Archive for August, 2015

State of Florida and Seminole Tribe Negotiate before October Deadline

State of Florida and Seminole Tribe Negotiate before October Deadline

Written by Steve Larson | Monday, August 31st, 2015

Florida and the Seminoles tribal gaming authority appear to be near a new gaming compact. Over the past week, representatives from the State of Florida and the Seminoles have begun once more. Both sides appear to be taking the discussions serious, as an October deadline looms. A previous looming deadline appeared to have gotten the […]

Phil Ivey Claims Casino Used Booze and “Borgata Babes” to Distract Him during Baccarat

Phil Ivey Claims Casino Used Booze and “Borgata Babes” to Distract Him during Baccarat

Written by Steve Larson | Friday, August 28th, 2015

In court documents filed on Tuesday, Phil Ivey claimed Borgata used unlimited alcohol and flirty waitresses to distract him and impair his judgment during the baccarat binge which netted him his partner, Cheng Yin Sun, $9.6 million in winnings. Ivey’s charges were made during the court case stemming from Borgata’s lawsuit of Ivey and Cheng, […]

Gamblers Anonymous Considers Classifying Fantasy Sports as a “Problematic” Form of Gaming

Gamblers Anonymous Considers Classifying Fantasy Sports as a “Problematic” Form of Gaming

Written by Steve Larson | Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Gamblers Anonymous is considering adding fantasy sports to its list of gambling addiction types. If so, the categorization would be a blow to the daily fantasy sports industry’s attempts to their industry from sports betting. A Washington DC NBA News affiliate reported that the local Gamblers Anonymous group was recommending changes which would list DFS […]

U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals Rules against New Jersey Sports Betting

U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals Rules against New Jersey Sports Betting

Written by Steve Larson | Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

All New Jersey Sportsbooks Are Illegal  After a summer of deliberations, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia denied New Jersey’s bid to legalize sports betting in the state. The court ruled 2-1 in a majority decision against the New Jersey Department of Justice’s legal attempt to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports […]

Paddy Power and Betfair Merge in a £1.1 Billion Deal

Paddy Power and Betfair Merge in a £1.1 Billion Deal

Written by Steve Larson | Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Paddy Power and Betfair have agreed to a merger in a move which continues the consolidation trend in the gambling industry. The deal unites Paddy Power, a giant in the brick-and-mortar casino industry, and Betair, the world’s largest Internet betting exchange. The deal allows the most prominent Irish gambling company to gain entry into the […]

MassDot Approves Wynn Resorts’ Everett Casino Building Plan

MassDot Approves Wynn Resorts’ Everett Casino Building Plan

Written by Steve Larson | Monday, August 24th, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation gave approval to Wynn Resorts to continue building their $1.7 billion casino in Everett, a suburb of Boston. MassDot had been signaling the gaming company’s casino development might break Massachusetts environmental laws. J. Lionel Lucien on the Casino In an August 21 memo, MassDot public-private development unit manager J. Lionel […]

Real Time Tennis Bettors Called “Courtsiders” Use Questionable Methods

Real Time Tennis Bettors Called “Courtsiders” Use Questionable Methods

Written by Steve Larson | Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

In a week’s time, ATP and WTA tennis players will gather in Flushing Meadow, New York to open the 2015 U.S. Open. Serena Williams is going for a historic grand slam, which has not happened in women’s tennis since 1988. The Big Four of men’s tennis–Novak Djokavic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Rafael Nadal–will take […]

Foreign Sportsbooks Take Propsition Bets on the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Foreign Sportsbooks Take Propsition Bets on the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Written by Steve Larson | Friday, August 21st, 2015

US Presidential Prop Bets Legal sportsbooks in the United States want to be able to offer bets on the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, citing the action foreign bookmaker sites receive with US political prop bets. The Nevada legislature is considering legalazing US prop bets, while one famous handicapper already offers betting odds–purely for entertainment purposes. […]

Judicial Watch Sues US Department of Justice over 2011 UIGEA Policy Change

Judicial Watch Sues US Department of Justice over 2011 UIGEA Policy Change

Written by Steve Larson | Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Judicial Watch is suing the U.S. Department of Justice over its 2011 legal opinion which opened the door to online gambling. The lawsuit by the conservative group is further sign that the forces of anti-gambling in the United States believe Restore America’s Wire Act is unlikely to be passed. Judicial Watch filed papers on Thursday […]

DraftKings Receives Licensing by UK Gambling Commission, Raising Concerns in the US

DraftKings Receives Licensing by UK Gambling Commission, Raising Concerns in the US

Written by Steve Larson | Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

DraftKings Applies for Gaming License Since it was announced that DraftKings had received licensing in the United Kingdom to launch its daily fantasy sports service there, gaming media have been critical of the move. Critical might not be the proper term; “hand wringing” might better describe what is being done. DraftKings is one of two […]