Gambling

‘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

It Was The Worst Sunday Ever for the Sportsbooks

Nearly every favorite won!  Nine out of thirteen.  The Vegas sportsbooks were calling it a “slaughter”.

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And you can blame all those parlays.

Submitted by Dan Shapiro on, Nov/05/2012

Black Sunday for Sportsbook Affiliates: Books Biggest Single Day Loss in 8 Years

Yesterday's game of the Falcons vs Cowboys having a late cover caused affiliates to loose millions. The late cover resulted in several sportsbooks in Vegas and online seeing the biggest single day loss they have seen for over 8 years. On the other hand this was a day of celebration for thousands of NFL bettors. Sadly the joy is not shared by the bookies who took the big hit.

Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/05/2012

Gambling Ref Tim Donaghy to Attend First NBA Game Since Prison Term

Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy was set to attend his first NBA game since serving a prison stint for gambling on games he officiated. 

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Donaghy, it turns out, is now a sports handicapper. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/04/2012

Bunker Mode Joins Growing Social Sports Betting Field With ‘High Limit Sports’

Bunker Mode, which is looking to become a leader in worldwide mobile sports gaming, has just introduced a new social sports betting app, High Limit Sports

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/04/2012

Social Gambling Conference in London to Feature Panel of Legal Experts

Legal experts in the social gambling space will add their opinions to the Social Gambling Conference on November 16th at Dexter House, London.

Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/04/2012

MGM Makes Final Pitch for Gambling Expansion in Maryland Ahead of Election

(Associated Press) - The CEO of MGM Resorts International said Friday that if Maryland voters agree Tuesday to expand legalized gambling, his company would build a luxurious and architecturally unimposing casino and hotel near the nation's capital, not a blocky neon-lit behemoth.

"There would be zero neon, and no marquee sign," said Jim Murren, MGM Resort International's chief executive officer, outlining his plans for a building that he says would respect the environment next to the Potomac River in Prince George's County.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/03/2012

Gambling Expansion in Maryland Now Faces Lawsuit Ahead of Election

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — (Associated Press) - Opponents of expanding gambling in Maryland have filed a lawsuit saying a majority of registered voters in the state would need to approve the proposal, not just a majority of people who vote on the ballot question.

Thomas Dernoga, an attorney representing eight plaintiffs who oppose a casino in Prince George’s County, filed the lawsuit in Annapolis on Friday.

Dernoga says the plaintiffs want the courts to review the threshold required for approval of the ballot question.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/02/2012

Atlantic City Casinos Begin Re-Opening, Starting With the Borgata

TRENTON, N.J. (Associated Press) – Gov. Chris Christie announced Friday that Atlantic City’s 12 casinos can reopen after a nearly five-day shutdown for Superstorm Sandy, but it’s unclear when they will be ready to do so.

Christie announced the order to allow reopening at 10 a.m. Friday and said it was effective immediately. He also allowed roads to the seaside resort, which was subject to a mandatory evacuation, to reopen.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/02/2012

Massachusetts Treasurer Blasts Reid-Kyl Online Poker Bill: ‘Unfair Advantage’

(Reuters) - Massachusetts' state treasurer on Wednesday blasted an online-gambling bill backed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, saying the proposed federal law threatened the Massachusetts lottery that last year yielded nearly $1 billion in profits.

Submitted by Reuters on, Nov/02/2012

Christie: Atlantic City Casinos to Stay Closed for Now

MOONACHIE, N.J. (Associated Press) Atlantic City's casinos have power, but they won't be opening up again until a few other hurdles are cleared.

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Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/01/2012

Atlantic City Casinos Expected to Re-Open Soon With Christie Lifting Evacuation Order

With New Jersey Governor Chris Christie lifting evacuation orders in Atlantic City, casinos were expected to re-open in the coming days.  All operators report nominal damage, mostly to their roofs. 

On Thursday it was also revealed that The Borgata Casino’s $393.5 million of 9.875 percent notes due August 2018 have fallen 2.25 cents on the dollar since the largest tropical storm in the Atlantic slammed the East Coast on Oct. 29.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/01/2012

Breaking News

Bookies Behaving Badly Part 15: ‘You F***ing Thief, You F***ing Monkey’

Bookies Behaving Badly Part 15: ‘You F***ing Thief, You F***ing Monkey’

Listen as bookie hurls the F-Bomb at customer a few times, "politely" says he has to take another call, then calls back to throw more F-Bombs at him.  Oy Vey!!!

Tricks for Picking The Right Pay Per Head Software

Tricks for Picking The Right Pay Per Head Software

Today there is need to beware of many other counterfeit software in the name of pay per head.

Poker Pro, United Reach Settlement

Poker Pro, United Reach Settlement

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