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Shuffle Master recommended for interactive gaming license

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he state Gaming Control Board on Wednesday unanimously recommended approving Las Vegas-based Shuffle Master Inc. for an interactive gaming license. If approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission on July 26, Shuffle Master would become the third Nevada company to receive a license that would allow it to offer intrastate online poker.


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Latest Gambling News – Is EU Really Planning to Reign in Offshore Online Gambling Sites

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This is the latest gambling news as published June 28, 2012 during the Noon EST hour includes a plan by the EU to crush online gambling businesses...or maybe not.


After years of thumping their chest and demanding that individual nations stop attempting to clamp down on Internet gambling sites operating from such places as Central America and the Caribbean, the European Union appears to have finally thrown in the towel.


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Shuffle Master drops deal for online poker company

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(Reuters) - Shuffle Master Inc pulled out of a deal to buy online poker company Ongame Network Ltd, a setback in the casino games maker's efforts to grab a piece of the growing internet gambling market.


The company's shares were down 6 percent at $12.58 on Wednesday on the Nasdaq. Casino games makers have been scrambling to get into internet gambling, a business that is set to grow after the U.S. Justice Department allowed states to unilaterally legalize some forms of online gambling in 2012.


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EU Event Discusses Steps Towards Online Gambling Regulation

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Wednesday, Jun. 27, saw an event take place at the European Parliament in which the European Commission discussed the future regulation of online gambling.


The European Union (EU) Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier spoke publicly on the subject for the first time since late last year, and the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has today expressed its satisfaction with Barnier’s announcement.


The Commissioner discussed two routes of action the Commission is set to take; it will take steps against Member States whose gambling regulation violates EU law by reactivating pending infringements and complaints, and will propose a number of European policy initiatives in September including the development of “a common European base of principles and measures of protection”.


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Online gambling bill headed for Del. Senate vote - CBS News

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A bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling is heading to a Senate vote.


The bill cleared a Senate committee Wednesday despite complaints from church leaders who say it is morally wrong. Delaware's harness racing industry also opposes the bill, saying its members wouldn't get a fair share of the gambling proceeds.


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Zynga releases second mobile title

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American social media and gaming firm Zynga Incorporated has launched its second casino-themed mobile app, Zynga Slots, designed for use with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch handsets.


San Francisco-based Zynga stated that Zynga Slots was developed ‘by the same team that created the wildly popular mobile Zynga Poker game’ and is available to players for free via the Apple Online Store.


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Genesis acquisition for WMS

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Less than a month after purchasing online gaming solutions provider Jadestone Group AB, American lottery and slot machine designer and manufacturer WMS Industries Incorporated has now announced the acquisition of Genesis Communications Incorporated for an undisclosed amount. Genesis Communications trades as Phantom EFX and is a privately-held publisher and developer of interactive casino and slot-based games for social, casual and mobile gaming entertainment that was established in 1998.


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Nevada considering some of lowest online gaming licensing fees in U.S.

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Is Nevada short-changing itself by requiring interactive gaming license applicants to pay $500,000 for an initial one-year license and $250,000 a year to renew it?


That’s a question members of the 11-member Gaming Policy Committee will try to answer next month in what is expected to be its final meeting.


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Delaware House approves gambling expansion

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The state House on Tuesday approved a bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling. In addition to online slots and table games, the proposal by Gov. Jack Markell expands keno beyond Delaware's three existing casinos to at least 100 sites.


The bill, which was approved on 29-to-8 vote and now goes to the Senate, also authorizes betting on NFL games in at least 20 more sites other than the casinos.


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Italy To Allow Online Slots Beginning Dec. 3, 2012

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Spanish gaming operator Codere’s Italian subsidiary has purchased a 60% stake in DP Service Srl, a Rome-based gaming machine operator with around 2k terminals in use across 11 provinces. Codere Italy CEO Alexander Pascual says the firm is “committed to collaboration with serious and motivated companies to share with them a long-term plan to strengthen our position in the country."


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Groups in 13 states want US to block Internet bets

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Family-centric groups in 13 states are calling on Congress to block states across the nation from legalizing Internet gambling, saying the societal costs will far outweigh the benefit to tax coffers. They want Congress to strengthen the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act "to ensure its clear intent that the Internet not become a giant online casino."


The groups are from Wisconsin, Kentucky, Louisiana, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Hawaii, Georgia and Tennessee. The U.S. Justice Department ruled in December that in-state online bets not involving sports teams do not violate federal law. That has touched off a race by cash-strapped state governments to try to legalize Internet gambling.


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NJ online gambling bill voting postponed until fall

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Voting on New Jersey's online gambling bill (AB2578) has been postponed until the fall. SBR interviewed NJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak last week to discuss his expectations for sports betting and online gambling within the Garden State. The Senator did concede that there could be a delay based on Governor Chris Christie's agenda.


During his interview with SBR, Senator Lesniak was cautiously optimistic about NJ Governor Chris Christie's recent media headlines on sports betting. Lesniak speculated that the Governor may be inclined to wait until the Republican National Convention takes place before moving forward with gambling related bills. Gov. Christie's national political aspirations have been a thorn in the side of Sen. Lesniak, who had his gambling bill vetoed in 2011.


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Online betting bill advances in Delaware House

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A bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and allowing more venues for sports wagering and other types of gambling is on its way to the state House for a vote. The House Gaming and Parimutuels Committee voted Thursday to release the bill, despite objections from anti-gambling advocates and complaints from the state's harness racing industry that it would not get its fair share of gambling proceeds.


In addition to offering online slots and table games, Gov. Jack Markell has proposed expanding keno beyond Delaware's three existing casinos to at least 100 sites throughout the state, and authorizing betting on NFL football in at least 20 more sites.


