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January 16, 2016 - Vermont Attorney General Latest To Say Daily Fantasy Sports Is Illegal Gambling

Vermont AG’s criminal division chief John Treadwell told a state Senate committee that the AG’s office was of the opinion that DFS activities “fall within the coverage of Vermont’s gambling statutes.”

Treadwell urged the state Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee not to approve Sen. Kevin Mullin’s S 223, which seeks to regulate and establish certain consumer protections on the DFS sector.

Treadwell said the AG’s office was open to participating in an examination of the state’s gaming laws, which ban wagering on games of skill or chance. But Treadwell said S 223 “takes one variety of illegal, for-profit gambling and makes it legal without any consideration for why this particular one is being chosen and others are not.”

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December 24, 2015 - ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS DAILY FANTASY IS GAMBLING

Illinois has added its name to the list of US states that believe daily fantasy sports is gambling and thus illegal under state law.

On Wednesday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (pictured) issued an opinion (read it here) stating her belief that DFS contests were an illegal gambling activity. Madigan said she expects major DFS operators like DraftKings and FanDuel to amend their terms of use to include Illinois in the list of states from which the sites don’t accept customers.

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December 2, 2015 - Senate bill would allow Massachusetts casinos to expand into online gambling

PLAINVILLE - Massachusetts casinos, including Plainridge Park Casino, would be able to expand into online gambling under a bill filed by the Republican leader in the Senate.
The bill, filed by Sen. Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, would allow only casinos licensed in the state to engage in Internet gambling.  The form of the gambling to be allowed would be determined by the state Gaming Comission.

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November 19, 2015 - Massachusetts Attorney General proposes regulations for daily fantasy sports industry

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Attorney General Maura Healey today proposed first-of-their-kind consumer protection regulations for the new and rapidly evolving daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry to ensure that players are protected and that minors can't access the sites.

The draft regulations, to be filed with the Secretary of State's office Friday, lay out a significant number of consumer protections that include prohibiting play by minors, ensuring more truthful advertising, and an increase in transparency. The regulations also require protection of players' deposits and robust data and security measures, address problem gamblers, and require changes to games to provide a more level playing field for all consumers.

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November 10, 2015 - Daily fantasy sports halted in New York

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has ordered fantasy-sports operators Fan Duel Inc. and DraftKings Inc. to shut down in the state, saying that the games constitute illegal gambling and are subject to criminal penalties.

A handful of other states have previously said fantasy sports amounts to gambling and isn’t allowed. But Tuesday’s cease-and-desist order from New York is the first time fantasy-sports operators have been formally accused of criminal activity. It is the latest blow for the daily fantasy industry, dominated by FanDuel and DraftKings, which faces a federal criminal probe and scrutiny of state legislatures over the legality of their business model and the oversight of their operations.

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November 9, 2015 - Chris Christie Conditionally Vetoes Atlantic City Rescue Plan

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has conditionally vetoed the state legislature’s fiscal rescue plan for beleaguered casino hub Atlantic City. Christie waited until the last minute of his 1pm deadline on Monday to render his veto, while issuing a statement saying the bills required adjustments in order to “set a course for renewed long-term prosperity, economic growth, and expansion in the region’s tourism, entertainment and gaming industries.”

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October 17, 2015 - New York Attorney General launches inquiry into DraftKings & FanDuel

The New York Attorney General has warned leading daily fantasy sports (DFS) operators FanDuel and DraftKings that their credibility is at stake as it probes reports of employees using insider information to win large sums of cash in fantasy sports tournaments.

In letters sent from the office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to FanDuel chief executive Nigel Eccles and his DraftKings counterpart Jason Robbins, each company was asked a series of questions about their business practices, data storing procedures and specifically the actions of certain employees.

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September 29, 2015 - Online Poker Client Malware Lets Hackers Peek at Player Hands

Online poker sites are being targeted by a new kind of malware that allows hackers to actually view their opponents’ hands while the game is being played.

