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07 JUNE 2007 : HEADLINES Add to My Yahoo! Add BetSage Gambling News Headlines to My MSN Add to Google BetSage Gambling News - RSS Feed  

PacificNet schedules product for June 15 launch
Mahjong fans headed to the Wynn Macau for the June 15 World Series of Mahjong will be the first to see the new mobile mahjong software from provider Pacific Net, according to company announcements this week.

Florida representative to launch proposal to exempt poker from UIGEA this week
A much anticipated bill designed to exempt poker and other games of skill from the provisions of the anti-online gambling Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act will be introduced this week by Florida Congressman Robert A. Wexler.

Wexler is a Democrat who wants to carve out "skill games" such as online poker, bridge, chess and mahjong from the online gambling prohibition, which forbids financial transactions with online gambling companies.  more...

Popular poker magazine currently features the ongoing World Series of Poker
Since June 1st, the new UK edition of popular US poker magazine Bluff has been selling like hotcakes from UK newstands, pushing circulation beyond 34 000 throughout Europe. In July, that number will increase by a further 15 000 as a German language version of the magazine launches. more...
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This RNG goes to unprecedented lengths to ensure randomness!
Catching the eye this week was news from Montreal of a Random Number Generator that really goes to great lengths to ensure randomness.

Games Marketing Ltd is entering into a joint marketing relationship with Yuzoz Ltd to develop gaming opportunities based on the
Yuzoz Random Number Generator (RNG), the first outer space based RNG that provides a live connection to the randomness of outer space.  more...

SkyTV keeps 'em coming
Brit poker fans will have another poker-focused television show soon following the announcement by Sky Poker that it will shortly screen a new program titled Poker Week.

The goal of the show is to bring UK poker fans the latest tournament coverage, news and gossip from all the major poker events and will go out on the Sky Sports 2 and the Sky Poker channels.  more...

Sportingbet chief exec not impressed by Brit government's "amateur night" planning
Sportingbet chief exec Andrew McIver let rip at the UK government over its handling of gambling regulation this week in an interview with The Independent....and he didn't mince his words in doing so. more...
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Tom 'DonkeyBomber' Schneider shows 'em how....
Event number 5 in the World Series of Poker - the $2 500 Pot Limit Omaha & 7 Card Stud Hi / Lo competition - proved to be one of the most star-studded this week, with many big names like Mike 'The Mouth' Matusow, Scotty Nguyen, Huck Seed, Jeff Lisandro, Bill Gazes, Paul Darden, Greg 'Fossilman' Raymer, Andy Black, Jennifer Harman, Robert Mizrachi, Cyndy Violette, Chris Ferguson, Chau Giang Mel Judah and Annie Duke going after the $214 347 main prize.  more...
06 JUNE 2007 : HEADLINES          

Ateonline Press Release
Speaking at a conference last week in London, Richard Glynn, CEO of Sporting Index, broke the news that his company would like to purchase Google. Surprisingly, no media companies have picked up on this story probably due to this view being the speculative answer to a cheeky question from a delegate at last week's Gaming Investor conference. Richard gave the view that if there was one company he thought could give his company what it needed in terms of smart marketing and a converged product, it was the mighty Google.  more...


Total ban on UK online gambling ads now in force at Yahoo! and Google
The giant search engine and information site Google in the UK has extended its ban on Internet gambling adverts to embrace play-for-free sites with immediate effect.

Hitherto, advertisers were able to run ads on the search engine promoting free-to-play gambling websites. Now, that policy extends to cover all online gambling sites, including those where no money changes hands.  more...

House Financial Services Committee to hear statements on regulation of online gambling this Friday
Spokesmen for Congressman Barney Frank have again reminded the online gambling community that support for the Congressman's legislation seeking to regulate and license online gambling in the United States is important.

Kelly Larkin, the director of scheduling for Frank's House Financial Services Committee said that it could be "vital" for citizens who support the Congressman's proposal to contact their individual state political representatives to stress their support.  more...
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Lawsuit filed against US Attorney General Gonzales to halt enforcement of anti-online gambling law.
Setting the Internet message boards and company communications alight this week is news that a little known organisation titled the Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (iMEGA) has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, apparently with the objective of halting the enforcement of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.  more...

