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Bettor Says EOG.com’s John Kelly Owes Him $17k for Baseball

Eye on Gaming (EOG.com) general manager John Kelly owes a California man $16,840 in gambling debts for baseball bets gone bad, Gambling911.com can reveal in an exclusive report!

Kelly, also a sports handicapper and radio host, and based in Las Vegas, came under fire last week when a Los Angeles radio host, Roger Stein, said on air that Kelly was a deadbeat who didn't pay his debts.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, May/13/2012

Senior Monks Quit Over Poker Playing Scandal

Senior monks from South Korea’s largest Buddhist sect, the Jogye Order, have resigned this past week following a shocking scandal in which eight monks were videotaped smoking, drinking and playing poker. 

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Prosecutors launched a probe into the video footage playing the game in a hotel in southern South Korea on April 23. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, May/13/2012

Monks Poker Scandal Leaves South Koreans Speechless

Photos of poker playing monks were aired on South Korea television this week, shocking the nation and leading to offers by senior monks of the sect to resign.

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The photos show eight monks from the country’s largest Buddhist sect huddled around a poker game at a hotel in Southwest Korea. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/11/2012

EOG.com’s John Kelly Denies Radio Report He’s a Deadbeat

Eye on Gambling (EOG.com) general manager John Kelly, accused earlier this week by a Los Angeles radio host of being a deadbeat who "don't pay the bills too good," has denied the allegations, announcing "I plead not guilty to all charges!"

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, May/11/2012

ESPN, Covers.com's, 'Poker Pro' Sarah Phillips and Beau ‘Bonnie and Clyde of Social Media Ripoffs’

ESPN columnist Sarah Phillips has chosen a real winner (in more ways than one).  Deadspin.com doesn’t exactly paint a good picture of his supposed “better half” either, referring to the duo as the “Bonnie and Clyde of Social Media Ripoffs”. 

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Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/04/2012

The Bernard Tapie Email Trying to Lure Full Tilt Poker Key Staff has Been Obtained

The buzz around the online poker industry this week was centered on an alleged email sent by former Full Tilt Poker suitor Bernard Tapie to key executives attempting to land them in starting a brand new online poker venture.   

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Submitted by C Costigan on, May/03/2012

Mass Gambling Commission Hires Executive Once Accused of Sexual Assault of Young Boy

The state of Massachusetts is moving right along in its quest to expand legalized gambling, including on the Web.  But a recent hire by the state Gambling Commission has certainly raised some eyebrows.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/03/2012

Online Gambling Zealot Spencer Cleared in ‘Insider Trading’ Probe

Alabama GOP Representative Spencer Bachus was cleared of wrongdoing in a Congressional “insider trading” probe.

The investigation followed a “60 Minutes” segment where Bachus was said to have been engaging in insider trading and improperly profiting from the 2008 market meltdown.

The Office of Congressional Ethics unanimously dismissed all of the potential charges.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, May/02/2012

Manchester City vs. Manchester United Paddy Power Player Heart Attacks Bet Tweet in ‘Poor Taste’

The UK’s third biggest bookmaker, Paddy Power, has apologized Tuesday for retweeting a Twitter user who asked if they could place a wager on the OVER/UNDER number of player heart attacks during Monday’s Manchester City v Manchester United game. 

“Can you place bets on player heart attacks at football matches?” the tweet asked.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/01/2012

Public ‘Misled’ Over New York Racing Association Overcharges

The Racing and Wagering Board on Monday released a report that paints New York Racing Association President Charles Hayward as “willfully allowing the take-out violation to continue after it was brought to the NYRA’s attention”. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Apr/30/2012

Purple Lounge Online Poker, Casino Abrupt Weekend Closure Follows Salacious Florida Arrest

No word yet on the reasons behind the abrupt closure of UK-based Purple Lounge, an online poker room and casino operated by Media Corporation (not to be confused with the Rupert Murdock publishing empire).  Customers were not provided with any prior warning as to the shutdown.  Players had experienced slow payouts in recent months despite Purple Lounge’s operation within a mostly Web poker-friendly environment.  Purple Lounge had not accepted business from US players. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Apr/30/2012

High Court to Hear Arguments in Poker Pro Phil Ivey Divorce Case

A Nevada high court is set to hear arguments in the ongoing saga of poker pro Phil Ivey’s divorce to wife Luciaetta. 

In an order filed Wednesday, Chief Justice Nancy Saitta directed the court clerk to schedule this matter for the “next available calendar”. 

"Based on our preliminary review of the record and the briefs, we have determined that oral argument would be of assistance in resolving the issues presented by the appeal," according to the order.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Apr/26/2012

No Further Charges Against Wayne Rooney Father Following Football Betting Scam Arrest

Wayne Rooney Senior will not faces further charges over allegations connected to a football betting scam. 

The star footballer’s dad was arrested at his home in West Derby, Liverpool, last October along with eight others, including Liverpool-born Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings, 26, for “suspicious betting activity”. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Apr/23/2012

The Bill the PPA Wants Online Poker Measure Attached to: Civil Liberties at Stake (Video)

Dozens of civil liberties groups plan to protest the very bill the Poker Players Alliance is touting as one that will provide freedom for countless numbers of card players in the States. 

The PPA wants to attach a bill that would legalize online poker to the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).  It is a cybersecurity bill that allows the sharing of information between government agencies and private companies.

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Submitted by Ace King on, Apr/14/2012

Commission Junction Drops Covers Experts: The Casualties of War

The sports handicapping “war” shows no letup even if both sides seem a bit apprehensive in terms of releasing critical information.

