Gambling

Maryland Lawmakers Gather in 2nd Special Session to Consider Gambling, Pit Bulls

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — (Associated Press) - Maryland lawmakers convened for the year’s second special session Thursday to consider a significant expansion of gambling in the state to raise more revenue and create jobs.

The measure, which is tailored to make Maryland more competitive with neighboring states with a larger variety of gambling options, would allow table games like craps and a new casino in Prince George’s County near the nation’s capital.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Aug/09/2012

Record $1.13 Billion Bet at Aqueduct Racetrack in July

(Associated Press) - More than a billion dollars bet by nearly a million customers last month is the latest evidence that the “racino” at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York City is capitalizing on its prime location and drawing dollars and gamblers from neighboring states’ casinos.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/09/2012

Clinkville: Facebook Online Poker Players Ask for Leniency, Face 7 Months in Prison

11 poker players in Jakarta, Indonesia have been charged with playing online poker via Facebook, with each facing up to 7 months behind bars for their crime. 

Online chips were transferred during the commission of the crime.  The chips are deemed to be “virtual cash” since Facebook does not permit real money gambling in Indonesia. 

The seven poker players were identified as: Kesuma Wijaya Sidauruk; M Nasir, aka Aldo; Eman, aka Liang Sun; Hendry, aka A Hen; Haris Pratama Putra; A Seng, aka M. Ikhsan; and M. Zulfikar.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Aug/09/2012

Absolute Poker Liquidation Confirmed by Kahnawake

Claims of ownership interest in Absolute Poker parent company Blanca need to be settled prior to the distribution of liquidated assets, PokerFuse.com was reporting on Wednesday

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Aug/08/2012

Former Philadelphia Mayor's Daughter, 15 Others Charged with Running Massive Bookie Biz

Federal prosecutors claim to have broken up a massive bookmaking business based in suburban Philadelphia that spanned beyond state borders into New Jersey, Florida and Costa Rica. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Aug/08/2012

Philadelphia Mob ‘Capo’ Pleads Guilty: Won’t Turn Rat in Joseph Ligambi Trial

A Philadelphia Mob lieutenant, Martin “Marty” Angelina, 50, has plead guilty to racketeering but has refused to cooperate in the fall trial of alleged crime family boss Joseph Ligambi. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Aug/08/2012

Mobile Gambling Comes to Atlantic City

TRENTON — (Associated Press) - Adults who patronize Atlantic City’s casinos will soon be able to gamble at the pool, in their hotel rooms or while waiting in line at the buffet.

Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation increasing gambling options to include handheld devices.

Mobile gambling will be restricted to the casino property.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/08/2012

Plans for Maryland Casino Expansion Unveiled

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — (Associated Press) - Casinos could be able to collect more revenue than currently allowed under the long-awaited details of a bill released Tuesday by Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration ahead of a special session on gambling.

Maryland’s 67 percent tax rate on casinos is considered unusually high. Under the bill, casinos could get a lower tax rate if they buy or lease expensive slot machines instead of the state and, in some cases, to make up for added competition from a new casino site in Prince George’s County.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/08/2012

New Jersey Sports Betting Moving Forward Despite Lawsuit

Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (imega.org) head Joe Brennan, Jr. tells Gambling911.com that a suit filed Tuesday on behalf of the four professional sports leagues and NCAA will not stop legalized sports betting from moving forward in New Jersey. 

“The leagues should not get an injunction since they cannot prove irreparable harm,” Brennan noted, with a sports betting measure expected to be approved in November. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Aug/08/2012

Facebook Friendzy ‘Real Money’ Online Gambling Appears to Target Little Ones

With the “real money” online gambling launch of Bingo & Slots Friendzy on Facebook in Great Britain Tuesday, courtesy of provider Gamesys, mums across the nation have begun condemning the deal.

Indeed, the new app appears to have the look and feel of a child’s game.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Aug/08/2012

Brennan Jr on Sports Betting Suit: ‘New Jersey Will Win Against Sports Leagues in a Blowout’

Joe Brennan Jr. of the Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association reiterated to Gambling911.com on Tuesday New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak’s remarks that the professional sports leagues and NCAA had “taken the bait” where legalizing sports betting in the Garden State is concerned.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Aug/07/2012

Lesniak on Major League Sports, NCAA NJ Sports Betting Suit: ‘Bring It On’

New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak, who co-sponsored a bill to legalize sports betting in the Garden State, laughed off reports that the four major sports leagues and NCAA had filed a suit to prevent his bill from moving forward.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Aug/07/2012

Breaking News: NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, NCAA Sue New Jersey Over Sports Betting

(Reuters) - U.S. college and professional sports leagues filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to stop New Jersey's plans to legalize sports betting.

The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for New Jersey says that a law signed in January to allow sports betting at the state's racetracks and at Atlantic City casinos violates a broad federal ban on wagering on sports events.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/07/2012

No Internet Gambling for Maryland

As quickly as the topic arose, the plug has been pulled just as fast on the topic of Internet gambling in the state of Maryland. 

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/07/2012

Facebook Launches Real Money Online Gambling in UK with Bingo Friendzy App

Breaking News 5:45 am EDT:  Facebook announced this morning that it will begin to offer real money online gambling to UK residents 18 years and up beginning today, August 7, 2012, via a new Bingo Friendzy
app in conjunction with Gamesys, one of the UK’s largest online gambling operators.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Aug/07/2012

Legalized Online Poker in California Faces Long Odds in Final Weeks: Bill Not Likely to Pass

The deadline to get an online poker measure passed in the California legislature is looming. 

