Gambling News

  • 24 October 2015

    Changes Are Happening to DFS and Amaya is Responding

    The daily fantasy sports market in the United States has absolutely exploded over the past couple of years, and the Amaya Gaming Group has gotten in on the action with their StarsDraft brand. Coming off of the legacy of PokerStars and the "bad actor" reputation that it gained, they were very careful about where they allowed their games to run on a state-by-state basis.

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  • 24 October 2015

    SlotsMillion to Get Virtual Reality Games

    Virtual reality online casino games have been demoed at various trade shows over the past couple of years, and several companies are working on products for it because it seems to be the next big thing in the industry that's not quite to the mainstream level just yet. SlotsMillion is one of the first to launch their own virtual reality casino, and it can be played with either an Oculus Rift headset or on your computer with 3D graphics.

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  • 19 October 2015

    SkillOnNet Opens Another Regulated Schleswig Holstein Casino

    A decade ago, running an online casino brand was relatively simple. You had one piece of software licensed by an operator, and that operator might have support for multiple languages and currencies to accept players from many different parts of the world. Fast-forward to today, and this macro-based approach is no longer applicable if you want to be competitive. Instead, everything now is about the micro, and SkillOnNet has illustrated this one again with a new German-focused online casino.

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  • 19 October 2015

    BetConstruct Now Holds a License to Operate in Spain

    About five or six years ago, countries in Western Europe started regulating the online gambling industry on a country-by-country basis. Spain was one of the first countries to do so in the region, and they were one of the pioneers in what's now known as standard operating procedure for countries who want to regulate online gambling. They've recently awarded a license for BetConstruct's sports betting platform, and that's huge news for the company for a variety of reasons.

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  • 19 October 2015

    Russia Takes UIGEA-Like Approach Against Online Gambling

    The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in the United States, known as the UIGEA for short, absolutely crippled the industry by attacking the financial transactions for the sites in a way that was very difficult for players to get around. Now the Russian government is showing a lot of support for a similar bill that will have banks facing stiff fines and other punishments for processing payments for illegal online gambling.

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  • 19 October 2015

    Daily Fantasy Sports Called Out by UIGEA Author

    Daily fantasy sports has become the single fastest-growing segment of the online gambling industry in the United States over the past 12-18 months. Major sports teams have signed on to sponsor daily fantasy sports services, and so have major league and college sports leagues. This popularity isn't sitting well with everyone, and this includes the author of the UIGEA. Jim Leach has spoken out about this form of daily fantasy sports.

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  • 19 October 2015

    Aussie Gambling Advertising Laws Could Be Revamped

    Advertising for gambling is an interesting topic that really incorporates the balance between increasing outreach and the responsibilities that companies have to make sure they aren't targeting underage or problem gamblers. This is why oversight and self-regulation in the industry is really important. Otherwise, governments like Australia decide that they want to get involved, and that usually doesn't work out well for anyone whether it's the players or the companies themselves.

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  • 16 October 2015

    Ladbrokes Raises £1.35 Billion in Merger Funding

    It seems like 2015 has been the year of the merger, and the floodgates have really blown open with lots of different companies combining or being taken over, with the notable case of the huge bidding war over Bwin.Party being a good example. There's another merger on the horizon, and that's between Ladbrokes and Coral.

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  • 16 October 2015

    Self-Regulation Could Head Off Government Intervention in Sweden

    There are pros and cons when it comes to government regulation. One of the main pros is that the players get taken care of in better ways with fewer chances for companies to take advantage of them. However, there are also cons like the simple fact that government regulations can often overshoot the mark and paralyze the industry instead of keeping it safe. Companies in Sweden understand that on a major level, and they've begun certain amounts of self-regulation to try to keep this from happening.

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  • 16 October 2015

    EveryMatrix Taking Steps to Boost DDOS Protection

    Something that has been happening on and off in the online gambling world is the idea of hackers using extortion to try to get payoffs from online gambling sites behind the threat of DDoS (Distributed Denial of Services). The way these attacks work is that computers from all over the world that are under the control of these hackers try to access the site all at the same time.

