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‘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

Zestless Chris Ferguson Posts Video ‘Apology’ for Full Tilt Scandal: Too Little, Too Late, Says Poker Community

Chris Ferguson apology video

Notorious poker pro and persona non grata Chris Ferguson — co-founder and former director of Full Tilt Poker — has posted what appears to be a hostage-style apology video for his role in the events that surrounded online poker’s Black Friday on April 15, 2011. The former World Series of Poker Main Event Champion posted a…Read More

Steve Wynn Draws on Fine Art Savoir-Faire with Self-Created Global Art Business

Steve Wynn launches Sierra Fine Art

Steve Wynn — the man who once reinvented Las Vegas — has now reinvented himself: as an art dealer. According to artnet.com, fallen casino mogul Steve Wynn, 76, has launched a company called Sierra Fine Art LLC, which will hawk multimillion-dollar artworks, including Picassos, Matisses, and Warhols. Its website, sierrafineartllc.com, was built on March 21,…Read More

Royal Wedding Gets Lined Up by Paddy Power, Special Bets Rule

Royal wedding Paddy Power odds

Royal weddings are as much about staging a global television spectacular as they are a ceremony uniting two young people in holy matrimony — maybe even more so — and Prince Harry’s marriage to Hollywood actress Meghan Markle on Saturday will be no exception. In box office terms, it may not be Mayweather-McGregor, but it’s…Read More

Floyd Mayweather Hits Video Poker Royal Flush Jackpot for $100,000

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather likes to gamble, and he likes to win, which was why Sunday night was a good night for the retired boxing legend. Following last year’s much-hyped bout with Conor McGregor, the Las Vegas resident’s latest opponent was a Ten Play Draw Poker machine at an unnamed Las Vegas casino. Let’s just say the…Read More

Mark Wahlberg Gets Atlantic City Ocean Resort Casino Blessing, Former Revel to Reopen June 28

Donnie Wahlberg, Paul Wahlberg and Mark Wahlberg

Hollywood’s highest-paid actor, Mark Wahlberg, has a vested interest in Atlantic City’s new Ocean Resort Casino and is praying it will be a fruitful one. Just for good measure, the actor-turned-entrepreneur — who was raised Roman Catholic, and has a permanent felony record for acts of violence committed in his teens — had the property…Read More

WSOP Runner-Up Gordon Vayo Sues PokerStars Over Tournament Win Nonpayment, Operator Claims Player’s Geolocation in Question

Gordon Vayo 2016 WSOP Main Event

2016 World Series of Poker Main Event second-place finisher Gordon Vayo is suing PokerStars for withholding nearly $700,000, which he says he won legitimately in its SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) internet tournament series last year. Vayo placed first in SCOOP Event #1, a $1,050 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament with a $692,000 first…Read More

Tennis Engulfed by ‘Tsunami’ of Corruption, Says $28 Million Independent Review

Integrity in tennis

Tennis has a “serious integrity problem,” according to the findings of an independent task force, set up in 2016 to investigate tennis’ serious integrity problem. The Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis, which has taken 27 months to complete at a cost of nearly £20 million ($28 million), was launched in the wake of the…Read More

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