Mastercard will no longer be processing online gambling transactions according to the latest news on the web. According to various sources the action taken by Mastercard coincides with a Federal appeals court ruling recently upholding a contempt order for refusing to comply with a grand-jury subpoena levelled against two former online gambling payment processing companies. The blocking of all deposits made by US citizens linked to poker sites and online casinos will be imposed, immediately as Mastercard starts to comply with the eventual Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act enforcement. In what seems like a never ending problem for the financial institutions Mastercard has attempted before to block online transactions but were thwarted by gaming sites who were able to remove the code identifying the transaction from their sites. Mastercard’s last attempt to block gambling transactions lasted about 2 months before gaming sites were able remove the code making them invisible again. Doylesroom, Bodog, Absolute Poker, UltimateBet, Cake Poker Network and Sportsbooks will be affected by this action by the credit card giant.

Visa continues to be widely used in the US at online poker and casino sites but it has been suggested they are working on similar plan to refuse transactions from online gambling sites or players. This will not be the end of punting in America or gambling on your favourite poker site. Alternatives to credit card deposits are still available at most gaming sites with Echecks, Ewalletexpress and Usemywallet some of the most popular. The use of electronic cheques is also gaining usage, they are deposited directly with the online poker site. These are quick, usually free from charges, and they can also be used to withdraw cash. Other options like Fedex checks or bank wires are also often used by players on the net. With America's Superbowl football game, coming soon this move by Mastercard will surely cost them millions of dollars in lost fees.  

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Many people would like to try a slot machine or play a game of cards at an online casino but don't have a lot of cash to spare. The social person may want to get into a poker game online with friends but doesn't know how to play the game that well now has a way of getting up to speed or just have some fun.

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The 2010 Winter Olympics, also known as the XXI Olympic Games, will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with some events being held in the neighbouring town of Whistler. The Winter Olympic Games gives the world wide athletic community a chance to promote international cooperation and excellence. The Winter Olympics are held every four years and features sports that require snow or ice. Sports included in the 2010 Winter Olympics are Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross-Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short Track, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboard and Speed Skating. From February 12th to the 18th 2010 the world will be watching the best of the best athletes compete for the gold medal. The winter games were introduced back in 1924 and people have been wagering on them ever since. Online sports books are servicing the demand well with good insight into the way things are unfolding the punters are eager to place their bets on these exciting and competitive events. Millionths of a second on a bobsled run could change the outcome. Since the introduction of the internet, online sports betting on the Winter Olympics has proven much more convenient and more substantial than older traditional methods. Participants can access information about their favourite athletes and their current status instantly. International wagering has come to the Winter Olympics, with many online sports books ready to make betting as much as an event as the games themselves. It's a captivating show to watch the athletes giving us a great opportunity to support our country's team. Whether your wagering on favourites like figure skating, speed skating or Canada's beloved sport, ice-hockey it will be simple to find a sports book for all your needs on the net. The build towards the competition has been long coming as US snowboard team coach Peter Foley, said after the team was announced, "We are going into the 2010 Games with one of the strongest athletic line-ups possible. We're hoping to go into Vancouver and build on the successes we saw in 2006." The German’s look to pose the biggest threat to the Americans but with such a formidable team the US team will certainly enter the Olympics as the bookies favourites.



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The Doyles Room sponsored player Hoyt Corkins, has upset a few poker players in a takedown of the WPT, Southern Poker Classic event. Corkin an easy going Alabama native stood up to the onslaught of 208 players to become the latest WPT winner and take in over $700,000 in the process. He is a veteran of the WPT circuit playing now for a number of years and this recent win makes his total earnings over $3 million. Doylesroom professionals have been doing well and with this win are now really showing what they are made of. Corkin now moves into contention for the WPT player of the year award which would bring the Brunson team some added fame and fortune. Another of the team’s most successful online poker players, Chris “Moorman1” Moorman, has had a great start to his year without doing too much as one of his co-players Tyler Reiman, finished second in the PCA for $1.7 million, of which he was entitled to a hefty percentage. Poker’s hottest team is always on the lookout for talent and it looks like they have a strong team already.

