Blackjack Player’s Killer Put Behind Bars

March 1st, 2014 by James

Edris Ghani, a man who drove drunk and crashed into a woman’s car, has been given a prison term of as much as ten years. The 21-year-old woman, who died in the crash, had visited a Las Vegas casino with her mother to play blackjack and other casino games.

The testimony of Cynthia Konarski, the mother of 21-year-old Christina Konarski who died in the crash, led to this verdict. People were in tears when they heard Cynthia’s story, about how she had gone to the casino with her daughter to celebrate the latter’s birthday and how her life was shattered because of Ghani’s drunken driving, which killed her daughter and left her with a paralyzed arm.

Cynthia said that it was her daughter’s first experience at the Las Vegas casinos and that she “smiled every time she was carded at the blackjack table.”

The mother and daughter left MGM Grand at 4:00 a.m., the same time when Ghani got behind the wheel drunk to drive to his hotel. He was going at 70 mph along Tropicana Avenue when he crashed into their car and rammed it against a light pole.

Cynthia said that Ghani should have got a harsher sentence.

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Fzugi’s Hybrid Blackjack to Permit Unlimited Players at Blackjack Table

February 26th, 2014 by James

Fzugi, a provider of live dealer casino gambling systems, will modify its Hybrid Blackjack system to enable an unlimited number of blackjack players to play at a single table. This will increase the casino’s revenues considerably.

A deal signed with Uplay1, a company dealing with intellectual property related to gambling, allows Fzugi’s clients to provide live dealer blackjack. This game allowed only seven players to play at a single blackjack table. But now, an unlimited number of players can play at a table.

As Uplay1 CEO Bruce Merati puts it, “Uplay1’s invention synchronizes a blackjack shoe with a virtual shoe allowing any number of players to participate in a live blackjack game.” He further explains that the new solution is ideal for low rollers and players new to blackjack. Besides, the casino’s profits and revenues will increase considerably.

Expressing his opinions about the deal, Fzugi CEO Kfir Kugler said that his company is currently in the process of expanding its live games portfolio so that casino operators can increase their revenues quickly and “further monetize players with its new generation of digital gaming entertaining.”

Hybrid Blackjack is not only ideal for blackjack beginners, but also an excellent solution to permit unlimited players at a blackjack table.

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European Court to Make Ruling in Online Gambling Case

February 25th, 2014 by James

An online gambler in Austria lost €950,000 on two online gambling sites. The player said that the sites were both licensed by the Maltese gaming authority, but were operating illegally in Europe. He believes that the operators should be forced to pay restitution.

According to a recent report from Jocelyn Wood Pokerfuse, the man stole the money to gamble from his employer. However, he still decided to file a lawsuit against the gaming operator to recoup his losses. Wood didn’t specify whether the plaintiff is facing criminal charges for embezzlement.

The Austrian Supreme Court is currently hearing the case. The judges have asked for clarification from the Court of Justice of the European Union on a couple of key points. One of their questions was whether Austrian laws were in compliance with European treaties.

Many online gaming operators are worried about the implications of the new law. The court could set precedent that could derail gray market online gaming providers. However, the courts recently ruled in favor of the gaming industry in a similar case, which suggests that the industry doesn’t have anything to worry about.

The previous precedent is encouraging, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they will rule against the gaming operators in this case. Judge Eleanor Sharpston of the Austrian national courts said that there are a couple of issues that they need to determine before making a ruling. The justices must decide whether the gaming providers committed fraud or exploited people suffering from gambling addictions. They are also discussing whether the expansion of online gambling would have helped address the problem.

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Blackjack Player Relates a Blackjack Story

February 17th, 2014 by James

In a report on ledger-enquirer.com, Chuck Williams says that he followed his policy of “playing along with the music” at a blackjack table in a Las Vegas casino.

He was playing with five other blackjack players who appeared to know one another well. The dealer was a charming black woman in her fifties, who seemed to really enjoy what she was doing. The game went on for around 30 minutes with Williams betting $10 per hand, which was the minimum bet accepted at the table. The other players were playing at higher stakes of $500 to $1,500 per hand.

Ultimately, Williams got into a conversation with one of the men, who asked him if living in Georgia makes him a redneck. When he was fumbling for an answer, the dealer said, “That’s offensive. That is the same thing as if you had called me the N-word.”

The game did not last longer as players began leaving the table and the dealer had to take a break. Williams says in his report that he did not know what to make of the conversation as he did not consider being called a redneck offensive. He concluded by saying that it left him thinking differently about the race issue.

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UFC President Carries Garbage Bags to Casinos

February 14th, 2014 by James

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White announced in Los Angeles recently that he carries large garbage bags whenever he visits a Las Vegas casino so that he can use them to carry his winnings back home in case he gets lucky at the blackjack tables.

Explaining the situation further, White said that he had won several millions of dollars at Palazzo Casino, which is located on the Las Vegas Strip, and had to hold it in his hands. He remembers thinking, “I’m like, are you serious? We’re going to get killed.”

Stating that casinos hardly provide suitcases to players who win large amounts of cash, he said that “they just stack it all up there and go ‘thanks have a great night.’” He said that he then developed the habit of carrying trash bags to the casino.

White has a tendency to win large amounts of cash at casinos. He said that he had won $6 million one night and had to leave $1 million behind. He had also placed a bet of $50k at one time and had played till sunrise in spite of his busy schedule. He also claimed that he had beat casinos and won $5,000,000 on certain nights.

