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Laws under which he is being investigated for illegal activities are "obsolete," says newly released Unibet exec
Out on Euro 200 000 bail after a late evening appearance before a French judge on illegal gambling and advertising charges (see previous InfoPowa reports) Unibet CEO Petter Nylander wasted no time in slamming the actions of French gambling monopolies Francaise des Jeux and PMU in instigating his arrest last week at a Dutch airport....and in criticising the French laws involved.  more...
   

2+2 publisher reveals details of a generous offer to help get to the bottom of the Absolute Poker debacle
With no official progress reports yet forthcoming from either Absolute Poker or Kahnawake Gaming Commission on the promised Gaming Associates inspection, the furore caused by tournament cheating allegations continued this week.

The row stems from player investigations on the 2+2 and other poker message boards that uncovered dishonest play in an online tournament by an Absolute Poker "consultant" who apparently had sight of his opponents' hole cards.  more...
   

Beleaguered online poker operator issues progress report
The Kahnawake registered company Tokwiro Enterprises, 100 percent owners of Absolute Poker.com issued a progress report as the week closed on its ongoing investigations into a cheating scandal that has seen the company widely condemned by the player community (see previous InfoPowa reports).

The report contains some interesting numbers, with Tokwiro claiming that the cheating "window" lasted for 40 days beginning August 14 and that some $800 000 was wrongfully won by the still unidentified company consultant, who was summarily dismissed - a point reiterated in the current report. Absolute Poker reimbursed players with twice that amount - $1.6 million - the progress report claims.  more...
   
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"It's not in the interest of American consumers to have good responsible competitors in this market excluded by regulatory mechanisms..."
The European Union's compensation claim against the United States for its withdrawal of World Trade Organisation obligations on online gambling (see previous InfoPowa reports) took another step forward this week when EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson arrived in Washington to pursue the matter with US leaders.  more...
   

European Commission and French government seek to avoid legal confrontation
Early this week French government delegates and European Commission officials faced off across a negotiating table in Brussels to find a way past the former's protectionist policies on gambling, which conflict with EU principles of free pasage of trade and services.

The preliminary meeting agreed that further talks were necessary to avoid France being taken to the European Union's top court for restricting competition in sports betting, according to reports from the Reuters news agency.  more...
   

State police detain three from Jefferson Parish
Local media reports from Louisiana indicate that the State Police are still hammering online gamblers in the region, which has been the base for anti-online gambling enforcement moves in the past (see previous InfoPowa reports)

Detail is still sketchy on the latest busts, but it appears that two Jefferson Parish men arrested by Louisiana State Police after an online gambling sting operation have been additionally charged in St. Landry Parish.  more...
   
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New Yorkers can place account wagers on horse races using TVG's patented Internet technology, thanks to legislative carve-outs.
The hypocrisy of online gambling legislation in the United States was again highlighted this week with the launch of a full-on Internet wagering platform for horseracing venue Yonkers Raceway by TVG Network, is a Los Angeles-based digital cable network that specialises in horse racing. Thanks to legislative carve-outs, the American political and moral stand on Internet gambling is not applied to horseracing, state lotteries or fantasy sports.  more...
   

Trials near completion and a December launch date likely
Internet betting exchange Betfair is about to embark on a new initiative that will see it offering its own starting prices to the gambling public, according to an article in The Guardian. The company is believed to be on the verge of allowing punters to place bets which will be settled at a new "Betfair starting price" - the price of a horse at the moment a race begins.  more...
   

Sportsbook Jaxx.com makes its debut
British sportsbetting fans have a new online sportsbook venue following the launch this week of Jaxx.com, a subsidiary of the giant German lottery and betting operator Fluxx AG.

Mark Irvine, managing director of Jaxx UK, claims: �Jaxx is one of Europe�s leading gambling and lottery brands, with decades of experience, and we will now be bringing this expertise to the British market.  more...
   
