Gambling

Online Gambling Sector Marks One Year Anniversary of 'Blue Monday'

Today, May 23, 2012, is the one-year anniversary of “Blue Monday”, the day in which the US Attorney’s Office in Baltimore seized nearly a dozen online gambling domain names following a two-year sting operation. 

The US Attorney’s Office set up a phony payment processor as part of its investigation and attempted to lure i-Gaming execs operating in other foreign jurisdictions to Guam, a US territory, where arrests could be made.  That never happened.

Submitted by C Costigan on, May/23/2012

Las Vegas Probe Following Reports of Underage Gambling by Whitney Houston Daughter

Nevada authorities were looking into reports that the daughter of the late recording artist, Whitney Houston, gambled while at a Las Vegas casino.  Bobbi Kristina Brown is 19-years-old and underage, according to Nevada state law. 

TMZ.com posted the video that appears to show Brown sitting at a slot machine at the MGM Grand Hotel.  (See Video Here)

Submitted by Jordan Bach on, May/23/2012

Malta has Yet Another Black Eye Following Purple Lounge Shutdown

The online gambling jurisdiction of Malta has said there is little it can do about the abrupt closure of Purple Lounge Casino and Online Poker Room.

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Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, May/23/2012

Bellagio Botched Robbery: Bandit Loses Wig, Casino Chips

LAS VEGAS — (Associated Press) - A hapless bandit lost his wig, sunglasses and $115,000 worth of casino chips when security wrestled him to the floor during a botched weekend heist at a posh Vegas Strip resort, authorities said Monday.

Two men attempted to rob the Bellagio on Saturday night by spraying a blackjack dealer and others with a caustic eye-burning chemical, police said.

With the distraction in the air, Michael Q. Belton snatched up nearly two dozen high-value chips and took off for the door, according to a police report.

Submitted by Guest on, May/22/2012

Gambling911.com Exclusive Handicapper Fred Wallin Making National Broadcast Debut

Sports is big business, weather the multi-million dollar contracts signed by the players or the marketing side of things, at long last a daily radio show focused on the billion dollar sports industry is set to make its national debut on May 21. It will be carried by CRN-1 and syndicated nationally by Audio Tracks Broadcasting Services.

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Submitted by Guest on, May/22/2012

New Facebook Casino RocketFrog Offers Real Cash Winnings: MySpace Founder Behind App

Tuesday marked the beginning of the first ever real winnings Facebook online casino, RocketFrog, and the names behind this venture are fairly well known.

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, May/22/2012

Atlantic City Casino Stabbing Leaves Tourist Officials Stunned

The stabbing deaths of two female Canadian tourists outside the Bally’s Atlantic City casino hotel has left tourist officials stunned and dismayed Monday.

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Both women, ages 80 and 47, were killed during a Monday morning robbery.  Neither victim has been identified. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/22/2012

Pennsylvania Leads U.S. in Gaming With Tax Windfall

(Bloomberg News) - - Ralph Attarian, a 47-year-old caddy, puffed cigarettes as he played a penny slot machine in Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino, adding to the pot of money that has helped Pennsylvania reap more tax revenue from gambling than any state for three years running.

“I just come here to kill some time,” he said one weekday morning as he tried his luck 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers) from the Las Vegas Strip. Players such as Attarian are proving a windfall for Pennsylvania, which is using the revenue to diversify its tax base and ease property levies.

Submitted by Guest on, May/21/2012

AFL Star Tony Smith Back on Mermaid Beach: Once Sold Mega House to ‘Rat’ Daniel Tzvetkoff

AFL star Tony Smith is making a comeback on Mermaid Beach on Australia’s Gold Coast.  He just purchased a 1,220-square-metre holding on Surf Street, which runs off Albatross Avenue.

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Submitted by Ace King on, May/21/2012

Eye On Gaming Head John Kelly to Pay Back $17k in Gambling Debts

Got ‘scared’ after car’s tires were slashed

EOG.com general manager John Kelly has agreed to pay back more than $16,000 he has owed another gambler for more than seven years, Gambling911.com can reveal in an exclusive report!

After repeatedly denying he owed anyone any money, Kelly has agreed to pay a gambler/radio co-host who uses the on-air moniker "Bettor Bob" the amount of $1,000 per month until the $16,840 debt is repaid.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, May/21/2012

Illinois Online Gambling Bill Introduced: New Jersey Voters Favor iGaming (Video)

Natalie Rydström of SBR Forum breaks down some recent developments in online gambling that include a new bill in Illinois and a poll showing New Jersey residents favor legalization.  The video appears below. 

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Submitted by Guest on, May/19/2012

Lesniak Says Christie Back on Board Regarding Internet Gambling: June 30 Target Date

State Sen. Ray Lesniak, D-Union, said that he believes that Governor Christie is “back on board” regarding online gaming, and predicted that the Legislature would pass a bill by the end of the session on June 30.  This was according to John Brennan of NorthJersey.com. 

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Submitted by Ace King on, May/18/2012

U.S. Internet Gambling Legislative Activity Reaches Historic High

According to U.S. Internet Gambling Regulatory Tracker, a new legislative monitoring service from GamblingCompliance Ltd., nine states have taken up legislation authorizing or prohibiting some combination of Internet poker and casino gaming in 2012, up from seven states in 2011.

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Submitted by Guest on, May/17/2012

Bwin.Party Sales Inch Upwards

LONDON - (Reuters) - Bwin.party digital, the world's largest listed online gaming company, said first-quarter revenue edged up and that it expects to be offered a licence to offer online gambling in Germany soon.

