Gambling News

  • 25 October 2011

    Internet Gambling: Is there a fair bet?

    Internet Gambling: Is there a fair bet? –  That was the name of the hearing today by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trades. Hopefully this was another step towards regulating and legalizing online gambling in the United States. Some like Poker Players Alliance chairman and former Sen. Alfonso D’Amato (R-N.Y.) say it is inevitable. “The status quo is badly broken and benefits no one,” D’Amato said.

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  • 24 October 2011

    Donald Trump Looking for Legal Online Gambling in U.S.

    What is the worst thing that anyone could do to Donald Trump…take money out his pockets and according to him that is exactly what is happening. It seems Mr. Trump, founder of a casino company in Atlantic City, says it’s time for the United Stated to take steps to approve online gambling. His company, Trump Entertainment Resorts, is making plans to be ready as soon as it happens by establishing its own online betting venue.

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  • 21 October 2011

    SubCommittee to Look at Online Gambling in U.S.

    For U.S. online gamblers, it looks like the time is coming to make their case before Congress. Tuesday the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade has scheduled a hearing on U.S. online gambling. The panel will most likely be discussing the legislation introduced by Reps. Joe Barton, R-Texas, and Barney Frank, D-Mass but not specifically on online poker.  Rep.

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  • 19 October 2011

    IPhone Betting App Approved

    A company executive for American Wagering Inc. said last week that their application for allowing sports wagering from IPhones has been approved by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.  This would make American Wagering d.b.a. Leroy’s Horse and Sports Place Inc. the first gaming company in the U.S. to have a free sports application in the iTunes store.

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  • 12 October 2011

    Free U.S. Poker at Calshark.com

    California is not being left behind Las Vegas in launching their free online poker sites. The groups that want make online gambling in legal in California hope that this will show lawmakers how popular this idea will be.Like other states, California’s bid to become the first state to allow online gambling within its borders stalled this year.  Proponents though are already looking towards January to renew their efforts.

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  • 10 October 2011

    Aristocrat Announces Launch of Online Gaming Solution

    It looks like Aristocrat will be the muscle behind some U.S. casinos who are starting to launch free online casinos in the United States. In a press release today, Aristocrat announced that the first casinos to launch the new platform will be the soon to be opened Maryland Live! Casino in Arundel Mills, Maryland, and Island Resort & Casino in Harris, Michigan.

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  • 05 October 2011

    American Gaming Association Calls for New Regulations

    In an industry conference in Las Vegas, Chief Executive Frank Fahrenkopf of the American Gaming Association said he would like Congress to table all the current proposals in front of them and pass an all new regulation that would allow states to decide whether to all online gambling.There is an estimated $6 billion at stake and according to Fahrenkopf, “We’re perhaps closer to federal legislation than we’ve ever been.  There’s a buzz in Washington about the need for action.

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  • 03 October 2011

    Bernard Tapie to Buy Full Tilt Poker

    It seems that losing their license has not ruined the investor Groupe Bernard Tapie from agreeing to buy the struggling Full Tilt Poker.  The French investor as also agreed to pay back the over $300 million owed to players there. There are conditions however and one is that the company resolves its problem with the DOJ. Bernard Tapie is a former government minister, sports tycoon and actor and the Groupe is an investment firm that once owned Adidas in the 90’s.

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  • 30 September 2011

    AGCC Revokes Full Tilt License

    The colossal fall from one of the largest online poker rooms to being accused of by U.S. prosecutors as being a “global Ponzi scheme” is now complete.  Earlier this summer it had its French license revoked and this week, Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) in the Channel Islands has also revoked its license.

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  • 29 September 2011

    Paddy Power Looking for Nevada License

    If everything goes as planned in Nevada, there is an online gambling company based in Ireland that is trying to be the first European gaming operator licensed in the state. Paddy Power is looking to get approval from the Nevada gaming regulators for a license as a manufacturer and operator of mobile gaming devices. They already operate online gambling sites in Australia and across Europe. Paddy Power sites has never excepted U.

