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Gambling Monkeys Shed New Light on Part of Primate Brain Responsible for Risky Behavior

Risk-taking rhesus monkeys have helped researchers pinpoint the part of the brain which propels primates to take big gambles. Scientists have discovered that by deactivating a specific region of the brain located in the prefrontal cortex, the monkey subjects suddenly preferred the sure thing over the long shot. “They did not like to gamble anymore,”…Read More

UK Labour Party Leader to Ban Gambling Ads During British Sporting Events If Elected

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Expect sweeping changes to Britain’s gambling laws if the Labour Party winds up winning power in an upcoming election. The biggest switch would be seen over the airwaves, as the party is promising that it will ban gambling ads from airing during all live sporting events. Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson slammed the current…Read More

FanDuel Refuses to Pay out Winning Sports Bet in New Jersey, Regulators Investigating

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A New Jersey sports bettor who laid 110 bucks on a Broncos game thought he’d won $82,000 when Denver came back to beat the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but it turns out the odds on offer were too much of a good thing. Now, FanDuel — the newly formed sportsbook which took the bet in…Read More

22,000 Malaysians Arrested for Illegal Gambling in 2018 in Predominantly Muslim Country

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Malaysian police have announced 22,000 arrests across more than 10,000 raids of illegal gambling operations in just the past eight months. Inspector General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun released the figures this week. Gambling is strictly forbidden in Islam, the primary religion of the country. Malaysia — which is more than 60 percent Muslim in population…Read More

Virginia Bristol Casino Developers Face Off With Community Over Fears About Hookers, Drugs, and Crime

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The developers behind a $150 million proposed casino development in Bristol, Virginia are on the defensive, addressing community concerns about the potential for prostitution, drug use, and increased criminal activity in the area when — and if — their project becomes reality, now that local government has given the gaming venue the green light. Casino gaming…Read More

Alliance of American Football to Embrace Sports Betting, MGM Resorts Gets Sponsorship Deal

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A brand new football league will embrace sports betting as part of its very fabric when it kicks off next spring. The Alliance of American Football (AAF) will launch in early February. It won’t be the first league to offer an alternative to the NFL, but it does bring an approach never before attempted in North…Read More

Mohegan Gaming Beats Out Caesars, Hard Rock to Win Ontario, Canada Casino Contract

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Connecticut-based Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment (MGE) has overcome considerable competition to win the rights to run Ontario, Canada’s two Niagara Falls-area casinos for the next 21 years. On Monday, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced that MGE won the “Niagara Gaming Bundle Contract,” which includes the Fallsview Casino, Casino Niagara, and the under-construction…Read More

Global Gaming Markets Look to Virtual Reality as Key Component of Projected $172 Billion Expansion by 2025

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Virtual reality (VR) is becoming a serious reality for the global gaming market, as a recent study points to the worldwide gaming industry expanding to $171.96 billion by 2025, with VR playing a major role in that explosive growth. The study — released earlier this year by Fortune 500 research firm Grand View Research —…Read More

Georges St-Pierre Slimming Down for McGregor Fight? Ex-Champ Addresses Rampant Rumors

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Mixed martial arts legend Georges St-Pierre (GSP) is for the first time addressing rumors that he could face the winner of the upcoming fight between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. The former UFC champion in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions hasn’t been seen in the Octagon since UFC 217 in Montreal last November. It…Read More

Premier League Teams Slammed by National Health Service for Not Pitching in on Gambling Programs

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The head of England’s National Health Service (NHS) is calling on English Premier League (EPL) football clubs – and the betting firms which sponsor them – to do more to tackle the issue of problem gambling. NHS chief Simon Stevens spoke out this week, calling gambling addiction one of the “new threats” facing public health…Read More

David Ortiz Slams Suggestion in New Book That He Had Any Ties to Gambling on Baseball

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The most beloved Boston Red Sox player of the modern era is speaking out to clear his name against allegations that he may have been linked to gambling on baseball. David Ortiz is sounding off following the release of a book called “Baseball Cop: The Dark Side of America’s National Pastime.” The book is written…Read More

NFL Teams Given the Green Light to Strike Sponsorship Deals With Casinos Offering Sports Betting

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One of the staunchest opponents to sports betting among the four major North American Leagues seems to be softening its stance. In a move no one saw coming, the National Football League (NFL) has reportedly decided that its teams will now be allowed to strike sponsorship deals with casinos which offer sports betting. According to…Read More

Vietnam Casino Hoiana Done Deal as Suncity Acquires Stake in Massive Seven-Phase Project

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A Vietnam casino mega-project — whose first phase will be called Hoiana —  is looking solid after numerous delays. Suncity Group Holdings Ltd. announced this week that it’s finally closed a deal which will give it a 34 percent stake in the casino master plan. Suncity is one of the highest-profile junket operators in Macau,…Read More

Report Says BC Casinos Illegally Shredded Paper Documents for Large Financial Transactions

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A new report surfaced this week suggesting that employees of a British Columbia (BC) casino allegedly shredded paper records of large cash transactions that were made by VIP customers. It’s the latest bombshell to drop in a province that has been plagued by money laundering scandals in recent months. Global news has obtained an April…Read More

Maine Casino Backers Behind Failed 2017 Bid May Have Record Fine Reduced

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The proponents behind an unsuccessful casino bid which drew the attention of the ethics commissioners in Maine are likely to get off much easier than originally thought. The Maine Ethics Commission (MEC) announced this week that a proposed settlement would see a $500,000 fine against the casino backers reduced to just $100,000. In 2017, a…Read More