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Bookies in Collier County Florida: Naples, Marco Island

Live in Collier County, Florida?  Bookies are quite plentiful but be careful who you choose to do business with and always ensure they are doing business with call centers operating in legal offshore jurisdictions

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, May/15/2015

Bookie Sentenced to 4.5 Years Had Enforcer Willing to ‘Bite Your Face Off’

A Naples area bookie claiming ties to offshore sportsbook owner Spiros “The Greek” Athanas and a $100,000 per month nationwide network of enforcers to collect debt was in reality “small time” according to his lawyer.

Thomas Welch, 49, was sentenced to 4 ½ years behind bars after pleading guilty to single counts of racketeering and money laundering in connection to his local and Internet-based sports betting business.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, May/15/2015 Players Face Fines: 79 Players Forced to Pay Thousands of Euros

A government crackdown on the European online gambling website has resulted in some 79 individuals having to pay thousands of dollars in fines….and this is just the beginning, authorities have warned.


Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, May/12/2015

Legends Sports Founder Convicted of Running $1 Billion Sportsbook

On one of the biggest betting days of the year, Legends Sports founder and father of 7, Bartice “Luke” King of Spring, Texas has been convicted of running a $1 billion sports betting enterprise.

Submitted by C Costigan on, May/03/2015

Betting on the Mayweather Pacquiao Fight to Exceed $60 to $80 Million

Experts predict that betting on the much ballyhooed Mayweather Pacquiao fight will range between $60 and $80 million.  And that’s only in the state of Nevada.

Submitted by Tyrone Black on, May/01/2015

Any Online Sportsbooks Accept Bitcoin for Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight?

BetOnline is the latest online sportsbook to accept the anonymous digital currency Bitcoin and will be doing so for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.  They have been a long time sponsor of the website.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Apr/30/2015

BetMayor Casino Complaints: Gambling Company Confiscates $51,000 From Player

A player has reported that BetMayor Casino has confiscated $51,000 in winnings after that individual went on a two-month hot streak, winning 87% of the nearly 40,000 hands.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Apr/24/2015

William Hill Reports Record Weekly Loss in January

The United Kingdom’s biggest bookmaker revealed it lost £14m in January after a series of what it referred to as "customer-friendly" football results. 


Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Apr/24/2015

English Sports Betting Head Dead

The long time CEO and Managing Director of one of the first offshore sports betting companies, English Sports Betting, has passed away.

Tom Lanford died from natural causes recently.  He ran the long established company while it was based out of Jamaica during much of the 1990’s.  Once a wealthy businessman, Lanford was living on the streets of Atlanta, homeless, at the time of his death at 53.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Apr/22/2015

Sportech Shares Rise on News of US Entry

Gambling group Sportech (SPO) gained 2.3% to 66.25p Tuesday on news its US racing subsidiary has been awarded a gaming licence in New Jersey.   


Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Apr/21/2015

TopBet Slow Payouts Complaints Blamed on Processing Issues

A series of slow payouts complaints related to three-year-old Manila-based online sportsbook have begun filing in to the industry monitoring site, prompting concerns from sports bettors.  Update: April 25, 2015 - Some affected players report receipt of payments

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Apr/18/2015

Trial of Legendz Sports Founder Bartice “Luke” King Gets Underway

The trial of Legendz Sports founder Bartice King (better known as “Luke” among his peers) got underway Thursday in an Oklahoma City courtroom following two days of jury selection.  The case number is CR-13-063-1-F, listed on the local courtroom docket as USA vs. Bartice A. "Luke" King.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Apr/16/2015

Magnus Hedman the New Man Behind the Curtain at Pinnacle Sports

SBC News has revealed that Touchbet ltd and Sporting Index owner Magnus Hedman is the new majority shareholder in Pinnacle Sports, once among the biggest online sportsbooks catering to North America.  The company pulled out of the US market in 2007, opting instead to focus on Europe and Asia.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Apr/16/2015 Back Peddling on Payout Promise: ‘We Can Only Pay When Back Online’

Beleaguered issued a statement on Tuesday informing its customers they can only pay if back up and running online.  This comes after assurances the company would refund customers once its licensing authority gives the green light.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Apr/15/2015

Motorcycle Shooting of Sportsbook Operator Outside CR Bakery Was Failed Hit

A man shot four times outside an Escazu, Costa Rica bakery last month was the target of a failed hit, can now confirm. 

Sources close to G911 tell us that a sportsbook operator from California by the name of Jason was the target of this hit though the incident does not appear to have any ties to a bookmaking/Pay Per Head businesses had ties to. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Apr/14/2015

Fears Mount as Players Not Getting Paid

Officials at beleaguered online gambling firm sought to calm customer fears Monday that they will not be getting paid.   The company shut down abruptly last night after its Director was arrested on money laundering charges.

Since that time, customers have had little success accessing their funds.

