Online Casino and Gambling News: October 2008

Gamelogic's Playaway could be answer to land casino blues

Over the past three years an inegenious online gaming system branded PlayAway has been increasingly accepted by land gambling casinos as a legal means of using the Internet to get more patrons into land venues.

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William Hill and Playtech in joint deal - cPays included (ugh!)

Starting the week off with a resounding bang is the news that two major listed companies on the London stock exchange, UK gambling group William Hill and online gambling software provider Playtech, are to combine in a new venture branded William Hill Online headed by ex- Leisure and Gaming CEO Henry Birch.

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AGA rethinks policy on online gambling

Persistent reports on a variety of Internet gambling websites over the past 10 days suggest that the all-powerful trade association for the land gambling industry in the United States, the American Gaming Association, may be re-thinking its online gambling policy.

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Disappointment and surprise at Kentucky judge's ruling in domains case

Judge Thomas Wingate's generally negative findings in the attempt by the state of Kentucky to seize the international domains of online gambling companies continued to generate adverse comment across a range of media going into the weekend.

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Rank PLC revenues down 8 percent

London-listed land and online gambling group Rank plc revealed in a trading update this week that its revenues declined by 8 percent for the 41 weeks to 12 October compared to the same period last year.

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Kentucky domain seizure decision handed down

After a day of computer glitches Judge Thomas Wingate finally handed down his decision late afternoon Thursday in a Kentucky court, but there was scant comfort for the online gambling industry in his findings, or for the lawyers representing interested parties in the case in which the state of Kentucky sought to seize 141 international domain names.

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Compulsive UK gambler launches appeal against William Hill

Graham Calvert, the 28-year-old UK greyhound trainer who hit the headlines earlier this year in litigation with gambling group William Hill over a five month out of control betting spree that cost him £2 million, is back.

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Microgaming releases four new games in time for Halloween

Microgaming has announced its latest four games just in time for Halloween: new video slot Jonny Specter pays homage to cult 80s movie Ghostbusters, Bob's Bowling Bonanza brings ten-pin bowling to the slots arena, while Spike's Nite Out is a slot for dog lovers. Rounding out the new releases is yet another variation of blackjack with different graphics, the ridiculously titled Multi Hand Perfect Pairs European Blackjack Gold.

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Poker Players Alliance launches Congressional ratings guide

The Poker Players Alliance has furnished its 1.2 million members with a rating guide on the position of members of the US Congress on the legalisation of poker.

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Portugal's request for guidance reignites EU cross border gambling debate

Yves Bot, the advocate-general at the European Court of Justice, reignited the cross-border gambling debate this week when he opined in a non-binding media statement that the Portuguese decision to ban online gaming operators based outside the country could be legal if it met conditions that include a public interest test and essential protection of consumers.

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