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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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    • 12 September 2006

      Sportingbet Chairman's Arrest Stuns UK Online Gaming Industry

      Linux Insider Scotland on Sunday 09/11/06 9:22 AM PT “The New York State Supreme Court released Sportingbet Chairman Peter Dicks on $50,000 Friday. He is required to turn over his passport and stay in New York City under terms of the release. Shares in Sportingbet fell 38.5 percent in London on Monday, having dropped as much as 43 percent in early trading….“ “New York police pulled him in as he disembarked at John F. Kennedy Airport.

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    • 12 September 2006

      iGaming Business Discusses Sportingbet with US Lawyer

      iGAMING iGAMING BUSINESS 12-09-06 iGaming Business has spoken with US lawyer David Schollenberger about the recent arrest of Peter Dicks and the wider implications that the detention will have for online gaming in the United States.

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    • 10 September 2006

      US needs to declare its hand on online gambling

      The Sunday Times John Waples TIMESONLINE September 10, 2006 PETER DICKS, chairman of the online gaming group Sportingbet, had to raise $50,000 on Friday for his bail. He was also forced to surrender his passport. But a lot more rides on the outcome of his Supreme Court hearing this Thursday. That is when Dicks will be told whether he will be extradited to Louisiana to face a charge of soliciting a local citizen to make a sports bet online. If he is extradited, the fallout could be immense.

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    • 10 September 2006

      Peter Dicks Flushed By Louisiana Gambling by Computer Law

      BAYOUBUZZ.COM New Orleans, La.–You can bet that Peter Dicks is flushed as he fights to stay away from extradition to a Louisiana Court. The Louisiana anti-Internet Gambling law was designed to do exactly what it the state is doing—keep Internet gaming away from Louisiana.

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    • 10 September 2006

      GAMBLING EXECS NOT SAFE IN US

      24.COM | FIN24.COM Gaming chiefs not safe in US 10/09/2006 13:49 St Louis – Gambling industry experts agree: If you operate an offshore gaming website, stay out of the US. Moments after stepping foot on American soil on Thursday, Sportingbet plc Chairperson Peter Dicks became the second British offshore sports betting executive arrested in recent months for illegal online gambling in the US.

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    • 10 September 2006

      Peter Dicks’s US Arrest Causing Panic at Online Gaming Firms

      TIMES ONLINE The Sunday Times – Business September 10, 2006 Focus: Busted! Peter Dicks’s US arrest is causing panic at online gaming firms, write Dominic Rushe in New York and Louise Armitstead When the New York Giants take on the Indianapolis Colts today, at least $10 of dodgy money will be riding on the game. The bet was made with the London-listed gaming firm Sportingbet.com by Dominic Rushe, our US-based reporter, using his American bank account.

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    • 09 September 2006

      PETER DICKS, SPORTINGBET CHIEF, RELEASED ON $50,000 BAIL

      BBC NEWS 09/09/06 The chairman of UK-based online gaming firm Sportingbet has been granted a $50,000 bail by a US court. Peter Dicks was held in New York on Thursday under a warrant issued by state authorities in Louisiana accusing him of “gambling by computer”. The court in Queens, New York, also ordered him to surrender his passport. Mr Dicks is to face another hearing on 14 September when the New York court will consider a request by the Louisiana authorities to extradite him.

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    • 08 September 2006

      Arrest adds pressure on Internet gaming

      THE BOSTON GLOBE By Jeff Douglas, Associated Press Writer September 8, 2006 ST. LOUIS –Gambling industry experts agree: If you operate an offshore gaming Web site, stay out of the U.S. Moments after stepping foot on American soil Thursday, Sportingbet PLC Chairman Peter Dicks became the second British offshore sports betting executive arrested in recent months for illegal online gambling in the U.S.

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    • 08 September 2006

      Sportingbet PLC Chairman To Fight Extradition To Louisiana

      EASYBOURSE Thursday September 7th, 2006 / 5h35 By Chad Bray Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- The non-executive chairman of Sportingbet PLC (SBT.LN) will fight extradition to Louisiana on charges of illegal Internet gambling, his lawyer said late Thursday.

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    • 07 September 2006

      ONLINE GAMBLING STOCKS DIVE - AGAIN - AS US DOJ HOLDS GAMING EXECUTIVE - AGAIN.

      REUTERS UK Thu Sep 7, 2006 2:05 PM BST162 By Pete Harrison LONDON (Reuters) – The United States detained a second Internet gaming executive on Thursday, adding to fears it is cracking down on the lucrative industry and sparking share price falls that wiped over $1.5 billion (800 million pounds) off the market value of the sector. Online bookmaker Sportingbet said its chairman, Peter Dicks, had been detained by U.S.

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    • 07 September 2006

      eCOGRA NEEDS YOUR INPUT FOR ONLINE GAMBLING SURVEY

      HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO SPEAK YOUR MIND An invitation for you to give your views in the biggest online gambling survey ever launched How often have you wanted to tell the top management of the online gambling venues that you use how they should be running things to achieve better customer satisfaction? Those times when you might want to point out areas where improvements could be made; new ideas you think might work well or praise for facets of an operation that you think gets it right?

