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World Cup Commercial Overload: High Density of Bookmaker TV Spots Draws Viewer Fire

World Cup ads

The sheer frequency of World Cup TV spots from British bookmakers are under the microscope as complaints pile up about the number and nature of the ads shown during the massive global sporting event that wrapped up with France’s victory on July 15. The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) — an industry self-regulatory body with…Read More

PokerStars SkyBet Acquisition Hits Roadblocks as UK Antitrust Watchdog Launches Investigation

PokerStars SkyBet merger alliance

A mega merger which would see the world’s biggest online poker site absorb one of the UK’s most sizable sports books has been put on hold. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation into The Stars Group’s $4.7 billion purchase of SkyBet. The deal has been in the works for months,…Read More

Manny Pacquiao Still Betting Favorite, Steps Back Into Ring Against Lucas Matthysse

Manny Pacquiao

Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao may be pushing 40-years old, but he’s not ready to hang up the gloves just yet. The Filipino fighter will step into the squared circle for the 69th time in his career as he attempts the win the welterweight title away from Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse. The two will face off at the…Read More

Ex-NBA Star Charles Oakley Accused of Cheating at Blackjack at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Casino Won’t Comment

Charles Oakley

Former NBA star Charles Oakley was arrested Thursday night after being accused of trying to cheat the house at the Las Vegas Cosmopolitan casino. The 54-year old is facing felony fraud charges for allegedly taking back his bet upon realizing he was going to lose. The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) said that Oakley “was…Read More

World Cup Bet Miscalculation Leaves British Sports Book Out $40,000

World Cup bets

A UK sports book is liable for $40,000 worth of losses after one bettor took advantage of some bad math by the sports betting outfit. Sporting Index offered up a World Cup bet called “Shocking Decision, Ref!”, which allowed people to wager on how many times the ball would cross the goal line without a…Read More

Texas AG Keeps Poker Face, Declines to Offer Opinion on Controversial Lone Star State Poker Clubs

If Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has an opinion on the legality of poker in his state, he’s not giving away any tells.  When given the chance, the state’s top legal adviser declined to offer an assessment on the legal status of the dozens of poker rooms which operate under a murky area of Texas…Read More

Macau Casinos Stocks Bounce Back, Despite Dire Trade War Impact Warnings

Macau casino stocks

Macau casino stocks rebounded in early trading this week, despite the pessimism caused by the US-Chinese trade war. The rally was powered in part by a new report from Morgan Stanley which predicted second quarter gross gaming revenue (GGR) would hit $9.2 billion in the Chinese gaming enclave. That would mark a 17 percent year-over-year…Read More

BC’s ‘Dirty Money’ Casino Investigation Shifts Focus to Housing Market Bubble

Vancouver skyline Dirty Money crime report

In British Columbia, an ongoing casino money laundering investigation is about to enter its second phase, and the province’s overheated housing market will be the target. Last week, officials detailed how international criminal organizations used Vancouver-area casinos as a means to launder their illegally obtained cash. The report was titled “Dirty Money”, and accused the previous…Read More

NBA Commissioner Considers Competitive Balance and Possible Playoff Format Change

NBA Playoffs

The idea of a 1-16 seed NBA playoff format is not new, but it’s an idea that is gaining steam after a week in which the league saw a seismic shift in its competitive balance. The West is the best, and there’s no denying it after LeBron James landed in Los Angeles.  The Lakers’ coup…Read More

UFC Hall of Fame Inductee Matt Serra Takes on One Last Challenger, Heavyweight Championship Hits Saturday Night

Matt Serra then and now

Heading towards his Thursday night UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Las Vegas, Matt Serra showed what made him great on Wednesday night. The former pro mixed martial art pugilist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu warrior probably thought his brawling days were behind him, but it turned out the fighting legend had one more easy win left….Read More

Wimbledon Odds Still Favor Federer, Serena Williams New Favorite in Women’s Draw

Wimbledon Odds

With the first few rounds in the books at Wimbledon, ATP Tour legend Roger Federer has only solidified his role as the men’s favorite. Meanwhile, American legend Serena Williams has moved into the driver’s seat on the women’s side. The eight-time champion at the All England Tennis Club made quick work of his first two…Read More

Slovakian Tax Authorities Raid ‘Quiz Machine’ Gambling Hubs in Major Crackdown Operation

Slovakian gambling

Slovakian tax authorities have raided one hundred gaming venues, as the country executes a massive crackdown on illegal gambling machines. It took two days for 180 Slovakian Financial Administration (SFA) comptrollers — accompanied by customs officers –to carry out “Diamant Operation,” as the the sting was dubbed. The net result was the seizure of five of…Read More

Meadowlands Racetrack Will Offer Sports Betting Earlier Than Planned in New Jersey

Meadowlands Racetrack

Bettors clamoring to place their wagers at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey won’t have to wait as long as they thought. Track officials have announced that the facility will start accepting its first sports bets on July 14. That’s one day ahead of the planned July 15 date which racetrack operator Jeff Gural announced…Read More

Wynn Resorts Stock Takes a Nosedive, Macau Numbers Fail to Meet Expectations

Wynn Resorts

It’s been a nervous start to the summer for investors in Wynn Resorts after forecasted revenues fell short for the second-straight month. Most industry analysts expected gaming revenue to jump from between 17 and 21 percent in the month of June. Instead, year-over-year profits for the month hit a high of $2.78 billion, an increase…Read More

Dallas Police SWATDown: Four Officers Face Charges Including Gambling, Bribery, and Money Laundering

Three Dallas Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) police officers have turned themselves in and are facing a bevy of gambling-related charges, along with money laundering and engaging in organized criminal activity: charges for which they would normally be on the other end of the law. It’s further fallout from the earlier arrest of officer Edrick…Read More