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New operations will operate on iPoker network
Recently listed on the London AIM exchange and Playtech associate Asian Logic Limited continued to expand its activities in the East this week, announcing a deal with Fortune Bid Holdings BVI to launch two new Asian-facing online poker sites.

The first Asia-based online gaming company to seek a London listing, the Asia-Pacific online and land-based gaming company disclosed that the first of the sites will be called Dirty Stack Poker and will be run through AsianLogic subsidiary ESL. The second and as yet unnamed room is scheduled to follow shortly.  more...
   

68 percent of complaints to eCOGRA decided for the player in 2007
Tex Rees, the Fair Gaming Advocate for player protection and standards body eCOGRA has released her report for 2007, showing that the majority (68 percent) of legitimate complaints handled by her office were settled in favour of the player.

eCOGRA oversees the online gambling activities of some 120 tier one online casinos and poker rooms owned by some of the biggest and most established operators on the Internet, and makes available a dispute resolution service to players at those sites which have been awarded eCOGRA�s "Safe and Fair� seal.  more...
   

Tusk Investment notifies Microgaming of impending liquidation
The Australia-based Tusk Investment Corporation Limited which owns a number of online casinos and poker rooms was notified today (Wednesday) that its gambling software licence has been terminated by turnkey provider Microgaming. The termination came after Tusk advised the software company that it planned to go into liquidation.  more...
   
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An enviable lucky streak as slots player wins big thrice in 48 hours
Swiss online slots player HeinigerJ has enjoyed a remarkable run of good fortune over the weekend, costing veteran Internet casino Riverbelle a cool $96 890 on three different Microgaming slots.

His winning spree started when he won $21 600 whilst playing Boogie Monster bonus slot on Saturday night. His delight doubled when The Grand Circus bonus slot added $54 040 to his winnings and, then just a few hours later, the reels lined up on the Jellyfish Jaunt feature slot to boost his bank balance by another $21 250.  more...
   

Without a public fuss, an Australian federal government agency is quietly blacklisting web pages
Australian IT reports that an Australian federal government agency has built a blacklist of illegal online gambling sites that has caught some industry players off guard.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has produced a blacklist of around 800 hundred web pages - not websites - deemed 'unsuitable for public consumption.'  more...
   

New SportsOdds website will launch soon
The Alexandria-based online gambling group Centrebet has reported a A$5.9 million net profit for the first half of the year, and predicts growth of up to 10 to 15 percent, with full-year profits in the range of A$13 to A$13.6 million, it announced this week.

The company is ahead of schedule in its plans to launch a new sportsbetting operation branded SportsOdds in a strategic alliance with Fairfax Digital that opens the way for well directed marketing and promotion as well as access to a range of high volume  more...
   
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TST to open new facility in London
The Australian software testing house Technical Systems Testing (TST) has announced that it is to open its newest test facility in London on 1 March 2008, with capability to assess the fairness and accuracy of both online and land gambling games.

The company's chief operating officer, Salim Adatia sees a continuing demand  more...
   

Cooperation agreement signed between Asian companies on land console gaming
A major cooperation deal in the gaming machine and server based gaming sector was signed this week by Elixir Gaming Technologies, Inc. and fast growing London-listed AsianLogic plc. The deal will result in an Asia-wide cooperation that involves marketing efforts, distribution agreements, game content, gaming software, server based gaming experience, manufacturing and additional gaming technology.  more...
   

Will the corporate shell argument stand up in court?
The heated dispute over a multi-million dollar default judgement and domain confiscation following an online gambling patents action in the United States continued this week between Dr. Scott Lewis of 1st Technologies LLC and Calvin Ayre, founder and CEO of the Antigua and Costa Rica based Bodog online gambling group.  more...
   
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Lee Roussos has his day in court on draconian state laws against Internet gambling
The Poker Players' Alliance reports that Seattle lawyer Lee Roussos has been given a court date for his challenge to the constitutionality of the Washington state ban on Internet gambling, which makes offenders liable to Class 3 felony penalities normally reserved for serious personal crimes.

