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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

Las Vegas Police Officer: ‘We Don’t Wait’ During Active Shooter

Las Vegas police shooting response

A Las Vegas police officer can be heard saying in newly disclosed video and radio audio tapes from the night of October 1 that Metro, not SWAT, should have been first to enter gunman Stephen Paddock’s Mandalay Bay suite. Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest outdoor country music festival at 10:05 pm PT…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

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

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

Ex-NBA Star Charles Oakley Accused of Cheating at Blackjack at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Casino Won’t Comment

Charles Oakley

Former NBA star Charles Oakley was arrested Thursday night after being accused of trying to cheat the house at the Las Vegas Cosmopolitan casino. The 54-year old is facing felony fraud charges for allegedly taking back his bet upon realizing he was going to lose. The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) said that Oakley “was…Read More

PAGCOR Employees Could Face Six Years in Prison for Tampering with Slot Machine

PAGCOR Philippines casino Duterte

Two employees at PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) have been charged with falsifying documents related to a slot machine’s activity. Online media outlet Inside Asian Gaming reports that PAGCOR slot machine head regulator Lope Cristobal and slot data control worker Mark Fransisco tampered with the terminal’s payout records in an attempt to steal PHP36,200…Read More

Illegal World Cup Betting Leads China’s Colossal Social Messaging App WeChat to Close 50,000 Accounts

WeChat

China’s biggest mobile messaging platform, WeChat, announced this week it has deleted 50,000 accounts and 8,000 group chats related to soccer betting during the World Cup so far. WeChat said that a Chinese government crackdown ahead of the tournament had taken hundreds of sports betting websites offline, which had caused betting activities to migrate to…Read More

BC’s ‘Dirty Money’ Casino Investigation Shifts Focus to Housing Market Bubble

Vancouver skyline Dirty Money crime report

In British Columbia, an ongoing casino money laundering investigation is about to enter its second phase, and the province’s overheated housing market will be the target. Last week, officials detailed how international criminal organizations used Vancouver-area casinos as a means to launder their illegally obtained cash. The report was titled “Dirty Money”, and accused the previous…Read More

Slovakian Tax Authorities Raid ‘Quiz Machine’ Gambling Hubs in Major Crackdown Operation

Slovakian gambling

Slovakian tax authorities have raided one hundred gaming venues, as the country executes a massive crackdown on illegal gambling machines. It took two days for 180 Slovakian Financial Administration (SFA) comptrollers — accompanied by customs officers –to carry out “Diamant Operation,” as the the sting was dubbed. The net result was the seizure of five of…Read More

$1.3 Million Lottery Jackpot Goes to Australian Hells Angel in Prison, May Not Even Cover Outstanding Debts

Hells Angels Australia lottery winner

Winning a lottery jackpot is the dream of millions around the globe. But winning a lottery jackpot from prison is a privilege that not all who are incarcerated can enjoy. For Australian Hells Angel Reginald Roberts — currently awaiting trial in a South Australian pokey for his alleged role in a $270 million plot to import…Read More

Las Vegas Warned of Heightened July 4 Terror Threat as Holiday Crowds Descend

Vegas July 4 terror threat

It’s July 4th in Las Vegas, and federal intelligence agencies have told law enforcement in the city to be on heightened alert during Independence Day celebrations tonight, as an estimated 316,000 visitors come in for the always-popular fireworks shows on the Strip. While there is no known specific threat to the Las Vegas, the Islamic…Read More

Mysterious High Roller and Suspected Money Launderer Peter Hoang Probably Murdered Over Unpaid Debt, Inquest Finds

Peter Hoang

A Vietnamese high-roller shot and killed in Australia four years ago had many enemies, an inquest was told on Monday. Peter Hoang, 36, was shot five times in the face on a quiet suburban street in Sydney in September 2014. No one has ever been charged with his murder. The crime has law enforcement baffled,…Read More