Google is good at keeping us all informed and it is doing very well in the advertizing department too. Google ads are everywhere or so one may think but it is not true when it comes to promoting online gambling. Google policy states that advertising for the promotion of online gambling websites is not permitted to target locations outside Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales), Italy, Austria, Belgium, Australia (limited to wagering & sports betting), and Republic of Ireland. Ads for online gambling will not be displayed in other countries except those for state licensed entities in Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Portugal, Spain, New Zealand, and Sweden. Google's definition of online gambling includes, but is not limited to, the following, sports books and sports betting lotteries, bingo, poker, sites that provide tips, odds, and handicapping, software facilitating online casinos and gambling, gambling tutoring online, gambling-related eBooks, 'play for fun' gambling or casino games of skill, including sites where the primary purpose is 'play for fun' gambling, or affiliate sites with the primary purpose of driving traffic to online gambling sites.

That doesn't leave much room for any confusion as far as promotion of the industry. Google must see this huge potential and be spending a significant amount of money trying to penetrate these markets. Advertizing for online gambling has grown massively but within certain limitations. Even if an operator has a licence from a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) other than lets say Italy, it still is not sufficient authorization for showing online gambling ads in Italy. In Australia for example Google AdWords allows online wagering and sports betting advertisements to target Australia as long as the advertiser is a licenced operator registered with an appropriate Australian State or Territory and provides a valid licence. For online betting operators the list of hoops a company must go through to get the word out on Google that your in business is long and complicated. It is easy for companies registered in the jurisdictions of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales), Alderney, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Malta, or Antigua and Barbuda. Google says it may add to the list in the future, most gambling operators think that future is very near.



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The Panama based online gambling site, BetOnLine is keeping the news media busy these days. Speculation is running rampant that anyone connected to the company is involved with the “mob.” It is possible that the indictments and subsequent arrests of several individuals connected with the firm are fuelling those impressions in the New York Media.

Joseph Fafone, arrested while trying to fly out of Rochester recently, has maintained close ties with many other bookmakers and is considered well liked by associates in the online gambling industry.

District Attorney for Queen's New York, Richard Brown was pleased with the progress in capturing online gambling executives who try to move in or out of the USA. Brown said that the arrests were a win against illegal online gambling. Brown in his statement on online gambling said, "It's highly addicting and easy to get hooked on," adding, "In this case, I believe that we will make a significant dent in the illegal gambling nationwide."

Fafone, set up his operation in Costa Rica in 2000 as a means of "operating lawfully". "I got tired of having my door busted in by the police all the time," Fafone told web site Gambling911.

Originally named Best Line Sports, brought marketing to the mix with partners who knew that aspect of the business. The company was one of the first online gambling businesses to begin operations in Panama City, Panama where regulations have been in place for quite some time. Some insiders feel that the media in New York has painted a picture of Fafone as a "crime" boss linked to a well known family of gangsters. People who know Joe Fafone think he is a nice person who is soft spoken and a gentleman with a good reputation in the online gambling industry.

Hand delivering a large sum of cash to a client in a New York Hotel is thought to be the reported deed that officials in the State used to arrest Fafone.



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An Associated Press article out of London U.K is reporting that Tennis Authorities are investigating a WTA Tour match at the U.S. Open. Caroline Wozniacki apparently caused punters to wager excessively on her opponent when she was close to losing in straight sets.

The nineteen year old Danish born Wozniacki, is ranked the sixth best tennis player in the world. Her wise decision to withdraw from the first-round match at the Luxembourg Open was caused by a hamstring injury sustained while leading Anne Kremer of Luxembourg. A simple explanation for the betting surge was the overheard conversation that Wozniacki's father, Piotr, had with his daughter during the match. He apparently told his daughter to stop playing in his native language of Polish. He felt her leg injury would jeopardize her chances of being able to play the next round.

While speaking to Danish radio Piotr Wozniacki said, "I went onto the court and said to her: 'Caro, it does not matter whether it's going to be 5-0, 4-1 or 3-2. You can not play the next round, so you shouldn't take the risk," "I'm very proud of Caroline, because she stopped the fight and gave her opponent a chance."

The newly formed Tennis Integrity Unit is not commenting on the issue nor is Betfair who works with the unit to look into possible problems. WTA spokesperson Neil Robinson said, "We're just looking into everything that happened in this match,"

Betfair spokesperson Tony Calvin said, "Under the terms of our memorandum of understanding with sporting bodies worldwide, it is up to the sporting authorities to comment,"

Ekstra Bladet the Danish newspaper reported that Wozniacki professed her innocence and said, "So, people bet on my matches. Some win, others lose. I just know that I am clean. It is most important to me," adding, "And if anyone is in doubt about my injury, I can both produce scan from the hospital and a report from the tournament physiotherapist."

