Online Casino and Gambling News: January 2009

AGA still divided over online gambling in the USA

The spirits of supporters of legalised and regulated online gambling in the United States were lifted at G2E last year when the chief of the American Gaming Association, Frank Fahrenkopf, revealed that his members - all high powered American land gambling companies - would be discussing the issue in detail at a December board meeting. Unfortunately, it appears that there has been little change in attitudes, and that some members are still opposed to online gambling.

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Turkish lottery privatisation bidding extended for an extra month

The bidding deadline for Turkey’s national lottery will be pushed back by a month at the request of investors, Reuters has reported.

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Ontario Lottery settles with punter over scratchcard misprints

The story of the Canadian steelworker who thought he had won $135,000 on four $3 scratchcards, but lost out due to misprints had a happier ending later in the week as Ontario lottery officials relented and paid him an undisclosed settlement.

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Compulsory RIGT contributions for UK bookies not a sure bet

With the UK government's threats to make responsible gambling contributions to the Responsibility in Gambling Trust (RIGT) compulsory making the headlines this week, the political blog at The Guardian made some pointed and valid comments on the slow voluntary payments of the past.

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Winners disappointed by Ontario Lottery shenanigans

Imagine the scene: a young family man enduring tough times spends part of his New Year's Eve scratching off the numbers on an Ontario Lottery scratch card to see if benevolent fortune has smiled upon him. One card reveals a win of $75,000, but there's more to come and the excited punter finally has what appears to be a total win of $135,000 - it's a major boon to tight finances for the 27-year-old steelworker, his wife and their infant son.

And that's where the feel-good element of this story ends.

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Top poker players pick up Dwan's million dollar gauntlet

It hasn't taken long for some of the world's most accomplished online poker players to accept the $1.5 million challenge thrown out earlier this week by online poker ace Tom "durrr" Dwan. Phil Ivey, David Benyamine, Barry Greenstein and Patrik Antonius have all picked up the gauntlet, according to Poker Road Radio.

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Compulsory RIGT contributions document published

UK Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe has published a consultation document that could be the first step in turning a voluntary contribution to problem gambling charity R.I.G.T. (Responsibility in Gambling Trust) into a mandatory donation.

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Intercasino the first to launch Cryptologic's latest three new games

Dublin-based online gambling software provider Cryptologic sees in the new year this week with the release of three new games featuring the legendary Marvel Super Hero, Spiderman, a new adventure slot game called Dragon Sword, and an enhanced version of Atlantic City Blackjack, one of the company's most popular casino games.

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Former Cryptologic CEO refused seat on board of directors

It was not all sweetness and light over the festive season at online gambling software provider Cryptologic, it seems. A disagreement over corporate decisions with a shareholder and previous CEO, Javaid Aziz took place over the period, eventually leading to the company rejecting a demand from Aziz for a seat on the board of directors.

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Australian anti-gambling activists call for capped spending smart-cards

Anti-gambling activists in Australia are calling for pre-paid smart cards to be introduced into gaming venues to reduce problem gambling, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Under the plan, users would nominate a monthly cap on the amount of money they would be prepared to lose.

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