Online Casino and Gambling News: March 2009

Two years in jail for Gary Kaplan and still no Betonsports trial date

The idea of keeping businessmen charged with online gambling related offences in custody for over two years without trial beggars the imagination, yet that is what has happened to two former executives of the now moribund but once thriving online gambling group BetonSports- and in the archetypal land of the free, the United States of America.

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New USTR Ron Kirk may ease tensions with Antigua, EU, WTO

US President Barack Obama's nomination for US Trade Representative, former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk, has made an encouraging first impression, telling Senate confirmation hearings considering his appointment that he will push for strict enforcement of global trade rules.

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Remote Gambling Association CEO predicts 10% European growth in 2009

The chief executive officer of the UK-based Remote Gambling Association, Clive Hawkswood, was in bullish mood during an interview this week with the Reuters news agency, predicting that European gambling groups should return an average growth of ten percent in 2009.

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32 Red revenues up 27% in 2008; financial spread-betting soon

The popular UK online gambling casino public company 32Red plc has reported a good set of results in a trading update for the year ended 31 December 2008, with significant growth during the year featuring total gaming revenues of £13.0 million, an increase of 27% on 2007. The company's flagship operation, the 32Red online casino, performed strongly and grew by 30%, generating an impressive Gross Win of £11.7 million (2007: £9.0 milion).

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Svenska Spel releases tool for poker players to track of time and money

Online poker players at the Swedish government's gambling monopoly Svenske Spel have been given another optional tool with which to pace their action with the launch of Spelstatus, which shows users how much they have won or lost on total in poker since starting to play the game at the Svenska Spel website.

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"Not Your Grandma's Bingo" draws a young crowd in Miami

The trend toward hip young players gravitating to bingo in Europe is also being experienced in the United States, aided by a cool ambience, amusingly sexy calls, exotic booze and in-your-face advertising on the theme "Not Your Grandma's Bingo," reports the Miami Herald this week. And the 20 to 30-somethings are responding in droves, attending bingo sessions at places with names like "Cosmic Bingo," from the Midwest to Miami.

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Party Gaming to provide white label to London-listed DM plc

Online gambling group Party Gaming plc has signed an exclusive white label agreement with the London-listed direct marketing company DM plc to provide online bingo and casino facilities. DM specialises in customer recruitment and database management in the UK.

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Alabama senator seeks to remove legislature's powers on gambling matters

Alabama state Senator Hank Erwin Jnr. is not only intent on putting a stop to gambling in the southern state - he wants to remove the state legislature's right to authorise any gambling activity, too.

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American Gaming Association spent $368k on Q4 lobbying

Quarter 4, 2008 expenditure on political lobbying by the American Gaming Association totalled $368,000 and was again mainly devoted to matters involving online gambling, Associated Press reports.

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Report: 2008 global Internet gambling yield over $20b

Amply illustrating the resilence and popularity of online gambling despite the tough economic conditions throughout the world, a new report from Global Betting and Gaming Consultants reveals that the US$ 20 billion benchmark for gross gambling yield on the Internet was passed in 2008.

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