Gambling News

  • 05 October 2012

    Casino Operators Like the Odds on Online Gambling

    During the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas this week, several representatives from some of the largest casino operators expressed their confidence in the future of the gambling industry. Continued expansion into global markets like Asia was one reason for the optimism. The other, the bright future of online gambling.

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  • 04 October 2012

    Lame Duck: Online Poker's Friend or Foe?

    By definition, lame duck sessions are the remaining tenure of politicians who have chosen not to seek re-election, who have lost a re-election bid, or who have hit the term limit for their office. These officials are often seen as less powerful politically; however, being able to see the light at the end of their political career may give some officials a chance to take a stand on a more controversial or unpopular topic. Like online gambling, for instance.

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  • 27 September 2012

    Bally Teams Up with GameAccount Network

    In the recent Bally Technologies press release, Bally announced it would provide a “large selection of online and mobile gaming content” to GameAccount Network. Games will include Cash Wizard (TM) and Mayan Treasures (TM) as well as several others; we can expect most of them to soon be available as online video slots and HTML5 mobile games.

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  • 26 September 2012

    Farmville Plays The Lottery

    MDI Entertainment, a subsidiary of Scientific Games Corporation, has signed an agreement with Zynga Incorporated to license seven of its social and media gaming brands.The announcement, which came during the World Lottery Summit earlier this month, further solidifies Zynga’s efforts to expand its revenue reach beyond social gaming. It also benefits MDI in much the same way, as it adds to their current licensing deals with the NBA and MLS in the US.

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  • 25 September 2012

    WMS Gaming Awarded Nevada iGaming License

    WMS is an Illinois-based company that designs, manufacturers, and distributes digital and electronic games and gaming machines for the casino industry. With a list of trademarks hundreds of names long, WMS has come a long way since it changed the game of pinball in the early 1940’s. In July 2012, WMS launched Williams Interactive, an iGaming subsidiary. The purpose of this company arm is to focus primarily on worldwide growth of its online, social, and mobile gaming initiatives.

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  • 18 September 2012

    IGT Shuts Down Entraction Poker Network; Moves On

    International Game Technology, a Las Vegas-based computerized gaming equipment designer and producer has announced it is putting its recently acquired Entraction Poker Network to rest. After purchasing the network last year for $114 million, IGT has decided it is in its best short- and long-term business interests to shut down the poker network.

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  • 12 September 2012

    Second Wave of Charges Hit Full Tilt Directors

    It’s been one year and five months since online poker’s “Black Friday” event that changed the course of online gambling and online poker in the United States and the world, and the chips are still falling.Today the US Department of Justice handed a second amended civil complaint against Full Tilt Poker directors Ray Bitar and Howard Lederer, claiming that the duo used the ‘illegal proceeds’ from their online poker room to make personal property purchases.

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  • 12 September 2012

    Zynga Bolsters Real-Money Initiative; Adds Online Gambling Expert to Team

    Zynga, the provider of social games services to over 240 million average monthly users around the world, pressed forward in its quest toward real-money gaming apps with the appointment of Maytal Ginzburg to its executive team.

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  • 10 September 2012

    The Role of Technology in Online Gambling

    I know, I know, it should go without saying that technology is vital to online gambling. After all, what is online gambling without the ability to get online, to play virtually anywhere, and to access some of the most sophisticated networks and security options the world has known?What’s interesting is not that online gambling needs technology, but rather how technology shapes and drives online gambling as it evolves.

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  • 29 August 2012

    Is US Online Poker Doomed Before It Can Even Begin?

    As if online poker didn’t have enough hurdles in its race towards becoming a legal US pastime, now it also has to beat the clock. The window of opportunity that opened when the Federal Wire Act of 1961 was re-evaluated on December 23, 2011 may be closing, particularly because Congress has yet to make a decision on anything, let alone the federal regulation of online poker.

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  • 24 August 2012

    Real-Money Online US Poker Approved

    With unanimous approval by the Nevada Gaming Commission, South Point Poker LLC became the first U.S. casino to be licensed to operate a real-money, intrastate poker website. What makes this inaugural member so special? Because South Point Poker is not only the developer of its own online poker software, it is also holding current licenses as an interactive gaming manufacturer and as a service provider.

