The World Gambling Briefing, will be held in Malta from the 24th to the 25th of March 2010. This event evolving from the European Gambling Briefing, is not to be missed by any serious professional in the online gambling industry who wants to stay ahead of the crowd.

The WGB will be taking place in the Hilton Malta, a beautiful 5 star hotel in the St Julians area. Starting off the conference a briefing called, "In Search of Political Will: What Prospects for a Pan-European Policy in Light of Increased Legal and Technological Advances? This segment most importantly addresses challenges posed by divergent approaches of member states with possible solutions. Should governments do more to harmonise Internal Markets for gambling services is another problem discussed. On the panel for this brief are Hans-Jörn Arp, Member of Parliament for the Christian Democratic Party (CDU), German State of Schleswig-Holstein, Juan Carlos Alfonso Rubio, Coordination Director, Loterías y Apuestas del Estado, Spain, and Prof. Dr. Kurt Schelter, Minister Emeritus and Attorney at Law Rolf Francis Sims, Legal Adviser, Ministry of Culture, Norway.

Along with many very important topics on the two day agenda is a subject that has everyone in the industry thinking about. Called the New Changing Regulatory Landscape: Examining Legislative and Regulatory Movements in the EU and Member States the panel of experts will take their positions on whether for example operators can expect the stance of the European Commission, Parliament and Council to change with a new Presidency and Head of Internal Market and Services department and how the operator will be affected by the UK government’s change of heart on the subject of mutual recognition of licences. Day two is scheduled to get into the international beat with a round table discussion featuring many of Europe's top online gambling executives, moving to the Latin American sessions which is poised to become the world’s third-largest gaming market. New laws coming in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina affecting gambling in those great markets will be brought to the table for discussion and insight.

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

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Kahnawake, Bodog, Aruba, Calvin Ayre, all have a common thread, online gambling. Coming soon this March 13, 2010 the CTV television network from Canada will air an expose called 'The Jackpot', which deals with the development of online gambling in Canada and native territories. W5 is an in depth documentary television series that attempts and succeeds in making the public aware of the ins and outs of various controversial subjects. Anton Koschany a television journalist with 36 years experience as a news magazine and documentary producer, has been W5's Senior Producer since 1998. His choice of subjects has been everything from used car scams and health concerns, to families enduring nightmare neighbours in Toronto. This documentary on online gambling is hosted by veteran award-winning journalist, Victor Malarek who brings a hard-hitting investigative style to the world of internet gambling. Featured is the Canadian entrepreneur Calvin Ayre who started the Bodog brand of online casinos operating out of the Mohawk Nation within the province of Quebec. W5 delivers factual and comprehensive programmes and this latest offering claims to trace the roots of online gambling from the Mohawk Indians of the Kahnawake Reserve to a global industry worth billions of dollars a year. Publicity for the topical program has said the show, "delves into the world of online gambling, a story that takes viewers from the sandy shores of Caribbean tax haven Antigua, to Quebec's Kahnawake Reserve, the unlikely world capital of online gambling," press releases added, "Constantly proving itself as the most-relevant current affairs program in the country, W5 looks at how a small group of Mohawks of Kahnawake have created a gambling Mecca to rival Las Vegas and Monaco, while defying Canadian and American laws," Calvin Ayre is described as, "...a one-time pig farmer who became a billionaire with Bodog.com, one of the world's leading online gambling sites." The Jackpot will also feature scenes from the Caribbean tax haven of Antigua where Ayre is seen enjoying the playboy lifestyle in fine fashion. This show sheds light on the ever changing and evolving world of internet gambling and how it is shaping gambling habits around the globe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The big question in Ireland is how many jobs will the country gain if they change their old gambling laws. Some reports use the number 8000 which is a huge number when it comes to jobs. The usual spin off from all those jobs are all the taxes and benefits to an economy.Should online gambling be legalized and encouraged to locate in Ireland the effect on the well being of Ireland would be fundamentally enormous. Research has shown should the country

capture just 5 percent of the global online gambling industry it would represent a local sector worth 2.2 bn € and produce as many as 5,000 to 8,000 jobs that would earn an average of 40,000 € per year. The big carrot has not as yet changed the laws that were passed back in 1956 that regulate every aspect of gambling in Ireland. Other nations are moving forward at much faster pace to capture the industry's attention and reap the benefits of this clean commerce that has many aspects. Technology is moving quickly to accommodate the internet traffic that is growing in leaps and bounds. Mobile technology is making online gambling more accessible to more people at a massive speed. Solid jobs from the financial, e-commerce, and web development sectors must have a real and substantial regulatory system in place before those professionals would even consider moving to Ireland. While the UK is still waiting on a new Finance Act from it's Parliament to smooth out the bumps in it's existing gambling legislation France and Spain are watching to see how it's done. Malta has already attracted as many as nineteen online gambling operators and is seeing the positive results of their strong rules and regulations. Will Ireland finally come around to seeing that online gambling will help it's economy or will it's politicians remain in the fifties?

