***Bryan Zuriff, Ray Donovan producer***
Rather than making a compelling drama, Showtime series Ray Donovan producer Bryan Zuriff is featuring in their very own crime series, it appears, also it’s not having an extremely happy closing for the difficult Hollywood mogul. Zuriff has now entered a plea that is guilty the Southern District Court of ny the Department of Justice arm that indicted Zuriff, along side 33 others, back April of this present year for a high-profile Russian mob-spearheaded, prepared crime Web sportsbetting and high-stakes poker syndicate ring. The plea had been for Zuriff’s indictment on felony gambling charges and had been received by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara the other day.
Plea Deal and Forfeiture
Specifically, Zuriff’s charges include operating an illegal sports gambling business, transmission of recreations wagering information across state lines, and acceptance of economic instruments for unlawful Web gambling; he has just pled guilty, at the time of now, to your last charge, and could receive up to 5 years within the joint for his role into the international gambling scandal. Moreover, the producer may also have to forfeit half of a million dollars to meet the regards to the feds to his plea deal. He now awaits sentencing on Nov. 25 three times before Thanksgiving and two before the start of (very early) Hanukkah this year so it will be considered a holiday that is really fun for Zuriff this season. Maybe he should eat their turkey early; we hear the stuff they provide in prison isn’t made by Martha Stewart (anymore).
Zuriff was apparently as busy being truly a high-end bookie as he was taking care of sets; Bharara’s statements concerning the plea deal said that the producer ‘spanned the coasts with his crimes,’ as he had been running illegal sportsbetting operations from both LaLa Land in Hollywood, too as helping run the show back in the ny, underneath the view of art dealer Hillel Nahmad along with other Russian big-time players. Zuriff’s plea deal wraps up Bharara’s work on this situation since the conviction that is final what the attorney has termed ‘this sprawling script of criminal conduct.’ Maybe Zuriff can write some new scripts to be shopped while in his cell; he needs plenty of time on his fingers.
Bestseller in the Making
With Hollywood never shy about making money off a scandal maybe not even if its own members are involved (individual or areas of the body), word is that another high-profile individual of notoriety who was simply part of this group has already been writing her very own book about it. ‘Poker madam’ Molly Bloom also indicted by the DoJ earlier this year is said to be bandying about lots of big film star names in her tome, possibly including Spiderman actor Tobey Maguire, who apparently was a poker game regular in these A-list Tinseltown home games.
The operation that is entire some $100 million in unlawful gambling profits, based on federal prosecutors, using hundreds of little bank accounts in addition to shell companies created in the U.S. and Cypress. Mark Galeotti, A russian prepared crime specialist at New York University, says a sharp uptake in top course wide range in the thing that was previously the Soviet Union has generated a whole new underground for tapping into the worldwide and enormous -illegal sportsbetting market, with potentially billions in hidden profits (unless they have busted, as happened here, needless to say.) ‘We’re seeing higher-rolling entrepreneurs involved in this type of instances,’ Galeotti noted. The high rollers’ bookies are kept with the issue ‘of trying to figure out just what doing with suitcases full of cash, and that leads to the money laundering,’ he added.
Now why an effective Hollywood producer got involved in each of this, placing his own money, reputation and actual life on the line: that’s a good subject for a crime mystery that is future. Meanwhile, all of the publicity zuriff that is surrounding hasn’t hurt his show; it was just picked up for another season by Showtime with only three shows having aired so far.
Stations Casinos Jumping in to the Mobile Sports Betting Fray
******Sports Connection Mobile’s new app******
The dance that is delicate land gambling enterprises and online wagering continues to unfold, as Nevada’s first legal and regulated online poker site provider, Stations Casinos, is currently launching a sports betting application for smart phone users. Named Sports Connection Mobile, the app means that gamblers are now able to bet on their favorite sports from the ease and comfort of their mobile devices and tablets.
Recently approved by Nevada’s gaming overseers after a rigorous field trial, Sports Connection Mobile can now go beyond its initial advertising field of just Stations’ 16 Southern Nevada casino customers, and spread its wings to the general populace (including tourists) regarding the Silver State. And not a brief moment too soon, with football season just around the corner. Needless to say, the potential that is financial predicted to be profound once this right-in-your-hand legal bookie system catches on.
‘I think this is fantastic for the growth potential regarding the sports wagering industry,’ said Station Casinos Vice President of Sports Book Operations Art Manteris.
Stations isn’t the first to go mobile, though; well-known sportsbook operators William Hill and Cantor Gaming beat them to the punch. As with online poker, in purchase to place a wager, players will physically need to be located and traceable via mobile GPS within the borders of Nevada.
