• Gambling News

    • 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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    • 08 January 2013

      Nevada's Online Gaming Could Reach Out To Other States

      A draft bill has been submitted to the Nevada Legislature that would make it possible for Nevada-based online poker domains to accept wagers from gamblers in other authorized states. The bill, officially named Assembly Bill 5, has been introduced in the Nevada General Assembly on behalf of the Nevada Gaming Control Board and Governor Brian Sandoval. Read the Nevada Intrastate Gambling Bill here as it was introduced.

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    • 03 January 2013

      New Jersey Gambling Bill Awaits Governor's Autograph

      The holiday is over, and the new year has begun, which opens a whole host of possibilities, including the opportunity for New Jersey to develop its own online gambling initiative. The bill that’s currently on the table, S1565, has passed overwhelmingly in the New Jersey houses is now on Governor Chris Christie’s desk, waiting for his final approval.

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    • 26 December 2012

      Nevada Awards Online Poker License to Caesars

      On Thursday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board approved Caesars Interactive Entertainment for as the 12th such company to be awarded online poker license. Caesars, the new face and persona of Harrah’s, will be partnering with European gambling powerhouse 888 Holdings to bring online poker to Nevada-based residents. The two companies already have a working relationship in the UK, where they have been offering the World Series of Poker brand for the last three years.

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    • 20 December 2012

      Schleswig-Holsteins Approves 12 New Licenses

      Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost state in Germany, has authorized 12 companies to offer a range of online casino games as well as online poker. Included on the list of newly licensed operators is 888 Germany Limited, Cashpoint Malta Limited, Tipico Company Limited and bet365’s Hillside Limited out of Gibraltar.

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    • 18 December 2012

      New Jersey Votes YES to Online Gambling

      Bill A2578, the official name of the proposed New Jersey legislation legalizing online casino gambling for its residents, has been passed by the state’s General Assembly. There is good potential that the bill could be placed before the Senate and signed by Republican Governor Christie by the end of the month.

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    • 15 December 2012

      New Jersey Votes on Online Gaming Bill; Outcome a Gamble

      According to an article on NorthJersey.com, New Jersey could be the first state in the US to offer online casino gambling–as long as its State Assembly and Governor Christie agree it’s a good move.The bill, sponsored by New Jersey Assemblymen Burzichelli, Prieto, and Ramos, would legalize nearly all forms of online gambling in New Jersey.

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    • 13 December 2012

      Zynga launches Elite Slots; Could Be Real Money Lifeline

      What could be better than a social media game that weaves a complex story element throughout? A social media story game that’s laced with online slot games. Today, Zynga announced its plans to release “Elite Slots”, which highlights role playing and mini game features as a players progress through the game’s various levels, treasures, and adventures.

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    • 12 December 2012

      AGA Weighs In on Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2012

      Frank Fahrenkopf, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, wrote a recent opinion piece on politico.com, pleading the case for federal regulation. This piece was a basic reiteration of what AGA has been proclaiming from their online rooftops since the first draft of the Reid-Kyl bill was leaked on the Internet. Looking at the proposed bill, there is more at stake than just whether or not states choose to participate in the federally regulated poker program.

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    • 11 December 2012

      Discussion Revs Up Over Online Gambling Bill

      Efforts heat up on all sides of the proposed Redi-Kyl online gambling bill this week as lobbyists from the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries and the National Association of Convenience Stores descend upon the capital. Says Bryan Preston of the PJ Tatler in his article, Harry Reid Launches Online Gambling Power Grab, “Sen. Reid will work harder to hand a sop to the gaming industry in Nevada than he will work to pass federal budget.

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    • 10 December 2012

      PokerStars Attempting To Regain Foothold in US

      A month after resurrecting Full Tilt poker amidst several Herculean barriers, PokerStars is in the news again. News is surfacing that the online poker giant is in acquisition talks with the Atlantic Club casino. And just like that, PokerStars could be back in the United States. Writes a Forbes article: “Twenty months ago, PokerStars, the biggest online poker company in the world, essentially got kicked out of America. The U.S.

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    • 10 December 2012

      Zynga Bets On Itself; Applies for Nevada Gaming License

      Zynga, one of the world’s leading providers of social game services, has filed an application for an interactive gambling license with the state of Nevada. Zynga has previously entered into a partnership with bwin.party to offer real-money poker and casino games in the United Kingdom starting in 2014. The ability to pull those games into a US market could be just the lifeline the struggling company needs to pull itself out of turbulent waters. “The broader U.S.

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    • 10 December 2012

      Caesars Group Gets Thumbs Up for WSOP

      On December 5, 2012, the Caesars Entertainment Corporation was allowed to stake a small step forward for the World Series of Poker, and perhaps a giant leap for online poker in general. The Nevada Gaming Control Board voted to recommend the Caesars group for an online poker license in Nevada. The recommendation is expected to be officially approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission on December 20, 2012.

