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  • 19 January 2015

    South Africa to Consider Online Gambling Proposal

    Geordin Hill-Lewis, South Africa’s Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry, is gearing up for what will be another of his already multiple attempts to convince South African Parliament that legalizing and regulating online gambling in the country is the right thing to do.

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  • 12 January 2015

    Poland to re-target unlicensed activity

    Poland’s Ministry of Finance recently signalled its intent to step up the fight against unlicensed gambling over the Internet. Anna Wietrzynska-Cio?kowska and Rafa? Burda from DLA Piper’s Warsaw office analyse the context and the various options available to the Ministry. The last couple of weeks have seen an increasing number of messages emanating from the Ministry of Finance concerning the intensification of its struggle against unlicensed gambling on the Internet.

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  • 12 January 2015

    NextGen Announces Psycho Themed Slot

    Australian online betting firm NextGen Gaming has announced that it will be launching a game later in the first quarter that is based on the Alfred Hitchcock classic “Psycho”.Psycho is a 5 reel, 25 payline video slot that features a theme on the film and not the newer series Bates Motel. The game will also feature Free Spins, Win Multipliers, and Wild Symbols.

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  • 12 January 2015

    GamCrowd Gambling Incubator Launches

    Internet gambling crowd funding site GamCrowd.com has announced that they have launched a new incubator service.The new service will offer a variety of resources to companies who are fresh-starts while also offering assistance with crowdfunding. In return for these services, start ups will have to give up equity in their business.

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  • 12 January 2015

    New Net Entertainment Powered Casino Launches

    A new online casino opened its doors this week as BetSpin.com launched its site.BetSpin is powered by Net Entertainment, and is primarily focused at the Nordic betting market. The casino is owned by Candid Gaming, and veteran operator Guts.com has a 25% stake in the operation. In addition to the casino games, BetSpin is reportedly planning to launch a sportsbook in the near future.

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  • 09 January 2015

    Denmark to Ease Off a Bit on Gambling Tax Returns

    Politicians in Denmark have approved a change to gambling tax returns for operators, changing the reporting period from weekly to monthly moving forward.The change was made to ease off on time and costs for the Danish Gambling Authority, who will now tally taxes in the middle of the month instead of on a weekly basis. Other changes are reportedly coming as well, with Denmark potentially set to adjust licensing fees, but no hard information has been obtained to verify that claim.

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  • 09 January 2015

    German Blackjack Player Sentenced For Unlawful Online Gambling

    A German blackjack player was sentenced for taking part in unlawful internet gambling, resulting in a fine for the man.Details on the German player have not been revealed by the German courts, nor has the casino that provided the games, but the case was revealed by German authorities as a way to help keep players from illegally playing games.The punter ended up winning more than 200,000 Euros playing blackjack, and ended up withdrawing the money in 5 large chunks.

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  • 09 January 2015

    Player Sues Oregon Lottery and Gaming Firms Over Auto-Hold

    A punter from Oregon is suing the state lottery and gaming giants IGT, GTech, and WMS over what he claims is a mis-characterization over auto hold buttons on a series of video poker machines.Justin Curzin is suing the Oregon Lottery over the matter, in which he claims the state and developers are allowing punters to use the auto hold feature on video poker machines under the guise of believing that the button gives players the best move in order to maximize chances of a win.

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  • 08 January 2015

    Bitstamp Bitcoin Exchange Hacked

    European Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp has announced that they have been hacked, resulting in a loss of roughly 19,000 Bitcoins valued at $5.3 million USD. Bitstamp claims it was attacked over the weekend, causing one of their operational wallets to be looted. The company is urging their customers to refrain from depositing until the investigation into the matter is completed.

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  • 08 January 2015

    Bwin Updates Foxy Bingo Site and Mascot

    Internet casino group bwin.party digital entertainment has announced that its Foxy Bingo subsidiary has been revamped with a new look and feel, while also bringing in a new look for its furry mascot. The upgrade to the site includes 60 new games and an easier to use platform. The company’s mascot Foxy also got an upgrade, donning a purple suit to bring a hipper look.

