Gambling News

  • 26 August 2009

    Delaware Sports Betting Blocked

    On Monday, a three judge panel from the federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled that the state of Delaware’s plan to allow sports betting would violate the federal ban on sports wagering. Delaware was ready to allow single game wagering to begin on September 1, just in time for the beginning of the 2009 football season.The ruling stated that Delaware’s new proposal violated the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992.

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  • 18 August 2009

    Gary Kaplan Pleads Guilty

    Score one for the U.S Government’s persecution of its citizens. On Friday, Gary Kaplan, founder of BetOnSports.com pled guilty to racketeering conspiracy, violating the Wire Wager Act, and conspiring to violate the Wire Wager Act. With his guilty plea, all other charges were dropped. As part of the deal, he forfeits $43.6 million in illegally obtained monies from his illegal operations.

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  • 17 August 2009

    Drop the Ban on Online Poker

    There is a debate today both in congress and across this great country of ours, about just what is poker playing? Is it gambling, as the government wants to say? Or is it a game of skill, mathematics and strategic thinking? In 2006, congress outlawed internet gambling by making it illegal for banks and credit card companies to handle or process payments made to online gambling sites. As if that were not enough, congress made itself several loop holes.

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  • 15 August 2009

    Intertops Red Casino Going Public!

    Intertops Red Casino has announced they will be going public at the end of this month August. Here is the press release from them. August 14, 2009 – There is no scarcity for the Online casinos and the gambling sites today. Almost everyone with a little programming knowledge can develop Online casinos and gambling sites. The availability of the casino site scripts make it very easy to develop a site that can be called as an Online casino.

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  • 12 August 2009

    Judge Sides With Gambling911

     Score one for the side of the fun loving gaming industry. Judge Laura Swain of the Southern District of New York issued her ruling siding with Costigan Media, parent company of Gambling911. In her ruling, she has ordered the unsealing of the warrants and affidavits used in the seizure of $30 million in funds intended for online poker players.

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  • 11 August 2009

    Mitch Garber Interview

    Mitch Garber was CEO of Party-Gaming, the largest listed online gaming company in the world. He left in 2008, not because he had not been successful but because of the passing of the UIGEA bill at the end of 2006. And being that Party-Gaming was the most high profile and was hugely dependent on the US! When the UIGEA law passed Party-Gaming spent the weekend on the phone with lawyers on both sides trying to decide what to do next. The following Monday they decided to pull out of the US.

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  • 07 August 2009

    The Feds Have Filed New Charges Against Saga Online Payment Processor

    Our friends in the Federal Prosecutors Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) are at it again. This is the same office which ordered the arrests of NETeller co-founders John LeFebvre and Stephen Lawrence in 2007. They also froze $55 million of NETeller funds. What is the SDNY up to now? They have indicted a Canadian resident, Douglas Rennick, for money laundering, bank fraud, and operating an illegal gambling business.

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  • 06 August 2009

    Andreas Oscarsson Found Dead Update

    This is an update and more news on the tragic death of Andreas Oscarsson. He was shot to death somewhere between 10 pm on Sunday night and 10 am Monday morning in his childhood home in Trollhattan, Sweden. Compounding the tragedy, his little 2 year old son was probably in the room at the time of the shooting.The boy was in the room when the body was discovered. The police have been in contact with the boy’s mother, who lives on New York. She is expected to fly to Sweden.

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  • 05 August 2009

    Andreas Oscarsson Found Dead

    Flags in casinos and e-flags in internet gaming sites should be at half mast today. The gaming industry has lost a pioneer and a truly great man. Andreas Oscarsson, the 36 year old poker affiliate entrepreneur, was found shot to death in his bed in Sweden where he was visiting with his 2 year old son. He recently stepped down as CEO of the huge gaming portal PokerListings.com to spend more time with his son. His son was apparently not injured in the attack.Details of the crime are very sketchy.

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  • 04 August 2009

    Trump Returns to AC Casinos

    Donald Trump after filing bankruptcy is returning to the Atlantic City Casinos!What will this mean to the declining Casino in AC? Only time will tell. Trump and an affiliate of Bank of Nevada are buying Trump Entertainment. NEW YORK, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Real estate tycoon Donald Trump and an affiliate of Bank of Nevada will buy Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc (TRMPQ.PK) for $100 million, the bankrupt casino operator said, sending its shares up more than 79 percent.

