Politics

Paddy Power: Greek Referendum ‘Wildly Wrong’

Online gambling website Paddy Power was so sure that the Greek people would vote in favor of austerity that they made early payouts to those who wagered on this likelihood.

Paddy Power was wrong as 61 percent of the Greek population overwhelmingly voted “no” for austerity.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jul/06/2015

Tory MP Zac Goldsmith Backed Bookie Fitzdares Limited Near Going Bust

An upstart bookie firm baked by Tory MP Zac Goldsmith is on the verge of going bust after losing £115,000 in the 12 months to June 30 last year.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jul/04/2015

Odds of a Donald Trump Apology for Calling Mexicans ‘Rapists’: Pretty Good

Will businessman and now US Presidential candidate Donald Trump apologize for making disparaging comments about Mexicans?  Gambling911.com believes an official apology will come before July 10 with odds of an apology at -115.

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Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jul/01/2015

'No Agenda' in Marco Rubio Backing of Adelson Web Gambling Bill, Candidate Says

Florida Senator and U.S. Presidential hopeful Republican Marco Rubio insists his recent support of a measure to ban most forms of online gambling at the federal level has nothing to do with the man who is pushing said legislation, GOP mega donor and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

The Restoration of America’s Wire Act, drafted by another Republican Presidential hopeful South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz, was introduced in the U.S. Senate last week.  Rubio brings much higher name recognition to that piece of legislation.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jul/01/2015

Australian Politics Infiltrated by Italian Mafia, Investigation Suggests

In a shocking report published Monday, it was revealed that Italy’s Calabrian mafia, known as 'Ndrangheta, used a number of well-known donors to parties on both sides of the Australian political divide to legitimise its activities.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Jun/29/2015

RAWA Online Gambling Prohibition Bills Gains Little Traction in Congress

(Gambling911.com News Wire) – South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Utah Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz this week introduced legislation that would ultimately ban most forms of Web gambling at the federal level.  But their bill has failed to gain much traction in either chamber of the U.S. Congress.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jun/26/2015

Why do Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio Hate the Internet so Much?

SPRINGFIELD, Virginia- Today, Campaign for Liberty issued the following statement from C4L President John Tate strongly opposing the reintroduction of the “Restoration of America’s Wire Act,” (RAWA), S. 1668.

Submitted by Guest on, Jun/25/2015

Rep. Barton introduces Internet Poker Freedom Act

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) introduced H.R. 2888, the Internet Poker Freedom Act of 2015 Thursday morning. The legislation licenses and regulates internet poker and seeks to restore the rights of people to play the “all-American” game, while at the same time protecting them from fraud. H.R. 2888 also mandates the implementation of technology that prohibits underage players, provides aid for problem gamblers, and preserves state’s rights.

Rep. Barton issued the following statement about the Internet Poker Freedom Act of 2015:

Submitted by Guest on, Jun/25/2015

Ron Paul Blasts RAWA Author in Own Home Town Paper: 'Worst Offender'

Writing an opt-in piece for the Salt Lake Tribune, former US Congressman Ron Paul has ripped Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz for what he sees as an attack on Internet commerce.  Dr. Paul also makes mention of a bill Chaffetz co-authored that looks to ban online gambling in the U.S. The Republican Utah Congressman introduced that measure yesterday along with its co-author, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jun/25/2015

Bad Timing With Lindsey Graham Intro of Online Gambling Ban Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 24, 2015) – The Poker Players Alliance (PPA), the leading poker grassroots advocacy group with more than one million members nationwide, today expressed disappointment in Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for introducing legislation to ban Internet poker and select forms of Internet gambling when he should be focused on the needs of his state.

Submitted by Guest on, Jun/24/2015

Sportsbook Took Bets on Donald Trump at 200-1 to be Next US President

(G911 News Wire) - In an exclusive interview with Covers.com Tuesday, a representative from Sportsbook.ag admitted they are “super exposed” when it comes to future betting on real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump becoming the next President of the United States.

Submitted by Carrie Stroup on, Jun/16/2015

California One Step Closer to Having Legal Online Poker: Time Not on Industry’s Side

The California Assembly Appropriations Committee on Thursday cleared A.B. 431, a bill to legalize and regulate online poker in the state.

While this is the closest any measure has come to the legalization stage, the Poker Players Alliance acknowledged there is still a long way to go.

Submitted by Ace King on, May/28/2015

RAWA Author Lindsey Graham ‘99.9 Percent Sure’ He Will Run for President

The co-author of legislation that would ultimately ban most forms of online gambling in the U.S., South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, plans to announce whether he intends to run for President of the United States on June 1.

Graham, a Republican, says he is “99.9 percent sure” he will run for President.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, May/18/2015

Unclaimed Gambling Winnings Could Soon be Used to Fund Rape Exams

The Louisiana House of Representatives on Monday unanimously passed a measure that would fund forensic medical exams for rape victims through the use of unclaimed gambling winnings.  This would essentially end the practice of hospitals systematically billing patients for such services.    