Respected investment publication suggests Frank bill is a good chance for politicians to right a wrong.
The widely read US publication The Motley Fool again criticised the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act this week, pointing out it's inequities, and suggesting that Congressman Barney Frank's legislative proposal to regulate and license Internet gambling is an opportunity for US politicians to right a wrong law.  more...

Bigger incentive for Bwin to acquire UK betting group?
Dow Jones reports that Sportingbet plc, the online sports betting and gaming group that is currently engaged in M&A talks with rival Bwin Interactive Entertainment AG, has posted a sharp rise in third-quarter profit, and remains confident for the remainder of the financial year.

In keeping with other betting groups, Sportingbet is less happy with margin in May, which has been below average due to less favourable results across European soccer.  more...
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Latest stats show that tribal gaming is big business - all $25.1 billion of it!
Phil Hogen, Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), used the semi-annual meeting of the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) this week to announce that net revenues from Indian gaming grew more than 11 percent from 2005 to 2006, generating $25.1 billion in gaming revenues in 2006.  more...

Three clubs raided and 57 players charged in Canadian poker bust
Canadian media reports this week told of three Winnipeg clubs busted for illegally profiting from Texas Hold'em poker games by taking a rake, or cut of the money.

The Barca Club, the Bari Club and Shooter's Billiards were raided by police, along with a Tuxedo suburban home belonging to one of the club's owners.  more...

$252 290 winner's check after two days of tough poker and a starting field of 780
Generating plenty of action this week at the World Series of Poker was the three day event number 4 - the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold 'Em which attracted 780 entrants, many of them highly experienced and professional poker players.

By Day 2 this has shrunk to 512, buoyed by the knowledge that they were all "in the money" thanks to a generous prize-pool. The eventual final table survivors from this formidable field featured a number of big names, and included Eric Lynch, Gavin Smith (the chip leader) William Hill, Thomas Savitsky ( 5 WSOPS) Mike Spegel (2 WSOPS) Bruce Van Horn, Marco Traniello, Jon Friedberg and Jeff Langdon.  more...
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05 JUNE 2007 : HEADLINES          

Following Party Gaming's announcement, says it, too is exploring the American legal situation
The Party Gaming revelation earlier this week that it has initiated talks with the US Attorney's Office for the southern district of New York has been followed by an announcement from Gibraltar-based 888 Holdings that it, too is in discussions with the Americans regarding the online gaming firm's liability to prosecution for taking bets in the US prior to the American ban on internet gambling financial transactions late last year.  more...

Friday hearing by House Financial Services Committee
The House Financial Services Committee chaired by Congressman Barney Frank has declared that it is to hold a hearing this Friday (June 8) to look at Internet gambling and its implications for the United States.

The hearing will examine whether Internet gambling can be regulated to protect consumers and the payments system, said a House Financial Services Committee spokesman.  more...

Change of leadership necessary following scathing ombudsman report on BC Lottery
Last week the CEO of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Vic Poleschuk was confident that he would remain in office to sort out the problems besetting the company (see previous InfoPowa report) His situation has changed dramatically this week, according to a report from CBC News.

Poleshuk, who appeared to be supported initially by chairman John McLernon, was fired this week following a scathing report by the province's ombudsman that found ticket retailers were apparently winning too often. The report triggered an investigation by provincial legal authorities that is ongoing.  more...
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Crackdown required to reduce to harm to young people, say officials
Citing the need to reduce the potential for harm to young people, Chinese officials will not license any more Internet cafes this year while regulators carry out an industry-wide inspection.

Investigators will look into whether Internet cafes are improperly renting out their licenses or failing to register their customers' identities, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce said on its Web site.  more...

All Jackpots Casino one of the first to deploy new online gambling software development from Microgaming
Online gamblers will be able to compete head to head with other fans of games like Lara Croft Tomb Raider and Thunderstruck with the introduction of new multiplayer Viper software from Isle of Man based Microgaming.

