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Jussie Smollett Scandal Prompts Online Sportbooks to Stage Odds on Actor’s Legal Outcome, Career Future

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UPDATE: Fox says Smollett will not appear in the final two episodes of “Empire”   Jussie Smollett was released from police custody on Thursday after posting bond and returned to the Empire set in Chicago. Internet sportsbooks such as MyBookie are taking wagers on the outcome of the actor’s legal charges, as well as the future…Read More

K-Pop Music Star Shoo Convicted in South Korea for Recurrent Gambling Abroad

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Shoo, a K-Pop singer and actress — real name Yoo Soo-young — was handed a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, by a court in Seoul on Monday for the crime of “gambling habitually in foreign countries.” The South Korean celebrity — formerly a member of 1990s K-Pop sensation S.E.S — was also ordered…Read More

Showtime Announces Four-Part Sports Betting Docuseries ‘Action’

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Showtime Sports Documentary Films will air a four-part docuseries next month that focuses on the world of professional sports betting. “Action” chronicles the lives of professional gamblers and sports bettors, handicappers, and oddsmakers. One of the reality series’ stars is “Vegas Dave,” aka David Oancea, who recently pleaded guilty in federal court to a misdemeanor…Read More

Oscars Odds Return to New Jersey Sportsbooks, ‘Roma’ Best Picture Favorite

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Oscars odds are once again being offered at Atlantic City casinos and New Jersey sportsbooks, and “Roma” is the frontrunner to win the coveted Best Picture Academy Award. Late last month, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) signed off on allowing sportsbooks to take both mobile and in-person wagers on the outcome of…Read More

Disney Has No Interest in Offering Sports Betting, But ESPN Won’t Ignore Legalized Gambling

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While a major media conglomerate might be in the perfect position to profit off the spread of legalized sports betting, Disney CEO Bob Iger says the company has no interest in offering three-team parlays at Epcot Center. During a Tuesday quarterly earnings call, Iger told investors that Disney had no intention to operate sportsbooks, at…Read More

All Bets Are Off: New Jersey Regulator Mysteriously Pulls Plug on Oscars Betting

New Jersey sports books will not be taking bets on the Oscars this year, after all. Just days after the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) gave the go ahead for legal wagering on the Academy Awards ceremony for what would have been the first time in US history, operators were told over to…Read More

Oscars Betting Approved for Sportsbooks in New Jersey by State Regulators

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For the first time in the United States, gamblers will be able to place their bets on who will win at the Academy Awards, as New Jersey regulators have approved betting on the Oscars at sportsbooks in the state. The decision to allow such bets, which was first reported by Jessica Welman of Legal Sports…Read More

EA Sports Buckles Under Belgian Gambling Prosecution Threat, Removes Paid Loot Boxes in FIFA

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Electronic Arts will stop selling the in-game currency of its hit FIFA soccer game series in Belgium, after authorities threatened the video games publisher with prosecution under its gambling laws. Players will still be able to earn FIFA Points through gameplay, which can be used to unlock FUT Packs — the game’s loot box variant…Read More

Fortnite: World’s Biggest Game to Drop Paid Loot Boxes Over Gambling Concerns

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“V-Buck llamas” — the loot boxes found in the world’s biggest video game series, Fortnite — are about to go see-through, in a bid by publisher Epic Games to duck comparisons to gambling. On Monday, Epic announced in a blogpost that, starting with the new update v7.30, players will be able to see the contents…Read More

20th Century Fox Countersues Genting for $46.4 Million Over Disputed Theme Park

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20th Century Fox’s spat with Genting over a theme park escalated on Wednesday when the entertainment giant filed a $46.4 million lawsuit against the Malaysian casino operator. The filing comes two months after Genting sued Fox and its soon-to-be new owner, the Walt Disney Company, for $1.75 billion for breach of contract. Genting claims the…Read More

Rumored Drake Vegas Residence at XS Nightclub Could Be Bad Optics for Wynn Resorts

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Drake has reportedly struck a $10 million Vegas residency deal that is expected to see him perform 12 shows over two years at the XS Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas. According to The Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Canadian rapper and R&B star hinted as much to his fans during a performance at XS on January…Read More

Hit Game Fortnite’s VBucks Used for Widespread Dark Web Money Laundering

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Fortnite Battle Royale has become an online cultural phenomenon. The free-to-play survival shooter garnered 125 million players within a year of its release, leading to concerns that its addictive qualities and use of in-game currency and loot-box microtransactions are introducing children and teenagers to the dynamics of gambling. Now, a joint investigation by the UK’s…Read More

NBC Sports Washington to Unveil In-Game Betting Focused Sports Broadcasting

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NBC Sports Washington has wasted no time in embracing sports betting following its legalization by the District of Columbia just before Christmas. Sports Business Daily reports that this Friday’s televised NBA game between the Washington Wizards and the Milwaukee Bucks will receive an alternative airing on the regional sports network’s overflow channel, NBC Sports Plus,…Read More

Who Will Take Iron Throne? Sports Books Offer Differing Game of Thrones Odds

With the return of TV’s biggest show just months away, book makers are already offering up Game of Thrones odds on everything from who will take the Iron Throne to who will be the first to die. And depending on who you think will wind up ruling Westeros when HBO’s blockbuster series returns in April,…Read More

Scandal Breaks Over YouTube Stars Promoting Scam Gambling Site

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Top internet personalities Jake Paul and Bryan “Ricegum” Le have been blasted this week for pushing a sketchy Polish gambling website written in broken English and making outrageous claims about the prizes being offered. Mystery Brand is the latest in a new wave of websites offering “mystery boxes” — lucky-dip loot-box style crates that offer…Read More