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Wynn Resorts Allegedly Bans Social Media Entrepreneur for Marijuana Ties

Wynn Resorts Red Card

Wynn Resorts reportedly turned away a gambling patron who tried to enroll in its Red Card rewards program for his ties to the cannabis industry. MassRoots CEO Isaac Dietrich tells Leafly, a marijuana information website, that he signed up for the loyalty card while in Las Vegas last week. But after submitting his registration, Wynn…Read More

Crown Resorts Employees Detained in China Since Last Year Now Charged With “Promoting Gambling”

Crown Resorts employees James Packer

Australia’s Crown Resorts says their 17 employees who’ve been detained in China since late last year have been formally charged with “offenses related to the promotion of gambling.” Last October’s arrest was a result of China cracking down on “corruption,” per President Xi Jinping’s directive. The People’s Republic bars foreign casinos from directly advertising their…Read More

Rankled Lawmakers Launch Ethics Investigation into Maine Casino Initiative

Shawn and Lisa Scott, controversial casino backers in Maine

An effort to bring a new casino to Maine has caught the attention of an ethics committee, as lawmakers with an eye on funding sources move to stop a developer from allegedly gaming the system. The Maine Ethics Commission voted unanimously in a hearing Friday to investigate the $4.3 million ballot initiative in support of building a…Read More

NFL Blocking Efforts by Children’s Charity to Depose Robert Goodell in Lawsuit

Roger Goodell, resisting calls to testify in a lawsuit brought against the NFL by Strikes for Kids.

The NFL’s gambling policy is on trial, and a US District Court will tackle the issue of whether or not Commissioner Roger Goodell will have to testify in a case involving Strikes for Kids, a non-profit connecting NFL players with community programs and charity bowling, softball, and golf events. Lawyers for the charity filed a brief…Read More

Philippines Casino Proposed Entry Fee Aimed at Deterring Attackers Could Deter Business More Often

Casino entry fee Resorts World Manila attack

A plan to impose an entry fee for all casinos in the Philippines would have a detrimental effect on the sector’s thriving mass market, analysts for investment banking group Morgan Stanley said on Monday. The opinion was issued following the introduction of a bill on Friday in the Philippine House of Representatives. Rodolfo Albano III,…Read More

US Open Golf Odds Favor Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson’s Withdrawal Costs Sportsbooks

golf odds Dustin Johnson US Open

The golf odds at Las Vegas sportsbooks for this week’s US Open at Erin Hills unsurprisingly put defending champ Dustin Johnson in the frontrunner position for the second straight major. The Westgate SuperBook has DJ at 7-1 as of Monday morning to win in Wisconsin. He’s followed by 2014 US Open and four-time major titleholder Rory…Read More

Gaming Billionaire Kazuo Okada’s Own Company Is Investigating Him for Possible Fraud

Kazuo Okada Universal Entertainment fraud investigation

Japanese gaming mogul Kazuo Okada is being investigated by his own company for potential fraud. Universal Entertainment, the Tokyo-based slots and pachinko manufacturer, revealed last week, in a message from its president posted on the company website, that Universal had established “a special investigation committee consisting of external experts” to audit a suspicious $17.3 million…Read More

Japan Casino Bill Expected to Implement Stringent Safeguards to Combat Problem Gambling

Japan casino bill National Diet

The Japan casino law currently being drafted in the nation’s legislative body is rumored to be focusing on the best ways to prevent potential problem gambling that might arise from the commercial integrated resorts. Japan approved a bill to end commercial gaming prohibition last December, with the stipulation that the National Diet, its version of congress,…Read More

FBI Nabs Russian Mob that Hacked Casino Slots and Stole Five Tons of Chocolate 

Slot hacking chocolate trafficking gang arrested in New York.

A gang of sweet-toothed, casino slot-machine-hacking Russian mobsters was busted by the FBI in New York on Wednesday, its members charged with running a sprawling crime empire. In addition to casino fraud, the outfit allegedly engaged in racketeering, narcotics, firearms offenses and murder-for-hire, as well as the theft and trafficking of over five tons of illegal…Read More

Las Vegas Illusionist Surrenders $975k Before Sentencing on Child Porn Charges

Jan Rouven child pornography payments

Jan Rouven just saw another facet of his life disappear on Monday, nearly $1 million from the sale of his home in Las Vegas’s Centennial Hills neighborhood. The former magician, who had headlined the “New Illusions” show at the Tropicana for about two years before being arrested on child pornography charges in 2016, turned over most of…Read More

“Casino Chip Forger” Toh Hock Thiam Gets Seven Years in Singapore Prison

Toh Hock Thiam imprisoned for casino chip scam

The mastermind behind a casino chip counterfeiting operation that bilked the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore out of HK$1.29 million ($165,500) was sentenced to seven years in prison on Wednesday (June 7). The court heard how Toh Hock Thiam, 54, recruited two accomplices, Seow Piak Long, 65, and Chia Wei Tien, 48, to distribute fake…Read More

Iowa Governor Defends Borrowing Private Plane from Operator With Casino License Pending

Iowa’s first female governor Kim Reynolds defends use of private jet

Iowa’s brand-new Republican Governor Kim Reynolds’ use of a private plane owned by a casino operator was not untoward, nor was it in any way connected to the operator’s pending license casino application. That came straight from the horses mouth, as Governor Reynolds this week defended her decision to commandeer the plane in question, which…Read More

Billionaire Michael DeGroote Too Frail for Missing Millions Mafia Lawsuit

Michael DeGroote too ill for Dream Casino lawsuit

Canadian billionaire Michael DeGroote is “mentally unfit” to participate in a long-running legal battle over a $120 million casino fraud, his lawyers have said. Filing a motion a to appoint a litigation guardian to represent the 83-year-old businessman and philanthropist in court, lawyers said their client is suffering from chronic pain and dementia and can…Read More

PAGCOR Says Manila Casino Mass Killing Won’t Hurt Gaming Revenue, or Impact Martial Law Directive

PAGCOR Andrea Domingo Manila attack

PAGCOR, the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation, is none too concerned over the long-term fiscal implications stemming from the recent terror wreaked on Resorts World Manila that left 37 innocent dead. PAGCOR CEO Andrea Domingo told reporters this week that her agency doesn’t expect the country’s casino industry to suffer as a result of the…Read More

Does Isolation of Qatar by Neighboring Arab Nations Jeopardize 2022 World Cup?

2022 FIFA World Cup Sepp Blatter Qatar

When seven nations in the Middle East announced this week they were severing diplomatic, economic, and travel ties with Qatar, almost immediately punters on Twitter wanted to know if any international sports books were taking action on the fate of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The World Cup is the most bet upon sporting event in the world. And Qatar…Read More