All Jackpots, a Microgaming licensee in the Jackpot Factory group is among the first to launch the innovative software which can be downloaded for free to power tournaments that allow players to compete in multiplayer contests on popular games.  more...

$104 701 bank booster for Vegas dealer
Eric Narciso, a 24 year old Vegas dealer at Orleans Casino is the latest champion in a World Series of Poker Casino Employees competition that attracted 1 038 entries.

Narciso, who also seeks fame as a rap singer using the handle QuietLike and has made a record album of his verses, took down the main prize of $104 701 after a long 14 hour competition which he entered via a $90 satellite.  more...
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The smart money was on previous champ Alex Jacob, but it was not to be....
Ciarin O'Leary blended the luck of the Irish with the skill of a patient and skilled player to prevail in event 3 at the World Series of Poker at the Rio in Las Vegas - the $1 500 No Limit Hold 'Em.

Hot favourite Alex Jacob, a young 2006 U.S. Poker Championship winner, was eliminated in 3rd place at hand 57, disappointed but taking home $282 367 and setting the scene for a hard fought but brief heads up between O'Leary and Paul Evans.  more...

But US players' funds will be frozen for longer, without interest and shares remain suspended
Besieged Isle of Man e-wallet Neteller issued a press release updating the public on its situation this week, but it wasn't the news many have been waiting for - in fact it followed pretty closely the wording of previous announcements (see previous InfoPowa reports)

Investors will be disappointed to learn that the company's shares, suspended on the London AIM since January this year, are to remain in limbo for the foreeable future. The reason? ".....the continuing uncertainties the company faces although the company is making progress towards achieving restoration of trading."  more...

Rank Interactive turns away online players from the land downunder
Taking many players by surprise this week was the news that Australian resident online gamblers are being turned away by the Blue Square and Grosvenor Casino online gambling sites in the UK Rank Interactive group.

It has long been common knowledge that Australian federal law prohibits the offering of online gambling to Australian residents by Australian based online gambling sites, but most did not believe that this applied to companies domiciled elsewhere. Australian based online casinos such as Lasseters and Centrebet offer their betting products widely outside Australia.  more...

The World Series of Poker may have started in Las Vegas, but online poker players still showed up in force over the weekend
The popularity of the big regular Sunday online poker tournaments was undiminished by the high profile poker activity at the World Series of Poker in Vegas this weekend, with good turnouts reported by the main online poker sites.

Top site Poker's Sunday Million pulled in another solid response, with 7 060 entrants building a prize-pool worth $1 412 000, which powered up a first-place prize of almost $200 000.  more...
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04 JUNE 2007 : HEADLINES          

Gibraltar based online gambling groups seeks to clarify its American position
One of the world's largest online gambling companies, Party Gaming plc announced this week that it has initiated discussions with the US Department of Justice to clarify its position prior to October 2006, when financial transactions with online gambling companies were made illegal by the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.  more...

Billirakis gets the jewellery, a seat in the main event and $536 287
The World Series of Poker seems to be a magnet for record breakers, and this year's spectacular, which kicked off at the Rio in Las Vegas on 1 June, is proving no exception.

Steve Billirakis (21 and ten days) has busted the latest record, becoming the youngest player ever to win one of the coveted bracelets and the huge wad of cash that goes with it. Playing in the $5 000 buy-in Mixed Hold 'Em event Billirakis bested a field of 451 in the half-'n-half competition that included the likes of Gus 'The Great Dane' Hansen and Phil Hellmuth, former World Champions Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, Daniel Negreanu, Andy Black, Phil Ivey and T. J. Cloutier, among many others.  more...

Record entry and a seriously big winner's check for someone
World Series of Poker action continued to dominate the weekend, with many poker pros signing up for different events, in many cases going from an elimination in one event such as the $5 000 Mixed Hold 'Em to the $1 500 buy-in No Limit Hold 'Em, which attracted a record field of 2 998 players - many of them top-ranking pros or experienced online tournament players. Last year's entry for the event boasted a starting field 222 smaller.  more...
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Buchanon earns his first title and a massive paycheck
Competing for attention with the World Series of Poker events taking place at the Rio this weekend was Saturday evening's final table in the World Poker Tour Mandalay Bay Poker Championship, which saw Shawn Buchanan whup Jared Hamby in a tight heads up that delivered a $768 775 blockbuster of a winner's check to Buchanon and a $459 080 second place prize to his worthy opponent.  more...

