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Christie Wants Supreme Court to Rule on Sports Betting - New Jersey's setback in trying to legalize sports betting may not be over: Gov. Chris Christie says he's interested in petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case.  A 12-judge U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled on Tuesday to reject New Jersey’s bid to allow legalized sports betting in the Garden State.

After Drugs, Newly Elected Philippines Leader Will Go After Illegal Gambling Next - After launching an all-out war against illegal drugs, Philippines Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II  said the Duterte administration would next pounce on illegal gambling nationwide.  “I was mandated by the President to conduct an investigation and verify the status of our small time lottery,” Aguirre said in a recent interview with reporters.

Anonymous Hackers Hit Billionaire Politician Companies To Protest Gambling Law - The Anonymous hackers' group on Tuesday briefly shut down company websites of billionaire Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis's food and agriculture empire as a means of protesting a law giving the state the power to close illegal gambling sites.  Babis, the country's second-richest man, founded a political movement that stormed to power in 2013. But his businesses have left him exposed to criticism of potential conflicts of interest, and hackers have now also taken aim at his companies.  More hackings have been threatened against websites run by lawmakers supporting this measure.

News Corp Sports Reporter Received Money From Controversial Gambler - One of News Corp's best-known sports reporters has received payments from Eddie Hayson, the controversial gambler alleged to be at the centre of some of the most sensational betting scandals in rugby league and racing.

Curaçao Serious About Eradicating Online Gambling - Acting Curaçao Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Stef Blok and Junior Minister of Security and Justice Klaas Dijkhoff stated that they were serious about preventing the expansion of illegal gambling activities from Curaçao in the Netherlands.  Curaçao was one of the very first jurisdictions to host online gambling and sports betting call centers and at one time hosted a few dozen such companies.

Maryland Live Accuse Former VIP Hosts of Giving Stolen Client Info to MGM Resorts - Maryland’s leading casino operator has sued its newest competitor before it even opened over an allegedly pilfered list of high-rolling gamblers.

GOP Platform Reverses Stance on Internet Gambling - The GOP online gambling stance may not have been the most compelling issue of a very heated and contentious presidential campaign. But news that the Republican Party has now reversed a previous push to ban Internet gambling at the federal level should nonetheless be welcome to Americans who like to gamble on their laptops and tablets.

FaZe Clan Caught Up in Latest CS:GO Row - It seems to be never ending in regard to the Counter Strike: Global Offensive online gambling scandal that has gripped the world of eSports.  Now enter the popular CS:GO organization, FaZe Clan.

Saudi Arabia Issues Fatwa Against Pokemon: Carries Symbols of 'Deviant' Religions - The country's top clerical body issued fatwa banning the virtual reality game Pokemon GO.  Saudi law states that the game is too much like gambling and endorsed evolution theory. Pokemon Go has created frenzy as players roam real world hunting critters. 

6,000-1 odds for Charles Barkley to Win Celebrity Golf Tournament - Leicester City overcame 5,000-1 odds to win the English Premier League, so surely lovable long shot and noted horrendous golfer Charles Barkley has a chance at this week's American Century Championship celebrity tournament at Lake Tahoe, Nevada -- a 1 in 6,000 chance.  As of Thursday afternoon, 10 bets had been placed on Barkley to win the tournament at the sportsbook at Harveys casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.  Betting odds on this event were not readily available online. 

CG Technology Fined $1.5M for Overpaying, Underpaying Bettors - CG Technology has agreed to pay a $1.5 million fine in a settlement over charges that the sports book operator underpaid or overpaid certain bettors by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The True Cost of Counter-Strike Skin Gambling - In the wake of a video game betting craze, the reckoning arrives.  When Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gamblers talk about the money they've lost, their stories follow a familiar pattern.  The CS: GO player says he (usually we're talking about a young man or a boy) developed an interest in collecting virtual in-game items, known as skins. He was also attracted to professional CS: GO tournaments.