The company, which was formed by the merger of Austria's Bwin and PartyGaming last year, on Wednesday said revenue rose 1 percent to 215.9 million euros ($275.8 million) in the three months to the end of March as growth in casino and gaming offset weakness at its poker and bingo businesses. It added that April trade was in line with last year.

Submitted by Guest on, May/16/2012

Web Cam Online Poker Room in Isle of Man as Safe as a Vegas Casino

This week, Gambling911.com announced the beginning of an exciting new partnership with Camasino.com, a web cam online poker room based in the Isle of Man.

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Submitted by C Costigan on, May/16/2012

Online Gambling in India Surges: Nation Missing Out on $5 Billion Annually

The Times of India this week reported that India could be missing out on as much as $1.5 billion in lost tax revenue by not regulating online gambling.

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The paper cites an expanding middle class and increased Web access across the country.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/16/2012

Bettor Says EOG.com’s John Kelly Owes Him $17k for Baseball

Eye on Gaming (EOG.com) general manager John Kelly owes a California man $16,840 in gambling debts for baseball bets gone bad, Gambling911.com can reveal in an exclusive report!

Kelly, also a sports handicapper and radio host, and based in Las Vegas, came under fire last week when a Los Angeles radio host, Roger Stein, said on air that Kelly was a deadbeat who didn't pay his debts.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, May/13/2012

MGM to Develop First Online Casino Game by June: Chairman Says Federal Law Not Happening

MGM Resorts International is looking to release its first online casino game next month (June 2012). 

Chairman James Murren referred to the game as “Casino Mogul”, however, partners of the firm have not decided on an official name as of yet.   

"Internet gaming is here!” Murren declared at the 19th annual Southern Gaming Summit.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, May/12/2012

Nevada Gambling Revenue Down 10.8 Percent in March

CARSON CITY, Nev. — (Associated Press) - March was an unlucky month for Nevada casinos, when gamblers beat the house more than normal and casino revenues fell 10.9 percent from the same month last year, the Nevada Gaming Control Board reported Thursday.

Casinos won $854.6 million in March, on which the state collected $71.5 million in taxes, a 10.3 percent decline.

But regulators noted a large convention in Las Vegas last year helped boost revenue in March 2011, exaggerating the decline in the recent report.

Submitted by Guest on, May/11/2012

More Online Gambling Sites Blacklisted in Belgium

The Belgium government has added to its list of blacklisted online gambling sites, including big names like bwin.com, William Hill, betsson.com, betclic.com, stanjames.com, and betfair.com. 

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Several other Web gambling companies, including the likes of 888.com, have already been blacklisted.

Submitted by Ace King on, May/11/2012

Monks Poker Scandal Leaves South Koreans Speechless

Photos of poker playing monks were aired on South Korea television this week, shocking the nation and leading to offers by senior monks of the sect to resign.

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The photos show eight monks from the country’s largest Buddhist sect huddled around a poker game at a hotel in Southwest Korea. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/11/2012

Operation Tran Wreck: Vietnamese Blackjack Cheat Van Thu Tran Profiled on ‘American Greed’

CNBC’s “American Greed” will be airing a segment on Vietnamese Blackjack cheater Van Thu Tran and her gang including husband Phuong Truong.

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Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/11/2012

EOG.com’s John Kelly Denies Radio Report He’s a Deadbeat

Eye on Gambling (EOG.com) general manager John Kelly, accused earlier this week by a Los Angeles radio host of being a deadbeat who "don't pay the bills too good," has denied the allegations, announcing "I plead not guilty to all charges!"

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, May/11/2012

Online Gambling Passes Yet Another Hurdle in New Jersey

Following word this week that Governor Chris Christie may not be so gung ho about online gambling in New Jersey after all, yet another milestone was reached on Thursday.

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, May/10/2012

Radio Host Accuses EOG.com Sports Betting Forum Head John Kelly of Being ‘Deadbeat’

Los Angeles radio host Roger Stein has accused John Kelly, general manager of the sports betting website Eye on Gambling (EOG.com), of being a deadbeat!

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"He don't pay the bills too good," Stein said of Kelly.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, May/09/2012

Bloomberg: Cantor Fitzgerald’s Bid to Become Global Powerhouse of Sports Betting, Online Poker

Bloomberg News on Wednesday published a great read on Lee Amaitis and his goal to turn Cantor Entertainment Technology Inc. into a sports- gambling powerhouse that looks to eventually add online poker to its platform.

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, May/09/2012

Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland Expected to Attract 5 Million Per Year

Rock Gaming executive Nathan Forbes says his firm believes that the Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland will attract around 5 million visitors per year.  Rock Gaming is a majority partner in the new venture. 

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The casino on Public Square will open to the public at 9:30 p.m. on May 14 after an early-evening VIP reception and stay open 24 hours a day, seven days a week thereafter.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, May/09/2012

Doubt Shed on a Chris Christie About Face Related to Internet Gambling

John Brennan, reporter for the Bergen Record, shrugged off the notion that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has turned his back on legalizing Internet gambling and bringing sports betting to the Garden State. 

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Submitted by C Costigan on, May/08/2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has Online Gambling ‘Change of Heart’

The Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday published a report suggesting that “politics” may be behind New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s “change of heart” as it pertains to legalized online gambling in the Garden State.

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Submitted by C Costigan on, May/08/2012

Former Star Quarterback, Gambling Addict Art Schlichter Sentenced to 10 Years

One time Ohio State University football star Art Schlichter has been sentenced to 10 years, seven months in prison for fleecing more than 50 people out of millions of dollars in a sports-ticket scheme.  Schlichter, 52, was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2.2 million. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, May/06/2012

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