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  • 15 October 2015

    Game Lounge Launches Additional Whitelabel Suomi

    In Europe right now, we're seeing more and more countries regulate the online gambling industry. As a result, different providers, operators and software companies are getting in on the action of building up a foothold in each individual country as much as they can according to their own strategic directives. This is happening in Finland as much as anywhere, and Game Lounge has launched another whitelabel (their second) called Suomi Casino in an effort to take advantage.

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  • 15 October 2015

    Daily Fantasy Sports Regulations Called on by Amaya

    The daily fantasy sports industry has been absolutely exploding in the past year, and one of the reasons why it's become so open in the United States is that it's not considered sports betting. It's also considered, for the time being, protected from the UIGEA thanks to a carve-out for fantasy sports. This rise in popularity has led to big deals with ESPN, major league sports teams and the leagues themselves, but a new scandal has the Amaya Gaming Group calling for regulation of the industry.

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  • 09 October 2015

    New Sportsbook Platform Launched by William Hill

    Advances in software platforms every so often are extremely important for any online gambling operation. William Hill knows this as much as anybody, and that's why their new Trafalgar platform is exciting, even if it's not all that surprising.

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  • 09 October 2015

    White Hat Launches Reel Island Online Casino

    Online casinos have evolved over the past two decades, and the entire history of the industry has been about pushing forward and coming up with new ways for players to get in on the action and have a great experience. The new Reel Island online casino, owned by Flip Gaming, is the newest online casino powered by the White Hat Gaming platform.

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  • 08 October 2015

    Report Says Wearable Technology Right for Online Gambling

    Technology and the gambling world are connected in a way that's impossible to overestimate. Whenever a new technology becomes available on a wide-enough basis, people inevitably want to gamble on it, and that demand becomes filled. It started back in the mid 1990s when Internet connections became widespread, and it continued in the early 2000s when mobile devices started having better graphic capabilities and their own Internet connections. Now it's continuing with wearable technology.

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  • 08 October 2015

    eCOGRA Approved by Portuguese Regulator for Testing

    eCOGRA is known for being one of the most important independent entities in all of online gambling. Right now, their Safe & Fair Seal is considered to be the single most-important certification that an online gambling site could have. Portugal's new regulator SRIJ has recognized this, and now they've made a deal where they will be using eCOGRA as a testing company. This is a great deal that will definitely help the industry as a whole in Portugal.

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  • 08 October 2015

    Major Growth for Online Gambling in the Czech Republic

    The Czech Republic does not currently license or regulate the online gambling industry in any meaningful way. That will probably change sooner rather than later because of a new report that has come out of the nation's capital of Prague that shows that virtually all sectors of the online gambling industry are expanding. This is especially true for the mobile casino sector, a part of the industry that's seeing major growth all over the world.

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  • 03 October 2015

    A New License Seal is Now Required for NJ Online Sites

    Something that New Jersey online gambling sites have run into is the simple fact that there are a lot of foreign operators who are still going after their customers. In an effort to help players who would be confused about which sites are licensed and which are not, New Jersey's Directorate of Gaming Enforcement will now be requiring licensed sites to show a specific seal on their websites.

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  • 03 October 2015

    New Financials Have Been Posted for Bet365

    Operating in Europe as an online gambling business is especially tricky right now. There have been a number of major changes to how regulation works in different countries, especially in the United Kingdom with a completely revamped tax system over the past year, and new changes are happening in various countries all of the time. It's not enough that a business has to keep up with all of these changes or face penalties but taxes and fees are generally increasing faster than profits can keep up.

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  • 03 October 2015

    Growth Has Changed After China's Policy Changes

    If you look at Eastern Asia as a whole, you'll see that gambling is growing as a whole. However, China is no longer leading the way here thanks to new policies that have come on the back of discoveries of corruption and other factors. The basic idea is that they have strong regulations now that prevent a lot of the high stakes gambling that was going on, and this gambling has moved to other markets.

