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03 MAY 2007 : HEADLINES Add to My Yahoo! Add BetSage Gambling News Headlines to My MSN Add to Google BetSage Gambling News - RSS Feed  
 

New pre-paid rolls out end May and could be better than its predecessor
The Isle of Man-based e-wallet Neteller seems to have bounced back remarkably quickly from the sudden withdrawal of the Cirrus Maestro network, which forced the e-wallet to put a hold on the use of the Neteller Card (see previous InfoPowa report).

Within a matter of days, Neteller has put together a replacement, advising customers that the first of a new suite of prepaid, reloadable debit and remittance cards for its customers in Europe and Asia Pacific would be ready for despatch by the end of this (May) month.  more...
   

Zero36 provides mobile gambling service
Mobile gambling provider Zero36 has announced the launch of its fully integrated, mobile casino service to O2 i-mode users in the UK.

O2 i-mode users aged 18 and over can now sign up to the Zero36 Mobile Casino service through O2 i-mode portal and play either for fun or for real money.

The new O2 i-mode service hosts Microgaming's full range of casino classics such as European Roulette, Blackjack, Video Poker, Keno, Scratch Card and various Slot Machines, alongside 3 progressive-jackpot machines utilising Microgaming�s Jackpot Network system.  more...
   

Judge runs out of patience with former credit company head
The founder of a credit counselling firm in Maryland who secretly embezzled clients' money through an Internet gambling company, has been sent to prison after defying a court order to create a fund of his assets from which his debtors could be repaid.

Andris Pukke (see previous InfoPowa reports) was sentenced by Greenbelt District Judge, Peter J. Messitte, who told Pukke, 'It's likely you will see some rather quick compliance.'  more...
   
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Over half a million dollars in prize money for winner of WSOP Circuit event at Caesar's Palace.
The relatively unknown Cory Carroll was the surprise winner of the World Series of Poker Circuit event at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas this week, taking the top prize of $506 176 along with a seat into the WSOP Main Event in July at the Rio. Over three days and against a starting field of 336 players, many of them top names in the poker world, Carroll proved he had what it takes to be a champion.  more...
   

Connecticut AG puts the brakes on Internet horse race betting initiative
The decision earlier this week by the New York Racing and Wagering Board to permit Internet betting on horse races proposed by the New York Racing Association has run into trouble with Connecticut's Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

This week's planned launch of the betting site has been delayed as New York officials back off following a threat from Blumenthal to sue them, reports Associated Press. It is apparent from the dischord that Connecticut, where Internet gambling is illegal under local laws was not adequately consulted on the decision.  more...
   

VODOne wins online lottery agent prizes
The appointment as the first online agent for China's popular welfare lottery has been won by Hong Kong-listed, Beijing-backed internet video venture VODOne, company chairman Zhang Lijun announced this week.

VODOne Telemedia has been appointed official agent, and is a locally-registered company that is majority state-owned, in which the China Association of Social Workers holds a 47 percent stake. VODOne says it has a 50-year exclusive contract with VODOne Telemedia � in which Mr Zhang also holds a large stake.  more...
   
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If it's good enough for the banks and James Bond, it's good enough for online gambling!
If you're ripping off the branding or reputation of Party Gaming, watch out - the gambling giant has signed up the UK company Envisional for an extensive affiliate fraud monitoring contract embracing major group online gambling operations, including Party Casino, Party Bingo and Party Poker.

The company will use its patented A3I intelligent search technology to find, examine and verify all claims of affiliation to the six main websites and detect any misuse of Party Gaming's name and brands.  more...
   

Set your TiVO or stay up on May 22 for the Party Poker Premiere League show
UK poker fans are in for a feast of quality poker entertainment later this month when Party Poker's Premiere League poker tournament, featuring world class players, airs on May 22 on Channel 4.

The poker room has teamed up with Matchroom Sport to offer a sneak preview of the tournament, which can be viewed at www.matchroompoker.com/promo, where 12 of the world's top poker players compete for $500 000.  more...
   

Freedom of information request opposed but granted
The British Columbia provincial lottery in Canada has released details of a problem gambling survey it commissioned three years ago after initially opposing a Freedom of Information request for the documents.

