Gambling

Massive Israeli Gambling Ring Busted: Arabian Race Horses Confiscated

Law enforcement in Northern Israel announced a major gambling bust on Monday.  Dozens of top dollar Arabian race horses were also taken into custody during a raid on the operation.

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Authorities believe the business could have been engaging in money laundering activities.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Sep/03/2012

Burst Fish Tank Shuts Down Gulfstream Racing and Casino Park Gambling for Days

A burst fish tank has resulted in the shutdown of all gambling operations at Gulfstream Racing and Casino Park in South Florida.

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The situation occurred on the facility’s second floor where the 13,000 gallon saltwater tropical glass tank broke early Sunday morning.  Both floors of casino gambling had to be shut down. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Sep/03/2012

Macau Says August Gambling Revenue Second Highest on Record

HONG KONG, (Reuters) - Gambling revenue in Macau grew 5.5 percent year-on-year in August, government data showed on Monday, signalling a muted pick up in growth buoyed by demand from mainland gamblers.

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Submitted by Guest on, Sep/03/2012

Mayweather Mystery Bet: He May Have Won With Alabama

Reports surfaced this past week that boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. had placed a $3 million bet on the Michigan Wolverines to cover the spread against Alabama Saturday night.

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Well, the Crimson Tide destroyed Michigan and presumably Mayweather lost his bet.

But not so fast.

Submitted by Tyrone Black on, Sep/02/2012

9 Seized Online Gambling Domains Put Up For Sale Including DoylesRoom.com

Nine online gambling domain names seized as part of a sting operation by the US Attorney’s Office in Maryland have been put up for sale or license.  These include DoylesRoom.com and Bookmaker.com.

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Sep/02/2012

Nevada Governor Not in Agreement With GOP Platform on Internet Gambling (Video)

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is in sharp disagreement with his party when it comes to online gambling and their platform adopted over the past week that includes a few lines promising to continue prohibition.
News 3 in Las Vegas sent reporter Sergio to talk to the governor, who has been pushing for legalization of online gambling in the state.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Aug/31/2012

Las Vegas Professional Sports Bettor Billy Walters Files Lawsuit

LAS VEGAS (Associated Press) -- A lawsuit filed by Las Vegas sports betting giant Bill Walters claims people are being tricked into thinking they're buying betting advice from him.

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Waters filed suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court for Nevada. He is seeking a temporary restraining order to have websites shut down.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/31/2012

Floyd Mayweather Called Out by Reno Gold for $3 Million Michigan Bet

As Gambling911.com and other media outlets reported on Thursday, boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is rumored to have placed a $3 million bet on his beloved Michigan Wolverines in their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday.  Michigan only needs to cover the 14 point spread currently available at online books the likes of BetOnline.

Submitted by Tyrone Black on, Aug/31/2012

Some Mississippi Gulf Coast Casinos Reopen After Hurricane Isaac

BILOXI — (Associated Press) - Some of the 12 casinos on the Mississippi Gulf Coast started reopening Thursday, just over a day after the most severe weather from Hurricane Isaac pushed through the area.

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The two casinos in Hancock County closed Monday, and the 10 in Harrison County were ordered to close Tuesday as Isaac was still in the Gulf of Mexico.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/31/2012

Floyd Mayweather Reportedly Places $3 Million Bet on Michigan to Beat Alabama

Reports Surfaced Thursday that boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has placed a $3 million bet on the Michigan Wolverines to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday. 

That’s a bold move considering most gamblers seem to be backing the Crimson Tide, although Bookmaker.eu customers are on Alabama at just a 55 percent clip.  The line on this game is Michigan +14.

Mayweather is a Grand Rapids native, which could have played a factor in this impressive wager.

Submitted by Tyrone Black on, Aug/30/2012

FBI Files on Joe Paterno Reveals Fear of Organized Crime and Gambling Threats

FBI files on Penn State’s long time former football coach, the late Joe Paterno, make no mention of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who was sentenced in a child abuse case this summer.  They do, however, point to the theory that organized criminal factions with gambling interests may have been threatening the head coach and his staff during the late 1970’s and early 80’s via a series of letters. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Aug/30/2012

New Maine Casino Nets a Whopping $10 Million in First Two Months

By CLARKE CANFIELD

PORTLAND, Maine (Associated Press) — Maine’s newest casino had revenues of nearly $10 million in its first two months of operation, while revenues at the state’s other casino in Bangor have fallen since the new casino opened.

