According to various reports the Governor of New Hampshire USA has publicly stated he is considering the merits of legal online gambling in the state. New Hampshire Governor, John Lynch while opposing the expansion of land based slot machine installations, says he may be a supporter of internet gambling. Spokesperson for the governor Colin Manning, reported to the news that Lynch plans to unveil his plan for gambling shortly and legalizing online gaming is among the ideas he's considering. Lynch opposes a Senate approved bill that is being hotly debated in the House allowing 17,000 slot machines and casino-style games to be installed in certain locations within the State. Lynch feels this bill does little to curb the proliferation on gambling in New Hampshire. Lynch detractors who are lobbying to have a brick and mortar casino built near a golf course have a lot to say. From one point of view former state Senator, Bob Clegg, who works as a lobbyist for Green Meadow Golf Club, with the aim of bringing a casino and resort to Hudson says, "The governor is worried about proliferation of gaming but it sounds like he’s going to make every computer terminal in every home and every Blackberry, including those BlackBerrys held by kids in high school, a gambling facility," The lobby group says the area needs work for the businesses involved in the construction of the casino hotel and resort in Hudson. Clegg said that aside from stifling business growth, online gambling would allow for unchecked addictions," adding "Who’s going to keep track of the social costs?" "A real-life casino keeps track and is looking at problem gamblers." Clegg concluded. Many jurisdictions have been able to maintain a decent tax base by licensing and regulating the online gambling industry providing sustainable long term employment without the huge overhead associated with operating a land based hotel and casino.

 

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It wasn't many years ago that anyone of age that wanted to gamble in the USA had to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada or Atlantic City, New Jersey to put there money into a slot or play the green tables. The American Gaming Association states that there are now in 12 states 445 full service casinos and 423 operating casinos on Native land. This is plenty enough evidence for cash strapped states that the gambling market is growing with an additional 11,500 card rooms and e gaming establishments. Research by the Rockefeller Institute of Government has shown that as many as twenty five US states are looking to expand or add gambling operations, including online gambling. H2 Gambling Capital research from the U.K. revealed the total gross revenue for the gambling industry was $335-billion USD in 2009. Not only are governments wading into gambling in general with more lotteries and casinos and of course online access to casinos and poker rooms, but private equity firms are looking at online gambling and casinos as a good investment strategy knowing that there are solid returns from gambling. It is interesting that the Canadian provincial governments are setting in motion a claim for some of the gambling industries profits. the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan one of the largest pension funds in Canada has made it's investment moves into gaming. It recently failed in a bid to win the licence for Australia's New South Wales lottery, but managed a coupe over a Luxembourg based buyout firm CVC Capital Partners to acquire Camelot Group PLC, operator of the U.K. National Lottery, for a smooth $590-million. Wayne Kozun, who is senior vice-president of public equities at OTPP said, "These types of investments are like infrastructure without the physical assets," Lee Sienna, vice-president of long-term equities for OTTP, likes the steady 3% growth from lottery sales. Web based gambling is the fastest-growing sector and will continue to grow at 11.1% per annum, according to data from H2 Gambling Capital.

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This is a different year for golf enthusiasts and wagers are already being placed on who may win the Masters Tournament. With Tiger Woods returning to the action most online betting is focused on his return to the game and the huge crowd that follows his every move. Those who are actively following the contenders for the title will be noticing there are other professional golfers out on the course that have as good a chance or better of taking home the top honours. Steve Stricker and Ernie Els are two players with a lot going for them but they are not getting a much attention because of the public's fascination with the Tiger Woods saga. Stricker is second in the world golf rankings after he won the Northern Trust open, his fourth victory on the PGA Tour. Stricker commented, “I’m sure we’ll get a ton of Tiger questions, and rightly so,” Adding, “It’s been a huge story.”

Ernie Els has something to look forward to as he has won a PGA tournament and the Arnold Palmer Invitational back to back. “People are not going to be talking about who’s in form until probably Thursday morning when we start the event,” Els remarked, “It’s going to be all about Tiger and him coming back and everything. So I think we will all be sideshows until Thursday morning. And I think we’re fine with that. Everybody is fine with that.” Stricker feels less pressured and can maintain a better focus on his game. In a press conference he said, “It’s a good thing, especially for me,” adding, “I don’t care to be looked at as a favourite or a top player. I would rather do my own stuff, my own business, and slide under the radar.”

Els is most confident about his quest for the green jacket in 2010 stating,“I think it could be one hell of a year,” “There’s a really good group of players playing well, and I think that bodes very well for the first major and the rest of the year. It’s not going to be a walkover for anybody.”

