• Gambling News

    • 30 May 2007

      Will European Union Stand Against US And With Antigua In Online Gambling Battle?

      June 19th marks the next in a long line of deadlines for Antigua and Barbuda in their battle against the only remaining super power on the planet. The small twin islands challenged the US stance against online gambling in a WTO court and after a 4 year battle was declared victor.

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    • 30 May 2007

      Presidential Candidate Questions US Treasury Dept About UIGEA Delays

      Presidential hopeful Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Ka) made a visit to Treasure Secretary Henry Paulson earlier this month to question him regarding what he sees as delays to the enforcement of the UIGEA, saying the drafting of regulations has dragged on for months. “Are they going to be committed to enforcing this law,” Brownback asked, “and putting the personnel in place that it needs.”

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    • 30 May 2007

      APCW Adds Podcast To Online Gambling Information Line Up

      Last night marked the first of the Association of Players, Casinos & Webmasters (APCW) weekly Podcasts. APCW is the same organization that produces the Perspectives Weekly video each Friday. Both productions are hosted by the multi talented J Todd and centered on the world of online gaming. They do a great job scripting and producing the videos but the podcasts add a new dimension… interaction.

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    • 27 May 2007

      Betex Execs Resign Over Possible Chinese Prosecution

      Following the arrest in April of three of Betex employees by China for allegedly being involved in illegal gambling, Peter Greenhill and Stuart Barker, the chief executive and finance director at Betex, resigned after failing to receive assurances from the Chinese authorities that they would not be arrested if they entered the country. Non-executive director Philip Goodmaker has also resigned according to eGaming Review.

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    • 27 May 2007

      Guilty Of Federal Racketeering Charges Says BetOnSports

      According to U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway and in a move that stunned the online gambling sector, BetOnSports PLC pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges. The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette carried the details of the bargain in which Hanaway agreed to drop any further criminal prosecution of the company in return for BetOnSports cooperation in supplying witnesses and evidence in the pending cases against Carruthers, Kaplan and other lower-level defendants.

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    • 27 May 2007

      InterActive Gaming Council Gets New Chief

      The Interactive Gaming Council (IGC), which has as one of it’s corporate missions to promote and publicize the Gaming industry’s assets has appointed John Fitzgerald as its new chief executive. eGaming Review reports that Fitzgerald, who previously worked as general counsel at CryptoLogic, said he intended to redouble in his efforts to promote international regulation of the industry and that the sector was already very active in ensuring a safe environment for its customers.

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    • 24 May 2007

      Can Antigua Survive US Attacks On Online Gambling and Offshore Finance

      Ronald Maginley, columnist for the Antigua Sun, and spokesman for Antigua Offshore Gaming Association talked about Antigua, Barbuda and the WTO in his column today (the first of two installments) detailing the current battle being fought by Antigua against the US. Most of the information is common knowledge, having been headlined throughout Antigua’s long 4 year battle against the US. Other information is not.

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    • 23 May 2007

      Carve Outs In UIGEA Means Racetracks Can Offer Online Gambling To Non-US Citizens

      Bob Evans, CEO of Churchill Downs, told a group at their business luncheon that Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby could be the ‘new online casinos in the future catering to non-US citizens’.Mr. Evans said his company is allowed to have an online presence because of the exemption for Internet horse wagering put in the UIGEA. He emphasized his company would be allowed to offer casino and gambling games outside of horse racing if they offered them to non-US citizens.

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    • 23 May 2007

      Frist and Leach On 'World Bank President' List

      Paul Wolfowitz, President of World Bank, announced he would resign his position by the end of June, leaving under a dark cloud that stemmed from a controversy regarding a $50,000 pay raise with a guarantee of further raises and promotions that he engineered for Shaha Ali Riza. Ms. Riza is also employed at World Bank and is and has been Wolfowitz’s girlfriend since before his assignment as President.Wolfowitz was appointed President of World Bank by President George W. Bush.

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    • 19 May 2007

      Online Gambling, David Carruthers and UIGEA - Dominique Speaks Out

      During a discussion on the aggressive stance David Carruthers and his legal team has undertaken in response to his arrest in connection with online gambling site BetOnSports, Games and Casino’s own Dominique expressed her views on actions, catalysts and free speech. “We sorely need injured parties like the UK to speak up. David C. has the right idea, he appeals to the various affected British channels. The EU also has a bone to pick with the US regarding this.

