The new iPhone has been a great boon to those people who are on the move and want to keep up with the latest news weather and sports. The application list for the iPhone grows by the day and now is starting to include apps for online gambling. Having an iPhone is like having your own casino at our fingertips literally. The touch screen feature makes this telephone a sleek and graceful addition to any ones technical arsenal.

Back in 2005 Ladbrokes was one of the first online casinos to offer it's products to the mobile gaming market, which has grown to include 15 casino and slots games, all available on iPhones. The great graphics and massive memory make the iPhone a chosen tool for mobile gambling by many tech savvy individuals.

Sports punters are usually busy people with lots on their schedules so Ladbrokes has created a sports betting facility to keep up with the ever changing gambling habits of the wagering public. Developed by mobile technology specialists, Mfuse, the new application will expand the opportunities to punt to the growing group of iPhone users.

Ladbrokes has over 25,000 active mobile account holders and is confident the trend will continue. With a 50% rise in active mobile phone users and taking into account the popularity of the iPhone along with more complex and smoother mobile online gambling web offerings the increase shows no signs of slowing down.

Ladbrokes Managing Director of Remote Gaming, John O'Reilly, said, "Mobile betting and gaming will be a key driver of growth in the sector in the next few years - the Ladbrokes iPhone application is another step forward in making mobile betting and gaming easier to access." When one considers the mobile cell phone use in the world today has grown exponentially over the last few years it makes perfect sense for online gambling operators to create applications that will enable the on the move business person to follow their favourite team or bet at their convenience whenever and wherever they want.

 

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The world of online gambling is regulated and licensed in the U.K and has it's safety nets for consumers.

The UK Gambling Commission has been vigilant in looking out for the betting public and has revealed it will suspend the gambling licence issued to Paradise Bet Limited, a Hounslow wagering company that operates Paradise Bet and Bet 1128.

Without saying too much about the suspension, the U.K. Gambling Commission is conducting it's investigation under section 116 of the Gambling Act 2005 which is part of an ongoing examination of the company's practices.

The BNet publication reported on December 3rd of this year that the assets of a London based online betting company had been frozen by enforcement authorities in Italy as part of a police operation to break up a big mafia outfit.

BNet also states that, "Paradise Bet, a company licensed by the UK's Gambling Commission, has been linked to a three-year investigation into the activities of the Parisi clan, whose members are accused of attempted murder, drug trafficking, loan-sharking, interfering with the bidding process for public contracts and money laundering,"

Local politicians and businessman in the southern Italian city of Bari, are implicated in the scheme and were believed to be among the seventy four people arrested by Italian officials, along with the 48 year-old patriarch of the clan, Savino Parisi.

Police seized over two hundred properties, 680 bank accounts, 61 luxury cars, nine stables and 71 horses, believed to be trotting horses, and 35 businesses said to be worth around GBP 200 million. The Telegraph newspaper also reported on the case, revealing that Italian officials were aided in the operation by Britain’s Serious and Organised Crime Agency. The operation was codenamed 'Domino' and it seems remained completely undetected by the scamming group.

"Paradise Bet Ltd, of Hounslow in Middlesex, was granted a casino and general betting licence in April 2007," by the Commission with Bnet revealing that, "The group's financial statements for Paradise Bet Ltd from the year ended March 31, 2008, state the business made a loss in 2008 of GBP 1.6 million from turnover of GBP 105 million. The previous year the business made a profit of GBP 336 000 from turnover of GBP 108 million."

The Remote Gambling Association, managing director Clive Hawkswood told the publication that the seizure of the company was "not good news."

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Entertainment these days is just a simple click away, with the internet providing everything imaginable from shopping, movies, music or fantasy gaming that has more variety available all the time. In this huge and sometimes overwhelming volume of content it is easy to get your wires crossed and make a wrong turn on the internet highway. There are a few such situations that even the federal government of the USA seems to look down a different path even thought the road looks the same, almost. Such is the case of Fantasy gaming, which some think this is gambling under a different name with all of the same attributes as real online gambling.

In a report by the Wall Street Journal, white-collar employees are being terminated by firms for breaking company rules against gambling, specifically playing fantasy sports. Something that surprises many because the government seems to allow the activity without penalty to operators or participants.

Fidelity Investments, was used as an example by the paper reporting that four employees were sacked for participation in a fantasy sports pool which violated company policy on gambling in the workplace. No company resources were utilized and the workers had glowing work records. The investment company said playing in office pools and leagues was a clear violation of those rules. Fantasy sports gambling is compromised by the fact that cash or prizes are offered as incentive for performance that is mostly given to chance. Lawmakers and law enforcement are keeping a safe distance from the popular past time making sure they are not seen as too harsh when it comes to curtailing the freedoms of the American public. To go from a wager on a fantasy game of football to a real bet on a real game of football doesn't seem like to big a leap for most but for the government that would be just unthinkable. After all what would America be without fantasy.

