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Chile – Chilean operators sue Gaming Board for illegal oversights

The Association of Chilean Casinos (ACCJ), which represents all of the privately owned casinos in Chile, has brought legal action against the Head of the Chilean Gaming Control Board, Renato Hamel. The charges state that Mr.Hamel has failed to provide adequate oversight of the industry and that he has failed to limit illegal gaming in…

Mexico – Investigative committee hears of 107 illegal casinos

An investigative committee has heard that there could be as many as 250,000 slot machines operating illegally in Mexico. As previously reported an investigation into the issuing of casino licences is currently underway in Mexico and a cross party committee made up of eleven deputies has been charged with the investigation of the federal government’s…

Russia – Huge illegal operation closed down in St Petersburg

The St. Petersburg police authorities have closed down an illegal casino with a gaming floor of over 4,000 sq. m. and an earning capacity of around US$1m a month. The Interior Ministry said: “During investigations, 14 card tables, a roulette table, 55 jackpot machines, a large amount of betting chips and decks of cards, as…

Mexico – ‘Elastic permits’ cancelled for 94 slot halls

The Mexican Interior Ministry has moved to cancel the so called ‘elastic’ licences of 94 casinos awarded during the final hours of the administration of former President Felipe Calderón to two operators; Exciting Games and Producciones Móviles. The licences were awarded in the closing hours of Calderon’s presidency. Both Producciones Moviles S.A. and Exciting Games…

Russia- Investigative Committee closes down Kazan casino

Russian authorities are investigating an underground casino operation in the city of Kazan in The Republic of Tatarstan, 500 miles east of Moscow. Initial reports suggest it made somewhere in the region of US$1.06m through the operation of illegal gaming tables and slots. The Investigative Committee said: “According to our investigation, in August 2012 [Emil] Minigulov…

Russia – Moscow police continue to close down illegals

Russian police have recently closed a further 36 illegal casinos in Moscow and the Moscow Region, seizing almost 500 slot machines along the way. The Interior Ministry’s press centre said: “Officials from the Interior Ministry’s Main Economic Security Department carried out a set of operations eliminating 36 illegal gambling clubs in Moscow and in the…

Russia –‘Gambling affair’ prosecutor to be tried in Moscow

Moscow’s high profile ‘gambling affair’ could yet come to a dramatic conclusion following the extradition from Poland of Alexander Ignatenko, Moscow’s former Deputy Prosecutor. Mr. Ignatenko has been wanted for questioning following accusations that he oversaw a racketeering ring that turned a blind eye from closing down and prosecuting illegal casinos across Moscow. A Moscow court…

Russia – Illegal operator looks to take down Deputy

A Russian businessman arrested and subsequently released for operating illegal casinos in Moscow is refusing to withdraw his testimony in the hope of taking down the government officials who demanded bribes to allow him to stay open. Ivan Nazarov was released last October despite admitting his guilt in operating a network of 15 illegal casinos…

Russia – Illegal casino case could collapse

The high-profile 2012 case concerning a network of illegal casinos in Moscow and the prosecutors that are alleged to have taken on the roles of protection racketeers as outlined by investigators into the case could be on the verge of collapsing. Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Grin has filed a submission to the Supreme Court claiming…