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Interesting assessment on the WTO, USA and China relationships going forward from the Antigua decision.  
Quote: The U.S. has been very unhappy about China pirating copyright material such as movies, chemicals, information technology, pharmaceuticals, software, consumer goods, industrial products and books. Estimates of U.S. losses to Chinese copyright piracy range between $2.5 billion to $3.8 billion annually, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. There's the possibility the U.S. could file a complaint with the WTO against China, which became a WTO member in 2001.  more...

Top poker pro beats out a field of 238 players
Top poker pro J.C.Tran showed his cool professionalism in a tense World Poker Tour tournament at the Bellagio this week, beating several other key players in a starting field of 238 to take home a fat $272 320 winner's paycheck and a victor's bracelet.

Tran won Event 4, the $3 000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em competition, after a heads up struggle with runner-up Jonathan Little, who pocketed $146 760.  more...
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Can pornography be more "moral" than gambling?
The respected British publication New Media Age uncovered some puzzling conflicts in moral values on the Google search facility this week when it compared search results for porno sites with those for gambling.

NMA staffers found that on a search for 'hardcore porn' on Google they were presented with a wide range of selections in both natural and paid results. However, when they searched for 'horserace bet' life suddenly became more complex and difficult. Market leaders like Ladbrokes and William Hill were found to be high in natural search but nowhere in the paid-search results.  more... is a new destination for office-bound race fans
The major betting exchange and online casino and poker group Betfair's latest venture will make office sweepstakes on key race events like the Grand National easier and more action packed from today (April 12) with the introduction of a new betting facility.

Betfair has apparently created the service to empower office workers to take their Grand National sweepstakes online.  more...
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Major betting group withdraws it's services to the Turkish online gambling market
Publicly listed online gambling group Party Gaming, has withdrawn online gambling services from subsidiaries such as Party and Party from the Turkish market in response to legislative developments in that country.

In a notice to the London stock exchange this week the company announces the move and claims that it "....has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that customers in Turkey are denied access to any of the group's gaming sites."  more...

Sixty four percent growth predicted by research company for 2010 - and online gambling will play a big role
In a report titled "The Italian Gambling Market - A Forerunner in the Liberalisation of European Gambling Markets" the research group MECN has predicted that the Italian gambling market is set to achieve a 64 percent growth rate culiminating in revenues worth Euro 61 billion by the year 2010.

Describing the Italian region as one of the most promising online and land gambling markets, the report claims that Italy has become a top priority for international operators looking for both online and offline opportunities while further liberalisation was expected in the future.  more...

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Ukash is now available in 16 additional European countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia and Sweden.  more...
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More information, including further contact with service reps and email responses to enquiring players indicate that the 49er Casino closure reported on InfoPowa bulletins yesterday is total, and not merely a withdrawal from the US market as reported.

49er Support told several players seeking further information late yesterday that the closure will embrace all players, and this is supported by attempts by other players to register with non-US IP addresses, who received an error message.  more...

Some wilf a lot more than others....
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Newscom reports that in classic Internet fashion the phrase has been reduced to an acronym, turned into a verb, and given a new definition. In the United Kingdom, the act of wandering aimlessly through the Web's endless hyperlinks is now known as "wilfing" (What Was I Looking For!). And, according to a British market research firm, wilfing is becoming a national epidemic.  more...

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Since the dark and gloomy days when the UIGEA passed, shares have staged a comeback
One of the world's leading online gambling groups, Party Gaming has again been catching the eye of analysts and investors due to the remarkable bounce-back achieved by its share price.

Last year in the post-Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act doom and gloom, the group's shares plunged as far south as 76 percent, according to the UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph. The company had abandoned the very significant part of its business that emanated from the USA and the general online gambling environment was skittish to say the least.  more...

"This man has failed to check his sources and doesn't have a clue as to what he is speaking about."
Not for the first time, someone who is the subject of a media report has denied the claims made and accused the publishers of unprofessional reportage. According to the online gambling information portal Gambling911, the latest case is BetonSports fugitive Norman Steinberg who is currently being sought by the US Department of Justice on a series of charges including money laundering and racketeering linked to the sportsbetting activities of  more...
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Irish eyes are smiling after a tough and long running heads up
Irish poker player Marty Smyth is smiling this week following his Euro 650 000 victory in the Irish Poker Open.

The money was on former WPT and EPT champ Roland De Wolfe, who dominated much of the final table action after starting with a short stack and building up in some remarkable hands of scintillating poker and taking out at least four of the survivors, but it was not to be.  more...

On April 23 the door will shut for US players
Online casino marketing affiliates have been advised by RTG-powered 49er online casino that it will be closing its virtual doors to US players with effect from April 23 2007.

