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Wondering who is doing who, or doing what to whom? Our news brings you the latest scandals from the gambling world – whether its cheating, prostitution or just plain playing dirty.

Phil Ivey Acts Ingenuous Over Use of Busty Cocktail Servers and Ample Liquor Output at Borgata Baccarat Sessions

Phil Ivey Acts Ingenuous Over Use of Busty Cocktail Servers and Ample Liquor Output at Borgata Baccarat Sessions

Ed Scimia - August 29th, 2015

Phil Ivey has been accused by the Borgata casino in Atlantic City of using illegal tactics to cheat the property out of millions at the baccarat tables by gaining an unfair advantage. Now Ivey has fired back, saying it’s the casino that took steps to make sure it could gain an edge over him, albeit […]

In Spain, Man Fakes His Own Kidnapping to Pay Off Poker Debts at Local Club

In Spain, Man Fakes His Own Kidnapping to Pay Off Poker Debts at Local Club

Ed Scimia - August 26th, 2015

Ever felt that sense of panic when you can’t make your payments? Why not fake your own kidnapping? That’s what one man in Spain thought would be a great idea, but like so many light bulb moments, this one quickly went dim. Everyone handles their gambling debts in different ways. Some people pay them off […]

Sheldon Adelson Undercover Video Expose Shows Land Casinos May Have More Security Loopholes Than Online Ones

Sheldon Adelson Undercover Video Expose Shows Land Casinos May Have More Security Loopholes Than Online Ones

Daniel Smyth - August 21st, 2015

A Sheldon Adelson undercover video expose made by a US poker player in the Sands CEO’s Venetian and Palazzo casinos in Las Vegas shows that security and the potential for underage play may be more of an issue on land than online. The expose by Tim James is particularly accusatory in that Adelson’s primary argument […]

Borgata Stands By Phil Ivey Countersuit Card Destruction Decision

Borgata Stands By Phil Ivey Countersuit Card Destruction Decision

Ed Scimia - August 17th, 2015

The Borgata Casino in Atlantic City has issued a response to the Phil Ivey countersuit against the resort, marking the latest round in the back-and-forth legal drama between the two sides. The battle is over the $9.6 million Ivey won during four baccarat sessions at the Borgata in 2012, in which he used a technique known as […]

Christian Lusardi Pleads Guilty to Borgata Counterfeit Chip Fraud 

Christian Lusardi Pleads Guilty to Borgata Counterfeit Chip Fraud 

Philip Conneller - August 15th, 2015

Christian Lusardi, the North Carolina man who stands accused of defrauding poker players and the Borgata by introducing bogus chips into the mix at the Borgata Winter Tournament in 2014, pled guilty to trademark counterfeiting and criminal mischief this week in an Atlantic City courtroom. If convicted, Lusardi, who is already serving a five-year sentence […]

Betbright Sports Book Director Allegedly Connected to Brian Hastings Scandal

Betbright Sports Book Director Allegedly Connected to Brian Hastings Scandal

Philip Conneller - August 11th, 2015

Betbright sports book director and poker player Noel Hayes is facing some tough questions this week. That’s due to rumors that he is, or at least was once, the owner of the account allegedly used by Brian Hastings to play from the US on PokerStars, in direct violation of the not-yet-legal-or-regulated-in-America site’s terms and conditions. While Noel Hayes […]

888poker Increases Tournament Guarantees to Counteract Player Unrest in Wake of Connectivity Issues

888poker Increases Tournament Guarantees to Counteract Player Unrest in Wake of Connectivity Issues

Ed Scimia - August 5th, 2015

888poker has been having a difficult time dealing with disconnection issues plaguing its players, but that doesn’t mean the site is giving in. In addition to the recent add-on of a pause functionality designed to help the site ride out particularly difficult periods during tournaments, the poker room is also bumping up the guarantees for […]

Former Maltese Prime Minister’s Son Named in ’Ndrangheta Mafia Gambling Scandal

Former Maltese Prime Minister’s Son Named in ’Ndrangheta Mafia Gambling Scandal

Philip Conneller - August 4th, 2015

The online gaming licensing jurisdiction of Malta is currently engulfed in a scandal that is shaking its status as a respected regulatory hub to its very core. The island, which licenses hundreds of online poker and gambling brands, from Unibet to PokerStars, has been forced to suspend nine licensees in relation to a massive Mafia […]

Matt Glantz Briefly Blocked by Jack Effel after WSOP Criticisms

Matt Glantz Briefly Blocked by Jack Effel after WSOP Criticisms

Ed Scimia - July 22nd, 2015

Matt Glantz has never been shy about sharing his opinions on how things could be improved in the game of poker, including at the World Series of Poker. That outspoken nature seemed to be a little too much for one WSOP official to handle, though there’s no need to panic: it seems that all has […]

Poker Players Can Sue Iowa Cops for Bankroll Confiscation at Traffic Stop

Poker Players Can Sue Iowa Cops for Bankroll Confiscation at Traffic Stop

Philip Conneller - July 17th, 2015

Some Iowa cops may be in hot water after a judge’s ruling. Two poker players are free to sue the Iowa police officers after the players’ bankrolls were confiscated during a warrantless search, per US District Judge James Gritzner. Gritzner refused to dismiss the lawsuit against state troopers Justin Simmons and Eric VanderWiel, who, claims the […]

Christian Lusardi, Alleged Borgata Chip Counterfeiter, Indicted at Last

Christian Lusardi, Alleged Borgata Chip Counterfeiter, Indicted at Last

Daniel Smyth - July 9th, 2015

Christian Lusardi, the infamous alleged Borgata chip counterfeiter, was officially indicted by a grand jury in New Jersey on Wednesday. The North Carolina native was arrested on January 24, 2014, after the Borgata in Atlantic City reported the incident. Police later found a stash of fake chips clogging pipes that led to Lusardi’s room toilet […]