Gambling News

  • 10 February 2010

    New Jersey State Senate Committee Approves Sports Wagering

    On Monday, the New Jersey State Senate Committee on Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation, approved a bill sponsored by Raymond Lesniak, calling for a referendum on sports wagering. The bill passed by a 4 – 0 margin. Can intrastate internet gambling be far behind?Lesniak, citing figures from the Press of Atlantic City, stated: “legalized sports betting would raise $100 million in new state revenues and generate $500 million for the casinos and racetracks.

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  • 09 February 2010

    Are Terrorists Laundering Money Through Online Casinos?

    UIGEA was first passed in 2006, after being snuck into the Safe Ports Act, with the supposed purpose of stopping terrorists from moving funds around by use of online casinos. The fact that there has never been any evidence of that in the public sector since it’s passage, has not stopped it’s supporters from wanting it enforced.

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  • 08 February 2010

    Internet Gambling Proponents Gear Up For Battle

    Fueled by millions of dollars from overseas gambling companies, and encouraged by the Obama administration’s delay in the enforcement of UIGEA, poker lobbyists are gearing up to for an all out fight to legalize internet gambling in the United States this year. Spearheaded by Rep. Barney Frank (D – Mass), Democrats in congress are pushing to pass legislation which would legalize and regulate many online betting games, such as poker, blackjack, majongg and others.

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  • 07 February 2010

    Gambling Lobbyists Working Overtime

    BolaVerde Media Group (BVMG) recently released a new Internet Gambling Federal Lobbying report which estimates that $3.65 million was spent lobbying the U.S. government over online gambling during the third quarter of 2009. This was from both supporters and opponents. This money is a 50% increase from the previous year.

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  • 06 February 2010

    Playtech’s Mobile Gaming App To Help Repeal UIGEA?

    Playtech, the largest supplier of online gaming software, has released the new, revolutionary Mobile Web Apps. This software brings many gambling games, such as Texas hold em poker, blackjack, craps, and video poker, straight to a cell phone or other personal mobile device. The software places a strong emphasis on security and safety.Other games included in Playtech’s new app are bingo, and slots.

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  • 05 February 2010

    Maryland Enters Into Gaming Tables War of States

    Maryland lawmakers, caught in the middle of the war for gaming tables between Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, has entered into the fray itself. Yesterday, Maryland legislator Frank Turner proposed a bill which would authorize the games of blackjack and baccarat, among others.The legislation is to change the Maryland constitution to allow table gambling, including poker. If the bill passes, it will be placed on the November ballot in November for the voters to decide the issue.

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  • 04 February 2010

    Is Visa Next? Mastercard Blocks US Gambling Transactions

    Today Mastercard, which is a major form of depositing into online casinos, poker sites and all online gaming, being used by US citizens was widely blocked. Apparently Mastercard is clamping down on altered transaction codes. Several major sites does not use Mastercard as a deposit method. Altered codes came to Mastercard’s attention some time ago, back then gaming sites were able to figure their way around it in less than two months.

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  • 03 February 2010

    iMEGA Testifies Before NJ Gaming and Tourism Committee

    A bill was introduced earlier this month by New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak which would regulate and legalize intrastate internet gambling. The bill specifically mentions online poker. Taking no chances, Lesniak also introduced a separate bill calling for a referendum to permit sports betting.Items discussed at the hearing included the legality of internet gambling and sports betting in the U.S.

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  • 03 February 2010

    Table Games Approved at Delaware Racetrack Casinos

    Gov. Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware, signed the bill which allows the state’s three racetrack casinos to offer table games, on the evening of the day the bill was passed. A spokesman said that the games could be ready to play by summer at the states three racetrack casinos: Dover Downs, Harrington Raceway, and Delaware Park. At present, the racetrack casinos offer only slot machines.This follows Pennsylvania’s passage of table gaming earlier this month.

