Gambling

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

Japan Considers Legalizing Gambling

For the first time, Japan is looking to possibly legalize gambling.

Casino gambling would "help promote tourism, encourage business, create jobs, and boost local development," Takeshi Iwaya, a lawmaker from the biggest opposition party, the Liberal Democratic Party, told the Wall Street Journal this week. "Neighboring areas are contemplating similar plans, so if we don't hurry, we may risk missing out on a big opportunity."

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/27/2012

Maryland US Attorney Wraps Up Investigation Into Bodog.com: Seizes Domain

The Maryland US Attorney’s has concluded its years long investigation into Bodog.com with the seizure of its domain name.  Rumors have been swirling for months that former executives from the company were to be indicted.  A press release was expected from the agency on Tuesday. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/27/2012

Lucky Marine Turns a Penny Slot Into $2.8 Million Win

Cpl. Alexander Degenhardt learned he was accepted as a bone marrow donor to an anonymous patient just days before hitting a $2.8 million progressive slot machine back on February 19 at the Bellagio.  

The US Marine told the Las Vegas Sun:  ““They asked me if I was sure I wanted to go through with it, because it’s kind of painful, but what’s a little pain if it will save someone’s life?”

He admits the good karma may have paid off.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Feb/27/2012

US Government Responds to Hellinger Case Motion to Continue

The US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Friday responded to defendant Jami Pearlman’s Motion to Continue and Sever the March 12, 2012 trial whereby he and five other individuals are charged with illegally processing payments for various online gambling companies during a period from January 2005 to February 2006. 

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Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/26/2012

Another Bitter Divorce for Steve Wynn: Okada Ousted

(Associated Press) - Billionaire Steve Wynn stepped up the feud with his former business partner Kazuo Okada on Friday by removing the Japanese tycoon from the board of his Macau casino company.

Wynn Macau's board voted to remove Okada following allegations he made improper payments to Asian gambling regulators, a violation of U.S. anti-corruption laws.

Wynn Macau said its board "resolved" to remove Okada as a non-executive director immediately because it was in the "best interests" of the company.

Submitted by Guest on, Feb/24/2012

William Hill Eyes US Entry

William Hill on Friday announced its expansion plans, and they include the lucrative US market.

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"Nevada is a land-based opportunity and we will see what happens in the US thereafter. But we first of all have to get these licenses and we expect that to happen some time this year," Hill CEO Ralph Topping said.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/24/2012

i-Gaming North America 2012 Conference to Take Place March 4-6

Everybody with even the slightest interest in the potential for legalized Internet gambling in North America will be in attendance at the first ever i-Gaming North America 2012 Conference, being held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas March 4 thru 6.

i-Gaming North America describes itself as the first networking and educational event designed to introduce the land-based gaming businesses of North America to the global iGaming industry.

Speakers include:

Alexandra Berzon, Reporter, Wall Street Journal

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/23/2012

Mississippi House Bill 1373 Looks to Legalize Internet Gambling, Poker

Mississippi has become the latest state to introduce a measure that would legalize online gambling including poker within its borders. 

Mississippi House Bill 1373, also called the Mississippi Lawful Internet Gaming Act of 2012, was filed by Rep. Bobby Moak.

Any company looking to obtain a license must apply with the Mississippi Gaming Commission.  Application fees are a minimum of $200,000. 

The measure is packed full of provisions that include allowing of deposits by either cash, check, money order or credit cards.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Feb/23/2012

BetDSI.com Casino Player Hits $23,000 on Progressive Caribbean Stud Poker Jackpot

A player, who is being identified as Carter M. in order to protect him from family members and friends looking to borrow money, managed to hit $23,000 yesterday on BetDSI.com’s Progressive Caribbean Stud Poker Jackpot.

He only played $4 total on 7 hands before cashing in for the $23,000. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Feb/23/2012

Steve Wynn Wins $7.5 Million Defamation Suit Against Joe Francis

It’s been an ugly back and forth battle but casino magnate Steve Wynn has come out on top in a very big way, winning his $7.5 million defamation lawsuit against “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis. 

The suit was filed following Francis’ proclamation that Wynn “deceived his high-end customers”. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/22/2012

MGM CEO: “Very Confident” Online Gambling Laws Would Pass on the Federal Level

Appearing on CNBC Wednesday evening, MGM CEO Jim Murren said he was “very confident” online gambling laws would pass on the federal level soon.

Murren added that, if such legislation fails to pass on the federal level, we will likely see the industry develop on a state-by-state basis. 

MGM has teamed up with the largest real money online gambling company, bwin.party.  Murren admitted that bwin.party might have to enter the US market at the state level first.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/22/2012

Online Gambling Affiliate Leader Honored by Obama

Warren Jolly, Head of Affiliate Media, was one of several honored by US President Barack Obama on Monday for his achievements as a young entrepreneur.  Jolly was one of the pioneers in the online gambling affiliate realm. 

Submitted by Sparky Collins on, Feb/21/2012

Japanese Gambling Tycoon Bribed Filipinos: US Suit

(AFP) - WASHINGTON — Japanese gambling tycoon Kazuo Okada was accused Tuesday in a US lawsuit of paying off Philippine regulators and cheating his powerful Las Vegas partner.

Wynn Resorts said Okada, Japan's pachinko king and a director of Wynn, went behind the company's back to develop business for his own Universal Entertainment group in the Philippines and broke US laws on foreign bribery, the lawsuit alleges.

Submitted by Guest on, Feb/21/2012

All The Seediness You’ve Been Missing During Alabama ‘Vote Buying’ Gambling Trial

The trial continues in Alabama for defendants accused in a high profile political “vote buying” case tied to gambling expansion in the state.  Some of the testimony has been nothing short of “movie” material, not to mention the “out of court” antics such as one of the defendants mysteriously dying a day before the trial was set to start.  You can’t write this script. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Feb/21/2012

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