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  • 26 September 2011

    Possible Buyers For Full Tilt Poker

    Jeff Ifrah, a lawyer for Full Tilt stated today that “The future is a question of whether we can still find an interested investor.” Ifrah also announced that the company is in talks with a yet unnamed French investor and another possible buyer.Full Tilt it could be argued has been the hardest hit since the DOJ released indictments on three online poker companies in April.

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  • 22 September 2011

    AGA Releases An Online Gambling Code of Conduct

    The American Gaming Association (AGA) president Frank Fahrenkopf has two simple questions:”…‘How much and for how long?’ How much money that we don’t know about is being swindled from US consumers and how long will it take before we change laws to protect those consumers?” This is in response to the DOJ calling Full Tilt Poker a “global Ponzi scheme” after amending the civil lawsuit showing that more than 20 owners and shareholders were paid up

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  • 20 September 2011

    Full Tilt Poker a Global Ponzi Scheme According to Prosecutors

    More bad news regarding Full Tilt Poker was released today in the form of an amendment to the civil law suit filed against the company. The amendment claims more than 20 owners and shareholders were paid up to $443 million.

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  • 19 September 2011

    Court of Justice Sides with Austria

    The European Union’s highest court ruled that Austria could ban foreign gaming firms from operating within its borders. This was a hard hit by online gambling companies trying to release the stronghold of national gambling monopolies. A few online gambling companies have brought this up legally by bringing some of the EU member countries to court. With revenue of €80bn last year, there is much money at stake and so far they have had little success in court against EU members.

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  • 14 September 2011

    The Parliament of Schleswig-Holstein Passed Egaming Legislation

    In late August, opposition parties in Schleswig-Holstein requested that its ruling on a new State gambling treaty be delayed. At the time head of fiscal policy for the Green Party, Monika Heinold stated, “The aim must be a joint state contract.” Two days ago, Schleswig-Holstein, delayed its vote again at the last minute. Today the Parliament of Schleswig-Holstein took the first step by approving Germany’s first egaming legislation by a slim vote of 46-45.

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  • 12 September 2011

    Massachusetts to Look at Online Poker

    Massachusetts has a bill in the legislature that is targeted to expand its land based gambling projects. Republican State Representative Dan Winslow filled an amendment on Friday however that would allow for online gambling in the form of online poker.According to Winslow, his amendment fits into the already proposed gambling bills and would provide an increase in state revenue, create multiple job opportunities and would give the public what it has been asking for, online gambling.

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  • 06 September 2011

    Spain Has New Online Gambling Law

    Bad economic times are not just constrained to the United States. European country’s are also facing tough times and looking for ways to boost the bottom line. Some, like states are doing in the U.S. are looking at regulating online gambling as a way to so just that. In a press release Spain announced a new law on online gambling: VALETTA, Malta — (PRESS RELEASE) — Online gambling is growing rapidly in Spain. Therefore, the government is introducing a new law.

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  • 30 August 2011

    Legal Online Poker in D.C.

    Maybe the U.S. Government is on an island of its own. Though they are standing strong against online gambling (so far), the people around them are now getting ready to “Shuffle up and deal!” The District of Columbia is moving forward with its plan to allow online poker within the next week or so.This plan will allow 20 or 30 districts to offer legalized online poker within the city limits. The only areas offering online poker will be in hotels and bars.

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  • 23 August 2011

    No Online Gambling this Year in California

    According to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, online gambling in California is dead until 2012. This comes as a major disappointment to two Southern California tribes who have spent the better part of this year lobbying for the proposals that where on the table there. This news come on the way of a letter sent from Steinberg to representatives of tribes, card rooms, horse tracks, online poker groups and others who have showed interest.

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  • 18 August 2011

    Is This the Year Congress Regulates Online Gambling?

    More rumors? More hope? Possibly, but it seems there is a chance that a bill that seeks to legalize online gambling in the United States could be headed to Congress by year end. It seems the momentum is building towards federal legislation with online poker leading the way.According to Roger Gross who is the publisher for Global Gaming Business magazine, the only issue will be how it is structured.

