November, 2009

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Internet gambling experts "neutral" on UIGEA

A pessimistic view from insiders polled by the AGA Casting the shadow of pessimism over the prospect of US legalisation as the week ended was an article in the Las Vegas Sun, which reported on a survey of 17 Internet gambling experts carried out by the American Gaming Association, which itself is maintaining a neutral stance on the issue. The consensus appe...

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More Canadian Senior Citizens surfing the internet

While the fingers are clicking, the heart keeps ticking... The Toronto Star carried an interesting article on the growing numbers of senior citizens finding their way onto the Internet despite having lived much of their lives pre-Internet. The newspaper reports that using computers can help push back two chronic conditions of old age – depression and isola...

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Bwin adds mini game "Aztec Keno"

Nothing like a few side games to keep sportsbook enthusiasts occupied... The major Austrian-based online group Bwin has added the mini version of GTech G2’s popular Aztec...

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Top gambling execs on the move

A good week for recruiters... It's been a week of management moves in the UK gambling industry, with financial director Simon Lane departing from William Hill plc and Gala Coral's md for casino and bingo Simon Longbottom heading back to the leisure and entertainment industry . More moves surfaced on Friday,...

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UIGEA definitely postponed for 6 months

Six months hold on implementation granted The speculation earlier this week was correct; the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve on Friday delayed the implementation date for the controversial UIGEA regulations for six months, a move that gives lawmakers time to clear up confusion over illegal practices or overturn the ban, reports the Reuters news agency. In...

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Dreaming of a white Christmas - you bet!

Online punters are betting the snow will fall Falling temperatures are apparently persuading British online punters that there will be a white Christmas this year, with a growing number putting money on the possibility. Part of the British festive season build-up is the annual gamble on whether snow will fall over the Christmas period, and the snowy predi...

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UIGEA postponement also requested by US banks

Imprecise definition of 'unlawful Internet gambling' troubled banks charged with enforcement Whilst Congressman Barney Frank, the Poker Players Alliance, Kentucky politicians and va...

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Record year for new online games?

A two month overview of new offerings from the major providers Since InfoPowa's last review of the new games scene the pace of fresh offerings appears to have increased rather than eased in the closing months of 2009. Microgaming seized the innovation initiative with its new multip...

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PIC Club and the Merge online poker network dispute continues

Litigation planned although partial payments made The embarrassingly public and very acrimonious payment dispute between PICClub and the Merge online poker network seems to be headed for the courts judging by recent posts on an online gambling information message board by PIC chief executive Chuck Kidd. It now appears that...

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Live dealer now at Paddy Power

Evolution Gaming powers new offering The UK-based online and offline gambling group Paddy Power has added a Flash-based live dealer offering to its online casino at Paddy Power The new facility is powered by Isle of Man and Alderney-licensed Evolution Gaming, which also numbers Victor Chandler Liv...

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Reaction to UIGEA postponement

The vew s generally that it's a positive move The announcement by the Fed and the US Treasury late Friday that the December 1st implementation date for the UIGEA regulations has been pushed back to June 1st 2010 has been generally well received. House Financial Services Committee chairman and legalised online gambling champi...

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Internet gambling is a billion dollar industry

Interesting snippet from a recent Wall Street Journal article is an estimate by gambling industry consulting firm H2 Gambling Capital that Internet gambling revenue for offshore companies was estimated to be $5.9 billion in 2008 from players in the U.S. and $21 billion from players worldwide.

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"Four minute keno" could raise tax deficit in Washington State

Disdain can wane when there's a tax to gain. The PoliticsFriday column in the Seattle Weekly, commenting on moves to raise up to $30 million in tax reveues by allowing four minute keno to be enjoyed in the state, highlights the apparent moral ambivalence of state politicians on the issue. Washington state is notorious for draconian anti-online gambling la...

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Restrictive gambling law signed by Polish president

Waiting for the other shoe to drop - online gambling measures. Poland's president Lech Kaczynski has signed into Polish law the restrictive measures confining gambling to casinos and phasing out slot machines in gaming arcades, cafes, clubs, shops and service stations, reports Agence France Presse. But whilst doing so, Kacz...

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Gaming VC Group use Chartwell Tech Software

Flash online casino software will augment other platforms on The Canadian online gaming software provider Chartwell Technology has launched an addition to a new online casino site for Gaming VC Holdings S.A. branded and targeted on non-German g...

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Gala Coral executive goes back to his roots

Longbottom to return to the pub and entertainment sector The UK land and online gambling group Gala Coral has confirmed the resignation of bingo and casino managing director Simon Longbottom, who has apparently accepted a new position in the pub and entertainment sector, where he was employed prior to joining Gala in 2004. Longbottom's responsibilities wi...

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Bulgarian gambling tax reversal

What the PM wants, the PM gets.... Late Thursday saw a stunning reversal of a decision by Bulgarian parliamentarians to limit taxation on gambling to 12 percent in defiance of the prime minister's call for a 15 percent rate. Prime Minister Boyko Borisov was, as we reported earlier, less than pleased with the 12 percent move...

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Polish gambling regulations rapped

Draft regulations shows signs of Internet censorship, says EU body With all the furore over government corruption and draconian new anti-gambling regulations going on in Poland over the past month, it is not surprising that observers have lost sight of a draft due for discussion next week on Internet gambling measures. And the content does not look promising....

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Bulgaria gambling tax issue still not resolved

The compromise 12 percent tax on gambling dislocates the Prime Minister's plans. Last week's compromise tax of 12 percent on all Bulgarian gambling turnover may have suited members of parliament, but it has not gone down well with prime minister Boyko Borisov, who wanted to balance the budget with a 15 percent tax. Borisov's plan was to use the tax revenu...

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Malaysian internet cafes continue despite police crackdown

Gambling from Malaysian Internet cafes continues despite police crackdowns Malaysia is probably one of the most tightly policed places on earth when it comes to online gambling, with major police raids on mainly Internet cafe gambling a regular feature of the region. Yet new operators - or old ones with new equipment - keep appearing, servicing a persistent...

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