The young player could still face fines imposed by the International Tennis Federation for 'lack of effort.' There is really no evidence to suggest that Wozniacki conspired to fix the match.



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The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unit has one step further to stop payment processing for online gambling in the USA. Electracash, Inc., the California payment-processor whose bank accounts were seized in July by federal investigators in Maryland is once again the focus of an investigation. As America gets closer to the December first date of strengthened enforcement of it's prohibition on online gambling the law is getting tougher.

The Federal Task force is now going after evidence of gambling-related communications in Electracash's e-mail account with New York-based Intermedia. According to the report by the Baltimore City Paper Electracash's chief executive officer, D. Lee Falls could not be reached for a comment on the situation.

Richard S. Gunn, the investigator who applied for the e-mail warrant, is an Anne Arundel County police detective and task-force officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Gunn was the affiant for the seizure of Forshay Enterprises bank accounts. HMD, Inc., and Electracash are also payment processors whose bank accounts were seized.

IRS criminal investigator Randall Carrow, in a 2008 affidavit said Electracash was owned by Edward Courdy, and Michael Garone. Both have been charged with money laundering, last year. Courdy and Garone appear to be the only defendants charged in the investigation, and neither has been called to appear in court to answer to the charges.

The U.S. government filed forfeiture proceedings against the assets of Courdy and Garone. Seizing nearly $10 million from Courdy last year and more than $14,million from Garone.

The government also took $40 million in online gambling processing bank accounts, and seems content to keep the money, knowing these men won't chance an appearance in a US court.



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In a report from the Associated Pres, Frankford Kentucky USA is the location where the Kentucky Supreme Court will decide if the state has the power to seize Internet domain names involved in online gambling after hearing arguments from lawyers representing both sides of the issue. The problem stems from clarification issues stemming from the seizure of over one hundred internet domain names. The State claims the online gambling businesses registered domain names are just gambling devices such as slot machines under a different name. The State is maintaining it has the authority to seize the domain names on that premise.


A district Kentucky court, has heard the case as well as a panel of three judges in the Kentucky Court of Appeals. The Kentucky Supreme Court with a panel of seven judges is now weighing it's decision. Opposition is being mounted to the State of Kentucky's appeal by the Interactive Gaming Council, and the Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association, Inc.,both associations have been active in their rebuttal to the State's seizure of Internet domain names. These trade groups claim the State is contravening the rights of ownership and the freedom of the internet.

Eric Lycan, an attorney representing the Kentucky Justice Cabinet stated in court, "They (the domain owners) have been using these (domains) to violate the law in Kentucky. They are subject to forfeiture."

The attorneys representing the domain owners disagree, saying that online gambling isn't illegal in the state. They maintain the Kentucky General Assembly has not taken any specific action to declare it unlawful. Also putting forth the argument that the state doesn't have jurisdiction over firms beyond the state and that domain names cannot possibly be described as gambling machines or devices.

Bill Johnson a lawyer representing a number of the domain owners, argued that the state has improperly mixed civil and criminal elements in the case. He said, "The ultimate issue in this case is whether a domain name is a gambling device under the statute," Johnson told the court. "This case should have never proceeded in the beginning."

The Poker Players Alliance's executive director John Pappas issued a statement regarding the case which could take as many as four months to conclude,  "The PPA looks forward to a positive ruling from the Kentucky Supreme Court and hopes to work with lawmakers in the Commonwealth on the common sense solution of licensing and regulation."

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It comes as a huge surprise to those who have placed their private information in the hands of online gambling operators, that that information has been compromised and is for sale by some unscrupulous vendors. Some suggest this practice has been going on for a long time and is most would be purchasers of the information feel it is relatively useless. People in the industry are allegedly obtaining this personal data by downloading data bases at the involved companies. This is done without the knowledge of the businesses retaining the information.

Webmaster Nick Haslem of the Australian gambling information portal has opened an internationally sensitive issue by exposing the sale of full customer details, available to him. Haslem says the information made available to him was described as personal. Things such as details including full names, residential addresses, dates of birth, email addresses and other financial information including amounts deposited and lost or won, is being sold for an agreed price to whoever has the money.

Some insiders believe this activity is commonplace and almost routine. Online gambling affiliates are offered information about customers on a regular bases some claim. The information sales are documented by the webmaster Haslem  and  offers a fully detailed written report on the transactions including industry names. Most of the information leak is from Europe with some from online bingo sites from the U.K. only.

This a clear and loud wake up call for the online gambling industry and for governments to seek proper and strict regulation of the operators and their employees. Information is a powerful force these days and we are all at risk when it comes to our identity security. When the trust fails, so will the industry. Online gambling web sites that are regulated and scrutinized suffer along with the ones that lack the proper measures to make personal data secure. In this case one or two bad apples can spoil the whole barrel.

