05 February 2008Gambling Now Legal in Pasig
Gambling and gaming establishments are NOW allowed to operate in Pasig City, Manila, Philippines. An ordinance legalizing and regulating their existence was passed by the city council..Ordinance No. 17, by Councilor Ronaldo Lipana, is aimed at regulating the establishment and operation of gambling and betting activities in the city.Read full article
02 February 2008Let the Leading Candidates Know!!
The leading candidates Democrats: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Republicans: Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. At the bottom on this you will find a link to read more about how these candidates stand on the UIGEA, The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. I know you can not make an educated informative judgment, solely on their standing on the UIGEA Act.Read full article
31 January 2008Legal Action Against Sweden & Germany by the EU
Today the EU (European Commission) started legal action against Sweden and Germany to try to ensure that they comply with the European Union’s free movement of services. Charlie McCreevy, the EU’s Internal Market Commissioner has given Sweden two months to show that the prohibitive measures against poker games and tournaments are compatible with EU law.Read full article
29 January 2008President Bush Listen Up!
George W. Bush gave his last State of the Union speech Monday evening. His grey hairs certainly show the strain he has been under since taking office seven years ago. The smile he wore most of the evening might be signs of the relief that is in store for him in a year when he finally leaves office. The legacy he leaves those of us interested in internet gaming is the UIGEA. This legislation has alienated the United States from many of our friends overseas.Read full article
22 January 2008Neteller Preformance 2008?
Neteller will announce in March the results of its fourth quarter performance. Neteller, based in The Isle Of Man has been involved with the US Department Of Justice regarding alleged violations under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) and made a final payment last week of $38.25 million as a deferred prosecution agreement. Neteller stated that $57.Read full article
15 January 2008Microgaming's 32Red Casino Goes Mobile
32 Red Casino is starting the New Year with some exciting news about new products. The launch of 32Red Mobile Casino is bringing the most popular casino games to the players’ mobile phones. Then you can win whether you are at work, on the road, in a bus or even your favorite pub. This will begin in February. This will enable new player types and focus. Watch for more information soon. Securing a foothold in these markets, 32Red hopes to emerge as an industry leader.Read full article
13 January 2008Casinos Accecpting US Players Despite the Ban!!
Casinos and Poker Rooms are Accepting US Players Despite Ban 2008-01-13 15:14:09 – Although the UIGEA hoped to make gambling illegal in the US, millions of Americans are still gambling online – And it’s totally legal! To all Americans that is still unaware that it is still legal for them to gamble online in the US. You can still play slots, blackjack, and online poker.Read full article
05 January 2008Germany and the Online Gambling Ban
Germany and the Online Gambling Ban The UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Act) was passed in 2006. Since then Germany has followed by having signed an agreement, starting Jan.1st this year to ban web based gambling. Websites with casinos, and or poker rooms and sports betting has been blocked by financial institutions. This will prevent all transactions to or from gambling sites, in Germany. But they are allowing land based casinos to operate, because they think land based can be controlled.Read full article
02 January 2008Reasons to Appose the Internet Gambling Ban
Reasons to Appose the Internet Gambling Ban Lots of things have happened this past year with Internet Gambling. We are watching to see what will happen in 2008. You don’t hear or see much of this on TV, or in the newspapers, why we ask? Could it be the Government does not want the US citizens to know what they are doing behind our back? The only news you will see on this is on the internet.Read full article
31 December 2007Online Gambling - 2008
Online Gambling – 2008 Gambling, big news in 2007, once seen as taboo, has become main stream across the world and it will be debated and expanded in the years to follow. We look forward to continue to keep you up to date as the news happens. This is one of the most exciting industries and will be the news to watch worldwide in 2008. What will happen is yet to be seen. But rest assured, if it happens you will find it here!Read full article
