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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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Shuffle Master's Ongame Poker Network Deal Collapses

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Shuffle Master, the Las Vegas headquartered gaming group, has pulled out of a deal to buy bwin.party’s European-facing Ongame Network.


n a statement bwin.party said the two companies had “mutually agreed not to proceed with the proposed transaction” which was first announced on March 6. Shuffle Master was to have paid up to €29.5 million for the network in the wake of International Game Technology buying Sweden’s Entraction network.


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Delaware Senate delays vote on online gambling

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In addition to online slots and table games, the bill would expand keno beyond Delaware's three existing casinos to at least 100 sites and betting on NFL games to at least 20 non-casino sites.


The state Senate has delayed a vote on a bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.


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Pro-casino group launches TV ads

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A coalition of labor groups is continuing to up the ante in its effort to bring a casino to National Harbor with a new television ad that began running Monday in the Baltimore market.


The push follows last week’s collapse of a work-group proposal on expanded gambling that included both a sixth casino in Maryland, in Prince George’s County, and table games at existing slots venues.


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Will Zynga Make the Switch to Real Money Poker

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At present states such as New Jersey are passing or debating laws that could see online gambling become legal in certain cities or areas. At the same time the popularity of social gaming versions of gambling games is rising dramatically.


Recent crossovers between social gaming and gambling include the purchase of Playtika by Caesar’s Entertainment and Double Down Interactive by International Game Technology. However, it is Zynga, after announcing at the beginning of the year that they are looking for partnerships in the gambling area, who really are at the forefront of the gambling-gaming crossover.


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Vasileios Volikakis's curator insight, May 13, 2013 8:58 PM

As online gambling legislation looks set to change in America, and social gaming continues to grow in popularity, the line between gambling and gaming is set to become less and less distinct. Whatever path Zynga chooses their growth is almost guaranteed. They are certain to enter the real money gambling market sooner rather than later and it wouldn’t be surprising if within a year players are able to enjoy a real money version of Zynga poker.

Konstantinos Karydis's comment, May 14, 2013 10:45 AM
Zynga is a very innovative company in its sector so the best move for Zynga is to find other solution to be more profitable! I think that huge poker sites like PokerStars etc are the main player in the market and is difficult to compete them!!
Vasileios Volikakis's comment, May 14, 2013 10:49 AM
paixtara mou kala ta les! ahahah
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High Expectations For European Online Gambling Meeting

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Ahead of the European Commission’s event on Jun. 27, which is set to discuss the regulation of online gambling as part of its Communication and Action Plan, the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) (representing private online gambling operators in the European Union) has announced its hopes and expectations for the event.


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Two independent gaming test labs approved by the state

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Two independent gaming equipment testing laboratories have been registered by the state Gaming Control Board.


Board Chairman Mark Lipparelli said Thursday that Gaming Laboratories International LLC and BMM International LLC are the first companies to be designated to test casino games and systems under legislation signed last year by Gov. Brian Sandoval.


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Judge shuts down website in casino trademark lawsuit

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The owner of the Stratosphere hotel-casino in Las Vegas is suing a publicly-traded Seattle company, alleging trademark infringement.


American Casino & Entertainment Properties LLC filed suit Wednesday in federal court in Las Vegas and on Friday a judge issued an order in the case requiring that the website at issue be taken down.


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Bally Technologies Gets First Ever U.S. Web Poker License

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On Thursday afternoon in Las Vegas, the Nevada Gaming Commission granted final approval on an application that allows Bally Technologies, Inc. to offer real-money online poker. The license is the first of its kind in U.S. gaming history.


Bally, a business-to-business provider, will manufacture, run and maintain online gaming systems on behalf of Nevada casinos.


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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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Fertitta Interactive LLC to Release its Real Money Online Poker Site Ultimate Poker

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Fertitta Entertainment, owners of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, have announced they are ready to unveil their “real money” and social gaming online poker site, Ultimate Poker, by week’s end.


But there’s a catch. Only the free play version will be available for those customers residing in the United States at the onset, debuting this Friday (June 22, 2012) on Facebook. A promotional campaign will begin July 7 during Ultimate Fighting Championship 148.