The malicious program is actually a Trojan Horse named Odlanor that piggybacks onto poker clients at sites like PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker when players download common programs like, Tournament Shark, Poker Calculator Pro, Smart Buddy, Poker Office.

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September 18, 2015 - COURT RULES BORGATA CASINO CAN FIRE “BABES” FOR BEING FAT

Borgata casino can fire its cocktail waitresses for putting on too much weight, a court has ruled.

An appeals court Thursday in New Jersey upheld a lower court 2013 ruling allowing the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa to mandate weight limits for servers known as “Borgata Babes.”

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September 1 2015 - Net Entertainment To Go Live in New Jersey!

NetEnt has signed its first US agreement for the provision of its multichannel casino games to bwin.party brands such Borgata Casino, Borgata Poker, and PartyPoker in June.

The transactional waiver is granted individually for each signed deal and therefore does not cover the company’s other agreements in New Jersey. The firm has also recently signed partnerships with Golden Nugget and Caesars Interactive Entertainment and is currently awaiting the process of transactional waivers to start the go live process also for these operators.

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August 18, 2015- Michigan Tribe Objects to Online Lottery

The Gun Lake Tribe, more formally known as the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, was due to make a $7m semi-annual revenue sharing payment to the state on June 1. But the tribe, which operates the Station Casinos-managed Gun Lake Casino in Allegan County, withheld the payment based on its belief that the Lottery’s online site violates the gaming compact the tribe negotiated with the state in 2007.

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August 8, 2015 - Minnesota Lottery Sets Date for Online Shutdown

The Minnesota Lottery has set an Aug. 31 deadline for ending f its online sales but questions remain as to how to compensate the technology vendors for early cancellation of their contracts.

In May, state legislators voted to kill off the Lottery’s online scratch tickets along with a program to sell lottery tickets at automatic teller machines and gas station pumps. On Wednesday, Lottery director Ed Van Petten told Minnesota Public Radio that the ATM/pump sales would end Aug. 29 and the online sales two days later.

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July 9, 2015 - Cyprus Passes Vote for Casino Resort

As part of the deal to get the bill passed it has been agreed that the following should be included, firstly that no credit will be allowed in the casino to players, no government land will be used to build the resort and also that the main resort should offer three satellite casinos in the south of the island in different areas to the main resort casino.

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June 16, 2015 - The California Gambling Control Commission has a new chairman

On Friday, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced that Jim Evans would replace former Commission chairman Richard Lopes, who resigned his post last month. Until Thursday, Evans served as Brown’s spokesman. Prior to that gig, Evans held a similar mouthpiece role for the state’s Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. Evans has a journalism background, having served as a reporter for newspapers including the Sacramento Bee.

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June 11, 2015 - NETENT SIGNS FIRST US DEAL WITH BORGATA BRANDS IN NEW JERSEY

Gambling software outfit NetEnt has signed the first US agreement for the provision of its multichannel casino games to New Jersey’s Borgata brands and bwin.party. As part of the deal, bwin.party will offer NetEnt games through the Borgata Casino, Borgata Poker, and PartyPoker brands.

NetEnt had applied for a temporary gaming license from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) to provide its content in the state.
DGE is reviewing the application and is expected to announce whether the online casino supplier will receive a full operating license.

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June 10, 2015 - Connecticut Casino Bill to Become Law

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy plans to sign a bill into law creating a multi-step process for possibly opening a new tribal casino along the Connecticut border to fight out-of-state gambling competition.  Malloy spokesman Mark Bergman told The Associated Press the “governor fully intends to sign it into law.” The bill was not ready to be signed Friday.

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May 20, 2015 - POLL SHOWS TWO-THIRDS OF PENNSYLVANIA VOTERS SUPPORT LEGAL ONLINE GAMBLING

A new poll shows two-thirds of Pennsylvania residents want online gambling legalized, regulated and taxed.

The poll, commissioned by the Harrisburg-based Bravo Group lobbying firm, surveyed 769 registered voters between May 9-15. Of those surveyed, 66% want state politicians to “pass a law that will tax online gambling so the money can be used for education and other vital state programs.” Only 20% of those surveyed expressed opposition to such a proposal.

