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GameAccount adds Stan James to it's blue chip client list
The respected UK bookmaking firm Stan James is the latest client to join the client list of the UK skill games provider GameAccount. The multi-year deal enables Stan James' online customers to engage in playing GameAccount's market portfolio of online games including Gin Rummy; Multiplayer Blackjack; and Backgammon.  more...
   

Poker pro takes down the WSOP-C main prize at Caesars in Vegas
Top poker pro and Full Tilt Poker Team member Allen Cunningham is $499 162 richer this week after winning the three day World Series of Poker Circuit championship at Caesars in Las Vegas.

Cunningham outplayed his heads-up opponent Ben Fineman, who took home the second place prize of $257 637. This was despite a 3 to 1 advantage in chip stack in Fineman's favour going into the final tussle.  more...
   

European online gamblers score big
Several online players hit into big money at online casinos over recent weeks, winning six figure amounts on both progressives and standard slots.

At the Playtech-powered Europa Casino, a Norwegian player using the handle SisselA was described as 'ecstatic' over a Euro 289 500 hit on the progressive jackpot, Queen of Pyramids. Sissel had been a member of the online casino for less than two weeks when she struck it lucky after wagering a mere Euro 2.25 bet.  more...
   
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More males than females gambling online, and the biggest age group is between 18 and 34.
The UK Gambling Commission has released its latest independent study results, presented by ICM Research. The omnibus study was carried out via a sample of 8 000 adults between June 2007 and March 2008.

Key findings in the study are:

* Over the year to March 2008, 8.8 percent of the 8 000 adults surveyed said they had participated in at least one form of remote gambling in the previous month.  more...
   

Director of Monitoring and Enforcement to leave Commission in July 2008
The UK Gambling Commission has announced the imminent departure of Andrew Lyman, a Director at the Commission responsible for Monitoring and Enforcement, who will be leaving shortly to take up a senior executive role with the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB).

"Having been involved in regulation for some years, I am looking forward to joining an organisation with a broad commercial focus. This new role will provide an opportunity to develop my legal, negotiating and other skill sets in a challenging environment." said Lyman, whose remaining time with the Commission will be spent on internal project work, distinct from his current regulatory role.  more...
   

Kentucky Derby could be impacted by UIGEA complications
U.S. horse racing companies comfortable with their specially exempted online betting status in US legislation have apparently discovered some inconvenient facets of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act which has so effectively reduced competition by offshore firms.

The Boston Herald quotes gaming and banking industry experts as saying that horse racing fans looking to place online bets for the 134th Kentucky Derby this weekend may find their transactions blocked by banks and credit card companies trying to avoid running afoul of unclear federal regulations.  more...
   
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Irish eyes and fortune are smiling on 33 year-old Ulsterman
33-year-old Marty Smyth of Ulster in Ireland scooped $250 000 this week after winning the PartyPoker.com World Open IV in London, truimphing over 72 other entrants in the $8 000 buy-in event that generated a total prize pool of $576 000. The final table line-up was impressive to say the least, and included Neil Channing, recent Manchester GUKPT winner Marc "Mr Cool" Goodwin, Andy "The Spider" Ward, Dixie Dean and Ryan Fronda.  more...
   

New list of automatic invitations
A new automatic invitation list to play in one of poker's premier televised tournaments - the NBC National Heads-Up Championship - is was released this week, providing a tourney with increased expert participation and viewer interest.

Now four years old, the championship generates so far unsurpassed poker television viewerships, with the likes of Phil Hellmuth (2005), Ted Forrest (2006), Paul Wasicka (2007), and Chris Ferguson (2008) the top stars so far.  more...
   

ZD Net blog users by category shows growth in online gambling interest
The popular online information and news site ZDNet's latest US statistics for February and March 2008 indicate a growing interest in online gambling, currently showing the third largest percentage monthly increase.

The Radio Entertainment category showed the largest visits growth from February to March 2008 with 27 percent, followed by Gay and Lesbian (albeit at very low actual numbers) at 26 percent and Online Gambling at 14 percent - an interest in March to 12 592 from 11082 the previous month.  more...
   
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Sales, profit and margins all up in January to March 2008 period
The Swedish online gambling turnkey provider and games developer Net Entertainment is off to a good start to 2008, with positive Q1 results showing improvements in sales, profits and margins.

Highlights of the interim report released this week include:

� Net sales increased by 27 percent to SEK 42.8 million.  more...
   

PKR Poker lays on a night of glam, glitz and celebrity in London
Jez San's burgeoning PKR.com online poker company scored another marketing coup over the holiday weekend when it laid on a night of glam, glitz and celebrity by hosting an afterparty for the attendees of the Professional Footballer's Association Awards.

