• Gambling News

    • 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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    • 17 May 2010

      Microgaming Is Migrating all US Players

      Big announcement! Starting June 1, 2010, casinos operating on Microgaming software will stop allowing US players to play in their casinos.An agreement has been worked out with a new casino called CasinoShare US. This casino is launching on May 17, 2010 and is aimed specifically  at providing United States players a site they can play at.IF you have ever played at Microgaming’s Players Palace casino, then CasinoShare US will be mighty familiar.

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    • 16 May 2010

      May 19th Set For Online Gambling Hearing

      The House Ways and Means Committee had announced a hearing on tax issues concerning possible changes to the online gambling laws in the United States. The Hearing is scheduled for May 19th. UIGEA, better known as the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act is set to go into effect June 1. UIGEA makes it illegal for banks and other financial institutions to knowingly process payments from or to known or suspected gambling sites. Rep.

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    • 15 May 2010

      Poker Player Alliance to Rally in Olympia

      Lee Rousso, the Poker Players Alliance Washington State’s Director is trying to overturn a Washington State law that makes playing online poker a Class C felony; a Class C felony is equivalent to child pornography and heroin possession. Rousso’s argument is that the law violates the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.

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    • 14 May 2010

      Canadian Man Pleads Guilty in U.S. Online Gambling Charge

      Douglas Rennick, a Canadian man, has pleaded guilty to a count of processing offshore bets of U.S. citizens. Originally Rennick was looking at a charge of conspiracy and bank fraud. He had allegedly laundered $350 million dollars for overseas internet gambling companies. Rennick was indicted in August and on Tuesday entered a guilty plea to the one charge in New York Federal court. Part of the plea was forfeiting $17.1 million and a possible prison term of 6-12 months.

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    • 10 May 2010

      Party Gaming Opens Offices in Los Angeles

      For U.S. online poker players that remember the days when PartyPoker was the biggest online poker site, there may be a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Party Gaming released its Q1 report last week showing gains in revenue of 27% and Chief Executive Jim Ryan said of the U.S. market,“We are seeing increased momentum towards regulating online poker. It’s possible that it could happen this year and we’re prepared if it does.”Party Gaming which dominated the U.S.

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    • 09 May 2010

      Beverly Man Charged With Violating UIGEA

      The United States justice Dept. today announced that Todd Lyons, of Beverly, MA, was charged with 36 counts of racketeering and related charges, for running an illegal gambling business in the United States but with the internet site in Antigua. Lyons is one of the first persons charged with violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). And he is the first to be charged in Massachusetts.

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    • 06 May 2010

      No More Online Gambling Barriers in Italy

      Online gambling in Italy will now be less restrictive according to an announcement made by the European Commission. Before today, The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) and the National Horse Breeders Enhancement Society (UNIRE) had the exclusive rights to sports betting and organizing online gambling. This meant not only could other European gambling operators not offer their services in Italy but even their websites were effectively blocked.

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    • 04 May 2010

      France to Legalize Online Casino Gambling

      The government of France has decided to legalize online casino gambling. Going in direct defiance of recent actions by Estonia and Belgium, France has drafted a law that would legalize online casino gambling and would allow local and foreign investors to invest in this activity and partake in the more than 1 billion Euros played by French citizens in the last year. France will benefit in a big way from the taxes to be paid by each online casino.

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    • 03 May 2010

      Barney Frank’s Bill Gains More Support

      Barney Frank and his bill to legalize and regulate online gambling have gained two big names as co-sponsors. Joining Frank’s fight for online gambling are Dina Titus (D-NV) and William Owens (D-NY). They joined the fight as co-sponsors on April 15.Dina Titus joining the fight is seen as a good omen by some.

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