Online Casino and Gambling News: October 2008

William Hill pink ribbon Bingo supports cancer charity

Kudos to UK gambling group William Hill, which has partnered with the charity Breast Cancer Care to raise funds through bingo operations this (October) month, which marks Breast Cancer Awareness.

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Ladbrokes fails in Norwegian litigation

In a licensing dispute with the Norwegian government that has been running since 2004, when it was refused a gambling licence, Ladbrokes has lost its case in an Oslo court this week. The court found that the Norwegian authorities had acted in compliance with European Union law in declining the licence.

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Argentinean authorities withdraw Formoapuestas online gambling licence

The Argentinian online gambling firm Formoapuestas has been shut down by the withdrawal of its licence by the Loteria Nacional. The sudden withdrawal has left managing director Ignacio Aguero in the dark, with no explanation given. Twelve years remain of the 15 year licensing agreement.

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Bodog loses domain appeal, default judgement increased to $50m

The acrimonious patents dispute between 1st Technology LLC and the online gambling group Bodog has entered a new phase following the failure of a Bodog appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit this week.

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A look at the UK Advertising Standards guidelines for gambling

With ASA actions against online gambling ads now a regular occurrence, we thought we would take a quick look at the guidelines to see what they actually are and why these companies keep running afoul of them.

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SSIGI urges Kentucky Governor Beshear to reconsider

The Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative has added its voice to the many other calls from civic bodies condemning the recent attempt by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to seize online gambling domain names and calling the initiative "flawed."

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Cantona ad tackled by Advertising Standards Authority

Industry conference-goers may recall the large and rather ornate backdrop to the French gambling group Partouche's exhibit featuring ex-football star Eric Cantona richly caparisoned as a medieval king. This week the UK Advertising Standards Authority found against an advertisement from the company featuring the graphic, along with some contentious straplines.

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Dutch academic calls for poker to be reclassified as game of skill

Wide coverage in Dutch newspapers like De Volkskrant, De Telegraaf and Spits on the poker skills vs. luck debate has resulted in renewed publicity for the subject in online poker media this week.

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Expert lawyer: Obama more likely to repeal UIGEA

Anthony Cabot, a highly respected Las Vegas lawyer known for his extensive knowledge of the Internet gaming industry, this week voiced his opinion on the likely influence that presidential candidates McCain and Obama may have on the industry if elected.

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Kahnawake speaks on Kentucky domain seizures issue

Kahanwake, arguably the world's largest online gambling licensing jurisdiction, regulating hundreds of gambling websites across the globe, has taken a strong opposing position to the attempt by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to seize 141 international online gambling domains.

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