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Gambler Charged with Stabbing Dealer at London’s Empire Casino

Empire Casino

A gambler who stabbed a dealer at London’s Empire Casino, Leicester Square, leaving him in critical condition, has now been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon. Kien Nguyen, 34, from East London, plunged a blade five inches into the chest of roulette croupier David Downes at around…Read More

MGM Las Vegas Shooting Victim Lawsuits Leave Legal Community Incredulous

MGM Resorts

MGM Resorts International’s decision to file lawsuits against the victims of last year’s Las Vegas shooting is without legal precedent and could be on shaky ground, according to several attorneys quizzed by the Law.com website this week. MGM is not seeking money from the victims but is looking to absolve itself from liability by moving…Read More

Trump Impeachment Odds Slashed to Shortest Ever in Wake of Helsinki Summit Backlash

Trump Impeachment odds slashed after Helsinki

US President Donald Trump’s perceived deference towards Russian President Vladimir Putin at Monday’s Helsinki summit has garnered scathing responses from both sides of the political spectrum. Even conservative Fox News seemed disillusioned by the president’s insistence on backing Putin’s word over those of his own intelligence services on alleged Russian meddling in the presidential elections….Read More

FanDuel Brand Takes Startling New Direction, Announces New Jersey Online Casino

FanDuel Casino

The FanDuel Group has announced its intention to launch an online casino in New Jersey in partnership with the Golden Nugget, as well as an internet sports betting platform with the Meadowlands racetrack, later this year. The online sports betting platform was anticipated — FanDuel recently completed its merger with Betfair US, offering parent company…Read More

James Packer Resigns from 22 Company Boards, Withdrawing from Business World Over Mental Health Problems

James Packer resigns from 22 directorships

Australian casino mogul James Packer has resigned from 22 public and private company directorships in the past few weeks, including his private investment company Consolidated Press Holdings (CPH), which is the majority shareholder in Crown Resorts. Packer quit the Crown board in March, citing “mental health issues,” and has since pushed towards an almost complete…Read More

Japan Casinos Will Be Big Business for Organized Crime, Vows High-Ranking Yakuza

Yakuza

Japan’s casino bill is said to be a “done deal” that will pass this week, according to sources within the Diet’s Upper House who spoke to Inside Asia Gaming on Wednesday. The enactment of the Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill will pave the way for a new casino market that could be worth $15 billion by…Read More

Ocean Resort Enters New Jersey Real-Money Online Gaming Market with GAN

Ocean Resort

New Atlantic City casino Ocean Resort, formerly Revel, joined New Jersey’s online gaming market this week with the full launch of OceanOnlineCasino.com. The site, which had been in soft-launch phase since last Wednesday was given clearance for take off by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement on Sunday. It becomes New Jersey’s 27th licensed…Read More

MGM Faces PR Nightmare Over Vegas Shooting Lawsuits as #BoycottMGM Backlash Builds

#BoycottMGM

MGM Resorts International was in damage limitation mode on Tuesday, as it faced a social media backlash over lawsuits filed against victims of the October 1 Las Vegas shooting. MGM owns the Mandalay Bay — from which shooter Stephen Paddock targeted the Route 91 Harvest festival — and the grounds on which the country music…Read More

World Cup Fever Leads To $1.5 Billion Dark Web Crypto-Betting Operation in China

Crypto-betting in China

China’s first major illegal crypto-betting bust was a big one. State media agency Xinhua has reported that police in the southern Guandong province smashed a $1.5 billion dark-web-based World Cup cryptocurrency betting operation on Thursday, presumably just as it was about to hit its most lucrative weekend, the World Cup Final. Police said they had…Read More

Golden Entertainment Expands Laughlin Presence with $190 Million, Two-Casino Deal

Blake Sartini Golden Entertainment

Golden Entertainment is upping its Laughlin gaming profile: the tavern owner turned budding casino giant announced on Monday it will acquire the Edgewater and Colorado Belle from Marnell Gaming in a deal worth up to $190 million. Golden CEO Blake Sartini said this is the latest phase in an ambitious, ongoing growth strategy. Golden has…Read More

Caesars Charm Offensive in Japan Borders on Political Bribery, Claims Local Media

Caesars Entertainment exec Jan Jones Blackhurst

Caesars Entertainment has been forced to defend its lobbying efforts in Japan after the country’s biggest weekly news magazine, Shukan Bunshun (SB), accused it of engaging in behavior that could be viewed as illegal political bribery. Shukan Bunshun revealed that for several years Caesars has been buying tickets to social gatherings, commonly organized by Japanese…Read More

MGM Resorts Sues Over 1,000 Las Vegas Shooting Victims in Bid to Dodge Liability

MGM Resorts International’s Mandalay Bay

MGM Resorts International is litigating against more than 1,000 victims of the Las Vegas shooting as it seeks to swerve liability and millions in potential damages. As the owner of the Mandalay Bay and the Route 91 Harvest festival venue, the casino giant is asking that all lawsuits claiming it holds any liability for deaths,…Read More

Rapper YG Surrenders to Las Vegas Police Over Cosmopolitan Robbery Charge

YG Cosmopolitan robbery

Twist My Fingaz rapper YG turned himself in to Las Vegas Metro last Thursday, after a warrant was issued for the performer on felony robbery charges related to an incident at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas in May. The 29-year-old YG — whose real name is Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson —  is alleged to have ripped a…Read More

FanDuel Launches Land-Based Sportsbook at Meadowlands as Betfair US Merger is Finalized

FanDuel launched its first ever sports betting operation, The FanDuel Sportsbook, at the Meadowlands Racetrack in North Jersey on Saturday, just days after the finalization of the company’s merger with Betfair US, the American arm of Paddy Power Betfair (PPB). The launch marks FanDuel’s transition from online DFS site to land-based retail betting, as British-Irish…Read More

France Wins World Cup 2018 in Russia, Young Squad Proves Too Much for Cinderella Croatia

France wins World Cup Final

A six-goal World Cup Final. An own goal. A harsh VAR penalty. A moment of brilliance by Perišić. Then Pogba. Then Mbappe. A weird goalkeeping snafu that ultimately did not matter. And it didn’t end there. Broken Croatian hearts after their Cinderella run. French delirium as it will celebrate its 2nd World Cup title. And…Read More