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  • 04 August 2009

    10th Anniversary of iNetBet Online Casino

    iNetBet is celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year! This is an excellent achievement for an online casino! They were among the first casinos to go live online. Now you can even play their games on your cell phones, Palms, Pocket Pc and more.

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  • 01 August 2009

    New Casino in Pittsburgh Opening August 9th

    The maroon, and reds and all the earth tones, the Rivers Casino flashy machines will be calling all the casino goers from allover. It will have Nine Restaurants and bars and a multistory glass façade over looking the Ohio River. You can also see downtown Pittsburg and Mount Washington. With over 3,000 slot machines you will be in slot heaven The Ballroom and the sports bar will open later. “It’s a wonderful place.

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  • 30 July 2009

    CryptoLogic and Centrebet Makes a Licensing Deal

    These to giants in the online gaming business have made a deal to join together in this new licensing deal. Centrebet is to launch at least 10 online slot games under this agreement.

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  • 23 July 2009

    New Jersey Governor Fight With the DOJ on Sports Betting Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice, (in it’s infinite wisdom?), appears to be declaring war on the State of New Jersey. The DOJ has asked a U.S. District Court to block New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine from joining, and thereby lending his considerable influence to, a legal challenge seeking to lift a ban on sports betting from New Jersey and 45 other states. The DOJ claims that the Governor does not have the authority constitutionally to intervene.

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  • 23 July 2009

    Barney Frank Gets New Backing for Online Gambling Bill

    Much to Barney Frank’s surprise, he knew he was going to get more backing for the bill to legalize and regulate online gambling by throwing out the UIGEA Bill, but he did not know it would come so quickly. More to his surprise is that the support is coming from both the Democrats and the Republican Parties. Five new co-sponsors have joined the fight. From the co-sponsors, two are from New Jersey, one from New York, Connecticut and Idaho.

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  • 21 July 2009

    Possible Dealers Strike in Atlantic City

    According to the Associated Press there maybe a dealers strike in AC. Two casinos would be involved. They are saying they will hire replacement dealers if there is a strike. J. Carlos Tolosa stated, we take their threats seriously,” The United Auto Workers authorized the strike on Bally’s and Caesars. Alyce Parker the company spokesperson said, any actual recruitment and hiring would be done “when and if there is a strike.” Read the full story!

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  • 14 July 2009

    Slots at the Racetracks in Ohio

    I know the slot lovers in Ohio are thrilled to hear this news! They say this will bring into the state $933 million in fees and licensing over a period of two years. “We’re going to create a whole bunch of new jobs too,” said Keith Gisser, director of publicity for Northfield Park. “We’ll have to build a temporary facility (to house the slots).

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  • 08 July 2009

    iMEGA and the Third Circuit Appeals Court

    On Tuesday, lawyers for the United States Attorney General’s Office and Interactive Medias Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA) held arguments in front of the third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. What is at stake? Well it is the constitutionality of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). The arguments ran the gauntlet.

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  • 07 July 2009

    Barney Franks Speaks Out at WSOP

    Barney Frank let his opinion be know Sunday at the WSOP, on the UIGEA Bill and where he stands, before he announced the traditional “Shuffle up and deal call.” He called the UIGEA Bill the “stupidest bill ever.” He also told of his plans to have it repealed in September, and is very optimistic that he will get it repealed, and removed from the law books.

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  • 05 July 2009

    Gambling Halls Shut Down in Moscow

    According to the Moscow Times all the Casino halls in Moscow has been raided and closed down by the Moscow Police. They had all been closed since last Wednesday, but one was still operating after the midnight deadline. In 2006 a federal law was put in force to restrict gambling to 4 regions of Russia. The police raided 440 of the 513 casinos on Tuesday and finished the rest on Wednesday.

