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Newly listed gaming company bags Asian Poker Tour and the Korean Professional Poker Tour
Recently listed on the London AIM exchange and Playtech associate Asian Logic Limited scored a major Asian tournament coup this week with the acquisition of the burgeoning Asian Poker Tour and the Korean Professional Poker Tour.

The first Asia-based online gaming company to seek a London listing, the Asia-Pacific online and land-based gaming company announced that it has entered into an agreement with Singapore based Capital Events Pte to acquire and take over the running of the APT.  more...

Six online gambling operations have "Safe and Fair" seal pulled
The non profit and player protection body eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance has taken the unusual step of suspending its accreditation for six online gambling venues in the Casino Action group of companies.

This is only the second time in the five years of eCOGRA's existence that this has been done. In the only precedent, the Jackpot Factory group were suspended following accusations of black hat SEO activities that led to a $25 000 fine before the group was reinstated.  more...

"Purely administrative issues" will be resolved shortly says spokesman
A spokesman for Casino Action, the Australian online casino group that saw six of its eCOGRA "fair and safe" seals suspended this week (see previous InfoPowa reports), expects to see the group reinstated soon.

Posting on the Casinomeister message board, the spokesman claimed that the issues leading to the suspension are "purely administrative issues that will be resolved shortly."  more...
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Wagerworks launches Double Attack Blackjack
Online gambling software developer and turnkey provider Wagerworks, a subsidiary of IGT, has launched its latest new blackjack game following the success last year of its popular Power Blackjack. The new game joins the Player's Suite series, is titled Double Attack Blackjack and features numerous player advantages including the ability to double a bet after seeing the dealer's up-card; to surrender a weak hand after any number of cards, and to double down after any number of cards.  more...

Working with Gamcare, eCOGRA will host its third intensive training initiative in March 2008
Starting March 19 this year, eCOGRA will be hosting its next Responsible Gambling training course in London, and eCOGRA accredited companies and other firms currently under review around the globe have already committed to the expense of sending managers to attend, registering over 40 delegates.

The two day course will commence with an address by a senior independent director of eCOGRA and former Chief Inspector of the UK Gaming Board, Bill Galston OBE followed by detailed practical tuition sessions on the clinical and social aspects of problem and underage gambling presented by expert professional speakers from Gamcare.  more...

Swedish online gambling company up on previous results
Betsson chairman Pontus Lindwall had the pleasure of announcing a sterling set of corporate results for his company as the week closed, announcing net sales up 121 percent to SEK 649 million (last time SEK 293.6 million) and after tax income of SEK 179.4 million.

The group, which is licensed in Malta and uses an interesting mix of operational softwares that includes Net Entertainment, NYX Interactive, Ongame Network, GTS and Dynamite Idea, said it had benefited from investments in marketing and customer offers.  more...
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Swedish state-owned gambling monopoly enjoyed a 9 percent rise in revenues
The Swedish state-owned gambling monopoly Svenske Spel illustrated the lucrative nature of its strangle hold on the country's gambling market this week when it released its latest financial results.

Revenues for the full-year 2007 rose 9 percent to SEK 5.25 billion, with online poker and telephone-betting revenues up 38 percent to SEK 1.18 billion.  more...

Watch out for a whole slew of new Asian-centric online games
The Asian-facing gaming company World Mahjong Tour, Inc. has taken over, a Chinese gaming software development company based in Chengdu, China and established in 2005. The financial consideration in the deal was not disclosed.

945i is respected for its works on a range of games Chinese Mahjong, Sichuan Mahjong, Dou Di Zhu (Fight the Landlord), Tuo La Ji/Shengji (Traktor Poker), Chinese Chess, Go/Weiqi, and Junqi. More games are in the development stage and will soon to be released.  more...

Spring the target date for launch
The Sweden-Malta online gambling group Entraction, perhaps better known by its former branding 24hPoker, has signed a deal with Scandinavian software company NYX Interactive that will see the launch in the European spring of new online bingo offerings from Entraction licensees.

