Gambling

Friends: ‘All Michael Phelps Thinks About is Gambling’

Friends of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps claim the record gold medal winner “only thinks about gambling” these days, more specifically about playing poker. 

Gambling911.com just the other day featured a report on Phelps desire to become a poker pro

Submitted by Ace King on, Aug/17/2012

Jackson County Casino in Cherokee, North Carolina Begins Offering Live Games

As part of a compact that gives the state a portion of revenues from new live games, the Harrah’s owned Jackson County Casino began offering live blackjack at 12 tables this past Wednesday.

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The 15-year-old casino on Cherokee Tribal land had previously only offered electronic variations of casino games.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/16/2012

Police on Hunt for Londonderry Armed Robber Who Entered Bookmaker Brandishing Baton

Police in Londonderry want the public’s assistance in finding an armed robber who reportedly entered a Blucher Street area bookmaker brandishing a baton.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Shortly after 5.40pm a man, carrying a baton entered the premises and demanded money from a member of staff.

“The man smashed a number of television screens in the premises before making off empty handed. No-one was injured during the incident. The man is described as being approximately 5’8” tall and wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/16/2012

Pinnacle Entertainment Granted Approval to Open New Baton Rouge Riverboat Casino

Baton Rouge, La. — (Associated Press) - Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. has received approval from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board to open its new $368 million Baton Rouge casino on Aug. 29, if the riverboat passes a safety inspection.

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Submitted by Guest on, Aug/16/2012

Montana Man Charged With Running Internet Gambling Website

BILLINGS, Mont. (Associated Press) A man with a 2003 conviction for running an illegal bookmaking business out of a Billings card room is now charged with helping people access an illegal Internet gambling site.

The Billings Gazette reports John Fischer pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony charge of operating an illegal gambling enterprise.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/16/2012

Maryland Governor Signs Measure Expanding Gambling

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Associated Press) — Gov. Martin O'Malley has had misgivings over the years about raising money for the state of Maryland through gambling, and while he had hoped he would only need to ask voters once whether to allow an expansion, he has decided he needs to do it again.

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Submitted by Guest on, Aug/16/2012

Former Mobster Claims Gambino Crime Family Ties to Jerry Sandusky, Other Child Porn Deviants

A one time child associate of the Mob claims that sick photos depicting child sexual encounters with older men were once developed at a photo studio used as a front by the Gambino Crime Family. 

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Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Aug/16/2012

Powerball Jackpot Up to $320 Million

Rhode Island is looking to extend its lucky streak while other states residents have the opportunity to take part in one of the biggest Powerball jackpots ever. 

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Rhode Island state lottery officials say the jackpot for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing has climbed to $320 million, making it the game’s 4th largest jackpot.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/15/2012

Cantor Gaming Combines Fantasy Football and Gambling

Gambling911.com reported just the other day on how Web-based sportsbooks such as Northbet were starting to enter the Fantasy Football fray.  Now comes word that gambling giant Cantor Gaming will be offering its own Fantasy Football variant.

And, yes, there is gambling involved. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/15/2012

Record Bad Beat Jackpot Paid Out by Caesars Entertainment in Atlantic City

A bad beat jackpot spread out across five different Atlantic City casinos paid out around $800,000 to 411 poker players Monday, the largest amount in two years since inception of the bad beat jackpot concept.  Caesars Entertainment offered the jackpots. 

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Aug/15/2012

Jerry’s Nugget Casino Files for Bankruptcy

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Associated Press) - A casino that's been a fixture in North Las Vegas since it opened in 1964 has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Jerry's Nugget casino filed papers Monday after efforts to restructure its debt fell through. Chapter 11 protection allows the business to continue operating while coming up with a reorganization plan.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/14/2012

Australia Sport Welcomes Proposed Fixing Laws

SYDNEY (Associated Press) Australia's major sporting organizations have thrown their support behind proposed new laws that include penalties of up to 10 years in prison for sports corruption and match-fixing.

The Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports which includes football, cricket, both rugby codes, tennis and Australian Rules football said Tuesday it commends plans by the New South Wales state government to introduce the Crimes Amendment (Cheating at Gambling) Bill 2012.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/14/2012

Record Breaking £80-100 Million Bet on London Olympics

The final tallies are out and the big winners at this year’s London Olympics was not the athletes but rather the online bookmakers. 

An estimated £80-100 Million is believed to have been wagered on the London Olympics, according to Sporting Index.   Initial forecasts called for somewhere between £20-£40m.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/14/2012

Nevada Regulators Investigating Sheldon Adelson’s Sands Corp re Bribery Charges

Nevada gaming regulators are reportedly looking into whether Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp broke stringent bribery laws through its dealings in the Asian gambling Mecca of Macau. 

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/13/2012

Maryland Senate Passes Prince George’s County Maryland Expansion Measure

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Associated Press) Members of the Maryland House of Delegates are starting to define proposed changes to a measure to expand gambling in the state.

Baltimore lawmakers met Monday morning to discuss amendments.

They are concerned about when a Prince George's County casino could open.

A bill approved by the Senate says the casino could open July 1, 2016 or 30 months after a casino opens in Baltimore in 2014. Baltimore lawmakers want to specify opening at 30 months after the Baltimore casino opens.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/13/2012

Times of Trenton Editorial: New Jersey High Stake Wager on Sports Betting May Pay Off

The Times of Trenton Editorial staff offered their take on Tuesday’s not-so-shocking lawsuit filed by the four professional sports leagues and NCAA that attempts to stop the state of New Jersey from allowing legalized sports betting. 

