Gambling

Steve Wynn Wins $7.5 Million Defamation Suit Against Joe Francis

It’s been an ugly back and forth battle but casino magnate Steve Wynn has come out on top in a very big way, winning his $7.5 million defamation lawsuit against “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis. 

The suit was filed following Francis’ proclamation that Wynn “deceived his high-end customers”. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/22/2012

MGM CEO: “Very Confident” Online Gambling Laws Would Pass on the Federal Level

Appearing on CNBC Wednesday evening, MGM CEO Jim Murren said he was “very confident” online gambling laws would pass on the federal level soon.

Murren added that, if such legislation fails to pass on the federal level, we will likely see the industry develop on a state-by-state basis. 

MGM has teamed up with the largest real money online gambling company, bwin.party.  Murren admitted that bwin.party might have to enter the US market at the state level first.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/22/2012

Online Gambling Affiliate Leader Honored by Obama

Warren Jolly, Head of Affiliate Media, was one of several honored by US President Barack Obama on Monday for his achievements as a young entrepreneur.  Jolly was one of the pioneers in the online gambling affiliate realm. 

Submitted by Sparky Collins on, Feb/21/2012

Japanese Gambling Tycoon Bribed Filipinos: US Suit

(AFP) - WASHINGTON — Japanese gambling tycoon Kazuo Okada was accused Tuesday in a US lawsuit of paying off Philippine regulators and cheating his powerful Las Vegas partner.

Wynn Resorts said Okada, Japan's pachinko king and a director of Wynn, went behind the company's back to develop business for his own Universal Entertainment group in the Philippines and broke US laws on foreign bribery, the lawsuit alleges.

Submitted by Guest on, Feb/21/2012

All The Seediness You’ve Been Missing During Alabama ‘Vote Buying’ Gambling Trial

The trial continues in Alabama for defendants accused in a high profile political “vote buying” case tied to gambling expansion in the state.  Some of the testimony has been nothing short of “movie” material, not to mention the “out of court” antics such as one of the defendants mysteriously dying a day before the trial was set to start.  You can’t write this script. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Feb/21/2012

WagerWeb.com Online Sportsbook, Casino Joins the Gambling911.com Family

Gambling911.com is thrilled to announce the return of WagerWeb.com to its portfolio of fine online sportsbooks just in time for March Madness.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/21/2012

Paris Hilton Wins $30k Gambling in Vegas on 30th Birthday

(PTI) - Socialite Paris Hilton had extra reason to celebrate during her birthday trip to Las Vegas after winning USD 30,000 on a game of blackjack.

The heiress jetted off to Sin City with her family to mark her turning 31 on February 17, and Hilton won the lump sum when they headed out to the Wynn casino for the evening.

In a series of posts on her Twitter page, she writes, "Just won 30k playing blackjack at Wynn Las Vegas! Yes! Birthday girl's luck! I love gambling!

Submitted by Guest on, Feb/20/2012

Over 200 Sports Fixing Probes in Last Four Years

The Daily Star this weekend reports that there were over 200 sports match fixing probes in the United Kingdom in just the last four years. 

From The Daily Star:

Of 210 cases probed by the Gambling Commission since September 2007 nearly all have been over sporting fixtures.

And the majority involve football, horse racing, tennis and snooker.

But they also show that very few cases ever get to court.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Feb/18/2012

Belgium Brutal Clampdown on Internet Gambling: Players to Face Fines of €25,000

Belgium is the latest country to clamp down on unlicensed Internet gambling operations, some of which are now appearing on a blacklist. 

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Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Feb/16/2012

Ladbrokes Punters Bet £13 billion in 2011: Poker Revenues Down 25 Percent

Ladbrokes reported strong returns for 2011 with punters staking £13 billion in 2011 and profit per shot increased 6.9 percent over 2010.

Gaming machines drew almost £10.5 billion, up 13.7% on a year earlier while over-the-counter betting enjoyed £2.5 billion in bets placed.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/16/2012

Alabama Casino Exec Apologizes for ‘Breasts Exposure’ Bonus

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A casino developer who has pleaded guilty to offering bribes to legislators testified Wednesday he was joking when he proposed having his female lobbyist expose her breasts to a state senator for his vote for a pro-gambling bill.

Submitted by Guest on, Feb/16/2012

New Hampshire Amendment Allows for Four Casinos

CONCORD, N.H. — (Associated Press) - New Hampshire gambling proponents are doubling down in an effort to avoid potentially losing revenue to Massachusetts.

Amendments to a bill in the New Hampshire House to legalize gambling include licensing four casinos with 14,000 slot machines and 420 table games, as well as lowering the business tax.

Submitted by Guest on, Feb/15/2012

Nevada Casino Tax Hike Would Result in 7500 Lost Jobs

(AP)  CARSON CITY, Nev. — An initiative to raise the top tax rate on Nevada's highest earning casinos is not economically sustainable by the industry and would lead to thousands of direct and indirect job losses, according to one gambling analyst who called the proposal a "wolf in sheep's clothing."

"We estimate the gaming tax increase would result in 7,500 or more lost jobs in Nevada, a notable step backward," Bill Lerner of Union Gaming Group said in a client's note.

Submitted by Guest on, Feb/15/2012

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

Breaking News

G2E 2016 Recap Day 3

NBA Commissioner Emeritus David J. Stern was the final featured speaker at the American Gaming Association's Global Gaming Expo 2016 (G2E), where he discussed the benefits of legalizing sports betting and how it will ultimately protect the integrity of sports.

Former NBA Commissioner Discusses Benefits of Legalized Sports Betting

Former NBA Commissioner Discusses Benefits of Legalized Sports Betting

David Stern and CEO and President of American Gaming Association Geoff Freeman agree that legalizing sports betting will protect the sports industry

Poker Hall of Shame Inductees Unveiled: No Jesus?

With the coveted Poker Hall of Fame inductees to be announced shortly, PokerNews.com has presented its inductees for the Poker Hall of Shame.