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  • 16 February 2016

    New Deal With SBTech Distributing Content From Quickspin

    With the nature of today's online casino environment, content distribution deals are an extremely important part of the growth of modern casino software companies. Quickspin is a good example of a company that's worked hard to provide high-quality titles to their players through distribution deals like these, and their newest deal with SBTech is a good example of that.

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  • 16 February 2016

    First Web Casino, Owned by Jackpot Factory, Closing

    According to emails that have been going out to players, First Web Casino will be closing its doors this month. This is one of the original nine casinos launched by the Jackpot Factory group, once known for being one of the most important companies to operate online casinos in the world. This closure will leave them with only four casino sites left out of those original nine, and they include names that were among the most well-known around five years ago.

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  • 16 February 2016

    Yggdrasil Could Be Getting a Gibraltar License

    In the online casino world, there are tons of different jurisdictions for licensing. Because there are no unifying, global standards, some jurisdictions naturally become known for being more trustworthy than others based on how strict their rules are, how well those rules are enforced and how well they work with the regulatory bodies from other jurisdictions. Gibraltar is one of the best in the world, and Yggdrasil has taken a major step forward by applying for their license here.

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  • 08 February 2016

    Microgaming Earns Guinness World Records Jackpot Spot

    One of the biggest stories of 2015 was when a player by the name of Jon Heywood broke the world record for the largest online slot win. His payout was worth a whooping EUR 17,879,645.12 million in October, and he's received his official plaque for winning. Microgaming was also awarded a plaque since they are the ones who developed the game that he won on, Mega Moolah. How the Win Happened Mega Moolah is Microgaming's largest progressive jackpot slot.

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  • 08 February 2016

    Bill for Online Poker in New York Gets Traction

    The situation with online poker in the United States is extremely tricky. Because the game is unlikely to be regulated on a national level, it's up to the states to regulate things one at a time. New York has been one of the states putting up the most resistance to regulating the industry, but a recent development has put players in a position of being a bit more hopeful than before.

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  • 06 February 2016

    Microgaming Announces Deal for Jurassic World Slot

    In the world of online slots, Microgaming is known for bringing some of the biggest brands in television and film to the reels. One of their biggest releases was Jurassic Park, based on the hit movie by the same name, and they've acquired the rights to produce a Jurassic World slot as well. This was the fourth-highest grossing movie in history up to this point, so it's clear that there's going to be a huge audience.

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  • 06 February 2016

    CURO B.V. Sanction From Netherlands Sends Clear Message

    The Netherlands has been in an interesting situation over the past couple of years as they've taken a series of steps towards creating a regulated online gambling environment. There had been questions until recently about whether or not they would really push back and offer sanctions against companies that facilitated unregulated online gambling in the country.

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  • 06 February 2016

    Vantiv to Suspend Daily Fantasy Sports Payments

    For the past six months or so, daily fantasy sports have been dealt setback after setback in what seems to be a series of dominoes that are taking their sweet time in falling over. For about 18 months, the top DFS providers got a ton of attention through aggressive marketing tactics and sponsorships and deals with everything from ESPN to major league sports teams. After a scandal broke last fall, they've seen a lot of negative attention as well. The Most Recent Developments Vantiv Inc.

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  • 06 February 2016

    BingoSKY $50,000 Coverall and Other Big Events

    Online bingo always seems like it's in the shadow of other sectors of the industry, especially the online casino sector. One of the things that has created this difference is that the casino side of things tends to be more aggressive with promotions and advertising. BingoSKY doesn't subscribe to that particular viewpoint, however, because they're always coming out with something big for their players. The beginning of 2016 is no different.

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  • 06 February 2016

    Spike Games to Launch Alice Cooper Slot

    Something that we've seen a lot of in the past year is emphasis on rock stars as being the centerpieces for online slot releases. This push started back in the first quarter of 2015 when Net Entertainment announced that they would be releases a Guns N Roses-themed slot in 2016. This was such a huge announcement that other software providers starting following suit, making plans for their own rockstar-themed games. The upcoming Alice Cooper slot seems to be Spike Games' attempt to do the same.