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  • 09 August 2011

    Full Tilt Pays Overdue Licensing Fees

    The Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) announced that Full Tilt Poker has paid overdue licensing fees thus allowing talks to end its suspended license to move forward. Martin Heslop, Full Tilt Poker’s lawyer, justified not paying the fees by saying that the poker room never thought it would have its operating license reinstated by Aldernay. The AGCC claims Full Tilt Poker’s license is still valid, just suspended. Another hearing is scheduled for no later than Sept. 15th.

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  • 04 August 2011

    Kahnawake Renews Full Tilt Poker License

    Since Black Friday on April 15th, Full Tilt poker has been on a downward fall that few thought that could pull up from. No money forthcoming to players in withdrawals, Alderney and French licenses suspended and an on again off again rumor of a buyout.Even though Full Tilt still has to resolve the above issues, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC), regulatory authority for the Canadian-based Mohawk territory renewed its Secondary Client Provider Authorization (CPA) for its Kolyma Company.

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  • 01 August 2011

    FairPlayUSA - New Coalition for U.S. Online Poker Players

    There is a new grassroots coalition formed who’s purpose is to try and persuade the U.S. Government to regulate online poker. In doing so FairPlayUSA has gotten some well know advisors to help with the cause. Advisors including U.S. lawyer and child advocate Parry Aftab, former Homeland Security and ex-Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, and WSOP bracelet winner, Greg Raymer.

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  • 28 July 2011

    Bodog Leaving U.S. Online Gambling Market

    In a statement earlier this week, the Bodog Brand announced that as of December 2011, when their licensing agreement with Morris Mohawk Gaming to expires, they will no longer offer their services to the U.S. online gambling market. In their statement they mentioned that as the brand grows into new markets they didn’t want to be affected by “negative perceptions”.  A reference perhaps to the online poker rooms that are being labeled by the U.S.

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  • 27 July 2011

    888 Gets Italian License and Launches 888.it

    888.it was announced today by 888 Holding group after it was awarded an operator’s license in Italy.This will be the first online casino in Italy to offer live casino tables that allow players to interact with professional dealers using a live stream. This live casino experience will be included in games such as baccarat, roulette and blackjack.According to Pier Francesco Geraci, CEO of 888.

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  • 25 July 2011

    Senator Lesniak Response to Reid/Kyle Letter

    One good letter deserves another it seems and though it at least keeps online gambling in the forefront in Washington it seems the war between state and federal politicians about the topic is heating up. New Jersey Senator Ray Lesniak sent his own letter to Attorney General Holder last week disputing some of the facts from the Senator Reid and Kyle letter that was sent earlier last week.

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  • 18 July 2011

    Senator's Reid and Kyl Send Open Letter to AG

    U.S. Senator Harry Reid was one part of a strongly worded letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder asking the Department of Justice (DoJ) to clear up its position on online gambling. That really would come as no surprise if it wasn’t for the co-author of the letter, U.S. Senator Jon Kyl. To many online players Senator Kyl is the ultimate villain as he orchestrated the last minute addition and of the UIGEA to the Port Security bill.

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  • 15 July 2011

    Bodog Gets First License Under New U.K. Requirements

    The U.K. government announced yesterday that overseas bookmakers offering online gaming in the UK will need a license from the Gambling Commission, currently licenses obtained in certain jurisdictions were treated as if they were licensed in Britain. According to John Penrose, the minister responsible for gambling policy, the regulations would be based on the “point of consumption rather than production”. There is also hint of a tax being involved in the new legislation.

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  • 13 July 2011

    American Gaming Association (AGA) to Propose Online Poker Bill

    The American Gaming Association (AGA) publically showed a cool response to Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) federal online poker bill last week. In an address last week AGA chief Frank Fahrenkopf said his group was “not opposing [Barton’s bill], but we are not supporting it.” He said the AGA would throw its entire wait into a mystery bill.Fahrenkopf then said this mystery bill would differ from Barton’s proposal mainly in the way states are involved.

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  • 11 July 2011

    U.K. Online Gambling Reforms Coming

    The dominoes are still falling after the 51 page indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice and now the British government is taking notice. It is Full Tilt Poker again at the center as they have left hundreds of British poker players, just like other online poker players who played there, left without being able to get a hold of their funds. This has prompted Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt to make a major overhaul to the UK online gambling licensing rules.

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