philiveyPoker players are rarely far from controversy, but the Phil Ivey case has still gathered a great deal of attention. A superstar poker player being accused of cheating at another game is not common, especially for the vast sums being mentioned. Ivey is currently dealing with a serious legal issue involving two major casinos. These casinos allege that he cheated at baccarat using a fancy edge sorting scheme. The player has decided to appear on the popular 60 Minutes TV show to set the record straight.

Ivey’s 60 Minutes episode has already been recorded, but it will not air until the 7th of October. The interviewer is James Brown. The interview will include a lot of one on one questions, while other portions of the show include a film crew tailing Ivey’s movements at the recent World Series of Poker event.

Ivey had a good tournament at WSOP, and the filming crew should have gotten access to some interesting footage during the weekend. Poker can be such an intense sport, especially at the elite level, so it will be interesting to see how players interact in between high stakes games.

Phil Ivey has always protested that he is innocent of these edge sorting charges. He believes that he had a good run at those casinos and won his millions fair and square. The casinos are not so sure. They are claiming to have evidence that will prove his guilt. This evidence will be properly presented at trial. It was rumored that Ivey would try and settle the lawsuit, but no such settlement has transpired.

Ivey’s baccarat winnings came in 2013, when he won $12 million at Crockfords Casino and $10 million at the Borgata Casino. One casino withheld the winnings, while the other filed a lawsuit against him. Ivey is now in a legal battle against them both. He hopes to reclaim all the winnings and clear his name.

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Investigations into international money laundering and organised crime operations in Macau have recently uncovered several unlicensed gambling operators running services affiliated with Melco Crown Entertainment.

Making most of the law

illegal gamblingEnterprising casino operators have long been exploiting loopholes in official gambling regulations in Macau, a known centre for illicit activity and black money laundering. Several registered organisations, function on legalities that state dealings solely with operators approved by Macau Government.

Several gambling operators, even those unlicensed with casino regulators in Macau have been openly advertising their services through popular commercial resort properties. Unlicensed gambling administrators unheeding of the law brazenly advertise their services and can easily be found in local directories.

Flagrantly unlawful

Recognised by law enforcement agencies the world over as a leading centre for money laundering, casinos in Macau are regularly used as rather evident means to white wash criminally gained proceeds. Government recognised VIP junkets held in Macau are a wash board for criminals to flourish and make the most of this sectionalised state of affairs.

Since gambling is considered an illegal activity in China, VIP personnel are transported to junkets in Macau where they are even supplied with funds to gamble. An approximate $200 billion worth of illegal funds was supposedly laundered in Macau over last year alone, according to the US Congressional Executive Commission.

The junket association

Under the cover of regulatory approved junkets, several illegitimate gambling operators hold illegal events in private sections of casinos in Macau, where large sums of money are staked and won.

 Even though the DICJ, Macau gaming regulator, have enforced a means to curb unlawful gambling by providing players a list of approved junkets, several unlicensed organisations continue to advertise and promote events at casino properties.

 On the other hand, a majority of junket promoters approved by the DICJ have shown associations and affiliations with organised crime rings in Macau. Junkets run within the casino, although functioning on casino property is not a part of the activity of the casino itself, thereby making the casino unaccountable for the dealings that take place during these events.

The US Open tennis tournament has been a huge success so far this year. With minimal rain delays and plenty of great weather, fans have been enjoying some great tennis. The women’s side of the draw has been particularly interesting, with a lot of upsets taking place. The semi final line up looks close to being completed, making it the perfect time to bet on the winner.

women tennisSerena Williams, Ekaterina Makarova, Caroline Wozniacki and Shuai Peng are the four women who will be contesting the last two games before the showpiece final. Williams will take on Makarova, while Wozniacki and Peng will do battle. Knowing the histories of these women, it would not be too adventurous to predict a Serena Williams vs. Caroline Wozniacki final on Saturday night. From there, it is anyone’s guess who wins.

Here is what the bookmakers think:

The odds on Serena Williams continuing her remarkable tradition of winning grand slams is priced at 8/11 by a few bookmakers. This makes her the clear favorite to regain her crown. Typically, odds on an overall winner are never so low. However, Williams has a tendency to bulldoze the opposition on her way to success.

Despite her impressive pedigree and number one seeding, Serena does not represent betting value for money. Her odds are far too low to make a good profit. Instead, the other three represent more interesting propositions. Ekaterina Makarova has had a great tournament, but overcoming Serena Williams would be a monumental challenge. She is priced at 11/1 to win the title.

Wozniacki’s odds are intriguing. Despite having been world number one for more than a year, she has never won a grand slam. This could be her time. She pulled off an incredible win over Maria Sharapova, who many people predicted would reach the final. This will give her the confidence needed to clinch the trophy. Her odds are 5/2 with most bookmakers. With an easier route to the final than Makarova, she represents the best value for money bet on this tournament.

Meanwhile, Shuai Peng is at 14/1 to win the US Open. It would be a fairytale story for her to accomplish this, but it is hard to see her getting past both Wozniacki and Williams.

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While most gambling websites are 100% legitimate and host avid gamblers who are fully aware of what they are doing, however, some websites use more cunning means to lure in consumers who are not what you would label as typical gamblers. One example is of a middle aged woman in Britain, Sheila Muir, who became addicted to an online gambling website called Kitty Bingo.

kitty bingoSheila’s husband Andrew knew that she liked to gamble every now and then, and was happy when he heard she won more than 100 paounds gambling online. When they received a gigantic chocolate Easter egg in the mail from Kitty Bingo, he thought it was a standard gift given to all users. It was when he opened their bank statements to see the couple were in overdraft of their accounts that he realized his wife had a serious gambling problem.

At first he thought a mistake had been made, or there was some emergency expense his wife had forgotten to tell him about. Instead of finding solace in her answer, Andrew discovered that his wife had lost more than 20,000 pounds gambling on Kitty Bingo for more than a few months. She had been laid off from her stable, well paying job and was at a low point in her life, and she found solace in playing innocent looking games online.

The games she would play on Kitty Bingo featured numbers, letters and pictures of cats. To someone looking at the game for the first time, it would seem like a fun, time passing game that anyone could play. However, Sheila was using real money, and she was losing more often than she was winning.

Websites such as Kitty Bingo will set up their home pages to look as comforting, enticing and secure as possible. They promise free gifts, huge cash prizes, and low risk gambling games. “Win 50,000 pounds while barely using any of your own money,” are the type of statements these sites contain. However, Sheila lost everything to her gambling addiction, and even contemplated suicide at one point.

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Video Slot Hound Hotel created by Micrograming is an interesting slot game with 5 reels and 25 paylines. The game is set in a five star hotel which has cute and perfectly groomed dogs as the main characters and bets can be placed from a minimum amount of 25p to maximum of £ 37.50 at one time. The video slot has a pleasant and soothing background score unlike the usual dull elevator music one gets to hear in hotels and is almost identical to Microgaming’s Kitty Cabana video slot with dogs instead of cats as the main character.

Bonus features and free spins

Slot Hound HotelThe cute dogs shower their fans with a bunch of bonus offers like wild spins that can increase your chances of winning jackpot of £ 2500. The Dashing Wild feature gets activated even when there are no winning combinations. It gives you further bonus of 3 dashing wilds that move randomly across the reels. The attractive Hound Hotel Bonus will first allow you to play 1 among five free spins that will give you access to other 5 features. In the three rows of slots of Hound Hotel there are five stately looking dogs which have the highest value while alphabets J, Q, K, and A have the lowest.

Multiplier and wild spins

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