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  • 03 October 2015

    Poker Central Set for October Launch

    It's really interesting to see how poker has waxed and waned over the past decade and a half. The big poker boom started around 2003 when Chris Moneymaker took down the World Series of Poker, and it started to crash in late 2006 when the UIGEA cut the legs out from under the online poker market. It was further hammered in 2011 with the Black Friday event, but a new television channel shows that poker could be in the middle of a big comeback.

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  • 03 October 2015

    No Changes for Upcoming Australian Gambling Review

    Elections have a funny way of creating big shifts in politics and the direction of certain aspects of policy, but that's not the case for the upcoming online gambling review in Australia. When Christian Porter was running for the Minister of Social Services, he held the review of Australia's approach to the industry as an important part of his platform, and he's sticking to that now that he's been elected.

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  • 03 October 2015

    Microgaming's European Live Dealer Games to be Handled by Evolution

    Live dealer games are a pretty important part of today's online casino environment. They offer players an alternative to the normal online casino experience by tying in elements of playing in a land-based casino. These elements include playing games with real deals who spin a real roulette wheel or deal games with real cards. It also adds a social factor to the game since you can interact with your dealer and the other players.

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  • 03 October 2015

    Oculus Announces Wearable Computer

    Oculus is known primarily for its virtual reality products, and now they're coming out with a wearable computer. This device is expected to start at $99, and it's expected to have immediate support for Facebook, Twitch and Netflix. This company is owned by parent company Facebook, so it's obvious that it will have their integration, and that leads the way for social gaming and other types of gaming to be integrated as well.

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  • 02 October 2015

    RAWA Supporters Could Attempt Another Tactic

    A new approach could be coming from supporters of the Restoration of America's Wire Act. They could impose what's known as a moratorium for two years that would effectively stop states from legalizing online gambling. The idea is that this would give Congress time to study the issue, and even though it would be a massive blow to states' rights, it's still something that's on the table, and it's much more likely to pass than the full-fledged RAWA bill.

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  • 01 October 2015

    GBGC Announces Report on Virtual Sports Betting

    Virtual sports betting is something that critics have pointed to as being ridiculous, but a new report by the Global Betting and Gaming Consultants (GBGC) based out of the Isle of Man shows that it's very much on the rise. In the tenth edition of their Global Gambling Report, they've shown that the pressure to increase profits due to higher taxes from regulation has made many operators look for new types of betting, and virtual sports betting is one of those channels that they're looking to.

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  • 30 September 2015

    Realistic Games Signs LeoVegas Mobile

    Over the past 18 months, we've seen NYX Gaming really start to push forward when it comes to making big deals with companies and expanding the reach of their OGS platform. This is their content distribution platform that is the main point of their expansion, and they've signed deals with tons of different operators in that time. Their latest signing is for LeoVegas, a mobile games operator that has been getting a lot of attention lately on their own.

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  • 30 September 2015

    Opposition for RAWA Starts Piling Up

    Lots of different organizations have started lining up against the Restoration of America's Wire Act, a proposal that could see online gambling banned on a federal level. Among other things, it would seek to officially change the ruling on the Wire Act to ban all forms of online gambling instead of just betting on sports. A somewhat surprising number of groups and organizations have chimed in on the issue.

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  • 30 September 2015

    NYX Inks Deal With Royal Panda for OGS Platform

    The games that an online casino offers used to be determined by exclusive contracts from major software companies. The way this worked is that a site would agree to be an operator for a single software brand, and they would only carry titles for that brand. This approach doesn't fly anymore, and casino operators want to be able to offer games from a lot of different providers. We've seen this over and over again, and we're seeing it now with Royal Panda Casino.

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  • 30 September 2015

    HollywoodBets Sponsors South African Team

    Gambling is an extremely complicated topic in South Africa. A part of that has to do with how dynamic some of the political changes have been from one party and administration to another and how wildly their viewpoints can vary. In a move that's sure to shake things up, a South African cricket team has received a sponsor that few would have guessed would happen, but now the realities of the situation are going to unfold, and it's going to be super interesting to see what happens.