28 December 2007Could Piracy Become Legal?
Could Piracy Become Legal? Dec 28, 2007 Keeping up with the online gambling lawsuits being evaluated by the US, the EU (European Union), and the WTO (World Trade Organization)? What happens in this study of international online laws may affect Internet laws for the coming years. “The New York Times” reports the WTO on December 21 imposed a $21 million sanctionagainst the U.S. in response to a complaint made by Antigua, the home of many online casinos.Read full article
22 December 2007No Action From the Online Gambling Industry
No Action From the Online Gambling Industry We witnessed it this week. European online gambling operators and their shareholders relied exclusively on the European Union to resolve the legal stranglehold placed over the industry by US lawmakers and the Justice Department. They played their cards and busted.Read full article
22 December 2007The Us to Face Sanctions for Online Gaming Ban
The US to face sanctions for Online Gaming Ban The small island of Antigua was hoping they could rely on online betting and less on tourism. The World Trade Organization has ruled, US faces $21m (£10.6m) in annual trade sanctions as a result of its online betting ban. The Islands of Antigua and Barbuda were awarded the right to impose sanctions targeting US services, copyrights and trademarks.Read full article
21 December 2007Online Gambling EU Firms Challenge US Ban
Online Gambling EU Firms Challenge US Ban The European online gaming trade association formed a complaint on Thursday with the European Commission over the U.S. ban on online gambling.The U.S. Department of Justice was accused today by the Remote Gambling Association of discriminating against its members, by enforcing the ban against foreign online gambling companies while allowing U.S. rivals to stay in business.Read full article
20 December 2007RGA Disappointed With the WTO
The RGA was disappointed with the WTO compensation between EU and US. Chief executive of the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) stated his organization was disappointed by the news of an agreement between the EU and the US regarding the withdrawal of gambling services from its WTO commitments. But it will continue lobbying for US to have a regulated system.Read full article
19 December 2007Microsoft, Google and Yahoo Pay $31.5 Million
Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo Pay $31.5 MillionThese Internet Companies, have agreed to pay $31.5 Million to settle federal civil allegations they took illegal gambling ads.They also agreed to stop taking ads and wagering for sports and other online gambling. An investigation was conducted by Hanaway’s office, with the IRS and the FBI, dates to 2000, she stated that Negotiations have been going on for 12 to 18 months.Read full article
18 December 2007Massachusetts Governor may testify at Casino Hearing.
Massachusetts Governor may testify at Casino Hearing 17 December 2007 As reported by The Republican: “Gov. Deval L. Patrick plans a major push for his bill to legalize casinos, stating that he may testify before a legislative committee next week on the plan.Read full article
18 December 2007Deal reached In the EU and U.S. in WTO case
Deal for compensation reached In the EU and U.S. in WTO case 17 December 2007As reported by Reuters: Brussels” The European Commission dealt a blow to European online gaming companies on December 17th, when it accepted a U.S. offer of openings in other sectors to compensate for closing the U.S. gambling market to foreign firms.Read full article
14 December 2007iMEGA Files Objections to UIGEA Regulations with US Treasury
Deadline for all public commentary on draft regulations closed on Dec. 12th Today, December, 13th 2007, iMEGA announced that it has filed its objections with the Department of Treasury over the agency’s proposed regulations regarding the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA).Read full article
06 December 2007Internet Gambling Debates Could Soon Be Ended
Internet Gambling Debates Could Soon Be Ended There have been many efforts to formulate regulations for the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) of 2006, and there continues to be a conflict between the U.S. and other Countries over a trade dispute. The United States government is devising the regulations for the Internet gambling law, which prohibits the use of credit for illegal gambling.Read full article
26 November 2007WTO Compensation in the case U.S. versus Antigua and Barbuda Extended
WTO Compensation in the case U.S. versus Antigua and Barbuda Extended Recently it became known that the World Trade Organization (WTO) granted an extension deadline until December 14th 2007 for a negotiated settlement between the U.S. and the Caribbean Island of Antigua & Barbuda. This dispute long pending since 2003 is not the only challenge the United States is facing, as further compensation decisions has to be secured to fellow World Trade Organization members.Read full article
22 November 2007U.S. Urged to Change Online Gambling Laws
U.S. Urged to Change Online Gambling Laws European trade chief demands renewed access to U.S. Market without delay. European trade chief Peter Mandelson has called on the U.S. to allow European companies renewed access to its multibillion-dollar online gambling industry. Mandelson pushed for an end to the exclusion of European companies and other trading partners from the US online gambling market, arguing that it is a better and fairer solution than compensation.Read full article
