Women, Young More Likely to Gamble Online

ATLANTIC CITY (AP) — A new survey has found that online gambling appeals more to women and the young.

Of 3,000 people surveyed from the Northeast Corridor and other major markets in the eastern half of the country, between 16 and 25 percent said they would play electronic versions of blackjack, craps, slots, baccarat, poker and roulette.

Forty percent of females favored Internet poker compared to 13 percent of males. Nearly one in four people under 30 told pollsters they would gamble online. That rate fell to one in 10 for people aged 30 to 49.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/23/2012

UK Internet Gambling Tax Structure Restructured: Sin Tax Based on Consumption

Sinners in the UK, you’ll have to pay!  At least if it is at online casinos and poker rooms where you play. 

Internet gambling aficionados find themselves caught up in George Osborne’s budget tax increases. 

A new tax will be introduced for Internet gambling that is based on the place of consumption.  Previously, that tax was levied on a 'place of supply' basis.

George Osborne UK Chancellor of the Exchequer:

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/21/2012

California Legalized Internet Poker Update (Video)

Sports Book Review analyst Natalie Rydström interviewed California State Senator Roderick Wright on the hot topic of legalized online gambling.


Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/21/2012

Afghanistan Massacre Suspect Last Arrest at Casino

TACOMA, Wash. — (Associated Press) -- A police report says the U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians was arrested in 2002 in the drunken assault of a casino security guard.

The report was obtained Tuesday by The News Tribune newspaper in Tacoma.  It says someone called police to report that the soldier, Robert Bales, had threatened another customer. Two security guards told him to leave, but Bales got out of his cab, picked up a trash can lid and rushed the guards, punching one in the chest before they tackled him.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/20/2012

Maine Gets Casinos

Remember the Maine!

Or at least its casinos.

Maine has officially become the latest U.S. state to open a full-scale casino with table games.

The Hollywood Casino Hotel and Raceway in Bangor, Maine, USA, which has been in operation for the last seven years as a slot parlor with only slot machines and video poker machines, Friday added roulette, blackjack, craps, poker and more.

It also has a new name: The Hollywood Casino Bangor.

Voters approved casino expansion in a referendum last fall.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Mar/20/2012

EU Gives Germany Two Years to Show Gambling Provisions Are Fair

The European Union has given Germany’s regional governments up to two years to show that their proposals to liberalise state gambling monopolies conform to Europe’s free market rules, the Financial Times of London reported on Tuesday

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/20/2012

Relax Gaming, Fast Poker Receives 100th Alderney License: Not Hurt by Full Tilt Poker

The 100th Alderney eGaming license has been issued and it goes to Relax Gaming, developers of the fast-paced online poker platform, Fast Poker. 

Fast Poker will allow for fast play and quick transfer of a pool of player to another table upon folding their cards.   Fast Poker is set to be implemented with a handful of European Internet cardrooms in the coming days including iGame, Betsson and Unbibet. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/20/2012

Utah Second State to Make Online Gambling Illegal

Utah has become the second state in the US to specifically make Internet gambling illegal. 

House Bill 108 was passed last week and designed to ensure an opt-out for the state should online poker and casino games become legalized on the state front.  Neighboring Nevada has already passed legislation allowing for Web poker within that state’s borders. 

State Representative Stephen Sandstrom introduced the bill back in January.

Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/19/2012

Attempts to Legalize Internet Poker, Casinos in Hawaii Fail

Hawaii is the latest state in the US to propose legalizing Internet poker only to have such efforts stall in the legislature.

A series of three related bills that included the legalization of Web poker, brick and mortar casinos and a state lottery were introduced back in January. 

Rep. Angus McKelvey introduced the online poker measure that would have provided for a state lottery to oversee and regulate Web gambling activity. 

Hawaii is one of only two states in the US that does not permit any form of gambling including a state lottery. 

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Mar/19/2012

Managers with 40 Plus Years Experience Sacked at Star Casino

Seven mid-level managers, some with more than 40 years experience, have been sacked by Australia’s Star Casino for a breach in email policies.  One of the managers reportedly forwarded an internal email revealing how the casino had apparently permitted international high rollers to gamble 24 hours straight.


Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/18/2012

New Jersey Internet Gambling by September Despite Thursday Hiccup

New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak promised that his measure to legalize Internet gambling would sail through the state legislature this past Thursday.  That didn’t happen.  But it was more a technical snafu than any type of opposition blocking the bill’s passage. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/17/2012

PayPal Cracks Down on March Madness Betting

PayPal has restricted some accounts for their apparent participation in March Madness betting, according to a report appearing in Bloomberg News Thursday. 

Emails were sent to those suspected of using PayPal’s service for violation of the gambling policy.

The emails read: 

“It has been determined that you are in violation of PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy regarding your sales/offer of March Madness sports pool,” according to the report.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/15/2012

Covers Up: Sports Handicapper Ben Burns Denies Exclusivity Demand

Famed sports handicapper Ben Burns is insisting that the popular sports picks website has not required exclusivity deals from its sports prognosticators. 

In a world exclusive, Burns did reveal that sites like do frown upon sports handicappers “undercutting” the company by selling their plays elsewhere.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/14/2012

Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdinck Millions Went to Pay Off Mob Bosses

Legendary performers Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdinck lost millions as a result of their manager, music mogul Gordon Mills, siphoning off the cash to pay gambling debts to the Mob, according to reports that surfaced this week. 

Mills, who passed away from cancer in 1986, is reported to have owed $320 million in gambling debts.

