Gambling

Substance Abuse Linked More Heavily to Internet Gambling

A new study published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, has attempted to link Internet gambling with substance abuse and the findings are staggering.  This is Jagajeet Chiba reporting for Gambling911.com. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Mar/27/2012

WMS Industries Latest to Apply for Nevada Internet Poker License

Casino game maker WMS Industries announced Tuesday it has applied for an Internet gambling license in the state of Nevada.  The Silver State became the first to legalize intrastate online poker for real money with the potential to expand beyond its borders should federal legislation be passed.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/27/2012

Sportingbet Looking to Re-enter US Market After Paying Fine to US Government

Reuters was reporting that Sportingbet, one of Europe’s biggest online gambling firms, has made a final payment of $6 million to the U.S. Justice Department, as per a settlement reached in 2010 over alleged illegal Internet gambling, and said that it was exploring opportunities to re-enter the market.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/27/2012

Sportingbet to Appeal Spanish Injunction

* Expects licence from Spanish gaming regulator by May 25

(Reuters) - British online gaming firm Sportingbet Plc said it would appeal an injunction against it sought by Spanish casino group Codere, aimed at restricting online betting and gaming in that country.

In December, the Spanish company had sought several injunctions against companies operating in the online betting and gaming industry citing unfair competition before licences under new laws were about to be issued.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/27/2012

San Francisco Murder Victims Identified: Suspect was Supposed to Have Been Deported

San Francisco medical examiner identified five victims in a grizzly early Friday morning slaying as Hua Shun Lei, 65, and Wan Yi Xi, 62, who were married, and their children Vincent Lei, 32, and Ying Xue Lei, 37. The other victim was Chia Huei Chu, 30, the girlfriend of Vincent Lei.  All were found brutally murdered in an Ingleside district home. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Mar/26/2012

Gambling Debt May be at Center of Brutal San Francisco Quintuple Murder

Authorities in San Francisco now believe that a gambling debt could be the motive for a brutal quintuple murder that occurred in the Ingleside district Friday morning (March 23, 2012). 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Mar/26/2012

Illinois Lottery Tickets Now Sold Online: First State to do so

Illinois became the first state to begin selling lottery tickets online Sunday.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/25/2012

$1 Billion Wagered Online by Canadians Annually

A report this week claims that $1 billion is wagered by Canadians over the Web with sites that are not even based in the country.

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Sites like 888.com have proliferated throughout Canada while PokerStars enjoys a decent chunk of the online gambling market as well. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/23/2012

Women, Young More Likely to Gamble Online

ATLANTIC CITY (AP) — A new survey has found that online gambling appeals more to women and the young.

Of 3,000 people surveyed from the Northeast Corridor and other major markets in the eastern half of the country, between 16 and 25 percent said they would play electronic versions of blackjack, craps, slots, baccarat, poker and roulette.

Forty percent of females favored Internet poker compared to 13 percent of males. Nearly one in four people under 30 told pollsters they would gamble online. That rate fell to one in 10 for people aged 30 to 49.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/23/2012

UK Internet Gambling Tax Structure Restructured: Sin Tax Based on Consumption

Sinners in the UK, you’ll have to pay!  At least if it is at online casinos and poker rooms where you play. 

Internet gambling aficionados find themselves caught up in George Osborne’s budget tax increases. 

A new tax will be introduced for Internet gambling that is based on the place of consumption.  Previously, that tax was levied on a 'place of supply' basis.

George Osborne UK Chancellor of the Exchequer:

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/21/2012

California Legalized Internet Poker Update (Video)

Sports Book Review analyst Natalie Rydström interviewed California State Senator Roderick Wright on the hot topic of legalized online gambling.

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Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/21/2012

Afghanistan Massacre Suspect Last Arrest at Casino

TACOMA, Wash. — (Associated Press) -- A police report says the U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians was arrested in 2002 in the drunken assault of a casino security guard.

The report was obtained Tuesday by The News Tribune newspaper in Tacoma.  It says someone called police to report that the soldier, Robert Bales, had threatened another customer. Two security guards told him to leave, but Bales got out of his cab, picked up a trash can lid and rushed the guards, punching one in the chest before they tackled him.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/20/2012

Maine Gets Casinos

Remember the Maine!

Or at least its casinos.

Maine has officially become the latest U.S. state to open a full-scale casino with table games.

The Hollywood Casino Hotel and Raceway in Bangor, Maine, USA, which has been in operation for the last seven years as a slot parlor with only slot machines and video poker machines, Friday added roulette, blackjack, craps, poker and more.

It also has a new name: The Hollywood Casino Bangor.

Voters approved casino expansion in a referendum last fall.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Mar/20/2012

EU Gives Germany Two Years to Show Gambling Provisions Are Fair

The European Union has given Germany’s regional governments up to two years to show that their proposals to liberalise state gambling monopolies conform to Europe’s free market rules, the Financial Times of London reported on Tuesday

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/20/2012

Relax Gaming, Fast Poker Receives 100th Alderney License: Not Hurt by Full Tilt Poker

The 100th Alderney eGaming license has been issued and it goes to Relax Gaming, developers of the fast-paced online poker platform, Fast Poker. 

Fast Poker will allow for fast play and quick transfer of a pool of player to another table upon folding their cards.   Fast Poker is set to be implemented with a handful of European Internet cardrooms in the coming days including iGame, Betsson and Unbibet. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/20/2012

Utah Second State to Make Online Gambling Illegal

Utah has become the second state in the US to specifically make Internet gambling illegal. 

House Bill 108 was passed last week and designed to ensure an opt-out for the state should online poker and casino games become legalized on the state front.  Neighboring Nevada has already passed legislation allowing for Web poker within that state’s borders. 

