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Ukraine: President gambling veto under threat

10 Jun 2009

It appears that gambling has become something of a political football in the Ukraine, where President Viktor Yuschenko ruffled a few feathers by exercising his veto on a gambling ban last week.

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UK responsible gambling funding issue resolved

10 Jun 2009

Arguments over the voluntary funding by UK gambling companies of the Responsibility in Gambling Trust were resoved this week with the announcement by the minister for sport, Gerry Sutcliffe, that he has accepted a new, three-year voluntary funding arrangement with betting and gaming operators that will provide at least GBP15 million for problem gambling research, …

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Celtic online bingo and lottery launched

10 Jun 2009

New Media Lottery Services, Inc., a lottery content and systems provider, has launched a new online bingo and digital lottery game site branded ‘CelticBingo.com.’

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Italian remote gambling extended

10 Jun 2009

The Italian government has initiated a drive to further liberate the country’s remote gambling sector by framing new legislation extending licensing to online poker cash games, casino games, betting exchanges and betting on virtual events.

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Partygaming launches major marketing campaign

9 Jun 2009

Party Poker and Party Casino have launched a new markeing campaign with the strapline “Feel It”.  The strapline is motivated by the ‘rush’ that gamblers often experience in a win.

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Rank plc VAT refund implications examined

9 Jun 2009

Rank plc’s success in fighting for a VAT refund on bingo operations could have expensive financial implications for the British government, reports the BBC in a follow-up piece.

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EGBA applauds EC rejection of French draft

9 Jun 2009

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has reacted quickly to yesterday’s announcement that the European Commission is not satisfied with the first draft of the French legislation designed to open up the market in that country.

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Lottery action for NFL team

9 Jun 2009

Our readers will recall our report on the desire of NFL teams to get involved in online betting partnerships with state lotteries despite the League’s virulent opposition to Internet gambling.

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Minnesota backs off

9 Jun 2009

The Internet freedom pressure group reports that the order to Internet service providers to enforce a “black list” of badly researched online gambling websites has been rescinded by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS).

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Nevada still battles

9 Jun 2009

With the latest disappointing land casino results in from Nevada, it’s likely that operators in the gambling state will be hoping for a boost to revenues following this (June) month’s World Series of Poker currently running in Las Vegas.

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Sisal and GameAccount come together

9 Jun 2009

The UK skill game provider GameAccount Network has launched a suite of free-to-play skill-based games for Sisal.it, an online sportsbook operator in Italy.

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Victoria the latest Aussie state to ban free betting

8 Jun 2009

The Australian province of Victoria will soon join fellow states New South Wales and South Australia in banning the offering of free bets to new gamblers, reports the Herald Sun newspaper this week. Legislation now before the State Parliament will make it illegal for bookmakers to offer inducements to new punters.

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New chairman for interactive TV firm

8 Jun 2009

The London-listed interactive media gaming company, NetplayTV plc has appointed Clive William Jones CBE (Commander of the British Empire) as its non-executive chairman with immediate effect. Martin Higginson will continue to exercise his responsibilities as Chief Executive Officer.

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New identity for GTECH´s media and sportsbetting group

8 Jun 2009

GTECH, a global provider of lottery and gaming technology worldwide, has officially launched G2, its new interactive lottery, sports betting, poker, bingo, and casino subsidiary.

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GBP 59.1 million VAT claim by Rank plc upheld

8 Jun 2009

Rank plc, the British online and land gambling group, will be celebrating this week after the High Court in the UK rejected an appeal by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs against a VAT & Duties Tribunal ruling which had approved the company’s GBP 59.1 million VAT refund claim.

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European Commission rejects first draft of French gambling regulations

8 Jun 2009

French legal drafters will be back at the drawing board this week following the rejection of their first proposals for the liberalisation and regulation of the French gambling market by the European Commission.

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Partygaming to go live at Five

8 Jun 2009

The PartyGaming Internet gambling group has started the week in a positive way, announcing that it has signed an exclusive agreement with the UK-based television network Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd to create a “Five”-branded online bingo and casino service targeting the British market.

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Online casino defaults on progressive jackpot payment

7 Jun 2009

When a 66 year-old South African grandmother in the city of Kimberley, South Africa hit a large progressive slot jackpot at African Palace Casino.com on November 7th last year she thought her financial worries were over, but this week reports in the South African Sunday Times newspaper indicated that they may have only just begun.

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Righting the wrongs

7 Jun 2009

The much publicised deal between Playtech and William Hill plc earlier this year saw a few “purchased assets” change hands as the giant British gambling group formed William Hill Online.  It now turns out that some of the “purchased assets” may have been brands with a questionable past.

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Spreadbetting firm expands

7 Jun 2009

The Irish online spreadbetting company Worldspreads has hired Douglas Woods, a former sales trader with rival CMC Markets, to head up a new operation as the firm expands into Scotland, reports The Scotsman newspaper.

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Home on the range – with $232 million!

6 Jun 2009

One of the biggest undivided lottery jackpots in US history totalling $232 million has been won on a stake of $15 by a battling 23-year-old rancher near the town of Winner, South Dakota.

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Minnesota censorship issue is still active

6 Jun 2009

It appears that the Poker Players Alliance claim to victory in short-circuiting a Minnesota enforcement department attempt to blacklist Internet gambling operations at ISP level may have been premature.

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New Jersey governor supports sportsbetting initiative

6 Jun 2009

Senator Ray Lesniak’s push for the legalisation of sports betting in the state of Jersey received a major boost this week when Governor Jon Corzine announced his support.

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New gaming division head for PWC

6 Jun 2009

International professional business services group PricewaterhouseCoopers has announced the appointment of David Trunkfield as the new head of gaming for the United Kingdom.

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