Gambling News

  • 01 October 2006

    GAMBLING LEGISLATION ATTACHED TO SAFE PORT ACT

    A watered down version of the ban on online gambline was at the last minute attached to the Safe Port Act, legislation sure to pass in Congress. There weren’t een copies of the progposed legislation until the Act was passed. You can read the entire legislation package at this SAFE PORT ACT pdf link.

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  • 01 October 2006

    US Congress approves Internet gambling ban bill

    REUTERS Updates with final approval of House) By Peter Kaplan WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Most forms of Internet gambling would be banned under a bill that received final U.S. congressional approval early Saturday. The House of Representatives and Senate approved the measure and sent it to President George W. Bush to sign into law.

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  • 01 October 2006

    Poker Players Alliance: Congress Ignores Public Sentiment, Approves Internet Poker Prohibition

    Saturday September 30, 2:52 pm ETWASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ — In a Congressional back room deal, opponents of Internet gambling have added language to port security legislation that would prohibit online wagering. The port security bill with the Internet gambling prohibition language included was approved by the U.S. House and Senate late on Friday evening and will be sent to the President to be signed into law.“This last minute deal reeks of political gamesmanship.

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  • 30 September 2006

    Congress welcomes back Prohibition - Internet Gambling Bill Passes

    EYE ON GAMBLING – EOG written September 30, 2006 Many local bookmakers such as “Benny the Bullet” were seen partying and rejoicing in Central Park, New York late last night and into the early morning hours today. Their business is expected to quadruple, just as bootlegging did years ago. I also imagine that some Poker houses are equally ecstatic to welcome back basement games.

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  • 28 September 2006

    ONLINE GAMING BATTLE WAGES BETWEEN US AND ANTIGUA AND BABUDA

    TAX-NEWS.COM by Amanda Banks, Tax-News.com, London 28 September 2006 America’s hard-line stance on the issue of internet gambling is likely to be at the top of the agenda during the visit by a delegation from the government of Antigua and Barbuda to Washington this week.

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  • 28 September 2006

    Sportingbet Takes Offense On US War On Internet Gambling

    This Is Money (www.thisismoney.co.uk) Bill Condie, Evening Standard 27 September 2006 Online gaming outfit Sportingbet has gone on the offensive against the American authorities ahead of a crucial hearing for Peter Dicks, its former chairman. Dicks is returning to the US tomorrow to fight moves to put him on trial in Lousiana on charges of breaking state laws against internet gambling.

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  • 28 September 2006

    Efforts to Attach Online Gambling Bill To Critical Defense Legislation Fails

    ALL HEADLINE NEWS September 27, 2006 5:00 p.m. EST Jacob Cherian – All Headline News Staff Writer Washington, DC (AHN) – An effort to stick a bill banning most forms of Internet gambling onto a “must-pass” defense bill has been stopped. However, Republican supporters are looking for alternative ways to pass the online gambling bill.

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  • 28 September 2006

    William Hill Stops All Bets From US Customers

    IRISH EXAMINER (www.irishexaminer.com) 27/09/2006 – 3:10:39 PM British bookmaker William Hill said today it had stopped taking casino and poker bets from US customers amid confusion over internet gambling laws there. Online sports betting contravenes the 1961 Wire Act in America, which bans the placing of bets on sporting events via the telephone line in the states.

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  • 27 September 2006

    MORE WARRANTS FOR ONLINE GAMBLING'S SPORTINGBET STAFF

    SCOTSMAN.COM LONDON (Reuters) – Louisiana is determined to stop Internet gambling companies from taking bets in the southern U.S. state and has issued four arrest warrants for staff at Sportingbet , a police officer told the Financial Times. Captain Joe Lentini, head of the casino section of Louisiana’s Police Gaming Enforcement division, said in an interview published on Wednesday the warrants included one for Peter Dicks, former chairman of the UK-listed company.

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  • 27 September 2006

    Enforcing Louisiana's Ban On Online Gambling -

    MSNBC By Andrew Ward Updated: 9:40 p.m. ET Sept 26, 2006 Louisiana’s investigation into online gambling originated in a routine staff meeting this year, when Captain Joe Lentini of Louisiana’s Police Gaming Enforcement division reminded officers of the state’s law against online gambling.

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  • 27 September 2006

    CryptoLogic To Move Headquarters To Ireland

    THE TORONTO STAR Sep. 25, 2006. 01:20 PM TARA PERKINS BUSINESS REPORTER Toronto-based CryptoLogic Inc. is moving its headquarters to Ireland early next year, it announced Monday. CryptoLogic makes software for gaming websites, specializing in poker and casino games. The decision to move was not a result of the recent U.S. crackdown on online gambling, said CryptoLogic CEO Lewis Rose.

