March 23, 2007
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Neteller to hand back $55m in deal with US ...
Neteller is preparing to hand back $55m to US customers after reaching
an agreement with the US Attorney's Office as part of the US
prosecutor's investigation into the payment processor's handling of
online gambling transactions.
Press Release ...
The Group is pleased to announce that on 20 March 2007, it signed
agreements with the USAO and Navigant which, among other things,
outline terms and a timeline under which NETELLER will work toward the
orderly distribution of funds to its US customers. Per the agreements,
the Group anticipates that within the next 75 days it will announce a
plan by which the funds will be distributed to US customers. Navigant
will also provide a report to the USAO on the Group’s current financial
... Payback at What Cost? A Look at the Latest NETeller Situation
So the question has to be asked: If NETeller does indeed return the
money to U.S. customers in the near future, at what cost will that be?
In due time we will all know.
gambling charges settled
Internet gambling charges against an executive with a British company
were dismissed Tuesday in exchange for $400,000 after extradition
issues left the case nearly impossible to prosecute, St. Landry Parish
District Attorney’s Office announced.
EU Wants Barriers on Sports Bets Lifted
The European Commission on Wednesday demanded that Denmark,
Finland and Hungary change national rules that limit sports betting in
their countries, saying it could take them to court if they do not
respond within two months.
First Nation ignores solicitor general's order
An Alberta aboriginal band is rebuking Solicitor General Fred Lindsay’s
“cease and desist” order on its proposed Internet gambling enterprise,
insisting that it’s a sovereign nation that can’t be touched by
Federal Judge Rules Against Harrah's Casino in Suit Brought by
Hurricane Rita Relief Volunteers
"The Court clearly understood the serious physical and emotional abuse
my clients suffered at the hands of Harrah's security guards and made
its decision accordingly. This ruling sends a clear message to Harrah's
and all the other Defendants that individual rights are absolute and
that no person should be tortured -- especially not those who are only
attempting to help those in need."
non-stop air service between Biloxi and Las Vegas
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport will announce this morning a new
airline that will offer nonstop flights to Las Vegas, linking the
gambling meccas in an effort to bolster the Coast's recovering economy
and the tourism industry.
wins jackpot dispute
The three-member Mississippi Gaming Commission ruled unanimously
Thursday that a gambler should be paid $1 million in a jackpot dispute,
but a lawyer for the IP Casino said he expects the decision to be
del Sol CEO banned from casino work
A former CEO of Casino del Sol has lost his state certification to work
in Arizona casinos as a result of two state investigations into fraud
and accounting practices at the casino.
gamblers accuse Ameristar Casino of cheating them
The gamblers' attorney, Arthur G. Muegler Jr., said that if the suit is
certified as a class action, 100,000 to 300,000 casino customers could
be affected. The lawsuit is seeking $150 million in actual and punitive
damages. It also names Ameristar's parent company in Las Vegas.
Sports book manager admits $21,000 theft from Stateline casino
The manager of the Lakeside Inn and Casino race and sports book at Lake
Tahoe admitted in District Court that he stole $21,565 from the casino
by cashing unpaid tickets.
Angel worked as casino secuirty guard
A “full-patch” member of the Hells Angels got a state gambling license
to work as a security officer for the past two years at Ringo’s Little
Vegas Casino in Spokane Valley, state documents released Wednesday
Borgata Employees Charged With Rape
Three employees of an Atlantic City casino were arrested and charged
with sexual assault, officials said.
AC casino camera operator fined in ogling case
They were four guys tucked away in a darkened casino security office on
the graveyard shift, when the action generally slows down and there's
not as much to keep an eye on.
turning up heat on legislators, Beers says
The standing-room-only crowd was there to hear Assemblyman Bob Beers,
R-Henderson, expound on AB 357. The bill, which Beers authored, would
explicitly prohibit companies from appropriating tip income, as is
currently practiced at Wynn.
ahead for Caesars dealers union ...
Dealers at Caesars Atlantic City voted overwhelmingly to join a union
over the weekend. But it could be quite some time before employees sit
down at the bargaining table with casino management.
