Gambling

Trick or Treat: Tiny Delaware to Launch Online Poker on Halloween

The First State, Delaware, will live up to its nick when it becomes the first US state to offer real money online gambling to its residents.

To date, Nevada has offered real money Web poker but is prohibited from offering other forms of online gambling.  Delaware will feature other casino games such as blackjack and slots.  New Jersey is set to launch real cash Internet gambling by the end of November.  

Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/23/2013

Bodog Embezzlement Case Heats Up: Charges to be Filed Shortly

As reported last week, a number of former high-ranking employees of Bodog Brand’s Asian arm have been implicated in an embezzlement scheme, according to company officials and confirmed by a Bodog representative.  Gambling911.com can reveal that charges are about to be filed against at least one of the individuals, Robert Gustafsson. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/23/2013

New Jersey Internet Gambling Bill Could Expand Across State Lines

Legislation proposed earlier this year could see New Jersey developing online gambling compacts with other states, said state Assemblyman John Amodeo durng a conference of gambling leaders and regulators Tuesday.

From The Press of Atlantic City:

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Oct/22/2013

Backers, Critics Debate New York State Casino Expansion Plan

NEW YORK (Associated Press) — Opponents of New York state's proposal to build new casinos argued Monday that more gambling would further impoverish people struggling to make ends meet and encourage addicts, while supporters said tax revenue would generate jobs and fund schools.

A discussion presenting both sides of a referendum on amending the state constitution to allow Las Vegas-type casinos was held in New York City, ahead of a Nov. 5 ballot vote.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/22/2013

Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Bilking Investors: Used Funds to Pay Gambling Debts

A San Jose, California man has been sentenced to five years prison time and five years probation for defrauding investors in order to pay off his gambling debts.

Thomas R. Papa, 56, represented himself as a money manager for a company called MTJJ via Craigslist.  He would tell potential clients that he could broker deals for property and business loans through private investors.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Oct/22/2013

One Dead, Three Wounded at Bally’s Hotel-Casino Club in Vegas

LAS VEGAS — (Associated Press) - Authorities say an ex-convict with a history of altercations at Las Vegas clubs was behind a shooting that killed a patron and wounded two employees at a casino after-hours nightclub on the Strip.

Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie said Monday that 41-year-old suspect Benjamin Frazier remained hospitalized at University Medical Center.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/21/2013

The Art of Slot Machines

With approximately 197,144 slot machines in Las Vegas alone, it’s no wonder that artists have started to recognise these games as a digital platform for their work. One such artist is marine muralist Robert Wyland.

Submitted by Payton on, Oct/21/2013

Tropicana Casino Approved for NJ Online Gambling License

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Associated Press) - New Jersey casino regulators continued their march toward Internet gambling Monday, awarding the state's fifth online gambling permit to the Tropicana Casino and Resort.

The state is preparing for the launch of online gambling in New Jersey, which will begin Nov. 26 after a five-day invitation-only test period to make sure all the systems work properly.

The awarding of the permit came as detailed regulations for Internet gambling took effect Monday.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/21/2013

Niagara Police Can Now Buy New Cars With Gambling Proceeds

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (Associated Press) — A western New York police department can start shopping for patrol vehicles for the first time in five years now that casino gambling payments have been received from the Seneca Nation of Indians.

The Niagara Gazette reports that the Niagara Falls City Council has approved a measure seeking the allocation of $513,000 in casino revenues to buy 19 new police cars. The move will allow the cash-strapped city to essentially replace its entire fleet of overworked police cruisers.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/21/2013

Indianapolis Airport Considering Wireless Gambling Technology

(Associated Press) - Phil Sicuso and Joe Champion say Indianapolis International Airport is well suited for wireless gambling technology that could bring in revenue to support more nonstop flights.

The pair work at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP and floated the idea in an article for their firm's newsletter, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/20/2013

Week 8 College Football Upsets Great for the Bookies

Bookies celebrated a series of Week 8 College Football upsets that helped boost profits as the betting public tended to back the more high profile favorites.

Ole Miss pulled off one of the week’s biggest upsets, beating LSU outright as a +10 underdog.  The Tigers now have two losses on the season.  The Rebels record coming into Week 9 is 4-3 following their three point home victory.