22 November 2007Due to UIGEA the near Future of Many U.S. Internet Industries is at Stake in the WTO Dispute!
Due to UIGEA the near Future of Many U.S. Internet Industries is at Stake in the WTO Dispute! The deadline is fast approaching for the United States to come to trade concession agreements with the countries who submitted claims in the Antigua WTO dispute. The U.S. came to a settlement with Japan, but the other countries don’t seem as eager to settle.Read full article
19 November 2007Lawmakers pressure USTR (United States Trade Representative) for new tack in gambling case
Lawmakers pressure USTR (United States Trade Representative) for new tack in gambling case The chairman of two House of Representatives committees said on Monday, “The bush administration should explore legislation to roll back a U.S. ban on Internet gambling instead of paying compensation to the European Union and other trading partners.”Read full article
18 November 2007Barney Frank adds another Co-Sponsor
Barney Frank adds another Co-Sponsor The Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act (IGREA), being initiated by Representative Barney Frank has added another co-sponsor bring the total now up to 41. This legislation seeks to undo the current UIGEA that is under fire from both within the United States with the iMEGA ruling still pending in a New Jersey Court room and from outside the U.S.Read full article
15 November 2007Democrats Speak out of their Displeasure With Internet Gambling Laws
The Democratic head of the House Judiciary Committee voiced frustration on Wednesday about what he said are disparities in the enforcement of U.S. Internet gambling laws.Chairman John Conyers questioned “the selective nature” of Internet gambling enforcement and said a ban enacted by lawmakers last year could end up hurting U.S. relations overseas.Read full article
15 November 2007Annie Duke testifies on behalf of Poker Players and Online Gambling at the House Committee Judiciary Hearing.
Chairman Conyers and members of the Committee, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to testify before your committee. I am doing so as an American citizen who is concerned about personal freedom and personal responsibility. I am also here to express the views of the nearly 800,000 Americans who belong to the Poker Players Alliance.As a mother of four who supports her family as a professional poker player, I have a personal interest in the outcome of these hearings.Read full article
13 November 2007Internet Gambling Judiciary Hearing Wednesday, November 14th
Annie Duke Scheduled to TestifyA hearing will take place at 10a.m. on Wednesday, November 14th (tomorrow). A Judiciary Committee searing on Internet gaming titled “Hearing on Establishing Consistent Enforcement Policies in the Context of Online Wagers” takes place in room 2141 of the Rayburn House office building in Washington, D.C.The PPA helped to get poker pro Annie Duke on the docket, and say that “the hearing is open to the public and the PPA encourages any interested members to attend.Read full article
06 November 2007Update from Lawyer about pending WTO ruling
Update from Lawyer about pending WTO ruling As a World Trade Organization panel concludes its review of the claim against the U.S., Antigua and Barbuda can expect to have a ruling on its U.S. $3.4 billion compensation claim by the end of the month. According to Mark Mendel, the attorney representing Antigua and Barbuda in its WTO dispute over market access for the Internet gambling industry, the arbitration panel’s ruling is scheduled to be delivered on 30 Nov.Read full article
31 October 2007EU urged to turn to U.S. Congress by Online Gaming Firms
European trade chief Peter Mandelson, has been asked by Online Gaming Firms to change tack over a controversial move by the United States to close it’s multi billion dollar gambling market to foreign firms. EU companies, many of them world leaders and including PartyGaming, Bwin, Sporting Bet and 888.com, saw their stock market value plunge in 2006 after the United States shut off their biggest market.Read full article