South African gambling commission officials have travelled to Antigua the see how the online gambling operations work. The government has studied the various aspects of regulations and control measures and have done serious studies on impact and tax benefits. The gambling community has been talking for a long time about the issues in South Africa and how all the deferrals have resulted in a missed opportunity in the sometimes contentious but profitable world of online gambling. Even though it is supposed to be illegal in South Africa to participate in internet gambling millions of people do and enjoy it. Playing in S.A. rands is a limiting choice so many people open a foreign bank account and deposit and play on any one of thousands of web sites offering all sorts of betting action from all over the globe. It is here that an investigative journalist from South African television looked for a story and found a good one. In a scathing documentary called Carte Blanche the producers and reporters went inside the African Palace Online Casino and it's people to find out why one now well documented winner was not paid in full.

African Palace.com, was reported by the documentary as being licensed in the Netherlands Antilles, with gambling servers in the United Kingdom.The winners suspicions were raised when the casino asked her to open an account in Cyprus to receive her funds. The casino also suggested that the winner not declare where then funds originated. During the scathing television show the casino was less than forthcoming and did not come off appearing co-operative about the situation. The acting CEO of the National Gambling Board, Thebi Moja, who was adamant that online gambling remained illegal in South Africa despite the high profile advertisements for African Palace are televised in the country. Moja did not satisfactorily say why there was inaction against companies advertising online gambling in the country for years. The Carte Blanche program has asked more questions than it answered and unfortunately the online gambling situation in South Africa has some pressing issues.





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Kentucky USA has been one state that keeps writers of online gambling news up all night wondering what legislators are going to do next in that part of America.

The state's Supreme Court has issued a surprise ruling on the legal technicality of whether the iMEGA and the IGC had standing to pursue the state after it tried to seize and confiscate 141 international internet gambling domain names, the court ruled that the organizations did indeed not have any standing. The issued statement by the courts bench said, “Although all such arguments may have merit, none can even be considered unless presented by a party with standing. No such party has appeared at the original proceedings in Franklin Circuit Court, the writ petition at the Court of Appeals, or on the appeal here to this Court.” Joe Brennan, chairman of iMEGA commenting on the court's finding, which overturned an earlier court of appeals ruling in favour of iMEGA and the IGC said, “In the written decision, the Court clearly indicates they agree with our arguments and are inviting us to re-file so that the technicality of the standing issue can be resolved. He added, "It’s unfortunate, but I can’t imagine that Kentucky’s lawyers will celebrate a ruling that says, ‘Bring us an owner so we can rule in your favour,'" The lack of standing was because both trade organisations had not disclosed its membership details. The state Supreme Court made mention of the fact that, “Just as with real property, a domain name cannot own itself; it must be owned by a person or legally recognized entity.” This ruling places the writ of prohibition in peril and could open domain owners to the possibility of seizure and confiscation. Brennan said it is probable that if they specify even one owner as a party at risk it would allow the requirement of standing to be addressed and the case could go back to the Supreme Court of Kentucky to be heard without further problems.

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Attention, all account holders with the Buzzluck Online Casino, it's time to cash in your chips because the doors are closing March 27th 2010. News has surfaced that the Buzzluck Brand has been sold lock stock and barrel without the data-base to an unknown buyer for an undisclosed sum. Online gambling marketing entrepreneur Alex Czajkowski seems to have bitten off a little more than he could chew when attempting to make Buzzluck online casino a fresh and innovative new entity on the online gambling scene. Czajkowski felt he was in a position to continue giving the public a new approach to gambling on the internet with a deal in the works and a move to Panama but he was unable to sustain the action without a US customer base and an infusion of much needed capital. He has sold the brand and domain without the database mentioning that databases are not worth much to anyone other than spammers. Czajkowski posted on several message boards his intentions and has said, "The deal fell through, although it occasionally gurgles like it has some life in it....," adding "Something positive may yet happen to the Buzzluck brand, which has suffered a tad over this period of negotiation. I certainly hope so as some positive ROI would be most welcome. But I can't afford to keep the casino as operated by me open any longer, hence the attempt at an orderly and clean closure by notifying hosting, affiliates, players etc." Czajkowski said. "Good players look for brands with good reputations, which is why I'm working to keep Buzzluck's, and my, reputation as clean as possible." Czajkowski concluded that he had "learned a lot from the experience" and will "soon be unleashing at least better-then-Buzzluck-personal-service treatment." Czajkowski was still upbeat and optimistic stating that if he had had enough capital his 3D lobby, live lounge casino would have attracted a quality player and may very well be reborn some day.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Belgium is the country in between the Netherlands France and Germany, small but very influential in European politics. Belgium has three official languages Dutch, German and French and it has been trying to keep up with the new rules for gambling that the European Commission has been attempting to make universal.

Belgium has a long and interesting history of gambling with some of the original references to card playing dating back as far as the 1300s. Lotteries were held in the country as early as the 1400s and most forms of gambling are legal and regulated in Belgium.

