• Gambling News

    • 03 October 2013

      Poker Stars Bets Big With New Resorts Casino Poker Room

      If the chips fall how they would like, PokerStars is coming to Atlantic City in a big way. As part of its Internet partnership with Resorts Casino Hotel, the international poker powerhouse will spend $10 million creating a PokerStars poker room at the land-based casino.“As soon as the license is in hand, they’re ready to start building,” said company rep William J, Pascrell III, in a recent Press of Atlantic City article.

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    • 03 October 2013

      Day 3: How Government Shutdown is Impacting Online Gaming

      The first day of the government shutdown, the American Gaming Institute issued a statement saying it was “actively monitoring the situation and will provide updates when warranted” to its gaming industry colleagues.The statement also outlined how the shutdown would affect gaming-related activity, from how TSA would still keep the airports and land borders operational to the gaming-related functions at the Department of Treasury.

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    • 16 September 2013

      888 Holdings and Golden Gaming Get Preliminary Thumbs Up

      A marketing agreement between Golden Gaming and Gibralter-based 888 Holdings has been given preliminary approval last week, allowing tavern operators to offer their customers online poker through a website that will also include Treasure Island. The marketing agreement includes the following:

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    • 14 September 2013

      Nevada Presses Forward With Interstate Gambling

      On Wednesday, Nevada took its first step toward its goal of offering online poker to residents of other states. After two of its largest slot machine manufacturers, International Game Technology and Bally Technologies, petitioned the state’s gaming commission to allow multijursidictional progressive prizes, the Nevada Gaming Control Board conducted a proposal workshop meeting to suss out regulatory and technical scenarios.

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    • 12 September 2013

      Atlantic City and Internet Gambling: If you build it, they will come.

      The oldest casino market on the East Coast is getting some international attention lately, and it’s not just because of its curvy boardwalks and old school good looks. “No matter what you say about it, Atlantic City is still a $3 billion market,” said Vince Crandon, a managing director of MidOil USA, in a Press of Atlantic City article.

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    • 04 September 2013

      Mobile Online Gambling Gets Another Player in Nevada

      South Point Hotel Casino Spa became the fourth company in Nevada to launch a mobile wagering app on Tuesday, September 3rd. The service is available at five Nevada locations, four of which are in the heart of Las Vegas. The other three companies to do so are Cantor Gaming, Station Casinos, and William Hill.Available for Android and Apple phones and tablets, the app is a free click away.

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    • 04 September 2013

      Churchill Downs Considering Expanding Online Offerings; 50 new $100K jobs possible

      According to the Courier-Journal.com, Churchill Downs Inc is thinking outside the track when it comes to its online wagering potential. The 138-year-old race track that began the tradition of the Kentucky Derby recently received approval and tax incentives from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority to add up to 50 employees as part of a $4 million expansion. The jobs would be contingent on state or federal government approval of online gambling.

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    • 31 August 2013

      New Jersey Regulators: 37 Online Gaming Applications Received So Far

      The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement said it has received a total of 34 new applications for Internet gambling licenses by Monday’s deadline. This is in addition to the three companies that were previously licensed by the state.

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    • 29 August 2013

      Delaware launches first phase of online gambling

      The first phase of Delaware’s online gambling initiative took place on Wednesday morning when the state’s three casinos opened their Internet portals for free online slots, poker, roulette, and blackjack games. These free, or play money, games are the first step towards having full-service, real-cash online gambling in Delaware by the end of October 2013. The launch comes one month later than originally forecasted.

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    • 21 August 2013

      Mobile Gaming Gets More Players

      The number of people playing real money games on their mobile devices is growing, and so is the number of companies willing to provide the technology. Nextpeer is one of the newest to join the software development fray. A start-up out of Isreal, Nextpeer specializes in enabling multiplayer gaming for games already out on mobile devices. Developers can integrate Nextpeer’s code into their game design to allow players to play against current, new, and worldwide friends.

