Online Casino and Gambling News: May 2009

Macau casino revenue declines for 5th successive month

HVS International reports that Macau's casino revenues recorded approximately $1 billion in April 2009, or a 9% decline from a year ago and 13% decline from March 2009. The numbers represent the fifth consecutive month in which casino revenues on the Asian offshore gambling island have declined.

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GameAccount and Eidos Interactive in skill games deal

The UK Internet skill-game developer GameAccount has signed a licensing agreement with video game publisher Eidos Interactive to develop online person-to-person skill-based games based on three of Eidos's game franchises; Championship Manager, Kane & Lynch: Dead Men and Battlestations: Pacific in non-US markets.

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Study: land casinos struggling to attract younger demographic

The younger generations may dominate Internet wagering, but when it comes to the land industry the silver foxes rule, according to a new survey by specialist US research company Ypartnership commissioned by slot machine manufacturer WMS Industries.

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Ukrainian president to discuss 'temporary' gambling ban

Last week's demonstrations by gambling operators protesting the unilateral parliamentary ban on all gambling in the Ukraine seem to have had the desired effect, with President Viktor Yuschenko stepping in to calm the situation.

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iMEGA's Minnesota and Kentucky litigation on track

The Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA) is up to speed on its two major legal actions against officials in two states overreaching their authority in actions against the online gambling industry.

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Florida legislators suggest research on implications of Internet poker

Savvy political observers in Florida last week were suggesting that the Bill to watch is HB 425, a regulatory proposal which easily passed through the legislature and contains an interesting provision that could portend future attempts to legalise internet poker in the sunshine state.

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Party Gaming and 888 vie for Cashcade bingo aqcuisition

Reports in The Times over the weekend confirm rumours that both Party Gaming and 888 are among the final bidders for Internet bingo company Cashcade, which owns FoxyBingo and GetMinted among other websites. The company achieved gross gaming revenues of £45 million last year, generating EBITDA of £12.3 million.

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NFL exploits lottery tickets despite anti-gambling stance

One of online gambling's most implacable foes - the US National Football League - came under fire from Associated Press over the weekend for its latest moves to increase revenues for owners. After years of moralising about the dangers to sport of allowing betting on games, the NFL is now allowing its team owners to position (for a cut of the action) team logos on state lottery scratch tickets despite boycott and legal threats directed at the governor of Delaware over his plans for a sports lottery.

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Illinois senate rejects land gambling expansion

The Illinois Senate rejected gambling expansion as the week ended that would have put casinos in Park City, Rockford and Chicago, reports the Chicago Tribune. The expansion would have also allowed slot machines at Illinois racetracks and let the riverboats move inland and become land-based casinos.

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Probability launches Trivial Pursuit mobile slot

The London-listed mobile gambling provider Probability plc has launched the first of its themed video slot games under its four-game licence from Hasbro International obtained earlier this year. The slot is based on the popular Q&A game Trivial Pursuit, CEO Charles Cohen revealed in a statement from the company.

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