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Their highs, their lows, their triumphs and their criminal convictions. Here we look at those colorful characters that keep the gambling world turning and make it as interesting as it is.

We follow their tournament track records, as well as look into their backgrounds to see what made them they way they are. We also keep our ears close to the ground for the many rumors that spring up about them.

Spanish Chess Grandmaster Hounded by Tax Officials Over Poker Play

Francisco Vallejo Pons poker tax

Francisco Vallejo Pons is Spain’s top chess player, a grandmaster who is ranked 36th in the world, according to the April FIDE ratings list. But he is finding it difficult to compete in top events, as he is being hounded by Spanish tax officials who say he owes more than half a million euros for his…Read More

Former NFL Running Back Clinton Portis Will Repay $190K to Borgata

Clinton Portis Borgata debt

Former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis has reached an agreement with the Borgata in Atlantic City that will see him repay $190,000 to the casino over the next three years. The debt stems from $200,000 in credit that the Borgata extended to Portis in early 2011. When Portis attempted to cover that debt, it…Read More

Judge Rules Against Borgata in Dispute with Card Maker Gemaco in Phil Ivey Case

Borgata Phil Ivey edge-sorting baccarat

The Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City was dealt a major blow to its legal case against a card manufacturer that the MGM Resorts property believes should be held liable for a nearly $10 million edge-sorting baccarat scheme. US District Court Judge Noel Hillman ruled this week that Gemaco, a Kansas City-based card manufacturer, cannot…Read More

Alabama Bingo King Milton McGregor Dies Aged 78

Victoryland owner Milton McGregor dies

Gambling mogul Milton McGregor, who waged the “Alabama Bingo War” against his home state, died peacefully in his home on Sunday, aged 78. The larger than life co-founder of the Victoryland dog-track was a household name in Alabama, where opportunities to gamble are few and far between. McGregor transformed the dog track he acquired in…Read More

Poker Player Jake Cody Wins Tournament, Puts It All on Black: Guess What Happens Next?

Jake Cody plays roulette

Poker player Jake Cody won just shy of $60,000 when he took down the partypoker UK Poker Championships “high roller” event on Monday night at England’s Dusk Till Dawn Casino. Nothing too remarkable about that – a prolific tournament player, Cody has over $4.5 million in tournament winnings and is Britain’s tenth most successful poker…Read More

Maine Casino Backers Sue State Ethics Commission Over $500,000 Fine

Shawn and Lisa Scott

The backers of a failed Maine casino proposal which was accused by the State Governor of “high jacking democracy” are suing the state’s Commission on Government Ethics and Election Practices in the hope of reversing the record fine it imposed on them in November. The commission hit Lisa Scott, sister of controversial casino entrepreneur Shawn…Read More

Las Vegas ‘Rogue’ Esports Team Levels Up to Superstardom

Rogue esports team goes from strength to strength

Esports may be a big buzzword in Nevada casinos, but a Las Vegas-based team is currently sparking the most chatter. The “Rogue” esports team has gone from a little-known outfit to globetrotting champions in a matter of months. Last year its CS:GO team won the Mountain Dew Video Game League championship, while its Overwatch team…Read More

Gaming Pioneer Stan Fulton, Who Helped Create Video Slot Machines, Dies at 86

Stan Fulton, 1931-2018

Stan Fulton, a pioneer in gaming who helped bring the video slot machine to the world, died Thursday in Las Vegas at age 86. Known as a gruff but generous man, Fulton used his fortune to help build the International Gaming Institute at UNLV, and fund many other philanthropic endeavors. Born in Maryland in 1931,…Read More

Dog Racing in Macau to End with Closure of ‘Canidrome,’ But Activists Fear Greyhounds’ Fate

Macau Canidrome closing

The Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome, the only stadium in Asia built for greyhound racing, will close on July 21, owner Angela Leong confirmed last week. The closure will mark the end of dog racing as a gambling sport in Macau. Leong, who wants to use the building for a greyhound museum to commemorate an 80-year…Read More

$1.3 Million Westgate SuperContest Scooped by Briceton Branch Sr., Father of High School Football Star

Westgate SuperContest 2017 Million Dollar winner

39-year-old Briceton Branch Sr. lived up to his own teenage son’s expectations when he beat out more than 2,700 other sports bettors over the course of the NFL season to win the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest, walking away with the grand prize of $1,327,284. Branch, who won under the entry name of “Grannys Boy,” finished…Read More

Poker’s Top Female Pro Vanessa Selbst Steps Back from PokerStars Endorsement Deal and the Game Itself

Vanessa Selbst leaving poker

Vanessa Selbst, who’s won three World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and made nearly $12 million as one of the top poker tournament players in the world, surprised fans and fellow players by announcing on New Year’s Eve that she’s retiring from the game. The most successful women’s player gave several reasons on an in-depth…Read More

Who Pushed Their Luck a Little Too Far in 2017: A Look Back

O.J. Simpson

Staying out of trouble is harder for some people than others, and in 2017, we saw both high and low-profile risk-takers push the envelope more than necessary. From celebrities to a man of the cloth, these are the people whose impossibly poor decisions may come back to haunt them, some for decades in prison, probably….Read More

Top Gaming Industry Salaries of 2017: Which Casino Barons Brought Home the Most Bacon

Big money casino industry 2017

The gaming industry had a dynamic 2017, but for casino operators, there’s only one true way to count success, and that’s by taking a look at their ledger sheets at the end of the year. The top dogs in the business didn’t get there by being faint of heart, and this year, the industry’s notables took…Read More

Criminal-Minded: Bad Boys Who Made Gaming’s Naughty List in 2017

Craig “NepentheZ” Douglas, a “bad boy” of gaming in 2017

The concept of “bad actors” has been part and parcel to casino and gaming worlds since their inception, and the fight to keep these industries clean can be an ongoing struggle. In 2017, we saw powerful online gaming executives, rising social media stars, and nefarious gamblers having to pay the piper for their efforts to…Read More

Biggest Sports Scandals of 2017: Football Knees, Golf Clubs, and Baller Bribes

sports scandals 2017 NFL kneeling

Sports scandals engulfed not only coaches, players, and fans in 2017, but everyone from President Donald Trump and former Wall Street executives, to league front offices and television networks. It was a turbulent 12 months, and the stakes were high. The sports world didn’t only revolve around championship games and rivalries, but social injustice, drug…Read More