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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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List of Spanish Poker Licensees Published

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A full list of poker licensees has been published by Spain’s Director General for Gambling Regulation. Twenty-six operators have received a license to offer online poker in the country according to Gaming Intelligence.


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Delaware Lawmakers Clear Online Gambling

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Delaware's legislature on Wednesday passed a law that could make the state the first to open its population to a full range of legal online gambling, including Internet blackjack, poker and slot games.


The bill is expected to be signed by the state's governor and comes in the wake of a Justice Department legal interpretation last year that allowed states to authorize Internet gambling within their borders.


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EU Plans Illegal Online Gambling Crackdown, Rules on Legal Sites

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The European Union will publish an action plan later this year to rein in illegal and “unregulated” online gambling.


The paper will include measures to clamp down “on the many illegal websites, often hosted in offshore havens,” that offer gambling services, Michel Barnier, the EU internal market chief, said in a speech in Brussels today.


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Zynga Unleashes New Games and Its Own ‘With Friends’ Social Network

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Zynga announced a host of new games, including a new With Friends title and several new Ville titles, at its Zynga Unleashed event on Tuesday. The company also unveiled “Zynga With Friends,” a unified social network that will allow players to build a profile and connect with other players, no matter the platform or device.


“We founded Zynga with the simple premise that people could put play back in their lives,” Zynga CEO Mark Pincus said at the start of the event. “We have a lot further to still go to accomplish our mission of connecting the world through games.”


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Las Vegas Sands to unveil EuroVegas site in September

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MADRID (Reuters) - Las Vegas Sands (LVS.N) will reveal in September which of Spain's two largest cities, Barcelona or Madrid, it will choose for its massive EuroVegas casino and resort project, the U.S. company's chief operating officer said on Tuesday.


Spain's two rival cities are vying for a planned 12-hotel, six-casino complex that could create a quarter of a million jobs in the country where unemployment tops 24 percent.


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Nevada ripe for online gambling

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The stakes just got higher. Nevada officials last week approved the nation's first two interactive gambling licenses — a step that clears the way for online poker within state lines, even while a federal interstate gambling ban remains in place. Members of the Nevada Gaming Commission signed off on licenses Thursday for rival slot machine manufacturers International Game Technology and Bally Technologies Inc., the first two companies to get the certification since officials approved online gambling regulations in January.


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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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William Hill enters US sports betting market

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Bookmaker William Hill (LON:WMH) will now start operating in Nevada after securing non-restricted gaming licences from the state’s gaming commission.


William Hills plc is a United Kingdom-based company. The Company is a provider of fixed odds bookmaking services, offering odds and taking bets on a range of sporting and other events, as well as offering amusement with prizes machines and fixed odds betting terminals in licensed betting offices and operating online casino, poker and games sites, as well as two greyhound stadia. The Company offers betting and gaming products to customers through four principal channels, which includes Retail comprising a network of nearly 2,300 outlets throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. Interactive betting includes an online sportsbook, arcade games, an online casino, online poker site, online bingo and online skills games. It also includes telephone betting and international businesses, which comprise joint ventures established in Spain and Italy. In July 2008, the Company announced the sale of its interest in William Hill Codere Italia Srl to INTRALOT Italia spa.

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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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Fertitta Interactive launches Ultimate Gaming

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Las Vegas-based Fertitta Interactive has announced the launch of its Ultimate Gaming brand, which is set to focus on the provision of real-money online games along with social gaming and digital entertainment products to players around the globe.


Fertitta Interactive purchased the assets of online gaming solutions firm CyberArts Licensing in October and stated that it has been ‘at the forefront of pursuing regulation’ for Internet poker since its inception in 2010.


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Intertops Stops Accepting New US Players

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Intertops.com, which recently became part of the newly branded Revolution Network, has stopped taking new US customers at this time.


Details of this decision were not immediately known. Upon attempting to sign up from within the United States, the following message appears:


Thank you for your interest in Intertops! Unfortunately, we are unable to accept new customers from your country or region at this time.If you believe you received this message in error please contact our customer support team.


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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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