Regulations are in place to control problem and underage gambling with the government of the country doing it's level best to be compliant with E.U. demands. In late 2009 the Lower Chamber of the Belgian Parliament approved changes to some of Belgium's laws regarding the age old gambling traditions to include the newest form of gambling, online gambling. The New Belgian Gaming Legislation, was brought forth in early 2010 and is expected to be resolved and in place by 2011 at the latest.

The Belgian Gaming Commission will be the authority that will oversee all forms of gambling within Belgium, including online operations. Although the National Lotteries will remain unaffected by the changes and remain a monopoly controlled by the government, all other games of chance including poker, sports wagering and the horses will ultimately rely on a licensing regime created by the new legislation. Royal Decree has placed a limit on the number of licenses available within the country with an obvious bias towards Belgian operators. Stiff rules that are coming will require any online gambling operator to first obtain a land based gambling license, then locate servers that run internet sites within Belgium's borders. It has been reported that thousands of people use online gambling web sites to play each day so it is suggested that the new legislation will be ignored by operators who will continue to offer their products in Belgium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 



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Bet 365 casino is one of the world’s largest online gaming companies with over three million players worldwide. It is the United Kingdom's seventh largest private firm.The Group employs over 1,000 people and is serious about it's product quality. It pays well too with some of the largest jackpots in online gambling. Video Slots, were the way to riches for a lucky player recently. The player identified as Mr. J. was having some good times playing the video slot Wall Street Fever when he snared the five jackpot symbols winning the long running Progressive Jackpot pool. Mr. J was quoted about his amazing $335,000 win, "I was very excited and couldn’t believe my eyes. I thought I must have seen it wrong!" he went on, once he caught his breath, "I had been dreaming of this win, but I still can’t believe it has happened. It all happened so fast," The excited player plans to buy himself the car of his dreams. Bet365 has been doing some good promotions lately offering some big money for those who what to play for some real cash. Box Office Blockbuster being an epic 5,000 prize-pool series that promises fun and big money. Watching and playing the collection of movie-themed Slots between 23rd and 27th March could win a cash prize. There are 200 prizes in all spread out over four hours per day over the five day period. There is Blade, Daredevil, Elektra, Fantastic Four, Gladiator, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man or X-Men to play for four 'movie hours' per day. For every 20 wagered and 100 spins played on these great games, you will earn one ticket to a draw in which 10 prizes of 25 will be given away. Bet365 is always doing something special to make things interesting and profitable. The latest $335,000 prize is just an example of how the click of the mouse can change your life.



 

 

 

 

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Bandits who robbed a casino in Berlin recently got away with a substantial sum of money,$329,000 or more it is reported. The March 6 robbery of the European Poker Tour event was televised to millions and was definitely almost as dramatic a scene as the poker games going on. German police have in custody one Ahmad el-Awayti who has been charged with the robbery. He is the second suspect to be arrested in the case. Police released the first man after the suspect gave them a credible alibi, but they are now thinking the first suspect was indeed connected to the robbery. Someone turned themselves in to the police recently, taking responsibility along with three accomplices hit the European Poker tour. The robber was not identified but the names and photos of his accomplices were; Ahmad el-Awayti, Jihad Chetwie, and Mustafa Ucarkus. Rosenthaler Square was the location of the surrender, where Ahmad el-Awayti, gave himself up to the German authorities stating, “I believe you are looking for me.” The others are still on the lamb their whereabouts unknown. One of them, Mustafa Ucarkus is considered the most violent of the group having served a time in prison for grievous bodily harm, and has only been out of the prison for less than a year. The first suspect known to police as Mohammed B, who was released with the alibi, had the names of the possible suspects with him. International arrest warrants have been issued for 20 year old Mustafa Ucarkus and Jihad Chetwie who is only 19 years old. The investigators think they may have left Germany, to possibly Turkey where it is believed they may have family and friends. Both are considered dangerous and should not be approached. There was no mention of the missing money or the whereabouts of Mohammed B.  

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In France the legal compliance model for online gambling operators is constantly changing and this makes things difficult for those who want to enter the newly regulated arena. Education is the key to keeping up with the new rules and regulations and there are many sub industries that cater to the requirements for compliance for the sector. One such agency has decided to create a document that will serve as a definitive list of rules that clarify and solidify the current rules. A web resource site for French online gambling news and information called Machine-A-Sous.com has the goal of “helping players, operators and affiliates understand the constantly changing legal climate of France’s online gambling industry.” Legal expert Marie Godard who has a masters degree in European Union law, has composed a thorough guide using related cases to make some seriously researched conclusions about the current state of affairs in the online gambling industry. The State of Online Gambling in France attempts to keep not only the interested public informed but also the operator and future operators of online gambling websites. Presented as a series of guides for the user of French gambling web sites it begins with a history of the laws on gambling in France and continues by investigating the free trade issues, which includes the lack of commitment in France to adhere to the demands of the European Commission and new legislation opening up the market to online casino operators from outside of France. Godard points out new laws will change the face of the internet gambling industry and the resulting implications good and bad for the public and gambling web site operators that will be experienced. Godard will offer valuable legal insights into issues that Godard says are, “too convoluted and complex for those outside the law community to understand.” Machine-A-Sous.com. will be a welcomed resource for affiliates, operators and gamers wishing to remain informed about the French online gambling legal situation as it develops.

