04 January 2012Calvin Ayre's Predictions for Online Gambling in 2012
What’s in store for 2012 and online gambling? Most would say based on what happened previously that no one could really know what to expect. Calvin Ayre, founder of Bodog.com however thinks he may have the answer. In a press release earlier, here is his predictions for online gambling in 2012 according to Mr. Ayre.Read full article
02 January 2012New Jersey Taking Last Shot at Online Gambling
State Sen. Raymond Lesniak wants one more chance. On the heels of the U.S. Department of Justice clarification that in-state online gambling will not violate the current Wire Act, Lesniak is pushing for a bill legalizing online gambling in his state of New Jersey.His goal is to have a bill on Governor Chris Christie’s desk as early as next week. He wants to New Jersey to take advantage of this new ruling quickly and become the national leader in online gambling.Read full article
29 December 2011Top Online Gambling Stories of 2011
From losing processors, federal indictments and opinions reversed, it has been and interesting year in online gambling. Here is a list of what we think are the top ten stories of 2012.10 – eWalletXpress Has Money Seized – Turns out that this was more than a rumor.9 – eCogra Under New Management – eCogra is no longer owned by online gambling companies.8 – Online Gambling in New Jersey Vetoed – There were many attempts by states to pass online gambling laws, this one came the closest.7 – U.S.Read full article
26 December 2011U.S. Department of Justice Reverses Stance on Online Gambling
Merry Christmas U.S. online gambling!! Last week, right before the Christmas holiday was to begin, U.S. online gamblers got the best present of all. The Department of Justice had changed its stance and is now stating the Wire Act of 1961 only applies to sports betting. Back in July, Senators Harry Reid and Jon Kyl as well as Illinois and New York ask the DoJ to clarify its position regarding online gambling and poker in regards to the Wire Act.Read full article
23 December 2011Nevada Approves Online Poker Regulations
To some this may be a case of “here we go again.” Nevada however is trying to position itself to be an important cog if the U.S. takes the leap and legalizes online gambling. As the debate is growing in Congress, Nevada voted to become the first state to allow online poker. Thursday, Nevada approved rules that would allow companies to apply for licenses to operate a poker website in Nevada.Read full article
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20 December 2011Absolute Poker Co-Owner Pleads Guilty
There has been a plea from one of the three online poker companies following last Aprils U.S. federal indictments. Brent Beckley, co-owner of Absolute Poker, pleaded guilty today in a Manhattan Federal court. The charges were conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud as well as conspiracy to violate an Internet gambling law. All related to the deception of U.S. banks over processing online gambling proceeds.Read full article
18 December 2011Bodog is now Bovada: How Poker Players Will Be Affected
It seems all the speculation has been proven true: Bodog is re-branding for US-players. Since the Bodog Brand licensing agreement with the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group expires at the end of 2011, MMGG will no longer be operating under the Bodog name or the www.bodog.eu website. As of today, the operation-formerly-known-as-Bodog is now branded as Bovada. What does this mean for the thousands of online poker players loyal to Bodog? Essentially nothing.Read full article
17 December 2011Bovada is the new Bodog: What It Means For Affiliates
The Bodog rebranding for US-players is less a result of an identity crisis and more one of necessity. As the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group loses its licensing agreement with the Bodog brand at the end of the year, they are maintaining operations under a new name and website to create seamless continuity for its US players (and your affiliate information). That being said, affiliates need to be aware of a few changes in the affiliate program offered by MMGG.Read full article
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15 December 2011Bodog.eu is Now Brovada.lv and Accepts US Poker Players Online
In July a major announcement was made by Bodog Poker to leave the U.S. market. The announcement was made not long after the DoJ’s handing down of indictments to the major U.S. facing online poker sites. Today, Bodog announced that their Bodog.eu will now be rebranded as Bovada Poker and will be accepting U.S. online poker players. The new website will be run by the former license holders for Bodog in the United States, Morris Mohawk Gaming Group (MMGG).Read full article
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11 December 2011Ontario Inching Closer to Online Gambling
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. have sent out a request for proposals from online gaming companies to seek help in running an online gambling operation in Ontario. The move could bring in an estimated $100 million over five years and says that $450 million is annually wagered over the web by Ontarians. There are several provinces already in the online gambling market and according to lottery spokesman Tony Bitonti “we want to . . . get this right the first time.Read full article
