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Crazy Gambling Stories From April

The gambling world can sometimes produce really off-the-wall stories. Every month there are plenty of cases of individuals going to extreme lengths to pay back debts, or of simply bizarre behavior at casino properties around the globe. It can be entertaining and sometimes sad.

April was no exception, as there was plenty that happened in the casino world.

Here’s a look at some of the most colorful and noteworthy from the month that was.

Atlantic City Casino Sues Phil Ivey For $ 9.6 Million, Says Poker Pro Cheated

Poker pro Phil Ivey, widely regarded as the game’s best player, has been sued by an Atlantic City casino, which alleges that he cheated the house out of $ 9.6 million.

Ivey is accused of spotting manufacturing defects in the cards while playing high-stakes baccarat. The suit also names the manufacturer of the cards, Gemaco Inc. of Blue Springs, Mo. In addition, Ivey’s alleged accomplice, Cheng Yin Sun, is named in the complaint. According to the report, she was Ivey’s companion on his trips and gave instructions to the dealer.

Ben Affleck Caught Card Counting In Las Vegas Casino

While on a Las Vegas vacation with his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, Hollywood actor Ben Affleck was caught counting cards at a blackjack table at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and asked to leave the property.

The 41-year-old part-time poker player, who won the 2004 California State Poker Championship for $ 356,400, was caught using “perfect basic” strategy and “moving his money with the count,” according to an alert submitted by the Surveillance Information Network.

Poker Player Gets Five Years In Prison

According to a press release from the FBI, World Poker Tour champion Vadim Trincher was sentenced on Wednesday to five years in prison “for participating in a racketeering conspiracy” in connection with a “Russian-American organized crime enterprise.”

A co-defendant, Anatoly Golubchik, was also sentenced to five years for his involvement.

Trincher pleaded guilty late last year to participation in an illegal sports betting operation that catered to wealthy bettors in the U.S. and Europe. According to reports, Trincher’s business typically dealt with soccer matches.

Poker Player Dan Bilzerian Throws Porn Star Off Roof Into Pool, And She Breaks Her Foot

High-stakes poker player and Instagram celebrity Dan Bilzerian was recently doing a shoot for Hustler magazine and decide it would be cool to throw 19-year-old porn star Janice Griffith, who was a model in the shoot, off a roof and into a pool, TMZ reported.

Bilzerian didn’t quite throw her far enough, as the less-than-100-pound Griffith smashed her foot on the side of the pool, and reportedly she broke it.

UK Court Rules That Poker Player Doesn’t Have To Pay Child Support

A professional poker player in the United Kingdom, who doesn’t want to pay child support, just recently saw a judge rule in his favor.

The judge felt that his poker winnings were not from “gainful employment” and thus didn’t meet the regulations governing the payment of child support, the BBC reported.

The dispute between Tony Hakki and his former partner has been ongoing for more than four years.

George Clooney Calls Steve Wynn ‘An Asshole’ To His Face While Having Dinner At Wynn’s Hotel

Fighting with Steve Wynn in his own casino probably isn’t too great of an idea.

The billionaire casino boss and actor George Clooney had dinner a couple of weeks ago to discuss some business, but the evening reportedly ended in a heated exchange.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the two men were talking about politics and got into it after Wynn, Clooney said, criticized President Obama and his policies. Wynn is known for being a staunch Republican, while Clooney is a Democrat.

Nevada Removes Gambler From Casino ‘Black Book’

Roderick William Dee II, who was added to Nevada’s infamous “Black Book” last year, was removed last week by gaming regulars. He died on Dec. 30.

Dee was known for cheating at slot machines.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Dee had four felony convictions for slot machine incidents, three in Nevada and one in Missouri. Two incidents occurred in Nevada casinos and the third occurred in a Las Vegas convenience store. He used a device that would trick a slot machine into producing a jackpot or adding credits. He reportedly received tens of thousands of dollars, illegally.

Game Of Bingo Carries On As Paramedics Try To Save Player Who Had A Heart Attack

A bingo game in the United Kingdom continued despite one of the players collapsing from a heart attack, according to the Burton Mail.

Two nurses who were also playing rushed to the man’s side to help. Paramedics eventually arrived and were trying to save his life. Still, numbers were being called.

Drugmakers Posed As Poker Players In Botched Attempt To Flee Australia

Three men from Canada posed as poker players in a tournament at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia as part of a botched effort to set up a “local drug laboratory for a sophisticated international syndicate,” the Herald Sun reported.

The men have pleaded guilty to the crime of conspiring to manufacture a commercial quantity of drugs and are awaiting sentencing.

Pennsylvania Man Mistakenly Throws Away $ 1.25 Million In Winning Lottery Tickets

Sometimes when you win the lottery you actually lose.

A Pennsylvania man mistakenly threw away $ 1.25 million worth of winning lottery tickets, and that money will stay with the state, according to a report from the York Daily Record.

The tickets were bought by a lottery regular in 2013, and many months went by before the Pennsylvania Lottery made a public announcement that the winner had until Mar. 13 of this year to cash all 25 of them in. However, no one did.

