Crime

Michigan Authorities Exploring Poker Ties in Brutal Murder of Susie Zhao

Michigan Authorities Exploring Poker Ties in Brutal Murder of Susie Zhao

“We’re looking at every avenue — whether it was part of her hitchhiking — she used to hitchhike quite a bit. She got rides with people she didn’t know frequently,” a police spokesperson said.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Jul/30/2020

FBI Investigating Poker Pro Murder, Body Set on Fire

FBI Investigating Poker Pro Murder, Body Set on Fire

The charred body of Zhao, 33, was found in a Michigan recreation area about an hour away from Detroit July 13 with the tragic news only going public in recent days.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Jul/25/2020

Pro Poker Player Set on Fire

Police asked the public for help in a grisly killing of a female pro poker player in Michigan.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Jul/24/2020

Probe Into Ladbrokes Parent Company Expands, $890K in Bitcoin Seized

Probe Into Ladbrokes Parent Company Expands, $890K in Bitcoin Seized

The United Kingdom tax authorities have widened their ongoing investigation into online sportsbook operator GVC Holdings allegedly regarding the activities of its former Turkish subsidiary.  GVC Holdings is the parent company of Ladbroke, PartyPoker and Bwin.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Jul/22/2020

Gambling Lobbyist Among Those Arrested in Case Tied to Ohio House Speaker

Gambling Lobbyist Among Those Arrested in Case Tied to Ohio House Speaker

The speaker of the Ohio House and four other people were arrested Tuesday in a $60 million federal bribery investigation, a person briefed on the matter said, as the FBI raided the legislative leader’s rural farm

Submitted by Associated Press on, Jul/22/2020

Man Charged With Gambling Away PPP Funds, Betting Network Busted

Man Charged With Gambling Some of Millions in PPP Funds

Andrew Marnell, 40, a resident of the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles, has been arrested and charged federally with fraudulently obtaining some $9 million in coronavirus relief funds and using some of the money to gamble in Las Vegas.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Jul/20/2020

FBI Hunts for Bitcoin Scammers in Massive Twitter Hack

FBI Hunts for Bitcoin Scammers in Massive Twitter Hack

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is leading an inquiry into the Twitter hacking, according to sources familiar with the situation, as more Washington lawmakers raised alarms about the breach of high-profile accounts on the social media platform.

Submitted by Reuters on, Jul/16/2020

Man Who Ran Online Sportsbooks Sentenced to 15 Months Prison

Man Who Ran Online Sportsbooks Sentenced to 15 Months Prison

A Kentucky man has been sentenced to one year and three months in prison for operating an illegal gambling operation on the internet. 

Submitted by Associated Press on, Jul/13/2020

Video Evidence NFL Players Involved in Poker Game Armed Robbery

Video Evidence NFL Players Involved in Poker Game Armed Robbery

The New York Daily News reports that video evidence, Instagram DMs, and testimony show payoff cover-ups for NFL players DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar tied to an alleged armed robbery that occurred on May 13 in Miramar, Fla.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Jul/10/2020

Butcher Facing Federal Gambling Charges

Butcher Facing Federal Gambling Charges

A North Shore butcher tangled up more than a decade ago over accusations of illegal sports gambling now faces criminal charges in federal court, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jul/10/2020

Popular Gambling App Exposed Millions of Users in Massive Data Leak

Popular Gambling App Exposed Millions of Users in Massive Data Leak

VPNMentor published the report about a leak affecting Clubillion, a free online casino game available for iOS and Android, offering players 30+ free slot games.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Jul/07/2020

Bettors Exploit BetMGM Error, RHONJ Ex Hires Mobster to Attack Husband

Bettors Exploit BetMGM Error, RHONJ Ex Hires Mobster to Attack Husband

Bettors in Las Vegas last weekend exploited a mistake by BetMGM and wagered on baseball games that had already started, thus giving them an incredibly strong chance to win tens of thousands of dollars.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Jun/30/2020

Victims of Gambling Scheme Should Receive Portion of NFL QB Retirement Funds

Victims of Gambling Scheme Should Receive Portion of NFL QB Retirement Funds

Multiple individuals defrauded in a scheme perpetrated by an ex-Ohio State and NFL quarterback and his accomplice should receive money from the former player’s share of a national concussion settlement, an Ohio prosecutor is arguing.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Jun/25/2020

Poker Playing Porn Star Charged With Rape

Poker Playing Porn Star Charged With Rape

One of the world's biggest porn stars and a noted celebrity poker player, Ron Jeremy, has been charged with sexually assaulting four women.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Jun/23/2020

Sports Gambling Handle Rises in Indiana

Indiana’s May total sports betting handle was $37,334,940, an increase of 41.9% from April’s $26,304,128, according to figures released Wednesday by the Indiana Gaming Commission. Sports betting revenue in May was $3,179,968, up 103.9% from April’s $1,559,884. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Jun/11/2020

Hackers Move $800K, $1.4 Bil in Crypto Stolen, $5M Reward for Crypto Superintendent

77.644901 BTC (796,638 USD) of stolen funds was transferred from a Bitfinex Hack 2016 to an unknown wallet this past week.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jun/06/2020

North Korea Accused of Cyber Attacks on Crypto Exchanges

The Justice Department has accused a network of North Korean and Chinese citizens of secretly advancing North Korea’s nuclear weapons program by channeling at least $2.5 billion in illicit payments through hundreds of front companies.