 

 

 





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Facebook has a few games within it's vast network mostly fantasy games that offer entertainment and most definite fun. Now in order to keep it's all pervasive squeaky clean image Facebook will be banning any and all advertisements to do with gambling on it's network. It is speculated that Facebook will grow to as many as nine million participants in the near future, that's a lot of people connected and a huge market for what ever that company decides to promote. Gambling is not one of those activities that the youth oriented social network will condone.

Google recently rescinded it's position on listing online gambling operations on it's search engine which is the biggest on the planet. Facebook has gone in the opposite direction and removed any reference to gambling including all forms of online gambling from their web pages.

In America, the home of Facebook, the debate for and against regulation and legalization of online gambling rages on without end. It is perhaps because gambling is considered a vice by a majority of everyday people today that the network has decided to keep away from the taboo subject. This is speculative at best considering the fact that Facebook has a number of applications through which poker rooms can be accessed and casino games played, although these applications do not involve real money. These activities are naturally ones that contain a social aspect which makes them a perfect match for a Facebook user. Again it sounds like there may be some pressure on the company to keep the image of their social networking operation as free of controversy as possible. It is probably a good move politically for the firm staying in the middle of the road by keeping their image within the margins of the moral majority. Besides they can always change their policies should things ever change in the USA.

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In the United States of America there are conflicting views on where the use of the Internet as a tool to wager is legal and where it is not. In a new series of events the public in the USA are beginning to see that some state officials are finally realizing that the web is a way to keep their lotteries and horseracing action viable. The Virginia state Lottery hopes to introduce online gaming in the near future.

The Virginia Lottery is opening up to the new world of online gaming, and is speculating that people will soon be able to play the lottery games online. Despite the crack downs on online gambling shops in some parts of the state other jurisdictions within Virginia are calling for legalized and regulated online betting there. Paula Otto, Executive Director of Virginia Lottery said recently, "There are billions of dollars being spent online in gaming activities. When it is legalized I think we in Virginia want to be ready to offer games to our players,"

Lottery sales have continued to decline since America went into the biggest recession since the depression era. Enlightened officials see the use of ever popular and available technology as a way to boost those flagging sales and return to pre-recession revenue levels. Commenting on the use of electronic media to play the lottery in Virginia, Otto said, "Instead of scratching off a ticket that you would buy at a retailer and having to brush away the latex, you might do that electronically,"

"In Europe there are some models where you do see some sort of scenario play out. Maybe it's a horse racing game, and then there is an electronic horse racing game," added Lottery Director Otto. There are some hurdles to overcome before the Lottery goes online in Virginia. Betting limits and age verification methods must be established first to make sure the activity is not abused. Congress is slow to change the laws so state officials feel it is their job to get on with making the internet a viable source for online gaming.







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Magnus Oldby, Unibet's former head of online marketing is leaving the firm for a new and challenging position with Bodog Europe. The experienced executive will head up the marketing management team starting next March in 2010. Mr. Oldby started his career in 1999 with four and a half years as an investment portfolio manager at Skandia Banken, and then as a key account manager for SEO company Jajja Communications. Joining Unibet in 2005, as online marketing manager for new markets quickly moving up to executive management as regional manager for Southern Europe and then to take over online marketing for the Unibet group, planning and managing activities using a comprehensive range of marketing techniques and media tools at his disposal. Keith McDonnell, who is now Managing Director of Bodog Europe was pleased with the hiring of this seasoned professional knowing that the new Bodog brand will be in capable hands. This is one in a series of marketing posts currently being filled by the Bodog Europe group to launch at least three or four new product additions to it's already extensive portfolio as Bodog operations in Europe begin to be introduced.

Bodog Europe is the newest addition to the trusted BodogBrand which was created in 2005, billed as an entirely new model in venture partnering. A model that respects the entrepreneur and understands that “ventures synergies” is the potential for the foundation of an entirely new way of doing business. This global brand, retains its home grown values and spirit and is united by common values, bound together by a shared vision. Bodog Europe has recently been launched and is offering online games and sport betting to Canadians and the growing European market.

Mr. Oldby will be responsible for keeping the new Bodog Europe brand on the front burner and making the it one of the most popular sites for poker, casino games, horserace betting or sports wagering.

 

 

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The Los Angeles Times has recently reported that the Morongo Band of Mission Indians is making an attempt to consolidate it's efforts to get the state of California, to give them exclusivity on intrastate legalised online poker.

Earlier this year the Morongo Band representatives were at the first hearings in the Senate opposing any attempt by Barney Frank to regulate online gambling in the USA. Mr. Frank challenged their position as being one which in had selfish gain in mind. The band were opposed to regulation because they felt it would be unfair to existing gambling operations in California that provide profit to the Mission Indians.

The newspaper reported that, with the state of California in serious budget deficit a consortium that includes the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and a group of casinos is offering Californian leaders a portion of the money to be made if they allow Web based poker sites to operate legally. The newspaper reveals the importance of the online gambling market and it's money earning possibilities. Morongo spokesperson, Patrick Dorinson said the consortium proposes that the state regulate such games in California to "ensure their legitimacy and protect players privacy," and that a measure of the revenue be shared with the state.

