• Gambling News

    • 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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    • 28 February 2012

      Bodog.com Seized by Homeland Security

      Bodog.com, the original domain of one of the most popular online gaming company, Bodog, has been seized by the Department of Homeland Security.Why this domain was seized is a bit strange as it has not been an active commerce domain for some time now. Other Bodog Brand properties will not be affected by this seizure. It is only speculation at this point as to why Homeland Security would seize an unused domain name.Calvin Ayre has this to say about the seizure;“Not sure what to say. BodogBrand.

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    • 27 February 2012

      Everleaf Gaming Network Shuts Out U.S. Players

      Earlier this month Everleaf Gaming Network shut down its US operations. It was reported that the United States Department of Homeland Security had a cease and desist order. Everleaf on Feb 9th, prohibited all US based players from using any of the more than 100 skins it offered. Today Everleaf issued this statement: As has been reported, certain funds maintained by one of our payment processors to be distributed to U.S. customers were seized by U.S. authorities.

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    • 26 February 2012

      Iowa Online Poker Bill Clears Committee Vote

      “I don’t see this as an expansion of gambling, I see this as an expansion of freedom.” That was the statement issued by Senator Rick Bertrand R-Sioux City after legislation in Iowa to bring online poker under state regulation passed with ease in a Senate committee.The final vote was 11-4 to allow for the state Racing and Gaming Commission to being together and regulate competing hub operators and partner them with state licensed casinos to provide Iowan’s access to online poker.

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    • 23 February 2012

      First Legal Intranet Gaming Platform Launched

      In the press release below it was announced that the first legal intranet gaming was launched in the United States. The first two Native American Tribal Casinos in the company’s Tribal Gaming Network, Coushatta Indian Casino in Louisiana and Coyote Valley Casino in California, signed the agreement. LAS VEGAS, NV, Feb 22, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Atlantis Internet Group Corp.

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    • 13 February 2012

      Senate Committee Meets Today to Discuss Internet Gambling Ruling

      There has been another call to action today for Congress to federally regulate online gambling in the United States.  A Senate Committee in Indian Affairs meets today to discuss the impact of the recent reversal of opinion of the U.S. Department of Justice and how it would concern Indian tribes. Max Waxman of Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative release the following press release: (Washington, D.C.

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    • 06 February 2012

      Romney Stands Against Online Gambling

      In an interview posted on 8newsnow.com, Mitt Romney lays out his plans to help Nevada if he is elected President. At the end, almost as a side note, the Presidential hopeful also commented on where he stands on online gambling: “Romney also said he doesn’t support legalizing online gaming. He’s says he’s against it because of the social costs and people’s addictive gambling habits.”

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    • 02 February 2012

      888 and Caesar's Getting Ready for U.S. Online Poker

      Caesars Interactive Entertainment and 888 Holdings Plc has expanded its UK Software licensing agreement to now include the United States. Once online gaming is permitted in the U.S., Dragonfish, the business to business subsidiary arm of 888, will be the power behind some of Caesars private poker brands. 888 released a statement saying in part:

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    • 30 January 2012

      U.S. Gaming Survey Finds Support for Online Poker

      The U.S. Gaming Survey, founding by a research group over 30 of online gambling, conducted a survey in December with the Poker Player’s Alliance and found a strong support for regulated online poker. The survey had 8,000 respondents from all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico. The general demographic was 30-60 years old with income of over $50,000 a year.There were some interesting answers to some of the questions.

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    • 24 January 2012

      Zynga Poker Looking into Real Money Gambling

      Zynga games, yes, the company responsible for all those popular Facebook games, wants to turn Zynga Poker into a real money gambling game. Zynga Poker is one of their most popular games and a spokesman told AllThingsDigital: “We build games and experiences that our players want and love. Zynga Poker is the world’s largest online poker game with more than 7 million people playing every day and over 30 million each month.”

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    • 18 January 2012

      Iowa Looking at Multi-State Online Poker

      Another possible scenario that may be coming from the U.S. Department of Justice reversal of opinion involving online gambling is multistate poker and Sen. Jeff Danielson, D-Cedar Falls believes Iowa can take full advantage. Those in the Iowa legislature that want to have legalized online poker in Iowa are currently working on a new plan that may open the door to multi-state poker and possibly lead to agreements with Washington D.C.

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    • 15 January 2012

      IGT Buys Online Gaming Double Down Interactive

      Though there seems to be no big moves so far federally since the DoJ reversal of opinion on the wire act, some states like Nevada are moving fast to get an infrastructure in place to handle the wave on online gambling players.So it only makes since that companies within the state of Nevada are getting in line as well to take advantage. Slot machine make International Game Technology (IGT), based in Nevada, is one of the companies.

