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Revamp in progress on Internet sportsbet site
Only a few months after its end-May 2007 launch (see previous InfoPowa reports) Virgin Games's Virgin Bets offering has closed for a revamp to a "new and improved product" according to website notices up this week.

The notice informs visitors: "We would like to thank all those who have supported us in the past. Virgin Games have decided to shut down our Sport Betting website in the short term. We are working on a new and improved betting product and we will let you all know as soon as it is ready to take bets.  more...

Top lawyers confirm that new banning accord contravenes both the German constitution and European law.
With criticism and threats of international litigation mounting, the 16 German states remained under siege today for implementing a New Years Day accord banning online gambling and introducing Internet freedom-sensitive rules.

The boss of UK betting company MyLotto24 - a subsidiary of German giant Tipp24 - Carsten Frein echoed the parent company view, commenting: �We consider the state treaty on gambling as clearly illegal and will take legal action if necessary.  more...

Brakes applied to new online Chinese lotto ventures
Several companies that have in recent weeks announced online lottery initiatives partnering with counterparts in China will have to halt operations pending more clarity on the overall legality of operations following a statement this week from the Chinese ministries of finance, civil affairs, and the general administration of sports.  more...
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Australian partnership to buy European betting companies winds down
Australian gambling group Tattersalls has announced that it has completed its acquisition of Macquarie Bank's 50 percent stake in the European Gaming Group, giving the company full ownership.

In late November last year, after some tense dickering between a Tattersalls-Macquarie partnership and the major British gambling company Talarius plc, the Australians purchased the UK company in a GBP 142 million ($A345 million) deal  more...

2008 off to a lucrative start as tourney values multiply
Even a cursory study of tournament news as 2008 kicks off illustrates that the game of poker continues to thrive both on and offline.

This week alone, several million dollar events have been announced, starting with Heads Up Entertainment's 2008 Canadian Open Poker Championship in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The tournament, scheduled to culminate early in March at the Deerfoot Casino will feature a series of five events with an estimated prize pool exceeding Cdn$1.3 million.  more...

January games from Microgaming include a selection of big video slots, an innovative blackjack and a new interactive pub fruitie style game
Online gambling software and games developer Microgaming has kickstarted 2008 with the release of five new online gambling games which it plans to showcase at the upcoming International Casino Exhibition in London third week January. The games are being carried across the large range of Microgaming-powered online gambling venues this week, and follow the award to the firm's "Hitman" game as best slot for 2007 by the casino review site.  more...
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Clean feed concept of new Labour government could slow Internet access down
This week's news that the new Australian Labour government led by prime minister Kevin Rudd was planning to increase control and censorship of the Internet through ISPs (see previous InfoPowa report) has met with a less than enthusiastic reception from Australian IT experts.

Rudd's plan is to inspan Internet Service Providers by requiring them to provide "clean feeds" that are free of porn and online gambling sites - a move that has been politely described as "idealistic but impractical".  more...

150000 online simultaneously is a tough one to beat....
The world's largest online poker website, Poker continues to stun and amaze with a series of record breaking statistics that underline just how successful this operation has become, especially since the exit from the US market of competitors like Party Poker and Pacific Poker.

Last week we reported on the Poker Stars achievement of over 20 000 real-money players online simultaneously on December 27, but within days this was overtaken with the news that site attendance had moved up to 22 293 players at one time.  more...

Fast pace of online poker spurs land technology
The advent of fast-action Internet poker is one of the factors that has spurred the development of automated poker tables for operators with a broader spectrum of modern players in their sights.

The automated tables, which combine the up close and personal ambience of land poker with the speed and excitement of Internet versions of the game are becoming increasingly popular at land gambling venues in the United States, Australia and Germany, and are now beginning to appear in UK establishments like Aspers Casino, Newcastle and Ladbrokes Casino and Sports Bar in the Paddington London Hilton.  more...
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Toolbar delivers continuously updated live daily tournament feed.
Pokerheads trying to keep track of the many online tournaments continuously in action on the top Internet poker sites have a new aid this week from poker information site Poker Sites

Downloadable for free, the Poker Tournament Toolbar delivers a constantly updated live daily tournament schedule from all of the top poker rooms.  more...

