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Crown Resorts VIP Revenues Plunge in Australia as James Packer Recuperates in New $66 Million LA Mansion

Crown Resorts

There was more bad news for James Packer’s Crown Resorts this week. Western Australia’s Gaming and Wagering Commission reported that VIP revenue at its Crown Perth property had plunged despite the company splurging $470 million on transforming it into a destination for Asian high rollers. A staggering 24 percent drop in baccarat revenue — the…Read More

Boyaa Interactive CEO Imprisoned in China on Bribery Charges

The CEO of online games company Boyaa Interactive will serve a 12-month prison sentence in China for bribery. The Hong Kong-based social games outfit announced Friday that Zhang Wei had failed in his appeal to have the charges quashed by the Higher People’s Court of Shenzhen and had resigned as CEO. He was initially sentenced…Read More

Matt Damon and Edward Norton Cheated Bob and Harvey Weinstein at Poker

Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Rounders

Matt Damon and Edward Norton once fleeced Bob Weinstein and his disgraced brother, Harvey Weinstein, at poker. The pair employed cheating skills they learned preparing for Rounders, the classic 1998 poker movie that the Weinsteins themselves produced through their company Miramax. It’s been two decades since the release of Rounders. The movie was a box-office…Read More

Rhode Island Dems Oppose Bill to Rescue Massachusetts Tribal Casino

Mashpee

A federal bill that would reaffirm the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts’ reservation — and therefore its right to build a $1 billion casino in — will face opposition not just from a Republican-controlled Congress, but also from Democrats in Rhode Island. The bill seeks to reaffirm a 2015 Department of Interior decision that took…Read More

PokerStars to Launch Virtual Reality Poker Platform, PokerStars VR

PokerStars VR

PokerStars gave gamers a sneak peek of its new virtual reality online poker platform this week, at the EuroGamer Expo in Birmingham, UK. PokerStars VR is still in closed beta-testing phase with a release date to be decided, but it was in a sufficient state of readiness to offer expo-goers a fully immersive poker environment…Read More

Congressional Hearing Will Examine Federal Framework to Guide States on Sports Betting

US Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner to chair federal sports betting hearing

A long-rumored congressional hearing on sports betting was finally confirmed Thursday and penciled in for next Tuesday, September 27. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigation, will lead the hearing, “An Examination of Sports Betting in America.” Specifically, the subcommittee will examine whether a “basic federal…Read More

Kazuo Okada Fury Over Tiger Resort Takeover of Asiabest Group

Kazuo Okada arrested in Hong Kong

Jilted Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada is on the warpath over the proposed acquisition of Philippine-listed investment company Asiabest Group by Tiger Resort, the operator of the Okada Manila integrated resort. Okada has written to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) to complain that he owns 34.41 percent of Tiger Resort but was not consulted about the…Read More

Federal Judge Rejects Ban on Pennsylvania Casino Political Campaign Contributions

Pennsylvania casino

A court in Pennsylvania on Wednesday struck down a law that prohibits casino industry stakeholders from donating to political campaigns in the state. Since it legalized casino gaming in 2004, Pennsylvania has maintained a blanket ban on contributions of any amount by anyone with “even an attenuated connection” to the gambling industry to act as…Read More

Three Indicted for $364 Million Ponzi Scheme Squandered $25 Million in Casinos, Say Feds

Ponzi scheme

Three men accused by the FBI of operating a $364 million Ponzi scheme allegedly blew $25 million on high-stakes casino gambling, according to an indictment unsealed following their arrests on Tuesday. Kevin B. Merrill, of Towson, Maryland, Jay B. Ledford of Westlake, Texas, and Cameron R. Jezierski, of Fort Worth, Texas, were indicted by a…Read More

Poker Pro William Kassouf Banned by UK Grosvenor Casinos for Stealing £100 in Chips: Stripped of Sponsorship

Motormouth poker player William Kassouf has been banned from all Grosvenor casinos for palming £100 ($132) chips off a roulette table. Grosvenor is the UK’s largest casino chain and was Kassouf’s sponsor until the incident last weekend. The trouble occurred at the Grosvenor Westgate Casino during the Leeds leg of the Grosvenor UK Poker series….Read More

Washington, DC Moves to Legalize Sports Betting, Despite No Casinos

D.C. sports betting

Washington, DC sports betting could soon be coming to the nation’s capital. While a handful of Congressmen are mulling federal regulation on Capitol Hill, District of Columbia Councilman Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) wants to regulate it on a local level so the district’s coffers can capitalize on this newly liberalized form of gambling. So far, states that…Read More

Las Vegas Golden Knights Strike In-Arena Branding Partnership with William Hill

Las Vegas Golden Knights

Fledgling NHL franchise Las Vegas Golden Knights has signed a multi-year, first-of-its-kind deal with sports book operator William Hill that will see the British bookie’s logo displayed on the video board during intermissions in games at the T-Mobile Arena. The board will flash William Hill’s updated league-wide odds, according to a Golden Knights announcement Tuesday….Read More

Suffolk Downs Racetrack Sues Wynn Resorts for $3 Billion Alleging Massachusetts Casino License ‘Fix’

Suffolk Downs

Historic East Boston thoroughbred racetrack Suffolk Downs announced on Tuesday it would continue to offer live racing next year, despite fears that its latest season, which wrapped up on Sunday, would be its last. On the same day, it filed suit against Wynn Resorts for $3 billion. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s decision in 2014 to…Read More

West Virginia Pols Probe Mystery of Missing Lottery Officials Who Drew Up Sports Betting Rules

Jim Justice

West Virginia lawmakers are anxious to know what happened to their missing lottery officials and whether a possible spat with Governor Jim Justice over sports betting had anything to do with it. Lottery Director Alan Larrick mysteriously resigned on August 31, the day after West Virginia launched its first legal sports book, and state lawmakers…Read More

Decentralized, EOS-based ‘Smart’ Casinos Hacked, Over $250,000 Stolen

EOSBet and DEOSGame hacked

EOSBet and DEOSGames, two blockchain-based “smart” casinos were hacked last week, leading to the theft of more than $250,000 in EOS, the digital currency that powers the EOS.IO blockchain protocol. Both gaming platforms are part of a new wave of online casinos that offer a “decentralized,” user-driven gaming experience, using blockchain-based smart contracts to eliminate…Read More