Crown Resorts Exec Rumored to Have Been Collecting Debts When Arrested

Crown Resorts executive Jason O’Connor is rumored to own been in Asia fall that is last collect on VIP gambling debts incurred by patrons whom participated in the Australian gaming company’s junket schemes.

Billionaire James Packer announced this week that Crown Resorts will purchase $380 million in outstanding shares. Meanwhile, their executive responsible for VIP operations remains behind bars in Asia.

That is in accordance with a report that is new ‘Four Corners,’ a journalism television series that airs in Australia. The program talked to experts on Macau gambling that said they think O’Connor was sent by Crown to negotiate money owed to the business by wealthy citizens that are chinese.

Andrew Scott, the CEO of Asian Gambling magazine, said, ‘It’s commonly being said he was there to collect type of credit. You don’t send a senior professional unless there’s a real reason for him to be there.’

O’Connor headed Crown Resorts’ VIP program, and was responsible for bringing high rollers from Asian countries to Australia.

It’s illegal for international properties to market gambling services to citizens that are chinese. The united states warned companies like Crown it will be cracking down on VIP touring operations, however the notice evidently dropped on deaf ears Down Under. O’Connor has been in custody since on vague ‘gambling crimes’ charges october. He’s being held in a Shanghai prison while Chinese law enforcement agencies continue their research.

In addition to O’Connor, China detained 17 other Crown employees, two more who are Australian citizens.

Arrest Effect

China’s Operation Chain Break was designed to infiltrate the laundering of money going through Macau, the special administrative region where gambling is allowed. But the scope associated with the investigation expanded overseas after enforcement officers detected casinos and junket operators colluding to bring wealthy citizens to resorts that are international.

Since China is just a socialist country, individuals who have money are heavily taxed. Under present law, citizens cannot go more than $9,500 out of the country each year.

With O’Connor behind bars, Crown’s VIP business plummeted significantly more than 45 percent.

Crown founder James Packer, who sold 35 million shares of the company’s stock valued at $338 million August that is last the board in a damage control effort. The billionaire is still the biggest shareholder, today owning 48.2 percent.

While Packer and Crown continue to function in today’s world with China, there are new concerns that the company’s video gaming licenses in Australia could be in jeopardy if those being held in Shanghai are convicted of crimes.

Former NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority Chairman Chris Sidoti opined recently that regulators in Australia will review Crown’s likely permits. Disciplinary actions could range from a simple slap regarding the wrist to a full elimination of their gambling licenses, since it would be based on China’s investigation though he admits the latter seems extreme.

Share Buyback

The company announced this week it will purchase AUD$500 million ($380 million) worth of outstanding shares on March 20 while there are many dark clouds surrounding Crown. The buy-back will be completed predicated on the stock’s Australian Securities Exchange closing price on March 3 ($8.83).

Crown is currently undergoing a restructuring that is massive the arrests, but the buyback generally seems to tell investors that Packer continues to be bullish regarding the company he founded a decade ago.

MGM Cheering on Casino Expansion Opposition Group in Connecticut

MGM Resorts is rooting for casino expansion opponents in Connecticut to succeed in blocking a third gambling location in the small northeastern state.

MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren wants to ensure a Connecticut casino isn’t permitted to be built just 13 miles south of his company’s resort in Massachusetts. (Image: WAMC)

Late last week, the Mohegan and Mashantucket tribes of Connecticut (MMCT) formally signed a development agreement with East Windsor to construct a $350 million satellite gambling facility within the town. The project will compliment the native groups that are american Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun resorts.

Found just 13 kilometers south of MGM’s $950 million Springfield casino in Massachusetts, which is now anticipated to open in 2018, Connecticut opted to let the MMCT group to construct a casino on off-reservation land in order to keep money that is gambling their state. But ‘No More Casinos in Connecticut’ is working to block the expansion, and MGM would like nothing more than to see the group succeed.

Tonight, ‘No More Casinos in Connecticut’ is holding a meeting in East Windsor to go over the ‘social and economic costs’ of welcoming a casino to the area. Former US Rep. Robert Steele (R-Connecticut) will give you their opinion that gambling isn’t good for communities.

Numerous Concerns Remain

Connecticut’s Attorney General George Jepsen is expected by Governor Dannel Malloy (D) to weigh in on the legality of allowing the unified groups that are tribal build a gambling establishment on non-sovereign grounds.

Underneath the scheme developed by the state legislature and Malloy, Connecticut granted MMCT with all the right to develop another casino under their current gaming licenses. MGM states since the planned gambling place isn’t on sovereign property, outside parties needs to have been able to bid on the satellite location.

The Nevada-based casino conglomerate has filed a lawsuit against Connecticut for just what it thinks is a violation of the US Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment. The clause mandates that no state ‘shall deny to virtually any person within its jurisdiction the equal security of the rules.’

MGM has been on a spending spree as of late. In addition to purchasing out Boyd Gaming’s share of this Borgata in Atlantic City, the company recently opened the $1.4 billion National Harbor resort outside Washington, DC, and is reportedly in talks with Las vegas, nevada Sands to buy its casino in Pennsylvania.

Scare Tactics

There is more than three million reasons why East Windsor desires the MMCT casino. The town appears to receive $3 million up front from the tribal groups, plus a minimum of $3 million annually thereafter.

Considering East Windsor is home to about 11,500 residents, that comes to roughly $260 per person, per 12 months.

‘No More Casinos in Connecticut’ will endeavour and paint a dark picture during this evening’s hearing. On the list of company’s 12 known reasons for opposing casino growth, the group claims gambling ‘leads to debt, bankruptcies, broken families, and embezzlement,’ and that a casino’s business model ‘is dependent upon preying on people.’

