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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

Facebook Adds Sports Betting to Its UK Online Casino Offerings

Facebook made waves last year when they began offering real money slot machines and casino games to its UK users. Now, the social networking giant is greatly expanding the number of gambling options its users will have by adding sports betting to all UK users over the age of 18. Paddy Power Teams Up The…Read More

Florida Bill to Ban Internet Cafes Inadvertently Bans All Computers

Like many other states, Florida has been struggling with the emergence of “Internet cafes” that were really fronts for gambling. These sweepstakes parlors have been able to skirt local gambling laws by giving patrons a service for their money – say, time on the Internet on one of their computers – while the real draw…Read More

Buddhist Monks Gambled Away Donation Money in Casinos

Last year shocking secret video footage was revealed showing a group of monks enjoying a game of poker while drinking and smoking in a hotel room, which included a number of Buddhist monk leaders from the Jogye Order, the largest Buddhist order in Korea. Casino Trips Taken Ven Jangiu of the Jogye Order has now…Read More

South Korean Businessman Wins IRS Gambling Tax Case

In many nations around the world, gambling winnings aren’t taxed. Others tax winnings only from professional gamblers, or tax gambling winnings at a reduced rate that simply asks for a percentage of net winnings. That’s not the case in the United States, where gambling winnings are taxed (for non-professionals) every time a player wins, and…Read More

Former £10 Million Lotto Winner Now Working for £6 An Hour

As Britain’s most notorious jackpot lottery winner, Michael Carroll earned the title “King of Chavs”, which is basically the British equivalent of being king of the rednecks, after pocketing just shy of £10 million (almost $15 million) on the UK’s National Lottery. Bad Fortune Carroll famously won the fortune in 2002 at the age of…Read More

Manila, Philippines Mayor to Cops: Enforce Gambling Code or Be Fired

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada says he’s planning on cracking down on virtually all forms of illegal gambling in the Philippine city, and that police who refuse to help with the push will find themselves out of a job. Estrada made the comments during a recent news interview. “We will immediately relieve those officers who are…Read More

Is Macau Mirroring Las Vegas’ Shady Past? Some Experts Think So

Back when Bugsy Seigel and the Mob ran Vegas, an unpaid gambling debt could easily find you in an alley getting your kneecaps whacked, and payola was as accepted a part of the business as cash counts and hookers. Then between Howard Hughes in the 1960s and intense FBI scrutiny of casino practices in the…Read More

Las Vegas Sands CFO Says “Sayonara” with $7.7 Million Stock Cashout

What did you get the last time you were let go from a job? If you were lucky, your co-workers probably took you out to lunch at Applebees and might have bought you a “Good Luck” $10 Starbucks card. But for the outgoing chief financial officer (CFO) at Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the…Read More

Birmingham Barclays Banker Embezzles Customer Funds for Gambling

In what seems to be an unfortunate trend, once again a UK bank worker in a position of responsibility has been caught with their hands in the cookie jar; a Birmingham, UK Barclay’s bank teller stands accused of stealing over £127,000 ($191,000) from customer accounts. Gambling Addiction Led to Account Thefts Julia Finney, 29, allegedly made almost…Read More

PokerStars, Resorts Casino to Partner for NJ Online Gambling License

PokerStars may have been rebuffed in their attempts to purchase a casino in Atlantic City, but that wasn’t going to stop them from getting their online gambling products into  the New Jersey Internet market. The Rational Group (parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker) announced a deal this week that will see it partner…Read More

Sydney Approves Packer Plan for Crown Ltd. Casino Expansion

The government of New South Wales has approved a plan by James Packer and Crown Ltd. that will see a second casino come to the city of Sydney. The casino, which will be developed alongside a 60-story hotel, will be designed to attract high rollers from Asia and elsewhere who have so far largely stayed…Read More

Grandmother Gives Armed Robber at Ladbrokes A Run for His Money

A 57-year-old grandmother has proudly earned the nickname of “Wonder Woman” among her colleagues at a UK Ladbrokes bookies outlet, after fending off a knife-wielding assailant attempting to rob the branch recently. On the Defensive Margaret Black, the grandma who works as a cleaner at a Ladbrokes bookie’s in Shotts, Lanarkshire, took on the threatening…Read More

To Russia With Love for Macau Casino Magnate Lawrence Ho

Macau casino mogul Lawrence Ho appears likely to be the first major gaming operator to move into the Russian market, as his company has signed an agreement to open a casino there. The move signals Russia’s intention to become a major player in the lucrative Asian casino market. In the Zone Ho’s casino-resort would be…Read More

Atlantic City’s Borgata Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary

Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino is celebrating its tenth anniversary this week, one that sees the resort stand head and shoulders above its competition as the most successful property in Atlantic City. Since its opening in 2003, Borgata has set out to attract higher-end customers than many of the other Atlantic City casinos, a task it’s been…Read More