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May 12, 2015 - Massachusetts First Casino To Open June 24th!

Plainridge Park Casino, the first licensed gaming facility in Massachusetts, is scheduled to open its doors for visitors on June 24. 
Penn National Gaming executives gave a tour around Plainridge on Friday. The $250 million casino is built on the site of the Plainridge Racecourse, which will continue offering harness horse racing and wagering. Although there are Gaming slot machines yet to be installed and certain other finishing touches to be put, Mike Thoma, VP of Operations, and Lance George, General Manager of the facility, promised that it will be fully functional on the scheduled opening, 24 hours a day.

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April 24, 2015 - AGA Invites Lynch to Crack Down on Illegal Gambling

The American Gaming Association (AGA)AGA invites newly-confirmed AG Loretta Lynch to join illegal gambling crackdown has invited the newly-confirmed Attorney General Loretta Lynch to join state attorneys general and other top law enforcement officials in partnership with the gaming industry through its initiative to crack down on illegal gambling operations.

The US Senate confirmed the nomination of Loretta Lynch on Thursday to become US attorney general, getting a 56-43 votes.

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April 16, 2015 - Resorts AC Opens Online Casino and Internet Gaming Lounge

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — Resorts casino-hotel has opened an online casino and what they claim in the world’s first lounge designed exclusively for Internet gambling. The Resorts iGaming Lounge allows up to 100 patrons to play different casino games online while at Resorts.
“We have tables that have our online gaming platform built right into them, so what you can do on your computer at home or what you can do on your tablet you can do right on various tables throughout the iGaming Lounge,” said Resorts president and CEO Mark Giannantonio, who said the lounge is a very high-tech innovation, much like an Apple store.

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April 2, 2015 - DraftKings  becomes the ‘official daily fantasy game’ of Major League Baseball

On Thursday, DraftKings announced a “multi-year expansion of its exclusive partnership” with MLB, which took an undisclosed equity stake in DraftKings two years ago. The announcement comes just days before Sunday’s commencement of the 2015 MLB season.

The partners’ new relationship will include co-branded MLB DFS games plus “unique games and fan experiences.” DraftKings will enjoy extensive promotion across MLB properties, including MLB.com-live sports streaming service MTL.TV, the MLB Network and the league’s official social media properties. DK will also enjoy a highly visible presence at MLB ballparks and plans to partner with individual MLB franchises on “once-in-a-lifetime, market-specific in-ballpark experiences.”

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March 29, 2015 - QUEBEC SHUTS DOORS ON INTERNATIONAL ONLINE GAMBLING

The Canadian province of Quebec plans to implement IP-blocking of internationally licensed online gambling sites, unless those sites obtain waivers from the provincial gambling regulator.

Quebec’s Finance Minister Carlos Leitäo dropped his province’s 2015-16 budget plan on Thursday, which includes changes to the Consumer Protection Act and laws governing gambling.
The government plans to introduce a legislative amendment that would require the province’s internet service providers to block “illegal” online gambling sites.

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March 28, 2015 - New Jersey Publishes Online Gambling Market Responsible Gambling Study!

New Jersey gaming regulators have published the first research report into the impact of the state’s regulated online gambling market on problem gambling.

The report (viewable here), which was submitted by Rutgers Center for Gambling Studies’ Lia Nower, covers the first full year of New Jersey’s online market. The study is the first of four annual reports that Gov. Chris Christie insisted upon when he approved the state’s online gambling legislation in February 2013.

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February 26, 2015 - NJ Introduces Self Exclusion For Problem Gamblers

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement have improved the process for self exclusion from Internet gaming sites but make sure you read the fine print before signing on the dotted line.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has improved the options for Internet Gaming self-exclusion. You can now log on to the DGE website, or NJPortal.com, and complete an online form that will exclude you from all New Jersey Internet gaming sites.

