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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

Former Las Vegas Club 662 Owner Suge Knight Faces 28 Years in Prison After Plea Deal Made Days Before Jury Trial to Begin in L.A.

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Co-founder and former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight  — who was once a Las Vegas club owner — has avoided a possible life sentence after pleading no contest to an involuntary manslaughter charge, stemming from a 2015 hit-and-run that left one person dead. Knight — who owned the now-closed Club 662 in Las Vegas,…Read More

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

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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

Las Vegas ‘Life is Beautiful’ Music Festival Attendees May Be in Denial of Security Risks Post-October 1 Shooting, Says Counter-Terrorism Expert

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Attendees to this weekend’s Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival in Las Vegas should take proactive measures to assure their own safety, a local counter-terrorism expert is warning.That includes identifying exits and escape routes, as well as potential areas to take shelter. The three-day concert drew 137,000 attendees last year, and organizers expect this…Read More

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

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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

22,000 Malaysians Arrested for Illegal Gambling in 2018 in Predominantly Muslim Country

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Malaysian police have announced 22,000 arrests across more than 10,000 raids of illegal gambling operations in just the past eight months. Inspector General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun released the figures this week. Gambling is strictly forbidden in Islam, the primary religion of the country. Malaysia — which is more than 60 percent Muslim in population…Read More

Virginia Bristol Casino Developers Face Off With Community Over Fears About Hookers, Drugs, and Crime

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The developers behind a $150 million proposed casino development in Bristol, Virginia are on the defensive, addressing community concerns about the potential for prostitution, drug use, and increased criminal activity in the area when — and if — their project becomes reality, now that local government has given the gaming venue the green light. Casino gaming…Read More

NYPD Vice Squad Detectives Among Cops Implicated in Boroughs Underground Sex and Gambling Ring Sting

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Seven New York Police Department (NYPD) officers — including several vice squad detectives — have been charged with abetting an illegal gambling and prostitution ring that’s been in operation for several years in Brooklyn and Queens. Following a three-year investigation — which included numerous wire taps and “hundreds of hours of surveillance” — the agency’s…Read More

Drama at Encore: Ex-Bachelor Winner Amanda Stanton Gets Arrested for Domestic Battery in Las Vegas

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Former The Bachelor contestant Amanda Stanton was arrested at Encore in the early hours Monday morning and charged with domestic battery after a hotel room party got out of hand. The 5’ 3’’ mother of two allegedly assaulted her 6’ 6’’ partner, professional volleyball player Bobby Jacobs, in front of hotel security, who immediately called…Read More

Wynn Macau Says Spike in IP Theft by Rogue Gambling Sites is Damaging Business

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Wynn Macau has warned of an increase in rogue online gambling and investment websites illegally appropriating the company’s branding and intellectual property in a bid to “deceive members of the public” to depart with their hard-earned cash. In its interim report published Monday, the operator emphasized that neither it nor its parent Wynn Resorts offer…Read More

MGM Resorts Offers to Make Charitable Donations on Behalf of Las Vegas Shooting Victims as Reward for Suing Them

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MGM Resorts has offered to donate $500 to the charity of choice of each of some 2,500 plaintiffs who were injured or bereaved by the October 1, 2017 Las Vegas shooting, provided they accept legal notice they are being sued by the company. This is the latest gambit in MGM’s bid to dodge liability for…Read More

Employee Charged with Aiding $193K Wind Creek Montgomery Casino Robbery

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A kiosk attendant at the Wind Creek Montgomery Casino, in Montgomery Alabama, has been charged in relation to theft from the casino last month of almost $193,000, which remains unrecovered. According to the Montgomery Advertiser, Courtney Deandrea Stanton pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and employee theft from an Indian gaming establishment. The…Read More

MGM National Harbor Baccarat Dealer Accused of Orchestrating Cheating Scheme

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A baccarat dealer at MGM National Harbor Casino in Maryland was charged with conspiracy charges by federal prosecutors after being accused of working with a partner on a cheating scheme. Dealer Ming Zhang will appear in US District Court in Maryland on Tuesday, where he will face a charge of conspiracy to transport stolen funds….Read More

Mohegan Sun Pocono Player Card Scam Informant and Dealer Found Dead in Pennsylvania Creek, ‘Accidental Drowning’ Named as Cause

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A Mohegan Sun Pocono dealer who exposed a cheating scam orchestrated by the casino’s VP of player development was pulled dead from a creek in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on Saturday, less than two miles from the casino where he had worked. 28-year-old Matthew Crane’s cause of death was determined to be “accidental drowning” by Monday afternoon by…Read More

As Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Route 91 Harvest Shooting One-Year Anniversary Nears, a City Still Stricken Braces to Remember with Tributes

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It’s hard to believe almost a year has passed since shooter Stephen Paddock sprayed bullets down onto a crowd below his 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay window, hitting hundreds of fans of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival outside. And while most of America may have moved on to other, more recent tragedies, Las Vegans are…Read More