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  • 19 October 2015

    Russia Takes UIGEA-Like Approach Against Online Gambling

    The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in the United States, known as the UIGEA for short, absolutely crippled the industry by attacking the financial transactions for the sites in a way that was very difficult for players to get around. Now the Russian government is showing a lot of support for a similar bill that will have banks facing stiff fines and other punishments for processing payments for illegal online gambling.

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  • 19 October 2015

    Two Big October Promos Come to CyberBingo

    The month of October is all about getting in the spirit of Halloween, and that's exactly what CyberBingo is doing with a pair of big promotions. It starts with a simple costume contest. If you send end pictures of yourself dressed up in your costumes to play at CyberBingo, then you could win $100 cash as a reward for your efforts. Send in your pictures and wait to hear back to take part in this promotion.

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  • 19 October 2015

    Daily Fantasy Sports Called Out by UIGEA Author

    Daily fantasy sports has become the single fastest-growing segment of the online gambling industry in the United States over the past 12-18 months. Major sports teams have signed on to sponsor daily fantasy sports services, and so have major league and college sports leagues. This popularity isn't sitting well with everyone, and this includes the author of the UIGEA. Jim Leach has spoken out about this form of daily fantasy sports.

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  • 19 October 2015

    Florida is the Latest State to Take a Closer Look at Daily Fantasy Sports

    Daily fantasy sports is a particularly interesting issue in Florida because of the timing of the big FanDuel/DraftKings scandal coinciding with Florida ending a gambling pact with native tribes. The pact ending has caused politicians to want to examine gambling as a whole, and with daily fantasy sports being the hot topic that it is today, it's looking like DFS will be a natural part of that examination.

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  • 19 October 2015

    Aussie Gambling Advertising Laws Could Be Revamped

    Advertising for gambling is an interesting topic that really incorporates the balance between increasing outreach and the responsibilities that companies have to make sure they aren't targeting underage or problem gamblers. This is why oversight and self-regulation in the industry is really important. Otherwise, governments like Australia decide that they want to get involved, and that usually doesn't work out well for anyone whether it's the players or the companies themselves.

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  • 17 October 2015

    Steam Gaming Platform Target for Full Tilt

    Full Tilt Poker has recently applied to become a part of the Steam online gaming platform. This platform helps to put out games for online and computer-based play (as well as play through smart televisions), and it could lead to some pretty interesting situations if they're able to get included. We haven't really heard of any online gambling site trying to get in on a gaming network like this before, so it's really a new development in every sense of the word.

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  • 16 October 2015

    Avramidis Wins First WSOPE Bracelet of the Year

    No-limit hold'em is the most popular form of poker in the world, and it's been that way for a little over a decade. Several formats of the game exist, but tournament poker is where all of the fame and glory is at this stage in the game. The World Series of Poker Europe is a good opportunity to get both along with some major payouts, and a restaurant owner from Germany found out for himself with a big win and a bracelet.

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  • 16 October 2015

    World Progressive Record Confirmed Broken by Mega Moolah

    The Mega Moolah progressive jackpot hit not that long ago and broke its own record with a payout worth £13,213,838.68. This £13.2 million payout was the largest win on Mega Moolah ever, but as it turns out, it's also the largest win ever. This is the equivalent of €17.9 million, and that breaks the previous jackpot that was held by Net Entertainment's Mega Fortune online slot. Both games are the top jackpots for their respective software providers.

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  • 16 October 2015

    Ladbrokes Raises £1.35 Billion in Merger Funding

    It seems like 2015 has been the year of the merger, and the floodgates have really blown open with lots of different companies combining or being taken over, with the notable case of the huge bidding war over Bwin.Party being a good example. There's another merger on the horizon, and that's between Ladbrokes and Coral.

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  • 16 October 2015

    Self-Regulation Could Head Off Government Intervention in Sweden

    There are pros and cons when it comes to government regulation. One of the main pros is that the players get taken care of in better ways with fewer chances for companies to take advantage of them. However, there are also cons like the simple fact that government regulations can often overshoot the mark and paralyze the industry instead of keeping it safe. Companies in Sweden understand that on a major level, and they've begun certain amounts of self-regulation to try to keep this from happening.