Submitted by Don Shapiro on, Oct/20/2013

Gambler Archie Karas Extradited to CA for Casino Cheat Case: Pleads Not Guilty

One of the most well-known and successful gamblers of all time, Archie Karas, was extradited from Nevada to California to face charges he cheated a San Diego casino out of more than $8000.  He entered a “Not Guilty” plea on Friday. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Oct/18/2013

Genovese Crime Family Mobster Admits Role in Racketeering Tied to Sports Betting

Genovese Crime Family associate John Breheney (AKA “Fu”), 49, of Egg Harbor, NJ, pleaded guilty Friday before US District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute through his participation in an illegal sports betting operation. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Oct/18/2013

Philadelphia Plays Host to Internet Gambling Conference

HARRISBURG, Pa - Gaming Control Board Chairman William H. Ryan, Jr. along with Executive Director Kevin O'Toole and Bureau of Licensing Director Susan Hensel will participate in the World Regulatory Briefing USA focusing on iGaming on October 22 and 23, 2013 in Philadelphia.

Leaders from the gaming industry along with regulators from state, international and Native American gaming jurisdictions will be presenting at the conference.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/17/2013

Adelson Republican Strategic Research Study: ‘Universal Opposition to Web Gambling’

Online gambling opponent and one of the GOP’s biggest donors, Sheldon Adelson, recently commissioned the Republican strategic research and polling firm, The Tarrance Group, to conduct a study to determine voter attitudes towards legalized online gambling in the US.  Their findings, not surprisingly, favor Adelson’s stance. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Oct/17/2013

Trump Casinos in Atlantic City Latest to be Granted Online Gambling Permits

(Associated Press) - The two Trump casinos in Atlantic City received their Internet gambling permits Thursday, as New Jersey regulators continued preparing for the launch of online gambling next month.

Trump Plaza and the Trump Taj Mahal got their Internet gambling permits and join the Borgata and the Golden Nugget among casinos approved to begin Internet gambling.

Online gambling will begin Nov. 26 in New Jersey after a five-day, invitation-only trial period.

New Jersey is the third state in the nation to offer online gambling, along with Nevada and Delaware.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/17/2013

888 Holdings Anticipates Dramatic Revenue Rise in 2014 With US Web Gambling

(Reuters) - London- listed 888 Holdings is expecting to start to see the benefits from next year as a number of U.S. states ease a ban on Internet gambling.

888, which runs online gambling and poker sites, is already operating in Nevada, with markets in Delaware and New Jersey expected to go live in the coming weeks.

"In 2014, we should start to see some meaningful revenues come through," Chief Executive Brian Mattingley said, talking about prospects in the American market.

Submitted by Reuters on, Oct/16/2013

CAMS Names Former Nevada Gaming Control Head Mark Lipparelli Advisor

Los Angeles  – CAMS, LLC, the leader in providing online operators with payment connectivity and Know Your Customer (KYC) verification services, today announced that Mark Lipparelli has been engaged by the company as an advisor. The company will look to him for strategic guidance as they navigate the newly-regulated internet gambling industry.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/16/2013

Golden Nugget Obtains Second NJ Online Gambling Permit

The Golden Nugget is the second Atlantic City casino operator to be granted an Online gambling permit.

New Jersey anticipates launching its Web gambling industry on November 26 with real money play permitted by those physically located within the state’s borders.

Lisa Spengler, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, said there is no competitive advantage to being issued a permit early as the launch date is the same for all casinos.

Last week the Borgata was the first casino property to receive a permit.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Oct/16/2013

Judge Throws out Lawsuit Challenging New York Gambling Referendum

ALBANY, N.Y. (Associated Press) — A judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a referendum on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to authorize seven more casinos in New York, ruling it was filed too late.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/16/2013

Betfair Launches LetsPlayNJ.com for Web Gambling but Can’t Play Yet in Garden State

While New Jersey prepares to begin allowing online gambling by the end of next month, European powerhouse Betfair has mostly been left out in the cold.

Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/16/2013

Embezzlement Scheme Uncovered at Bodog: Several Employees Allegedly Involved

The online gambling firm Bodog has accused a number of high-ranking company officials of perpetrating a scheme to embezzle millions of dollars from its Asian operation.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Oct/16/2013

AGA Proposes Changes To Slot Machine Shipping Regulations

The American Gaming Association is urging a regulation change in the shipment of slot machines in a bid to streamline the process.

