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  • Jackpot! The Very Best Casinos Outside of Vegas

    07/17/2014 7:49:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 15, 2014 | Kelly O'Mara
    Sure, Las Vegas is known for its casinos. But just because Sin City has the highest concentration, that doesn’t mean it has a monopoly on gambling. If Vegas isn’t your thing but you still want to hit the slots and be entertained, then seek an alternative at one of these non-Vegas casinos that are getting the most Yahoo searches.
  • Trump Plaza set to close in Sept.

    07/12/2014 1:53:37 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 65 replies
    Phillidelphia Inquirerer ^ | 7-12-14 | Suzette Parmley and Amy S. Rosenberg
    ATLANTIC CITY - The list of casinos closing or expected to close here just keeps growing. Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino will likely shut its doors for good in mid-September. Trump Entertainment Resorts told The Associated Press that it expects the casino to close its doors Sept. 16. No final decision has been made, the company said, but it “expects that it will terminate the operations of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino on or shortly after September 16, 2014.”
  • Pete Rose Awaits His Return, 25 Years Into Exile

    07/07/2014 5:14:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 6, 2014 | TYLER KEPNER
    Pete Rose has a vision. Someday his career hits record will be tied, and he will respond with one final turn at bat. He will roll a single up the middle and crawl to first base for No. 4,257, reclaiming his title as Hit King. Rose related this fanciful dream on the phone the other day, at the end of a lively conversation. The problem with the story, obviously, is that he is 73 years old and has been barred from baseball since 1989. But there has to be a better ending out there, somehow. Life is good for Rose....
  • Showboat Atlantic City Hotel and Casino to close, official says (2,100 unemployed)

    07/01/2014 3:30:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | June 26, 2014 | Alex Wigglesworth
    The Showboat Atlantic City Hotel and Casino is closing after more than 27 years of operation, according to an official with the city’s largest casino workers union. Unite HERE Local 54 president Bob McDevitt said Showboat’s 2,100 employees will receive WARN Act notices Friday. The federal law requires covered companies to give workers at least 60 days notice if plans are in place to shut down a job site or execute mass layoffs. “We were notified earlier today from Caesars that they’re issuing WARN Act notices to Showboat employees tomorrow and we immediately began notifying our members,” McDevitt said Thursday...
  • Football Fan Wins £500 After Betting £3 on Luis Suarez Biting Player at World Cup

    06/25/2014 4:08:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Tuesday 24 Jun 2014
    A Norwegian football fan has scooped a cool £500 after betting on Luis Suarez to bite somebody at the World Cup in Brazil. Suarez has twice been spotted biting opponents in recent years, so the punter thought he’d put £3 on the striker to take a munch out of somebody at Brazil 2014. And low and behold, towards the end of Uruguay’s clash with Italy, he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini – triggering the bookmaker to pay out. With odds of 175/1, it was a pretty amazing outcome, despite Suarez’s reliability for biting his rivals. See above for the betting...
  • At the Belmont Stakes, California Chrome Creates Gambling History: A Sure Thing Bet

    06/06/2014 11:01:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/06/2014
    Pari-mutuel betting, for better or worse, is in my blood. My maternal grandfather spent every day for 60 years plying the greyhound tracks of South Florida and Massachusetts, and there’s enough of him in me to draw me to Belmont Park every time there’s a shot at the thoroughbred Triple Crown. There’s also enough of him in me to know that while I can’t guarantee that California Chrome will win the 146th Belmont Stakes, becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, I can guarantee there’s a sure thing for anyone who wants to bet the race. This...
  • Report: Mark Cuban Hired Former FBI Agent to Investigate NBA After 2006 Finals

    05/22/2014 10:20:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Even though Warren Flagg, the retired FBI agent who's at the center of this brewing piece of news, was pretty definitive with his words, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban isn't having any of it: To set the record straight. I have never hired or consulted with any former FBI agents to investigate our 2006 Finals.
  • Internet gambling could soon be imposed on all 50 states

