Gambling

Ontario to Move Gambling Online and Build Casino in Downtown Toronto

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) announced its plans to being selling lottery tickets, close or relocate gaming facilities that are "underperforming," move gambling onto the Internet and build a new casino in the Greater Toronto Area, all of which supposedly would mean $1.3 billion in new revenue annually.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/12/2012

USA Today: Nevada Gearing Up for Court Fight Over Gambling Tax Hike

USA Today reported on Monday that a petition drive to raise taxes on Nevada’s biggest casinos has been met with strong opposition by the gaming lobby via a lawsuit filed in Carson District Court. 

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/12/2012

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

FBI Probes Auburn Point Shaving: Guard Varez Ward Implicated (Video)

The FBI has begun a probe into possible point shaving at Auburn, specifically suspended point guard Varez Ward.  He is accused of attempted point shaving in at least two games, according to a Yahoo Sports report filed Thursday. 

The FBI began its investigation in late February centering on losses to Alabama on Feb. 7 and Arkansas on Jan. 25.

Submitted by Dan Shapiro on, Mar/09/2012

Lobbyist: Casinos Want Fair Online Gambling

LAS VEGAS — A top lobbyist says commercial casinos companies want a fair shot for everyone when it comes to online gambling — not a leg up over state lotteries, American Indian tribes and others jockeying to be first in line.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/08/2012

Horse Racing Group Won’t Oppose New Jersey Bill to Make State Hub for US Online Gambling

New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak believes his co-authored legislation to make the Garden State an Internet gambling hub should pass on March 15 with actual money play likely by September. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/07/2012

Arizona Senator Jon Kyl Removes Internet Gambling Statement From Site

Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl, who has been rumored to be in talks regarding amending the current Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA), a prohibition bill he co-authored in 2006, has removed a statement on his own website suggesting a change of stance regarding Internet gambling.

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The statement removed read as follows: 

Internet Gambling

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/07/2012

New Jersey Could Approve Internet Gambling as Early as March 15

In an exclusive interview with PokerNews.com this week, New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak predicted that Internet gambling could be approved in the state as early as March 15 (2012).

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Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/07/2012

All 6 Defendants in Alabama Political Gambling Corruption Case Acquitted

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — (Associated Press) - A jury acquitted a casino owner, three current or former state lawmakers and two other defendants on all counts Wednesday in a high-profile federal case that alleged the legislators were being bribed to legalize gambling in the state.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/07/2012

Playtech Enters Into Online Gambling Agreement With Mexico’s Caliente

Online gambling software firm Playtech has entered into an agreement with Mexico’s land-based casino and sportsbook operator, Caliente, to provide the company with online gambling software.

Caliente is looking to provide a suite of casino games created by Playtech.

“We are delighted to have secured this agreement with one of Latin America's largest and most respected gaming operators with whom, over time, we expect to develop a valuable relationship,” said Mor Weizer, Chief Executive Officer for Playtech.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/06/2012

Wired.com: Uncle Sam’s Iron Grip on the .Com Domain Name

In light of several high profile seizures of .com domain names within the online gambling sector as well as Web streaming and imitation merchandise, Wired.com has published a well thought out piece regarding the current climate and how Uncle Sam is expected to continue going after .com domains.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Mar/06/2012

Banker, One Time Billionaire R. Allen Stanford Found Guilty on 13 of 14 Counts

A billionaire banker who maintained a significant presence in Antigua, R. Allen Stanford, has been found guilty on 13 of 14 counts. 

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Antigua is among the leading Internet gambling jurisdictions serving the US market.  It was widely reported at the time of his arrest that gambling operators maintained accounts with Stanford’s bank on the Caribbean island.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/06/2012

NJ Sen. Jim Whelan: ‘I Feel Like I Am Being Blackmailed (By Horse Racing Association)’

A measure to legalized online gambling in New Jersey has moved one step closer to reality with a 3-0 passage in the state senate.  Horse racing groups have threatened a derailment of the bill after an earlier funding commitment was removed however.

Racing industry lobbyist Barbara DeMarco has hinted at possible legal action, telling the Daily Record:  “Undoubtedly the racing industry will push to have a constitutional amendment.”

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Mar/06/2012

Jury in Alabama Gambling Corruption Case Deliberates for 5th Day

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (Associated Press) - The jury in Alabama's gambling corruption trial deliberated for a fifth day Monday, with a juror who became ill Sunday returning for the day's talks.

Deliberations were cut short Sunday afternoon when a juror with a known blood pressure problem became ill. A court official said the juror was checked out by a doctor and resumed work Monday morning with the rest of the panel.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/05/2012

Bodog Shuts Down Costa Rica Office

Bodog has shut down its Costa Rica based office.  Employees reported arriving to find they were locked out. 

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The company still operates from bases outside of Montreal, Quebec, Antigua and in London. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/05/2012

Odds of Israel Striking Iran by Year’s End at 40 Percent Says Betting Exchange

There has been a lot of talk about Israel possibly striking Iran some time in 2012 should they fear an advancement of that regime’s nuclear program.  The betting public remains somewhat skeptical, however, as only 40 percent believe a strike is imminent by year’s end.

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/04/2012

State Legislators Want Push to Legalize Online Gambling at Federal Level Stopped

The push to legalize Internet gambling at the federal level seems to be losing steam as individual states jump head first into the fray.

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The National Conference of State Legislatures has come out in opposition to the federal legalization of Internet poker, writing a letter addressed to both Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/02/2012

Cyprus Drops Gambling Charges Against Grannies

(Reuters) - Cyprus authorities say they will drop charges against dozens of elderly women for gambling after reports of their prosecution triggered disbelief among the public.