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January 11, 2015 - NJ Online Gambling Sites to Combine Prize Pools

ATLANTIC CITY – Two of New Jersey’s Internet gambling sites will begin sharing players this week, with bigger online prizes.  WSOP.com and 888poker.com will start sharing players Monday.  The move is designed to increase so-called player liquidity, a key area New Jersey’s Internet gambling market is seeking to improve as it begins its second year.
 
“Shared liquidity will help create a better player experience that we hope will attract a diversity of players and begin to bring poker to a broader audience once again,” said David Licht, CEO of the All American Poker Network, the joint venture between 888 Holdings and Avenue Capital.

Internet gambling in New Jersey took in only about a tenth of the $1 billion supporters had forecast for its first year. The state is looking to increase the size of player pools and jackpots by seeking compacts with other states where Internet gambling is legal.

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January 10, 2015 - POKERSTARS TO GET NEW JERSEY LICENSE BY MARCH

PokerStars should receive its New Jersey online gambling go-ahead by March, according to state Senator Ray Lesniak (pictured). The senator, who has been a fierce champion of the gaming industry in New Jersey, made the prediction in response to queries via Twitter. When asked why Stars’ application has continued to languish, Lesniak suggested it was down to “more due diligence window dressing” on the part of the state Division of Gaming Enforcement.

For the record, this isn’t the first time Lesniak has made such a prediction. In September, Lesniak suggested Stars would be popping a US-made bottle of champagne within “weeks, not months.” On Friday, Lesniak offered his apologies, saying he “didn’t factor in [Las Vegas Sands chairman Sheldon] Adelson’s influence.”

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January 8, 2015 - RUSSIA BANS PATHOLOGICAL GAMBLERS FROM DRIVING

Anyone thinking Russia was set to ease up on its longstanding antipathy towards gambling got a rude awakening after the country said it would no longer issue driver’s licenses to people who can’t handle their gambling.

This week, Russian authorities announced they would no longer issue driving permits to anyone suffering from certain “mental disorders,” including transgender or transsexual individuals, anyone with a fondness for fetishism, exhibitionism or voyeurism, as well as those who suffer from “pathological” gambling.

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January 1 2015 - US internet gambling campaign stalls

Efforts to allow internet gambling across the US have stalled, after a campaign backed by casino owners pushed back against industry efforts to allow more widespread wagering on laptops and smartphones.

New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada became the first states to liberalise online betting in 2013, prompting industry executives to predict that longstanding prohibitions on the practice would soon crumble as others followed their example.

"Make no mistake: internet gaming is here to stay," said Geoff Freeman, the new president of the American Gaming Association, told Congress in December 2013, noting that a dozen more states were also considering online play.

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December 23, 2014 - US TREASURY WANTS CASINOS TO MONITOR SPORTSBOOKS FOR ‘RED FLAGS’

The US Treasury Department intends to keep a sharper eye on the money flowing through casino sportsbooks in order to guard against potential illegal betting. On Tuesday, Reuters quoted two sources saying the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN) will spell out certain ‘red flags’ in betting activity that casinos will be required to report.

One source said these flags include unusually large wagers, on the assumption that they could represent international online betting sites laying off action with Nevada books. (In fact, the exact opposite scenario seems far more likely, as international sites tend to have far more tolerance for risk than Nevada books.)

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October 25, 2014 - Australian slot machine manufacturer aims for U.S. market

Las Vegas Review Journal – Mike Dreitzer credits his success to the mentors he has had in 20 years as an attorney and gaming executive in Nevada.Folks such as former Nevada Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, ex-Gaming Control Board Chairman Bill Bible, former Gov. Mike O’Callaghan and gaming executive and gaming lawyer Shannon Bybee helped Dreitzer early in his career.

So it was natural that Dreitzer had an interest when he was contacted more than a year ago by the CEO of an Australian-based slot machine developer that bears the name of a gaming industry pioneer.

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August 25, 2014 - Progressive slots link Nevada, New Jersey casinos

Las Vegas Sun – A long-planned initiative to create bigger jackpots by linking casino slot machines in New Jersey and Nevada is up and running. The New Jersey Gaming Enforcement Division says the progressive slots system links 100 machines in Atlantic City with 600 in Nevada. The progressive jackpots grow in size as more gamblers play them.