Virgin to return surplus progressive funds
Virgin Casino's announcement that it is to pay out some GBP 55 000 in surplus funds from discontinued progressive jackpots appears on the face of it to be a laudable attempt to distribute those funds to the players who created same. However, the company has put a marketing spin on the initiative which suggests otherwise.  more...

Trading update is upbeat
The online gambling software developer and turnkey casino provider Playtech plc is in optimistic mood this week, predicting that its 2007 results due out in early March will meet market expectations.

The statement reveals that Playtech continues to enjoy buoyant trading and has experienced significant growth in revenues towards the end of 2007, when monthly revenues reached a record level. With trading in the fourth quarter of 2007 exceeding expectations, the directors are confident of the company's trading performance for 2008.  more...
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Gaming companies underline threat to continued viability
The UK government's Department of Culture, Media and Sport has put its support behind bingo companies campaigning for a tax reduction to ensure the continued business viability of the sector.

On and offline bingo groups such as Gala Coral and Rank have appealed to the British Chancellor of Exchequer, Alistair Darling, for the reductions to prevent closures of bingo halls during an economic slowdown and a reduction in land patronage caused by smoking bans.  more...

EU will overturn decision says spokesman
Irish-based betting online and land betting group Paddy Power appears unfazed by the German states' ban on Internet gambling which came into effect on January 1st (see previous InfoPowa reports)

A spokesman this week played down the likely impact of the ban, predicting that losses would not be significant in the context of the firm's overall group profits, expected to reach Euro 60 million this financial year.  more...

Irish player takes Party Poker's first Irish Poker Championship
A 28 year old Irishman studying for his doctorate in biochemistry didn't have far to travel to compete for the Party Poker Irish Poker Championship in Galway this week - he lives in Claregalway only 10 miles from the venue.

For Irishman Jude Ainsworth it was well worth the trip, for he won the championship against some of the best players around to reel in a Euro 180 000 winner's purse.  more...
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Dynamic Gaming Solutions reported to be in trouble
The respected online gambling information site Sportsbook Review is reporting that the Dynamic Gaming Systems online poker network is in dire straits and may have closed, possibly prejudicing funds still in player accounts. The report follows message board claims that one of the former skins, Wingows Poker suffered a $65 000 setback through DGS.  more... uses free electronic cards to good effect
Marketers at the Gibraltar-based online gambling group have come up with an innovative viral marketing campaign that provides a service to site visitors at the same time.

The company has launched a free electronic greeting card service that players can use to not only send good wishes to friends and family on special occasions, but also give the opportunity for a little flutter. Each card carries a chance to win cash prizes in a draw. Along with cards marking special milestones, there is also a variety of special greetings and even themed cards with Flash animation clips.  more...

Expansion planned for live roulette and bingo operations
UK interactive television firm NetplayTV has raised GBP 1.14 million after a placing of nearly seven million shares at 16.5 pence each. The capital will be used to fund the expansion of Netplay's 'Live Roulette' show into a SuperCasino format and the further development of bingo operations.

A company spokesman revealed that there are plans to build custom-tailored studios to broadcast the offerings.  more...
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Costa Rica the base for online sports betting site
Reports from Reuters and the Washington Post this week indicate that U.S. authorities have arrested eight people involved in a Costa Rica-based online sports gambling operation.

Reports suggest that the prosecutor has taped conversations of the men talking about bets and payments of bets that were being made online, and there are claims that the ring used a Pakistan based cash processor to transfer money back and forth between the United States and offshore accounts.  more...

