Competitors Feeling the Heat from Encore Boston Harbor

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The Encore Boston Harbor casino opened less than two months ago, but its impact is already being felt in the region. And that impact is not always a positive one. According to reports, both regional casino competitors and local restaurants have experienced struggles since the Wynn Resorts property cut the ribbon. Ripples felt an hour… Read more »

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Lawsuits Against Two Houston Poker Clubs Dropped

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The Harris County (Texas) attorney dropped civil suits against Houston’s Prime Social Poker Club and Post Oak Poker Club last week, citing the lack of a criminal case. The two poker clubs were raided in May and their owners and management were hit with illegal gambling and money laundering charges. Because those charges were dropped… Read more »

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Armed Poker Robber Caught After Month on the Lam

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Kansas City-area man Oscar Glover was arrested near Tulsa, Oklahoma last week after he was on the run for almost a month. Glover allegedly followed a poker player home from Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino on July 1 and robbed him at gunpoint. According to a WDAF-TV Kansas City news report, casino security footage shows… Read more »

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UKGC Hits Ladbrokes Coral with £5.9 million Penalty for Social Responsibility, Money Laundering Prevention Failures

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The United Kingdom Gambling Commission has fined Ladbrokes Coral Group £5.9 million for failing to protect problem gamblers and for falling short of money laundering prevention standards. In a report posted Wednesday, the Commission posted the results of an investigation that found problems from November 2014 to October 2017; during much of that time, Ladbroke… Read more »

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Maurice Hawkins Has More Staking Problems

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Maurice Hawkins, the all-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner, is unfortunately no stranger to staking deals gone bad. The latest has been brought to light by a man named Randy Garcia who tweeted about an alleged staking arrangement gone bad on Monday. “PSA no one ever stake @mauricehawkins,” Garcia wrote. “He has owed… Read more »

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Maine Legislature Passes Sports Betting Bill

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After a slow start to the year, sports betting legislation continues to build momentum as another state is about to legalize the industry. This time it is Maine, as both branches of the state legislature recently approved LD 553, which would authorize sports betting within state borders. The bill was introduced at the end of… Read more »

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Poker Hall of Fame Finalists Announced

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The World Series of Poker announced the ten finalists for the 2019 class of the Poker Hall of Fame this weekend. The list of names should be familiar to poker fans, not just because, as Poker Hall of Fame finalists, everyone on the list has been poker royalty for years, but also because all but… Read more »

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Eldorado, Caesars Announce $17 Billion Merger

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After rumors of a deal swirled, Eldorado Resorts, Inc. and Caesars Entertainment Corporation announced on Monday that they have agreed to a merger, forming the largest gambling company in the United States. The combined company will operate close to 60 casino-resorts in 16 states, including the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, home of the World… Read more »

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UKGC Fines Platinum Gaming £1.6 Million

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The United Kingdom Gambling Commission announced last week that it has levied a hefty £1.6 million fine on Unibet UK’s parent company, Platinum Gaming, for “failing to identify gambling harm and prevent money laundering.” The Commission was tipped off that a customer of Platinum Gaming’s had been convicted of fraud and had been using the… Read more »

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Two Sugarhouse Casino Customers Sue Claiming Card Shuffler Problems Contributed to $250K Losses

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Philadelphia’s Sugarhouse Casino might be celebrating being the first in Pennsylvania to launch its online sportsbook, but it has run into some legal trouble that may have dampened the move, as two patrons of the brick-and-mortar gambling venue have sued the casino. William Vespe and Anthony Mattia claim they lost a combined $250,000 thanks, in… Read more »

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Pennsylvania Sets Up Self-Exclusion Program for Online Gamblers

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With the upcoming launch of online poker and online casino games in Pennsylvania and the recent soft launch of Sugarhouse Casino’s online sportsbook, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has implemented a new self-exclusion tool for gamblers who need to pump the brakes on their play. If gamblers feel the need to restrict themselves, they… Read more »

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Online Sports Betting Goes Live in Pennsylvania

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While Pennsylvanians continue to wait – patiently – for online poker sites to flip their switches, they can now bet on sports from the comfort of their own homes, as live testing of sports betting sites commenced this week. Sugarhouse Leads Off There is just one casino that has launched its online sportsbook so far:… Read more »

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Tennessee Legalizes Sports Betting, Governor Pouts

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After a slow start to the year on the sports betting front, Tennessee last week became the fourth state to legalize sports wagering this year. House Bill 1 was originally filed for introduction in November, but then officially introduced on January 8th of this year in the House. It then passed votes of the House… Read more »

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Video Game Loot Box Regulation Bill Introduced in Senate

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Senators Josh Hawley (R – Missouri), Ed Markey (D – Mass.), and Richard Blumenthal (D – Conn.) have introduced legislation to significantly limit the use of loot boxes and microtransactions in video games. “Today’s digital entertainment ecosystem is an online gauntlet for children,” said Senator Markey in a press release. “Inherently manipulative game features that… Read more »

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Iowa Legalizes Sports Betting

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 617 into law on Monday, legalizing sports betting in the state. Though the law is effective immediately, no sports betting is available yet, as the regulations still need to be hammered out. “Gov. Reynolds believes that legalizing sports betting will bring this practice out of an unregulated black… Read more »

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ESPN, Caesars to Create Sports Betting Content

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ESPN and Caesars Entertainment announced Tuesday that they are teaming up to produce sports betting programming to be broadcast on ESPN’s different platforms. As part of the deal, the two companies will build an ESPN-branded studio at the LINQ Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. It is there that “odds-related content” will be filmed, content… Read more »

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