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Playtech BGT Sports Completes Full Deployment of Coral’s Omni-Channel Software

June 26, 2017 · Filed Under Gambler's Report, Online Gambling News 

Playtech BGT Sports Now Provide Terminals and Software For Oer 3,000 Terminals within Coral’s Retail Stores

The integration of Playtech’s proprietary sports betting platform on Coral UK’s self-service terminals throughout the retailer’s outlets is now complete. Playtech’s BGT Sports is now available at more than 3,000 outlets across the United Kingdom.

Ladbrokes Coral’s Retail Commercial Director, Richard Lang commented on the full deployment saying,

“I’m very pleased to have agreed with PBS to extend our SSBT footprint across the Coral estate with the introduction of over 450 Connect tablets. This offering further enhances our retail offering, as well as supporting our multi-channel focus.”

Lang added, “We believe strongly in utilizing best-in-class technologies and PBS deliver us the best digital, retail offering around, providing an improved experience for our sportsbook customers.”

Playtech BGT Sport’s UK, Ireland, and Australia Managing Director John Pettit were pleased to have finished the project as well. He released the following statement,

“We are delighted to have supported Coral in extending their self-service estate with the roll-out of PBS software on Connect tablet-based terminals. This is also a huge vote of confidence from such a heavyweight retail operator. Our terminals and software solutions are re-shaping the betting shop industry as bookmakers realize the benefits of digitizing the retail space, both to their bottom line and their user experience.”

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AOPA’s Mission to Keep Online Poker Safe

June 20, 2017 · Filed Under Gambler's Report, Online Gambling News, Online Poker News 

Australian Poker Community Pushes for Legalization Down Under

AOPA's Mission to Keep Online Poker SafeThe poker community in Australia (#AusFight4Poker) has been fighting to keep poker games legal in the country for some time now. They have, and will always continue to work hard for what they believe in, with online activities. From the looks of recent passage with the Australian Senate, the hard work may be paying off, finally!

Last week, a hearing was called for inquiries to be discussed and voted on for online poker activities. A review was ordered for the game before September 14, 2017, so things are definitely looking up. The timeline is critical, especially for the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill before it passes through the parliament. The goal is to complete the amendments in order for the bill to pass through to parliament for the future.

Joseph Del Duca, Founder of the Australian Poker Alliance is welcoming the recent news saying,

“This great news for the Australian Poker Community would not have been possible without the hard work of the many thousands of Aussie players who took part in our campaign. The number of people who contacted their local MPs through emails, social media, letter writing and phone calls was amazing. Many politicians actually mentioned the success of our campaign in parliament.”

Poker players can keep abreast of changes and lend support by following the Australian Online Poker Alliance online. Use #AusFight4Poker to show support to keep online poker safe.

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State Cabinet Passes Ordinance to Ban Online Rummy

June 20, 2017 · Filed Under Gambler's Report, Online Gambling News 

The Indian State of Telangana Calling to Ban Online Rummy as State Cabinet Passes Ordinance

Online Rummy will be banned in the Indian State of Telangana. The Telangana Gaming Act 1974 is due to be amended very soon. The amendments will include clarification of online poker, rummy, and sports betting and will be considered illegal. The act will also include the penalties of said activities, and these include imprisonment and fines if said activities are played in the region.

The ordinance was approved over the weekend. Promoters of the game and players are warned that they will be prosecuted to the fullest and held liable under the law.

“Soon after the formation of Telangana, the CM had ordered police to crack down on clubs and other places which encourage gambling. But the government received complaints that people are now indulging in online gambling. We want to eliminate gambling in all forms. So the Gaming Act would be amended, banning online gambling. The cyber police will track online gambling and act against violators,” commented Deputy Chief Minister, Kadiam Srihari.

A few years ago, Rummy was upheld as a game of skill according to Andhra Pradesh High Court. It was then when the game was within the outline of the Constitution.

“We want to eliminate gambling in all forms,” the state’s Deputy CM told the media.

