Gambling News

  • 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.

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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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  • 03 May 2013

    PokerStars Says Atlantic Club Deal Not Over

    The Rational Group, parent company of PokerStars online poker, stated its intention to salvage the deal with the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, even as the Atlantic Club announced on Wednesday that it is calling off the sale. Said company spokesperson Eric Hollrseiser in a statement, “The Rational Group is remains entirely committed to resolving this situation and to our investment in New Jersey.

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  • 30 April 2013

    US-based Ultimate Poker Launches in Nevada

    UltimatePoker.com went live this morning at 9am Nevada time, after given the thumbs up from the state’s gaming authorities. While the launch is sending waves of reaction throughout the United States, its online poker games can only be played on computers and mobile devices located within the Nevada borders.“The technology was acquired and initially developed by a U.S.-based company with a completely clean regulatory profile,” said Tobin Prior, CEO of Ultimate Gaming in a Review Journal article.

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  • 25 April 2013

    Foxwoods Casino Owner Sinks Teeth into Online Gambling

    Foxwoods Resort Casino has announced plans to partner with the GameAccount Network to prepare for online gaming opportunities in the United States. Foxwoods, which is owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, is making the move for several reasons.

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  • 24 April 2013

    Formula One Bids on Betfair; Betfair Rejects

    Betfair, an popular online gambling company, has just rejected a $1.4 billion takeover offer from CVC Capital Partners, the largest shareholder in Formula One motor racing. The reason? The offer consisted of too little money and too many strings attached. Analysts do not see the attempted takeover as a “knock-out bid”; rather than turn Betfair off to a possible buy-out, it may make them consider other options. It may also attract the attention of other, weightier buyers.

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  • 24 April 2013

    New York Senator Leads Charge Against Illegal Online Gambling

    New York State Senator Tim Kennedy believes the legalized online gambling in surrounding states could lead to increased levels of “illegal and predatory activities”, and he’s asked the New York State Gaming Commission, the NYSGC, to do something about it. “There are some websites that have lured customers into using their online casino platform,” stated Kennedy in a press release on his website.

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  • 22 April 2013

    Says NJ Treasurer: Online Gambling Could Net $1.2 Billion In First Year

    According to New Jersey Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, New Jersey’s Internet gambling revenues could reach $1.2 billion and bring in $180 million in tax revenues during its first full fiscal year (July 1, 2013-Jun 30, 2014).Some consider this estimate to be a bit optimistic, even if the numbers provided by a Wells Fargo senior analyst are strong. NJ lawmakers are as skeptical as they are hopeful that these reports are accurate.

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  • 20 April 2013

    Probability Hopeful For US Market

    As more and more states re-evaluate their stances on online gambling, international mobile gaming companies like Probability PLC are poised and ready for the US online gambling market. Probability PLC, for one, is in “advanced talks” with potential US partners to break into the American online gambling market, according to a Reuters article.

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