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Former Baccarat dealer at Sydneys Star casino sentenced to two years in jail
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Former Baccarat dealer at Sydneys Star casino sentenced to two years in jail

It’s not just guests that attempt to cheat casinos out of money during various table games - sneaky employees also get caught up in questionable activities at times. Some manage to get away with it, while others test their limits to the point where they begin to feel invincible. Hieu Duc Lam, a former Baccarat dealer at the Sydney’s Star casino in Australia, happens to be one of them as he “reaches for the stars” and gets caught cheating his workplace out of almost $500,000. 

Gambling addictions spike amid the pandemic crisis
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Gambling addictions spike amid the pandemic crisis

For the first time in history, the entire globe shared a comparable struggle - the pandemic lockdown. The deaths from COVID are certainly the main subject of this painful period, but even those who weren’t touched by the virus got a neat old slap in many other ways. Some lost their jobs, others had to stay outside of hospital doors while their loved ones were dying inside, and many took relief in morally forbidden things like drugs and alcohol abuse. This is an undeniable fact, as alcohol sales went up by 60% in the past year, and drug-related crimes began taking over regions all around the earth. 

Online casinos are taking over the gambling industry
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Online casinos are taking over the gambling industry

Online gambling is a hot topic, as it became one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. One of the main reasons for the success in the niche is the pandemic that prompted millions of people to find new activities due to simple boredom or desperation during the lockdown. And even those who already gambled at land-based casinos were forced to find an alternative since most facilities closed. Either way, that served as a massive spike in revenue for operators who know the art of attractive advertisement. 

Anti-smoking group wages war on smoking in casino facilities nationwide
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Anti-smoking group wages war on smoking in casino facilities nationwide

Smoking in a gambling facility is almost an aesthetic to some people. And even looking back at old-fashioned American films with casino scenes, you will see fancy men tossing cards with a cigar in their hand or a group of guys playing jackpot with their cigarettes filling a dark room with gray smoke. In other words, smoking while gambling is almost like a ritual to those who fancy tainted lungs. However, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights foundation is not too happy about it.

Harrahs New Orleans Hotel & Casino | Proof of vaccine or no entrance
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Harrahs New Orleans Hotel & Casino | Proof of vaccine or no entrance

In the past months, casinos across the US have been easing into reinstated mandates. It started with employees having to wear masks again, then turned into workers forced to undergo weekly testing if not vaccinated, and some even fired staff members who refused to comply. But this week, the well-expected announcement has been made by Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel & Casino. It has become the first casino in America to require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test upon entrance. Other operators in the US are considering vaccine mandates as the Delta variant instills widespread fear

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Illegal gambling streams on Twitch will now be closely monitored

A USA-based live streaming platform called Twitch (owned by Amazon) was originally designed for users to channel and provide commentary on video games. But of course, not one online platform in the world goes without a few individuals using it for completely unrelated purposes. Even strange ones like ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response), fortune telling, ladies in bikinis releasing intestinal gases, and more. But now Twitch has a new "genre" to deal with - channels streaming illegal gambling. 

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Ohio Sports Betting bill concerns | Gambling ads target Youth & minorities

Some forms of entertainment that are permissible to adults must be kept out of children’s sight. With sports betting making its way to Ohio, also come critics who are concern with potentially harmful semantics. Groups are now arguing a bill passed by the Senate this June, as sports betting advertisements appear to target minorities youth. Predatory gambling may make operators an extra buck, but the receiving ends will get a hot burn.

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Hollywood Casino York Grand Opening | Cashless gaming on the rise

Technology is advancing at an overwhelming rate, especially now that the world relies on computerized machinery more than ever. The gambling industry is no exception to such progress. Cashless gaming is one of the leading innovations that won operators’ hearts as the pandemic called for touch-less transactions. Resorts World Las Vegas became the first entirely cashless casino; up next is the Hollywood Casino York in Pennsylvania. Completing its final steps before the grand opening this upcoming August, the facility will offer a wide range of gambling entertainment accompanied by card-less, contactless, and cashless transactions. Barstool Sportsbook included!

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Poker game gone wrong - man gets shot and loses his life

Poker is a game, but since it usually involves money, it could become a lot more than a simple form of entertainment. And if people are willing to flip a table during a game of monopoly with fake cash, imagine the anger that could surface when real money is on the line. A 61-year-old man named Joseph Berry serves as an unfortunate example of how unpredictable people can be when a Poker game goes wrong.

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