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    • 10 January 2012

      Whats Next for Online Gambling in the U.S.?

      According to Mark Lipparelli, chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, there is one question every state will be asking its Attorney General…”Tell us what this opinion means.” The opinion, of course, is the recent reversal by the Department of Justice and online gambling. Now California, Illinois, Iowa, New York and New Jersey are other states are trying to get a piece of the estimated $4 billion that Americans spend every year on online gambling.

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    • 04 January 2012

      Calvin Ayre's Predictions for Online Gambling in 2012

      What’s in store for 2012 and online gambling? Most would say based on what happened previously that no one could really know what to expect. Calvin Ayre, founder of Bodog.com however thinks he may have the answer. In a press release earlier, here is his predictions for online gambling in 2012 according to Mr. Ayre.

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    • 02 January 2012

      New Jersey Taking Last Shot at Online Gambling

      State Sen. Raymond Lesniak wants one more chance. On the heels of the U.S. Department of Justice clarification that in-state online gambling will not violate the current Wire Act, Lesniak is pushing for a bill legalizing online gambling in his state of New Jersey.His goal is to have a bill on Governor Chris Christie’s desk as early as next week. He wants to New Jersey to take advantage of this new ruling quickly and become the national leader in online gambling.

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    • 29 December 2011

      Top Online Gambling Stories of 2011

      From losing processors, federal indictments and opinions reversed, it has been and interesting year in online gambling. Here is a list of what we think are the top ten stories of 2012.10 – eWalletXpress Has Money Seized – Turns out that this was more than a rumor.9 – eCogra Under New Management – eCogra is no longer owned by online gambling companies.8 – Online Gambling in New Jersey Vetoed – There were many attempts by states to pass online gambling laws, this one came the closest.7 – U.S.

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    • 26 December 2011

      U.S. Department of Justice Reverses Stance on Online Gambling

      Merry Christmas U.S. online gambling!! Last week, right before the Christmas holiday was to begin, U.S. online gamblers got the best present of all. The Department of Justice had changed its stance and is now stating the Wire Act of 1961 only applies to sports betting. Back in July, Senators Harry Reid and Jon Kyl as well as Illinois and New York ask the DoJ to clarify its position regarding online gambling and poker in regards to the Wire Act.

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    • 23 December 2011

      Nevada Approves Online Poker Regulations

      To some this may be a case of “here we go again.” Nevada however is trying to position itself to be an important cog if the U.S. takes the leap and legalizes online gambling. As the debate is growing in Congress, Nevada voted to become the first state to allow online poker. Thursday, Nevada approved rules that would allow companies to apply for licenses to operate a poker website in Nevada.

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    • 20 December 2011

      Absolute Poker Co-Owner Pleads Guilty

      There has been a plea from one of the three online poker companies following last Aprils U.S. federal indictments. Brent Beckley, co-owner of Absolute Poker, pleaded guilty today in a Manhattan Federal court. The charges were conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud as well as conspiracy to violate an Internet gambling law. All related to the deception of U.S. banks over processing online gambling proceeds.

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    • 15 December 2011

      Bodog.eu is Now Brovada.lv and Accepts US Poker Players Online

      In July a major announcement was made by Bodog Poker to leave the U.S. market. The announcement was made not long after the DoJ’s handing down of indictments to the major U.S. facing online poker sites. Today, Bodog announced that their Bodog.eu will now be rebranded as Bovada Poker and will be accepting U.S. online poker players. The new website will be run by the former license holders for Bodog in the United States, Morris Mohawk Gaming Group (MMGG).

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    • 11 December 2011

      Ontario Inching Closer to Online Gambling

      The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. have sent out a request for proposals from online gaming companies to seek help in running an online gambling operation in Ontario. The move could bring in an estimated $100 million over five years and says that $450 million is annually wagered over the web by Ontarians. There are several provinces already in the online gambling market and according to lottery spokesman Tony Bitonti “we want to . . . get this right the first time.

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    • 09 December 2011

      Not Everyone Sure Online Gambling is Safe

      Nevada and in particularly Las Vegas is pushing to regulate online gambling either within the state or on a national level. Many U.S. land based casinos are already making partnerships with online gambling companies to get ready for what they hope is the inevitable passing of some kind of U.S. regulations. Not everyone however seems to be on the online gambling bandwagon.

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    • 05 December 2011

      Commission Study Shows $60m in Online Poker Revenues in Iowa

      A new study in Iowa by the Racing and Gaming Commission projects if lawmakers choose to legalize online poker within the state, operators could make between $13-60 million dollars a year. The report goes on to say that if poker operators would be levied the same tax level that is currently being levied to most of the state-licensed riverboats and racetrack-casinos that the state gambling revenue would increase $3 million and $13 million annually.

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