The notification, from marketing company Focal Click, advises addressees: "With the recent changes in the industry in the last few months, it has become increasingly difficult to effectively process financial transactions to 49er's valued US customers.  more...

Plenty of solid online poker content in new offering from an authoritative source
The respected on and offline publication Card kicked the post-Easter week into gear with the launch of a new online poker section.

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L.A. Times editorial examines the WTO vs. USA issue
Solid Sunday reading this week was a succinct but well-informed editorial opinion in the Los Angeles Times that examined the discriminatory nature of US legislation dealing with online gambling.

Under the title of "Get Rid of Gambling Restrictions," the op-ed piece claims that the U.S. doesn't mind the lottery, but when it comes to sports betting across interstate or international boundaries, all bets are off. And it concludes, "They shouldn't be."  more...

$238 756 payday for poker pro
The weekend's poker action centred on the World Series of Poker Circuit event at Caesars in Indiana, where an impressive lineup of poker pros fought it out for a seriously good payday of $238 756.

In the hunt were Barry Greenstein (who finished 17th) Scott Fischman (9th), Young Phan, Mimi Tran and several other top players giving Indiana spectators a feast of savvy and daring poker.  more...

Publication due this week
The government of Antigua and Barbuda's Division of Gaming in the Financial Services Regulatory Commission is operating under amended regulations from this week, the result of an extensive review of existing requirements following international consultation. It is anticipated that the revised elements will be published shortly.  more...

Wide range of games available to AOL users
AOL users can look forward to plenty of skill game action, tournaments and attractive prizes thanks to the renewal of the giant's business arrangement with FunTech subsidiary this week.

The agreement will see World Winner developing a customised, co-branded site on AOL where members of the network can virtually meet and compete with large numbers of like-minded users through the WorldWinner network. The networks attract more than five million unique visitors a month from 19 countries.  more...

No refuge in Dominican Republic from US law
After over eight months on the run, BetonSports controversial founder and fugitive from US justice, Stephen Gary Kaplan was arrested today (Friday) at a hotel in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. The arrest was made by the country's national police, accompanied by US State Department and FBI officials.  more...
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Peurto Rican judge authorises removal of BetonSports founder
Classified as a flight risk by the Puerto Rican judge before whom he appeared this week in an extradition hearing, BetonSports founder Gary Stephen Kaplan will soon be on his way to Missouri in the custody of FBI agents to face 22 criminal charges.

US federal judge Marcos Lopez, presiding over the hearing said that Kaplan, who was arrested March 28 in the Dominican Republic and brought to Puerto Rico, poses a flight risk and should not be freed on bond pending his transfer from the U.S. island territory, Associated Press reports.  more...

Getting U.S. politicians on your side can be an expensive business.....
Online and more traditional land gambling interests spend millions of dollars every year on lobbying activities in the USA, claims the newspaper USA Today in an article which appeared this week on political liaison aimed at persuading politicians to see things your way.

Sources for this financial bonanza include online gambling companies, land casino firms, Indian tribes and horse racing collectives among others, and the newspaper predicts that firms specialising in this lucrative field of federal and state political influence will again invest many millions in it this year.  more...

New CEO and President will maintain focus on Europe and Asia
Months of industry speculation have ended with the announcement today (Monday) by Cryptologic that Javaid Aziz is to become its new CEO and President. Aziz will be based in Dublin following the turnkey provider's head office move to Ireland.

The departure of Aziz's well respected predecessor Lewis Rose has been on the cards since September last year, when the move to Dublin was announced and Rose intimated that he would step down as Crypto's highly successful CEO and President.  more...
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Over 30 000 inbound calls to problem gambling body's Helpline, a 33.9 percent rise
Stressing that the content is a snapshot of Gamcare clients using its services, the problem gambling agency has released its 2006 Care Services Report.

The report reveals that an increasing number of people contacted GamCare, but emphasises that there is no evidence to suggest that the increase in client numbers represents an increase in problem gambling per se. "It may equally be that an increasing number of people have become aware of the services provided by GamCare. Whilst the number of people making use of GamCare�s care services has increased, the diversity of our clients in terms of age group, gender and ethnicity has also broadened," the report clarifies.  more...

Respected online gambling portal has launched 4 new versions and 3 language options
One of online gambling's most established (1998) and popular information portals, has announced a significant international expansion with the launch of 4 additional versions of the site in 3 new language options. The site which was only available in English originally as an International (.com) version now includes UK (, German (.com/de), Norwegian (.com/norsk) and Spanish (.com/espanol) versions.  more...

But Johnson will continue to consult and will stay on the Board as a non-executive director
Dale Johnson, the highly experienced businessman who has spearheaded the Neteller group progress in the Asian and Pacific markets for the past three years has retired as an executive director of the company but will remain on the Board as a non-executive director with consulting duties.

