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Bingo Slot Machine Hybrid Slingo Announced by Zynga for Facebook

Zynga has licensed the rights to make Zynga Slingo, a Bingo slot machine hybrid, which will bring the game to Facebook effective immediately, Wednesday February 15, 2012.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/15/2012

Witness Asked to Expose Her Breasts to Alabama Casino Lobbyist in Corruption Probe

A witness for a high profile Alabama political gambling corruption case wept after hearing a taped phone call of her casino owner client suggesting she expose her breasts to win a senator’s vote on gambling legislation.

It’s all tied to allegations of “vote buying” as a means of getting pro-gambling legislation in the state to pass.

Jennifer Pouncy testified Tuesday in the trial of former Sen. Jim Preuitt, two other present and former senators, as well as three other individuals associated with casinos.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Feb/14/2012

1 Billion Dollar Lotto Jackpots Possible

Lottery ticket sales continue to skyrocket with the third largest prize given away this past Saturday and now there is talk that jackpots could start hitting between $500 million and $1 billion. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/14/2012

Radio Host Sid Rosenberg Allegedly Owes Over $44k to Online Sportsbook

A representative of a small Costa Rican-based online sportsbook, 1BetVegas.com, is contending that WQAM-560 AM afternoon host Sid Rosenberg owes the shop $44,500 in gambling debts

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Feb/14/2012

Miccosukee Indians Blame Attorney for $25.5 Million Tax Woes

The Miccosukee Indians are blaming their former attorney, Dexter Lehtinen, for the tribe owing $25.8 million in back taxes. 

Over 100 Miccosukee Indians owe the federal government in back taxes, penalties and interest on income the tribe dispersed from gambling profits at its West Miami-Dade casino operation, according to the Miami Herald. 

The tribe claims that Lehtinen provided them with “faulty advice” on personal income-tax disputes, causing the tribe and its members to incur “outrageous interest and penalties.”

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/13/2012

Probability Seeks Nevada Online Gambling License

Probability plc, a UK-based mobile gaming company, is the latest to apply for a license in the state of Nevada that would ultimately permit it to feature real cash games. 

Probability has over 5 years experience specialising in mobile gaming, with around 1m UK customers and over half a billion transactions on our proprietary m-gaming platform so far. It allows customers to play a variety of casino games including slots and Bingo! Games can be played on over 8,000 types of mobile phone from mid-1990′s Nokias to the latest iPhone and iPad devices.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/13/2012

Music Execs Streaming Pirated NFL Games as DOJ Seizes Hundreds of Similar Websites

The music industry has been behind a massive push to knock file sharing and download websites offline while engaging in the same practice they condemn last week.

VEVO, a music portal owned by a few major record labels in the US reportedly had a pirated NFL playoff game playing on screens throughout its ‘PowerStation’ venue at last week’s Sundance festival, according to TechCrunch.

Submitted by Alejandro Botticelli on, Feb/10/2012

Oversight Hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice Opinion on Internet Gambling Recap

An Oversight Hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice Opinion on Internet Gambling was held Thursday afternoon. 

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When it comes to legalized online poker in the US, Chairman Akara said “Tribal casinos concerns must be considered (before legalizing).”

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/09/2012

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Makes Out Big With Caesars IPO...And Wynn?

Among those who benefitted from Wednesday’s debut of Caesars Entertainment on the Nasdaq trading platform was none other than New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. 

While Kraft may have suffered a pretty huge loss Sunday, his luck changed with the Caesars IPO and his $1.3 million stake.  Shares rose dramatically Wednesday afternoon. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/09/2012

Oversight Hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice Opinion on Internet Gambling Live Webcast

Those wishing to follow today’s Oversight Hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice Opinion on Internet Gambling will be able to do so at 2:15 pm EST via the Web here. *Note:  The hearing has commenced as of 2:47 pm EST.  This hearing is taking place February 9 2012.

Submitted by Ace King on, Feb/09/2012

888, Everest, Chilipoker and Titan Blacklisted in Belgium

The Belgium government has blacklisted online gambling firms 888, Everest, Chilipoker and Titan as part of its new regulatory policy.

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Submitted by Ace King on, Feb/08/2012

World Sports Exchange $700k Behind on Payouts (Video)

SBR Forum video analyst Peter Loshak breaks down the latest sportsbook industry news with troubled World Sports Exchange (WSEX.com) at the forefront.

Submitted by Guest on, Feb/08/2012

Mobster Michael "The Large Guy" Sarno Gets 25 Years Behind Bars

CHICAGO — (Associated Press) - A reputed mob boss known for his wide girth and reputation for violence was sentenced to 25 years in prison today in a federal court in Chicago.

Michael "The Large Guy" Sarno also was ordered to pay nearly $1.8 million in restitution. A jury convicted Sarno, 54, and four co-defendants in 2010 of racketeering and other charges.

Submitted by Guest on, Feb/08/2012

Caesars Begins Trading Wednesday: Goes Public and Floated with 1.4 Million Shares

Casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. went public on Wednesday (February 8, 2012), with its stock price surging 71 percent after completing an initial public offering.

The IPO was significantly reduced from its 2010 attempt. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/08/2012

Online Gambling Being Considered in Delaware, Massachusetts

Delaware and Massachusetts become the latest states said to have an interest in legalizing online gambling

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Feb/06/2012

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Seizes 16 Live Streaming Sports Sites Days Before Super Bowl

U.S. prosecutors seized 16 websites that streamed live sports events on Friday, just two days prior to Sunday’s Super Bowl.  A Michigan man was charged with running nine of those websites.