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  • 30 September 2015

    Sweden Online Gambling Reform Coming

    Regulation for online gambling is a particularly interesting subject on a global level because so many different countries handle things in so many different ways, and there's not really any unified concept of how it should be handled specifically. Sweden has been adopting a model for a while based on a government-backed monopoly through a company called Svenska Spel, but like most other attempts at this type of monopoly in this industry, the approach has not been working.

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  • 25 September 2015

    PokerStars Opens Betting on WCOOP Event

    The World Championship of Online Poker at PokerStars is considered to be the single-largest online tournament series ever, and it's broken records for the largest prize pools for tournament series and individual events online. This year, there's a Super High Roller event with a $51,000 entry fee that is expected to attract a crowd of well-known players that will see a ton of spectators.

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  • 25 September 2015

    Launch of Kaboo Casino Announced

    Online casinos have been looking for different ways to give players unique experiences for a long time. Many of the key features that we take for granted today like a live chat support option and an instant play/no download casino platform were originally put into place to try to gain a competitive advantage over everyone else.

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  • 24 September 2015

    The Final Rose Slot Added to Bodog Mobile

    Bodog Casino is known for having a ton of different games from a variety of software providers. This wide range of titles on multiple platforms (desktop, mobile and instant play) has been one of the key factors in their huge popularity. They've recently added yet another title, this time to their mobile platform, and this new game is The Final Rose by Genesis Gaming. This game follows a bunch of men who are gunning for the hand of the focus of the game, the bachelorette.

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  • 24 September 2015

    LeoVegas Makes Six-Figure Winner From Tiny Bet

    The dream for every online slots fan is to hit a big win without having to break the bank in the process. That's exactly what happened to one lucky player who was able to run up a win worth more than £100,000 with a bet worth less than £1. This is a good example of winning a life-changing sum of money on a single spin of an online slot, and it happened at LeoVegas.

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  • 23 September 2015

    CyberBingo/BingoSky Bringing Two Major Promotions

    On Saturday, September 26, bingo fans are going to really want to log into CyberBingo because of their incredible Lucky $13,000 Guaranteed Event. Starting at 8 pm Eastern, players will be able to enter the Bingo Tourney room with three different warm-up games that are worth $1,000 guaranteed apiece. These will happen every hour, on the hour, leading up to the main game at 11 pm.

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  • 23 September 2015

    Upcoming Crazy Vegas Immortal Romance Tournament

    Crazy Vegas Casino knows as much as anyone that players like different types of events that test their luck and skill. With their Monthly Monster event, they have a different game that they choose each month for players to fight over €1,000 in prizes. This is a great way for players to get in on the action with slots, games that are typically seen as a player against the house, and instead, they're able to go head-to-head to see who has the best run at the game during that particular period.

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  • 23 September 2015

    Unibet Finishes Acquiring iGame

    Since the beginning of the year, and even as far back as the middle of 2014, we've been seeing a lot more mergers and purchases in the online gambling world than we've probably ever seen before. Lots of companies have been executing extremely strategic purchases recently, and it's creating a situation where a lot more connections have to be remembered than ever before. The latest of these is the purchase of iGame by Unibet that was finalized in the past week.

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  • 23 September 2015

    Six-Figure Bovada Casino Win for Alexander D

    Winning streaks and big jackpots are what the online casino world is all about, and it's every player's goal to hit the right combination of luck and skill at the right moment that allows them to take home some major winnings. This is what happened to a player who goes by Alexander D when he was playing at Bovada Casino. He ran up winnings on a great streak that lasted across three different games.

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  • 23 September 2015

    Intertops Player Goes on $300,000+ Winning Streak

    One of the things about the online casino world is that most of the big winning streaks and jackpots come from the slots side of things. There are two main reasons for this. First, there are more slots than every other type of game combined. Second, the payout structures of some slots are set up so that large payouts are the vast majority of the value that players can get from the overall pay schedule.

