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Newzoo's Updated Projections on eSports for the Future

Newzoo’s Updated Projections on eSports for the Future

February 16, 2017 · Filed Under Online Gambling News 

eSports Revenues Could Spike by 41.3% Says New Research Study

Results from a new research study has been released with the results predicting that eSports could soar by the end of this year. Newzoo, independent researcher conducted the study saying that the eSports industry will see revenues increase by 41.3% amounting to more than $695 million this year. An earlier prediction from Newzoo last year stated:

“Esports-related revenues are on pace to generate $493 million in 2016, according to a report from intelligence firm Newzoo. That’s up more than 51.7 percent from 2015, and it is also a 7 percent increase from the projection that Newzoo made to kick off 2016.”

Peter Warman, Newzoo’s Chief Executive said that,

“For brands, media, and entertainment companies, eSports provides a chance to capitalise on the favorite pastime of digital natives and Millennials: playing games and watching game content. With the arrival of live streams and events, gaming has entered the realm of broadcasters and media that can now apply their advertising business model to a market previously out of reach for them.”

Warman also stated that eSports is accelerating the union of different established industries as well as growing exponentially as a new business that isn’t dependent on the industry as a whole. The research study looked at all aspects that will have some impact on the future of the vertical. It concluded with an impressive outcome after its last study that took place 2 years ago when it predicted eSports to reach the $325 million market.

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Industry Analysts Predict Problematic Issues for Amaya Purchase

October 16, 2016 · Filed Under Gambler's Report, Online Gambling News 

Analysts Predict Amaya’s Ongoing Legal Battles in North America May Prove Problematic for William Hill Merger

Industry Analysts Predict Problematic Issues for Amaya PurchaseIndustry analysts predict problems for William Hill if the operator decides to merge with Amaya. The reason behind the speculation or prediction is because of Amaya’s continuing legal battles it’s seen this year in the USA.

It was just announced this week that the Canadian based gaming group and the UK giant have been in talks of combining their entities to create a capitalization worth $7.4 million if they merge. It sounds good on paper, but Amaya was imposed a $870 million fine last year for violating anti-gambling laws in the state of Kentucky. Amaya is disputing the allegations saying that they “vigorously disputes any liability”. The fines aren’t the only concerns; Amaya’s billion-dollar debt has some concern as well with its earning potentials.

Analysts at Numis has commented on the announcement saying,

“This insider trading investigation surrounding Mr Baazov should not impact Amaya. However, the contested Kentucky damages ruling against Amaya could be material. We also think the poker market is mature and consequently has the lowest opportunity for growth.”

Needless to say the reactions coming from analysts haven’t been too positive especially with William Hills 305p share price decreasing from previous weeks.

Other analyst have also commented:

“Everyone knows the industry is consolidating and, while scale isn’t the be-all and end-all, it is advantageous,” the source said.
“The merger would give the business a good mix between bricks-and-mortar stores and digital business and a better geographic spread. It also gives a better balance between the sports, poker and casino gaming businesses.”

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Macau Gambling Far Surpasses Predictions as Well as US Gaming Market

January 2, 2014 · Filed Under Casinos, Gambler's Report, Online Gambling News 

Macau Gambling Far Surpasses Predictions as Well as US Gaming MarketFor the past few years around this same exact time, Calvin Ayre shares interesting points about the future of online gambling with predictions for the industry as a whole. In particular over the past three years, Ayre a Canadian borne entrepreneur and the birth father of the Bodog Brand, has expressed that the “gold rush” lies in Macau gambling and everyone should be heading to Asia as it represents the gambling world’s future.

If you don’t believe in Crystal Balls and Fortune Tellers, then maybe its right time you should start believing that Ayre does in deed have a grasp on the dealings of this industry. In 2013, the world’s hottest was a Macau gambling destination as it far surpassed prognostications as the world’s casino capital revenue was 18.6% higher than the projected estimates reported in 2012.