The study revealed that B.C. land casino workers say they regularly see problem gambling up close, including people who wear diapers into casinos so they don't have to leave the machines to use the washroom, reports Canadian Press. Many of the employees who responded to the survey by the B.C. Lottery Corp three years ago admitted to being uncomfortable with what they saw.  more...
   
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Decision follows a similar conclusion reached earlier this year in the UK
The North Carolina Appeals Court established a US legal precedent this week by upholding the decision of a lower court regarding poker in North Carolina, stating "...while skillful players can reduce the chance factor, they cannot control the turn of a card." Poker will therefore remain illegal in North Carolina unless new situations arise.  more...
   

Finnish operator to use Boss software and poker network
Finnish online gambling company �lands Penningautomatf�rening (PAF) has signed up with Sweden's Boss Media for the use of the latter's online poker systems and network. The agreement will see Boss deliver a downloadable poker software in five languages, followed by a web-based product in the latter part of this year.  more...
   

"Cautious backing" for Congressman's Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act of 2007.
The attempt by influential US Congressman Barney Frank to introduce online gambling licensing and regulation in the United States has continued to receive widespread mainstream media coverage and comment both for and against by groups and individuals (see previous InfoPowa reports)

Frank has kept the kettle boiling by making himself available for interviews explaining his objectives and urging US members of the gambling public to show support for his proposal by contacting their political representatives.  more...
   
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Shares dip 9.2 percent on bad news
UK-listed online gambling group Party Gaming, often viewed as a bellwether stock, declined 9.2 percent this week on the company's publication of a profit warning in its quarterly results. The announcement warns that Party Gaming expects to miss its profit forecast for 2007, due to higher than expected player recruitment costs.  more...
   

Over 20 000 players visit Sky Poker and sisters over past three months
Skybet's revolutionary Sky Poker site (see previous InfoPowa report) has been pulling the crowds in, according to a comment in parent BSkyB's third quarterly report out this week.

Modestly describing Skybet's performance since February as "a good start" the report notes that Skybet operating profit from the sportsbetting and gaming products is up 26 percent over the same period last year, reaching GBP 34 million, and that the venture has attracted over 20 000 customers over the past three months.  more...
   

Frozen bank accounts and arrested company employees in a confusing situation
It's been almost two weeks since the Betex group announced that three of its employees were arrested by Chinese authorities, and this week the company issued a further statement that if anything adds more confusion on what is legal and what is illegal in the Asian country.

Legal information reaching Betex, it appears, indicates that the detained employees face allegations of involvement in the crimes of 'gambling' and 'illegal operations'. A senior staff member was detained in his capacity as the legal representative of Betex�s Chinese software consultancy operating company Beijing Lottery Technology Company (BLTD).  more...
   
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Zmora becomes deputy chairman, Weizer takes over as CEO
Online gambling games developer and turnkey provider Playtech has a new chief executive officer as the present incumbent, Avigur Zmora moves up to the deputy chairman slot, and Mor Weizer takes over as CEO.

In a company statement this week Playtech revealed that Weizer is a qualified chartered accountant and has been a senior operational manager within the group for the past two years, during which time he has managed ongoing customer relations, product delivery and technical support as Chief Executive Officer of Techplay Marketing Ltd.  more...
   

Taking care of fraud and false ID
Red Planet Gaming software will embed Iovation's fraud management solution within the company's online gaming risk management tools following an agreement signed this week.

"Fraud and risk are intertwined issues for our customers," said Vahe Baloulian, CEO of Red Planet Gaming. "Integrating iovation's proven online gaming fraud management solution with our risk management tools provides our customers with a true competitive advantage."  more...
   

US operations arm of Betcris has launched new software, too
Bookmaker.com, the US brand for the Costa Rican-based group BetCris has acquired players from the Americas Card Room network and marked the occasion with the launch of new 3D graphics software.

The Betcris group has traditionally used Digital Gaming and Ongame software, and the identity of the new poker software is at this stage not confirmed. The new interface features animation on avatars that players can select as best suiting their image and enables direct access to a host from the table.  more...
   
