Gambling News

  • 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.

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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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  • 30 November 2011

    Online Gambling Will Miss Barney Frank

    One of online gambling’s biggest supporters has announced he will not seek another term in office. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) announced that he will not seek reelection in 2012.In 2006, Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in a last moment add-on to must pass legislation. This angered Rep. Frank and ever since he has fought for online gambling and has sponsoring of several pieces of legislation to legalize and regulate online gaming in the United States.

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  • 29 November 2011

    Online Gambling Companies Complain to EU over Greek Law

    A complaint has been filed by online gambling companies with the European Union (EU) regulators against the new Greek revenue-raising law. The new law, according to the complaint would hinder betting firms who would want to start services in Greece.The European Gaming and Betting Association which represents some of the big names in online gambling including Bwin.

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  • 19 November 2011

    DOJ May Have Deal in Place For Sale of Full Tilt Poker

    According to a Thursday article on CNNMoney, a deal was reached between Groupe Bernard Tapie (GBT) and the US Department of Justice.  The article claimed that this deal was brokered by the DOJ and cleared the way for GBT to purchase Full Tilt Poker.  The article however was taken down quickly after it was put up.An article on CBS news however has also posted an AP story that also claims that a preliminary agreement has been reached with prosecutors.

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  • 17 November 2011

    European Parliament Agreed on Online Gambling Resolution

    Back in October, the European Parliament’s internal market committee adopted a resolution on online gambling. At the time Clive Hawkswood, Remote Gambling Association chief executive committed that“The most important questions are whether these recommendations will lead to any concrete action and, if so, when.

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  • 14 November 2011

    More Online Gambling Meetings Scheduled This Week in Congress

    With one online gambling Congressional meeting done, a house panel plans to look deeper into the issue starting this week. The issue at hand is internet gambling and the efforts to legalize online poker.The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade has set a hearing Nov. 18th according to officials, there has not been a list of speakers released as of yet.The last subcommittee session last month talked about legalizing, regulating, and taxing online poker.

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  • 08 November 2011

    Gaming Policy Committee Revived in Nevada

    “I hope to sketch a new road map for the journey ahead.” That is what Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada said as he announced that he will be reviving the Gaming Policy Committee at the State Bar of Nevada’s Gaming Law Conference. The committee is made up of 11 members and their discussions could eventually lead to the making of policy, decisions, regulations and legislation of the gaming industry in Nevada.

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  • 02 November 2011

    MGM Resorts Announces Alliance with Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment

    With billions on the line, people like Donald Trump and the major casino companies are rushing to get into the right position to take advantage of if and when the United States regulates online gambling. The MGM Resorts announced this week their poker alliance with Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, the company that owns Party Poker, the second largest online poker service worldwide and the World Poker Tour. Jim Murren, chief of MGM Resorts said in a statement; “MGM is proud to have bwin.

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  • 31 October 2011

    German Online Gambling Proposal Criticized

    The rules for online gambling in Germany are changing and though it seems that Germany is relaxing its grip a little, it is not far enough according to the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and some of Europe’s largest online gambling operators. Currently 15 of the 16 German States have a adopted a policy that will follow the French model that taxes all bets at 5%, far lower than the originally planned 16.67%. The total allowed licenses will also increase from the current 7 to twenty.

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