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Report: Ohtani's Ex-Interpreter Wants Plea Deal

Sources say Ippei Mizuhara may have stolen more than $4.5M from Dodgers star

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Dodgers and superstar Shoehei Ohtani might soon be able to put a major league gambling scandal behind them. Sources tell the New York Times that Ippei Mizuhara is in talks to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the scandal. Mizuhara, Ohtani's longtime friend and...

For Baseball, What a Stunning Mess

For Baseball,
What a
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For Baseball, What a Stunning Mess

Phenom Shohei Ohtani is embroiled in scandal involving his interpreter's gambling

(Newser) - Baseball fans are trying to make sense of the surprise scandal that enveloped one of the game's biggest stars on the very first day of the season. Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Dodgers has not been accused of any wrongdoing himself, but the Japanese player's interpreter has...

This Could Be MLB's Biggest Gambling Scandal Since 1989

Shohei Ohtani's interpreter has been fired over alleged gambling, theft

(Newser) - Shohei Ohtani's interpreter and close friend has been fired by the Los Angeles Dodgers following allegations of illegal gambling and theft from the Japanese baseball star, the AP reports. Interpreter Ippei Mizuhara, 39, was let go from the team Wednesday following reports from the Los Angeles Times and ESPN...

Social Sportsbooks Open Virtual Gambling to Minors

And experts are growing concerned

(Newser) - After the Supreme Court lifted a federal ban on sports gambling in 2018, a flurry of new players in the online gambling space emerged. Among them were "social sportsbooks" that take bets using "virtual currency," reports the Washington Post . With loose age restrictions (most are rated for...

1 in 4 Americans Expected to Bet on the Super Bowl

Gaming group projects a record 68M people will partake

(Newser) - Nearly 68 million American adults—about 1 in 4—plan to bet on this year's Super Bowl, setting a record by a wide margin, according to the gambling industry's national trade association. Figures released Tuesday by the American Gaming Association include bets placed with legal outlets, as well...

This Gambling Bigwig's Salary Is Really Flush, Critics Say

Think tank slams Bet365 CEO Denise Coates' $280M as not being 'sensible or proportionate'

(Newser) - A billionaire gambling exec added to her bank account substantially last year, in a salary increase that has some pushing back. The BBC reports that Denise Coates, founder and CEO of the online gambling firm Bet365, saw a nearly $9 million paycheck bump in 2023, with her salary jumping to...

NHL Suspends Player Over Gambling
NHL Suspends
Player Over

NHL Suspends Player Over Gambling

Ottawa's Shane Pinto did not wager on hockey games, the league says

(Newser) - The NHL suspended Ottawa Senators forward Shane Pinto for 41 games on Thursday, making the 22-year-old American the first modern-day player banned for sports gambling. The league said that the half-season ban was for "activities relating to sports wagering" and that its investigation found no evidence Pinto bet on...

ESPN May Be About to Enter 'Uncharted Waters'

Media giant, Penn Entertainment to launch 'ESPN Bet,' a sports betting app rebrand

(Newser) - You know ESPN the sports media giant. Now brace yourself for ESPN Bet, a rebranding of an existing sports-betting app owned by Penn Entertainment, which is paying $1.5 billion plus other considerations for exclusive rights to the ESPN name. The deal, announced Tuesday, could take Walt Disney Co.-owned...

He Made a Living Losing $300K at the Slots Last Year
He Made a Living Losing
$300K at the Slots Last Year
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He Made a Living Losing $300K at the Slots Last Year

Inside the world of casino slot streamers

(Newser) - Brian Christopher makes a living by losing money, and a lot of it—$300,000 last year. The California man is part of what Katherine Sayre, writing in the Wall Street Journal, terms a "new class of niche celebrities:" People who play slot machines in casinos with the...

NFL Suspends 4 Players for Gambling Violations
NFL Announces
Gambling Suspensions

NFL Announces Gambling Suspensions

Three players are out indefinitely, another for six games

(Newser) - The NFL suspended three players indefinitely on Thursday for violating the league's gambling policy, and a fourth was sidelined for six games. Cornerback Isaiah Rodgers Sr., a projected starter for the Indianapolis Colts, and his new teammate Rashod Berry, a backup defensive end, both received indefinite suspensions and were...