Union didn't intimidate us, Caesars dealers say ...
From behind a blackjack table, on a smoke break outside and inside the
employee break room, dealers at Caesars Atlantic City on Monday said
the casino's allegation that the United Auto Workers intimidated them
into voting for union representation was false. The election was
fair, they said, and the 572-128 vote in UAW's favor spoke for itself:
The overwhelming majority of dealers wants to be unionized.
buoys union officials -- Representatives hope Wynn Las Vegas staff opts
A weekend vote by dealers at an Atlantic City casino supporting union
representation encouraged officials hoping to organize dealers at Wynn
Harrah's expands its RFID use
Harrah's Entertainment is testing innovations in player tracking in Las
Vegas but gamblers aren't the only ones being monitored. The company's
use of radio-frequency identification tags on cocktail waitresses and
other servers at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is going into its
second year and the company plans to make further use of the electronic
Atlantic City Aiming Higher as Casinos Slip
Making money used to be so easy in this doleful seaside resort, at
least if you were in the casino business: Efficiently shuttle a steady
parade of day-tripping grandparents clutching rolls of quarters through
midmarket gambling halls, and success was all but assured.
Layoffs continue at Tropicana Casino and Resort under new owner
Tropicana Casino and Resort has cut deeper into its work force in the
latest round of layoffs that have caused “nothing but fear” under the
gaming hall's new owner.
cracks down on vice -- Complaints lead to prostitution sweep, 65 arrests
Chief among the sheriff's concerns were reports from casino patrons
that they had been drugged and robbed by women in their hotel rooms.
plan tougher rules for new casinos
A high-ranking official of the U.S. Interior Department recently
advised 35 tribes nationwide, including the Sonoma County's Dry Creek
Rancheria, to reconsider pursuing new casinos because of anticipated
higher hurdles for gambling projects.
Chumash leader disgusted with Santa Barbara County
Chumash leader Vincent Armenta is upset with Board of Supervisors
treatment of the casino-rich Santa Ynez tribe.
Frontier said to be on verge of sale ...
A New York-based newsletter reports – and a Las Vegas real estate
analyst substantially confirms – that a deal has been struck involving
the New Frontier Hotel & Casino. According to The Slatin Report, an
online “real estate intelligence” newsletter, Elad Properties is on the
brink of announcing that it has bought the New Frontier.
New Frontier owner rebuts Web report of sale
A report on a Web site claiming the New Frontier is being sold for more
than $1.5 billion was rebutted Tuesday by owner Phil Ruffin.
expected to join MGM Mirage board of directors -- Regulators grant
ex-governor preliminary OK
Former Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn is expected to join the board of
directors of MGM Mirage after a vote at the casino company's annual
shareholder meeting in May.
Commission likes Terrible ideas for Primm properties
Puggi said customers might return because Herbst Gaming plans to
improve the product.
games bill signed
Without public ceremony, Gov. Joe Manchin signed into law a bill
authorizing county option elections for casino-style table games at the
state’s four racetracks Wednesday afternoon — one of numerous bills he
signed in the privacy of the governor’s office.
The Bear Growls: Louisiana government
Long-time Las Vegas-based advantage player, casino critic, and frequent
contributor LVBear offers his opinions on things that sometimes go
wrong in the world of casinos.
Current and past growls can be read and comments posted at LVBear's
According to this
news article, Internet gambling
charges against an executive with a British company were dismissed
exchange for $400,000 after extradition issues left the case nearly
to prosecute, St. Landry Parish District Attorney’s Office announced.
If this case
was nearly impossible to
prosecute, why didn’t the prosecutor dismiss it?
The demand to pay $400,000 is beyond
disgusting. This appears to rise to the
level of extortion.
It is bad enough that various levels of government are
wasting time and public resources prosecuting online gaming executives. This ridiculous witch hunt has hurt thousands
of honest, law-abiding American online casino patrons, for no
purpose. But self-important windbag
money from the very people they are harassing reaches a new low for
government sleaziness. I
hope all the anti-online gaming zealots are
out of office soon and some common sense returns to government.
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