Sportsbook News

Online Gambling Operators Sentenced to Prison Monday

Two operators of an online gambling website based in Costa Rica have been sentenced to prison Monday.

Thomas Uva IV, aka “Little T,” 32, was sentenced to 21 months, followed by three years of supervised release, and John Colello, 54, was sentenced to six months, followed by two years of supervised release.   Together they ran the website 44wager.com

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jun/03/2013

Online Bookie Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that PHILLIP JOHN BAUCO, 56, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release, for participating in an illegal gambling operation. Judge Covello also ordered BAUCO to pay a fine in the amount of $5000. On January 28, 2010, BAUCO pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy.

Submitted by Press Release on, Jun/03/2013

$1.3 Mil Cash Intercepted by RCMP Tied to Hells Angels Internet Gambling Biz

David Baines of the Vancouver Sun reports that a backpack filled with $1.3 million cash intercepted by the RCMP enroute to Vancouver in February 2012 belonged to a Hells Angels linked Internet gambling operative. 

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Submitted by Alejandro Botticelli on, May/31/2013

Player Hits 25-Team Parlay That Pays $17K With Tennis and Soccer Bets

One lucky customer of BetOnline has just won a 25-team parlay after betting $300.  His total take – an amazing $17,404.51.

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Submitted by Payton on, May/30/2013

Schill Will: There May Still be Hope For WSEX.com Players Owed Money

When World Sports Exchange founder Steve Schillinger killed himself a few weeks ago, he left behind an online sportsbook still owing players well over a million dollars.

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For those of you stiffed out of monies when WSEX.com shut down, there may still be hope of recovering some funds.

Submitted by C Costigan on, May/30/2013

Top Gambling Stories – May 29, 2013: Noon EDT Wire

These are the top gambling news stories as they happen at Gambling911.com.  Follow us on Twitter here.

Bitcoin Fears Loom in Wake of Liberty Reserve Indictment

Submitted by C Costigan on, May/29/2013

Costa Rican Online Bookies Find Love, Sex at Newly Opened Jaco Beach Del Rey

An infamous meat market bar/hotel of San Jose, Costa Rica has now opened a second location on the beach in Jaco.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/29/2013

Cantor Gaming Suit Accuses William Hill of Poaching Precious Trade Secrets

As reported by the Las Vegas Review Journal this week, Cantor Gaming is none too happy about rival William Hill entering its cherished US sports betting territory. 

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Submitted by Alejandro Botticelli on, May/29/2013

Gambling Ads Crackdown in Australia: Football Shirts to be Pulled

Australia will no longer be permitting gambling ads to run on television during live sporting events nor will bookmakers like Centrebet and bwin be permitted to have their logos on signage at venues or stadium naming rights.

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Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, May/28/2013

Bookie Testifies: ‘Ridiculous’ When Asked If He Killed His Wife

South Carolina bookie Brett Parker, on trial for allegedly killing his wife, testified for nearly three hours Friday.

“No,” Brett Parker when grilled about killing his wife, Tammy Jo Parker. “That’s crazy.”

“That’s ridiculous,” he would respond when asked again.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/25/2013

Bitcoin Economy Now Worth $1 Billion

The Bitcoin economy is now worth a whopping $1 billion and, despite a few near death experiences, continues to grow.  

This past weekend, some 1000 people attended the Bitcoin 2013 event in San Jose, California. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, May/23/2013

Ladbrokes Cutting Up to 100 Jobs

(Reuters) - Ladbrokes said as many as 100 employees at its headquarters in Harrow could lose their jobs as Britain's second-largest bookmaker transfers a number of roles to its operation in Israel, set up as part of its agreement with gaming software developer Playtech.

In March, Playtech and Ladbrokes, which has struggled to keep up with the online offering of UK market leader William Hill, finalised an agreement for the former to advise and assist the bookmaker with its digital services for an initial period of five years. 

Submitted by Reuters on, May/22/2013

’60 Minutes’ to Offer Update on WSEX Story, Discuss Schillinger Suicide

Gambling911.com’s Thomas Somach has confirmed that the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes” will be airing an update on a story about online gambling that featured co-founders of the now defunct sports betting site World Sports Exchange

Somach tells Gambling911.com "60 Minutes" will simply be mentioning the suicide, likely at the end of an upcoming program.  The exact date is not known.  The original story about WSEX.com and Schillinger from 12 years ago is not likely to be re-aired.

Submitted by C Costigan on, May/22/2013

Cantor Gaming Using Algorithms in Creating Sports Betting Lines

Great article appearing on Wired.com on how Cantor Gaming has begun to use algorithms in determining game lines for its sports betting operations.

Cantor Gaming runs a number of sportsbooks in Las Vegas, including at the M Resort.

Submitted by C Costigan on, May/20/2013

Skrill Unauthorized Logins Have Online Gamblers Worried

A spate of reported unauthorized Skrill logins have the online gambling community on edge.

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Skrill, formerly known as Moneybookers, is a popular money transfer platform for those gamblers living outside the United States.  It is similar to PayPal. 

