Gambling

Zynga Elite Slots Announced Ahead of Real Money Gambling

On Wednesday, the world’s largest free-to-play online poker company, introduced free slots ahead of anticipated real money Web gambling. 

The new game will be called “Zynga Elite Slots”. 

"We've been very focused on this," said Josh Gause, one of the game’s designers, in an interview with CNET.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Dec/12/2012

PokerStars Welcome in New Jersey: Wants to Purchase Atlantic City Casino

State Senator Raymond Lesniak, who is behind efforts to legalize online gambling in the state of New Jersey, says he welcomes PokerStars.  The world’s largest real money poker site is looking to acquire the Atlantic Club Casino in Atlantic City.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Dec/12/2012

Philadelphia Casino Fined Over Banned Gamblers

PHILADELPHIA (Associated Press) — State gambling regulators say the operators of Sugarhouse Casino in Philadelphia have agreed to $15,000 in fines for three cases in which patrons gambled there even though they were banned from entering casinos in the state.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday announced the fines against HSP Gaming LP, which operates Sugarhouse.

The board says one case happened when a person banned from gambling in the state played table games at the casino from June 29 to July 3.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/12/2012

Horseshoe Casino Set to Open in Cincinnati

The highly anticipated $400 million Horseshoe Casino is set to open its doors on March 4.  The establishment will employ some 2000 people. 

The Horseshoe Cincinnati is the fourth and final casino approved by voters in 2009 via a constitutional amendment.  It will be operated by Caesar’s Entertainment. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Dec/12/2012

888 Launches Real Money Facebook Platform

888.com, which operates the 6th largest online poker room in the world, has announced the launch of “real money” online poker on Facebook in the UK.  They are the second operator after Bingo Friendzy to do so.

888 Holdings’ shares rose 3.7 per cent to 113.25p in morning trading.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Dec/12/2012

Defense: Philly Mob Boss was Rainmaker

PHILADELPHIA — (Associated Press) - A mob lawyer in Philadelphia tried Tuesday to persuade jurors that an alleged La Cosa Nostra boss was a rainmaker at a trash disposal company, not a no-show Teamsters worker.

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Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/11/2012

Miami Police Under Investigation by Feds in Bookmaking Case

At least a half dozen Miami police officers are under investigation by the FBI for allegedly providing protection to a Liberty City sports gambling operation, according to the Miami Herald.  At least one officer has been relieved of his duties.

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Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Dec/11/2012

Massachusetts Exploring Online Gambling Opportunities

The state of Massachusetts is the latest to explore opportunities in the online gambling realm. 

State Treasurer Steven Grossman wants the Massachusetts lottery to offer various games of chance and even fantasy sports betting. 

“Until the Legislature acts and passes legislation, none can be done online,” Mr. Grossman said.

"Anything we do would have to be approved by the Legislature,” he said.

From The Telegram:

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Dec/11/2012

Who Would Have Thunk It: Larry King a Successful NFL Bettor

Larry King is killing it this season with his NFL bets!  Yes, THAT Larry King!

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The radio and CNN icon now picks games on his new online show at Ora TV.

Submitted by Dan Shapiro on, Dec/10/2012

Fox Poker Club in London Abruptly Shuts Down: Will Reopen Spring 2013

Without much advance notice, the Fox Poker Club in London has closed its doors but will reopen next Spring as a newly named Genting casino.

The Fox Poker Club, which is currently operated by Genting, tweeted the announcement at around 5 pm local time. 

Fox Poker Club is now CLOSED. Thanks to all of our customers for supporting the club over the past two years.

More announcements quickly followed: 

The club may be closed but the location will be refurbished and reborn in Spring 2013 as an exciting new Genting venue

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Dec/10/2012

New Jersey Casino Revenue Record Loss From Sandy: State Prepares for Online Bets

The numbers are in and they are terrible.  Super Storm Sandy not only ravaged the New Jersey coastline, it also crippled the state's all-important casino sector.

Revel was among the worst hit with revenues down 33 percent from the $9.3 million generated in October of last year.

Revel exhausted most of its mid-August $100 million credit line as of the end of November. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Dec/10/2012

Paris Hilton Wins $30K Playing Blackjack

Her former beau Rick Solomon claimed to be an online gambling kingpin early on in his illustrious career.  Now Paris Hilton is winning big at the Vegas casinos.