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  • 22 August 2012

    Dominique Named in CAP's Top 40 Women of iGaming

    GamesandCasino.com’s very own Dominique has recently been selected as one CAP’s recently appointed “Top 40 Women of iGaming“. Described as “powerful” and “persuasive”, Dominique has been involved in the online gaming and online gaming affiliate industries almost since their inception, and she had a hand in developing a lot of what we know to be standard practices today. Dominique is no stranger to iGaming industry awards.

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  • 16 August 2012

    iGaming Business Takes to the Floor at the 2012 G2E

    The Global Gaming Expo is coming up, and it comes with the recent announcement from iGaming Business that it will again sponsor the iGaming Zone at this year’s event. Running from October 1st through 4th, the Global Gaming Expo, affectionately referred to as the “G2E” for those in the know, is one of the planet’s biggest events for the gambling industry. Now in its sixth year, the G2E is poised for the future of online gambling.

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  • 14 August 2012

    Kahnawake Gaming Commission Update: Absolute Poker Awaits Settlement

    In a recent press release, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission provided an update regarding the civil proceedings between the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (Manhattan) and Blanca Games, Inc (and its related companies, Absolute Poker and UB.com). The suit, which was filed on April 11, 2011, is now in the final stages of a negotiated settlement agreement, and is currently awaiting court approval.

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  • 13 August 2012

    Loto-Quebec Poised to Sell Online Lottery Tickets

    Loto-Quebec, a Canadian state-run provincial lottery operator, is well on its way to providing an online portal for its gambling customers to buy their quick fix tickets. Fans of the draw games Lotto Max, Lotto 6/49, Quebec 49, Banco, and Extra will be able to start purchasing tickets from Loto Quebec’s portal site, EspaceJeux.com, as of August 27th, 2012. While EspaceJeux.

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  • 13 August 2012

    William Hill Strikes Again; Signs Deal With Las Vegas Plaza Casino

    UK’s largest bookmaker, William Hill, has agreed to a long-term deal with the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. What may seem like a notch on the belt of this sports book giant could mean the start of a needed transformation in downtown Las Vegas.As a result of William Hill’s new involvement, major renovations to the downtown Las Vegas hotel and casino are in the works. New video displays, new seating, and a complete lounge redesign are just some of the improvements.

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  • 13 August 2012

    William Hill Stirs the Pot; Appeals Judgement on Horseracing Levy.

    Who is William Hill? Some say he’s a British bookmakeer, a gambling giant both on- and offline. Some say he’s a pot-stirrer. On July 20th, the High Court ruled in favor of the Horserace Betting Levy Board, agreeing that at customers of betting exchange users may not be liable for paying towards the Horserace Betting Levy.

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  • 31 July 2012

    Poker Stars Agrees to Buy Full Tilt; Settles with DOJ

    After a meeting of the minds today between federal prosecutors and three large Internet poker companies, the first step of actual progress has been made since the historic “Black Friday” over a year ago. In a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice, PokerStars agreed to pay the government $547 million dollars over the next three years.

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  • 31 July 2012

    Zynga is optomistic, poised for real-money games

    Zynga, the American social media and gaming company that brings the world Farmville and Draw Something, released its half-year earnings this week as well as the company’s plans for 2013. Despite posting disappointing results for the first half of 2012, which it blames on delayed game launches and the poor performance of Draw Something after its acquisition, Zynga is poised to enter the real-money online gaming market.

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  • 24 July 2012

    Twin Spires Launches Its "Beat the Champ" Promo

    Think you have what it takes to beat Michael Beychok in a battle of the bets? Because TwinSpires has what it takes to pay you if you do–a nice chunk of a $20,000 prize pool. Participating in this TwinSpires promotion is almost ridiculously simple: Place a $10 Wager on four weekend races at Saratoga and Del Mar during the promotion dates.

