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Fake VIP Room Hoax Henchmen Sentenced in Macau

Sixteen individuals, arrested last year, have been sentenced by Macau’s Court of First Instance for their involvement in running a twisted VIP room hoax in a Cotai luxury hotel room last year. The Macau Post reported that the sixteen arrestees were actually operating as part of a larger criminal syndicate. It reported that the syndicate…Read More

Full Tilt’s Bitar Makes Deal with DoJ While Awaiting Heart Transplant

How the mighty have fallen: Ray Bitar, the 40-year-old former CEO of Full Tilt poker – once at the top of the financial food chain that was online poker until the infamous Black Friday events toppled the biggest players – is now possibly near death, and has agreed to a plea deal with the Feds…Read More

Modesto Raid Reveals Illegal Online Gambling and Prostitution

Police in Modesto, California arrested twelve people from two businesses recently, following allegations that they were carrying out illegal online gambling operations. During the Modesto raid, 64 computers were seized from the two businesses, and LinkNet, which had each attempted to disguise their illegal operations through advertising themselves as an internet cafe and a…Read More

Kenyan Casino Attacked by Islamic Terrorist Group; Eight Dead

A terrorist attack on a Kenyan casino by a militant group called the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) has left eight dead. Six of the victims were MRC members, while two were members of the police services that responded to the attack to defend the casino and its patrons. There were no reported civilian casualties (the…Read More

Adelson Gets Camera-Shy in Court, Asks for Ban

Sheldon Adelson, Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation, has never shied away from the spotlight, but he’s asking for cameras to be banned from the courtroom as he takes the witness stand in a high-profile civil case coming up.  Adelson made the request to the judge, saying his personal security is at stake…Read More

The Little Black Book That No One Wants to Be In: Ex-Con Frank Citro Wants His Name Clean

It’s never been done before, but there’s always a first time: a 68-year-old Las Vegas man with numerous felony convictions who did a two-year stint in the Federal pen for illegal bookmaking and loansharking now wants his name cleared off of the infamous so-called “Black Book” that is kept by Nevada’s Gaming Control Board (GCB)….Read More

Problem Gambling Worse During March Madness

For you, it might just be an office bracket pool or a $20 wager online or at your local sportsbook.  But for compulsive gamblers, March Madness, the annual college basketball championship finals surrounding the NCAA’s single-elimination Division 1 tournaments each year, it’s living hell. Take “Frank,” a Gambler’s Anonymous (GA) member who, as such, won’t…Read More

Oh Behave! Nevada Gaming Regulators Tell Vegas Casinos to Keep It Legal

Summer’s around the corner, and you know what that means: the notorious Las Vegas casinos’ summer pool parties are about to get into full swing. That means bikini-clad maidens everywhere, outrageous amounts of incredibly overpriced booze flowing like a river, and, oh yeah, possibly some illicit activities going on as well. In an effort to…Read More

No Smoking Revel Going Up in Smoke with Bankruptcy

Just days short of a year since it opened to great fanfare, Atlantic City’s no smoking casino experiment Revel is looking to declare bankruptcy, based on federal securities regulators’ disclosure statements the casino filed earlier this week. Through the magic of high finance sleight-of-hand, some $1.5 billion in staggering debt will now be converted into…Read More

MacAphee and Boeree Split the Modern Way: On Twitter

Ah, young love! The passion, the sex…the horrifying public breakup that makes you wonder how you ever thought you could bring this guy home to meet your parents. That must be what 29-year-old poker hottie Liv Boeree is thinking right about now, after her ex-boyfriend Kevin MacAphee got a tad trigger mouse finger happy with…Read More

Toronto Casino Allegations Slow MGM, Wynn and Sands Developments

A recent report by The Toronto Globe and Mail suggests that Las Vegas casino corporations MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts and Las Vegas Sands could all struggle to obtain their intended licenses to operate in the Ontario, Canada area due to allegations of corruption and bribery carried out during their dealings in the Chinese region of…Read More

Chinese Laundry Through the Slots: Money Laundering Alleged for Med Tech Firm

You think you have a gambling problem? How about $116,000 per month on a slots habit? That’s how much Bi Xiaodong, wife of China Medical Technologies (CMT) CEO Wu Xiaodong, is rumored to have pumped into the high roller slot machines at Las Vegas’ upscale Wynn and Bellagio casinos between 2005 and 2010, playing with…Read More

Man Jumps from Casino Ship to Escape Loan Sharks

Gambling on loan-shark borrowed money is all fun and games until you lose all of that money and are forced to strip to your skivvies and jump from your third floor cabin window aboard the casino ship that was the cause of your short-lived fun and subsequent woes, into the frigid waters of Hong Kong’s…Read More

Little Less Conversation, Little More Retraction for Caesars Entertainment

Caesars Entertainment will be forking over $225,000 in fines to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement shortly, but the fines are for the bad behavior of a major client that went unchecked in Las Vegas. Already confused? The plot for this one has more drama than Caesar and Cleopatra themselves, and shows the delicate…Read More

Palms Sports Book Employee Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Charge

A 30-yr-old Palms Casino sports book employee has pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, following allegations of a multiperson scheme that bilked the casino out of more than $800,000. Kassie Baker, who is currently free on her own recognizance, received the indictment from a federal grand jury last July along…Read More