Oxford Casino opened June 5 in the western Maine town of Oxford and had net revenues — the amount lost by gamblers — of $9.8 million in June and July combined. It paid nearly $4.1 million in taxes, according to the Maine Gambling Control Board.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/30/2012

Saskatchewan Looks to Host Online Gambling Through GEOBet

The GEObet Gambling Network is pleased to announce that it is currently exploring opportunities with Saskatchewan First Nations to develop an online gaming solution that will extend the reach of the Saskatchewan First Nation Gaming network operated in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

GEObet has made several presentations, including to the recent Special Indian Gaming Assembly in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.  All parties are confident that agreements will meet and exceed Saskatchewan First Nations’ expectations of igaming.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/30/2012

Jim Rome ‘Imposter’ Acting as Spokesperson for Fantasy Football Website FanDuel

DeadSpin.com is reporting that the popular Fantasy Football website FanDuel has begun to use a Jim Rome “imposter” as a spokesperson for the company.

The DeadSpin.com site points to an ad that actually has been running during Jim Rome’s sports talk program. 

From DeadSpin:

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Aug/29/2012

British Olympian Gymnast Sam Oldham’s Granny Finally has Cashed Her BetFred Checks

After a long and unnecessary ordeal, the grandmother of Great Britain Olympian bronze medal gymnast Sam Oldham finally has cash in hand for the entire €1000 owed to her by bookmaker BetFred.

You might recall that BetFred initially refused to pay Linda Aldred, 66, her £1000 winnings on a £5 bet that her grandson Sam would win an Olympic medal.  BetFred claimed the bet was on an individual medal and that the team, not Sam specifically, won the bronze.  Great Britain won its first Olympic medal in 100 years.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Aug/29/2012

Illinois Governor Quinn Points to ‘Mob’ as Reason for Gambling Expansion Veto

CHICAGO — (Associated Press) - Citing Chicago’s reputation of mobsters and corruption, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a plan Tuesday to bring casinos to the city and four other areas, leaving irked lawmakers with the task of overruling him.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/29/2012

New Jersey Sports Betting Now Targeted for December: George W. Bush attorney on Board

A move to legalize sports betting in New Jersey for the fall will likely be delayed until December the earliest, mainly a result of the anticipated lengthy licensing process.

Joe Brennan, Jr. of the Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association tells Gambling911.com that the state will move right along with the legalization process despite a lawsuit filed against the four professional sports teams and the NCAA to try and prevent this from happening. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Aug/28/2012

BetFred Pays Olympian Sam Oldham Grandma With ‘Bad’ Check

BetFred finally paid British Olympian gymnast Sam Oldham’s grandma.  Too bad the check was no good!

Perhaps it was just an honest mistake but Linda Aldred tells Gambling911.com BetFred sent her and Sis two separate checks, neither of which were signed. 

“BetFred say they send out plenty of cheques (so) it is no unusual for an odd one to go unsigned,” Ms. Aldred said.  “Strange that two in the same dispute happen not to have been signed.”

Submitted by C Costigan on, Aug/28/2012

Attorney Who Represented George W. Bush to Fight for Sports Betting in New Jersey

Theodore Olson, an attorney best known for representing former US President George W. Bush in the contested 2000 presidential election, has signed on to assist New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in that state’s fight to legalize sports betting.

All four professional sports leagues and the NCAA filed a lawsuit against the state earlier this month in an attempt to prevent New Jersey from moving forward with its efforts. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Aug/28/2012

No Casino in Chicago as Illinois Governor Rejects Gambling Expansion Plan

By SOPHIA TAREEN

CHICAGO (Associated Press) - Gov. Pat Quinn has rejected a plan to expand gambling in Illinois, including a land-based casino in Chicago.

The Democrat announced his veto Tuesday, saying the proposed bill lacked sufficient regulatory oversight.

The bill proposed five new casinos, including the Chicago facility and four more on riverboats.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/28/2012

Illinois Governor Must Decide Today on Gambling Expansion, Chicago Casino

CHICAGO • (Associated Press) - Gov. Pat Quinn will announce Tuesday the fate of a proposal to expand gambling in Illinois, including a new land-based casino in Chicago, weighing ethical and social concerns against the possibility of bringing a jackpot of jobs and revenue to the state.

