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IGT/Entraction bans poker players in 50 countries - but not Italy, Nick Jones Pokerfuse

IGT/Entraction bans poker players in 50 countries - but not Italy, Nick Jones Pokerfuse | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

The IGT Network, formerly Entraction, has expanded its list of blocked countries adding 20 new banned countries.

 

Banned countries include: Australia, Spain, Belgium, Cyprus, Turkey, Israel, Norway, Russia, Canada, South Africa, China, Ivory Coast, Monaco, Denmark, France and Estonia.

 

However, one notable omission from the blacklist is Italy: IGT/Entraction apparently continues to allow Italian players without the network nor any of its operators holding a license.

 

IGT, who purchased Entraction and rebranded it at the beginning of the year, was one of the first to receive approval in Nevada for an online poker license.

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Australia considers liberalisation of Online Gaming, Innovate Gaming

Australia considers liberalisation of Online Gaming, Innovate Gaming | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

The Australian government is set to consider a report calling for increased liberalisation of the online gambling sector. The interim report to the federal government could lead to an increase in the number of sports betting options available online, including live in-play sports betting, which is currently only legal via mobile and in person. Online poker tournaments could also be legalised as part of the proposals.

 

Australia’s current stance on online gambling is decidedly muddled. While it is not illegal for Australian citizens to play casino games online, it is illegal for companies to offer these services online to Australians. Revenues suggest that many Australians do play online casino games, spending an estimated AU$1 billion per year.

 

Sports betting, meanwhile, is legal online, with a few exceptions, including that of live in-play betting. A nation of sports lovers, Australia’s sports betting sector has seen steady growth over the past ten years, with revenue growing to more than AU$400 million.

 

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http://www.gamblingcompliance.com/regulatory-reports/australia

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Sportingbet Q3 Profit Drops On Turkish Sale, David Altaner, GamblingCompliance

London-listed Sportingbet’s third-quarter earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation dropped by a third as the company sold its profitable Turkish operations and had operations suspended in Spain.

 

Sportingbet's Australian business accounts for over 90 percent of our profits.

 

Greek net gaming revenue dropped 19 percent and Spain dropped 14 percent, before operations there were suspended on March 27.

 

About 52 percent of revenue came from regulated territories.

 

Overall, EBITDA fell to £10.8m from a year earlier at £16.1m.

 

Other sources:

http://www.egrmagazine.com/news/sportingbet_saved_by_australian_profits

http://www.igamingbusiness.com/content/australian-results-help-sportingbet

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92% of Australian online gamblers are male, iGaming Post

92% of Australian online gamblers are male, iGaming Post | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

According to the preliminary set of findings, 92% of all Australian individuals who gamble online are male. In fact, online gamblers are more likely to be male than land-based gamblers, a population of which only 67% are male.

 

It is most popular among males between the age of 35 to 49 (34.8%), with 50-to-64-year-olds following closely behind (34.4%). Online betting seemed to be the least popular with the 18-24 age groups.

 

The findings also reveal the reasons that many online gamblers choose to play online rather than in a land-based environment. 62% stated that they enjoy the convenience of not having to leave their homes and 54% stated that the 24-hour availability was a big draw for them. 35% enjoyed not having to deal with crowds while 33% stated that privacy and anonymity was a key point for online gambling. Only 2% stated that they played online due to land-based gambling being unavailable or illegal.

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Pokies are the most dangerous form of gambling, Peter Goers Sunday Mail

Pokies are the most dangerous form of gambling, Peter Goers Sunday Mail | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

The pokies were once called one-armed bandits and now one-finger bandits - they prey on the weak, the poor, the lonely, the disengaged and the elderly.

 

The only people I've known who have regularly played the pokies are two mates who lost everything. Pokie addiction is notoriously difficult to treat.

 

Independent Federal MP Andrew Wilkie is wisely following the 2010 Productivity Commission report, which tells us pokies are the most dangerous form of gambling.

 

He sensibly wants mandatory pre-commitment. If you want to gamble small amounts, fine. If you want to go higher, you need to indicate what you can afford. It will stop a lot of gambling on the pokies. Good.

 

Cue outrage from the clubs and pubs. They cry poor mouth and financial ruin and then merrily spend $20 million on an advertising campaign that implies trying to stop problem gambling is un-Australian.

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Australia strengthen player protection laws regarding slot machines, G3

Australia strengthen player protection laws regarding slot machines, G3 | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

All slot machines made after 2013 must be able to support pre-commitment by December 31, 2016, and link up to a state-linked pre-commitment system, limiting the spend to a maximum of A$240 a day. By 2016 the government wants to see cost-of-play displays on slots, electronic warnings and extra problem gambling advisers.

 

Around 18 per cent of the Queensland’s 44,000 poker machines, equating to 7,800 slots, already have voluntary pre-commitment technology. South Australia Senator Nick Xenophon has said: “Voluntary pre-commitment is about as effective as voluntary speed limits and voluntary drink driving laws. It doesn’t work and those who need it the most won’t do it. So this is a case of more window dressing, more smoke and mirrors, surrounding the real issue.”

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Australia to allow online Poker & Sportsbook? iGaming Post

Australia to allow online Poker & Sportsbook? iGaming Post | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

Documents have revealed the Federal Government recently briefed the Australian gaming industry on measures enabling online in-play betting.

 

Live betting, currently offered only by telephone and in person, could be a boom online industry – worth $300 million a year – given its accessibility on smartphones and tablets.

 

Other sources:

http://www.gaming-awards.com/NEWS/archives/9900

http://www.gambling911.com/gambling-news/live-online-sports-betting-and-poker-could-become-legal-australia-052312.html

http://www.innovategaming.com/australia-allow-online-live-sportsbook-poker

http://pokerupdate.com/news/law-and-legislation/australia-drafting-online-poker-regulations/

 

National newspaper The Daily Telegraph claims to have received a briefing sent by the country’s Federal Government to members of the gambling industry, which gives a six to 12 month timeframe for the approval of online in-play betting, to supplement Australia’s existing egaming industry.

http://www.egrmagazine.com/news/australia_could_regulate_in-play_in_six_months

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