Entraction says that online bingo complements its product offering as it is a game of luck that attracts new target groups. Bingo is a widespread and popular game offline that is booming online and becoming an increasingly competitive operational field.  more...
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Interactive UK television group inroduces a Boot Camp in Bristol
British online pokerheads who want to polish their poker skills are being offered the first ever Sky Poker Bootcamp, scheduled to run in Bristol, England on the 8th and 9th March this year.

The Boot Camp is strictly limited to only 60 students to ensure everyone gets maximum attention from the Sky Poker presenters hosting the event.  more...

New owners Cintaly Holding Corporation appear to be battling
Speculation that the deeply troubled online poker network and software provider Digital Gaming Systems has been taken over by the little known Cintaly Holdings Corporation (see previous InfoPowa reports) surfaced again this week with disturbing unpaid player reports that there is little evidence of any substance to the takeover company.  more...

Interior minister announces the development of a best practices agreement with key internet operators to allow for the blocking and dismantling of specific sites.
It may not yet directly include online gambling ventures, but the French are definitely looking at ways in which Internet content can be controlled, according to a report this week in The Web in France 'zine.

The report reveals that websites accessible from France that feature recipes for building explosives, terrorist propaganda, racial invective and incitement to hatred and violence will soon join child pornography on a �blacklist� of Internet sites prohibited in the country.  more...
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Harvard Med School study shows there is hope for problem gamblers
Presumably quoting from the Harvard Medical School report commissioned by the Vienna listed online gambling company Bwin, the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry has published the results of an HMS study that found many gambling addicts recover from their addiction naturally, without treatment, and that problem gambling is a more dynamic phenomenon than was previously believed.  more...

Top priority is to continue growing a membership that now passes 800 000 Americans
The U.S. online poker pressure group the Poker Players' Alliance has some big plans for 2008, starting with a drive to increase the 800 000 player membership of the body, says executive director John Pappas.

"First off, we want to continue to add to our membership. We are near one million members now, and there doesn't seem to be a plateau," Pappas said. "If there are a million supporters for the game of poker, why not 1.5 million?"  more...

Canadian online gambling software developer is in demand
When Sportingbet founder Mark Blandford's PEIC Acquisition group made a Cdn $ 12.3 million offer for Ontario-based gambling software developer Parlay Entertainment earlier this year, it seems to have triggered rival interest in the company. This week Parlay announced that it has now received two other expressions of interest from parties interested in conducting due diligence which could result in a possible purchase of all of the issued and outstanding shares of the company.  more...
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Number of Parlay bidders yo-yos (Update)
First it was a Chartwell Technology merger for online software developer Parlay Entertainment which fell through in the wake of the UIGEA, then more recently Mark Blandford's PEIC Acquisitions was a Cdn$ 12.3 million suitor for the company but didn't complete by the deadline, leaving the road open for further bids. Then another "expression of interest" came in....and then another!  more...

Online betting increased a 87.8 percent in Panama
Legal online sportsbooks licenced in Panama registered around US$ 26.3 million in revenues in 2007, a 87.8 percent increase over 2006's US$ 14 million, according to a report from the Junta de Control de Juego (Gambling Control Committee) in Panama published this week by

This week Secretary Ra�l Cortizo authorised an unidentified company to administrate and operate ten sub-licenses for online casinos and ten sub-licenses for online betting sportsbooks. Six agencies are already operating in Panama City, complying with all the requirements demanded by resolution 65, October 25th 2002, which regulates online gambling activities licensed by the Republic.  more...

Showbiz celebrity Kenny Rogers fronts in MyNuMo deal
iPhone and iPod touch users will now know when to hold�em and when to fold�em with the launch of famous country and western singer Kenny Rogers� Casino Club.

The today announced an agreement with San Diego-based game publisher MyNuMo to launch a series of web application casino games for the iPhone and iPod touch that feature the Kenny Rogers Gambler brand and style. MyNuMo CEO William Volk says the fun and legal games will feature Blackjack, Poker, Roulette, Slots and additional titles organised for solo and network play.  more...
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A major tournament win has been awhile in coming, but the rewards are sweet
Irish poker pro Andy Black is one of the top names in international poker tournament play, respected universally as a formidable opponent across any number of significant final tables, yet ironically this weekend was his first top finish in the many major international tournaments he has appeared in over the past two decades.  more...

