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Online gambling pressure group granted standing to appeal
Somewhat like the curate's egg, parts of a US judicial ruling on Internet gambling were good, and some bad this week. The Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association emphasised the positive, but key parts of their original case against the US government over the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act were dismissed, although the organisation was given standing to appeal.  more...

The impracticalities of trying to discriminate against an industry through the financial sector
A thoroughly researched article on responses to the US government's request for comment on its proposed regulations for the UIGEA caught our eye in the Washington Post this week. Written by Cindy Skrzycki, a regulatory columnist for Bloomberg News, the piece explored this controversial law introduced under such questionable circumstances in late 2006, which seeks to prohibit financial transactions with online gambling companies, placing the burden of implementation principally on the US banking industry.  more...

Liquidator's assessment now awaited
Microgaming has followed up on an earlier announcement that it has terminated its licensing agreement with the Tusk group following the latter's advice that it is seeking liquidation.

The Microgaming update advises as follows:

"Following the termination of the software licence with Tusk Investment Corporation Limited (Tusk), players are understandably experiencing frustration with the lack of information about their accounts with Tusk.  more...
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Multi-year promotional deal for poker's biggest spectacle goes to Asian company
Everest, a subsidiary of the Asian group GigaMedia Limited has secured a key multi-year promotional agreement with the world's largest and most prestigious poker tournament - the World Series of Poker.

With over 50 000 participants from around the world competing for a prize pool of over US$150 million, all in front of a broadcast audience of over 350 million households worldwide during over 2700 broadcast hours, the WSOP is unchallenged as the biggest spectacle in the poker business.  more...

Trade association welcomes warnings on Netherlands and Greece
The decision by the compliance wing of the European Union to issue warnings to the Netherlands and Greece regarding their exclusionary and protectionist online gambling policies (see previous InfoPowa report) was applauded by the Remote Gambling Association as the week ended.

Clive Hawkswood, chief executive of the trade association that represents most of Europe's major gambling companies, said: "In the face of sometimes very strong opposition, it does the [European] Commission great credit that it continues to fulfil its role as guardian of the [EU] Treaty in such a robust and objective way.  more...

Will the French go ahead anyway on March 31?
A statement by the trade association the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) this week focused attention on a move by the French government to introduce a law against payments to gaming companies unless they are part of the French state monopolies Francaise des Jeux and PMU.

In the statement EGBA secretary general Sigrid Ligne welcomed a decision by the European Commission to issue a detailed opinion arguing against the draft decree proposed by the French.  more...
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Canadian government could be planning its own UIGEA targetting Mohawks
The Canadian newspaper The National Post reports that the Canadian federal government is considering new measures to stamp out Internet gaming sites based in the Mohawk tribal enclave of Kahnawake in a move that could spark conflict between Ottawa and Canada's First Nations.

The government deems the approximately 400 online poker, casino and sports-betting websites operating under licence from the Kahnawake Gaming Commission near Montreal to be illegal, and seems to be reviewing its hitherto cautious and hands off approach.  more...

History shows that Canadians prefer regulation to prohibition
News earlier this week that the Canadian federal government was considering the introduction of financial movement restrictions on Internet gambling websites licensed by the Quebec tribal enclave held by the Kahnawake (see previous InfoPowa report) has been debated at length by industry observers.

Either stamp out online gambling in Canada or let us enter the market say race execs
Following the suggestion by Canadian Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson that he may act against the online gambling interests of the Kahnawake first nation enclave in Quebec province, Canadian racetrack owners are adding their voices to the debate. And what they're telling Ottawa is they want to see online gambling in Canada stamped out, or a change in legislation to allow them greater access to the billion-dollar industry.  more...
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Barney Franks gearing up for another debate
The Washington news medium Politico reports that House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.), will use a hearing this spring to highlight the headaches he says UIGEA anti-online gambling regulations have created for banks and other financial institutions.

At the end of 2007, and way over their original 270 day deadline, the US Treasury and Federal Reserve published draft proposals of regulations giving teeth to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act which passed in late 2006. The regulations have met with widespread criticism, mainly that the law, which seeks to strangle financial transactions with online gambling companies, would place onerous requirements on the financial institutions that oversee the flow of money - a point Frank hopes his hearing will drive home.  more...