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  • 01 February 2010

    Gaming Community Digs Deep for Haiti Relief

    The attendees at the recent iGaming Business Affiliate Awards program showed their generous hearts when they donated 65,000 British Pounds Sterling (about $103,371) to the Haitian relief effort. That amount was doubled by the Calvin Ayre Foundation, bringing the grand total for the donation to 130,000 pounds ($206,742).The donation will be sent to Oxfam, in Oxfordshire. Oxfam is one of the companies spearheading relief efforts for the Haitian earthquake relief efforts.

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  • 01 February 2010

    New Casino Software Displayed at IGE-ICEi

    The recent IGE-ICEi trade exhibition in London was the background for several casino software providers to showcase their new goods. Buyers, as well as players, will have a lot to look forward to this year.IGT subsidiary WagerWorks, showcased it’s newly released dual online and land casino slot game Monty’s Millions. Also shown was a soon to be released slot game named Kitty Litter.

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  • 28 January 2010

    Gambling Debate Holds up Treasury Appointments

    The fight is on in Washington D.C. four Presidential appointments for Treasury Dept. positions are being held up by Arizona Republican Jon Kyl, to protest to protest a move by the Obama administration and the Federal Reserve to delay by six months the enforcement of regulations prohibiting gambling on the web.

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  • 27 January 2010

    Will MGM Mirage Leave Atlantic City?

    The MGM Mirage, suffering from the poor economy in the sagging Atlantic City market, is setting itself up for an initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock exchange. The offering could raise upwards of $1 billion. The idea is to sell shares of its 50% owned MGM Grand Macau. The problem is that MGM is partnered with Hong Kong business woman Pansy Ho, daughter of Macau casino giant Stanley Ho. And he has alleged ties to Chinese organized crime triads.

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  • 26 January 2010

    Playtech and U.S. Partner Sign Deal

    Playtech, a leading online gaming software provider, has signed a deal with NASDAQ listed Scientific Games Corporation. This move demonstrates Playtech’s  intention to re-enter the U.S. gaming market when it becomes legal to wager online. This move also promoted a raise of 11% of Playtech stock shares.This deal has two parts. First is a 50-50 joint venture called Sciplay, which will focus on the global B2G (government sponsored)  online gaming market.

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  • 23 January 2010

    PartyGaming Admits to Merger Talks

    After much speculation, PartyGaming, the online poker company, has admitted to being in talks with Bwin, a rival Austrian sports betting company, about a possible merger. Such a merger could be worth more than L2 billion. It says it is also talking with other potential partners.

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  • 22 January 2010

    Kentucky Gambling Bill Killed by Senate

    The Kentucky State Senate failed to pass legislation requiring a constitutional amendment on any expansion of gambling in the state. The vote was along strict party lines. Republican David Williams, Senate President, who sponsored the bill, said he opposes the expansion of gambling in Kentucky, but that his bill would have let the voters decide the issue.

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  • 21 January 2010

    32Red Casino has Been Acquired by Nedplay

    This is an interesting turn of events. We hope that it works out for all involved. (Free-Press-Release.com) January 21, 2010 — 32Red is today pleased to announce that Nedplay casino becomes part of the award-winning gaming operator’s group of casinos.

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  • 21 January 2010

    IGaming Community Called to Aid Haiti by Calvin Ayre

    I think this is fantastic!!! A big KUDDOS to all that participate!!! We need more people like this, what a better world it would be. LONDON, England — (PRESS RELEASE) — No one watching the news in the past week could have ignored the cries and pleas for help coming from one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere – Haiti.

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  • 20 January 2010

    New Jersey Legalizing Online Gambling Update!

    The State of New Jersey, attempting to become the first state to legalize intrastate internet gambling, is now looking at passing senate bill S3167, introduced by Senator Raymond Lesniak. It is designed to allow the games of poker, blackjack, and baccarat, to be played online.The state’s casinos, who have taken a beating during the recent economic troubles, are expected to be the first to apply for licenses.

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  • 20 January 2010

    David Barber Leader of Gov.'s Task Force Resigns

    The Director of the Governor’s Task Force, David Barber after winnings on Illegal Gambling, won at the Choctaw Indian Casino in Philadelphia, Mississippi. David Barber Offered his resignation because he felt his $2,300 would be a distraction. And Governor Riley said it was appropriate. They do not know for sure when the money was won, but they think it was when former County district Attorney and his wife went to a Mississippi Casino to celebrate a special occasion.