The company issued this statement Monday:

Submitted by C Costigan on, Apr/13/2015

Sports Tout Adam Meyer Sees Bail Revoked: Accused of Multi-Million Dollar Fraud

A Fort Lauderdale, Florida man charged with running an elaborate sports handicapping fraud scheme has had his bail revoked by a judge.

Adam Meyer, 43, was arrested last October for trying to extort $25 million from a Wisconsin businessman. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Apr/09/2015 Director Arrested as Part of Fraud Probe: Site Goes Offline

Paul Bell, a director of 666Bet, has been arrested as part of a joint money-laundering investigation by HM Revenue & Customs and the National Crime Agency. 

The initial arrest occurred last week at London’s Heathrow Airport.  Bell was re-arrested on the Isle of Man upon landing in his private jet.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Mar/30/2015

Another Suspect Pleads Guilty in Bookmaking Case

Salvatore Ferraioli, 33, of Staten Island, NY, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Hartford federal court to a federal tax charge stemming from his involvement in a sports betting ring with ties to Costa Rica.  

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Mar/26/2015

BetOnline Becomes The Latest Big Online Sportsbook to Introduce Bitcoin

With the start of the NCAA Tournament last week, online betting giant saw more March Madness players in on the action than ever before.

Submitted by Press Release on, Mar/26/2015

Easy Bet Owner Will Likely Pull Through Following Brazen Assassination Attempt

The California-born owner of a Pay Per Head business in Costa Rica identified only as Jason F. is expected to pull through according to sources close to 

The individual was shot four times as he left an Escazu bakery near the La Paco shopping center Wednesday morning and attempted to get into his red Range Rover (pictured).  Two men pulled up on motorcycles and fired the shots.  Authorities are still investigating.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Mar/20/2015

Pay Per Head Owner Identified as Man Shot by Motorcycle Gunmen in Costa Rica

An individual identified only as “Noah” has been shot and is in critical condition. can report “Noah” operated a Pay Per Head business out of San Jose, Costa Rica.  The individual’s real name is believed to be "Jason" based on sources close to G911 and he also had some involvement in real estate.  His real last name is being withheld for security reasons.  

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Mar/19/2015

WBX Betting Exchange Shuttered: Regulatory Climate Spelled Doom

Online betting exchange WBX has unceremoniously closed its doors for good though the company insists players are able to withdrawal their funds in full and that any future wagers will be decided “in the normal way”.


Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/18/2015

Skybet Gets Reamed for ‘Odds Error’ Tied to PSG Shock Extra Time Win

One of the United Kingdom’s largest online bookmakers, Skybet, found itself caught up in a major controversy over the weekend following an odds error on its mobile phone app.

The app, which has been downloaded some 700,000 times to date, presented odds of 25-1 for a PSG win in extra time over Chelsea only to have the payout as 9-2 by Skybet. The bookmaker has since claimed the odds were a mistake.

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Mar/15/2015

Three Florida Men Convicted in Connection With Legends Sports Case

Three individuals from Florida have been convicted in Oklahoma City for their role in running what federal prosecutors called a billion dollar illegal sports betting enterprise run out of Panama City, Panama. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Mar/03/2015

New CNBC Primetime Program ‘American Vice’ Looks at Bookies, Poker World

A new CNBC Primetime show is set to premiere Wednesday March 4 at 10 pm ET.

Get an inside look at the world of illegal gambling. Follow those who walk the line between big risk and big reward every day. 

And some of the names cry out “Not Reality Television”.

There’s Cousin Nicky, Joey Terror and Frankie Flatscreen.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Feb/27/2015

Details of Pinnacle Sports Acquisition Limited

Curacao-based Pinnacle Sports, one of the oldest established online bookmakers operating from the Caribbean, has been sold to an undisclosed buyer. 

Little details are known regarding the purchase other than that Las Vegas-based Alternative Trading Partners (ATP) is overseeing the deal .

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/23/2015

Bruce Jenner Betting Crosses Line: Bookie Apologizes for Taking Bets on New Name

Australian bookmaker has apologized for offering what some say was offensive betting options on one-time Olympian Bruce Jenner’s new name after it was confirmed he is undergoing a sex change.  

While the wagering firm may be sorry, they are not about to suspend betting on Jenner’s gender transformation.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Feb/18/2015

FanDuel Looking for a $1 Billion Valuation: Wants to Go Public Next Year, one of the two largest daily fantasy sports sites, is looking to raise another $100 million over the next few months in order to reach a $1 billion valuation. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/17/2015

First Online Gambling Site Intertops Returns to U.S. After Nearly 4 Year Absence

Antigua-based Intertops has re-entered the U.S. market after exiting in 2011.  The site features a popular sportsbook, online casino and poker room.

Intertops, an Austrian-owned company, has the distinction of being the first ever online gambling site.  It has held a license on the island of Antigua for 20 years now. The company has a reputation for fast payouts and few complaints.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/17/2015

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