Gambling

Tribes Want In On Internet Gambling: ‘Preparing to be Active Participants’

Connecticut tribes reacted to news that Rep. Stephen Dargan, co-chairman of the legislative public safety committee, wants to re-evaluate the state’s role in legalized Internet gambling.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/15/2012

Mob Boss Wanted Philadelphia Radio Personality Jerry Blavat Whacked

Testimony continued this week in the trial of reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi with the revelation that he had allegedly vowed to kill radio celebrity Jerry Blavat after reading a 2009 article appearing in the Philadelphia Magazine.

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Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/14/2012

Gambling911.com to Attend Social Gaming & Gambling Summit in Los Angeles

One of the biggest events in social gaming is taking place December 13-14 in Los Angeles, the Social Gaming & Gambling Summit, and Gambling911.com, the worldwide leader in Gambling news, has announced it will be in attendance.

The two day event will feature some of the biggest names in social gaming including Facebook, Rocket Play, Bunker Mode, Abode, Bees and Pollen, Blitzoo and so many more. 

Submitted by Payton on, Nov/14/2012

Social Gaming & Gambling Summit to Take Place in Los Angeles Next Month

The two-day conference will explore the convergence of social gaming and gambling, as well as its impact on the industry.

Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/14/2012

Chicago Suburb Targeted for New Casino Development

COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, Ill. (Associated Press) — A North Las Vegas, Nev.-based company wants to build a $250 million casino in the Chicago suburb of Country Club Hills.

The SouthtownStar reports the casino operator is making the announcement despite Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of a gambling expansion bill. It’s unclear whether the Illinois Legislature will be able to override Quinn’s veto or pass a new bill.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/14/2012

76-Year-Old Reputed Mobster Robert Gentile to Plead Guilty

HARTFORD, Conn. (Associated Press) — A 76-year-old reputed Connecticut mobster said to have information about the largest art heist in history was expected to plead guilty Wednesday in a weapons and prescription drugs case.

Robert Gentile, of Manchester, has a change-of-plea hearing scheduled in Hartford federal court. He has pleaded not guilty to allegations he illegally possessed firearms and explosives and sold illegally obtained prescription drugs.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/13/2012

Connecticut to Re-Examine Online Gambling

Connecticut, which had dabbled with the idea of licensing online gambling websites earlier in the year, is looking to revisit that option.

Rep. Stephen Dargan, co-chairman of the legislative public safety committee, said on Tuesday his state should jump on the bandwagon come January.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/13/2012

EU Must Act Over ‘Protectionist’ Rule Following Detention of Bwin.Party Founder

The Financial Time’s Jonathan Guthrie blasted the European Union for its failure to act appropriately in light of member nations chokehold over online gambling firms.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/13/2012

Camasino.Com Launches Real Money Online Casino to Coincide With Webcam Poker Room

Isle of Man licensed Camasino.com has announced the launch of its real money online casino lobby.

Camasino, which runs Canada’s biggest land-based poker room, Snakes Poker Club (now rebranded as Camasino.com Poker Room), is offering a $300 bonus to those who open an account.

28 games are being offered that include Blackjack, Craps, Progressive Slots, Multi-Hand Video Poker, Roulette, Chinese New Year and Magical Forest, just to name a few.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/13/2012

Bwin.Party Head Norbert Teufelberger Released After Belgian Detention

Norbert Teufelberger, the co-founder of Bwin.Party, was released following two hours of questioning by Belgian authorities late Tuesday.

Teufelberger had just finished giving the keynote address at the Responsible Gaming Day conference when authorities came and requested he come with them for questioning after the event at 2 pm local time.  Teufelberger did go voluntarily, a company representative confirmed. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/13/2012

Bwin.Party Co-Founder Norbert Teufelberger Detained in Belgium

Norbert Teufelberger, co-founder of the world’s largest online betting firm Bwin.Party, was detained while visiting Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday.

