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NJ's Internet gambling bill would allow bets from other states & countries

NJ's Internet gambling bill would allow bets from other states & countries | This Week in Gambling - News | Scoop.it
An Internet gambling bill approved by a New Jersey Senate committee Tuesday would let Atlantic City casinos take bets from gamblers in other states and even other countries, as long as federal and state authorities agree it’s legal. New Jersey has been racing to try to get Internet gambling up and running and stake an early claim to leadership in a potential multi-billion-dollar industry....
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Slot maker IGT seeksfuture in online gaming via Facebook

Slot maker IGT seeksfuture in online gaming via Facebook | This Week in Gambling - News | Scoop.it

Las Vegas casinos might not be the only ones betting on the legalization of online gaming, according to an article on The Wall Street Journal’s All Things D website. Social networking giant Facebook might also be playing a big hand...


Facebook takes a 30 percent cut of the money that game developers make from games they’ve created for the social networking site, the report says.

Slot machine manufacturers like Nevada-based International Game Technology are trying their luck in the world of social networking by creating games for a virtual casino, a free application on Facebook, the report says.


Right now the Wire Act of 1961 outlaws bets on sporting events, but depending on the state not all events and contests are prohibited, according to the report.

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Zynga rumored tie up with Wynn

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Zynga may enter a joint venture with Wynn Resorts in order to move into the online gambling industry. The New York Post reports the two are in talks as they look to take advantage of future regulation.


It solves a quandary for both sides as Zynga will likely need a land-based office to operate in the U.S. whereas Wynn is seeking a bedfellow with the online know-how and fanbase to start off straight away. It follows Zynga CEO Mark Pincus stating that online gambling was “a good natural fit” for their firm. Pincus has name-checked Wynn before but we should stress that right now it’s just paper talk and it could be a while until any deal is actually signed.

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Online Poker Defendant Pleads Guilty

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Many people really love the fact that they can play for a really long time without needing to break the bank in the process. For those who really do put in a little effort to find a casino bonus, they are going to get money so when they start out playing they do not have to spend any of their own for a little while which is nice.


Bonuses are great because they mean you spend a whole lot less and you get something really great in the process which is always a very cool thing for any lover of these types of games. There are plenty of cases where someone started out on a bonus and then wound up winning a decent sum of cash that they never even wagered to get.


Of course, games are much more fun when you get to pick the kind you like and that is what these sites are about today. The slot machines are often a favorite just because there are so many different kinds and you can win a ton. Imagine how exciting it would be to hit the progressive jackpot that is normally extremely huge. People around the world do get rich from these games and you might as well give it a shot because if you did win you could really have a ton of fun with those winnings...

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Casino Game Makers Outline a Winning Strategy on Facebook

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Casino Game Makers Outline a Winning Strategy on FacebookAll Things DigitalSatchell said the idea is to enable cross-platform gaming experiences, so that players can connect to games before, during and after visits to casinos.


Remember, the house always wins.


Increasingly, that phrase can be applied not only to Las Vegas casinos, but also to Facebook, which takes a 30 percent cut of game developers’ revenues for the right to be on the social network.


“Facebook is almost the same business [as casinos],” said Chris Satchell, CTO and EVP of research and development at International Game Technology, which makes both traditional casino games and social games. “Facebook has real estate and customers, just like the casinos.”Since 1981, IGT has been developing and manufacturing slot and video poker machines for casinos. Some of its games include recognizable brand names such as Wheel of Fortune, Big Buck Hunter, The Hangover and Sex and the City. Now, the casino game-maker is trying its hand at social games.


To make the leap, in January IGT acquired Seattle-based Double Down Interactive for $500 million. This week, the company launched their latest social game, called American Idol Slot, within Double Down’s casino on Facebook, which ranks in the top 25 by drawing 5.4 million gamers a month...

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Full Tilt Applies for New License, Seeks Employees

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A whole new round of speculation about the future of Full Tilt Poker is on the horizon following a wave of new information from its subsidiaries.


In addition to applying for a full license with the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, the company is seeking to hire dozens of short term employees to fill a number of different positions.As reported by pokerfuse, Full Tilt is applying to expand the one license it held with the AGCC that was not revoked during hearings in July 2011. The license is held by Full Tilt subsidiary Orinic Limited and is currently classified as a “Category 1″ license, one that does not allow them to hold gaming funds. While Orinic avoided revocation of their license, they have only recently completed a six-month suspension of said license.


In an application filed March 23, Orinic is seeking a “Category 2″ license with the AGCC that will allow the company to offer full scale online gaming services. There is currently a 14-day window in which those opposing the licensing of the company may submit a written objection with an explanation as to why they feel the company should not be licensed.

With the process of applying for a new license in progress, another of Full Tilt’s subsidiaries is currently in the process of hiring a number of new employees. Pocket Kings Ltd, perhaps the most well known of the Full Tilt subsidiaries, is hiring for various positions related to customer service and IT on a temporary basis.


