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NHL Winger Thomas Vanek Questioned in Gambling Ring Case

A federal investigation into an illegal gambling ring involves former Sabres star Thomas Vanek.

Thomas Vanek has a lot to look forward to in the seasons to come. The winger just signed a three-year contract with the Minnesota Wild that’s worth a total of $19.5 million after spending more than eight years with the Buffalo Sabres. But his time in upstate New York may have also landed Vanek in…Read More

Rory McIlroy Win Pays off Ten-Year-Old Bet for His Father

Rory McIlroy's father and two friends won big when he won the British Open on Sunday.

Rory McIlroy’s win this weekend at the 2014 Open Championship (perhaps better known as the British Open) was huge for the young golfer’s career. It was his third major championship, making him only the third player to win three majors by the age of 25, joining a couple of guys you might have heard of:…Read More

UK Players Banned from Betting on Open Championship Golf

UK golf bans betting on the Open Championship. Would Travino have approved?

The world’s best golfers are up in arms this week at the Open Championship in the UK, where they have been asked to sign a waiver to declare that they will not place bets on the outcome of the championship. Betting is something of a tradition for many players at the Open, because, of course,…Read More

Singapore Anti-Gambling Campaign Goes Viral with Germany Win

As World Cup fever overtook the entire globe last week, an anti-gambling campaign in Singapore backfired.

As goals go, Singapore’s National Council on Problem Gambling‘s recent anti-gambling TV campaign proved to be a bicycle kick from 45 yards out. Designed as a series of thought-provoking vignettes on the evils of sports betting, they feature episodes from the troubled life of a small boy called Andy, who is heartbroken that his father…Read More

Casinos Seek Conscious Uncoupling from US Dog Racing

Greyhound racing is a dying sport in America

If you look around the USA, you’ll still see a fair amount of dog racing, at least in those states that haven’t made the practice illegal, following massive criticism of many of the issues surrounding the sport. But at most tracks, greyhounds are now raced only to fulfill a legal obligation that allows the owners…Read More

Macau Revenues on Downswing For First Time in Four Years

Macau, revenues

There are a few certainties in the world of gambling: one is that the house almost always wins in the long run. But even for casinos themselves, profits can rise and fall on the fortunes of just one or two whales that have a lucky month, and finding ways to increase business can be tricky….Read More

Betfair Embraces Google Glass for Latest Sportsbetting Odds

Google Glass, Betfair

Betfair is proving itself something of an early tech adopter with the revelation that it has incorporated the Google Glass headset into its betting spots on UK television. What’s more, the online betting exchange announced recently that the move is part of a wider strategic business plan to use the new technology to “improve customers’…Read More

World Cup 2014 Circus: Suarez Loses 888, While Neymar Briefs

Luis Suarez, 888Poker, World Cup 2014, Neymar

It’s all over but the shouting: as we reported earlier this week, the Bite That Rocked the World Cup, aka Luis Suarez loses his mind, now has 888poker officially cutting ties with the Uruguayan striker. Following a four-month playing ban by FIFA that effectively ends his World Cup play, Suarez must now face the sobering…Read More

Luis Suárez World Cup Bite Becomes Payday for Lucky Gamblers

Luis Suarez, World Cup 2014, sports betting, bite

When Luis Suárez bit Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s World Cup match against Italy, 60 million Italians were outraged. When Diego Godin scored minutes later, 3.3 million Uruguayans celebrated their team’s move into the tournament’s knockout stages. And for perhaps 200 or so gamblers on various sports betting sites, Suárez’s appetite for Italian earned them some…Read More

Ray Lesniak, New Jersey Not Giving Up on Sports Betting

New Jersey, State Senator Ray Lesniak, legal sports betting

Typically, an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States is a last resort. After all, there’s no higher legal authority in the country. Even in the case of New Jersey’s push to legalize sports betting in the state, it appeared that the Supreme Court would be the final stop: Governor Chris Christie even…Read More

World Cup Illegal Betting Rings Busted by Macau Police

Macau, 2014 World Cup, illegal sports betting

If you want to place a bet on a World Cup match, you can do so at hundreds of sites online, not to mention countless sportsbooks and betting shops in countries around the world. But as is often the case with major sporting events, illegal betting can dwarf the bets taken by these regulated institutions,…Read More

New Jersey Sports Betting Appeal Rejected by US Supreme Court

New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie, US sports betting law, US Supreme Court

New Jersey’s attempt to defy federal law and start offering sports betting through Atlantic City casinos was always a long shot: the kind of bet you make at the beginning of the year when your favorite team has no real chance to win a title. Now, the season is over for Governor Chris Christie, and…Read More

World Cup Promo Sparks Outrage with Melbourne Jesus Balloon

Christ the Redeemer, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, World Cup 2014, Sportsbet

To many around the world, football (or soccer) is a religion. And with the World Cup now in full swing, there’s more attention than ever on the popular game. But one sports betting company created a furor when they tied gambling on the sporting event with one of the most famous religious symbols of all…Read More

Bitcoin-Based Businesses to Be Promoted by Isle of Man

Bitcoin, Isle of Man

It may be a tiny, windswept island in the middle of the Irish Sea, but the Isle of Man is also one of the world’s premiere online gambling regulatory jurisdictions. It also has a rather progressive attitude towards technology, as was apparent by the island government’s declaration earlier this week that it would establish safeguards…Read More

Massive Betting Expected for 2014 World Cup

2014 World Cup FIFA Brazil

On Thursday, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will begin with a match between hosts Brazil and Croatia. That will begin a month of intense competition that will be closely followed by soccer, football and futbol fans from around the world. But it will also mean the start of one of the biggest betting frenzies the…Read More