The island of casino gaming’s nearly three dozen casino’s generated 33.5 billion patacas ($4.2 billion) in December and 360.7 billion patacas ($45.2 billion) in 2013, this incredible number is said to be seven times more the amount generated on the Las Vegas Strip.

The entrance of Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts Ltd. have proven to be a major players in the growing gambling mecca of Macau. This surge of gambling activity is also due in part to the numerous billion dollar projects of new casinos being built across Asia, Singapore and the Philippines.

The US has seen a big interest in online gambling since New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware have put in legislation’s to allow intrastate internet betting, however according to the American Gaming Association, 12,000 U.S. b2b casinos raked in $37.3 billion and in the same time frame according to the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, Macau’s 35 casinos and a population of about 560,000, earned $38 billion.

According to the WSJ, in the last year, Nasdaq-listed Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. along with Hong Kong-listed MGM China Holdings Ltd. and Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd. were the top performers, all whose share prices more than doubled.

The Las Vegas Sands Corp., Wynn Resorts Ltd. in the U.S. and SJM Holdings Ltd. of Hong Kong, are currently investing billions of dollars for the further expansion of projects in Macau as the place their bets in a future that shows no signs of slowing down.

Also below listen as and watch this interview with Dean Macomber of Macomber International as he explains his thoughts on the popularity of gambling within the Asian culture.

Dean Macomber on Asian Gambling Market Video 
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The Dirty Stack with Peter Mac, 2012 Online Poker Stars in Review

December 31, 2012 · Filed Under CASINO HIGHLIGHTS, Online Poker News, Poker, The Dirty Stack 

Online poker, two words that seem to be on everyone’s lips even right down to the wire as the end of a year is quickly approaching. In 2012, many believed online poker would have been much more successful on a federal legislation level, however one man, a fellow Canadian’s prediction seemed to have been spot on.

Calvin Ayre was indeed on the money last year when his predictions for online poker in 2012 were, well, here’s how he summed it up:

First of all, it’s a presidential election year, but even without that monumental distraction, there are just too many variables and competing interests to expect any nationwide resolution in the short-term. Anyway, the recent DoJ announcement just underscores my long-held belief that it’s the states that make the gambling decisions in the US. That said, even with the ball now explicitly in the states’ court, progress will be slow. More states will consider, and some might even pass legislation, but I don’t expect many – if any – will have functional online poker systems up and running by next Christmas.

It might lead many think that Ayre’s truly has a crystal ball in which he can see the foreseeable future.

Probably, the biggest thing however to happen in online poker as we all have witnessed was the rise of the PokerStars phoenix from the flames. The online poker room dusted off the ashes and came up above and caused much of Bwin.party’s financial statements to reflect the downward spiral of the poker room’s revenues.

PokerStars also made good with players around the globe once it settled its civil issues with the U.S. Dept. of Justice, acquiring the befallen rival Full Tilt Poker, issuing a statement that, “full reimbursement of funds owed to Full Tilt Poker customers outside the United States and related territories within 90 days of formal closing of the deal” will be made on November 6th.

Stars wasnt finished making room for the future as it quickly began negotiating the purchase of The Atlantic Club Casino on the Atlantic City boardwalk in New Jersey. PokerStars also made news with its deal with London’s Hippodrome.

Stars recently announced it has reached an agreement with Casino Gran Madrid, for a new state-of-the-art PokerStars-branded poker room promising to deliver deliver the highest-quality live poker experience.

“Casino Gran Madrid is the premier casino destination in Madrid, which we already work with to host some of the largest and most successful poker tournaments in Spain,” said Guy Templer, Group Head of Business Development for PokerStars. “Establishing a permanent PokerStars-branded poker room in the casino will give more players the opportunity to play world-class poker with the high-quality player experience that PokerStars is known for.”

And let’s not forget Stars’ existing relationship with the Grand Waldo in Macau where it hosts regular weekly poker tournaments in the region and the region’s biggest and richest poker tournaments including Asia’s premier live poker tournament series like the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon (MPC), Macau Millions, Macau Poker Cup: Championship (MPCC), Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) and the annual Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau event.

