Gambling

Justice Department to Appoint Administrator in Full Tilt Poker Matter This January

Those awaiting payment from Full Tilt Poker for more than a year-and-a-half from Full Tilt Poker may have reason to be optimistic.

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Submitted by Ace King on, Nov/20/2012

Federal Internet Poker Bill Could be Challenged in Court if Passed

Opposition to a possible bill to legalize Internet poker at the federal level is growing with the possibility that any law could be challenged in court and potentially be ruled unconstitutional. 

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A “penalty box” mentioned as part of the draft legislation being pushed by two Nevada Senators would prohibit overseas operators from obtaining licenses over a period of five years. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Nov/20/2012

Greece Gambling Monopoly Hurt by Recession

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s OPAP, one of Europe's biggest betting firms, reported a 16 percent fall in third-quarter profit on Tuesday, weighed down by the recession in its Greek home market.

Cash-strapped Greece’s plans next year to sell almost its entire 34 percent stake in OPAP, its most profitable company, as part of its international bailout agreement. But higher taxes and doubts about OPAP's most precious asset, its gambling monopoly, may undermine the company's value.

Submitted by Reuters on, Nov/20/2012

83-Year Old Ex-Hitman Testifies at Philadelphia Mob Boss Trial

PHILADELPHIA (Associated Press) — An aging mob hit man told jurors Monday that he once plotted to kill a Philadelphia mob boss now on trial and two underlings — even though he liked them.

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Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/20/2012

J.R.R. Tolkien Estate Files $80 Million Lawsuit Over ‘Rings’ Slots Game

The estate of author J.R.R. Tolkien have filed an $80 million lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles claiming Warner Bros. and its New Line subsidiary and “Rings” rightsholder Saul Zaentz Co. have infringed the copyright in the books and breached  a contract by overstepping their rights to merchandising the property of “The Lord of the Rings”. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/19/2012

Alabama Developer Ronnie Gilley Begins Jail Time After Vote Buying Trial

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Associated Press) — Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley has reported to the federal penitentiary in Atlanta to begin serving a sentence of six years and eight months for offering bribes to legislators to support pro-gambling legislation.

He was originally scheduled to report Aug. 27. He has received delays to allow him to pay for unspecified surgery and recovery rather than having the federal Bureau of Prisons pay for it.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/19/2012

3G Studios Invests $20 million in Online Gambling (Video)

James Kosta, CEO of Reno, Nevada based 3G Studio, revealed on Fox Business this past week that his company has invested $20 million in online gambling as it prepares for legalization either on the federal or state front. 

In an interview with Gambling911.com back in September, Kosta said that 3G Studio was already forming partnerships with operators to offer its vast suite of casino-oriented games, including a poker product.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/19/2012

Online Gambling Companies Apply Pressure on European Commission

A number of online gambling companies are pushing the European Commission pressure member nations like Belgium and Greece into abiding by EU policy.

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Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/18/2012

Baylor Bears Upset of Number One Kansas State Huge for Books: Ducks Loss Too

With the Kansas State Wildcats the single most wagered on team in Week 12 of the regular College Football season, the bookmakers made out like bandits.

Kansas State was a -12 favorite visiting Baylor and got crushed 24-52 by a Bears team that had a losing record coming into Saturday.

Submitted by Mary Montgomery on, Nov/18/2012

Facebook Exec Niranjan Nagar to Speak at Social Gambling Conference

Niranjan Nagar, the Head of Games & Apps for Global Vertical Marketing at Facebook, is slated as the keynote speaker at next months’ Social Gaming & Gambling Summit in Los Angeles (taking place December 13-14). 

Nagar is responsible for managing Facebook's marketing strategy for the vertical and for architecting programs to build the category globally. He was most recently the COO at Outspark, a publisher and operator of free to play RPGs.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/17/2012

Booby-Trapped Denver Home Once Belonged to Mobsters

Renovations on an 1891 Victorian home in Denver turned up something shocking this week.  The home, once owned by the Smaldone Crime Family, was apparently booby-trapped. 

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Matt Feeney bought the old home on Osage Street and knew it needed some TLC.  So upon knocking down walls, he made the shocking discovery. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/17/2012

GOP Senate Candidates Received Over $200k in Laundered Gambling Money

Reports have surfaced that gambling money linked to a 2010 GOP takeover of the Alabama Senate allegedly was laundered. 

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Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/17/2012

Three More Companies Obtain Nevada Online Gambling Licenses

LAS VEGAS — (Associated Press) - Three more casino operators have been issued a Nevada online poker license.