Some 42 women aged between 60 and 98 had received a summons to appear in court this month after police nabbed them playing a local version of gin rummy at a private residence in 2009.

Gambling for even the smallest amounts - in the women's case, police netted a total figure of about 100 euros ($130) - is banned on the east Mediterranean island.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/02/2012

Memo to Calvin Ayre: Head for Hong Kong…or Zimbabwe!

They say Laos is lovely this time of year.

So are Qatar, Angola and Nepal.

Vietnam gets a little hot, however, as does Cambodia and Indonesia.

And of course Libya, Tunisia and Syria are hot spots right now too, but in a different way.

For Canadian billionaire and Bodog.com founder Calvin Ayre, however, these Third-World hell-holes might be looking like islands of paradise right about now.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Mar/02/2012

Pirates Come to Ayre’s Defense

The Pirate Party of Canada has lashed out at the US Government’s indictment of native son and Bodog founder, Calvin Ayre. 

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Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Mar/01/2012

Zynga May Partner in Online Gambling Venture

SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)--Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) Chief Executive Mark Pincus said Wednesday he sees "mind blowing" possibilities for weaving real-money gambling into social games pending regulatory changes in the U.S., and suggested the company may partner with a traditional casino company before the end of this year.

Pincus, speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, said his San Francisco-based company sees a great deal of opportunity "to start to bring this gambling element into more than just casino games."

Submitted by Guest on, Feb/29/2012

Think the US is Bad When it Comes to Online Gambling: The Dutch are Far Worse

When one thinks of the Netherlands, the first thing that typically pops into their mind is the European nation’s liberal stance on just about everything from smoking pot to legalized prostitution.  When it comes to online gambling, however, Holland’s approach has become even more hard line than that of the United States. 

The Dutch Supreme Court this week ordered Internet gambling firms that operate outside the country to install blocking software to prevent its citizens from gaining access to said sites. 

Say what? 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Feb/29/2012

Online Gambling Payment Processor Facilitator Don Hellinger Pleads Guilty

Nylon Magazine Publisher and one time online gambling payment processor facilitator, Don Hellinger, has plead guilty to Count number 2 of an indictment filed against him.

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Hellinger admitted to “operating an illegal money transmitting business” during a period of time in the early to mid portion of this past decade.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/29/2012

Techdirt.com: Federal Agents Did Not Gamble on Bodog.com

An interesting argument was raised by a colleague of Gambling911.com Tuesday following the indictment of Bodog.com and four individuals connected to the company.

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The US Attorneys Office in Maryland announced the indictment Tuesday immediately following the seizure of the Bodog.com domain. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/29/2012

Kentucky, Indiana Looking at Internet Gambling Options Though Odds Against It

In a report filed by Grace Schneider of the Louisville Courier it was revealed that both Kentucky and Indiana may be interested in legalizing online gambling, albeit she notes, it won’t be any time soon.  

“Our job right now is to look at what the options can be,” said Arch Gleason, the Kentucky Lottery’s president.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/29/2012

Ayre Don’t Care: Bovada, Bodog Say Business as Usual

Following an indictment against Bodog founder Calvin Ayre Tuesday after a year’s long investigation into online sports betting, Ayre told his own self-named news website his life won’t be impacted.

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Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/28/2012

Bodog, Calvin Ayre, et al. Indictment (Full Court Document)

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MARYLAND

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  :

v.

BODOG ENTERTAINMENT GROUP S.A., d/b/a BODOG.com, CALVIN AYRE, JAMES PHILIP,

DAVID FERGUSON, and DERRICK MALONEY,

Defendants.

: :    CRIMINAL NO. :      (Conducting gambling business, :  18 U.S.C. §1955; Money :      laundering conspiracy, 18 U.S.C. :       §1956(h); Aiding and :   abetting, 18 U.S.C. §2; : Forfeiture, 18 U.S.C. :         §§982(a)(1) and 1955(d)). :

...ooo0ooo... INDICTMENT COUNT ONE (Conducting gambling business)

Submitted by Guest on, Feb/28/2012

Bodog Founder Calvin Ayre Indicted

Federal prosecutors in Baltimore on Tuesday unsealed an indictment against Calvin Ayre following the seizure of the Bodog.com domain name late Monday night.  Ayre was profiled in the cover story of the Forbes Billionaire issue. 

A press release was expected by the US Attorney’s Office out of Maryland shortly. 

Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. Attorney in Baltimore, indicted Ayre and three other men, James Philip, David Ferguson and Derrick Maloney. The company, Bodog Entertainment Group, is also under indictment and its domain name has been seized by federal prosecutors.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/28/2012

Defendants in Hellinger Case to Reach Plea Agreement Tuesday

Gambling911.com has learned that defendants in an online gambling case dating back to 2005 are set to enter pleas on Tuesday.

The US Attorney’s Office in Eastern Pennsylvania charged Don Hellinger and four other men with illegal distribution of over $40 million in Internet gambling winnings during the years 2005 and 2006 through a money transfer company, Payment Processing, Inc.  Hellinger was also alleged to have been involved in mail fraud. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/28/2012

Bodog.com Domain Seizure ‘Dog’ Years in the Making

The sudden seizure of the Bodog.com domain name late Monday night was not so sudden, Gambling911.com can reveal, nor was it exactly easy to achieve.

The US Attorney’s Office in Maryland, which was responsible for a series of online gambling company domain seizures last May, had been probing Bodog and the company’s colorful founder, Calvin Ayre, since 2003.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/28/2012

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