A Kentucky lottery winner will take home a big prize, much to the dismay of the present Governor of Kentucky which will also gain a big wind fall from that Powerball lottery win. Present Governor Steve Beshear has spent a great deal of energy and political time trying to convince the people of the State of Kentucky that online gambling is not good for them and is a practice that should be outlawed. The winning ticket worth $128.6 million USD and was sold in Georgetown, Kentucky, as a product of online gambling. The Powerball lottery, much like most state lotteries, is done through online machines that automatically choose the tickets for the game.
A tax of $3.5 million USD from the winning ticket is expected to be paid to the government of Kentucky. Officials in Beshear's office have refused to comment so far as to whether or not the state will decline in collecting those funds because they are the result of wagering online.

Steve Schwartz, a gaming analyst commented though by stating, "This lottery win puts Governor Beshear in a tight position," adding, "Since this is a multi-state lottery, and the only way to buy a ticket is through an online machine, it would seem that Beshear would be against this form of gambling." Kentucky USA has been in the news recently after it lost a case in which the government there tried to seize 141 domain names belonging to international online gambling operators. The case has gone to the Kentucky Supreme Court for appeal claiming that some of those domain names are indeed owned by American citizens, even though the identities of those owners have not been disclosed. The Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association who have championed the cause of the domain owners in court claim that due process is being ignored and the lawyers for the state are just looking to keep the case going for a possible financial gain. This is the largest win of a lottery in Kentucky since 1996 which was $89.3 million USD.


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The only legally authorized seller of lottery tickets in Vietnam is The Pacific Lottery Corporation that is headquartered in Calgary Alberta Canada.

Pacific Lottery Corporation is engaged in the provision of comprehensive computerize online and mobile phone lottery technology and related professional services for delivery to a growing audience of international customers. Today, PLC leads the exclusive technical support activities for the only authorised State run online lottery program in Vietnam. The launch of the recently approved mobile phone lottery service in Vietnam, to come online in the very near future, is expected to greatly expand lottery ticket distribution combined with increased public awareness derived from the new daily, live lottery draw TV show. Vietnam, one of Asia’s most populated and economically vibrant countries in Asia. 

The Pacific Lottery Corporation has recently announced along with it's quarterly report that it has agreed to a strategic alliance with bet365, one of the worlds largest Sports betting companies with gross annual amounts wagered of over US$ 5.1 billion. Bet365 is licensed and regulated in the United Kingdom and according to the Sunday Times is the UK’s 7th largest private corporation. They service over 3 million customers, in 17 languages, in 200 countries worldwide. PLC and bet365 look forward to working cooperatively together on new, exciting and mutually beneficial opportunities. Bet365 offers sports betting, poker, casino games, and bingo, as well as video streams on sporting events. Bet365 also offers an on course bookmaking service.

For sports betting, bet365 is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. bet365's casino, games and poker operations are licensed and regulated by the government of Gibraltar.

The Pacific Lottery Corporation (PLC), was founded in 1995, and is a publicly traded company on the TSX-Venture exchange, in Toronto trading under the ticker symbol LUK. It is also listed on Frankfurt Exchange under the symbol PCF.

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Mobile web services are definitely the way of the future with the trend growing by leaps and bounds every month. In a large portion of the world land based casinos are loosing out to the totally portable online casino. When you consider the growth of the use of cell phones and how sophisticated those phones are becoming it is just an obvious fact that gambling online via a mobile devise is the way of the future. Each month, approximately 68.6 million Americans use the web via a mobile device. That figure is expected to double within a couple of years. Consumers continue to increase the sales of mobile web service plans, as well as data devices to operate them, such as the smart phones, which are sold by nearly every cellular provider. Making a bet on your phone on the web makes perfect sense for the time conscious fast paced environment of today where pleasure usually is mixed with business. Mobility services are not cheap but they are cost effective when time is money and travel becomes a chore. While the expected usage of mobile data plans is expected to increase 49.4 over the next four years, we can not help but wonder just how quickly the increase will come and how vigorous the need for mobile technology will be. As with most technologies application innovation increases significantly with demand. Live online casinos in play sports betting all reley on the latest and most up to the minute data. If you know the odds and are actually able to stay on top of the action while you're on the move you have abetter chance of winning. It's as simple as that the first one in line gets the prize. Marketers of online gambling see the need and are acting accordingly providing more applications that are faster and more fun. It is predicted that in America alone mobile information use will soon reach one hundred million a month. That could create a lot of revenue for the gaming world.  



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It looks good for the online gambling industry in America although things are far from settled as yet. It has been a topic in the news for a long time now and when something like the delay of the enforcement of the prohibition on online gambling in America comes along people get excited. According to the web site Political Cortex from the USA the delay on the ban is a positive step that is giving the law makers of the land a little breathing room.