Imagine a game that reunites McEnroe and Connors!
Now-retired world tennis star Boris Becker's agreement to play online poker and live tournaments for Poker (see previous InfoPowa report) made the mainstream media this weekend when Die Welt interviewed the German ace.

"I have already been playing intensively since last year," said the 40-year-old who won Wimbledon three times and has signed a sponsorship contract with Poker Stars. "What fascinates me about poker is the psychology; what is my opponent thinking of me and what do I think of him," added Becker, who retired from tennis in June 1999.  more...

46 to 20 votes in favour of the bill in first Knesset reading
Israeli politician Amnon Cohen's proposed bill to censor Internet content through ISP restrictions (see previous InfoPowa report) has passed its first reading in the Knesset by 46 votes to 20.

The bill calls for ISPs to block all gambling, sex and violence oriented websites, compelling any Israeli that wishes to access such sites to make application to do so. The measure makes it mandatory for ISPs to institute the blocks within 60 days of the law passing on pain of considerable punitive fines.  more...
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Lobbying expenditure shows some interesting trends
According to a report from the Cape Cod Media group, at least twenty organisations have spent substantially in order to lobby in support of US online gambling issues, and the list has some surprising names on it. Lobby firms in the US are mandated to disclose the amounts and causes for which they are lobbying.  more...

Bitter patent dispute sees PI hirings and rewards for information
The patents infringement dispute between Dr. Scott Lewis of 1st Technologies and Calvin Ayre, founder and chief of the Bodog online gambling group continued to descend gutter-wards over the weekend with more harsh words on Ayre's personal blog, and rewards on offer from Lewis for documents relating to Bodog company relationships.  more...

Millionth membership registration now in sight
The Washington-based pressure group for the legalisation of online poker in the USA, the Poker Players Alliance, could soon be celebrating its one millionth member, according to an interview with executive director John Pappas conducted this week by the Pocket Fives information portal.

Since 2006 the PPA�s membership has exploded to over 930 000, Pappas disclosed, saying that he preferred to grow the orgnanisation, which spent over $900 000 in US lobbying last year, organically rather than through freeroll tournaments. In just a few short weeks in February this year, the PPA membership soared from 870 000 to 930 000, or nearly 7 percent, he told Pocket  more...
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Significant increases in online csino and poker revenues for Isle of Man-based turnkey provider
The online gambling games developer and turnkey provider Playtech plc posted strong results for the full 2007 year this week, showcasing total revenues exceeding $100 million and vigorous performances from its casino and poker operations.

Total revenues soared 86 percent to $103.6 million (2006: 55.6 million) thanks to a 58 percent increase in casino revenues to $74.7 million and a stunning 269 percent ghrowth in online poker revenues to $27.4 million through its iPoker network.  more...

Full Tilt Poker lowers the boom on Jonathan Little
He may be a past World Poker Tour champ, but that hasn't stopped Full Tilt Poker from dropping Jonathan "Fiery Justice" Little for violating its terms. The poker ace was shown the door by Full Tilt administrator TilterRick this week in a very public forum announcement.

Full Tilt's official position was outlined in a press release, which explained that despite having a great year on the WPT, Little is no longer affiliated with Full Tilt Poker.  more...

Malta licensed online poker site joins small network
The Red Planet Poker-powered Everleaf Gaming network has added Timeless to its network, bringing to 18 the choice of online poker websites available, with the promise of more additions in the near future.

Licensed by the LGA of Malta, Everleaf is headquartered on the Mediterranean island and according to the independent poker tracking site Pokerscouts has recorded up to 206 players concurrently during peak periods, with a seven day average of 91players. The network provides fully managed turn-key solutions to independent poker websites.  more...
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Online gambling company will use posters on a broad front
Get, an online casino, bingo and poker operation belonging to Cashcade in the United Kingdom, is breaking out a reportedly GBP 1 million budget to advertise extensively offline in Britain over the next few weeks.