Teufelberger was in attendance at the Responsible Gaming Day conference in that European nation, home to the European Union, when authorities came and requested he come with them for questioning after the event at 2 pm local time.  Teufelberger did go voluntarily, a company representative confirmed. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/13/2012

‘Girls Gone Wild’ Creator Joe Francis Will Only Have to Pay Steve Wynn $21 Million

Good news for ‘Girls Gone Wild’ creator Joe Francis….well sort of.

Turns out he won’t have to pay casino mogul Steve Wynn $40 million after all.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O'Donnell issued the ruling Friday, reducing the jury award in a defamation suit by $21 million.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/12/2012

Three-Month Delay Granted in Murder Trial of Massachusetts Mobster Whitey Bulger

BOSTON – (Associated Press) - A federal judge on Friday agreed to delay the murder trial of former mobster James "Whitey" Bulger by three months, rejecting a defense request for eight months.

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U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns said he would put off Bulger's trial from March until June. He said jury selection will begin on June 6.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/12/2012

Casino Gambling in Texas Possible as Bill Will Come Up in 2013 Session

Texas lawmakers began filing bills Monday before the 2013 legislative session... one of which includes a vote to have casinos in the Lone Star State.

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Lawmakers will convene Jan. 8 for a 140-day session that would only go longer if the governor called a special session. Sessions that take place in even-numbered years go longer.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/12/2012

Former Zynga VP Ya-Bing Chu Joins Betable

A former Vice President of publicly traded social gaming company Zynga has been hired by startup Betable, it was announced on Monday.

Ya-Bing Chu will be placed in charge of building Betable’s real money platform, which will be available in most countries except for the USA, at least for the time being.  He will also focus on mobile growth for the company.

“This is an opportunity to pioneer this business, and this was too good to pass up,” said Chu.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/12/2012

Three Men Accused in Ottawa Organized Crime Gambling Bust Out on Bail

Three individuals charged in connection with running an illegal online gambling website with alleged ties to organized crime in Ottawa, Canada have been released on bail over the weekend.

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Benedetto Manasseri, Stephen Parrish and Gary Saikaley were all held in custody after their arrests earlier this week.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/12/2012

‘Fiscal Cliff’ Bill Could Offer Nice Vehicle for Internet Poker Measure

A lot has been made of a potential cybersecurity bill acting as a vehicle in which to attach proposed Internet poker legislation drafted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Senator Jon Kyl.  A better option might be so-called “fiscal cliff’ legislation, and with good reason. 

For one, cybersecurity proved a polarizing issue the last time both the House and Senate attempted to pass their respective bills.  There was huge opposition from outside groups worried over the potential negative impact on freedom of speech.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/11/2012

21 People Arrested in Connection to Online Sportsbook, Marijuana, Extortion Ring

The RCMP rounded up 12 people throughout the Ottawa, Canada area charging them with running an illegal sports betting website. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/09/2012

Social Gambling News: Conference Speaker List Expands With Dean Takahashi, More

Today, the organisers of the Social Gambling Conference have announced that Venture Beat's Social Gaming lead commentator Dean Takahashi, Hussein Chahine, Founder & CEO of Yazino, Brian Morgan, Executive Director Online Gaming at WMS, Vaughan Lewis, Analyst at Morgan Stanley and Joost van Dreunen, Co-Founder & CEO of SuperData will be joining the elite line up of speakers at November's conference.

Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/09/2012

Canada Sports Betting Bill C-290 May Die in Senate

Bill Would Make Betting on Outcome of Single Sporting Event Legal

Submitted by Canadian Press on, Nov/09/2012

Former Cantor Gaming Executive Mike Colbert to Plead Not Guilty

Mike Colbert, the former executive from Cantor Gaming who ran sportsbooks like those at the M Resort, was expected to plead not guilty later this month for his involvement with an illegal sports betting ring that netted some $50 million.  Colbert was charged with eight counts of conspiracy, money laundering and enterprise corruption.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/08/2012

Horseshoe Casino is Coming to Baltimore

With a referendum passed on Election Day for expanded gambling in Maryland, Caesars has announced plans to build a high-end casino in Baltimore with its Horseshoe brand. 

