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Sportingbet Looking to Re-enter US Market After Paying Fine to US Government

Reuters was reporting that Sportingbet, one of Europe’s biggest online gambling firms, has made a final payment of $6 million to the U.S. Justice Department, as per a settlement reached in 2010 over alleged illegal Internet gambling, and said that it was exploring opportunities to re-enter the market.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/27/2012

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

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

William Hill to Open Talks With Playtech Following Tel Aviv Debacle

(Reuters) - William Hill (WMH.L) is to open talks with Playtech (PTEC.L) this month to try to salvage the companies' joint online venture following a breakdown in relations last year, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

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Lobbyist: Casinos Want Fair Online Gambling

LAS VEGAS — (Associated Press) - 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 C Costigan 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

New Jersey Could Approve Internet Gambling as Early as March 15

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

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Submitted by C Costigan 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

Bodog Shuts Down Costa Rica Office

Bodog has shut down its Costa Rica based office.  Employees reported arriving to find they were locked out. 

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The company still operates from bases outside of Montreal, Quebec, Antigua and in London. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/05/2012

William Hill Eyes US Entry

William Hill on Friday announced its expansion plans, and they include the lucrative US market.

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"Nevada is a land-based opportunity and we will see what happens in the US thereafter. But we first of all have to get these licenses and we expect that to happen some time this year," Hill CEO Ralph Topping said.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/24/2012

i-Gaming North America 2012 Conference to Take Place March 4-6

Everybody with even the slightest interest in the potential for legalized Internet gambling in North America will be in attendance at the first ever i-Gaming North America 2012 Conference, being held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas March 4 thru 6.

i-Gaming North America describes itself as the first networking and educational event designed to introduce the land-based gaming businesses of North America to the global iGaming industry.

Speakers include:

Alexandra Berzon, Reporter, Wall Street Journal

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/23/2012

BetDSI.com Casino Player Hits $23,000 on Progressive Caribbean Stud Poker Jackpot

A player, who is being identified as Carter M. in order to protect him from family members and friends looking to borrow money, managed to hit $23,000 yesterday on BetDSI.com’s Progressive Caribbean Stud Poker Jackpot.

He only played $4 total on 7 hands before cashing in for the $23,000. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Feb/23/2012

Bingo Slot Machine Hybrid Slingo Announced by Zynga for Facebook

Zynga has licensed the rights to make Zynga Slingo, a Bingo slot machine hybrid, which will bring the game to Facebook effective immediately, Wednesday February 15, 2012.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/15/2012

Probability Seeks Nevada Online Gambling License

Probability plc, a UK-based mobile gaming company, is the latest to apply for a license in the state of Nevada that would ultimately permit it to feature real cash games. 

Probability has over 5 years experience specialising in mobile gaming, with around 1m UK customers and over half a billion transactions on our proprietary m-gaming platform so far. It allows customers to play a variety of casino games including slots and Bingo! Games can be played on over 8,000 types of mobile phone from mid-1990′s Nokias to the latest iPhone and iPad devices.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/13/2012

Zynga Online Gambling Revenue Could be $5 Billion Claims JP Morgan

Zynga, which offers the largest free online poker site in the world, has gone all in with its push to offer “real money play” games.  JP Morgan claims that Zynga can potentially generate $5 billion in revenue after the company announced it was in conversations with interested parties to offer the “cash play” platform. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/26/2012

Zynga Adds Bingo Game to Facebook

Gaming powerhouse Zynga has just introduced a brand new Bingo game.

The new Zynga bingo game is played like traditional bingo, Where one tries to get five consecutive numbers in a row or all four corners.

Bingo is one of the most successful games in the real cash world of online gambling.  Its introduction follows news that Zynga is exploring opportunities to enter the real cash online gambling foray once the industry becomes legalized in the US.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/26/2012

Playtech Wants New US Partner in Bid to Lead Internet Poker Sector

Playtech, one of the leading software providers for the online gambling and Internet poker sector, revealed Tuesday it was in talks with a number of potential partners to begin offering legalized Web gambling in the United States. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/24/2012

Ontario Gets On Board Online Gambling Bandwagon

The Canadian province of Ontario has announced plans to allow legalized online gambling.

Government officials believe that the industry could bring in $100 million over a five year period.

Other provinces like British Columbia already allow Internet gambling for its residence via the Lottery.

