Online Casino and Gambling News: July 2008

Taking a look at the WSOP final table nine

This week the final table of nine players for the World Series of Poker Main Event was decided with the announcement, to loud applause, of the nine survivors by Tournament Director Jack Effel and his closing comment: "Players, you may now go on your 117-day break! Good night from the World Series of Poker!"

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WSOP Main Event final table decided at last

When InfoPowa last reported on the World Series of Poker Main Event action, the field was down to ten and trying hard to reach the final nine players who will compete for the first prize of over $9 million in November.

In the end it took over three hours of action in the 15 hour long Day 7 heat, but at 3.30am in the morning the elimination of Dean Hamrick in tenth place concluded play until November.

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BetFred to license GameAccount skill games

The UK online skill gaming provider GameAccount signed another major bookmaking company up this week in a multi year licensing deal with Betfred which will see the bookie's website equipped with a suite of peer-to-peer and tournament gin rummy, multiplayer blackjack and poker dice games.

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Canadian academic calls for online gambling regulation

June Cotte, a marketing associate professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario has called for the legalization of online gambling to allow for better regulation and to potentially reduce harmful effects.

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EGBA and eCOGRA team up on high standards for responsible gaming

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) launched a comprehensive set of standards that covers all aspects of player protection, fair gaming and responsible operator behaviour in the online gaming and betting environment this week. These standards complement stringent legal requirements already imposed by European Union licensing jurisdictions.

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Belgium preparing to embrace internet gambling?

The home of the European Union, Belgium, is preparing to open its Internet gambling market to private providers, reports Markets and Research this week.

Recently, a growing number of European gambling markets have become more liberalised, and although many experts are keeping a close eye on jurisdictions such as Italy and Spain, other markets such as Belgium are showing promising developments, M&R comments.

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WSOP final table within reach on Day 7

Day 7 at the 39th World Series of Poker in Las Vegas saw the 27 players left out of a Main Event entry field of 6844 sitting down to decide who the last 9 players on the final table would be. The average stack going into Day 7 was $5,069,630, with Craig Marquis leading the field with a chip count of $11,300,000, not far ahead of nearest rivals Dennis Phillips ($11,150,000) and Tiffany Michelle, the only woman left in the tournament, on $9,900,000.

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Another WTO deadline passes in US vs Antigua dispute

The ongoing attempts to reach an amicable solution to the online gambling dispute between the USA and Antigua and Barbuda without resorting to further World Trade Organisation action continued this week, with the arrival on the Caribbean island of a six person U.S. delegation headed by Deputy United States Trade Representative, Ambassador John Veroneau.

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Gala Bingo launches 18 month charity initiative

Kudos to the UK land and online bingo provider Gala Bingo, which is on the brink of launching a major 18 month fundraising initiative to raise a million pounds sterling for the Sue Ryder Care charity.

The campaign will run throughout the Gala Bingo divisions, including Gala Bingo, Gala Casino, E-Commerce and the firm's international division, engaging employees and customers across some 1800 retail outlets.

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South African online gambling bill still awaiting Presidential signature

The South African National Gambling Amendment Bill, which introduces a government controlled licensing and regulatory regime for online gambling is apparently still awaiting signature by the country's peripatetic president, Thabo Mbeki despite having passed Parliament in May this (2008) year.

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