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    • 09 December 2012

      Is 3G Studios Courting Purchase Offers?

      3G Studios, known for its work in mobile and online gaming, may be in talks with major slot and game makers regarding potential acquisition offers. 3G already partners with several companies to provide technology and gaming solutions; however, recent speculation suggests the Reno-based firm may be ready to take it to the next level of commitment.

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    • 06 December 2012

      American Gaming Presses Congress

      In our last post, we talked about how the American Gaming Association is pushing for federally regulated online gaming by reaching out to the people who play (or would love to play) online. Now, as reported by the Las Vegas Review Journal, we learn that the AGA is also leaning hard on Senate leaders.

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    • 06 December 2012

      AGA Urges Online Poker Fans to be educated, active and heard

      The American Gaming Association has made it clear that it supports Federal regulation for online gaming. The patchwork quilt that has so far defined our country in terms of its diversity and geography will not work with online gambling regulation. When each state drums up its own concoction of incentives, rules, and oversight, says the AGA,”it could result in a race to the bottom, where states attempt to have the least amount of oversight in order to attract business.”

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    • 30 November 2012

      Dutch Casinos Up For Grabs

      As part of the reforms promised by the Dutch coalition government, the Netherlands plans to offer its country-owned Holland Casino monopoly to the worldwide market and then legalize online gambling with hopes of increased competition, interest, and, of course, revenue. While the plan to sell is set, how the government will approach the sale is not. “It is unclear at this stage if it will be a sale or an initial public offering.

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    • 29 November 2012

      Online Gambling: States Wager The Fed Will Fold

      As we head into lame duck season, it seems less and less likely federal regulation of online gambling will make the cut on Capitol Hill’s already loaded docket. With the looming fiscal cliff and other heavily-weighted issues, it appears Congress has bigger fish to fry. Some states, meanwhile, refuse to sit on their hands. Or potential revenue.

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    • 16 November 2012

      It's official: MGM Gets Online Poker License

      MGM Resorts International and two other companies, Las Vegas-based Z4Poker LLC and Los Angeles-based CAMS LLC, were officially awarded licenses to compete in Nevada’s new intrastate online poker arena. This comes after they were given approval by the Gaming Control Board earlier this month. What’s next for MGM? In the coming months, MGM Resorts intends to fire up at play-for-fun poker room to drum up attention and a fan base. (MGM already has a social media poker site, myVEGAS.

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    • 12 November 2012

      Atlantic City Can Go Mobile, But Will It?

      Land-based casinos, in all of their enormous glory, have several things going for them. They nearly burst with electricity and excitement, delicious food and beverages, and gaming choices. Brick-and-mortar casinos are notorious megaplexes, designed to keep you in and keep you playing, no matter how many miles you may log in walking their interiors. The wallets of casino patrons may take a beating, but that’s nothing compared to what their feet are going through.

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    • 08 November 2012

      iPoker Network Grows to Include Everest Poker and BetClic

      Everest Poker has officially announced it has signed with Playtech software and will be joining the esteemed ranks of iPoker Network’s top tier. The BetClic Everest Group stated that two of its domains, EverestPoker.com and BetClic.com, will be taking advantage of Playtech’s casino and poker feature enhancements; its French online poker players will enjoy the improved rake structure created by the combined the player pool. Both parties seem very pleased with the deal.

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    • 05 November 2012

      MGM Gets a Thumbs-Up for Online Licensure

      On November 1, 2012, three more companies were recommended online licensure by Nevada’s Gaming Control Board: MGM Online LLC, Z4Poker LLC, and Cams LLC. Now that they have the Board’s recommendation, the next step is to hopefully join the 13 other gaming companies already in the ring. They’ll need the official approval of the Nevada Gaming Commission, which will announce its decision in the November 15th meeting. MGM Online LLC

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    • 02 November 2012

      Forget Federal Regulation; States Finding Ways to Form Partnerships

      Legalized gambling is regulated in 85 countries around the world and pulls in almost $35 billion in wagers, some of that from US players. With a market expected to grow to $10 billion a year in the US alone, some states are anxious to get a piece of the action, or rather, a slice of the profits. Those interested states, so far, include Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey.

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    • 02 November 2012

      Kentucky Governor Pushes To Expand Gambling

      Governor Steve Beshear doesn’t beat about the bush. In a Kentucky.com article, he stated “I don’t think it’s any secret that expanded gaming is one of the issues that I think should be addressed by the people of this state. And I am hopeful that we may be able to get a constitutional amendment passed in the upcoming session.” Whether or not it happens will depend on several factors, including approval by Kentucky voters. Since Gov.

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