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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.

Rapper YG Surrenders to Las Vegas Police Over Cosmopolitan Robbery Charge

YG Cosmopolitan robbery

Twist My Fingaz rapper YG turned himself in to Las Vegas Metro last Thursday, after a warrant was issued for the performer on felony robbery charges related to an incident at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas in May. The 29-year-old YG — whose real name is Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson —  is alleged to have ripped a…Read More

France Wins World Cup 2018 in Russia, Young Squad Proves Too Much for Cinderella Croatia

France wins World Cup Final

A six-goal World Cup Final. An own goal. A harsh VAR penalty. A moment of brilliance by Perišić. Then Pogba. Then Mbappe. A weird goalkeeping snafu that ultimately did not matter. And it didn’t end there. Broken Croatian hearts after their Cinderella run. French delirium as it will celebrate its 2nd World Cup title. And…Read More

John Cynn Wins $8.8 Million World Series of Poker Main Event, Final Heads-Up Match Longest in Tournament’s History

John Cynn

The 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event wound to a lengthy end in the wee hours on Sunday morning, and Indianapolis poker pro John Cynn was the victor of the $8.8 million dollar first prize. Cynn also received the accompanying 18-carat white gold, 120 diamond-encrusted champion’s bracelet worth an estimated half-million on its own,…Read More

Ex-NBA Star Charles Oakley Accused of Cheating at Blackjack at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Casino Won’t Comment

Charles Oakley

Former NBA star Charles Oakley was arrested Thursday night after being accused of trying to cheat the house at the Las Vegas Cosmopolitan casino. The 54-year old is facing felony fraud charges for allegedly taking back his bet upon realizing he was going to lose. The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) said that Oakley “was…Read More

Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah Ends Public Tours, Kitschy Las Vegas Attraction Returning to Private Status

Casa de Shenandoah — the over-the-top 52-acre estate of Las Vegas entertainment icon Wayne Newton and his wife Kathleen — is shutting down just three years after it opened as a tourist attraction. Newton’s attorney said this week that the decision has been made to return the estate to a private residence, according to the Las…Read More

World Cup Betting: France Now Favorite But Should It Be?

World Cup betting semi-finals

Former World Cup favorites Brazil are now history, as they were bounced out of the tournament courtesy of a heart-stopping own goal by Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne’s thumping right foot. Brazil’s departure means that only one of the top-five pre-tournament favorites, France, remains alive at this point in the tournament. It’s a testament to…Read More

World Series of Poker Main Event Attracts Second-Largest Field in History

World Series of Poker

World Series of Poker officials announced Wednesday night that 7,874 hopefuls had entered the 2018 Main Event, the second-biggest field ever. You’d have to go back to 2006 – when Jamie Gold trash-talked his way through 8,772 players – to find one bigger. But that was at the absolute pinnacle of the poker boom, a…Read More

World Cup Betting: Belgium Breaks Japanese Hearts, Brazil Plays Like Champion-Elect

World Cup betting

Russia 2018 has given us a taste of everything so far — the goal-fests, the chaotic giant-killing upsets, the dramatic penalty saves — and now we have the crazy late comeback. To the impartial, Belgium snatching victory from the jaws of defeat against Japan on Monday could be the best bit so far. They could…Read More

World Cup Betting: Spain, Argentina, Portugal Crash Out, as Mbappe Shines for France

World Cup Betting

First the Germans and now this! Spain’s shock elimination from Russia 2018 against the host, Russia, on penalties Sunday has rendered the World Cup betting odds unrecognizable from the list of favorites we began the tournament with three weeks ago. It’s also likely to have frustrated thousands upon thousands of gamblers who backed “La Furia…Read More

‘Pawn Stars’ Old Man Richard Harrison Dead at 77, Reality Series Made Las Vegas Staple Hip

Pawn Stars Rick Harrison History

Pawn Stars patriarch Richard Harrison — the always-crusty curmudgeon affectionately known as “The Old Man” — has died at the age of 77 following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. The long-running Las Vegas-based reality series, now in its ninth year, has become History Channel’s highest-rated program ever, and has turned the pawn shop at…Read More

World Cup Betting: Mexico Stuns Germany as Brazil Held by Switzerland

World Cup Betting

Reigning champion Germany tumbled from second favorite in World Cup betting, at 9/2, to fourth favorite overall, at 15/2, following a shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico in its opening game on Sunday. All is not lost for Joachim Low’s side — let’s not forget, after all, that eight years ago Spain lost its opening game…Read More

Online Sportsbooks Pick World Series of Poker Main Event Favorites, as Iconic Doyle Brunson Calls It a Day

WSOP Main Event betting and Doyle Brunson’s big farewell

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is well underway at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and with the Main Event just 2 1/2 weeks away, several offshore internet sportsbooks have set the lines on poker’s next world champion. Leading the pack at BetOnline.com are Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey, each at…Read More

Sports Betting All Over Atlantic City’s East Coast Gaming Congress, Bill Bradley Probably Not Attending

East Coast Gaming Conference is all about sports betting but Bill Bradley won’t be joining

Sports betting is naturally the hot topic of this year’s East Coast Gaming Congress, which kicked off today (Wednesday) at Harrahs Casino & Hotel in Atlantic City. The first day of events includes an in-depth talk on “Sports Betting: Where Does It Stand in mid-2018 and where is it going?” Where does it stand? Thanks…Read More

World Cup Betting: Rules of Wagering Engagement for Russia 2018

World Cup Betting

With just four days until the Russia 2018 World Cup kicks off at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, it’s high time we crunched some numbers and squeezed some odds until value drips out of them like hot butter. Sports betting, as they’ve been arguing in New Jersey for years, increases the engagement of the viewer…Read More

New Jersey Sports Betting Bills on Track to Pass This Week, Committee Slams ‘Hypocritical’ Sports Leagues

New Jersey sports betting

Identical New Jersey sports betting bills moved through the appropriations committees of their respective chambers on Monday, and are now expected to pass the full legislature on Thursday. Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-Belleville) told the New York Post it was “a watershed moment.” Monmouth Park race track is chomping at the bit to open its sports…Read More