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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
Maryland residents are set to vote on this gambling expansion in November.
Nebraska State Senator Brenda Council has plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges of violating campaign finance laws in connection to gambling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In an interview with InfoPowa, Management admitted that the handling of Purple Lounge’s closure has not been particular smooth.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.