Gambling

Online Gambling Payment Processor Gets 36 Months Behind Bars

Donald Hellinger has been sentenced to 36 years behind bars for illegally transmitting $44 million in overseas Internet gambling winnings to US citizens through a defunct Bucks Country company during the years 2005 and 2006.

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Submitted by C Costigan on, Sep/19/2012

Greece Hikes Gambling Taxes

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece will hike taxes on OPAP <OPAr.AT>, the state-controlled betting agency slated for privatization, following rivals' complaints to the European Commission that tax provisions of Greek gaming legislation favored the company.

The move triggered a sharp drop in shares of OPAP - one of Europe's biggest listed gambling companies - and sent the stock plunging more than 18 percent as investors took fright at the size of the levies.

Submitted by Guest on, Sep/19/2012

Breaking News: Full Tilt Poker Exec Nelson Burtnick Pleads Guilty

NEW YORK – (Associated Press) - A Canadian man who once led the payment processing at two online poker companies pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy and gambling charges, agreeing to cooperate in the government's crackdown on the businesses.

Nelson Burtnick, of Vancouver, entered the plea before a magistrate judge in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, where several others have already pleaded guilty to similar charges. He is among nearly a dozen people charged in a case that shut down U.S. operations of the three largest poker companies.

Submitted by Guest on, Sep/19/2012

Gambling Industry Spends Heavy in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — (Associated Press) - A new report says gambling interests spent nearly $50 million on lobbying and campaign contributions in Albany since 2005 and that the flow is accelerating as New York considers the expansion of casino gambling.

The advocacy group Common Cause, which favors public campaign financing, says it tallied $40 million worth of lobbying by gambling interests from 2005 through June 2012 and $7.1 million in campaign contributions.

Submitted by Guest on, Sep/19/2012

Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman Mark Lipparelli Leaving His Post

Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman Mark Lipparelli has confirmed he is resigning as chairman of the state's three-member regulatory panel at the end of this month.  He has served on the Board for four years.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Sep/19/2012

William Hill in Joint Bid for Sportingbet

(Reuters) - William Hill is considering making a joint bid for Sportingbet, with Britain's biggest bookmaker keen to get its hands on the online gaming firm's lucrative Australian operations.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Sep/19/2012

USA Today: Replacement Referees Provide Perfect Ingredient for Game Fixing

Gambling experts claim that the current situation with replacement referees in the NFL has created an environment ripe for corruption, according to Robert Klemko of USA Today

Submitted by Tyrone Black on, Sep/18/2012

More Spent on Maryland Gambling Campaign Than Was Spent on 2012 Governor’s Race

In total, casino operators and those opposed to development of a casino in Prince George’s County, Maryland, have spent a total of $19.4 million on the gambling expansion campaign.

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Maryland residents are set to vote on this gambling expansion in November.

Submitted by Ace King on, Sep/18/2012

Nebraska State Senator Pleads Guilty in Gambling Probe

Nebraska State Senator Brenda Council has plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges of violating campaign finance laws in connection to gambling.

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Council admitted to making 36 withdrawals totaling $63,000 from her campaign account for the purpose of gambling. $36,000 of those funds were ultimately returned. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Sep/18/2012

Maine Oxford Casino Expansion Under Consideration

AUGUSTA, Maine (Associated Press) — Final approval of an expanded gambling area at Maine’s newest casino is being considered by the state Gambling Control Board.

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the board will consider approving an expansion to the Oxford Casino, which opened in June in the western Maine town of Oxford.

The casino now has 529 slot machines and 12 table games including blackjack, craps and roulette.

It’s hoping to add 10 more table games and hundreds more slot machines in October.

Submitted by Guest on, Sep/18/2012

Another Philly Mobster Sentenced for Illegal Gambling, Loan Sharking

South Philadelphia mobster, Martin Angelina, 50, has been sentenced to nearly five year in a federal prison for racketeering related to loan sharking and illegal gambling.

Angelina had already plead guilty last month to a racketeering conspiracy and admitted to using extortion to collect on loans.

Submitted by Guest on, Sep/17/2012

Snow Job: ‘New’ Owners of Defunct Online Poker Room Purple Lounge Speak Out for First Time

The “new” management of Media Corporation, parent company of the now defunct online poker site Purple Lounge, have spoken out for the first time about the long established Web card room’s closure.

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In an interview with InfoPowa, Management admitted that the handling of Purple Lounge’s closure has not been particular smooth. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Sep/17/2012

Perth Australia Barrister Mistress Tells of ‘Gambling Problem’ on Horses at Murder Trial

A once prominent Perth barrister, Lloyd Rayney, is on trial for the murder of his wife.  In recent days, his daughters testified that their father was “not fit enough” to drag their mother’s body across the front yard into her car.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Sep/17/2012

Asian Gambling Boom Targets Filthy Rich

(Associated Press) - In the Philippines, a $4 billion casino will soon rise from reclaimed land on Manila Bay. In South Korea, foreign investors are expected to break ground next year on a clutch of casino resorts offshore. And on the eastern edge of Russia, authorities plan a resort zone aimed at drawing Chinese high-rollers.

Submitted by Guest on, Sep/16/2012

New Jersey Ok’s Plan for Mohegan Sun to Run Resorts Casino in Atlantic City

Absent from the Atlantic City casino market for more than 30 years, Native American tribes have recently turned a close eye on the seaside gambling resort, with two tribes taking very different paths.

Submitted by Guest on, Sep/15/2012

Philly Mobster Gaeton Lucibello Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison

Gaeton Lucibello, 59, of Philadelphia, was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for his participation in a racketeering conspiracy involving extortion and illegal gambling, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and George C. Venizelos, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. 

