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  • 10 December 2015

    Effectiveness of the PokerStars Boycott Questioned

    High stakes and high volume players on PokerStars staged a boycott for the first three days of December, and it's not clear how effective it was. While they definitely brought attention to their complaints, the main effect was in the high stakes games, and how much that effects the company or the general player pool is difficult to measure. Overall, it would seem that the timing was poor and that there are too many variables to determine its effectiveness.

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  • 10 December 2015

    GVC Holdings Vote Coming Over Bwin.Party Acquisition

    Big business deals happen fairly often in the online gambling industry, but there's been one this year that stands out among all of the rest. The acquisition of Bwin.Party by GVC Holdings was the result of a massive bidding war against 888 Holdings, and it was one of the most entertaining stories of the year from the larger industry as a whole. Now this is finally coming to a close since GVC shareholders are set to vote on accepting the acquisition.

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  • 10 December 2015

    Ukraine Unveils High Licensing Fees for Online Gambling

    The online gambling industry is interesting in that it's regulated in completely different ways in virtually every country on the planet. Ukraine has recently been working on legislation that would see them open up and regulate the industry as well, and the first indication is that the licensing fees and costs for doing business will be rather high. This is typically a bad thing for a jurisdiction for a variety of reasons.

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  • 10 December 2015

    Mobile Version of Mega Fortune Pays €8.6 Million

    The Mega Fortune progressive jackpot is running hot, it seems. Fresh off of a jackpot win worth about €4.5 million that was won a few weeks ago by a lucky Swedish player, another Swede has picked up €8.6 million on the same jackpot. However, this time it was won on the mobile version of the popular slot in a bit of news that shows mobile is definitely a mainstream part of the online gambling industry.

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  • 10 December 2015

    Mega Fortune Dreams Progressive Jackpot Triggered

    Progressive jackpot wins are the largest in the industry, and the Mega Fortune progressive jackpot is known for being one of the biggest. Until earlier this year, it had held the world record for the largest jackpot online that was ever won, and it wasn't beaten by much. Now a lucky player has nailed this jackpot on the Mega Fortune Dreams slot at Maria Casino. About the Win The big win on this online slot was worth SEK 42.1 million or €4.5 million.

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  • 10 December 2015

    DraftKings Sues Payment Processors for Pulling Service

    The drama just doesn't end for the daily fantasy sports industry. DraftKings has launched a lawsuit in Boston against Vantiv and Optimal, two payment processing companies, over a breach of contract issue after they pulled their services. This pull came after the New York Attorney General filed a cease and desist warning, which DraftKings is currently contesting in court. This comes down to the effects of the UIGEA, and that's an extremely complicated topic for daily fantasy sports companies.

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  • 10 December 2015

    Daily Fantasy Sports Companies Wait on NY Decision

    Daily fantasy sports have been having a really hard time over the past couple of months. It started off with a handful of states deciding that the service was against their online gambling and/or sweepstakes laws, and then there was the scandal. This scandal involved a DraftKings employee using inside information to pull six figures in winnings in one weekend at FanDuel.

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  • 07 December 2015

    PokerStars Targets Social Gaming Market With New App

    The Amaya Gaming Group has made a number of big changes since taking over PokerStars back near the middle of 2014, and they've expanded in several different directions in the process. They seem to be going after casual players after a new move has them unveiling their new Jackpot Poker game. This free play game will appear on iOS, Android and Facebook, and it's based primarily around their Spin & Go tournament format. It's aimed at casual players.

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  • 07 December 2015

    Cat Shelter Donations Gambled Online by Ex-Stripper

    There are really weird cases that happen a lot of the time, but it's hard to find one weirder than what's been going on in South Australia. A ex-stripper by the name of Nicky Hocking has been accused of using donations for her The Furry Ones cat shelter charity for online gambling. Her license for the charity has been suspended pending an investigation, and this investigation has already found a number of problems.

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  • 06 December 2015

    Jingle Bingo Online Room Launched by 888 Holdings

    Online bingo really ramps up in popularity around the holidays. Because people have so much free time in December away from their jobs and other obligations, there's a bit of an influx of individuals with plenty of time to get in on the action in online bingo rooms. 888 Holdings has decided to take advantage of that with the release of the new Jingle Bingo online bingo room. Game Offering The selection of games at Jingle Bingo will seem familiar to veteran players.

