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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.

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

South Point Casino Extends NASCAR Sponsorship of #21 Richard Childress Racing Car

South Point NASCAR

A Las Vegas casino will continue to hold its place in the world of NASCAR, as the South Point Hotel and Casino has extended its sponsorship deal with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) through the 2018 season. This will mark the seventh year in a row in which South Point and RCR have partnered on at…Read More

Celebrating 18 Years Under Chinese Control, Macau Honors Casino Tycoon Lawrence Ho

https://www.casino.org/news/macau-government-reviewing-all-aspects-of-gaming-industry

On this day in 1999, the sovereignty control of Macau was officially transferred from Portugal to China, as agreed upon by the two countries. To celebrate its 18th anniversary under the People’s Republic, Macau is honoring one of its most successful entrepreneurs, casino billionaire and Melco Resorts founder Lawrence Ho. The Macau Special Administrative Region…Read More

Researchers Reveal Secrets of Libratus Poker AI

Libratus poker AI

Back in January, the Libratus poker AI defeated four top heads-up no limit hold’em specialists, marking the first time that a computer showed it could defeat high-level professional players. Now, the team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University that created the silicon shark have revealed just how they pulled off that feat. In a paper…Read More

Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson Breaks Three Ribs in Fall, Misses Venetian Macau Anniversary Celebration

Sheldon Adelson, the top dog at Las Vegas Sands Corp., is recovering after a fall that resulted in three broken ribs for the 84-year-old gaming mogul. The incident occurred while Adelson was riding a ferry from Hong Kong to Macau, while in town to celebrate the anniversary of his own Venetian Macau property. The injury…Read More

Dominik Nitsche Wins $4 Million in WSOPE High Roller for One Drop

Dominik Nitsche One Drop

Dominik Nitsche overcame a strong field that included many of his German countrymen to win the 2017 High Roller for One Drop at the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The victory earned Nitsche not only €3,487,463 ($4.04 million), but also his fourth career WSOP bracelet. The High Roller attracted a…Read More