Among the jobs listed is a posting for “Localization Specialists” who are multi-lingual and have experience in translating marketing materials. Pocket Kings is looking for employees who speak German, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, French, Hungarian, Romanian, Polish, Swedish, Danish, and Czech, and are clearly looking to expand quickly back into many of the markets in which Full Tilt was entrenched in the past. Each contract is for 2-3 months with the potential of a more permanent position.


The rest of the new jobs with Pocket Kings are specific customer service positions. They are seeking customer service reps in several different languages, as well as team leaders, supervisors, and quality agents in order to fully staff that office.


There has been no comment as of yet from Bernard Tapie on the current status of Full Tilt.

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Las Vegas: Owner mull zip lines connecting Strip casinos

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Las Vegas: Owner mull zip lines connecting Strip casinosReno Gazette JournalAP LAS VEGAS — Casino operator MGM Resorts International is thinking about building zip line rides between its Luxor and Excalibur resorts on the Las Vegas Strip.


Casino operator MGM Resorts International is thinking about building zip line rides between its Luxor and Excalibur resorts on the Las Vegas Strip.The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports county officials in Sin City put off a vote on the project until April 17 to let the Federal Aviation Administration review the plans. One of the prospective lines would run from the top of the Luxor’s pyramid to the roof of MGM Resorts’ tram station outside the Excalibur.


MGM Resorts spokeswoman Yvette Monet says the plan is still being evaluated within the company and does not have a timeline. Documents submitted to the county show that Ziptrek Ecotours Inc of Whistler, British Columbia, would operate the attraction. A similar attraction has become popular on the Fremont Street experience downtown.

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Social Game Makers Place Their Bets

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What happens in CityVille stays in CityVille—or so social game maker Zynga (ZNGA) hopes. The San Francisco company and its rivals have long used social networks to sell virtual goods for real profit.



Now Zynga wants to bring Sin City-style wagering to the online masses. “It’s a natural fit,” Chief Executive Officer Mark Pincus said at a conference in February. Gambling on social media sites “is going to be mind-blowing.”


Social gambling, a collision of real-world betting and Internet games, could soon become America’s favorite pastime. In December, the U.S. Justice Department said a 1961 federal law that many scholars believed barred all forms of online gambling applies only to Web-based sports betting. (Online casinos, though, still need a license from any state where they want to operate.) Since then, a half-dozen states, including California, Nevada, and New Jersey, have started considering online gambling legislation.


Those new laws could allow Zynga and other game publishers to add wagering and cash prizes to everything from race-car games to shoot-em-ups...

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Vasileios Volikakis's curator insight, May 14, 2013 8:22 PM

Producers of console games are considering poker and other forms of gambling as a new source of revenue to offset declining sales of games for machines such as the Xbox, Wii, and PlayStation. Electronic Arts, the maker of Madden NFL, Medal of Honor, and dozens of other games, in March announced a two-year deal for rights to the World Series of Poker brand for online and mobile games.

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States and Feds Race to Get Internet Gaming Legislation

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Gaming experts have an urgent message for indigenous leaders: Federal legislation to legalize online gaming is coming, and if you want to protect Indian country interests, you need to get your strategy in place now.


The clock is ticking toward the lame-duck sessions of Congress in the crucial weeks after the presidential election this November. Experts say that’s when there will be the greatest risk—and greatest opportunity—for the nations, because that’s when legislation is most likely to be pushed through. During such a session at the end of 2010, Washington was abuzz over Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nevada) efforts to attach an online poker bill to a must-pass appropriations bill. Reid’s proposal would have harmed Indian gaming tribes and given a huge advantage to some of his biggest backers in the commercial gaming industry in Nevada. After a groundswell of opposition from the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), Reid backed down.


Reid’s bill would have hurt tribal gaming and tribal sovereignty by, among other things, imposing federal taxes on tribal governments that operate internet poker and separating the gaming operator from the gaming regulator, thereby limiting the tribal government’s role and authority. Perhaps the most bizarre provision would have excluded any tribe earning less than five percent of total U.S. gaming revenue from participating in the initial launching of Internet gaming, cutting dozens of small Indian casinos out of the market...

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Leroy's Sports Releases Betting App for iPad

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American Wagering Inc.'s iPad application that lets state residents and visitors to Las Vegas place sports wagers from their tablet computer has been approved by Nevada gaming regulators and Apple Inc., a company executive said Wednesday.



The approval makes American Wagering, which operates Leroy's Horse and Sports Place Inc., the only U.S.-based gaming company to have a sports betting application available in the iTunes app store for both the iPhone and iPad.


Vic Salerno, president and CEO of American Wagering, said the application is free to download and use; however, customers must open an account before they can bet. The company's iPad app was released about five months after its iPhone app...

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