The initiative is another interesting involvement by an online gambling company in events in the wider sport and entertainment worlds following Full Tilt Poker's recent marketing partnership with the World Series of Golf (see previous InfoPowa report)  more...
   

One of the most egregious flaws in the bill is that it does not define "unlawful Internet gambling" clearly
Las week's report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal (see previous InfoPowa report) that Senator Jon Kyl was growing impatient with the protracted drafting process on regulations to support the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act elicited a tart response this week from the Poker Players Association.  more...
   
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WSOP timing for Poker Players Alliance voter drive
The World Series of Poker timeframe represents a unique publicity opportunity where world interest is focused on the game of poker, and the one million members strong Poker Players Alliance intends to exploit it.

The organisation announced this week that it will launch a voter registration effort during the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas, which begins May 31 and runs through November, with the aim of rallying support for reversing or blocking federal and state laws that prohibit gambling on online poker.  more...
   

Top Internet poker player signs up as a Bodog pro
The handle 'ZeeJustin' used by top Internet poker player Justin Bonomo (22), is recognisable to most online poker players and could become more so following his agreement to join the professional player list at online poker site Bodog Poker.

The young pro joins David Williams, Evelyn Ng, Josh Arieh and Jean-Robert Bellande on a team with big ambitions that include an appearance at this year's World Series of Poker.  more...
   

Sunday tournament pays off for Matthew Hilger
Matthew Hilger, poker author, poker publisher, and poker pro, won the Full Tilt Poker $750 000 Guaranteed Poker Tournament over the holiday weekend, pocketing over $132 000 for his first placing. The win topped an rewarding tournament record this year, with 9 entries that yielded 3 top 100's, 2 final tables, and finally the big win.  more...
   
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First quarter results build on increases in revenues, with online casino activities making a memorable contribution
The Isle of Man based and London listed online gambling software developer Playtech plc turned in another record quarterly performance this week, showcasing record Q1 2008 revenues of US$39 million - an increase of 97 percent on the US$19.8 million achieved in the same period last year, and a 19 percent rise on US$32.7 million on fourth quarter 2007 revenues.  more...
   

New sites owned by Jenningsbet.com, Eurofootball.bg and Sunderlands.co.uk
The Isle of Man based online gambling software provider, Microgaming has signed three new licensees to the Microgaming Poker Network. JenningsBet.com, Sunderlands.co.uk (sunderlands.eu) and Eurofootball.bg are all expected to go live over the next few weeks, according to a company press release.

The announcement follows an impressively outstanding response to Microgaming�s recently revamped poker software � a more flexible and intuitive software upgrade, designed to get players to the right tables faster.  more...
   

Sky 848 acquired for new interactive television blackjack operations
Martin Higginson, the energetic entrepreneur and CEO of the UK interactive television gambling firm NetPlay made another shrewd move this week, acquiring Sky Channel 848 as a stablemate for the already purchased 847. The new channel will be used for the launch of the company's new blackjack product "Live BlackJack," scheduled to air at the end of this (May) month.  more...
   
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1st Technology files suit against seven more online gambling operators
Seven more online gambling companies find themselves undergoing the unwelcome patent attention of Dr. Scott Lewis and his 1st Technology company this week, with the costly Bodog dispute apparently at a stalemate.

The St. Louis law firm Simon Passanate has filed patent enforcement suits on behalf of 1st Technology in the Eastern District court of Missouri, citing four Costa Rican, two Norwegian and one Netherlands Antilles companies, according to a report from the online gambling information portal Gambling 911.  more...
   

And ignoring an action can be dangerous, wherever you are
The patent infringement suits filed in a Missouri district court by 1st Technology this week against seven more online gambling companies (see previous InfoPowa report) has already triggered extensive Internet blog comment, including some interesting observations at Covers.com.

Poster Freedom@stake, who appears to have some expertise in the intellectual property field, observed that by concentrating on mainly offshore casinos, 1st Technology has shrewdly targeted managements that may have reasons not to visit America, adding a level of complexity to "...a defense which the outdated American patent system already makes pretty difficult."  more...
   

NetEnt signs up another two operators for its popular online casino system
Further evidence of the popularity of the Net Entertainment online casinos system Casino Module was shown this week by licensing agreements with another two new licensees - Happybet Ltd. and Simbat Entertainment Systems Ltd.

A statement from Net Entertainment revealed that Happybet is one of Europe's largest betting shop operators, with well over 350 betting shops throughout the European Market. Having a substantial base of loyal players, Happybet now intends to re-focus its online operations with the CasinoModule product at the heart of a new online casino to further grow this business.  more...
   