It began when Management sources within PreGame.com advised Gambling911.com that rival Covers had provided its handicappers with an ultimatum heading into this year’s March Madness:  “Leave Pregame or leave us”.   

Submitted by C Costigan on, Apr/10/2012

Wicked Ways: Even Witchcraft Can’t Save the Epic Poker League

The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in Colonial Massachusetts, between February 1692 and May 1693.

The most infamous trials were conducted by the Court of Over and Terminer 1692 in Salem Town.

Submitted by Ace King on, Apr/10/2012

Phil Hellmuth: Adderall, Crank Usage has Helped Poker Players Win Millions (Video)

Appearing on Quadjacks Radio this past week, the self-proclaimed “Poker Brat” Phil Hellmuth discussed the drug Adderall and how it can be affective when playing poker. 

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Submitted by Ace King on, Apr/09/2012

World Exclusive: Shulman Blasts Schmidt Over 9/11 Remark

Card Player boss Barry Shulman has blasted one of his bloggers who compared Black Friday to 9/11, Gambling911.com can reveal in a world exclusive report!

Shulman, owner of Card Player magazine and CardPlayer.com, blasted poker pro Dusty "Leatherass" Schmidt for making the comparison in a blog posted on CardPlayer.com last Thursday.

In an exclusive interview with Gambling911.com over the weekend, Shulman called Schmidt's remarks "indefensible" and "immature." 

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Apr/08/2012

A-Rod Accused of Taking Part in Ponzi Scammer High Stakes Poker Game

A convicted ponzi scammer, Bradley Ruderman, testified in court on Thursday that he witnessed Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod) take part in one of his high stakes poker games, something Rodriguez has flatly denied in the past. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Mar/30/2012

Don’t Bet the Saints to Win 2013 Super Bowl: Sean Payton Suspended for Bounties

While online sportsbooks like BetOnline.com listed the New Orleans Saints with close to 8/1 odds of winning the 2013 Super Bowl, Gambling911.com anticipates this price to get a whole lot longer…say into the 20’s.

Submitted by Don Shapiro on, Mar/21/2012

‘No Collusion’ Says Bodog Poker: Hole Cards to be Revealed

In response to concerns over possibility of collusion at Bodog Poker, the company has announced that players will now be able to request hand histories revealing hole cards.

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Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/19/2012

Managers with 40 Plus Years Experience Sacked at Star Casino

Seven mid-level managers, some with more than 40 years experience, have been sacked by Australia’s Star Casino for a breach in email policies.  One of the managers reportedly forwarded an internal email revealing how the casino had apparently permitted international high rollers to gamble 24 hours straight.

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/18/2012

Covers Up: Sports Handicapper Ben Burns Denies Covers.com Exclusivity Demand

Famed sports handicapper Ben Burns is insisting that the popular sports picks website Covers.com has not required exclusivity deals from its sports prognosticators. 

In a Gambling911.com world exclusive, Burns did reveal that sites like Covers.com do frown upon sports handicappers “undercutting” the company by selling their plays elsewhere.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/14/2012

Pregame Cries Foul Ahead of March Madness Over Covers.com Sports Capper Exclusivity Demands

Two of the most powerful and respected sports handicapping websites are embarking on a bitter feud, Gambling911.com has learned exclusively. 

Covers.com has reportedly ordered its sports handicappers to sign exclusivity deals preventing them from working at rival Pregame.com

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/10/2012

888 Poker Cam Ad Banned for Displaying Bikini Clad Female

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in Great Britain is at it again, this time condemning 888 Poker Cam for featuring an ad with a bikini-clad woman.

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The ASA calls the ad “suggestive” with the implied message being “gambling linked to seduction results in sexual success in bed”.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Mar/02/2012

Phil Ivey Returns to US Play With LA Poker Classic: Finishes Day Strong

With the prize pool set at the 2012 LA Poker Classic, Phil Ivey made his debut after more than a year’s absence playing in US tournaments.  Ivey has suffered through a tumultuous divorce both from his wife and former employer, the now defunct Full Tilt Poker.

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Submitted by Ace King on, Feb/25/2012

Radio Host Sid Rosenberg Allegedly Owes Over $44k to Online Sportsbook

A representative of a small Costa Rican-based online sportsbook, 1BetVegas.com, is contending that WQAM-560 AM afternoon host Sid Rosenberg owes the shop $44,500 in gambling debts

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Feb/14/2012

Online Gambling Foe Spencer Bachus Subject of Insider-Trading Probe

One of the online gambling industry’s most outspoken opponents, Republican Spencer Bachus of Alabama, is being investigated as part of an insider-trading probe. 

From Market Watch

Submitted by Guest on, Feb/10/2012

Wikileaks Exposes Sheldon Adelson: Cable Discusses ‘Missteps’ in China

Casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. is under federal investigation into whether it has complied with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and a recently uncovered Wikileaks cable suggests Adelson may be in some hot water in China as well.

Adelson is alleged to have “bribed” foreign officials in exchange for lucrative business deals.  His casino empire enjoys a massive presence in the Asian gambling Mecca of Macua. 

From Salon.com:

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/03/2012

ESPN World Series of Poker Reporter Gets Reprimanded by Judge for Tweeting During Trial

Long time ESPN reporter and sports personality, Norman Chad, was reprimanded by a judge on Wednesday for tweeting during a burglary trial.  

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Submitted by Ace King on, Feb/02/2012

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