Gambling News

  • 02 June 2015

    The Fight for Online Gambling Continues in South Africa

    In South Africa, there's a long and really interesting history when it comes to online gambling because it's been legalized and made illegal in various forms over and over again. Right now certain types of online gambling are legal like sports betting, but most forms are not. Geordin Hill-Lewis is a South African MP who has been fighting the good fight trying to get online gambling laws expanded, but he's running into a ton of opposition from the government.

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  • 01 June 2015

    Police Union Finance Officer Stole One Million for Gambling

    It's not looking like a good time for the financial officer of the Queensland Police Union Kelly Harris. Harris is accused of stealing about a million dollars from union accounts over around six months. These allegations state that funds were moved to accounts that did not belong to the union where the funds were then used to bet online on horse races. Kelly has gotten a lawyer for himself, and it's going to be interesting to see how this one turns out.

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  • 27 May 2015

    California Continues Looking at Online Poker

    In hearings this week in the joint Senate-Assembly for the state of California, Governmental Organization committees heard expert testimony from several interesting parties that had a lot to say about the feasibility of vetting and licensing operators. They also heard from others who had other types of interest in the proposed legislation, and a strong case for online poker's expansion continued to be heard.

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  • 26 May 2015

    Online Gambling in the UK Has Grown at 8.3 Percent Annually

    Anyone who is involved in the online gambling industry in any capacity can tell you that it's growing, but we don't always get straight-forward numbers on just how much it is. The Gambling Commission of the United Kingdom, however, has been tracking values since 2008, and they have some very serious numbers that paint a clear picture about what growth in this industry has been like. The Real Growth From 2008 through 2015, participation in online gambling grew an average of 8.

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  • 19 May 2015

    Dutch Regulators Working With Isle of Man in New Agreement

    One of the main problems facing the online gambling world is that there are no unified rules about what should and shouldn't be allowed. There are no standards of behavior or for licensing, and because different countries have different rules on taxation, it wouldn't necessarily be helpful if they did. It's been a long time coming for countries to start working together more on this issue because independent licensing and accrediting groups can only do so much.

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  • 19 May 2015

    Romania Creates Questionable Retroactive Tax Policy for Online Gambling

    Romania has been a trouble area for online gambling legislation for a while, and for the past several years, they have been trying to get together some kind of comprehensive plan to create a better situation for licensing and regulation of the industry. All of that is finally over, and all that's left is the president's signature. However, one particular part of the soon-to-be law involves retroactive taxes for companies that were operating in the country since 2009.

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  • 19 May 2015

    Genii's New Spin16 Slots Platform Promises an Innovative Experience

    For a long time, the slots industry has been stuck in a certain mode of thinking, and this has prevented much in terms of high-level innovation. Instead, most innovation happens at the lower level with new features like wilds that move in different directions or new ways to trigger free spins bonus rounds.

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  • 18 May 2015

    Dutch Politicians Continue to Debate Internet Gambling Taxes

    Lawmakers in most countries are really good at two things: raising taxes and talking a lot. Heavy doses of both are underway right now as Dutch lawmakers debate the specifics of tax rates for the upcoming licensed online gambling that will be underway for the Remote Gaming Act. The major point of contention is that the original rate of 20 percent that was suggested is lower than the 29 percent rate that's paid by land-based establishments.

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  • 18 May 2015

    More Growth Means Microgaming Gets New Office Expansion

    The Isle of Man has been the home of Microgaming for well over a decade, and they have been growing for the nearly 20 years that they have been in operation. Along these lines, it's not all that surprising that they are needing to expand to even more office space soon. They're going to be doing so through the use of a skywalk that will connect the building they are currently in and the new building that will house some of their expanded offices.

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  • 18 May 2015

    1x2Gaming Releases New Dark Thirst Video Slot

    Tons of online casino software developers are out there, and a lot of them have trouble competing with the big dogs in the industry because of the sheer number of games that some of the top companies have in game development space. In the cases of companies that have been able to challenge the "old guard," it's almost always been because they produced higher quality titles. That's exactly the route that 1x2Gaming is hoping to take with their newest game.

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