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Wisconsin’s St. Croix Chippewa Tribe Asked to Pay $5.5M in Fines Even Though Purportedly in ‘Financial Crisis’

The St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin are now facing $5.5 million in fines after a detailed review by the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) into alleged improper spending of casino revenue. The proposed penalties from the national tribal regulator were announced in a letter last Thursday along with a stern rebuke by the NIGC…Read More

UK Lottery Winner to Forfeit Millions Over Drugs and Money-Laundering Network That Embezzled from Russian State

Russian State

A UK lottery winner who claimed her lavish lifestyle was funded by a £2.5 million ($3.24 million) jackpot she won in 2008 has been ordered to forfeit millions after a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation fingered her as a cog in a global money-laundering operation. Mother-of-three Amanda Nuttall, 45, was unable to adequately account for…Read More

BC Lottery Corp Seeks Tech Contractor to Fix Broken Anti-Money-Laundering System

BC Lottery Corp

The BC Lottery Corp has launched a competitive bidding process for a technology solution to help combat money laundering after an independent report described its current system as unfit for purpose, CBC reports. The province has been engulfed by scandal following revelations that it had become a global hub of money-laundering, with billions of dollars…Read More

Alleged Trump Tax Records Show Extent of Atlantic City Casino Losses

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Purported printouts of Donald Trump tax transcripts from the mid-1980s to mid-1990s obtained by the New York Times reveal he lost $1.17 billion — reportedly more than any other individual American — at a time when casinos formed a core part of his business. The picture NYT paints shows a period of rampant borrowing, acquisition,…Read More

Macau Police Say Gambler Beaten to Death by Loan Sharks Over $6300 Debt

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Macau police allege a Chinese man found dead inside a guesthouse on the enclave’s main peninsula was the victim of a brutal beating at the hands of three loan sharks. Judiciary Police believe a man who held an HKD50,000 ($6,373) gambling debt was attacked over his outstanding liability. Law enforcement spokesman Leng Kam Lon said…Read More

Maximum Security to Skip Preakness, Owners’ Derby Appeal Denied

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday rejected an appeal by the owners of Maximum Security to overturn the stewards’ decision disqualifying their horse as the winner of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. After a chaotic 22 minutes following Saturday’s Derby, when stewards reviewed race video and interviewed jockeys to determine that Maximum Security interfered with at…Read More

Six Las Vegas Sports Betting Funds Being Controlled by Ex-Con Ponzi Scheme Operators, Investor Payouts in Limbo

Sports betting funds

Two men imprisoned in the 1990s for operating a Ponzi scheme shell company that pretended it supplied copy machines to financial institutions are in charge of at least $1 million invested in six Las Vegas several sports betting mutual funds, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has discovered. John F. Thomas III — who was apparently born…Read More

OP-ED: In Making the Kentucky Derby Results Right, Horse Racing Still Gets It Wrong

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kentucky Derby, known as the greatest two minutes in sports, became the most confusing 22 minutes in sports Saturday. In the end, the right decision was made but something still feels wrong about the entire process that led to Country House winning the Kentucky Derby, Maximum Security’s stunning disqualification and a…Read More

British Columbia Calls for Gambler’s Code of Conduct Over VIP Dealer Abuse at River Rock Casino

River Rock Casino

Physical assault, sexual harassment, verbal abuse, death threats, chair-throwing — it’s all just part of the job if you’re a dealer the high-roller tables, allegedly. Or at least, these are some of the indignities that employees at the River Rock Casino in Richmond, British Columbia, have had to endure, according to a damning new report…Read More

Wynn Resorts Agrees to $35.5M Fine, Focused on Successful Encore Boston Harbor Opening

Wynn Resorts Encore Boston Harbor casino

Wynn Resorts will pay the $35.5 million in fines levied by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) to keep its operating license for Encore Boston Harbor. Company officials say they’re now focused on moving forward and opening the $2.6 billion integrated casino property. On Tuesday night, the five-member MGC handed down a $35 million fine on…Read More

British Columbia’s Casino Money Laundering Problem Exploded in the Late 1990s: Whistleblower

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British Columbia has been rocked by financial scandal following revelations that its casinos had become “laundromats for organized crime” over the past decade, with Chinese criminal gangs transforming the province into a global money-laundering hub with links to the fentanyl epidemic. But the scandal may go back further than a decade, to the late 1990s,…Read More

Wynn Resorts’ Encore Boston Harbor Fate May Come Down Wednesday

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Encore Boston Harbor, Wynn Resorts’ $2.6 billion integrated casino resort in Everett, could see its fate determined as early as tomorrow by state gaming regulators. The five-member Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) wrapped three days of hearings earlier this month into the suitability of Wynn Resorts following the revelation of decades of alleged sexual misconduct by…Read More

California Casino Run by Powerful Polygamous Mormon Sect Could Lose License

Lake Elsinore

A California casino owned by members of a Mormon fundamentalist sect has been operating under a provisional license for the last two decades, despite a regulator’s recommendation it be denied full licensing back in 2008, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Lake Elsinore Casino, an underwhelming low-rise card club in the city of Lake Elsinore, Southern…Read More

Vietnam Billion-Dollar Illegal Gambling Ring Likely Focused on Sports Betting

Vietnam police arrested at least 22 people this week in connection with a massive $1.28 billion gambling ring that may have involved hundreds of thousands of user accounts. It is believed to be the largest illegal online gaming operation ever in the East Asian nation. Twelve of the suspects ran the operation with one of them…Read More

Virginia Economic Development Director Who Claimed She Was Big Casino Winner Was Big Loser, Embezzlement Probe Shows

Jennifer McDonald

A former Royal-Warren County, Virginia economic development director who boasted to local press last year of winning over a million dollars on slot machines actually lost $753,207 from 2014 to 2018, according to records subpoenaed from the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town. In February 2018, Jennifer McDonald gave an interview to The Royal Examiner to…Read More