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    • 07 August 2013

      888 Holdings Jumps The Pond; Bringing Brand of Online Poker to NJ

      The Jersey shore just welcomed another guest.London-based 888 Holdings PLC has announced it has agreed to partner with Caesars Interactive Entertainment, leveraging its years of experience to gain a foothold in a potentially massive US online gambling market. “We are extremely well positioned in the US and are working with the regulators in Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey as these three states become ready to open,” CEO Brian Mattingley delivered in a statement.

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    • 07 August 2013

      PokerStars Moves On; Gives Up Bid to Buy Atlantic Club Casino

      It’s official. Any possible relationship between the Rational Group (parent company of PokerStars) and the Atlantic Club is over.The decision delivered this weekend after months of fighting in and out of the courtroom. “We are no longer pursuing an acquistion of the Atlantic Club,” said a Rational Group spokesman in an emailed statement.The Rational Group had originally signed on  to purchase the Atlantic Club for a scant $15 million.

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    • 01 August 2013

      Ultimate Poker Gets Thumbs Up from Regulators

      With over 9.1 million online poker hands under its belt, Ultimate Poker gained the final approval by the Nevada Gaming Commission to operate an online poker website. It is currently the only website in Nevada that is eligible to do so. Ultimate Poker is the baby of Ultimate Gaming, which is owned by Station Casinos. It started its field trial on April 30th to prove to regulators that it can meet state regulations on interactive wagering.

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    • 31 July 2013

      Love at First Launch: NJ Casinos Partner with Technology Providers

      All 12 of Atlantic have notified the Division of Gaming Enforcement of their intention to offer online gambling, with ten of them also announcing partnerships with outside online firms. As you can imagine, applications don’t mean instant licensure; each applicant will undergo an extensive background investigation and be held to the state’s regulatory requirements for an Internet gaming license. Here’s a quick list of the casinos and their current software providers:

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    • 31 July 2013

      Zynga Keeps Focus On Social Gaming; Abandoning Real Money Games in the US

      It’s hard to make money farming these days, even whether it’s in the Corn Belt or in Farmville.In a recent analyst conference call, Zynga’s chief operations officer, David Ko, announced that the company has decided to focus its U.S. endeavors on its social gaming and casual audience core, and not invest in real money online gambling.

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    • 27 July 2013

      Caesars Prepares to Enter Nevada and New Jersey Online Markets

      Caesars heads full force into the world wide web of real money online gambling. At its helm is Geoffrey Stewart, a global-management-consultant-turned-general-manager of Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s social gaming business and real money Internet gaming operations. A rather lengthy title for someone who is only 34 years old. In his previous role at Bain & Co, Stewart had advised companies involved in technology and consumer products.

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    • 25 July 2013

      Nevada Representative Calls for Online Gambling Hearing

      This week, Dina Titus, a Democrat Representative from Nevada, urged the chairman and the ranking member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to hold a hearing regarding the current state-by-state legalization of online gambling.

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    • 23 July 2013

      Bodog vs PokerScout: Ongoing Privacy Battle

      The Bodog Poker Network continues battle with PokerScout, an online poker traffic reporting site. The battle with PokerScout, and other sites like it, isn’t a new one. Bodog Poker has waged a public campaign for years on behalf of the recreational poker player. It claims sites like Poker Scout benefit online poker grinders and sharks, who are a small percentage of the player base Bodog caters to and attracts.

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    • 18 July 2013

      "Social Gamification" and What It Means For Casinos

      A recent article from VentureBeat.com shared the unveiling of a startup company, BlueBat, and what it intends to introduce to big box casinos. Its product, BlueBox, is all about “social gamification”, the ability to get landbased casinos to move into the world of social games. Based in Vancouver, BlueBat aims to get casinos and online gambling software developers to work together to snag a larger piece of the customer pie.

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    • 20 June 2013

      High 5 Games Acquires Electrotank; Expands Real Money and Social Game Line-Up

      On Monday, High 5 Games and Electrotank, Inc revealed that High 5 Games will acquire all of Electrotank’s intellectual property and assets. The two companies have worked together closely in recent history to move some of High 5’s landbased games into the Facebook sphere.

