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Gala Coral Agrees to Pay $1.2 Million Restitution for Failing to Prevent Money Laundering and Problem Gambling

Gala Coral problem gambling money laundering

Gala Coral has agreed to pay nearly £880,000 (roughly $1.2 million) for its “systemic failure” to properly defend against money laundering and problem gambling. The United Kingdom’s Gambling Commission said Gala Coral failed in its duty to stop an allegedly wealthy VIP gambler from losing over $1.2 million at its land-based betting shops and online…Read More

Bookies Find 48 Suspicious Tennis Matches in First Three Months of Year 

48 suspicious tennis matches reported

The Tennis Integrity Unit has been notified by the gambling industry of 48 instances of suspicious betting patterns on matches in the first quarter of the year alone, the anti-corruption body said this week. The TIU itself has come under criticism for a perceived failure to investigate and sanction players who have been suspected of…Read More

Lucchese Crime Family Boss Gets Three Years in New Jersey State Prison for Operating $2 Billion Gambling Ring

Lucchese crime family gambling ring

The Lucchese crime family is a boss short this week after New Jersey Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy announced that Joseph DiNapoli would spend the next three years in state prison for operating an illegal multibillion-dollar gambling ring that was uncovered by investigators in 2007. Led by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, DiNapoli…Read More

Bangladeshi Police Hunting 20 Individuals in Fed Bank Heist 

Kim Wong returns Fed Bank millions

Bangladeshi police have identified 20 individuals they believe of having involvement in the $101 million Federal Reserve Bank of New York heist. The list comprises eight Filipinos and 12 Sri Lankans. On February 5 hackers flooded the Fed Bank with requests for transfers totaling almost $1 billion from an account owned by the Bangladeshi government….Read More

PAGCOR to Return Money from NY Fed Bank Heist, But Where Are Missing Millions?

Kim Wong Fed Reserve Bank Cyber Heist Mystery

PAGCOR, the Filipino gaming regulator and operator of most of the country’s largely state-owned casinos, is prepared to return all of the inadvertent earnings derived from the February New York Federal Reserve cyber heist, the country’s politicians said this week. The sum is believed to me nominal, perhaps just hovering around $1 million, which is…Read More

Bellagio Craps Cheaters Get Lengthy Sentences

Mark Branco, former Bellagio dealer, sentenced for craps cheating scam

Bellagio craps cheaters Mark Branco, Jeffrey Martin and Anthony Granito were sentenced Tuesday for their role in a long-running craps scam that conned the Vegas Strip casino out of more than $1 million. Mark Branco, a croupier at the Bellagio and the alleged ringleader of the scam, was handed ten years while his two accomplices…Read More

Wynn Boston Harbor Criminal Land Trial Begins, Proposed Brockton Casino Suffers Setback

Wynn Boston Harbor land deal trial

The Wynn Boston Harbor, a proposed $2 billion five-star resort located just across the Mystic River in Everett, Massachusetts, will soon begin construction on land that is alleged to have been partially owned by mobsters. Former landowner Anthony Gattineri has repeatedly denied those allegations, but federal prosecutors believe they have more than enough evidence to…Read More

Casino Catastrophes Around the World Give New Meaning to “Being Stuck”

casino catastrophes Bruce Willis ventilation shaft

Casino catastrophes are nothing new. But lately, they seem to come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of tragi-comedy. Let’s start with some intrigue at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia over the weekend. One guest at James Packer’s flagship resort mysteriously managed to wake up wedged into a ventilation shaft, with zero recollection of…Read More

Iowa Hot Lotto Fraudster’s Brother Arrested, New Details of $1.2M Scam Emerge

Tommy Tipton Iowa Hot Lotto fraud case

The brother of Iowa Hot Lotto scammer Eddie Tipton has been charged with ongoing criminal conduct, thanks to a new forensic breakthrough in the case. Tommy Tipton, 51, a former justice of the peace and reserve police officer from Flatonia, Texas, was arrested for his role in claiming fixed jackpots in Colorado and Oklahoma that…Read More

Steve Wynn Says “Nobody Likes Being Around Poor People,” Proves His Point with $1.5 Billion Las Vegas Lagoon Project

Steve Wynn disses poor $1.5 Billion Paradise Park Las Vegas

Steve Wynn’s eponymous resort conglomerate will spend $1.5 billion transforming the Wynn Golf Club into a 38-acre lagoon surrounded by sandy beaches, the mogul announced Thursday. The lake will be next to a new 1,000-room hotel-casino that will also house the usual restaurants and nightlife attractions. Speaking at his company’s first-ever investors day, Wynn said…Read More

Japanese Badminton Player Likely Banned from Rio Summer Olympics for Gambling

Japan badminton Kento Momota Summer Olympics

Japanese badminton is serious business in the Asian country. Though not as popular as baseball, Sumo wrestling, and football, badminton is widely played in parks and rec centers throughout Japan. Competition in badminton among Eurasian nations is intense, with China as fierce as they come. With the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics less than four months…Read More

Panama Papers China Connection Reflects Double Standard on Macau Anti-Corruption Measures

Panama Papers Xi Jinping Scandal

The Panama Papers continue to prove that the fish rots from the head down. China’s so-called anti-corruption drive has sent the revenues of Macau tumbling for 22 consecutive months, but now the latest revelations could send China’s ruling Communist elite into a tailspin. The scandal is so threatening to its “do as I say, not…Read More

Reno Sparks Nugget Fined $1 Million for Lax Money-Laundering Controls

Sparks Nugget Fined $1 million breach of AML FinCEN

The Sparks Nugget in northern Nevada has been fined $1 million for “systematic and egregious” violation of its anti-money laundering (AML) laws, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) said this week. The violations occurred while the casino was under the management of former Nevada Gaming Commissioner Michonne Ascuaga, who was forced to resign from the…Read More

Sheldon Adelson Hyperventilates over Hyperlink, While Steve and Elaine Wynn War of the Roses Goes Ballistic

Sheldon Adelson Hyperlink defamation case

Sheldon Adelson’s latest defamation suit hinges on a hyperlink. Notoriously litigious , the Las Vegas Sands (LVS) CEO is also currently suing a Wall Street Journal journalist who called him a “scrappy, foul-mouthed billionaire from working-class Dorchester.” Now, Adelson is eager to let his legal team put their daggers into the National Jewish Democratic Council…Read More

Italian Anti-Mafia Police Bust “Rigged” Online Gambling Network

Mafia Online Gambling Ring Busted

Italian police have broken up a vast Mafia-linked online gambling operation, based in Salerno, which prosecutors say was rigging games to make it “impossible for players to make significant winnings.” In all, eighteen people have been arrested, with 64 in total still under criminal investigation, police said. The alleged ringleader of a group described by…Read More