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There'll be more than just fireworks happening on November 5...
Britain's traditional bonfire and fireworks night - November 5 - will also see the launch at Canary Wharf in London of Betbrokers plc's new online poker offering, which remained shrouded in mystery as we went to press.

According to an open invitation on the corporate website, Betbrokers will be launching its own poker offering with a celebrity tournament involving the firm's sporting ambassadors Phil Tufnell, Nasser Hussein and John Virgo.  more...
   

Top quality games will be integrated with Orbis FOGF platform
Online gambling software developer WagerWorks/IGT has announced that UK betting company Sportech has chosen to integrate its premium branded games onto Sportech's Orbis Fixed Odds Games Framework (FOGF).

Sportech owns Littlewoods Gaming and will roll out some of WagerWorks most popular multi-line slots to strengthen its games portfolio. A phased implementation during November will see the following games available on Sportech�s new gaming portal: Cleopatra, Monopoly with Pass �Go� Bonus and Cluedo. Wheel of Fortune Hollywood Edition will follow shortly after this.  more...
   

New Scansoft security could be a sector breakthrough
Gibraltar-based online gambling firm Victor Chandler claimed this week that that it can ensure instant web security in remote offices where it has little or no IT infrastructure. If true, this could lead the way to breakthroughs in banking and public sector organisations with similarly remote, unsupported outposts, reports IT publication Computer Weekly.  more...
   
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Bodog rings the changes on its poker offering
Players returning to Bodog Poker this week will find a new look that has resulted from testing and player feedback over the past two years.

Key features of the revamp include:

* The layout of players now creates a non-linear (circular) line that provides easy to follow action from player to player with each hand.  more...
   

Coy customer is a state-controlled member of the World Lottery Association
Mystery of the week was the disclosure by Swedish government gambling monopoly Svenska Spel that an unidentified "state-controlled member of the World Lottery Association" was to use its services to set up an Internet poker operation.

Svenska Spel will collaborate with Swedish gambling software provider Boss Media to provide the coy customer with poker facilities from Boss, backed by Svenska Spel's expertise in security and supervision.  more...
   

Request to join Boss Media in providing poker to a WLA monopoly refused
Swedish news publication The Local.se reports that the Swedish government has turned down a proposal from its gambling monopoly Svenska Spel to provide online poker services to an unidentified European member of the World Lottery Association.

Svenska Spel had planned to partner with online poker software provider Boss Media in "exporting" online poker services for the country concerned (see previous InfoPowa reports) despite its claims that its own monopoly was a good vehicle to control the expansion problem gambling.  more...
   
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Rumours turn to fact
The much anticipated deal through which Blue Square.com will provide sportsbetting services to online poker and casino giant 888.com is set to come to fruition next week, according to the Reuters news agency, which reports an imminent announcement from Blue Square parent Rank plc on the arrangement.  more...
   

Kentucky and Massachsetts targeted for legalised online poker
Using its political savvy, the Poker Players' Alliance is making sure its voice is heard at a time when state politicians in Massachusetts and Kentucky are most likely to listen - election time.

In Kentucky, Governor Ernie Fletcher's election-year nixing of a proposed referendum on the issue of casino and poker gaming has made the state's poker players a fertile ground for the PPA's grass roots campaign to legalise the game, and the pressure group can take at least some of the credit for the fact that over a thousand pro-poker letters and phone calls from concerned poker players have flooded the offices of the governor and other state representatives.  more...
   

Antiguan visit will not be an easy trip
Antigua plans to use an upcoming Caribbean business conference attended by U.S. legislators to press its case on discriminatory online gambling legislation in the U.S.

Antiguan officials and politicians plan to raise their tiny nation's long-running trade battle with the United States over Internet gambling as about 10 members of the U.S. Congress gather next week for an annual Caribbean business conference.  more...
   
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$5 million of player money will be on this table
American viewers will have an opportunity to savour some really high stakes poker action next week when Game Show Network screens its popular television show High Stakes Poker.