09 December 2011Not Everyone Sure Online Gambling is Safe
Nevada and in particularly Las Vegas is pushing to regulate online gambling either within the state or on a national level. Many U.S. land based casinos are already making partnerships with online gambling companies to get ready for what they hope is the inevitable passing of some kind of U.S. regulations. Not everyone however seems to be on the online gambling bandwagon.Read full article
05 December 2011Commission Study Shows $60m in Online Poker Revenues in Iowa
A new study in Iowa by the Racing and Gaming Commission projects if lawmakers choose to legalize online poker within the state, operators could make between $13-60 million dollars a year. The report goes on to say that if poker operators would be levied the same tax level that is currently being levied to most of the state-licensed riverboats and racetrack-casinos that the state gambling revenue would increase $3 million and $13 million annually.Read full article
03 December 2011Bodog Debuts Anonymous Poker Tables
Bodog Poker’s new software creates a new realm of online poker with a whole host of new features, including their revolutionary anonymous online poker tables now featured site-wide. Bodog’s own Jonas Odman emphasizes these measures as necessary to create fair and fun environment for players of all levels. “We’ve shown before that we are not afraid of controversy by changing the way rakeback was viewed and starting to black data mining sites,” says Odman.Read full article
30 November 2011Online Gambling Will Miss Barney Frank
One of online gambling’s biggest supporters has announced he will not seek another term in office. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) announced that he will not seek reelection in 2012.In 2006, Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in a last moment add-on to must pass legislation. This angered Rep. Frank and ever since he has fought for online gambling and has sponsoring of several pieces of legislation to legalize and regulate online gaming in the United States.Read full article
29 November 2011Online Gambling Companies Complain to EU over Greek Law
A complaint has been filed by online gambling companies with the European Union (EU) regulators against the new Greek revenue-raising law. The new law, according to the complaint would hinder betting firms who would want to start services in Greece.The European Gaming and Betting Association which represents some of the big names in online gambling including Bwin.Read full article
19 November 2011DOJ May Have Deal in Place For Sale of Full Tilt Poker
According to a Thursday article on CNNMoney, a deal was reached between Groupe Bernard Tapie (GBT) and the US Department of Justice. The article claimed that this deal was brokered by the DOJ and cleared the way for GBT to purchase Full Tilt Poker. The article however was taken down quickly after it was put up.An article on CBS news however has also posted an AP story that also claims that a preliminary agreement has been reached with prosecutors.Read full article
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17 November 2011European Parliament Agreed on Online Gambling Resolution
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14 November 2011More Online Gambling Meetings Scheduled This Week in Congress
With one online gambling Congressional meeting done, a house panel plans to look deeper into the issue starting this week. The issue at hand is internet gambling and the efforts to legalize online poker.The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade has set a hearing Nov. 18th according to officials, there has not been a list of speakers released as of yet.The last subcommittee session last month talked about legalizing, regulating, and taxing online poker.Read full article
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08 November 2011Gaming Policy Committee Revived in Nevada
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02 November 2011MGM Resorts Announces Alliance with Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment
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31 October 2011German Online Gambling Proposal Criticized
The rules for online gambling in Germany are changing and though it seems that Germany is relaxing its grip a little, it is not far enough according to the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and some of Europe’s largest online gambling operators. Currently 15 of the 16 German States have a adopted a policy that will follow the French model that taxes all bets at 5%, far lower than the originally planned 16.67%. The total allowed licenses will also increase from the current 7 to twenty.Read full article
25 October 2011Internet Gambling: Is there a fair bet?
Internet Gambling: Is there a fair bet? – That was the name of the hearing today by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trades. Hopefully this was another step towards regulating and legalizing online gambling in the United States. Some like Poker Players Alliance chairman and former Sen. Alfonso D’Amato (R-N.Y.) say it is inevitable. “The status quo is badly broken and benefits no one,” D’Amato said.Read full article