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Top Gambler Won't Get $10.2M After Court Rules He Cheated

Phil Ivey has been fighting for the money since 2012

(Newser) - Professional poker champ Phil Ivey won't be getting the $10.2 million he thought he won from a London casino, the Guardian reports. The 40-year-old, whom the BBC calls "the Tiger Woods of poker," was found to have cheated in order to win the money while playing... More »

Cops: Teacher Blew Student Activity Cash on Penny Slots

Michigan's Lydia Johnson accused of lifting $31K from dance, trip funds

(Newser) - Last year, Lydia Johnson is said to have blown $90,000 at the MGM Grand Detroit casino, which would be a lot of your own money to lose, let alone someone else's. And a chunk of it was allegedly someone else's. Macomb County authorities say the 29-year-old Dakota... More »

Woman Sues Casino That Won't Pay Her $43M Jackpot

Casino says slot machine was having 'obvious malfunction'

(Newser) - "I feel like they did me real dirty," Katrina Bookman tells the New York Daily News . Last August, Bookman was on top of the world when a slot machine at Resorts World Casino in New York informed her she had won nearly $43 million . According to CNN , it... More »

Philippine Cops: Casino Attacker Was Indebted Gambler

Dismiss ISIS' claims that Friday attack was terror-related

(Newser) - The lone suspect behind a deadly attack on a casino and shopping complex in Manila was a heavily indebted Filipino gambling addict, police said Sunday, bolstering their claim that the assault was not terrorism-related . The man's family confirmed his identity as Jessie Carlos—a married father of three and... More »

Gunman in Casino Attack to Guests: 'Get Out! Get Out!'

Security footage of Philippines rampage released, cops don't think it was terrorism

(Newser) - The gunman in a deadly casino rampage in the Philippines was seen on security camera footage firing his gun in the air, setting fires, and shooting at security forces as he moved through the building during an attack that left at least 38 people dead, the AP reports. ISIS has... More »

Poker-Playing Bot Hands Us 'Crushing Defeat for Humanity'

Libratus wins big for artificial intelligence

(Newser) - Four of the world's best poker players are hanging their heads after recently losing $1.8 million in chips to Libratus. But Libratus isn't some card shark with a one-name brand: It's a computer that's been soundly trouncing humans—specifically, Dong Kim, Jason Les, Jimmy Chou,... More »

Poker Pro Pushed Legal Edge of Gambling, Lost Big

Phil Ivey, companion have to pay $10.1M back to the Borgata

(Newser) - Phil Ivey is a poker pro, but in 2012 he was on a baccarat hot streak, winning $9.6 million over four visits to Atlantic City's Borgata. It's not money he'll keep. A federal judge last week ordered Ivey and companion player Cheng Yin Sun to return... More »

Man Who Beat Girlfriend Sues Casino Over Excessive Drinks

Nicholas Mullins says Sands Casino should've stopped serving him

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man who spent four years in prison for beating his girlfriend at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is suing the casino for allegedly serving him too many free drinks before the assault, the AP reports. Nicholas Mullins, 31, is still on probation for the January 2012 assault. The... More »

Woman 'Wins' $43M on Slots; Casino Says Not So Fast

The slot machine giveth huge payout, the slot machine 'malfunction' taketh it away

(Newser) - There are mechanical malfunctions on the order of you losing out on some pocket change and a bag of Fritos, and there are mechanical malfunctions on the order of the one Katrina Bookman faced in August, which amounts to a loss of $43 million and a steak dinner. As ABC7... More »

Vegas Casinos Cracking Down on Comped Drinks

At least 11 casinos are now regulating the free booze given to gamblers

(Newser) - Sammy Davis Jr. would never have let this happen. The Los Angeles Times reports the days of comped drinks for Las Vegas gamblers may be coming to an end. "It's kind of what Vegas is known for," Scott Roeben, founder of Vital Vegas, tells KTNV . But in... More »

Trump Taj Mahal Is Shutting Down

Striking workers blame owner Carl Icahn

(Newser) - The Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City is closing down for good—two years after Donald Trump sued to get his name off the casino because its "appalling condition" was wrecking his brand. The casino is now owned by billionaire Carl Icahn and operated by his Tropicana Entertainment company,... More »

129-Year-Old Church Moved to Make Way for Casino

Its new home is next to a skating rink

(Newser) - A historic Massachusetts church started slowly rolling along the street Tuesday to make way for a nearly $1 billion casino, the AP reports. After weeks of preparation, crews began moving Springfield's 129-year-old First Spiritualist Church about two football-field lengths, where it will eventually stand next to a skating rink... More »

Unlucky Man Robbed After Winning Big at Casino

He was suckered by a fake damsel in distress

(Newser) - After a big afternoon at the casino, a Northern California man's luck ran out when he was taken in by a fake damsel in distress. The Union Democrat reports the victim won $9,000 at the Chicken Ranch Casino on Thursday and was driving home when he spotted a... More »

Court Says Casino Can Fire Servers for Gaining Weight

But it has to do so in a professional way

(Newser) - An Atlantic City casino is free to tell its cocktail waitresses they're too heavy, but it has to do so in a professional manner, according to a ruling this week. The New Jersey appeals court says the Borgata casino's personal appearance standards are lawful. But it also found... More »

Casinos Go to Wild Extremes to Keep 'Whales' Playing

Casinos' rules are nebulous when it comes to their biggest players, dealers complain

(Newser) - One high roller requests a refrigerator full of bananas that he squeezes and throws as he gambles. Another urinates against a wall. Others throw chairs, scream at dealers, and expect rules to be bent. In the increasing competition for the biggest spenders, casinos pull out all the stops with comped... More »

Casino Won't Pay Up $41M After Jackpot Error

Court rules against 87-year-old who got an errant bonus ticket

(Newser) - When an 87-year-old Illinois grandmother bet a quarter in an Iowa slot machine in 2011, she thought she'd hit it big. The screen said: "The reels have rolled your way! Bonus Award - $41797550.16." Pauline McKee and her daughter summoned casino employees to collect what they... More »

Casino to Gamblers: You Owe Us $1.5M

Golden Nugget casino says mini-baccarat cards were unshuffled

(Newser) - So you failed to unshuffle the deck—why is that our problem? That's essentially what a group of 14 gamblers are arguing in an effort to retain $1.5 million they won at an Atlantic City casino in 2012, the AP reports. They filed a motion yesterday in an... More »

What Michael Phelps Did Before His DUI Bust

Went on an 8-hour 'gambling binge,' apparently

(Newser) - What was Michael Phelps doing before he was arrested on DUI charges early yesterday? According to TMZ and its "casino sources," he was on an eight-hour "gambling binge." The sources say Phelps was playing blackjack and drinking beer in a private VIP room at Baltimore's... More »

Trump's Onetime Boardwalk Empire Is Bankrupt

Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. files for bankruptcy

(Newser) - Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel and the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino met their likely ends this morning in Delaware bankruptcy filings, Reuters reports. Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc.—associated with the billionaire and reality star Donald Trump basically only in name , as per CNBC —operates... More »

Armored Car Loses $21K After Bag Left on Roof

Casino money long gone

(Newser) - Some lucky traveler in New Jersey may have scored the easiest jackpot ever from a casino. The Press of Atlantic City reports that a bag filled with $21,000 from Revel casino went missing because an armored car drove off with it on the roof. The best part is that... More »

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