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  • 01 July 2009

    Northeast Casino Competition Heats Up

    According to the New York Associated Press things are heating up in the northeast! They say the new casinos opening up will put a damper on Atlantic City, and Connecticut. NEW YORK — Moody’s Investors Service said in a report on Tuesday that new casino openings in the Northeast were threatening the dominance of Atlantic City and Connecticut as gambling destinations.

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  • 28 June 2009

    Delay in the Online Gambling Debate

    Barney Frank’s Bill HR 2267 that would put an end to the UIGEA was set to be heard in July, but has been delayed until September. This delay is because he is head of the US House Financial Services Committee. With this in mind, there are more pressing matters to be heard before this one, like today’s economy. Though this may be bad for the online casinos now, we have waited since 2006 and I think the wait will be worth it. Mr.

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  • 23 June 2009

    Betonsport's Founder to face Trial

    It’s been awhile, but you should remember this situation very well, especially if you live in America. Gary Kaplan, the founder of the online sportsbook Betonsports,  and 10 other defendants were indicted 3 years ago in St. Louis for accepting sports wagers over the Internet and via phone, which was in direct violation of the age-old USA wire act which prohibits such activities.

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  • 22 June 2009

    Can Harrah’s and Others Gain From Online Gambling?

    The fight is on. Many people and quite a few big U.S. casinos would love to see internet gambling legalized. For the casinos, this would give them a much bigger market and an ability to reach out to people who never get a chance to travel to Las Vegas or Atlantic City. Not to mention the legions of young poker players who have grown up learning and honing their poker skills on the internet. But not all is rosy on the gambling front.

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  • 19 June 2009

    Online Gambling Prohibition is Costing Search Engines Millions

    The times are getting exciting for online gambling. Everybody has something to say on the subject. On June 10, 2009, in a crackdown on illegal gambling and suspected money laundering, the bank accounts of some 27,000 online gamers were frozen by U.S. authorities. At the same time, the European Union accused the U.S. of violations of international trade rules by banning online gambling. The EU gaming outfits are claiming a $100 billion loss because of the U.S. ban.

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  • 17 June 2009

    EU to US: Drop Gambling Ban

    The European Union is definitely not dropping the ball when it comes to trying to get the USA to drop our stupid “ban”* on online gambling. Their main argument is that the 2006 ban, via the UIGEA, violates world trade agreeements.

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  • 17 June 2009

    What Will July 6th Mean for Online Gambling?

    This will be an important day for what will happen to online gambling! This is the date for the Circuit Court of Appeals to make a decision on the case filed by iMEGA! iMEGA is The Interactive Media Entertainment and Gambling Association.The case involves trying to revoke the highly profiled UIGEA Enforcement Act. The case says that the UIGEA goes against the U.S. Constitution.The outcome can be either based on what the merits of the case are or there will be arguments made orally.

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  • 17 June 2009

    Casino Slots Revenue Highest This Year!

    According to the Associated Press Connecticut’s two casinos in May reported that their revenue was down from last year but up more for the month of May 2009 than anytime this year.The Foxwood’s Casinos which includes the MGM Grand says that May’s revenue was down from last May 2008 but the most it has been this year.This is GREAT news for both the casinos! They both turned over 25% of their revenue to the state. Mohegan Sun gave the state $17.5 million, and Foxwoods gave the state over $15.6.

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  • 05 June 2009

    Minnesota drops attempts to block gambling websites

    It’s about time someone came to their senses in Minnesota. If you haven’t been following this story, at the end of April, Minnesota sent out letters to numerous ISP’s demanding that they block 200 gambling-related domains from being accessed by residents of Minnesota. Since then, iMEGA stepped in and turned up the heat, and also told the ISP’s to ignore the order. From what I understand, none of the ISP’s complied.

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  • 02 June 2009

    eCOGRA updates requirements for Affiliate Trust Seal

    eCOGRA is continuing their plight to help protect online gamblers from rogue casinos; this time it comes in the form of them updating and improving their standards for online casino, poker and bingo affiliate programs to earn the eCOGRA “Affiliate Trust Seal.”eCOGRA has been working with various affiliate managers to draft these new changes which are now in place. While this news is more interesting for affiliates, it also means that as a player, you’re being protected on even more fronts.

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