2013      Nov 29

Online Gaming NewsAlbania looks to end Online Gambling

A new government party in Albania has decided that it might be the right time to end online gambling in the country.   Since June, over 1300 betting shops and casinos have been shut down for operating without the proper licenses.

Now the government has turned to overseas online gambling sites.  Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe and the government is concerned that there is too much money leaving a country that can ill afford to see money go outside of the country’s borders.

It has been estimated that   approximately €500 to €700 million could be going to foreign gambling companies each year.  The government wants that money to stay in Albania.

China could add online sports betting

Rumors are flying that the Chinese government is close to an agreement with gambling company 500 to offer an online sports betting platform everywhere except Macau.

But a deal might not happen as soon as people expect it to.   500 still needs to raise at least $150 million dollars to provide a proper online sports betting platform.   If there is any betting, it would be tied to the Chinese lottery service.  The lottery currently only offers 68% in returns and that is less than what illegal Chinese sites offer.   And even if everything goes through, 500 still might not be able to offer players the very popular “in-play” bets.  Without those “in-play” bets, why would Chinese gamblers leave the illegal sites?  Both Chinese and Western companies would welcome the financial windfall that the Chinese sports betting market could provide.

Bulgaria blacklists more gaming companies

Bulgaria is blacklisting online gaming companies faster than anyone can count.    The list is over 150 and growing thanks to five more companies added in recent weeks.  PrimeCasino, BetCave, Oddsring, BetSonic and BetCris were added to the blacklist.    Companies can appeal the ruling but they only have two weeks to do so.  If a company can prove that they have left the market, they will be removed from the lack list.  Bwin.party and their PartyPoker recently were removed from the list.

Slovenia introduces new gaming act

In early 2014, Slovenia is expected to introduce a new Gaming Act.  The European Union has already been informed that the new act is coming.  If the European Commission reviews and approves of the new laws, they will go in effect.

2013      Nov 28

online pokerIn the first state’s quest to be one of the leaders in online gaming, the State of Delaware offered online poker gaming on Halloween, October 31, 2013. Delaware followed the State of Nevada in offering legalized online gambling. Nevada first offered their program in April 2013 with an online poker room called “Ultimate Poker”.
The biggest hurdle in offering online gambling in Delaware had been the technological boundaries. The state has relied on industry leader Scientific Games to provide the geo-location, player identification and payment processing services. 888 will provide the actual software platform to make everything run smoothly.
With Delaware entering the mix, Nevada is eager to offer an interstate contract for online poker. New Jersey might be another partner for Delaware as well. There is a ready market of players that would welcome such an action.
Delaware had previously offered free play to gather information in relation to the potential market for online gaming products. With players now able to place bets on poker games with real money, Delaware can now turn to video poker and slots as their next offerings. Right now, 888 has limited options in relation to the games that they can offer but they are looking at games from other providers to offer to Delaware gamblers.
As of now, there are few “US friendly” sites available to online gamblers. These online sportsbooks and poker rooms offer the same player bonuses on deposits and industry leading software that foreign gamblers have come to expect. The sites to watch are:
Sportsbook.com
Carbonpoker
BetOnline
Bovada
All of these sites offer bonuses up to 200% on initial deposits. Most players review all of the terms and conditions and the history of the various sites before they deposit money and play.

2013      Nov 27

Poker If you know anything about poker, you have surely heard of Daniel Negreanu.  Negreanu is one of the top poker players in the world and he is stiff competition both online and in live poker tournaments.  That is why it was no surprised when he was named WSOP Player of the Year.  This is the second time that Negreanu has received the honor.  To cap off that honor, Negreanu also won his sixth World Series of Poker bracelet.

Shortly after the announcement of his winning of the WSOP Player of the Year honor, he received congratulations from fellow big names in the game.  In the past, those messages would have come by phone, email or text message.  Now the messages come from Twitter.  This marks the second time that the honors have gone to Negreanu after his first Player of the Year win in 2004.