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NetEnt’s Phantom of the Opera Slot Debuts June 24th

The Stage is Set for Net Entertainment’s Upcoming Release of the Phantom of the Opera Slot on July 24th

The much-anticipated Net Entertainment release, ‘Phantom of the Opera’ is getting closer to launch. NetEnt announced the release will go live the last week of July, on the 24th. Based on the 1909 novel, Le Fantome de l’Opera by Gaston Leroux, the 5-reel, 40 payline video slot brings the visuals of the storyline beautifully to the screens.

Since we still have a little over a month for the release NetEnt released a trailer of the slot on their YouTube channel. The game or teaser should we say can be watched on the gaming providers channel. So far, what we know about the game is that there are sticky wild re-spins along with wilds, free games, and a click bonus.

The game will be playable across mobile and desktop channels. Multiple coin denominations will be offered to range as low as 20p per spin. The slot also offers not one, but a win both ways feature. The main attraction of the game is the free spins feature. During the bonus when the phantom symbols appear they become wild while cutting sections of the rope with wilds taking over the reels.

Couple all the above features with the Broadway soundtrack and with each spin of the reels you will feel like you’re sitting in the theaters.

Preview NetEnt’s Phantom of the Opera below:

 

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Gaming Regulator Ensures Casino Security if “An Urgent Matter”

June 20, 2017 · Filed Under Gambler's Report, Online Gambling News 

DICJ Director Paulo Martins Chan Guarantees Increased Security Measure in Macau’s 39 Casinos

Macau gaming operators are guaranteeing security in casinos. Operators have vowed to work closely with the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau to be able to provide the highest level of security following the integrated attack that took place earlier this month.

The attack took place at the Resorts World Manila. There have been meetings held by the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau since with the six operators who are currently operating in Macau attending. The meetings concluded with key points pertaining to security being analyzed.

The Director of the DICJ, Paulo Martins Chan said, “They [the gaming operators] will collaborate with the DICJ, as well as the Judiciary Police [PJ], and last Monday they already submitted the reports about their present security situation, and we will analyze all these reports.”

Chan added that “According to police evaluation, we are still in a relatively low-risk situation, so we don’t believe that […] we have a high risk. Our customers are still welcome to [visit] Macau to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.”

Further security measures have already been arranged by the director. He also said that there will be more communication between the operators. There’s been anticipation that more meetings will be held to discuss the situation even further.

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Jamaica Looks Ahead to New Regulations in Online Gambling

Jamaica Online Gambling Process – Betting, Gaming, and Lotteries Commission Drafting Regulations for Licensing Regime

Online gambling regulation in Jamaica is on the table and it looks like a 5-star course is being planned. Jamaican government officials revealed during the Caribbean Gaming Show and Summit that they are looking to fast-track regulation in the country. Jamaica wants to advance like many other countries have with capitalization and the technology of the growth the online industry sees yearly.

Hon. Audley Shaw, Jamaican Minister of Finance and Public Service Hon. commented during the summit saying that it is his countries intention to offer and facilitate regulated online gambling and guaranteed it would be a “well-monitored environment”.

The Jamaican Gaming Commission will commence from combining the regulatory bodies in the country. Officials hope to start the process with the bill being crafted and approved before the merger of the regulatory bodies take place. The three regulatory bodies that are scheduled to merge are The Jamaica Racing Commission, the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission and the Casino Gaming Commission.

Audley Shaw let it be known that the BGLC is working on the new framework for the online industry. He said once complete, interested operators will be allowed to apply for a license in the country. Shaw also stressed the importance of a medium needed for money laundering and other activities, and reassured that government officials are working with financial institutions to address these issues.

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Draftkings, Fanduel Merger Raise Antitrust Rules Violation by FTC

Merger Between FanDuel and DraftKings Dependent  Upon Fate of the Federal Trade Commission, as Deal May, Violate Antitrust Rules

Daily Fantasy sports operators FanDuel and DraftKings dominate the DFS market. They reached a merger agreement last year with the scheduled date for the merger to complete coming up, but the fate of the two operators lies in the hands of the Federal Trade Commission.