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  • 08 January 2015

    Net Entertainment to Release New Slot Steam Tower

    Internet gambling software Net Entertainment has announced that it will be releasing its newest video slot Steam Tower in February.Steam Tower is a steampunk video slot that features 5 reels and 15 paylines, and includes Free Spins, Win Multipliers, and Stacked Wilds. In the game players will attempt to climb a tower to battle a dragon and save a princess.

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  • 03 January 2015

    1x2 Gaming Releases New Slot “Gods of Olympus”

    Internet gambling software 1×2 Gaming has released its newest video slot “Gods of Olympus”.Gods of Olympus is a 5 reel, 20 payline video slot that features an Ancient Greek theme as well as various slot features such as Free Spins, Win Multipliers, and a progressive jackpot that can be won. The game is being presented in Flash format, but an HTML5 version is also in the works.

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  • 22 December 2014

    Microgaming to Release “Big Kahuna” Mobile Slot

    Online gambling software company Microgaming has announced that they are planning to release a mobile version of their “Big Kahuna” slot early next year.Big Kahuna is a 5 reel slot with a jungle theme and filled with features such as Scatters and Wilds. The game is set to be compatible with Android, Apple, Windows, and Blackberry devices.

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  • 22 December 2014

    Isle of Man to Grant Relief to Gaming Operators

    The Isle of Man has announced that it will be granting a bit of tax relief to operators serving the UK gaming market by allowing them to claim Double Duty Relief in order to avoid being double taxed on gaming operations.The move is meant to ease the transition of gaming operators, who are now subject to taxation in the UK should they service punters there.

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  • 18 December 2014

    Yggdrasil Releases New Slot Draglings

    Malta based internet gambling software Yggdrasil Gaming has announced the release of their newest video slot “Draglings”, which is now live at casinos offering the developer’s games.Draglings is a 5 reel, 20 payline game that pays out left to right and right to left. The Mystical theme is supplanted with bonus features such as Free Spins, Expanding Wilds, Spreading Wilds, Special Wilds, and Traditional Wilds.

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  • 18 December 2014

    Russian Government Cracks Down on Gambling

    The Russian parliament has decided to begin cracking down more on illegal gambling in the country, instituting severe punishments on establishments that offer illegal bets. To date the country has mainly focused on busting up large operations, but the country’s government has recently passed a law which will penalize online and mobile operators for conducting illicit gaming activities. Fines can range up to 1 million roubles and carry a prison sentence of up to 2 years.

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  • 18 December 2014

    DDos Attack Postpones America’s Cardroom Tournament

    An attack by a hacker group disrupted an America’s Cardroom poker tournament this week, causing the company to cancel its Winning Millions tournament until February.The issues arose when hackers deployed a Distributed Denial of Service attack on America’s Cardroom, which flooded the site with false traffic, taking the tournament offline in the process.

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  • 16 December 2014

    Vera&John Leaves Canada

    Internet casino Vera&John has announced that it is leaving the Canadian betting market with immediate effect, surprising the players and affiliates who supported the casino.The announcement was made in an email to players and affiliates, notifying them of the closure but reassuring them that all money owed will be paid in full.

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  • 13 December 2014

    Gambling Addict Has 440,000 Euro Debt Wiped Out

    A habitual problem gambler has won a court case in Austria against developer Novomatic, which will see his 440,000 Euro debt to the gaming company wiped out. The gambler won the case after a psychiatric evaluation revealed that the man had a gambling problem, and that his weakness was exploited by Novomatic placing slot machines outside of actual gambling establishments. The gambler had racked up debts of 800,000 Euros in the past, although the win will undoutedly wipe out a good portion of that.

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  • 13 December 2014

    SkillOnNet Adds Evolution Live Games

    Internet gambling platform company SkillOnNet has announced that it has signed a deal with Live Dealer developer Evolution Gaming, and will offer their games as a result.As a result of the deal Evolution’s Live Dealer games will be available as an option for SkillOnNet’s clients to choose for their betting games. All of Evolution’s games are included in the deal.

