While one of the worlds largest poker rooms is feeling a little pressure in America from online gambling opponents and the US Treasury Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad has come on board as a pro just in time to round out the Full Tilt Poker demographic. Her timing and the Full Tilt's management team's choice of professionals is perfect with the highly publicised World Series of Poker being just a mere month away. This young lady has a knack of being in the right pace with the right cars she turned twenty one just after the last WSOP was concluded and is now of age to legally play in Las Vegas. Annette Obrestad was a prime candidate for the Full Tilt team and was in the running for sponsorship opportunities back in 2007 when she handily took the title at that years World Series of Poker Europe main event. For some unknown reason Obrestad decided to make a deal with another big operator Betfair. What it looks like is her three year agreement with Betfair has concluded and she is now available without any strings attached to pursue the WSOP main event this time round with Full Tilt at her side. Maturing into a Full Tilt poker player won't take long for this young but experienced professional. Her remarkable talent has paid off for her on many hands with equal luck and skill both online and in live tournaments. Obrestad has over $3 million in live poker winnings to her name, even though she just became legal in Las Vegas. Her WSOPE main event title in 2007 and her second place finish at the EPT Dublin are examples of how strong a player this woman is. Full Tilt poker will have Obrestad hosting the FTOPS XVI Main Event coming up, something a lot of her fans are looking forward to.

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According to the Right2Bet organization,

A system of rules and regulations as set out by the Danish Gambling Board will govern the operators that are to be granted licences. A fairly steep tax rate of twenty percent will apply to the gross profits of the licensed online gambling companies. The European Commission has kept up the pressure to make Denmark conform to it's standard rules regarding monopolies. The Commission launched formal infringement proceedings against Denmark over its sports betting monopoly back in 2006. The monopoly was deemed to be in violation of an article in the E.U. laws that relates to the free movement of goods and services within the EU. Denmark's proposed amendments to it's gambling laws will see the state-owned monopoly Danske Spil, competing with a number of private-sector operators offering Danes a wider range of gambling activities.

Online Poker and Casino games such as slots and roulette will be offered legally for the first time. It has taken some time for this process to come about, H.C. Madsen, Danske Spil’s Managing Director, told Danish newspapers in November of 2009 that he welcomed the upcoming changes: “It will be nice to get some clarity on the issue after so many years of uncertainty...We’ll also be able to offer casino gambling and poker now, which we couldn’t do before.”

The better tax rates for the operators will give everyone a chance to make at least a little bit of profit. The consumer is the big winner in this deal with more variety and a safe and secure place to play.

Danish citizens are to have greater quality and choice of gambling products after legislation presented to Parliament last week confirmed the Danish Government's desire to liberalise its gambling market, following pressure from the EU to reform its monopoly system. If passed, the new legislation could bring rapid changes as early as January 1st 2011. The June vote will hopefully be the beginning of a new era for online gamblers in Denmark.

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The Kentucky Derby is lighting up the internet because the day is upon us and anybody who likes to make a bet or two usually enjoys the excitement of this particular race. Playing any game online can be fun but none can match the drama and natural power associated with the glamour of the horse racing industry. The Kentucky Derby is a feast for sore eyes as the fashion makes the entire affair a classy as it gets. Society watchers get as much out of the hats and dresses the women wear as they do the horses and the gambling. Online streaming video puts us all there in whatever we are wearing and at the same time the online betting is live. The cameras present us with the closest view possible what could not be better with instant replay. While your checking out the glamour and buzz part you are bound to notice there are spin off industries associated with the Derby like party supplies and hats. Through those you are bound to notice the Churchill Downs company Twin Spires is the official online wagering service provider. The exclusive Twin Spires Club allows you to redeem your player points for cash at any time. The photographers are cleaning their equipment for the May 1, 2010 running of the 136th Kentucky Derby to catch a glimpse of the contenders, unfortunately the weather could put a damper on the fashion part and could give any long shot horses a chance. The underdog horse Dublin has had very little experience in the mud. Jockeys aren't thrilled with racing in the mud mainly because they tend to eat a lot of it. There is only one that doesn't, the one out front. It will be a exciting race no matter what the conditions, now that online gambling on the race looks alright from at least the Twin Spires, Churchill Downs point of view. There are others many others onlinesuch as Bodog and SGB Global Racebook that offer great odds with online wagering you can shop around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post time for Kentucky Derby 136 is scheduled for 6:24 p.m. (ET).