 

 

 

 

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Online gambling operators are doing well advertising their products to sport enthusiasts and punters all over the world. One way to make a big splash and keep the attention focused on gaming is to sponsor events and teams and now events such as the Manx Telecom Bay Festival ‘X Factor Meets Britain’s Got Talent.’ The Isle of Man is well known for it's online gambling industry that keeps the jurisdiction humming along. The 188 Foundation, which was established by 188BET will take on the sponsorship of the almost sold out event this year 2010. In Noble's Park, Douglas, on Friday, June 18 to Sunday, June 20, 2010 the 188 Foundation will make the proceedings even more exciting. Along with charitable work, the 188 Foundation was create to support many worthy causes globally and many local community projects. Sponsorship by the online gambling operator was lauded as a great thing by officials who see this as a locally based company giving back something to the community. 188 Foundation spokesperson Caroline Marchment, said, "We are delighted to have the opportunity to get involved in this event as it reflects our own passionate and energetic work ethic that we hold dearly. We believe the Manx Telecom Bay Festival is a fantastic community event for the whole Island to enjoy and get behind." 188BET has a sincere interest in sporting events with a number of sponsorships are already underway in the North West region. The four days of music and fun will feature acts such as JLS, The Saturdays, Spandau Ballet, Calvin Harris, 80s stars such as Rick Astley, and many more. Sunday afternoon will feature an 'X Factor meets Britain's Got Talent' event which includes former contestants from both hit ITV shows. Festival organiser Jonathan Irving commented, "We are keen to bring a 'Manx' feel to the festival, and are delighted that our own passions for the festival are mirrored by a company such as the 188 Foundation, and thank them for their support."

 

 

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When the game company SEGA decided to get into online gambling many investors saw it as a sure thing. With SEGA entering the market the customer would love the presentation and be a frequent visitor to the SEGA site something the company is working on with excellent results. SEGA Games Ltd is rewarding their members for their loyalty with SEGAVIP, a unique and exclusive VIP rewards system. SEGAPoker.com and SEGACasino.com, are merged to step player reward programs up a notch. The SEGAVIP program is geared to reward members for playing at all the SEGA Games sites with greater benefit for longer term players. Members of SEGAVIP gain 'VIP Points' on all SEGA Games regardless of which SEGA site they are accessed from. The more a person plays the more Sega will be giving back to their members in the interesting arrangement of levels. 6 different levels in the escalating order of Red, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Black. As the members play more they move up the rewards ladder quickly gaining, exclusive SEGA merchandise, greater deposit bonuses, exclusive entry into SEGA Games' Tournaments and more. The unique aspect of this rewards program is the Instant Cash Bonus, exclusive to the SEGAVIP Rewards Program. Points can be instantly redeemed for a cash bonus with a higher conversion rate given to higher status members. A Spokesperson for the company said, "We are elated to bring this program to our members. We want to give every opportunity for them to participate and gain in the entire SEGA Games experience. This VIP program provides exactly that with benefits from SEGA merchandise to greater deposit bonuses or you can simply receive cash back for your time spent playing all of our games." SEGA Games Ltd. is regulated and licensed by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission.

 

 

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 to Saturday, July 17, 2010 are the scheduled dates for the upcoming 41st edition World Series of Poker. Held at the famous Rio® All-Suite Hotel and Casino on West Flamingo Road in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The 2010 World Series of Poker, features 57 gold bracelet events, equal to last year. The event is one of poker's most coveted seats and is as exciting as it gets when you watch the 27 players make unbelievable plays that can make or break their bankrolls. The World Series of Poker has announced the return of it's Tournament of Champions. The Tournament of Champions, is a $1 million dollar free roll, and is open only to those who have won a World Series of Poker championship bracelet. If Marty Smyth, a champion player, makes it into the tournament he has said he will donate any winnings to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Dublin Ireland. An invitational tournament, sponsored by the World Series of Poker the decision for inclusion is fan based driven by ballots cast. The voting has already commenced. Every person who signs up for a ballot will be able to cast twenty votes for their favourite champion poker players. Smyth would be a good choice to vote for because you know he is playing for the sick kids hospital in Dublin. Marty Smyth is a qualified candidate having won the 2008, WSOP’s Pot Limit Omaha World Championship. Using today's world wide web to get his fan base rolling Smyth already has a fan page on the Facebook social network boasting many fans already. Smyth's confident playing style and impressive wins such as the World Open, Irish Open, and Poker Million events, will if he is elected to participate in the Tournament of Champions make other players play their game a lot tighter. Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Eli Elezra, Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson, David Sklansky, and other big names in the industry are all making headway in the race for votes from fans.

 

 

 

 

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Stephen Conroy, Australia's Communications Director, has been making headlines as the vitriolic minister lashes out at detractors of his internet filtering plan. His recent critical speech about Google has surfaced in international news after Google expressed discontent over the Australian government's plan to censor thousands of websites similar to the efforts of Chinese authorities. The Sydney Morning Herald had an extensive article on the issue that has made more than one critic of the Rudd government and it's censorship policies very upset and worried that this is a slippery slope leading to total government control of information. Bjorn Landfeldt, an associate professor with the University of Sydney Australia, said, "In effect, this could be interpreted by some as a government sanctioned hate list." Google said implementing mandatory filtering across Australia's millions of internet users could "negatively impact user access speeds." "We have a number of other concerns, including that filtering may give a false sense of security to parents, it could damage Australia's international reputation and it can be easily circumvented," Conroy went on television to take his shot at Google sighting recent problems with the Buzz web offering by Google which ran into difficulty as patrons complained it was private information being published. "This is a debate about freedom of access to information for all Australians, an issue of national importance. Let's focus on that," Google reacted. Debate over the issue of filtering and the addition of the web site blacklist continues in Australian parliament and is expected to continue into June of 2010 with a possible continuation after that. US President Barack Obama has also expressed concern over Conroy's intentions which brought a great deal of negative attention to the Conroy proposition.