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  • 27 September 2006

    Resignations Stoke Online Gaming Fears

    MSNBC By Roger Blitz, Leisure Industries Correspondent Updated: 11:10 p.m. ET Sept 25, 2006 A former US attorney who served under former US President George H.W. Bush resigned on Monday as chairman and director of an online gambling company, highlighting fears among executives in the sector that they face arrest by travelling to the US or other countries taking a tough line against gambling.

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  • 25 September 2006

    INVESTORS LOSE BILLIONS ON ONLINE GAMBLING

    FINANCIAL NEWS Tara Loader Wilkinson 25 Sep 2006 Regulatory crackdown and arrests in the US have hit pipeline of gaming flotations Investors in online poker should know they can lose their shirts on one bad hand. But they might not have expected such a sustained run of bad cards that has seen the value of online gaming companies collapse by 51% from this year’s highs.

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  • 25 September 2006

    German crackdown raises the stakes for internet gambling

    THE BUSINESS By Eric Culp In Frankfurt And Pierre Tran In Paris 24 September 2006 German crackdown raises the stakes for internet gambling BRITISH executives of online gambling companies could be arrested on criminal charges in Germany if they set foot in the country.

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  • 25 September 2006

    A DEEPER LOOK INTO ONLINE GAMBLING BILL PASSED IN WASHINGTON STATE

    An article from the blog MakeYouGoHmm.com May 27, 2006 On June 7 online gambling becomes felony in Washington state gaming, politics — by TDavid @ 9:30 pm The hypocritical stench surrounding the online gambling law forthcoming in Washington state includes campaign donations from none other than Indian casinos for State Senator Margarita Prentice (pictured below, Sen. Prentice homepage). Her term ends January 2009.

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  • 22 September 2006

    US lawmakers seek online gambling bill compromise

    REUTERS By Peter Kaplan WASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Congressional leaders are trying to forge a compromise that would allow them to push through legislation banning most forms of Internet gambling, aides said on Thursday. Top House and Senate lawmakers have been trying to break a logjam that has stalled the Internet gambling legislation by attaching it to any one of a number of must-pass spending bills before the end of the year, aides said.

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  • 21 September 2006

    EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO TARGET DISCRIMINATING STATES AND ONLINE GAMBLING

    MIDDLE EAST TIMES AFP September 19, 2006 BRUSSELS — The European Commission said Monday that it is prepared to target more member states deemed to be stifling free competition in the sports gambling sector. The move came on the same day as news that a French magistrate formally launched an investigation into contravention of French gambling monopolies by the two heads of the Austrian-German Bwin Internet gambling group arrested last week.

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  • 21 September 2006

    BODOG MARKETING CONFERENCE CANCELLED AGAIN.

    According to Bodog Founder Calvin Ayre, the Bodog Marketing Conference at Atlantis in December 2006 has been cancelled. This was a second attempt to host the online gambling conference, re-scheduled after the cancellation of the Bodog Marketing Conference in September which was cancelled after the arrest of British online gambling CEO David Carruthers in the US. Citing uncertainty of the U.S.

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  • 21 September 2006

    ONLINE GAMBLING SPORTSBOOK BETONSPORTS ATTEMPTS TO SETTLE CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CHARGES

    BetOnSports, the online gambling sportsbook, would like to negotiate a settlement of civil and criminal charges by the US DoJ against BoS for racketeering and fraud and have asked for a meeting to discuss a possible resolution.It was reported by STLtoday.com that Assistant Michael Fagan thought the case could be resolved. What this would mean to David Carruthers, the former CEO of BetOnSports arrested on a 22 count indictment for fraud and racketeering, and his case is unclear at this time.

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  • 21 September 2006

    RIVERBELLE ONLINE CASINO RATED #1

    River Belle Online Casino Wins First Place in Best Online Casino for Progressive Slots GIBRALTER, September 18, 2006 – It’s not easy to win the coveted and highly respected awards handed out to online gaming sites in the annual “Strictly Slots” magazine reader’s poll, but River Belle Online Casino (http://www.riverbelle.com) has managed to do it four times this year.

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  • 19 September 2006

    Playtech Licenses Advanced Multimedia Technology

    Monday September 18, 3:14 am ET NICOSIA, Cyprus, September 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Playtech (Cyprus) Ltd., the international designer, developer and licensor of software for the gambling industry, a subsidiary company of Playtech Ltd (LSE: PTEC – News), listed on AIM, announced today the signing of a license agreement with 1st Technology LLC. The license agreement is in relation to 1st Technology’s core multimedia patents applied to advanced online gaming products.