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  • 03 October 2015

    Tipico Sportsbook Possibly For Sale

    In the online sports betting world and horse betting world, we've seen some pretty incredible changes to the overall landscape in the past six months. Different buy-outs and bidding wars have heated things up. There was a massive bidding war that led to the purchase of Bwin.Party by GVC, and there was also the big Paddy Power-Betfair deal that was accidentally spoiled on Twitter by a joke from a social media worker who didn't even know there was a deal in place to begin with.

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  • 03 October 2015

    Microgaming's European Live Dealer Games to be Handled by Evolution

    Live dealer games are a pretty important part of today's online casino environment. They offer players an alternative to the normal online casino experience by tying in elements of playing in a land-based casino. These elements include playing games with real deals who spin a real roulette wheel or deal games with real cards. It also adds a social factor to the game since you can interact with your dealer and the other players.

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  • 03 October 2015

    Oculus Announces Wearable Computer

    Oculus is known primarily for its virtual reality products, and now they're coming out with a wearable computer. This device is expected to start at $99, and it's expected to have immediate support for Facebook, Twitch and Netflix. This company is owned by parent company Facebook, so it's obvious that it will have their integration, and that leads the way for social gaming and other types of gaming to be integrated as well.

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  • 02 October 2015

    RAWA Supporters Could Attempt Another Tactic

    A new approach could be coming from supporters of the Restoration of America's Wire Act. They could impose what's known as a moratorium for two years that would effectively stop states from legalizing online gambling. The idea is that this would give Congress time to study the issue, and even though it would be a massive blow to states' rights, it's still something that's on the table, and it's much more likely to pass than the full-fledged RAWA bill.

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  • 01 October 2015

    GBGC Announces Report on Virtual Sports Betting

    Virtual sports betting is something that critics have pointed to as being ridiculous, but a new report by the Global Betting and Gaming Consultants (GBGC) based out of the Isle of Man shows that it's very much on the rise. In the tenth edition of their Global Gambling Report, they've shown that the pressure to increase profits due to higher taxes from regulation has made many operators look for new types of betting, and virtual sports betting is one of those channels that they're looking to.

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  • 30 September 2015

    Opposition for RAWA Starts Piling Up

    Lots of different organizations have started lining up against the Restoration of America's Wire Act, a proposal that could see online gambling banned on a federal level. Among other things, it would seek to officially change the ruling on the Wire Act to ban all forms of online gambling instead of just betting on sports. A somewhat surprising number of groups and organizations have chimed in on the issue.

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  • 30 September 2015

    HollywoodBets Sponsors South African Team

    Gambling is an extremely complicated topic in South Africa. A part of that has to do with how dynamic some of the political changes have been from one party and administration to another and how wildly their viewpoints can vary. In a move that's sure to shake things up, a South African cricket team has received a sponsor that few would have guessed would happen, but now the realities of the situation are going to unfold, and it's going to be super interesting to see what happens.

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  • 30 September 2015

    Sweden Online Gambling Reform Coming

    Regulation for online gambling is a particularly interesting subject on a global level because so many different countries handle things in so many different ways, and there's not really any unified concept of how it should be handled specifically. Sweden has been adopting a model for a while based on a government-backed monopoly through a company called Svenska Spel, but like most other attempts at this type of monopoly in this industry, the approach has not been working.

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  • 23 September 2015

    Unibet Finishes Acquiring iGame

    Since the beginning of the year, and even as far back as the middle of 2014, we've been seeing a lot more mergers and purchases in the online gambling world than we've probably ever seen before. Lots of companies have been executing extremely strategic purchases recently, and it's creating a situation where a lot more connections have to be remembered than ever before. The latest of these is the purchase of iGame by Unibet that was finalized in the past week.

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  • 23 September 2015

    Daily Fantasy Sports Hearing Called For in Congress

    It's no secret right now that daily fantasy sports represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the online gambling market. It's gained more steam in the United States over the past 18 months than most forms of online gambling ever had, and more states have started making decisions about the legality of the game. Now there could be an upcoming congressional hearing on the subject as well. The Need for the Meeting Congressman Frank Pallone Jr.

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