Swedish turnkey provider reports solid Q4 and full year 2007 results
Swedish online gambling software developer and turnkey provider Net Entertainment finished the full year 2007 with a quarter 4 flourish, maintaining its successful performance from previous years. Announcing its results this week, CEO Johan Ohman highlighted key performance indicators achieved by his company:  more...

Unibet releases prospectus for much publicised Euro 100 million bond
The European online gambling group Unibet Group plc went public today (Monday) with the prospectus for its outstanding Euro 100 million bond, issued on 21 December, 2007. The Group intends to complete listing of the bond on the Retail Bond list at the OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm on 19 February, 2008.  more...
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Card-not-present fraud grew last year
The growth of "card-not-present" fraud is causing growing concern in the UK online gambling sector following a report of the credit card industry trade association APACS, which reveals that firms in the sector, including the National Lottery, lost 61 percent more to CNP scams in the first half of 2007 than in the same period in 2006. Some GBP 12.7 million in losses were incurred as a result.  more...

Jaxx, a recently launched British subsidiary of a German firm will look after failed Bet And players
The UK customers of the failed online gaming company Bet and are being transferred to JAXX UK Ltd in a deal that includes accepting responsibility for all current deposits and outstanding bets on more than 17 000 individual accounts.

The deal ends several weeks of speculation regarding the future of Bet and, the operating brand of B&G International plc, a UK-licensed bookmaker launched in 2003. All customers will move to, which is owned and operated by JAXX UK Ltd., the UK based division of FLUXX AG, a leading Germany gaming and lottery company.  more...

Deal with Swedish games developer will provide new multiplayer games
The Swedish online game services company Jadestone has announced that it has signed an agreement with UK based online gambling group Betfair, to jointly bring innovative new multiplayer games to market.

Following a period of due diligence and pre-production, Jadestone has been awarded a multi-year contract to develop new game products for Betfair, which operates betting exchanges and an online casino and poker room. The first consumer product to be brought to market from this cooperation will arrive in Q2 2008.  more...
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But profits slump
Releasing its six month numbers to end November 2007, UK sportsbetting company Betinternet owner Webis said turnover rose 22 percent to GBP 53 million, compared with GBP 43.5 million in 2006. But profit at EBITDA level was down at GBP 43 000, compared with GBP 182 000 in 2006.

Turnover for Webis's pari mutuel site European Wagering Services increased 19 percent to GBP 14 million, while revenues for the Betinternet sportsbook rose 23 percent to GBP 39 million, compared with GBP 31.7 million in 2006.  more...

Respected City investor buys a further 400 000 shares in mobile gambling technology firm
Hard on the heels of last week's GBP 1.7 million purchase by Michael Spencer of nearly 3.4 million shares in mobile technology company Probability comes news that the respected founder of ICAP and City Index has gone back for a second bite at the cherry.

The savvy City businessman has increased the holding of his IPCL company in Probability by a further 400 000 shares placed on the market by Probability non-executive director John Scaife.  more...

Harrah's Entertainment hires Seth Palansky
Seth Palansky, the high profile communications director for the US National Football League has been hired to work on the World Series of Poker management team by owner Harrah's Entertainment.

He replaces Gary Thompson, who has moved up the corporate tree to become director of corporate communications for Harrah's. Palansky will report directly to Jeffrey Pollack, the commissioner of the WSOP and vice president of sports & entertainment for Harrah's.  more...
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"Someday the legislature might legalize gambling - until that time comes, we�re going to enforce the law," say cops
Police raiding three businesses in a sting operation in the North Carolina city of Gastonia this week found online gamblers seated before flat-screen computer terminals, according to local media reports.

Investigators said operators of the alleged Internet casinos paid out cash prizes to undercover officers during an investigation involving local and state law enforcement. The payouts to people ranged from $1 to $3 000.  more...

UK billionaire building a stake in Ladbrokes
A report in the UK newspaper The Times this week reveals that billionaire businessman Joe Lewis has been "quietely building" a 7 percent stake in Britain's biggest bookie, Ladbrokes.