Submitted by Associated Press on, May/28/2020

Phil Mickelson a "Known Rat" in Billy Walters Case Claims Pro Bettor

A popular sports bettor might not have been on board with wagering on Sunday's much hyped "The Match: Champions for Charity".

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/24/2020

Cody Latimer Threatened to “Kill Everybody” at Poker Home Game, Dunbar Pleads Not Guilty

NFL Star Cody Latimer Threatened to “Kill Everybody” at Poker Home Game

Washington Redskins wide receiver Cody Latimer is accused of "threatening to kill everyone" at a home poker game after it was alleged an individual in attendance had committed a sexual assault on his 4-year-old son.  The incident occurred Friday night and just days after two other NFL players were accused in an armed robbery at a poker game.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, May/21/2020

Judge Grants NFL’s Quinton Dunbar $100k Bond for Alleged Role in Card Game Armed Robbery

Judge Grants NFL’s Quinton Dunbar $100k Bond for Alleged Role in Card Game Armed Robbery

A judge has granted the Seattle Seahawks Quinton Dunbar $100k bond and the New York Giants Deandre Baker $200k for their alleged roles in a Miramar, Florida burglary.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/17/2020

NFL Cornerback Charged With Armed Robbery at Card Game Surrenders to Authorities

NFL Cornerback Charged With Armed Robbery at Card Game Surrenders to Authorities

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar and New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker have been charged with four counts of armed robbery at a card game in Miramar, Florida Wednesday night.

Submitted by C Costigan on, May/16/2020

Michael Jordan Puts Gambling Suspension Rumors to Rest

Michael Jordan Puts Gambling Suspension Rumors to Rest

At the end of his 1992-1993 season, at age 31, Jordan said goodbye to the Chicago Bulls and the NBA in general.  Many speculated throughout the years that Jordan was actually suspended for gambling.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/11/2020

Investigators Search for 'Crypto Queen' as Part of OneCoin Lawsuit

Investigators Search for 'Crypto Queen' as Part of OneCoin Lawsuit

In mid-April, news.Bitcoin.com reported on the unsealed indictment tied to the Onecoin cofounder Sebastian Greenwood. At the same time, U.S. Judge Valerie Caproni had placed a stay order on the case against Greenwood, Konstantin Ignatov, Mark Scott and David Pike.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, May/04/2020

Poker Clubs Allege Malicious Prosecution in Recently Filed Suit

Poker Clubs Allege Malicious Prosecution in Recently Filed Suit

The targets of a failed gambling probe last year by Harris County prosecutors sued District Attorney Kim Ogg this week, alleging malicious prosecution and false arrest.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, May/02/2020

Gambling Addicted Attorney Who Ripped Off 96-Year-Old Woman Gets 46 Months Prison

Disgraced and disbarred attorney John K. Conner lost his appeal and will serve a 46 month prison sentence after being found guilty of draining the bank account of a 96-year-old woman to fuel his gambling addiction.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Apr/30/2020

More Mobsters Being Released From Prison Due to Coronavirus

More Mobsters Being Released From Prison Due to Coronavirus

Daniel (Shrek) Capaldo, a Staten Islander and alleged Colombo crime family associate, and Eugene (Boobsie) Castelle, a Staten Island man and reputed soldier in the Lucchese organized crime family, were released from a Staten Island prison out of fear they might catch the coronavirus.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Apr/29/2020

Famed Pro Sports Bettor Billy Walters to be Released From Prison

Famed Pro Sports Bettor Billy Walters to be Released From Prison

73-year-old professional sports bettor Billy Walters is expected to be released from a federal prison this weekend in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Apr/29/2020

Bitcoin is No Good for Illicit Activity And Here's Why... Blockchain's Covid Solution?

Bitcoin is No Good for Illicit Activity And Here's Why... Blockchain's Covid Solution?

“Bitcoin is incredibly simple to freeze,” says Dr. Craig Wright, meaning it “will never be a good system for illicit markets.”

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Apr/26/2020

US Golf Pro and Teacher Girlfriend Gunned Down Quarantining in Mexico

US Golf Pro and Teacher Girlfriend Gunned Down Quarantining in Mexico

An American golf pro and his teacher girlfriend were gunned down while quarantining in Mexico on Monday April 20.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Apr/25/2020

Massive Brooklyn Gambling Party Busted Despite Covid-19 Orders

Massive Brooklyn Gambling Party Busted Despite Covid-19 Orders

What was at first thought to be a video shoot turned out to be a massive party that featured illegal gambling.  As many as 60 people turned out to the Canarsie, Brooklyn event in violation of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's "New York State on Pause" orders.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Apr/19/2020

Breaking News

Sports Betting Beat - June 14, 2021

Sports Betting Beat - June 14, 2021

Malta could have to withdraw its EU veto on a sports betting convention if it is to finally get the all-clear from the Financial Action Task Force in the coming days on its Moneyval test.  Plus Indiana sports betting saw $254.445 million wagered on sports in May.

Westminster Dog Show Betting Odds 2021

Westminster Dog Show Odds 2021

Athletes and celebrities will take a back seat to canines this weekend as the 2021 edition of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show begins Friday.

Attendees Hospitalized Following Miami Bitcoin Conference

More of those who attended last weekend's Miami Bitcoin Conference have come forward to tell their stories of falling ill, some confirming they tested positive for Covid-19.  The organizers point to the fact that vaccinations have been widely available in the United States.  According to CoinDesk, most respondents to their inquiries indicated that they had gone to Miami fully vaccinated