Gambling and Sports Betting News Wire - July 29, 2019

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Here are today's headlines in the world of gambling and sports betting as they happen - Monday July 29, 2019.

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380 Detained in Online Gambling Bust

Police in Vietnam have arrested more than 380 Chinese nationals, all between the ages of 18 and 24, for allegedly operating an illegal gambling ring in the port city of Hai Phong, police said on Monday.   The group is believed to have processed over $435m in bets.

The arrests were made on Saturday when police raided numerous buildings, discovering machines and devices designed for online gambling activities including nearly 2,000 smart phones, 533 laptops, cash and ATMs, police said in a statement.

"This is a criminal organisation with a new and sophisticated method of operation, implemented on cyberspace, organised under the 'cover' of foreign investment enterprises in Vietnam," a statement from police read.

"This case also involves the largest number of foreigners and the largest amount of gambling and online betting ever discovered in Vietnam."

$300,000 Jackpot Hit With $5 Bet

One lucky guest at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood hit a jackpot for $323,314.50 on the “Thunder Dragons” slot machine on Wednesday, July 24, at approximately 4:30 p.m. The South Florida resident, was playing the 25-cent slot machine and had wagered a $5 bet before the jackpot was won. The guest requested to remain anonymous.

From April 2019 to June 2019, Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood paid out an average of more than $50 million in jackpots each month.

Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood will debut its $1.5 billion expansion on Thursday, Oct. 24, which will include new gaming space. The expansion of the casino gaming floor will bring nearly 200 table games and more than 3,000 slot machines to Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood. The new, 30,000-square-foot casino will include a new High Limit Slots room with denominations ranging from $1 to $1,000, and new non-smoking gaming rooms for both slots and high-limit slots. Additions also include a 45-table Poker Room with an eight-table semi-private area, and feature a tournament table with elevated stadium seating for guests of players to catch the action. Poker Room amenities include a deli with delicious grab-and-go selections and a private cage with three windows for accessibility, with convenient access from the resort’s promenade.

Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is accepting room reservations for its two new hotel towers. Upon opening, Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood will be home to a total of 1,271 luxury guestrooms and suites, including 638 rooms in the first-ever Guitar Hotel, 168 rooms and suites in the seven-story Oasis Tower at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and 465 newly renovated guestrooms in the existing Hard Rock Hotel.

Room rates will vary based on availability and seasonality. For latest rates, packages and reservations, guests can contact Customer Care at (866) 502-7529 or visit

G911 Readers Get 25% Discount on Access to This Year’s Betting on Sports Conference & Exhibition

With over 300 key industry speakers, 120 exhibitors and 3,500 industry delegates in attendance, this is the leading sports betting industry event of 2019. More info on the agenda, speakers, attendees and networking can be found on the Betting on Sports 2019  website.  You will mention GAMBLING25 here

The next event will be held 17-20 September, 2019 at Olympia in London.

Report: Crown Used Junket Operators With Links to Drug Traffickers

Australian casino giant Crown Reorts shares fell following reports the company used junket operators with links to drug traffickers to bring high-rolling Chinese gamblers to its Australian casinos.

From Bloomberg News:

“Whistleblowers ... refer to Crown as The Vatican, because of the attitude among Victorian politicians and police that Crown is treated like an independent city state where the normal laws of the land don’t apply," independent MP Andrew Wilkie said to Parliament last week.

He was seeking to have Crown Casino probed by the state’s anti-corruption authority over claims of money laundering, poker machine tampering and domestic violence.

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Bet the Number of Times Trump Tweets, Most Tweeted About Candidates released a number of 2nd Democratic Debate prop bets ahead of Tuesday, including some involving Twitter.

How many times will President Trump tweet during Tuesday debate?
Over 2.5
Under 2.5

How many times will President Trump tweet during Wednesday debate?
Over 2.5
Under 2.5

Which candidate will be tweeted about most during Wednesday debate? (according to
Kamala Harris  2/3
Joe Biden  11/10

Which candidate will be tweeted about most during Wednesday debate? (according to
Cory Booker  5/6
Julián Castro  5/6

Brazil’s government launches Electronic Public Consultation for sports betting regulation

Doyle Brunson: "I've Never Seen so Much Money on the Tables in Bobby's Room

First Ever Super High Roller Bowl London and British Poker Open

Aspers Casino in Stratford, London is the chosen venue for the inaugural British Poker Open, a 10-event festival running from Sept. 2 through Sept. 12 and featuring tournaments with buy-ins starting at £10,000 and increasing to £100,000.

A projected prize pool of £12.25 million will be played for over the course of three days starting from Sept. 13 in the event.

PartyPoker is set to sponsor both events, which will run from Sept. 2 through Sept. 12

Our Free Picks Record July 29

2019 MLB Record: 19-13-2 (59.3%) - No Plays Over -160

2018-19 College Basketball Record: 12-9 (57.1%)

2018-19 NBA Record: 7-5 (58%)

2018 MLB Record: 45-35 (56.2%)

2018 NBA Record: 12-4-1 (75%)

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