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  • 16 October 2015

    EveryMatrix Taking Steps to Boost DDOS Protection

    Something that has been happening on and off in the online gambling world is the idea of hackers using extortion to try to get payoffs from online gambling sites behind the threat of DDoS (Distributed Denial of Services). The way these attacks work is that computers from all over the world that are under the control of these hackers try to access the site all at the same time.

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  • 15 October 2015

    Game Lounge Launches Additional Whitelabel Suomi

    In Europe right now, we're seeing more and more countries regulate the online gambling industry. As a result, different providers, operators and software companies are getting in on the action of building up a foothold in each individual country as much as they can according to their own strategic directives. This is happening in Finland as much as anywhere, and Game Lounge has launched another whitelabel (their second) called Suomi Casino in an effort to take advantage.

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  • 15 October 2015

    Halloween Howler by Slots.lv Offering $2,800 Promo

    The month of October is known for really starting off the beginning of the holiday season. The countdown to Halloween starts shifting the online casino world into that mode of thinking as well. The holiday season is so important for online gambling because it's when the most people are playing each year, so the promotions and special offers increase to match. Slots.

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  • 15 October 2015

    Daily Fantasy Sports Regulations Called on by Amaya

    The daily fantasy sports industry has been absolutely exploding in the past year, and one of the reasons why it's become so open in the United States is that it's not considered sports betting. It's also considered, for the time being, protected from the UIGEA thanks to a carve-out for fantasy sports. This rise in popularity has led to big deals with ESPN, major league sports teams and the leagues themselves, but a new scandal has the Amaya Gaming Group calling for regulation of the industry.

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  • 14 October 2015

    Rich Casino to Host Sin City Raffle During October

    One of the complaints that many players have about online casino promotions is that they largely consist of plain bonuses that can become boring after a while. Too much of a good thing can make it seem less special, and that's exactly what's happened to reload bonuses and other similar deals in the online casino world. Along these lines, Rich Casino standing out during October by offering a break from the norm with something special that players can really get behind with the Sun City Raffle.

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  • 14 October 2015

    Halloween Slots Special Fest Running in October

    During the month of October, four online casinos are coming together to offer a major slots promotion. The Halloween Slots Special Fest at Winward Casino, 7 Spins, 21 Dukes and Rich Casino will give you a chance to earn tournament points through your real money play, which can then be used to pick up a piece of a prize pool worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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  • 14 October 2015

    A Pair of Huge Slot Wins at SkillOnNet Break €300,000 Mark

    The mobile side of the online casino industry has been getting bigger and bigger over time, and what we're starting to see is that more huge wins are coming via mobile than ever before as a result. SkillOnNet-powered mobile casinos paid out a couple of major wins recently, and these wins combined were worth over €300,000. One of these was actually the biggest single-spin payout ever awarded at a SkillOnNet casino, mobile or not, and that's impressive as well.

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  • 09 October 2015

    New Sportsbook Platform Launched by William Hill

    Advances in software platforms every so often are extremely important for any online gambling operation. William Hill knows this as much as anybody, and that's why their new Trafalgar platform is exciting, even if it's not all that surprising.

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  • 09 October 2015

    White Hat Launches Reel Island Online Casino

    Online casinos have evolved over the past two decades, and the entire history of the industry has been about pushing forward and coming up with new ways for players to get in on the action and have a great experience. The new Reel Island online casino, owned by Flip Gaming, is the newest online casino powered by the White Hat Gaming platform.

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  • 08 October 2015

    Yet Another DDOS Attack Targets WPN

    A ploy that we've seen in recent years against different types of online gambling sites is hackers holding up events for a virtual ransom, costing operators tons of money. The Winning Poker Network has been the target of attacks like this in the past, and they saw another big loss tied into a big tournament overlay related to yet another DDOS attack. This attack and others like it are forcing people in the industry to rethink security on multiple levels.

