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Full Tilt’s Bitar Makes Deal with DoJ While Awaiting Heart Transplant

How the mighty have fallen: Ray Bitar, the 40-year-old former CEO of Full Tilt poker – once at the top of the financial food chain that was online poker until the infamous Black Friday events toppled the biggest players – is now possibly near death, and has agreed to a plea deal with the Feds…Read More

Australia Rails Against Legality of Apple Poker App

A number of politicians in Australia, known for their views against online gambling, are questioning the legality of an Apple poker app, and are calling for a federal government clamp down on gambling operators from overseas. “We don’t allow online poker in Australia for Australian people under the Interactive Gambling Act,” stated Senator Richard Di…Read More

House of Bourbon Renaissance with Macau’s New Louis XIII Casino

Nothing says “upscale casino for the uber rich” like a 17th century French king whose whole family bore the charming name of “Bourbon,” and for whom a rather pricey and fantastically packaged cognac is now named, does it? Et voilà, there you have it: the unabashed logic behind naming a new super posh Macau casino…Read More

New Mexico Tribes Fight to Ban Online Gambling

Blackmail is such an ugly word, but it’s hard to see a new Navajo Nations gambling compact with the state of New Mexico in any other light; the new agreement, now being negotiated, would effectively allow the tribe to withhold any slot machine revenue due the Land of Enchantment should state legislators put through laws…Read More

Modesto Raid Reveals Illegal Online Gambling and Prostitution

Police in Modesto, California arrested twelve people from two businesses recently, following allegations that they were carrying out illegal online gambling operations. During the Modesto raid, 64 computers were seized from the two businesses, Andthen.com and LinkNet, which had each attempted to disguise their illegal operations through advertising themselves as an internet cafe and a…Read More

Women Increasingly Becoming Online Gambling Addicts

According to the leading female addiction specialist in the UK, Liz Karter, gambling online is quickly becoming more appealing to women than drugs or alcohol. Karter explained to UK newspaper The Independent that stress is a major factor behind gambling addiction, and that online gambling addicts are now more often than not women, as they…Read More

Man’s Self-Exclusion Lawsuit Against Montreal Casino for Not Barring Him Gets Tossed

Jean Poulin wanted to get thrown out of any Quebec casino he tried to step foot in. Instead it was his lawsuit against one of those casinos that got unceremoniously thrown out, after the judge ruled he had gone out of his way to avoid detection. Poulin now owes an additional $194 in court costs…Read More

Food Glorious Food! Atlantic City Casinos Go A Bit Nutty in April

Casinos are always looking for new ways to differentiate themselves and excite their customer base, and next to free gambling money and oodles of booze, food is always a good lure.  Free meals are a time-honored way for casinos to say, “Come on in and set awhile.” But now a whole bevy of Atlantic City…Read More

Safe Bet That Legal Sports Betting Is Gaining Acceptance Across the States

It’s not a new observation: in a country still crawling back out from the worst recession in a century, legalizing sports betting is yet another effective way for states to dig out from under. Nevada, for example, will see wagers in excess of $200 million on March Madness sports book action alone, and that little…Read More

Nevada Sports Betting Embroiled in Battle of Who Can Accept Wagers

Back in the day, if one mob crew was siphoning business from another mobster famiglia in Las Vegas, you know what happened: all hell broke loose. Not much has really changed; the battles have just moved away from the mob and into the state legislature.  The latest such battle involves huge corporate casino sports books…Read More

The Little Black Book That No One Wants to Be In: Ex-Con Frank Citro Wants His Name Clean

It’s never been done before, but there’s always a first time: a 68-year-old Las Vegas man with numerous felony convictions who did a two-year stint in the Federal pen for illegal bookmaking and loansharking now wants his name cleared off of the infamous so-called “Black Book” that is kept by Nevada’s Gaming Control Board (GCB)….Read More

Private Casino, Sir? Bellagio Raises the Bar for High-Roller Offerings with Villa Privé

Massive penthouse suites, private butlers, professional chefs preparing gourmet meals right in your room: that’s nothing new to the high-rollers, (aka “whales”) of the gambling universe. People who can afford to gamble anywhere from high six-figures right on into the millions expect to be courted like the hottest chick in the class by casinos all…Read More

Microgaming Bad Beat Jackpot Already Paying Dividends

The newly-restructured bad beat jackpots (BBJ) at Microgaming came into effect on March 19 and are already paying the desired dividends to players. The jackpot has already been claimed three times since that date for a total of more than €1.15 million ($1.92 million). The new Microgaming bad beat jackpot format was in response to…Read More

Oh Behave! Nevada Gaming Regulators Tell Vegas Casinos to Keep It Legal

Summer’s around the corner, and you know what that means: the notorious Las Vegas casinos’ summer pool parties are about to get into full swing. That means bikini-clad maidens everywhere, outrageous amounts of incredibly overpriced booze flowing like a river, and, oh yeah, possibly some illicit activities going on as well. In an effort to…Read More

Hawaii Just Says No to Gambling Study

You probably wouldn’t be too surprised to learn that gambling of any kind is banned in Utah; after all, the heavily Mormon state looks down on sinful activities of any kind. But Hawaii? How did the last state to join the Union get so persnickety when it comes to games of chance anyway? No Resolution…Read More