Just like their online poker site, there will be a flow that is back-and-forth channels’ brick-and-mortar customers and their mobile ones, as player benefits will be accrued for either and both, providing gamblers more customer power more quickly. Any wins and player rewards can then be redeemed from any Stations Casinos property in Nevada.
‘That’s a difference that is big it ties our application to the casinos,’ said Manteris of the new Stations’ mobile software.
Still Live Appeal
Will the cap ability to bet from home mean fewer casino that is actual show up to bet live? Manteris says no. ‘There is nevertheless nothing like watching the occasion in certainly one of our books. But we all know that sometimes life gets in the way. The application keeps a consumer in the game.’
Channels is making certain as numerous customers remain in the overall game as possible; they’ve developed software for iPhones, iPads, Androids and have now a Sports Connection Intranet product that presumably will take care of other people. Anyone of legal age (21+) can signal up for the app at any Stations Casino sports book, or at the downtown El Cortez; Stations has become managing that property’s sports guide. A $50 wagering deposit is needed upon signup. Bet minimums will be $5 and bets may be placed on all major sporting events. Players will have the ability to reload with either cash, bank cards or debit cards, nonetheless it must be done in person. Wagers include parlay cards, straight bets, teasers, prop bets, round robins and in-game wagering.
William Hill and Cantor Gaming were recently forced to convert all their sports wagering kiosks to mobile sports betting adjuncts just in virtually any of the Nevada smaller bars and taverns that had limited gaming licenses (15 slot machines or less); the lobbying organization, United states Gaming Association, that represents the passions of several land casinos reported the miniscule action was cutting too heavily into their casino customers’ company.
Now as William Hill and Cantor Gaming curently have mobile sports betting apps on the market let the wagering wars begin.
Fremont Street Experience Bringing Live Muay Thai Fight to Downtown
For quite some time, downtown Las Vegas was referred to as Strip’s red-headed stepchild: mocked and minimized as the poorer, less exciting, less part that is glamorous of City. But a slow but renovation that is steady started in regards to a decade ago, one that includes the addition associated with the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Zappos headquarters, and a museum committed to Las Vegas’ Mafia heritage having an actual Mob Museum. Over time respectability happens to be returning to a place as soon as littered with drug addicts and low-budget hookers.
Fremont Street Moves Up
The Fremont Street Experience, of course built in the mid 1990s transformed exactly what had for years been called ‘Glitter Gulch’ for its plethora of rather tacky neon casino indications as a genuine, if somewhat center class, tourist destination, and pushed the downtown area towards what it really is becoming today: a spot where things happen and big names wish to be seen. Now the planet of Muay Thai is adding some pizzazz to that growing elan, with a planned September twentieth fight evening.
Perhaps the Strip gets the world-class that is fancy matches, but Muay Thai is a perfect match for the greater amount of rough-and-tumble market that makes up nearly all of downtown’s tourist trade. And the impending match dubbed ‘Lion Fight 11’ will be televised live and sanctioned and supervised, the same as boxing is at its uptown relative’s venues. The sport of Muay Thai works completely for Fremont Street, as it’s all done standing up, as opposed to mixed arts that are martial. And there must be more kicks and punches exchanged than in a bit of good New that is drunken year Eve melee.
Naturally, this being Vegas, there’s a casino as the hippest, coolest place you can stay and play north of the Stratosphere behind it all; in this case, the relatively newly minted D (formerly Fitzpatricks) Casino, which is positioning itself. The Sept. twentieth event will simply take place in a ring on Third Street, conveniently located appropriate outside the D, where no doubt they’ll get tons of TV time. Perhaps interestingly, the battle could be the sports that are first ever nationally televised live from Fremont Street.
Huge TV Viewership Expected
Cable network AXS has got the televising legal rights, and expect big viewership numbers, particularly for a bout featuring Japanese champ Tetsuya Yamato duking it out with United states pugilist Kevin Ross. The network claims a viewing that is potential around the world of 42 million.
‘It’s a location that is iconic and we’re likely to have the lights therefore the glitz as well as the views on camera that night,’ said AXS CEO Andrew Simon. ‘Our viewers are planning to say, ‘Man, that’s the Fremont Street Experience.’ It’s a national tourism destination. This is often a smart way to show the downtown off to a national market.’
The battle is expecting plenty of real time market appeal, too. Promoters Lion Fight Promotions say they’ve 1,700 seats, with 1,200 of those being for ‘reserved seating.’
Fremont Street Experience bigwigs are looking forward to the big event being fully a marketing that is huge for the area. ‘Muay Thai is really a very action that is exciting,’ said Tom Bruny, Fremont Street Experience marketing director. ‘It’s something new for all of us to do. The television aspect was compelling for the Fremont Street Experience.’