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Six-hour traffic jams, nine-hour lines, five-deep crowds at crap tables and a mad dash for slot machines. Gambling fever has hit South Korea in a big way with the arrival of the nation's first casino for locals. "This is phenomenal, unbelievable," said Lee In Sung, manager of the new Kangwon Land Casino Hotel, which opened Oct. 29 here in Kangwon province. "I'm just delighted. We're breaking every record in the book."
March 30, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
For more than two decades, the West Coast has played the part of Major League Baseball's strange uncle. You know, the one who is invited to the family reunion but hardly ever gets to sit at the head table. In the last 22 seasons, only three teams west of the Rockies - the team and the mountain range - have won a World Series. In 17 of those seasons, a team from the Pacific time zone didn't even advance to the game's biggest showcase. However, the tide may be turning. In the National League, San Francisco has won two of the last three championships and the Dodgers, with the game's highest payroll and best pitcher in 26-year-old Clayton Kershaw, seem poised to begin a dynasty.
A professional gambler has been indicted by a federal grand jury in a racetrack scheme that allegedly involved cashing other bettors' tickets and obtaining refunds from false tax returns. The activities of James J. Greulich of Huntington Beach took place at the Del Mar, Santa Anita and Hollywood Park tracks in 1995.
March 19, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
Downtown Las Vegas knew him as the guy who wore wacky ties and kept his pockets stuffed with coupons for a free lunch at El Cortez Hotel and Casino. When he met someone new, he handed them a "fun book," as the vouchers are sometimes called, and introduced himself: Jackie - just Jackie - not Mr. Gaughan. A kingpin of the old, original part of Las Vegas known as Glitter Gulch, Gaughan at one point owned or had interest in about a quarter of downtown Las Vegas, including the Golden Nugget, Union Plaza and Las Vegas Club.
August 25, 1999
Your story on the smoking room in the Bicycle Club casino in Bell Gardens (Aug. 19) referred to smoking and gambling as vices. Granted that smoking is viewed as a "vice" by many. Gambling only becomes a vice when the act is abused. One famous example is playing the stock market. We are cautioned to risk only what we can afford to lose. FRANK MYERS Downey
December 18, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
A Newport Beach man who allegedly secured millions from investors for his dental equipment company blew the money gambling in Las Vegas and paying for his children's private-school tuitions, according to a federal indictment. William Knox is charged with six counts of wire fraud for taking investment money for his company, Osseous Technologies of America, but spending the money on himself instead, the indictment says. Knox raised at least $3.5 million - including $1.5 million from an investor in Pasadena - from 2010 to 2012, says the indictment, which was handed down this month.
January 3, 2009 | Joanna Lin
Two decades ago, real estate mogul Randy Black turned this blip on the Arizona border into a boomtown when he opened the first of four casinos. Nearly 1 million visitors a year followed, and hotels, restaurants and stucco homes seemed to sprout from sand. "It seemed to be one of those things that 'Geez, it's just going great. It's never going to end,' " said Victor Kotalion, who left Las Vegas in 1990 for this arid patch off Interstate 15.
April 1, 2000
Attention, Randy Harvey: Webster's defines gambling as (1) to play a game for money or other stakes; (2) speculate, bet; (3) venture. The pool in question [March 31] was not even close to gambling, church bingo is gambling. That pool was a contest, it cost no money to play. Ever play a McDonald's game? There you go, Randy, now you are getting it. I bet you thought you would make a big headline with your expose and discovery. Wrong! We don't care and we don't like writers who don't know what they're talking about (which you admit to)
August 24, 2004
Your Aug. 21 editorial "The Trouble With Casinos" describes the downside of casinos in our California society: Importantly, a major gambling venue puts strong demands on police, fire and other services, but the critical issue is the estimated 1 million Californians who are tragically addicted to gambling. If we understand the nature of addiction, isn't it accurate to characterize our state leaders on this question as enablers, and their decisions as lacking in simple ethics? And as we expand our state's partnership with gambling interests and corollary dependence on our cut of the money, aren't we addicting ourselves?
