***Bryan Zuriff, Ray Donovan producer***
In place of developing a drama that is compelling Showtime series Ray Donovan producer Bryan Zuriff is starring in his very own crime series, this indicates, and it’s not having an extremely happy ending for the troubled Hollywood mogul. Zuriff has entered a guilty plea with the Southern District Court of ny the Department of Justice arm that indicted Zuriff, along with 33 others, back in 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 was received by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara the other day.
Plea Deal and Forfeiture
Specifically, Zuriff’s fees include running an illegal sports gambling business, transmission of recreations wagering information across state lines, and acceptance of financial instruments for illegal Web gambling; he has just pled guilty, as of now, towards the last charge, and may receive up to 5 years within the joint for his role within the international gambling scandal. Moreover, the producer will also have to forfeit half of a million dollars to fulfill the regards to their plea deal because of the Feds. He now awaits sentencing on Nov. 25 three times before Thanksgiving and two prior to the start of (very early) Hanukkah this year so it will be considered a really fun holiday season for Zuriff in 2010. Maybe he should early eat his turkey; we hear the stuff they provide in prison isn’t served by Martha Stewart (anymore).
Zuriff had been apparently as busy being a high-end bookie as he was working on sets; Bharara’s statements concerning the plea deal said that the producer ‘spanned the coasts along with his crimes,’ as he was running unlawful sportsbetting operations from both LaLa Land in Hollywood, too as helping run the show right back in the the big apple, underneath the watch of art dealer Hillel Nahmad as well as other Russian big-time players. Zuriff’s plea deal wraps up Bharara’s work on this instance once the final conviction in what the attorney has termed ‘this sprawling script of unlawful conduct.’ Maybe Zuriff can write some new scripts to be shopped while in his cell; he must have lots of time on their arms.
Bestseller in the Making
With Hollywood never shy about making money off a scandal maybe not even if unique members are included (individual or areas of the body), word is that another person that is high-profile of who had been part of this group is already writing her own book about any of 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, perhaps including Spiderman actor Tobey Maguire, whom apparently had been a poker game regular in these A-list home that is tinseltown.
The entire procedure laundered some $100 million in unlawful gambling profits, according to federal prosecutors, using hundreds of little bank accounts as well as shell businesses produced in the U.S. and Cypress. Mark Galeotti, A russian planned crime expert at New York University, says a razor-sharp uptake in upper class wealth in what was previously the Soviet Union has generated a whole new underground for making use of the worldwide and enormous -illegal sportsbetting market, with potentially billions in hidden earnings (unless they have busted, as happened here, of course.) ‘We’re seeing higher-rolling entrepreneurs involved in this type of instances,’ Galeotti noted. The rollers that are high bookies are left with the issue ‘of trying to puzzle out what doing with suitcases full of money, and that leads to the money laundering,’ he added.
Now why a successful Hollywood producer got involved in most of this, placing his own money, reputation and actual life on the line: that’s a good subject for a future criminal activity secret. Meanwhile, all the publicity zuriff that is surrounding hasn’t hurt their show; it was just found for another period by Showtime with only three shows having aired up to now.
Stations Casinos Jumping 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 web site provider, Stations Casinos, is now launching a sports betting application for mobile device users. Named Sports Connection Cellphone, the app means that gamblers are now able to bet on their favorite sports from the ease and comfort of their mobile products and tablets.
Recently approved by Nevada’s gaming overseers after a rigorous field trial, Sports Connection Mobile can now go beyond its initial marketing field of just Stations’ 16 Southern Nevada casino clients, and spread its wings to the typical populace (including tourists) regarding the Silver State. Rather than a brief moment too soon, with football season just around the corner. Needless to say, the financial potential is predicted to be profound once this right-in-your-hand legal bookie system catches on.
‘I think this will be fantastic for the development potential regarding the sports wagering industry,’ stated Station Casinos Vice President of Sports Book Operations Art Manteris.
Stations is not initial to go mobile, though; well-known sportsbook operators William Hill and Cantor Gaming beat them to the punch. As with on-line poker, in order to position a wager, players will should be physically located and traceable via mobile GPS within the borders of Nevada.