“We want to . . . get this right the first time,” said lottery spokesman Tony Bitonti.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Dec/10/2011

With South Africa Deeming Online Poker Illegal: PiggsPeak Casino and Poker Shut Down

Long established online casino and poker room PiggsPeak has shut down following a court ruling in South Africa that makes online gambling illegal. 

The judge's decision states the gambling takes place where the play is, not where the gaming site's servers are physically located.

PiggsPeak and other online casino companies attempted to appeal a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court that declared Internet gambling illegal in the country.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/28/2011

World Wide Wagering Does Not Suspend Use of Alleged Rigged Online Casino Software (Correction)

A Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report last week claimed BLR Technologies offered rigged online casino software to its operators.

Tests studied as part of the article demonstrated that the BLR online casino software could be rigged.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review piece, “the software by BLR Technologies, based in Costa Rica, detects a player's bet and increases the chances of a losing roll”.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/20/2011

888 Holdings Sees Record Quarterly Rise

Publicly traded 888 Holdings, which runs the 4th biggest online poker room in the world, has reported a record quarterly high.

888 climbed as much as 5.3 percent, the most since August 30, before trading 2.3 percent higher at 33.75 pence as of 9:10 a.m. in London, according to Bloomberg News Tuesday. This gives the Gibraltar-based company a market value of 117.1 million pounds ($187 million).

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/01/2011

William Hill Shares Up: Claims Business Back to Normal

William Hill claimed operations were “back to normal” on Tuesday following a highly publicized walkout of its entire online staff based out of Tel Aviv, Israel, last week. 

Following a drastic drop in the company’s share price and one analyst even issuing an advisory, Will Hill saw a slight increase of 0.26 percent at GBP2.285 valuing the company at GBP1.6 billion.

Its staff in Tel Aviv and two satellite offices in Manila and Bulgaria walked out following reports they would be relocated to the company’s Gibraltar headquarters.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Oct/25/2011

Tel A-Heave Ho: Fish Feeder, Rabbi, Hairdresser on Books at William Hill Tel Aviv Office

The turmoil continues at William Hill following a mass exodus of employees in its Affiliates United Tel Aviv-based online support centre last week.  The company revealed on Monday that it had canned three of its managers based out of Israel. 

The support centre is 79 percent owned by Hill and 21 percent owned by its software provider, Playtech. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Oct/24/2011

William Hill Execs Locked Out of Their Own Office: Implosion Within, Shares Fall

The riff between William Hill and its Tel Aviv-based online support and affiliate center, Affiliates United, continued through the weekend following a mass employee walkout last Sunday.  Fewer than 20 employees reported back to work. 

The Affiliates United employees were told by a former manager of the support center that they would be relocating to William Hill’s Gibraltar base.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Oct/23/2011

DoubleDown Online Casino WildTangent Partnership Means More Virtual Cash, More Players

DoubleDown Casino has just entered into an arrangement with WildTangent to become the first online casino on the social gaming network.

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Aug/24/2011

Online Gambling Approved in Greece as Part of Reform Bill

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Deck Media, Slot-O-Cash Online Casinos Leave US Market…And Good Riddance

Yet more dramas for igaming companies who have targeted the US.

Submitted by Greg Tingle on, Aug/05/2011

Bubba Smith Dies and So Does His Online Casino

Charles "Bubba" Smith, who died Wednesday in Los Angeles at the age of 66, wasn't just a former NFL player who became an actor.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street Online Casino Game: 888 Warner Bros Agreement

888.com has entered into a licensing arrangement with Warner Bros. to develop online casino games around the popular horror film franchise A Nightmare on Elm Street.

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Submitted by Jordan Bach on, Jul/27/2011

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FanDuel New Jersey Sports Betting Probe: Company Refused to Pay Out on $82,000 Bet

Anthony Prince of Newark made $110 bet on Denver to win with a minute left in game at 750-1 odds and down two points

Matusow Wish for the New Year: 'Have @Potus Quit Tweeting Like A 3 yr Old'

Matusow Wish for the New Year: 'Have @Potus Quit Tweeting Like A 3 yr Old'

Poker pro Mike "The Mouth" Matusow makes no secret of the fact that he is a big supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump.  But at the conclusion of Rosh Hashanah, he wished the following via Twitter

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