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Judge Rules Against PokerStars in Atlantic Club Dispute

We’ve all taken bad beats at the poker table – but few will ever be nearly as big as the one suffered by PokerStars recently. PokerStars’ parent company, the Rational Group, is out $11 million after a deal gone bad with the Atlantic Club, an Atlantic City casino that the online poker giant had hoped…Read More

It’s Not Just for Gambling Anymore: Atlantic City Aims for “Destination Resort” Status

Poor old Atlantic City: it lost the race to be the first U.S. gambling Mecca to offer legal online gambling; it’s still recovering from the ravages of last year’s Hurricane Sandy; and its revenue stream has been more of a trickle, by casino standards anyway, in recent years. Now the Atlantic City Alliance, a group…Read More

Oneida Indians and New York’s Cuomo Agree to Casino Deal

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been looking to expand casino gambling in his state. The Oneida Indian Nation has long wanted to settle land claims and build a new casino in Central New York. There couldn’t have been a more perfect match. The Oneida Indian Nation has now signed agreements both with Governor Cuomo,…Read More

22 Locations Announced for 2013-2014 WSOP Circuit

Over the past decade, the WSOP Circuit has become a popular addition to the World Series of Poker calendar. While the format has changed from year to year, it’s now used as a way to allow players from around the United States and Canada to enjoy a WSOP experience at their local casinos at a…Read More

Macau Casinos Look to Boxing to Provide Added Punch

These days, there’s no doubt that Macau has far outstripped Las Vegas when it comes to the world’s largest gambling market. But when it comes to vacation destinations, many still see Las Vegas as having a significant edge. While Macau may boast the most action for high rollers and the largest gambling revenues in the…Read More

Stanley Ho Extending Macau Casino Empire

The King of Gambling is coming to Cotai. That’s the news out of Macau, as Stanley Ho’s SJM Holdings has won government approval to build a casino on the Cotai strip, the hottest growth area in the region. Cotai New Hot Spot In recent years, Macau has left Las Vegas in the dust when it…Read More

Steve Wynn Tells Nevada Legislators He Supports “Broad-Based Business Tax”

Steve Wynn told Nevada legislators in a closed-door meeting that a broad-based business tax of 0.5 percent is the way to go for all businesses who pull in more than $1 million annually. That would translate to a relatively modest $50K for companies just over the $1 million threshold, but substantially more for huge conglomerates…Read More

Las Vegas Sands Must Pay Consultant Richard Suen $70 Million in Final Judgment

After two days of jury deliberations, the verdict is in: Las Vegas Sands (LVS) has to fork over $70 million in past due fees and accrued interest to one-time consultant  and Hong Kong businessman Richard Suen for his role in getting LVS into the Macau gaming market at the start of the decade. Second Suit…Read More

Iovation Connection to Ultimate Gaming Probed

Iovation’s website touts the online security company as “fraud protection for online gaming,” and that’s exactly what Nevada’s first legal online poker site,, was indirectly using them for, via a third party; until a few chat rooms got wind of the former Ultimate Bet’s “security” connection, and the Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB) did…Read More

Phil Ivey Says “That’s a Crock” to Britain’s Oldest Casino

Phil Ivey, the poker pro so good he’s been termed the “Tiger Woods of Poker”, has popped up in the press after filing a £7.3 million ($12.1 million) lawsuit against the oldest casino venue in Britain, Crockford’s Casino. The poker legend claims the exclusive London-based casino is refusing to payout the £7.3 million in winnings…Read More

Temporary Block Placed on Alternate Bid for New Jersey’s Atlantic Club

As the continuing saga of PokerStars’ attempted entree into the Atlantic City casino market unfolds, Rational Group US Holdings, the parent company of the online poker site, successfully gained a court order that places a temporary block on the Atlantic Club casino-hotel owners from selling the venue to another bidder. The temporary court order bars…Read More

Kansas Casinos Prove Wizardly in Gaming Revenue Growth

There’s no place like home for gross gaming revenue; at least according to the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) 2012 annual commercial casino market report. While Vegas and Nevada continue to lead the field in pure gaming revenues, the fastest-growing state is: Kansas. Kansas? Yep, Kansas. Who even knew they had casinos in Kansas?  Maybe you…Read More

Rational Group Still Intent on Atlantic Club Deal

Rational Group, the British parent company of PokerStars, the online poker site, has declared it’s still interested in purchasing the Atlantic Club, in New Jersey’s Atlantic City, despite earlier deal negotiations falling through for the company. The deal struck with Rational Group back in December was apparently contingent on the firm obtaining its license from…Read More

Marcus Bebb-Jones Receives 20-Year Sentence for Murder

Marcus Bebb-Jones, the British former professional poker player found guilty of murdering his wife, has now been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in a case that’s been drawn out for more than 16 years. For those who missed our previous coverage of this story, Sabrina Bebb-Jones’ absence was reported by a member of staff at…Read More

U.S. Gaming Revenues Pass Go and Collect More Than $200

Maybe it’s a sign the recession is receding, or maybe it’s just a reflection of the growth of legal land-based gambling across the U.S., but whatever the reason, the American commercial casino industry took in $37.34 billion in 2012, and that’s a nice 4.8 percent jump from the year prior. It’s also the biggest growth…Read More