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  • 16 February 2016

    Yggdrasil Could Be Getting a Gibraltar License

    In the online casino world, there are tons of different jurisdictions for licensing. Because there are no unifying, global standards, some jurisdictions naturally become known for being more trustworthy than others based on how strict their rules are, how well those rules are enforced and how well they work with the regulatory bodies from other jurisdictions. Gibraltar is one of the best in the world, and Yggdrasil has taken a major step forward by applying for their license here.

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  • 06 February 2016

    Microgaming Announces Deal for Jurassic World Slot

    In the world of online slots, Microgaming is known for bringing some of the biggest brands in television and film to the reels. One of their biggest releases was Jurassic Park, based on the hit movie by the same name, and they've acquired the rights to produce a Jurassic World slot as well. This was the fourth-highest grossing movie in history up to this point, so it's clear that there's going to be a huge audience.

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  • 06 February 2016

    CURO B.V. Sanction From Netherlands Sends Clear Message

    The Netherlands has been in an interesting situation over the past couple of years as they've taken a series of steps towards creating a regulated online gambling environment. There had been questions until recently about whether or not they would really push back and offer sanctions against companies that facilitated unregulated online gambling in the country.

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  • 06 February 2016

    Vantiv to Suspend Daily Fantasy Sports Payments

    For the past six months or so, daily fantasy sports have been dealt setback after setback in what seems to be a series of dominoes that are taking their sweet time in falling over. For about 18 months, the top DFS providers got a ton of attention through aggressive marketing tactics and sponsorships and deals with everything from ESPN to major league sports teams. After a scandal broke last fall, they've seen a lot of negative attention as well. The Most Recent Developments Vantiv Inc.

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  • 06 February 2016

    Spike Games to Launch Alice Cooper Slot

    Something that we've seen a lot of in the past year is emphasis on rock stars as being the centerpieces for online slot releases. This push started back in the first quarter of 2015 when Net Entertainment announced that they would be releases a Guns N Roses-themed slot in 2016. This was such a huge announcement that other software providers starting following suit, making plans for their own rockstar-themed games. The upcoming Alice Cooper slot seems to be Spike Games' attempt to do the same.

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  • 28 January 2016

    An ISP-Level Gambling Site Block Could Come in Sweden

    For a long time, Sweden has a been a country that's been known for having policies geared towards keeping Internet access as open as possible. When the government tried to block access to The Pirate Bay, one of the most popular piracy sites in the world, courts rejected it because it wasn't allowed under Swedish law. Now we're facing a similar incident over unregulated online gambling sites.

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  • 28 January 2016

    Major Problems for Online Sportsbook GR88

    The GR88 online sportsbook seems to be having some major problems, and it's become very concerning. For more than two weeks, there has been no activity at the site since their website says they are down for maintenance, but there's been no announcement or response of any kind when it comes to figuring out when (or if) they'll be back up and running. Previous Problems GR88 is a site that's been known to have some problems for a bit of time now.

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  • 21 January 2016

    Slotland Launches 10s or Better Video Poker

    In the world of video poker, Jacks or Better is the most basic game. Every other title is based on it in one way or another, but 10s or Better is probably its most closely-related cousin. Slotland has added their own 10s or Better game as their most recent addition to their lineup, and it shows that they're looking to expand on their selection of non-slot titles in the new year. The Importance of Variety When it comes to video poker, variety is extremely important.

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  • 21 January 2016

    Daily Fantasy Sports Not Allowed Says Maryland AG

    Over the past few months, there have been a lot of questions about the legality of daily fantasy sports in multiple states. The Attorney General for New York sent a cease and desist letter to major companies like FanDuel and DraftKings, and they also hit some resistance from the AG in Illinois. Now the Attorney General of Maryland Brian Frosh has stated that it's not allowed under existing laws in the state. Where to Go From Here From here, Frosh has suggested one of two things.

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  • 19 January 2016

    Lots of Attention is Being Given to Match-Fixing in Tennis

    One of the realities of sports betting, just like any other form of gambling, is that it opens up opportunities for cheating to beat the house and take down a lot of money. In sports betting in particular, there are well-known methods to fix matches, and along these lines, there are well-known methods for identifying suspicious behavior.