UK Which Bingo poll result released
British bingo players made their preference known this week in the Which Bingo UK reader's poll, with Think Bingo taking the best bingo site for 2007 accolade and Gone Bingo winning the most votes for best new site of 2007.

The Which Bingo Site of the Year awards recognise and reward excellence in UK online bingo, as voted by the players. The votes totalled more than double the number received in 2006, reflecting the widespread growth in popularity of online bingo in the UK.  more...

Could Virtue Fusion be in Playtech's sights?
The UK online bingo development company Virtue Fusion, which provides the backend for online bingo at major companies like Rank's Mecca, William Hill and Bet365, could be Playtech's next acquisition, according to an exclusive and unsourced report from eGaming Review this week.

Spokesmen from both companies have refused to comment on the story.  more...
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Doesn't necessarily stay there!
When a Canadian team of problem gambling researchers received a less than enthusiastic response to a request for cooperation from Las Vegas gambling organisations, it did the next best thing - taking a virtual Vegas to its research centre for study, according to a report this week in the Toronto newspaper The Globe and Mail.  more...

Taiwan police arrest 9 for illegal online sportsbetting
Taiwanese press reports that 9 people in Taichung City and Puli Township have been arrested in police raids on suspected illegal online sportsbetting locations.

Police in Nantou County revealed evidence seized in the raids included computer files, counting machines, surveillance monitors and client lists. The head of Nantou County Police, Lin Yi-Min, stated that the gambling ring was the largest ever to be broken in central Taiwan with his office confiscating millions of dollars in bets.  more...

Full schedule for first week in February
Another of the popular Full Tilt Online Poker Series - the seventh so far - is shaping up for a February 6th start, company spokesmen announced this week, releasing a schedule of events.

FTOPS VII will run for 12 days and will include 20 events, two of which are brand new to the FTOPS series. Event #2 will be a PLO (pot-limit Omaha) knockout event featuring a buy-in of $240 and will have a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000. Event #13, a 'HA' event which will see alternating rounds of pot-limit hold'em and pot-limit Omaha, will have a $200 buy-in and a guaranteed prize pool of $200 000.  more...
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MIT blackjack team dramatised in new movie
Late March 2008 will see the premiere of a new Hollywood movie which dramatises the exploits of the famous MIT Blackjack Team and stars leading actors like Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne. The movie, titled "21" and released by Columbia Pictures is based on the best selling book "Bringing Down the House" by Ben Mezrich.  more... competition ends in Aussie victory for UK player
Following a total of six series, 12 major freerolls and over 50 League events, Pacific Poker's "Poker Pro For a Year League" came to a dramatic conclusion this week at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia as Luke Abolins from Britain truimphed over nine other finalists at the final table.

Starting at 1 pm local time, it took almost six hours of intense and skilful poker playing before a packed audience of spectators present for the Aussie Millions competition being held at the casino before Abolins claimed his prize.  more...

Review site judges assess variety of online casino awards
The judging panel at online casino review site has released its 2007 awards list, covering casinos, operators and games from all the major regions in the categories 'Best Casino', 'Best New Casino', 'Best Group' and 'Best New Slot Game'.

In a difficult post-UIGEA environment, the judging panel chose RTG-powered as an online operation that has "...clearly demonstrated that a reputable casino operator, with best of class customer service will distinguish itself from the rest and come out on top."  more...
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South African patent issued for HowLo? mobile auction concept awarded
After a two year slog, the mobile gaming provider of lottery, SMS and interactive games Million-2-1, has secured the South African patent for its reverse auction mobile game mechanic, How Lo?

The patent legally attributes the reverse auction model to Million-2-1. Under patent law, all companies that wish to run reverse auctions in South Africa will now have to licence the mechanics from the company.  more...

Global Interactive Gaming subsidiary reveals record GBP 1.2 million turnover for in-running product
Global Interactive Gaming in-game betting subsidiary SportXction achieved record turnover of GBP 1.2 million last (December) month, compared with GBP 146 000 in December 2006.

