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Net Widens in Tennis Match-Fixing Racket Probe, 137 Players Under Suspicion

Tennis match-fixing

Seven French tennis players were detained by French police this week under suspicion of throwing games at the behest of a match-fixing mastermind, known to players as “The Maestro.” The Maestro is Armenian Grigor Sargsyan who was arrested by Belgian police late June and remains in custody. He is accused of fronting a massive gambling…Read More

‘Pacman’ Jones Takes Plea Deal Over Indiana Casino Cheating, Disorderly Conduct Rap

'Pacman' Jones

Former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback and current free agent Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones has accepted a plea deal in relation to charges that included cheating and disorderly conduct at an Indiana casino. The defender turned defendant was arrested at the Rising Star Casino in Indiana in the early hours of February 27 after Indiana Gaming Commission agents responded to…Read More

BC Regulators Who Linked 2014 Slaying to Casino Money Laundering Networks Were Fired for Making ‘Too Much Noise’

money laundering

Two British Columbia gaming regulators who linked money laundering in the province’s casinos to a 2014 murder that remains unsolved were fired from their jobs shortly after filing their report, documents seen by CTV News reveal. In September 2014, 29-year-old Birinder Khangura was found shot to death in his truck in the city of Surrey….Read More

Taunton, Massachusetts Casino Proposal in Jeopardy as Three Mashpee Wampanoag Council Members Under Fire

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe — frustrated over continuing struggles to open a casino in Taunton, Massachusetts, just West of Cape Cod — is beset with infighting as three members of its tribal council face possible removal from office. The Cape Cod Times reports that Rita Gonsalves, Carlton Hendricks, Jr.,  and Aaron Tobey Jr., will be…Read More

Suffolk Downs Uninterested in Boston Casino Regardless of Wynn Resorts Suitability Outcome

Suffolk Downs Encore Boston Wynn Resorts

Suffolk Downs CEO Chip Tuttle tells the Boston Herald that the company won’t be rebidding for the Boston-area casino license regardless of whether the state determines Wynn Resorts is unsuitable to conduct gaming operations. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is reviewing a report from its Investigations and Enforcement Bureau detailing evidence into whether Wynn Resorts…Read More

Andorra Government Denies Influence Peddling in Casino Tender Process After Genting and Partouche File Criminal Complaint

Genting

The Andorran government has denied accusations of corruption in response to a criminal complaint filed last week by operators Genting and Partouche, losing bidders in last year’s casino tender. The casino giants are furious that their bids lost out to a little known domestic bingo hall operator called Jocs SA, and have cried foul. Despite…Read More

Imprisoned Philippine Senator Speaks Out Against Chinese Casino Kidnappings

Leila de Lima

The Philippine casino sector is thriving and so is Chinese tourism — facilitated by closer relations between the two countries, fostered by President Rodrigo Duterte’s pro-China policy after years of squabbling over disputed territories in the South China Sea. But opposition politicians want the Duterte administration to do more to combat a worrying trend of…Read More

Chinese Casino Ordered to Close for Polluting Cambodia Island Paradise

A Chinese casino on the paradisaical Cambodian island of Koh Rong Samloem has been ordered to close after it was accused by provincial officials of deliberately pumping raw sewage into the sea. Other complaints against the Jin Ding Hotel and Casino — which registered to do business on the island last April and has only…Read More

Kazuo Okada Launches Strange Social Media Campaign to Regain Universal Control, Pledges $890K Giveaway

Kazuo Okada Manila Universal YouTube

Japanese-born billionaire Kazuo Okada is turning to social media in an effort to regain control of Universal Entertainment, the gaming conglomerate he founded 50 years ago. Worth an estimated $2 billion by Forbes, Okada, a Hong Kong resident, launched a YouTube channel and Twitter account this week. His first video begins in a “Terminator” stylized…Read More

LVS Abruptly Settles 15-Year Court Battle with Richard Suen, Figure Not Disclosed

Richard Suen

Las Vegas Sands Corp agreed an undisclosed out-of-court-settlement with Hong Kong businessman Richard Suen Thursday on what was to be the second day of the third trial in a 15-year legal battle between the two parties. Suen — who says he arranged crucial meetings with Chinese officials for LVS in 2001 that led to the…Read More

Steve Wynn Met With Treasury Department For Advice After Selling $2.1B Stake in Casino Empire

Steve Wynn Steven Mnuchin Encore Boston

Steve Wynn met with the US Treasury Department after selling his $2.1 billion stake in his namesake company after sexual misconduct allegations against him came to light early last year. According to The Wall Street Journal – which first exposed the alleged sexual wrongdoings in January 2018 – Wynn met on June 4 with Daniel…Read More

Gambler Plans to Sue BetBright Over Bets Voided in 888 Acquisition

BetBright

A former BetBright customer whose bets could have netted him £30,000 ($40,000) had they not been voided by the company last week told the UK’s Guardian newspaper he is preparing legal action against its former owners, Desdert (Ireland) Ltd. BetBright abruptly ceased trading last Tuesday, just 24 hours after the announcement it had been bought…Read More

LVS v Richard Suen Trial Underway, Hong Kong Businessman Demands $376 Million

LVS

Hong Kong businessman Richard Suen wants Las Vegas Sands Corp. to pay him $347 million for services rendered to the gaming giant in Macau in the early 2000s. But a lawyer for LVS said the absolute maximum Suen deserves is $3.76 million — and at a push. This is the trial to decide the exact…Read More

North Florida’s Racetrack Bingo Ordered to Forfeit $6 Million Over Illegal Gambling Racket that Defrauded Local Charities

Racetrack bingo

The owners of Racetrack Bingo in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, have been ordered to forfeit $6 million to the federal government after being convicted last month of operating an illegal gambling business that bilked local charities out of $8 million over eight years. Larry and Dixie Masino — formerly husband and wife — were also…Read More

‘Persecuted’ Sweepstakes Operator Spearheads Impeachment of Honolulu’s Embattled Top Prosecutor

Keith Kaneshiro

Honolulu’s top prosecutor, Keith Kaneshiro — once the scourge of sweepstakes operations in the gamble-dry state of Hawaii — has had a week to forget. Under investigation for public corruption, the Prosecuting Attorney of Honolulu — an elected official — finally yielded to pressure to step down for the course of the federal probe, Friday,…Read More