Is this really illegal gambling?
A Thai credit card company has found itself in trouble with the authorities for introducing a frequent user program that enforcers believe constitutes illegal gambling.

The Bangkok Post reports the Crime Suppression Division is considering criminal legal action against Krungsriayudhya Card Company for alleged involvement in illegal gambling.  more...
03 JUNE 2007 : HEADLINES          

Players and railbirds gather in Vegas for the biggest spectacle in global poker
Poker fever will rule for the 47 days of World Series of Poker that started at the beginning of this (June) month and will culminate next in the Main Event, where a buy-in of $10 000 gives entrants a chance to compete against thousands, including the world's best, to win huge amounts of hard cash from the richest prize-pool in sport.  more...

From diverse sources, a look at the records in the world's biggest poker event
Who are the ten top players in WSOP rankings? To give an indication to readers, we have studied a range of criteria and where leading international players fit in each.  more...

World's biggest ISP has been running online poker qualifiers
The world's biggest ISP will be funding the $10 000 buy-ins of 12 competitors in the World Series of Poker main event on July 6 this year, positioning them for a run at the likely $15 million winner's prize.

Nicole Opas, programming director for the ISP's AOL Games says that nine of the sponsorships have already been won, with the remaining three up for grabs until Father's Day.  more...
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02 JUNE 2007 : HEADLINES          

ReputationManager upgrade strengthens proactive fraud management
Anti-fraud software provider Iovation has released an improved version of its effective ReputationManager product designed specifically to detect fraud and abusive behaviour. The product uniquely identifies devices and uses the reputation of those devices to guard against online fraud and abuse without impacting users' experiences or collecting personal information.  more...

NCLGS to discuss impact of UIGEA on state legislative independence
Is there a possibility that Internet gambling regulators could change the hostile stance of American state legislators? According to reports this week it appears that there will at the very least be an opportunity to discuss the issues.

Members of the US National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) will be gathering for their annual discussion-fest this month in Las Vegas and among the subjects on the agenda is a study of the impact of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.  more...

One of the top tournament directors commissioned by Ultimate Bet for this years competition
Nobody says "shuffle up and deal" quite like top tournament director Matt Savage. And this fall, those words will be echoed from under a palm tree following online poker network UltimateBet's announcement that the famous tournament director is on board to oversee its signature 2007 Aruba Poker Classic tournament.  more...
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Player's mojo was on steroids this week
Wthin a week of dishing out a record $8 million jackpot at, the major Cryptologic progressive slot Millionaires Club was hit again - this time for GBP 2 million.

Very little detail was available when we went to press, but the big win was to a player using the handle Mojo and took place at Littlewoods  more...

Serious reservations expressed about treaty's compatibility with European Union law
Federal German states considering a proposed German treaty to protect state gaming interests will have pause for thought this week following another strongly worded European Commission opinion that the proposal may not be compatible with European Union law.

This is the second statement of position from the Commission, which has serious reservations about the German moves.  more...

Online gambling group suspends AIM trading amid rumours of a top management resignation
Industry speculation was rife this morning (Friday) as the news surfaced that Interactive Gaming Holdings plc shares have been suspended by the company, and unconfirmed rumours circulated that CEO John Heaton had resigned.

IGH operates UK online bookies Premier Bet and Heathorns, and delayed publication of its annual results this week on grounds that it had been unable to despatch these to its shareholders "due to unforeseen logistical issues." Consequently, the company is out of compliance with AIM regulations that require its listed companies to send shareholders year-end results no later than six months after the end of a financial year.  more...
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Another American Anomaly!
The US legal scene regarding sportsbetting is about to sprout yet another confusing anomaly with news that Delaware state legislators are planning to introduce a bill legalising a state-run sportsbook under the aegis of the Delaware Lottery.

