Scott Tom decided to face illegal internet gambling charges after nearly six years in hiding. Tom, former founder and CEO of Absolute Poker, entered a not guilty plea in a New York federal court this week. Tom faces charges related processing payments related to illegal online gambling at Absolute Poker. Tom was hiding in Antigua, … Read More
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Delaware online casinos posted a small gain in January over the previous year. The state’s regulated interactive gaming industry won $195,000, up two percent from January 2016, according to the Delaware Lottery. That number was down 13 percent from December 2016. Table game handle more than doubled over the previous year to $11.3 million. The only … Read More
888 left two countries in anticipation of online gaming regulations. 888 sent notice to players this week that it would leave the Australian market. It gave just two days of notice. There is speculation that the Interactive Gambling Act will be amended to require all online gambling companies to register and receive licensing in the … Read More
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed concern regarding the detention of 1,200 Chinese in the Philippines that took place in raids on Friday during a crackdown on illegal online gambling operations in the country. They had been working in call-centre facilities on a former U.S. air base that has been redeveloped into an airport … Read More
Strong lottery growth in the North American and Italian markets have helped International Game Technology (IGT) increase revenue during the third quarter of 2016, the company said on Monday. The 5 per cent jump saw its net revenue jump to $1.3 billion compared to the $1.2 billion in revenue generated the same time last year, … Read More
In October we had reported that 18 Crown Resorts employees had been detained in mainland China on suspicion of “gambling related crimes” in a series of overnight raids. Three of these employees, including Crown Resorts senior executive, Jason O’Connor, have now been formally arrested by Chinese officials. A fourth employee of James Packer’s company has … Read More
Sands Bethlehem, which is owned by Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp, and the largest casino-resort in Pennsylvania, is looking to invest $90 million into its resort. The 100,000 square feet expansion will be the size of two football fields and will be located on the northern side of the casino. The expansion will allow … Read More
California’s Soboba Casino in partnership with Aristocrat has announced they will be opening a new area on their casino floor exclusively for Aristocrat’s “Lightning Link” slot machines, the slot manufacturer’s first linked progressives with player-selectable multi-denominations. The special section of the casino will appropriately be called the “Lightning Lounge”. Soboba Casino is home to 2,000 of … Read More
It has been a long and drawn out legal battle, but high-stakes poker pro Phil Ivey has lost his appeal against Crockfords Casino for withholding his seven-figure winnings playing in a ‘Punto Banco’ variant of Baccarat due to suspicions he cheated the casino by engaging in a technique called “edge sorting”, with the help of … Read More
UK-based bookmaker William Hill apologized to customers after its website was hit by a sophisticated DDoS attack that took place during the Tuesday evening hours. The cyber attack meant that customers of the popular online bookie were unable to place bets, and it coincided with the mid-week UEFA Champions League action, including the fixture involving … Read More
Station Casinos have rolled out a new loyalty card program for their guests. When card carrying customers walk into any Station Casino property, including the recently acquired Palms Casino Resort, they’ll be able to accumulate points and spend them on non-gaming amenities. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, EVP of Administration and Innovation, Staci … Read More
A first-of-its-kind lawsuit was filed by law firm Maurice Blackburn on Wednesday against casino operator Crown Resorts and poker machine maker Aristocrat. The lawsuit alleges poker machines are in breach of Australian consumer law in that they ‘mislead the player into believing they are winning’. Maurice Blackburn, a Melbourne-based class-action law firm, is taking on … Read More
SkyCity interim chief executive John Mortensen has warned of adverse effects as a result of the Chinese government crackdown on corruption and illegal gambling which led to 18 Crown Resorts employees being detained in China, including a Melbourne senior executive. The detained employees could be facing up to 10 years jail time for “gambling-related crimes”. … Read More
Crown Resorts shares were trading 14 per cent lower on Monday following news that 18 Crown Resorts employees had been detained on suspicion of committing “gambling crimes” in China. It is the biggest share price drop for the company’s stock in 8 years, costing James Packer half a billion dollars. Three Australians detained in China … Read More
Trump doesn’t have any Atlantic City-based casinos anymore, he’s owned three Atlantic City casinos in the past, but one that still bears his name, the Trump Taj Mahal, will be going out of business Monday because it was losing millions of dollars a month. The casino will officially be closing down on Oct. 10 at 5:59 … Read More