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William Hill calls for social gaming regulation

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The long-serving Chief Executive Officer for British online and land-based gaming giant William Hill, Ralph Topping, has this week used his personal blog to explain the firm’s current stance on social gaming.


Topping was appointed Chief Executive Officer for William Hill in February of 2008 and has over 40 years of experience with the company in a variety of operational and leadership roles. He agreed a deal last year that will see him remain at the head of the London-based firm until at least the end of 2013 and stated that the business has adopted a ‘watching brief’ stance when it comes to social gaming.


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William Hill completes American acquisitions

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After having its application for an interactive gaming licence approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission last week, British betting giant William Hill has finalised its acquisitions of American Wagering Incorporated, Brandywine Bookmaking and the racing and sportsbook assets of Sierra Development Company for a total of approximately $53 million.


London-based William Hill has approximately 2,350 betting shops throughout the UK and released a short statement yesterday confirming that it had completed the purchases, which were first announced in April and May and had been contingent on it receiving an online gambling licence in Nevada.


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Delaware First to OK Online Gambling

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If you love casino gambling and live in Delaware, it won’t be long before you’ll no longer have to make your way to one of the state’s three casinos. By 2013, due to a bill signed into law Thursday, people in Delaware will be free to play slots and roulette on their computers -- and probably on their smartphones too.


The tongue-twisting Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act, signed by Democratic Gov. Jack Markell, makes Delaware the first state to allow full-service online casino gambling, the News Journal of Wilmington, Del., reports. The vote was close, with strong opposition from lawmakers who fear the law will only add to the social costs associated with gambling.


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Golden Riviera Casino Brings Real Money Gambling to Facebook Users

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Golden Riviera Casino has revolutionized the way their fans access their online casino by integrating a playing platform into their Facebook Fan Page. This allows players to place real wagers without leaving Facebook - a true first in the industry.


Since its launch on Monday, the Golden Riviera Casino has seen thousands of visits to its in-line casino platform with positive remarks from many players. The evolution seems to be very well received.


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Manhattan OKs video gambling - Joliet Herald News

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MANHATTAN — The Manhattan Village Board voted Tuesday to allow video gambling. This is in preparation of the state’s upcoming regulation of video poker and other gambling machines.


The nearly unanimous decision amended a 1977 ordinance that prevented gambling. Trustee Mike Naughton cast the only no vote.


Newly appointed Trustee Vince DeBono suggested the board request business owners post signage with the 1-800-GAMBLER or other information to help people with gambling problems. The board agreed to suggest the measure, but did not require it.


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Cantor Gaming entering California mobile casino market

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Cantor Gaming, an affiliate of global financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald and a leading provider of mobile and in-play betting and gaming technology solutions, has announced that it will soon enter the market in California after agreeing a deal with Colusa Casino Resort.


Las Vegas-based Cantor Gaming has agreed to provide the northern California venue with a ‘complete mobile casino gaming solution’ that is set to include a ‘wide selection of casino-style games’ such as its Xtra Odds Blackjack and Xtra Odds Baccarat in addition to new titles set to be released ‘within the next three months’.


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Delaware House approves gambling expansion

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state House on Tuesday approved a bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.


In addition to online slots and table games, the proposal by Gov. Jack Markell expands keno beyond Delaware's three existing casinos to at least 100 sites.


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Internet Gambling to be Approved State by State Over Next Two Years Predict Panelists

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The U.S. Congress is too badly divided to act on Internet gambling, so individual states will start approving it on their own within the next two years, panelists at a major casino conference predicted Thursday.


Speaking at the East Coast Gaming Congress, casino and political leaders predicted online gambling will become a reality on a state-by-state basis. New Jersey hopes to become the "Silicon Valley of Internet gambling," and its legislature is working on a bill to legalize it.


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Intrastate online gambling legislation pulled in California

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Proposed legislation that could have potentially seen California become one of the first states to legalise and regulate online gambling including poker has been pulled from committee from by its sponsor.


If passed as written, Senate Bill 1463 would have allowed nearly 150 card clubs, native American casinos and horseracing tracks operating in the ‘Golden State’ to apply for licences in order to operate intrastate online gambling websites.


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Spanish firms sign up for poker

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Bwin.party digital entertainment is the latest firm to survive the march of the shareholders with their renumeration report passing the AGM with flying colours. Lower than eight per cent of shareholders disagreed with the money being paid to Mr Ryan and Mr Teufelberger with 92.36 percent agreeing that the wonga they were awarded was the right amount. Jim Ryan took home €1.63 million, made up of €573,000 salary, €519,281 cash bonus, €523,772 worth of deferred shares and €15,933 in benefits. Norbert Teufelberger, in comparison, took €1.48m, including a €429,750 salary and €519,281 bonus. That should end any speculation as to who wears the trousers in that relationship.


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Ill. gov hints he won't sign gambling expansion

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Gov. Pat Quinn has a message for people hoping he'll approve a major gambling expansion for Illinois: Don't "hold your breath."


The Democratic governor said Monday that he has looked at the bill that would create five new casinos. He says it is "full of loopholes" when it comes to gambling that wouldn't be good for Illinois. Quinn didn't elaborate.


When asked if he would sign it, Quinn said, "I wouldn't hold your breath on getting that bill signed."


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WMS buys online gambling game developer

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Waukegan-based WMS Industries , a maker of casino gambling machines, said Monday it acquired a developer of online gambling games.


WMS said it purchased the private company Jadestone Group AB of Stockholm, Sweden. Terms of the cash deal were not disclosed.


The acquisition, "augments and enhances the existing WMS portfolio of gaming content, online products and content distribution capabilities for customers looking to expand their brand with online interactive offerings," WMS said in a statement.


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