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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The latest mobile slot game Avalon, from time tested Microgaming is being launched by leading full service mobile gambling solutions provider Spin3. The medieval-themed game is based on the legend of King Arthur and features a variety of symbols including crowns, chalices and treasure chests. The scatter symbol, the Lady of The Lake, gives players 12 free spins that offer winnings of up to 7 times the original bet. A free spin bonus game is activated if three or more Lady of The Lake symbols appear anywhere on the five reels at one time. Spin3's CEO, Matti Zinder, said, "Avalon is a very popular game online and we're delighted to be able to include it in our portfolio of mobile casino games. In the last year, we have made great advances in developing web applications for smart phones with advanced web browsers like the iPhone and the Android. At the same time, our GameWire™ Java platform remains a fundamental part of our business. Java games enable us to support a broad a range of handsets and as many customers as possible; which is great news for our clients. In fact, at last count, we currently support close to 2,000 handsets, more than any other provider. He continued, "Eastern Europe also holds great potential. Mobile penetration is high but people are not necessarily using the latest handsets. It is important that Spin3 is offering a dynamic portfolio of games that are appealing and more importantly available to the region so that we can support our clients who are looking to expand in these new markets." Avalon will debut at the ENADA show in Rimini, Italy at the micro gaming exhibit this March. Spin3, a division of Spiral Solutions Ltd., partnered with Microgaming, provides a top notch mobile gambling experience tha ton can play with confidence and security second to none.

 

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Server Based Gaming, is a solution employed by video lotteries and casinos to operate video lottery terminals and electronic gaming machines or what are most commonly known as slot machines. Betstone.com is a privately owned specialized server based gaming company headquartered in Dublin Ireland. BetStone currently has worldwide operations and is represented in many geographical locations. The firm has direct operational experience in delivering solutions in various jurisdictions. Betstone will be among a number of online gambling operators that are competing for the Italian market by exhibiting at the ENADA show March 17-20 in Rimini, Italy. Avron Goss, a director of BetStone promoting his company said, “ Operators need to bear in mind that not all Server Based Gaming Providers are equal. When choosing the right provider, look at their global reach, experience and content portfolio. Server Based Gaming partners should have deep technical, market and content knowledge as well as experience which can help Italian operators to quickly take advantage and rollout offerings to the market. From our direct experience, getting this right will not only neutralise issues later on, but enable operators to quickly capitalise on the market potential.” Server Based Gaming providers who can show proven technological global experience and can deliver access to large content libraries, are likely to best succeed in a market that is rapidly expanding. Italy’s gambling market is expected to grow by 64 percent to 61 billion Euro this year. With Italy's progressive legislative reforms regarding online gambling competition will heat up quickly. It has been noted that not all SBG providers are in a position to deliver three key elements for Italian operators to fully exploit this market. SBG is a practical solution to many internet based gambling operations providing among other things a personalization through the use of player profiles as well as real-time monitoring of game terminal status and game transactions and a higher level of security, since the random number generator and game logic can’t be manipulated at individual game terminals. The Italian gaming market is ripe and ready for keen companies that have experience and a quality product to offer.

 

 



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Gala Coral is a large online gambling concern in the United Kingdom. It's history of late has been a struggle for ownership and control of it's assets. A

restructured company is emerging from a series of setbacks experienced during negotiations between it's private equity owners Permira, Candover and Cinven against its debt holders. Debt has plagued the company without much relief for quite some time. Middle ground lenders have apparently secured a deal to win full control of the company's equity. It was reported by the Telegraph newspaper that executive chairman of Gala Coral, Neil Goulden, has signed a contract to stay on and oversee a possible listing of the firm as a public company. The ultimate goal was to see the company reduce it's massive debt this being achieved by the lenders making a trade off of debt for a thirty percent stake in the operation. Plus a large cash injection for control of the rest of the firm. Goulden was almost one hundred percent sure the deal would be ratified soon with the only possible glitch being the possible rejection by the outgoing private equity firms. Goulden told the newspaper, "If they do not play ball, we will be forced to put the company into a pre-pack administration. Everything will still get done – but it will take longer." The new mezzanine investors need to protect their offshore status so when this change of ownership comes down the plan is to move the senior management of the company to Luxembourg. "It is an incredible company that has been over-burdened by its balance sheet. We have out-traded Ladbrokes, William Hill and Rank making 335 million GBP profit last year. I see no reason why we will not be able to meet our timetable for going public," Goulden was quoted as saying.