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New casual game has racked up 40 million downloads
CryptoLogic Inc. online gambling provider subsidiary, WagerLogic Limited, has inked an agreement for the exclusive rights to develop the first-ever slot version of Jewel Quest, an award-winning, hugely popular and visually stunning puzzle-match game by iWin, Inc.

Jewel Quest is the third and latest in CryptoLogic's casual games series, which includes slot adaptations of popular online games such as Bejeweled and Cubis. Players can join the fast-paced treasure hunt on CryptoLogic-powered Internet casinos as of June 2007.  more...
   
02 MAY 2007 : HEADLINES          
 

Canuck provider spreads the news and supports IGREA
Calgary-based online gambling turnkey provider Chartwell Technology has issued an update on its activities, dealing with management changes, the Barney Frank bill, new games and the completion of the Poker Nexus deal.

CFO and operations director Dale Kearns has departed the company and his responsibilities have been taken over by the company's former controller, Alan Richter. Richter is a chartered accountant and prior to joining Chartwell worked for an Ottawa software company as VP Finance.  more...
   

Easy access and sometimes a need for money, push Canadian teens to VLTs, poker and lotteries says Catholic newspaper
Bishop Fred Henry revealed general gambling statistics among Canadian youth this week in an article in the Catholic Weekly, which claims to be Canada's largest religious weekly publication.

The religious leader says that young people are growing up in Canada with gambling options not only widely available, but eagerly and openly advertised and promoted. The long-term consequences of this cultural shift are still unknown," he writes "But for many adolescents, gambling is now seen as the new rite of passage."  more...
   

But with costs like these will this jurisdiction prove popular?
The Australian and New Zealand media are reporting on the newest global online gambling licensing jurisdiction this week - Papua New Guinea, where parliament has passed a gaming law allowing casinos and internet gambling in the Pacific nation.

The Gaming Control Bill 2007, introduced by Prime Minister Michael Somare, overwhelmingly passed 61-0 in the last session of parliament before the general election in June. But eight MPs, including Treasurer Rabbie Namaliu and Community Development Minister Carol Kidu, walked from the chamber in protest before the vote.  more...
   
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Florida politicians take the 'Christmas tree' route
Followers of the US political manipulation surrounding the passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act last year became familiar with the terms "earmark" and "Christmas tree," used to describe problematic bills added late to other unrelated but "must pass" legislation.

In the case of the UIGEA, Senators Frist and Kyl masterminded an initiative which saw stalled anti-online gambling legislation before Congress transformed with much wheeling and dealing into the UIGEA. This was then rammed through a late night session of Congress immediately preceding an electioneering recess, and attached to the national security-critical Safe Ports Act.  more...
   

Author and poker ace Daniel Negreanu leaves Full Contact Poker soon
The famous American poker star and author Daniel Negreanu, who has been the public "face" of Full Contact Poker which he owned at one time, will soon be considering other endorsement deals as his contract with Full Contact comes to an end.

The star's public relations consultants told Casino City this week that Negreanu will consider other endorsement opportunities: "We haven't made any decisions but likely will soon," Brian Balsbaugh, CEO of Negreanu's management firm Poker Royalty revealed. "As you can imagine, Daniel is a hot commodity."  more...
   

Betfair Poker Plus worth checking out
Betfair Poker has completed the latest in a series of upgrades to its software. Renamed Betfair Poker Plus, the software gives players the most significant increase in capability since the site re-launched on its own poker platform in October 2006.

Among the 25 individual enhancements is the option to choose from a selection of different views for multi-tabling. The old view will remain an option but customers can now check out connecting tables, detach and re-attach tables, and re-size windows.  more...
   
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Thrills, aliens and football feature in latest games
Online games developer and turnkey provider Playtech has released three new games into its online casino game inventory. The new arrivals are in addition to the expanded introduction of the progressive side game Dollar Ball to all of Playtech's non-progressive 5-reel video slots games.

Playtech's latest games release include the state of the art Alien Hunter, a 5-reel 25-line video slots games based on a Sci-Fi theme and featuring three different bonus rounds. Alien Hunter boasts Playtech's first ever Skill Based bonus round which lets players test their shooting skills by capturing aliens that appear randomly on the screen, with the player's performance determining the size of the bonus prize.  more...
   