Online gambling expert Professor I. N. Rose has advised the Commerce Casino, a card club involved with the Morongo, that California would be exempt from federal restrictions if the businesses were operated entirely within state lines and made it's product available only to citizens of California. State law in California gives Indian tribes the exclusive right to operate electronic games of chance. Attorneys for the Federal government feel different about the proposal and advise that the state lawmakers should be careful not to violate the current laws.

It is estimated that as many as four hundred different groups may apply for licences to operate internet based card games which may or may not become legal and regulated in the state of California USA.



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In Europe the highest court one can go to for a settlement in any dispute is the European Court of Justice. The Advocate General of this court has given the world his opinion on the online gambling operators Betfair and Ladbrokes suit against the Dutch government. His opinion is a early win for the state run monopoly De Lotto in the Netherlands which holds all the cards as the sole supplier of internet gambling in that country. Although the Advocate General's opinion is not a final legal one it is an indication of the direction the court will take in regards to legal cases such as this one. As in the case of Portugal the Advocate General Mr. Bot has commented that European Union member nations are allowed to legally maintain state monopolies regarding internet gaming if the country finds that it must do so in order to prevent fraud or protect it's citizens from excessive gambling activity. This conclusion also gives monopolies the right to make new games available to it's citizens if it is a move to keep customers from accessing unregulated or offshore sites.

The managing director of Ladbrokes remote gaming and betting division John O'Reilly stated,  " We continue to believe that the European Court of Justice should uphold the principals of free and fair competition across borders as there is no logic in fact that the Dutch monopoly could freely compete against us in the U.K. but we are prevented from accepting bets from any Dutch resident that finds us on the internet."

Secretary General Sigrid Ligne of the European Gaming and Betting Association a lobby group representing Bet at Home, Bwin, Interwetten, Unibet, PartyGaming, Digibet and Expekt, commented on the AG's opinion, " This is a key question for the ECJ given that the exclusive licence has repeatedly been handed to De Lotto without any form of tendering. Unfortunately the ECJ will not provide a judgement until next year but in most cases the court does go with the opinion of the Advocate General.

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Croatia is an old world country on the edge of big changes. Over fifteen years ago there was war in that country before that there was communism, now there is the European Union coming and the country true to it's nature has adapted to change and is making some economic headway.

Gambling in Croatia has always been a popular activity and with the newest forms of online technology available in the country online wagering is coming on strong. The market in Eastern Europe is one that online operators are watching with great interest. Combined income from gambling on the internet in this area will reach at least five hundred million euros. If Croatia follows the U.K. and regulates online gambling and provides licences for operators to set up shop on Croatian soil they could build an economy based on the gambling revenues. The gambling industry makes billions of dollars every year world wide. According to research, the gambling industry in Croatia in combination with the rest of the Eastern European countries could be worth an estimated 4.5 billion euros.

According to current laws in the now independent country it is legal to gamble both online or on the ground. Very strict regulations concerning how the gambling industry is controlled do exist, and the official methods for licensing are arduous and difficult to obtain with all gambling in Croatia being monitored by the state organization Hrvatska Lutrija. Casinos are the only legal place to play card games and games of chance for money. Back in 2002 a few attempts were made to establish online gambling on Croatia but because of technical and business difficulties the ventures failed. It is perhaps a more opportune time now to start such an operation with huge growth in popularity and online advancements since that time.

 

 

 

 

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There are new words being created daily in this fast changing global economy. One I have heard recently was ' webisode' which refers of course to an experience on the internet. One that has been coined lately by students is 'bexting' which is betting or gambling on your cell phone. This comes from the New Jersey area in the USA where some journalists claim sports betting has spread to every high school in that state.

The teens are texting messages to their bookies to bet, which is likely a fellow student in the same school. The youth of today are wired to the phone twenty four seven, and content is available free from parental or supervisory detection. There have been accounts reported on how the process works, through the cell phone, a student reportedly bets between $60 and $100 each week on sports outcomes whether it was football, basketball,or other popular sports, the player could owe as much as two hundred dollars at any one time. Students that do graduate from high school go on it is claimed to gamble in college or university, maintaining their secret wagering ways usually unknown to the parents.

This activity is considered the dark side of cell phones and the internet and is illegal according to the laws of the state of New Jersey and yet it is rare that the authorities come across it or look for evidence to prove the activity is happening. Authorities also state that those adults who are prosecuted for illegal gambling started out as youthful gamblers. Even though the young players are having a good time betting on the various sports they may be unaware that the activity is illegal. More education on that front is needed officials point out at election time. Experts propose that these young players get 'addicted' to the online activity. It is thought that there is a problem brewing in New Jersey and before you know it the law will be censoring your cell phone use if you are a young person. That's the job of parents for the most part not the government.

 





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