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/12/2015

Reid Renews Push to Fully Ban Online Gambling

Senate Minority Leader, Democrat Harry Reid, announced his renewed push to fully ban online gambling in the U.S. including poker.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, May/11/2015

Friends With Benefactors: Jon Stewart Lampoons Adelson for ‘Influence Peddling’

Jon Stewart opened up his show this past Thursday night with a look at the influence of money in politics, and Hillary Clinton coming under fire from the folks over at Fox News who have been thrown into a "tizzy" over there might be some conflict of interest over donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Submitted by Guest on, May/11/2015

Jerusalem Post: Adelson Alleged Ties to Chinese Mafia Could Spell Downfall

Casino magnate, GOP megadonor and staunch supporter of the Israeli state, Sheldon Adelson, found himself in a Nevada court last week defending accusations of Chinese Mafia ties.  At once point during the testimony, questions were even raised as to whether the casino chairman had knowledge of a failed beheading plot. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, May/11/2015

Cameron Victory a Win for UK Gambling Firms, ‘Crack Cocaine’ Fixed-Odds Terminals

UK betting firms can breathe a collective sigh of relief following Thursday’s election results in which PM David Cameron remains in power.

British bank stocks soared, led by Lloyds Banking Group Plc and Barclays Plc, as Cameron’s Conservative party unexpectedly secured a parliamentary majority, Bloomberg Business reported Friday.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, May/08/2015

‘Rough Sex’ Politician Indicted for Using Campaign Funds to Gamble

A Louisiana Parish President indicted last year on a sexual battery charge has now been indicted by a Baton Rouge grand jury on 6 counts of using campaign funds to support his gambling habit.

The state says St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta gambled away the money at nearby casinos Harrahs, Hollywood Casino, the Silver Slipper and the Grand Casino Biloxi.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/07/2015

This PM Refuses to Make Good on Pacquiao Bet: ‘Incensed by Loss’

A Prime Minister ruling over a nation with more than 15 million people lost a wager on Manny Pacquiao Saturday night and now he reportedly refuses to pay. Floyd Mayweather Jr. walked away the champion by unanimous decision.

Don’t tell that to Cambodia PM Hun Sen, who made the $5000 bet and admitted Monday he doesn’t intend to pay it since he was so “incensed by the loss”.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/05/2015

Marco Rubio Gains on Scott Walker at Bookmaker: Latest US Presidential Odds

Republican Senator Marco Rubio has now tied with Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at 10-1 odds of becoming the next President of the United States.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Apr/22/2015

Jon Stewart Blasts Christie for Pot Stance While Endorsing Online Gambling

“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart took New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to task over his anti-marijuana stance while simultaneously endorsing legalized online gambling in the state.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Apr/21/2015

RAWA Author Graham 91 Percent to Run for US President: 200-1 Odds to Win

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has said there is a 91 percent chance he will run for U.S. President in 2016 on the Republican ticket.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Apr/19/2015

Odds Alert: Hillary Clinton ‘Deleted’ Emails Mention Secret Lesbian Lover

In a shock report published Wednesday, the National Enquirer claims that some of Hillary Clinton’s famously “deleted” emails were “packed full of lesbian references and her lovers’ name".

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Apr/15/2015

Hillary Clinton Presidential Odds: Pays $160 for Every $100 Bet

With news that former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will finally announce her bid for U.S. Presidency, Gambling911.com anticipates a slight surge in betting over the coming days

Submitted by Carrie Stroup on, Apr/10/2015

Rand Paul Announces U.S. Presidential Run in 2016: Latest Odds

Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul has announced he is running for U.S. President in 2016.  Sportsbook.ag had Paul listed with odds of 30-1.

The son of former Republican Congressman and U.S. Presidential candidate Ron Paul, Rand Paul wrote on his website Tuesday morning:

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Apr/07/2015

Harry Reid Now Wants Ban on Internet Gambling

One-time Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he will make banning Internet gambling a number one priority during his final years in Congress. 

Reid announced he will be retiring at the end of his term in 2016.

The Democrat had previously pushed to have online poker legalized at the federal level.

“Online gaming is not good for our country,” Reid told a Vegas radio show last week.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Apr/04/2015

Did Mobsters Really Beat Down Harry Reid

An accident using an exercise machine, such was the explanation provided to the public for Senator Harry Reid’s (D-Nevada) injured eye.

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Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Apr/01/2015

Huffington Post: Adelson-Backed Bill Splits Republican Party

Huffington Post on Thursday night cast doubt on the passage of Restore America’s Wire Act (RAWA), a Sheldon Adelson-backed bill, following a hearing before the House Judiciary subcommittee on Wednesday. 

Adelson is one of the GOP’s biggest donors but many Republicans are against the legislation.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Mar/26/2015

RAWA Hearing: Ignorant Leading the Blind, Ban Fantasy Sports, PPA Funded by Terrorists

A ‪House Judiciary Committee hearing on pending legislation – the Restore Americas Wire Act – has gone according to plan based on the witness list consisting almost entirely of anti-online gambling zealots.

No need for a transcript.  The only thing one needs to know is that online gambling is very, very bad.  It’s also the crack cocaine of gambling. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Mar/25/2015

Breaking News

Illinois Legislator Working on Bringing Sports Betting to That State

Illinois Legislator Working on Bringing Sports Betting to That State

An Illinois lawmaker says a bill to legalize sports gambling in the state likely won't be put before the General Assembly until next year.

Wife and Manager of Kidnapped 5Dimes Owner Met to Make Payment

Wife and Manager of Kidnapped 5Dimes Owner Met to Make Payment

A Diario report reveals that the wife of kidnapped 5Dimes owner communicated with a manager of the betting firm to send more than $700K in bitcoin ransom to Cuba hours after Sean "Tony" Creighton allegedly disappeared.

New Study Shows More Americans Support Legalized Gambling

New Study Shows More Americans Support Legalized Sports Betting

A new report using data from the Life, Liberty, and Happiness survey conducted by East Carolina University’s Center for Survey Research confirms that many Americans support legalized gambling on professional sports.