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  • 06 December 2015

    EveryMatrix Granted License in Denmark

    The way licenses are handled in Europe right now is complicated because each country handles regulation in its own way, and there are no unifying standards. This means that each casino operator or software company has to work towards getting a variety of licenses, and EveryMatrix has added to the list of licenses that they have earned by getting licensed in Denmark for offering online gambling services.

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  • 06 December 2015

    Details From Paysafe Group's 2009-2010 Hacking Released

    In the online gambling world, one of the biggest worries of players is that their personal and financial information will be hacked. That's exactly what happened to some degree with a handful of attacks that happened in 2009 and 2010, and these attacks were investigated in detail. A total of about 3.6 million accounts from Neteller and 4.2 million accounts from Skrill were affected in this data breach.

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  • 06 December 2015

    Sun Bingo Switching to Playtech's Virtue Fusion Software

    When an online gambling operator of any type chooses a software company to work with, it's typically for a long deal. Back in 2008, Sun Bingo relaunched itself using Gamesys software, and this was a pretty big deal at the time. That contract is apparently coming to an end because Sun Bingo has announced that they will be switching players over to the Virtue Fusion platform by Playtech. The Virtue Fusion Product Virtue Fusion is the online bingo product produced by Playtech.

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  • 06 December 2015

    PokerStars Could See Three-Day Boycott in December

    When the Amaya Gaming Group took over PokerStars in mid-2014, players knew that there would be some big changes coming because the acquisition was a part of a nine-figure deal. Changes came very swiftly for PokerStars players, as expected, and they added casino games and eventually brought on the StarsDraft daily fantasy league. They also announced a number of major changes for the rewards program in 2016, and many players have banded together saying that these changes are dishonest.

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  • 06 December 2015

    New NetEnt Content Deal Awarded to SoftSwiss

    This year has been a big one for SoftSwiss, but they're ending 2015 on an even stronger note with a new content deal. This deal will see Net Entertainment titles released on the SoftSwiss platform in another step by SoftSwiss to include third-party developers. This is the largest signing of the sort, and it goes to show that the growth SoftSwiss has seen has not been a fluke because one of the biggest names in the business is willing to work with them.

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  • 06 December 2015

    Certification in the UK Added to iSoftBet's Credentials

    Different jurisdictions hold different weights in the online casino industry. A license in Costa Rica, for example, is generally seen as little more than a rubber stamp, but a license in the United Kingdom is a really big deal. This all comes down to how the different jurisdictions are handled and how much credibility they have in terms of having solid rules that are enforced.

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  • 29 November 2015

    Betsson Affiliate Manager Hit With Money Laundering Charges

    The affiliate portion of the online gambling industry is important to understand as a player because it's supposed to be a mutually-beneficial relationship. The affiliate offers up a lot of helpful information that you can use to find a trustworthy place to play and maximize your chances of winning, and the gambling sites you are referred to give that affiliate a small piece of their profits in exchange for bringing players to their sites.

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  • 29 November 2015

    888 Partners With NYX Gaming for Content

    Different business deals are always going on in the online casino world, but the ones that seem the most important these days are when an established operator adds even more games through a new content deal. That type of arrangement has happened recently as NYX Gaming has seen its NextGen content added to the list of games that 888 has to offer. This is a good deal for both parties.

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  • 29 November 2015

    Yggdrasil Offers Up Nirvana Online Slot

    Mythology is a heavy word for a lot of people, but it's something that online slot providers have used as the inspiration for many of their games. Yggdrasil is no different, and they've recently added a new game called Nirvana that's based around three goddesses. This game is jam-packed with features, and it looks to be one of the biggest releases of the year for this software developer.

