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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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    • 09 January 2016

      New EveryMatrix-Global Bet Partnership

      One of the most important things for a provider of an online casino platform is to offer up a sufficient number of high-quality ways to bet. For casino operators especially, having a lot of great games is one of the most critical things they can do to bring in new players. EveryMatrix knows the importance of this, and that's why they've made a new deal with Global Bet that boosts the number of games they're able to offer. Virtual Sports From Global Bet

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    • 08 January 2016

      Golden Tiger Ad Deemed Misleading According to UK Authority

      Wagering requirements are a part of life for online gambling bonuses, and they're in place to keep people from abusing the promotions. These requirements are annoying to some, but they allow the sites to keep running bonus offers in the first place. Without them, they would become a source of such overwhelming losses from players who had no intention to actually bet in the games that they simply wouldn't be able to run the offers. Advertising Standards

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    • 08 January 2016

      Wisconsin Pushes for Legalized Daily Fantasy Sports

      Over the past six months or so, daily fantasy sport contests have been a segment of the industry that has gotten a lot of bad press and a lot of bad news. They saw a ton of rabid expansion in late 2013 and early-to-mid 2014, and that expansion brought a lot of attention to the contests. At this point, a number of states have decided that these events go against their laws for online gambling, and more than one state has had their Attorney General declare DFS illegal in their borders.

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    • 08 January 2016

      Boosted Italian Market Penetration for NYX Gaming

      One of the effects of the new era of regulation for online gambling in Europe is that business deals have become strategic for different reasons. Now companies have to try to maneuver to gain ground in individual markets because of how each country has their own form of regulation.

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    • 08 January 2016

      Fruit Shop Touch Winner Picks Up $122,000 at Royal Panda

      Big wins come all through the year, but a lot of people are surprised that Royal Panda Casino has already paid out a whooping six-figure win. This win came on the Fruit Shop Touch slot, the mobile version of the regular game, when a lucky player scored $122,289. This is a major slot win to start off 2016. A History of Big Wins Royal Panda has a history of big wins. Back in July 2015, one player nailed his own six-figure win less than 24 hours from the time he first signed up at the site.

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    • 06 January 2016

      Philippines Hosts High Roller $200,000 Poker Tournament

      Something that started happening a few years ago in the poker world is the concept of the high roller tournament. The basic idea was to have tournament buy-ins of $25,000 and $50,000 to thin the field and offer an atmosphere that consists more of the elites battling it out than thousands of people hoping to get a good run of cards. The Super High Roller $200,000 event in the WPT National Philippines Festival of Poker, however, is even bigger than that. Why Have High Roller Tournaments?

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    • 06 January 2016

      Three California Betting Bills for Consideration

      The Government Oversight Committee of the California state legislature has put a lot of emphasis and priority on a hearing that's happening on January 6. The point of this hearing is to look at legalizing intrastate online poker along with the same for sports betting and daily fantasy sports. One of the bills is the Internet Fantasy Sports Game Protection Act, and it was introduced back in September. Future of Daily Fantasy Sports

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    • 06 January 2016

      Lucky Irish Woman Gets £100,000 Christmas Surprise

      Lots of people from all over the world go shopping in the weeks and months leading up to the end of December for a variety of holidays and occasions. One lucky woman by the name of Stephanie Harkin decided to pick up a scratch card while she was out shopping for a school festival, and this Northern Irish 28-year-old picked up a big £100,000 payout for a surprise Christmas present. Popularity of Scratch Cards

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    • 06 January 2016

      Regulators Watching Adelson's Newspaper Takeover

      Sheldon Adelson's family recently bought up the Las Vegas Review-Journal for a total of about $140 million. Because he has gambling businesses running in both Pennsylvania and the state of Nevada, Adelson is going to be subject to monitoring from gambling regulators over this transaction. The justification comes from the fact that regulators reserve the right to look into transactions like this from the News & Media LLC that's owned by Adelson's family. The Potential Problems

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    • 06 January 2016

      A Big 888 and William Hill Merger Could Be Coming

      The online gambling industry has seen a lot of activity in the past year when it comes to major mergers and acquisitions. There have been lots of takeovers, purchases, buyouts and mergers that have completely changed the face of the industry and where the top companies rank relative to each other. One of the big mergers everyone has been expecting is one between 888 and William Hill, and it'll be interesting to see if it happens. Record-Setting Deals

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    • 06 January 2016

      DFS Decided to Be Illegal by Illinois Attorney General

      Daily fantasy sports providers have been hit left and right by unfavorable opinions by Attorneys General lately, and the one from Illinois just adds to that list. Illinois AG Lisa Madigan gave her opinion lately that DFS is illegal in the state after being prompted to the question by figures in the legislature. This is an interesting way to get to this opinion, however, considering that the AG in New York recently did the same thing, except he did it of his own volition. What will Happen Next?