Rousso has informed the PPA that his long-awaited and state-delayed hearing is now scheduled for the morning of April 25 and he plans to file his brief before the hearing on or before March 28. The PPA will publicise a full copy of the brief.  more...
   

In the future people will increasingly interact with computers using speech or touch screens rather than keyboards
People will increasingly interact with computers using speech or touch screens rather than keyboards, software pioneer and guru Bill Gates told an audience on one of his farewell tour addresses this week. The Microsoft founder and chairman will withdraw from his company's day-to-day operations in July to focus on philanthropy.  more...
   

But "seda1" is no quitter, and may have recouped some of his losses
Prominent online poker message board 2+2.com was abuzz this week as pokerheads speculated on the identity of high-stakes gambler 'seda1'. The reason for the interest is a widely discussed 6 hour online session of $500/$1 000 No-Limit Hold'em against international ace Phil Ivey that left "seda1" with a $600 000 deficit.  more...
   
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Could this land operator branch out online?
Storm International, Russia's largest casino company, will open gambling venues in Costa Rica and Armenia this year and may abandon its home market because of government restrictions on future land gambling venues, Chief Executive Officer Michael Boettcher told Bloombergs business news this week.
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Late afternoon rumours abound in London
The Independent newspaper's business pages report that persistent late afternoon rumours were circulating Friday that Sportingbet, the online gambling and gaming company which operates in Europe and Australia, is again an acquisition target for Bwin Interactive, the Vienna-listed Austrian gaming firm which abandoned a round of takeover talks with the company last year.  more...
   

Charges against Canadian players accused of illegal poker discharged without records
Holding true to your principles can be rewarded with reason and practicality, two disgruntled Canadian poker fans found this week when a judge discharged the duo without a criminal record, following a police sting operation last year.

Neil Faderson and Rellen Orcullo were arrested along with 55 others after a May 2007 police raid on cash games around the western city of Winnipeg (see previous InfoPowa report). "Operation Kaleidoscope" involved around 60 officers shutting down illegal games at three local bars along with a condominium.  more...
   
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Sir Cashalot progressive pays out almost a million
Norwegian online slots fan KarinK is probably still celebrating following her $946 886.05 win last Thursday on Microgaming's Sir Cashalot progressive slot.

Full details are not yet to hand but it is believed the win took place at the Fortune Lounge group's 7 Sultans online casino on the 21st February 2008.  more...
   

And Mega Moolah has over $5 million in store for some lucky player
The news earlier this week of a $946 886 progressive Jackpot win by Norwegian online slots player KarinK (see previous InfoPowa report) has been followed by as yet unconfirmed reports that another Microgaming progressive jackpot - Major Millions - paid out $1 094 000! at the weekend. It's still too early for full details to be available, but it is hoped to have these soon.  more...
   

Scots player cracked a GBP 1 094 112 progressive jackpot
The CEO of the 32Red online gambling group, Ed Ware has confirmed that his online casino was the venue for a massive Major Millions progressive jackpot win of GBP 1 094 112.81 shortly after midnight Sunday (see previous InfoPowa report).

"I have great pleasure in confirming that the Major Millions Jackpot was hit at 32Red over the weekend," said Ware. "Early on Sunday morning Anne C, a long standing Club Rouge member from Scotland, scooped GBP 1 094 112.81.  more...
   
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If the speculation is correct, the city of Manchester could be launching legal action
British prime minister Gordon Brown and his government could be facing a major legal action from one of the country's chief cities later this week, when a final decision is to be announced on the controversial "supercasino" issue.

The overwhelming speculation by the media, industry and political experts is that Brown will scrap his predecessor's go-ahead for supercasinos in the cities of Manchester and Blackpool, where hopes were high that up to 3 000 jobs for each could be created.  more...
   

Much anticipated U-turn by government confirmed by minister
The grand supercasino plans of a previous Labour administration were finally abandoned in London this week when Culture Secretary Andy Burnham announced in Parliament that there would be no supercasino development, although 16 other medium to small land casinos would go ahead at various locations in the UK.  more...
   