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  • 28 January 2016

    An ISP-Level Gambling Site Block Could Come in Sweden

    For a long time, Sweden has a been a country that's been known for having policies geared towards keeping Internet access as open as possible. When the government tried to block access to The Pirate Bay, one of the most popular piracy sites in the world, courts rejected it because it wasn't allowed under Swedish law. Now we're facing a similar incident over unregulated online gambling sites.

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  • 28 January 2016

    Foxy Bingo Showcases New Television Advertisement

    Tricycle is a London-based agency for advertising, and they have been handling the advertising for Foxy Bingo for the past nine years. This month, they've launched a new television ad that's reminding a lot of people of the Grand Budapest Hotel. They've already said that the movie was the inspiration for the ad, and it has Foxy being followed by cameras through her own Foxy hotel.

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  • 28 January 2016

    Largest Mobile Jackpot Comes in For Playtech

    Playtech is no stranger to offering up huge jackpots, but they've recently broken their record for the largest mobile jackpot out there. They did this on Gala Bingo, of all places, when a lucky player from Scotland nailed a €5.89 million payout. This was achieved on a spin worth just €4, and that's a tremendous payout. This win was the largest payout ever on a bingo site powered by Playtech, and it's also the second-largest mobile jackpot that they have ever paid out.

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  • 28 January 2016

    Russia Could Legalize Internet Poker Games

    In the past, Vladimir Putin has expressed an interest in legalizing online poker because of the sport and competition elements of the game. A lot of industry experts assumed it most likely wouldn't actually happen, but they could have been mistaken. Business Insider published an article recently that builds a pretty strong case for Russia being about to legalize the industry instead of carrying on with the current ban.

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  • 28 January 2016

    Major Problems for Online Sportsbook GR88

    The GR88 online sportsbook seems to be having some major problems, and it's become very concerning. For more than two weeks, there has been no activity at the site since their website says they are down for maintenance, but there's been no announcement or response of any kind when it comes to figuring out when (or if) they'll be back up and running. Previous Problems GR88 is a site that's been known to have some problems for a bit of time now.

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  • 28 January 2016

    Huge Vera&John Casino Winner Worth €1.7 Million

    In the online slots world, progressive jackpots are responsible for the largest prizes. A lucky player by the name of Lars was able to find this out with first-hand experience after a big win on the Hall of Gods progressive slot. This jackpot was worth €1,682,473, and it's one of the biggest wins of the year so far in the entire online casino world. About the Big Win Something that's really important to point out about this win is that it came on a spin worth just €0.40.

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  • 21 January 2016

    Irritated High Stakes Players Meet With PokerStars

    One of the tools that online poker players have is boycotting and organizing sit-out protests. Several years ago when France first introduced legislation for regulating the online gambling industry, they set the rules for taking a rake in online poker games so high that it made no sense for anyone to play them. A big boycott and sit-out protest on the French-facing PokerStars site was enough to get the attention of officials and to get those rules changed.

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  • 21 January 2016

    Slotland Launches 10s or Better Video Poker

    In the world of video poker, Jacks or Better is the most basic game. Every other title is based on it in one way or another, but 10s or Better is probably its most closely-related cousin. Slotland has added their own 10s or Better game as their most recent addition to their lineup, and it shows that they're looking to expand on their selection of non-slot titles in the new year. The Importance of Variety When it comes to video poker, variety is extremely important.

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  • 21 January 2016

    Daily Fantasy Sports Not Allowed Says Maryland AG

    Over the past few months, there have been a lot of questions about the legality of daily fantasy sports in multiple states. The Attorney General for New York sent a cease and desist letter to major companies like FanDuel and DraftKings, and they also hit some resistance from the AG in Illinois. Now the Attorney General of Maryland Brian Frosh has stated that it's not allowed under existing laws in the state. Where to Go From Here From here, Frosh has suggested one of two things.

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  • 19 January 2016

    Lots of Attention is Being Given to Match-Fixing in Tennis

    One of the realities of sports betting, just like any other form of gambling, is that it opens up opportunities for cheating to beat the house and take down a lot of money. In sports betting in particular, there are well-known methods to fix matches, and along these lines, there are well-known methods for identifying suspicious behavior.