Bernard Albanese, the company's CEO, said that GIG is encouraged by this growth: "We are very pleased with the
wagering volume from our operations in the UK. Sports wagering is somewhat seasonal, and historically December is not usually one of our best months; and yet, the turnover this December equaled the third best month we've ever recorded, immediately following the record setting months of October and November.  more...

Online gambling provider intends to pursue an aggressive acquisition strategy
Playtech spokesmen were in a bullish mood in an interview with the Financial Times this week, revealing that the online gambling software company plans an �aggressive� acquisition strategy after enjoying strong growth towards the end of last year.

The spokesman commented that the firm's European Championship of Online Poker held in December, its largest event, awarded $2.5 million (GBP 1.26 million) in guaranteed prizes and helped monthly sales reach a �record level�.  more...
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New P2P site launched, a new peer-to-peer betting site, has opened for public beta testing. The site allows members to create personal profiles, add friends, record and track bets and leave comments.

This latest announcement follows the company�s successful closed Beta launch that saw a select group of 500 sports punters from across the globe experience what the company describes as, �The definitive betting exchange for a globally networked generation�.  more...

Officials refuse to confirm industry rumours
Coming out with its second exclusive but as yet unconfirmed story on industry developments this week (see previous InfoPowa reports) eGaming Review claims that the UK online gambling software company Orbis Openbet is about to clinch a deal to provide a sportsbetting platform to William Hill group Internet operations.  more...

William Hills abandoned attempt to develop its own "NextGen" sportsbetting software was expensive
The latest results from online and land gambling group William Hill plc illustrated the extent of the stiff penalty the group faces for trying to develop its own online betting software (see previous InfoPowa reports)

Following an independent review of the project last year, the UK gambling giant announced it was scrapping its own in-house development program in favour of an outsourced solution, now widely believed to be from the UK company Orbis Openbet, although that has yet to be confirmed.  more...
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Costa Rica-based turnkey provider joins the new games race
Closely following Microgaming's monthly new game releases this week, RealTime Gaming entered the race with little fanfare, releasing seven new games of its own.

A spokesman from iNetBet Casino revealed that the games consist of 5 new Real Series slots and two new table games branded as follows:  more...

Canadian online gambling software developer's Malta subsidiary gets the nod
The Canadian-headquartered online bingo software provider Parlay Entertainment has joined a select group of thirty companies that have achieved a licence isued by the UK Gambling Commission to develop, supply and install online gambling software. The licence has been granted through Parlay�s subsidiary Parlay Malta Limited.  more...

Talisma study shows a "significant improvement" in customer service levels
Player complaints about discourteous or inefficient Support service on Internet gambling websites often paint a dismal picture of low levels of customer relationship management, but a new study indicates that in general service has improved, at least in the United Kingdom.

The British independent research company Talisma has concluded a study of 100 UK online gambling websites and reports a significant improvement in the customer service provided to UK online punters by companies keen to capture their share of the UK market.  more...
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Online poker site offers a path to holding your own major SuperBowl bash
PartyPoker marketers have launched another innovative promotion linked to the forthcoming big event in US sport - the Superbowl.

This year, PartyPoker is hoping to help one winning fan throw the best party ever by offering a $10 000 Gridiron Party promotion, a company spokesman revealed this week.  more...

Poker player from Finland has a $225 000 start to 2008
Online poker player 'Saage' from Finland has had a happy start to the New Year, and is over $225 000 richer following significant consecutive day wins in tournament play at Mansion

Saage secured a first place finish in the December 30 Grand Tournament to pocket $203 040 at the online poker website, having won the Euro Grand Prix $70 000 guaranteed tournament the previous day, earning an additional $22 875 in prize money.  more...

UK player can now buy the Jags he builds
The popular Jackpot Joy slot "Diamond Bonanza" lived up to its name last month for a Liverpool production line manager, who hit a GBP 126 025 jackpot to brighten up his festive season.

