Author Archives: Steve Larson

Brent Musburger Hired to Headline VSiN’s Multi-Channel Sports Betting Network

Brent Musburger Hired to Headline VSiN’s Multi-Channel Sports Betting Network

February 18th, 2017 Written by Steve Larson

Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN) is ready to launch as the first multi-channel sports betting network in the United States. Longtime ABC, ESPN, and CBS sportscaster Brent Musburger has been hired for VSiN Network coverage. The VSiN television studio is located in the sportsbook of the South Point in Vegas. South Point Hotel and Casino includes a 25-story hotel along Las Vegas Boulevard in Enterprise, Nevada. The South... 

Sheldon Adelson Pulls $650 Million in Funding for the Las Vegas Stadium Project

Sheldon Adelson Pulls $650 Million in Funding for the Las Vegas Stadium Project

February 16th, 2017 Written by Steve Larson

Earlier this month, it was announced that Sheldon Adelson reneged on an agreement to pay $650 million into the proposed $1.9 billion domed stadium planned for Las Vegas. Subsequent reports suggest that Adelson’s decision is final. The loss of funding puts the Oakland Raiders’ move to Las Vegas in jeopardy. With roughly 33% of the funding no longer existent, the Raiders ownership is going to have a hard time justifying... 

Former Abilify Patients Discuss How the Anti-Depression Drug Caused Compulsive Gambling

Former Abilify Patients Discuss How the Anti-Depression Drug Caused Compulsive Gambling

February 15th, 2017 Written by Steve Larson

Former Abilify users have filed hundreds of lawsuits against its prescription drug manufacturers, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, claiming the anti-psychotic drugs causes compulsive behavior. In some cases, some users of the drug claimed their usage led to problem gambling. Abilify is a prescription drug that was used for years to treat people with bipolar disorder and depression. But those people believe the Food... 

Florida’s Speaker of the House Prepares to Bring a Lawsuit against IGT

Florida’s Speaker of the House Prepares to Bring a Lawsuit against IGT

February 14th, 2017 Written by Steve Larson

Richard Corcoran, Florida’s new Speaker of the House as of late-2016, is planning a lawsuit against International Game Technology over the state’s Florida Lottery contract. According to Corcoran’s filing, the Florida Lottery overstepped its authority by making a deal which required the legislature to spend more money. The Florida House Speaker took exception to the Florida Lottery’s additing a stipulation... 

Pete Rose Asks Who He Hurts When Legally Gambling on Sports

Pete Rose Asks Who He Hurts When Legally Gambling on Sports

February 13th, 2017 Written by Steve Larson

As pitchers and catchers report to Major League Baseball spring training complexes, the debate about baseball gambling begins anew. All-time hits leader Pete Rose is the latest to weigh in on the ongoing sports betting debate. In an appearance on the premiere of season 3 of Joe Buck’s AT&T Audience Sports Newtwork talk show “Undeniable“, Pete Rose asked “Who am I hurting” by engaging in sports... 

U.S. Agency Recommends Problem Gambling Screening during Military Recruitment

U.S. Agency Recommends Problem Gambling Screening during Military Recruitment

February 9th, 2017 Written by Steve Larson

The Government Accountability Office released a report this week suggesting that the U.S. Armed Services should screen for gambling disorder when hiring new personnel. The military screens for “addictive disorders“, according to Brock Vergakis of the Virginia-Pilot. The GOA report estimated that 0.03% of all service members deal with problem gambling. The numbers were culled from statistics compiled by the Military... 

Nevada Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Lower the Gambling Age to 18

Nevada Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Lower the Gambling Age to 18

February 8th, 2017 Written by Steve Larson

Jim Wheeler, a Republican from the 39th District (Minden), has introduced a new gambling bill in the Nevada General Assembly. If passed, the bill would lower the legal gambling age from 21 to 18 in the state of Nevada. Assembly Bill No. 86 Wheeler’s proposal, Assembly Bill No. 86, also would ban people under 21 from consuming alcohol while in a Nevada casino. This is the first time the state legislature has considered lowering... 

Ray Lesniak Proposes a New Law to Allow Glenn Straub to Open TEN Casino without a License

Ray Lesniak Proposes a New Law to Allow Glenn Straub to Open TEN Casino without a License

February 7th, 2017 Written by Steve Larson

New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak is proposing a new law which would allow Glenn Straub to operate TEN Casino without receiving a casino license. The new law comes in the wake of a court decision last week that rejected Straub’s bid to open the newly-branded TEN Building without a full gaming license. Sen. Ray Lesniak has been a fixture in New Jersey state politics for decades, entering the General Assembly in 1978.... 

Russian Casino Cheats Targeted Slot Machines in US Casinos in 2014

Russian Casino Cheats Targeted Slot Machines in US Casinos in 2014

February 6th, 2017 Written by Steve Larson

Russian casino cheats engineered a software program which made American slot machines go haywire in June 2014, according to a report released this week by Wired. The software caused several slot machines in the Lumiere Casino in St. Louis to produce a “negative hold” over two days in early June 2014. A negative hold is when a slot machine loses more cash than it holds, despite not awarding any major jackpots. While... 

Rivers Casino and Resort Set to Open on February 8 in Schenectady, New York

Rivers Casino and Resort Set to Open on February 8 in Schenectady, New York

February 1st, 2017 Written by Steve Larson

Rivers Casino and Resort opens in Schenectady, New York on February 8. When it opens, Rivers Casino will be the first of the gaming developments approved in December 2015 to open. The entire complex, including a convention hall, spa, entertainment lounge, and restaurant area, cost $330 million to build. Rivers Casino’s gaming space includes 67 table games, 1150 slot machines and video poker machines, and 15 poker tables.... 

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