01 MAY 2007 : HEADLINES          
 

If restricted online gambling exec is to use WTO as an argument the deadline is May 2
Over eight months ago, the then CEO of Betonsports, David Carruthers was arrested in the USA whilst connecting to Costa Rica on a flight from London. Alleged by the US Department of Justice to have committed a number of offences related to his position as an executive at the betting group, Carruthers was detained, fired by his company and then allowed out on heavy bail on condition that he wears an electronic tracking device and remains on house arrest within the environs of St. Louis until his trial.  more...
   

Restitution payments totalling $915 000 ordered
Smooth talking Robert Eon Marshall (58) of Fort Worth Texas will be a guest of the state correctional system following his sentence this week to 10 years imprisonment for an Internet gambling-related scam that disadvantaged 41 mainly elderly and retired victims.

The con man is also required to pay back $915 000 of his ill gotten gains from the scam, reports Associated Press.  more...
   

Arizona Senator opposes Barney Frank's bill to regulate and control online gambling in the US
Anti-online gambling Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona has wasted no time hitting back at recent attempts by Congressman Barney Frank to introduce legislation that would regulate and control online gambling (see previous InfoPowa reports)

The National Ledger.com published an article authored by the Senator asserting that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act will not be repealed. But the intention of the Frank bill is not to repeal, but to introduce regulation possibilities to the UIGEA. Senator Kyl also seemed to be blurring the lines between online and offline gambling in his article, referring extensively to a recent major gambling ring bust in his home state that used Internet betting sites to place bets initiated on land.  more...
   
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The reek of self interest grows stronger
The Washington publication The Hill reports that a coalition of major amateur and professional sports leagues is urging members of House Financial Services Committee to oppose legislation unveiled last week by its chairman Barney Frank that would undo last year�s crackdown on illegal online gambling by regulating and licensing the pastime in the USA.  more...
   

Insider reports are hardly positive
In a week where Neteller has had to freeze debit card transactions following an unspecified problem with the Cirrus Maestro global processing network, the last thing the management at the Isle of Man based e-wallet probably wanted was insiders leaking negative stories to the media. But apparently that is what is happening, according to a report in Gambling911.
   

A new name for a veteran Playtech affiliate program
Affiliate marketers attending the 2007 Casino Affiliate Convention in Amsterdam this week will see familiar faces behind a new badge as the Casino Partners program founded in 2001 morphs into its new identity, Euro Partners.

The company will be hosting their 3rd annual pre-event social thrash on Wednesday May 2...and backing it with an exhibit at the convention for the first time.  more...
   
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Betting group has a big investment in online poker to care for
The millions of dollars that gambling group Mansion has been investing in building its online poker presence is becoming almost legendary, but is it paying off in terms of player liquidity for the standalone?

Apparently not, to judge by a report in E Gaming Review this week, which approached Mansion for confirmation of unsourced rumours that it is about to move on to the Playtech iPoker Network with effect from the end of June. When approached, neither Playtech nor Mansion would comment.  more...
   

Los Angeles Times interview publicises poker pressure group's activities
Hitting the US headlines this week was an LA Times interview with Michael Bolcerek, the high profile president of the Poker Players' Alliance, a pressure group seeking the recognition of poker as a game of skill and an exemption from the provisions of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in the USA.  more...
   

Working that carve-out.....
The horse racing business enjoys one of the more controversial and notorious legislative carve-outs in the USA, and true to its previous announcements it is now going online following a New York State Racing and Wagering Board approval of an application from the New York Racing Association (NYRA) to provide pari-mutuel wagering via the Internet.  more...
   
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Maybe not another "Rounders", but new movie catches the poker trend
Following in the footsteps of the cult poker movie "Rounders" this week is "Lucky You", directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Eric Bana, Robert Duvall and Drew Barrymore, playing to a theme of a participant in the World Series of Poker (Bana) who has to work around his relationships with girlfriend (Drew Barrymore) and his father, played with intensity by Robert Duvall.  more...
   

