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Alleged Illegal Poker Ring Connections Dash Marc Lasry’s Embassy Hopes

Marc Lasry, founder of the investment firm Avenue Capital, had been considered a contender to become the next U.S. ambassador to France, but has  withdrawn his name from the running after revelations of his connections to an alleged illegal poker ring run by Russian mobsters. The New York Post reports that Lasry, a Wall Street…Read More

Las Vegas Sands Breaks Ties with PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Following dissatisfaction and an uneasy feeling towards the Las Vegas Sands Corporation’s ongoing legal issues, PricerwaterhouseCoopers has resigned as the official auditor of the casino empire, ending a partnership which spanned 25 years in the industry. No Reason Given The Wall Street Journal reports that PricewaterhouseCoopers recorded no official reason for cutting ties with its…Read More

Scratching the Surface of $5 Million Alleged Lottery Scam

Online publication Syracuse.com has reported an alleged lottery ticket fraud in New York’s Syracuse area dating back to 2006, that involves two brothers from central New York who claimed a $5 million lottery ticket sold at their family’s convenience store. Subsequently, they have been accused of scamming the winner out of his scratchcard winnings. Now…Read More

Poker Players Denied Cashouts on Lock Poker

Hopefully you aren’t trying to withdraw lock, stock or barrel from Lock Poker right now; if you are, most likely, you are not having much luck.  Lock Poker, the Revolution Gaming Network’s flagship site, has reportedly been  refusing  to honor cashouts, even going so far as to put a prohibition on large-scale cashouts, period. Looks…Read More

World Sports Exchange CEO Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

In 2011, shortly after online gambling site World Sports Exchange (WSE) went insolvent and began struggling to pay out players’ winnings, co-founder Jay Cohen reportedly became a recluse, gained over 100 pounds, and was seen as potentially suicidal. But it’s Steve Schillinger, one of Cohen’s co-founders of WSE, who is now being mourned, after being found dead…Read More

Joe Sebok Sextortionists Sentenced to Multi-Year Prison Terms

It was back in 2010, and poker pro and TV commentator Joe Sebok was winding out of his poker career anyway, due to a series of  bad professional decisions, or simply due to not winning enough money, depending on who you ask. It wasn’t over yet, but the writing was on the wall. In the…Read More

Jail Doesn’t Silence Shamed Poker Businessman Chad Elie

Jailed following U.S. federal enforcement actions on Black Friday, Chad Elie has now appeared back on the news scene after filing litigation proceedings in a Nevada court against well-known lawyer Jeff Ifrah, who represented him during Elie’s trial. Last year, Elie pled guilty to conspiring to commit bank fraud and operating an illegal gambling business,…Read More

Okada and Wynn Use Former FBI and Homeland Security Mercenaries to Do Battle

Maybe money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy a damned fancy consultant to plead your case; witness the never-ending feud between Las Vegas billionaire Steve Wynn and Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada, which has now been going on for almost as long as the War of the Roses, and is about as acrimonious. Homeland Security…Read More

Charges Dismissed Against Bronco’s Safety Quinton Carter; Bail Forfeited

First, the good news: charges filed by Las Vegas casino Texas Station against star Denver Broncos safety Quinton Carter have been dropped. Now the bad news: he’ll be forfeiting the $1,000 in bail money he had to pay when initially arrested. But hey, what’s $1K to a pro football player? As long as he keeps…Read More

Bingo Addiction Leads to Jail Time for British Manager

Elizabeth Sutton, a British administration manager, recently pled guilty to stealing £73,566 ($112,556) in order to fund her online gambling habit, and was sentenced by the courts to more than a year and a half behind bars. Sutton stole the money from her employer, Camelot Automotive, in order to continue her online bingo addiction between…Read More

Las Vegas Cab Drivers Taking Tourists for a Ride

Most tourists who come to Vegas to gamble expect to leave some money behind in the casinos. But most who ride cabs in from the airport don’t expect to be vastly overcharged by going a scenic route, a practice that typically tacks on about $10 per fare.  A recent legislative audit, however, shows that’s exactly…Read More

Cleveland’s Horseshoe Casino Gets Spanked, While Revel Almost Goes Broke

Don’t mess with the Ohio Casino Control Act, the Ohio Administrative Code, or the Casino Internal Controls in the “Birthplace of Aviation” state; they’re watching you, and watching you closely. So the swank Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland is finding out, after being hit for a second time this year with fines for not doing things…Read More

Alleged Russian Mafia Kingpin Indicted by DoJ for New York Illegal Gambling Op

What do you do for an encore after you’ve been indicted for bribing Olympic figure skating judges? Naturally, you get indicted for running illegal poker and sports betting operations. Think of it as a kind of Russian Mafia entrepreneurial spirit, always looking for the next big thing in illegal activities. Such is the case for…Read More

Former Full Tilt CEO Ordered to Forfeit Millions

Former Full Tilt Poker boss Ray Bitar has pled guilty two years after the Black Friday indictments were filed against the online operator, as well as against PokerStars and Absolute Poker. As a result, Bitar has been sentenced to time served. As such, Bitar will serve no further jail time owing to his current heart…Read More

Online Poker Cyber Attacks: How Hackable Are Your Internet Sites?

Digital security consulting firm ReVuln recently probed into the possibilities for online poker cyber attacks to reveal that the client-side software is the weak link of online poker security. Client-side software is “the only part of the infrastructure which is fully available to an attacker,” claimed the security firm. Essentially, the firm is saying that…Read More