For two weeks Get Minted will be heavily promoting its bingo, slots and poker products offline at a number of sites throughout the UK. There will be posters in phone boxes, at rail stations and outside bingo halls. The activity shows the breadth of the firm's portfolio of online games and will help maintain the large growth in users seen on the website since the start of the year.  more...

Television the media of choice for GBP 4 million new online bingo and casino ad action
Ladbrokes is to embark on a further two TV advertising campaigns in the UK following the success of its first ever television ads in 2007. The first campaign, for Ladbrokes, will launch this week.

The company's 2007 television campaign helped Ladbrokes achieve strong increases in betting stakes on football - up 25.4 percent since the start of the 2007/8 season. Company spokesmen said the results of the advertising were very positive, achieving strong recall and brand recognition and impacting positively on the perceptions of the Ladbrokes brand.  more...

Victor Chandler promises more players, prizes and money
Encouraged by the popularity of its inaugural European Championship of Online Poker (ECOOP), VC Poker has announced a bigger, better tournament for its second edition this year.

ECOOP II will have more players, more prizes and most importantly, more money as it seeks to crown Europe�s ultimate poker champion.  more...
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Big audiences anticipated
Following successful recent launches in Belgium (on Coditel), Malta (Melita Cable) and Spain (Telefonica�s IPTV service Imagenio) the Poker Channel has expanded European operations into Finland.

The northern European country's largest cable operator, Welho, will debut the channel free of charge for the next two months, after which it will slot in the platform�s extended basic tier.  more...

A fave pub game now available on mobile
We've seen snooker, racing, cricket and even boxing on mobile services and now the favoured pub game darts has been added to the inventory.

UK games developer Player One has extended its impressive list of mobile sports rights, securing an exclusive, worldwide deal with Darts' most powerful governing body, the Professional Darts Corporation.  more...

Public smoking bans, taxation and removal of a thousand slot machines challenges UK group
The British gambling group Rank plc which includes Mecca Bingo, Grosvenor Casinos and the Blue Square online gambling group among its subsidiaries has survived a tough year, battling public smoking bans, higher taxation and the enforced removal of a thousand lucrative slot machines. It shows in the lacklustre performance for 2007.  more...
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Top international pro cracks a WPT title - at last!
One of Phil Ivey's claims to fame was the fact that he had the most World Poker Tour (WPT) final table appearances without a win. That, however, changed last Thursday night when Ivey scored a resounding victory at Commerce Casino's L.A. Poker Classic (LAPC) and walked away with $1 596 100 - and a pretty big grin.  more...

$2 million guaranteed this week
Titan Poker on the iPoker network has again boosted its Sunday online tournament prize-pool guarantee, and a minimum of $2 million will be on the table this week.

With a $1 500+$80 buy-in, there are alternative ways for players to join the big competition - the poker website has been hosting qualifiers for the event for as little as $3+30 cents.  more...

March is likely to be the biggest month in Irish poker site's history
Millions of dollars are up for grabs this March as Paddy Power prepares for the biggest month in the site's history. On top of the usual $12.5 million in monthly guarantees, March will be bookended by two of the biggest tournaments taking place anywhere in the world this spring.

Kicking off the month on March 2 at 8pm GMT is the $2 Million Guaranteed, a No Limit Hold'em Freezeout which is the largest single online tournament ever to be held on the site. With a buy-in of $1 500 + $80 this event will attract many of the biggest online players in the world as they compete for a minimum first prize of $400 000. Daily feeders and a multitude of satellites will ensure a large field for this prestigious event. Satellites are already running for this event with a $3 buy-in.  more...
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Revenues break Euro 2 billion barrier at Irish bookie - and a star performance from onlince division
Irish on and offline gambling group Paddy Power has reported 2007 pre-tax profits up 53 percent to Euro 75.8 million, with a sterling performance from the company's online division, and annual revenues up 13 percent, exceeding Euro 2 billion for the first time.

Operating profit rose 59 percent to Euro 72.1 million with online gross win rising 41 percent.  more...

At least one exec at the AiG thinks so....
Last week's Asian Interactive Gaming conference in Macau has again raised the possibility of regulated online gambling on the Chinese mainland, according to the Macau Daily Times.