Proposed Shas bill takes aim at websites for sex and gambling
The anti-online gambling political climate in Israel was again evident this week as Member of the Knesset Amnon Cohen introduced a bill requiring internet service providers to automatically block all sex, gambling and violence-oriented websites.

The news publication Haaretz reports that the bill requires customers who want to enter such sites to specifically request access from their Internet provider.  more...
   
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Senators fear proposed rules would inordinately burden US financial institutions
The raft of objections already submitted to the U.S. Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve criticising the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act regulations was joined this week by a letter from two Republican senators.

Senators John Sununu and Pete Domenici suggested to U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve System Board of Governors Chairman Ben Bernanke that the regulations being set up are creating too much hardship for the banks that would have to implement the ban on online gambling transactions.  more...
   

Finance Minister Cort is thinking positively
Antigua's minister of finance Dr. Errol Cort remains optimistic that his country will be added to the UK's advertising white list for online gambling, he told the Antigua Sun this week when the newpaper requested an update.

Antigua and Kahnawake remain excluded from the list of licensing jurisdictions that UK authorities regard as acceptable licensing for gambling companies seeking to advertise in the United Kingdom. This has prompted some companies to add licensing in accepted jurisdictions to their websites.  more...
   

Several awards claimed by mobile gambling offering
Hands-On Mobile, Inc., the developers of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Texas Hold 'Em 2 mobile poker game has been recognised by players and mobile operators for its innovations in connected gaming since launching the WPT offering in October 2007.

WPT Texas Hold 'Em 2 was recognised in two categories by AT&T in its "Best of 2007� awards: "Best Card/Casino Game� and "Best Multiplayer Game.� The game also won the silver award for Top Mobile Poker in the 2007 Readers� Choice Awards by Gambling Online Magazine.  more...
   
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Land casino operator defends contributions to Kentucky politician
A political row is gaining momentum in the US state of Kentucky over a $1 million "contribution" by a land casino owner to a political group that worked to elect a pro-gambling governor in Kentucky, reports Associated Press this weekend.

The casino owner, William Yung III, has essentially placed a huge bet that newly elected Governor Steve Beshear will be able to get the state's long-standing prohibition against casinos lifted, the article claims.  more...
   

Persistent speculation that UK gambling giant is one of the two remaining bids
Speculation on the fate of Canadian bingo software developer Parlay Entertainment continued unabated in the business press over the weekend following the withdrawal of the Cdn$12.3 million offer by PEIC Acquisitions last week (see previous InfoPowa report)

Parlay had earlier indicated that it was considering two other offers, but declined to reveal the identities of either. Current speculation is that one of the companies involved in the UK gambling group Ladbrokes, which has apparently been in talks with the Canadians according to newspaper reports.  more...
   

Skillground's UTourGolf went Beta live in September and is doing brisk business
With excellent graphics and plenty of realistic head-to-head and tournament action for fun or real money prizes, Skillground's online venture UTourGolf is doing brisk business, it appears, with almost 900 players active on the site when InfoPowa checked it out this week following favourable player reports on Internet message boards.  more...
   
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$1.23 million take home for American who qualified online
This weekend's final table for the Pokerstars European Poker Tour Copenhagen championship met expectations for skill and excitement, with the survivors from a third day field of 39 players going after a slice of the giant $4 156 270 prize-pool generated by a total entry field of 460 hopefuls.

That field had seen the likes of EPT Dortmund teenage champ Michael McDonald, EPT Prague champ Arnaud Mattern, 1980 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Tom McEvoy, 2008 Party Poker Premier League champion Andy Black and 2007 WSOP bracelet winner Katja Thater competing, along with WSOP fave Alex Kravchenko and many other well respected names.  more...
   

Outside bidding process used to select independent report on proposed casinos
The contentious Massachusetts debate on whether to accept Governor Deval Patrick's proposals for three land casinos in the state took an interesting turn last week with the announcement that an outsourced expert report had been commissioned by the state.

