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BetFred Pays Out on Sam Oldham’s Granny Olympic Bet Following Public Outcry

BetFred advised late Thursday it had decided to pay out on an Olympic bet placed by the grandmother of Olympic gymnast Sam Oldham, ending a brief - albeit ugly - chapter in the company’s history. 

The British bookmaker had endured extensive negative press over a 48 hour period after it was learned they had refused to honor a bet placed by Oldham’s grandma, Linda Aldred, that would have paid out £1000.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Aug/23/2012

Twitter Followers Have Beef With BetFred Over ‘Void’ Granny Bet: Firm Responds

Late Thursday, British bookmaker BetFred, run by multi-millionaire Fred Done, refused to budge in regard to paying the grandmother of Olympic swimmer Sam Oldham.   Many across the nation – and the world for that matter – have taken to Twitter to voice their outrage and hopefully pressure BetFred into doing what they believe to be the right thing. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Aug/23/2012

Pay Grandma BetFred! Bookie Berated in London Press

The headlines these past 24 hours have been jarring.

From the Daily Express:  I’ve Won 200-1 Bet on My Grandson at Olympics….But Bookies Won’t Pay Up

From the San Francisco Chronicle:  British Bookmakers Won’t Pay Out Grandmother’s Winning Bet

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Aug/22/2012

Sam Oldham Granny Gets Shafted by Bookie Refuses to Honor Olympic Bet

British bookmaker has refused to pay out on a 200/1 bet placed by Olympian San Oldham’s grandmother that he would win a medal at this year’s London Olympics.  Oldham ended up winning a gymnastic team bronze medal representing Great Britain.  The win was considered a major upset and the first in gymnastics for England in 100 years.    

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Aug/22/2012

Howard Lederer Parties it Up in Las Vegas as DOJ Now ‘Flush With Full Tilt Poker Money’

Wendeen H. Eolis of Poker Player Newspaper was the first to reveal that great news was on tap for those owed monies by Full Tilt Poker.  She’s proven to be an excellent resource for the poker community. 

On Thursday, Ms. Eolis reveals that the “face behind Full Tilt Poker” over the past several years, Howard Lederer, was seen partying it up in Las Vegas after the deal was made official. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Aug/16/2012

Swedish Motorcycle Gang Ties to Alleged Matt Marafioti Online Poker Hacking Scandal

The alleged Matt Marafioti/Samer Rahman online poker account hacking scandal gets more crazy by the day.


Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Aug/15/2012

England v S. Africa - 3rd Test Game Odds: Kevin Pietersen Text Scandal Gives Punters Edge

England v S. Africa – 3rd Test Game betting odds had England promising a payout of US$25 for every US$10 bet while South Africa would pay out US$18.  A “texting” scandal involving England Cricketer Kevin Pietersen has overshadowed much of the betting activity taking place for this Thursday’s upcoming matchup.

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Aug/13/2012

Nevada Regulators Investigating Sheldon Adelson’s Sands Corp re Bribery Charges

Nevada gaming regulators are reportedly looking into whether Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp broke stringent bribery laws through its dealings in the Asian gambling Mecca of Macau. 


Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/13/2012

NFL Okay With Female Replacement Official Shannon Eastin Past Participation in WSOP

No worries for NFL replacement official Shannon Eastin in regard to her World Series of Poker back in 2007. 

Submitted by Dan Shapiro on, Aug/09/2012

Shannon Eastin World Series of Poker Past: NFL Officials Prohibited From Gambling

The National Football League apparently has a zero tolerance policy as it relates to officials gambling.

Shannon Eastin is to become the first female to officiate an NFL game Thursday night when the Packers meet the Chargers for the start of preseason play. Eastin will serve as a replacement official.

Submitted by Don Shapiro on, Aug/09/2012

NFL Replacement Official Shannon Eastin Poker Past Comes Back to Haunt Her

Breaking overnight news:  National Football League replacement official Shannon Eastin has come under scrutiny for having played in the 2007 World Series of Poker, NBC Sports revealed late Wednesday.

Submitted by Dan Shapiro 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.

"If my child came and asked me for money to play on this, I'd be livid," one mother  said, speaking with "But then I couldn't blame him, it looks like a very simple child's game." 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Aug/08/2012

Poker ‘Psycho’ Matt Marafioti Accused of Trying to Hack Into Fellow Players Accounts

In a shocking development first reported on the popular posting forums, poker pro Matt Mafafioti has been accused of conspiring to hack into fellow players accounts with the assistance of another player, Samer Rahman.  While these allegations cannot independently be confirmed by, it should be noted that administrators of the website have elected to keep the forum post up. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Aug/07/2012

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.

Tierney is accused of failing to publicly disclose more than $200,000 that his wife received while managing a bank account with money that came from her brother’s ­illegal gambling business.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Aug/04/2012

Screwed: Sheldon Adelson’s Sands Corp 'Prostitution Strategy' Docs Under Scrutiny

Former Sands CEO Steven Jacobs alleges that casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his company, the Las Vegas Sands, engaged in all kinds of illegal activities in Macau, the most notable being a Chinese “prostitution strategy”.


Submitted by Aaron Goldstein 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.


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

Zynga Execs Accused of Insider Trading: Slapped With Lawsuit

Social gaming company Zynga, its executives and bankers were hit with a class action lawsuit Tuesday alleging insider trading. 


Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/01/2012

Ireland Olympic Athlete Under Investigation for Betting on Rival to Win

Graham Dunbar
The Associated Press

LONDON—The Ireland Olympic team is investigating allegations that one of its athletes cashed in bets on an opponent to win at a pre-London Games event.

The Olympic Council of Ireland confirmed reports Saturday that an athlete made a $4,800 profit on the wagers, and withdrew $4,435 in cash from an account with a gambling operator.