William Hill plc (WMH) Price Target Cut to GBX 301 - William Hill plc (LON:WMH) had its price target reduced by stock analysts at Canaccord Genuity from GBX 340 ($4.41) to GBX 301 ($3.90) in a report released on Friday. The brokerage currently has a “hold” rating on the gambling company’s stock. Canaccord Genuity’s price target suggests a potential upside of 11.07% from the company’s previous close.  Source: Cerbat Gem

Playtech Acquires Software Developer Best Gaming Technology for €138m - The gaming company has continued utilizing the cash resources which it set aside for financial trading acquisitions.  The failed acquisitions in the financial trading sector have pushed the company to focus back on its core business which is online gaming.

NFL Attorney Hints at League's Stance on Gambling - A league lawyer’s off-the-cuff comments, made at a gambling conference in New York on Wednesday, helps shed some light as to why the NFL is so reticent on the subject of gambling and the NFL.  Senior labor relations counsel Brook Gardiner chimed in. “One point to think about that people don’t mention as much, but is very prominent in the league’s discussions,” he said, “is: Would legalized gambling affect the product itself? Are we affecting the game itself or how people view the game, and does the game itself become tangential, and does the money-making enterprise become more important than the game?”

London, Ontario Priest Gambled Away Money Meant for Syrian Refugees - He was supposed to be at court, charged with fraud involving more than 20 victims and more than $500,000 in missing money that was meant to help settle Syrian refugees in Canada. Instead he ended up gambling with the money.

New Class Action Filed Against Valve by Mom Whose Minor Gambled on Skins - A new class action lawsuit against Counter-Strike: Global Offensive developer Valve was filed Wednesday in Florida by a mother on behalf of her son, a minor. The case alleges that the Valve knowingly allows and profits from teenagers participating in illegal, unregulated and underage gambling of in-game cosmetic weapon skins through third-party sites.

Bookies vs. Bankers on Brexit: Who’s Gambling Now? - People don’t have a clear understanding of how bookmakers make money. Bookmakers generally aren’t bettors. They set prices for betting markets and take bets on both sides and charge a fee (”the vig”).  I was amused by a Wall Street Journal article suggesting that bookmakers were “wrong” for making the UK a big favorite to remain in the European Union.

Netherlands Opens Up for Online Gambling Market - The lower house in the Netherlands parliament has finally voted in favor of amended gambling laws that will allow offshore operators to apply for online gambling licenses, with applications available some time next year.  The online poker market produced $63.8 million in net revenues when offshore operators were taking bets from that nation prior to two years ago.

What’s the Status of Online Gambling in PA?  It’s Complicated - Legislators recessed Monday without a deal on how to pay for the $31.5 billion budget, extending the uncertainty amid signs of impact on the state's credit rating and new legal challenges.  The next 24 hours will be critical (Tuesday July 12).

BeFred Favorite to Acquire Ladbrokes, Coral Bookmaker Shops - The billionaire brothers who bought the Tote for £265m five years ago are nearing a deal to buy hundreds of betting shops from Ladbrokes and Gala Coral.  City sources said Betfred, owned by Fred and Peter Done, had edged out Irish bookie BoyleSports and other rivals in the race to buy the stores.

New Jersey Reaches Deal to Share Online Poker Liquidity With UK Gambling Sites - New Jersey-licensed online poker sites could soon be sharing liquidity with their UK-licensed counterparts, if regulators can work out a few pesky details.

Former Paddy Power boss buys €10m house in Dartry - Former Paddy Power boss Patrick Kennedy has purchased a substantial Victorian property in Dartry, Dublin 6, for €10.225 million. Alston, 19 Temple Road – one of the area’s finest homes – was sold in May in a quiet off-market deal. It is the highest price paid for a residential property in the State so far this year. The property, on one acre, was sold by barrister Vincent Foley and his wife, Helen, who have lived there since the late 1980s.

Latest on the PA Spending Bill That Includes Provision for Online Poker - Governor won't veto bill.  Will go into effect Monday night.

Genting Announces RM1.6 Billion Expansion Plan in NY - The Resorts World Casino at New York’s Aqueduct Racetrack has come up with an ambitious expansion plan.  According to a report in Gamingtoday, Genting wants to add a 400-room hotel, a 140,000-square-foot convention complex, new food and retail outlets, a 20,000 square-foot spa, and about 1,000 video-lottery machines. The casino currently has 5,500 electronic gambling machines of varying types.