The "mystery buyer" is based in the Bahamas but has homes around the world. The revelation ends weeks of City speculation as to who was really buying up chunks of Ladbrokes stock after Citigroup disclosed in a series of statements that it was holding shares as "contracts for difference� on behalf of one of its clients.  more...

Net income rises on higher online casino earnings
The Philippines based PhilWeb Corp. reported that net income grew by more than 60 percent last year on the back of higher revenues from its Internet casino activities.

President Dennis O. Valdes said net income was up by 64 percent to P190 million last year from the P116 million in 2006.

Valdes said the key revenue driver was the strength of his company's Internet Casino Stations (ICS), which expanded from a network of 44 caf�s in 2006 to a total of 76 in 2007.  more...
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738 players in the money bubble
The latest edition of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series - number 7 in a line of successful online poker tourneys - ended with the Main Event this week and a prize pool worth $2.645 million - well over the Full Tilt $2 million guarantee.

5 291 players bought in for the Main Event at $500+$35, generating a pool that benefitted some 738 players who cashed in the tournament, and six figure payments to the top five survivors.  more...

Tennis match punters asked to take their laptops and leave
Two Russians and a German were ejected from the Proximus Diamond Games women�s tennis tourney in Antwerp, Belgium this week on allegations that they were using a laptop to take advantage of the delay in the time it took for results to be posted on a gambling website in order to profit.

Tennis officials, hyper-sensitive after wide publicity of betting corruption in the sport which has resulted in litigation being launched against major online betting sites, quickly spotted the three offenders seated in the stands working their laptops.  more...

Now advertising contacts receive subpoenas
After an apparent hiatus in the bitter patents dispute between online gambling group Bodog and 1st Technologies LLC, it appears that the latter has made a another move in its attempt to extract millions from Bodog in terms of a court finding.

This week news surfaced that subpoenas had been served on several Bodog advertising contacts, seeking the presentation of all records, documents and correspondence related to payments received by Bodog-branded products or services. Respondents are also asked to produce correspondence between Bodog founder Calvin Ayre and all bank records and income tax verifications.  more...
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Tired of the brickbats, island jurisdiction straightens the record.
One of the better online gambling jurisidctions, Malta, has repudiated general sensationalist claims that the industry is unregulated and unscrupulous. The Malta Remote Gaming Council issued a statement this week, opining that online gambling is frequently portrayed in an alarmist and negative manner at odds with the facts, treating complex issues superficially and without, it often appears, sufficient research into the online gaming industry in Malta, its regulation and its participants.  more...

Betfair prodigy wins two Scandinavian Poker Awards and wins Norway's Golden Hand�
The teenaged online poker ace who is Betfair's poker ambassadress, Annette Obrestad seemingly can't stop winning both on and off the poker table.

The 19 year old Betfair pro has picked up another three prestigious awards the Gullhnda, or Golden Hand, which is the only poker prize awarded in her native Norway, plus two more accolades at the Scandinavian Poker Awards in Copenhagen.  more...

Cleaning the UIGEA slate....
News from the United States this week is that presumably Department of Justice officials have begun enquiries into the founders of Party Gaming for reasons possibly connected with the giant online gaming group's involvement in the US market pre-the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.

The website OCN quotes unspecified industry sources that the enquiries follow discussions between Party Gaming and the US authorities on the group's liability to prosecution for pre-UIGEA activities (see previous InfoPowa bulletins).  more...
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Iovation has stopped up to 10 000 fraudulent activities a day for its clients
The Portland, Oregon-based Iovation online security specialist says its device reputation technology checks out more than a billion transactions across the Internet every year...and stops over 10 000 fraudulent activities a day.

The company expects that number to nearly double by the end of 2008, making a trust infrastructure for the Internet for customers in online retail, financial services, Internet gaming and online communities a necessity.  more...

International football body wants to ensure the online and offline integrity of "the beautiful game"
International football authority FIFA (F�d�ration Internationale de Football Association) is extending its early warning system for monitoring sports betting, the organisation says in a statement.

Early Warning System GmbH, a company founded specifically for this purpose with its own staff and offices in Zurich, was contracted to undertake this task and support FIFA's intention to prevent sports betting from having any negative impact on football matches and, at the same time, raise awareness of this problem throughout the entire football community.  more...