Submitted by Ace King on, May/20/2013

Ware is he Now: Former WSEX.com Owner Lives in German Brewery

A co-founder of now defunct World Sports Exchange (WSEX.com), Hayden Ware, is living quite the intoxicating life, Gambling911.com can report.

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Ware and his German-born wife now reside in a converted German brewery. 

The Wares paid around 655,000 euros (about $890,000) for the 3,230-square-foot space located in Berlin.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/16/2013

Blue Monday’ Online Gambling Beneficiaries Jailed, Forced to Resign

It’s been nearly two years since close to a dozen online gambling domain names were seized as part of a payment processing sting operation. 

Submitted by Alejandro Botticelli on, May/13/2013

Undercover FBI Agents Placed Bets on Legends.com, Won and Lost Thousands

FBI agents from the Oklahoma City office placed bets with Panama City-based Legends.com (known also as Legends.com and Legendz.com) as part of a nearly 10-year investigation leading to the indictment of nearly three dozen individuals.

Submitted by C Costigan on, May/07/2013

San Francisco Examiner: WSEX Founder Killed Himself With Illegal Gun

Tom Somach reports in the San Francisco Examiner Sunday that Steve Schillinger of Word Sports Exchange, who killed himself last month, had an illegal gun and Antigua police are investigating how he got it, where and from whom he got it.....Read the Sunday edition story on Schillinger by clicking here.

Submitted by C Costigan on, May/05/2013

San Francisco Examiner to Cover Steve Schillinger Suicide

Gambling911.com can confirm that the San Francisco Examiner,, one of America’s most prominent newspapers, will be running a feature story on the death of World Sports Exchange founder Steve Schillinger.  That story was expected to be published on Sunday (May 5, 2013). 

Submitted by C Costigan on, May/04/2013

WSEX Founder Left Suicide Note: Hated Having to Stiff Customers

World Sports Exchange founder Steve Shillinger reportedly left a suicide note behind prior to taking a gun to his head last week.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Apr/30/2013

Equity Group Sports Betting Bill Clears Nevada Senate

A bill allowing private equity groups to place large wagers at Nevada sportsbooks has passed with a near unanimous vote on Tuesday.  Senate Bill 346 will now head to the Assembly for a vote. 

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Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Apr/24/2013

Schillinger had Questionable Past: Was Fugitive Right Up to ‘Suicide’

World Sports Exchange founder Steve Schillinger came under fire early on in his offshore gambling days.  This past weekend, one of online gambling’s pioneers was found dead in his Antigua condo, shot in the head, in a story first broken by Gambling911.com on Monday morning

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Apr/24/2013

Will BuddyBet be the Next Social Online Gambling Phenom

Social gambling website BuddyBet has secured $3 million in funding from private investors.

BuddyBet lets buddies play against one another as opposed to playing against the actual website or a bookmaker.  The site itself focuses exclusively on sports betting but will move into other sectors in the coming months.

VentureBeat.com explains the BuddyBet concept:

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Apr/23/2013

Foul Play Not Ruled Out in Shooting Death of WSEX.com Founder Steve Schillinger

Homicide detectives on the Caribbean island of Antigua have not ruled out homicide in the shooting death of World Sports Exchange (WSEX.com) founder Steve Schillinger. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Apr/23/2013

Foxwoods Inks Deal With GameAccount

Foxwoods parent company, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, has inked a partnership deal with GameAccount Network as a means of pursuing legalized online gambling in the US.

Initially, the site will offer play-for-fun Web gambling. Other operators could ultimately join the Foxwoods network.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Apr/22/2013

Legends Sports Defendant Spiros Athanas Helped Police Solve Brutal Murder

A man indicted for his alleged role in a massive sports betting ring actually helped US authorities capture a vicious killer, Gambling911.com can reveal.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Apr/22/2013

WSEX Founder Shoots Self in Head: Commits Suicide

World Sports Exchange founder Steve Shillinger killed himself late Saturday, it was learned by Gambling911.com.

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The company he founded was forced to shut down this past week as it was insolvent.

Shillinger shot himself in the head.

It was not immediately clear if the other two founders of WSEX.com, Hayden Ware and Jay Cohen, still had access to player funds.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Apr/22/2013

The Legends Sports WagerWeb Bailout Explained

A number of Gambling911.com readers have inquired as to the nature of a 5-time rollover requirement in order to withdraw funds from their Legends Sports betting accounts, which are now in the process of being transferred over to WagerWeb.  Good news, WagerWeb has informed Gambling911 that the rollver requirement is now 5 times (not 10). 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Apr/21/2013

Bet365 Family Coates Become Britain’s First Gambling Billionaires

Congratulations to Peter Coates, 75, his daughter Denise, 45, and son John, 43.  The Coates family are about to become Great Britain’s first billionaires of gambling.

The elder Coates started Bet365 while his daughter is widely credited for building the brand’s online presence.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Apr/20/2013

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Tobey Maguire a ‘Royal Jerk at Poker Table’, Told Hostess to ‘Bark Like a Seal’

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