The FTC will soon decide if the transaction between the two companies will be unfair to the market, or make the market unfair. As of current, the two companies are separate entities, but with recent regulations pushing both out of several states in the US. This is what was the deciding factor for the two to become one.

Concerns that the FTC has, according to sources, may make the commission to file a lawsuit to stop the merger. The chairman for the FTC has the final say so with a final ruling happening soon, some say maybe this next week.

Some are saying that a split vote could happen with one Democrat and one Republican voting on the FTC side. If this happens then a split vote would still push the merger through. This would seem like it would complicate the situation more, but time will tell.

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PAGCOR Makes Final Decision to Outsource its Intermediary Platform

June 17, 2017 · Filed Under Gambler's Report, Online Gambling News 

Pagcor Issues Tender for Development, Management, and Operation of an Intermediation Platform for POGO Licenses

PAGCOR, Philippine’s gaming regulator has made its final decision on outsourcing its intermediary platform. The regulator announced today that it has invited companies to have an opportunity to help with the developments of their platform for Offshore Gaming Operator licenses.

The process will be a bidding type process for tendering the opportunities. The winning bidder will have open access to managing, maintaining and developing the system for 10 years if it meets legislation statues. A payment of 10% will be awarded for all net revenues earned by PACGOR from its offshore licensees every quarter.

Confirmation of the bidding process was released by the PAGCOR saying

“In carrying out the project, PAGCOR requires the engagement of the services of an experienced and qualified consultant that possesses the requisite knowledge, expertise, and background, specifically in the field of the development, operation, and management of any audit program/intermediary platform to guarantee the successful execution of the project.”

They also confirmed that every 10 years the will put up PHP6 billion to cover all costs associated with maintenance and development fees. They will start fronting the money for costs later on this year they said.

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New Jersey DGE Releases Upbeat May 2017 Revenue Results

June 15, 2017 · Filed Under Gambler's Report, Online Gambling News 

Atlantic City Kicking Off the Summer with a Bang as May 2017 Revenues Begin to Leap Over April 2017

Atlantic City casinos are kicking off the summer months with a bang as year-on-year revenues are increasing for the first month of summer since May. Land-based casinos are doing it all on its own with zero help from the online sector.

The latest figures released on Wednesday by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement reports the state’s casino operators earned $208.3 million which is a 2.5% increase compared to last year’s figures. May even surpasses April’s revenues of $191 million.

If we throw in the revenues from the online sector of the state the total amount earned jumps way up to $229.4 million which is about an increase of 4.3%. The online sector gained $21.1 million just for the month of May.

When we reported revenues for April they weren’t so good, at least not as good as what was expected. Table game earnings are what drug April’s decline in the dirt. Table games were down 3.6% which brought the total year-on-year down by 1/5. All casinos in the state reported improvements but one. Matt Levinson, Casino Control Commission Chairman said that the released results are “a great start to the summer”.

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Absolute Poker Co-Founder Pleads Guilty to Online Activities

June 15, 2017 · Filed Under Gambler's Report, Online Gambling News 

Scott Tom, Absolute Poker Co-Founder Now Admits a Guilty Plea to Charges of Criminal Activities

Absolute Poker Co-Founder, Scott Tom pled guilty after admitting to criminal activities of “interstate transmission of gambling information” and money laundering allegations. Earlier this year, Tom returned to the United States to face his pending charges at that time pleading not guilty.

Government documents claimed that;

“Tom helped Absolute Poker, an unlawful internet gambling business, continue to operate in the United States and accept payments from United States customers without detection by United States law enforcement.”

Scott Tom will also have to forfeit any monies earned from the illegal activities. He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 28. According to court documents, $500 million was made by Absolute Poker from USA players during its illegal run. When the site shut down or got shut down players lost around $60 million.

Brent Beckley, the founder of Absolute Poker pled guilty back in 2011. He served about a year behind bars. After Beckley’s conviction, there were 11 other people charged on ‘Black Friday’. Everyone charged, but Isai Scheinberg has served their time or penalties.

Players who lost their funds due to the seizure of the site was able to begin the process of receiving their money. Details on how long this could take have not been announced.

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