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The state Gaming Control Board on Thursday approved interactive gambling licenses for MGM Online LLC and boutique firms Z4Poker LLC of Las Vegas and Cams LLC of Los Angeles.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/16/2012

Tribes Want In On Internet Gambling: ‘Preparing to be Active Participants’

Connecticut tribes reacted to news that Rep. Stephen Dargan, co-chairman of the legislative public safety committee, wants to re-evaluate the state’s role in legalized Internet gambling.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/15/2012

Mob Boss Wanted Philadelphia Radio Personality Jerry Blavat Whacked

Testimony continued this week in the trial of reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi with the revelation that he had allegedly vowed to kill radio celebrity Jerry Blavat after reading a 2009 article appearing in the Philadelphia Magazine.

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Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Nov/14/2012

Gambling911.com to Attend Social Gaming & Gambling Summit in Los Angeles

One of the biggest events in social gaming is taking place December 13-14 in Los Angeles, the Social Gaming & Gambling Summit, and Gambling911.com, the worldwide leader in Gambling news, has announced it will be in attendance.

The two day event will feature some of the biggest names in social gaming including Facebook, Rocket Play, Bunker Mode, Abode, Bees and Pollen, Blitzoo and so many more. 

Submitted by Payton on, Nov/14/2012

Social Gaming & Gambling Summit to Take Place in Los Angeles Next Month

The two-day conference will explore the convergence of social gaming and gambling, as well as its impact on the industry.

Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/14/2012

Chicago Suburb Targeted for New Casino Development

COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, Ill. (Associated Press) — A North Las Vegas, Nev.-based company wants to build a $250 million casino in the Chicago suburb of Country Club Hills.

The SouthtownStar reports the casino operator is making the announcement despite Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of a gambling expansion bill. It’s unclear whether the Illinois Legislature will be able to override Quinn’s veto or pass a new bill.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/14/2012

76-Year-Old Reputed Mobster Robert Gentile to Plead Guilty

HARTFORD, Conn. (Associated Press) — A 76-year-old reputed Connecticut mobster said to have information about the largest art heist in history was expected to plead guilty Wednesday in a weapons and prescription drugs case.

Robert Gentile, of Manchester, has a change-of-plea hearing scheduled in Hartford federal court. He has pleaded not guilty to allegations he illegally possessed firearms and explosives and sold illegally obtained prescription drugs.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Nov/13/2012

Connecticut to Re-Examine Online Gambling

Connecticut, which had dabbled with the idea of licensing online gambling websites earlier in the year, is looking to revisit that option.

Rep. Stephen Dargan, co-chairman of the legislative public safety committee, said on Tuesday his state should jump on the bandwagon come January.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/13/2012

EU Must Act Over ‘Protectionist’ Rule Following Detention of Bwin.Party Founder

The Financial Time’s Jonathan Guthrie blasted the European Union for its failure to act appropriately in light of member nations chokehold over online gambling firms.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/13/2012

Camasino.Com Launches Real Money Online Casino to Coincide With Webcam Poker Room

Isle of Man licensed Camasino.com has announced the launch of its real money online casino lobby.

Camasino, which runs Canada’s biggest land-based poker room, Snakes Poker Club (now rebranded as Camasino.com Poker Room), is offering a $300 bonus to those who open an account.

28 games are being offered that include Blackjack, Craps, Progressive Slots, Multi-Hand Video Poker, Roulette, Chinese New Year and Magical Forest, just to name a few.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/13/2012

Bwin.Party Head Norbert Teufelberger Released After Belgian Detention

Norbert Teufelberger, the co-founder of Bwin.Party, was released following two hours of questioning by Belgian authorities late Tuesday.

Teufelberger had just finished giving the keynote address at the Responsible Gaming Day conference when authorities came and requested he come with them for questioning after the event at 2 pm local time.  Teufelberger did go voluntarily, a company representative confirmed. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/13/2012

Bwin.Party Co-Founder Norbert Teufelberger Detained in Belgium

Norbert Teufelberger, co-founder of the world’s largest online betting firm Bwin.Party, was detained while visiting Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday.

Teufelberger was in attendance at the Responsible Gaming Day conference in that European nation, home to the European Union, when authorities came and requested he come with them for questioning after the event at 2 pm local time.  Teufelberger did go voluntarily, a company representative confirmed. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/13/2012

‘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

Breaking News

Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu Go at it Over Confederate Statutes

Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu Go at it Over Confederate Statutes

Negreanu: "The beliefs that Jews should be killed. Robert E. Lee believed blacks needed to be slaves. Both are vile and evil"

Where Can I Find Online Bookie Software in Baltimore

Where Can I Find Online Bookie Software in Baltimore

You can find online bookie software catering to those in the Baltimore area, by visiting AcePerHead.com.

‘Operation Shark Bait’: Gambino-Tied Bookie Pleads Guilty to a Usury Charge

‘Operation Shark Bait’: Gambino-Tied Bookie Pleads Guilty to a Usury Charge

Joseph Tommasino, 52, of Staten Island, New York, has plead guilty to a usury charge.