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Washington hires New Jersey consultants for gambling study

TACOMA — A Washington state agency has hired New Jersey consultants to prepare an economic market study on gambling in the state.

Date: 04/25/2016 | Business Wire

Coquille tribe calls ‘Lewis and Clark’ lottery ads offensive

NORTH BEND, Ore. — The Coquille Indian Tribe is calling for a state lottery campaign to be changed, calling it insensitive to indigenous people.

Date: 04/21/2016 | Northwest

In Sin City, smoking begins to get snuffed out

LAS VEGAS — It was Final Four weekend, and James Riviello was in a mood to make some serious money. The professional gambler sat in a puffy tan leather chair inside the mammoth Westgate Casino sports book, a realm the size of a Costco warehouse, with eight super screens showing his favorite sport...

Date: 04/09/2016 | Nation & World

Lottery winner killed during home invasion robbery

One moment, 20-year-old Craigory Burch Jr. was a small-town forklift operator who had hit it big — winning a $400,000 lottery jackpot and posing with an oversize check.The next, he was standing face to face with his killers.

Date: 03/29/2016 | Nation & World

Palms Casino said for sale as listings rise in Vegas rebound

The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas has hired the investment bank Macquarie Group Ltd. to explore a possible sale, according to people with knowledge of the matter, becoming one of at least three properties to come on the market as tourism improves.

Date: 03/05/2016 | Business Wire

Baccarat decline cuts into Nevada casino winnings

LAS VEGAS — A drop in the number of people playing the table game baccarat and a comparatively busy January a year ago contributed to a 2.9 percent decrease in Nevada casino winnings last month, according to regulatory data made public Friday.Overall, the house won...

Date: 02/26/2016 | Business Wire

Oregon man files class-action suit against fantasy sports sites

PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon resident has filed a class-action lawsuit against two daily fantasy sports sites, claiming the businesses are operating illegal online sports betting.

Date: 01/26/2016 | Northwest

Casino exec, waitress, gambler charged with slot scheme

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A casino vice president plotted with a cocktail waitress and a gambler to steal more than $400,000 from a northeastern Pennsylvania casino, orchestrating a scam involving stolen identities and free slots play, authorities said.Robert Pellegrini, a...

Date: 01/21/2016 | Nation & World

Deck's stacked against them

Seniors forced to socialize in secret to play low-stakes card games

Date: 01/20/2016 | Local News

Washington lawmakers aim to address illegal fantasy sports

OLYMPIA — Playing fantasy sports to win money in Washington is illegal.

Date: 01/16/2016 | Local News

Tennessee man won third of $1.6 billion Powerball

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lottery officials verified Friday that a longtime resident of the small town of Munford, Tennessee, bought one of three tickets winning the world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot.Tennessee Lottery executive Rebecca Hargrove made the big announcement.

Date: 01/15/2016 | Nation & World

$1.6 billion Powerball jackpot goes to 3 winners in 3 states

LOS ANGELES — An eye-popping and unprecedented Powerball jackpot whose rise to $1.6 billion became a national fascination will be split three ways.

Date: 01/14/2016 | Nation & World

Powerball jackpot world’s largest at $1.3 billion

OMAHA, Neb. — Disappointed you didn’t win the Powerball jackpot this weekend? Don’t be.

Date: 01/09/2016 | Nation & World

Powerball announces winning numbers for record jackpot

Powerball announced the six winning numbers for a record jackpot of nearly $950 million on Saturday, setting off a scramble among hopeful lottery players across the country to check if they held a lucky ticket.

Date: 01/08/2016 | Nation & World

What to do if you win the $800 million Powerball jackpot

Evidence shows that most people who make it to the top 1 percent of income earners usually don't stay at the top for very long.But the person who wins the $800 million Powerball Jackpot during Saturday night's drawing, assuming one person wins the entire pot, will have such...

Date: 01/08/2016 | Business Wire

No winner: Powerball jackpot climbs to $675 million

DES MOINES, Iowa — A lottery official says the estimated prize for this weekend's Powerball drawing is the largest jackpot of any lottery game in U.S. history.

