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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.

Scott Tom, Absolute Poker Founder and Fugitive, Plays His Hand in Federal Court at Last

Scott Tom Absolute Poker federal court

Black Friday fugitive Scott Tom, the founder of Absolute Poker (AP), pleaded not guilty in Manhattan Federal Court on Thursday to charges of violating internet gambling laws and conspiracy. The 37-year-old had been at large since he was indicted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2011, but turned himself in yesterday, arriving back in…Read More

Gambling on Soccer Prevalent Among UK Players, BBC Finds

Soccer players like Joey Barton betting on matches

Gambling on matches is “rife” in soccer, according to figures obtained by the BBC. The claim comes just days after Sutton United reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw resigned after being spotted by the BBC’s own TV cameras eating a pie on the substitute bench. Bookmaker Sunbets had offered odds of 8-1 against him doing this, a…Read More

Crown Resorts VIP Business Nosedives After China Arrests

John Alexander to Become Crown Resorts CEO, as VIP revenues fall

Crown Resort’s VIP revenue plummeted 45.3 percent in the first half of the year, according to the company’s first earnings call since 18 of its staff were arrested in China for alleged “gambling crimes.” The drop in Chinese high-roller business drove down overall normalized profit by 9.1 percent on the corresponding year, the company said…Read More

North Korean Online Gambling Operator Reportedly Kim Jong-nam Assassin

North Korean online gambling Ri Jong-chol

North Korean online gambling operator Ri Jong-chol is currently in custody for his alleged participation in the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the oldest son of former Supreme Leader Kim Jong Il and brother of current dictator Kim Jong Un. Jong-chol has been identified as one of the assassins who played a role in the events that…Read More

BetOnline Live Dealer Seen False Dealing as Rumors Surface About AbsolutePoker

BetOnline Live Dealer possible cheating, AbsolutePoker’s Brent Beckley joins the team

Online sports book and casino BetOnline.com has been severely embarrassed this week by a video uploaded to YouTube on Saturday that shows one of its live blackjack dealers apparently cheating. The dealer clearly uses a sleight-of-hand cheating technique, as old as card games themselves, known as the second shuffle, in which the dealer deals the…Read More

UK Gambling Commission Accused of Cover up in “Lottery Rapist” Fiasco 

Tom Watson calls for transparency on “Lottery rapist” report

A prominent British politician has accused the UK Gambling Commission of a “cover up” over how a convicted rapist was able to claim a £2.5 million ($3.11 million) lottery win with an allegedly fraudulent ticket. A Gambling Commission report said that Edward Putnam, who served seven years in the nineties for raping a pregnant teenager,…Read More

Death by Selfie: How Kim Jong-nam’s Facebook ‘Casino Selfies’ May Have Done Him In

Kim Jong-nam Facebook selfie at Wynn Macau

As the shocking facts of the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, continue to unfold, it’s looking more and more like his love of Facebook and documenting casinos he’d visited may have hastened his demise. His habit of posting his travels photographically may have made it that much…Read More

Georgia Convenience Store Gambling Raid Puts Three in Jail

convenience store gambling raid Georgia

A convenience store gambling operation has been shutdown after police in Georgia raided the suspected business this week. The Marietta Police Department said in a press release that a two-year surveillance into two Gantts Food grocery stores began as a drug trafficking sting, but transitioned into an illegal gambling and money laundering investigation. After obtaining…Read More

Tabcorp Hit with AU$45 Million Fine Over AML Failures

Tabcorp to pay record AML fine

Australian betting giant Tabcorp has agreed to pay a AU$45 million ($34.6 million) penalty for violations of its anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CTF) obligations. It’s by far the highest ever fine imposed for such transgressions by Australian authorities. The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), the country’s financial intelligence agency, said it…Read More

Brandon Steven, 2010 WSOP Main Event Top-10 Poker Player, Subject of Federal Investigation

Brandon Steven WSOP DOJ investigation wiretap

Kansas businessman and well-known poker player Brandon Steven is under surveillance by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), and he apparently wants the world to know about it. Media outlets in Kansas have published a letter this week provided by Steven that clearly shows his involvement in a federal investigation. According to the document, the…Read More

North Korea Deals a Last Hand to Kim Jong Un’s Casino-Loving Half-Brother, Assassinated in Malaysia

Kim Jong Un Kim Jong-nam North Korea casino

North Korean dictator and anti-gambling hardliner Kim Jong Un’s more fun-loving half-brother Kim Jong-nam was headed to Macau, presumably for a gambling junket, when he was reportedly assassinated on Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia. Though details of the murder are still developing, the latest reports claim two women approached the exiled…Read More

Charlie Sheen, James Caan Among Hollywood Celebs Reportedly Caught Up in Mafia Gambling Sting Saga

Genovese crime family Smith Union Market

A group of sports-betting A-lister Hollywood celebrities may be about to receive a dose of unwanted publicity, following the arrest in December of 13 alleged Genovese Mafia members and associates on illegal gambling charges. According to a gossip site Radar Online source, high-profile stars, including Charlie Sheen, James Caan, Larry David, Tony Danza, and Simpsons…Read More

UK Pair Plead Guilty to Gambling Crimes Connected to Video Games, Minors

Two British men who were charged by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission for crimes relating to a site they owned have pleaded guilty to multiple charges. Authorities allege that Craig Douglas, known by the online moniker NepentheZ, and Dylan Rigby owned a FIFA gambling site, FUT Galaxy and were advertising the site on a YouTube…Read More

Philippines Government Directing Police to Rid Country of Illegal Gambling

Philippines President Duterte gambling

The Philippines government has been going back and forth on gambling ever since President Rodrigo Duterte took the country’s highest office last June. The ruthless leader has caused plenty of controversy for his zero-tolerance approach to cracking down on narcotics. Along with the illegal drug trade, rogue gambling enterprises has been Enemy #2 for Duterte….Read More

“Lotto Rat” Agrees to Share his $16.6 Million Win with Syndicate He Tried to Deceive

Lotto Rat Gary Baron settles

An Australian lottery winner, dubbed the “Lotto Rat” by the tabloids, will share his $16.6 million windfall with his co-workers, or at least what’s left of it. Gary Baron, 50, a truck driver from Victoria, was part of an office lottery syndicate that hit it big in 2014, except he decided not to tell any…Read More