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  • 16 April 2012

    "Black Friday" Anniversary

    One year ago, the DoJ seized the domains of several well-known online poker sites and handed down several indictments. Later it was dubbed ‘Black Friday” by the online poker industry. The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) reminded U.S. online poker players of this anniversary by putting out this video titled “the Players Will Never Fold.

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  • 10 April 2012

    Manitoba Lottery to Provide Online Gambling

    BCLC released a press release showing that it is headed in a new direction concerning its online business. It is partnering with Manitoba Lotteries to provide the people of Manitoba, Canada online gambling. “We launched online gaming in British Columbia to provide a secure and legal option for people who play online and to keep revenues in the province that otherwise would be going to illegal gambling sites,” said the Honourable Rich Coleman, Minister Responsible for BCLC.

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  • 09 April 2012

    New Jersey One Step Closer to a Virtual Atlantic City

    The legislation that will allow people in New Jersey to gamble online at a virtual Atlantic City casino has taken another step forward. The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee voted 11-0 to advance the proposal. Though unanimous, there were five senators who were concerned that horse tracks were not a part of the legislation. Sen. Raymond Lesniak, D-Union who is the main sponsor of the legislation hopes that online gambling will be running in New Jersey by the fall.

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  • 03 April 2012

    U.S. Judge Questions Campos Plea Deal

    U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan wants an explanation from the government on why it let Utah banker John Campos plead guilty to a misdemeanor instead of a felony.  The government’s plan to prosecute Campos and avoid an April 9th trail has hit a snag.Of the dozen of individuals that have been charged from Black Friday last April, some have already pleaded guilty. Half remain at large and this is the only scheduled trail.

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  • 27 March 2012

    WMS Gaming Files For Online Poker License in Nevada

    WMS Industries subsidiary WMS Gaming Inc. wants to play. The casino game maker released this press release today announcing it has applied for a interactive gaming license with the State Gaming Control Board in Nevada. WAUKEGAN, Ill. & LAS VEGAS, Mar 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — WMS Gaming Inc., a subsidiary of WMS Industries Inc. WMS -0.

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  • 19 March 2012

    Some U.S. States Banned from Bovada

    Bovada Poker which is the sister site to Bodog that accepts U.S. players has now begun blocking new sign-ups from 4 U.S. states: Maryland, New York, Utah and Washington.It is unclear as of yet if existing players from those states be allowed to play from this point forward.It is so far still uncertain as to why players from these four U.S. states have suddenly been excluded.

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  • 12 March 2012

    Nevada Pushing to be First with Online Poker

    According to an iGaming Business article, The Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Mark Lipparelli, confirmed that intra-state online poker could be up and running for real money in 2012 for all those online operators with approved licenses and technical systems approved by the state. Mr. Lipparelli detailed the timeline for Nevada’s online gaming application process and confirmed that the approval will give a company the ability to operate without additional legislation.

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  • 08 March 2012

    Online Gambling Middleman Pleads Guilty

    As a result of the investigation of the Department of Justice that shut down the three largest U.S. facing online poker sites, a Canadian citizen has now plead guilty to conspiracy charges.In a plea to the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Ryan Lang said he was the middleman between online poker companies and the brokers who tricked U.S. banks into processing money for online gambling. Land admitted he helped circumvent U.S. laws from 2007 to the middle of 2010.

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  • 05 March 2012

    Shuffle Master to Buy Ongame Network LTD

    In a press release today, Shuffle Master announced today that it will acquire B2B online company Ongame Network LTD from bwin.party services. Ongame is one of the largest online poker providers with over 25 of the iGaming strongest brands. Gavin Isaacs, Chief Executive Officer of Shuffle Master said; “Our acquisition of Ongame will allow Shuffle Master to offer a scalable, proven and secure solution for online poker.

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  • 28 February 2012

    Bodog Founder Calvin Ayre Indicted

    In a follow up to Homeland Security seizing the Bodog.com domain name, a federal grand jury in Baltimore, MD., has now indicted Bodog Entertainment Group, four Canadians involved with said group and Bodog founder Calvin Ayre. The indictments cover two charges stemming from June 2006 to January 2012, conducting an Illegal gambling business and money laundering conspiracy.

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