If New Jersey prevails, visitors to the state’s casinos and racetracks will be able to place bets on professional games, as well as college contests that are played outside the state and don’t involve New Jersey teams.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Aug/12/2012

Delegate Wants Legislative Oversight On Gambling in Maryland

(Associated Press) - A Maryland lawmaker said Saturday he will propose changing a measure to create a joint House and Senate panel to oversee gambling.

Delegate Eric Luedtke, D-Montgomery, indicated his plans during a meeting with about a dozen members of the House of Delegates. Luedtke said he will submit the proposal on Monday, when delegates come back to work during a special session.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/11/2012

Maryland Senate Gives Preliminary OK to Gambling Bill

 

Brian White, Associated Press

The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval to expanding gambling to allow table games like blackjack and a new casino near the nation's capital.

The Senate, which took a recess on Friday until 6 p.m., planned to take a vote in the evening.

Senators spent much of the afternoon rejecting amendments, including one that would have lifted a provision in the bill to ban political contributions from casino owners.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/10/2012

California Online Poker Bill Near Dead

Don’t bet on Internet poker in California.  A bill to regulate the activity is about to die a quick death in the California legislature.  The man who helped draft the measure has said it himself. 

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Submitted by Ace King on, Aug/09/2012

NFL Okay With Female Replacement Official Shannon Eastin Past Participation in WSOP

No worries for NFL replacement official Shannon Eastin in regard to her World Series of Poker back in 2007. 

Submitted by Dan Shapiro on, Aug/09/2012

Maryland Lawmakers Gather in 2nd Special Session to Consider Gambling, Pit Bulls

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — (Associated Press) - Maryland lawmakers convened for the year’s second special session Thursday to consider a significant expansion of gambling in the state to raise more revenue and create jobs.

The measure, which is tailored to make Maryland more competitive with neighboring states with a larger variety of gambling options, would allow table games like craps and a new casino in Prince George’s County near the nation’s capital.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Aug/09/2012

Record $1.13 Billion Bet at Aqueduct Racetrack in July

(Associated Press) - More than a billion dollars bet by nearly a million customers last month is the latest evidence that the “racino” at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York City is capitalizing on its prime location and drawing dollars and gamblers from neighboring states’ casinos.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/09/2012

Clinkville: Facebook Online Poker Players Ask for Leniency, Face 7 Months in Prison

11 poker players in Jakarta, Indonesia have been charged with playing online poker via Facebook, with each facing up to 7 months behind bars for their crime. 

Online chips were transferred during the commission of the crime.  The chips are deemed to be “virtual cash” since Facebook does not permit real money gambling in Indonesia. 

The seven poker players were identified as: Kesuma Wijaya Sidauruk; M Nasir, aka Aldo; Eman, aka Liang Sun; Hendry, aka A Hen; Haris Pratama Putra; A Seng, aka M. Ikhsan; and M. Zulfikar.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Aug/09/2012

Absolute Poker Liquidation Confirmed by Kahnawake

Claims of ownership interest in Absolute Poker parent company Blanca need to be settled prior to the distribution of liquidated assets, PokerFuse.com was reporting on Wednesday

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Aug/08/2012

Former Philadelphia Mayor's Daughter, 15 Others Charged with Running Massive Bookie Biz

Federal prosecutors claim to have broken up a massive bookmaking business based in suburban Philadelphia that spanned beyond state borders into New Jersey, Florida and Costa Rica. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Aug/08/2012

Philadelphia Mob ‘Capo’ Pleads Guilty: Won’t Turn Rat in Joseph Ligambi Trial

A Philadelphia Mob lieutenant, Martin “Marty” Angelina, 50, has plead guilty to racketeering but has refused to cooperate in the fall trial of alleged crime family boss Joseph Ligambi. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Aug/08/2012

Mobile Gambling Comes to Atlantic City

TRENTON — (Associated Press) - Adults who patronize Atlantic City’s casinos will soon be able to gamble at the pool, in their hotel rooms or while waiting in line at the buffet.

Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation increasing gambling options to include handheld devices.

Mobile gambling will be restricted to the casino property.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/08/2012

Plans for Maryland Casino Expansion Unveiled

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — (Associated Press) - Casinos could be able to collect more revenue than currently allowed under the long-awaited details of a bill released Tuesday by Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration ahead of a special session on gambling.

Maryland’s 67 percent tax rate on casinos is considered unusually high. Under the bill, casinos could get a lower tax rate if they buy or lease expensive slot machines instead of the state and, in some cases, to make up for added competition from a new casino site in Prince George’s County.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/08/2012

New Jersey Sports Betting Moving Forward Despite Lawsuit

Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (imega.org) head Joe Brennan, Jr. tells Gambling911.com that a suit filed Tuesday on behalf of the four professional sports leagues and NCAA will not stop legalized sports betting from moving forward in New Jersey. 

“The leagues should not get an injunction since they cannot prove irreparable harm,” Brennan noted, with a sports betting measure expected to be approved in November. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Aug/08/2012

Facebook Friendzy ‘Real Money’ Online Gambling Appears to Target Little Ones

With the “real money” online gambling launch of Bingo & Slots Friendzy on Facebook in Great Britain Tuesday, courtesy of provider Gamesys, mums across the nation have begun condemning the deal.

Indeed, the new app appears to have the look and feel of a child’s game.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Aug/08/2012

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