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World Cup Winner Predictions by AI Machine Learning Computer at Odds with Bookies

Machine learning

The World Cup is one of the most bet-upon sporting events in human history, but as fans agonize over whether Brazil has the edge over Spain, or if England can reach the quarter finals, a super computer might have the whole thing locked up already — and its prediction does not match those of bookmakers. Spoiler…Read More

Macau Canidrome Greyhound Track to Close, Concern Mounts Over Welfare of Dogs

Macau Canidrome

The Macau Canidrome, the enclave’s — and Asia’s — only dog racing stadium will shutter its doors tomorrow, June 21. Greyhound racing, once a big draw in Macau, has become unpopular, particularly with a younger generation that is less willing to ignore accusations of animal cruelty. Animal rights activists have long campaigned for the closure…Read More

Japanese Diet Gets 32-Day Extension to Legalize Integrated Resorts, Bill Now Likely to Pass

Japanese casinos

The odds of Japanese casinos becoming a legal reality this year have narrowed after members of the ruling coalition agreed an extension to the current legislative session, which was due to end today, Wednesday, 20 June. The Integrated Resorts (IR) Implementation Bill was approved by the lower chamber on Tuesday amid heckles from opponents. Japan’s…Read More

3,000 Arrested for Illegal World Cup Gambling in First Five Days, Thai Police Claim

Thailand world cup gambling crackdown

Thailand’s military junta was not kidding when it announced a “serious crackdown” on World Cup betting ahead of the tournament last week. The junta is at war with illegal gambling and is taking no prisoners. Scratch that, it’s taking lots of prisoners — some 3,000 in the first five days of the tournament — or…Read More

China-Backed Pacific Island Casinos ‘Threat to US Military’

Pacific-Island casinos

Chinese investment in Pacific-Island casinos is making life difficult for the US military. That’s the conclusion of a US government report which suggests that Chinese-backed projects, particularly on the islands of Saipan and Tinian – two of the US’ remotest territories – could turn the islanders against the military and undermine US influence in general….Read More

Troubled New York State Del Lago Resort Makes New Plea for State Help

Del Lago makes last ditch attempt for relief

Thomas Wilmot, the owner of the struggling Del Lago Resort and Casino in upstate New York, was in Albany last week to meet with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget division. The shopping mall magnate did not divulge the nature of his business in the state capital, but local media has speculated that the timing of the…Read More

Vietnam Sports Betting Push Missed World Cup Because No Operators Applied

Vietnamese sports betting push goes awry

Vietnam’s bid to legalize sports betting isn’t quite going according to plan. On Thursday, the day the World Cup kicked off in Russia, the country’s Communist government passed a law permitting its citizens to bet on certain soccer matches and a handful of other approved sports, provided they are held overseas. Illegal gambling is rife…Read More

Japan Casino Bill Passed by Lower House as All Hell Breaks Loose on Committee Floor: Not a Done Deal Yet

Japan casino bill protests

Updated June 19: On Tuesday, June 19, Japan’s full lower house passed the casino bill pushed through by the lower house Cabinet Committee last Friday. The bill — which now passes to the upper house before it becomes law — would go into effect by April 2020 if it sees passage this legislative session. Dramatic…Read More

Massachusetts Sports Betting Must Wait Until 2019, Says Gov. Charlie Baker: Slow and Steady Outlook Called For

Massachusetts sports betting

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the Bay State will look seriously at legalizing sports betting, but he doesn’t see it happening this year. Baker told the Boston Herald this week that despite calls from some Massachusetts lawmakers to fast-track sports betting legislation in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s May 14 decision to reject…Read More

Steve Wynn Investigation Littered with Confidentiality Issues, New WSJ Report Claims

Wynn Resorts Investigation

Steve Wynn — the disgraced ex-CEO and former chairman of Wynn Resorts — is a problem that just won’t go away for the company, which is now trying to rebuild its tarnished reputation. A company-initiated investigation into allegations by former female employees of sexual misconduct by their one-time boss has been littered with “misfires,” the Wall…Read More

World Cup Betting: Mexico Stuns Germany as Brazil Held by Switzerland

World Cup Betting

Reigning champion Germany tumbled from second favorite in World Cup betting, at 9/2, to fourth favorite overall, at 15/2, following a shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico in its opening game on Sunday. All is not lost for Joachim Low’s side — let’s not forget, after all, that eight years ago Spain lost its opening game…Read More

Russians Find Their Flair, Saudis Collapse, Robbie Williams Flips the Bird: World Cup Day One Highlights

Russia wins opening World Cup match v Saudis

Russia kicked the World Cup off in style on Thursday, thumping five past a hopeless Saudi Arabia. Even the naturally ice-cold Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was seated in the stands next to Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad Bin-Salman, was visibly embarrassed, offering a diplomatic squirm as the fifth goal sailed in in the 94th…Read More

Former Owner of Encore Boston Harbor Plot Sues Wynn Resorts for Allegedly Reneging on ‘Secret Deal’

Encore Boston Harbor

A former director of FTB Realty, the company that sold the plot of land to Wynn Resorts on which the Encore Boston Harbor is being built, is suing the casino giant for $18.6 million. Anthony Gattineri claims Wynn Resort’s senior vice-president of development, Robert DeSalvio, promised to pay him this amount of money in secret,…Read More

Online Sportsbooks Pick World Series of Poker Main Event Favorites, as Iconic Doyle Brunson Calls It a Day

WSOP Main Event betting and Doyle Brunson’s big farewell

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is well underway at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and with the Main Event just 2 1/2 weeks away, several offshore internet sportsbooks have set the lines on poker’s next world champion. Leading the pack at are Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey, each at…Read More

Las Vegas Casino Hotel Security for Guests Under Spotlight, After Details of Circus-Circus Vietnamese Couple’s Gruesome Murder Emerge

Las Vegas casino security

Does Las Vegas casino hotel security look out for its patrons, or only its money? That’s the question being posed following the murder on June 1 of two Vietnamese tourists staying at Circus-Circus who were victims of an alleged “door pusher.” It’s now been two weeks since Sang Boi Nghia and Khuong Ba Le Nguyen were found…Read More