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Celebrating her 31st birthday, the socialite declared on her Twitter page she had just won $30,000 at the Blackjack tables.  Way to go Paris!

Submitted by Jordan Bach on, Dec/10/2012

European Commission Issues Stern Warning Regarding Schleswig State Treaty

The European Commission this weekend voiced outrage over the German State Treaty on Gambling signed by all but one of 16 Bundesländer, or states, as it applies to online gambling. 

From InterGame.com

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Dec/10/2012

Former Ladbrokes and OpenBet Directors to Launch Locus Gaming in January 2013

Ed Andrewes and Mick d'Ancona have created Locus Gaming and are putting the final touches on their first B2C product to be launched in January 2013. The company are keeping a tight lid on exact details of the forthcoming product but they have received an important boost by gaining a licence from the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission.

Submitted by Press Release on, Dec/10/2012

Antigua Seeks Sanctions Against US in Online Gambling Dispute

KINGSTON, Jamaica — (Associated Press) - The tiny Caribbean nation of Antigua & Barbuda intends to pursue retaliatory sanctions against U.S. commercial services and intellectual property as part of its David vs. Goliath trade battle with the United States, the islands' finance minister announced Sunday.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/09/2012

PokerStars Looking to Buy Atlantic Club Casino in Atlantic City

The Wall Street Journal was reporting Thursday evening that the world’s largest real money online poker room, PokerStars, was looking at potentially buying an Atlantic City casino in anticipation of Internet gambling becoming legalized in New Jersey. 

The property of interest is the Atlantic Club Casino, which Stars hopes to acquire from investment group Colony Capital.  The casino reportedly took in just shy of $110 million in the past year. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Dec/06/2012

'Temp' Super Bowl Casino in NJ May Get More Permanent

(Associated Press) - Plans for a temporary casino in the Meadowlands may get more permanent.

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Backers of a temporary "pop-up" casino at New Jersey's Meadowlands Sports complex in the week leading up to the 2014 Super Bowl may be backing off that plan in favor of one that would permanently allow gambling in places beyond Atlantic City.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/06/2012

Bally Technology Looks to Acquire Online Poker Game Developer 3G Studios

(Reuters) - Slot-machine maker Bally Technologies is exploring a bid for online poker game developer 3G Studios, in what would be the latest deal to combine online gambling and casino gaming on social media, said two sources with knowledge of the talks.

One source said several Bally Technologies executives were scheduled to visit 3G's offices in Reno, Nevada on Tuesday to determine whether to make a formal bid.

Submitted by Reuters on, Dec/06/2012

Replacement Checks for TopBet.com Customers Now Arriving

Good news for TopBet.com customers as some have reported the receipt of new replacement checks following a series of payouts that resulted in “insufficient funds” (i.e. checks bouncing).

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Gambling911.com reported earlier in the week that TopBet.com had lost one of its processors, a common industry problem facing US-based players.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Dec/05/2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Expected to Sign Online Gambling Bill

A bill to legalize online gambling in the state of New Jersey is scheduled for full Assembly vote on December 17 and in the Senate on December 20. 

The measure is widely anticipated to pass in both the Assembly and state Senate as a similar bill did so last year.

Governor Chris Christie had reservations about signing last year’s bill and instead opted to pull out his veto pen in the waning hours before a looming deadline. 

This year should be different according to sources close to Gambling911.com.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Dec/05/2012

Bwin.party Head Jim Ryan Steps Down

Bwin.party CEO Jim Ryan announced he will be resigning from the world’s largest online gambling firm in January.  Norbert Teufelberger, who acted joint CEO, will assume sole responsibilities for that position.

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Dec/05/2012

BetDSI.com Massive Free Cash Promos Through New Year’s Day 2013

Beginning December 5, 2012 through New Year’s Day (2013) all new BetDSI.com clients will qualify for an amazing 150 percent bankroll enhancement when depositing a minimum of $300 into their accounts (a deposit is post up money that is used for wagering and is not the property of BetDSI.com until bets are actually lost). 

