Gambling News

  • 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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  • 29 May 2009

    iMEGA speaks at the Kentucky Supreme court

    Many of you may remember Kentucky Govenor Steve Beshear’s [unsuccessful] plight to seize 141 gambling-related domain names this past fall when an appellate court overturned a lower court’s ruling in favor of Beshear. Well, it’s now in the Kentucky state Supreme Court, and iMEGA has briefed the court to try and uphold this ruling against Beshear & his administration.

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  • 26 May 2009

    Harrah's confirms hiring of Mitch Garber, for Harrah's Interactive Entertainment

    It’s becoming more and more apparent that Harrah’s is poising themselves to enter the online gambling market by confirming the rumors made in April about the hiring of Mitch Garber, the ex-CEO of PartyGaming; who resigned from that post last year. Garber will be in charge of Harrah’s newly-formed subsidiary company, HIE (Harrah’s Interactive Entertainment,) which will work to expand their World Series of Poker and other online gambling ventures.

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  • 19 May 2009

    Online Poker Players to Obama: Overturn the UIGEA

    It seems that just about every other day we’re hearing more and more positive news in regards to support for Barney Frank’s anti-UIGEA bill that is currently in the House. This time, it was the online poker players that stepped up to the plate and made their voices heard loud and clear on Obama’s ‘town hall’ website, www.change.gov, where people were able to go and vote on what they felt were the most important issues that the government should deal with.

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  • 14 May 2009

    Mobile Software Vendors gearing up for the passage of Barney Frank's Bill

    Well, it seems that everyone is jumping on the bandwagon, now. Even software developers, such as Hop-on, Inc.a California-based wireless phones and accessories developer, is getting in on the action. Hop-on has announced that upon successful passage of Barney Frank’s Internet Gambling legislation, they will be ready to release casino-style game apps for the iPhone, so that people can play various casino games for real money.

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  • 06 May 2009

    Barney Frank's online gambling bill official documents released

    Enjoy!!!http://www.house.gov/apps/list/press/financialsvcs_dem/21frank_008_xml.pdfhttp://www.house.gov/apps/list/press/financialsvcs_dem/gambling2.

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  • 06 May 2009

    Details on Barney Frank's Online Gambling Bill Released

    Wow, this looks great. The “Internet Gambling Regulation Consumer Protection & Enforcement Act regulation” (say that 10 times fast!) details were released today, and what this bill proposes is awesome. With the safeguards in place (listed below,) I really don’t see how this bill wouldn’t pass with flying colors.

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  • 06 May 2009

    Minnesota State Rep. Introduces Bill to Stop Lawmakers from Blocking Gambling Domain Names

    It’s a relief that at least 1 person in Minnesota that has a bit of common sense. Rep. Pat Garofalo, (R-Farmington, MN), introduced a bill on Monday that will essentially bar the state of Minnesota from blocking (read: censoring) 200 online casino websites. I almost made a mistake and listed Mr. Garofalo as being a Dem., because it was shocking for me to see a Republican introduce a bill of this nature! Kudos to Mr. Garofalo. In my opinion, Minnesota’s plan was doomed from the start.

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  • 06 May 2009

    Barney Frank Press Conference Update

    I just read that Barney’s Press Conference has been pushed back to 4pm EDT today.

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  • 05 May 2009

    Barney Frank schedules Press Conference Tomorrow to introduce anti-UIGEA bill

    This is breaking news, so not many details are available yet, but what I have so far is great news.Barney Frank has scheduled a press conference for tomorrow morning in Washington, D.C. which will start at 10am EDT. He will be introducing a long awaited bill that will add an exemption to the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) for those casinos/poker rooms/bingo halls/sports books that are licensed and regulated in foreign countries.

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  • 29 April 2009

    Minnesota jumps on the bandwagon to block Internet gambling sites

    Instead of using Kentucky’s approach of trying to actually seize gambling related domain names, Minnesota is using the 1961 wire act to force ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) to block access to gambling related websites and casinos at the network level. This is fine, and all, but again, we’re still talking about censorship, which is totally against our 1st Amendment rights that guarantees Americans Freedom of Speech.

