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Kevin Horridge

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.

Alleged Mob Kingpin Joey Merlino Banned from All Pennsylvania Casinos

Joseph Merlino banned from Pennsylvania casinos

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

male gamblers more violent University of Lincoln

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

Crown Casino and Aristocrat Gaming Sued Over “Deceptive” Dolphin Treasure Slot

Dolphin’s Treasure pokie faces federal challenge in Australia

The Crown Casino in Melbourne and slots manufacturer Aristocrat Gaming are facing a legal challenge from an ex-gambler. Shonica Guy, of Adelaide, wants to force both companies to admit that their Dolphin Treasure slot machine is deceptive and manipulative. Dolphin Treasure has been one of the most popular “pokies,” as they are known in Australia, since…Read More

Paddy Power Irish Billboard Pokes Fun At Trump with “Is Orange the New Black?” Ad

Paddy Power odds Orange is the New Black

A new Paddy Power billboard ad campaign in Ireland might be raising some eyebrows, but there’s nothing new in that. The Irish bookmaker famously goes where no other company would dare, but its latest effort is perhaps the most uncomfortably smirk-stifling yet. Offering odds on one of the candidates running for president of the United States,…Read More

Brazil Considers Legalizing Gambling, Casino Operators Want In

Brazil gambling legalization Michel Temer

Brazil is fresh off of the Summer Olympics, and the country now appears to be ready to end gambling prohibition. The fifth-largest country by both land area and population, gambling in Brazil has been banned for the last 70 years. But in a fiscal crisis, lawmakers in the country’s capital of Brasilia are apparently ready to…Read More

Colin Kaepernick National Anthem Sitout Continues to Stir Controversy, as Memorabilia at Reno-Tahoe Airport Irks Many

Colin Kaepernick memorabilia Reno-Tahoe Airport

San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s memorabilia, prominently displayed on the second floor of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, is drawing scorn from numerous travellers. After passengers make their way through security, those who are departing out of Gate C pass by the “Wolf Pack Den.” The trophy display case features notable athletes who played for the…Read More

Alon Las Vegas Still a Go Despite James Packer’s Crown Sell-off

Alon Las Vegas James Packer

Alon Las Vegas will still be built across from Wynn Encore on the Strip. The planned $2 billion resort and casino has been in development for more than a year, but this week Alon executive Andrew Pascal dispelled rumors that the project was on indefinite hold. Located on 35 acres where the New Frontier Hotel…Read More

New Jersey Gaming Committee Chair Urges Voters to Support Casino Expansion

New Jersey Ralph Caputo casino expansion

The New Jersey gaming referendum being presented to voters in November would end Atlantic City’s monopoly on casino-style gambling and significantly impact the market, should it find a majority approval. At stake are two North Jersey gambling megaresorts, and the likely demise of additional casinos in the beachside resort. Four venues in Atlantic City have…Read More

UFC Fighter Nick Diaz Attacked at Bellagio’s Hyde Nightclub

UFC fighter Nick Diaz Bellagio nightclub

UFC fighter Nick Diaz got into an altercation at the Bellagio’s Hyde nightclub this week with three men, and if you know Nick Diaz, you also know who won the fight. TMZ Sports, the athletics arm of the celebrity media outlet, reports that Diaz was partying around 2:30 am when he went to use the…Read More

Daily Fantasy Sports Goes Hollywood as Movie Plans Develop

daily fantasy sports movie DraftKings FanDuel

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) has been filled with plenty of drama over the last several years. From a DraftKings employee allegedly winning $350,000 on rival FanDuel by utilizing insider data, to state attorneys general ruling that the wildly popular DFS contests violate the law, this nonfiction adventure hasn’t been a yawner. One movie company thinks…Read More

Paddy Power Pays Out on Rio Olympics Boxing Controversy

Paddy Power pays out on Michael Conlan Olympics fight.

Irish bookie Paddy Power has paid out on all bets that backed Michael Conlan to win the bantamweight quarter-final at the Rio Olympics, even though, officially at least, he didn’t. Conlan believed he had done enough to soundly beat Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin in the bout, but the judges disagreed, prompting an immediate middle finger in…Read More

Macau’s Studio City Will Default on Debt, Warns Analyst

Studio City Macau may default on its loan

Studio City Macau, Lawrence Ho and James Packer’s $4.5 billion integrated casino resort on the Cotai Strip is in trouble and could default on the $1.41 billion loan used to complete the construction of the hotel. That’s the word from rating agency Standard and Poor’s Financial Services, which this week issued a negative outlook for…Read More

Massachusetts Tribe Challenges Casino Ruling that Could Strip it of Sovereign Lands

Mashpee Wampanoag casino in doubt

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts’ long-held dream to build a casino resort on its tribal land has been thrown into jeopardy, along with its very sovereign rights to govern those lands. The tribe, which was granted federal status in 2007, has already begun building a $1 billion casino resort on reservation land in Taunton,…Read More

Mount Airy Casino Challenges Pennsylvania’s $10 Million Annual Host Tax

Champagne bathtub Mt Airy poconos tax fight

For many folks over 40, say “Mount Airy in the Poconos,” and images of eight-foot-tall champagne bubble bath and heart-shaped tubs immediately jump to mind. A few decades back, the working-class resort area marketed the decidedly unique and memorable tubs to couples who wanted some entirely adult playtime. But now, one casino in what is…Read More