State Representative Stephen Sandstrom introduced the bill back in January.

Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/19/2012

Attempts to Legalize Internet Poker, Casinos in Hawaii Fail

Hawaii is the latest state in the US to propose legalizing Internet poker only to have such efforts stall in the legislature.

A series of three related bills that included the legalization of Web poker, brick and mortar casinos and a state lottery were introduced back in January. 

Rep. Angus McKelvey introduced the online poker measure that would have provided for a state lottery to oversee and regulate Web gambling activity. 

Hawaii is one of only two states in the US that does not permit any form of gambling including a state lottery. 

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Mar/19/2012

Managers with 40 Plus Years Experience Sacked at Star Casino

Seven mid-level managers, some with more than 40 years experience, have been sacked by Australia’s Star Casino for a breach in email policies.  One of the managers reportedly forwarded an internal email revealing how the casino had apparently permitted international high rollers to gamble 24 hours straight.

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/18/2012

New Jersey Internet Gambling by September Despite Thursday Hiccup

New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak promised that his measure to legalize Internet gambling would sail through the state legislature this past Thursday.  That didn’t happen.  But it was more a technical snafu than any type of opposition blocking the bill’s passage. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/17/2012

PayPal Cracks Down on March Madness Betting

PayPal has restricted some accounts for their apparent participation in March Madness betting, according to a report appearing in Bloomberg News Thursday. 

Emails were sent to those suspected of using PayPal’s service for violation of the gambling policy.

The emails read: 

“It has been determined that you are in violation of PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy regarding your sales/offer of March Madness sports pool,” according to the report.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/15/2012

Covers Up: Sports Handicapper Ben Burns Denies Covers.com Exclusivity Demand

Famed sports handicapper Ben Burns is insisting that the popular sports picks website Covers.com has not required exclusivity deals from its sports prognosticators. 

In a Gambling911.com world exclusive, Burns did reveal that sites like Covers.com do frown upon sports handicappers “undercutting” the company by selling their plays elsewhere.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/14/2012

Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdinck Millions Went to Pay Off Mob Bosses

Legendary performers Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdinck lost millions as a result of their manager, music mogul Gordon Mills, siphoning off the cash to pay gambling debts to the Mob, according to reports that surfaced this week. 

Mills, who passed away from cancer in 1986, is reported to have owed $320 million in gambling debts.

The monies disappeared from Las Vegas shows that were on a retainer of $8,000 (£5,000) per week.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Mar/14/2012

Matchbook Betting Exchange Looks to Expand in Europe, Asia With Multi-Currencies

Matchbook Betting Exchange is delighted to announce the release of their new multi-currency platform. This will allow all customers to bet in Euro, Sterling, Canadian and Hong Kong Dollars, as well as the previously available US Dollars. Since being newly acquired in early 2011, there has been heavy investment in the product and this is the first of a number of exciting announcements, including a fully functional mobile application, to come in the next few months.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/14/2012

No Voter Referendum Needed for New Jersey Internet Gambling

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) In the race to be the first to approve Internet gambling and dominate a potentially multi-billion-dollar market New Jersey lawmakers heard what they wanted to hear Monday from a Seton Hall law professor and expert on the state constitution.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/13/2012

Sportsbook Review Defendant in Trademark Infringement Lawsuit

Stevo Design, Inc. is suing SBR Marketing Ltd. over a trademark infringement.  SBR Marketing runs the popular Sportsbook Review website and posting forum

Court Description:

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/13/2012

Ontario to Move Gambling Online and Build Casino in Downtown Toronto

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) announced its plans to being selling lottery tickets, close or relocate gaming facilities that are "underperforming," move gambling onto the Internet and build a new casino in the Greater Toronto Area, all of which supposedly would mean $1.3 billion in new revenue annually.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/12/2012

USA Today: Nevada Gearing Up for Court Fight Over Gambling Tax Hike

USA Today reported on Monday that a petition drive to raise taxes on Nevada’s biggest casinos has been met with strong opposition by the gaming lobby via a lawsuit filed in Carson District Court. 

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/12/2012

Pregame Cries Foul Ahead of March Madness Over Covers.com Sports Capper Exclusivity Demands

Two of the most powerful and respected sports handicapping websites are embarking on a bitter feud, Gambling911.com has learned exclusively. 

Covers.com has reportedly ordered its sports handicappers to sign exclusivity deals preventing them from working at rival Pregame.com

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/10/2012

FBI Probes Auburn Point Shaving: Guard Varez Ward Implicated (Video)

The FBI has begun a probe into possible point shaving at Auburn, specifically suspended point guard Varez Ward.  He is accused of attempted point shaving in at least two games, according to a Yahoo Sports report filed Thursday. 

The FBI began its investigation in late February centering on losses to Alabama on Feb. 7 and Arkansas on Jan. 25.

Submitted by Dan Shapiro on, Mar/09/2012

Lobbyist: Casinos Want Fair Online Gambling

LAS VEGAS — A top lobbyist says commercial casinos companies want a fair shot for everyone when it comes to online gambling — not a leg up over state lotteries, American Indian tribes and others jockeying to be first in line.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/08/2012

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G911 World Exclusive: Visa Confirms Banning of Americans for Binary Options Trading

G911 World Exclusive: Visa Confirms Banning of Americans for Binary Options Trading

Visa vice-president for corporate media relations Connie Lee Kim provided Gambling 911 an exclusive statement about the matter.

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Bookies Behaving Badly Part 1: Wife Shot 13 Times

Regular readers of Gambling911.com have been exposed to the stories of bookies whose wives suddenly turn up dead of unnatural causes (i.e. brutally murdered).