• Gambling News

    • 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.pdf

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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. Key Points include:

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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.More updates to come, once they’re made available…

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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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    • 18 March 2009

      CryptoLogic signs deal with Paramount to develop movie-based slots

      Dublin-Based CryptoLogic signed a deal with Paramount Digital Entertainment which gives them exclusive rights to create movie-based slots, based on past favorites such as Ghost, Beverly Hills Cop and Braveheart. These games will be available towards the end of 2009, and will be available on a dedicated movie-themed site to be developed by CryptoLogic.This announcement is on the heels of CryptoLogic‘s report yesterday of a $32M net operating loss for 2008.

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    • 17 March 2009

      Kentucky shows their true colors

      Finally, after all this time, the truth comes out in regards to the driving force behind Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s plight this past September in trying to seize 141 gambling-related domains. Judge Thomas Wingate presided over this case, and ruled in favor of Beshear; which was recently overturned in January. Beshear and the “Justice and Public Safety Cabinet” of Kentucy is currently appealing this decision, which hasn’t yet been heard in the Kentucy Supreme Court.

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    • 16 March 2009

      Playtech Signs Casino Gran Madrid Deal

      Playtech shares on the London Stock Exchange (AIM:PTEC.L) are up 6% today, mostly in response of their licensing agreement with the brick-and-mortar Casino Gran Madrid to provide both Poker and Casino software.

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    • 14 March 2009

      PartyGaming closer to deal with the United States

      It seems that we’re hearing good news in regards to online casinos that had removed themselves from the USA market after the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act). This time, it’s PartyGaming that’s in the news, and it’s looking more and more hopeful that they’ll re-enter the USA market in the near future.

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    • 11 March 2009

      Casino Club Casinos - Blacklisted for not paying players and trying to strong-arm affiliates

      It’s a sad day when we have to blacklist online casinos, but we will do everything in our power to protect players from unscrupulous online casinos, poker rooms and affiliate programs.This problem is two-fold. First off, Casino Club has refused to play a legitimate player that was lucky enough to win a very large amount.

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    • 05 March 2009

      France to license online casinos starting in 2010

      Let me first start out by saying that it’s a sad day when France realizes what’s going on, and works to resolve the situation instead of banning online gambling, such as Steven Beshear was/is trying to do. Steven Beshear needs to take a few lessons from Eric Woerth, France’s budget minister, which was quoted as saying “Rather than banning 25,000 Web sites, we’d rather give licenses to those who will respect public and social order.

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    • 03 March 2009

      Playtech acquires Marvel licensing rights

      Pretty soon, players will be able to play their favorite Marvel games at Playtech-powered online casinos. Currently, these can only be played at Cryptologic casinos, as they also have a license until the year 2010.These very fun and popular online Marvel slots include Blade, Captain America, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, The Hulk, The Hulk Ultimate Revenge, The Punisher, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, Spider-Man Revelations, Thor, Wolverine and X-Men.

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    • 02 March 2009

      Everest Gaming receives European Gaming License through Malta

      Everest Gaming, home of Everest Casino and Everest Poker, is happy to announce that they have earned a European Gaming License, issued by Malta. Everest Casino has been around since 1997, and offers multilingual games, and Everest Poker has offered their multilingual poker room since 2004. Malta’s certification process is very strict and thorough, so players can rest assured that they are getting a safe, fair, and random gaming experience with Everest Casino, as well as their Poker room.

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    • 27 February 2009

      PricewaterhouseCoopers study: USA could reap billions by taxing online gambling revenues

      PricewaterhouseCoopers recently released the results of a study they conducted for UC Group, which is an online payment service company, concluded that the USA could stand to earn nearly $52 Billion over the course of 10 years. How? It’s simple – by regulating and taxing online casinos. Easy enough, right? Not really, but we’re getting there. Barney Frank is due to submit a bill as early as March to start the process of repealing the UIGEA, which was passed in 2006.

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    • 23 February 2009

      PartyCasino's Gold Mega Jackpot Approaches Record Level

      Oh, how I wish USA residents could still play at PartyCasino. I definitely miss their poker room as well as their casino. PartyCasino‘s MegaJackpot, which is tied into jackpot slots such as Super Star, Super Joker, Super Fortune Wheel, Super Mystic and The Godfather, is just over $1.25 Million. The record for this MegaJackpot at PartyCasino stands at $1,571,97, which was paid out to one lucky winner on March 8, 2006.

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    • 20 February 2009

      Barney Frank expected to introduce a bill in the House next month to repeal the UIGEA

      I just have 5 words to say about this: “We love you, Barney Frank!” Actually, I have more to say.  As we all know, the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) was “introduced” in 2006 by being attached to the Port Security bill, which _had_ to be signed. There was no getting around that. The UIGEA would have never passed on its own, and was actually shot down in the House previously. Hopefully, Frank’s Bill will pass, and the UIGEA will be repealed.

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    • 18 February 2009

      Progressive Jackpot Over $120K on 3D Online Casino

      The all new Single Pay Line Sot-O-Matic is becoming more and more popular. With jackpots like this I can see why. Technology is always changing and most of the time for the better. News Release: 18 February 2009 (London, UK) – The progressive jackpot at 3D online casino, has just gone over $120,000 (€97K). It’s only a month since an Italian player hit the WinADay.com jackpot for $120K but if the new three-dimensional casino is anything like its sister casino, Slotland.

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