San Leandro, California – A drone is used to bust an illegal gambling and drug ring

June 29th, 2016 by Fire Casinos

San Leandro, California – A drone is used to bust an illegal gambling and drug ring

After receiving a citizen’s tip regarding an illegal gambling and drug operation at a home in San Leandro, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation and used a drone to monitor the area around the residence. At approximately 7:30 a.m. on Monday the 27th of June, deputies served a search warrant on the house at 1200 block of Seeley Street. Authorities found that the detached garage had been set up as a casino with several gambling machines. They also found narcotics. The narcotics and gambling machines were confiscated and fourteen people were arrested on various charges including; outstanding warrrants, suspicion of possessing drugs and suspicion of operating an illegal casino.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota – Crown Casino Central is robbed at gunpoint

June 27th, 2016 by Fire Casinos

Sioux Falls, South Dakota – Crown Casino Central is robbed at gunpoint

At approximately 8.39 a.m. on Saturday the 25th of June, police officers from the Sioux Falls Police Department were dispatched to the Crown Casino Central on South Minnesota Avenue for an alarm. When the police officers arrived at Crown Casino Central, they determined that the alarm was in relation to a robbery. A man had confronted a casino employee with a black handgun and demanded money. After being given an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect fled the scene in a red car. No one was injured during the robbery. The suspect is described as a thin black male who is approximately 5’10” tall. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a yellow or beige plaid button-up long sleeved shirt, jeans and a fedora hat. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sioux Falls Police Department.

Crown Casino Central is located at 1725 S Minnesota Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57105, United States

Police find an illegal casino inside a Stockton home

June 24th, 2016 by Fire Casinos

Police find an illegal casino inside a Stockton home

When police visited a house in Stockton, California for a follow-up investigation, they did not expect to find a fully functional casino in the living room. According to police reports, the living room was lined up with 14 slot machines and a Craps table. Police also found Benddy Carolino, 38, in one of the bedrooms with a loaded handgun next to him, and a loaded magazine for an assault rifle. In another room, police found another loaded handgun, a loaded Mini-14 assault rifle, and about 1.5 pounds of crystal meth. Carolino was arrested on suspicion of narcotics sales and firearms charges before being taken to the San Joaquin County Jail.

New Jersey man defrauds a bank out of $386,000 and is arrested at an Atlantic City casino

June 22nd, 2016 by Fire Casinos

New Jersey man defrauds a bank out of $386,000 and is arrested at an Atlantic City casino

Daniel A. White, 49, opened 86 fake checking accounts at various TD Banks in New Jersey, and in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania. Making use of a fraudulent scheme spanning five states, White defrauded TD Bank out of $386,000. White’s luck began running out on the 9th of May when a bank employee became suspicious and contacted police. That is when White escaped, with police leading the chase. However, the police chase was called off when it was deemed too dangerous to pursue White. On the 10th of May, another bank employee recognized White and contacted police. Again, the police gave chase, but called off the chase when White was observed speeding through school zones and running several school buses off the road while traveling in the wrong direction. Finally, police tracked and arrested White at an Atlantic City casino, where he was charged with multiple counts of second-degree eluding police in a car, and fraud and theft charges. He was transported to Ocean County Jail and held on $125,000 bail.

Atlantic City workers vote to strike

June 20th, 2016 by Fire Casinos

Atlantic City workers vote to strike

Six thousand Atlantic City workers including cocktail servers, bellhops, cooks and housekeepers from Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Bally’s, Tropicana and Trump Taj Mahal could go on strike on the 4th of July if union representatives are not able to reach agreement with the casino owners. The union is arguing that workers were willing to make painful sacrifices when times were tough, but now that the casinos are earning more money, they need to take better care of the workers.

“They need to offer these workers a fair contract. We gave up a lot when times were bad, now that they are making money, they need to give back to us.” said Local 54 of Unite-HERE President Bob McDevitt in a statement after the vote.

