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Chauffer Suspect in Murder of Taiwanese Mogul Shih Chia-chin

Taiwanese murder suspect Hsieh Yuan-hsin

Taiwanese online gambling ringleader Shih Chia-chin may not be a household name in the Internet betting community, but he was infamous in his home nation for the wealth he earned by running his sites. Now, his kidnapping and murder have shocked the island nation. Shih’s body was found Sunday evening in Tainan County by police. He…Read More

MGM Tokyo On A Fish Market Site?

Tsukiji fish market

MGM Resorts International, like most of their competitors, would love to build a casino in Japan. And if you’re going to build there, then the most lucrative city for a casino would have to be Tokyo. The only disadvantage to placing a casino in the nation’s largest city is the cost of building there, as…Read More

Christie Promises Jobs For Casino Workers

Chris Christie promises jobs

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been challenged by casino workers over jobs, as three of the city’s casinos face imminent closure. Christie, who was at Ocean City Town Hall to discuss pension reforms, was greeted on his arrival by a group of workers from the threatened Revel, Showboat and Trump Plaza, chanting “Save our…Read More

New Poker Movie Gutshot Straight Released September 1st

Gutshot Straight Movie

Could Gutshot Straight, the latest poker movie due to hit our screens, buck the trend by not being unutterably awful? It may have a hard time convincing us cynics at who have pretty much given up on the genre due to the procession of half-cooked turkeys that we’ve been served up in over the…Read More

PayPal Considering Expanded Service in US Gambling Markets

PayPal logo

PayPal has never been much of a friend to American gamblers. Once upon a time, those in the US who played at online gambling sites had plenty of e-wallet options to choose from, but even then, PayPal was a holdout, only allowing itself to be used at certain sites in certain tightly regulated markets. But…Read More

PokerStars and Full Tilt May Launch in New Jersey in 2014

Atlantic Club

PokerStars is still the biggest name in online poker, but it could be even bigger if it were to be allowed back into the legal US market. Until recently, such a return seemed highly unlikely, with “bad actor” clauses and skeptical regulators keeping the company out of states with regulated Internet gambling. But the sale…Read More

Lottery Directors Oppose Online Gambling Ban

Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO, Sheldon Adelson

Sheldon Adelson’s proposed online gambling ban has attracted plenty of attention, even if it doesn’t look like it will come up for a vote in Congress any time soon. It has, however, been effective at getting politicians and industry officials across the country to state their positions on the issue. This week, three state lottery…Read More

California Online Poker Bills Stalled for 2014 Legislation

California State Senator Lou Correa

California online poker will not be written into law this year in the Golden State. That’s the news from the two sponsors of two separate regulatory draft bills, State Senator Lou Correa and Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer, who have announced that their push to legalize online poker in the state will now be shelved for 2014….Read More

As Rome Burns, Putin OKs Crimea Gambling Zone

Russia's Vladimir Putin to create gambling zone in Crimea despite ongoing Ukrainian crisis.

The old story about Roman emperor Nero fiddling while his city burned to the ground has a mythic quality that could be applied to Vladimir Putin these days. Facing an international scandal after Russia’s seeming involvement in shooting a Malaysia Air passenger jet out of the sky, the Russian president has chosen now to okay…Read More

Caesars Atlantic City Hit in $181K Heist

More than $180,000 was stolen from Caesars Atlantic City by two unidentified thieves.

Things aren’t great right now in Atlantic City. Casinos are closing, revenues are falling and profits are drying up month after month. It’s a time when resorts are carefully monitoring every dollar that comes in and out of their balance books. In short, it’s about the worst time possible for a six-figure sum to go…Read More

PokerStars Could Return to New Jersey Market by Fall

PokerStars, Rational Group, Mark Scheinberg, Isai Scheinberg,

PokerStars’ carefully orchestrated sale to Amaya Gaming for $4.9 billion looks like it might well pay off for the world’s biggest poker site. The ink was still running down the page on that $4.9 billion contract when New Jersey gaming officials announced that they had met with representatives from Amaya, and this week they told…Read More

Ben Affleck Card Counts: Whoops, He Did It Again

Ben Affleck, Caesars Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Oh, Ben Affleck, you lil ol’ so-and-so, you! Looks like Batman – AKA our Hollywood mega-star Ben – is going to need his Batmobile at the ready if he wants to keep on counting cards at blackjack in every casino he sets foot in. Yes, he’s been caught at it yet again, this time up…Read More

PokerStars Buyout by Amaya Gaming Imminent; Stock Trades Halt

Amaya Gaming PokerStars Blackstone

After a hefty 28.7 percent two-day stock spike, Canadian technology group Amaya Gaming’s stock trading was halted amidst industry rumors of an imminent PokerStars buyout – a rumor that’s been circulating for several weeks now. With hints that global investment underwriter Blackstone Group is behind the $1 billion funding of the key acquisition, it appears…Read More

Caesars Rumored Behind Latest Federal Online Poker Bill

US Capitol Congress federal online poker bill

It hardly qualifies as news these days when a new online gambling bill hits Congress. Whether it’s an attempt to regulate the industry nationwide, a proposed ban, or anything in between, these bills seem to be going nowhere in the current political climate. That means that there needs to be some sort of hook for…Read More

Bookmaker Ceases Taking Odds on Qatar World Cup Likelihood

Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup

When Qatar won the right to host the 2022 World Cup, the jokes started almost immediately. There were allegations of bribery or other misbehavior, and many wondered exactly how the world’s most massive sporting event would be held in a tiny country with blistering hot weather in the summer. That in turn gave rise to…Read More