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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.

DOJ Accuses Western Union of Anti-Money Laundering Violations, $586M Fine Tendered

David Bitkower Western Union AML procedures

Western Union will pay US federal authorities $586 million for anti-money laundering (AML) violations, the largest forfeiture ever imposed on a money services business by the Department of Justice (DOJ). The wire service company’s transgressions ranged from facilitating illegal Costa Rica-based sports betting to the processing of hundreds of thousands of transactions for global fraudsters…Read More

Tennis Players Attacked on Social Media by Angry Fans Allegedly Gambling on Matches

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Multiple tennis players are speaking out against social media attacks levied by persons who are allegedly gambling on matches and frustrated from losing. Over the past year, numerous tennis stars, the majority of which are women, have revealed threatening messages they’ve received on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. According to a CNN investigation, sports betting has…Read More

LVS to Pay DOJ $7 Million to End Investigation into Payments in China 

LVS settles with DOJ for $7 million

Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands will pay almost $7 million to resolve a Department of Justice investigation into federal anti-bribery law violations in China and Macau. It is illegal, under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, for companies and their executives to attempt to influence foreign government officials with personal payments. The investigation found no…Read More

New York Offers Problem Gambling Treatment at State-Run Centers, Addiction Rates Remain Stable

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New York will soon be home to three new upstate casinos, and to calm fears among opponents to gambling expansion, the state is increasing its addiction therapy services at its six treatment facilities. The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services said last week that regiments and treatments are being implemented at the centers which…Read More

NFL Bust Johnny Manziel Slinging Signatures and Selfies for Cash

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Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy in 2012 after leading his Texas A&M Aggies to an 11-2 record. The team ended the season as the fifth-ranked program in the country, and Johnny Football became the first freshman, a redshirt at that, to win college football’s most coveted individual award. Fast-forward five years, and Manziel is…Read More

Former USC Football Player Pleads Guilty to Running Illegal Gambling Network

Owen Hanson USC gambling drugs

Former USC football player Owen Hanson is looking at 20 years in prison after confessing to running an illegal offshore gambling operation that also sold narcotics and performance-enhancing drugs to athletes. The 34-year-old admitted this week to being the leader of ODOG Enterprises, an alleged violent operation that sold numerous criminal narcotics including cocaine, heroin,…Read More Bitcoin Exchange Operator Anthony Murgio Pleads Guilty in Multimillion Dollar Money Laundering Case Anthony Murgio pleads guilty

Anthony Murgio, the operator of Bitcoin exchange, pled guilty this week to one count each of conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and conspiracy to obstruct an examination of a financial institution. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison. The announcement of the…Read More

Packer Feels Heat Over Netanyahu Corruption Scandal

Packer embarrassed in Netanyahu corruption probe

James Packer was sucked deeper into the corruption scandal enveloping Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu this week.    The Crown Resorts casino mogul must have been hoping that 2017 would be a damn sight better than his 2016. Not only did he split up with fiancée Mariah Carey, apparently due to her diva-ish demands and…Read More

Carl Icahn to Surrender Trump Taj Mahal License, Will Not Reopen Atlantic City Casino

Carl Icahn surrendering Trump Taj Mahal gaming license

Unofficial Donald Trump regulatory advisor Carl Icahn will surrender the casino license for the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, according to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE). Icahn shuttered the Taj in October, following months of industrial action by Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union. The union was protesting the loss of worker…Read More

Oddest Gaming Stories of 2016: You Can’t Make This Stuff Up…And We Didn’t

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When it came to gaming stories and 2016, the year didn’t disappoint those looking for riveting news headlines. You might have your own novel of mischief from last night’s New Year’s Eve festivities, but hopefully the consequences of your affairs do not have any grave consequences. Neither do all the items on our top five gaming…Read More

Biggest Cyber Gaming Crimes Of The Year In 2016

Gaming Cybercrime 2016

The online gambling industry has been a target for cyber criminals since the early days of the industry. The reliance of sports books on major sporting events for a major chunk of their revenues gives hackers a handy roadmap for extortion. Take down a bookmaker’s site during the soccer World Cup, for example, or during…Read More

Politics and Gaming 2016: Who Supported Who, What, and Why

politics and gaming Sheldon Adelson Donald Trump

Politics and gaming intertwined on what seemed like a weekly basis in 2016. The casino industry’s biggest names took center stage in the highly dramatic political theater. Investigations and scandals added drama to the 2016 presidential race, and some of Las Vegas’ richest leaders were right there every step of the way. As the year…Read More

Gaming Love Matches That Blew Up Big Time in 2016

Packer, Carey, the Wynns and the biggest 2016 gaming love matches

Mariah Carey’s relationship with billionaire casino mogul James Packer was the talk of the town in 2016. They were engaged in early January, and broke their silence on the much-rumored affair a week later, with Carey declaring that the $10-million 35-carat engagement ring the love-struck former Crown chairman had given her was “so heavy I…Read More

Biggest Gaming Business Busts of 2016: Who Fell This Year and How Far

David Baazov and 2016’s biggest gaming falls from grace

David Baazov was the golden boy of online gambling at the beginning of 2016. The Amaya founder, CEO and chairman had transformed his company from a relatively obscure gaming software provider into one of the biggest online gambling companies in the world. It was Baazov who, in 2014, engineered one of the most spectacular and…Read More

Match-Fixing Scandals That Made for Ugly Headlines in 2016

Tennis match fixing in 2016

2016 was still young, the Christmas tinsel barely packed up, before tennis found itself engulfed in a huge match-fixing scandal. In early January, documents passed to the BBC and Buzzfeed News by anonymous whistleblowers reported that 16 players, all of which had been ranked in the top 50 in the world, were strongly suspected of…Read More