Breaking News: US Government to Take Control of Absolute Poker Assets

The US Government on Tuesday July 31, 2012 requested that the Court grant custody of all Absolute Poker assets.  Presumably players would be paid at least a partial amount of monies owed provided they filed an action with the US Justice Department. 

US Attorney in the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara filed the motion. 

Case 1:11-cv-02564-LBS on PACER:

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jul/31/2012

Maryland Panel Considers Baltimore Casino License

(Associated Press) - A Maryland panel is set to consider a decision on whether to grant a license for a proposed casino in Baltimore.

The Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon in Annapolis to take up the proposal by Caesars Entertainment

Maryland voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2008 allowing for a total of five casino locations. Four others have already been given licenses.

Caesars wants to build a casino with 3,750 slot machines.

Submitted by Guest on, Jul/31/2012

Shuffle Master Receives License by Nevada to Offer Real Money Online Poker in State

Shuffle Master has received a license by the Nevada Gaming Commission for interactive gaming.

This license will allow Shuffle Master to be a business-to-business partner with land-based casino operators in order to provide online poker games in addition to play-for-fun versions of its world-renowned proprietary table games, such as Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, and Fortune Pai Gow Poker.

Submitted by Guest on, Jul/30/2012

Ireland Olympic Athlete Under Investigation for Betting on Rival to Win

Graham Dunbar
The Associated Press

LONDON—The Ireland Olympic team is investigating allegations that one of its athletes cashed in bets on an opponent to win at a pre-London Games event.

The Olympic Council of Ireland confirmed reports Saturday that an athlete made a $4,800 profit on the wagers, and withdrew $4,435 in cash from an account with a gambling operator.

Submitted by Guest on, Jul/30/2012

Massachusetts Governor to Sign Casino Tribal Pact

BOSTON (AP) Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is set to give final approval to a tribal casino compact with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.


Patrick on Monday is set to sign the compact, which promises the state 21.5 percent of gambling revenue if the tribe succeeds in developing a resort casino in Taunton.

Submitted by Guest on, Jul/30/2012

Chili Poker CEO Big News Coming This Week: Zynga Puts Blame on Facebook for Losses

Looks like Chili Poker's CEO is about to make an exciting announcement this week.  It's not about Chili Poker, per sey,  Alexandre Dreyfus tells, but rather a new venture he is involved with.  Dreyfus sold the Chili Poker database to Poker770 back in March and the technology to Bally Technology in April. 

Alexandre Dreyfus ‏‪@alex_dreyfus

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jul/29/2012

Irish Sailor Peter O'Leary Subject of Gambling Probe

(Reuters) - Peter O'Leary, his face largely obsured by a black-hooded top and dark glasses was whisked past waiting reporters in the mixed zone at the Olympic sailing venue at Portland, close to the English seaside town of Weymouth.

The sailor, still wearing his wetsuit, made no comment when asked about the betting probe, after making a strong start in racing in the heavyweight Star class.

However, James O'Callaghan the Irish sailing team's performance director told reporters shortly afterwards: "The issue is sub-judice so we have no comment to make."

Submitted by Guest on, Jul/29/2012

Maryland Governor O'Malley Calls for Special Session in August re Gambling Expansion


Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Gov. Martin O'Malley has called for a special session to expand gambling in Maryland to begin in about two weeks.

O'Malley said at a news conference Friday in Annapolis with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller that the session will begin on Aug 9. O'Malley says expanded gambling will create more revenue and jobs for the state.

Submitted by Guest on, Jul/27/2012

Paddy Power ‘London Olympic-like’ Ad Can Stay: Locog Furious!

Online gambling houses are not permitted to advertise or associate themselves in any way with the London Olympics, but that didn’t stop the creative folks over at Paddy Power, the UK’s third largest bookmaker, from trying.

