• Gambling News

    • 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. Said the tribe in a statement, published in a Hartford Courant article:

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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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    • 19 April 2013

      Station Casinos Poised to Offer Online Poker

      The Nevada Gaming Commission gave Station Casinos the thumbs up on Thursday to develop its online poker software for a Nevada launch.The gaming commission compared Station Casinos with other major licensed casinos, noting that the others were employing software created by other companies. Station Casinos, on the other hand, will be building its own, using the tools of Ultimate Gaming, a company it acquired as part of its rebuilding process.and operate its own Internet poker system in Nevada.

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    • 19 April 2013

      Hard Rock Puts Down Roots in Iowa.

      Sioux City, Iowa will soon be home to the newest Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and some residents can’t wait to get their hands on the iconic t-shirts. In a 3-2 vote on Thursday, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission awarded a state gaming license to the developer of a Hard Rock-branded casino and hotel, an $118.5 million project, set in Sioux City’s historic downtown. The Battery Building, the chosen site the land-based casino, was originally built in 1906.

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    • 17 April 2013

      Full Tilt Poker Founder Pleads Guilty; Avoids Prison

      Raymond Bitar, Full Tilt Poker’s founder, pleaded guilty to accusations of taking online poker player funds to finance his once dominant online poker room. Part of a plea agreement between Bitar and prosecutors, Bitar pleaded guilty to two felonies, violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and conspiring to commit bank and wire fraud, that normally carry a 35-year prison sentence as maximum punishment.

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    • 03 April 2013

      Zynga Gambling with Poker

      Zynga announced today that it will launch two real-money gambling ventures in the United Kingdom on Wednesday: ZyngaPlusPoker and ZyngaPlusCasino. The move is in partnership with Bwin.party Digital Entertainment and will allow Zynga to create and gauge interest for future online betting products, like blackjack and roulette. Shares of the social media games giant bounded 8% higher after the news was released, which analysts say is a good sign.

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    • 18 March 2013

      Texas and Hold'em Reunited?

      Texas and Texas Hold’em could be rejoined in holy legislation once and for all, if Senator Leticia Van Der Putte has anything to do with it.Van Der Putte has proposed legislation that would see Texas automatically and fully opt-in to any future federal regulation regarding online poker.

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    • 18 March 2013

      888 Holdings Seeks to Create All American Poker Network

      According to iGaming Business, online gambling mega-operator 888 Holdings has established a joint venture with Avenue Capital Group, a global investment group, to create an online gambling offering in the United States, pending state or federal regulation. The All American Poker Network, the name of this joint-venture project, will provide its product wherever it will be legal to play online poker in the United States.

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    • 12 March 2013

      New Jersey could be a magnet for international gaming companies.

      Under the new online gambling law passed in New Jersey, Atlantic Cit casinos can offer Internet gambling on their own or partner with another company to provide the technological infrastructure, software, and expertise needed to operate an online gambling system. The gaming platform will also need to perform complex authentication and security measures to ensure all gamblers are of legal age and are playing within state lines.

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    • 12 March 2013

      PokerStars Fights AGA Allegations; Makes Own Accusations

      PokerStars came out swinging on Monday accusing the American Gaming Association of launching an anti-competitive campaign. The AGA threw the first punch last week when it submitted a brief to the Division of Gaming Enforcement and the Casino Control Commission stating it was opposed to PokerStars being given an interim casino authorization, something required for its potential purchase of a land-based casino in Atlantic City.

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    • 11 March 2013

      Online Gambling Catches the Attention of Congress Again

      The more states that pass their own online gambling legislation, the more likely a federal bill will come to pass says Joe Barton, a Republican senator from Texas who introduced a failed online poker bill in 2011. “I think the states’ passage gives some incentive to the federal government to act. Whether you’re for or against Internet gambling, you don’t want 50 sets of laws. You want uniformity.” Uniformity could come at a cost, some say.

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    • 08 March 2013

      Caesars v. PokerStars: A Battle for Online Poker

      Forget the poker faces, the battle of online gambling is live on the felt and cards are hitting the table. Only days old, the New Jersey online gambling legislation is still warm from the presses, and already it’s the source of contention between the US casino industry and foreign interests. Some say it started with the 26-page brief filed with the New Jersey Casino Control Commission and Division of Enforcement by lawyers representing the American Gaming Association.

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    • 27 February 2013

      Governor Christie Autographs NJ Online Gambling Bill

      It’s official: New Jersey is open for online gambling.After months of deliberation, negotiation, and compromise with the NJ Assembly and Senate, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill on Tuesday that makes online gambling in New Jersey absolutely legal within its borders.His decision to sign the bill was based on many factors, some of which were a complete reversal from his views two years ago when he vetoed a similar bill.

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    • 27 February 2013

      Zynga Aims For Social Gamblers

      The expression is: “If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch”. Social gaming icon, Zynga, is perfectly happy to do that. Instead entering the race for the existing hardcore gambling market in the United Kingdom, Zynga is ratcheting up its popular social gaming platform to allow for real money exchanges. This “social porch” may be right up Zynga’s alley.

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