Five Things Sport Loving Aussies Can do to Save Greyhound Racing - TENS of thousands of people have been affected over the last 24 hours as the NSW State Government announced it is closing down the greyhound racing industry from July 1, 2017.

Man Goes on Crazy Gambling, Cocaine Bender After Boss Overpays Him £40,000 - A construction worker, Steven Burke, splashed out a fortune on partying and fast living after his boss paid him £40,000 too much – because he got a decimal point in the wrong place.  Steven Burke blew £28,000 on a new car, cocaine, online gambling, booze and hotels after the costly blunder by his company.  The matter is now being heard in court.

'This is Only the Start' Suggests Man Who Uncovered CS:GO Lotto Scandal - H3H3, one of YouTube’s best media pundits, excoriated two YouTubers for failing to disclose their ownership interest in a popular gambling website CS:GO Lotto.  It feels like things are just getting started, and avalanche of lawsuits, bans, and some deeply introspective questions about the role of gambling in esports are on the horizon.  The Daily Dot interviews HonorTheCall, who busted this story wide open.

Supporters, Foes Brace for Nebraska Gambling Ballot Campaign - A group that wants to legalize casino gambling in Nebraska moved one step closer Thursday to placing the issue before voters in November, but opponents are preparing challenges in court and on the campaign trail. The petition drive's organizers said they've gathered more than enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Video Game Company Created Real World Gambling Regime - A large online video game company allowed and sponsored illegal gambling by creating a real-world gambling regime hidden in a gaming black market, according to a number of recent class-action lawsuits.  The lawsuits, which have so far been filed in Federal Court in Florida, Connecticut and New Jersey, allege the online gambling regime was created by Washington state-based online competitive video game company Valve Corporation, which plaintiffs likened to a modern-era Captain Renault from the movie Casablanca.

Pennsylvania Casino Slots Rake in $2.4 Billion - Gamblers gave Pennsylvania casinos another good year in 2015-16 by leaving behind $2.4 billion in slot machines at the state's dozen gambling halls.  Since the opening of the first slot machine casino in November 2006, revenue from slot machine play has totaled $20 billion, resulting in a tax of $11.3 billion, according to the gaming board.

YouTubers Who Failed to Disclose Their Ownership in Gambling Site Named in Suit - Following on from news earlier in the week – where a pair of popular YouTubers were found to be owners of a Counter-Strike gambling site without disclosing that information – Trevor “Tmartn” Martin and Thomas “ProSyndicate” Cassell are being sued in the Southern District of Florida.  Valve, which was profiled in a report filed by gambling911.com on Wednesday, is also named in the suit.

Kenny Rogers Doesn't Like Gambling After All - It turns out the Gambler doesn’t actually like gambling. During a conference call with several media outlets, Kenny Rogers revealed that despite his timeless 1978 hit single, “The Gambler,” he doesn’t gamble himself.  “Personally, I found out that I can’t win enough to excite me,” Rogers explains. “But I can lose enough to depress me. So, I kind of stay away from it.”

Pete Rose Sues Former Investigator Over Rape Charges - Former baseball star Pete Rose has sued the lawyer whose investigative report got him kicked out of the league for gambling.  He alleges that the lawyer defamed him by suggesting Rose raped under age.

Five Worst Ways Rick Scott Botched Gambling in Florida - Rick Scott’s engagement with gambling in Florida has been disastrous since the day he took office in January 2011, this is according to the Broward, Palm Beach New Times. “I try to think about what’s best for the citizens of Florida, then make my decisions from there,” Scott said during a February 1 visit this year to Seminole headquarters, in a failed attempt to push a compact through the legislature.

Sports Betting Finally Hitting Faster Track to Legalization in Nevada - Two significant events in the past year inspired the AGA to push more aggressively for the expansion of legal sports wagering in Nevada. First, state lawmakers were forced to confront the daily fantasy sports (DFS) issue and how gambling is defined. The second, the NHL awarded Las Vegas its first major league franchise. A hockey team playing on the Strip is widely viewed as hard evidence there is evolution in the acceptance of sports betting.

