• Gambling News

    • 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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    • 26 October 2012

      Pinnacle Sports Implicated in Illegal Betting Ring; 25 indictments delivered

      Twenty-five people across five states were arrested, and over $7.6 million in cash and chips were confiscated, on Wednesday and Thursday in connection with a $50 million bookmaking operation that may or may not directly involve Pinnacle Sports, a online sports betting site. Of those arrested, three (Brandt England, George Molsbarger, and Stanley Tomchin) are co-owners of Pinnacle Sports.

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    • 25 October 2012

      Zynga Reports Greener Earnings; Eyes Greener Pastures

      Zynga‘s stock jumped an impressive 15% in early trading activity on Thursday due to its announcement that it topped its previously lowered 3rd quarter outlook. Originally reforecasted as between $30 and $305 million, the “Farmville” creator posted a revenue of $317 million this quarter, making it a 3% year-over-year growth. (Read on for numerical analysis of Zynga’s financial results and future).

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    • 23 October 2012

      William Hill Announces Playtech Buyout, Awaits Numbers.

      Several months ago, it was speculated that William Hill PLC could–and probably should–buy out Playtech’s stake in their joint-venture company, William Hill Online. This week, William Hill announced it intended to do just that. Playtech currently owns 29% of the business it founded with William Hill PLC in 2008. At the time, Playtech paid $319.7 million and provided the venture with software platforms and technical solutions.

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    • 19 October 2012

      South Point Poker: Now Hiring

      When you are the first real-money online poker site to launch legally in the state of Nevada, there are a few things you’ll have to do before you open your doors. Take down your free-play online poker site, which you wisely launched a year in advance to create interest and player loyalty. The brief hiatus will be necessary so as not to confuse players during the transition to real money.

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    • 19 October 2012

      WMS expands reach with Betsson and Unibet

      Williams Interactive, the internet gaming arm of WMS, announced this week that it has signed multi-year agreements with Bettson and Unibet. The agreements further beef up the lottery and slot machine company’s online portfolio, and take advantage of the recently acquired Jadestone gaming portfolio, which contains the popular games Wizard of Oz, Reel ‘Em In and Zeus.

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    • 09 October 2012

      The iPad May Reinvent the Reel; Casinos Embrace Portable Technology

      Photograph by Steve Marcus, VegasInc The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) has revealed several thoughts and clues to the future of gambling, both on and offline. Portable and touchscreen technology reigned supreme, highlighting the industry’s movement toward personal interaction and social integration. It’s like offline, online gambling. Portable, accessible, technologically savvy, but rooted within the casino’s very real, very social environment.

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    • 09 October 2012

      Zynga Lowers Expectations; Puts Eggs in Mobile Basket

      Zynga says delayed game launches and disappointing reception of existing games are the reasons it is lowering its revenue expectations for the remainder of 2012. Reaction to the announcement that the company will come in anywhere between $90 to $105 million short has investors scurrying. In a press release, Zynga stated that the 3rd quarter continued to be a challenging one.

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    • 07 October 2012

      Nevada Gaming Control Considers More Licenses

      Three more companies have been recommended approvals by the Nevada Gaming Control Board: Golden Nugget Incorporated Golden Nugget Incorporated applied for a license to host and operate online poker. Having already secured an agreement with Bally Technologies (which has already been approved to supply online poker to its clients), Golden Nugget Inc looks to a successful license bid. Fertitta Interactive LLC

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    • 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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