Online Casino and Gambling News: July 2008

Daneshgar scores in WSOP event 52

With the end of the individual tournaments in the 39th World Series of Poker now in sight, Event 52 - the $1500 No-Limit Hold'em contest - commanded attention as Californian pro Dave Daneshgar truimphed over a field of 2693 to take his first WSOP bracelet and the main prize of $625,443 after a tough heads up with Scott Sitron.

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Svenske Spel poker controls to be tightened

The Swedish government gambling monopoly Svenske Spel was under futher pressure this week as Finance Minister Andrea Borg called for tighter regulation of the online poker games operated by the company.

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Thai arrests for Euro 2008 gambling top 1000

More than 1000 people have been arrested in Thailand for gambling on Euro 2008 football matches, local police revealed this week, disclosing that $30,000 had been confiscated.

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Sportsbetting for Canada?

Canadian officialdom may not like the idea of Internet gambling too much, but they apparently have a different approach to land sportsbetting. The Toronto Star reports that the Canadian federal government, along with Ontario provincial officials is seriously considering the introduction of Las Vegas-style sportsbetting in provincial [land] casinos.

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Major funding for Harvard problem gambling research

Harvard University research endowments of $34.9 billion make it the world's richest school, claims an interesting article by Oliver Staley in Bloombergs business news this week, which reveals that since 1996 up to $9.1 million of this financial support has come from the gambling industry in its fight against problem gambling.

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Positive Q2 results and a new boss for AsianLogic

London-listed AsianLogic, the Pacific-Asia facing online and land gambling group has reported the appointment of a chief executive, along with positive Q.2 business results.

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Martin Smyth wins $10000 buy-in HORSE crown at WSOP

Irish poker pro Martin Smyth emerged the winner of Event 50, the $10 000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha competition at the World Series of Poker this week, surviving a field of 381 players who generated an event prize-pool of some $3.5 million.

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Phone card gambling bust in Texas

Police in Beaumont, Texas have raided what they claim is an illegal Internet betting operation offering video poker action through phone card payments in an Internet Cafe.

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Cryptologic poker adds private tournaments

Dublin-based online poker developer CryptoLogic Limited launched two new features to its Internet poker software line-up this week: the ability for players to host their own tournaments, and a new advanced sorting and filtering tool that allows players to customise their own settings for cash games and tournaments.

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Black wins PartyPoker premier league

It has taken 20 years but Ireland’s Andy Black finally captured a major title by winning the 2008 PartyPoker.com Premier League and the $250,000 first prize this week. The 42 year-old from Dublin burst into tears after defeating England’s Roland De Wolfe heads-up in the event that pits 12 of the world’s top pros against each other in a unique league format.

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