The newly minted Player of the Year quickly proved why he received the honor by winning the Euro 25,000 buy-in World Series of Poker High Roller Event.   The field at the final table contained some of the top names in the game today including Tim Adams from Canada, Philipp Gruissem from Germany, Brazil’s Nicolau Villa-Lobo and Americans Erik Seidel, Jason Koon, David Peters and Scott Seiver.

In the end, it came down to Negreanu and Villa-Lobo.  Villa-Lobo took home a respectable   Euro 450,000 for second place after battling head to head with Negreanu for over an hour.  The first place finish earned Negreanu Euro 750,000 and another World Series of Poker bracelet.

2013      Nov 16

Lotto7A new type of lottery is being launched soon and it’s called Lotto7. Yggdrasil is launching a lottery that will run 7 days a week and the progressive jackpot will start at €2.5 million. Yggdrasil Gaming will also be launching something called the Lotto7express which is a virtual draw done in real time.

The draw will feature 7 numbers and it will be drawn live on the internet from Malta. The show promises to use the best technology available and also expert hosts. The draw is going to be made at 6 o’clock CET and players can buy tickets up until the time when betting stops. You can purchase a number of tickets to enter and the draw is going to be aired at 8 o’clock CET.

You can purchase the entry tickets from internet casinos and other operators and the tickets cost just €1 each. In order to get the jackpot prize, you will need to get 5 numbers plus 2 jokers. However, there are smaller prizes available if you get at least 2 numbers from the initial 5 numbers drawn. If you get 1 joker, your prize will be multiplied by 7 and if you get a second joker it will be multiplied by 7 again.

The new Lotto7 from Yggdrasil will start in December and it is likely that it will prove to be a hit because of the huge prizes that are available on a daily occasion.

2013      Nov 15

Sportech PLCVernons, part of Sportech PCL from Liverpool is being sold to Netplay TV for an amount of £3 million. According to a statement, the decision was made to sell Vernons after a review of its performance over the last 6 months. The casino hasn’t been performing as well as hoped and it reported a loss of £700,000 in the first 6 months of 2013.

In order to turn the company around, Vernons required extra investments and Sportech has decided that it wasn’t worthwhile to continue with the project.

Ian Penrose from Sportech said that his company is extremely happy to have received £3 million for Vernons after selling it to NetPlay TV. He also added that NetPlay TV will be able to combine their interative TV marketing skills to take the business forward in a way that Sportech couldn’t. Moreover, it would allow Sportech to increase their operations in the United States.

The sale included the whole of Vernons Online Casino which includes websites for sportsbooks, poker and bingo. Moreover, they sold their customers databases and all customers will be moved over to NetPlay TV. Some staff will also be moved.

Charles Butler from NetPlay Tv said that his company are very excited about buying Vernons because it fits very well with the company’s core business. It will add more customers and it will be able to be integrated very quickly into their current line of business.

 

2013      Nov 14

EuroMillions LotteryThe EuroMillions lottery is one of the largest games of its kind worldwide. The jackpot for the EuroMillions thisSaturday currently stands at €12 million. Last week, one lucky punter from Spain won a staggering €31 million.

Although it’s called the EuroMillions, you don’t actually need to be living in the EU to play. You can play by registering with online lottery agents and join in the fun too. Companies similar to theLotter allow you to join in and play in international lotteries from around the works using your home computer or mobile phone. If you do live in the UK, you can also make use of these agents by saving yourself a trip to the shop and play online.

This weekend’s Draw!

The 2nd November could be your lucky day with the opportunity to win a huge €12 million and this jackpot could turn your life around, so get your lucky numbers chosen, buy your tickets and it might just be your lucky day.

Remember that you have to enter to have a chance to win it, so if you can’t get to your local EuroMillions retailer, or you live outside of the UK, head over to an online lottery agent and join in the fun today!

2013      Nov 13

Jackpot WinThis week, only lucky slot player at the Millionaire’s Club nearly became a millionaire by hitting the jackpot worth $833,554.