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That August 31 date leaves little wiggle room to pass such legislation that would make the activity legal online within the Golden State. 

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Aug/06/2012

Betting the NFL on a Tablet Now Possible as Bookmaker Unveils New Website for iPad Users

Bookmaker has unveiled its new tablet website just in time for the 2012 NFL betting season. 

A tablet computer is a mobile device larger than a phone, the most popular of which is the Apple iPad.

Submitted by Mary Montgomery on, Aug/06/2012

Connecticut Bookie Pleads Guilty to Alleged Mob Connected Website 44Wager.com

A New Haven bookie, Michael Pepe, 33, has plead guilty in a federal court Monday to two counts of operating an illegal online sports betting business with alleged ties to the Gambino crime family. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Aug/06/2012

William Hill Appeals Horse Race Betting Levy

William Hill, the largest bookmaker in the United Kingdom, announced on Monday (August 6, 2012) it was appealing a case in the Court of Appeal that exempts customers of betting exchanges from being liable for paying a horse racing levy. 

Hill has specifically cited rival betting exchange Betfair in regard to the exemption. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/06/2012

Wynn to Introduce 6 Max Cash Game August 10, 2012

Wynn Resorts continues to strive for excellence and distinguish themselves from other Las Vegas properties.  This becomes apparent with the introduction of 6 Max Cash Games. 

A TwoPlusTwo.com posting forum member broke the news

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Aug/05/2012

Indian Tribes More Willing to Back Internet Gambling Though Some are Screwed

Indian Tribes see the writing on the wall.  When it comes to Internet gambling, if they can’t beat ‘em, they might as well join them.

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Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Aug/05/2012

Macau Raids Casinos After Deadly Attacks on Guests

Macau police in operation with Chinese and Hong Kong authorities raided a number of casinos and hotels during the late night and early morning hours of August 3 and 4 (Friday and Saturday) in what is being codenamed “Operation Thunderbolt”.

The raid follows a series of murders and attacks targeting tourists.  1300 people have been questioned and 150 of those detained as a result of the investigation. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Aug/05/2012

Congressman John Tierney May Face Ethics Probe in Connection to ‘Bookie-Gate’

Eight-term Massachusetts Congressman John Tierney continues to fight for his political career after it was revealed that three nonpartisan open-government groups want the Democrat investigated by the House Committee on Ethics.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Aug/04/2012

Illegal Gambling Yet to Target London Olympic Games

(Reuters) - Illegal gambling has not yet targeted sports during the London 2012 Olympics  after almost a week of competition, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday.

The IOC has set up a monitoring system for illegal gambling on the 26 competitions during the July 27-August 12 Games as it seeks to counter the growing threat in professional sports.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/04/2012

Allowing Internet Gambling in Maryland Would Ease Opposition

Maryland Live Casino owner David Cordish listed permission to offer Internet gambling as one of the conditions that could persuade him to ease his opposition to a proposed casino in Prince George's County, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun on Friday. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/03/2012

Man Pleads Guilty in Philadelphia Mob Case Involving Gambling

PHILADELPHIA – (Associated Press) - A man charged in a Philadelphia mob case has pleaded guilty in federal court.

Federal prosecutors say 59-year-old Gaeton Lucibello pleaded guilty Thursday to participating in a racketeering conspiracy involving extortion and illegal gambling. Authorities say he admitted that he assisted in shaking down a bookmaker for "street tax" payments and operated two illegal video poker machine businesses.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 26.

Submitted by Guest on, Aug/03/2012

Lawmakers in Maryland Gather for Special Session Next Week to Discuss Internet Gambling

ANNAPOLIS --  (Associated Press) - As the battle for gamblers' dollars intensifies in the mid-Atlantic region, the possibility of developing Internet games in Maryland will be considered when lawmakers gather for a special session next week to expand gambling, the House speaker wrote in a memo.

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Submitted by Guest on, Aug/03/2012

Courier Mail: Daniel Tzvetkoff Would Have Been Better Off Going to Jail

In a very well written article by Paul Toohey of the Courier Mail, the question is raised as to whether online poker payment processing “Wiz Kid” Daniel Tzvetkoff would have been better off spending a year or two behind bars as opposed to “snitching”. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Aug/03/2012

Maryland Indicts Bodog for Internet Gambling and Now Wants Piece of the Pie, Oh My

For those of you who have been reading the Gambling911.com website in recent days, you may have been following coverage of Maryland’s decision to institute a special session for the sole purpose of expanding its casino industry.

Oh the hypocrisy!  It’s so thick you can cut it with a knife.  It’s thicker than the smog in my native India.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Aug/02/2012

CNBC: Sheldon Adelson Casino Probed in ‘Prostitution Probe’

Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Sands Casino in Macau is reportedly under investigation by the local Chinese Government according to a CNBC report.

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The company reportedly transferred documents linked to a wrongful dismissal case to the United States from Macau.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/01/2012

Breaking News

How Many Players Will Compete in 2017 Norwegian Championship Main Event?

Coolbet.com has posted odds on the number of players OVER/UNDER that will officially play in this year’s Norwegian Championship Main Event in Dublin.

Poker Players Go Off on PokerStars ‘Overcharging’ and ‘Not Honoring Agreements’

PokerStars Panama Tournament winner:  "It's time he stands up for everyone and makes it known that they need to make changes to help the players!!!"

Lufthansa Heist Suspect, John Gotti Grandson Busted in Latest Mob Takedown

Lufthansa Heist Suspect, John Gotti Grandson Busted in Latest Mob Takedown

Gotti grandson already behind bars for eight years on drug charges