Top poker aces will be putting $100 000 each at risk as they pit their skill and experience against some of the world's best players.  more...
   

Former body builder gets the book thrown at him
The New Jersey Attorney General's office issued a statement late last week on further charges his officials are pressing against Vincent 'Big Vince' Filipelli, a former body-building champion currently in detention at the Philadelphia Federal Detention Center and awaiting sentencing on a federal extortion-related charge associated with online betting operations.  more...
   

Reuben Peters and poker prodigy Annette Obrestad in final heads up
The big money available at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Dublin Championship, which ended over the weekend after several days of intense poker, attracted a host of top poker names.

Taking the field in Day 1A at the Royal Dublin Society were 91 players, including home grown champs like Jason O'Toole, Andy Black and Conor Doyle. They were joined by international players such as Bertrand Grospellier, Julian Thew and Johnny Lodden, and top-level American players like Erik Seidel and Brandon Schaefer.  more...
   
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Latest Gambling Commission study shows online gambling demographics
The British gambling regulator, the Gambling Commission has published its latest survey results, showing that online gambling is becoming more popular, and that the main demographic group is male and aged 18-34.

The Commission regularly outsources research studies, in this case to ICM Research who canvassed a solid representative sample in Britain of over 8 000 adult respondents. The latest figures derived from the quarterly statistical series provide a useful snapshot of participation by adults in remote gambling, including online gambling, in the UK.  more...
   

Cruise ship final to long-running online poker championship
Ten mainly European-based online poker players gathered this week for a luxury Mediterranean cruise - and some big-win poker - as guests of Gigamedia's Everest Poker website.

The players, who hailed from six countries, were the survivors of a series of poker tournaments in the Everest Poker Avalanche initiative and they were aiming to win the main prize in a live game with a prizepool of $710 000  more...
   

Sayonara to Geisha Lounge...and some of its sisters
The outgoing manager for affiliate accounts at Wager Junction, Greg Gomes informed players of some interesting changes in the King Soloman's group of online casinos this weekend.

It appears that RTG-powered Geisha Lounge will be reduced to the status of a skin after many years of operations, with players being transferred, along with their loyalty status and rewards, to the King Soloman's database. Hamptons, Portofino, Gold Key, Magic Oasis and Grand Aces will also remain as 'skins', although the action and players will all go to the King Soloman database and backend in coming weeks.  more...
   
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Sales, after tax profits up as Swedes forge ahead
Sweden and Malta based online gambling software developer Net Entertainment released positive third quarter figures this week showing a net increase in sales of 36 percent, after tax profits up 73 percent and five new Casino Module licensees.

Net sales reached SEK 32.4 million, up on the SEK 23.8 million achieved in the same period last year, and after tax returns hit SEK 9.76 (2006 Q3: SEK 5.64 million) Net profit margin was also up at 33.5 percent (last time 26.6 percent)  more...
   

888 wll get sports betting expertise from Rank plc subsidiary
Rank plc online sportsbet subsidiary Blue Square and the giant Internet gambling group 888.com have confirmed reports last week that they have teamed up (see previous InfoPowa report)

Blue Square's parent confirmed in a statement that its Blue Square website will provide a sports betting service for London-listed online poker and casino company 888 Holdings plc. Blue Square will manage fixed odds betting and sports content for 888, which will provide its payment processing platform to Blue Square as it takes its own sports betting to new international markets.  more...
   

Online gambling company still up for takeover negotiations
Following the termination of its talks with the Canadian company CGTV Games last month (see previous InfoPowa reports) the online gambling group Leisure and Gaming plc is still amenable to takeover talks if the right suitor is involved, it appears.

Announcing the results of a strategic review, the company's CEO Henry Birch said it was still negotiating with unspecified entities, but was pressing ahead with a restructuring plan focused on five key strategic initiatives including product, channel and geographic diversification. The firm has also announced a restructuring that will see customer services and administrative functions transferred to a new operation centre in Italy, where its Betshop brand is active.  more...
   