As with their online poker site, there will be described as a flow that is back-and-forth Stations’ brick-and-mortar customers and their mobile ones, as player rewards will be accrued for either and both, giving gamblers more customer power more quickly. Any wins and player rewards can then be redeemed from any Stations Casinos home in Nevada.
‘That’s a difference that is big it ties our application to the gambling enterprises,’ said Manteris of the newest Stations’ mobile software.
Still Live Appeal
Will the ability to bet from home mean fewer casino that is actual show up to bet reside? Manteris says no. ‘There is nevertheless nothing can beat watching the event in certainly one of our books. But we all know that sometimes life gets in the way. A customer is kept by the application within the game.’
Channels is making certain as many customers remain in the overall game as possible; they’ve developed software for iPhones, iPads, Androids and now have a Sports Connection Intranet product that presumably will cover 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 is currently managing that home’s sports book. A $50 wagering deposit is needed upon signup. Bet minimums are $5 and bets may be placed on all major events that are sporting. Players will be able to reload with either cash, credit cards or debit cards, however 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 only in just about any of the Nevada smaller bars and taverns that had limited gaming licenses (15 slot devices or less); the lobbying organization, American Gaming Association, that represents the interests of many land casinos stated the action that is miniscule cutting too heavily into their casino customers’ business.
Now as William Hill and Cantor Gaming curently have mobile sports apps that are betting the market let the wagering wars begin.
Fremont Street Experience Bringing Live Muay Thai Fight to Downtown
For many years, downtown Las Vegas ended up being known as the Strip’s red-headed stepchild: mocked and minimized as the poorer, less exciting, less glamorous part of Sin City. But a slow but steady renovation process started about a decade ago, one which includes the addition associated with the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Zappos headquarters, and a museum dedicated to Las Vegas’ Mafia heritage with an actual Mob Museum. Slowly and gradually respectability has been returning to an area when littered with drug addicts and hookers that are low-budget.
Fremont Street Moves Up
The Fremont Street Experience, needless to say built in the mid 1990s transformed what had for years been called ‘Glitter Gulch’ for its plethora of rather neon that is tacky indications right into a genuine, if somewhat center class, tourist destination, and pushed the downtown area towards what it’s becoming today: someplace where things happen and big names wish to be seen. Now the world of Muay Thai will be adding some pizzazz to that growing elan, with a planned September twentieth fight night.
Maybe 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 audience which makes up most of downtown’s tourist trade. And the impending match dubbed ‘Lion Fight 11’ will be televised live and sanctioned and supervised, exactly like boxing is at its uptown relative’s venues. The activity of Muay Thai works perfectly for Fremont Street, as it’s all done standing up, as opposed to mixed arts that are martial. And there should be more kicks and punches exchanged than in worthwhile New that is drunken year Eve melee.
Obviously, this being Vegas, there’s a casino behind it all; in cases like this, the relatively newly minted D (formerly Fitzpatricks) Casino, which will be positioning it self as the hippest, coolest place you can stay and play north of the Stratosphere. 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. Possibly surprisingly, the battle could be the first activities event ever nationally televised live from Fremont Street.
Huge TV Viewership Expected
Cable network AXS has the televising rights, and expect big viewership numbers, particularly for a bout featuring Japanese champion Tetsuya Yamato duking it away with American pugilist Kevin Ross. The network claims a viewing that is potential all over the world of 42 million.
‘It’s an iconic location, and we’re likely to have the lights therefore the glitz and also the views on camera that night,’ said AXS CEO Andrew Simon. ‘Our viewers are likely to say, ‘Man, this is the Fremont Street Experience.’ It’s a national tourism destination. This is a great way to show the downtown off to a nationwide market.’
The battle is expecting plenty of live market appeal, too. Promoters Lion Fight Promotions say they will have 1,700 tickets, with 1,200 of those being for ‘reserved seating.’
Fremont Street Experience bigwigs are looking towards the event being fully a huge advertising blast for the area. ‘Muay Thai is really a very exciting action show,’ said Tom Bruny, Fremont Street Experience marketing director. ‘It’s something new for us to do. The television aspect was compelling for the Fremont Street Experience.’