"We see this move by President Obama as an administrative decision to stop implementation of UIGEA to take an alternative approach to the Internet gambling ban in place," said Michael Waxman a spokesman for the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative. "This decision is the latest evidence that momentum is building for a shift in policy and rewriting the laws of the United States to provide Internet gambling regulation and taxation of non-place. Over the next six months Congress should act to create a framework to regulate Internet gambling to protect consumers and collect billions in much-needed revenue for critical federal and state government programs. "

Representatives of the financial services sector including chambers of commerce and financial services publicly stated that the rules are ambiguous burdensome and is unlikely to stop Americans from gambling on the Internet. In testimony before Congress in April 2008 the Department of Treasury and Federal Reserve representatives acknowledged the challenges U.S. financial institutions will face in trying to meet UIGEA particularly with regard to the possibility of multiple interpretations of what may or may not be illegal Internet gambling activities. Provisions in the proposed legislation provide the right of each State to allow Internet gambling activities in the state and restrictions for other activities as are necessary.

Barney Frank's bill to revamp the laws for interactive gambling in America has attracted a bipartisan group of more than 60 Senators who support regulation.

The revenue generated by the online casino industry which is desperately needed by the government in States, is at the heart of the argument.

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Regulation of online gambling in Norway has been the subject of debate for a long time in that country and currently all forms of interactive gaming via the internet are prohibited. According to Rolf-Francis Sims, who is the Legal Adviser, to the Ministry Culture & Church Affairs, in Norway, the state controlled monopolies Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto may allow for players to participate in their land based gaming activities via the internet. In December 2008 the Norwegian Parliament enacted the bill proposal from the Norwegian Government regarding a prohibition on processing of payments from Norway to non-licensed remote gambling sites.

The activity encompassed by the bill is the processing of payments to remote gambling sites without a Norwegian license, classified as an unlawful accessory involvement in the holding and mediation of non-licensed gaming. The prohibition is anchored in Gaming Law and not Financial Law. Entities comprised by the bill are Norwegian credit card companies, financial institutions and other mediums assisting the transfer of payments for remote gambling for gamblers in Norway. This is similar to the process by which the USA has kept the public from legally gambling online. The legislative aims are to create an obstacle for remote gambling from Norway, strengthen national supervision of the domestic gaming market, limit evasion of Norwegian gaming law as interactive gaming, casinos and poker are prohibited in Norway.

The bill is reasonable it is suggested because Norway is an attractive market for the remote gaming industry because a high number of Norwegians have access to the internet, and there is a significant increase in remote gambling from Norway. There are also indications of growing social problems and concerns that remote gambling represents a serious risk to the public health. The proposal contained detailed regulations regarding the prohibition and was sent for public consultation and notification in April of 2009. It is expected that both the bill and the regulations will come into force sometime next year.



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The Chicago Sun-Times has recently reported that the Governor of the State of Illinois Pat Quinn signed the Video Gaming Act last July, clearing the way for an estimated 40,000 regulated video lottery terminals to come online by late 2010 or early 2011. Now it has been reported that operators who have been prosecuted for running suspect poker games will not be able to participate in the planned new legal video lottery market, according to the top official of the state's gaming board.

Aaron Jaffe, chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board said to the Chicago Sun-Times "It's my personal opinion that if you're in the gambling racket today illegally, you shouldn't be able to operate legally when the Video Gaming Act takes effect... I will promise you that we will have the strictest rule that we possibly can have on this particular subject." This was announced at the Dec. 16 2009 meeting of the Illinois Gaming Board. Jaffe said the Illinois Gaming Board will need to perform "a lot of research" to determine how many current operators have been in violation of the law. This, it was suggested this may take a long time and be complicated because enforcement actions have been handled by many different divisions of the state's authority, from local police departments to the state liquor control board.

The Video Gaming Act asks the IGB to provide an intensely clear and detailed list of the regulations for the video lottery market. The legalization of the poker aspect of the Video Gaming Act is supported the Illinois Coin Machine Operators Association. The Chicago Sun-Times also reported, 21,000 video poker games are currently licensed in Illinois as "amusement only" devices and an estimated 40,000 unlicensed poker games are also online. It is estimated that tens of thousands of locations make cash payouts to winning players of both licensed and unlicensed poker operations.











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Recently it was reported that there were arrests made in Israel regarding an illegal online gambling operation there. The story is becoming more interesting as the day goes on. Reports surfaced that alleged illegal operations were based and licensed in the jurisdiction of Belize. These reports have turned out to be ruse causing some confusion for the police as well as other online gambling operators trying to sort out the truth. Servers were actually located in Estonia, and bank accounts for the leaders of the operation were located in Israel. The casino and sports betting site Internet1x2.com was claiming to be regulated by the Belize Gaming Commission, but as yet no such connection has been established. Apparently the operations stretched from England, to Eastern Europe and Israel with the Belize connection used as a front.

Israeli police arrested two brothers, Idan and Shai Raviv, as the principle suspects in the investigation. The website, which has been taken down claimed to be owned by Net Games, a firm allegedly incorporated in Belize. Lincoln Blake, an official from the Belize Ministry of Economic Development, told Channel 5 News in Belize that no filings or registration of the gambling site nor its holding company existed. Blake specified that Fulton Data Processing and Sports Offshore Limited are the only two web sites registered in Belize. Blake said, " The Government of Belize recently discovered that several online gaming websites are claiming to have licenses in Belize," adding, "We want to advise the Internet community and the general public that there are only two with license to operate from Belize."