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Majority Of Credit Card Transactions On New Jersey Web Gambling Sites Do Not Go Through: Report

Just how severe are payment processing challenges for gambling websites in New Jersey?

A firm involved with the process of facilitating transactions told the Associated Press that credit cards used by customers are being accepted less than half of the time. CAMS LLC said that the acceptance rate is between 42 and 46 percent—a terrible rate for the industry.

According to the report, CAMS routes payments from the online gambling operators—such as Borgata and Caesars—in the Garden State to the financial institutions.

The credit card issue is the chief reason why the market size has been below expectation so far, not only in New Jersey, but in Nevada as well. Card Player recently spoke with the CEO of Ultimate Gaming, a company which has online gaming sites in both the Garden State and the Silver State, about this problem. He was optimistic it would improve over time.

New Jersey lawmakers are in fact looking at fixing the problem. One solution is to license the financial institutions in basically the same way that casinos are licensed.

Nevada just had its one-year anniversary of online poker. New Jersey online gaming, which includes more than just poker, debuted in November.

The Associated Press reported that a New Jersey official with the Division of Gaming Enforcement said that MasterCard has approved 73 percent of attempted transactions in New Jersey, while Visa has approved 44 percent.

American Express and Discover do not approve any such charges, according to the official.

In March, Atlantic City casinos won $ 11.9 million from online gambling, which was up 15.2 percent over February. Online gaming revenues for the year have topped $ 30 million.

In Nevada, web poker accounted for under $ 1 million in revenue for three firms in March.

Delaware had online gaming revenues of $ 206,833 in March.

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Minnesota Looking To Ban Online Gambling

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Genting Seeks Another Gambling Facility In New York

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Casino Gambling In Crimea Takes Another Step

Despite political tensions still persisting, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has submitted a draft law to create a gambling zone in Crimea, RT reported. If completed, Crimea would be the fifth gambling zone in the Russian Federation.

According to the report: “Under current Russia law, casinos are only allowed in four regions of Russia—Krasnodar, Kaliningrad, Altay, and Primorsky Krai, and not allowed in larger Russian cities.

However, finding investors for the projects proved difficult, and only one city has opened casinos—Azov City, a coastal area east of Crimea. The other areas haven’t attracted investors yet. In 2009, casinos across Russia, mostly in Moscow, were shut down to curb a serious increase in gambling addiction.”

According to Bloomberg, Russia’s ministers of economy, finance and regional development are looking to make Crimea less dependent on government funds. The region would then be given tax breaks to encourage foreign and local casino operators to put down roots.

According to the BBC, the Kremlin has declared the Ukrainian territory part of Russia, despite a lack of international recognition and opposition from the United States.

Crimea was part of Russia until 1954.

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Atlantic City Casinos Win $11.9 Million From Online Gambling In March

Internet gambling revenue in Atlantic City has reached its highest level ever.

According to a state report released Monday, the city’s casinos reported web gaming win of $ 11.9 million in March. That figure was a 15.2-percent increase compared to the $ 10.3 million in February. Revenues have steadily been climbing since the games launched late last year.

Of the $ 11.9 million, around $ 3.2 million came from online poker. Poker was $ 3.1 million of the figure in February. Poker increased in size, but decreased in its piece of the overall pie.

For comparison with Nevada: The Silver State’s poker sites captured $ 824,000 in rake from online poker in February. Nevada’s numbers from March aren’t yet available.

According to Adam Krejcik of Eilers Research, the New Jersey market size for the year is on pace to be around $ 142.5 million. At one point in the not-so-distant past, some state officials in New Jersey were thinking that online gaming could be worth $ 1 billion in the first year.

That outrageous estimate was eventually debunked.

As of Mar. 31, nearly 292,000 Internet gaming accounts had been created since the beginning of soft play on Nov. 21, 2013. At the end of February, there were 248,241 accounts.

The number of New Jersey web gaming accounts doesn’t refer to the number of unique players, as customers can sign up for an account at each Internet gaming website.

The Garden State report also included mention that total gaming win from the brick-and-mortar casinos and their Internet gaming operations was $ 233.4 million in March. That was a 2.2-percent decline compared to the $ 238.5 million in casino win for March 2013.

It is worth noting that there was one fewer casino this March.

Atlantic City was in the national spotlight this past weekend, as one of its casinos sued poker pro Phil Ivey in an effort to recoup $ 9.6 million. The casino said Ivey and his gambling companion cheated while playing high-stakes baccarat in 2012.

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Nevada Casino Gambling Revenue Falls By 14 Percent In February

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Russia Planning Gambling Zone For Crimea

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New Jersey Senate Panel Approves Bill To Allow Foreign Online Gambling Companies To Do Business

Atlantic CityA New Jersey Senate panel has approved a bill that would allow foreign online gambling operators to base their operations in the state. Once licensed and partnered with an existing Atlantic City casino, the companies could then offer gambling, as well as online poker, in countries where it is legal.

The measure, introduced by Sen. Ray Lesniak, has a chance to revitalize struggling Atlantic City as an online gaming hotbed.