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DoyleRoom marketers set up new bounty tournament
The tournament designers at popular online poker room DoylesRoom.com are promising interest, possible reward and the novelty of mixing it up with MTV celebrities from 'The Real World' in a forthcoming tournament.

For a buy-in of under $28 DoylesRoom players will have the opportunity to compete and interact online with the celebrity contestants from the current season of the popular television program, who will act as bounties in the promotion starting Wednesday this week.  more...
   

2008 TopCoder Open showcases computing skills and talent
The online gambling and betting exchange group Betfair has recognised the importance of technical talent in the high-tech world of Internet gambling by signing up as a sponsor for the 2008 TopCoder Open scheduled for May 11th - May 15th at the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas.

The company joins some illustrious fellow sponsors that include AOL, Lilly, NSA, VeriSign and BT.  more...
   

19 year old Hollander Julien Nuijten prevails in inaugural Latin American contest
The inaugural Latin American Poker Tour organised by online poker giant Poker Stars.com ended in victory for the nineteen year old Dutch player Julien Nuijten this week. The Hollander prevailed over an entry field of 314 poker fans who travelled to Rio for the event, either stumping up the $2 500 buy-in, or winning entry packages online through Poker Stars satellites.  more...
   
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Plenty of business activity at poker tourney giant, but online gambling and domestic TV license revenues decline
The Nasdaq-listed WPT Enterprises, Inc. has released its Q1 2008 results, showing a 10 percent increase in overall revenues over the same period last year, but a $2.8 million net loss for the quarter.

Business highlights included the delivery of seven episodes of Season VI of the World Poker Tour television series; the premiere of Season VI on the GSN Network; continued progress in the development of the WPT China National Traktor Poker Tour and the launch of ClubWPT.com.  more...
   

Blue Square revenues up
The UK listed gambling group Rank plc appears to be pleased with it's start to 2008 in a statement issued this week. The land and Internet betting group has successfully adjusted to the smoking ban and new British gaming and advertising regulations, and has taken timely action to protect profits, a company spokesman said.  more...
   

Online casinos the star of the 888 Holdings show
Online casino operations made a stellar contribution to 888.com's impressive Q1 2008 results released this week, delivering a 35 percent net gaming revenue gain over the same period last year. The performance enhanced an already positive overall group performance that saw net gaming revenues rise 38 percent to $64 million (Q1 2007: $47 million).  more...
   
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Fruits of the deal with Paramount Pictures now available to online slot fans
The much awaited new series of movie-themed online slots flowing from a licensing agreement between Party Gaming and Paramount Pictures (see previous InfoPowa report) was launched on the Party Casino website this week.

Popular film themes for the slots series include the disco dancing Saturday Night Fever; jet fighter combat from Top Gun; spy action thrills from Mission Impossible and a touch of the Mafia in The Godfather.  more...
   

Casino Palmas online carries an impressive land gambling pedigree
The Mexican land casino operator Entretenimiento De Mexico (Emex) has launched its new Playtech-powered Palmas Casino.com, extending its solid reputation and long experience to the Internet.

Emex operates 15 casinos throughout Mexico under a full federal permit, and a spokesman said this week that the firm is looking forward to the potential of Interneyt gambling, which its federal licence allows it to offer, providing online players with a safe and enterytaining "one-stop gaming experience".  more...
   

A day at the races; birthday bugs; axe throwing Vikings; frisky felines and a good old game of Hold�em � more from online games developer.
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Brit political lords condemn French monopolistic policies
Judging by exchanges in the British Parliament's House of Lords this week, the French protectionist attitude toward its gambling interests irks more than a few Brit peers.

The official Opposition Conservative Party's Lord James of Blackheath fired the first salvo when he denounced French state monopolistic gambling policy, claiming that punishments meted out to non-French companies seeking to access the French gambling market in terms of the European Union Treaty, and those punishing French gamblers were disproportionately severe.  more...
   

Svenske Spel umbrage over advertising line
The traditional Swedish sense of humour was notably absent last week when, according to a report in iGaming Business, the Swedish state's gambling monopoly, Svenske Spel, threatened legal action against British bookie group Ladbrokes.

The cause of the Scandinavian umbrage appears to be a bit of fun in the slogan of a Ladbrokes advertisement designed for the Swedish market which read "Svenska Spel, Engelska Odds", which translates as "Swedish Games, English Odds".  more...
   