The advert, featured prominently at London, England train stations, proclaimed that Paddy Power was “The Official Sponsor of The Largest Athletics Event in London This Year”

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jul/27/2012

Tribes Want Federal Government to Stop States From Legalizing Online Gambling

WASHINGTON — (Associated Press) -  With some states readying to start online gambling, Native American tribal leaders are calling on the federal government to step in as it did with brick-and-mortar gambling and establish regulations that ensure tribes get a piece of the action without having their revenue taxed and their sovereignty compromised.

Submitted by Guest on, Jul/26/2012

Friday Decision Likely on Maryland Special Session to Talk Gambling Expansion

ANNAPOLIS — (Associated Press) - A spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O’Malley says a formal announcement on whether a special session will be held in Maryland to expand gambling is likely to be made on Friday.

Raquel Guillory declined to say definitively on Thursday whether a special session will be held next month. She says details are still being worked out.

On Wednesday, House Speaker Michael Busch met with House Democratic leaders to tell them to be prepared for a special session because he believes the governor will call one.

Submitted by Guest on, Jul/26/2012

Eight Analysts Cut Price Target on Zynga as Texas Hold’em Poker Maker Sees Sharp Decline

Zynga witnessed a 42 percent drop in its share price following less-than-rosy news about the company’s future.  This has prompted eight different analysts to cut their target price on the maker of popular games such as “Farmville” and “Texas Hold’em Poker”.  Of the 24 who follow the company, only give have a ‘buy’ rating on the stock with an average price target set at US$5.


Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jul/26/2012

First Online Poker Sites Expected to be Operating in Nevada Within 90 Days

Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman Mark Lipparelli told the Las Vegas Review Journal Thursday (July 26, 2012) that the first licensed online poker rooms could be operating within that state in 60 to 90 days.


Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/26/2012

Chris Christie Continues to be Adamant: Casino Gambling in Atlantic City Only

Lawmakers in New Jersey want casino gambling a little closer to home for the millions of people who populate the northern portion of that state.  Governor Chris Christie continues to lay down the law, insisting only Atlantic City will play host to casinos there.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jul/26/2012

How About a Temporary Casino at Meadowlands for Super Bowl

Despite New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s assertions that he will not support any casinos within the state outside of Atlantic City, a proposal was tossed around Wednesday suggesting a “temporary casino” at the Meadowlands for the Super Bowl in 2015.

Some are calling it a “pop up” casino.

Submitted by Guest on, Jul/25/2012

Center Stage Casino in Alabama Raided

(Associated Press) - State and local law enforcement have raided Center Stage casino near Dothan and seized several hundred machines.

State Attorney General Luther Strange announced that his office worked with the Houston County sheriff and district attorney to serve a search warrant Wednesday morning that resulted from an ongoing investigation of illegal gambling.

Submitted by Guest on, Jul/25/2012

June Gambling Revenue Flat in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (Associated Press) - Mississippi's casino revenues were basically flat in June, as a recovery at gambling halls along the Mississippi River barely made up for losses on the Gulf Coast.

Overall revenue rose less than 1 percent from June 2011, to $186.9 million, according to Mississippi Department of Revenue figures released Tuesday. Statewide revenue was basically flat with May, down less than $150,000.

In June, the 12 coastal casinos won a total of $89.9 million from gamblers, down 4.3 percent from the $94 million that they won in June 2011.

Submitted by Guest on, Jul/25/2012

Alderney Gambling Control Commission to Require Segregated Funds, Monthly Reports

Following the Full Tilt Poker fallout from this past year, the Alderney Gambling Control Commission is looking to help repair its image by revising its licensing policy



Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jul/25/2012

Bookies Offer Odds on UFO Sightings, Torch Bearer Tripping at London Olympics

The bookies are getting especially creative with the upcoming London Olympics, offering odds on just about everything under the sun including whether there will be a UFO sighting during the opening ceremony and if the torch bearer trips while attempting to light the flame. 


Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Jul/25/2012

Feds Say Georgia Casino Boat Allowed Illegal Gambling

Russ Bynum, Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- (Associated Press) - Federal prosecutors say the owners of a Savannah-based casino boat owe the government nearly $7 million earned from illegal gambling in state waters off Georgia and South Carolina.

An indictment unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court charges the general manager of Diamond Casino and two of his boat captains with operating an illegal gambling business. Prosecutors say Diamond Casino's cruise boat routinely allowed gambling in state waters between July 2010 and last November.

Submitted by Guest on, Jul/24/2012

‘Kite Marks’ for Online Gambling Could Encourage Operators to Obtain License in UK

Regulators in the United Kingdom have proposed using a “kite-marking system” as a means of encouraging operators to seek regulation there.


Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jul/24/2012

Massachusetts State Senate Considers Gambling Compact With Tribe

BOSTON -- (Associated Press) - The state Senate is expected to vote soon on a casino compact signed by Gov. Deval Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.

Submitted by Guest on, Jul/24/2012

Maine Newest Casino’s Future in Doubt following Development Permit Nullification

PORTLAND, Maine (Associated Press) - The immediate future of Maine's newest casino is in doubt.

Department of Environmental Protection officials and the Attorney General's Office were meeting Monday and discussing what course of action to take after a judge nullified a development permit for the Oxford Casino less than two months after the casino opened in the western Maine town of Oxford.

Submitted by Guest on, Jul/23/2012

John Tierney Claims Challenged Court Order Comforted Him re Relative’s Gambling Biz

Massachusetts Congressman John Tierney continues to insist he had no idea his relatives were involved in an illegal gambling ring, citing a court order allowing his brother-in-law Robert Eremian to return to the Caribbean in 2002 to serve as a software consultant to a legal offshore betting operation.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jul/23/2012

Macau Murder Spate Worrisome as Growth Slows in Casino Mecca

HONG KONG (Reuters) - In Macau, three murders in the past two weeks have raised fears that violent crime is growing more common at the same time as the island's casino operators are struggling with slower growth.

Cake Games

Submitted by Guest on, Jul/23/2012

Revenues Way Up at 32Red: Will Enter Italy Market

Shares at 32Red have risen 3.3 percent, valuing the company at £30 million following an upbeat forecast of full year revenues. 

Cake Games

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jul/23/2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: Meadowlands Casino Talk a ‘Waste of Time’

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Associated Pres) While New Jersey lawmakers heard pros and cons Thursday on the prospect of casino gambling at the Meadowlands, Gov. Chris Christie, who opposes the idea, called the discussion futile.

"I think any conversation about extending gaming to the northern part of the state or any place else in the state is a waste of time," Christie said at an unrelated bill-signing in Trenton. "As a practical political matter, it's not going to happen."

Submitted by Guest on, Jul/23/2012

Mass Congressman John F. Tierney Under Fire for Dining at Antiguan Bookie’s Home

“Dinner at my wife’s brother’s house. I don’t think that people would think that’s extraordinary,” Massachusetts Congressman John F. Tierney said at a recent news conference.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jul/22/2012

South Carolina Man Arrested for Killing Wife, Gambling Associate

Columbia, S.C. – (Associated Press) - Investigators say they have charged a man with killing his wife and his colleague in a gambling business in his upscale suburban Columbia home.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said 42-year-old Brett Parker turned himself in Friday after two murder charges were filed more than three months after the killings.

Lott says Parker shot his 44-year-old wife, Tammy, then picked up another gun and shot 46-year-old Brian Capnerhurst on April 13. Arrest warrants say Parker then tried to make it look like he was being robbed.

Submitted by Guest on, Jul/21/2012 Head Gets 2 Years Probation in ‘Blue Monday’ Online Gambling Conviction

Darren Wright, the 43-year-old head of now defunct online gambling outfit, has been given two years probation for his role in running the establishment.


Wright was charged with bank fraud and aiding and abetting in regard to running an illegal gambling operation.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jul/20/2012

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