***Bryan Zuriff, Ray Donovan producer***
Rather than making a compelling drama, Showtime series Ray Donovan producer Bryan Zuriff is featuring in his very own crime show, it seems, plus it’s not having a very delighted closing for the difficult Hollywood mogul. Zuriff has now entered a guilty plea with the Southern District Court of ny the Department of Justice arm that indicted Zuriff, along with 33 others, back April of this present year for a high-profile Russian mob-spearheaded, arranged crime Web sportsbetting and high-stakes poker syndicate ring. The plea ended up being for Zuriff’s indictment on felony gambling charges and was received by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara a week ago.
Plea Deal and Forfeiture
Specifically, Zuriff’s charges include running an unlawful sports gambling business, transmission of recreations wagering information across state lines, and acceptance of economic instruments for unlawful online gambling; he has only pled guilty, as of now, to your last charge, and may receive up to five years in the joint for their role within the gambling scandal that is international. Moreover, the producer will also have to forfeit fifty per cent of a million dollars to fulfill the regards to 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 christmas for Zuriff this season. Maybe he should early eat his turkey; we hear the stuff they serve in prison isn’t prepared by Martha Stewart (anymore).
Zuriff was apparently as busy being a high-end bookie as he had been running illegal sportsbetting operations from both LaLa Land in Hollywood, as well as helping run the show back in the Big Apple, under the watch of art dealer Hillel Nahmad and other Russian big-time players as he was working on sets; Bharara’s statements regarding the plea deal said that the producer ‘spanned the coasts with his crimes. Zuriff’s plea deal wraps up Bharara’s work on this instance while 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 their cell; he need lots of time on his arms.
Bestseller in the Making
With Hollywood never shy about making money off a scandal perhaps not even though unique members are involved (human or areas of the body), word is that another high-profile individual of notoriety who had been part of this circle has already been 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, possibly including Spiderman actor Tobey Maguire, who apparently was a poker game regular in these A-list Tinseltown house games.
The entire operation laundered some $100 million in unlawful gambling earnings, according to federal prosecutors, using hundreds of small bank accounts as well as shell businesses produced in the U.S. and Cypress. Mark Galeotti, a russian crime that is organized at brand 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 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 these types of situations,’ Galeotti noted. The rollers that are high bookies are kept with the issue ‘of trying to puzzle out what to accomplish with suitcases full of money, 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 topic for a crime mystery that is future. Meanwhile, all of the publicity surrounding Zuriff apparently hasn’t hurt his show; it was just picked up for another period by Showtime with only three shows having aired thus far.
Stations Casinos Jumping into the Mobile Sports Betting Fray
******Sports Connection Mobile’s new app******
The delicate dance between land gambling enterprises and online wagering continues to unfold, as Nevada’s first legal and regulated online poker web site provider, Stations Casinos, is currently launching a sports wagering application for smart phone users. Named Sports Connection Mobile, the app means that gamblers is now able to bet on their favorite sports from the simplicity 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 customers, and spread its wings to the overall populace (including tourists) of 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 this might be fantastic for the development potential of 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 internet poker, in order to place a bet, 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 a back-and-forth flow between channels’ brick-and-mortar customers and their mobile ones, as player benefits will be accrued for either and both, offering 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 big difference because it ties our application to the gambling enterprises,’ said Manteris of the latest channels’ 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 occasion in one of our books. But we all know that sometimes life gets in the way. A customer is kept by the application into the game.’
Stations is making sure as much customers stay static in the game as feasible; they’ve developed pc software for iPhones, iPads, Androids and have now a Sports Connection Intranet product that presumably will take care of someone else. 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 property’s sports guide. A $50 wagering deposit is required upon signup. Bet minimums is going to be $5 and bets may be placed on all major sporting events. Players will be able to reload with either cash, credit cards or debit cards, but it must be done in individual. Wagers include parlay cards, straight bets, teasers, prop bets, circular robins and wagering that is in-game.
William Hill and Cantor Gaming were recently forced to convert all their sports wagering kiosks to mobile sports betting adjuncts only in every of the Nevada smaller pubs and taverns that had limited gaming licenses (15 slot machines or less); the lobbying organization, United states Gaming Association, that represents the interests of several land gambling enterprises claimed the action that is miniscule cutting too heavily into their casino customers’ business.
Now as William Hill and Cantor Gaming already 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 had been 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 sluggish 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 is returning to a place as soon as littered with drug addicts and hookers that are low-budget.
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 neon that is tacky signs as a genuine, if notably center class, tourist destination, and pushed the downtown area towards what it’s becoming today: someplace where things happen and big names desire to be seen. Now the planet of Muay Thai will be adding some pizzazz to that growing elan, with a planned September fight night that is 20th.
Maybe the Strip has got the fancy world-class boxing matches, but Muay Thai is a perfect match for the greater amount of rough-and-tumble market which 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, just like boxing is at its uptown relative’s venues. The sport of Muay Thai works perfectly for Fremont Street, because it’s all done standing up, as compared to mixed martial arts. And there should really be more kicks and punches exchanged than in a bit of good New that is drunken year Eve melee.
Obviously, 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. twentieth event will just take destination in a ring on Third Street, conveniently located right outside the D, where no doubt they’ll get tons of TV time. Maybe interestingly, the fight will be the first sports event 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 potential viewing audience worldwide of 42 million.
‘It’s a location that is iconic and we’re likely to have the lights and also the glitz while the views on camera that night,’ said AXS CEO Andrew Simon. ‘Our viewers are going to say, ‘Man, this is the Fremont Street Experience.’ It’s a tourism destination that is national. This can be a great way to show down the downtown to a national audience.’
The fight is expecting lots of real time audience 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 anticipating the function being a marketing that is huge for the area. ‘Muay Thai is a very exciting action show,’ stated Tom Bruny, Fremont Street Experience marketing director. ‘It’s something new for people to do. The television aspect was compelling for the Fremont Street Experience.’