Cryptologic's Millionaire's Club progressive hits again
Cryptologic-powered Littlewoods Casino.com was the venue for the creation of the latest instant online gambling millionaire this week when an as yet unidentified player hit a $1.3 million progressive jackpot on the "Millionaire's Club" slot in the early hours of the morning.

Brian Hadfield, CryptoLogic�s President and CEO claims that Millionaire's Club has made more instant millionaires in the last year than any other online casino game in history.  more...
   
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Three new events in popular online poker series
The latest version of the Full Tilt Poker Online Poker Series - number 8 in the series - commenced this week, with WPT champ David Chiu hosting the first event in the 24 contest program that runs through to May 18 and offers large prize-pools, attracting thousands of online poker fans.

Several of the events boast guaranteed prize-pools in excess of a million dollars, ensuring high levels of interest and thousands of entries for contests hosted by internationally respected players such as Chiu, Jennifer Harman, David Pham, Roland de Wolfe, Phil Ivey, Jeff Madsen, Gus Hansen, Max Pescatori, Nick Schulman, Mike Matusow, Lee Watkinson, Paul Wasicka and Phil Gordon.  more...
   

PPA plans to support Rousso in fight against Washington state's draconian anti-online gambling law
Lee Rousso, the feisty lawyer who represents the Poker Players Alliance in Washington state, will have his organisation's support next Thursday, when he at last gets his day in court to challenge tough state laws on online gambling.

After many months of mainly state inspired delays on legal technicalities which demanded seperate court arguments, Rousso will face off against the state on its online gambling ban, protesting at punishments in the C-class felony category that seem to equate online gambling with heinous crimes such as torturing animals, possessing child pornography or threatening the governor.  more...
   

Gambling interest the core in new networking website
A Californian company has launched a gambling-dedicated social networking website at MyBetPlace.com, entering the burgeoning field of Web 2.0 community interaction.

The first version of the service was released to the public this week and will pave the way for social networks to come, say the owners.  more...
   
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Governor Deval Patrick does not give up easily....
The furore in the Massachusetts Legislature earlier this year, which ended in the defeat of a proposal by Governor Deval Patrick to introduce three large land casinos to the state to improve tax revenues, could be on the cards again according to a report in the Boston Globe this week.

Online gambling observers will be watching developments closely, as the original proposal included a deeply buried clause banning online gambling in the New England state.  more...
   

Major online gambling group to use Crypto games in three year deal
Two giants in the online gambling world, the Gibraltar-based betting group 888.com and Dublin-based online games developer Cryptologic have signed a three year licensing deal which will see 888 selecting and integrating casino games from CryptoLogic.

"Today's announcement is consistent with CryptoLogic's strategy to partner with the world's biggest and best gaming brands - as a way to offer the ultimate player experience," said Brian Hadfield, CryptoLogic's President and CEO.  more...
   

UK's Dennis Publishing will produce new quarterly publication
The fast-growing 3D online poker firm PKR has hired Dennis Communications, the customer publishing arm of Dennis Publishing, to produce a quarterly print magazine for its players. The first issue of the magazine will be published in June 2008.

The PKR.com publication will be distributed free of charge to an international selection of PKR.com customers and will be targeted specifically at advanced poker players; the management team at PKR are keeping the title under wraps until launch.  more...
   
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Good selection in Package 13
UK online gambling software and games developer Orbis launched its latest Games Package 13 this week, providing a variety of OpenBet Casino and OpenBet Fixed Odds Games.

Included in the package is Atlantic Poker, a classic casino card game presented as a variation of Caribbean Stud Poker; a new hi lo accumulator game with mass appeal called Aztec Triple Up, featuring three hi lo reels and several more betting options; Caribbean Nights, an enhanced twenty line slot packed with features such as fast spin reels, gamble options, free spins and jackpots; the classic French Roulette casino game, based on traditional European roulette but with the added variety of French bets; Hi Lo Poker is a Hi Lo game with a poker twist - players guess five correct hi or lo cards and then either collect or improve their poker hands for the chance of a bonus; Slotto Lotto is a unique numbers game appealing to lottery players. Select from seven numbers and reels, plus a progressive jackpot, and finally Vegas Nights, a next generation game including fast slots, a unique mini roulette special feature round and high quality 3D graphics.  more...
   

This manager can't stay away....
Terry McIlvenny  the former head of Ancillary Gaming at Rank plc, who officially retired from the industry in 2005, has accepted an invitation to join the Nick Harding-led Aldgate Capital Group in what is described as a high profile consultative role.

Terry Mac will be advising the head of Aldgate's AGC subsidiary, Jonathon Hughes, as he plans its entry into the AGC market.  more...
   
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