Gambling

Atlantic City Casinos Begin Re-Opening, Starting With the Borgata

TRENTON, N.J. (Associated Press) – Gov. Chris Christie announced Friday that Atlantic City’s 12 casinos can reopen after a nearly five-day shutdown for Superstorm Sandy, but it’s unclear when they will be ready to do so.

Christie announced the order to allow reopening at 10 a.m. Friday and said it was effective immediately. He also allowed roads to the seaside resort, which was subject to a mandatory evacuation, to reopen.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/02/2012

Massachusetts Treasurer Blasts Reid-Kyl Online Poker Bill: ‘Unfair Advantage’

(Reuters) - Massachusetts' state treasurer on Wednesday blasted an online-gambling bill backed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, saying the proposed federal law threatened the Massachusetts lottery that last year yielded nearly $1 billion in profits.

Submitted by Reuters on, Nov/02/2012

Christie: Atlantic City Casinos to Stay Closed for Now

MOONACHIE, N.J. (Associated Press) Atlantic City's casinos have power, but they won't be opening up again until a few other hurdles are cleared.

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Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/01/2012

Atlantic City Casinos Expected to Re-Open Soon With Christie Lifting Evacuation Order

With New Jersey Governor Chris Christie lifting evacuation orders in Atlantic City, casinos were expected to re-open in the coming days.  All operators report nominal damage, mostly to their roofs. 

On Thursday it was also revealed that The Borgata Casino’s $393.5 million of 9.875 percent notes due August 2018 have fallen 2.25 cents on the dollar since the largest tropical storm in the Atlantic slammed the East Coast on Oct. 29.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/01/2012

Kentucky Governor to Push for Casino Gambling in Commonwealth Again Next Session

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Associated Press) — Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday he appointed his chief Republican rival in the Legislature to a judicial post because he was the best qualified applicant for the job, not because getting him out of the way would improve the chances of legalizing casino gambling in the state.

Beshear, in his first public comments since appointing Senate President Davis Williams circuit judge in southern Kentucky, said he had a responsibility to pick the best person for the job.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/31/2012

Massive Gambling Ring Targets Youth Football: ESPN Cracks Case

Nine men have been arrested in South Florida for their connection into a massive gambling operation that targeted youth football games in the region. 

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The 18-month investigation actually got underway thanks to ESPN.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Oct/31/2012

Atlantic City Casinos May Reopen Friday Morning Following Sandy’s Wrath

(Reuters) - Hurricane Sandy has silenced the thousands of slot machines and high-rollers who normally crowd the black jack and roulette tables of Atlantic City, but the resort's casino companies wager they could be back in business within days.

The storm that swept up the East Coast of the United States on Monday made landfall near Atlantic City, ripping up several blocks of its famous boardwalk and tearing roofing off casinos and hotels.

Submitted by Reuters on, Oct/30/2012

District Attorney Vance Announces Charges Against Sportsbook Software Company ASI

Online Gaming Software Company Generated At Least $2.3 Million in Profits

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/30/2012

Atlantic City Casino Workers Union President: ‘I Have Never Seen so Much Water in the Inlet’

Category 1 Hurricane Sandy made landfall just south of the United State’s second largest casino destination of Atlantic City Monday evening.  The damage is expected to be significant with much of the city under water.  Portions of Atlantic City’s famed boardwalk was also swept out to see. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Oct/29/2012

Sportsbook Director Michael Colbert No Longer With Cantor Gaming Following Arrest

Robert Hubbell, a spokesman with Cantor Gaming in New York, told the Las Vegas Review Journal that Sportsbook Director Michael Colbert was no longer an employee with Cantor Gaming.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Oct/29/2012

Ad Age: Online Gambling Sites to Drop Billions on Ads, Could Surpass Insurance Companies

The next big boom in advertising, according to a report released by industry trade publication Ad Age, it’s online gambling

With poker sites already legalized in the state of Nevada with a federal measure now drafted by political power players Harry Reid and Jon Kyl, Ad Age predicts that some $4 billion will be spent on the online gambling sector over the next five years. That's more than General Motors spent in U.S. advertising in 2011.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Oct/29/2012

French Euromillions Site Taken Down by Hackers, Defaced: Verses From Koran Cited

The French Euromillions site was hacked and defaced with notations suggesting its “sinful” nature.

From the Register:

A group identifying itself as the “Moroccanghosts” hacking crew posted messages decrying the lottery as the work of the devil in both French and Arabic after breaking into the euromillions.fr website.

A verse from the Koran was also cited throughout.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Oct/29/2012

Alderney to Investigate PinnacleSports.com

The online gambling licensing jurisdiction of Alderney does not want to take any chances following last summer’s debacle with Full Tilt Poker.  On Monday it was announced they will now commence an intensive investigation into PinnacleSports.com. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Oct/29/2012

Hurricane Sandy Atlantic City Live Coverage

As Hurricane Sandy prepares to make a direct impact on the United States second largest gambling destination, Atlantic City, Gambling911.com has your ongoing coverage of all the latest news right here.

The storm strengthened overnight with winds up to 85 mph.   All casinos are closed. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Oct/29/2012

Atlantic City Evacuated Ahead of Hurricane Sandy

With Hurricane Sandy potentially making a direct hit on the United States second largest gambling destination, mandatory evacuations were ordered for Atlantic City's casinos.

Emergency officials said Sunday afternoon's low tide looked similar to that of a typical high tide.