Opponents of the governor's proposal immediately criticised the move, claiming that the governor was hiring a pro-casino firm in a preemptive strike. But administration officials said the firm is independent and stressed that it was hired through an outside bidding process. Despite having extended the period when groups could bid on the contract, Spectrum Gaming of New Jersey was the only group to respond.  more...
   

Charlie McCreevy ratchets up the compliance pressure
The European Commission responsible for ensuring that European Union nations adhere to the trade bloc's policies and principles could be about to make further legal moves on Holland and Greece, reports the Reuters news agency.

Commission officials are meeting later this week to discuss non-compliance issues relating to the discriminatory exclusion of sportsbetting services competition from the two markets, and a decision on whether to issue a final warning will be announced afterwards. Failure to comply with a final warning could result in the two nations being taken before the European Court of Justice.  more...
   
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Netherlands and Greece given final warning by European Commission
Reports from Brussels this week confirm that European Commissioner responsible for compliance Charlie McCreevy has issued a final warning to the Netherlands and Greece regarding their protectionist restrictions on competition in their respective gaming markets. The warnings were widely anticipated (see previous InfoPowa reports) following continued exclusionary practices by state gambling monopolies.  more...
   

Something amiss at TridX?
Player reports are starting to come in regarding poker skins on the little known TridX network, a company with banking in Malta, marketing and development in Canada and servers in Costa Rica....and it doesn't sound good. The familiar if depressing tale is of delayed payouts, cashouts reversed, ignored emails and dead support and withdrawn tournaments, together with promises of software improvements that have not materialised.  more...
   

PPA and NFL spend the big bucks - for different outcomes
The US legislation requiring political lobbying companies to declare budgets given to them by interested parties threw up more revealing information....and big money, this week.

Covington and Burling LLP took in almost $1.1 million from the National Football League in 2007 to lobby the federal government.  more...
   
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Online gaming and software developer has new games in mind
The Philippines-listed entertainment group Premiere Entertainment Productions Inc. (PEP) announced Monday that it had signed a deal to acquire online gambling software developer Digiwave Solutions Inc. subject to shareholder approval. Through a share swap the deal calls for the issuance of about 1.003 billion PEP shares in exchange for 100 percent ownership of Digiwave amounting to P 50 million (about US$1.24 million), PEP said in a media statement.  more...
   

Punch Taverns group recruits Ladbrokes marketing director
Ladbrokes headquarters marketing specialist Barry Clemo is to join the Punch Tavern group of public houses in the near future, the company said in a brief announcement this week.

Unconfirmed reports in The Barkeeper industry journal suggest that is Clemo is taking on the top marketing role in Punch�s managed division, Spirit.  more...
   

Nuggets from the UK gambling giant's latest annual review
The business reports from listed companies are frequently full of interesting nuggets of information, and Ladbroke's latest review this week was no exception. The Times Online broke out two items worthy of comment in the effectiveness of Ladbrokes recent television advertising and the popularity of its in-shop touchscreen betting terminals.  more...
   
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Internet gambling technology problems dog UK gambling group
UK online gambling group William Hill's new chief executive Ralph Topping officiated as the company released its full year 2007 results this week, which were in line with analyst expectations and showed a gross win rise of 6 percent to GBP 983.7 million (2006: GBP 931.3 million). But operating profits for 2007 came in at GBP 286.7 million - 2 percent lower than the previous year - as the company struggled with a 17 percent fall in profits caused in part by internet gambling technology issues.  more...
   

RGA backs online casino in defending its UK television campaign
Negative comments by the UK Advertising Standards Association that an Intercasino advertising campaign's use of "people with dwarfism� exhibiting "juvenile behaviour� was unacceptable has been rejected by the advertising agency responsible, Adsdotcom, which has pointed out that there have been no objections to the material.  more...
   

Internet portal to use services of Bet2Go
Tiscali.co.uk has become the latest major Internet portal to offer odds comparison and betting services from sportsbetting website Bet2Go, a subsidiary of Cellectivity.

Users of the search engine and information site will now be able to use Bet2Go�s sportsbetting application along with a mobile telephone service available to registered customers. The application allows users to compare odds, place bets and manage accounts online or on the move via a mobile handset with odds direct from six of the UK�s best-known bookmakers, Ladbrokes, Sporting Bet, Better, Paddy Power, Victor Chandler and Blue Square.  more...
   