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  • 08 October 2015

    Report Says Wearable Technology Right for Online Gambling

    Technology and the gambling world are connected in a way that's impossible to overestimate. Whenever a new technology becomes available on a wide-enough basis, people inevitably want to gamble on it, and that demand becomes filled. It started back in the mid 1990s when Internet connections became widespread, and it continued in the early 2000s when mobile devices started having better graphic capabilities and their own Internet connections. Now it's continuing with wearable technology.

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  • 08 October 2015

    eCOGRA Approved by Portuguese Regulator for Testing

    eCOGRA is known for being one of the most important independent entities in all of online gambling. Right now, their Safe & Fair Seal is considered to be the single most-important certification that an online gambling site could have. Portugal's new regulator SRIJ has recognized this, and now they've made a deal where they will be using eCOGRA as a testing company. This is a great deal that will definitely help the industry as a whole in Portugal.

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  • 08 October 2015

    Another Set of Full Tilt Payments Are Being Issued

    On April 15, 2011, an event happened in the online poker world that's been dubbed Black Friday. This event had to do with US federal indictments against a number of the top online poker rooms in the world including PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. The Rational Group, owner of PokerStars, made a deal with the Department of Justice to purchase Full Tilt Poker and pay off the balances for all of their players since Full Tilt didn't have the funds to do so on their own.

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  • 08 October 2015

    Casino Rewards Wins Advertising Standards Case

    One of the problems with Internet gambling is that it opens up the door for underage gambling on certain levels if things aren't policed properly. While it's not necessarily easy for a 14-year-old boy to sign up and play for real money online, it's a lot easier than walking into a land-based casino and passing yourself off as being of legal age.

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  • 08 October 2015

    Major Growth for Online Gambling in the Czech Republic

    The Czech Republic does not currently license or regulate the online gambling industry in any meaningful way. That will probably change sooner rather than later because of a new report that has come out of the nation's capital of Prague that shows that virtually all sectors of the online gambling industry are expanding. This is especially true for the mobile casino sector, a part of the industry that's seeing major growth all over the world.

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  • 03 October 2015

    A New License Seal is Now Required for NJ Online Sites

    Something that New Jersey online gambling sites have run into is the simple fact that there are a lot of foreign operators who are still going after their customers. In an effort to help players who would be confused about which sites are licensed and which are not, New Jersey's Directorate of Gaming Enforcement will now be requiring licensed sites to show a specific seal on their websites.

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  • 03 October 2015

    New Financials Have Been Posted for Bet365

    Operating in Europe as an online gambling business is especially tricky right now. There have been a number of major changes to how regulation works in different countries, especially in the United Kingdom with a completely revamped tax system over the past year, and new changes are happening in various countries all of the time. It's not enough that a business has to keep up with all of these changes or face penalties but taxes and fees are generally increasing faster than profits can keep up.

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  • 03 October 2015

    Growth Has Changed After China's Policy Changes

    If you look at Eastern Asia as a whole, you'll see that gambling is growing as a whole. However, China is no longer leading the way here thanks to new policies that have come on the back of discoveries of corruption and other factors. The basic idea is that they have strong regulations now that prevent a lot of the high stakes gambling that was going on, and this gambling has moved to other markets.

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  • 03 October 2015

    Tipico Sportsbook Possibly For Sale

    In the online sports betting world and horse betting world, we've seen some pretty incredible changes to the overall landscape in the past six months. Different buy-outs and bidding wars have heated things up. There was a massive bidding war that led to the purchase of Bwin.Party by GVC, and there was also the big Paddy Power-Betfair deal that was accidentally spoiled on Twitter by a joke from a social media worker who didn't even know there was a deal in place to begin with.

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  • 03 October 2015

    New Records Set by the 2015 WCOOP

    No matter what type of online poker you play and no matter what stakes you play at, the World Championship of Online Poker at PokerStars is probably on your radar. It happens around this time each year, and it give players a chance to take part in dozens of major events, either as a player or a spectator. Tons of big name pros come out to duke it out and take a piece of a total eight-figure prize pool.

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