December, 2008

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Mansion group pushes for poker recognition as an Olympic sport

Mansion group online subsidiary Circus Casino.co.uk has announced a new initiative to have the game of poker recognised as an Olympic sport; initially as a demonstration sport in 2012 and then as a main event in 2016. Buoyed by a public Internet campaign, the online gaming company is hoping to convince Olympic...

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Swedish university to study teen morals

A Swedish university research program will soon be working with social networking community websites in a research bid to learn more about how the Internet affects the way Swedish teens build their norms and values, reports The Local.se. Lund University plans to work with The Pirate Bay, the Svenska Pokerförbundet (poker association) and MySpace to learn more...

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Gambling mogul could have acted precipitously

The $300 million "settlement" and Wire Act guilty plea by Party Gaming co-founder Anurag Dikshit earlier this (December) month was discussed in an interesting article in the The Times over the holiday weekend, which suggested that his unilateral and independent move to clean the slate wit...

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NoIQ Poker and Carlos Poker to be removed from iPoker network

Without giving any reasons for the action, a press statement from Playtech's iPoker network over the weekend informed interested parties that NoIQ Poker and Carlos Poker are to be removed from the network on January 24th. The terse statement reads: "iPoker has, following discussions with Tain, decided to remove Carlos Poker and NoIQ Poker from the iPoker Netw...

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Lottery operator Camelot crashed for four hours

The British national lottery operator Camelot had the embarassing problem of explaining a four hour computer crash Saturday which deprived many would-be lotto players of the opportunity to take a ticket, either in retail outlets or over the Internet. A Camelot spokesman insisted there was no question of the draws being postponed to allow disappointed players...

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Mormon state defends states 'Rights On Gambling'

Concerned about possible federal deals on Internet gambling in World Trade Organisation negotiations , state legislators in Utah are pushing a resolution that urges Congress to ensure that states' rights to make thei...

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U.S. lotteries on decline

A weakening U.S. economy and declining discretionary incomes are negatively impacting one source of government financing that had previously been widely regarded as recession-proof: lotteries, reports the Wall Street Journal this week. Lottery sales fell 2 percent in the third quarter year-on-year, reducing the dispersal of revenues to education and other pro...

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Will Hill reports on a festive season tradition - and a new opportunity

The tradition of making quirky bets over the festive season was once again in eveidence in the UK, reports bookie firm William Hill plc, which saw a significant increase in the prop bet category this year. Company spokesman Graham Sharpe revealed on the William Hill website that hundred...

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Betfair ads criticised

Two Australian public figures - a charity campaigner and a politician - have lashed out at online betting exchange Betfair for advertising on Boxing Day on grounds that the material impinged on family interest subjects like cricket and were therefore dangerous to children and teenagers....

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NFL and Justice Department associations may indicate little sympathy for online gambling

The incoming Obama Administration's announcement that Eric Holder is to be appointed Attorney General of the United States may moderate expectations that the new president might take a more liberated approach to Internet gambling. Although well qualified professionally for the post, Holde...

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Poker playing monks arrested in Korean raid

The Korea Times reported the arrest on illegal gambling charges of an unlikely den of gamblers - five Buddhist monks - this week. The monks were picked up in a police raid on a poker game involving millions of won taking place in a hotel near Mount Songni, a spokesman revealed. Speaking from the Boeun Police Station in North Chungcheong Province, the spok...

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High levels of betting on the advent of a white Christmas sees the punters lose

For weeks now, the UK 'white Christmas' gamblers have been tuning in to weather predictions before placing their bets on whether there would be snowfalls on Christmas Day, but as it turned out it was the bookies who got it right this year, with some avoiding a potential million pound payout by doing so. Bookm...

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PokerStars ramps up Sunday million

Big money game poker enthusiasts and pros alike will be heading to the Poker Stars.com site on December 28th to have a crack at the boosted $2.5 million guaranteed Sunday Million tourney. By increasing the guarantee by a million dollars, the management is confident that there will be a big surge in interest in the regular offering...

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New corporate development director for Ladbrokes

Towcester Racecourse chief executive Chris Palmer (34) is to sever an 11-year association with Lord Hesketh and start a new job with Ladbrokes in February, reports the Northamptonshire Chronicle. Palmer will replace Alan Ross as corporate development director at the UK gambling giant....

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Good news for Czech online gambling

After months of anticipation, it looks as if the new year will at last see legalised online gambling in the Czech Republic. Radio Praha reports that after years of lobbying , and promises to prevent minors from betting on their websites, the country'...

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UK problem gambling

The British newspaper The Daily Mail, a publication not known for taking a positive view on gambling generally, has published a report in which it claims that Britain's 284 000 [potentially] problem gamblers are estimated to have run up debt of GBP 5 billion. The newspaper compares this a...

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Social networking and poker meet

Capitalising on the trend towards social networking in Internet gambling, a savvy webmaster has been making good progress with a website branded Twitter Poker Tour.com, which sets up weekly online poker micro-tourneys at PokerStars and Full Tilt and is modeled on the comfy "home game" conc...

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Playtech launched "play for real money" poker network

Following some months of Italian "play-for-fun" poker operations, the London-listed software provider Playtech plc has announced the successful launch of a "play for real money" poker network in the rapidly expanding Italian poker market. Following license agreements, announced earlier in the second half of thi...

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36 hands affected by Cereus software glitch

The COO of UltimateBet parent Tokwiro Enterprises, Paul Leggett has expanded on his earlier statement following further timeous investigations into the incorrect payouts on games at UltimateBet.com over the weekend . "There is a prevention system in place designed to protect hand results against disconnections," Leggett explaine...

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Slot glitch turns win of millions into hundreds

Christmas arrived early for a New Zealand woman this year, or so she thought. The woman was playing a land slot in Dunedin, New Zealand when it briefly showed a $A 36 million jackot hit...but she then found the machine was faulty and she had really won only $A 420. Otago mental health worker Verna Brown said that for '' a brief, wonderful moment'' she thought...

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