Hollywood notables were clients of Mafia-led sports betting ring

The pre-Christmas bust of a New York-based, Mafia-run illegal online sports betting ring reportedly has celebrities fearing their illegal gambling activity will be made public. In mid-December, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the arrest of 13 individuals for their involvement in an illegal credit betting operation linked to 4Spades.org, a Costa Rica-based password-protected […]

Vietnam formally okays betting on international football matches

Vietnam formally okays betting on international football matches

Vietnam has released its formal decree on allowing local punters to wager on international football matches, as well as horse- and dog-racing. In late January, Vietnam’s government published Decree 06/2017/ND-CP, which lays down rules for a five-year trial program under which local punters will be allowed to wager on select sporting events. As with most […]

Hollywood notables were clients of Mafia-led sports betting ring

Trump muddies waters for New Jersey int’l liquidity sharing

US President Donald Trump may have thrown a wrench into New Jersey’s plans to share online poker liquidity with gambling operators in European markets. On Thursday, Trump’s tiny fingers signed yet more executive orders, including one titled Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, that could have significant implications for a reciprocal […]

Why gambling start ups fail

Google took down 17m gambling-related “bad ads” in 2016

Gambling advertisements accounted for 1% of the “bad ads’ that technology giant Google took exception with in 2016. On Wednesday, Scott Spencer, Google’s Director of Product Management, Sustainable Ads, posted a blog about how the search engine mainstay “fought bad ads, sites and scammers” in 2016. Spencer said Google took down 1.7b ads that violated […]

Why gambling start ups fail

China’s sports lottery sales enjoy double-digit gains in 2016

China’s lottery sales enjoyed a healthy boost in 2016 as the Euro 2016 football tournament helped offset the ongoing online lottery prohibition. Figures released Monday by China’s Ministry of Finance showed overall lottery sales of RMB 394.6b (US $57.8b) in 2016, representing a year-on-year improvement of 7.3%. That marks a rebound from 2015, during which […]

Why gambling start ups fail

Italy 2016: online casino and sports betting good, poker bad

Bet365 continues to hold a commanding lead on Italy’s online sports betting market, which welcomed a new chart entrant in December. Figures compiled by Italian gaming news agency Agimeg.it show the market generated online sports betting turnover of €391.8m in December. Combined online and land-based sports betting turnover was €770m, bringing 2016’s total sum wagered […]

Hollywood notables were clients of Mafia-led sports betting ring

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