Players are using new promo to advantage
Significant winnings - up to almost $310 000 in one case - are being reported from the Casino Rewards group online gambling website Blackjack Ballroom. The attention stems from a promo on the site that offers a 1 hour and $500 free-of-charge incentive for newbie players.

In one case a Finnish player, "RR" can probably afford to buy a car with the same initials following a progressive poker win. "RR" started with the $500 free play, hitting the $309 766 jackpot on the Poker Ride game with the best possible hand, a Royal Flush.  more...
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Marketing upsets hit the bottom line
The Swedish and Malta based online sportsbetting major Unibet released disappointing Q4 and full year results to the end of December 2007 this week showing a decline in profits.

Although turnover for the full year rose to GBP 81.4 million (2006: GBP 71.8 million), profit prior to tax fell to GBP 20 million from the previous (2006) year's GBP 28.5 million.  more...

Resurgence of criminal activity warning
The spectre of DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) assaults again occupied the minds of IT and security officials at online gambling sites this week as reports surfaced of attacks on major online poker websites.

The online poker information portal advised that many online poker and casino properties have suffered outages, naming Full Tilt Poker as probably the most visible with an inaccessible website for as long as 48 hours, probably incurring serious losses in business. As of 5 am EST Tuesday, the website is redirecting to as a consequence of the attacks.  more...

First buyer for Net Entertainment's new CasinoCafe product
Visitors to the Net Entertainment stand at the ICE show in London this January clustered around an impressive new console gambling product with outstanding games and graphics branded CasinoCafe, and this week the Swedish company announced the first purchase order.

The order comes from an Eastern European buyer who wishes to remain anonymous at this stage, but is described as a company with four decades of land-based casino experience. The intention is to launch the product as a pilot project in an Eastern European country during the first half of 2008, followed by a broader roll-out over time.  more...
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Imper1um joins Annette Obrestad as betting group's latest star signing
He�s young, he�s unbelievably talented and he�s already got the world of online poker buzzing - Canadian online poker player Sorel Mizzi (aka Imper1um) has become the newest member of Team Betfair.

With World Series of Poker Europe winner Annette Obrestad already a Betfair pro, the signing of �Imper1um� takes Betfair closer to "...creating a team that we believe will be the dominant force in poker for the next decade," says a company spokesman.  more...

This computer gaming headset enables your feelings to be reflected by your avatar...
According to Times Online Technology, a new computer gaming headset could revolutionise online gaming, and has the ability to read the player's mental impulses and transfer these to reflect on an avatar.

The 'mind reading' Epoc headset will sell for $299 and can read facial expressions and simple thoughts through electrical impulses in the brain, generating commands such as 'lift' or 'drop' to control in-game actions, and transfer these to a character (avatar) in the game. For instance if a player winks, smiles or grimaces while wearing the device, similar expressions would be seen on the person's avatar in the game.  more...

Titan Poker has added three new Playtech-powered poker variations
Players at the Titan Poker website on Playtech's iPoker network have a bigger selection of games from this week following the addition of three new variations of poker to the range of side games available. Pokerheads can now also enjoy Jacks or Better, Pai Gow Poker and Tequila Poker, bringing the grand total of casino-type games available at Titan Poker to 12.  more...
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US casino trade association laid out $1.7 million last year
The American Gaming Association, a trade group that represents the casino industry in the United States, spent $1.7 million in 2007 to lobby the federal government on Internet gambling legislation, reports Associated Press.

The trade group, which opposes legislative proposals that would preempt state authority to regulate gambling, spent $800 000 on lobbying in the second half of the year alone, according to a disclosure form posted online last week by the Senate's public records office.  more...

14 key tournaments at premiere casino destinations planned
The World Poker Tour headquarters has released the organisation's Season VII schedule, featuring 14 key tournaments at premiere casino destinations from July 2008 to April 2009.

The schedule takes WPT to one or two feature land casino destinations each month and will integrate innovative additions such as the poker industry�s first sports-style analyses and strategic breakdowns from STATS LLC.  more...