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  • 13 December 2014

    Net Entertainment's The Invisble Man Slot Goes Live

    Months after it teased its The Invisible Man slot, Net Entertainment has released the game to its casino partners.The 5 reel game is based on the Universal monster movie from 1933, and sees punters testing their luck on the 20 paylines. Features in the game include Free Spins, Wilds, Re-Spins, and two bonus rounds “Griffin’s Rage” and “Police Spins”. Players looking to test the game can do so at any casino offering Net Entertainment’s gaming library.

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  • 13 December 2014

    Restoration of America's Wire Act Fails in Congress

    US politicians have declined to attach the Restoration of America’s Wire Act to the CRomnibus spending bill, which will be used to fund the government next year.There had been widespread speculation that House Republicans would attach the bill in an attempt to appease gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson, who donated heavily to their campaigns this year. Fortunately, that speculation turned out to be false, and it appears that the RAWA will not be discussed until next year at the earliest.

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  • 13 December 2014

    Microgaming Teases Upcoming Slot "Gung Pow"

    Internet gambling software company Microgaming has announced that they will be releasing a new slot next month called “Gun Pow”, which features a Chinese New Year theme.Gung Pow is a 5 reel, 243 Ways to Win video slot that includes Free Spins, Wild Symbols, and wins of up to 90,000 credits.

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  • 10 December 2014

    Casino Saga Adds Play’n GO Games

    Interactive online betting site Casino Saga has announced that it has signed a content supply deal with gambling software developer Play’n GO, and will offer their games as a result. Casino Saga is a Malta licensed online casino that includes RPG elements and leveling systems, and will add Play’n GO games to its library. Games making the transition include Gemix, Crazy Cows, Golden Ticket, and more.

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  • 10 December 2014

    BetEasy and Crown Resorts in Sportsbetting Agreement

    Australian land casino firm Crown Resorts has announced that it has signed a deal with online sportsbetting firm BetEasy to help develop its online sportsbetting presence. Details on the deal have not been made available by either firm, but the deal is certainly a coup for BetEasy, which was purchased earlier this year and beat out several larger companies such as Sportsbet, William Hill, and TAB to secure the bid.

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  • 07 December 2014

    Chinese Lawmaker Believes Macau Needs to Diversify

    The Chairman of China’s Basic Law Committee Li Fei has told the media that he believes Macau’s economy is too dependent on gambling and is at risk of suffering hardship due to political events on the mainland. Speaking to the press Fei said, “One must not focus on economic growth and tax revenue alone when looking at Macau’s overall well-being, given the close connection between its economy, especially the gaming sector, and the [Chinese] mainland.

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  • 05 December 2014

    Isle of Man Responds to UK Online Gambling Tax Changes

    The head of the Isle of Man’s online gambling regulatory body has voiced his opinion on the UK’s point of consumption tax for online gambling, saying it will have little impact on businesses based on the Isle. Peter Greenhill said that most of the players using companies based in the Isle of Man are from outside of the UK, meaning that there will be little impact on the operators present.

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  • 05 December 2014

    Microgaming Releases Game of Thrones Slot

    Isle of Man based gambling software Microgaming has announced that it has launched an online slot based on the HBO hit television series Game of Thrones. The game is a 5 reel, 243 Ways to win video slot that features Free Spins, Win Multipliers, Wild Symbols, and more. Bonus features are based on the four Houses in the show, and are slightly different as a result.

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  • 27 November 2014

    Yggdrasil Gaming to Provide Games to Casino Room

    Online casino software Yggdrasil Gaming has announced that it has signed a content supply deal with operator Casino Room, and will provide its games as a result.As a result of the deal Casino Room will get all of Yggdrasil’s games, which include Winterberries, Jokerizer, Casino Zeppelin, and more.Commenting on the deal Yggdrasil Gaming CEO Fredrik Elmqvist said, “Gamification is absolutely essential in today’s online casino marketplace.

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  • 27 November 2014

    Miami Club Now Available on Mobile Devices

    Internet casino Miami Club has announced that it has developed a mobile site that makes the casino playable on smartphones and tablets.The WGS powered casino has ported over a series of their slots and table games to the mobile site, which can be played on Apple, Android, and Windows devices.

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