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Police Shut Down Illegal Online Gambling Sites in Indonesia

Indonesian police have shut down illegal online gambling operations having blocked 360 sites operated from Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. “We are working together with the Communications Ministry in blocking the sites,” Brig. Gen. Viktor Simandjuntak, director of the National Police’s special crimes unit said. The illegal sites were tied to 160 ban...

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Financial Officer Steals from Police Union to Fund Gambling Habit

An internal audit revealing one million dollars was unaccounted for resulted in the resignation of 27-year-old Kelly Harris, Australia-based financial officer of the Queensland Police Union. The money had gone missing over the course of 6 months with allegations surfacing that the money was transferred into non-union bank accounts and used for online gambling...

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New Anti-Money Laundering Procedures for EU

The European Parliament has approved new anti-money laundering procedures for EU member states and has been accepted by the European Gaming and Betting Association. Maarten Haijer, secretary general of EGBA said, “It should ensure that EU online gambling providers now have 1 rather than 28 sets of AML rules to comply with to provide their services in the EU....

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“Gaming in Holland” Conference to Feature New Additions

The 4th “Gaming in Holland” conference will take place in Amsterdam on June 22nd – 23rd with two new features included. “The Future of the Dutch Regulated iGamin...

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Lithuania Proposes Changes to Current Online Gambling Legislation

Lithuania has proposed amendments to current gambling law that would exclude foreign operators who do not have a registered and established local presence. The government says that the law, as it stands, does not “clearly establish that entities which have the right to organise betting may organise said services through means of communication”. “Currently,...

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GVC Partners with Amaya in Bid for Bwin

According to a statement from GVC Holdings on Tuesday, the company is jointly pursuing the acquisition of Bwin Part Digital Entertainment is in partnership with Amaya Inc. "GVC confirms that the execution of this proposal would be jointly financed by GVC and Amaya, Inc.," revealed the statement. Amaya brands include...

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Mansion Holdings Obtains UK Remote gambling License

Mansion Holdings Ltd., whose brands include,,, and, has obtained a remote gambling license fro...

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Bwin Continues Acquisition Discussions – Update

GVC Holdings may have some competition in 888 Holdings for the acquisition of Bwin Party Digital Entertainment according to the Sunday Times. GVC Holdings confirmed that an offer has been made while Bwin has issued a statement saying there are other interested partie...

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Bwin Continues Acquisition Discussions

Rumors that Bwin Party Digital Entertainment is up for sale have been swirling since November 2014 and recently peaked in the media driving up the share price. Time and time again GVC Holdings has been in the center of rumors. The company partnered with William Hill in 2014 to ac...

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Major Playtech Shareholder Purchases Trading Business Platform?

Teddy Sagi, a major shareholder of Playtech, has reportedly entered the currency trading business with the purchase of platform AvaTrade. The sale has not been confirmed but reports say that negotiations coming to a close and Sagi had offered $100 million for the company, which profited $20 million last year. Sagi is the current owner of Safecap Investment...

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DGOJ Begins Second Round of Licensing

Spanish gambling regulator La Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) has begun its second round of gaming licenses to new operators or existing licensees. There are 19 operators with applications for 27 general gambling licenses according to the DGOJ. In addition to the general gambling license applications, 33 are related to “unique applications”...

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UK Gambling Commission Issues Statement Regarding 666Bet Payouts

According to a statement from the UK Gambling Commission, players may begin requesting withdrawals from Metro Play Ltd and 666BET as a result of a partnership with Skrill. Withdrawal requests made since the site was reinstated are being processed manually and may take longer. The deadline to request your withdrawals is 24 May 2015 and players must have a Sk...

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Gambling Apps Reinstated in Apple Sweden Store

The operator association Branschföreningen för Onlinespel’s (BOS) has taken steps to reinstate gambling apps in the Apple Sweden App Store. BOS claims to have sent an “informative” letter to Apple with explanation why such apps were not in violati...

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Yggdrasil Gaming Partners with Casino Room

Yggdrasil Gaming has entered into a content deal with Ellmount Gaming Limited’s Casino Room to launch its portfolio of games including Cazino Zeppelin, Jokerizer, Winterberries and Reef Run. Casino Room has integrated Yggdrasil’s Infinite API for gamification. “Yggdrasil understands all about gamification, and they are the perfect partner to help further bo...

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Steve Wynn Discusses Online Gambling in TV Interview

On a recent PBS Nevada TV program “Ralston Reports”, casino owner Steve Wynn spoke about the current decline in Macau, business endeavors and his stance on online gambling in the US. Wynn, who was previously in talks with PokerStars but backed out, said: “I believe that Internet gaming is not going to happen in any way that is meaningful for Las Vegas.” He...

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Amaya’s Innova Group Acquires Shares of Diamond Game Enterprises

Amaya Gaming Group’s Innova Gaming Group Inc. has completed its IPO and and a secondary offering of common shares, which will begin trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Innova also acquired all shares of Diamond Game Enterprises (DGE), another Amaya company, paid for in shares. The purchase of DGE is in line with Amaya’s plan to divest its B2B assets fo...

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Betfair Names New Chief Marketing Officer

Johnny Devitt, Betfair's director of online marketing, has been appointed to the position of Chief Marketing Officer after the merging of the online marketing and brand director roles. Devitt has been with the company since 2013 in several roles including head of marketing platforms, data and acquisition and became director of online marketing in May 2014....

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Online Gambling Becomes Legal in Portugal in June 2015

Portuguese punters and online gambling operators are awaiting one very special date. June 28, 2015 marks the first day of online gambling licensing and regulation. The issue has been a source of debate over the last 10 years or so but the Secretary of State for Tourism, Adolfo Mesquita Nunes, announced the launch date Wednesday. Players within Portugal’s bo...

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Over 140 Illegal Online Gambling Arrests in China

The Chinese Ministry of Public Security recently reported the arrest of more than 140 people since the March crack down on illegal gambling. Since March, 1,980 cases were opened followed by 120 raids of gangs according to the Xinhua News Agency. Many involved illegal online casinos “run by overseas casinos”. Authorities busted three online gambling gangs fr...

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Pennsylvania Online Gambling Meetings Continue

Pennsylvania's House Gaming Oversight Committee continues to present information on the potential of legalization in the state during its second hearing of the week held at Mount Airey Casino Resort. Three hearings were scheduled for the week including the first at the Legislature, the second at Mount Airey Casino and a third scheduled for Wednesday at the Moh...

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