Gambling

Mobster Whitey Bulger was Able to Cross US Border Into Canada While Still a Fugitive

It was confirmed Thursday that mobster James “Whitey” Bulger had crossed the US border into Canada to watch Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Stadium in Toronto.  At the time, he was a fugitive and is currently standing trial for racketeering in Boston.

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Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jul/11/2013

CO Gambling, Marijuana License Files Go Up in Smoke Due to ‘Hardware Malfunction’

DENVER - (Associated Press) - Colorado officials say a hardware failure that destroyed some computer files regarding gambling and medical marijuana licenses also has affected recordings of driver license hearings held from March 1 to May 17.

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In June, state officials said the problem had destroyed files regarding the gambling and marijuana industry licenses.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Jul/11/2013

Predictious Bitcoin Online Prediction Market Unveiled

Welcome Predictious.com as the newest online gambling website and like none other that exist today.  Not only does the site promise to be a step up from now defunct intrade.com, Predictious.com will also be accepting the digital currency Bitcoin (note that credit cards can also be used). 

The new site is slated to debut this coming Thursday July 9, 2013. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jul/11/2013

Belize Players Were Asked to Fix Games vs. USA

Reports have surfaced that the Belize national team was approached about fixing football matches against the US team.

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Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Jul/11/2013

Nevada Gambling Revenue Up, Zynga Rises

(Associated Press) - The state Gaming Control Board reports Nevada casinos won $897.3 million in May, posting a 1.37 percent increase from the same month a year ago.

The May winnings pushed the fiscal year-to-date total to more than $10 billion, 2.4 percent more than last year.

Taxes collected on the May win totaled $57.5 million, an increase of 10.9 percent.

The Las Vegas Strip posted a 6.4 percent monthly gain over May a year ago and is now 5 percent ahead of 2012.

Casino winnings in Reno jumped 9.8 percent.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Jul/11/2013

Bwin.party Lower Margins in Sports Betting Hit Q2

The second quarter of 2013 for Bwin.party was mired by lower margins in sports betting, the City reported on Wednesday.

Bwin is dealing with a turnover tax on sports betting in Germany, its largest market, and competition in the bingo sector in Britain and Italy, according to the City.

 “While the revenue performance was down on last year, we remain on course to deliver the targeted €70m (£60m) of cost savings in 2013 with more to follow in 2014,” chief executive Norbert Teufelberger said in a statement.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jul/10/2013

Atlantic City has Worst Year Ever

ATLANTIC CITY – (Associated Press) - This year is shaping up to be the worst for the Atlantic City casino industry in the last 22 years.

Figures released Wednesday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement show the city's 12 casinos are on a pace that would see them take in less than $3 billion from gamblers for the first time since 1991.

For the first six months of the year, the casinos won $1.38 billion, down 10.7 percent from the same period last year.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Jul/10/2013

Zynga Unveils Real Money Gambling Apps for Facebook

Zynga was in the process of unveiling its real money gambling apps during a conference in Barcelona, Spain.

From ValueWalk.com:

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jul/10/2013

Paddy Power to Offer Real Money Sports Betting on Facebook

The UK’s third largest bookmaker, Paddy Power, has announced it will be offering real money sports betting on Facebook.

The news broke early Wednesday with beta testing currently in progress.  The new platform was developed by Paddy Power’s team out of Bulgaria.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jul/10/2013

MGM Funds Pro Casino Group in Massachusetts

BOSTON — (Associated Press) - MGM Resorts International, which hopes to build a resort casino in Springfield, spent nearly $1 million over a six-week period in an effort to convince voters to back a July 16 referendum on the proposal, according to campaign finance records.

The leader of a group opposing the casino said it has spent little and is relying on grassroots efforts to get its message across.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Jul/09/2013

Foreigner Wins Case Against IRS on How Gambling Should be Taxed

WASHINGTON — (Associated Press) - An appeals court has sided with a South Korean businessman in a dispute over how his gambling winnings in the U.S. should be taxed.