To counter the MMCT discussion, the East Windsor Board of Selectmen will hold its own meeting on the casino. The forum will take place on Thursday.

Defending their unanimous decision to welcome the casino, Selectman Jason Bowsza told the Associated Press, ‘we are acting in what we think is into the interest that is best in town. You can find likely to be those, like in virtually any presssing issue, that would disagree . . . but we’re excited to move ahead.’

Adam Meyer, ‘Celebrity Tipster,’ Sentenced to Eight Years For Fraud, Extortion and Racketeering

Adam Meyer, once the self-proclaimed ‘sports consultant to the stars,’ happens to be sentenced to eight years in jail for fees fraud that is including extortion, racketeering and brandishing a firearm.

Had been Adam Meyer, pictured here in their ‘showbiz’ days Darren that is advising Rovell CNBC show, really working for the feds all along? The ‘sports consultant to the stars’ was sentenced to eight years in jail for a $45 million fraud on Friday. (Image: CNBC)

Meyer’s case had been bizarre. Here ended up being a high-rolling handicapper, whom once boasted that his client list ‘reads just like the front web page of Variety,’ accused of impersonating a shadowy fictional gangster of his very own invention in order to perpetrate a $45 million fraud that ended in the violent assault of a Wisconsin liquor magnate.

In his defense, Meyer stated insanity, drug addiction, and which he ended up being an agent that is undercover. Also more bizarrely, the second claim may actually be true.

Bogus Bookies

Meyer had been the CEO of betting consultancy site Real Money Sports, which charged clients up to $250,000 for his sports gambling advice.

A slick, media-savvy operator, he made regular television and radio appearances as a tipster, billing himself as the person who had won over $1 million betting on the Green Bay Packers at Super Bowl XLV.

He told his clients he had a highly improbable 64.8 percent edge over the bookies.

One such client was Gary Sadoff, 64, the aforementioned liquor magnate; the master, in fact, of the Badger Liquor Company of Wisconsin, the biggest booze supplier in the state.

In line with the court documents, Sadoff began buying guidelines from Meyer back 2007 while the pair were friends. Along with providing tips, Meyer would also hook his clients up with offshore bookmakers, who would accept their very large wagers, no concerns asked.

Meyer claimed, falsely, he had no commercial relationship with these bookmakers, whereas, in fact, client money had been often wired to accounts he actually controlled.

Wong Number

Whenever Sadoff chose to quit his expensive gambling habit, Meyer concocted a story. Meyer’s life is at risk because he owed money to a fictional bookie gangster named Kent Wong, and because Wong thought that Sadoff and Meyer were lovers, Wong held him accountable for Meyer’s financial obligation, and was coming for him.

Meyer would also telephone Sadoff, pretending to to be Wong, complete having a accent that is chinese threatening and demanding money through the businessman.

When Sadoff refused to send more income, the situation escalated. Meyer plus an associate flew to Wisconsin and threatened Sadoff with a gun, until he was coerced into providing an additional $9.8 million.

Meyer, and their associate, Ray Batista, were arrested fleetingly after the event, in December 2014, as well as the second sentenced to four years in January.

Insanity Plea

Meyer’s solicitors stated their customer ended up being addicted to drugs and had health that is mental in which ‘a different identity, or personality, sporadically surfaces to Meyer’s detriment.’

Meyer additionally stated the ‘public authority’ protection, and that their crimes were committed during the behest of several US government and police force agencies for who he was an agent that is undercover. He said he had been employed by authorities to root away unlawful recreations operations that are betting.

The relevant authorities deny this, but papers unsealed in June, and kept secret through the public on the behest of Meyer’s lawyers, suggest, at the very least in a kind that is conspiracy-theory of, that there might be a modicum of truth into the claim.

Working for the Feds?

In 2007, the year he reported he started doing work for the feds as an undercover agent, Meyer was arrested for scamming $6 million from casinos in Nevada and Connecticut. Considering he already had a criminal conviction at this time, he was staring down the nose at a probably nine years imprisonment. Rather, he received two years probation.

‘That’s perhaps not a big departure [from sentencing guidelines],’ Jeffrey Cramer, a former federal prosecutor in New York and Chicago, told the Milwaulkee Journal-Sentinal with the facts after it presented him. That’s huge. That’s absolutely huge.’

Did the sports consultant to a deal is cut by the stars with all the feds inturn for leniency? Instantly Meyer’s assertion that he helped the FBI seize $750 million from overseas bookies does not appear quite so angry after all.

Amaya Debt Restructuring Designed to Keep Ex-CEO David Baazov in the Cold

PokerStars parent Amaya, Inc. has announced it has restructured its US dollar and euro-dominated loans that are first-lien a bid to free up income. Plus one for the provisions regarding the refinancing agreement appears to reference previous CEO and David that is ex-chairman Baazov.

Amaya’s original top dog David Baazov dropped their takeover pursuit of the company year that is late last however now, new debt refinancing terms for the video gaming operator are making another attempt by Baazov to grab the business impossible. (Image:

The provision rather coyly calls for Amaya to distance it self from its co-founder and largest shareholder also to shackle him from launching a future bid to obtain the business.

‘At the request of particular lenders, the amendment also modifies the alteration of control provision to get rid of the ability of a particular shareholder that is current straight or indirectly obtain control of Amaya without triggering an event of default and potential acceleration regarding the repayment of your debt under the credit agreement for the first lien term loans,’ announced Amaya in the official statement on its refinancing.