Gambling News

  • 19 April 2013

    Hard Rock Puts Down Roots in Iowa.

    Sioux City, Iowa will soon be home to the newest Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and some residents can’t wait to get their hands on the iconic t-shirts. In a 3-2 vote on Thursday, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission awarded a state gaming license to the developer of a Hard Rock-branded casino and hotel, an $118.5 million project, set in Sioux City’s historic downtown. The Battery Building, the chosen site the land-based casino, was originally built in 1906.

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  • 17 April 2013

    Full Tilt Poker Founder Pleads Guilty; Avoids Prison

    Raymond Bitar, Full Tilt Poker’s founder, pleaded guilty to accusations of taking online poker player funds to finance his once dominant online poker room. Part of a plea agreement between Bitar and prosecutors, Bitar pleaded guilty to two felonies, violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and conspiring to commit bank and wire fraud, that normally carry a 35-year prison sentence as maximum punishment.

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  • 03 April 2013

    Zynga Gambling with Poker

    Zynga announced today that it will launch two real-money gambling ventures in the United Kingdom on Wednesday: ZyngaPlusPoker and ZyngaPlusCasino. The move is in partnership with Bwin.party Digital Entertainment and will allow Zynga to create and gauge interest for future online betting products, like blackjack and roulette. Shares of the social media games giant bounded 8% higher after the news was released, which analysts say is a good sign.

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  • 18 March 2013

    Texas and Hold'em Reunited?

    Texas and Texas Hold’em could be rejoined in holy legislation once and for all, if Senator Leticia Van Der Putte has anything to do with it.Van Der Putte has proposed legislation that would see Texas automatically and fully opt-in to any future federal regulation regarding online poker.

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  • 18 March 2013

    888 Holdings Seeks to Create All American Poker Network

    According to iGaming Business, online gambling mega-operator 888 Holdings has established a joint venture with Avenue Capital Group, a global investment group, to create an online gambling offering in the United States, pending state or federal regulation. The All American Poker Network, the name of this joint-venture project, will provide its product wherever it will be legal to play online poker in the United States.

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  • 12 March 2013

    New Jersey could be a magnet for international gaming companies.

    Under the new online gambling law passed in New Jersey, Atlantic Cit casinos can offer Internet gambling on their own or partner with another company to provide the technological infrastructure, software, and expertise needed to operate an online gambling system. The gaming platform will also need to perform complex authentication and security measures to ensure all gamblers are of legal age and are playing within state lines.

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  • 12 March 2013

    PokerStars Fights AGA Allegations; Makes Own Accusations

    PokerStars came out swinging on Monday accusing the American Gaming Association of launching an anti-competitive campaign. The AGA threw the first punch last week when it submitted a brief to the Division of Gaming Enforcement and the Casino Control Commission stating it was opposed to PokerStars being given an interim casino authorization, something required for its potential purchase of a land-based casino in Atlantic City.

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  • 11 March 2013

    Online Gambling Catches the Attention of Congress Again

    The more states that pass their own online gambling legislation, the more likely a federal bill will come to pass says Joe Barton, a Republican senator from Texas who introduced a failed online poker bill in 2011. “I think the states’ passage gives some incentive to the federal government to act. Whether you’re for or against Internet gambling, you don’t want 50 sets of laws. You want uniformity.” Uniformity could come at a cost, some say.

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  • 08 March 2013

    Caesars v. PokerStars: A Battle for Online Poker

    Forget the poker faces, the battle of online gambling is live on the felt and cards are hitting the table. Only days old, the New Jersey online gambling legislation is still warm from the presses, and already it’s the source of contention between the US casino industry and foreign interests. Some say it started with the 26-page brief filed with the New Jersey Casino Control Commission and Division of Enforcement by lawyers representing the American Gaming Association.

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  • 27 February 2013

    Governor Christie Autographs NJ Online Gambling Bill

    It’s official: New Jersey is open for online gambling.After months of deliberation, negotiation, and compromise with the NJ Assembly and Senate, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill on Tuesday that makes online gambling in New Jersey absolutely legal within its borders.His decision to sign the bill was based on many factors, some of which were a complete reversal from his views two years ago when he vetoed a similar bill.

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