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  • 23 September 2015

    Betit Launches Kaboo Casino and Others in Beta

    Something that you don't see all that often in the online gambling world is a true beta release. Usually all of the bugs are worked out before a game goes to market, but this is only true because it's relatively easy to catch all of the problems in a single game as a unit.

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  • 23 September 2015

    Daily Fantasy Sports Hearing Called For in Congress

    It's no secret right now that daily fantasy sports represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the online gambling market. It's gained more steam in the United States over the past 18 months than most forms of online gambling ever had, and more states have started making decisions about the legality of the game. Now there could be an upcoming congressional hearing on the subject as well. The Need for the Meeting Congressman Frank Pallone Jr.

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  • 17 September 2015

    California Daily Fantasy Sports Regulations Proposed

    There has been a pretty fierce battle going on in California over the online poker industry for the past few years, and a bill supporting it has failed once again because of political issues between racetrack operators, native tribes and other groups. The same person who proposed the poker legislation Assemblyman Adam Gray is behind a new proposal to regulate and provide licensing processes for daily fantasy sports sites to operate in the state.

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  • 17 September 2015

    First Legal Poker Tourney in Norway Ran by Amaya

    The Amaya Gaming Group has made a number of big strides for poker since taking over PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker last year. One of their brands is Global Poker Tours Ltd, and they have announced that the 2016 Norweigian Championships for poker will actually be held in Norway this year for the first time ever. It's been held overseas for over 12 years in a variety of other countries including Ireland, Latvia and England.

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  • 17 September 2015

    Playtech's Teddy Sagi Strong on Israel Wealth List

    In the online gambling world, Teddy Sagi is a big name when it comes to the business side of things. He has had strong ties with Playtech for a very long time, and he is currently their principle shareholder. Sagi is known for making a lot of major deals in different industries, and his deals so far this year have seen him almost double his net worth. This has shot him up on the list of the most wealthy individuals in Israel, and he is currently in the number six spot on the list.

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  • 17 September 2015

    PokerStars Accepting Mexican Deposits Through Oxxo

    In recent news, PokerStars will now be accepting deposits through a partnership with a major convenience store chain in Mexico. The name of the chain is Oxxo, and it has over 13,000 different locations as one of the main chains in the country. Because the banking system is so restrictive, especially with foreign transactions, this represents a much-needed viable option for players who want to get in on the action with the largest poker site in the world.

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  • 17 September 2015

    William Hill Rolls Out Priority Access Card

    Payments are a big part of what makes an online casino or other type of online gambling site reliable, and William Hill has taken a step to make their cash outs even easier with their new priority access card. The way this pre-paid Mastercard works is that it links directly to a player's account to provide immediate access to funds through the card. Players can use this card normally like they would any other pre-paid credit card to have the funds deducted from their William Hill balance.

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  • 17 September 2015

    Mt. Gox CEO Charged by Japanese Authorities

    At one point in time, about four-fifths of all bitcoin exchanges were handled by Mt. Gox, then the top exchange by far for bitcoin transactions. Having what seemed to be such a solid operation taking over such a large portion of the market helped the cryptocurrency to gain a lot of attention with huge fluctuations in its value. This all came crashing down when the Tokyo-based company was accused of fraud and a number of other crimes.

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  • 16 September 2015

    Bodog Adds New Event Horizon Slot From BetSoft

    The clash between video slots and classic slots is something that fans have seen going on for over a decade, and BetSoft is well aware of this dichotomy. Their Event Horizon game takes advantage of the tension between these two types of games by offering a bit of a crossover. It has elements of both three-reel and five-reel games, and Bodog Casino is happy to be adding it to their lineup. Format and Layout The format of Event Horizon is five reels with three rows.

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  • 16 September 2015

    Caesars Entertainment Fined $9.5 Million in Penalties

    Money laundering is something that's often tied to gambling because of how relatively easy it can be to launder money through gambling establishments. This is largely due to the cash nature of the business and how casino chips are mixed up and traded back and forth during games. Different casinos have to adhere to rules that help to prevent money laundering, and Caesars Entertainment found out the hard way that they weren't doing enough with a $9.5 million penalty.

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