Sang Park gambled away thousands of dollars at slot machines during trips to the U.S. The Internal Revenue Service said he had to pay taxes on every winning pull.

Park argued that he should be allowed to calculate his winnings on a per-session basis - the way that U.S. citizens are treated.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Jul/09/2013

Cell Phone Usage, Computers Now Illegal in Florida as Part of Gambling Crackdown

Residents of Florida can no longer use their cell phones or computers.

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It’s all due to a recently enacted gambling crackdown on Internet cafes.

The bill, passed into law two months ago, is so broad, it could be interpreted as prohibiting usage of cell phones and computers in the Sunshine State. 

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Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jul/09/2013

Whitey Bulger to Trial Witness in Court: ‘F*** You Too, You Suck!’

BOSTON — (Associated Press) - James “Whitey” Bulger and his once-loyal criminal apprentice had an angry, profanity-laced exchange in court Tuesday during Bulger’s racketeering trial after the former aide called Bulger and his partner “the two biggest rats.”

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Submitted by Associated Press on, Jul/09/2013

Nine Men Indicted in NYC Mob Crackdown With Ties to Online Gambling

(Associated Press) - Nine reputed members of the Bonanno crime family were charged in an indictment unsealed Tuesday with what prosecutors called old-school mob activity: gambling, loan sharking, extortion and drugs.

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Submitted by Associated Press on, Jul/09/2013

Italy Online Poker Future is Bleak

For a time, Italy had become one of the most lucrative online poker epicenters with its population just shy of 60 million.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jul/09/2013

Steve Wynn on Conclusion of Investigation: ‘Only Damn Newspapers Cared’

US federal investigators are now through looking at a US$135 million donation given to a university in Macau by casino giant Wynn Resorts. 

The Securities and Exchange Commission concluded Wynn Resorts, which has a casino in the gambling enclave of Macau, did nothing wrong and will not be perusing enforcement action.

“We were so sanguine that we never paid any attention to it; we had no exposure. It was a non event except for the damn newspapers,'' CEO Steve Wynn said.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jul/09/2013

Best Price Per Head: 2013 Football Season

Gambling911.com has your best price per head shops for the 2013 Football season below.

Here we will profile BookiePPH.com, though below we offer up two other options should BPPH not appeal to you.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jul/09/2013

Gambling Nun Gets Sentenced to 90 Days for $130k Theft

(Associated Press) - Sister Mary Anne Rapp also was ordered at Monday's sentencing to perform 100 hours of community service and repay $128,000.

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Rapp pleaded guilty to grand larceny in Orleans County Court in April. The 68-year-old admitted stealing from St. Mary's Church in Holley and St. Mark's Church in Kendall from 2006 to 2011. The thefts were discovered during an audit.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Jul/08/2013

Dragon’s Tale Multiplayer Role-Playing Bitcoin Casino Finally Launches in Beta (Video)

The folks at eGenius have launched a new Bitcoin online casino called “Dragon’s Tale”, billed as the “first ever massively multiplayer role-playing online casino”.

This is a 3D platform featuring a collection of mini-games that will begin beta testing on July 12.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jul/08/2013

‘Closeted Skeletons’ Complicate Legalization of Online Gambling in US

Joshua Brustein of BusinessWeek.com wrote an article Monday dealing with what he calls the “closeted skeletons” getting in the way of online gambling legalization in the US.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/08/2013

Bookies in the Birmingham, Meridian Alabama Area: Alabama Football Betting

Bookies in the Birmingham and Meridian, Alabama areas will be taking plenty of bets on the Crimson Tide and Auburn.  It’s all about College Football betting in this state. 

Back when sports betting first emerged in the mid to late 1990’s, offshore sportsbooks focused heavily on ad buys for local sports radio stations throughout Alabama.  This state loves their College Football and they love betting.

Submitted by Ean Lamb on, Jul/06/2013

ESPY Awards Pulled Due to Suspicious Betting Patterns

Sportsbook.com has pulled its odds on the upcoming ESPY Awards after noting some unusual betting patterns, it was revealed on Friday.

