• Gambling News

    • 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. From their website,

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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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    • 31 May 2010

      UIGEA Set To Go Into Effect Tuesday

      UIGEA, the Unlawful Internet gambling Enforcement Act, goes into effect on Tuesday, leaving many players wondering just how it will affect the way they gamble online.UIGEA was passed back in 2006, and since then, many lawmakers have been learned much about internet gambling and have changed their stance concerning UIGEA.Under UIGEA’s provisions, the banks are charged with policing internet gambling.

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    • 27 May 2010

      UIGEA Law Takes Effect June 1st: What it Means to Online Poker and Casino Deposits

      Just how this is going to affect everyone that plays online is still in question. The Bankers say that they do not know how they are going to implement this law, since it is so unclear and will take away the privacy from their customers. We will have to wait and see just what does happen when this law goes into effect. ORLANDO, FL, May 27, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act looks to be on track to go into full effect on June 1, 2010.

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    • 26 May 2010

      Neteller’s Name Used In Phishing Scam

      One of the oldest and most respected online payment services companies in the online gaming industry, has been used by persons unknown for a phishing scam. Someone has tried to use Neteller’s name on the internet to phish out sensitive information on unsuspecting victims.Before 2006 and UIGEA, Neteller was one of the premier payment services companies servicing the American online gaming industry.

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    • 24 May 2010

      The Great Debate: How To Tax Online Casinos?

      If nothing else, the debate over whether or not to regulating online gambling, has a new, somewhat hurried, question. That question has changed from “do we really want this?” to “how can we best do this and get the greatest windfall?”. To get there from here is going to be testy. On Wednesday, the House Ways and Means Committee heard evidence, pro and con, on how to raise money from online gambling.

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    • 22 May 2010

      US Land Based Casinos and Foreign Online Casino Operators Getting Friendly?

      Foreign online casino operators, the historic enemy of the US land based casinos, are getting all friendly like towards the US casinos. The new turn of attitudes is likely based on the billions of dollars up for grabs if and when the US legalizes and regulates online gambling. When the licenses go up for grabs, it will be beneficial for the foreign operators to have alliances in place with land based casinos in the US.

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    • 21 May 2010

      Oregon Rep. Changes Stand On Online Gambling

      Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer issued a statement after Wednesday’s Ways and Means Committee hearing on Jim McDermott’s bill, stating that he was wrong to oppose online gambling and that he had learned that it was hypocritical to oppose it. He also cited the continual need for good sources of revenue. He said he no longer wished to restrict United States citizens from playing at online casinos.

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    • 21 May 2010

      Rep Frank Hopes To Bring Gambling Bill To Floor This Year

      Rep. Barney Frank, the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee has said that he plans to bring his bill legalizing online gambling before his committee in July and hopes to have it passed by the House this year.Frank testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday in support of a bill by Rep. Jim McDermott, which sets up a framework for taxing online gambling. The committee was hearing evidence for and against such a proposal.

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    • 19 May 2010

      House Committee Hears Tax Proposal on Online Gambling

      The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing today on the tax proposals related to Internet gambling. According to Ways & Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI), this was not a hearing about the legality of online gambling but, “We meet today to explore the tax implication and proposals to legalize internet gambling. We need to get a sense of the size and scope of this emerging market which is almost exclusively conducted today outside the United States.”

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    • 19 May 2010

      Microgaming Coming to State Lotteries through Betware

      An agreement has been reached between Betware and Microgaming where as Betware will now be licensed to sell and market the Microgaming online casino games to lotteries at both the state and national level. Betware is a gaming and solution services vendor that started in 1996 and based in Iceland. It also has established regional offices in Denmark, Spain, Poland and Canada. The company boasts on its website it is “all a lottery or gaming company needs”.

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    • 19 May 2010

      Congress To Alter US Online Gambling Laws?

      On Wednesday, the House Ways and Means Committee will hear a proposal from Rep. Jim McDermott. His proposed legislation sets up a system to tax internet gambling. This legislation goes hand in hand with Barney Frank’s proposed legislation to overturn UIGEA (the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) and to also set up a system for regulating internet gambling.

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    • 19 May 2010

      Ireland To Offer Regulated Online Gambling

      With Ireland’s horse racing industry struggling in the current economic downturn, Brian Cowen, the Irish Head of Government, stated that he is looking to regulated online gambling as his solution to helping the racing industry. “This will have the additional benefit of facilitating the extension of the tax regime for the betting industry to all those providing online and telephone betting and so underpin funding for the racing industry”, said Cowen.

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    • 17 May 2010

      PPA Again Petitions To Have Poker Exempted From UIGEA

      John Pappas, Executive Director of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), has once again petitioned Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in an effort to have poker exempted from UIGEA’s oversight. The petition is also signed by 22 members of Congress.

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