Compulsive gambler faces drugs and firearms charges
A compulsive gambler who is suing the William Hill gambling group in Britain for more than GBP 2 million (see previous InfoPowa report) is on bail for firearms and drugs charges, the Press Association revealed this week.

Former greyhound trainer Graham Calvert (28) from Tyne and Wear, claims the bookmakers allowed him to place bets when he had twice asked them to close his account - a process known as "self-exclusion" - as he battled with gambling addiction and reopened new accounts.  more...
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Console gamers to network and challenge one another in tournaments for real money.
Toronto based World Gaming is about to launch a skill gaming network branded World as a destination where console gamers from around the world can network and challenge one another in multiplayer tournaments for real money.

Currently, gamers can sign up at for a chance to participate in the site's closed beta phase, with the opportunity to win up to $50 000 in cash and prizes as the new enterprise gathers momentum and develops its player base.  more...

New online poker website to target cruise ships
Malta licensed online gambling company Play Cherry Limited has developed an unusual business model that will see it offering Internet poker services on the Entraction network to passenger liners sailing in international waters. The company, which has 40 years of experience in the land gambling industry, has launched a website branded Play as the medium for the innovative service.  more...

Baptism of fire for group veteran, and an intention to grow the online business
After a five month hunt the major British gambling group William Hill plc has found the right man to lead it, and he comes from within its own ranks.

Ralph Topping (56) joined the group in 1973 and was most recently its group director for UK operations. He was appointed to the board of directors last year and has experience in the retail and internet activities of the group.  more...
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Californian Assemblyman launches AB 2026
The influential US state of California could be the scene of an in-depth study into online poker if state legislator Assemblyman Lloyd Levine has his way. The politician has launched bill AB 2026 which calls for a study to be conducted by the California Gambling Control Commission (CGCC) into the legality of the pastime if it were to be controlled and operated by Californian entities.  more... pushes the boat out with a $3 million guaranteed prize pool
Gibraltar-based has launched a major online poker tournament branded the World Poker that offers a guaranteed prize pool of $3 million, a third of which will go to the ultimate winner.

The group's Pacific Poker subsidiary is the vehicle for the tournament, which will begin on February 20 and run until May 10.  more...

But six out of 56 television adverts for gambling services did not meet requirements.
UK gambling firms are in general not abusing more liberal gambling advertising laws, it appears. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in Britain has published the findings of its Gambling Compliance Survey for 2007, and the report reveals an exceptionally high compliance rate, with 99 percent of ads surveyed adhering to the Advertising Codes.  more...
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63 top players to compete in 2008 edition
In the United States, the NBC network has released the names of 63 players who have confirmed they will be appearing to compete in the 2008 edition of the National Heads Up Poker Championships. In a list that reads like a who's who of international poker, all the previous heads-up champs are featured, including Phil Hellmuth, Ted Forrest and Paul Wasicka.  more...

Net Entertainment racks up another online casino sale
Swedish turnkey provider Net Entertainment continued its successful CasinoModule product run this week by securing a contract to supply with an online casino, due for launch in the second quarter 2008., is one of the larger European online operators, and has decided to replace its existing casino solution, believed to be from Chartwell Technology. The company, established in Wels in Austria in 1999 is licensed in Malta and has offices in Austria and on the Mediterranean island. It claims that over a million gamblers are registered for its sportsbook, casino and poker offerings online. In 2006, reached a betting turnover of around Euro 335 million, with predictions for 2007 at Euro 480 million.  more...

Significant strategic change in motion
Justin Thouin, the Vice President of Product Management and Business Development at CryptoLogic Inc., made some startling revelations on new directions for the industry software development veteran this week. In an interview with eGaming Review, Thouin revealed that his company has re-aligned its business model and is actively seeking new licensees following continued difficulties as a result of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.  more...
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GIGSE is Malta bound with gathering for the bosses
A change is as good as a holiday, and perhaps one was due for the major online gambling conference Global Interactive Gaming Summit and Expo (GIGSE) The organisers, Clarion Games have come up with a new direction and a great and very Europe-convenient alternative venue for 2008 - the Mediterranean island of Malta.  more...
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