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Illinois Becomes First US State to Launch Mobile Lottery App

February 10th, 2014 by James

Illinois has become the first US state to launch a new mobile lottery app that enables US residents to purchase tickets to lottery games.

The app is the first of its kind in the country, allowing lottery players to purchase tickets and check jackpot values and winning numbers from mobile devices such as smartphones. Rolled out by the Illinois Lottery, the app enables lottery players to purchase Lotto, Mega Millions, and Powerball tickets and helps them use their device’s geo-locator feature to identify retailers nearby.

The app also delivers messages related to problem gambling and responsible gambling and includes a self-exclusion hotline for problem gamblers. Users can modify their app settings to limit the amount of money they spend on purchasing lottery tickets.

Anybody above the age of 18 can purchase and use this app.

In March 2012, the state of Illinois made headlines by becoming the first US lottery to expand online and allow customers to purchase lottery tickets online. The state has again become the country’s first to launch a mobile lottery app.

Lottery players in Illinois are happy about the app. This clearly indicates that mobile gambling is something that is becoming more and more popular as the days pass.

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Cleveland Arts Council’s Annual Casino Night to Feature High Roller Blackjack Event

February 5th, 2014 by James

A high roller blackjack tourney has been newly introduced into the Cleveland County Arts Council’s annual casino night event.

The event also includes $100 VIP packages. VIP players will never have to leave the gambling tables as the package includes personal servers who will bring drinks directly to their tables. The package also includes free casino money, tickets to drinks, and the admission ticket. The Arts Council has newly introduced this feature into its annual fundraiser, an event that usually comprises Las Vegas style games such as Craps, Blackjack, and Roulette, silent auction, and food.

Two Texas Hold’em tournaments will also be held as part of this tournament. These events are very popular as they give participants an opportunity to win cash prizes sponsored by local entrepreneurs. Players need to register in advance and pay a tournament fee of $20 per tournament if they wish to take part.

The Big Chill 50-50 Split Raffle, a regular feature of the annual casino night, will also be held this year. Those who wish to take part can either purchase three tickets for $25 or one ticket for $10. Participants can win the raffle even if they are not present physically at the venue.

 

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Why Dealers Do Not Like 6:5 Blackjack Games

February 3rd, 2014 by James

Dealers are not very happy about 6:5 blackjack games as they have to spend a great deal of time explaining the differences between standard blackjack and 6:5 blackjack to players. Simultaneously, they have to be careful about not revealing too much about the game’s higher house edge as casinos take dealers to task if players move away from the game.

Experts usually advise blackjack beginners to stay away from 6:5 blackjack games. In the first place, players are paid 6:5 instead of the usual 3:2 if they get blackjack. This simple change in payout structure raises the house edge of the game from 0.15 percent to 1.45 percent.

Dealers are not happy about 6:5 blackjack games because they are not permitted to tell players that the game raises the house edge. Besides, the game is not friendly to dealers either.

For instance, if a player places a tip bet worth $1 for the dealer, the dealer will make $1.50 if the player gets blackjack. However, in a 6:5 blackjack game, the dealer will get only $1.20. To make matters worse, dealers will get only even money because players usually deduct the small change of $0.20.

Dealers’ tip boxes are usually full of 50-cent pieces, but no dimes.

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Tulsa Resident Accused of Cheating Local Casino

January 30th, 2014 by James

A resident of Tulsa stands accused of being involved with a former blackjack dealer, who had pleaded guilty to embezzling funds from the Tulsa casino where she worked.

A federal grand jury has accused 33-year-old Jimmy Nam Quoc Le of stealing money from the Osage Casino in Tulsa during the months of January and February, 2013. The Tulsa federal court has posted the indictment on its website on Thursday.

According to Shannon Cozzoni, the assistant US attorney, Jimmy would receive assistance from Misty Lynn White, who used to deal at the blackjack tables in the Tulsa casino.

The court had sentenced 28-year-old Misty White to five years probation and had ruled that she should be held partly responsible for compensating the casino with $59,936.50. White had pleaded guilty on September 11 to the charges against her.

She had admitted that she had helped one of the casino’s players, who had not been named in the indictment against her, to beat the house and win by stealthily revealing her face-down cards. This gave the man an unfair advantage over the house.

According to Julia O’Connell, federal public defender, the man used to pay White for helping him win at the blackjack tables.

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Net Entertainment Partners with Bet365

January 23rd, 2014 by James

Net Entertainment, an online gambling company based in Sweden, has partnered with Bet365, UK’s major gambling company, in order to popularize its products in the UK.

According to the terms of this partnership, Bet365 gaming services will now include the best titles rolled out by Net Entertainment. This will serve to popularize the Swedish company’s gaming content in the UK market. Net Entertainment has also signed similar deals with other UK-based online gaming companies such as William Hill, Paddy Power, Sky Vegas, and Ladbrokes.

Commenting on the recent partnership deal with Bet365, Bjorn Krantz, managing director of Net Entertainment Malta Limited, said that the company is pleased to announce its latest partnership with Bet365, which it considers to be “a pioneer in the online gambling space with a significant global reach.”

He further said that the partnership “solidifies the trust and confidence” existing within the technology of Net Entertainment. The partnership will enable Bet365 to deliver the best gaming experience while helping Net Entertainment strengthen its UK footprint.

Steve Ibberson, MD (gaming) at Bet365, spoke on his company’s plans to expand its mobile and desktop offerings. Expressing his appreciation of Net Entertainment, he said that Bet365 is happy to add Net Entertainment’s high-quality games into its portfolio.

 

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