So as the year comes to a close and the Federal Online Poker Bill is the only real demise of 2012, perhaps that’s the deciphered code the Mayans were truly speaking about, we will have to wait to see what the new year will bring in 2013.

Maybe Ayre’s predictions for 2013 will come true as he states in his latest predictions that:

“PokerStars will take the lead in America on the online/land-based convergence front, at least one major Asian online gambling operator will ink a live-dealer technology deal with a European brick-and-mortar casino, probably in London.

Ayre’s also states that, “Asia is the only place this sector (poker) will expand in 2013, he believes,

Asia represents the gambling world’s future, but increasingly its present, as well. You either target Asia or you target irrelevancy. It’s the last great gold rush this industry will see in our life times.”

So it is now a waiting game as we take online poker into 2013, will the crystal ball drop or will the predictions of one of the industries biggest outlaws ring true…

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Is Connecticut Betting To Much on Predictions of Online Gambling Addictions?

January 12, 2012 · Filed Under Gambling Articles, Online Gambling Laws, Online Gambling News 

Recently the airwaves and social media platforms as well as searches have sparked with debate since the D0J changed a well informed opinion about the Federal Wire Act. These recent changes have been giving way to states in the U.S., in particular Connecticut, allowance on whether regulations and licenses will be approved to allow intrastate online gambling.

On the other end of positive changes reflecting in legalizing and regulating online gambling is the negative; these negatives are of the opinion that only bad and greater addictions will mature from within the future of legalized online gambling.

I searched and found many interesting opinions on why they believe this would cause even more gambling addictions in states in the U.S. and I personally am not convinced that the theories and research provided are valid to blame the recent changes by the DoJ.

For instance if you read Dr. Petry’s quote below it is not in any way a convincing argument, I feel more research should be gathered, more factual evidence should be provided before voices are allowed to be heard in the media against the possibility of legalizing online gambling…but then again this is just an opinion of one, so please read on and give voice to this topic of interest. We would love to hear what you have to say!

We will first take the opinions and experiences of Joe Turbessi, a UConn Poker Addict that is against the legalization of online poker. Turbessi, missed classes, emptied his bank account and gambled his way sleeplessly through the University of Connecticut stating, “The only thing that ran through my mind was the next poker hand.” “Poker had my attention and I didn’t have time to do anything else.”  “It was so easy. I couldn’t miss a hand. If I didn’t have the computer on, I could miss my lucky break.”

Recently, a news publication expressed that as Connecticut begins debating legalizing online gambling — and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signaled he’s more than ready to consider it — Turbessi’s message has taken on new urgency.

Now let’s turn our attention to another local advocate of Connecticut who warns again of the dangers of online gambling…one Marvin Steinberg, Executive Director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling. Steinberg has been a vocal and persistent advocate for gambling addicts in need of treatment.

Here Steinberg says, “There’s always a new twist, a new way to gamble,” “It’s very seductive. When people are able to do this from their home, you’re going to have an issue with problem gamblers and with people turning to this who don’t normally gamble.”

He also pushed for Connecticut to create a gambling treatment program of its own and set up one of the first problem gambling help lines in the country.

“I would always reach out to Marvin to find out the possible negative side to any expansion of gambling,” says state Rep. Stephen D. Dargan, D-West Haven, co-chairman of the legislative committee that oversees gambling. “Marvin has educated me about the importance of being on the front lines of helping people get treatment.”

Now on to our third and final analyses where some are asking the question, “Is Gambling More Addictive Online?”

Earlier this week, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that he was exploring the possibility of legalizing various forms of online gambling in Connecticut which caused a swarm of mixed emotions.

Because online gambling is relatively new researchers say there are a number of questions about its potential dangers and whether online gambling poses psychological problems different from those related to traditional forms of gambling.

Nancy Petry, a psychologist at the University of Connecticut, said a few patterns have so far emerged.

“We’re finding that only a small proportion of gamblers do so online, but of these people, the vast majority do have gambling problems,” said Petry. She said one of the main questions is whether online gambling is creating more gambling addiction or simply serving as another outlet for addicts.

