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Gamblers and scandals go together like bacon and eggs. It’s like a marriage made in Heaven. Whether it’s embezzlement, prostitution, cheating or even drugs, there is likely to be a gambler caught up in it somewhere.

We bring you the scandalous lowdown on what’s going on around the world so you can stand back in shocked horror, and then read on to find out more.

Cathy Judd-Stein to Oversee Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Lead Encore Boston Harbor Determination

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Cathy Judd-Stein

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is no longer chairperson-less after Governor Charlie Baker (R) announced the appointment of attorney Cathy Judd-Stein to oversee the state agency. The MGC, a five-member panel, has been without a leader since Stephen Crosby’s resignation in September amid bias concerns regarding the ongoing investigation into the suitability of Wynn Resorts….Read More

Bangladesh Bank Heist Case Still Wide Open, Says Philippine DOJ

Bangladesh bank heist

Investigators examining the notorious $101 million cyber heist on the Bangladesh Bank said Tuesday that the case is not closed, despite the conviction last week of the only person so far indicted. On January 10, Maia Deguito, a former manager at Rizal Commercial Banking Corp’s (RCBC) Jupiter Street branch in Manila, was convicted on eight…Read More

Hit Game Fortnite’s VBucks Used for Widespread Dark Web Money Laundering

Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite Battle Royale has become an online cultural phenomenon. The free-to-play survival shooter garnered 125 million players within a year of its release, leading to concerns that its addictive qualities and use of in-game currency and loot-box microtransactions are introducing children and teenagers to the dynamics of gambling. Now, a joint investigation by the UK’s…Read More

DraftKings Sports Betting National Championship Ends in Controversy as Glitch Freezes Out Potential Winner

Sports Betting National Championship

DraftKings’ inaugural Sports Betting National Championship ended in controversy on Sunday evening when the player leading the handicapping tournament was denied his final bet — and a possible $1 million first prize — apparently due to a technical glitch. Professional sports bettor Rufus Peabody was in pole position as the 200-strong field headed into the…Read More

Suspected Kidnappers Arrested in ‘5Dimes Tony’ Case, But Sportsbook Owner Still Missing

5Dimes Tony

Police in Spain and Costa Rica have arrested 12 people they believe to be responsible for the kidnapping last September of 5Dimes sports book owner William Sean Creighton, better known to his customers as “5Dimes Tony.” The whereabouts of Creighton — an American ex-pat living and working in Costa Rica — remain unknown. In October,…Read More

Dishonorable Discharge: Navy Officer Swipes $2.7M From Government for High Stakes Poker Habit, Gets Four Years

Navy officer

A 27-year Navy veteran was sentenced to four years in federal prison for running a racket which saw him steal $2.7 million from the federal government to feed a high-stakes poker lifestyle. But it wasn’t all gambling for Lt. Randolph Prince: the 45-year old also blew some of the stolen cash on luxury vehicles and…Read More

MGM National Harbor Enters Wrong Social Security Number, Annuls Woman’s Jackpot Payout

MGM National Harbor slot machines

MGM National Harbor in Maryland is apologizing to a patron after casino staff wrongly entered her Social Security number and annulled a substantial slot machine jackpot win. Cynthia Obie tells FOX 5 DC that when she went to the cage to cash out her jackpot slip, an employee mis-entered her Social Security number by one…Read More

Las Vegas Police Demand Cristiano Ronaldo DNA in Alleged Palms Casino Rape Case

Ronaldo

Las Vegas police investigating allegations of rape against Cristiano Ronaldo have issued a warrant for the soccer star’s DNA. An American woman, Kathryn Mayorga, accuses Ronaldo — real name Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro — of raping her in his Penthouse suite at the Palms Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, almost a decade ago. The…Read More

Documents Show White House May Have Changed Labor Laws to Please Then-RNC Finance Chair Steve Wynn

Steve Wynn

Did White House officials ask the Department of Justice to intervene on behalf of Steve Wynn to alter Department of Labor regulations in 2017? According to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the group American Oversight, the White House asked for a meeting with acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall to discuss litigation…Read More

BC Money Laundering Case Collapsed Because Prosecution Accidentally Blew Police Informant’s Cover

Money laundering

What would have been British Columbia’s biggest ever money-laundering case was botched because federal prosecutors accidentally sent the details of a key police informant to the defense. It was alleged that Richmond-based Silver International was a front for an underground bank that lent money to high-rollers on gambling junkets from China. The company received its…Read More

Former South Korea Casino CEO Sentenced to Three-Year Prison Term

South Korea casino Kangwon Land

Disgraced former South Korea casino CEO Choi Hung-jib is headed to prison for the next three years after a court found him guilty of nepotism and illegal hiring practices. Choi was the chief executive of Kangwon Land, South Korea’s only casino permitted to allow citizens entry, from 2011 to 2014. In Chuncheon district court, he…Read More

Los Angeles Police Bust Illegal 25-Cent Bingo Game in Senior Community

Los Angeles police bingo raid

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) shut down an illegal bingo operation inside a retirement community this week after receiving a tip from a resident. Karen Adams told NBC 4 in Los Angeles that she’s been playing bingo at the retirement center in Woodland Hills for eight years. The police’s arrival came as a total…Read More

$10 Million Lottery Ticket Thief Busted for Grand Larceny as He Tries to Collect Cash

Adul Saosongyang

A California man who believed his winning scratch-off lottery ticket was worth $10,000 got the surprise of his life last month when he was told it was actually worth $10 million. This was followed on Monday by another big surprise: he was under arrest for allegedly stealing his roommate’s winning lottery ticket. Adul Saosongyang, 35,…Read More

British Airways Lands in Hot Water Over ‘Glamorous Gambling’ Ad

British Airways

A British Airways TV spot has caused a stir in the UK over its apparent glamorization of gambling. The advertisement for British Airways Holidays features a couple returning to their room from the pool of a hotel-casino and appearing to easily win money on slot machines on the way. “We had a bit of spare…Read More

Underground Bank Laundered $220 Million a Year Through BC Casinos, Claims Province’s Civil Forfeiture Office

Money laundering

A British Columbia company that police say was a front for an illegal underground bank was laundering up to $220 million per year, much of it through the province’s casinos, according to the BC Civil Forfeiture Office. The case against Silver International and two of its operators — Caixuan Qin and her husband Jian Jun…Read More