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    • 31 August 2006

      Online Gambling Legislation Opposed by Independent Community Bankers of America

      BankNet 360 Posted By: Vince Ryan Aug 30 2006 06:00:10 PDT ICBA Opposes Bill to Stop Illegal Online Gambling Congressional legislation that would attempt to block electronic transfers between U.S. gamblers and offshore casinos is being opposed by the Independent Community Bankers of America, according to The Wall Street Journal. The ICBA is asking the Senate to revise a House version of the bill that passed n July.

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    • 31 August 2006

      Chances Slim For Internet Betting Ban

      WINNERONLINE SOURCE: Las Vegas Review-Journal by Tony Batt 28 August, 2006 WASHINGTON — There may not be a better example of how much easier it is to block rather than pass legislation in Congress than the decade-long effort to prohibit Internet gambling. The House and Senate have voted no fewer than six times to either outlaw or severely restrict online wagering. The closest vote in the Senate was 90-10 on July 22, 1998.

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    • 19 August 2006

      FREEDAVIDCARRUTHERS WEBSITE NOW ONLINE

      For everyone who’s been watching the events unfold regarding David Carruthers and BetOnSports, a website is now available to help you keep track of the happenings in and out of court and to show your support for David. Just visit FREEDAVIDCARRUTHERS (http://www.freedavidcarruthers.com) Keep up to date on the current happenings of the trial, judges rulings, lawyers filings and outcome of the case at FREEDAVIDCARRUTHERS.com

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    • 16 August 2006

      FORMER ONLINE GAMBLING EXEC MAKES BAIL

      BusinessWeek.com The Associated Press/ST. LOUIS By CHRISTOPHER LEONARD AP Business Writer AUG. 16 3:17 P.M. ET Former online gambling executive David Carruthers was freed on a $1 million bond Wednesday after spending nearly a month behind bars following his arrest on racketeering and fraud charges. Carruthers, 48, was freed after a hearing before U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Medler. He had been expected to be released as early as Monday but it took days to work out technical details.

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    • 16 August 2006

      Bettors Deserve Better - Crusade against online sports gambling is unfair

      SI.com Justin Doom > Doom’s Day Tuesday August 15, 2006 4:12PM The only safe place to bet on sports is in Las Vegas. At this rate, it’s only a matter of time before I’m in jail. In fact, I wonder what the odds on that would be. Maybe I can find a Web site that will offer a line. But I’d better find it soon. Did you hear what happened to the folks over at BetOnSports.com? After recently being singled out and indicted by U.S.

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    • 16 August 2006

      WinnerOnLine Interviews Lawrence G Walters

      An Interview With Lawrence G. Walters: Part I, originally published at >WINNERONLINE – http://www.winneronline.com by Karl Yu, Winneronline 15 August, 2006 There are a lot of legal implications when it comes to online gaming and America’s stance against it. Over the past six months the U.S. has launched a major offensive on the industry on both the federal and state level.

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    • 15 August 2006

      More Problems for BetOnSports and Associates

      It’s been reported that shareholders of BOS are considering legal action against BOS advisors based on the fact that they (advisors) did not mention any unfavorable background on Gary Kaplan, previous owner of the company prior to the the stock offering. It’s rumored that Kaplan has left Costa Rica for parts unknown but the middle east is suspected. He was included in the indictment against BOS for, among other charges, fraud and racketeering.

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    • 15 August 2006

      eCOGRA Achieves 100 Online Casinos Target Months Ahead of Schedule

      Gambling Standards Authority Issues its 107th “Play It Safe” Seal to Accredited Online Casinos and Poker Rooms LONDON, August 14 /PRNewswire/ — The online gambling standards and player protection body, eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (http://www.eCOGRA.org), today announced it achieved its target of accrediting 100 online casinos and poker rooms before December 2006. eCOGRA launched its 100 Seals campaign in May this year with 76 accredited sites.

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    • 14 August 2006

      Jeff Haney on a dying scheme to hustle online casinos

      LAS VEGAS SUN SPORTS August 14, 2006 at 7:29:0 PDT The federal government’s recent crackdown on online gambling has thrust the largely unregulated, sometimes bizarre backwater of Internet casinos into the spotlight. Not long after the House of Representatives passed legislation this summer designed to clamp down on online gambling, the boss of Costa Rica-based BetOnSports was arrested while changing planes in Texas.

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    • 13 August 2006

      Online Gambling Company Still Target

      Belleville News Democrat Sat, Aug. 12, 2006 Associated Press ST. LOUIS – Federal prosecutors said Friday they will continue prosecuting BetOnSports PLC even though the online gambling company is shutting down its operations that take bets from U.S. customers. Separately, U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway’s office approved conditions for the release of London-based BetOnSports’ former Chief Executive David Carruthers, according to his attorney, Scott Rosenblum.

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    • 13 August 2006

      BetOnSports folds to US

      INB – Internet News Bureau August 11, 2006 BetonSports Folds U.S. Hand By Roy Mark Betonsports.com is folding its U.S. hand. With the British-based company named in a 22-count indictment for violating American gambling laws and its former CEO sitting in a St. Louis jail, BetonSports said Friday it was permanently cutting off access to its site for U.S. bettors. The site has been dark for American online gamblers since last month when a U.S.

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