Caesar’s bills the Horseshoe as home of the best odds, highest limits and biggest jackpots. The Horseshoe brand is offered in six markets, including Cleveland.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/08/2012

Montreal Mobster Shot Dead in His Driveway

72-year-old Mobster Giuseppe “Joe” Di Maulo was shot to death in his own driveway earlier this week in what may signal the end to a bloody crime family war, or could result in further bloodshed. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/08/2012

Maryland Poised to Become Major Casino State on East Coast

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Associated Press) — Once reluctant to embrace large-scale gambling, Maryland is now on track to potentially become a major casino state on the East Coast, after voters decided to allow Las Vegas-style table games at six casinos, including one next to the nation's capital.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/08/2012

Nevada Gambling Revenue Up 3 Percent

CARSON CITY (Associated Press) — State officials say Nevada gambling revenues were up more than 3 percent in September compared with the same month a year ago. The Nevada Gaming Control Board reports a gambling win of $893 million for September.

Officials also say casino revenues for July through September are up almost 6 percent compared with the same quarter in 2011.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/08/2012

UK Leads European Online Gambling Reports Belle Rock Entertainment

The European online gambling market is growing, and the UK is leading the way, reports Belle Rock Entertainment. However, H2 Gambling Capital figures forecast rapid growth in Italy, France and Spain that could leave the UK lagging behind.

Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/07/2012

Lewdness Claim at Vegas Bar Draws Ire of Nevada Gaming Control Board

LAS VEGAS (Associated Press) - Nevada gambling regulators are seeking discipline against a Las Vegas bar where state and local agents reported seeing customers performing sex acts in view of other customers.

The state Gaming Control Board on Thursday submitted to the Nevada Gaming Commission a nine-count complaint against Las Vegas Eagle owner Judy R. Nelson.

The commission could hold a hearing or both sides could negotiate a settlement.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/07/2012

Carbon Sports Makes Push Into Lucrative Sports Betting Market

One of the industry’s most prominent online poker rooms, Carbon Poker, has dove head first into the sports betting market.  The new brand is CarbonSports.ag and a lot of people are beginning to take notice. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/07/2012

Maryland Approves Gambling Expansion

CBS WJZ reported Wednesday morning that gambling expansion as part of a voter referendum has passed in the state of Maryland.

Question 7 passed with 52 percent approval.

When all was said and done, $87 million had been spent on the gambling expansion initiative.  This is more money than was spent on the last Governor race.

“It’s gonna be more jobs, construction jobs, long-term jobs in the hospitality industry, but it’s also gonna mean more dollars for Maryland schools,” said Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/07/2012

China’s New Leaders May be Uneasy About Macau Growth

(Associated Press) - Hordes of Chinese high rollers flooding into Macau have turned the city into an Asian casino boomtown, but they're also posing a challenge for China's next generation of leaders.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/05/2012

Breaking News

Online Sports Betting in South Carolina, Illegal But So Too is Working on Sunday

Online Sports Betting in South Carolina, Illegal But So Too is Working on Sunday

Sports betting in South Carolina is considered a misdemeanor in the state while there are no outright laws against Internet gambling

Attorney Who Failed to Kill Handicapper Now Looking for Hit Man to do Job

Attorney Who Failed to Kill Handicapper Now Looking for Hit Man to do Job

An attorney who was jailed after trying to kill a noted sports handicapper is now plotting the handicapper's death from behind bars

Las Vegas Strip Shooting Suspect Faces Four Charges, One for Murder

Las Vegas Strip Shooting Suspect Faces Four Charges, One for Murder

Rolando Cardenas, 55, faces murder and attempted murder charges after police say he opened fire on a double decker bus, killing one man and injuring another.