Here's Why You're Losing More Often in Vegas Casinos

Companies that rely on gambling profits are stacking the deck

(Newser) - Las Vegas casinos are costing gamblers more and making it harder to win. The Wall Street Journal reports that blackjack payouts have gone down, roulette wheels aren't as sure a bet as before, and gaming overall costs more now. It turns out there's a reason for these changes—...

800K Maryland License Plates Feature a Very Odd URL

Website on older plates now lead to a site that promotes online casinos in the Philippines

(Newser) - Nearly 800,000 cars in Maryland are driving around with older license plates featuring a tribute to the War of 1812, as well as a URL that's causing the state's Motor Vehicle Administration a bit of a headache. Per WBAL , the plates feature a drawing of Fort McHenry,...

Recovering Gambling Addict Is Worried About a New Trend

In first-person essay for Maclean's, Noah Vineberg laments rise of legalized sports betting

(Newser) - Noah Vineberg started small, organizing sports pools in third grade among his friends. By the time he was a young teenager in Canada, he was gambling every day at a shopping mall where he could buy parlay-style tickets on sports events despite being underage. (The clerks never checked IDs.)...

Roulette Is Impossible to Beat. Or Is It?
Roulette Is Impossible
to Beat. Or Is It?

Roulette Is Impossible to Beat. Or Is It?

One man says he trained his brain to do it

(Newser) - The conventional wisdom had long been that roulette is an impossible game to beat. Thanks to the green 0 pocket (American wheels also have 00), all red and black bets have just under a 50% chance of success. "Everyone loses eventually," writes Kit Chellel for Bloomberg . "Except...

Japan Is Building Its First Casino, Controversially

It's set to open in Osaka in 2029

(Newser) - Japan is on course to get its first casino, but the country hasn't rushed into it: Japan legalized casinos in 2018 and it has taken five years for the first project to gain approval. The government announced Friday that a proposed casino complex in Osaka had gotten the green...

There's Been a Quiet, Scary Rise in Sports Gambling
A Sports Gambling
Disaster May Loom
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A Sports Gambling Disaster May Loom

What addiction experts feared may be coming to pass

(Newser) - What addiction experts feared may be coming to pass. In 2018, the Supreme Court made sports betting a state-by-state decision, and the expected explosion in legal sports betting has followed. Some 33 states and the District of Columbia now allow Americans to bet on live games, something that was illegal...

Americans Place $16B on Super Bowl
Americans Place
$16B on Super Bowl

Americans Place $16B on Super Bowl

Gaming organization estimates 50M adults are wagering on Sunday's game

(Newser) - By one measure, this year's Super Bowl is drawing twice the interest last year's did. Americans are estimated to be putting about $16 billion down on Sunday's game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles, twice the amount bet last year, USA Today reports. With...

California Rejects Sports Betting Despite $600M Push
California Voters Say
No to Sports Betting

California Voters Say No to Sports Betting

Propositions 26, 27 promised tens or hundreds of millions in state revenue

(Newser) - The most expensive ballot proposition gamble in US history went bust Tuesday as California voters overwhelmingly rejected sports betting, shooting down initiatives to legalize sports gambling at tribal casinos and horse tracks or through mobile and online wagering. Native American tribes and the gaming industry raised nearly $460 million (see...

Mobile Gambling Takes Away a Problem Gambler's Tell

There's no longer the need to explain absences caused by trips to a casino

(Newser) - It's getting increasingly easier to gamble on your phone. In a piece for Vice , Maxwell Strachan looks at how the gambling scene has changed of late and the impact that's having, particularly on young men. He zeroes in on Illinois and New York, which have now legalized online...

Man Who Accidentally Got All of Town's COVID Cash: It's Gone

The 24-year-old Japanese man was arrested on fraud charge

(Newser) - What the Japanese town of Abu knew was this: The $770 each COVID relief payments that were supposed to go to 463 low-income households last month mistakenly ended up in a 24-year-old villager's account . The mistake occurred April 8 and was identified that same day, but for weeks Sho...

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