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Killer gambling-addicted grandma trumped

George Miller



Killer gambling-addicted grandma trumped
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Losing Streak Lois is preparing for the rest of her life to contemplate her unlucky gambling approach.

The story of Lois Reiss, 56, is a pure American tragedy. Based on the “American dream”, the fruits are being harvested in a pure Yankee doodle style.

Obsessed by money and caught by delusion the Minnesota grandma played cat and mouse with the police for nearly six weeks.

She smiles and looks like anyone’s mother or grandmother,” said Lee County Florida Sheriff Carlo Marceno to NBC. “And yet she’s calculated, she’s targeted and an absolute cold-blooded killer.

And a desperate gambling addict to boot — an illness detectives believe drove her to kill her husband and a perfect stranger.

David Riess was found shot to death on March 23. One of his business partners called cops and said he hadn’t been to work in two weeks.

Before hitting the road, cops say Reiss cashed more than $10,000 in forged cheques from her morgue-bound hubby and his business.

There were sightings in Northwood, Iowa, Florida and finally, Texas.
In Iowa, she spent most of the day playing blackjack at the Diamond Jo Casino. She lost many thousands.

Reiss still had lots of cash. Her problem — and it would ultimately torpedo the accused killer — was gambling.

She was obsessed with it. Games of chance were the pistons of her every waking moment.

And then Losing Streak Lois washed ashore in Florida.

That was 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson’s piss poor luck. She delayed her trip home for a day, and that was to be a fatal mistake.

Reiss’ mode of operation is to befriend women who resemble her and steal their identity,” Marceno said.

Hutchinson was Reiss’ next high-stakes gambit.

She looked like the accused killer grandma, had a similar build and she had dough.

At the Smokin’ Oyster bar in Fort Myers Beach on April 5, the two women’s lives became intertwined forever.

CCTV released last week showed a grinning Riess sitting at the bar chatting with Hutchinson. Four days later the unsuspecting woman was found shot to death.

Cops suspected her MO was horrifically chilling: she killed Hutchinson to steal her identity, car and cash.
Ms. Hutchinson’s purse was found to be in disarray and all cash, credit cards and identification appeared to be removed,” Marceno told reporters.

Further investigation revealed that Ms. Hutchinson was targeted by the suspect due to the similarities in their appearance.

And then the mean Minnesotan went on the run in Hutchinson’s white Acura.
Pamela was a friend to everybody,” her cousin Daniele Watts Jeffreys told CNN. “She’s never met a stranger. She’s just an open welcoming woman.

From the start, detectives and the US Marshals Service believed Reiss was going to try to hightail it for Mexico.
She crossed through the Florida Panhandle, then into Alabama, Louisiana and finally, Texas, where she was spotted in the beach town of Corpus Christi on the Gulf of Mexico.

Time is of the essence. She is a gambling addict and when she runs out of money, we have no doubt she will kill again,” one detective said.

But there weren’t any chips left on the table by the end of last week.

Losing Streak Lois was cashed out in South Padre Island on Thursday.

Acting on a tip, the US Marshals busted the gambling granny at a greasy spoon.
Cops say she didn’t act surprised and didn’t put up a fight.

To be honest with you, I didn’t know she had a gambling problem,” former friend Rod Koster told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

She was only nice, sweet. You never would have guessed that this was going to happen in a million years.

Florida now gets first crack at Reiss. So far, the charges are second-degree murder but that could get jacked up to murder one.


George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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ATG partners with USA’s biggest TV network for horse racing

George Miller



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ATG has come to a partner agreement with TVG, the largest TV network for horse racing in USA.


Starting September 17, 45 million American households has will be given the possibility to bet on ATG‘s products.

“This is a unique possibility for ATG to reach out to horse racing bettors in USA and will also be a great way of showcasing the great sport we have here in Sweden” says Lars Nemeth, head of international sales at ATG.

TVG is a Los Angeles based company, founded in 1987. TVG has today two TV channels and broadcast up to 15 hours of horse racing daily to 45 million American cable and satellite households. Since 2009 TVG is a part of the Irish Paddy Power Betfair betting concern.

“TVG is a strong trademark on the American market and they broadcast around 50,000 races a year from around the world. The main intention with this cooperation agreement is of course to create revenue for both parts but like I said, I also see it as a unique possibility to showcase Swedish horse racing” says Lars Nemeth.

The TVG customers will be able to bet Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta and Daily Double right in to ATG’s Swedish pool.

“Swedish Trotting, Swedish Gallop and ATG will be able to deliver world class products, therefor it’s fantastic to be able to offer our viewers both broadcasts and betting from Sweden. Business wise and also editorial we’re emphasising on the best races Wednesday through Sunday. In our regular broadcasts we will have lots of live updates and latest news about the races and in cooperation with Kanal 75 show stories about both the sport of trotting and gallop in Sweden” says Stephen Kennelly, Vice President of Product and Exchange, TVG FanDuel Group US.