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Well it's that time of year again in the USA when college students head off to far flung destinations to unwind after a long winter at the books studying hard to get good marks. Some leave college for their home town or just saddle up to the computer or TV to watch the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament.

Staying in touch with the game is a part of what is commonly known as March Madness. Punters call it the best thing in American sports action. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship is a three-week, 65-team tournament. 31 teams earn automatic bids by winning their conference championships. A 10-member Selection Committee invites 34 at-large teams based on their record, rankings, strength of schedule, signature wins and losses, and such. The Selection Committee ranks the teams 1-65, with the #1 overall seed deemed the best and #65 the worst. The teams are then divided into four regions – West, Midwest, South, and East – with 16 teams, seeded 1-16. Using a single-elimination format, the field of 64 is whittled down to 16 after the first weekend, and then down to four after the second, and eventually a champion on the first Tuesday in April. For gamblers online this is great it's easy to keep up with the games and the betting odds as they change throughout the Big Dance. Teams that make it out of the second round head into the Sweet 16 where more betting action is available. The winners of those games play in the Elite Eight. Winning teams then move to the Final Four, the most prestigious event in college sports. The bracket is the decision tree platform used to determine the flow of games and is revealed on Selection Sunday. There is purity is left in college sports as this format shows all have a chance to play harder or smarter. Get your account open and start checking those web sites March Madness is about to begin.

 

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Polish online gambling laws have changed as of January first 2010 and are causing a great deal of difficulty for just a few companies in the sector.

Swedish online sports-betting company Unibet, has been let go as a sponsor for The Polish Football Federation in order to comply with the new laws in Poland. Eastern Europe has great potential for market growth in the online gambling world but has hit a snag in Poland. The financial heart of the football league is sponsorship and the with this withdrawal of funding for the clubs may spell disaster for some who are already struggling to maintain the sport. The Polish government hasbanned all forms of gambling outside of the land-based casinos. Advertising of international gambling companies has been halted altogether with possible European Court of Justice implications. Betfair's initiative for free movement of goods and services in the E.U., Right2Bet, has denounced the move as draconian, commenting, "The development will come as a hammer blow to the league, its clubs and their supporters, who are now being robbed of the chance to earn the type of money needed if Polish football is to progress and regain a sure footing in the global game," The Right2Bet web site goes on to expose, "Amazingly, this new legislation only came about as a result of the government trying to pass the buck, after members of the Cabinet were charged with corruption. The disgraced politicians were found to be opposing higher taxes on gambling institutions based on their ties with them, and rather than blame the individuals responsible, the government looked to appease the public by blaming gambling itself, and the new bill was proposed and passed at breakneck speed." These moves by European countries to restrict licensed and regulated online gambling operators from conducting business is worthy of a court battle and many operators are already setting aside funds for the fight.

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The Union of the member states in Europe seems to have just a little bit of trouble agreeing on the legality of online gambling within it's diversity of nations.

 

A recent opinion voiced by the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, Paulo Mengozzi, has cast an air of uncertainty over the ongoing process of making online gambling fair and available to member countries. In a number of incidences regarding the issue the Advocate General has pointed out some of the legal difficulties that have emerged as the introduction of web technology becomes more important to business. Mr. Mengozzi has noted that the challenge to harmonize regulations has become very difficult in the face of national traditions and entrenched gambling laws. Referring to the ban on certain games of chance by some legislation created by some member nations the Advocate General does support the loophole under certain justified restrictions and conditions. This message that Mengozzi purports has sent a shudder of unease throughout the regulated and licenced European facing online gambling industry. The European Court has in the past openly accepted, under certain conditions of course, monopolies and other restrictions on operators in internet gambling industry. The Advocate General’s opinion is not binding on the Court of Justice all though it does carry a great deal of weight. This is a very difficult issue to debate with member nations facing a lot of questions and unevenness in the process. In the absence of a clear and established rule on the legality of freedom of services legislation in the E.U. the gaming sector is left to carry on with no certainty that their enterprises won't be shut out or discriminated against in member countries. The longer the debate goes on the more precedents are being set and the more complicated a solution becomes.

 

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When you think of gambling usually we think of

Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, USA it's iconic and one of the best known gambling venues on the planet. Harrahs Entertainment's Montreal Canada headquartered interactive division announced it will launch a new site in the UK offering games developed in partnership with the Gamesys Group featuring bingo and casino side games. CAESARS Bingo.com, offers a full suite of casino games including slots, roulette, blackjack and baccarat. There are free-to-play and real money casino games in the offering. Mitch Garber, CEO of Harrah's Interactive Entertainment commented, “We’re thrilled to bring one of the world’s most renowned gaming brands to UK residents with Caesars Bingo Online,” adding, “Caesars Bingo.com will bring players the fun and excitement found in our casinos in addition to offering exclusive Caesars Palace Las Vegas prize packages.” Generous prizes, jackpots, bonuses and promotions will be offered including trips to the famed Empire Casino in London, and all inclusive trips to Caesar's Palace Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, USA. Harrah's has started in Europe to promote it's rock solid brand and expose more online customers to it new range of innovative interactive casinos games. The World Series of Poker is one of Harrahs main stays in Europe now in it's forth season. Harrah’s also owns London Clubs International, Inc., which is a group of ten casinos throughout the United Kingdom. Harrah's new venture interactive division is expected to expand the market share for Harrah's customer base. If going to Vegas and experiencing Caesars Palace has been a dream of yours and you love to play online bingo this is a site that must be tried. It has the old style elegance that only an online casino from Harrahs can possibly create, it's worth a try and only a few clicks away.