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Playtech announces major progressive jackpot winner
Weekend reports that a significant Playtech progressive jackpot had been hit (see previous InfoPowa report) were confirmed today (Monday) when the turnkey provider announced that its WinAJackpot.com has delivered a jackpot payout topping the $2.7 million mark.

Winajackpot is the first progressive network to combine online, mobile and landbased jackpots via Playtech and its subsidiary Videobet. Winajackpot.com member Andres V. was the lucky player who became a multi-millionaire on Saturday, October 27th by taking home Gold Rally's biggest jackpot ever of $2 738 050 while playing at Casino Las Vegas.com.  more...
   

Unpaid players, licensees and affiliates alleged
Several online gambling information portals are reporting major problems with turnkey provider Futurebet - long the subject of player complaints - leading several observers to believe that the company is in serious trouble.

The respected sportsbetting portal Sports Book Review.com reports that significant numbers of Futurebet sites have gone offline, most recently BetandWinNet, FunPlexCasino and Bignutzz. Other Futurebet brand owners are expected to take their websites off-line this week, according to SBR sources.  more...
   

Five major poker tournaments around the British Isles peak in a GBP500 000 finale
Gala group's spectacular Great British Poker Tour completes its inaugural season this week with a GBP 500 000 prize pool, four day Grand Final at the Gala Casino Harbourside in Bristol where the 2007 GBP Champion will be decided .

The big event caps off a debut for the tour that produced great poker in tournaments in Edinburgh, Teesside, Nottingham, Bournemouth and Leeds (see previous InfoPowa reports). Prior to the main event there will be two other tournaments with significant prize pools.  more...
   
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University research shows decline in college gambling on the Internet
College student gambling over the Internet, especially in the poker sector, has been a platform for the industry's detractors in the past, but recent research at the Annenberg Public Policy Centre at the University of Pennsylvania may be about to take at least some of the wind out of their sails.
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CEO reports "solid progress" as e-processor rebuilds business
Eviscerated by its clash with the U.S. Department of Justice arising from the arrest of its founding duo last year, Neteller is fighting back strongly in alternative markets and making solid progress, according to CEO Ron Martin.

Releasing the e-processor's third quarter numbers, Martin referred to the $146 million long-running legal tussle with the Americans and said that it was a year he would be unlikely to forget.  more...
   

German lottery site plans UK debut
With the German legislative situation still in a state of flux, and the possibility of restrictive laws early next year, German lottery company Tipp24 seems to be hedging its bets with the announcement that it is to launch a UK lotto operation branded lotto24.

The UK operation will provide access to a basket of European lotteries and will be operated on a licence secured from the UK authorities last month.  more...
   
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EU mutual recognition "difficult for us to accept"
French Budget Minister Eric Woerth recently spoke to the French newspaper Le Parisien, reiterating that his country is not ready to drop key legislation limiting online gambling but may consider loosening the state monopoly on horse racing.

The European Commission has been applying increasing pressure to persuade the French to comply with European Union principles regarding free passage of trade and services on gambling, and Woerth is due to meet with Commissioner McCreevy in the near future to seek a way past the traditionally protectionist policies that France has been applying against fellow EU nations..  more...
   

Software development capacity doubled with new acquisition
Only weeks after seeing a deal with Leisure and Gaming plc fall through, the Canadian gambling software developer CGTV Games has announced the acquisition of a Chinese company that will enable it to double development capability. The company did not release financial details on the deal.

Chengdu Huaxin IT is CGTV's latest acquisition (the company took over Gambling Federation last year). The company is located in Chengdu, a key hub for global IT research and development and home to several leading multinationals.  more...
   

Expert organised largest yet online gambling player study
Dr Jonathan Parke, the Nottingham Trent University academic who made an international name for himself handling for eCOGRA the largest survey yet on online gambling late last year is to move to Salford University.

