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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.

Billy Walters Trial Star Witness Embezzled from Battered Women’s Charity to Fund Gambling, Hookers 

Billy Walters leaves court

Gambling, soliciting prostitutes, ripping off a women’s charity and leaking sensitive company information, it’s all just another day at the office, apparently, for the former chairman of one of America’s biggest milk-processing companies. Tom Davis, the former chairman of Dean Foods, of Dallas, continued his testimony in the trial of his one-time friend, the legendary gambler…Read More

Illusionist Criss Angel Straightjacket Stunt Gone Wrong Underlines Dangerous Life of Las Vegas Performers

Criss Angel blackout Foxwoods

Criss Angel is today’s Harry Houdini, and like the man who inspired his work, the 49-year-old Las Vegas entertainer is no stranger to a straightjacket. But during a performance of his signature show “Mindfreak Live!” late last week at the Luxor, Angel blacked out during a straightjacket escape that took place just 15 minutes into the…Read More

Manny Pacquiao Announces April Fight, Floyd Mayweather Speculation Lingers

Manny Pacquiao Floyd Mayweather boxing odds

Manny Pacquiao is in the business of making money, and he’s set to collect after agreeing to terms with lightweight boxer Amir Khan and giving the fans what they want. The 38-year-old boxer was initially in talks to fight Jeff Horn of Australia, but the response was less than enthusiastic in the boxing community. Pacquiao…Read More

Brandon Steven, 2010 WSOP Main Event Top-10 Poker Player, Subject of Federal Investigation

Brandon Steven WSOP DOJ investigation wiretap

Kansas businessman and well-known poker player Brandon Steven is under surveillance by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), and he apparently wants the world to know about it. Media outlets in Kansas have published a letter this week provided by Steven that clearly shows his involvement in a federal investigation. According to the document, the…Read More

Charlie Sheen, James Caan Among Hollywood Celebs Reportedly Caught Up in Mafia Gambling Sting Saga

Genovese crime family Smith Union Market

A group of sports-betting A-lister Hollywood celebrities may be about to receive a dose of unwanted publicity, following the arrest in December of 13 alleged Genovese Mafia members and associates on illegal gambling charges. According to a gossip site Radar Online source, high-profile stars, including Charlie Sheen, James Caan, Larry David, Tony Danza, and Simpsons…Read More

Floyd Mayweather Reportedly Reaches Deal to Box Conor McGregor in Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor fight

Floyd Mayweather isn’t scared to step into the ring to fight Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) Conor McGregor. He just wants to be paid in Mayweather fashion for doing so. After months of speculation, “Money” has reportedly come to financial terms with McGregor to go one-on-one with the 28-year-old mixed martial artist. The announcement, first reported by…Read More

Britney Spears Does It Again, as Vegas Residency Eclipses $100 Million in Revenue

Britney Spears Las Vegas residency

Britney Spears wasn’t lying when she said everyone wants a “Piece of Me.” Her appropriately named Las Vegas residency show, according to revenue figures supplied by Caesars and first reported by Billboard, has now passed the $100 million market in total ticket sales. Dating back to her first residency performance at Planet Hollywood in December of…Read More

Brains vs AI: Humans Taking a Pounding By Libratus

Jimmy Chou says pokerbot Libratus is better than humans

The Brains vs AI poker contest has reached its halfway point at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and it doesn’t make pretty reading for humankind. With 60,000 hands played in the match-up between four of poker’s finest and the latest in artificial intelligence from the Carnegie Mellon University, Libratus, the computer, is up $800,000.   …Read More

Floyd Mayweather Flaunts Sports Betting Streak, Green Bay Packers Ride Ends

Floyd Mayweather sports betting streak

Floyd Mayweather isn’t known for being humble, and considering his all-time 49-0 boxing record, perhaps that’s warranted. Affectionately known as “Pretty Boy” and “Money,” the boxing GOAT (greatest of all time) is spending his hard-earned retirement fortune by placing some not-so-casual sports bets. A lifelong gambler who calls the Las Vegas Valley home, Mayweather recently…Read More

Mafia-Backed Casinos Tried to Kill Me, Claims Edward O Thorp, the Father of Card-counting

Mafia Tried to Kill Card Counter Edward Thorp

Edward O Thorp, the 84-year-old inventor of card-counting, was once the target of a suspected Mob hit. The revelation comes in Thorp’s new autobiography, A Man for All Markets, published this week. In 1964, Thorp believes that Mafia-connected owners of the Dunes were so incensed by his ability to beat them at blackjack, they tried…Read More

KISS Casino Ready to Rock and Roll in Oklahoma With Kaw Nation

KISS casino Oklahoma Kaw Nation

A KISS casino will soon allow visitors to rock and roll all night in Oklahoma. Famed members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are teaming up with the Kaw Nation to construct a full-fledged casino on sovereign tribal land in the Sooner State near the Kansas state line along Interstate 35 in the town of Braman….Read More

Gaming Love Matches That Blew Up Big Time in 2016

Packer, Carey, the Wynns and the biggest 2016 gaming love matches

Mariah Carey’s relationship with billionaire casino mogul James Packer was the talk of the town in 2016. They were engaged in early January, and broke their silence on the much-rumored affair a week later, with Carey declaring that the $10-million 35-carat engagement ring the love-struck former Crown chairman had given her was “so heavy I…Read More

Strangest Gaming Bedfellows of 2016: Match Ups We Never Saw Coming (But Sometimes Saw Going)

James Packer and Mariah Carey

No question, 2016 saw some strange partnerships, interesting deals, and all kinds of dramatic decisions hit the headlines when it came to the gaming industry worldwide. From the weird (an Australian billionaire gaming mogul and his overly dramatic diva) to the downright odd (a former defense secretary tries out the world of online gambling), 2016…Read More

The 2016 Rio Olympics: Scandal, Triumph, and Bad Choices All Around

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The 2016 Rio Olympics had all the ingredients for a memorable Summer Games, and memorable it was. Even before the games started, a swarm of issues plagued the host city of Rio de Janeiro. As Rio scrambled to finish arena and stadium construction projects, a critical new subway line was still undergoing safety tests just…Read More

Robert Durst Trial for Susan Berman Alleged Murder, Even 16 Years Later, Still Leaves Witnesses Shaky

Susan Berman Robert Durst murder

Susan Berman is a household name to anyone who watched HBO’s The Jinx, the six-part documentary that linked real estate heir Robert Durst to the alleged murders of three individuals dating back to 1982. Berman, the daughter of mobster David “Davie the Jew” Berman, was murdered execution-style on Christmas Eve in 2000 at her home…Read More