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

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Gaming software company Playtech Ltd. has just announced it has made a substantial profit of 71 percent in it's full year report. This will prove to be a good thing for investors and speculators alike. New license agreements pushed up the bottom line giving the firm a running start to 2010. Mor Weizer, Chief Executive Officer of Playtech, said in a recent interview with Dow Jones Newswires, "Current trading is being driven by the groups investments in Italy, Spain, and Serbia over 2009," speculating that a stabilization in Europe's economy has helped make the company grow. Playtech, develops and licenses software for online and terrestrial gambling operations. Posted a net profit for the year ending December 31 rose to 69.51 million EUR from 40.69 million EUR in 2009. Revenue rose 3% to 114.78 million EUR as Playtech secured 13 new license agreements, with clients that now include Olympic from the Baltic region, and major entertainment brands such as Sega and Virgin. Last year (2008) the company managed a dividend of 15.2 cents per share. In 2009 the share dividend paid will be 20 percent higher at 18.3 cents per share. Brokerage firm Execution-Noble sent a note to its investors saying, "Playtech is well positioned to capitalize on the three trends of trading stabilization, regulation and consolidation which are driving the online gambling sector". Nick Batram, a KBC Peel Hunt analyst, confirmed the trend by stating, "This is reflected in the strong start to the year and the quality and the breadth of the licensee base," also making menton that the results were ahead of expectations which showed a strong movement towards revenue growth caused by strategic acquisitions and an opening up of newly regulated and lucrative markets. Some analysts are praising Playtech as having proven to be an astute deal maker with a range of offerings that will allow the company to take full advantage of the coming wave of regulatory developments in the European online gambling industry. They mark the company as being a good buy at it's current value.

 

 

 

 

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When the stakes are high it's exciting to watch not just the card action, but the money fly from one players bankroll to another in a matter of minutes.

Another session of the win or lose challenge took place recently between two very accomplished poker professionals Tom Dwan and Patrik Antonius. I'm sure some expected a longer time at the felt, but as it happens the two played for only nine minutes. The deal was quick and decisive with Antonius giving Dwan an amazing $230,000 usd in that short blink of an eye. Finishing sixty one hands during the session Tom Dwan benefited $230,710 for his efforts. Dwan is still in the lead for the poker prize money at almost two million dollars so far. This is definitely a matter of stamina for these Poker Challenge contestants. The two have seen 33,303 hands played out of the 50,000 it takes to finish the challenge. The Challenge has had a some ups for Antonius and some downs of late. There is a lot riding on the next sixteen thousand hands and these professionals are very aware of the possible gains or losses. Staying focused on the game is intense right now for both players. Antonius will have win almost two million to catch up to Dwan and not forfeit the a sizable wager of five hundred thousand usd dollars he has on the outcome of the challenge. The short session saw some quick raising, and betting, and the pot got large fast and furiously to a staggering $184,234 usd which Dwan walked away with. Threatened by no one Dwan keeps on the ball watching for any sign of weakness in his opponents moves or actions. To watch these professionals play quickly and decisively hones the skills of observation for any poker player that wants to learn how to play better and more decisively.

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One of the oldest and well respected gambling operations and poker rooms in the United Kingdom Ladbrokes has joined the Microgaming poker network. Microgaming one of the leading online gaming software companies, has consolidated other poker rooms Betway, BetOnBet, Eurolinx, GNUF, and Unibet to name a few, into it's stable of poker operations. Managing Director of Ladbrokes Poker, Edward Ihre, was reassuring the loyal and substantial customers stated, "The heart and soul of Ladbrokes Poker will remain with some necessary enhancements to boost its vitality. As such, players can rest assured that the unrivalled security, reliability and trust that is synonymous with the Ladbrokes brand will continue to be of the utmost priority in our delivery and commitment to our customers." Ladbrokes will continue to maintain it's brand name recognition and understands that joining the very large Microgaming poker network is going to benefit them in more ways than one. Ladbroke's has used the Microgaming software on previous occasions for the company's Million dollar rake race and Vegas dreams promotions but only as a stand alone presentation. With the move to the actual Microgaming network Ladbrokes will be much more accessible by the poker player with the software at your fingertips. Using Ladbroke's 1Click Poker client, Ladbrokes solves a common problem for new players when starting out, answering questions such as whether to use real or virtual money, what type of game to play and how much to buy-in for. One mouse click and the player confirms their choices and is immediately seated. This new Microgaming system works on various browsers that use a Flash interface. The software is easy fun and comfortable to use as a fast play format anyone can use. Ladbrokes has always had the goal of bringing poker to the people, and with this new move to the Microgaming poker network they have come a long way to achieving that goal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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