Johnson's Far Eastern responsibilities will be managed on a day-to-day basis by Joyce Wong, Vice President & General Manager of Neteller Asia Pacific.  more...
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Licensing investigations not properly completed by the Board, says judge
"Tata Ma Chance, Tata Ma Millions!" says the selling line for the South African Lotto, which dishes out multi million Rand prizes twice a week. However, this week it appears that it was the National Lotteries Board that took the did not properly complete investigations into a new operator for the massive organisation.  more...

Only 2 percent of respondents use online gambling facilities
According to a lifestyle study conducted by the Maltese organisation Agenzija Sedqa in collaboration with the National Focal Point for Drugs and Drug Addiction and the national commission on the abuse of drugs, alcohol and other dependencies, online gambling usage is relatively low.

Just under 60 percent of respondents aged between 18 and 24 admitted to having played the lottery, betted or gambled at least once in their lifetime. Another 54 percent admitted to having played lotto, Super 5, Scratch cards and Keno at least once while another 6.2 percent said they play weekly or almost weekly.  more...

Party Poker is set for some major online poker action with boosts for prizes
Online poker players, hold on to your hats! From Monday 2nd April, Party will be holding tournaments that guarantee over $5 million a month in prixe money! And on top of this there is over $50 000 in freerolls scheduled every month and hundreds of thousands of dollars up for grabs from the Bad Beat Jackpot.  more...
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Pledge to "aggressively monitor" Atlantic City gambling scene
The retirement last month of the long-serving Director of Gaming Enforcement for New Jersey, Thomas Auriemma led to the announcement this week of Yvonne G. Maher as his acting successor.

Ms. Maher (45) is an assistant attorney general and veteran prosecutor for the state, and was assigned to the Casino Protection Bureau in the Division of Criminal Justice for more than four years, prosecuting casino-related criminal cases.  more...

Veto threat on stalled war funding bill
The increasingly bitter argument over adding Iraq troop withdrawal timetables to urgent war funding bills presently at an impasse in the US Congress has some familiar echoes with the passage of the US Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act last year - and there was further evidence of ambivalent values in Republican thinking on 'earmarks' this weekend.  more...

US player continues to show he can mix it with the best
A pair each of British, Scandinavian and American players sat down with a Canadian and an Irishman this week to decide who would take home an almost Euro 2 million pay check and the respect for winning the prestigious European Poker Tour Grand Finale in Monte Carlo.

The competitors at that final table in the Salle des Etoiles (Hall of the Stars) had all fought their way through an entry field of 706 of some of the best players in the world, paying Euros 10 000 for the privelege of competing for the giant main prize of Euros 1.8 million, although even the first man out would receive a six figure consolation.  more...
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Now Virgin Games is to discard Canuck business
Frustrated Canadian online gamblers are trying to figure out exactly what is illegal about gambling online in their country following a series of pull-outs by industry companies and tales of US Department of Justice collaboration with the national Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

First it was the English Harbour and VIP groups who advised players they would no longer be taking their action, followed more recently by e-wallet Neteller. Earlier a Vancouver marketing agency quietly closed its doors after a friendly visit by the Mounties asking questions at the request of their US counterparts.  more...

This week's withdrawal of Virgin Gaming from the Canadian market explained
Earlier this week Canadian players started receiving email notifications from Virgin that it was withdrawing its facilities from Canadian players following a legal review of the online gambling legality situation in the country (see previous InfoPowa report)

It had both players and industry observers puzzled, because thus far there has been little evidence to suggest that online gambling in Canada is verboten, indeed many industry companies had or have offices in various Canadian provinces.  more...

96 clients now aboard the Gibraltar express
The Gibraltar based white label provider St Minver received some solid business publicity this week in an article that appeared in the UK newspaper The Independent under the title "Producing 'white-label' games for major websites is proving highly profitable for St Minver."

The article paints a rosy picture of the pan-European, multi-currency business that operates online gaming and gambling for 96 partners including household names such as Yahoo! Games, Telefonica, and Virgin Games. Managing director Leigh Nissim is quoted at length as he describes the full third party service that his company provides to skins with games that carry the brand identity of the client.  more...
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Linden's "Second Life" invites the FBI in for an opinion
"Second Life," the increasingly popular online virtual world which already has millions of registered users and its own economy and currency, known as the convertible-to-US dollars Linden Dollar, is probably unique in the US online gambling world - it actually wants the FBI to visit and give it an opinion on its US legality!  more...

Former Assemblyman charged
The total of persons charged in what is probably New York's largest sportsbetting bust yet (see previous InfoPowa reports) has topped 50 with the prosecution of a former New Jersey Assemblyman this week.