On the international betting market so called rakebacks, where bettors will receive discounts based on how much they bet, very common. However, in all of ATG’s partner agreements no rakebacks are allowed, also in this deal wth TVG.

“Both us and ATG are interested in creating a sustainable long term deal. TVG has basically the same broad spectrum of customers as ATG, we focus on incentivizing and gaining new and existing business by providing access to high quality content and service, not through high volume rebates to a limited audience.” says Stephen Kennelly.

Facts, TVG
• USA’s largest TV network for trot and gallop horse racing – reaches 45 million households.
• Owned by the betting concern Paddy Power Betfair, Irland.
• 320 employees, most of them at their TV head quarter in Los Angeles, California.
• Broadcasts around 50 000 races each year from around the world through their TV channels TVG (seven days a week) and TVG2 (five days). the channels are also available online ( and through Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon and Roku.
• Will be able to bet Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta and Daily Double starting September 17, 2018
• TV and marketing support in TVG1 and TVG2 from September 23.

Source: ATG

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Vegas Golden Knights signs deal with William Hill

Niji Ng




Vegas Golden Knights signs deal with William Hill
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World’s leading betting company William Hill and the Las Vegas-based National Hockey League (NHL) franchisee Golden Knights have signed a multiyear partnership. The deal will include in-arena signage and updated league-wide odds displayed on the video board during intermissions at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

This partnership is the first of its kind in North America between a bookmaker and an NHL franchise.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to engage different segments of our fan base and provide a unique fan experience,” Golden Knights president Kerry Bubolz said in a release announcing the deal. “This partnership between a major professional team and a sports book operator is a historic, landmark agreement and we are delighted to be leading the way with William Hill in this space.”

The partnership between sports franchises and bookmakers could be the first of many as more states elect to offer legal sports betting. The NBA recently completed a deal with MGM Resorts, making the company the “official gaming partner of the NBA.”

“We could not be more excited to partner with the Golden Knights,” William Hill CEO Joe Asher said in the release. “William Hill is the leader in the U.S sports betting market and we are proud of the fact that this is the first sponsorship agreement between a sports book and an NHL team in the country.”

Asher said at a recent gaming conference that the U.S. branch of William Hill has been fielding frequent requests from sports franchises asking about partnerships.

The NHL, along with other major U.S. professional leagues, has been an ardent opponent of sports betting, with commissioner Gary Bettman often expressing concerns about how legalised betting would impact the atmosphere in the arenas.


Source: ESPN

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Court cancels Pennsylvania’s ban on gambling donations

Niji Ng




Court cancels Pennsylvania’s ban on gambling donations
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A federal judge has annulled legislation in Pennsylvania law that banned casino owners and persons who owns stakes in the gambling industry from contributing to political campaigns in the state. The court observed that the legislation is unconstitutional.

In her 31-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Sylvia Rambo said the provision violates constitutional protections over political association. However, Rambo did not close the door on lawmakers reviving a similar ban that is narrower in scope and tailored to the purpose of fighting corruption.

“The court holds only that the ban in its current form goes much further than necessary to achieve its stated purpose of eliminating corruption and the appearance of corruption,” Rambo wrote.

The U.S. Supreme Court, Rambo wrote, has ruled that preventing corruption, or the appearance of corruption, is the only sufficient reason to justify restrictions on political contributions.

So the Legislature, she wrote, could more strictly define who is subject to the ban by limiting its reach to those with close connections to a casino or imposing a limit on the amount of cash contributions. Right now, law acts as a wholesale ban on contributions of any amount, even $1, by people with “even an attenuated connection” to the gambling industry, far exceeding the necessary scope of such a prohibition, Rambo wrote.

The ban applied to people who own a stake in a casino, a slot-machine manufacturer or a casino vendor, as well as non-owner executives and important employees.

The prohibition has largely stood in Pennsylvania since the state legalised commercial casinos in 2004, touted as a major bulwark against gambling industry influence. A spokesman for the state attorney general’s office directed questions to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. A spokesman at the board did not respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit was filed last year by Pasquale Deon, who owns a 2.5 per cent stake in Sands Casino in Bethlehem, according to gaming board records, and Maggie Hardy Magerko, whose family owns the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in southwestern Pennsylvania that is home to Lady Luck Casino.

With 12 casinos operating and a 13th under construction, Pennsylvania is the nation’s No. 2 state for commercial casino gross revenue, second to Nevada. At $1.4 billion in the most recent fiscal year, Pennsylvania rakes in more tax revenue from casino gambling than any other state, according to the American Gaming Association’s figures.


Source: AP

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