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Kevin Horridge

Our math man, Kevin is the number guru. He calculates odds in his head the same way the rest of us make a cup of coffee. He gets involved in all the news stories involving numbers, and we often turn to him for help on financial news stories as he used to be in banking. However, he says that being a gambler is a far more respectable occupation these days.

Huma Abedin Almost-Ex Anthony Weiner Scandal Adds to Clinton Drama as Election Inches Closer

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Just when it seemed like nothing worse could affect Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s decimated polling numbers, new scandals involving her top aide Huma Abedin’s soon-to-be-ex-husband Anthony Weiner, and another surrounding her former IT technician Bryan Pagliano, threaten to further drive her numbers down. Hillary for America’s Vice Chairwoman Abedin is the staffer making the most…Read More

Las Vegas Stratosphere Shuts Down When Ticking Backpack Found

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The Stratosphere in Las Vegas was evacuated on Wednesday, in response to the discovery of a suspicious ticking backpack in the casino. In the wake of recent pressure cooker homemade bombs being found in lower Manhattan in New York, as well as in Elizabeth, New Jersey earlier this week, authorities were taking no chances. According…Read More

GVC’s Profits Skyrocket in Wake of Bwin Acquisition

GVC’s Kenneth Alexander reports record profits

GVC this week reported record profits and that its Bwin assets, acquired at the beginning of the year, had already produced returns that were “far greater than expected.” Revenues for the enlarged company grew 8 percent to €432 million ($482 million) in the first half of the year, while pre-tax profits rose 135 per cent…Read More

Contractor or Employee? DFS Million Dollar DraftKings Winner Takes Some Heat

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DraftKings sponsored pro Al Zeidenfeld won the week two NFL “Millionaire Maker” contest on the DFS site last Sunday, and the win is creating a new pool of daily fantasy sports (DFS) skeptics. The $20 contest entry attracted 277,286 teams, for a prize of over $5.5 million. Zeidenfeld took the top spot by scoring 221.32…Read More

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney Goes After Carl Icahn in New Casino Regulatory Bill

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New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-District 3) has introduced new legislation that would overhaul casino licensing protocols in Atlantic City. Senate Bill 2575, which was introduced concurrently with Assemblyman John Burzichelli’s (D-District 3) Assembly Bill 4187 in identical text and language, would amend the current law on how license holders proceed in closing…Read More

Bloombury Resorts Owner Enrique Razon Unfazed by Filipino Duterte’s War on Gambling

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Spanish-Filipino billionaire Enrique Razon will forge ahead with his plan to build a $418 million casino in Manila, despite Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s hardline crackdown on gambling. Shortly after his election in June, Duterte set about systematically dismantling the country’s lightly regulated online gaming café chains. Most of these, some 299 across the country, were…Read More

Mike Pence’s Successor in Indiana Will Likely Support Gambling Expansion

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) withdrew his reelection bid in mid-July to focus on his efforts to put Donald Trump in the Oval Office and himself in the position of vice president. That opened the door for two other candidates, and possibly gives the Democrats a more realistic chance of taking back the governorship for…Read More

SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia Launches New Jersey Gaming Site

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The SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia has been more than neighborly to gamblers in New Jersey since it opened in 2010. Located two just miles from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge that connects Philadelphia with Camden, the SugarHouse has long welcomed New Jerseyans to its casino floor. Now the Pennsylvania gambling venue is going after New Jersey…Read More

DOJ and FinCEN Wag Fingers at Casinos Over Bank Secrecy Act Violations

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Casinos, you’ve been warned. During this week’s Casino Essentials’ 9th Annual AML Conference in Las Vegas, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a stern warning to commercial institutions that knowingly disobey banking laws. “Casinos and card clubs often provide numerous financial services to their customers, including check cashing, currency…Read More

Hell’s Angels-Operated and Mafia-Linked Online Sports Book Techie Fined $400,000

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The tech guy for an online sports book operated by the Hell’s Angels and with links to the Canadian Mafia has been fined CA$400,000 by a Toronto court. Gordon Baird, 59, pled guilty to being the web administrator of Platinum Sports Book, a credit betting operation with servers based in Costa Rica. Police say Platinum…Read More

NCAA Moves Seven Championships From North Carolina Over “Civil Rights Protections”

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The NCAA is moving seven national championship events from North Carolina due to the state’s law that mandates persons use public restroom facilities that correspond with the sex that’s listed on their birth certificates. North Carolina’s House Bill 2, commonly known as the “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act,” was passed in the state legislature…Read More

Maryland Casinos Post Ninth Straight Monthly Revenue Gain

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Maryland casinos are at it again. For the ninth straight month, the state’s five casinos posted a gross gaming revenue increase and topped $100 million in total income for the fourth time in the last five months. The casinos generated a combined $100.3 million in proceeds from slot machines and table games, a nearly four…Read More

Alleged Mob Kingpin Joey Merlino Banned from All Pennsylvania Casinos

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Joey Merlino, the man who the FBI believes to be the head of the Philadelphia Mob, has been banned from entering the state’s 12 casinos.  The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) voted unanimously this week to designate “Skinny Joey” persona non grata, after an altercation at the Sugarhouse Casino in March. That, and the fact…Read More

Intertain Launching London IPO, Post-Brexit, and Rebranding as Jackpotjoy

Andrew McIver of Intertain says Brexit was a problem

Canada’s Intertain Group plans to trade on the UK stock market under the name of its online bingo brand, Jackpotjoy. Intertain acquired the Jackpotjoy brandname from Gamesys last year for £425.8 million ($566 million) and announced its intention to move to London last June. The acquisition of Gamesys’ assets made Intertain the largest bingo operator in…Read More

Male Problem Gamblers More Prone to Violence, Says New UK Study

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Male gamblers are more likely to become violent, and as problem gaming worsens, the intensity of the violence becomes more severe. That’s according to a new study conducted by the University of Lincoln in England and published by the Addiction journal. Researchers evaluated 3,025 men ranging from 18 to 64 years of age from various…Read More