 

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The iGaming Super Show to be held in Prague, Czech Republic at the PVA Letnany Exhibition Centre between the 25th-28th of May, 2010 is shaping up to be indeed a super show for regulators and operators alike.

Plans to educate and track global regulatory trends and policies will be offered in a series of seminars on the 26th specifically targeting the operators and regulatory personal of the industry. iGaming Business takes a look at the industry, from a number of directions focusing on subjects such as the regulations regarding the Tribal Gaming sector in the USA. In depth considerations include their influence on USA policy and their role in the reshaping of the online gambling regulations in the States.

Since online gambling is a global activity regulations vary throughout different jurisdictions and it is difficult keep compliant. Regulators will be able to come together in Prague and discuss with operators their goals. Managing Editor for iGaming Business, Michael Caselli, said, “We are inviting potential and present regulators from across Europe, South America and the United States to what is really a high-level global regulator’s forum.” Caselli commented further on who will attend, “Of course, all attendees of the Super Show are welcome to attend this track, and I am sure it will be one of the most popular tracks at the show.” Interactive gaming events organiser iGaming Business is going to offer another track that will look into affiliate marketing and feature search engine optimisation professionals, super affiliates and topics dedicated to introducing affiliates from other industries to iGaming. Organiser, Alex Pratt, said, “The goal is to bring together the entire iGaming community, from affiliates and operators through to regulators and vendors,” adding “This will be the largest networking and learning opportunity in the sector. The iGaming Super show is a new concept, a comprehensive show for what has become an established global industry.”

 

 

 







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Cryptologic is growing again, this time by signing a three year agreement with Betsson. Betsson Malta Ltd which a leading Stockholm OMX listed online gaming operation is going to be licensed by Cryptologic to offer nine or more of the software company's most popular online wagering games. CryptoLogic Limited is located in Ireland after it's origins in Canada proved too far away from it's developers and market. Cryptologic has been making good headway in competitive market. It's stable of clients is most impressive that include top brands and international online casinos. Cryptologic's subsidiary Wagerlogic Ltd. handles all of the company's licensing deals only offering it's products and services to gaming operators that do not allow gamblers from the USA. Some of Cryptologic's games use some of the best known characters in the world of movies and comics for it's games action all certified and maintained in compliance to the highest of standards. Some of the company's top slot games are to be launched on Betsson's websites with one that has already gone live on CasinoEuro. Earnings from the licence are to be garnered from recurring revenue based on wagers placed by Betsson's gamblers. Cryptologic's Vice President, Justin Thouin, commented on the agreement, "Betsson is the latest customer to sign up to CryptoLogic's games, underscoring the value our innovative and rich content brings to operators worldwide. With every new licensee CryptoLogic not only expands its global reach but also strengthens its base for generating long term revenues."

 

Betsson.com's Business Area Director, Magnus Grinneback, said,"We are confident CryptoLogic's highly innovative games will enhance our customers' gaming experience and attract more demand. We look forward to working with CryptoLogic to help us achieve just that." All the games are expected to be introduced across the three brands Betsson runs later this year. A subscriber base in more than 18 countries, Betsson offers a wide range of gambling venues.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Berlin Poker Tour was the target of a brazen robbery on Saturday. The balaclava masked robbers entered the

Grand Hyatt Hotel with the intent of taking home the prize money reported to be as much as 3.68 million euros. The gang brandished machetes and a pistol and went about stuffing the cash in bags and threatening employees. Chaos ruled the floor as the security forces attempted to stop the thieves from completing their mission. Dramatic footage from the operational cameras shows a brave very big security guard throw a large object at one of the robbers, and then wrestle the individual to the floor almost exposing the armed robber's face in the process. Another thief ran to his accomplices aid and brandishing what looked like a large pipe made the security guard let go of the thief and run away. The armed thugs are reported to have removed between €100,000 and €300,000 from the event. Fortunately only a few minor injuries were incurred during those tense moments. The Berlin Poker Tour is the biggest and most well attended poker events ever to take place in Germany. The cameras were rolling during the episode and the actual footage is available on the net. Those who were watching day four of the tournament saw the robbery live around the globe on the internet. Nine hundred and forty five poker players assembled in Berlin for what turned out to be more excitement than some of them bargained for. Germany has never seen such a turn out for poker ever before with even tennis star Boris Becker taking part. Kevin MacPhee the online qualifier took home the 1 million euro top prize. It's a good thing no one was seriously injured during this raid and it's a good thing they didn't get all the money. One wonders about the effectiveness of the security team and how much protection that large amount of money had.

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