“The division is pleased to have been at the forefront of passing regulations and reaching out to other jurisdictions to enable this expanded gaming opportunity for Atlantic City,” said director David Rebuck. “Much like multi-state lotteries, this new technology and cooperative regulatory agreements will allow combined progressive jackpots to grow, which should be very appealing to players looking for the opportunity to play for huge jackpots.”

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August 18, 2014 - New Jersey online poker revenue grows in July

iGaming Business – The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has reported that the US state experienced an increase in online poker revenue in July, ending three consecutive months of declining sales figures.

The three licensed online poker operators in New Jersey took just under $2.2 million (€1.6 million) in July, which was up 4.8% on the $2 million generated in the previous month.

Despite the increase, July proved to be the second least successful month since online poker became regulated in New Jersey last year, with June of this year being the least successful in terms of revenue generation.

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July 23, 2014 - TURKEY HAS BLOCKED 110 ONLINE GAMBLING SITES OVER A FIVE-YEAR PERIOD

According to a report released by Turkey’s Telecommunications Authority (TIB), Turkey’s ongoing war against online gambling has resulted in the country blocking 110 gambling websites over the past five years.

Together with the National Lottery, TIB has taken a proactive approach to purging the country’s Internet of online gambling, which they deemed illegal in 2000.

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July 16, 2014 - Poker Pro arrested in illegal online sports betting

Poker Pro Paul Phua is one of eight who are charged with organising illegal online sports betting in Las Vegas during the World Cup. Following a police investigation which authorities say involved tens of millions of dollars with some transactions in Las Vegas apparently conducted over the international website SBOBet.

The illegal online gambling ring was said to have used suites at the Caesars Palace resort in Las Vegas as their hub with wifi and telephone lines specially installed to run the business.
Phua must post $2 million cash bail, wear a GPS monitoring device & put up his $48 million private Gulfstream jet as collateral, among other conditions, a federal judge ruled before releasing him.

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July 6, 2014 - New Jersey Online Gaming Sites To be Allowed More Than One Platform

New Jersey’s licensed online gambling operators have been given a little more wiggle room by the state’s gaming regulator. When the state’s regulated online gambling market launched in November, the Atlantic City casinos that obtained licenses to offer online gambling were allowed to operate five branded ‘skins’ with the caveat that all these skins operated off the same online gambling platform. The five-skin restriction remains in place but operators can now source these skins from multiple platforms.

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July 3, 2014 - More US States Introduce Online Gambling Bills

US states are really now gearing up to join the online gambling sector with at present just Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada fully legalised to do so.
Illinois, New York, California, Massachusetts and now Pennsylvania ready to introduce online gambling bills, the landscape of online gambling could change dramatically over the next couple of years.  Much of the need to introduce online gambling in US states comes from huge black holes in state budgets, with many estimating that the introduction of online gambling would generate something in the region of $400 million a year for state taxes.

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June 17, 2014 - EveryMatrix partners with Williams Interactive

(PRESS RELEASE) -- EveryMatrix is thrilled to announce an agreement with global casino content provider Williams Interactive. 
This relationship will strengthen and enhance EveryMatrix’s market leading product Casino Engine with more content options for the increasing client portfolio of EveryMatrix.

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June 10 2014 - Jackpot247 backs call for online gambling in Pennsylvania

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Leading online casino company, Jackpot247, has welcomed the news that online gambling could become legal in the US state of Pennsylvania. A Senate panel has met to hear testimony on the possibility of regulated internet gambling, as legislators investigate ways in which the state could boost its finances.

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May 31, 2014 - FIRST MASSACHUSETTS CASINO LICENSE COULD BE AWARDED THIS JUNE

Massachusetts Gaming Commission is now prepared to award the state’s first casino license as soon as mid-June. The Commission expects to have a decision by June 13 following another round of meetings.The Commission had a somewhat easy task in awarding the single license available for the Western region of the state, as there’s only one applicant:
MGM Resorts International and its $800 million casino proposal in Springfield. But the commission hasn’t ruled out the possibility of not issuing a casino license at all.