    04/09/2014 9:32:31 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)
    We need to have a debate about whether we really want a full casino attached to every smartphone in America. With the wave of the executive branch magic wand, unfettered Internet gambling could soon be imposed on all 50 states. When the Department of Justice (DOJ) unilaterally reinterpreted the 1961 Wire Act in December 2011, the DOJ circumvented the democratic process and opened the door for a massive policy change absent any significant public debate. We unequivocally oppose the legalization of online gaming.
  • Competition for thee, but not for me

    04/09/2014 3:51:06 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Ann Coulter
    Between having Republican presidential candidates fly to Las Vegas to kiss his ring, billionaire Sheldon Adelson has managed to fit in time to talk Sen. Lindsey Graham into sponsoring a bill banning Internet gambling. As you may know, Sheldon Adelson is a CASINO OWNER. Internet gambling would compete with his casino business.
  • Gambling and Government

    04/02/2014 4:40:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2014 | John Stossel
    Did you fill out a March Madness bracket this year? In many states, if you put money in a pool, that's illegal! The NCAA website warns, "Fans should enjoy ... filling out a bracket just for the fun of it, not ... the amount of money they could possibly win." Give me a break. Americans bet more money on March Madness this year than on the Super Bowl. Politicians can't quite make up their minds about gambling: They approve certain casinos and promote state lotteries but crack down on sports bets and some charity poker games. It seems that government...
  • Virginia Couple Wins Lottery 3 Times in 1 Month

    03/31/2014 3:44:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Root ^ | March 31, 2014 | Stephen A. Crockett, Jr.
    Calvin and Zatera Spencer have been having an epic month. On March 12 the Portsmouth, Va., couple won a $1 million Powerball drawing. Then, on March 26, Calvin Spencer won $50,000 in the Virginia Lottery's Pick 4 game. The next day he dropped his wife off at an appointment and stopped at a 7-Eleven in Norfolk to get a $100 Million Cash Extravaganza Scratcher ticket. He scratched the ticket and realized that he had won the $1 million prize, News Channel 3 in Virginia reports. "Baby, we did it again!" he told his wife. According to the news station, the...
  • Harrah's Casino in Tunica closing costs 1,300 jobs (Mississippi)

    03/28/2014 5:41:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Sun-Herald ^ | March 26, 2014 | Mary Perez
    Caesars Entertainment announced in a press release Wednesday that it will close Harrah's Tunica on June 2. This is one of three casinos Harrah's operates in Tunica in northern Mississippi. The 1,300 jobs that will be lost makes this one of the biggest layoffs ever in Mississippi, said Richard Bennett, chairman of the House Gaming Committee. The layoffs come at a time when Tunica County had the highest unemployment in state in February at 17.3 percent. Bennett said 75 percent of the jobs are held by Mississippi residents, with the remaining 25 percent of the employees from Tennessee and Arkansas....
  • Biggest cockfighting bust in New York history nets 3,000 birds

    02/10/2014 8:09:58 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 10, 2014
    Nine people were arrested and some 3,000 fighting roosters and hens rescued when New York authorities busted a cockfighting ring they said was one of the biggest ever uncovered in the United States. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the arrests and said in a statement: "Cockfighting is a cruel, abusive and barbaric practice that tortures animals, endangers the health and safety of the public and is known to facilitate other crimes."
  • Vegas Gamblers Keep Vigil on Aging Slot Machine They Expect to Pay Off Millions

    02/07/2014 7:17:37 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 32 replies
    wsj ^ | 2-7-14 | Rob Copeland
    Email Print Save ↓ More 10 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn smaller Larger By Rob Copeland connect Feb. 6, 2014 10:30 p.m. ET The hottest attraction in Las Vegas is an outdated three-reel slot machine that hasn't produced a jackpot in almost two decades. WSJ's Rob Copeland reports from the floor of the MGM Grand. LAS VEGAS—Forget Britney Spears and Cirque du Soleil. For many gamblers, the hottest attraction in Sin City is an outdated three-reel slot machine that hasn't produced a jackpot in nearly two decades. It is called the Lion's Share, and in this city with no shortage...
  • Pennsylvania Bill Would Gut Horse Racing Fund