Although the details are the winner are not yet available, it’s though that they either came from VIP Casino or InterCasino. These two casinos are hugely popular and are known to host the Millionaire’s Club slot game that was developed by Cryptologic who are a leading betting software company.

We will update you with more information about this story as and when the relevant information has been released.

2013      Nov 6

BetOnline1The recent Cowboys and Broncos game was so exciting that it was bound to have any football fan sitting on the edge of their seat. It was a super back and forth game where a total of 99 points were scored. There is one player who literally had his heart in his mouth for the whole game.

Brandon P placed an 18-teamer with BetOnline Sports. He started his lucky winning streek by successfully choosing the winners out of three games. The Dodgers beat the Braves, Iowa State won to Texas and UCLA beat Utah. This was the first of his lucky 18 game winning streak.

He continued by getting the next 13 college football games correct, but there were a few close ones. Georgia won in overtime and he just needed 2 more successful choices to win. By the end of Saturday night he was sitting at 16 out of 18 with only 2 NFL games to go.

Most sports bettors at this time would be looking at ways to safeguard their winnings. They might lock-in a guaranteed amount, but Brandon kept on going. He must have known something we didn’t! The Rams beat the Jaguars easily and St. Louis also won. He just had the Broncos and the Coyboys game to go. The Broncos won this emphatic game and Brandon’s investment of just $2882 turned into a massive win of $54,268.91.

Dave Mason from BetOnline said well done to Brandon for getting all of these games right. He said that BetOnline are happy when their players win and it seems like it’s happening more and more. Players don’t often hit this huge parlays, and they have paylays up to 25 games. But BetOnline is home to many online gamers and it’s no wonder that it is also home to many winners.

If you want to be a winner like Brandon, you’ll need to get yourself over to BetOnline. When you sign up there is up to $1000 worth of bonuses and you can get in on the action by going for the big win just like Brandon did.

2013      Nov 5

bet365The whole world will be watching Ascot on Saturday October 19th as it is the QIPCO British Champions Day. There is more than £3 million in prizes being offered in more than 5 races. This is by far the richest day for racing in the UK and will promise to produce some great action and a few lucky jockeys and their horses will have the chance of success in these championship races.

Bet365 is also set to let you in on the action with their Sportsbook and Racebook Price Promise which applies to all races that are shown live on Channel 4. The prices will be updated regularly to ensure that the best price is given on each and every horse that is racing. You can be sure that you will get the best price available on the day from bet365.

You will also have the opportunity to win free bets. If you back a winner at 4/1 or higher on a televised race, both Channel 4 and bet365 will give you a free bet of the same stake on the next live race. Moreover, if you select the winner again with odds of 4/1 or higher, you will also get another free bet for the next live race. If it’s your lucky day and you keep getting the right horse, you can keep betting for free!

This applies to every live televised race on Channel 4. With some great offers and a huge range of different betting opportunities, you can be sure that bet365is the best place for you on this huge day in British racing.

2013      Nov 4

Grand Vision GamingOne of the world’s more prominent gaming suppliers, Aristocrat, has just signed a deal with a Montana video gaming manufacturer called Grand Vision Gaming (GVG).

GVG and Aristocrat have put pen to paper in a new cross-licensing deal that brings player’s favourite Aristocrat game themes to cabinets made by GVG in the lucrative South Dakota Lottery market.

Atul Bali, Aristocrat President, said that their relationship with GVG is going to be very beneficial for both parties involved as well as their respective players. He added that the company is very excited to expand their relationship with the company and will now be able to bring 3 of their most popular themes to South Dakota.

Tim Carson, a partner in GVG, said that successful collaboration with Aristocrat shows the world the strengths of both companies. Now that the two companies have signed an agreement they will have a great advantage in the industry that couldn’t have been achieved alone.

Earlier in the year, the two companies signed a similar agreement to bring Aristocrat titles to the state of Montana. The 3 most famous titles are Buffalo, Miss Kitty and 5 Dragons and will soon be associated with the South Dakota Lottery.

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