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  • 19 January 2016

    Daily Fantasy Sports May or May Not Be Illegal in Texas

    Daily fantasy sports have come under fire in New York from their Attorney General, and the biggest names in the business were forced to make a deal with the AG from Illinois after she determined that the events were illegal in that state as well. The Attorney General in Texas, however, is taking his sweet time with coming out with an opinion on the matter.

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  • 17 January 2016

    Mr Green Casino Gets Two New Manager Figures

    Having a strong team with a lot of skill and experience is very important in any type of business, but in the online gambling world, it can be the difference between being wildly successful and being a complete and total failure. Mr Green Casino is used to being one of the top names in the business, so it's no surprise that they've recently filled two manager positions with some excellent talent. The New Head of Casino The Head of Casino position was filled by Andrew Crosby.

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  • 17 January 2016

    Timetable for Betfair-Paddy Power Merger Announced

    In the past 24 months, we have seen some absolutely huge acquisitions and mergers in the online gambling world. The biggest one of 2016 could already have a timetable set after an announcement was made on the merger of Paddy Power and Betfair. This merger has been officially given the green light by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. Now, they expect the merger to be complete on February 2, 2016. What This Merger Means This merger means two things for their stock.

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  • 15 January 2016

    Evolution Gaming Signs Deal for Ultimate Texas Hold'em

    Live dealer games are an extremely fun way to get in on real casino action without having to go through all of the hassle of actually going to a land-based casino. Table games on these platforms offer players a compromise between the real games they see in land-based establishments and the convenience of playing in an online casino. Evolution Gaming's own live dealer product is getting a new addition thanks to the Ultimate Texas Hold'em game provided by Scientific Games.

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  • 15 January 2016

    New DruckGluck Ads Feature German Celebrity Reiner Calmund

    Advertising for online gambling is a pretty interesting subject. In some countries, it's not regulated at all, and in other countries, it's not even allowed. Germany has some regulations on how their advertisements are handled, but they are allowed to run them on television and other forms of media. Recently, German online casino site DruckGluck.de has been featuring new television ads that use celebrity Reiner Calmund as the focus in an interesting move.

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  • 15 January 2016

    American Tribal Groups Hit the International Casino Expo

    Each year, the biggest event for the casino industry is the International Casino Expo, or ICE for short. In this year's event, there are a number of tribal groups coming to London from the United States to seek out new opportunities. Already confirmed are the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, the Arizona Indian Gaming Association and the National Indian Gaming Association. These groups are known as OIGA, AIGA and NIGA, for short.

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  • 15 January 2016

    Big Lottery Jackpots, Powerball Jackpot, Keep Growing in the UK and USA

    In a bit of really interesting timing, some of the USA's and UK's biggest lotteries have built up to massive levels at the same time. In the United Kingdom, the jackpot of the National Lottery kicked up over the £66 million level, a record for that game. Over in the United States, the Powerball built up to $949.8 million. However, no won hit the winning numbers, so it rolls over yet again to an overwhelming $1.3 billion. This is the largest lottery jackpot in the history of the event.

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  • 09 January 2016

    Daily Fantasy Sports Giants Make Deal With Illinois

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan was asked by the legislature recently what her opinion was on the legality of daily fantasy sports in the state. She said that her opinion was that it was illegal. DraftKings, in turn, made a deal with the state that will allow them to continue to operate there until a hearing in June that will determine the legality of the contests.

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  • 09 January 2016

    The Greek Online Licensing Process Has Been Cleared

    Over the past few years, we've seen the online gambling industry change quite a bit. What was once a wide open industry with little to no regulation has seen many individual countries make moves to regulate the industry on their own terms. Greece has recently joined them after efforts from the Greek parliament led to the Deputy Finance Minister giving the go-ahead. Terms and Conditions of the Deal Right now, there are 24 operators who have been issued temporary 36-month licenses.

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  • 09 January 2016

    New EveryMatrix-Global Bet Partnership

    One of the most important things for a provider of an online casino platform is to offer up a sufficient number of high-quality ways to bet. For casino operators especially, having a lot of great games is one of the most critical things they can do to bring in new players. EveryMatrix knows the importance of this, and that's why they've made a new deal with Global Bet that boosts the number of games they're able to offer.