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May 22, 2014 - Divisions Lead AGA to Withdraw Support for igaming Regulation in the US

Divisions between opponents and supporters of igaming in the US at the American Gaming Association have led the US casino trade group to withdraw its support for regulated online poker and casino in the country. The split and subsequent neutral public position the AGA has decided to adopt is the result of Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corporation's vehement opposition and public lobbying against any form of regulated online gaming in the US.
Geoff Freeman, chief executive of the AGA, told the Wall Street Journal that igaming is "an issue that the association cannot lead on" and "one of the things I've learned in this industry is we are extraordinarily competent at shooting at one another".

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May 7 2014 - SWITZERLAND SETS SIGHTS ON REGULATING ONLINE GAMBLING

Switzerland is laying the groundwork to begin regulating online gambling after a draft of a new gaming bill was introduced by the Swiss Federal Government last week. The objective of the bill is to allow the country’s brick-and-mortar casinos to expand their gaming options, allowing them to offer online gambling to its citizens.

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May 2 2014 - Ben Affleck Banned From Playing Blackjack at Hard Rock

What happens in Vegas sure didn't stay in Vegas for Ben Affleck. The actor was reportedly caught counting cards during a game of blackjack in Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 29. TMZ was first to report the 41-year-old actor was in Sin City with his wife Jennifer Garner when he was approached by security after they spotted the Argo actor reportedly counting cards.

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April 25, 2014 - 22 Applicants Pay $1M For Chance At Opening Casino in Upstate New York

ALBANY - A lot of players are placing big bets on casinos in New York. Twenty-two applicants have paid $1 million each for the chance to get in on casino gambling upstate, officials revealed Thursday.
The companies, including gaming giants such as Caesars Entertainment and Resorts World, paid the application fee hoping to win one of New York’s first casino licenses.

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April 21 2014 - GIBRALTAR-BASED GAMBLING COMPANIES KNOCKED OFFLINE BY POWER STATION FIRE

Online gambling companies based in Gibraltar were knocked offline Sunday after a fire engulfed the British Overseas Territory’s main power station. Companies such as Betfred, Ladbrokes, Stan James, William Hill and Bwin.party all experienced service interruptions following the fire, which broke out around 1pm following a fuel tank explosion.

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April 16, 2014 -As U.S. iGaming goes live, casino companies turn to consumer insight

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The results produced by the online gambling launch in New Jersey prompted mixed industry reviews resulting in many industry experts, like Morgan Stanley, downgrading their predictions and estimates. With regulatory hurdles largely overcome, the industry recognizes that it now needs to focus more on the player to adjust its propositions to the demand and increase the customer uptake.

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March 25, 2014 - Legal Brief Supports New Jersey Sports Gambling Appeal

Legal US Poker Sites – The Cato Institute and the Pacific Legal Foundation this week filed an amicus brief which supports New Jersey’s recent appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding online sports betting. In February, Chris Christie’s administration filed an appeal with the Supreme Court, stating the federal ban on sports gambling in all but 4 states (the PAPSA law) is unconstitutional.

The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank located in Washington D.C. The think tank was founded in 1974 by Charles Koch. It is considered one of the leading think tanks in the world, sitting at 6th best among American think tanks and #14 among the world’s list of such institutes, according to the University of Pennsylvania’s 2011 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.

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March 13, 2014 - Massachusetts Weighs Pros and Cons of Internet Gambling

According to the Associated Press, Massachusetts lawmakers are seeking guidance from the commission on how to approach Internet gambling. Among the topics on Tuesday’s forum agenda include Demonstration and discussion of Internet games and a comparison to social gaming; Risks to Internet Gaming: Money Laundering, Problem Gambling and Verification discussion of Internet games and a comparison to social gaming; and Challenges and successes of Internet gaming in Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey and Canadian Provinces.