Respected for his thoroughness and attention to detail, Parke holds a PhD in fruit machine gambling. He handled the complex eCOGRA study of over 11 000 respodents around the globe with aplomb, producing a highly detailed yet wideranging picture of gamblers' perspectives on the industry which is still frequently referenced.  more...
   
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Online gambling group plans to extend taxi advertising campaign
Many UK online gambling fans will be familiar with the green London taxi cabs bearing the 888.com identity and falling red dice logo, and the company plans to extend this successful effort further in a three month initiative with its taxi advertising partner, Taxi Promotions UK.

888.com advertising will be seen on taxis in 4 major UK cities in the campaign, brokered through All Response Media. In addition, the passengers will be given branded 888.com receipts for their journeys.  more...
   

German court says internet gambling ban an 'impossibility'
The German legislative quagmire on Internet gambling produced an interesting and positive breakthrough this week when the Administrative Court of Appeal in the state of Hessen overturned a ruling by a lower court prohibiting Austrian online gambling group Bwin from offering its online services to Germans.  more...
   

New survey says only 23 percent of Brit online punters have tried poker
With the continued popularity of the game, one would expect a significant percentage of Internet gamblers to have tried online poker, but a recent survey of 3 822 Internet players of 18 years and over indicates that a surprisingly low 23 percent have tried poker in the last 12 months, leaving room for expansion.  more...
   
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Television and online poker ventures responsible for decline
The head man at World Poker Tour Enterprises, Steve Lipscomb presided over the release this week of the group's Q3 results, which showed a dip in revenues from television ventures and online operations.

Lipscomb remained bullish, however, telling reporters: "The third quarter represented continued progress for WPT Enterprises. We reached exciting new milestones including the addition of an online casino offering on our online gaming site, WorldPokerTour.com, and kicked off the inaugural season of the WPT China National Traktor Poker Tour.  more...
   

Major upgrade delivers interactive lobby with personalised navigation features and 3-D player avatars.
Veteran online poker site and 888.com subsidiary Pacific Poker has widened its appeal with new languages and undergone a major software upgrade.

The poker site now offers an interactive lobby with personalied navigation features, along with bright new 3-D player avatars. The opportunity has also been taken to add features such as tournaments with re-buys and add-ons, and enhanced multi-tabling options. Casino games and backgammon have been included in the site's offerings.  more...
   

If you think scratchcard prizes are low-end gambling, read on....
On-line scratch card site Scratch2Cash produced a substantial lucky winner recently when it entered the record books by producing a record breaking payout. The French player took home Euro 200 000, the largest amount ever won on an online bet of this nature.

Gisele L said of her big win: "Finally I'll be able to give my family what I've always wanted to, a new home."  more...
   
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Complete localisation on new site
Sweden's online poker playing community is the target for CelebPoker.com's latest venture - a new and localised Swedish language site.

Although Swedish players have been active on the site since CelebPoker acquired an EU gaming license back in June, until now they have not had the opportunity to experience a completely bespoke Swedish version of the site, says a company spokesman. The new Swedish edition of CelebPoker http://se.celebpoker.com has a different look and feel, with a highly impressive visual interface, great new promotions and live updated news from the world of poker, he added.  more...
   

Optimal Group's Q3 earnings hit by US financial restrictions
The Q3 results from e-processor Optimal Group again illustrate the adverse impact on financial companies which the US Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act has had.

Revenues for the third quarter ended September 30, 2007 were $27.6 million compared to $53.3 million for the pre-UIGEA third quarter ended September 30, 2006.  more...
   

Poker pro picks up a World Championship seat.....and Cdn$ 1 387 224 for big win
Scott Clements beat a high-powered final table to win the WPT North American Poker Championship title this week, earning Cdn$ 1 387 224 and a $25 500 seat in next year's WPT World Championship scheduled for April, 2008.

