Online Casino and Gambling News: March 2009

North Carolina judge puts hold on internet video poker enforcement

The always conplicated legal situation surrounding gambling in North Carolina continues to have enforcement officials and operators alike scratching their heads on the subject of Internet-based video machines.

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Frank Catania believes New Jersey should legalise internet gambling

Writing in the publication New Jersey.com this week, former New Jersey assistant attorney general Frank Catania argued for the legalisation of online gambling to help Atlantic City to compete in a tougher market. The gambling centre is feeling the chill winds of competition from neighbouring states and the effects of the recession on the pockets of gamblers and their preparedness to travel to play.

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Chinese sports officials call for gambling deregulation to fight recession

Liberalising gambling laws could help China survive the global economic downturn, sports officials told the annual meeting of China's parliament this week, according to a report from the Reuters news agency.

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Illinois takes advantage of horse racing carve-outs to online gambling laws

Illinois is about to become the latest US state to exploit the legislative carve-outs that allow online betting on horse racing, fantasy sports and state lotteries while the federal government is doing everything it can to curtail competing Internet gambling in every other sector.

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Captain Cooks Casino player wins $112,852 Tunzamunni jackpot

[inline:tunzamunni-jackpot.jpg]A Canadian online gambler hit the jackpot and the media headlines this week at Captain Cooks Casino, a member of the Casino Rewards group, when he cashed for an impressive $112,852 on the Tunzamunni progressive slot.

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UK lotto winners pledge £4m to keep employer's business afloat

Recessionary climates can produce extraordinary events, and the UK media are currently carrying an interesting report of a 13-member lottery syndicate that struck it lucky and decided to use their winnings to ensure their employer's survival, along with their jobs.

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Barney Frank to initiate next attack on UIGEA as early as mid-March

According to Reuters reports as the week ended, the next substantial attack on the controversial Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act 2006 could commence as early as mid-March 2009.

Spearheaded by Congressman Barney Frank, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, the proposal will seek to repeal the disruptive and much-criticised three-year-old U.S. ban on Internet gambling financial transactions that has caused billions in losses and hurt US trade ties with the European Union.

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EU gambling liberalisation discussions continue at Fair play breakfast

Prominent European politicians and gambling operators joined the debate on the liberalisation of EU gambling markets this week as the European Parliament prepared to vote on a largely negative own-initiative report on the 'integrity' of online gambling submitted last year by Danish MEP Christel Schaldemose. The report has been opposed by Britain and Malta.

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French minister acknowledges the need to liberalise gambling market

Further details are emerging from Thursday's press conference in Paris on the opening up of the French gambling market.

Budget minister Eric Woerth told reporters at the conference that France will open its gambling market to competition and begin to grant online betting licenses in 2010, seeking to stem 'illegal' gambling and safeguard billions of Euros in tax revenue provided by the industry each year.

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Bankrupt Billabong exec leaves a trail of gambling debts

The Australian media are all carrying the sad story of lawyer turned surfwear and IT entrepreneur Matthew Perrin, who racked up A$1.7 million in gambling debts last year before his financial world collapsed around him.

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