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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MergeGaming is consolidating again, recently it announced that it would absorb the PokerHost.com network creating more liquidity and diversity for the Merge Gaming Poker Network. MergeGaming has now announced that Antigua-licensed PlayersOnly.com, SuperBook.com and Sportsbook.com will join its leading virtual poker network in April of 2010. Jazette Enterprises owns and operates all three sites that the Merge Gaming network will now add to it already huge stable. Top sites such as Spin32Poker.com, Gr88.com, BigBetPoker.com, PokerHost.com and CarbonPoker.com are all part of the Merge Network. Chief Executive Officer for Merge, Anthony Taylor, commented, “This is an industry-changing deal and we are delighted to have come to an agreement with Jazette Enterprises,” adding, “This deal will bring massive liquidity to the network and see the online poker industry landscape change overnight. We are delighted to sign such an established partner to the network. It's through our great software and superior back-end we are able to attract a group of this size to the Network.” The Cake Poker Network will be absorbed by the new deal, as it revealed that it intends to honour player’s Gold Cards and Gold Chips after the site is removed. Jazette's spokesperson Roger Whitaker, said, "Our goal is to provide our players with the best poker experience possible which is why we decided to make this move," "We're confident that our players will enjoy the ground breaking features, generous loyalty rewards program and improved overall playability that Merge's poker software provides." adding,"With the same dedicated team behind us, players can rest assured that our new poker offering comes with the same steadfast adherence to player protection, security and fairness we have been providing since 1996," Merge's proprietary gaming software has undergone strict testing carried out by external third party auditors including RNG verification and adheres to all security standards as mandated by the major processing networks. The MergeGaming Network software is licensed, audited and regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission and secured by Thawte.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CNN Money on the net has reported that Beneficial Holdings Inc. an international casino investment and management holding company, has announced that it supports the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative. Beneficial Holdings has an online casino registered in Costa Rica in the works to be launched in April of 2010. The site will be offered to players from places in the world other than the USA. The online gambling situation in the USA is far from resolved although there are many lobby groups that are attempting to have the current prohibition reversed. The Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative promotes the freedom of individuals to gamble online with the proper safeguards to protect consumers and ensure the integrity of financial transactions. Additionally, the Initiative is a resource for information about legislation to regulate Internet gambling and provides individuals, organizations and companies an opportunity to engage their elected officials on this issue. The current legislation in the US does not stop Internet gaming, it simply moves it to alternative locations. Jim McDermott a Democrat from Washington State introduced his Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act of 2010, which provides that taxes and fees collected from wagers placed over the Internet would create revenue for federal and state budgets. Shareholders in Beneficial Holdings are invited to contact their representative in Congress and should explain that they support the right of United States citizens to gamble online with safe and reputable casinos that choose to be licensed domestically. Vice President of Beneficial Holdings, Inc. Alex Papic, said, " Beneficial Holdings' international subsidiaries plan to stay within the federal law by not making its casinos available to United States residents. However, that does not mean the law should not be changed. We would rather hire employees in the United States and pay fees for licensing to States or Native American Tribal Communities to serve our domestic customers,"

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British Columbia, Canada an area of the world recently highlighted by the 2010Winter Olympics is coming of age in the world of gambling. An announcement that Vegas based backers will build a major casino and hotel complex in downtown Vancouver has a few but not many people concerned that the move will cause social harm. B.C. has been hit hard by the economic meltdown and is looking at every possible avenue to bolster it's tax revenues that have fallen into serious deficit mode. Critics of B.C.'s provincial government's flip flop on it's stance regarding gambling have been full of quotes by various representatives of the current administration. Online gambling was vilified and made to look like a terrible thing indeed by solicitor-general Rich Coleman in 2003 when he said, "Illegal gaming and Internet gaming, those are things we fight to stamp out," Coleman's successor John Les, kept up the vitriol in 2007 with this statement,"I want to be very clear," "There will be no Internet gaming conducted by the B.C. Lottery Corporation…period." How things change with time are amazing as the B.C. government now offers online Keno and poker on the B.C. Lotteries webpage with more virtual casino games coming soon to a computer near you. Recently the B.C. Lottery Corporation increased the weekly Internet betting limit on the online gambling site to $9,999 a week, a massive increase from the previous limit of $120 a week. Online gambling is in place and it will be the first provincial government in Canada to offer legal online gambling. The empty tax coffers of the province are obviously more important to fill than the need to be politically correct and protect the vulnerable public. The brick and mortar casino in Vancouver is a sure bet for the Las Vegas backers and for the public purse, regardless of the moral issue, that old saying strikes a chord, " if you can't beat them… join them."