The event took place at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario, where a large spectator turnout saw crowds appreciating some exciting action and skilled poker playing.  more...
   
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Washington political journal takes a snapshot of anti-online gambling elements
The Washington political journal Politico this week takes a look at the efforts of Congressman Barney Frank to garner support for his Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, and who opposes it.

The article gives an informed background to the proposed legislation, which seeks to licence and tax online gambling in the United States, protecting the players and effectively sidelining the anti-online gaming Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act passed last year. It also considers the impact of the Washington visit by 100 members of the 800 000 Poker Players' Alliance pressure group, and the counter attack that it may have triggered.  more...
   

High Court battle gets underway
Australian media are reporting on the first day arguments in a High Court case launched by online betting exchange Betfair to challenge Western Australian legal restrictions on its operations.

Opening its action today, Betfair showed judges how to gamble Aus$10 online on the AFL. The company argued that the WA laws, which also prohibit interstate gamblers from betting on WA horse races through Betfair, contradict section 92 of the Constitution which declares that trade between states should be "absolutely free".  more...
   

German dot.net poker information site proposed
The German media group RTL and London-listed online gambling group Party Gaming have signed an exclusive agreement that will see the launch of a new RTLpoker.de website with advertorial links to PartyPoker.net, Party�s free-to-play website. The main RTL.de website has over six million users a month, offering significant cross-marketing possibilities and an enviable access to the German market.  more...
   
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"I think they are having a difficult time not only with us but with the EC."
Referring to the December 14 delay in making decisions on its World Trade Organisation claim for compensation against the United States (see previous InfoPowa reports) Antigua's lawyer Mark Mendel surmises that this may be caused by difficulties in negotiating a European Union deal.

Speaking to the Antigua Sun on the issue this week, Mendel said compensation negotiations were originally to be completed in September, but were first extended to October, then November 30 and currently into December.  more...
   

New venture will operate on Globalcom network
The Aquagaming group of online casinos will shortly launch a new and as yet unbranded 75 and 90 ball online bingo site on the Globalcom network according to spokesman Greg Gomes.

�As part of our efforts to restructure our business we are going to be launching a new bingo room shortly on the Globalcom network and it will be a 75 and 90 ball room with additional features,� Gomes revealed.  more...
   

Swedish excitement as online gambling software developer rejects offer
The Swedish business media headlines lit up Wednesday as news came in that the shares of Boss Media and rival Swedish company Net Entertainment had been suspended temporarily from trading following a takeover offer on the former.

Speculation that Net Entertainment had made a run at acquiring its rival were rife as a result of the suspension, which was ordered by the Finansinspektionen. However, Net Entertainment CEO Johan Ohman would not comment on the occurrence.  more...
   
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New poker site planned on Swedish network
Swedish owned and Malta licensed poker software group 24hPoker has teamed up with Nordic Casino Limited in an agreement that will result in the launch of a new online poker site, KojakPoker.com in the near future.

Nordic Casino Ltd is owned by a major European media group.

Signing the agreement, 24hPoker Holding AB chief executive Peter �str�m commented: "Nordic Casino Ltd. is an interesting partner as they belong to a group of companies that provides good marketing possibilities, which is a key factor for success in the gaming business."  more...
   

Another $200 000 pumped into major tournament prize pool
Last week the Mansion online gambling group boosted its Grand Tournament prize pool to $300 000 (see previous InfoPowa report) but this week the firm upped the ante again with a further $200 000 injection, lifting the reward even further to a guaranteed total of $500 000 and making the tournament one of the largest online shorthanded tourneys on the planet.  more...
   

Blackjack, roulette and progressive slots now open to mobile users
Vegas Wireless Entertainment (VWE) has announced that its client KOTH Ltd. has launched the first mobile casino to use VWE's unique distribution technology and wireless games.