Submitted by Guest on, Sep/14/2012

New Jersey State Senator Opposes Federal Online Gambling Legislation

New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak, who has been pushing to legalize online gambling in the Garden State, has come out against a federal measure currently under consideration.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Sep/13/2012

Nevada Video Game Company 3G Studios Becomes First to Enter Online Gambling Market

Video game developer 3G Studios filed with the Nevada Gaming Control Board for multiple Online Service Provider’s licenses, making them the first video game company to move into the U.S. online gambling market. With this move, 3G Studios will be the first video game company to be approved for real-money gambling in the U.S.

Submitted by Guest on, Sep/13/2012

Nebraska State Senator Charged for Using Funds for Gambling

A Nebraska State Senator has been charged with using $63,000 in campaign funds to fuel her gambling addition.

Omaha’s Brenda Council was charged on Thursday with two misdemeanor counts of abusing public records. 

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning's Offices investigated subpoenaing bank and casino records.

The funds in question were spent at various state casinos during the period 2010-2012. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Sep/13/2012

Poker Pro Nancy Todd Gets Second Shot at Taking Control of Casinos in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK — (Associated Press) - An attorney for a woman seeking exclusive rights to operate casinos in Arkansas says the state has turned the initiative process into an “obstacle course” by rejecting her proposed ballot measure.

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Submitted by Guest on, Sep/13/2012

Columbus Hollywood Casino Operator’s License Approval Anticipated

COLUMBUS, Ohio – (Associated Press) - The Ohio Casino Commission is expected to approve the operator's license for the new casino opening next month in Columbus.
 


Submitted by Guest on, Sep/13/2012

Penn National Ponies Up Another $4 Million to Try and Stop Baltimore Casino

Penn National has added another $4 million to the $5.5 million already donated to try and prevent the construction of a Baltimore casino.  Voters will have the opportunity to make the final decision come Election Day and Penn is determined to try and discourage residents from backing such a plan. 

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Sep/12/2012

Iceland to Block Gambling, Porn Websites

Iceland’s two biggest ISPs are considering blocking online gambling and porn websites, according to Mashable.com

Vodafone and Síminn, two of the country’s larget ISPs, are eyeing sites that feature x-rated material, gambling or other questionable content, it was reported on Wednesday.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Sep/12/2012

60 Gambling Machines From 40 Businesses Seized Throughout Phoenix

PHOENIX – (Associated Press) - Nearly 60 gambling machines were seized at more than 40 businesses across the valley and agents believe a criminal organization from California is behind the illegal machines.

State and federal investigators served search warrants at smoke shops, gas stations and markets over the weekend.  The businesses had games similar to slot machines that allowed players to earn credits and cash them in for money -- but that's against the law.

The machines were taken from businesses everywhere from Surprise to Mesa to Phoenix. 

Submitted by Guest on, Sep/12/2012

DOJ Demands $42 Million From Full Tilt Poker Ring Leader Howard Lederer

The Department of Justice filed an amended civil complaint against four Full Tilt Poker executives including Howard Lederer, seeking more than $100 million total.  Lederer is being told to fork over approximately $42 million. 

The US Government is seeking the following: 

The government is seeking the following judgments:

Raymond Bitar – $40.8 million

Howard Lederer – $42.5 million

Christopher Ferguson – $42 million
Rafael Furst – $11.7 million

Submitted by Ace King on, Sep/11/2012

Camasino Poker Club: Online Gambling Site to Open Land-Based Casino Outside Montreal

Camasino has made a deal with the owner of a poker club located in Kahnawake to change its name from Snakes Poker Club to “Camasino Poker Club”.  Camasino will hold major Canadian events at the location along with entertainment and other services giving the clients a Vegas feel!

Submitted by Guest on, Sep/11/2012

Coconut Creek May Become Casino Destination with Mammoth Entertainment Center Planned

The Seminole Tribe of South Florida are looking to develop a mammoth hotel, casino and entertainment complex in Coconut Creek.

The establishment would feature 20 stories, 1000 rooms and an expanded 2500-seat movie theatre and casino. 

Still, the idea could be just a pipe dream as no firm date has been set as to when such a project might begin development. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Sep/11/2012

Skybook.com Owner Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Prison

A St. Charles, Louisiana man, Anthony Buttitta, 43, has been sentenced to 2.5 years behind bars for tax evasion.  He and his father, Dominic Buttitta, 69, of South Barrington, plead to two felony counts filed against them in U.S. District Court and were sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Milton Shadur.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Sep/10/2012

MGM Tops Penn Gaming Donation in Fight for Gambling Expansion in Maryland

Penn Gaming has pledged $5.5 million in an effort to defeat a gambling expansion plan in the state of Maryland.

That news comes as MGM Resorts International, which has plans to build an $800 million casino at the National Harbor in Prince George County, had spent close to $2.5 million in support of these efforts.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Sep/10/2012

Casino Mogul Steve Wynn Awarded $20 Million in Slander Suit Against Joe Francis

A jury has awarded casino magnate Steve Wynn $20 million in his slander suit against porn purveyor Joe Francis. 

An L.A. Count Superior Court jury determined that the “Girls Gone Wild” video franchise owner, Francis, had knowingly made false statements against Wynn.  Francis had told reporters that Wynn threatened to kill him with a shovel over the head and bury him in the desert.  The jury found that Francis acted maliciously in making such statements.  

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Sep/10/2012

Breaking News

No Deal as Florida Appeals Seminole Tribe Blackjack Ruling

Florida is pushing ahead in its legal tussle with the Seminole Tribe of Florida over the tribe's estimated $2 billion a year gambling operation.

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