Petry, one of the first researchers to study online gambling, said gambling addicts may have problems that parallel those of problem drinkers. “It’s similar to drinking — when you’re developing a drinking problem you’re doing it socially,” she said, but many alcoholics eventually turn to drinking alone at home. When gambling at home on a computer, “there are none of the social sanctions” of real-world settings, she said, and that makes it easier to go overboard.

David Hodgins, a professor of psychology at the University of Calgary, said one of the next questions to tackle is what role online gambling has in a developing an addiction. “It’s not clear where the chicken or the egg is,” he said.

More online gambling, he said, will likely complicate the treatment of those with a gambling addiction.

“It makes gambling more accessible, and when people are struggling to overcome gambling, putting distance between you and gambling online makes that difficult,” he said.

Steinberg said online gambling tends to attract the same personality type who gravitate toward slot machines in casinos — a subset of gamblers particularly susceptible to gambling problems.

“Problem gamblers are people who like to escape and isolate themselves,” he said. “When they get into casinos, they go to slot machines where they’re in their own world and don’t get interrupted. Online gambling is pretty much you and the machine and you’re alone. People don’t have parties to gamble online — psychologically, it’s more isolated.

In no way, shape or form am I taking gambling addiction lightly, the importance of gambling addiction is treating the root of the problem and not on speculation as to where an addict could possibly find a new avenue to delve within their addiction; figure out the root of the problem, end the addiction…

What say you the people?

Reported by guest blogger, Virgil L. Hill

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Calvin Ayre, I Can See and Predict the Future of Online Gambling!

Calvin Ayre, creator of the Bodog Brand has released his predictions once again for 2012 concerning online gambling, going on the record with some bold predictions.

First off his hopes for states in the U.S. to have a turnaround anytime soon with legalizing and regulating online gambling is dim, with only hopes for maybe Nevada being at the forefront since it has already taken steps to move the process along.

Calvin states, “I say it’s 50/50 that there will be one more state doing remote gambling in 2012, and even that one state may only offer online purchases of lottery tickets. But while progress will be slow, this state-by-state process that started in late 2010 with remote sports betting in Nevada will continue to spread over the coming decade. Under this scenario, the big winners – apart from those companies already holding US land-based licenses – will be the companies holding the best technology. But the US is no longer the world’s largest market, and those foreign companies who have hitched their future growth strategies solely to America’s wagon will be sorely disappointed with the results.

In Europe he feels that the European gambling markets are fragmented and non-cooperative, which will only cause further division at an accelerated rate. “Overall, this is a stale and mature market with an economy that will remain shaky for a long time to come. The smart companies (smart enough to have steered clear of public markets and shareholder meetings) will be shifting their focus toward.”

He sees Asia as a young and upcoming market, bigger and getting stronger than the rest of the world all together, claiming, “if you don’t yet have a toehold in Asia, you have no business calling yourself an industry player.” He believes Asian authorities (China, in particular) will embark on a US-style vendetta against some of the major players, only those companies with the right structures in place will be nimble, the winners’ names have yet to be determined, but one thing is for sure: public companies will not be among them.

As for Latin America, “The southern half of the western hemisphere will never rival Asia in terms of scale, but in gambling terms, it’s largely virgin territory, and probably represents the second best market to target in 2012.”

He also feels that India is just a step away from someone coming in and figuring out how to explode this market into online gambling’s billion dollar industry.

In 2012 Ayre’s is looking forward to the “integration code being cracked” as he puts it. For 2011 the focus was on land-based casino companies getting their “digital feet wet.” Ayre’s believes that it will only be a matter of time before the challenge of overcoming the combination of online and land-based gambling into one symbiotic business model come to fruition.  His opinion, “is that the guys best positioned to do this integration are the online companies that control their own technology and are not burdened by massive amounts of debt.”

Next up, taking advantage of Mobile Gambling, Apps, social media and the more are at the forefront of making the online gambling industry the next best thing to tweet about!