    01/31/2014 6:15:53 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    Bloodhorse ^ | January 31, 2014 | Tom LaMarra
    A Pennsylvania lawmaker's proposal to gut the Race Horse Development Fund supported by revenue from slot machines generated a strong response from the Pennsylvania Equine Coalition, which represents owners, breeders, and trainers of racehorses in the state. Republican Rep. Todd Stevens introduced legislation that would shift $250 million a year—almost the entire amount racing and breeding gets from slot machine revenue—to fund education in Pennsylvania. In statements, the lawmaker from southeastern Pennsylvania said horse racing is for the wealthy and elite, and that education should be the priority.
  • Nevada's biggest casinos lose $1.35B in 2013

    01/11/2014 1:43:43 AM PST · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    Fox News / AP ^ | January 10, 2014 | Sandra Chereb
    Nevada's largest casinos, still climbing out of the recession, suffered a combined net loss of $1.35 billion in 2013, marking the fifth straight year without an overall profit, state regulators reported Friday. [Snip] While the casinos' losses grew by 11.2 percent or $136 million, a control board analyst said much of that was tied to increased expenses.
  • Atlantic Club casino in NJ closing Jan. 13

    12/21/2013 2:52:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    WMGM-TV / The Associated Press ^ | December 20, 2013 | Wayne Parry
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in Atlantic City says it will close on Jan. 13, reducing the number of casinos in the struggling gambling resort to 11. It will be the first Atlantic City casino to close since the Sands shut down in 2006 to make way for a new casino project that never got built. Two companies with casinos in Atlantic City, Tropicana Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment, will pay a combined $23.4 million for the business....
  • Mega Millions jackpot climbs as nobody wins $425M (Now $550 million)

    12/14/2013 1:33:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    WAFB-TV / The Associated Press ^ | December 14, 2013 | Jeff McMurray and Barbara Rodriguez
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - One of the largest jackpots in U.S. lottery history climbed even higher Saturday after no ticket matched all six numbers to win the $425 million top Mega Millions prize. With the Friday the 13th drawing failing to produce any winner lucky enough to claim the fifth-biggest jackpot ever, officials raised the amount to $550 million for Tuesday's drawing. That now ranks as the fourth-biggest. Paula Otto, the Virginia Lottery's executive director and Mega Millions' lead director, told The Associated Press early Saturday that she expects the amount to rise even higher before the drawing....
  • 50,000 in NJ sign up for Internet gambling, 741 for Obamacare.....

    12/05/2013 3:55:11 PM PST · by njslim · 16 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 12/5/2013 | John Fund
    And indeed, fifty thousand people signed up online for New Jersey’s gambling sites in the first week. That compares with 741 who signed up for Obamacare during all of October. Yes, the Obamacare website has been plagued with problems, but the disparity between the two programs is still eye-popping.
  • New Jersey Opens Up for Online Gambling

    11/26/2013 6:58:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/26/13 | KATE ZERNIKE
    New Jersey began allowing Internet gambling on Tuesday in a much-watched bet that there are untapped sources of revenue on bedside iPads and cubicle desktops, and even among people checking their phones while they wait in line for coffee. Gambling analysts say it is the most significant development since casinos opened in Atlantic City over three decades ago, ultimately setting off what became a furious competition among states for a share of the take.
  • Pete Rose has paid his debt. Let him back into the game

    11/14/2013 12:01:57 PM PST · by EveningStar · 119 replies
    NBC Sports ^ | November 13, 2013 | Joe Posnanski
    ...We are coming on 25 years of Pete Rose's banishment... Pete Rose played baseball with an intensity and love that might be unmatched in the game's history. He cracked more hits and reached base more times than anyone ever. He represented a way to play baseball that inspired millions of people. Then, he gambled on games, breaking one of baseball's most cherished rules. Rose is 72 years old now, and I think it's time to let him back into the game. I don't think anyone should ask him to apologize again or come any cleaner than he has. I don't...
  • Arsenal Fan in Uganda Left Homeless After Losing Bet on Manchester United Game

    11/13/2013 12:52:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Wednesday 13 Nov 2013
    Arsene Wenger may have been left seething by Arsenal’s loss at Old Trafford on Sunday, but the result was a whole lot more damaging for one reckless supporter in Uganda.Gunners mad Henry Dhabasani has been left homeless after betting his house on the result of the game with Manchester United fan Rashid Yiga. In return Yiga staked his new car, and his wife, that David Moyes’ men would triumph. However, it was Dhabasani who came out on the short end of the result after Robin Van Persie’s first-half header settled the match in United’s favour. Arsenal fan left homeless after...
  • Shooting at Detroit barbershop kills 3

