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World Sports Exchange CEO Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

In 2011, shortly after online gambling site World Sports Exchange (WSE) went insolvent and began struggling to pay out players’ winnings, co-founder Jay Cohen reportedly became a recluse, gained over 100 pounds, and was seen as potentially suicidal. But it’s Steve Schillinger, one of Cohen’s co-founders of WSE, who is now being mourned, after being found dead…Read More

Joe Sebok Sextortionists Sentenced to Multi-Year Prison Terms

It was back in 2010, and poker pro and TV commentator Joe Sebok was winding out of his poker career anyway, due to a series of  bad professional decisions, or simply due to not winning enough money, depending on who you ask. It wasn’t over yet, but the writing was on the wall. In the…Read More

Jail Doesn’t Silence Shamed Poker Businessman Chad Elie

Jailed following U.S. federal enforcement actions on Black Friday, Chad Elie has now appeared back on the news scene after filing litigation proceedings in a Nevada court against well-known lawyer Jeff Ifrah, who represented him during Elie’s trial. Last year, Elie pled guilty to conspiring to commit bank fraud and operating an illegal gambling business,…Read More

Okada and Wynn Use Former FBI and Homeland Security Mercenaries to Do Battle

Maybe money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy a damned fancy consultant to plead your case; witness the never-ending feud between Las Vegas billionaire Steve Wynn and Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada, which has now been going on for almost as long as the War of the Roses, and is about as acrimonious. Homeland Security…Read More

Charges Dismissed Against Bronco’s Safety Quinton Carter; Bail Forfeited

First, the good news: charges filed by Las Vegas casino Texas Station against star Denver Broncos safety Quinton Carter have been dropped. Now the bad news: he’ll be forfeiting the $1,000 in bail money he had to pay when initially arrested. But hey, what’s $1K to a pro football player? As long as he keeps…Read More

Bingo Addiction Leads to Jail Time for British Manager

Elizabeth Sutton, a British administration manager, recently pled guilty to stealing £73,566 ($112,556) in order to fund her online gambling habit, and was sentenced by the courts to more than a year and a half behind bars. Sutton stole the money from her employer, Camelot Automotive, in order to continue her online bingo addiction between…Read More

Las Vegas Cab Drivers Taking Tourists for a Ride

Most tourists who come to Vegas to gamble expect to leave some money behind in the casinos. But most who ride cabs in from the airport don’t expect to be vastly overcharged by going a scenic route, a practice that typically tacks on about $10 per fare.  A recent legislative audit, however, shows that’s exactly…Read More

Texas Gaming Reexamined; Trump Plaza Deal on Hold

Texas lawmakers – who for years have rejected measures aimed at legalizing slot machines and allowing full-scale casinos to be built in the state for which poker’s most famous game is named – may finally have to budge, after a study by the Texas Association of Business (TAB) showed that expanding legalized Texas gaming in…Read More

Cleveland’s Horseshoe Casino Gets Spanked, While Revel Almost Goes Broke

Don’t mess with the Ohio Casino Control Act, the Ohio Administrative Code, or the Casino Internal Controls in the “Birthplace of Aviation” state; they’re watching you, and watching you closely. So the swank Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland is finding out, after being hit for a second time this year with fines for not doing things…Read More

Taiwan to Gamble on New Casino Zones

The Chinese have the quaintest names for things; what we call “commercial areas,” they call “free economic pilot zones.”  It’s almost like the old regimes are still around, whispering in someone’s ear; it all sounds so very formal in tone. But there’s nothing formal about where Taiwan is headed now, as they lean further and…Read More

Health Bureau Smoking Mad Over Noncompliance with Macau Smoking Ban

Macau’s revenue numbers for 2013 have lit up, but now the Special Administrative District’s Health Bureau has smoke coming out of their ears: it turns out that 64% of the area’s casinos may not be in compliance with a no smoking edict that was supposed to go into effect as of the first of the…Read More

Alleged Russian Mafia Kingpin Indicted by DoJ for New York Illegal Gambling Op

What do you do for an encore after you’ve been indicted for bribing Olympic figure skating judges? Naturally, you get indicted for running illegal poker and sports betting operations. Think of it as a kind of Russian Mafia entrepreneurial spirit, always looking for the next big thing in illegal activities. Such is the case for…Read More

Former Full Tilt CEO Ordered to Forfeit Millions

Former Full Tilt Poker boss Ray Bitar has pled guilty two years after the Black Friday indictments were filed against the online operator, as well as against PokerStars and Absolute Poker. As a result, Bitar has been sentenced to time served. As such, Bitar will serve no further jail time owing to his current heart…Read More

SPIELO G2 Chosen for Ontario Real-Money Site

SPIELO G2’s Boss Media AB has been chosen by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to power its PlayOLG.ca site as it makes the move from an information-only site to a real money online gambling site this year. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation plans to make the move to the real money offering in stages,…Read More

Illegal South Korean Sports Betting Under Attack

It appears the threat of attack from North Korea isn’t the only thing on the agenda of the South Korean authorities these days, as police in the province of Gyeonggi have been busying themselves with taking down illegal South Korean sports betting Internet sites. The country promised a crackdown on illegal sports betting operations less…Read More