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‘Sin City Justice’ DA Steve Wolfson Quizzed Over Hushed Up Embezzlement

Clark County DA Steve Wolfson

Clark County DA Steve Wolfson has been forced to defend to the Las Vegas Review-Journal this week his decision not to prosecute a gambling-addicted employee for embezzling $42,000 from his 2014 campaign fund. Sleuthing by LVRJ reporters has revealed that Nevada’s top prosecutor suppressed the theft by his long-time community liaison and spokeswoman, Audrie Locke, 45,…Read More

BC Casinos Would Lose $88 Million Per Year from High Stakes Transaction Ban

British Columbia AG Davis Eby

A proposal to restrict table game “buy-ins” at British Columbia casinos to no more than CA$10,000 ($7,650) would cost the sector up to CA$88 million ($67 million) per year, according to a confidential BC Lottery Corp report, made public on Thursday by Canadian media network Postmedia. The provincial government is seeking measures to combat money…Read More

Saipan Casino Imperial Palace Reportedly Raided by US Agents

Saipan casino Imperial Pacific

Saipan casino Imperial Palace has been making headlines for the all the wrong reasons, and that continued this week after news broke that US federal agents recently raided offices of the resort’s parent company. Bloomberg reporter Matthew Campbell has been at the forefront of the Saipan casino scandal. In a new article, he says local…Read More

Three Online Gambling Operators Quit Malta Over MGA Anti-Mafia Investigation

Italian police embarrass Malta Gaming Authority

An unprecedented anti-Mafia investigation by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) into all its Italian licensees has resulted in three companies “unilaterally terminating their own licenses,” according to Malta Today. (Betent Group Ltd), Potterbet (Potter Mrc Ltd) and Giodani (Giodani Limited) all voluntarily surrendered their licenses for unknown reasons, apparently unable to stand the heat…Read More

Vietnamese Communist Regime Arrests Police Chief in Gambling and Corruption Bust

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang

Vietnamese state-controlled media has announced the arrest of a former head of the country’s High-Technology Police Department, on suspicion of organizing an international gambling ring. Nguyen Thanh Hoa, 60, was arrested on Sunday as part of an online gambling and money laundering case. Hoa was stripped of his “people’s police” title by the nation’s Communist leader…Read More

Nevada Black Book Might Receive First New Member Since 2015

Nevada Black Book Las Vegas casinos

The Nevada Black Book could get its first new member in nearly three years by way of a two-time convicted felon who has a hankering for ripping off elderly women inside casinos. On Thursday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) unanimously approved the nomination of Joseph Whit Moody for consideration of inclusion to its List…Read More

US Labor Dept: Grand Mariana Casino’s Contractors Owe Construction Workers $13.9 Million

Imperial Pacific’s Grand Mariana Casino

Four Chinese construction contractors that employed thousands of laborers to build the Grand Mariana Casino Hotel and Resort on the Pacific island of Saipan will pay workers $13.9 million in back wages and damages as part of a settlement with the US Labor Department. The gaudy, rococo $550 million casino was built in 2016 and…Read More

Disgraced Mohegan Sun Casino Exec Allegedly Rigged Easter Egg Hunt

Robert Pellegrini Easter egg scam

Robert Pellegrini, the former VP of Player Development at Mohegan Sun Pocono imprisoned last year for fraud and money laundering, is facing an unusual new accusation: tampering with Easter Egg hunts. In December, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) hit Mohegan Sun Pocono with an unprecedented $1 million fine, largely for the casino’s failure to…Read More

Tourists Warned of Bali Card Game Scam After Man Loses Life Savings

Tourists visiting Bali have been urged to beware of confidence tricksters bearing decks of cards, after one man lost his life savings after being duped into believing he held an unbeatable hand in a bogus high-stakes card game. The man, a 66-year-old from Perth in Western Australia, was suckered into parting with $200,000, having been…Read More

Las Vegas Shooting Victims Restitution Payments Starting to Go Out, But Will It Be Enough for Survivors and Orphans?

Las Vegas shooting fund victims

Money raised for the Las Vegas shooting victims of October 1, 2017 is finally being allocated, more than five months after the fundraising was initiated. Much of the money being directed to decedents’ families and injured survivors is coming from the gaming industry, which collectively donated $17.7 million to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund and…Read More

Man Arrested Over Crown Casino Melbourne Bomb Scare

Crown Casino Melbourne bomb scare

A Malaysian man whose suspicious behaviour caused a mass evacuation of Australia’s largest casino complex was not a terrorist but a drunk, according to authorities. Swarms of armed police surrounded the Crown Casino, Melbourne at around 3:30pm local time following reports that Nadim Ismael, 55, who was carrying a backpack, had been seen acting suspiciously….Read More

Bellagio Lobster Tail Heist Chef in Hot Water After Pinching Pricey Crustaceans

Bellagio robbery lobster tails

Lobster tails are considered a delicacy, and an expensive one. But what Alex Hernandez, 49, a chef at the chichi Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip, was thinking when he reportedly made the decision this week to take home 25 of the expensive tails crammed into a backpack is hard to imagine. Spotted by the…Read More

Las Vegas Shooting Motive Remains a Mystery, as Newly Released Search Warrants Reveal Few New Details

Las Vegas shooting motive

It’s been 150 days since the Las Vegas shooting took the lives of 58 victims, and yet there’s still no motive as to what drove gunman Stephen Paddock. Newly released FBI search warrant records reveal few details, despite the roughly 500-page disclosure. A federal judge had ordered that non-confidential investigate documents be released, as requested…Read More

Maltese Prime Minister Defends Gambling Regulator Over Mafia Licensing

Joseph Muscat defends MGA

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat praised the work of the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) during a tough barrage of parliamentary questions on Friday. The online gambling hub’s regulator has been left shame-faced by a string of Mafia busts in Italy that have uncovered illegal gambling operations with links to Maltese licensees. Most recently, the MGA…Read More

Platinum Sports Book Boss Gets Two Years, Multimillion Dollar Fine for Role in Illegal Credit Betting Op

Platinum Sports Book

David Hair, a leading member of the upper-echelon management group that ran Platinum Sports Book, was sentenced on Wednesday. The judge sentenced Hair on Wednesday to two years in prison and fined him $3 million. Platinum was an illegal online credit betting operation (meaning no money was passed in either direction online, but rather via…Read More