his own life last year.

Many of the details of both men's controversial lives are coincidentally alike.

Such as:

*Both men were middle-aged Jews from New York.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Nov/02/2011

Chris Christie Finally Backs Sports Betting in New Jersey: Voters Get Their Ballots

After initially supporting sports betting in the state then seemingly backing down, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie came forward Wednesday to offer his full support for the referendum appearing on next week’s ballot.

As Gambling911.com reported earlier in the day, a number of state residents have been notifying us of the referendum appearing on the ballot that would allow NJ voters to get sports betting legalized in the state.

According to recent polls, voters overwhelmingly support legalized sports wagering in the state. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/02/2011

Sports Betting on New Jersey Election Ballot

A number of people from the state of New Jersey have advised Gambling911.com they were excited to see legalized sports betting on the ballot for next week’s elections in that state. 

The Waltonian’s Raechel Jones notes that each voter will be given the option to either vote for or against this referendum. If the majority favors this referendum, the process towards making sports betting legal in Atlantic City will begin.

Jones added

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/02/2011

Bwin.party Shares Soar on News of MGM, Boyd Partnership But Caution Advised

While shares in Bwin.party have soared in recent days with news that the company has joined forces with powerhouse casino brands MGM and Boyd Gaming to offer online poker to US residents once legislation is passed in the States, some analysts have advised caution.

Share prices rose 11p at 120.7p following the news.  The companies have entered into a long term 15-year deal. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/02/2011

Bwin, Boyd, MGM Online Poker Deal Terms Revealed

Bwin, PartyPoker, MGM and Boyd Gaming announced Monday their intention to offer Internet poker to US players should the industry become legalized.  There is a strong push to get Web poker sites up and running for real cash play at the federal level especially since states like California and New Jersey are vying for a piece of the pie ahead of the federal government. 

Under the terms of the deal, Bwin would own 65 per cent of a new company to offer poker to US players, while MGM would own 25 per cent and Boyd 10 per cent.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/01/2011

Full Tilt Poker Attorney Jeff Ifrah Claims US Justice Dept Approves Sale

An outspoken attorney for disgraced online poker firm Full Tilt Poker claims the US Justice Department has reached an agreement whereby they will permit a French company to acquire FTP.  Unconfirmed reports suggest the US Justice Department would be responsible for facilitating payouts to players.

Groupe Bernard Tapiehas sought to purchase Full Tilt Poker after following a series of indictments in April 15 that forced the one time second largest Internet poker room to exit the US market.  Players worldwide have not received payment in months. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/01/2011

888 Holdings Sees Record Quarterly Rise

Publicly traded 888 Holdings, which runs the 4th biggest online poker room in the world, has reported a record quarterly high.

888 climbed as much as 5.3 percent, the most since August 30, before trading 2.3 percent higher at 33.75 pence as of 9:10 a.m. in London, according to Bloomberg News Tuesday. This gives the Gibraltar-based company a market value of 117.1 million pounds ($187 million).

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/01/2011

LSU vs. Alabama Betting Shatters Records for Gambling911.com

With an early release of betting odds for the LSU vs. Alabama College Football game this coming Saturday, Gambling911.com has seen some of its best traffic numbers for wagering coverage for a single regular season College Football game.

Submitted by Payton on, Oct/31/2011

MGM, Boyd Join Forces With Bwin, PartyPoker to Offer Online Poker

Yet another major casino company has announced a partnership with an already existing online poker group.

Casino operators MGM Resorts International and Boyd Gaming Corp. have teamed up with Bwin.party to prepare to offer Internet gambling.  Bwin.party is the largest Web betting firm worldwide, comprising of PartyPoker, the 2nd biggest Internet card room, and Bwin, the largest Web sportsbook.  The combined company’s net revenue last year was 814 million euros.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/31/2011

Billionaires Bet on Internet Gambling: Say it Will be a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Forbes.com featured a piece Monday on how billionaires are looking to back the likelihood of Internet gambling getting regulated in the United States.

The likes of Steven Roth, chairman of Vornado Realty Trust, and shopping mall magnate Herbert Simon, the owner of the Indiana Pacers, have invested in a firm that provides software and advertising services to potential online gambling licensees in the US, including the Vegas casinos. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/31/2011

Zynga Poker Takes Over Advertising Sports for PokerStars, Full Tilt on ESPN

The fine folks from WickedChopsPoker.com were among the first to discover that Zynga Poker, the free online poker room with over 29 million monthly users (8 million daily), has just begun advertising on ESPN.com. 

What is the significance of this?

Two things.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Oct/31/2011

Cereus, Absolute Poker, UB.com Plan to Liquidate Assets to Pay Back Players

Blanca Games, the company that owns the Cereus Poker Network and its brands, Absolute Poker and UB.com, have submitted a plan to the US Justice Department that would result in the repayment of players.  Part of that plan would include the liquidation of assets.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/28/2011

Germany Liberalises Sports Betting Market: Still Banning Online Poker Games

15 Prime Ministers in Germany overwhelmingly approved a measure that will liberalise the gaming market in that nation.  Most advantageous to betting shop businesses will be the concession fee reduced from 17 to 5 percent. 

Still, Germany will not concede when it comes to restricting licensed operators to 20 while continuing to ban online poker and casino games. 

JAXX SE, a financial holding company with holdings in international companies in the gaming industry, believes the German restrictions will not fly with the European Commission. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Oct/28/2011

“Shrink” Book Can’t Find Publisher Stepson Tells Gambling911

A controversial biography on the life and times of late gambler and Internet entrepreneur Ken "The Shrink" Weitzner continues to be written by Weitzner's step-son, Jerry Lee Donahue, but the project has hit a snag, Donahue tells Gambling911.com in an exclusive interview.

The problem?

A year into the project, the author still hasn't found a publisher to publish the book.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Oct/27/2011

Merge Poker Traffic Soars 21 Percent

After opening back up to the US market, Merge Gaming has seen its traffic shoot up 21 percent over the past two weeks.  Merge is home to such big name online poker brands as Lock Poker, Carbon Poker and Sportsbook.com’s Internet poker arm. 

Following an eight week absence from the top 10 trafficked global online poker rooms, Merge returned and sits in the number 10 spot this week.

Overall Web poker traffic declined 1.2 percent over the past week. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/26/2011

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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