The monies disappeared from Las Vegas shows that were on a retainer of $8,000 (£5,000) per week.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Mar/14/2012

Matchbook Betting Exchange Looks to Expand in Europe, Asia With Multi-Currencies

Matchbook Betting Exchange is delighted to announce the release of their new multi-currency platform. This will allow all customers to bet in Euro, Sterling, Canadian and Hong Kong Dollars, as well as the previously available US Dollars. Since being newly acquired in early 2011, there has been heavy investment in the product and this is the first of a number of exciting announcements, including a fully functional mobile application, to come in the next few months.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/14/2012

No Voter Referendum Needed for New Jersey Internet Gambling

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) In the race to be the first to approve Internet gambling and dominate a potentially multi-billion-dollar market New Jersey lawmakers heard what they wanted to hear Monday from a Seton Hall law professor and expert on the state constitution.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/13/2012

Sportsbook Review Defendant in Trademark Infringement Lawsuit

Stevo Design, Inc. is suing SBR Marketing Ltd. over a trademark infringement.  SBR Marketing runs the popular Sportsbook Review website and posting forum

Court Description:

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/13/2012

Ontario to Move Gambling Online and Build Casino in Downtown Toronto

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) announced its plans to being selling lottery tickets, close or relocate gaming facilities that are "underperforming," move gambling onto the Internet and build a new casino in the Greater Toronto Area, all of which supposedly would mean $1.3 billion in new revenue annually.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/12/2012

USA Today: Nevada Gearing Up for Court Fight Over Gambling Tax Hike

USA Today reported on Monday that a petition drive to raise taxes on Nevada’s biggest casinos has been met with strong opposition by the gaming lobby via a lawsuit filed in Carson District Court. 


Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/12/2012

Pregame Cries Foul Ahead of March Madness Over Sports Capper Exclusivity Demands

Two of the most powerful and respected sports handicapping websites are embarking on a bitter feud, has learned exclusively. has reportedly ordered its sports handicappers to sign exclusivity deals preventing them from working at rival

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/10/2012

FBI Probes Auburn Point Shaving: Guard Varez Ward Implicated (Video)

The FBI has begun a probe into possible point shaving at Auburn, specifically suspended point guard Varez Ward.  He is accused of attempted point shaving in at least two games, according to a Yahoo Sports report filed Thursday. 

The FBI began its investigation in late February centering on losses to Alabama on Feb. 7 and Arkansas on Jan. 25.

Submitted by Dan Shapiro on, Mar/09/2012

Lobbyist: Casinos Want Fair Online Gambling

LAS VEGAS — A top lobbyist says commercial casinos companies want a fair shot for everyone when it comes to online gambling — not a leg up over state lotteries, American Indian tribes and others jockeying to be first in line.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/08/2012

Horse Racing Group Won’t Oppose New Jersey Bill to Make State Hub for US Online Gambling

New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak believes his co-authored legislation to make the Garden State an Internet gambling hub should pass on March 15 with actual money play likely by September. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/07/2012

Arizona Senator Jon Kyl Removes Internet Gambling Statement From Site

Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl, who has been rumored to be in talks regarding amending the current Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA), a prohibition bill he co-authored in 2006, has removed a statement on his own website suggesting a change of stance regarding Internet gambling.


The statement removed read as follows: 

Internet Gambling

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/07/2012

New Jersey Could Approve Internet Gambling as Early as March 15

In an exclusive interview with this week, New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak predicted that Internet gambling could be approved in the state as early as March 15 (2012).


Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/07/2012

All 6 Defendants in Alabama Political Gambling Corruption Case Acquitted

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — (Associated Press) - A jury acquitted a casino owner, three current or former state lawmakers and two other defendants on all counts Wednesday in a high-profile federal case that alleged the legislators were being bribed to legalize gambling in the state.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/07/2012

Playtech Enters Into Online Gambling Agreement With Mexico’s Caliente

Online gambling software firm Playtech has entered into an agreement with Mexico’s land-based casino and sportsbook operator, Caliente, to provide the company with online gambling software.

Caliente is looking to provide a suite of casino games created by Playtech.

“We are delighted to have secured this agreement with one of Latin America's largest and most respected gaming operators with whom, over time, we expect to develop a valuable relationship,” said Mor Weizer, Chief Executive Officer for Playtech.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/06/2012 Uncle Sam’s Iron Grip on the .Com Domain Name

In light of several high profile seizures of .com domain names within the online gambling sector as well as Web streaming and imitation merchandise, has published a well thought out piece regarding the current climate and how Uncle Sam is expected to continue going after .com domains.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Mar/06/2012

Banker, One Time Billionaire R. Allen Stanford Found Guilty on 13 of 14 Counts

A billionaire banker who maintained a significant presence in Antigua, R. Allen Stanford, has been found guilty on 13 of 14 counts. 


Antigua is among the leading Internet gambling jurisdictions serving the US market.  It was widely reported at the time of his arrest that gambling operators maintained accounts with Stanford’s bank on the Caribbean island.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/06/2012

NJ Sen. Jim Whelan: ‘I Feel Like I Am Being Blackmailed (By Horse Racing Association)’

A measure to legalized online gambling in New Jersey has moved one step closer to reality with a 3-0 passage in the state senate.  Horse racing groups have threatened a derailment of the bill after an earlier funding commitment was removed however.

Racing industry lobbyist Barbara DeMarco has hinted at possible legal action, telling the Daily Record:  “Undoubtedly the racing industry will push to have a constitutional amendment.”

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Mar/06/2012

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