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    • 27 December 2015

      Sports-Based Partnership Between NBC and Yahoo Continues

      NBC Sports and Yahoo have had a deal for a while that sees them combining Yahoo's daily fantasy sports product with NBC Sports' video library and other promotional services. This partnership is interesting because of the synergy that the two entities create since they complement each other so ridiculously well. They also show that they're both betting on fantasy sports to continue to be popular, and this is interesting timing considering the hot water the industry has been in lately.

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    • 27 December 2015

      Cherry Group Purchased Moorgate Media, NorgesSpill

      The online gambling world sees business deals happen all the time with one company buying another or selling a part of itself to another business. These frequent deals introduce a lot of strategy in terms of how business is done, and the Cherry Group seems to have this strategy down to an art form. They've recently picked up two different companies for two different reasons with Moorgate Ltd. and NorgesSpill.com, and it's interesting to see how these deals complement Cherry's current operations.

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    • 27 December 2015

      UK Gambling Licensed Awarded to Yggdrasil Gaming

      Yggdrasil Gaming has made a name for itself in the past few years. They've been coming out with very high-quality content that players love, and they've made a lot of deals to have their games distributed through a lot of different channels. All of this momentum has been punctuated in a major way here in the last month of 2015 by gaining a license from the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. This will allow them to offer their own platform and their games to players from the UK.

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    • 23 December 2015

      London Stock Exchange Receives Paysafe Group

      It might sound strange to some people from places like the United States, but there are tons of online gambling companies that are publicly traded. These companies are viewed as being just as legitimate as any other business, chiefly because they are. However, the main market for the London Stock Exchange, just like the main markets for many other stock exchanges, is still the place to be, and that's where the Paysafe Group is headed. About the Move

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    • 23 December 2015

      Amaya Finally Launches BetStars Daily Fantasy Site

      In the online gambling world, the biggest thing that's come out over the past two years is the push for the daily fantasy sports leagues. The Amaya Gaming Group has decided to throw their hat into the ring with their BetStars brand in a strategic move that could pay some massive dividends. The whole situation is complicated for a number of reasons, in particular because they have only opened their doors to a very select number of jurisdictions. Amaya's Strategy

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    • 17 December 2015

      UK Bookkeeper Gets Jail For Gambling With Stolen Funds

      There are cases every single year of people stealing to gamble, and that's just a part of the industry that seems like it will never go away. If you look at a recent case out of Maidstone in the United Kingdom, you'll find a 57-year-old grandmother who has received jail time for 40 months for stealing from her employer. She stole a total of £913,000 from Tara Plant Hire and an additional £33,000 from Steadfast Carpentry.

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    • 17 December 2015

      A New European Disputes Platform is Coming

      One of the issues that we run into in the online gambling world is that there are no unified standards. It can be difficult enough to get politicians in a single country to agree on rules and regulations, so it's easy to see how it's nearly impossible get multiple countries to come together. However, that's exactly what's happening in February 2016 with a new European Online Dispute Resolution platform that will be called ODR for short. Initial Delays

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    • 14 December 2015

      Paul Sorvina Stars in New Poker Movie: Cold Deck

      There are a handful of gambling-related movies that have become classics. Rounders is the greatest poker movie of all time with Matt Damon and Ed Norton, and the older Cincinnati Kid is a classic as well. There have been multiple attempts to create new films based on gambling themes, especially poker, but none of them have really gained the steam behind them that those two films did.

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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. The Problem With the Boycott

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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. Satisfying Shareholders

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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. A Ukraine National Gambling Regulator

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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. How the Jackpot Was Won

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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. The Spin & Go Format

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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. The Problems With the Furry Ones

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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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