 

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Nevada USA is host to many billion dollar casinos and hotels and that investment has been getting more difficult to manage. The stake holders want to protect their holdings from the domino effect should the climate of the economy get even tougher. It has been speculated that the Nevada Gaming Control Board is in the process of creating rules to govern casino operators that have business relationships with online gambling websites. The board members want to be sure that the regulations for online gambling activities are up to date and ready should internet gambling become legal in the USA. As things stand now most casino licensees are unrestricted to have divisions that deal with online gambling. A spokesperson for the board, Randall Sayre, said, "some gaming licensees play carefully by the rules and others do not," he added, "We don't have a policy and clearly the board needs to boil down exactly what the policy needs to be." Technically some issues are in a grey zone with things such as the advertising of free online casino sites and the use of the dot net versus dot com mirror sites to attract players. The Nevada Gaming Control Board has to straighten out these difficult to craft rules and policies before the situation becomes uncontrollable.

Advertising itself is a major concern for the rule makers. Land-based casinos have a defined set of guidelines that are strictly adhered to but these rule don't necessarily apply to online casinos and gambling. The industry is in a transitional period looking for a base line to make things fair and transparent. Rules and regulations for the gambling industry have kept it from falling prey to unscrupulous operators. Rules for the online sector will keep the industry secure and trouble free. Companies such as Harrahs who have already ventured into the interactive gambling market have not commented but are hopeful that guidelines will be forth coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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China is so big and so powerful how could anyone expect any challenge to it's government policies regarding internet censorship to go anywhere.

The World Trade Organization of which China is a member has been reluctant to challenge countries' rights to censor content on the net. It ruled last year that China's import monopolies on books, films and other entertainment materials violated market access rules, but upheld its right to censor specific materials. America has been doing it's level best to remain fair in proceedings that are aimed at making China adhere to the rules of free trade which includes electronic commerce. China's measures on internet censorship are too sweeping and secretive, lacking proportionality and legitimate channels for appeal critics claim. Regarding any WTO legal action against China, a law professor at Singapore's Management University, Henry Gao, commented, "Even if they win, they are going to have an empty victory which they could not enforce," The First Amendment Coalition, a U.S. group that campaigns against censorship, and the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) in Brussels have presented arguments that Internet censorship by China could violate WTO commitments. Online gambling in China is forcefully prohibited with operators who do attempt to offer gaming in the country risking severe jail time and huge fines if caught. A war of words has been going on for a long time between American trade officials and Chinese delegates, much of which does nothing to free up internet access to China or for that matter change the current ban of online gambling operations in the USA. Zheng Zhihai, general secretary of the China Society of World Trade Organisation Studies, who's organization reports to China's Ministry of Commerce wrote, "If someone intends to challenge China's right to govern its Internet by resorting to WTO rules, they are apparently misguided and bound to fail,"

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Australia the land of opportunity for some entrepreneurs is becoming a no go zone for those looking for fairness in business without interference from big brother. Australian citizens have been saying for a long time now that they want the internet left alone. Complaints from various sources confirm the public is outraged by the interference the current Aussi government is imposing on the web activities of ordinary people doing ordinary surfing on their computers.

Senator Conroy has the distinction of being the worst internet censor in the country owing to his plan to have ISPs block 'nasty' content on the internet, making sure that no one in Australia, gets a chance to play online casino games or read 'questionable' material available on the web. The fact that poker and gambling sites are painted with the same brush as porn and criminal activity is one area that has the freedom of the internet groups ready for a fight. Peter Coroneos, managing director of the Internet Industry Association said, "This regrettably puts Australia on notice that, despite the Rudd Government's best intentions, any mandatory filtering policy is likely to be perceived internationally in ways that will not benefit our reputation as a free and open society," Coroneos, added, "It will likely be used by less open societies as a vindication of their internet censorship regimes, despite any domestic attempts to draw distinctions. Mandatory filtering is mandatory filtering by whatever colour it is painted." There are many web freedom violators including the governments of Saudi Arabia, Burma, China, North Korea, Iran, Vietnam, Russia and Turkey. David Drummond, a senior manager of Google, said there was an "alarming trend" of government interference in online freedom. 

Australia's plan is a classic example, "the wide scope of content prohibited could include socially and politically controversial material". Australia, Drummond said, "is an example of where these benign intentions can result in the spectre of true censorship".

"Here in Europe, even in France, at this very moment, some are tempted by this slippery path of network filtering."

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