Peter K, who works for the luxury car manufacturer Jaguar has been a member of Jackpotjoy since January of 2007.  more...
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AGA commissioned study questions research to date
The American Gaming Association, which includes in its membership most of the major land gambling groups in the United States, marked its tenth anniversary by commissioning a series of white papers researched and prepared by respected and erudite experts, and this week one of those studies appeared on the AGA site.  more...

Big money gaming on improved software
Recent software improvements to the online poker site Betfair Poker appear to have struck a chord with high-stakes regulars who have been risking hundreds of thousands daily at the tables.

One ring game this week of $250/$500 no limit hold�em started shortly after midnight, ending at 10 am the next day with $600 000 on the table. A stalemate between the final two players � �operation� at $150 000 and �SuckMyD� at $450 000 � led to a final �gg� and �gn� (good game and good night) as the players decided to take some well earned rest. �Jandrew� and �sinceroo� left the game earlier in the morning.  more...

SMS download push to be provided in VWE deal
The British mobile messaging technology provider TynTec has won the contract to provide business critical SMS delivery to users of the new mobile casino You Are The following an agreement with Vegas Wireless Entertainment (VWE) this week. TynTec will provide WAP Push SMS to provide business critical SMS delivery which punters will use to download the application once they have registered.  more...
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Latest initiative spurred by dramatic rise in women players
World Poker Tour (WPT) has expanded its female-focused tour offering with the launch of an official WPT ladies league and No Limit Texas Hold 'Em tournament circuit, branded WPT Ladies (WPTL). The move is spurred by a dramatic rise in women players signing up for tournament poker events, a company spokesman said.  more...

London the hub for conferences in January 2008
If you have not already noted the following, be advised that it is not only the International Casino Exhibition that is drawing the industry to London later this month - here's a summary of other key conference happenings:

4th Annual Mobile Gambling Summit 21 January

2nd Annual Legal Gambling in Europe 21 January  more...
JAN 2008  4th Jan 2008        
DEC 2007  7th Dec 2007 14th Dec 2007 21st Dec 2007 28th Dec 2007  
NOV 2007  2nd Nov 2007  9th Nov 2007 16th Nov 2007 23rd Nov 2007 30th Nov 2007
OCT 2007 5th Oct 2007 12th Oct 2007 19th Oct 2007 22nd Oct 2007 26th Oct 2007
SEPT 2007 7th Sept 2007 14th Sept 2007 21st Sept 2007 28th Sept 2007  
AUG 2007 3rd Aug 2007 10th Aug 2007 17th Aug 2007 24th Aug 2007 31st Aug 2007
JULY 2007 6th July 2007 13th July 2007 20th July 2007 27th July 2007  
JUNE 2007 1st June 2007 8th June 2007 15th June 2007 23rd June 2007 30th June 2007
MAY 2007 4th May 2007 11th May 2007 18th May 2007 25th May 2007  
APRIL  2007 6th April 2007 13th April 2007 20th April 2007 27th April 2007  
MARCH 2007 2nd March 2007 9th March 2007 16th March 2007 23rd March 2007 30th March 2007
FEB 2007 2nd Feb 2007 9th Feb 2007 16th Feb 2007 23rd Feb 2007  
JAN 2007 8th Jan 2007 12th Jan 2007 19th Jan 2007 26th Jan 2007  
DEC 2006 1st Dec 2006 8th Dec 2006 22nd Dec 2006 29th Dec 2006  
NOV 2006 24th Nov 2006        
OCT 2006 2nd Oct 2006        
SEPT 2006 1st Sept 2006 8th Sept 2006      
AUG 2006 6th Aug 2006 12th Aug 2006 18th Aug 2006 25th Aug 2006  
JULY 2006
1st July 2006
11th July 2006 3rd July 2006 27th July 2006  
JUNE 2006 17th June 2006 24th June 2006