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IPhones Become Mobile Casinos by Adding Real-Money Bets - Businessweek

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IPhones Become Mobile Casinos by Adding Real-Money BetsBusinessweekBig Fish Games Inc. is introducing a version of its gambling application Big Fish Casino with real-money betting in the U.K., where it is legal, the Seattle-based company said.
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Final table set at World Series of Poker after women contenders fall from field - Las Vegas Review - Journal

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Final table set at World Series of Poker after women contenders fall from fieldLas Vegas Review - JournalThe last two women in the field at the World Series of Poker's Main Event were the last eliminations early Tuesday morning as the final table...
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WMS Industries establishes iGaming division

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American lottery and slot machine designer and manufacturer has launched Williams Interactive subsidiary to handle its multitude of online gambling initiatives.
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Churchill Downs Applies for Online Poker License

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Kentucky’s Churchill Downs is the latest entity to apply for an online poker license in the state of Nevada.
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Shuffle Master and Paddy Power receive Nevada approvals

Shuffle Master and Paddy Power receive Nevada approvals | This Week in Gambling - News | Scoop.it

The Nevada State Gaming Control Board regulator has approved licences for American automatic card shuffler and proprietary table games supplier Shuffle Master Incorporated and Irish online and retail sportsbetting provider Paddy Power.


The recommendations were obtained at a special hearing on Wednesday and the pair will now attend a meeting with the Nevada Gaming Commission on July 26 in hopes of becoming the fourth and fifth companies permitted to offer some form of iGaming services to residents of the western state.


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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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Full Tilt Poker’s Bitar Can Be Released on Bond Judge Rules

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Full Tilt Poker founder Raymond Bitar and Nelson Burtnick, head of payment processing, were named in a new indictment alleging they defrauded customers to conceal the firm’s cash-poor condition after charges were filed last year.


Prosecutors said that even after Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara unsealed the initial indictment against the two men and nine others in April 2011, Bitar and Burtnick conspired to lie to customers about the security of the funds. The U.S. also filed a related civil suit against the company and other online poker companies as well as payment processors last year.


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Full Tilt's Ray Bitar Surrenders to US Authorities

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The United States Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York confirms that Ray Bitar has returned from Ireland and given himself up.


A leaked e-mail reportedly written by Bitar also seems to confirm the company's purchase by PokerStars.


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Delaware Governor signs intrastate online gambling measure into law

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Delaware has become the first US state to legalise full-service intrastate online casino gambling after Governor Jack Markell signed proposed legislation into law less than 24 hours after it had passed through the Delaware Senate.


The Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012 made it through the Delaware House of Representatives two weeks ago before being passed by a vote of 14 to six in the Delaware Senate on Wednesday and will see players over the age of 21 in the state able to enjoy slots and games of roulette over the Internet under the control and operation of the Delaware Lottery by 2013.


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

Latest Gambling News – Is EU Really Planning to Reign in Offshore Online Gambling Sites | This Week in Gambling - News | Scoop.it
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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Delaware governor signs online gambling bill

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Gov. Jack Markell has signed a bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.


Markell signed the measure Thursday, less than 24 hours after it narrowly passed the state Senate. The Senate vote was marred by controversy as a Democratic lawmaker who opposed the bill mistakenly voted for it, thinking he was voting for an amendment instead.


Sen. Robert Venables of Laurel had said he may move to rescind Wednesday's vote, but Markell's quick signature of the bill into law may have been intended to moot that possibility.


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Bally iGaming platform goes live

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Less than a week after having its application for an interactive gaming supplier licence approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission, Bally Technologies Incorporated has announced that its iGaming platform has gone live and is powering a free-play poker website in partnership with Golden Nugget casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.


A developer of slot, video machine, casino management and server-based solutions for the global gaming industry, Las Vegas-based Bally stated that its online gambling solution is driving the new GoldenNuggetPoker.com domain and can also be utilised to provide free-play gaming ‘across the globe’ and ‘online gaming where legal’.


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Paddy Power prepared to gamble on Nevada licence

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WITH BRITAIN’S William Hill having bagged a sports betting licence in Nevada last week, attention is now focused on Paddy Power, which itself has applied for a licence in the US state.


The Irish bookmaker has made no secret of its interest in the US market if the right opportunity presents itself and has a business development team on the ground.


Sports betting is still largely prohibited in the US. Just four states – Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon – issue licences.


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It's too late for gambling to save Zynga - GigaOM

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GigaOMIt's too late for gambling to save ZyngaGigaOMThis sorry situation means that Zynga has been looking to gambling as a lifeline.
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MGM Resorts lets loyalty card holders earn points via social media

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It no longer takes a roll of the dice or spin of the roulette wheel to become a high roller in Las Vegas casinos. You can now tweet your way to VIP status. Or you can use Facebook, Foursquare or Instagram.
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Churchill Downs applies for Nevada licence

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American horseracing and casino operator has submitted an application that could soon see it offer interactive gaming services to players in the western state.
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Estrellas Poker Tour is Coming to San Sebastian

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The fourth stop of the Estrellas Poker Tour is in one of Spain’s most beautiful cities, San Sebastian, in the heart of the Basque country.
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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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Full Tilt Founder Ray Bitar free on bail

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After surrendering to law enforcement officials in New York early last week, the Chief Executive Officer for online poker site Full Tilt Poker, Raymond Bitar, has been released on bail after agreeing to post a bond totalling $2.5 million.


Forty-year-old Bitar has been indicted on nine counts including money laundering, violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) and operating an illegal gambling business. He flew into New York on July 3 from Dublin and was immediately detained by prosecutors representing the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.


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888 Signs U.S. Online Poker Deal With WMS

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888 Holdings Plc, the parent company of 888 Poker, today announced a deal with U.S. slot machine supplier WMS Gaming.


The deal enables WMS to offer 888’s proprietary poker platform to its U.S. land-based casino customers, initially on a play-for-fun basis but eventually it is hoped on a real money basis when legislation is in place.


Both companies have applied for interactive gaming licenses in Nevada.


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Nevada may need partners for Net poker

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Nevada has handed the technology certification process for Internet gaming systems to two of the industry's largest testing laboratories, which have certified the equipment used in legal online gaming worldwide.


Two of the state's largest slot machine manufacturers received Nevada's first interactive gaming licenses in June. Regulators could license three more suppliers this month. Another 30-plus casino operators and gaming equipment providers have interactive license applications on file with the Gaming Control Board. If all goes as planned, gaming regulators could rule on two or three applications per month well into 2013.


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Delaware governor signs online gambling bill

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Gov. Jack Markell has signed a bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.


Markell signed the measure Thursday, less than 24 hours after it narrowly passed the state Senate. The Senate vote was marred by controversy as a Democratic lawmaker who opposed the bill mistakenly voted for it, thinking he was voting for an amendment instead.


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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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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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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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