The new mobile gambling offering is available on Youaretheking.com and uses the VWE PlayPlatform to offer blackjack, roulette and progressive slots to mobile users. The company boasts that its unique Playshare distribution system ensures that the games are perfectly displayed on each user's mobile phone or device, regardless of make or model.  more...
   
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Despite move to Europe, UIGEA still hurts
Veteran online gambling software provider Cryptologic released its quarter 3 2007 results this week, showing that although revenues were up over quarter 2 this year, the downward trend when compared to the (pre-UIGEA) Q3 last year is noticeable.

Despite it's strategic change of focus to the European market over the last two years, Cryptologic clearly still felt the sting of the American law, which prohibits financial transactions by Americans with online gambling companies. Total revenues of $17.5 million (2006: $27.7 million) incorporated casino activities that brought in $11.4 million (2006: $16.3 million) whilst poker income was $4.8 million (2006: $8.3 million) Net income amounted to $2.4 million.  more...
   

PartyBets Doubles Up With Sporting Index
The London listed online gambling group PartyGaming has launched a fixed odds horse racing service on its PartyBets.com platform through an alliance with Sporting Index. The new service features full coverage of UK, Irish and premier international race meetings including unique early prices, ante post markets and specials.  more...
   

This is one webpreneur who doesn't like the poker traffic....
A New Jersey product information management company is finding online poker traffic such a hassle that it has put its domain up for sale.

When online poker fans realise that the domain is Full Tilt.com, the heavy poker traffic can be understood, but for the Full Tilt Solutions firm it's just a damned nuisance, and the MH Kogan company has been commissioned to sell the high profile domain.  more...
   
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Approval opens the way for licensees to join a credible jurisdiction.
The online gambling software developer and turnkey provider Microgaming has been awarded a Class IV online gaming licence for its casino product by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) in Malta.

The license will benefit the software provider�s partners wishing to operate within the European Union. In addition, it will provide those operators considering Microgaming software and wishing to be based in Malta a smoother process - making the move a far easier one. A number of Microgaming operators have already initiated the process of obtaining a Malta licence on the back of Microgaming�s Class IV.  more...
   

Exclusive deals and promos to be offered by online poker operator
Online poker operator CelebPoker intends to make poker rakeback more readily available to all poker players through the launch of its new site RakebackCelebPoker.com. The new poker rakeback site, which goes live today (Thursday), will offer online poker players of all levels exclusive rakeback promotions.  more...
   

Playtech results show group's highest yet monthly revenues
London-listed online gambling turnkey provider Playtech has delivered a Quarter 3 2007 report which will please its investors, hailing it as "outstanding" with impressive month on month revenue growth and record revenues for October.

Playtech quarterlies since the company exited the US market last year exclude contributions from the United States.  more...
   
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick includes anti-online gambling clause in land casino bill
Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts was caught out by the Poker Players' Alliance in a little sleight of political hand this week when he proposed a bill to allow resort-style casinos into the state, but included a rather hypocritical clause to ban Internet gambling.

The legislator now faces a growing outcry from online gamblers against his "Act Establishing and Regulating Resort Casinos in the Commonwealth" - specifically a clause in the 28 page proposal which reads:  more...
   

Investors seem to like the GBP 51 million deal
Sportech investors appeared to be in tune with the company's acquisition of rival Vernons Pools this week, driving up the share price by a solid 10 percent when the deal was disclosed.

Pools operator Sportech agreed to a total acquisition cost of GBP 51 million in the deal with Vernons parent Ladbrokes. The gaming firm said that it would pay GBP 45 million upfront, followed by two annual instalments of GBP 3 million.  more...
   

Over $9 million in prize pool guarantees is a major draw
The power of online poker is showcased today (Friday) with the start of the sixth edition of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series, with over $9 million in guaranteed prize pools available and expected to attract the customary large entry fields.

The online poker spectacular runs over a 12 day period with 16 different events that will undoubtedly follow previous experience and see some of the top names in international poker competing.  more...
   
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