    11/07/2013 8:30:51 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | November 7, 2013 | Chuck Johnston and Ralph Ellis
    The shooting apparently stemmed from "an ongoing feud between a particular individual and members of the gambling party," Craig said. Word of the killings first spread on Twitter. Craig said a man inside an automobile fired at another vehicle outside the business on the east side of Detroit. The shooter got out of his car and fired the rifle into the back room of the barbershop, where men had gathered to gamble, he said.
  • No. 2 nuke commander suspended amid casino probe

    09/28/2013 6:57:33 PM PDT · by markomalley · 52 replies
    AP ^ | 9/28/2013 | ROBERT BURNS
    The No. 2 officer at the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces is suspected in a case involving counterfeit gambling chips at a western Iowa casino and has been suspended from his duties, officials said.Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina has not been arrested or charged, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent David Dales said Saturday. The state investigation is ongoing.Giardina, deputy commander at U.S. Strategic Command, was suspended on Sept. 3 and is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, a Strategic Command spokeswoman said.The highly unusual action against a high-ranking officer at Strategic...
  • Dozens of TSA employees fired, suspended for involvement in illegal gambling ring

    09/19/2013 12:59:22 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies
    WPXI ^ | September 19, 2013
    PITTSBURGH — Channel 11 News has learned that dozens of local Transportation Security Administration workers have been fired or suspended for involvement in an illegal gambling ring. After months of investigation, officials with the Pittsburgh office of Homeland security either fired or suspended the workers involved Thursday morning. Channel 11’s Renee Kaminski reported of the 311 local workers, five were fired, 47 were suspended and 10 letters of reprimand were sent out. All of the workers involved are accused of sports gambling at Pittsburgh International Airport while in uniform. Officials said the gambling was a violation of federal regulations. Government...
  • State, Media Encourage Playing the Lottery

    09/09/2013 5:18:27 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    CapCon ^ | 9/4/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    Like clockwork, every few months it is front-page news around the country: The identity of the Powerball lottery winner becomes public. Recently, the third-largest jackpot of all time, $448 million, was split three ways. At a time when our benevolent bureaucrats at the city, state and federal level are all about "nudging" people to make better decisions, the government teams up with the media to promote one of the most irrational ways for people to spend their money. State-supported lotteries are especially rich when you consider all of the low-level gambling that Michigan makes illegal — like March Madness college...
  • The Lord Disfavors Dishonorable Work

    09/02/2013 12:48:07 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 35 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | September 2, 2013 | JP
    On a trip to Las Vegas a few years ago, I met Phil Ivey. It wasn’t in a casino, but on the driving range at a golf resort where the poker champion was working on his game in advance of a big-money golf match he had the next day. We chatted for a short while. And I came away with the impression that he truly was a genuinely nice guy. Yet, I do not condone what Ivey does for a living. While he’s had a successful career at the poker table – he has earned nearly $14 million in tournament...
  • The Match Maker - Bobby Riggs, The Mafia and The Battle of the Sexes

    08/25/2013 10:25:47 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 9 replies
    espn ^ | 8-25-13 | Don Van Natta
    "HELLO AGAIN EVERYONE, I'm Howard Cosell. We're delighted to be able to bring you this very, very quaint, unique event." On Thursday night, Sept. 20, 1973, 50 million Americans, fatigued by Vietnam and Watergate, tuned in to see whether a woman could defeat a man on a tennis court. Dubbed "The Battle of the Sexes," the match pitted Billie Jean King, the 29-year-old champion of that summer's Wimbledon and a crusader for the women's liberation movement, against Bobby Riggs, the 55-year-old gambler, hustler and long-ago tennis champ who had willingly become America's bespectacled caricature of male chauvinism. Before 30,472 at...
  • “Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control

    07/09/2013 5:34:35 AM PDT · by Renfield · 31 replies
    Salon ^ | 7-7-2013 | Radley Balko
    Excerpted from "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces" Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game — but it wasn’t a bookie or a loan shark who killed him. His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his gambling habit. Several months earlier at a local bar, Fairfax County, Virginia, detective David Baucum overheard the thirty-eight-year-old optometrist and some friends wagering on a college football game. “To Sal, betting a few bills on the Redskins was a stress reliever, done among friends,” a friend of Culosi’s told me shortly after...
  • IRS gives Fla. Miccosukee Indians $170mil tax bill (Attack on tribe’s “sovereignty?”)