The arrests took place recently across New York, New Jersey and Connecticutt and several media reports are now claiming that the gambling ring took as much as $500 million in wagers since 2005 for a Costa Rican based sports betting website. Over 300 police personnel were involved in the operation, code-named Thunderbird which raided more than 70 addresses belonging to everyone from restaurant and strip club owners to legal secretaries.  more...

Leisure and Gaming plc subsidiary has a wide membership
Leisure and Gaming plc subsidiary has signed up with the Microgaming Poker Network for its online poker activities, joining a growing number of new additions that have joined the network this year.

Widely regarded as one of the fastest growing European online betting companies, Betshop is targeted primarily at emerging European markets, and operates, a pan-European online service, as well as a land-based franchise network of betting outlets. Land operations include Betshop Italia with over 1 000 franchised licensed betting outlets throughout Italy. Betshop operations are active in a number of European countries, including the UK, Italy, Romania, Cyprus and Greece.  more...
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Experienced Aussie online gambling know-how is behind this newcomer
Making its debut in the online gambling industry this week is a new RealTime Gaming powered online casino branded Hippo With wagering in British pounds or Euros, the newcomer is offering over eighty games and a tiered bonus structure.

New players who sign up are eligible for a 150 percent signup maxed at Euro 150 and carrying a wagering requirement of 25 x d+b. Players who return for another crack at the games can claim a 100 percent bonus maxed at Euro 100 with a wager thru' of x 20 d+b, and on the third visit a 300 percent bonus is available maxed at Euro 300 and carrying a wagerthru' of x40 d+b.  more...

The National Poker League's 2007 circuit tour is truly a global affair
A Euro 3.6 million prizepool and television action coverage that will be viewed in over 500 million households around the planet are just two reasons why the National Poker League's 2007 Global Circuit Tour will attract top players and solid sponsors.

Billed with some justification as the largest poker event yet in Europe (see previous InfoPowa report) the giant tour lifts off with the Paris Open on May 13 at the Cercle Gaillon in the French "city of light" and will run through to May 22. Buy-ins are Euro 4 000 + Euro 200 registration, and the organisers have promised that previous event champions will be partt of the action.  more...

Elevator betting could lift your finances....
Have you ever made a mental bet on which one of the elevator cars you're waiting for will arrive at your floor first? If a new California (where else?) company, Elevated Gaming, has its way, you'll soon be able to place those bets wherever it's legal, and win money if your prediction is right.

Elevated Gaming's President Roger Skoff recalls that the idea that inspired the company's formation was a happy accident. About a year and a half ago, he and a friend were standing in the lobby of a building, waiting to go up to a meeting. Skoff bet his friend a buck that one of the elevators would arrive before the others, and the bet was accepted.  more...
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Poker article indicates a significant breakthrough for poker players
The respected poker portal Poker published a truly encouraging story for poker players this week with the news that the Russian Federation's 'Federal Agency of Physical Culture and Sports' has cleared the way for a new Russian poker boom by characterising the game as a sport.

Poker tournaments have received the status of official sport competitions as a result of the ruling.  more...

Fixed odds games framework deal signed in London.
IGT subsidiary online gambling provider WagerWorks has been selected by the Rank Interactive group to power its fixed odds games framework (FOGF) at the online Mecca Gaming venue. The deal extends the WagerWorks relationship with the group, which started with online casino product supplied to Rank's Blue Square online activities.  more...

GPL group has all the bases covered, says marketing head
In partnership with Aqua Gaming the Great Poker League (GPL) group has launched a new bingo site this week on a no-download platform that prospective customers can try for free at GPL or

GPL group also operates GPL Casino, GPL Shop, GPL Forum and Rakeback30.

Initiating the action, marketing director Colin Hawker said: "GPL Bingo completes our portfolio. We now have all areas of online gaming covered and we look forward to expanding our business into new markets and strengthening in our existing market share. Despite growth over the past year we still have not lost sight of the fact that our customers are the most important part of our business and as such customer service will remain a priority."  more...
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Aruba Poker Classic will have a $2.5 million prize pool
Online poker site has announced that the popular Caribbean resort of Aruba will again host this year's UltimateBet Poker Classic for the sixth consecutive year.

"We're bringing the UltimateBet Aruba Poker Classic back to Aruba this September," stated UltimateBet spokesperson George MacLean. "With an estimated $2.5 million prize pool, this year's event promises to be bigger, better and hotter than ever."  more...

Two yearsof experience for million dollar winner
After five full days of play and a starting field of 200 players, the World Poker Tour Foxwoods Poker Classic was decided this week at a final table of six players. By the end of the session a relative newcomer to the game had sealed a $1 272 905 first prize victory.

Winner Raj Patel has been playing for only two years, but his smart and aggressive style overcame more experienced players and carried him to the final heads up with Paul Matteo, and that million dollar victory. Matteo's second placing earned him $643 275, and the other four compeititors at the final table were all in six figure dollar territory.  more...
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