“This could help make New Jersey the leader in online gaming, across the country and around the world,” said Lesniak in a statement. “We could be the Silicon Valley for high-tech gaming.”

Any products offered by these foreign operators would also be subject to New Jersey’s existing 15 percent tax rate, minus any taxes given to other countries for their resident’s play.

New Jersey recently revised their online poker market projections from the online gambling industry and is now on pace to collect $ 34 million in tax revenue. Any business brought in from off-shore operators would only help to improve those numbers.

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Crazy Gambling Stories From February

The gambling world can sometimes produce really off-the-wall stories. Every month there are plenty of cases of individuals going to extreme lengths to pay back debts, or of simply bizarre behavior at casino properties around the globe. It can be entertaining and sometimes sad.

February was no exception, as there was plenty that happened in the casino world.

Here’s a look at some of the most colorful and noteworthy from the month that was.

Washington State Shuts Down Penny-Ante Card Game At Senior Center

The state of Washington busted a 25-year-old penny-ante pinochle game at a senior center in the city of Snohomish, King 5 News reported. About five years ago, the city passed an ordinance to keep for-profit card rooms from opening there, and apparently thanks to some murky language in the rule the senior center game was included under its scope.

Player Banned From WSOP Events and Properties After Taking Tournament Chip

On Feb. 16, during a World Series of Poker Circuit stop at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in South Florida, Chan Pelton took a single 25,000 denomination chip from his stack during heads-up play at the final table of a $ 1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament.

Pelton, a tournament regular from Texas with over $ 300,000 in career earnings, then went on to win the tournament, the $ 47,061 first-place prize and a WSOP Circuit ring.

After video surveillance confirmed tournament staff suspicions that a chip had been taken, Pelton returned the chip, claiming he had taken it as a souvenir. However, PBKC staff believed that Pelton had taken the chip with the intention of adding it to a stack in a future tournament.

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Wants Possible Prison Terms For Playing Online Poker

Some in Pennsylvania have been pondering the idea of legalizing online gaming that would be offered from state-sanctioned sites, while at least one elected official now wants the act of playing to be criminalized. A lawmaker is pushing a proposal that would make the “first violation a summary offense that carries a possible $ 300 fine and up to 90 days in jail”, while “a second violation would be a misdemeanor bringing a chance of a $ 2,500 fine and up to a year in jail.”

NFL Star Ray Rice Arrested At Atlantic City Casino

Ray Rice and his fiancée were both arrested for simple assault at a casino. Police have video evidence that shows Rice knocking her unconscious. A video posted online by TMZ shows Rice lifting the woman by her arms out of an elevator at the Revel Casino and laying her on the floor. It also shows Rice pulling the woman’s legs away from the elevator door.

Former Steeler Settles Case Against Casino

Michael Merriweather, a former linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has settled his federal wage theft and discrimination lawsuit against The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Pennsylvania, according to the Associated Press. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Sheldon Adelson Targeted In Las Vegas Sands Websites Attack

Casino boss Sheldon Adelson was the target of a online attack on various websites owned by Las Vegas Sands, a casino corporation that operates The Venetian and The Palazzo in Nevada, The Sands Casino Resort in Pennsylvania and other properties in Macau and Singapore. The sites were taken down, and restored about a week later.

More Charges For Alleged Borgata Poker Tournament Cheat

A man accused of using fake chips in a New Jersey poker tournament last month has been charged with copyright infringement after authorities found thousands of bootleg DVDs at his home. Customs agents have been investigating Christian Lusardi since mid-2012, when they started intercepting boxes of counterfeit DVDs from China heading to Fayetteville homes.

Woman Hits $ 29M Jackpot On Faulty Slot Machine, Casino Offers Her Two Steak Dinners

An apparent software glitch in a slot machine at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Indiana awarded a woman nearly $ 29 million on January 11. She left empty-handed. According to reporting from a local ABC station, Jennifer Carmin sat down at the penny slot and before she knew it, the machine was flashing a number with a lot of digits and commas.

Vegas Slot Machine Hasn’t Awarded A Jackpot In Nearly 20 Years

A slot machine at MGM Grand in Las Vegas hasn’t awarded a jackpot in nearly 20 years. The prize currently stands at more than $ 2.3 million. Under Nevada law, the old machine can’t be replaced until awarding most of that sum. In other words, it stays until the jackpot is hit. Gamblers reportedly have flocked to it.

Dan Cates Says He Was Scammed Out Of $ 1.9 Million

Online poker legend Dan Cates said that a fellow high-stakes regular owes him $ 1.9 million from their matches, but has refused to pay him.

Nevada Indicts Gambler Over $ 12.9M Debt

A Canadian real estate businessman was indicted by a grand jury on charges he failed to pay back $ 12.9 million in gambling debts to two Las Vegas casinos. Semion Kronenfeld faces 12 counts, including theft and obtaining money under false pretenses, for not paying off $ 7.9 million in markers to the Venetian and $ 5 million in markers to the Green Valley Ranch Resort.

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