A frustrated Chinese gambling addict sets off explosives in Shanghai airport

June 17th, 2016 by Fire Casinos

A frustrated Chinese gambling addict sets off explosives in Shanghai airport

Having lost all of his life savings to a gambling addiction, Zhou Xingbai, 29, from Tongren city in southwest China’s Guizhou province borrowed money from his friends before losing that too. Reaching the end of his rope and not knowing what else to do, Xingbai decided to vent his anger and frustration by carrying out an attack inside the Shanghai airport. After filling a beer bottle with firecrackers and gunpowder, he made his way to the Shanghai airport. Once inside, he lit the crackers and threw the bottle into the crowd in Terminal 2. Four people were injured by shards of beer bottle glass. Xingbai then tried to commit suicide by slashing his own throat with a knife. However, Xingbai did not die, but was taken to a local hospital and placed under intensive care in critical condition.

Las Vegas, Nevada – The Riviera Hotel and Casino is imploded

June 15th, 2016 by Fire Casinos

Las Vegas, Nevada – The Riviera Hotel and Casino is imploded

Fifty-five years after opening its doors, the Riviera Hotel and Casino was imploded at 2.30 a.m. on Tuesday the 14th of June 2016. The 24-story Monaco Tower implosion was preceded with a fireworks show to say goodbye to the Las Vegas icon that had drawn headliners such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand and Liberace. The casino was also famous for its mob connections, and was featured in a number of movies including Casino and the original Ocean’s 11. The Monte Carlo Tower is scheduled to be imploded in August. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority purchased the property last year, and plans on using it to for a $2.3 billion expansion to the city’s convention center.

Most Americans consider gambling to be morally acceptable

June 12th, 2016 by Fire Casinos

Most Americans consider gambling to be morally acceptable

According to a recent Gallup Poll which was conducted between the 4th and 8th of May 2016, 67% of Americans believe that gambling is morally acceptable. There were a number of other interesting results. Among the findings; 89% consider birth control as morally acceptable; 72% consider divorce as morally acceptable; 43% consider abortion as morally acceptable; 18% consider suicide as morally acceptable, and 10% consider married men and women having an affair as morally acceptable.

The complete results of the Gallup Poll are as follow:

Moral Acceptability

Regardless of whether you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that it is morally acceptable or morally wrong.

Highly acceptable
Birth control 89%

Largely acceptable
Divorce 72%
Sex between an unmarried man and woman 67%
Gambling 67%
Having a baby outside of marriage 62%
Medical research using stem cells obtained from human embryos 60%
Gay or lesbian relations 60%
The death penalty 59%
Buying and wearing clothing made of animal fur 59%

Contentious
Medical testing on animals 53%
Doctor-assisted suicide 53%
Abortion 43%

Largely unacceptable
Sex between teenagers 37%
Pornography 34%
Cloning animals 34%

Highly unacceptable
Suicide 18%
Polygamy 14%
Cloning humans 13%
Married men and women having an affair 10%

A novice poker player turns one Penny into £135,000

June 10th, 2016 by Fire Casinos

A novice poker player turns one Penny into £135,000

Andy Jankowski, 44, a former IT worker who quit his job one month ago has managed to turn 1 Penny into £135,000 when he entered an online poker tournament and beat 886 other players to win a seat at the World Poker Tour which is scheduled to he held at Lenton’s Dusk Till Dawn casino in Nottingham during the month of October 2016. A total novice, Jankowski beat 100s of competitors, including some professional poker players thanks to a combination of skill, luck and trying to be as unpredictable as possible.

“It’s massive for the club that one of our home-grown players has won such a major tournament. It just goes to show that anyone can win if they give it a good go. There’s no bigger accolade for the game.” said David Allsop, who is Dusk Till Dawn’s poker league and academy manager

Maryland casinos generate $104.4 million in May

June 7th, 2016 by Fire Casinos

Maryland casinos generate $104.4 million in May

According to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission, the Maryland casinos earned a total of $104.4 million in May, which is a jump of 8.3% on the April figures. The growth has been attributed to positive economic conditions, and effective marketing.

The Maryland casino revenue figures for May 2016 are as follow;

Maryland Live! Casino generated $59 million
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated $28.8 million
Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $6.9 million
Ocean Downs generated $5.2 million
Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated $4.4 million

“Maryland’s casino business is on a roll,” Gaming Director Gordon Medenica said in a statement. “Two consecutive record months is a noteworthy achievement and I congratulate all of our casino partners.”

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