Showtime Producer Bryan Zuriff Can Perform Time for On The Web Gambling Crimes

Showtime Producer Bryan Zuriff Can Perform Time for On The Web Gambling Crimes

***Bryan Zuriff, Ray Donovan producer***

In the place of developing a drama that is compelling Showtime series Ray Donovan producer Bryan Zuriff is featuring in their very own crime series, it seems, plus it’s not having a very pleased closing for the difficult Hollywood mogul. Zuriff has entered a guilty plea with the Southern District Court of ny the Department of Justice arm that indicted Zuriff, along side 33 others, back April of in 2010 for a high-profile Russian mob-spearheaded, orderly crime Internet 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 fees include operating an unlawful sports gambling business, transmission of activities wagering information across state lines, and acceptance of economic instruments for unlawful Web gambling; he has just pled guilty, as of now, to the last charge, and may receive just as much as 5 years in the joint for his role into the gambling scandal that is international. Moreover, the producer will even have to forfeit fifty per cent of a million dollars to satisfy the terms of the feds to his plea deal. He now awaits sentencing on Nov. 25 three days before Thanksgiving and two prior to the start of (very early) Hanukkah this year so it will be a really fun yuletide season for Zuriff in 2010. Maybe he should early eat his turkey; we hear the stuff they provide in prison is not made by Martha Stewart (anymore).

Zuriff ended up being apparently as busy being truly a high-end bookie as he was focusing on sets; Bharara’s statements about the plea deal said that the producer ‘spanned the coasts together with crimes,’ as he was running unlawful sportsbetting operations from both LaLa Land in Hollywood, too as helping run the show straight back in the ny, 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 because the final conviction in what the attorney has termed ‘this sprawling script of criminal conduct.’ Maybe Zuriff can write some scripts that are new be shopped while in his cell; he should have plenty of time on their fingers.

Bestseller in the Making

With Hollywood never shy about making money off a scandal not even when its own members are involved (human or parts of the body), word is that another high-profile individual of notoriety who was part of this group is already writing her 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 movie star names in her tome, perhaps including Spiderman actor Tobey Maguire, who apparently was a poker game regular in these A-list home that is tinseltown.

The operation that is entire some $100 million in unlawful gambling earnings, based on federal prosecutors, using hundreds of little bank accounts along with 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 class wide range in what was previously the Soviet Union has generated a whole new underground for experiencing the worldwide and enormous -illegal sportsbetting market, with potentially billions in hidden profits (unless they get busted, as happened here, of course.) ‘We’re seeing higher-rolling businessmen involved in these types of cases,’ Galeotti noted. The rollers that are high bookies are kept with the problem ‘of racking your brains on what to do with suitcases full of cash, and that leads to the money laundering,’ he added.

Now why a successful Hollywood producer got involved in all of this, placing his or her own money, reputation and actual life on the line: that’s a good topic for a future crime secret. Meanwhile, all the publicity surrounding Zuriff apparently hasn’t hurt their show; it was just acquired for another period by Showtime with only three shows having aired to date.

Stations Casinos Jumping to the Mobile Sports Betting Fray

******Sports Connection Mobile’s new app******

The delicate party between land casinos and online wagering continues to unfold, as Nevada’s first legal and regulated on-line poker site provider, Stations Casinos, is currently launching a sports wagering application for smart phone users. Named Sports Connection Mobile, the app means that gamblers can now bet on their sports that are favorite the simplicity and comfort of their mobile products and tablets.

Going Public

Recently approved by Nevada’s gaming overseers after a field that is rigorous, 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 typical populace (including tourists) for the Silver State. And never minute 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 that is fantastic for the growth potential for the sports wagering industry,’ said 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 internet poker, in order to place a wager, players will need to be physically located and traceable via mobile GPS within the borders of Nevada.

Just like their online poker site, there will be described as a back-and-forth flow between Stations’ 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 huge difference because it ties our application to your casinos,’ said Manteris of the new channels’ mobile software.

Still Live Appeal

Will the ability to bet from home mean fewer actual casino customers show up to bet live? Manteris says no. ‘There is still nothing beats watching the occasion in certainly one of our books. But we realize that sometimes life gets in the way. A customer is kept by the application within the game.’

Stations is making yes as much customers stay in the overall game as possible; they’ve developed computer software for iPhones, iPads, Androids while having a Sports Connection Intranet product that presumably will cover someone else. Anyone of legal age (21+) can sign up for the app at any Stations Casino sports book, or at the downtown El Cortez; Stations happens to be managing that home’s sports guide. A $50 wagering deposit is necessary upon signup. Bet minimums is going to be $5 and bets may be placed on all major events that are sporting. Players will be able to reload with either cash, charge cards or debit cards, but it must be done in individual. Wagers include parlay cards, straight bets, teasers, prop bets, round robins and wagering that is in-game.

William Hill and Cantor Gaming were recently forced to convert all their sports betting kiosks to mobile sports betting adjuncts only in virtually 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 passions of several land casinos reported the miniscule action was cutting too heavily into their casino customers’ business.

Now as William Hill and Cantor Gaming 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 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 steady renovation process started about a ten years ago, one that includes the addition associated with Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Zappos headquarters, and a museum devoted to Las Vegas’ Mafia heritage with an actual Mob Museum. Over time respectability was returning to a place when littered with drug addicts and low-budget hookers.

Fremont Street Moves Up

The Fremont Street Enjoy, of course built in the mid 1990s transformed what had for years been called ‘Glitter Gulch’ for its plethora of rather tacky neon casino signs as a genuine, if notably center class, tourist destination, and pushed the downtown area towards what it is becoming today: someplace where things happen and big names desire to be seen. Now the planet of Muay Thai are adding some pizzazz to that growing elan, with a planned September 20th fight evening.

Perhaps the Strip has the fancy world-class boxing matches, but Muay Thai is a perfect match for the greater rough-and-tumble market which makes up nearly all of downtown’s tourist trade. And the match that is impending ‘Lion Fight 11’ will be televised live and sanctioned and supervised, the same as boxing is at its uptown relative’s venues. The game of Muay Thai works completely for Fremont Street, as it’s all done standing up, as opposed to mixed martial arts. 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 is 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. event that is 20th just take destination in a ring on Third Street, conveniently located appropriate outside the D, where without doubt they’ll get tons of TV time. Possibly surprisingly, the fight will be the first sports event ever nationally televised live from Fremont Street.

Huge TV Viewership Expected

Cable network AXS has the televising liberties, and expect big viewership numbers, particularly for a bout featuring champion that is japanese Yamato duking it away with American pugilist Kevin Ross. The network claims a potential viewing audience globally of 42 million.

‘It’s a location that is iconic and we’re likely to have the lights as well as the glitz and also the views on camera that night,’ said AXS CEO Andrew Simon. ‘Our viewers are planning to say, ‘Man, this is the Fremont Street Experience.’ It’s a national tourism destination. This is usually a good way to show the downtown off to a nationwide audience.’

The fight is expecting plenty of live audience appeal, too. Promoters Lion Fight Promotions say they have 1,700 tickets, with 1,200 of those being for ‘reserved seating.’

Fremont Street Experience bigwigs are anticipating the function being fully a huge advertising blast for the area. ‘Muay Thai is just a very exciting action show,’ 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.’