August, 2009

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50 arrested in Salt Lake City internet cafe

50 arrests as police swoop Utah's strong stand against gambling came to the fore over the weekend with reports from the Salt Lake Tribune that police had arrested 50 employees and gamblers in a swoop on an Internet cafe. The police raid on Sunday at a Murray Internet cafe followed a months-long gambling investigation, a spokesman revealed. Customers w...

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Less frequent payouts on some Australian "pokie" machines

8 of 134 Aussie pokie games have higher volatility levels than recommended - but the authorities have not flagged them One of Australia's favourite gambling vehicles - poker machine games commonly referred to as 'pokies' - are at the centre of a new row building Downunder. Eight of the 134 games approved since December 2007 have a level of volatility whic...

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Gamblers Anonymous numbers increase in Ireland

But it would have been nice to see some supporting stats The Irish Examiner carried an alarming article at the weekend, reporting that the number of people attending Gamblers Anonymous (GA) meetings around the country has doubled and in some places trebled over the past six months as people can no longer afford their betting habits. Unfortunately, much of...

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Russian mafia suspected of sabotaging gambling websites

Russian mafia suspected of launching cyber attacks Carrying out a study of recent Distributed Denial of Service attacks on Australian betting sites this month , the Herald Sun newspaper revealed that at least four sites had been targeted. The attacks were planned to take the sites down at key business peroids such as the AFL...

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Gala Coral wants to reduce debt

Major British gambling group wants to reduce debt to invest in more Internet and Italian action The British online and land gambling group Gala Coral is reportedly trying to reduce its GBP 2.7 billion debt pile in order to boost internet operations, reports the Mail on Sunday. And the strategy for doing so is to persuade major existing investors to give up so...

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Gambling in Malta to be regulated

Labour Party wants to regulate mushrooming gambling arcades in the Mediterranean island. The return to work from the summer recess of the Malta Parliament will see a renewed drive to complete debates on a new set of gambling regulations aimed at regulating...

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Alarming news on controversial draft law from the White House

Users, internet companies and civil liberties alike critical on draft law The respected top political reporter for CNet News, Declan McCullagh, wrote a fascinating update this week on a little known law currently being drafted in the United States which could hand the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet. Such a c...

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Gambling industry report released by UK Gambling Commission

All you need to know about gambling in Britain The UK Gambling Commission has published its latest report on the gambling industry - both land and online - in Britain. In the section on online (remore) gambling, the Commission reports: * The number of remote gambling operators licensed by the Commission rose slightly from 300 to 328 during the year, w...

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Bodog sponsors Fulham fc

Yet another deal with a European football club Bodog Europe has become the latest online betting company to join a growing list of football club sponsors, signing with Fulham FC in a three year sponsorship deal which makes Bodog the Barclays Premier League team’s exclusive official betting and gaming partner. Keith McDonnell, Managing Direct...

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Mobile gaming industry deal

Server Based Gaming specialist clinches gaming company deal Inspired Gaming plc, a UK server based gaming specialist company has signed a distribution agreement with gaming company ROK8, for the deployment of a suite of virtual games through ROK's onlin...

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Broadcast rights for Bwin

Austrian online betting group secures broadcast rights to top Spanish divisions The Vienna listed online gambling group Bwin has also been active in the sports of football this week, securing the broadcast rights for the Spanish Primera and Segunda divisións in a live-streaming agreement that runs through to 2012 and covers over 80 countries. “Bwin.com...

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Sponsorship deal for Malaga FC

Three year sponsorship agreement signed William Hill plc has become the latest online and land betting company to sign a shirt sponsorship deal with a leading football team, inking an agreement with the Spanish club Malaga FC this week. A company statement said that the agreement strengthens Malaga’s relationship with the British community on the Costa de...

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Betting group to move to Isle of Man?

Trading update shows re-domiciliation from Luxembourg to IOM is in train Online betting group Gaming VC Holdings S.A. has announced its intention to seek the formal approval of shareholders for a redomiciliation of the company from Luxembourg to the Isle of Man. The disclosure came during a trading update on the first six months of 2009 showing that Gamin...

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$254k progressive won at RTG

$254 910 won on progressive slot Player and casino details are not yet available, but over the past 24 hours a player on the Jackpot Cleopatra's Gold progressive has lucked into a giant win of $254 910....

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Rainbow Riches Win Big Shindig launched by Wagerworks

Rainbow Riches Win Big Shindig launched Online gambling software and games developer WagerWorks has launched Rainbow Riches Win Big Shindig, a new 10 line slot with an Irish ambience and a top prize of 25 000 credits. With two bonus rounds, the game offers good potential rewards. Three Hat bonuses on reels 1, 3 and 5 trigger the Pick Me Bonus. Pick one o...

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OPAP offers in play betting

Fixed odds game Stihima could offer a new dynamic next year The Greek gambling monopoly OPAP, arguably Europe's largest betting firm, is considering the introduction of in-play betting on its fixed-odds Stihima game next year, its CEO Christos Hadjiemmanuil told an analysts' conference on Wednesday. According to a Reuters news agency report, Hadjiemmanuil...

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Greek gamblers brace themselves

Greek gambling tax hike imminent The Greek daily newspaper Ethnos reports that effective September 21st 2009 the government will be implementing a 10 percent tax on gambling winnings. The news report reveals that a decision by the Ministry of Economy and Finances cancels the non-taxable threshold, which has been in force up to now, despite the strong oppo...

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Impressive profit for Entraction

Doubles operating profit and EBITDA up significantly Online gambling group Entraction has released an impressive set of half year 2009 numbers, showcasing operating profit that has soared 122 percent to SEK 27.3 million, and EBITBA up an impressive 81 percent to SEK 33.8 million. The H1 statistics show a 45 percent increase in net sales to SEK 227.8 milli...

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William Hill exec redundant

Will Hill Online exec departing after company restructure The chief operating officer for William Hill Online, Peter Marcus, has revealed that he is a casualty of the company restructuring program following its deal with Playtech, saying that he will depart in weeks rather than months. Talking about his move, Marcus said that some of his management functi...

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Betclic player hits one million euro

Online gambling software provider Net Entertainment reports that an as yet unnamed player on Betclic.com online casino site has hit a Euro 1 033 438 jackpot o...

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