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The activity was coming from New York City and the Connecticut.  ESPN is based out of Bristol, Connecticut and hosts the ESPY’s, which honor top teams and athletes.

Submitted by Carrie Stroup on, Jul/05/2013

Oklahoma City, Tulsa Area Bookies: Betting on the Sooners, Cowboys

Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma bookies are on every corner, or at least they should be.  Oklahoma is all about College Football and betting on the Sooners and Cowboys, both of which play in the metropolitan Oklahoma City area.

Submitted by Ean Lamb on, Jul/05/2013

Pay Per Head Directory: 2013 NFL and College Football Season

The Gambling911.com Pay Per Head Directory for the 2013 NFL and College Football Season is here.  These are some of the best PPH’s in the business, some of whom we have dealt with for years.

Pay Per Head operations allow local bookmakers to contract out all record keeping and online services.  Just sit back and collect!  PPH operators are all based offshore. 

 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jul/04/2013

Gambling Business: Macau Casino Magnate to Open Russian Casino, More

Macau gambling mogul Lawrence Ho is extending his Melcro Crown casino empire to Russia's Far East. It will be the first well – known casino name in Russia’s Primorye gambling zone, after the country limited gaming to special zones in 2009.  Read More at RT.com here.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jul/04/2013

Boston Mobster Whitey Bulger Gets in Hot Water for Swearing at Witness

BOSTON -- (Associated Press) - James "Whitey" Bulger (BUHL'-jur) has been admonished by a judge at his racketeering trial after a prosecutor reported that Bulger used an expletive when calling a witness testifying against him "a liar."

Former FBI Agent John Morris was testifying Thursday when Bulger apparently muttered the remark. Bulger stared intently at Morris as he testified.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Jul/04/2013

More NJ Online Gambling Deals Forged: Betfair-Trump Plaza, Gamesys-Tropicana

Following news that PokerStars has joined forces with Resorts Hotel and Casino to offer real money online poker in New Jersey, it was later announced that Europe’s biggest betting exchange, Betfair, has inked a deal with the Trump Plaza.  Meanwhile, online gaming firm Gamesys has entered into a partnership with the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jul/03/2013

Bookies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area – Betting on the Cowboys

Bookies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will be taking plenty of wagers as we head into the 2015 NFL season with betting on the Cowboys taking center stage.

Submitted by Ean Lamb on, Jul/03/2013

Trump Daughter Talks Online Gambling With Bloomberg: Initiative is Complicated

This week it was announced that Ultimate Gaming would begin offering real money online gambling to New Jersey residents through a partnership with the Trump Taj Mahal.  The Taj Mahal retains online gambling rights to the Trump name but the Donald himself may want to jump directly into the US-legalized Web gambling fray.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jul/03/2013

Chinese Online Gambling Ring Taken Down, Bulger’s Machine Gun Imitation

Shanghai police took down a massive online gambling ring that brought in more than US$29.3 million, police confirmed Tuesday.

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92 people were arrested in the Pudong New Area for their alleged role in the operation. 27 laptops were also confiscated.

Since March, three people, surnamed Tang, Zhang and Ding, were agents for a foreign gambling website, police said.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jul/02/2013

Breaking News

Vegas Strike? Workers Cast Their Votes Tuesday

Unionized Las Vegas casino workers descended on a university arena in red T-shirts and work uniforms as they voted Tuesday on whether to call for a citywide strike that could have huge financial implications for the tourist-dependent destination.

NFL Commish Roger Goodell Details Stance on Legalized Sports Betting

NFL Commish Roger Goodell Details Stance on Legalized Sports Betting

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Congress should enact uniform standards for any states that plan to legislate sports betting.

Crypto Market Valuation Drops More Than 55 Percent Over Past Five Months

Crypto Market Valuation Drops More Than 55 Percent Over Past Five Months

A number of big investors say they are not concerned that the cryptocurrency market has lost 55% of its value over the past five months.  It was inevitable, they suggest.