“At the moment, it is between the Olympic Council of Ireland legal department and athlete’s counsel,” team spokesman Jack McGouran told The Associated Press by telephone.

Submitted by Guest on, Jul/30/2012

Irish Sailor Peter O'Leary Subject of Gambling Probe

(Reuters) - Peter O'Leary, his face largely obsured by a black-hooded top and dark glasses was whisked past waiting reporters in the mixed zone at the Olympic sailing venue at Portland, close to the English seaside town of Weymouth.

The sailor, still wearing his wetsuit, made no comment when asked about the betting probe, after making a strong start in racing in the heavyweight Star class.

However, James O'Callaghan the Irish sailing team's performance director told reporters shortly afterwards: "The issue is sub-judice so we have no comment to make."

Submitted by Guest on, Jul/29/2012

Poker Pro Michael MIzrachi Accuses Giorgio Medici of Welching on WSOP Side Bet

Poker pro Michael Mizrachi has accused fellow player Giorgio Medici of refusing to pay on a World Series of Poker bracelet bet. 

Mizrachi posted a series of Twitter messages claiming that Medici has said he is now filing for bankruptcy and is unable to pay the said side bet.

He also noted that Medici has allegedly behaved in such a matter in the past. 

Michael Mizrachi ‏@TheGrinder44

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Jul/20/2012

Casino Mogul, Political Donor Sheldon Adelson Lashes Out Over Prostitution Claims

(AP) Las Vegas Sands Corp. chief and leading Republican political donor Sheldon Adelson is firing back at his former Macau casino executive's claim that Adelson personally approved prostitution at company properties in the Chinese gambling enclave.


Submitted by Guest on, Jul/19/2012

Proponent for Legal Online Poker in US Shelley Berkley Faces Ethics Probe (Video)

One of the online gambling’s biggest supporters, Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, is facing an ethics probe which threatens her run for Senate.

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Democrats have backed Ms. Berkley while polls show a near dead heat between her and Republican incumbent Dean Heller.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jul/17/2012

Should Syria Compete in the Olympics?

Should Syria be allowed to compete in the Olympics?

That's the debate that's currently raging in England, where the 2012 Olympics will get underway next month in London.

The government of Syria has been slaughtering its citizens for the past year.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Jun/18/2012

William Hill Shuts Down Australia Website: May be Trying to Appease Nevada Regulators

England’s largest bookmaker, William Hill, has shut down its Australian website this week as a means of protecting its pending application for a Nevada Gaming license.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jun/06/2012

Cuomo Denies Influences Related to Gambling Expansion Efforts in New York

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has denied any outside influences from gambling interests when it comes to his efforts to expand gambling in that state. 

The New York Times on Tuesday published a report that The New York Gaming Association donated $2 million from gambling interests to a lobbying group created specifically to support Cuomo. 

"Mr. Cuomo’s support for expanded gambling, which he made a centerpiece of his State of the State address in January, had a profound impact," the newspaper noted.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jun/06/2012

Seth Palansky Removed From WSOP Twitter Duties Following Jon Aguiar Complete Bitch Tweet

Seth Palansky has apologized and will no longer be managing the World Series of Poker Twitter account after admitting to use of foul language.

Seth Palansky ‏@WSOPRGUY

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Jun/04/2012

Gambling Priest Caught on Camera, Suspended

What’s up with the state of Florida:  Face eating cannibals, poker players kidnapping one another after losing a card game, Casey Anthony, George Zimmerman, Koran burning nutjob “ministers” and now we have – drum roll please – a Hialeah priest doing – of all sinful acts – gambling!


That’s what Rev. Orlando Molina of Rincón de San Lázaro church is accused of anyway.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/31/2012

Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers was Just Acting as a Sports Handicapper (Video)’s own Thomas Somach was interviewed for some background information related to Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, who was once known as Will “The Winner” Rogers, a sports handicapper.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/30/2012

I’ll Have Another Trainer Suspended 45 Days

(Associated Press) - - Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O'Neill has been suspended 45 days as a result of one of his horses exceeding the allowable limit for total carbon dioxide. But the punishment won't begin before July 1, ensuring he will be able to saddle I'll Have Another in next month's Belmont Stakes.

The suspension comes in the midst of I'll Have Another's bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 34 years. The colt trained by O'Neill won the Derby and then the Preakness last Saturday, and is preparing to run in the Belmont on June 9.

Submitted by Guest on, May/24/2012

Las Vegas Probe Following Reports of Underage Gambling by Whitney Houston Daughter

Nevada authorities were looking into reports that the daughter of the late recording artist, Whitney Houston, gambled while at a Las Vegas casino.  Bobbi Kristina Brown is 19-years-old and underage, according to Nevada state law. posted the video that appears to show Brown sitting at a slot machine at the MGM Grand Hotel.  (See Video Here)

Submitted by Jordan Bach on, May/23/2012

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Should You Bet the A's This Weekend?

Should You Bet the A's This Weekend?

The Oakland Athletics may be a dangerous team to bet on at 5-7 coming into their series against the Detroit Tigers, but there is an interesting trend you need to be aware of that could prove profitable.

Where Can I Bet the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Fight Online?

Where Can I Bet the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Fight Online?

Social media mogul Jake Paul and former UFC fighter Ben Askren are set to fight Saturday night and this one should get plenty of bets.

NFL Inks Sports Bet Deals With Caesars, FanDuel, DraftKings

NFL Inks Sports Bet Deals With Caesars, FanDuel, DraftKings

Once one of the staunchest opponents of allowing people to bet legally on its games, the NFL on Thursday announced deals with three major gambling companies to become official sports betting partners.