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  • 20 April 2009

    Bodog reaches a resolution with 1st Technology, LLC and gets Bodog.com returned

    A long, long time ago in a galaxy far away… Err, wait, sorry…wrong opening. Way back when, in 2007, Bodog lost their domain name, bodog.com, in a patent infringement suit brought against them by 1st Technology, LLC. Since then, Bodog has changed domains twice; first with newbodog.com, and shortly thereafter, they moved again to the domain that they’re currently using, bodoglife.com.

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  • 17 April 2009

    July court date is set for iMEGA's appeal to challenge the UIGEA

    iMEGA’s appeal hearing was originally slated for this month, but is now pushed back to July 6th. This has been a long time coming, and hopefully iMEGA will be successful in their bid to have the UIGEA overturned. This hearing will take place in Philadelphia, and I can’t wait! I’ll definitely be in attendance, and although I won’t be able to post live updates, I will definitely take notes and post my notes about the hearing from my car once the hearing is over.

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  • 17 April 2009

    Leisure and Gaming (LNG) to approach U.S. DoJ for deal

    It seems as if PartyGaming’s non-prosecution agreement with the U.S. DoJ has sparked a trend. Leisure and Gaming plc announced yesterday that they will approach the DoJ in an effort to make a similar deal in regards to their “previous activities” in relation to taking bets from Americans before the UIGEA was passed. Shortly after the UIGEA was passed, LNG sold their US operations to their ex-CEO for a whopping $1.

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  • 12 April 2009

    ex-PartyGaming exec to head new Harrah's Internet and WSOP division

    Harrah’s Entertainment has announced that Mitch Garber, the ex-CEO of PartyGaming, will be the head of their new subsidiary company which will be in charge of both their Internet and World Series of Poker (WSOP) divisions. MGM Mirage was actually the first U.S. based company to open up an online casino, powered by WagerWorks software, back in 2001, but unfortunately due to the legal aspects, the casino was scrapped in 2003.

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  • 07 April 2009

    PartyGaming closes deal with United States DoJ

    What is all boils down to is this: PartyGaming has agreed to pay $105M in exchange for the DoJ to not follow up on any “criminal” charges being brought against any of PartyGaming exec’s. As we all know, the DoJ has had their sights set on PartyGaming for quite some time now, and have since the passing of the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) about 2½ years ago.

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  • 01 April 2009

    David Caruthers, ex-BetonSports executive pleads guilty

    Hot off the presses: David Carruthers has pleaded guilty on 1 count of his indictment in a St. Louis court today. Under the terms of his agreement, Carruthers  has agreed not to appeal this ruling, as long as the sentence does not exceed 33 months. During this time, Carruthers may not engage in any business related to Offshore gambling. Sentencing will take place on October 2nd. Since this is breaking news, I’ll be adding to this as more information is available.

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  • 01 April 2009

    South Carolina's anti-gambling law under scrutiny

    You know you’re in for a wild night, when a Committee Chairman starts things off with a statement such as “I guess since we’re in Greenville, we need to start with a short prayer. We didn’t do that in Charleston.”, which is exactly how this meeting was kicked off by Robert Ford, a democratic senator from Charleston, SC. He had meant his statement to be a joke, but some people actually took offense. Go figure..

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  • 27 March 2009

    EU finds US in violation of WTO agreement

    The EU Commission released their draft report Thursday, in which they have found the US to be in violation of WTO (World Trade Organization) rules. As we all know, since the passage of the UIGEA in 2006, it is now against the law for banks and other financial institutions to allow outgoing and incoming transactions related to online gambling.

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  • 25 March 2009

    Club World Casinos launches 'March Madness' Blackjack tournaments

    Accepts all Players Spring is in the air at Club World Casinos, and to kick things off, they are running a series of satellite ‘Mano a Mano’ (heads up) blackjack tournaments that are running every Monday night up to April 14th. In addition to the $1,000 up for grabs that is paid out to the top 4 finishers in these weekly $22 tournaments, these top 4 players will win a free entry into the championship tournament on April 15th, which boasts a $5,000 prize pool.

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  • 21 March 2009

    eCOGRA adds 3 more accountants to expand their compliance staff

    e-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance, better known as eCOGRA, announced Wednesday the addition of 3 new accounting professionals to their compliance staff.  Bradley Khoury and Sean Roberts will be joining eCOGRA’s Compliance and Advisory department, while Garath Muirhead will be joining eCOGRA’s data department. All 3 have very strong accounting and auditing histories, and will be a great addition to eCOGRA’s already fine team.

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