Online Casino and Gambling News: August 2008

Polaris researcher: bots not a serious problem for poker players

The founder and chief architect of the high profile Polaris poker robot research team at the University of Alberta in Canada, Dr. Darse Billings, put the use of poker robots into perspective this week in responding to Internet blog comments that such developments had the potential to destroy the online poker industry.

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The economic situation, smoking bans, restrictions on £500 slot machines and having to pay both gross profits tax and VAT have hammered UK land bingo halls, closing closures and hurting major gambling companies, but for online bingo operators it's never been better, reports the UK newspaper The Telegraph this week.

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Marketer fails to defend Microgaming domain name case

The management at US-based Sting Marketing Inc found they had disturbed a hornet's nest when they tried to use the brand of an industry veteran in a domain registration, according to the results of a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) investigation recently.

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UK Gambling Commission: 9 percent participation in remote gaming

The UK Gambling Commission continues to provide valuable information through its ongoing surveys, and this week released statistics from ICM Research based on 8000 interviews and focusing on the period September 2007 to June 2008.

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Remote Gambling Association supports HR6663 bill

The Poker Players Alliance might not support Representative Pete Sessions's HR6663 but the Remote Gambling Association - a trade association embracing most of the major UK online gambling companies - certainly does.

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AGA continues to lobby on internet gambling

The American Gaming Association, an influential US trade body that counts many top land casinos on its membership list, continues to follow Internet gambling affairs closely, and spent $400,000 on lobbying in the second quarter of 2008, according to mandatory amended disclosures this week.

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CentreBet to sponsor Australian football champions Newcastle Jets

Centrebet has become the latest online gambling group to sign a sponsorship agreement with a football club, in this case the Australian A-league champions Newcastle Jets.

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Muted Q2 results from Cryptologic

Online gambling software firm Cryptologic released its Q2 2008 results for the three months to June 30 this week, joining other companies that reported a quiter quarter, probably due to the distraction of the Euro2008 football championships.

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Cryptologic awarded BSkyB games contract

Veteran Dublin-based online gambling software and games developer Cryptologic and its subsidiary Wagerlogic have snagged a three year casino licensing contract with the UK's major television network BSkyB plc. Working with Sky Betting and Gaming, a selection of top non-downloadable casino games will be available on by early 2009.

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Two US lawmakers call for an end to DoJ pre-UIGEA prosecutions

The US enforcement regime has been urged by two US legislators to halt its pursuit of European online gambling companies active in the US market prior to the promulgation of the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.

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