Despite the activities of both enforcement agencies and politicians across much of the USA to prosecute sportsbetting (with a few notable exceptions such as horse racing) the new legislation will allow the practice in Delaware because it was not included in a 1992 federal law banning sports betting. This exemption was granted to the state because it once operated a failed sports lottery. Although operational activity on the project ceased before the end of the 1976 NFL season, it was enough to keep the option open in Delaware.  more...

This online poker bot can bluff !
Poker playing computer programs, commonly called bots, are about to sport a potent new Artificial Intelligence capability that may cause frissons of alarm in the online poker industry. Hitherto such programs have enjoyed some success in a statistical calculation and conventional playing sense, but a major drawback has been an inability to combine a key art of the game - bluffing - with statistical fact.  more...
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Gambling ring accuseds face 34 felony charges
The Utah gambling ring raids a fortnight back (see previous InfoPowa reports) had a sequel in a US District Court this week when seven Las Vegas residents were charged with involvement in the illegal sportsbetting enterprise. All seven pleaded not guilty at the arraignment and detention hearing.

Hill Financial Services and Gateway Technologies also entered a not guilty plea to money laundering, racketeering conspiracy and bank fraud charges, according to U.S. Attorney Brett L. Tolman in a statement. Representatives from and CurrenC Worldwide, two other companies charged in the indictment unsealed earlier this month in Utah, were not present at the arraignment and have not yet been served, U.S. Attorney spokesperson Melodie Rydalch said.  more...

$325 000 payday for poker pro
The inaugural Annual Johnny Chan Poker Classic at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, B.C. ended this week with a truimph for poker pro Henry Tran and a winner's prize of $325 000.

By the time Tran sat down for the heads up with Joe Corbett he was $2 million ahead in chips, and the final action of the largely pro tournament was brief and professional through to the final hand, where Tran challenged Corbett with K-8 against K-6. No help came for Corbett and Tran took the honours, leaving Corbett with a consolation second prize of $200 000.  more...

It looks like a long summer of legal proceedings lies ahead
Last year's anti-trust legal action by seven poker professionals against the World Poker Tour was in a Vegas district court again this week for a ruling on a request by the players for a summary judgement in their favour.

But it was not to be - District Court Judge Otis D. Wright II denied the request, indicating that in the absence of an agreed settlement between the players and the WPT, the issue will have to be judicially heard in full.  more...
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Sixth continuance pushes trial date back another month
Neteller founders Stephen Lawrence and John Lefebvre will remain untried for a further month, according to a statement this week by the public information officer for the US District Attorney's Office in New York, where both men are on massive $5 million bail and restricted to movement within the state.  more...

New responsibilities for top UK management
UK gaming group Inspired Gaming Group plc has been busy with management moves this week, starting at the top, where Jim O'Halleran has been appointed chairman of the UK group, with wider responsibilities that include direct operational control over fast growing Leisure Services and the Irish activities of the company. He will continue to have strategic development elements in his portfolio.  more...

Online poker site has a slick new feel to it
Titan has undergone a total revamp and re-design, giving the website a slick new look and feel with new, warmer and more impactful colours in a move away from the former standard soft blues to a more edgy black and red. Adding educational content to the site, a new facility titled "Titan Poker Academy" has been introduced as part of the remodelling.  more...
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But May 2007 has a hit in store for the company
UK listed betting company Leisure and Gaming plc took the opportunity of its agm this week to provide a trading update on its main operational division Betshop Group (Europe) Limited. Whilst showing a generally positive first quarter, the update nevertheless noted "substantial adverse sporting results, including an Italian team winning the Champions� League", has resulted in a material trading loss for the month of May 2007, estimated at approximately Euro 1.4 million at the gross profit level.  more...

Richardson not prepared to move to Malta
Chartwell Games, the European sales arm of Canadian turnkey provider Chartwell Technology is to lose CEO Lee Richardson later this year in an amicable split.

The company is reportedly moving its main European marketing office to the Mediterranean island of Malta, and Richardson told eGaming Review this week that at this time he is not prepared to relocate from the UK.  more...
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