"We have to play the hand we've been dealt and unfortunately this is a bad hand," Mayor Lorenzo Langford told the Associated Press on Sunday. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Oct/28/2012

Hurricane Sandy Could Prove Devastating to Gambling Mecca of Atlantic City

What is being billed as potentially the storm of the century had the United States second largest gambling destination of Atlantic City right in its path.

Hurricane Sandy had been briefly downgraded to a tropical storm before becoming a hurricane once again early Saturday afternoon.  Current models have the storm making a direct impact on Atlantic City.

On Saturday morning, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency as the storm moved up the East Coast.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Oct/27/2012

Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland Catering to Asian Americans

Cleveland (Associated Press) — A new northeast Ohio casino is reaching out to gamblers of Asian descent with events tailored to Asian tastes and hosts that handle tasks for those bettors — including arranging for complimentary meals or hotel stays.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/27/2012

Michael F. Orlando’s Coming Out Party at Philly Mob Trial: Calls it a ‘Death Sentence’

Michael F. Orlando testified for a second day at the trial of alleged mobster Joseph Ligambi.

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Orlando came out this week as a government informer where he testified that he owed a small debt to Ligambi.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Oct/26/2012

Cantor Gaming Sportsbook Director Michael Colbert Released on Bail

The Sportsbook Director for Cantor Gaming, Michael Colbert, has been released on $50,000 bail Friday.

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Colbert, 32, was one of 25 individuals charged with conspiracy, money laundering and enterprise corruption in connection with a $50 million sports betting enterprise with ties to Pinnacle Sports in Curacao.

Colbert is scheduled to appear Monday in Las Vegas Justice Court.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/26/2012

MajorWager.com Founder Russ Hawkins Killed in Plane Crash

The founder of one of the most successful sports betting posting forums, MajorWager.com, has passed away.

Russ Hawkins, 47, of Guelph, Ontario, was killed in a plane crash Thursday afternoon after a float plane he was piloting plowed into trees at the edge of Puslinch Lake in Ontario, Canada. 

OPP Insp. Scott Lawson, commander of the Wellington County detachment, said there were two men aboard the aircraft.  The second individual was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/26/2012

Cantor Gaming Being Probed by Nevada GCB Following Arrest of Executive

The Gaming Control Board in Nevada is now focusing on possibly regulatory violations against Cantor Gaming following the arrest of its Sportsbook Director  Michael Colbert on Wednesday. 

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Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Oct/25/2012

Underage Children Learning How to Play Online Poker Via Free Sites Say Researchers

WESTBROOK, Conn. (Associated Press) — Online gambling is making regulation more difficult, luring children to gambling and introducing new types of problem gambling, a British researcher told a conference on Thursday.

Mark Griffiths, professor of gambling studies at Nottingham Trent University, told a few hundred participants at a conference sponsored by the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling that technology will make gambling more accessible as gamblers turn to online sites and avoid casinos.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/25/2012

NYPD Hungry for Bookies: One ‘Cannibal’ Cop Hungry for 100 Women

The NYPD announced the arrest of 25 individuals tied to a sports betting ring that netted some $50 million since the start of 2011.  One of those individuals, George Molsbarger, has donated millions to various charities over the years.  So sad indeed.  

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Oct/25/2012

Philly Mob Trial: ‘I Should Just Shoot You in the Head’ Comment Just ‘Talk’

The defense in what is anticipated to be a months long Philly Mob trial claims that supposed “threats” made against two cooperating witnesses were nothing more than “talk” with no acts of actual violence. 

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Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Oct/25/2012

Pinnacle Sports Denies Any of Its Employees Under Arrest: Business as Usual

In a statement issued by Curacao-based Pinnacle Sports, the company has denied any of its officials have been arrested as part of a massive nationwide sting operation that netted the Sportsbook Director of the M Resort, Michael Colbert.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/25/2012

Queens DA Issues Release on Arrests of 25 in Massive Sports Betting Ring Tied to Pinnacle Sports

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, joined by New York City Police Department Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Mary E.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/25/2012

Cantor Gaming Director Michael Colbert, PinnacleSports Owners Indicted

Michael Colbert, the Sportsbook Director for Cantor Gaming, was arrested early Wednesday morning in Las Vegas along with seven other individuals whose names have since been released.  A total of 25 arrests were made nationwide Wednesday.  The 259 page indictment charges these individuals with Enterprise Corruption, Money Laundering, Promoting Gambling and Conspiracy.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/25/2012

The Ironies Associated With The ‘Cantor Gaming – Pinnacle Sports Arrests’ are Many

Jagajeet Chiba here for Gambling911.com and boy what a day, heh?

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Mike Colbert, Director of Cantor Gaming’s sportsbook operations in Las Vegas, was arrested early Wednesday morning in connection with an investigation related to Pinnacle Sports out of Curacao. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Oct/24/2012

Mike Colbert Arrest a Black Eye for Nevada Gaming Control Board

As Nevada is set to begin legalizing online poker, it may also face a serious setback following news that M Resorts Sportsbook Director, Mike Colbert, has been arrested and charged on eight counts of conspiracy, money laundering and enterprise corruption.

Specifics of this arrest are forthcoming on Thursday 11 am ET as New York prosecutors are set to hold a press conference.  The investigation is being conducted by the Queens District Attorney's Office, long notorious for going after operatives of offshore sports betting businesses. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/24/2012

Sportsbook Director for Cantor Gaming, M Resorts Arrested in NYC: Faces 8 Charges

As first reported on Gambling911.com Twitter Wednesday afternoon, there has been a series of arrests made in New York City and across the US related to sports betting and one of the individuals charged is none other than Mike Colbert, Sports Director for Cantor Gaming and Manager of M Resorts Race and Sports Book. 

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Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/24/2012

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