Yonjo Quiroa (AKA Ronaldo Solano), 28, faces one count of criminal infringement of a copyright and will likely not serve any prison time.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Feb/04/2012

South Florida Destination Resorts Casino Bill Dead

Local7 in South Florida on Friday was reporting that the bill authorizing three destination resort casinos in South Florida abruptly died in a House of Representatives subcommittee Friday morning when the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, asked that it be temporarily postponed. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/03/2012

Wikileaks Exposes Sheldon Adelson: Cable Discusses ‘Missteps’ in China

Casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. is under federal investigation into whether it has complied with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and a recently uncovered Wikileaks cable suggests Adelson may be in some hot water in China as well.

Adelson is alleged to have “bribed” foreign officials in exchange for lucrative business deals.  His casino empire enjoys a massive presence in the Asian gambling Mecca of Macua. 

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/03/2012

Bwin.Party Responds to DOJ Megaupload.com Complaint

The world’s largest Internet gambling company, Bwin.Party, responded to the US Department of Justice complaint that mentions its role as part of the high profile Megaupload.com indictment.  Megaupload.com, a file hosting service, was taken down two weeks ago.  The DOJ has accused the website of engaging in copyright infringement and pirating. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/03/2012

Online Legal Research Database Firms Updating Info on Internet Gambling Defendant

On Thursday morning it was revealed that various online legal research firms were in the process of updating their databases as it relates to a cooperating witness in an investigation related to Web gambling that many believe was about to begin wrapping up in the coming weeks.  News organizations like Gambling911.com utilize the services of these firms as a means of monitoring case law activities. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Feb/02/2012

Odds on Whether US Law Enforcement Takes Down Online Sportsbook for Super Bowl 2012

Gambling911.com has been covering all the hundreds of 2012 Super Bowl betting props that are currently out there.  Each year there are always a few novel prop bets such as this year’s What Color Will Madonna’s Hair Be and we’re still waiting on those Gisele Bundchen bets.

So with the US Government’s aggressive action against online gambling websites over this past year, we couldn’t help but wonder what the odds might be for a Super Bowl surprise.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/01/2012

Macau Gambling Revenue Rises 35 Percent in January 2012: Casinos in General Have Great Month

Casino companies gained after revenue in Macau, the world's largest gambling hub, rose 35 percent in January (2012). MGM Resorts International climbed 0.7 percent to $13.14. Las Vegas Sands Corp. increased 0.8 percent to $49.50.

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/01/2012

Alabama Gambling Corruption Defendant had Filed for Bankruptcy 4 Days Before Death

While police await autopsy results to determine what led to the death of a defendant in a very high profile vote rigging Alabama gambling corruption case, it was revealed on Tuesday that Ray Crosby had filed for bankruptcy just four days prior to his death.

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Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jan/31/2012

Atlantic City’s Newest Casino Revel to Impose Term Limits on Employees

If you are thinking about getting a job at the all new Revel Casino in Atlantic City, you might want to think twice. 

Newly hired employees of the Revel Casino will be subject to term limits of four to six years, just like some politicians.  At the end of said term, employees will have to re-apply. 

The policy will "attract the most highly professional people who are inspired by a highly competitive work environment," Revel wrote in a statement.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/31/2012

Magic KingDOME: Wife of Purple Lounge Casino Director Must Stand Trial After Disney 'Toilet" Incident

The wife of Media Corp PLC Non-Executive Director Chris Gorman will be forced to stand trial after an alleged sexual encounter and assault in an Orlando, Florida nightclub bathroom this past August.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Jan/31/2012

Rank £250 Million Offer for Gala Coral

Rank has reportedly offered £250 Million to rival Gala Coral as part of a potential acquisition bid.  Should it go through, the combined company would become the biggest casino chain in Great Britain. 

Rank currently operates 35 gambling establishments while Gala has a total of 24 casinos. 

In a statement, Rank said: “The terms of any such acquisition have not been finalised and there is no certainty a transaction will occur.”

- Aaron Goldstein, Gambling911.com

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/30/2012

New York Judge Rules Mah Jong a Game of Skill: Could Help Internet Poker Cause

Mah Jong, the ancient Chinese tile-based table game, is not gambling at least not according to a New York judge. 

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Jan/30/2012

Defendant in Alabama Gambling Corruption Case Joseph ‘Ray’ Crosby Found Dead

Police are conducting an investigation into the mysterious death of Joseph “Ray” Cosby over the weekend.  Cosby is one of seven remaining defendants in a federal corruption case tied to gambling in Alabama and was found dead on Sunday, just one day before the start of a second trial in the case.

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Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jan/30/2012

New Jersey Politicians Meet With Gov Chris Christie to Discuss Internet Gambling

New Jersey politicians, including State Senator Raymond Lesniak, were taking part in closed door meetings with Governor Chris Christie to discuss a measure that would legalize online poker.

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The objective, Gambling911.com has learned exclusively, is to get something passed through the state House and Senate without the need for a voter referendum.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/27/2012

Zynga Online Gambling Revenue Could be $5 Billion Claims JP Morgan

Zynga, which offers the largest free online poker site in the world, has gone all in with its push to offer “real money play” games.  JP Morgan claims that Zynga can potentially generate $5 billion in revenue after the company announced it was in conversations with interested parties to offer the “cash play” platform. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/26/2012

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Paddy Power Betfair Expects Faster Cost Savings From Merger

Gambling company Paddy Power Betfair PPB.I PPB.L increased the scale and pace of cost savings from its merger, fleshing out its strategy following a 31 percent jump in first-half earnings.

Paddy Power Betfair Expects Faster Cost Savings From Merger

Gambling company Paddy Power Betfair PPB.I PPB.L increased the scale and pace of cost savings from its merger, fleshing out its strategy following a 31 percent jump in first-half earnings.