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March 11, 2014 -Yggdrasil Gaming signs fourth partner in three months

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Innovative, full-service games provider Yggdrasil Gaming Limited has signed its fourth partnership deal in three months by agreeing to terms with fast-growing operator Videoslots.  Launched in March 2011, Video Slots is one of the rising stars of online casino with a firm focus on customer service, player care and loyalty and rewards including its regular no-strings-attached 25% cashback offer. Its goal is to create an “unforgettable casino experience.”  Owned by Panda Media Limited the company has grown rapidly to a team of 18 employees and aims to double in size by the end of this year.

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March 2, 2014 - New Jersey Okays Interstate Progressive Slot Jackpot System

New Jersey may have declined to participate in the interstate online poker liquidity sharing compact inked on Tuesday between Delaware and Nevada, but New Jersey casinos have agreed to let Atlantic City’s brick-and-mortar casinos link their slot machines with those in other states. The Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) announced Wednesday that it had authorized gaming device maker International Game Technology (IGT) to operate a multi-jurisdictional wide area progressive slot system, fulfilling a goal the DGE has been “aggressively” pursuing for some time. Atlantic City casinos first linked their slots jackpots in 1989, but the new agreement allows these links to extend out of state for the first time.

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February 25, 2014 - Full Tilt Refunds Set To Begin On February 28

The Garden City Group has announced that the first round of payments for those frozen Full Tilt Poker accounts has been scheduled for February 28. Players whose bank accounts have passed the preliminary testing process and have been approved for payment have probably received email notices by now, informing them that their “Petition for Remission has been approved” and are now entitled to receive the funds they lost in connection with the events of Black Friday.

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February 10, 2014 - Gambling Industry Fights Itself on Internet Gambling

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Many experts believe online wagering is the future of gambling, but the casino industry is increasingly divided on the issue. The latest evidence of the split came Monday as the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling launched the first commercial in a six-figure campaign warning of the dangers of legalized Internet gambling. The coalition is emphasizing the possibility that criminals and terrorists may use online gambling to launder money.  The group has support from casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. The GOP mega-donor is the 11th-richest American, according to Forbes.  Adelson has said he is willing to spend "whatever it takes" to stop the spread of Internet wagering.

Meanwhile, the casino lobby has made the legalization and regulation of online gambling its signature issue for the year. Major members including Caesars Entertainment Corp. and MGM Resorts International are taking steps to get into the market.


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February 8, 2014 - MINNESOTA LOTTERY FIRST TO OFFER ONLINE SCRATCH-OFF INSTANT WIN TICKETS

The Minnesota Lottery is spicing up its product line via this week’s launch of online scratch-off instant-win tickets, which function much like online slot machines. The Spicy 7’s game is an online version of an existing tic-tac-toe-style scratch-off ticket available in stores, but its launch marks the first state lottery in the US to begin offering instant win games of this sort online. Illinois became the first state to sell lottery tickets online in March 2012 after the Department of Justice decided in Dec. 2011 the Wire Act applied only to sports betting. Last month, Illinois launched a mobile app that allows customers to purchase tickets and check winning numbers.

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February 6, 2014 - FIGURES ARE DISAPPOINTING IN NEW JERSEY CASINOS KICK-START OF ONLINE GAMBLING

Two months ago, regulators gave the go-ahead for six New Jersey casinos to begin offering gambling over the internet to patrons across the state, but recent figures have been well wide of projections, causing concern that the industry might be a non-starter without additional legislation and technical improvements.  Bally’s Atlantic City; the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa; Caesars Atlantic City; the Tropicana Casino and Resort; the Trump Plaza Hotel, and the Trump Taj Mahal Casino were the first six venues to be approved.  There were initial teething problems when it came to technology behind the online systems, and a variety of different marketing attitudes, but there are now more than 150,000 accounts registered. It should be noted that individuals are likely to hold more than one account. However, two weeks ago, the first lot of data was released by the state, which shows a disappointing trend for New Jersey’s gambling industry. Despite the extra income from the online offerings, year-on-year figures for gambling as a whole in December were down.

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