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  • 19 September 2006

    PUBLIC VS PRIVATE IN ONLINE GAMBLING CLASH

    INT’L HERALD TRIBUNE By Eric Pfanner International Herald Tribune Published: September 18, 2006 LONDON The detention of the heads of an Austrian online gambling company by French authorities has raised the stakes in a Europe-wide battle between lucrative state-sponsored betting monopolies and their upstart rivals on the Internet, raising eyebrows at the European Commission in Brussels.

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  • 19 September 2006

    ONLINE GAMBLING EXEC FREED

    RED HERRING September 15, 2006 Peter Dicks has resigned his job as chairman of Sportingbet PLC, but he regained his freedom as New York authorities lifted the threat of extradition to Louisiana hanging over his head and returned his passport. Mr. Dicks, 64, was detained last week after arriving at New York’s JFK Airport from London, where customs officers were alerted to an outstanding warrant for his arrest issued by the state of Louisiana (see Second Gambling Exec Nabbed). Mr.

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  • 17 September 2006

    FRIST TARGETS INTERNET GAMBLING

    ABC NEWS/POLITICS September 17th, 2006 Senate Majority Leader Frist Seeks to Add Internet Gambling Ban to Defense Bill, Sources Say By NANCY ZUCKERBROD WASHINGTON Sep 13, 2006 (AP)— Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is trying use a bill authorizing U.S. military operations, including in Iraq and Afghanistan, to prohibit people from using credit cards to settle Internet gambling debts. Frist, R-Tenn.

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  • 16 September 2006

    TOP EXECS OF AUSTRIA'S BWIN ARRESTED BY FRENCH POLICE

    Friday Police in France’s Alpes-Maritime region near Nice arrested Manfred Bodner and Norbert Teufelberger, top execs for Austria’s BWIN, for allegedly violating French gaming laws. These laws prevent online gaming and advertisements from companies other than the Francaise des Jeux, which runs the lottery, and the PMU which takes bets for horse races. These two gaming companies hold a monopoly in France.This action has been declared “scandalous” by BWIN’s spokeswoman Karin Klein.

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  • 16 September 2006

    FRIST GOES ALL IN REGARDING ONLINE GAMBLING BAN

    THE WASHINGTON TIMES FRIST SHOWS HIS HAND TODAY’S EDITORIAL September 16, 2006 Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is trying to force through a restriction on Internet gambling by incorporating it into the FY 2007 defense appropriations bill, according to reports. By attaching a measure intended to ban Internet gambling to a necessary armed services appropriations bill, Mr.

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  • 16 September 2006

    French State Lottery Going After Gambling Execs

    TIMESONLINE (timesonline.co.uk)From Adam Sage in Paris THE French national lottery warned online gaming executives yesterday that they could be arrested if they set foot in France, after the joint chief executives of BWin, of Austria, were detained by French police. The arrest of Manfred Bodner and Norbert Teufelberger as they prepared for a press conference at Monaco football club, which is sponsored by BWin, sent a fresh shudder through the online gaming industry.

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  • 15 September 2006

    GAMING BOSS QUITS BEFORE COURT APPEARANCE

    GUARDIAN UNLIMITED Andrew Clark in New York Friday September 15, 2006 The Guardian The chairman of the gaming firm Sportingbet has severed ties with the company in order to pursue his fight against criminal charges of encouraging illegal online betting in America. Peter Dicks informed Sportingbet of his resignation just minutes before a court appearance in New York yesterday at which a judge gave him permission to return temporarily to Britain.

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  • 14 September 2006

    STRAIGHTS HAVE NO RANKING IN NEW ONLINE POKER ROOM FOR GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDERED PLAYERS

    First Ever Online Poker Room for GLBT – Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Community Opens New Poker Game Launched For GLBT – No Straights ComeOutPoker.com, the world’s first online poker site catering exclusively to the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) community, launched its real online poker room today. While some of the big- name poker sites may claim gay members, ComeOutPoker.

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  • 14 September 2006

    Justice Department defends using 'dated' laws in gambling arrests

    THE REGISTER www.theregister.co.uk High Wire Act By OUT-LAW.com Published Thursday 14th September 2006 19:04 GMT The US Department of Justice has admitted that the 1961 Wire Act which it uses to prosecute executives of online gambling companies is “dated”. The Department insists, though, that the law is sufficient for the prosecution of gambling executives.

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