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Italy has become a booming market for online gambling operators in the newly regulated situation there. There is a crack in the golden egg it seems with the usual corruption problems surfacing and being dealt with swiftly. Investigators that are on watch for just such problems will be paying close attention to four particular matches in Italy’s Serie B after betting was suspended by many bookmakers recently on two games after rumours of fixed draws surfaced while betting on two more matches is being closely monitored after abnormal activity. Serie B is the name of the second highest football league in Italy consisting of 22 teams. The championship is often called the cadetti, which means 'juniors' or 'cadets' or campionato cadetto. It is organized by Lega Calcio, as the major tournament. The governing body Uefa is already very involved in the attempted elimination of a Croatia-based, pan-European match-fixing ring that could have links to Asia. Recently that investigation led to 46 arrests in Turkey including the arrests of players and coaches, 45 of whom are being intensely questioned about their activities. Modena vs Piacenza and Triestina vs Padova, are the two scheduled games that bets have been suspended after “irregular” weights of money on the draw in each case. The online exchange Betfair is continuing to trade, on the games with it's policy being that it is completely transparent about it's betting information. Betting on Serie B games is at best minimal normally. Betfair is reporting huge sums being wagered almost £100,000 on the Modena vs Piacenza game. Some sources say this is a normal, “It’s just the normal Italian end-of-season stuff. Everyone knows it’s always happened, results that suit both sides in certain situations.” The fear that Asian influences are being felt in European football is the major concern for regulators and investigators adding a sinister aspect to the situation. Asian match-fixers have eroded the integrity of many of the football leagues in that continent.

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In the USA there are many differing points of view regarding online gambling, no where it seems is more divergent than Washington State USA. In a recent article it was mentioned that a man was arrested for running a website that offered to take bets on America's premier auto races including NASCAR. Now there appears in an article in the Seattle Weekly that Congressman Jim McDermott, Democratic representative for the seventh district Washington State yesterday unveiled the newest plan of attack in his ongoing mission to make it legal to be able to play online for real money. The proposal is to tax internet gambling operations and distribute the funds earned to support the state's foster care system. The logic is sound, how can anyone oppose a bill that asks for taxes gained through betting on the internet to be given to disadvantaged children. Dan Cypra from the web site pokernewsdaily has named McDermott the one of "the four horseman of the internet gambling revolution." Since 2006, when Congress passed a bill outlawing the online gambling industry, McDermott, Barney Frank, Ron Paul, and Pete King have been trying to repeal the law. Their efforts have met with little victories in the war against the unjust prohibition on internet gambling brought in by Bush just before he left office. Michael Waxman, spokesperson for the lobbying group Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative, says his organization has been working with Congressman McDermott since 2007 to regulate the industry. Religious activist groups vehemently oppose all legalization, calling gambling, online or otherwise, "morally bankrupt from its very foundation." Opposition from land based casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and the National Football League are also keeping the legalisation of the activity in limbo. PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that the Federal government in the USA could reap the benefits of taxation of the already popular past time to the tune of $42 billion dollars. "That provides more incentive for Congress to pay attention and look to better use this money that's sitting on that table," said, Waxman.

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Certain provinces in Canada are looking to legalise online gambling and by the look of a poll recently conducted by survey company Ipsos Reid, which operates in eight cities and employs more than 600 research professionals and support staff , there is more confusion about the legality of online gambling than there was a just few years ago.

The independent survey on gambling with the internet conducted in both Canada and the United States shows that in 2007, 41 percent of Americans and 28 percent of Canadians said they knew online gambling was illegal. In 2010, that figure dropped to 37 percent of Americans and 23 percent of Canadians who thought it was illegal. Respondents from both countries expressed a desire to see online gambling well regulated and licensed. The survey, conducted between January 4th and 7th 2010 polled 1,006 people in the United States and 1,032 people in Canada, the results had an estimated margin of error of 3.05 to 3.09 percentage points.

Weighting was then employed to balance demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. Sixty seven percent of those interviewed in Canada and fifty five percent of Americans were of the opinion that the federal government should be regulating and licensing online gambling operations and making the rules universal throughout the respective countries. Respectively a third of Canada's respondents and an estimated forty five percent of those in America thought the process of regulation should be dealt with by state or provincial governments. Paul Lauzon Senior Vice President & Managing Director of Ipsos Reid’s Lottery & Gaming Group, concluded, "We see that Americans are more concerned with regulation than Canadians," adding, "Comparing a number of legally permitted gambling options, Canadian interest in playing remains almost unchanged based on regulation or no regulation. But Americans feel more comfortable in playing betting games and gambling when there is a system of government regulation in place."

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It was bound to happen sooner or later, someone would offer online gambling odds on the most popular of motor sports in the USA, NASCAR. Agents from the Washington State Gambling Commission, a state which has some of the strictest codes on gambling in the USA, recently raided the home of David B. Watkins in the Spokane Valley just east of Seattle. The fifty four year old man is now under arrest suspected of running an online gambling website based on NASCAR racing which would be a violation of the federal law in the USA prohibiting online gambling. Apparently the FantasyThunder, web site has been in operation for more than ten years, allowing anyone in the States or the world put bets on the races. Things were going well until a few players made complaints that they were not being reimbursed for their winning wagers officials became suspicious and moved in. A search warrant was issued for the Watkin's home operation suspected as the source of the site. Unfortunately the FantasyThunder website fell on hard times and could not fulfill it commitments to pay it's players and Watkins became unavailable to his customers. Punters were told that there is no money left for payouts, that the operation was illegal and they should not expect any compensation. Watkins faces a single felony charge of 2nd Degree Professional Gambling. Authorities are not planning to pursue gambling charges against individuals who placed wagers on the FantasyThunder website. The contentious issue of online gambling in America is being tested and interpreted by various courts in different states with some judges and law enforcement agencies taking a tough stance while others are turning a blind eye. Gary Drumheller, the investigating officer in charge, said that players would not be pursued, “We’d rather have them be witnesses,” adding, “We’re more after the person who was putting this all together, and that would be Mr. Watkins.” 
 

 

 

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