Paradise found on International Poker Network in May
One of the big moves scheduled for the merry month of May stretching ahead is that of Sportingbet's pioneering Paradise Poker operation, which will be shifting to Boss Media's International Poker Network in a prearranged deal (see earlier InfoPowa reports) that will see Sportingbet.com holding on to the brand, but both companies benefitting from the increased player liquidity.  more...
   

Equating online gambling with possessing child pornography, fleeing police or robbing a grave is a strange perspective.
The outspoken columnist of the Seattle Times, Danny Westneat, is a pragmatic writer we have quoted before, and this week he spent some time with a skilled online poker player to find out why the draconian laws against online gambling in the state of Washington consider this pastime a Class C felony on a par with possessing child pornography, fleeing police or robbing a grave.  more...
   
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Brussels to the rescue in banned Tour cyclists issue
According to reports in the Financial Times in Britain, the Tour de France cycle race has been hit by controversy not over drugs but gambling, with a team banned for being sponsored by an online bookmaker. And the European Commission is taking an interest in the issue.

The Malta-based Unibet team was barred by the race organisers as a result of the restrictive gaming laws imposed by France. Following the ban, Charlie McCreevy, the internal market commissioner, has written to lawyers of the Green Cycle team and the International Cycling Union, the sport's governing body, pledging his support.  more...
   

34 percent lift in pre-tax profits from Gibraltar-based group
The Gibraltar-based 888.com gambling group has shown investors just how resilient it is with a set of results that includes a 34 percent increase in year pre tax profit and first-quarter revenues that are 16 percent ahead of the preceding quarter. And all despite the depredations of last year's Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act which caused the group to exit the US market.  more...
   

Best out of 639, and a few records broken, too.
Carlos "El Matador" Mortensen of Team Full Tilt Poker showed true grit and skill at the Bellagio in Las Vegas this weekend to win the World Poker Tour championship bracelet for 2007, along with a winner's prize of almost $4 million and a $25 000 seat at the World Series of Poker later this year.

In a long and bitterly fought heads up with the highly experienced pro Kirk Morrison, El Matador was at one stage lower in chip count by a factor of three in the tense final chapter of this year's highly successful championship, yet he managed to prevail. In the process he became not only the first player to win both a WPT championship and a World Series of Poker main event crown...but a few other records fell, too.  more...
   
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Fair comment from mainstream press on the US online gambling position
The strange and hypocritical posture of the United States government on Internet gambling was squarely under the spotlight again as the week ended, with massive international media coverage of the launch of Barney Frank's Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act of 2007.

One of the better articles appeared in the Guardian, which very pertinently asked why Internet gambling had been singled out for attack in a country where almost every other type of gambling abounded in at least 50 of the states in the Union.  more...
   

Patience runs out with all the hype on slow pays
After many weeks of ongoing slow-pay complaints from players, with accompanying tales of conflicting information from support reps and ignored emails, it looks as of Hype Casino.com is in the "not recommended" dog box at top online gambling portal Casinomeister.

Powered by newcomer software company Player Preferred, Hype has been around for about a year and is backed by an Australian corporate involved in the entertainment business. At one time respected as the best of the three Player Preferred-powered online casino operators, Hype seemed to run into a slow-pay brick wall earlier this year and players have had to endure long and frustrating waits for their funds, aggravated by the typical signs of financial hassles such as conflicting excuses, ID delays and ignored communications.  more...
   

UK trade association more interested in Europe, it appears
The US market for online gambling may be worth billions, but it is not worth fighting for seems to be the conclusion reached by the British trade association the Remote Gaming Association this week.

According to a report in E-Gaming Review, the Association has admitted that it refused to put its weight behind the moves this week by Congressman Barney Frank to put forward legislation to regulate online gaming in the United States.  more...
   
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But still abundant potential for online gambling, says consultancy report
The British company Global Betting and Gaming Consultants (GBGC) published an interesting market report this week, examining the impact of the US Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. And it concludes that this controversial legislation passed late last year may have had a slightly bigger effect on online gambling than was at first thought.  more...
   

Growth of this event has been spectacular
There's a world of difference, but only five years seperation between the first World Poker Tour championship held June 1 2002 and the big event now nearing its climax at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. That first event attracted 146 entrants, whilst the 2007 championship signed up 639. Back then the winner, Gus Hansen picked up a winner's check for $500 000 - this year almost $4 million will boost the winner's bank balance. The WPT is second only to the World Series of Poker for action, interest, prize-pool and entrants.  more...
   