The newspaper quotes Francis Lui, deputy chairman of the Galaxy Entertainment Group, who is reportedly "very excited by this business opportunity" and is making sure his company is positioned to best advantage when it happens.  more...

Gex to launch its stunnerof a football game with Digibet
Over the past two years visitors to the major exhibitions in the online gambling industry have marvelled at the stunning graphics and wide capabilities of a virtual football league developed by the UK's Gex Technologies, and following a deal this week with Gibraltar�s Digibet Ltd this impressive product will soon be available in an online version of one of the world�s top virtual fixed-odds betting football games.  more...
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5 years ago a serial spammer was prosecuted; this week his appeals ran out....
The Virginia Supreme Court handed down a ruling this week that will resonate positively with most Internet users plagued by unwanted and uninvited emails that have come to be labelled as "Spam."

In 2003, Jeremy Jaynes of Raleigh, North Carolina was considered to be among the world's top 10 spammers when he was convicted of massive distribution of junk e-mail and sentenced to nine years in prison (see previous InfoPowa reports). This week his appeals fell on deaf ears when the Virginia Supreme Court affirmed the first felony conviction for illegal spamming in the United States, ruling that Virginia's anti-spamming law does not violate free-speech rights.  more...

Disruptive or disreputable behaviour can get spectators ejected
Disturbed by growing reports of disruptive cell phone calls and spectators working online betting on laptops and PDAs from the bleachers (see previous InfoPowa reports) the Women's Tennis Association is planning to tighten up on spectator conduct at major matches.

The WTA is concerned about the use of cellphones and laptops at tournaments to do live commentaries and instant gambling, and are seeking new ways on how best to stamp it out.  more...

Pokerscout statistics indoicate that poker website is now 17th largest in the online industry
3D online poker room has leapfrogged both Betfair Poker and Ladbrokes Poker in action, according to new statistics from the independent online poker information site, which places PKR 17th in the business. has been tracking's climb since their inclusion in December, 2007. With a successful marketing campaign, including both terrestrial and digital television channels,'s real money player base has expanded remarkably fast since the site's launch in late 2006.  more...
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UK gambling group's six month numbers are positive
The UK online gaming group Sportingbet plc swung back into profit in the first six months despite results going against it, reports Reuters news service, quoting the gambling group's chief executive Andrew McIver.

"With six months of the year completed we have achieved an operating profit of GBP 11.7 million versus GBP 4.0 million last year," said McIver. "This has not been achieved by especially favourable outcomes to sports events - the margin percentage is actually slightly lower than last year - but rather from strong growth in turnover from our core sports offering and careful cost control."  more...

Who's statistics are right in Massachusetts land casino debate?
The ongoing fierce debate for and against the building of three major land casinos in Massachusetts entered a new phase this week as rival analyst studies started to play a role.

Governor Deval Patrick's projection that the introduction of the casinos would create 30 000 construction jobs in the state is the latest number to come under the microscope following a newspaper study through an independent economics specialist, with House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, an opponent of the casinos, claiming that the governor's figures are clearly losing credibility.  more...

And holds meetings with tribal gambling aspirants, too
The increasingly bitter feuding in the Massachusetts state legislature over Governor Deval Patrick's intention to introduce land casinos to raise state revenue levels continued as the week progressed following surveys that cast doubt on the Governor's employment predictions (see previous InfoPowa report)  more...
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The Internet's biggest poker site cruises past 8 000 tournament entries
Online poker continued to hold the interest of players across the planet this weekend, with the giant Poker website reporting a new record entry field for its regular PokerStars Millions tournament of 8 063 registered players.

The high turnout produced major prizes and a considerable money bubble, and was won by Australian player s0stndrd who took home $160 102.98 after doing a two-way deal with his heads up opponent from the United States, vm1124 who pocketed $150 000.  more...

$500 000 reward for new 2008 National Heads Up Champion
Internationally respected poker pro Chris "Jesus" Ferguson is the new 2008 National Heads Up Champion, beating Andy Bloch in a final heads up to collect the winner's cheque for $500 000 this week.

To win, Ferguson had to individually encounter and best ace players like John Juanda, Gavin Smith, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow, Jonathan Little, Phil Ivey and his final opponent Andy Bloch.  more...

