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Zestless Chris Ferguson Posts Video ‘Apology’ for Full Tilt Scandal: Too Little, Too Late, Says Poker Community

Chris Ferguson apology video

Notorious poker pro and persona non grata Chris Ferguson — co-founder and former director of Full Tilt Poker — has posted what appears to be a hostage-style apology video for his role in the events that surrounded online poker’s Black Friday on April 15, 2011. The former World Series of Poker Main Event Champion posted a…Read More

Former NBA Ref Who Bet on Games He Officiated Says Underground Rings Will Continue

NBA ref sports betting Tim Donaghy

Former NBA ref Tom Donaghy, who admitted in 2007 to betting on games he officiated, says the likely expansion of legal sports betting across the country will only lead to more underground gambling rings. Speaking with CNBC this week, Donaghy opined that the recent decision by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to repeal…Read More

Plainridge Park Casino Worker Allegedly Tried to Poison Coworkers

Plainridge Park Casino poisoning

A member of the Plainridge Park Casino janitorial staff has been charged with assault and battery after she allegedly tried to poison two of her coworkers. Police say Alexandria Martel, 23, poured an unknown cleaning solution into her coworkers’ drinks after they finished their lunch break and returned to work. When they later drank the…Read More

NFL Owners Stand Together on Kneeling Policy, Mandate Players Respect Flag and National Anthem

NFL owners kneeling policy

NFL owners approved a new policy on Wednesday requiring all league players and team personnel show respect to the United States flag and stand during the singing of the national anthem. The league’s 32 owners are in Atlanta this week for the NFL’s spring meeting. Commissioner Roger Goodell said addressing the kneeling protests was critical, as…Read More

Boomtown Reno Casino Fined for Offering Links to Illegal Offshore Gambling Websites

Boomtown Reno

The Boomtown Casino in Verdi, near Reno, Nevada, was lucky to keep its license this week after it was forced to explain to the Nevada Gaming Control Board why it had provided links on its website to unlicensed offshore gambling sites. The casino, which is owned by BCH Gaming Reno, escaped with a $40,000 fine…Read More

Feds Double Las Vegas Anti-Terror Funding to $5 Million in Wake of Oct. 1 Shooting

Las Vegas terrorism threat

Las Vegas has been awarded a $5 million grant under the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI). That amount marks a $2.13 million increase on what the city received last year in the same federal funding program, a reflection of how the October 1, 2017 Route 91 Harvest music festival…Read More

Steve Wynn Draws on Fine Art Savoir-Faire with Self-Created Global Art Business

Steve Wynn launches Sierra Fine Art

Steve Wynn — the man who once reinvented Las Vegas — has now reinvented himself: as an art dealer. According to artnet.com, fallen casino mogul Steve Wynn, 76, has launched a company called Sierra Fine Art LLC, which will hawk multimillion-dollar artworks, including Picassos, Matisses, and Warhols. Its website, sierrafineartllc.com, was built on March 21,…Read More

No Sale for Wynn Resorts Encore Boston Harbor, CEO Matt Maddox Confirms at AGM

Matt Maddox Wynn Resorts

Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox says the company’s integrated casino resort — newly renamed the Encore Boston Harbor and currently under construction in Massachusetts — is not for sale. Maddox provided numerous updates to shareholders at his first annual meeting as chief executive on the company’s current state, and its vision for the future. The CEO,…Read More

Controversial Wynn Resorts Director Jay Hagenbuch Steps Down Ahead of AGM

John Hagenbuch steps down from Wynn Resorts board

John “Jay” Hagenbuch, the Wynn Resorts director whom Elaine Wynn launched a campaign to oust, announced Tuesday he would not be seeking reelection to the board at the company’s annual general meeting, which was scheduled for today, Wednesday, May 16. Ms. Wynn claimed that Hagenbuch was a crony of Steve Wynn and demanded his removal…Read More

Twitch Countersues Controversial Counter Strike Streamer, James ‘Phantonl0rd’ Varga

Twitch countersues James “Phantoml0rd” Varga

Twitch Interactive is counter-suing the “celebrity” Counter-Strike: Global Offensive streamer it kicked off its platform in 2016 for promoting skins gambling, rigging contests, and failing to disclose co-ownership of the site he promoted. James “Phantoml0rd” Varga filed suit against the video games-streaming giant in February, claiming Twitch had “illegally terminated” his account, which had 1.3…Read More

Not Again! Another Steve Wynn Picasso Damaged, Pulled from Auction

Steve Wynn Picasso

Has Steve Wynn inadvertently smashed another Picasso? The fallen casino tycoon has put his planned auction of the Modernist master’s Le Marin on hold after it was damaged on Friday, 12 years after Wynn put his elbow through another Picasso masterpiece, Le Rêve (The Dream). Le Marin (The Sailor) is one of $150 million-worth of…Read More

United Nations Bribery Case Gets Macau Billionaire Four-Year Federal Sentence

Ng Lap Seng

A billionaire Macau real estate developer — who wanted to bring a multibillion-dollar conference center to the Asian gambling hub — was sentenced to four years in prison by a US court on Friday for bribing two UN diplomats. The Federal District Court in Manhattan also ordered Ng Lap Seng, 69, to pay $2.5 million…Read More

Steve Witkoff, Las Vegas The Drew Casino Owner, Testifies Against Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

Steve Witkoff Sheldon Silver The Drew

The Drew Las Vegas casino owner Steve Witkoff recently testified against former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in a trial that ultimately led to the ex-lawmaker being found guilty of using his office for his own financial gain. Silver faces a potential 130-year prison sentence. Witkoff’s real estate development group and Miami-based investment…Read More

WSOP Runner-Up Gordon Vayo Sues PokerStars Over Tournament Win Nonpayment, Operator Claims Player’s Geolocation in Question

Gordon Vayo 2016 WSOP Main Event

2016 World Series of Poker Main Event second-place finisher Gordon Vayo is suing PokerStars for withholding nearly $700,000, which he says he won legitimately in its SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) internet tournament series last year. Vayo placed first in SCOOP Event #1, a $1,050 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament with a $692,000 first…Read More

New York State AG Eric Schneiderman, Who Fought Daily Fantasy Sports, Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Eric Schneiderman daily fantasy sports

Eric Schneiderman, the New York State Attorney General who singlehandedly threatened to wipe out the entire daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry via $3 billion in fines, has resigned amid numerous allegations of sexual misconduct. In January 2016, Schneiderman brought a lawsuit against DraftKings and FanDuel for what he determined was the illegal operation of online…Read More