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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 »

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 Borgota

(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 Borgota. It's not money he'll keep. A federal judge last week ordered Ivey and companion player Cheng Yin Sun to return... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Gambler Sues After Losing $500K While Blackout Drunk

Mark Johnston says casino should not have issued lines of credit

(Newser) - A California man lost $500,000 while gambling at a Las Vegas casino over Super Bowl weekend, but he doesn't think he should have to pay—because he was so drunk at the time. "I feel like they picked my pockets," says Mark Johnston, who is suing... More »

Attention, Sinners: US 'Vice Index' Is a Little Low

Which is actually bad news for consumer spending, says analyst

(Newser) - Brace yourself: Things are about to get tame. So says the vice index, which tracks spending on booze, gambling, and prostitutes: Its September reading was 104, the lowest it's been since February, the Wall Street Journal reports. The bad news may stretch beyond the realm of sin: It's... More »

Voters OK Recreational Pot, Doom Astrodome

Colorado backs marijuana tax

(Newser) - Portland, Maine—the Amsterdam of the East Coast? A measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the city has won in a landslide, reports the Portland Press Herald . The measure, which allows people over 21 to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, is a win for legalization... More »

Colorado Counties Will Vote on Secession Tomorrow

And other strange 2013 ballot measures

(Newser) - Could "North Colorado" soon become the 51st state? Voters in 11 northern Colorado counties will get to weigh in tomorrow on whether or not they'd like to secede from the state , CNN reports. Ten of the conservative-leaning counties would become North Colorado, while the other would become a... More »

Man Falls to His Death From Casino at Bachelor Party

29-year-old fell out of window when screen gave way, witnesses say

(Newser) - A man fell to his death from the 11th floor of a Colorado hotel while celebrating a friend's bachelor party early this morning. Dirk Anderson, 29, was sitting on a window ledge, leaning against the glass at the Lady Luck Hotel and Casino in Black Hawk around 5am, when... More »

$100K Stolen From Churches by ... Gambling Nun?

Sister Mary Anne Rapp faces grand larceny charge

(Newser) - A New York nun is facing a grand larceny charge today after allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from two churches where she worked … and using the money to reportedly fuel her gambling habit. Sister Mary Anne Rapp is accused of stealing donations from parishioners, and sources tell the... More »

Cops: Students Killed Rare Bird at Vegas Casino

Pair allegedly laughed about beheading bird

(Newser) - What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas if you do something as stupid as decapitating an exotic bird—inside a casino. Two University of California, Berkeley, law students have been arrested for allegedly killing the helmeted guinea fowl inside the Flamingo Hotel and Casino’s wildlife habitat, which... More »

Cabbie Returns Passenger's $222K

Vegas gambler pays him $2,000

(Newser) - Say you find $222,000 in your cab. What do you do? You get it back to the passenger who left it, right? That's what cabbie Adam Woldemariam did when he found a laptop case stuffed with the cash in his taxi last month. Woldemariam, 42, described as a... More »

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