Gambling News

  • 17 August 2010

    Betfair Launches new iPad App

    Betfair has gotten into the Apple app business and has launched a new gambling application for the iPad.  For those mobile gamblers in the U.S., no need to get excited and search long hours in your iTunes store, it is not available in the United States. This app has only been launched to the residents of the UK and Ireland. The Betfair app uses GPS to make sure the bets are being placed from the proper region.

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  • 16 August 2010

    Is Online Gambling in Alberta Far Off?

    It seems the domino effect is going strong in North America as far as regulating online gambling is concerned.  British Columbia and Quebec already allow online gambling and Ontario will soon follow.  Now it seems Alberta is at least looking to follow in the same path. Online gambling is legal in Canada but operating a site within its borders is not.

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  • 13 August 2010

    NFL No Longer Opposing Legalized Online Gambling

    As we have been writing about, Barney Frank’s HR 2267 seems to be gaining a lot of strength since it passed the House Financial Services Committee mark-up session.  Since that day it has gained a new co-sponsor and now it has lost a major opponent the stood in the way of legalized online gambling. The influential NFL has softened its stance to legalized online gambling. The NFL has been linked to being a major influence in the passing of the UIGEA in 2006.

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  • 10 August 2010

    Ontario Also Looking at Legalized Online Gambling

    On Saturday, The Star Canada’s largest daily newspaper, reported that Premier Dalton McGuinty’s administration is facing a $19.7 billion budget deficit. Due to this, McGuinty is looking into the possibility of Ontario expanding into the online gambling industry. The government needs money, and sources say legalizing online gambling could bring in up to $500 million a year.

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  • 06 August 2010

    HR226 Gets Another Co-Sponsor in Congressman John Campbell

    Most are hailing the passing of HR 2267, The Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act last week as a victory for getting some kind of regulation for online gambling in the U.S. The next step is getting the consideration of the full House of Representatives. Today that next step got more support in the way of Congressman John Campbell (R-CA) who added his name to the growing list of co-sponsors to the bill that now total 70. In last week’s hearing Rep.

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  • 04 August 2010

    Big Loss to Affiliate World

    Last week the industry lost a well known and well loved member: Alan Leonard, better known as The Captain.Allan was an affiliate since the early days 10 years ago, and most affiliates and affiliate managers are well aquainted with him.Allan had a brilliant, warm smile that will never be forgotten by anyone who met him. He was never shy to tell you that he loved you, and he was a most loyal friend, always there to help you and cheer you up.

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  • 03 August 2010

    888 Have Suitors For A Merge

    The merger between BWIN and PartyGaming which has resulted in the world’s largest online gambling firm has caused a ripple across the rest of the gambling industry. Online gambling firm 888 has now acknowledged it has been contacted by competitors looking to put together a similar plan. Chief Executive Gigi Levy told Reuters that, “This puts us in a position in which we are one of the best assets in the field — we got a few phone calls immediately from various people.

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  • 29 July 2010

    PartyGaming to Merge with Bwin Interactive

    It was announced today that two big powers in the European online gambling market will merge into one. In a reverse takeover, PartyGaming plans on acquiring Bwin Interactive in a deal valued at $1.76 billion dollars. This would create the world’s biggest traded online gambling company. According to Bloomberg, “The merged company, which had reported sales of 682 million euros, will be 51.

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  • 28 July 2010

    Barney Franks Online Gambling Bill Passes Mark Up Vote

    Step one passed with flying colors.  House Committee on Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank’s bill H.R. 2267 the Internet Gambling Regulation and Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act took a step today in trying to regulate online gambling in the United States. This bill would regulate internet gambling in the U.S. as well as require operators who have gotten a license to have safeguards in place to curb underage gambling and to help prevent problem gambling.

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  • 26 July 2010

    Online Gambling Bill Headed for Mark Up Vote

    Just like it was alluded to last week in the House Financial Services hearing Barney Frank’s H.R. 2267, the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act is moving quickly through the beginning stages and already has a mark-up set for Tuesday, July 27th. The hearing had its fair share of supporters and distracters with heated discussion’s coming from both sides.

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  • 24 July 2010

    North American Online Gamblers Still Waiting for PlayNow.com

    After the crash of the first North American online gambling site, PlayNow.com and the final admission of the B.C. Lottery Corporation that it had a privacy breach where over 130 players had their private information seen by other players, the government today said they have no idea when the site will reopen for business. Rich Coleman, the Housing and Social Development Minister did not give a timeline has to when the problem would be fixed and players could return to play.

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  • 22 July 2010

    Positive Hearing on U.S. Internet Gambling Regulation

    In three months the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) will turn 4 years old.  The regulations put in place to govern how to enforce this law just came into effect in June and now, finally, Barney Frank and his bill  HR 2267, the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act is moving forward to try and change it.

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  • 21 July 2010

    PlayNow.com Shut Down Over Privacy Breach

    Though we thought it was the high demand of players that were trying to access the B.C. Lottery Corporation’s new gambling site Playnow.com that had it shut down Thursday morning shortly after a much heralded launch. We find out now it was a privacy breach that was the cause of the shut down.

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  • 16 July 2010

    Legal Online Casinos in North America

    Looks like we finally have legal online casino gambling in North America, you just have to go to the northern part of North America to get it. British Columbia is looking at getting its piece of the close to $100 million that is being gambled on off shore websites by its residents. It is now the first official North American authority to offer legal online casino gambling. Thursday, B.C. residents can go to PlayNow.

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  • 07 July 2010

    After One Month, What Are The Effects OF UIGEA?

    Well folks, it’s a done deal. After several delays and a final campaign to reverse it, UIGEA (the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) went into full effect on June 1st, 2010.