 

 

 

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Dancing with the Stars on American television is getting the online gambling wires humming as the competition begins. This season the American reality show judges will pick a winning pair as the 'Stars' strut their stuff with some of the best professional dancers in the world. The tenth season for the popular show will be a little different with the judges actually basing their adjudication on the skill exhibited and not just how popular the couple is. New Hollywood talent is expected to make the show a run away hit with stars such as NFL super star Chad Ochocinco and Baywatch beauty Pamela Anderson. New co-host Brooke Burke, winner of season 7 of Dancing With The Stars will join host Tom Bergeron to round out a fine panel of judges including Carrie Anne Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. Las Vegas is already calling odds on the competition and so are many online gambling operators with most stating Evan Lysacek as the favourite at +125. Other dancers included in this seasons offering are Nicole Scherzinger, Chad Ochocinco, Erin Andrews, Jake Pavelka, Pamela Anderson, Aiden Turner, Shannen Doherty ,Kate Gosselin, NiecyNash, and Buzz Aldrin. Choosing which celebrity is most likely to be the champion can be a difficult task as just like in sporting events, injuries, and personality can change the outcome from week to week. Entertaining and fun to watch picking a favourite dancer and making a wager on your calculated choices is as easy as going online and looking into one of the top online sports books. There are many gambling sites that offer insight into the show and keeps every gamer up to speed on the latest developments. Watching the show can be a lesson for some people who want to learn a few new moves but for most it's just fun entertainment with the maybe the chance of winning a little money.

 

 

 

 

 

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Affiliate marketing is a major component in internet business and it is necessary when it come to developing a client base in the online gambling industry. Unfortunately some gambling operators treat the affiliate marketers and webmasters with little respect and reneg on terms and agreements set forth in contracts. Sometimes these incidents have unfortunate endings and sometimes the affiliate has success and gets paid their commissions in full. Just last year sportsbook WINunited suspended its affiliate program and affiliate payments with the understanding that would do so only while it switched software platforms. In a surprise bold move though Winunited branded itself with anew name uwin.com and shut down its affiliate program completely leaving the affiliate contractors out of pocket. To the rescue came Sportingbet founder Mark Blandford who acquired uwin.com and installed a new management which rebranded the site once again to youwin.com. Working with the Gambling Affiliates Union, the new company has agreed to reinstate players, pay existing affiliates retroactively and continue as per their original agreements. Will Lytle, YouWin's head of marketing is promising that all will be set right. Lytle, said, "The decision to close the program was both unfortunate and unnecessary," He went on to comment, "However, we take full responsibility for these past decisions and are committed to rectifying the matter and re-build the trust with the affiliate community. Affiliates are and will remain an integral part of our growth strategy, and that starts with the integrity of the program and the individuals involved. With the considerable advancement of core internet technologies over the last few years and the rapidly evolving ways people interface with the internet and other technologies such as mobile devices, we see a solid opportunity to build a truly innovative sports betting brand that over-delivers on customer needs and the customer experience, and keeps us ahead of the competition," In a reassuring tone the new marketing director added, "We have brought together the right team to help us meet these challenges, and as a business we are committed to remaining as agile and efficient as possible. We feel extremely optimistic."

 

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Richard Glynn, is the new CEO of U.K. betting giant Ladbrokes and the company has given him a tidy sum to do his job with. After nine years leading the expansion of spread betting firm Sporting Index Mr. Glynn has proven he has what it takes to turn a company around and build a solid foundation for sustainable expansion. Ladbrokes has put almost £12 million on the table as bonus should Glynn double the company share price share price to 297p. The company said £1.3 billion of value will have been created for shareholders if the "extremely stretching" targets are met over a five-year period. Glynn's "entrepreneurial energy" was sited by the board of Ladbrokes as being impressive. Glynn succeeds Chris Bell who was with Ladbrokes for nine years and is due to take over the operation in late April of 2010. Chairman of Ladbrokes, Mr. Peter Erskine when asked about the appointment of Mr. Glynn and his prior success with the transformation of Sporting Index said Mr. Glynn was, "ideally suited to lead the reinvigoration of Ladbrokes". Chief objectives for the new director are laid out in an extensive game plan following new rules and regulations and the change over from horseracing to an expansion of online betting opportunities for Ladbrokes. The forty five year old executive will receive a base salary of £580,000, plus £130,000 in lieu of a pension contribution. The compensation package also includes a number of shares valued at approximately £1.75 million. "It is a great business with significant opportunities in a rapidly changing marketplace." Mr. Glynn commented sincerely. Ladbrokes doesn't gamble with it's future it plays the game safe knowing that with experience and creativity it will profit every time. Choosing Richard Glynn as their director the shareholder can now rest assured the old company is in experienced hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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