Hargett Says Tennessee Ready to Enforce New Law Regulating Fantasy Sports Companies - A state agency has a new name and new rules to handle a General Assembly-passed law last session that legalized fantasy sports betting in Tennessee and regulates it.  The state Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming, housed in Secretary of State Tre Hargett's office, is now the Division of Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports and Gaming.

Steamer Reveals: CS:GO Gambling Sites Can be Rigged (Video) - 22-year-old British streamer Lewis "PsiSyndicate" Stewart revealed Tuesday that gambling sites like CS:GO Lotto can easily be manipulated by their owners to give YouTubers an unfair advantage. Stewart confessed that two of his earlier videos had been “rigged”.

Hillary Clinton to Bash Trump at Site of Taj Mahal Casino Strike  - Hillary Clinton is coming to Atlantic City to bash Donald Trump's handling of his former gambling empire, but striking casino workers say their beef is with a different billionaire.

Forbes: CS:GO Lotto Controversy Raises Issues About YouTuber Disclosure - After months of speculation and a lengthy investigation by H3H3 productions, Trevor “Tmartn” Martin and Tom “Syndicate” Cassel were forced to admit that they were part-owners of CS:GO Lotto, a gambling site they frequently promoted on their own channels without disclosing they had a financial stake in it. The argument made by Martin and Cassel is that they never kept their involvement with CS:GO Lotto a secret, they just didn’t publicize it. Unfortunately, that may not be good enough for the FTC, which requires conspicuous disclosure on digital advertising, which clearly was not the case in Martin and Cassel’s videos which show them winning big and encouraging their (often very young) followers to gamble using the site as well.

Gibraltar Government Downplays Brexit Impact on Web Gambling Companies - Gibraltar’s gaming industry is putting on a brave face in a post-Brexit world.  The British public’s vote to leave the European Union has prompted much speculation regarding the fate of the couple dozen Gibraltar-based online betting firms that could potentially lose access to EU countries following the vote.

Trevor ‘TmarTn’ Martin to Issue Statement on CS:GO Lotto Fiasco: ‘TmarTn’ Twitter Hacked - Syndicate issued apology Sunday night while TmarTn was expected to do so Tuesday.  While all of this was going down Monday, TmarTn’s Twitter account was reportedly hacked.

A Great Day for Allan Le, Michael Mizrachi Hot in PPC Again - Day 33 of the 2016 WSOP saw two bracelets won, and Michael Mizrachi is looking to pad his PPC record.  Andrew Lichtenberger won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in the 2016 WSOP Event #52: $3000 No-Limit Hold'em on Sunday.

Golden State Warriors -150 Odds to Win 2017 NBA Championship – The Warriors odds of winning the 2017 NBA Championship were now -150 following news that Kevin Durant had signed with the team.  All odds courtesy of Bookmaker

Britons Lost About £12.6 Billion Gambling Last Year - £12billion: That's the staggering sum Britons now lose every year gambling. Pity politicians are too busy squabbling to care, writes Dominic Lawson.

Joey Chestnut Eats Record-Breaking 70 Hot Dogs at Nathan's Famous Eating Contest - The OVER was listed at -175 (bet $17.50 to win $10/$17.50 refunded with a win).  Joey "Jaws" Chestnut regained the Mustard Yellow International Belt Monday, ousting Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie of the championship title at the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island on Monday.

YouTube Stars Blasted for Not Disclosing Ownership in Online Gambling Site CS:GO Lotto - Two YouTube stars, Trevor "TmarTn" Martin and Tom "Syndicate" Cassell, have come under fire for failing to reveal their ownership interests in Counter-Strike: GO gambling website CS:GO Lotto.

Golden State Warriors Slashed From Even Odds Winning 2017 Championship: Sign Kevin Durant - Oddsmakers always had the Golden State Warriors as favorites to win the 2017 NBA Championship but that number was now coming in at -125 following stunning news they have signed a free agent contract with Kevin Durant.  These odds may be slashed further.

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Gambling.com Group Brings on Board Dave & Busters CFO

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