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  • 08 January 2016

    Golden Tiger Ad Deemed Misleading According to UK Authority

    Wagering requirements are a part of life for online gambling bonuses, and they're in place to keep people from abusing the promotions. These requirements are annoying to some, but they allow the sites to keep running bonus offers in the first place. Without them, they would become a source of such overwhelming losses from players who had no intention to actually bet in the games that they simply wouldn't be able to run the offers.

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  • 08 January 2016

    Wisconsin Pushes for Legalized Daily Fantasy Sports

    Over the past six months or so, daily fantasy sport contests have been a segment of the industry that has gotten a lot of bad press and a lot of bad news. They saw a ton of rabid expansion in late 2013 and early-to-mid 2014, and that expansion brought a lot of attention to the contests. At this point, a number of states have decided that these events go against their laws for online gambling, and more than one state has had their Attorney General declare DFS illegal in their borders.

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  • 08 January 2016

    Boosted Italian Market Penetration for NYX Gaming

    One of the effects of the new era of regulation for online gambling in Europe is that business deals have become strategic for different reasons. Now companies have to try to maneuver to gain ground in individual markets because of how each country has their own form of regulation.

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  • 06 January 2016

    Three California Betting Bills for Consideration

    The Government Oversight Committee of the California state legislature has put a lot of emphasis and priority on a hearing that's happening on January 6. The point of this hearing is to look at legalizing intrastate online poker along with the same for sports betting and daily fantasy sports. One of the bills is the Internet Fantasy Sports Game Protection Act, and it was introduced back in September.

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  • 06 January 2016

    Lucky Irish Woman Gets £100,000 Christmas Surprise

    Lots of people from all over the world go shopping in the weeks and months leading up to the end of December for a variety of holidays and occasions. One lucky woman by the name of Stephanie Harkin decided to pick up a scratch card while she was out shopping for a school festival, and this Northern Irish 28-year-old picked up a big £100,000 payout for a surprise Christmas present.

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  • 06 January 2016

    Regulators Watching Adelson's Newspaper Takeover

    Sheldon Adelson's family recently bought up the Las Vegas Review-Journal for a total of about $140 million. Because he has gambling businesses running in both Pennsylvania and the state of Nevada, Adelson is going to be subject to monitoring from gambling regulators over this transaction. The justification comes from the fact that regulators reserve the right to look into transactions like this from the News & Media LLC that's owned by Adelson's family.

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  • 06 January 2016

    A Big 888 and William Hill Merger Could Be Coming

    The online gambling industry has seen a lot of activity in the past year when it comes to major mergers and acquisitions. There have been lots of takeovers, purchases, buyouts and mergers that have completely changed the face of the industry and where the top companies rank relative to each other. One of the big mergers everyone has been expecting is one between 888 and William Hill, and it'll be interesting to see if it happens.

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  • 27 December 2015

    Sports-Based Partnership Between NBC and Yahoo Continues

    NBC Sports and Yahoo have had a deal for a while that sees them combining Yahoo's daily fantasy sports product with NBC Sports' video library and other promotional services. This partnership is interesting because of the synergy that the two entities create since they complement each other so ridiculously well. They also show that they're both betting on fantasy sports to continue to be popular, and this is interesting timing considering the hot water the industry has been in lately.

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  • 27 December 2015

    Cherry Group Purchased Moorgate Media, NorgesSpill

    The online gambling world sees business deals happen all the time with one company buying another or selling a part of itself to another business. These frequent deals introduce a lot of strategy in terms of how business is done, and the Cherry Group seems to have this strategy down to an art form. They've recently picked up two different companies for two different reasons with Moorgate Ltd. and NorgesSpill.com, and it's interesting to see how these deals complement Cherry's current operations.

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  • 27 December 2015

    UK Gambling Licensed Awarded to Yggdrasil Gaming

    Yggdrasil Gaming has made a name for itself in the past few years. They've been coming out with very high-quality content that players love, and they've made a lot of deals to have their games distributed through a lot of different channels. All of this momentum has been punctuated in a major way here in the last month of 2015 by gaining a license from the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. This will allow them to offer their own platform and their games to players from the UK.

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