CEO Mitch Garber is on the way out....
Party Gaming has released it's 2007 full year results, admitting a huge 68 percent drop in annual profit due mainly to the group's enforced exit from the US market late in 2006, and revealing that CEO Mitch Garber will be leaving his post mid 2009. Apparently Garber plans to return to Canada and will not be renewing his contract after May 2009.  more...
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PLUS market launch in London successful
Online poker expert and owner of the Devilfish poker website Dave Ulliott will be pleased with today's flotation of Devilfish Gaming on the PLUS market in London. Over GBP 1 million was raised, valuing the company at around GBP 3.2 million and providing capital for expansion.

Devilfish Gaming plc is the holding company of Devil Fish Poker Limited ("DFP"), a wholly-owned subsidiary which commenced trading in December 2005. DFP was incorporated to promote; a membership site for internet-based multi-player poker, taking its brand name from Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott, one of the most consistent and successful international poker players  more...

Swedish developer Jadestone makes Bwin its first customer for new game
Online gamers can test their international football selection and management skills with the launch of a new game at Bwin. The Vienna listed online gambling group has become the first client of Swedish developer Jadestone to operate a new online fantasy football game branded "European Manager."

European Manager allows players to build and manage a team from the best players in premier European football leagues.  more...

Anti-fraud innovation monitors playing patterns to form a 'Player DNA'
Poker players try to read the faces of their opponents - now software is about to do something similar in a bid to stem fraud against poker websites, reports the publication New Scientist Tech this week.

Web-based casinos and poker rooms can be the target for phishing attacks in which attempts are made to steal players' identities through emails purporting to be from the casino but actually from fraudsters trying to obtain account details.  more...
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Horse racing consortium bid rejected
The long-running saga of Britain's state owned the Tote bookmaker may have entered it's final chapter this week with the UK government's announcement that it has rejected a bid from a horse racing consortium and is putting the company up for public sale. Government spokesmen said that bids would be considered immediately.  more...

Financial expert is no stranger to Crypto
Dublin-based turnkey provider and gambling software developer Cryptologic has announced the appointment of a new member to its board of directors. Stephen Freedhoff is no stranger to the company, having previously been chairman of the audit committee.

Freedhoff is a chartered accountant and certified financial planner, who brings to CryptoLogic's top management more than 30 years� experience as a partner at one of Canada�s largest accounting firms.  more...

Billions of dollars in tax revenue could be accrued by the US
The Washington Democrat Congressman Jim McDermott has introduced his Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act of 2008 that seeks to support Barney Frank's IGREA by ensuring that taxes are collected on regulated Internet gambling activities.

These revenues are estimated between $8.7 billion and $42.8 billion over ten years, according to a recent tax revenue analysis prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (see previous InfoPowa report).  more...
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JamPoker joins the Merge network
The competitive online poker sector saw the arrival of another poker room this week as Brisbane-based JamPoker opened its virtual doors. Released on the Merge Gaming Network, the website features classic downloadable poker games, including Texas Hold'em and Omaha and varieties of Stud and Draw poker, along with an assortment of casino games such as Blackjack, Backgammon, Roulette, Caribbean Stud and Video Poker.  more...

Pokertek and Lightning Poker set to duke it out in court
The growing popularity and earnings potential of automated, or electronic poker tables has triggered a clash over patents by the two leading suppliers.

North Carolina's electronic poker table company, PokerTek, Inc. which claims to be the industry pioneer and worldwide leader in automated poker tables and related software, says in a statement this week that it believes the allegations outlined in Lightning Poker's patent announcement are without merit.  more...

iPoker's latest online tournament winner took home $434 000
iPoker network's recent $2 million guaranteed online poker tournament produced major six figure rewards for the top five finishers this week, including a whopping $ 434 000 winner's purse to "lekimmd."

The event attracted 1 380 players whose buy-ins boosted the guaranteed prize-pool of $2 million by a further $70 000 in the competition, which lasted for 14 hours. The network was clearly pleased with the response to the tournament and plans further $2 million guaranteed events.  more...
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