Online Casino and Gambling News: July 2008

Thousands of licenses issued by UK Gambling Commission

UK land and remote gambling regulator the Gambling Commission has released details of its activities over the past year, reporting that 3428 operators had been licensed by the Commission by 31 March 2008, and 4199 operating licences had been issued to those operators, with some holding both remote and non-remote licences.

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Microgaming bingo gets the nod from Malta

Online gambling software and games developer Microgaming has announced that its bingo software has been approved by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority in Malta, a licensing jurisdiction that is becoming increasingly popular with European Union operators and is accepted by UK advertising authorities.

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Hollywood dream on offer for Party Casino players

Party Casino is about to show its appreciation to loyal players by launching its "Live Like a Star" promotion, which will send a lucky couple to Hollywood for a week to live among the rich and famous. The promo is scheduled to run over a 21 day period starting this week, with a place in the draw awarded for each 25 PartyPoints earned.

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New look bingo for Ladbrokes from mid-August

Ladbrokes bingo players are in for a refreshing change next (August) month, when the UK betting company's completely revamped website will be launched, probably around the middle of the month.

The betting group promises a few additions to its usual range of games, rooms and prizes, with a fresh look, new colours and easier navigation for users.

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Land and online gambling taxes planned by Poland

Comments by Poland's Deputy Minister of Finance, Jacek Kapica earlier this year that the best way to handle online gambling was to regulate and tax it, appear to be bearing fruit. Reports from Poland this week suggest that the government is actively considering an online and land gambling tax regime that could contribute to the construction of a sports stadium to accommodate the Euro2012 football tournament.

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"Deal" director to make another attempt at the ultimate poker movie

According to a piece in the U.S. entertainment magazine "Variety," poker fans may have another movie on their passion in prospect to entertain them despite the poor box office performance of this year's "Deal" production.

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Absolute and UltimateBet to merge into single poker, Cereus

Grabbing the attention of players, affiliates and competitors alike as the week ended was an announcement from Paul Leggett, CEO of both UltimateBet and Absolute Poker, that the two sites are to merge into one large online poker network branded Cereus Poker.

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Professional tennis players suspended for gambling

The Association of Tennis Professionals has taken action against doubles specialist players Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak, who were suspended this week for betting on tennis matches.

Associated Press reports that neither player wagered on his own matches, and an independent hearing officer found no evidence of any intent to affect the outcome of matches bet upon.

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South African online gambling legalised - implementation delayed

It has taken some time, but the President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki has finally signed off on the National Gambling Amendment Bill, which was approved on May 9, 2008 to license and regulate online gambling. But for reasons that are not yet clear, the legislation will not be implemented "until a date chosen by the President."

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Party Gaming licensed to use Terminator and Rambo themes on Internet slots

[inline:theterminator.jpg=Classic Arnold pose]The growing trend among online gambling game developers to use famous movies to theme video slots continued this week with an announcement from Party Gaming that it has secured an exclusive four-year licence to create online games based on the international blockbusters The Terminator and the original Rambo series.

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