All-Japan champs planned for June
News from Japan reflects the growing popularity of poker in that country, where the inaugural All-Japan Poker Championship has been announced by the organising committee.

The no-limit Texas hold�em event will take place June 2 and 3 in Tokyo, Japan and the winner of the will receive an entry into the 2007 World Series of Poker, as well as travel expenses to and accommodations in Las Vegas. A portion of the sponsorship funds will be donated to charity.  more...
   
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CAP Euro is Barcelona bound
Following the remarkable success of the CAP Euro affiliate conference in London, the organisers have announced a follow up event to take place in Barcelona at the beginning of October and conveniently positioned to immediately follow the leading European iGaming event.

Barcelona will be an exciting, interactive 3 day event taking place on the 5th, 6th and 7th October and will include the best networking events, a topical line up of speakers, the ASOP (Affiliate Series of Poker) and an even bigger expo hall all situated in the 5 star venue, Hesperia Towers.  more...
   
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888.com laying the groundwork for entry into a new gambling market
One of the biggest online casinos in the online gambling business, 888.com could soon be on your in-flight screens following a deal with in-flight entertainment software developer, DTI.

The company is set to break into the new market as the first serious online casino in the booming in-flight entertainment industry, working through a partnership with DTI to offer games to airlines around the world.  more...
   

40 million have played online to date, says iReach
One of the more interesting statistical reports out this week was published in Ireland's Silicon Republic, which recorded that research company iReach has found that online gambling to date has attracted 40 million users worldwide, a number that is likely to quadruple by 2020.

�The proliferation of new technologies has certainly helped shape a once embryonic marketplace with access to online gambling and gaming sites now aided through broadband internet, WAP technology and interactive television� said Ara Cho, business analyst with iReach.  more...
   

Portal giant will operate on Boss Media's network
Fronted by journalist and media personality Sam Mann, the UK operations of giant portal Yahoo! launched real money online poker play this week in a three way deal that sees Gibraltar-based St Minver provide and operate a white label site that uses Boss Media software and provides the player liquidity of the growing Boss International Poker Network. The network currently has over 21 sites offering games and tournaments around the world.  more...
   
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UK mobile poker provider signs up US ace
I-play, a British company specialising in mobile entertainment products has secured the services of American poker star and author Daniel Negreanu to front its year end launch of a mobile poker game, together with downloadable tuition videos.

With advanced artificial intelligence, the software is reported to be a top notch challenge for players, and has been extensively tested. Negreanu has played against the AI bots and reported that his virtual opponents did "pretty well."  more...
   

Aussie pro takes New Zealand Poker Championship title and $100 000
Christchurch Casino in New Zealand was the setting this week for the final table in the New Zealand Poker Championship, which turned out to be a hard-fought contest with some fine poker skills on display.

An Australian and a New Zealander confronted each other in the final heads up when Kiwi househusband Richard Grace and his Australian opponent poker pro Eric Assadourian finished off the game.  more...
   

UK company to distribute Mahjong Mania
Dynasty Gaming Inc. has racked up another successful contract for its popular Mahjong Mania product with the announcement that it has signed up Evolution Gaming Limited in Britain for the distribution of Dynasty's Mahjong Mania software. Evolution Gaming is one of the UK's leading developers and value-added resellers of gaming software, targeting the Asia market in particular.  more...
   
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A much needed focus on the good side of gambling
The online gambling industry could well take a few hints from the Canadian Gaming Association which this week focused on the positive entertainment and economic benefits of the land gambling industry as a counterpoint to the mainstream media's apparent bias toward negative stories on the pastime.
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RiGT part funding new study by UK university
The British organisation Responsibility in Gambling Trust (RiGT) has announced that it is part funding a research programme into Internet gambling and the role of the family.

Researchers based at the University of Leeds will be interviewing UK citizens who have experienced difficulties arising from their Internet gambling, and are also appealing for people to complete an online survey at www.survey.leeds.ac.uk/gambling.  more...
   
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