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  • 30 June 2010

    California Delays Gambling Bill

    State Senator Roderick Wright, Chairman of the Governmental Organization Committee, delayed a vote by his committee on his bill that will create a license and regulatory system for online gambling within the state of California. Instead of a vote on the bill, he decided to tell the committee about the progress of the bill and why California needs a bill to license and regulate online gambling. He stated that the bill needs more work.

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  • 29 June 2010

    ARJEL Approves Two More for Online Gambling

    The French Gaming regulator ARJEL this week has awarded two more licenses to operate online gambling sites in France. PartyGaming was given a license to operate their online poker and sports betting websites to French residents. PartyGaming will offer sports betting right away and when the issue with Malta is remedied, they will offer online poker. Earlier PartyGaming announced three deals that will allow them to benefit from a huge pool of players.

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  • 23 June 2010

    Online Poker Hearing Set for California

    “It would take money out of the state. We said this should be a game for Californians, run by Californians,” that’s what Morongo spokesman Patrick Dorinson told the Desert Sun about the upcoming hearing about legalising online poker in California. The Morongo band of Mission Indians are apart of the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations (TASIN) and they are opposed to SB 1485 that could legalise and tax intrastate online poker.

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  • 17 June 2010

    Virgin Group Setting Up New Game Site

    Feel like a little online wagering? Feel like doing it all in the United States? Relax… the chance is here. Virgin Gaming, is announcing on Tuesday, at the E3 video game industry show, that it will be offering video gamers online, a chance to go head to head against others players online and win large cash prizes. To get around the US laws against gambling, they have to make sure that they label their games and games of skill and not chance. That way, it is not gambling.

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  • 16 June 2010

    Atlantic City Casinos Reject Intrastate Online Gambling

    Everything was looking rosy for online gambling in New Jersey after the June 3 3-1 vote by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee to pass Senate bill S490 with very few amendments.Now, the very casinos that would most benefit from that very law, have announced through the Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ), their trade organization, that they do not want the bill to pass. CANJ represents all eleven Atlantic City casinos.

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  • 13 June 2010

    New Danish Gambling Law Goes Back To European Commission

    Due to complaints from land based gambling companies, the new Danish gambling law is headed back to the European Commission for further review.The complaint from the land based gambling companies is that the tax provisions of the new law are unfair.This comes following reports that Danske Spil, the former state online gambling monopoly, would have to abandon it’s online poker b2b deal with the world’s leading listed online gaming company, Party gaming.

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  • 09 June 2010

    Harrah’s Pushing For Internet Gambling Regulation

    It has been disclosed that Harrah’s has hired the lobbying firm Capital Counsel, a self described “full service, bipartisan government relations firm providing political analysis, strategic advice, and advocacy services”.Harrah’s has hired Capitol Counsel for the purposes of lobbying congress on matters relating to gambling and taxation.

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  • 09 June 2010

    France Issues 11 Licenses For Online Gambling

    France acknowledged that 11 companies have been granted license and have been registered to conduct online sports and horse race betting as well as online poker within France. According to Arjel president Jean-Francois Vilotte, the regulator of gaming in France, “There were 35 requests for licenses and we have retained 17 at this stage. None have been formally rejected.

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  • 05 June 2010

    Could Intrastate Gambling Be Coming?

    Several states in the US have initiatives before their legislative bodies to allow intrastate gambling within the borders of their respective states.  The states with lotteries may hold an edge in that department. GTech, Scientific Games, and Intralot, three of the primary lottery providers in the US, all have gambling platforms and games ready to go, thanks to their interactive games branches.

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  • 04 June 2010

    Calls For Change in EU Gambling Laws

    A very loud call has been made for the overhaul of the EU gambling laws after the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in a case that the Netherlands could block a bookmaker and a betting exchange from offering bets to Dutch citizens. The court ruled that the Netherlands could block Ladbrokes and Betfair  from offering bets if their purpose was to combat “fraud and crime”.Both companies stated that they believe the real reason behind the ruling was to maintain DeLotto’s state licensed monopoly.

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  • 04 June 2010

    Online Poker in France Challenged by Malta

    The French law that would impose a 7.5 percent tax on online sports and horseracing wagers and a 2 percent levy on poker bets has met a last minute snag with the regulation on online poker in the form of a complaint filed by Malta. The online sports betting and horse race betting will open up next week as planned however, the online poker plans have been postponed for at least a month.

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  • 03 June 2010

    New Jersey Senate Committee Approves Online Gambling Via Atlantic City Casinos

    The New Jersey Senate today took a stand to become the first state in the country to allow internet gambling within the state boundaries. The senate released a bill from committee which would allow Atlantic City casinos to build and operate an intra-state online gambling network, capable of accessing casino run portals for gambling, including poker, blackjack and many other games.

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  • 02 June 2010

    Hop-On Inc Seeking Licensees in California for Online Gaming Software

    Hop-On Inc , who’s patents for GSM and CDMA technologies have resulted in license agreements with some of the biggest names in cell phones such as Qualcomm, Motorola, Ericsson, and Nokia to just name a few, has announced today in a press release that they will be seeking licensees for their gaming software for California.

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  • 02 June 2010

    France to Award 30 Licenses for Online Gambling

    Today the government of France approved a new online gambling bill. The bill passed the French parliament by a narrow 299-233 vote. The French will grant only 30 licenses to operate online casinos and poker rooms within its borders. Though it is now official and France says that licenses will be granted in time for the 2010 World Cup, not everyone is excited about the French market.

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  • 01 June 2010

    California Voting Today on Legalizing Online Poker

    California is in a financial bind. It is staring in the face of a $19 billion budget shortfall by the end of this fiscal year (2011). The urgency in producing revenue in the state can be reflected in the introduction of a SB 1485 Friday that will authorize the creation of an online poker system within California.

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