    05/28/2013 3:40:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Gaming Today ^ | May 27, 2013 | Ray Poirier
    Is this an attack on a Native American tribe’s “sovereignty?” The Internal Revenue Service, under attack in Washington for alleged political favoritism during the past couple of years, has assessed the Miccosukee Indians of Florida with a $170 million tax bill for failing to report and withhold taxes from its distribution of gambling profits to tribal members. The Miccosukee Indians operate a successful casino in the west Miami-Dade County of Florida. They use casino profits to distribute funds to tribal members. The IRS has ruled those funds are really income to recipients and the tribal leadership should be taking out...
  • Powerball winner: $590 million ticket bought in Florida

    05/19/2013 10:04:22 AM PDT · by 4Runner · 60 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | May 19, 2013 | Barbara Rodriguez
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said Sunday. The single winner was sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., according to Florida Lottery executive Cindy O'Connell. She told The Associated Press by telephone that more details would be released later. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/19/3405191/590m-plus-powerball-1-winning.html#storylink=cpy
  • Mayor targets drinking, gambling and urinating on the public way (bad 'social fabric' in Chicago)

    04/06/2013 3:59:45 AM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Sun-Times ^ | 4/04/13 | FRAN SPIELMAN
    **SNIP** They’re also crimes with the highest rates of default, with 50 to 70 percent of all offenders ignoring the fine and blowing off administrative hearings. That could change, thanks to a mayoral crackdown advanced Thursday. The City Council’s Public Safety committee approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to add six months of jail time and double the maximum fine — to $1,000 for drinking and urinating on the public way and $400 for gambling — for violators who fail to pay their initial fines and are no-shows at administrative hearings. Similar penalties are already in place for offenders who ignore...
  • (Too Big To Fail) Indian Tribes Seek Federal Bailout Money for Casinos

    03/27/2013 7:04:21 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 27, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Indian tribes seek federal bailout money for casinos A native-American tribe struggling to keep its Foxwoods Resort Casino in the red is now turning to the U.S. government for a helping hand. The Associated Press reports that the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has already received more than $4.5 million in grants from the Department of Health and Human Services and from the Interior Department in the last five years. But now members are facing tough times with its casino — which used to be a billion-dollar empire — and are looking at the government for more grants, AP says. Critics...
  • O'Connor had $1 billion gambling habit (former San Diego Democrat Mayor)

    02/14/2013 6:20:58 PM PST · by BAW · 14 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Greg Moran
    Former San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor took $2 million from a nonprofit foundation to feed a gambling addiction in which she lost more than $1 billion over a nine-year period, federal prosecutors said Thursday. O’Connor, 66, appeared in federal court and pleaded not guilty to a money laundering charge as part of a deferred prosecution. Under the arrangement with federal prosecutors, she has two years to repay the $2 million taken from the R.P. Foundation, a nonprofit set up by her late husband, Robert O. Peterson. Peterson was co-founder of the Jack-In-The-Box restaurant chain and later Southern California First National...
  • Ex-mayor gambled away $1 billion (San Diego)

    02/14/2013 1:31:57 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 60 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | February 14, 2013 | Greg Moran
    SAN DIEGO — Former San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor took $2 million from a nonprofit foundation to feed a gambling addiction in which she lost more than $1 billion over an eight-year period, federal prosecutors said Thursday. O’Connor, 66, appeared in federal court and pleaded not guilty to a money laundering charge as part of a deferred prosecution. Under the arrangement with federal prosecutors, she has two years to repay the $2 million taken from the R.P. Foundation, a nonprofit set up by her late husband, Robert O. Peterson. Peterson was the co-founder of the Jack-In-The-Box restaurant chain and later...
  • P.G. key in votes on Maryland ballot questions