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    • 19 June 2013

      DoubleDown Casino Jumps on the PlayPhone Wagon

      Playphone, Inc announced yesterday that it would be making DoubleDown Casino the newest addition to its social gaming network. DoubleDown Casino, one of the most popular free-play social casino game platforms, reports that over six million active players are engaged in its 30 different games. Owned by IGT (International Gaming Technology), Double Down Casino gleans most of its players from Facebook and other mobile sites.

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    • 19 June 2013

      Bally and iSoftBet join forces expand European market

      This week Bally Technologies, an American company specializing in gaming machines, casino management, and server-based systems for the international gambling industry, announced it was teaming up with ISoftBet, the leading provider for online casinos in Europe with a current portfolio of over 400 games.

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    • 12 June 2013

      Caesars Interactive Collects EA Shares of WSOP; Expands Social Poker Offering

      This week Caesars Interactive Entertainment, the Montreal-based subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment, announced it was designating a social poker development studio to grow its play-for-fun World Series of Poker franchise through its Playtika division. Caesars acquired Playtika in 2011 as a way to broaden its social gaming platform, and now Playtika is responsible for all of CIE’s social and mobile gaming.

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    • 06 June 2013

      Louisiana Dips Its Toes Into Online Gambling

      Louisiana’s House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation that would investigate the viability of online gambling in The Pelican State. It’s next destination is the State Senate.“It’s not a matter of if; it’s just a matter of when it’s going to happen, “said Mike Huval, the representativewho introduced the measure.

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    • 04 June 2013

      Ultimate Poker Karma: WSOP Has Accidental "Soft Opening" of Real Money site

      Ultimate Poker may be the only fish in Nevada’s online poker sea at the moment, but the sharks are circling. And these sharks come with lasers. One month out of the gate, Ultimate Poker has experienced the strains, pains, and gains of any new online enterprise. Social media instantly aired early successes and dirty laundry with equal fervor, and the competition was quick to comment on any bad press. Like Ty Stewart, for example.

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    • 03 June 2013

      Bwin.party forges ahead with Nevada online poker licensing

      Despite comments made by its CEO last month, Bwin.party is moving forward with its application to operate online poker websites in the state of Nevada. Norbert Teufelberger had previously said that the company had decided “not to operate in Nevada”, choosing instead to focus on New Jersey, which had approved gambling legislation that made all types of online gambling available. Bwin’s attorney, Frank Schreck, clarified the statement.

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    • 24 May 2013

      Is Online Gambling the Answer for New Jersey?

      As the most populated of only three states that have legalized online gambling, New Jersey has a lot to gain from a well-executed launch. Analysts have estimated that internet gambling could mean anywhere from a $200 million to $1.2 billion market, and others have speculated that it could bring in as many as 2,000 jobs in its first year.

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    • 23 May 2013

      New Jersey Enlists Help of International Online Gambling Expert

      If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a team of experts to implement Internet wagering in New Jersey. In fact, in light of the recent legalization of online gambling in the state, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has enlisted the help of Mario Galea, a former gambling regulator from Malta.

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    • 15 May 2013

      Ultimate Poker Hits First Hurdle

      Nevada gaming regulators are determining the relationship between Ultimate Poker and an unlicensed service provider. Ultimate Poker, owned largely by Station Casinos, is the first legal online poker room in the United States currently available only to Nevada-based players.

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    • 07 May 2013

      PokerStars Reveals Atlantic Club Purchase Price with Restraining Order

      The drama continues between PokerStars and Atlantic Club Casino Hotel and, as more details of the sale have been revealed, the rest of the world. It’s your standard online poker giant falls in love with land-based casino, online poker giant offers to wed casino, casino calls off the engagement, poker giant pursues court to prevent casino from marrying anyone else kind of story. Only this story has a few more players, a few more plot twists, and a surprising lack of initial investment.

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