Betfair's team is looking strong too with Annette “Annette15” Obrestad taking down one event at the Aussie Millions, putting her into the chip lead race for the final table at the main event. Doyles room should have snapped up the young lady and her talent earlier because now she is old enough to play anywhere in the world she will surely cause them some distress. The Norwegian youngster is going to show us all a thing or two about poker in the next little while as she is already putting things in a different light for some players. Stakes are getting bigger every day and the games just keep on getting more exciting to watch and play. Watching the young players strut their stuff, is interesting as it compares to the old school tactics presented by some seasoned professionals.

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The USA it is a tough environment for the anyone who is connected with the former online gambling businesses that used to go on in that country. Since the Federal government decided to shred the operations of internet gambling in the States various deals have been made for those caught up in the new rules. The department of justice has been getting millions of dollars from companies and individuals that are considered in violation of the ban on online gambling.

Federal indictments were imposed without any apparent fairness, at random, targeting the big players and small. The Department of Justice and federal prosecution have not only made life difficult for the actual gambling operators but have also made payment processors of transactions of gaming online pay the price of prosecution.

A three count indictment, including a conspiracy to operate an illegal gambling business, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and conspiracy to engage in money laundering was levelled at CEO and owner of Account Services Corp and KJB Financial Corp., Douglas Rennick. These two payment processing firms with Rennick as head had been accused of processing payments for online casinos and poker rooms, which is illegal under the UIGEA. Rennick had allegedly transferred over $350 million dollars from the United States to international gambling sites.

Federal prosecutors are aiming collect $565.9 million dollars in forfeitures. Rennick had been held in contempt of court after refusing to comply with a grand jury subpoena. Rennick and his attorneys had argued that Rennick's companies could meet the subpoena with non-compliance, stating that this would violate Rennick's rights under the Fifth Amendment, an integral component of the Bill of Rights. Under the Fifth Amendment, Rennick is protected against self incrimination. According to the Wall Street Journal, a panel of judges stated. "We disagree and affirm the district court's contempt order," So now Mr. Rennick having lost his appeal will go to trial, with 30 years of jail time hanging over his head should he not be acquitted. 

 

 

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The Warsaw Business Journal recently reported there was a large scale protest being waged in Poland alleging internet censorship by the government. Thousands of web users have signed a petition addressed to President Lech Kaczyński, asking him to veto the government's gambling bill, arguing that the proposed law will restrict the freedom of the internet. Many groups have been vocal about the validity of the proposed new gambling laws that gives the officials of the government an increased level of control over internet use.

Filtering is a world wide issue that is on the agenda of every government and for those who believe the internet should be an open universe, it is matter of freedom. Similar to the internet filtering efforts by China and Australia, to name a few, the Polish proposition is based on a black list introduced by the Office of Electronic Communications as requested by the police and other such entities which may include church officials, internet providers would then be required to block the site. Various groups on facebook and other social networking venues have created a stir that is getting a lot of attention. Businesses such as internet providers don't like the obligation they have been given and have also formally informed Kaczyński of their displeasure. Representatives from other business and organizations have called the moves by the government as censorship and issued their letter of protest. In order to quell the community uproar Prime minister Donald Tusk has invited all those who have concerns over the propositions to an open debate both live and online. Polls have shown that people that are using the net tend to support the ruling Civic Platform Party so this is a way to keep those voters coming back. The Polish people are not ones to take things lightly, especially their freedom, so it will be a sure bet this will not be an easy ride for the politicians.

 

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Playtech is a company looking to the future of gaming with it's new mobile gambling platform. The Isle of Man software supplier, is launching Mobile Web Apps as the latest cross-platform solution from Playtech. With no need to download, this will be a boon to those who are on the move, the player can enjoy gaming even while out on the town.

 This new addition to an operators software benefit’s the supplier in it capacity to grow a large customer base quickly. Going between a computer and a mobile device is easy using the same account identification login. The freedom to chose where you play and when is now as close and handy as your cell phone. The play now experience is supported by the leading mobile platforms of iPhone/iPod Touch and Android phones, which gives the platform a wider range of mobile users. There's over a dozen casino games available. The three pioneer games to launch on Mobile Web Apps are the popular Blackjack, Jack or Better, poker and the Gold Rally progressive slot, which is fortunately linked to the Playtech progressive jackpot. Three new games for Java apps are Pop Bingo, a single player version of the classic Bingo then Keno, a lottery-style game, and, fixed odds Rock, Paper, Scissors.