August 12, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Federal prosecutors said Friday that they would continue to pursue their case against BetOnSports even though the online gambling company was shutting its operations that took bets from U.S. customers. Separately, the office of U.S. Atty. Catherine Hanaway in St. Louis approved conditions for the release of London-based BetOnSports' former chief executive, David Carruthers, his attorney said. The case against BetOnSports is one of the most high-profile prosecutions of online gambling.
March 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The parents of a 4-year-old girl were arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment earlier this week after allegedly leaving the child alone in a car while they gambled at the Chumash Casino. Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies were called to the casino in Santa Ynez about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday after the child was found by herself, walking around the parking structure at the casino. "The passerby, who found the child, took her to the security desk and the Santa Barbara County sheriff's office was notified," according to a news release from the agency.
March 5, 2014
Re "A shortage of new homes as builders struggle," March 2 The real reason that new homes are not being built here and across the country is because Wall Street hedge funds have gobbled up available housing stock and are either using them for rentals or holding them un-inhabited, as in Las Vegas, to drive up the market. For these uber-wealthy people, housing is a commodity like gold to be speculated with. They are not investing in new development because they are betting on driving housing prices up by creating a false scarcity.
March 1, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
They've tried edgy and tinkered with experimental. But the producers of the 86th Academy Awards telecast believe that what America really wants is tradition. This year's Oscar show Sunday will bring back 2007 host Ellen DeGeneres, a likable, benign daytime television presence. Backstage, Broadway-oriented veterans Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are back producing for a second consecutive year. Not present? Seth MacFarlane, the "Family Guy" creator who polarized audiences last year even though he did manage a ratings jump.
February 28, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers and Sacramento Kings played each other Friday at Staples Center. No better time to ponder lottery percentages. The Lakers have the worst record in the Western Conference, the Kings are the West's second-worst, and they'll both be in attendance May 20 when the draft order is officially determined. The Lakers (20-39) are tied with Boston for the NBA's fourth-worst record, giving them an 11.9% chance of winning the top pick. Milwaukee (11-46) is the runaway favorite to grab the league's worst record, but the Bucks have only a 25% chance of winning the top pick in the June 26 draft.
February 16, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
The most sinister video you're likely to find online just now comes from people who oppose online gambling. "Disreputable gaming interests are lobbying hard to spread Internet gambling throughout the country," a voice over intones. Cue the grainy black-and-white footage of something sketchy going on in an alleyway, the ominous music and allusions to criminal "syndicates" and terrorism. The narrator warns that "an established Al Qaeda poker network could extract enough untraceable money from the United States in just a few days to fund several 9/11-sized attacks.
February 5, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Lawmakers in 10 states are considering bills that would allow or expand online gambling, according to a group that tracks such legislation around the world. Gambling Compliance said those states included California, Colorado, Hawaii and Pennsylvania.  In a research paper released Tuesday , the group said 2014 was shaping up to be a busy year for efforts to legalize online gambling.  Legislation in California is being hammered out that would allow online gambling by tribal casinos in the state.  Last year, three states legalized online gambling.
January 27, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- California officials would review the growing gambling industry in the state, looking at whether regulations promote job creation and examine the possibility of imposing new taxes on the activity, under a bill approved Monday by the state Senate. Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 601, which would have a gaming policy advisory committee made up equally of gambling industry officials and the general public look at issues including whether current regulations impede economic growth.
January 24, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
American men are experiencing a facial hair free-for-all, embracing the unshaven glory of hipsters and Hollywood, and it's cutting into Procter & Gamble Co.'s bottom line. The owner of razor giant Gillette said it is "seeing a slight decline in wet shaving incidence in the U.S. right now driven by fashion," even as global sales in its grooming sector rose 3% during the quarter that ended Dec. 31, the company said Friday. Movember, the annual charity event in which participants raise awareness of prostate cancer by growing mustaches, exacerbated the national sales slide, according to P&G Chief Financial Officer Jon R. Moeller.
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