Gambling News

  • 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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  • 27 February 2013

    Will California Be The Next State To Legalize Online Poker?

    Everyone seems to have an opinion about online poker these days. Some, as we’re hearing about in California, can even vote about it. Last Friday, Senator Lou Correa introduced Senate Bill 678, the latest effort to throw weight behind an online poker bill in California.

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  • 22 February 2013

    Nevada Beats New Jersey to the Punch in legalizing online gambling.

    If there was a race to legalize online gambling in the United States, Nevada may have just won it. Governor Brian Sandoval signed AB114 on Thursday, putting the final approval on legislation that legalizes online gambling in Nevada and allows the state to enter into compacts with other states for online poker. “This is an historic day for the great state of Nevada,” Sandoval said in a Washington Post article.

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  • 21 February 2013

    Federal Poker Bill May Still Be Breathing

    A comprehensive federal bill that legalizes online poker for any state wishing to include it might still have some strength left in it, at least that is what Frank Fahrenkopf believes. Fahrenkopf is the current president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, a lobbying agency that supports the gaming entertainment industry.At the age of 73, Fahrenkopf is scheduled to step down from his position on June 30th of this year after nearly 20 years at the helm.

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  • 21 February 2013

    Christie on iGaming Bill: "No Reason Not To Sign It Quickly"

    New Jersey could see signed Internet gaming legislation in as few as five days, if New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, keeps his word.While Gov. Christie was in Lavallete, New Jersey on Tuesday he addressed questions regarding the online gaming bill. He went on to say that as long as the state Assembly and Senate approve a bill with his recommended changes to the legislation, “There’s no reason not to sign it quickly.

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  • 19 February 2013

    2013 WSOP Schedule Announced

    For those of you unfamiliar with WSOP, or for those who know it predominately as the World Series of Poker, this series of poker tournaments held annually in Las Vegas is in its 8th year running with Caesars Entertainment at the helm.

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  • 15 February 2013

    Nevada Politicians Ready To Make Money With Online Gambling

    It seems Nevada is ready to start making money with Internet gambling. At least if its politicians have anything to do with it. Majority Leader William Horne is pushing a bill through the Nevada Legislature that would double the online gaming license fee up to $1,000,000. While that point seems to be garnering the most press (and the most criticism), the bill also includes language that is otherwise very well received. The bill includes the following:

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  • 14 February 2013

    Stratosphere Launches Free Online Poker

    American Casino and Entertainment Properties, the owner of the Stratosphere and Arizona Charlie’s casinos in Las Vegas, have officially launched their own free-to-play online poker site, acePLAYpoker.com. This move is a common one performed by gaming companies in anticipation of legislation that will eventually allow real-money poker playing online. Once players register at the new online poker room, they can immediately start playing for real prizes.

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  • 14 February 2013

    New Jersey Lawmakers Push To Pass Online Gambling Bill

    Press of Atlantic City reports that lawmakers have fully incorporated all of Governor Chris Christie’s recommendations for an online gambling bill that is due to return to his desk by February 26th. While the New Jersey Senate is not scheduled to meet until March, its lawmakers are determined to move on the Internet Gambling Bill. A February 26th meeting would allow for a vote to be taken prior to a scheduled budget address by Gov. Christie.

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  • 14 February 2013

    Delaware: The First State of Online Gambling?

    Delaware hopes to take its First State status to a whole new level as it pushes to be the First State to offer online gambling.With Nevada only offering online poker licenses and New Jersey scrambling to pull together a bill that Governor Chris Christie will approve, Delaware is forging ahead, requesting proposals from vendors to operate the state’s centralized Internet gambling system. Those bidding on the project would have to guarantee everything would be up and running by September 30, 2013.

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  • 08 February 2013

    Gov. Christie Supports Internet Gambling in NJ With Few Changes To Bill

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie issued a conditional veto on Thursday on the hot Internet Gambling bill for his state. In a press release, Governor Christie stated: “This bill represents an important policy decision for the residents of New Jersey, and a historic opportunity to continue the State’s leadership as a premiere destination for tourism and entertainment.

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  • 01 February 2013

    Three Days Left: Atlantic City Casino Union Urges Gov. Christie To Sign Online Gambling Bill

    Bob McDevitt, president of the Local 54 arm of Atlantic City’s largest casino union, UNITE HERE, is urging New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to sign the state’s proposed Internet Gambling law. According to its website, UNITE HERE is the largest union of gaming workers in the world, and represents 48% of employees in the commercial gaming industry throughout the United States, including the top three gambling companies, Harrah’s Entertainment, MGM Mirage, and Boyd Gaming.

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  • 30 January 2013

    European Trade Associations Call Action Plan "Meaningless" Against Illegal Operators

    Commissioner Michel Barnier received a letter on January 23, 2013 that he’s not likely to soon forget.The Authors, Friedrich Stickler (President of The European Lotteries), Philippe Germond (President, European Pari Mutuel Association) and Ron Goudsmit (President of the European Casino Association), center their letter around the Communication and the Action Plan proposed by the European Commission in late October of 2012.

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  • 30 January 2013

    New Jersey Approves Mobile Betting at Racetracks

    Horseracing fans in New Jersey will soon be able to give mobile wagering a standing ovation, and then sit right back down and make a bet at the tracks.Governor Chris Christie signed legislation on Monday that will allow New Jersey racetrack customers the ability to place bets using their smartphones and tablets. The bill aims to help the state’s horse racing industry in its goal to attract a younger, tech-immersed fan base.

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  • 24 January 2013

    Nebraska Gambling Proposal Seeks To Bolster Revenue

    Nebraska may dominate Iowa in the ways of college football, but when it comes to their gambling money, Iowa is happy to take it and run. That all may change if a group of Nebraska senators get their way. This group, led by Senator Paul Schumacher, is introducing a bill that could allow gambling in the great state of Nebraska if approved by voters this November.

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  • 24 January 2013

    Pennsylvania Senators and Governor could be at odds over online gambling

    Some Pennsylvania senators are seeking clarification from Governor Tom Corbett regarding the Pennsylvania Lottery and the ability for its private-run firm to possibly compete with state casinos through online gambling. The Lottery contract with the private firm, Camelot Global Services, was finalized last week for a 20- to 30- year term. While the agreement prohibits video poker, video poker-like games, and video lottery terminals, it is less clear on Internet gaming.

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  • 12 January 2013

    Bwin.party Wants Clarity on German Gambling

    According to a Reuters article, bwin.party, the world’s largested listed online gambling conglomerate, is seeking clarification from the country of Germany as to why it is unable to compete in a fair and open market with local gaming operators. Bwin.party is one of 12 online gaming operators that won six-year licenses in December to operate online poker and online casino gaming in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. Bwin.

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  • 10 January 2013

    National Heads-Up Poker Tournament returns to NBC

    It won’t be long before spring will be hitting the airways, and soon, thanks to NBC, so will televised poker tournaments. The NBC Sports Group announced it’s reviving its relationship with the National Heads-Up Poker Championship with the first episode scheduled to air on March 19, 2013. The National Heads-Up Poker Championship is a $20,000 buy-in, invitation-only tournament played as a series of one-on-one no limit Texas Hold’em.

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