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PartyGaming is going to be a little different once the shares that co founder Anurag Dikshit divests himself of the last of his holdings on PartyGaming. He says he will donate all of the money he gains from the sale to his favourite charity. The gentleman owns 28 percent of the shares in the company of which he has posted two thirds on the London Exchange as for sale. Forbes Online recently reported that  shares had fluctuated in a downward trend until settling at a minor loss. the 75 million shares are on the block now with the remaining 35 million shares coming up for sale at a later date.

The charity the entreprenuer wishes to donate all funds to is the Kusuma Trust. The expected $150 million dollars will go to the Trust in total. Still very much in its infancy, Kusuma is addressing a wide number of issues concerning education and children at risk with the intention of narrowing our focus in a few years time. At that point we intend to direct funding to fewer initiatives proven to have the most dramatic impact on society as a whole. Currently the Trust provides financial support and education to children in India, Britain and Gibraltar.
These actions by the shareholder distancing himself from the company suggests that this is a move for PartyGaming as it may try it’s luck in securing a licence in the USA. The former co founder pleaded guilty in America and paid a $300 million dollar fine to the Department of Justice. PartyGaming paid out a $105 million fine as part of a non-prosecution agreement. The company seems to want a clean slate in the USA expecting future consideration in that market.

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Press release from Vancouver British Columbia. There is a new kid on the block and they have launched a new online gambling web site. The latest digital; online gaming brand is called and it's creators International Arts Management hope that it will garner international attention from customers. Poker and casino games will be available 24 hours and 7 days per week with superior customer service and excellent rewards for players. is very involved in the digital entertainment and social media world with its own proprietary social networking platform that enables gaming strategies to develop around their technology.

Peter Karroll, CEO, of the global entertainment marketing firm International Arts Management, was the former head of marketing and President of Bodog Entertainment. In 2005, IAM was on top of the marketing world of online gambling with their massively successful model. As a result, IAM was able to bring Bodog from less than 1% audience awareness to a margin of 42% in just 24 months. The plans are to implement a similar strategy for

Karroll said of the strategy, "Taking a look at what people do with their time, both online and offline has been a very important aspect of the strategy. We know our customers are intelligent, caring, hard working, professional, competitive, and love to win," Adding about the launch, "We know they want a better online environment and we believe that can offer that setting by handpicking the best gaming software available and bringing them under one domain. The launch is just the beginning and we have tremendous plans for growth in's future."


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One of the UK's leading international online bingo software providers Parlay is showing signs that the firm is growing in strength in leaps and bounds. Parlay has the only international remote gambling software licence, and is the only provider of online bingo gaming solutions. That means that Parlay can provide their software to anyone who wishes to use it. This new ability to share its software internationally means that all countries can now take advantage of the software's ability to translate multi-language and multi-currency transactions.

Scott White, Chief Executive Officer for Parlay said, in a Bullet Business interview "Creating a fresh look and feel for a site develops it's personality to players. Parlay5 software offers operators the ability to market, brand and theme any of their bingo rooms without additional customisation from us. They can update their sites as often as they want- without our help- giving the operator complete control. This is a key feature to get that unique feel that players want in their online community and only each operator knows what they will want to do in terms of marketing. Players want to feel comfortable and have a sense of belonging and developing something unique gives that to them".

The white label software took ten years to bring to market and it capabilities are indeed formidable. Companies looking to cash in on the expanded possibilities of online bingo are going to need the tools provided by Parlay. Player retention is an essential ingredient to aim for, the company stresses.

White went on to say, "The bingo chat room creates the atmosphere players look for in a site. The community is the most important aspect on a site and that will not change - however we see a new generation in sophisticated loyalty programmes as a product requirement in the years to come".

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Fox news network decided to do a little poll on how Americans feel about the issue of gambling in their fair country. As with many many surveys conducted in the States on the subject this weekly news poll came up with the same conclusion, Americans think they should have the right to wager if they so choose.

Thirty seven percent of those asked if they opposed gambling said they did. Although a larger majority fifty two said they were in favour of gambling in their state of residence. Seventy five percent of those polled responded that they had gambled at a casino at some time in their life. Many surveyed also thought that if a casino were to be built in their town the crime rate would not increase.

A USA Today survey resulted in over ninety percent of respondents making the point that online gambling should be legal. The American right to liberty seems to be in question in the polls as many people who responded to the polls were not necessarily the gambling public but those who felt it should be a right of the individual to choose if they want to gamble or not. Online gambling continues to be as popular as ever in the USA. Illegal or not people in the USA support the right to choose no matter what the government says.

Polls are a sort of micro sample, usually of the general population, so they usually can be taken at face value. It is a serious matter, in the USA, the right to choose, what you are allowed to do in your own home, with your own money. Playing a game of poker online seems like a friendly thing to do, why should it be illegal the pollsters ask.

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