    11/06/2012 4:19:25 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 5, 2012 | David Hill
    Prince George’s County voters could tip the balance in Maryland’s two most closely contested ballot initiatives on Election Day. Polls have shown that Maryland voters are closely divided on referendums to expand gambling and legalize same-sex marriage, and Prince George’s residents have been courted heavily in both campaigns. The county’s voters have unofficial veto power over part of the gambling initiative that would allow a Prince George’s casino, and its abundance of religious, socially conservative black Democrats are widely seen as a pivotal demographic in the marriage battle. “This is a really important election for us,” said Pat Myers, an...
  • Irish Betting Site Paying Out on Obama

    11/04/2012 9:32:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | November 05, 2012
    Europe's largest betting company, renowned for settling its bets early, is paying out to punters who backed Barack Obama to win Tuesday’s US Presidential election. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power said that despite the polls showing voters remain largely undecided, they believe it’s a done deal and that Obama is a “nailed on certainty to win a second term”. President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are blitzing the remaining toss-up states, with both sides predicting victory just two days before election day. However Paddy Power has been caught out before with similar early calls. In 2009 Tiger Wood’s failure to...
  • Maryland man wins $8.53M poker title

    11/01/2012 4:52:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 31, 2012 | Oskar Garcia (AP)
    A 24-year-old poker professional from Laurel won the World Series of Poker main event, outlasting his final opponents in a marathon card session of nearly 12 hours for the $8.53 million title on Wednesday. Greg Merson emerged with the title before dawn in Las Vegas after a session that proved a showcase for his skills amid the unpredictability of tournament no-limit Texas Hold ‘em. On the last hand, Mr. Merson put Las Vegas card pro Jesse Sylvia all-in with a king high. Mr. Sylvia thought hard, then called with a suited queen-jack.
  • Neb. AG: Senator misused campaign cash at casinos

    09/13/2012 10:37:29 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 22 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-13-12 | JOSH FUNK
    OMAHA, Neb.—State Sen. Brenda Council has apologized for misusing more than $60,000 in campaign donations at casinos and filing false reports to conceal it. Attorney General Jon Bruning says Council agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of filing false campaign reports that omit the casino withdrawals and cash deposits. In a statement, Council says she "made an error in judgment," and that she takes "full responsibility." She says she's receiving professional treatment for a gambling addiction and will not "give up or quit fighting for the issues."
  • NY Judge: Poker's Not Gambling Under Federal Law

    A federal judge ruled Tuesday that poker is more a game of skill than chance and cannot be prosecuted under a law created to stop organized crime families from making millions of dollars from gambling.
  • New Jersey Casino Suing Gamblers Who Won $1.5 Million, Blames Unshuffled Decks of Cards

    08/21/2012 8:05:12 PM PDT · by Justaham · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8/21/12 | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    A New Jersey casino has sued a group of gamblers who won $1.5 million after they allegedly realized the eight decks of cards used in a game of mini baccarat were not preshuffled. The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, N.J., filed suit against the gamblers and playing card company Gemaco after 14 players collectively won $1,536,700 in 41 winning hands. As the same sequence of cards kept appearing April 30, the players increased their bets from $10 to $5,000, the casino alleged. "The gamblers unlawfully took advantage of the Golden Nugget when they caught onto the pattern and ... by...
  • Maryland gambling expansion passes General Assembly

    08/17/2012 7:47:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 14, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — The General Assembly passed legislation Tuesday night to expand gambling in the state, setting up a November referendum that will determine the proposal’s ultimate fate. After six hours of passionate debate, the House voted 71-58 in favor of the bill, which would allow table games at the state’s slots casinos and at a sixth gambling facility to be built in Prince George’s County if voted into law. The Senate approved the House amendments to the bill shortly after midnight, finalizing the legislation and wrapping up a four-day special session. Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, is expected to sign...
  • Md. Senate approves gambling, pit bull bills

    08/12/2012 8:44:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 10, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — The Senate voted Friday to approve a gambling expansion bill, sending the legislation to the House where floor debate is expected to begin Monday. The Senate voted 28-14 in favor of the bill, which would legalize table games at the state’s slots casinos and allow a new casino to be built in Prince George’s County, pending approval in a November referendum.
  • Maryland special session will address gambling questions

