Online Casino and Gambling News: March 2009

Utah Attorney General supports attempts to overturn the UIGEA

When the top lawman in the no-gambling state of Utah says he supports the attempts of Congressman Barney Frank to overturn the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act it's going to raise eyebrows....and maybe drop a few jaws!

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U.S. States take a closer look at land gambling expansion

The Wall Street Journal examines the drive to expand (land) gambling in a number of US states desperate for new sources of revenue in the tough economic times in the United States. In the article, the WSJ reports that at least a half-dozen states are weighing whether to expand gambling opportunities, as longtime proponents of slot machines, video poker and casinos seize upon the recession to promote gambling receipts as a quick-and-easy solution to budget woes.

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iMEGA crosses swords again with Department of Justice over UIGEA

It appears that US Department of Justice officials are uncomfortable with a move by the Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA) to highlight UIGEA disruptions of state lotteries in its litigation against the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.

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Insider suggests Calvin Ayre may be funding Asian gambling venture

Intriguing post of the week was spotted at the business magazine Forbes.com, where a poster using the nickname "Ronin" posted additional information to an article carried earlier by the publication on US Department of Justice confiscations of Bodog funds held by e-cash processors.

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Centrebet abandons hostile takeover of IAS

The attempt by Australian sportsbetting group Centrebet to pull off a hostile takeover of International All Sports has been abandoned after a privately owned Australian gambling company, Sportsbet, took a 12.34 percent stake in IAS to short circuit Centrebet's bid for control.

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Jackpot City Bingo raises £10k for Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Kudos to the Jackpot City online gambling group, which has donated £10,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust after running a series of bingo charity promotions.

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Tough economic times drive Irish punters online

The business news agency Bloomberg has realised what many online gambling operators are starting to acknowledge - times may be tough, but there are great business opportunities for the industry being generated by the current economic crisis and its impact on the consumer.

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Playtech licenses Marvel film characters

In a surprise move, online gambling software and games developer Playtech plc has signed a licensing agreement with Marvel Entertainment Inc. allowing it to include Marvel film properties such as The Incredible Hulk and the Fantastic Four in its branded games inventory.

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Fewer freebies: Atlantic City comps down 5% in 2008

Casino comps, the freebies handed out to gamblers to motivate their return, are generally in decline at Atlantic City's 11 land casinos, victims of the economic meltdown, reports Associated Press.

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Menedez reintroduces bill to legalise poker in Texas

It looks as if 2009 will be a busy year for the legislature and the courts in the state of Texas as moves to expand or liberalise gambling shape up. Starting the year off is the reintroduction by Representative Jose Menendez of HB 222, a bill which seeks to acknowledge poker as a game of skill rather than chance, therefore liberalising its pursuit.

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