Online Casino and Gambling News: July 2008

Playtech accepts Intercash and TransSend

Transsend and Intercash, two e-processors offering prepaid card facilities for payouts, have been integrated into the product suite of major Internet gambling turnkey provider Playtech plc. The deal follows earlier agreements with the Income Access affiliate program to use the services.

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Nevada proposal to study online gambling goes for markup this week

Nevada Representative Shelley Berkley's proposal to launch an independent study of the pros and cons of legalising Internet gambling in the United States, H.R. 2140, the "Internet Gambling Study Act," goes before the House Judiciary Committee this week for markup.

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Internet slots games banned from North Carolina stores

North Carolina governor Mike Easley has signed another anti-online gambling law into being, reports the Asheville Citizen-Times this week.

The bill bans the use of pre-paid telephone cards to facilitate Internet-based gaming, a new kind of entertainment that has replaced video poker in some convenience stores, restaurants and other spots. Players using the system would purchase pre-paid telephone cards, which were then used to play sweepstakes.

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Mansion Group owner launches new online bank aimed at gamblers

Claiming to be the first independent bank to launch since the dotcom boom in 2001 and the first to be authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA), a new online bank branded launched in London this week.

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Kahnawake speaks again on Tokwiro poker cheating scandals

[inline:frankcatania.jpg=Investigation leader, Frank Catania]Good to its word last week, when it promised further developments within days, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission has issued another statement on the continuing furore over multi-million dollar cheating at the UltimateBet and Absolute Poker online poker websites.

The statement advises that an independent monitor has been appointed to investigate KGC Licensee, Tokwiro Ent., parent company of both Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet. The investigation will be led by former New Jersey State Gaming Regulator, Frank Catania.

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USA postpones online gambling meetings with EU officials

In a move that seems to have taken everyone by surprise, the U.S. Trade Representative has apparently asked a European Union delegation for a postponement of meetings planned for Washington DC on the US government's online gambling and WTO policies scheduled for early next month.

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Online keno in Ohio highlights US double standards

Another example of double standards in the United States when it comes to online gambling surfaced last week with the announcement by the state of Ohio that it is to make online and televised keno available early next (August) month.

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MoneyObserver characterises Playtech software as a global leader

Online gambling software and games developer Playtech received a publicity boost this week from MoneyObserver, which described the London-listed company as a global market leader that has recently graduated from the Alternative Investment Market to the FTSE Mid 250 index.

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William Hill's Clover Rollover slot jackpot over GBP 1 million

UK gambling group William Hill's online "mini-slot" game Clover Rollover is pulling in bingo enthusiasts this week after the jackpot topped the £1 million mark for the first time.

The top prize has never been won on Clover Rollover, and the jackpot has steadily grown since March 2007.

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Tokwiro Enterpirses UltimateBet probe concluded

The latest rash of statements and message board comments on the UltimateBet and Absolute Poker multi million dollar cheating scandals was capped by a statement from parent company Tokwiro Enterprises ENRG as the week ended. Registered in Kahnawake, the company is owned by former chief Joe Norton, with Paul Leggett responsible for day to day operations as the COO.

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