Date: 01/07/2016 | Nation & World

Nooksack River Casino shuttered, tribe in court for unpaid debts

DEMING, Wash. — The Nooksack River Casino in Deming has closed its doors.The Bellingham Herald reported a sign on the casino door Friday said it’s closed and that an announcement would come about how people can cash in tickets and chips.

Date: 12/12/2015 | Northwest

Snitch sets the cops on gambling grannies

ORLANDO, Fla. — Someone was suspicious of Zelda King and her gang of gambling grandmas.

Date: 11/29/2015 | Nation & World

State senate committee discusses legalizing fantasy sports

OLYMPIA — The variety of laws related to fantasy sports games in Washington state and across the country were discussed before a Senate committee in Washington state Friday, where lawmakers also discussed a bill that proposes legalizing casual, season-long fantasy leagues.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest

How to deal with the reality of 'daily fantasy'

You have to put up with a lot to be a football fan. There’s the sinking feeling of watching your team fall to 4-5, the moral quandary of watching young men

Date: 11/20/2015 | Web Monkey

Fantasy sports a game of skill? Don't bet on it

Residents of Washington state have to sit on the sidelines when they see the ubiquitous ads on television for DraftKings and FanDuel, two online purveyors of fantasy sports that allow participants to select teams of professional football, baseball and basketball athletes with the...

Date: 11/17/2015 | Editorials

Patchwork of laws poses legal quicksand for fantasy sports

SEATTLE — The New York attorney general’s decision that daily fantasy sports betting sites FanDuel and DraftKings are illegal gambling operations in his state is a blow to the companies, but the multibillion-dollar industry could have more legal headaches yet to come.

Date: 11/11/2015 | Sports

Caesars Palace getting $75 million update

LAS VEGAS — Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip is getting a $75 million upgrade for its 50th birthday despite facing a complicated bankruptcy reorganization and millions of dollars in fines.

Date: 10/24/2015 | Business Wire

Gambler gets 5 years for fake chips

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A poker player is going to prison for bringing millions of dollars in counterfeit chips to a tournament and then breaking the plumbing when he flushed them down a toilet to hide the evidence.

Date: 10/22/2015 | Nation & World

Call fantasy football what it is: gambling

They worship at the high altar of football. They're everywhere. I don't give a fig about football, but the cult surrounds me. In the offseason, the devotees were stomping the floor over Tom Brady and a football's air pressure. They demanded to know my opinion on the matter. That I had...

Date: 10/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Fantasy sports sites to close in Nevada

LAS VEGAS — Daily fantasy sports sites have been dealt a setback with Nevada regulators ordering them out of the state unless they get a gambling license — a decision that’s likely to be closely watched by other states that allow gambling.

Date: 10/17/2015 | Business Wire

Vegas casino dealers charged with skimming $1 million

LAS VEGAS — Two former casino dealers and two friends are being accused of siphoning more than $1 million off craps tables over two years by quietly paying phantom bets at a posh Las Vegas Strip resort.

Date: 10/01/2015 | Nation & World

Inslee to decide fate of casino

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — In some ways, Gov. Jay Inslee controls the economic future of the Spokane Tribe of Indians.Inslee has the final say on whether the tribe can build a big casino resort complex in a suburb of Spokane.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Business Wire

Washington lottery stops advance purchasing for now

PASCO — People who like to buy Washington lottery tickets in advance of upcoming drawings will be out of luck for the near future.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Northwest

Card counting risky at tribal casinos

For gamblers skilled at counting cards, it can be especially risky to play at America's tribal casinos: Those who have gotten caught tell stories of seized winnings, wrongful detentions, or worse.Casino bosses everywhere have ways of making so-called "advantage...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Business Wire

Nearly half of states expect big budget gaps

ATLANTA — With the nation’s economy at its healthiest since the Great Recession, a surprising trend is emerging among the states — large budget gaps.

Date: 05/10/2015 | Nation & World

Men top machine in Texas Hold ’em faceoff

PITTSBURGH — The humans won!The question now, though, is how long can they hold off the computer?The two-week long "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence" poker tournament at Rivers Casino on the North Side, closely watched around the world by...

Date: 05/09/2015 | Nation & World

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