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  • 19 January 2016

    Daily Fantasy Sports May or May Not Be Illegal in Texas

    Daily fantasy sports have come under fire in New York from their Attorney General, and the biggest names in the business were forced to make a deal with the AG from Illinois after she determined that the events were illegal in that state as well. The Attorney General in Texas, however, is taking his sweet time with coming out with an opinion on the matter.

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  • 17 January 2016

    Mr Green Casino Gets Two New Manager Figures

    Having a strong team with a lot of skill and experience is very important in any type of business, but in the online gambling world, it can be the difference between being wildly successful and being a complete and total failure. Mr Green Casino is used to being one of the top names in the business, so it's no surprise that they've recently filled two manager positions with some excellent talent. The New Head of Casino The Head of Casino position was filled by Andrew Crosby.

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  • 17 January 2016

    Timetable for Betfair-Paddy Power Merger Announced

    In the past 24 months, we have seen some absolutely huge acquisitions and mergers in the online gambling world. The biggest one of 2016 could already have a timetable set after an announcement was made on the merger of Paddy Power and Betfair. This merger has been officially given the green light by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. Now, they expect the merger to be complete on February 2, 2016. What This Merger Means This merger means two things for their stock.

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  • 15 January 2016

    Evolution Gaming Signs Deal for Ultimate Texas Hold'em

    Live dealer games are an extremely fun way to get in on real casino action without having to go through all of the hassle of actually going to a land-based casino. Table games on these platforms offer players a compromise between the real games they see in land-based establishments and the convenience of playing in an online casino. Evolution Gaming's own live dealer product is getting a new addition thanks to the Ultimate Texas Hold'em game provided by Scientific Games.

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  • 15 January 2016

    New DruckGluck Ads Feature German Celebrity Reiner Calmund

    Advertising for online gambling is a pretty interesting subject. In some countries, it's not regulated at all, and in other countries, it's not even allowed. Germany has some regulations on how their advertisements are handled, but they are allowed to run them on television and other forms of media. Recently, German online casino site DruckGluck.de has been featuring new television ads that use celebrity Reiner Calmund as the focus in an interesting move.

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  • 15 January 2016

    SkyVegas Player Earns £2.4 Million on Sky Millions

    One of the biggest things to get the most attention in the online gambling world is progressive jackpot wins, particularly those attached to slots. The basic idea of a progressive jackpot is that a portion of every bet is added to the jackpot until someone wins. From that point, it's restarted with a pre-set value, and then it runs up again until there's another big winner. The SkyVegas title Sky Millions, produced by NYX Interactive, paid out a large jackpot recently along these lines.

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  • 15 January 2016

    American Tribal Groups Hit the International Casino Expo

    Each year, the biggest event for the casino industry is the International Casino Expo, or ICE for short. In this year's event, there are a number of tribal groups coming to London from the United States to seek out new opportunities. Already confirmed are the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, the Arizona Indian Gaming Association and the National Indian Gaming Association. These groups are known as OIGA, AIGA and NIGA, for short.

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  • 15 January 2016

    Big Lottery Jackpots, Powerball Jackpot, Keep Growing in the UK and USA

    In a bit of really interesting timing, some of the USA's and UK's biggest lotteries have built up to massive levels at the same time. In the United Kingdom, the jackpot of the National Lottery kicked up over the £66 million level, a record for that game. Over in the United States, the Powerball built up to $949.8 million. However, no won hit the winning numbers, so it rolls over yet again to an overwhelming $1.3 billion. This is the largest lottery jackpot in the history of the event.

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  • 09 January 2016

    Daily Fantasy Sports Giants Make Deal With Illinois

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan was asked by the legislature recently what her opinion was on the legality of daily fantasy sports in the state. She said that her opinion was that it was illegal. DraftKings, in turn, made a deal with the state that will allow them to continue to operate there until a hearing in June that will determine the legality of the contests.

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  • 09 January 2016

    The Greek Online Licensing Process Has Been Cleared

    Over the past few years, we've seen the online gambling industry change quite a bit. What was once a wide open industry with little to no regulation has seen many individual countries make moves to regulate the industry on their own terms. Greece has recently joined them after efforts from the Greek parliament led to the Deputy Finance Minister giving the go-ahead. Terms and Conditions of the Deal Right now, there are 24 operators who have been issued temporary 36-month licenses.

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