    07/30/2012 9:16:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 29, 2012 | Meredith Somers
    Maryland legislators will be cutting their summer vacations short after Gov. Martin O'Malley announced a special session for Aug. 9 to address gambling questions left unanswered in the spring. But after Mr. O'Malley repeatedly urged state leaders to “put the issues behind us so we can move forward,” some people are wondering whether the decision was a risky bluff. It’s the second special session this summer — Mr. O'Malley called the first one in mid-May to wrap up the budget — and the issues of table game expansion at Maryland’s existing casinos and adding a sixth casino in Prince George’s...
  • O’Malley calls August session to mull casino, table games in Maryland

    07/27/2012 8:43:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 26, 2012 | Emily Hatton
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will call a special session of the General Assembly between Aug. 9 and Aug. 16 to discuss a sixth casino and allowing table games in the state. Delegate Frank Turner, a Howard County Democrat who chairs the subcommittee that deals with gambling, confirmed Mr. O'Malley’s plans Thursday. Mr. O'Malley, flanked by Speaker of the House Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. will formally announce the session in Annapolis Friday morning. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, is the only person with the power to call a special session in Maryland. On Wednesday, Mr. Busch,...
  • Anxious investors day trading with retirement accounts

    07/12/2012 6:35:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 09, 2012 | Walter Hamilton
    Baby boomers and others worried about the lack of money in their 401(k)s and IRAs are day trading within their retirement accounts. Americans worried about running out of money in their golden years are trying a new investment strategy: day trading their retirement funds. Disillusioned with the conventional buy-and-hold approach, baby boomers are anxious to improve their retirement prospects after two punishing bear markets in the last decade. Some people are trading the mutual funds in their 401(k) plans more frequently. Others are venturing into options. And some aggressive investors have begun day trading their nest eggs — all in...
  • Gambler Who Kept Winning Could Lose £650,000 Jackpot

    06/17/2012 8:32:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Jun 2012
    A gambler who turned a £17 stake into £650,000 over a three-and-a-half-hour online gaming session compared to the classic film 'The Man who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo' could be stripped of his jackpot.Bruno Venturi, 41, kept winning while playing a lottery-style game on Eurobet.com in 2009. However, the company which operated the gambling website insists a software bug meant chance had nothing to do with it. Surrey-based Eurobet UK Ltd claims that his winnings are null and void because he was mistakenly charged for only one in six of his bets. The company has refused to pay up,...
  • Lawmakers told Maryland can support 6th casino

    06/13/2012 8:13:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 12, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Maryland can support a sixth casino and adding table games would more than make up for the revenue that competing casino operators could lose, representatives from a consulting firm told state lawmakers Tuesday. Representatives from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the state’s Department of Legislative Services presented a report Tuesday to the state’s Work Group to Consider Gaming Expansion - a panel of legislators and executive-branch officials charged with deciding whether the General Assembly should hold a special session next month to consider a bill legalizing table games and adding a casino In Prince George’s County. Opponents have argued that adding...
  • Maryland Assembly may take bite out of ruling on pit bulls

    06/05/2012 6:53:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 4, 2012 | David Hill
    The Maryland General Assembly could consider legislation that would soften the impact of an April court ruling classifying pit bulls as “inherently dangerous” in the latest of several recent cases that have highlighted the checks and balances between the state’s legislative and judicial branches. A panel of Maryland lawmakers will meet later this month to study the possible effects of a state Court of Appeals decision that makes owners of pit bulls or pit-bull mixes liable if their dog attacks another person, even if the dog had no prior history of dangerous behavior. The assembly is expected to hold a...
  • Will Maryland do another tax hike in 2013?

    05/18/2012 8:40:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 17, 2012 | David Hill
    After voting this week to raise income tax rates on the state’s highest earners, Maryland lawmakers aren’t ruling out more tax increases next year. The General Assembly passed legislation that will raise taxes on the top 14 percent of earners in an effort to balance the state’s $35.5 billion budget and cut half of Maryland’s $1 billion structural deficit, which measures expected revenue shortfalls in the future. Lawmakers could look to eliminate the remaining $500 million deficit over the next year by methods such as expanding gambling in the state, cutting spending or passing a long-debated tax increase to fund...