Online Casino and Gambling News: August 2008

Play the world's top golf courses and tournaments online

The success of World Golf Tour's virtual golfing product has brought the company together with the World Series of Golf in an ambitious project that could see a vast Internet platform offering online players the opportunity to play major tournaments on a variety of the world's top golf courses.

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Irish mathematician aids casino operators against card counters

In Ireland, a PhD student in mathematics has developed a combined video camera and stats analysis package that he claims will give land casino operators a potent weapon against card counting blackjack players, at the same time reducing the need for current labour intensive detection methods.

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Beach Life progressive slot pays $4m jackpot

It's a special weekend for one as yet unidentified Internet gambler, who is probably still celebrating one of those life-changing progressive slot wins. Playing the Playtech-powered Beach Life progressive at Joyland casino, this lucky individual hit a jackpot of $4,238,508 Friday, which ranks right up there with some of the biggest jackpots in online gambling history.

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Ladbrokes Bingo enlivens the streets of Liverpool in a fun advertising shoot

Liverpudlians were treated to something a little different this week as their streets were invaded with giant human-propelled “zorbing” balls presented as bingo balls. The colourful event was part of a three day film shoot for a £3 million advertising campaign planned for UK television by the online bingo website LadbrokesBingo.com.

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PPA campaign to change Republican platform grabs the headlines

The Poker Players Alliance campaign urging online gamblers to voice support for legalised Internet gambling in the United States by posting on the Republican Party Platform Committee forum has caught the attention of several widely read US publications.

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Bwin H1 results: revenues and margins up, sportsbetting the star

The Vienna-listed online gambling group Bwin released its H.1 2008 numbers this week, showing soaring gross gaming revenues for the first half 2008, which rose 25.6 percent to €207.2 million (H1:2007 €165 million). Sportsbetting gross gaming revenues were especially positive, rising 37 percent to €119.8 million with margins at an impressive 8.3 percent.

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Absolute Poker threatens online information portal over scandal disclosures

Reports on the lavish spending and personal appearance of ex-Absolute Poker consultant Allan Grimard, and news of an indictment against the father of Absolute Poker founder Scott Tom yesterday on the gambling information portal 911 have ignited legal threats from the troubled poker room's owners, Tokwiro Enterprises.

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Interactive television deal for Parlay

Canadian and UK based Parlay Entertainment Inc. signed up Smart TV Broadcasting Ltd for its interactive Internet and television bingo initiatives this week, opening the way for bingo action on Smart Live Casino, one of the newest and fastest growing live interactive casinos, broadcasting on Sky Channel 869 and Freeview Channel 22.

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888Ladies announces Caribbean bingo cruise promotion

888Ladies, a bingo site that is part of the Gibraltar-based online gambling group 888.com, announced the launch of its Caribbean Bingo Cruise exclusive promotion this week.

888ladies players can win tickets to the luxury cruise, which will coincide with the 20th World Championship Bingo Tournament and Gaming Cruise to be held between November 5-13 this year.

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Boss Media refutes PokerTrillion claims

Swedish online gambling software developer and poker network operator Boss Media has come out with a strong response to PokerTrillion claims that it has succeeded in litigation in a Maltese court in its dispute with the Boss Media's International Poker Network.

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