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Illegal Russian Casinos Just Part of the Gaming Picture

The old coal mining adage that “I owe my soul to the company store” has taken on bizarre meaning with the recent discovery of an underground immigrant slave garment manufacturing “village” in Moscow, replete with an equally illegal casino.  The underground town – which held 200 Asian workers held captive against their will – was…Read More

Citing Money Laundering, Feds Still Trying to Regulate Online Gambling

Feds continue to scramble to create a national regulatory framework for online gambling, despite the fact that Nevada, New Jersey (and soon, several more states) are already in full throttle Internet gambling mode on their own. Even law enforcement seems to realize it’s a rather belated effort, as noted by Chuck Canterbury, who heads up…Read More

Pregnant Woman Misses Out on Share of £28 Million Jackpot

A British woman in a Merseyside office lottery syndicate has missed out on her share of a £28 million (more than $42 million) Euromillions win after taking the day off sick and is now seeking court action to get her hands on what she believes is her share of the winnings. Morning Sickness Kept Her…Read More

Bally Technologies Purchases SHFL Entertainment for $1.3 Billion

Bally Technologies and Shuffle Master have long been two of the biggest casino technology suppliers in the industry. Now, thanks to a massive merger, the two companies will be working under the same banner. Best Buy Bally Technologies has agreed to the acquisition of SHFL Entertainment – the company once known as Shuffle Master –…Read More

Las Vegas Whales Land First-Class at Private McCarran Hangars

As if there weren’t enough reasons to want to be a rich Las Vegas high roller – known as a “whale” in industry parlance – now you can add one more: how about a private hangar for your jet when it lands, so you don’t have to sully yourself even witnessing the hoi polloi and…Read More

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Ire for Spain’s EuroVegas Project

Sheldon Adelson, CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation and a top player in the worldwide gambling industry, is about to find out exactly how much power he wields; he’s currently locked in a heated battle with the government of Spain regarding their strict anti-smoking laws. Word is that Adelson says unless that ban is lifted…Read More

J.C. Tran Leads WSOP Main Event November Nine

After seven days of intense play, a tournament that started with 6,353 entrants has determined its final nine players. The World Series of Poker Main Event has been reduced to its final table, with none other than J.C. Tran emerging as the chip leader for the “November Nine.” Well-Stacked Tran will enter final table play…Read More

Filipino Authorities Want Gambling Tycoon Okada Charged

A joint fact-finding panel between the Filipino National Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice has recommended that charges be filed against Japanese gambling magnate Kazuo Okada, as well as more than 25 other individuals and 10 “juridical entities” in relation to the operation of Okada’s casino property in the Philippines. No Dummies The charges…Read More

Macau’s Cotai Strip Focus of Most American Casino Development Dollars

While Las Vegas casinos continue to grow their non-gaming revenue-producing options, it’s now Macau’s lucrative Cotai Strip that will be the focus of actual major casino resort development for the next few years. Money Pouring Into Macau’s Cotai Whereas the Las Vegas Strip will see approximately $1.6 billion on four new projects, Macau’s Cotai will…Read More

Luck o’ The Irish Public Casinos May Become Reality

You might assume – as much as “luck” is associated with all things Irish – that they already have public casino gambling in the land of green; but you’d be wrong. Now the Irish government is moving to change all that with the introduction of the Gambling Control Bill 2013, the first step towards creating…Read More

2012 WSOP Main Event Winner Greg Merson Busts in 167th Place

It won’t be a repeat of last year’s $8.5 million first-place win for poker player Greg Merson; he busted 167th from this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event this weekend for a mere $42,990 this time. Still, many say it was an impressive back-to-back finish for the 25-year-old from Maryland to go so far…Read More

Galaxy Gaming Nixed for California Casino Licensing

The four-member California Gambling Control Commission has voted unanimously to uphold a previous ruling that said Galaxy Gaming California LLC is unfit to do business with the state of California.  The California company is a subsidiary of its Las Vegas-based parent, Galaxy Gaming Inc. Even more scathing, the Commission specifically stated that Galaxy CEO Robert…Read More

Caesars Entertainment Raising Capital for Online Spinoff

Caesars Entertainment has been taking steps to prepare itself for online gambling in the United States for years. Now, the company is looking to spin off that branch of the company into its own brand. Fundraising Caesars has submitted a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, announcing that it plans to raise $1.2 billion to start…Read More

Kevin Costner’s 1,000-Acre Deadwood, SD Listing Up for Grabs

If you’ve ever wanted to open your own casino while having a piece of both American and Hollywood history, now’s your chance: actor Kevin Costner has put 1,000 acres he owns just outside of Deadwood, South Dakota (where the infamous Wild Bill Hickok “Dead Man’s Hand” shooting took place in 1876) up for sale. Prepped…Read More

Yet Another Federal Online Poker Bill Tries to Pass Muster

A Texas legislator who is a longtime proponent of online poker has introduced federal legislation that would allow individual states and Indian tribes to set up their own Internet pacts, while maintaining some national standards of protection against underage gambling online. Wants Federal Mandate Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) is the sponsor of the bill, known…Read More