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Black Market Betting Bad for Your Health, Report Warns

Black market betting

Betting on the black market is more injurious to health and wellbeing than betting on regulated markets, a new study by the Asian Racing Federation claims. The research paper looked at six gambling jurisdictions — Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa — and found there was evidence to suggest that…Read More

Bangladesh Bank Heist Case Still Wide Open, Says Philippine DOJ

Bangladesh bank heist

Investigators examining the notorious $101 million cyber heist on the Bangladesh Bank said Tuesday that the case is not closed, despite the conviction last week of the only person so far indicted. On January 10, Maia Deguito, a former manager at Rizal Commercial Banking Corp’s (RCBC) Jupiter Street branch in Manila, was convicted on eight…Read More

Hit Game Fortnite’s VBucks Used for Widespread Dark Web Money Laundering

Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite Battle Royale has become an online cultural phenomenon. The free-to-play survival shooter garnered 125 million players within a year of its release, leading to concerns that its addictive qualities and use of in-game currency and loot-box microtransactions are introducing children and teenagers to the dynamics of gambling. Now, a joint investigation by the UK’s…Read More

DraftKings Sports Betting National Championship Ends in Controversy as Glitch Freezes Out Potential Winner

Sports Betting National Championship

DraftKings’ inaugural Sports Betting National Championship ended in controversy on Sunday evening when the player leading the handicapping tournament was denied his final bet — and a possible $1 million first prize — apparently due to a technical glitch. Professional sports bettor Rufus Peabody was in pole position as the 200-strong field headed into the…Read More

Virginia’s First Casino No Guarantee as Nansemond Tribe Challenges Pamunkey Ancestral Land Claim

Pamunkey

The Pamunkey tribe of Virginia want to build the state’s first ever casino, in the city of Norfolk on the banks Elizabeth River. The tribe has the support of the city mayor and a financial backer — in billionaire investor Jon Yarbrough. But there’s a snag. Since the land in question is outside the tribe’s…Read More

Suspected Kidnappers Arrested in ‘5Dimes Tony’ Case, But Sportsbook Owner Still Missing

5Dimes Tony

Police in Spain and Costa Rica have arrested 12 people they believe to be responsible for the kidnapping last September of 5Dimes sports book owner William Sean Creighton, better known to his customers as “5Dimes Tony.” The whereabouts of Creighton — an American ex-pat living and working in Costa Rica — remain unknown. In October,…Read More

Resorts World Hits Back at Wynn Resorts’ ‘Heavy-Handed’ Copyright Lawsuit

Resorts World

A lawsuit filed by Wynn Resorts just before Christmas last year claiming that the architectural design of Resorts World Las Vegas is too similar to its own properties was a “heavy-handed” move designed to shut down a competitor, Resorts World said Friday. The $4 billion Resorts World Las Vegas is under construction on the parcel…Read More

Super Bowl LIII: CBS Announcers Barred From Talking Sports Betting During Broadcast

Super Bowl LIII

Super Bowl LIII will be the first since the US Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on sports betting, paving the way for liberalization. But gambling won’t be mentioned at all when the game kicks off at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on February 3 — at least not on CBS, which has the…Read More

Las Vegas Police Demand Cristiano Ronaldo DNA in Alleged Palms Casino Rape Case

Ronaldo

Las Vegas police investigating allegations of rape against Cristiano Ronaldo have issued a warrant for the soccer star’s DNA. An American woman, Kathryn Mayorga, accuses Ronaldo — real name Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro — of raping her in his Penthouse suite at the Palms Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, almost a decade ago. The…Read More

Documents Show White House May Have Changed Labor Laws to Please Then-RNC Finance Chair Steve Wynn

Steve Wynn

Did White House officials ask the Department of Justice to intervene on behalf of Steve Wynn to alter Department of Labor regulations in 2017? According to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the group American Oversight, the White House asked for a meeting with acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall to discuss litigation…Read More

William Hill Expands Nevada Footprint, OK’d by Regulators on Five New Sports Books

William Hill

Nevada’s leading sports betting operator, William Hill, has upped its stake in America’s biggest casino market as it continues its ambitious US expansion plan. On Wednesday, the British bookmaker received unanimous recommendations of approval for licensing from the Nevada Gaming Control Board at seven casinos in the Silver State, including Golden Entertainment’s Stratosphere, Arizona Charlie’s…Read More

BC Money Laundering Case Collapsed Because Prosecution Accidentally Blew Police Informant’s Cover

Money laundering

What would have been British Columbia’s biggest ever money-laundering case was botched because federal prosecutors accidentally sent the details of a key police informant to the defense. It was alleged that Richmond-based Silver International was a front for an underground bank that lent money to high-rollers on gambling junkets from China. The company received its…Read More

State of the Union Bettors Backing Trump ‘Lies’ Make Killing at Offshore Sports Book

Trump betting

Political prop bettors have won big by predicting the number of misleading statements US President Donald Trump — locked in a bitter government shutdown showdown and heading to Texas on Thursday  to address border wall issues — would make during his Oval Office State of the Union (SOTU) address on Tuesday earlier this week. Among a slew…Read More

$10 Million Lottery Ticket Thief Busted for Grand Larceny as He Tries to Collect Cash

Adul Saosongyang

A California man who believed his winning scratch-off lottery ticket was worth $10,000 got the surprise of his life last month when he was told it was actually worth $10 million. This was followed on Monday by another big surprise: he was under arrest for allegedly stealing his roommate’s winning lottery ticket. Adul Saosongyang, 35,…Read More

British Airways Lands in Hot Water Over ‘Glamorous Gambling’ Ad

British Airways

A British Airways TV spot has caused a stir in the UK over its apparent glamorization of gambling. The advertisement for British Airways Holidays features a couple returning to their room from the pool of a hotel-casino and appearing to easily win money on slot machines on the way. “We had a bit of spare…Read More