Israel permits it's citizens to operate online gambling sites, although residents are not allowed to use the gambling sites. And the sites are not allowed to advertise to Israeli customers. The false web site was targeting Israelis, soliciting them to play.

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In the USA the legal saga continues with various States placing the legality of online gambling in a position of ambiguity. No one is sure what to expect or what is really going on especially in the state of Kentucky.

The state of Kentucky seized domain names in an attempt to force online gambling operators to stop their activities in that state. The government of Kentucky claimed that these domain names were a vehicle by which patrons could access international gambling sites and therefore break the law. The state abandoned it's efforts when it was ruled they did not have jurisdiction to proceed in this aggressive way.

Recently though they have re-established their claims of jurisdiction over the international domain names by appealing the ruling to the Kentucky Supreme Court. The reason the state says is that some of these domains are owned by American citizens who are as yet unidentified.

The Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association has championed the cause of operators and has repeatedly requested that lawyers for the state reveal the identities of the American they say are owners these domain names.

Those requests continue to be ignored. In a statement by the Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association it was summed up, "Lawyers representing the commonwealth of Kentucky have refused to name any new individuals targeted in their attempt to seize ownership of 141 Internet domain names, all related to online gambling, and then transfer them to the state," "Despite numerous requests from attorneys representing the industry’s trade associations, the commonwealth’s attorneys have sternly declined to identify anyone."

The chairman of iMEGA, Joe Brennan Jr., stated bluntly, “These lawyers lost a very public battle with us in the Court of Appeals, and probably sense the same result from the State Supreme Court, so they’ll do anything to keep this thing alive. They were counting on a big payday from our members, in the form of settlements to get their own property back, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. Since they don’t get one nickel from the state to pursue this, it’s clear that the drive for big money has taken over, and any sense of fair play or due process has gone out the window.”


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The Association of Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media in Germany commissioned a study to see how online gambling is progressing in that country. The survey results revealed that attempts to ban online gambling in order to protect state monopolies have not significantly curtailed demand from German Internet players. A study of the activity last year showed that 2.2 million Germans used the net to place wagers. The latest report revealed that only 2 million people were using the internet to punt on sports, play poker, or buy lottery tickets. The study noted that by gender, a little more than 1.7 million German males, and only 300,000 females, gambled online during the represented year. Women favoured lotteries, with lady gamblers making up 64 percent of the gamblers in this sector, compared with 57 percent of the men who gambled on the lotteries. Lottery gaming was the most popular, played by 59 percent of all web gamblers with poker second at 22 percent and sports betting third at 18 percent. The figures are relatively unchanged from last year, when 700,000 played the lotteries, 430,000 Germans played online poker and other casino games, and 500,000 put their money into sporting events, with 96 percent of those betting on Bundesliga matches and other major soccer events.

Achim Berg the executive spokesperson for Bitkom, said the report is an indication of the popularity of online gambling in Germany, and called upon the lawmakers of Germany to modernise the country's gambling laws when they meet again next March 2010. Berg commented that, "The current betting scandal in football has clearly demonstrated that the German ban only paves the way for a thriving black market," adding, "We must ensure that the same high standards apply for both public and private providers," as he requested a state licensing regime. A recent market study of the German gambling market predicts that it will grow from the current 2.2 billion euros a year to approximately 5 billion euros by 2010.

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The State of North Carolina in the U.S.A. has decided to permit online gambling within it's borders, which as in other states in America will have some limitations. The big one being they will not offer prizes that are cash based. The service is provided mostly by Internet Cafes, and a judge has ordered authorities to leave those businesses alone and allow them to skirt the current law regarding online gambling. The courts have determined the internet cafes are not breaking any rules by running online video poker and slots. The gaming parlours are offering other incentives to play like free computer or phone time.

The State law still prohibits online video poker or slots for cash. Gambling operators sued the government of North Carolina over the right to let tribal casinos offer online video poker saying that the laws there violated the Federal laws for Tribal casinos.

Regulations regarding the use of computers for gambling are now in a grey zone with clarification needed for the law to be effective. In the mean time authorities have been told to look the other way and keep in mind that this is a temporary situation until more is done to make the laws definitive. The internet cafes are pleased with the current status saying they hope their businesses can make a profit from the activity. The owners are offering prizes that in some cases can be redeemed for cash or traded for other 'gifts.'

The Attorney for the Town of Franklin North Carolina, John Henning, Jr., said, “For the moment it’s legal to operate machines like that,”

This ruling may be short lived as in other states like Texas and Florida, where local officials seem hesitant to accept the loop holes presented in current laws and continue to raid outlets and confiscate computers used for online gambling. It is the same all over America where the laws of the country are interpreted differently in various states and it won't change until the Federal government regulates online gambling everywhere.

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