“Live Dealer Casino is already massively popular in Asia he says, “live dealer’s appeal will spread to other markets and into other forms, such as bingo. The technology has matured, and bottom line, it’s just fun.”

He also believes it is just a matter of time before RNG casinos make a comeback, “it is wide open for some innovative company to make serious inroads.”

With social media stemming the popularity of  Sports betting, the sector will continue to evolve slowly but vibrantly, with more betting types and increased integration with social media.

The Bodog Recreational Poker Player Model, he claims will be “THE big poker story of 2012.”

Also subscription poker and free-play virtual chip models will continue to grow, Ayre’s doesn’t think anyone will ever find a way to convert, “as a real-money poker player would never play strictly for fun, so they are in fact different markets which can’t be crossed one way or the other.”

He believes that horse racing is in need of a jump start, with a fresh, new and innovative face reaching out to a younger demographic to help it cross over into a hipper scene.

Anonymous Payment Systems, “this will be the year a modified version of Bitcoin hits the net.”

He also predicts his site Calvin Ayre will be the leader of online gambling sites and hey who are we to doubt a man with strong aspirations, hopes and dreams!

Reported by Maggie B.

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PwC’s new annual report ‘Global Gaming Outlook: The casino and online gaming market to 2015’

December 5, 2011 · Filed Under Online Gambling News 

With the PwC’s latest release of their annual report, “Global Gaming Outlook: The casino and online gaming market to 2015’ explores the changes and challenges in mature markets, the upcoming opportunities in new and developing jurisdictions, as well as the legislation, regulation, and potential impacts brewing in the online gaming arena.

According to PwC projections the global casino gaming revenue across the United States, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Asia Pacific, Latin America and Canada will grow at 9.2% compound annual rate during the next five years, rising from US$117.6 billion in 2010 to US$182.8-billion in 2015.

Spending in the United States on casino and online gambling activities will rise by five percent from $57.5 billion in 2010 to $73.3 billion in 2015 while the Asia-Pacific region will see ‘dramatic growth’ of 18.3 percent in gaming spend to reach $79.3 billion in five years and overtake the US to become the world’s largest regional market.

“Looking at physical gaming revenues, PwC predicts that by 2015, the financial balance of power in the global casino gaming industry will have undergone a fundamental eastward shift, with Asia Pacific growing at 18.3 percent annually to 2015. This will see Asia Pacific overtake the US – growing in contrast at only 5 percent annually to 2015 – to become the biggest regional market in terms of off-line, non-digital revenues in 2013. By 2015, Asia Pacific will account for 43.4 percent of global spending on casino gaming, with the US accounting for 40.1 percent.”

PwC says that in terms of casino gaming, France had the largest casino market in 2010 at $3.8 billion, followed by Germany and South Africa at $2.0 and $1.8 billion, respectively.

Revenues in EMEA will reach US$18.3-billion in 2015 up from US$16.3-billion in 2010, an average annual increase of 2.4% compounded annually. The weak economic conditions and the impact of adverse regulatory developments in some countries will curtail growth. The much smaller Latin American market will see growth of 8.1 per cent compounded annually from US$3.8 billion in 2010 rising to US$5.6 billion in 2015. Canada will grow from US$5.7-billion in 2010 to US$6.2-billion in 2015, a 1.8% compound annual rate.

South Africa’s casino gaming market in 2010 generated revenues of $1.8-billion, growing at a very respectable 3.5% in that year. For 2011 to 2014, SA gaming revenues are expected to grow at a low rate to $1.9 billion in 2015, a compound annual growth rate during the forecast period of only 1.9%.”

PriceWaterhouseCoopers found that most of the world’s legal online gaming takes place in Europe, the Middle East and Asia with the UK being the largest single market.

According to PwC, “the next five years will see rapid and pervasive change in every segment of the casino gaming industry. Now is the time for all participants to plan for this change— and to stake out the right positioning in the new landscape of 2015.”

Written by Maggie B.

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