With two of his predecessors in prison, the Chicago Democrat has made it clear he must preserve his political integrity in the plan, which also proposes establishing four new riverboat casinos and allowing slot machines at racetracks.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/28/2012

Schleswig-Holstein Awards More Online Gambling Licenses

The Northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein this week has awarded 4 more online gambling licenses, bringing the number thus far to approximately a dozen.

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Those licensed this week include 888, Admiral Sportswetten (Rettingen), Admiral Sportwetten (Gumpoldskirchen in Austria) and Cashpoint Malta Ltd (Malta). 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Aug/28/2012

Alabama Casino Lobbyist, Legislator Head to Prison for Gambling Vote Selling Scheme

MONTGOMERY, Ala. —  (Associated Press) - A casino lobbyist and a former legislator who pleaded guilty in Alabama's gambling corruption case are now in federal prison.

A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said lobbyist Jarrod Massey reported Monday to the minimum-security prison camp at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery. Former state Rep. Terry Spicer of Elba reported to the minimum-security prison camp in Marion, Ill.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/27/2012

Online Sportsbook Seeing Nice Spike Ahead of NFL, College Football Betting

The boutique online sportsbook, Northbet, tells Gambling911.com they are already seeing some decent traffic coming in ahead of the upcoming College Football and NFL betting season, economy aside.

“The economy is always a factor, but we don't expect it to be any different than the past 2 years,” a Northbet representative tells Gambling911.com.  The company is heading into its third College Football and NFL betting season.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Aug/27/2012

Fifth Street Gaming Takes Over Casinos at Gold Spike and Siegel Slots in Vegas

(Associated Press) - Fifth Street Gaming says it is taking over gambling operations at two Las Vegas hotels, the Gold Spike and Siegel Slots and Suites.

Both hotels are properties of the Siegel Group, which owns several boutique hotels, apartment complexes and other developments.

The contracts announced Monday are subject to approval by gambling regulators. Terms weren't disclosed.

Golden Route Operations currently operates gambling at the two properties.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/27/2012

Poker Pro Nancy Todd Attempt to Gain Control Over Arkansas Casinos Fails

Professional poker player Nancy Todd has lost her fight to gain exclusive operating rights to Arkansas casinos on Monday. 

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/27/2012

Illinois Governor Won’t Say If He Plans to Sign Gambling Legislation

CAROL STREAM, Ill. (Associated Press) - Gov. Pat Quinn isn't giving any hints about what he'll do with a gambling bill that Illinois lawmakers sent to his desk.

Tuesday is the deadline for Quinn to take action on legislation that would establish five new casinos in the state, including one in Chicago. It would also allow slot machines at horse racing tracks.

At an unrelated event in suburban Chicago on Monday, Quinn said he spent the weekend reading the bill and he'll announce his decision Tuesday. He declined to say if he'd arrived at a decision.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/27/2012

Shuttered Moore Games to Resume Payments to Poker Players

Good news is here as Moore Games has announced it will begin paying back customers after the online poker room was forced to shut down.

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The former iPoker Network skin claims that it has received funds from the network to begin the payout process.

As reported by PokerFuse.com Monday:

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/27/2012

Under China's Watch, Macau Won't Return to 'Gangster's Paradise'

(Reuters) - Three murders, hammer-wielding heavies, and a high-profile police swoop have raised concerns that Macau, the world's casino capital, may be backsliding to the bad old days of the late-1990s. And that's even before ex-triad boss "Broken Tooth" ends a 15-year jail sentence in December.

All this at a time when China's  economy, the world's second-biggest, is growing more slowly - hitting gambling revenue and possibly making junket operators, who collect gambling debts in exchange for commission from casinos, more aggressive.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/27/2012

Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Allegedly Tied to Organized Crime Figure

Reuters was reporting late Sunday that the Las Vegas Sands had allowed a man identified by the US Senate as an “organized crime figure” to move US$100k in gambling credit from the Sheldon Adelson managed Sands to one of its Macau-based casinos. 

Documentation of this alleged incident emerged in the wake of a lawsuit filed by a former Sands employee who previously claimed prostitution was permitted on the Sands Macau property. 

From Rueters:

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/26/2012

Breaking News

Gunman in Fatal Vegas Strip Shooting Surrenders

Las Vegas police say the gunman in a fatal shooting on the Strip who barricaded himself inside a public bus has surrendered peacefull

One Dead in Vegas Strip Shooting

A hospital spokeswoman says one person has died in a shooting on the Las Vegas strip.

Poker Tables Disappearing From Casinos

The Las Vegas Strip is about to lose nearly a quarter of the tables it had a decade ago.