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  • 25 November 2015

    Estonian Chanz Casino Has Initial Launch

    One aspect of online casino play that's always been inferior to the land-based product is the social factor. A lot of people go out to play in land-based casinos to meet people and have a good time socially, and that's something that can't really be matched in most online casinos. However, a new site called Chanz Casino in Estonia is looking to buck that trend by taking advantage of how connected everyone is through social networking platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

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  • 25 November 2015

    Daily Fantasy Sports Giant FanDuel Forms Board of Advisors

    A new advisory board has been created for FanDuel, one of the two largest daily fantasy sports companies in the world. The board's express purpose is to help the company develop policy, but it's not hard to see that they're scrambling at this point to get as much positive publicity as possible after the scandals and other hits that the industry has taken in the past couple of months. Who is on the Board This board consists of a number of big names in sports and politics.

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  • 25 November 2015

    Realistic Games and Rank Interactive Sign Content Deal

    New content deals have been happening left and right lately, and there's yet another that affects Realistic Games this time. They've signed a deal that will have a lot of their content featured on the Bede software platform, one of Rank Interactive's key products. This includes all of their new games like the Super Graphics Super Lucky line, Fireworks, 6 Appeal and others. It's a cool deal that gives Realistic Games even more exposure.

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  • 25 November 2015

    BetSoft Now Providing Content for SlotsMillion

    SlotsMillion is an online casino that's known for having an overwhelming number of online slots. Their whole gimmick is this idea that they have more slots in one place than anyone else, and it's really the case since they have well over 1,000 titles. Thanks to a new content deal with BetSoft, that number's going to increase to even higher levels.

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  • 20 November 2015

    Illegal Operators Get Big Fines in the Netherlands

    In the Netherlands, the gambling regulator's name is Kansspelautoriteit, and they have thrown some pretty big fines in the direction of two companies, backers of RedSlots.com. The two companies in question are Bluemay Enterprises and Redcorp, and a further look into RedSlots.com has shown some shady claims about their payment processor Megaton Ltd.

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  • 20 November 2015

    BetSoft Pairs With CoinGaming.io for Bitcoin Releases

    When bitcoin's popularity really went through the roof in 2014, players and industry experts realized that the cryptocurrency could be used to fund deposits and withdrawals for online casinos. Bitcoin casinos sprung up afterwards, but a lot of them had limited software selections. This doesn't seem like it's going to be an issue for CoinGaming.io after a new deal with BetSoft will have them offering some of the best content in the industry today. Details on the CoinGaming.

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  • 16 November 2015

    The AGA Has Taken a Position on Daily Fantasy Sports Regulations

    The American Gaming Association has had what some would consider a questionable history when it comes to supporting online gambling in the United States. Because their primary backers are those involved with land-based gambling, it's hard to know exactly where their motives lie when they make statements about the online sector, and this includes daily fantasy sports. They've made some statements about DFS, and it seems like they're wanting to use it as leverage to expand sports betting.

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  • 16 November 2015

    New York Supreme Court Lawsuits for DFS Juggernauts

    Daily fantasy sports hasn't been doing so well over the past couple of months. After a scandal broke loose when a DraftKings employee used insider information to pull about $300,000 in winnings from FanDuel, they have been under fire from virtually every direction. After New York Attorney General Eric Sniederman pressed a cease-and-desist order on them, they have struck back with individual lawsuits in the Supreme Court of the state of New York.

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  • 14 November 2015

    Aussie Advertising Code to be Influenced by Watchdog

    Advertising for any type of gambling is an extremely touchy subject. On one hand, it's reasonable to think that businesses should be able to advertise their products and services so that they can gain more customers and remain profitable. On the other hand, gambling can be advertised in predatory ways, especially towards underage individuals and those with compulsive gambling problems.

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  • 14 November 2015

    Cease and Desist Letters Sent to DFS Giants from New York AG

    If you want to see how much regulation is needed for anything resembling online gambling in the United States, then you don't have to look further than what's happening for daily fantasy sports right now in New York. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has issues a cease-and-desist order against the two largest daily fantasy sports leagues, FanDuel and DraftKings, in a move that is questionable at best.

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  • 13 November 2015

    More Eliminations From the WSOP Main Event

    A few years ago, the World Series of Poker and ESPN came together to form the idea that later became known as the November Nine. The concept was that they would have the final table for the Main Event play out live on television several months after the rest of the tournament had already happened.

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