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    • 19 May 2007

      Over $78 Million Neteller, Citadel and FirePay Funds Siezed By DOJ

      By now most people with an interest in online gambling know about the arrest of the Neteller founders and the confiscation by the US DOJ of over $55 million of customer funds said to be in transfer through US financial institutions at the time of the arrests.

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    • 19 May 2007

      David Carruthers, Ex CEO of BoS Prepares For Battle

      There’s a great article at Covers.com that discusses the battle David Carruthers, ex CEO of BetOnSports, is preparing for in a US court of law. Games and Casino reported earlier this week that Carruthers had sent a letter to BoS advisors and politicians asking the UK for help. “…Carruthers is the former CEO of U.K.-based sportsbook, BetonSports.com. He was arrested last July in Fort Worth… charged with numerous offenses related to the operation of the company.”

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    • 17 May 2007

      Founder of BetOnSports Pleads Not Guilty

      Gary Kaplan, founder of BetOnSports had his day in court Tuesday, at least one of them. On May 15, 2007 he pled not guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges related to the British online gambling company’s allegedly illegal acceptance of bets from the U.S. The New York Post reports that Kaplan, 48, entered his plea before U.S. Magistrate Mary Ann Medler in St. Louis federal court, 10 months after U.S. prosecutors unsealed an indictment against him.

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    • 17 May 2007

      Neteller Case Rescheduled to May 30th

      I know this is going to come as a big surprise but the court case for the two Neteller founders Lawrence and Lefebvre has been rescheduled again. The two men were arrested in January on charges which included money laundering and promoting illegal gambling. This will be the 5th court date and 4th continuance granted in this case. I erroneously reported it was the 4th continuance last month. Attempts to follow this case and get accurate information has proven to be educational.

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    • 16 May 2007

      David Carruthers, BoS Ex-Boss, Asks UK For Help

      Just in from eGaming Review are reports that “David Carruthers, ex-chief executive of BetonSports, has sent a letter asking for individuals at the company’s former advisers to lobby the UK government, the EU and UK and European Members of Parliament on his behalf as part of his attempts to use the recent WTO decision as part of his defence.

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    • 16 May 2007

      bwin Wins Title 'World's Biggest Publicly Listed Online Gaming Provider'

      The Financial Mirror reports that for the first time ever in Q1 2007 now ended, bwin Interactive Entertainment AG has won the title they’ve been seeking since 2004. They are now officially the ‘Worlds’ Biggest Publicly Listed Online Gaming Provider’, speaking in terms of both the number of active customers and gross and net gaming revenues.

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    • 16 May 2007

      New Google Program Compiles Psych Profile of Online Players

      Google has submitted a patent request (US and Europe) for a new program that compiles psych profiles of online ‘gamers’. The thought behind the program is that a player’s in-game behavior provides insight into that player’s personality type. Traits like honest or dishonest, passive or aggressive and includes their personal preferences. This program would then help advertisers target players more effectively.

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    • 16 May 2007

      Bwin Betting On Czech Gamling Increasing

      Czech Business carried an interview with Bwin Interactive regarding the Czech government’s stance on online gaming and Bwin’s successful European operations. “Foreign online gambling companies are betting they’re onto a Czech business jackpot because government officials will never be able to stop their Internet activities run from abroad.

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    • 16 May 2007

      Former Senator Calls For Regulation Of Online Poker

      Poker Players Alliance recently hired Alphonse D’Amato to act as their spokesman for the PPA. In an article by former Senator D’Amato and carried by the Boston Herald, he discusses government’s biggest blunders, self-serving politicians and outrageous legislation; all of which apply to the UIGEA. “Perhaps the biggest government blunders in U.S. history have been prohibitions.

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    • 14 May 2007

      Petition To Repeal UIGEA Has A New Goal

      CasinoGamblingWeb announced recently they have a new goal. Information on their website says ‘On behalf of advice given to us by aids to both Shelley Berkley and Barney Frank the goal of the Repeal the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act Petition has been changed from 400,000 signatures to just 10,000….