The modular system enables full integration and customization, giving licensees the full advantage of Playtech's cross platform capabilities. Playtech has produced a well branded, seamless gambling platform, assuring the player a positive and fun, on the go casino full of games that provides all the features of a home-based computer experience. For the operator it is easily managed by means of a single powerful interface. Playtech Mobile Casino is the premium source for mobile fun and games. Founded in 1999, Playtech employs seventy five percent of it's work force in the research and development of gaming technologies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The competition for the online gambling Scandinavian market is heating up with companies positioning and consolidating to gain an edge. Cherryforetagen, the land based casino arm of Sweden's publicly listed gambling group Cherry, is said to be acting according to a plan that includes going online by acquiring Coys, a major player in the online gambling market in that region. Malta-based COYS Ltd. markets casino games in partnership with Betsson Services Ltd in a white label solution in which Betsson is responsible for aspects such as technology, customer management and payment processing.

In February of 2008 the company launched an online operation branded PlayCherry.com, which will now be integrated into the Coys operations. Along with Betsson and Net Entertainment, Cherryforetagen, Cherry group is achieving it's ultimate goal of capturing a larger part of the market in Scandinavia. The Swedish group now includes brands like DanmarksAutomaten, NorgesAutomaten and SverigeAutomaten, which combined have some 55 000 registered customers.

Gunnar Lind, CEO for Cherryföretagen, commented, “This is a strategically important acquisition which gives Cherry access to established brands in online gaming and enables it to reach critical mass. We see great opportunities for continued expansion in both existing and new geographic markets. From a long-term perspective, we feel that physical games and online games will be linked together, creating new opportunities.” The acquisition could turn a significantly bigger profit margin for Cherryforetagen even with the cash payment of 50 million SEK and the deferred payments deal which will be based on performance over the next three years to shareholders. It is obvious to investors that a deal that promotes the integration of land based entities and the new trend towards an internet offering by those institutions is a move that many gambling operators are looking into. The market for web based gambling is growing rapidly and companies that don't look progressively at the situation are going to be left behind. Consolidation is a necessity in the online gaming market today.

 



 

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Polish laws regarding internet gambling are in a state of flux as they are in many countries throughout eastern Europe.

In Poland online gambling is unregulated and there are no Polish internet gambling sites running right now because the government is not in a position to licence operators yet. In fact, the government in Poland has established a ban on offshore online gambling sites although the ban is loosely enforced. Polish people like to gamble online regularly. The Polish government has recently come to the conclusion that there is money to be made be regulating online gambling so they are looking into a regulatory platform for licensing in the country. Polish land based casinos are also pushing for the right to offer their services on the internet. It a dramatic turn of events deep in the Tatra Mountains, in a town called Zakopane, arguably the largest ski resort in Poland the country’s winter capital is facing heavy fines from the Polish Customs Chamber for recently advertising a French online sportsbook called “Bet-at-home”. During the recent FIS Ski Jumping World Cup events, being held in Zakopane on the 22nd and 23rd of January, the “Bet-at-home” name and logo appeared on contestants' uniforms as well as on banners hung around the Wielka Krokiew ski jumping venue. The Cusatoms Chamber is trying to uphold new laws implemented on the first of January 2010 making advertising of online gambling interests illegal. Zakopane now faces a fine as high as 1.2 million zloty or 300,000 euro.
The organizer of the World Cup events in Zakopane, Lech Nadarkiewicz, said, “If we pay the fine, not only won’t the World Cup bring any profit, but it will make losses,”

The Tatra Skiing Association is arguing that the advertising contract with the French gambling company was signed before the law changed, while Bet-at-home is arguing that Poland’s new gambling laws violate EU free trade standards. This move by the Polish government is a clear violation of E.U. rules for free trade between members and will most likely end up in the European Commission's court, where Poland may be fined for it's restrictive actions.


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