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UK Lottery Winner Credits Scarab for Good Fortune

After matching five numbers plus the bonus ball in the UK National Lottery draw, Stephen Birkbeck believes that the win is all thanks to his lucky scarab beetle, which he was given while vacationing in Egypt. Birkbeck, 43 and from Cumbria, UK, scooped up a nice £369,151 ($570,761) from the draw, and said that he…Read More

Caesars Entertainment Misses a Put in Macau

In what may have seemed like an odd move for a huge casino conglomerate that is one of the few without presence in Macau – the most lucrative gaming destination in the world – Caesars Entertainment Inc. sold off its 175-acre golf course land that borders Macau’s chi-chi Cotai Strip last week. An Asian developer…Read More

Two $1 Million Prizes Awarded from Ohio Casino Customer Name Mixup

When the Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati held a $1 million drawing for customers on a Saturday night, the house was packed. The drawing was televised and plenty of local media were on hand to catch a glimpse of the winner. The announcer drew the winning name and said: “Our next millionaire from Cincinnati is: Kevin…Read More

Gamblers Wanted: Atlantic City Gamblers Show Up, Finally, at Revel

It’s the first good news since Atlantic City’s newest casino opened: finally, a marketing campaign appears to be working, and July’s numbers reflect the improvements everywhere within Revel Casino-Hotel. New Campaign Working With its seemingly obvious “Gamblers Wanted” campaign – including a massive sign plastered right on the front of the casino – Revel has…Read More

Steve Wynn Donates $25 Million to Vision Research

He could be the most famous virtually blind businessman in the world, and now he will donate a sizable chunk of his success so that others similarly afflicted may be able to see better. Looking Forward Casino mogul Steve Wynn announced he is donating $25 million to the University of Iowa’s Institute for Vision Research…Read More

Roadblocks to Vietnam Gambling Developments Have Critics Skeptical

It’s no secret that Asia is considered the biggest growth market in the casino industry. Macau is, of course, the biggest gambling hub in the world, while Singapore and the Philippines have become prized destinations for gambling developers as well. Even Russia has become determined to place casinos on its Asian borders in order to…Read More

German Banker Accused of Stealing Millions to Fund Gambling Habit

It’s nothing new to hear about individuals stealing money in order to spend it on gambling. However, it’s rare that the theft ever gets this big. A 39-year-old German bank worker has been accused of stealing over €8 million ($10.6 million) from customers, which he then spent at casinos over the course of several years….Read More

Adelson Smacks MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment for Room Rate Drop

It might be time for Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO Sheldon Adelson to take an anger management course. The 80-year old, highly litigious curmudgeon is at it again, and this time his ire is directed at casino competitor MGM Resorts International, who Adelson blames for driving down Las Vegas Strip room rates now, and, according…Read More

William Hill Waits for New Jersey Sports Betting Approval

As New Jersey continues to battle the U.S. courts and numerous pro sports leagues about the legalities of sports betting in the Garden State, a major sports book – the Las Vegas-based subsidiary of William Hill, the UK’s biggest bookmaker – has come up with a clever way to garner market share and pave the…Read More

Maine’s Problem Gambling Remains Problematic

By most accounts, the expansion of gambling in the state of Maine over the last three years has been a success. There is now a second full casino in Oxford, while the state’s first casino – Hollywood Casino – has been allowed to expand to offer table games along with slots. And all this has…Read More

33 Arrested in India Online Gambling Raid

Police in Kandivli, India raided six gaming parlors and arrested a total of 33 people this week in a crackdown on online gambling in the region. The raid was the first of its kind in the area, as Samta Nagar police raided parlors owned by Planet G Internet Online Game and Bingo in Kandivli, as…Read More

E-Gambling Designed to Fund Vikings Stadium Showing Weak Returns

When the Minnesota Vikings planned to build a new stadium so they could move out of the Metrodome, they turned to the state of Minnesota to help them fund the new venue. The state eventually agreed to pony up $348 million toward the project – a tough sell, given the public’s increasing skepticism about public…Read More

Nevada and New Jersey Discussing Online Gambling Compacts for 2014

It could be the biggest alliance since America and Britain made up: Nevada and New Jersey – the first two American states to legalize and regulate online gaming – could be forming a marketing alliance to create a larger Internet gambling audience. “I think it’s likely that in 2014 we’ll see a compact between New…Read More

Labour MP Disses Sports Books, Takes Donation from Retired Bookie CEO

Chuka Umunna, cited as the rising star of the UK’s Labour Party – who has publicly announced his discontent towards the bookmaking industry – got his own hand caught in the sports book cookie jar after accepting a donation of £20,000 (more than $30,000) from a retired premier sports betting company CEO. Slaps Bookies While…Read More

Whose Casino Is It Anyway? Boston and Everett, Mass. Duke It Out

While each of the three licensing battles for casino resort projects in Massachusetts has had its share of drama, none has proven more contentious than the fight over the casino slated to be located in the greater Boston area. Now, one Boston mayoral candidate is threatening a lawsuit over one such proposal that would put…Read More