Archive for April, 2015

James Murren Says a North Jersey Casino Is Essential for Atlantic City’s Future

James Murren Says a North Jersey Casino Is Essential for Atlantic City’s Future

Written by Steve Larson | Thursday, April 30th, 2015

James Murren, the CEO of MGM Resorts International, recently told a group of reporters at the American Gaming Association offices that a casino in North Jersey makes sense for the state. Mr. Murren also suggested that a Meadowlands casino could help the struggling Atlantic City, presumably if Steve Sweeney’s AC tax plan were adopted for […]

Nevada Attorney General Announces Prosecution of Bitcoin Poker Site Operator Bryan Micon

Nevada Attorney General Announces Prosecution of Bitcoin Poker Site Operator Bryan Micon

Written by Steve Larson | Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Nevada gaming officials announced a first-of-its-kind prosecution of an online poker website operator. Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt identified Bryan Micon as the operator of “Seals with Clubs“, an unlicensed Internet poker site which uses bitcoin for its currency. Nevada officials say that Bryan Micon is particular offender in the online gambling business, and […]

“Bombshell Bandit” Sandeep Kaur’s Bank Robbery Spree Tied to Problem Gambling

“Bombshell Bandit” Sandeep Kaur’s Bank Robbery Spree Tied to Problem Gambling

Written by Steve Larson | Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Recently, the BBC published an article on Sandeep Kaur, the Sikh-American bank robber who went on a 5-state spree before being caught in late 2014. Sandeep Kaur was dubbed “The Bombshell Bandit” by the FBI due to her youth, good looks, and good taste in clothes. Ms. Kaur is a trained nurse who saved enough […]

Lawsuit Causes Media to Focus on Macau’s Junket Operators and the Chinese Triads

Lawsuit Causes Media to Focus on Macau’s Junket Operators and the Chinese Triads

Written by Steve Larson | Monday, April 27th, 2015

The lawsuit against the Las Vegas Sands Corporation by former Sands Macau CEO Steve Jacobs has focused new attention on the gambling operations of U.S.-based companies in Macau. As a result, the UK-based newspaper, The Guardian, and the Investigative Reporting Program of UC Berkeley launched their own investigation into the casino gaming operations in China. […]

Las Vegas Gamblers Are Betting the Mayweather/Pacquaio Match Will Be a Draw

Las Vegas Gamblers Are Betting the Mayweather/Pacquaio Match Will Be a Draw

Written by Steve Larson | Friday, April 24th, 2015

Over a thousand gamblers have wagered the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao boxing match is a draw. That presents the Las Vegas sportsbooks with a dilemma in how the wagers have been taken, though most bookmakers believe the betting will self-adjust by the time of the fight. Jay Rood, VP of MGM’s sportsbook, says the […]

New Orleans Smoking Ban Could Hurt Revenues in the City’s Gambling Venues

New Orleans Smoking Ban Could Hurt Revenues in the City’s Gambling Venues

Written by Steve Larson | Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

A smoking ban set to effect the city’s 500 casinos, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs is set to go into effect in New Orleans this week. As the final day of public smoking loomed, a number of venues allowed patrons to light up with much fanfare. Frankie Mazzanti, 56-year old co-owner of 45 Tchoup, told his […]

2016 GOP Presidential Candidate Rand Paul Criticizes Restore America’s Wire Act

2016 GOP Presidential Candidate Rand Paul Criticizes Restore America’s Wire Act

Written by Steve Larson | Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul recently spoke out against the anti-online gambling bill cosponsored by his fellow Republicans. Restore America’s Wire Act, the federal legislation which would ban all online gambling in the USA, is being championed by Representative Jason Chaffetz and Senator Lindsey Graham. That did not stop Rand Paul, who announced earlier this […]

Sportech Receives Licensing Approval in the New Jersey Online Gambling Market

Sportech Receives Licensing Approval in the New Jersey Online Gambling Market

Written by Steve Larson | Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Sportech has received an important license to operate in the New Jersey gaming market. In doing so, Sportech Racing became the first European-owned gambling business to have entered the New Jersey online gambling industry (barring UK companies). Last month, Sportech and NYX Gaming signed a deal with Resorts Casino to provide software support for the […]

Nevada Senate Passes a Sportsbook Bill to Allow Business Investments in Sports Bets

Nevada Senate Passes a Sportsbook Bill to Allow Business Investments in Sports Bets

Written by Steve Larson | Monday, April 20th, 2015

The Nevada Senate passed a controversial sports betting bill which would allow businesses to invest in skilled bettors on Saturday. Current state law allows individuals and partnerships to place legal bets on horse racing and sporting events. The current proposal would investors to put money on a skilled gambler, then share in that gambler’s winnings. […]

Morris Bailey, Owner of Resorts Casino, Predicts PokerStars Approval in New Jersey Is Coming Soon

Morris Bailey, Owner of Resorts Casino, Predicts PokerStars Approval in New Jersey Is Coming Soon

Written by Steve Larson | Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Morris Bailey, the owner of Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, has revealed that PokerStars is close to being licensed in the New Jersey online gambling market. Resorts Casino signed a parntership deal with PokerStars in June 2013, but the Resorts/PokerStars licensing application has been suspended by the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement since October […]