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  • 18 January 2010

    GTECH G2 Side Games Launched by Virgin Casino

    Here is some of your favorite land based casino games now online, like Bar X Majic 7 and more. 18-01-2010 (Stockholm, Sweden) – Virgin Casino has added four more games from the GTECH G2 side games portfolio.  The Electrocoin Bar X Magic launched at the popular UK casino several weeks ago and now four more proven popular games have been added: Triple Chance Hi Lo, Casino Dice, Spin Win, Aces High, Bingo Keno Extreme.

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  • 18 January 2010

    Controversy with Harry Reid Could Change Online Gambling in the US

    If the GOP has their way and force the resignation of Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, regulated online gambling may be one step closer to reality. Senator Reid has fought hard to keep online gambling illegal, in order to protect the gaming interests of his home state of Nevada. If he were no longer in Washington, many believe Rep. Barney Frank’s proposal for regulated internet gambling would have a much better chance of passage.

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  • 17 January 2010

    Legalizing Internet Gambling Bill for New Jersey

    The State of New Jersey may be joining the squabble over legalizing internet gaming. State Senator Raymond Lesniak has introduced bill S3167, which would make it legal to play and bet on the games of poker, roulette, baccarat, mini baccarat, craps, blackjack, slots, pai gow, red dog, and sic bo. The bill would require that the servers and monitoring offices for the internet gaming companies be located in Atlantic County, New Jersey.

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  • 16 January 2010

    Haiti Relief Poker Tournament by Doyles Room Online Poker

    Attention all online poker players. Want to help the cause in Haiti and still player poker? Then have we got the perfect deal for you. DoylesRoom.com is giving all of its proceeds from this Wednesday’s $50,000 Bounty tournament to a relief organization. In addition, it is going to match all bounty money won and will add additional funds to help the relief work in Haiti. That is a potential total of $50,000 to be donated to the Haiti relief efforts.

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  • 15 January 2010

    2009 Online Gambling Dispute Stats Released by eCOGRA

    This is all checked and done for the benefit to the players for approved online sites. If they are eCOGRA approved they are safe!

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  • 13 January 2010

    Microgaming Upgrade Rejected by Casino Rewards

    I am sure this came as a disappointment to Microgaming, but looking out for the players interests always comes first! LAS VEGAS, Nevada — (PRESS RELEASE) — A planned upgrade by game software provider Microgaming has been rejected by CasinoRewards.com in an effort to maintain the best user experience across its 19 online casino brands.

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  • 12 January 2010

    Barney Frank Heads up Internet Gambling Regulation

    HOT news right off the press!! KUDDOS to Barney Frank!! Let’s all of us stand behind him and show our support in this matter. It will make the world of difference in our freedom to play online!

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  • 12 January 2010

    Iowa not likely to Expand Gambling

    Iowa, like so many other states, is looking for ways to make up state budget shortfalls caused by the economic crisis. One idea being passed around by many is expanding gambling in the state. However, the state legislature is no so enamored by the idea. With 21 licensed casinos in the state already, state lawmakers say that further expansion of gambling is very unlikely.

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  • 10 January 2010

    Estonia has Legalized Online Casinos

    The little Republic of Estonia, sitting up on the northern European border with the Baltic Sea, is finally a leader in the European community. Estonia has just recently legalized online gambling. With this latest move, Estonia hopes to ease some of the financial shortfalls brought about by the financial crisis of the last year.

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  • 09 January 2010

    The Sentencing of David Carruthers

    David Carruthers’ ordeal is finally over. Or soon will be in 33 months. That is the length of the sentence handed down to him by Judge Carol E. Jackson of the Missouri Eastern district Court following a plea agreement between David Carruthes and federal prosecutors yesterday. He has been confined to a hotel in St. Louis, MO. Since his arrest in 2006, he has been under electronic surveillance while waiting for trial.

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