Hungary is full of passionate people that have as much love for gambling as any other country in the Eastern European area. Hungary has been dealing with the economic slowdown as well as this strong nation can, with measures put in place to help their recovery.

Recent developments in Hungary's gambling laws have however created a certain amount of confusion with regard to the local poker industry. New legislation seems to be focused on limiting poker activity to only casinos. The new amendments have suggested limits to the locations where players can play poker and limits the number of tables in poker clubs to only10. The small profit that can be made when all of the rules are followed will then be taxed at up to 25% making it relatively unprofitable to run a poker room.

Gergely Tatar, who is senior representative of the Hungarian Poker Association, said, the current government is using this law to put poker rooms out of business and drive all gambling traffic into casinos. Poker being by far the most popular form of gambling in Hungary where tens of thousands of people are active poker players. Protests are mounting as the public demonstrates against current policy as was seen recently in one of the main city metro stops.
There are no true Hungarian online casinos as the country does not allow online gambling. They have even taken measures to prevent players from using foreign casinos online. Since June of 2006, Hungarian banks have not been allowed to process payments to and from internet gambling sites.

The gambling monopoly in Hungary, state run Szerencsejáték has exclusive rights to all lottery and sports gambling, and has a major interest in most Hungarian casinos. The Hungarian government sees internet gambling as competition and therefore tries to control it. The European Union has been putting pressure on Hungary to open its gambling industry to foreign interests and adhere to E.U. laws for e-commerce freedom. Poker will not survive these changes and the poker players are vocal with the Hungarian Poker Association asking the country’s president, Laszlo Solyom, to send the bill back to parliament for further consideration.


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Eastern European countries are having a tough time in this global economic meltdown. So many countries in that region of the continent are looking to establish new sources of revenue.

Relaxed laws regarding gambling in Estonia have created a new found and very popular past time for those people who love to gamble. This new economy has created an international base of clients that are providing revenues and jobs. The Estonian economy is reportedly down as much as 36% and residents in every sector of the country are feeling the devastating effects. This trend is slowly being rectified by government efforts to stimulate business in many parts of Eastern Europe. This progressive country is notably proactive in its attempts to turn a bad situation into a good one. Stability is on it's way with Estonia being the next country to adopt the Euro as it's currency. This move is sure to bring more trade and more jobs as the Estonian people will be able to compete more effectively on a global scale.

The introduction of online gambling to Estonia is also going to help bring jobs and much needed taxes to the country. The lottery offered by the Estonian government will give some lucky people a chance at changing there lives but for the most part it has been good for the government. Unlike Russia where the casinos were banned to far flung regions of the country, Estonians have as many as 150 land based casinos situated in over 12 cities at their disposal. The population of the small country is only one and a half million, so that's a lot of casinos for so few people. The offering of online casinos and wagering to Estonians is considered the next logical move by law makers there. Local level measures are already taking place with an international focus coming in January of 2011. The international online gambling industry is where the officials of Estonia see the real benefits occurring. The legislators see regulation and the granting of online gambling licences for the Estonian jurisdiction as being a sustainable business that will bring continued new wealth to their country.

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The latest effort by a hotel in Las Vegas called the M Resort and Spa Casino, which is the newest addition to the offerings on the Vegas strip will include a form of online gambling. The resort includes 92,000 sq. ft. of gaming, 1847 slots and video poker machines, 64 gaming tables and a live action poker room. Now the hotel will be offering it's patrons a handheld unit that will allow patrons to make sports wagers online. This innovation has made the gap smaller with the customer now accepting the use of online devices to make their bets. The portable units include table games such as baccarat and blackjack, and are permitted with the use of an established account to gamble throughout the casino from a remote location. The eDeck, gambling device, as it is named, brings some of the convenience of online gaming to casino customers.

EDecks offer in game sports betting, allowing players to add new bets or change existing bets as games progress. This instant, anywhere, wagering opportunity is not unique to the M resort and spa casino. They were first introduced by the Venetian Hotel in 2007. The mobile gaming units are an attempt by Las Vegas sports books to recapture the sports betting market. The Nevada Gaming Commission numbers show sports wagering revenues last year were only $125 million, just more than one percent of total gambling revenue, as online gambling sites are drawing patrons away from traditional casino sports books.

Sunny Tara of Cantor Gaming commented that, “The portable devices are sophisticated, but they really are just tools to access the real technology, which sits on the servers,” The process is virtually the same as mobile gambling on cell phones, which is not allowed by US phone carriers who are concerned they may violate the current USA gambling rules for the internet.

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Paris the iconic European city famous for everything will once again be the centre of the universe next May 2010. It will be the gambling capital of Europe for preciously three days from the 28th May to 30th of May 2010. Carrousel du Louvre in Paris will host the European jurisdiction's first gambling fair. 'Winner 2010' will be the working title for this new and extensive event. Carrousel du Louvre is attached to the great art gallery and is a series of large exhibition halls, used primarily for conventions, conferences, and the regular haute couture fashion shows presented by top clothing designers.

The Winner Exhibition company will be organizing the event and are aiming at encouraging and informing the general public about games like poker, horse racing and sportsbetting. With the online gambling market due to expand soon in France and the rest of Europe the timing for this event just can't be better. The fair will usher in the debut of poker, horse race betting and sports match wagering to the French online gambling market. The gambling fair will act as the platform for the online gambling operators who are introducing themselves to the new French consumer with online gambling products. 'Winner 2010' will offer live poker lessons from professionals to those novices wanting to learn the tricks of the trade and have some fun doing it. The Gambling Fair also plans to generate more interest in traditional casino gambling activities such as roulette and blackjack. A virtual currency will be used at 'Winner 2010' and is expected to garner considerable public attention. Online gambling operators who are potentially the suppliers of the new entertainment opportunities will benefit from this public forum in more ways imaginable. Operators will be able to get a feel for the interest level from the French public and present their offerings with style.

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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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