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No Love Lost for Massachusetts Gaming Regulators from Gary Loveman

You could say he has a chip on his shoulder; Gary Loveman – CEO of Caesars Entertainment Corp. – is still a tad miffed about being scorned by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Oh, and two can play that game, by the way; Loveman recently noted that the Bay State’s commission is “staffed by people who…Read More

Some US Banks Blocking Even Regulated States’ Online Gambling Payments

Even though banks and other credit card issuers weren’t supposed to process gambling payments for U.S. customers after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) laws were passed in 2006, any online poker or casino player can tell you that sometimes, they did. But most banks did comply, under threat of strict fines and penalties…Read More

Massachusetts Dealer Training School Cited for Deceptive Practices

At one popular casino worker training program, it seems that the organizers may have been dealing from the bottom of the deck. That’s the word from regulators, at least, who say that the New England Casino Dealer Academy committed several violations, including the use of false advertising practices that gave prospective dealers a very rosy…Read More

UK Drug Dealers Use FOBTs to Clean Dirty Money

The high street betting shops throughout the UK are filled with desperate punters and casual gamblers alike, and you could be forgiven for thinking that a handful of them may fall into the miscreant category. But what’s surprising about a number of users is that they are actually drug dealers who are using the facilities…Read More

Gallery Heir Hillel Nahmad Guilty in Russian Mob Gambling Ring Saga

Playing poker well might be more of an art than a science, but for one young member of an influential family in the art community, it turned out that gambling wasn’t a great way to expand the family business. Hillel Nahmad (also known as Helly) pleaded guilty to a federal gambling charge related to the…Read More

South Korean Celebrities Caught Gambling Illegally with Won.Tons.

Lee Soo-Geun Korea

We tend, rightly, to think of North Korea as the region where nothing is allowed and no one can have any fun. But it turns out that in their much more seemingly Westernized cousin to the south, the law has an iron fist as well. South Korea makes gambling illegal save for a couple of…Read More

PokerStars Denied New Jersey Online Gaming License, For Now

Atlantic City’s online casino launch may be just around the corner – it’s set for November 26th – but looks like the world’s biggest online poker room won’t be partaking in the festivities. PokerStars – part of the huge Black Friday scandal of 2011 – has reportedly been denied a New Jersey iGaming license. DoJ…Read More

Trial Begins for Operators of Makeshift New York Indian Casino

What makes a Native American tribe a Native American tribe? In legal terms, it’s simple: they’re recognized by the federal government. In a lot of ways, this is the question at the heart of the trial that has just begun for four operators of the Three Feathers Casino, an ostensibly Indian casino that had operated…Read More

Las Vegas Casino Operators Bid Adieu to Witch Hunters of Massachusetts

Many U.S. states, if they haven’t exactly copied the Nevada model to a “t”, have had great success building and marketing land casinos that certainly emulate the American gambling mecca. But for some reason, Massachusetts can’t quite get with the gambling paradigm; maybe it’s the ghost of the Salem puritans, still lurking via regulators and…Read More

UK Police Banned from Gambling and Porn Sites 2,700 Times, BBC Says

Police in the southern UK counties of Devon and Cornwall have been blocked from online gambling and pornographic websites a whopping 2,700 times over a period of just three months, according to a newly released report from the BBC.  The scandalous findings bring a whole new meaning to the term “bobbies on the beat”. Saucy Summer…Read More

MGM Grand and Cirque du Soleil Cited in KA Performer’s Death

In shows like the Cirque du Soleil franchise across Las Vegas – which constantly push the envelope on stunning aerial feats, jumps and drops – it’s not immediately apparent when a real tragedy occurs and one of the performers is fatally injured. And for audience members watching “Ka” at the MGM Grand on June 29,…Read More

Poker Pro Bill Jordanou Stuns Australia with Alleged Bank Fraud

What would make a successful poker pro risk everything by getting involved in a massive, multimillion dollar bank fraud and Ponzi scheme plot? That’s the question many are now asking regarding Australian poker pro Bill Jordanou, who is under investigation by Victoria police for his alleged role in a bank fraud that went on for…Read More

Hit With Crisis After Crisis, Caesars Struggles to Keep an Even Keel

If the old adage that bad publicity is better than no publicity holds true, then Caesars Entertainment Corp. is doing just fantastically well. By any other measures, however: not so much. As if being forced – for PR reasons – to cut ties with its Las Vegas Strip new hotel and casino project partner Gansevoort and…Read More

Sporting Chance UK CEO Says Footballers Gambling with Payday Loans

You’ve probably seen the ads for payday loans on TV or on a billboard – those services that will immediately cash your paycheck as a loan, only asking for an insanely high interest rate in return. You may have even used one in a pinch. But you’ve probably never considered the fact that a professional…Read More

South African Man’s Losing Lottery Ticket in Keystone Kops Mess

A young man from Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa – who laid claim to a National Lottery prize of R33 780 698 ($3,470,796) recently – was not only the victim of a crime, but also the victim of not reading the correct date on the ticket; something a lot of us could probably relate to,…Read More