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    • 14 May 2007

      DOJ Indicts 4 Companies, 7 People in Latest Online Gambling Crunch

      The news out of Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Sun, is that charges have been brought against 7 people and 4 companies who stand accused of processing payments for illegal internet gambling. According to the indictment, the 7 defendants live in Las Vegas and 2 of the 4 companies are based out of Salt Lake City. At a press conference US Attorney Brett Tolman said “We now have a body of information technology and strategy that can cross many jurisdictions”

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    • 14 May 2007

      Warrants Issued for Optimal Funds (Firepay)

      Mortreal-based online payment processor Optimal Group Inc (Firepay) reports they are cooperating with an information request from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York in connection with an ongoing investigation of the internet gambling industry. Optimal Group Inc also stated the US Attorney’s Office issued seizure warrants for certain company funds.

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    • 11 May 2007

      Chinese Govt Raids Online Casino, $519 Million In Bets Confiscated

      Shanghai Daily reported the investigation and arrest of an online casino in which 5 shareholders of the company and 11 senior members were arrested. All together Police seized 4 billion yuan (US$519 million) in bets during a raid in neighboring Jiangsu Province and arrested 37 members of the gang behind it

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    • 10 May 2007

      AGA Reports 2007 Revenues Gives Las Vegas Record Breaking Year

      The American Gaming Association reports that according to their survey, gambling revenues at commercial casinos within the US rose a record breaking 6.8% culminating in a $32.4 billion dollar year for 2006.These numbers do not include revenues from American Indian casinos, which is no small amount of change either. Some Indian casinos are reported to have exceeded many Las Vegas commercial casinos.

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    • 10 May 2007

      Mafia Style Gambling Ring Shut Down In New York

      Adam Green and Anthony Giovaniello, both from New York, were arrested along with 16 other people in connection with an 18 month investigation into illegal sports betting and charged with Enterprise Corruption and various other crimes relating to narcotic drugs and firearms.Authorities believe the gambling operation handled approximately two million dollars a week and serviced more than 800 individual bettors using a wire room concept which in this case was located off shore in Costa Rica..

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    • 10 May 2007

      eCOGRA Makes Fairness Testing of Online Casinos Available

      eCommerce and Online Gambling Regulation and Assurance group has been working to produce a stringent fairness testing of online casino and poker sites and announced it is now available to operators wishing to validate their site. The testing and certification process includes monthly poker card shuffling reviews and payout percentage reports on all games as well as bi-annual reports on blackjack, video poker and roulette.

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    • 10 May 2007

      It's New, It's Improved, It's Neteller and It's Not Available in US and Canada

      Neteller issued a press release announcing its new suite of prepaid, re-loadable debit and remittance cards for its customers in Europe and Asia Pacific. Customers in Canada, US and Turkey can not take advantage of Neteller services due to current federal legislation.Their new prepaid card is tied to a customer’s Neteller account and can be used at over 24 million ATMs and Point-of-Sale (PoS) terminals worldwide.

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    • 08 May 2007

      E-Gold Founders Indicted for Abetting Fraud and Child Pornography

      Co founders of another payment processor, E-Gold, were indicted last week for allegedly ‘allowing the service to be used by criminals engaged in financial scams and child pornography’ according to the Washington Post who reported on the indictments The indictment names the company’s co-founders — Douglas L. Jackson, of Satellite Beach, Fla., and Barry K. Downey, of Woodbine, Md., as well as Reid A. Jackson, of Melbourne, Fla.

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    • 08 May 2007

      UK Companies Plan Grass Roots Campaign In US for Internet Gambling

      UC Group and Baker Tilly believe they have the software and technology to perfectly compliment Rep. Barney Franks new legislation for internet gambling. Their product allows the user to pinpoint the age and location of bettors and detect compulsive gambling and money laundering. The software is already operating in systems around the world according to a company spokesman. the Hill reports that the 2 companies teamed up to launch the “Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative”.

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    • 07 May 2007

      Politicians Silent On US Refusal To Comply With WTO Online Gambling Ruling

      On Friday, April 4, 2007, the US announced its decision to ‘modify’ the commitment made in 1993 to open U.S. markets to “recreational services.” and clarify that gambling services are not included. This unprecedented action would remove any WTO jurisdiction to online gaming and nullify Antigua’s recent WTO court victory.Response to this newest US decision, good or bad, has been reported from several countries outside the US but there has been no comments from the US political arena. Not one.

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