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Submitted by Press Release on, Dec/05/2012

Tulsa Fires Athletic Director Over Gambling Probe

TULSA, Okla.— (Associated Press) - Tulsa athletic director Ross Parmley was fired Tuesday, a week after he was named in a federal investigation of a man accused of running a gambling operation in Oklahoma City.

Tulsa President Steadman Upham released a letter to students and faculty of the private university Tuesday night, saying Parmley "admitted he had not been truthful" about his role in the mess when he told him in October 2011 that he was cooperating in an FBI investigation.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Dec/04/2012

UK Putting Restraints on Internet Gambling Firms

The United Kingdom, long a hotbed for Internet gambling firms, has drafted a gambling bill that would tighten current regulation.

The bill would require overseas operators to inform the Government about suspicious betting patterns. 

A 2005 bill enabled companies operating in Gibraltar and the Isle of Man to obtain a gambling license from the UK as well as advertise there.  

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Dec/04/2012

Wynn, Sands Fears as China Begins Crackdown on Macau

Wynn Resorts and Las Vegas Sands witnessed a decline in early trading Tuesday as China continues its crackdown on the gambling Mecca of Macau.

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In recent months, Chinese authorities have conducted a series of raids aimed at curbing money laundering in the former Portuguese colony.

From Rueters:

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Dec/04/2012

Sportsbook Live Traders Needed for Immediate Hire

An online sportsbook with explosive growth is looking to hire between 7-10 more live remote traders immediately. 

These positions are ideal for individual with linesmaking experience.

Here is the ad: 

Submitted by Press Release on, Dec/03/2012

Top Bet Checks Bouncing Following Loss of Payment Processor

Concerned sports bettors have taken to the message boards complaining of checks issued by online sportsbook Top Bet bouncing (insufficient funds). 

The culprit is a loss of their payment processor, which has also prevented most new depositors from coming on board as well. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Dec/02/2012

Zynga Restructures Agreement With Facebook: Closer to Offering Real Money Poker

The largest social-gaming company, Zynga, depends on the largest social network and vice versa, Facebook, writes Dean Takahashi of Venturebeat.  But both appear to be going their separate ways as the two companies have restructured their contracts whereby Zynga can now begin offering its social gaming platforms to other companies.  Zynga, as such, is one step closer to offering “real money” online gambling including poker. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/30/2012

Full Tilt Poker Executive Director Accused in Ponzi Scheme Settles With DOJ

Rafe Furst, one of three individuals accused of orchestrating an elaborate ponzi scheme while on the Board of Directors of Full Tilt Poker, has settled with US law enforcement and will now surrender his Swiss bank account and pay a $150,000 fine. 

In return the US Government has dropped the civil money laundering penalty of $11,706,323.96.  A portion of those funds are contained within the Swiss bank account.

Submitted by Ace King on, Nov/29/2012

‘Killing Them Softly’ Gambling Flick With Brad Pitt Opens Friday

The long awaited mob gambling flick “Killing Them Softly” finally opens in theatres Friday.

It’s a film about American crime directed by Andrew Dominik based on the 1974 novel Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins and stars Pitt along with Ray Liotta and James Gandolfini.

“Killing Them Softly” is about a professional enforcer named Jackie Cogan, who investigates a heist that transpired during a mob-protected poker game.

Submitted by Jordan Bach on, Nov/29/2012

Breaking News

Crown Casino Employees Sentenced to Six Months Prison

Crown Casino Employees Sentenced to Six Months Prison

Three Australian employees of Crown Resorts could be released from a Chinese jail within months after being handed nine and 10-month sentences for gambling related offences in a Shanghai court.

Phil Hellmuth on Verge of Getting Record 15th WSOP Bracelet

Phil Hellmuth on Verge of Getting Record 15th WSOP Bracelet

With 14 World Series of Poker bracelets under his belt, Phil Hellmuth is looking to improve on his record when he comes back to the table Monday night. 

‘Gamble-ing Man’: Nathan Gamble Wins $15K Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

‘Gamble-ing Man’: Nathan Gamble Wins $15K Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

Nathan Gamble defeated the 830-player field of the $15K Pot Limit Ohaha Hi-Lo event to win his first ever WSOP bracelet and $223,339 Sunday night.