 

 

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Corporate lawyers are very busy these days dealing with issues related to online gambling issues all over the world. Law360 a USA based legal publication reported recently that a bitter dispute going on between Harrah's Entertainment and Ultra Internet Media the parent company of Everest Poker has escalated to a new level of concern. UIM which is based in the Caribbean, launched litigation recently in a Las Vegas federal court claiming that World Series Of Poker breached its logo display agreement when Luxembourg based television network RTL9, an affiliate network of ESPN, broadcast the tournament in France and electronically replaced the Everest Poker image with a competitor's logo.
Harrah's Interactive Entertainment Inc., who owns the rights to the World Series of Poker is standing firm with a counter suit with the U.S. District Court in Nevada. The $22 million promotional dispute has become a bitter battle that Ultra Internet Media feels compelled to fight after seeing the Full Tilt Logo instead of the Everest Poker logo displayed in the broadcast of the tournament in France. Harrah's legal argument claims, "Nobody from Harrah's made any representation during any of the negotiations or in the promotional agreement concerning any ESPN distribution or WSOP programming in France," "Indeed, at the time of the negotiations, UIM did not have an online gaming license recognized by French authorities. It was observed that poker programming was not distributed by French television stations unless tournaments were sponsored by a French licensee. In 2008 and 2009 the WSOP was broadcast by ESPN and parties with whom it has contracts in over 170 countries, including the United States, collectively to over 250 million households, for over 6 000 hours. Thus, UIM has certainly gained all the exposure for the Everest poker.net website that it could have hoped for, and more,"

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The American Bankers Association has finally made their concerns known regarding the imposed responsibility they have to uphold the prohibition rules on online gambling in the USA. Steve Kenneally, the Vice President of the American Bankers Association, stated recently that the full implementation of the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act would be an expensive and ineffective way for the American government to deal with online gambling. He added the Act has no real control over online gambling activity, which will result in a waste of taxpayer’s money. The banks are only able to stop transactions to online casinos if they are identified as being an online gambling operation. There are many ways an operator from an offshore location can mask or disguise their identities with the result being they will go undetected by most financial institutions, making the law preventing the transmission of funds to customers in the USA not effective. Kenneally explained that the government has not clarified it's definition of “unlawful transaction” and “illegal gambling”, which has left officials from various banks to interpret for themselves which transactions they should block and what they will allow. There are many grey areas in those interpretations that the bankers have had trouble with before. Some online gambling activity such as lotteries and horseracing is legal in certain states in the USA. A large number of banks and credit card companies have put a stop on the wrong transactions by mistake. A few European countries consider poker and sports betting as a process that requires skill and therefore allow transactions from those online gambling activities. Again it has been difficult for the banking industry to sort out which are legal and which are not. It will cost the banks an enormous amount of money to put in place a system in America that can effectively lock the proper online gambling exchanges, costs that the general pubic will eventually be obliged to pay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The best way to play online casinos is to make sure you have taken all the right precautions before you download that software. Security is a major stumbling block for most new players. Most gamblers aren't willing to gamble the integrity of their identities on a quick bet on the horses or a friendly game of poker online. To play safe means a making a few checks on the reputation of the online casino or sports book you plan to use. Solid casinos have various accreditations from the major watchdog organizations and online casino portals usually display the regulatory system the casino or card room is licensed under. The license is generally issued by an organization in the jurisdiction in which the operator is based. To make sure you are wagering with a reliable company, checking for a valid license is imperative. eCOGRA, GamCare and IGC are non profit organizations that deal with online gambling operators on a regular bases to ensure fair and responsible gaming. Reputable gambling operators take various measures to make sure the players are protected. Online gambling operators respect the hackers ability so they often include security measures utilizing military grade encryption technology such as SSL, and rely on trusted third-party organizations for payment processing. Because there are people out there that are unscrupulous and bad companies that are honest are trying had to keep them off and out of there web sites but doing what you can as a player to safeguard your world don't forget to apply smart passwords to your casino account and keep your anti-virus software up to date. Today most online casinos use the latest 256 bit SSL encryption and are constantly employing the leading edge of the security technology as it becomes available. Security design for online casinos is handled by expert organizations such as Thawte and VeriSign and these companies are tested and required to be verified by independent organizations. Most online casinos automatically log out the player when he exits from the casino. The software at some casinos remembers the log in name and password for automatic log in, but allows members to disable this facility and in the interest of security all players should disable this facility.

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Most people in the world of online gambling choose to play slots, bingo, or poker with a large number also betting on sports of all kinds. With the big number of casino games available and the varieties of poker and sports who would think there are those punters who have a good time betting on something like American Idol or Dancing with the Stars. This kind of wager falls into the entertainment category that offers a surprising array of events to place a bet on. You can bet on just about anything from Hells Kitchen to the Oscars. Las Vegas bookmakers have been giving odds on political outcomes and just about everything else possible for years now. Online gambling sports books are being used more and more by the entertainment gambler. American Idol is watched by millions and is one of the greatest talent competitions to hit the airwaves and it has been since it first premiered nine seasons ago. American Idol Betting has hit a all time high, both with the live voting and actual outcomes of each performance. The final episode sees some serious wagering and expected wins for some savvy punters. Amazing talent is presented year after year on the show and this season is no exception. When the people vote of the performances betting odds can change rapidly, making following the show as exciting as watching a major basketball or football game and having your favour team loose in the final seconds of the game. For punters of all types entertainment gambling can have social aspects just like sports where friends watch the show together and lay a few bets online to secure a chance to prove they know who is the best or in some cases the worst talent. When fans follow the contestants closely, noticed are the many subtle changes that can occur during the competition. Contestants loose there drive or mature and get better with experience, all sorts of factors that can add to the fun of entertainment wagering online.