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Package 11 has a selection that will appeal to most online gamblers
The fast-growing UK online gambling software developer Orbis Openbet unveiled its latest games package in London this week. Package 11 includes a variety of OpenBet Casino and OpenBet Fixed Odds Games.

This latest package release introduces �Let it Spin�, a new unique online accumulator game featured in the OpenBet Fixed Odds Games module. Chips are placed on a wheel divided into 16 sections, four of which are black numbers the remaining white, then the wheel spins. If the wheel rests on white, it allows all chips placed on a white number to remain on the wheel, increasing their payout by 0.25 times. When the wheel halts on a black number the payout increases to a massive 15 times and then the wheel is cleared of all bets and winnings are paid out. The game will appeal to high rollers and betting enthusiasts who will love the roulette style of play and the climbing odds.  more...
   

King Solomans group takes Playtech on board in addition to RTG
Online gamblers were non-plussed this week at what appeared to be an unannounced intention to change software platforms by the RealTime Gaming-powered King Soloman's group. In the event it transpired that the group is to use two different software platforms - Playtech and the existing RTG - for undisclosed reasons.  more...
   

Cryptologic CEO retires to spend more family time
Surprise of the week was the news that Cryptologic CEO Javaid Aziz has retired "to spend more time with his family" following a short but dynamic stay with the Dublin based online gambling company. He is succeeded by Brian Hadfield, who joined the company as a director last year and has an executive background in the technology sector.  more...
   
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Poker Listings's new tracking information service a useful business tool
A new service from the respected Poker Listings.com portal is proving itself to be a useful tool for identifying trends and levels of activity in the online poker sector.

PL.com's MarketPlus tracks and analyses close to 20 million hands a month, and is arguably the most comprehensive statistical overview of online poker on the Web.  more...
   

Ladbrokes Poker Million VII runs through to June 2008
Card players around the globe can have a crack at millions in the latest Ladbrokespoker.com tournament.

The Ladbrokes Poker Million VII is Europe's longest running televised tournament and from this month through to June 29, players can qualify exclusively for a package worth $20 000 to play in one of the 12 televised 6 seat heats.  more...
   

Strong delivery by remote gaming divisions, but online poker slumps 11.4 percent
In sharp contrast to the rather disappointing William Hill plc results earlier this week, rival UK gambling group Ladbrokes has delivered an impressive full year result that features a 60 percent rise in pre-tax profit and an almost 30 percent growth in gross win.

One of the stars of the year was the remote gambling division, which produced a 20 percent surge in pre-tax profits. The telephone service action generated by high roller wagering made a significant contribution to remote gaming results. Online sportsbook operations were likewise strong performers, and John O�Reilly, head of online gaming at Ladbrokes, said that these profits would enable more marketing activity going forward.  more...
   
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Eight popular games to be delivered to Bigfizz
British interactive television firm Two Way TV has signed a deal with the Bigfizz UK pub console games developer which will see eight of its popular games licensed for use on SWP (Skill With Prizes) terminals throughout UK pubs, as well as other entertainment venues including cinemas and bowling alleys. This latest deal comes as Two Way TV seeks to expand the use of its games onto new commercial platforms.  more...
   

Internet security company traces phishing reports back to small countries licensing online casinos
The major Internet security software company Symantec, which markets under the Norton brand has warned that email fraudsters are increasingly targeting customers of online casinos with phishing attacks. The company claims that a wave of such approaches has targeted online gamblers at Internet casinos run from Antigua and the Dutch Antilles, and there is a real need for users to be alert.  more...
   

46th US Representative to support legalisation and licensing of online gambling in the US
Barney Frank's Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act HR 2046 (IGREA) has it's first 2008 political support this week following the decision by Congressman George Miller, a Democrat from California, to support the licencing and regulation of online gambling in the United States.

Congressman Miller becomes the 46th Congressman to sign up for the proposal, which if successful could make the UIGEA largely redundant.  more...
   
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