The association, which represents casinos, game and software providers, is asking for the changes in order to cut down the 1.5 million different regulatory requirements of which they describe, “overly costly and complex.”

Submitted by Payton on, Oct/16/2013

Jurors Disagree in Gambling Network Trial of Fla. Attorney Tied to Allied Veterans

Sanford, Fla. (Associated Press) — Jurors deliberating in the trial of a Florida attorney charged with operating a gambling network under the guise of a veterans’ charity are having trouble reaching consensus.

The six jurors sent a note to the judge late Friday asking if a verdict had to be unanimous. The note said some jurors were leaning toward guilty and others toward not guilty.

Judge Kenneth Lester called the jurors back into the courtroom and told them a decision had to be unanimous. Their question came after 14 hours of deliberating over two days.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/15/2013

Mobster-Turned-Cattle-Rancher to Face Trial for Conspiracy, Murder

(Associated Press) - With his East Coast accent and tales of living in New York, Jay Shaw stood out when he moved to the tiny farm town of Marsing, Idaho.

But he was friendly enough, even helpful, to his neighbors, and they never suspected him of having a dark secret.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/15/2013

Casino Woes Continue in Atlantic City: Revenues Way Down

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — (Associated Press) - Thousands of people came to Atlantic City to see Miss America last month, but not enough of them ventured into a casino to boost the gambling halls’ monthly revenue.

Atlantic City’s casinos saw their revenue fall by nearly 13 percent in September compared with the same month last year.

The city’s 12 casinos won $240.2 million from gamblers, a decline of 12.9 percent from September 2012.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Oct/15/2013

$59 Million Spent on Gambling Lobbying in NY Since 2005

A staggering figure indeed:  As Gambling911.com reported the other day, New York State has received a substantial amount of money from gambling interests over the years.

How much in total?
From the New York Times:

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Oct/15/2013

Gambling Pastor Embezzles $230k: School Funds Utilized

A Boston area pastor has been relieved of his duties after allegations surfaced that he had stolen more than $200,000 to help support his gambling addiction.

Father Stephen M. Gemme of Saint Bernadette Parish in Northboro, Massachusetts has served as that congregation’s pastor for nearly 10 years.   The church published the announcement on its website.

Part of the letter, written by Reverend Robert J. McManus Bishop of Worcester, reads:

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Oct/14/2013

Woman Stiffed Out of $1 Mil Casino Prize: Casino Joins Her Suit to Recover Winnings

A woman has filed suit claiming she was stiffed out of winnings from an Oregon Tribal casino promotion. 

Beverly Mackey won the $1 million dollar grand prize in Tribal casino Chinook Winds’ Swipe, Play & Win promotion game.  The former home health care provider, who recently had heart surgery, has been denied the winnings.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Oct/14/2013

Millionairess Carole Waugh Murdered by High Rolling Conmen

High stakes gamblers Rakesh Bhayani and Nicholas Kutner have been charged with murdering a wealthy businesswoman in order that they could fleece her bank accounts to support their gambling lifestyle.

Ms Waugh, 49, an accounts clerk in the oil industry and an escort, lived alone at a £600,000 flat in Marylebone, central London, the Mirror reported.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Oct/11/2013

Breaking News

Phil 'The Poker Brat' Hellmuth Gets Lambasted for Defending 'Jesus'

Phil 'The Poker Brat' Hellmuth Gets Lambasted for Defending 'Jesus'

The other day we reported on how Chris "Jesus" Ferguson finally got around to apologizing for his role in a 2011 ponzi scheme that left customers of Full Tilt Poker screwed until the U.S. Government stepped in to rescue them.

Can I Bet the FIFA World Cup From Kenya Using Bitcoin?

Can I Bet the FIFA World Cup Online From Kenya Using Bitcoin?

Kenya has no shortage of sports bettors (punters), the vast majority of whom following football leagues around the world, mostly European and Premier League. For this year's FIFA World Cup, the best way for them to place bets online will be with bitcoin using a cryptocurrency wallet that can be linked to one's banking account.

Man Who Ran Sports Betting Operation for 14 Years Pleads Guilty

Plus two men accused of robbing a casino back in February will now face trial in a federal court....They were found an hour after that robbery at another nearby casino.