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India is a very old country and it has very old laws regarding gambling that are now being strained and pushed to the limit. The situation in India is such that there are calls from many sectors for the government to revamp it's outdated and confusing laws on gambling. Claims of illegal betting during the country’s multi-billion-dollar Twenty20 cricket tournament are being heard around the world. The Indian Premier League's chief Lalit Modi was suspended on charges of tax evasion by its organisers shortly after the final game of the tournament. Federal investigators revealed widespread illegal betting and match-fixing by Indian bookmakers and some leading players. Head of the Liberty Institute, a free-market think-tank in New Delhi, Barun Mitra, said, “It should have been legalised long ago. Banning it has created this problem,” A poll conducted by the Times of India newspaper suggested that 74 percent of respondents were in favour of gambling being made “a legitimate, regulated tax-paying business.” Gambling in India is severely restricted to certain areas and about half of all gambling activity in India is illegal. Representative Som Mandal from the law firm Fox Mandal Little, said, India’s gambling laws were confusing and outdated, especially given the growing popularity of online betting around the world. The 150 year old Public Gaming Act has remained largely unchanged. “It’s 19th century legislation that’s supposed to be regulating gambling on the Internet,” Mandal commented. Adding, “The moment there’s some sort of political angle to it or you come on the wrong side of the law as perceived by some people then all hell breaks loose.” A lack of clarity has created some strange interpretations of the current laws. Integrity in sports especially one as popular as cricket is important to the average punter, who just wants a level playing field on which to wager. Corruption has been reduced by the International Cricket Council and the Board of Cricket Control of India since their strict control measures were introduced after the last big cricket scandal ten years ago.

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In a recent article on the Canadian online gambling scene Manitoba was said to be considering getting into the online gambling market. Along with Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia, Manitoba is looking at the options of how and what to offer online gamblers in Canada. There are other interests on the Canadian landscape that have been getting some media attention also. The Mohawk Territory in Quebec is home to a thriving and prosperous online gambling industry and it is only a matter of time until other Native Tribes in Canada try their luck at establishing an online gambling operation on their own lands. Coming up The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs will begin discussions on the possible opportunities and potential drawbacks of getting into the online gaming business. Grand Chief Ron Evans admitted that the government of Manitoba making it's plans for online gambling public has prompted the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to start thinking about what they are going to do and how they will interact with the provincial government. So far the government authorities have not approached the Native Bands with any offers to become involved. Grand Chief Evans said, “I think we’d be open to learning more about it to see what our position is once we have that information,” adding, “Obviously it’s happening and it’s not being regulated. I think it would be good for us to know what impact it’s having on the existing casinos and gaming operations.” Only two land based operations are currently up and running. The Aseneskak Casino near The Pas and the South Beach Casino at Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. A third casino the Spirit Sands Casino is expected to be up and running on land adjacent to Spruce Woods Provincial Park within a couple of years said Chief Evans. Evans also confirmed that the gaming committee acknowledges online gaming is an area that demands some further exploration. 

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Canadian provinces have recently been making moves to legally offer online wagering and the upcoming Canadian Gaming Summit will be addressing some of the big issues facing the industry in that country. The Canadian Gaming Summit will be held in Calgary Alberta between the 26th and 28th of April at the BMO Centre which is home to the famous Calgary Stampede, and is a newly renovated 500,000-square-foot facility with yearly hosting capacity of 7,000,000 visitors. At the Summit Canadian operators will be exposed to a massive variety of topics and a large iGaming sector. Over the course at the Summit attendees will have an opportunity to listen to experts talk on the new direction of some of Canada's provincial governments as they begin to embrace the lucrative world of online gambling and the many aspects associated with starting up and maintaining a responsible and regulated industry. Explaining how Canada fits into the multi billion dollar internet gambling industry is one topic explored by various regulatory professionals. The potential of the one billion dollar annual Canadian spend on electronic gambling will also be discussed during the Summit's duration. Delegates will be privileged to gain some insight into how the Provinces will be challenged to make an egaming environment that is safe secure and responsible yet still entertaining and fun. The Canadian Gaming Summit is the only conference and exhibition in Canada that serves the entire Canadian Gaming Industry. This annual event delivers face-to-face interaction between senior decision makers directly involved in the procurement and purchasing of gaming-related products and services. Summit participants are from all gaming sectors, disciplines and regions within Canada and beyond and include Senior and Operational Executives from Provincial Lottery, Gaming and Regulatory Agencies, First Nations Gaming, Casinos and Race Tracks and Charitable Gaming including Bingo. By far the most interesting topic will be online casinos and gambling the newest edition to Canada's gambling history.

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