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Joe Sebok Sextortionists Sentenced to Multi-Year Prison Terms

It was back in 2010, and poker pro and TV commentator Joe Sebok was winding out of his poker career anyway, due to a series of  bad professional decisions, or simply due to not winning enough money, depending on who you ask. It wasn’t over yet, but the writing was on the wall. In the…Read More

Jail Doesn’t Silence Shamed Poker Businessman Chad Elie

Jailed following U.S. federal enforcement actions on Black Friday, Chad Elie has now appeared back on the news scene after filing litigation proceedings in a Nevada court against well-known lawyer Jeff Ifrah, who represented him during Elie’s trial. Last year, Elie pled guilty to conspiring to commit bank fraud and operating an illegal gambling business,…Read More

Okada and Wynn Use Former FBI and Homeland Security Mercenaries to Do Battle

Maybe money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy a damned fancy consultant to plead your case; witness the never-ending feud between Las Vegas billionaire Steve Wynn and Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada, which has now been going on for almost as long as the War of the Roses, and is about as acrimonious. Homeland Security…Read More

Charges Dismissed Against Bronco’s Safety Quinton Carter; Bail Forfeited

First, the good news: charges filed by Las Vegas casino Texas Station against star Denver Broncos safety Quinton Carter have been dropped. Now the bad news: he’ll be forfeiting the $1,000 in bail money he had to pay when initially arrested. But hey, what’s $1K to a pro football player? As long as he keeps…Read More

Mystery Crusader to Take Part in APT Philippines

This year, the Asian Poker Tour will see a special guest in the form of Mexican folk hero Zorro, as the Bodog Poker Network is sending an anonymous player disguised in the outfit to take his seat at the Asian Poker Tour in the Philippines. The idea behind the Zorro character is that whichever player…Read More

Cleveland’s Horseshoe Casino Gets Spanked, While Revel Almost Goes Broke

Don’t mess with the Ohio Casino Control Act, the Ohio Administrative Code, or the Casino Internal Controls in the “Birthplace of Aviation” state; they’re watching you, and watching you closely. So the swank Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland is finding out, after being hit for a second time this year with fines for not doing things…Read More

Alleged Russian Mafia Kingpin Indicted by DoJ for New York Illegal Gambling Op

What do you do for an encore after you’ve been indicted for bribing Olympic figure skating judges? Naturally, you get indicted for running illegal poker and sports betting operations. Think of it as a kind of Russian Mafia entrepreneurial spirit, always looking for the next big thing in illegal activities. Such is the case for…Read More

Online Poker Cyber Attacks: How Hackable Are Your Internet Sites?

Digital security consulting firm ReVuln recently probed into the possibilities for online poker cyber attacks to reveal that the client-side software is the weak link of online poker security. Client-side software is “the only part of the infrastructure which is fully available to an attacker,” claimed the security firm. Essentially, the firm is saying that…Read More

Casino Dealer Fined $75K for Stealing from Customers

A casino dealer who needed a little extra cash for some urgent expenses thought skimming a couple hundred bucks from customers wouldn’t be such a bad idea to help make ends meet. He now knows otherwise, and has gone from needing a paltry $200 to needing a whopping $75,000 for the fine he just incurred….Read More

Bad Bet for Legendz Sports as DoJ Indicts Top Dogs

Once several key American states get all their legal ducks in line for online gambling, we’re thinking the Department of Justice is going to go through some major staff cuts; but for now, they have job security up the ying yang.  Yet another crackdown on an “illegal” operation this week, this time centered around large…Read More

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

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

Vietnam’s Ho Tram Strip Project Trying to Come Back to Life

We promise we won’t make endless, juvenile jokes this time about an area with the unfortunate name of the Ho Tram Strip; suffice it to say, the Vietnamese version of the Las Vegas Strip is actually an oceanfront integrated resort-casino project, designed to ultimately offer five luxury properties, a PGA-caliber 18-hole golf course, world-class entertainment,…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

Adelson Gets Camera-Shy in Court, Asks for Ban

Sheldon Adelson, Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation, has never shied away from the spotlight, but he’s asking for cameras to be banned from the courtroom as he takes the witness stand in a high-profile civil case coming up.  Adelson made the request to the judge, saying his personal security is at stake…Read More