Online Casino and Gambling News: May 2009

Barclays says yes to Dutch, Swiss online gaming transactions

Confirmed reports last week that the Royal Bank of Scotland was to eschew online gambling business in regard to the Dutch and Swiss gambling markets have presented an opportunity for its chief rival Barclays group, and it looks as if the enterprising banker will exploit it to the full.

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Harrah's confirms establishment of online division

The major US gambling group Harrah's Entertainment Inc set the Internet message boards alight as the week ended by announcing the establishment of a new subsidiary, Harrah's Interactive Entertainment, Inc. (HIE) to manage the global growth of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and explore a European interactive strategy.

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Pari Mutuel Urbain considering sportsbetting

Pari Mutuel Urbain was in the headlines again as the week ended on the news that the giant organisation is considering an entry into sportsbetting in the new French dispensation. PMU's chief operating officer Xavier Hurstel confirmed the interest to igamingfrance.com, commenting that a new offering was under development which would enable the PMU to broaden its offering to include betting on major sports such as football.

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Kentucky racetracks in dire straits, appeal for slots licenses

Six of the state of Kentucky's racetracks showed an unprecedented united front this week at a joint press conference focused on the precarious state of racing in the heartland of US horseracing and to appeal for the legalisation of slot machines.

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Six figure jackpot win for Bond girl

Another online gambler has found entertainment and wealth at Slotland subsidiary WinADay this week with the third six-figure win at the online gambling casino. Bondgirl07 was initially introduced to the free games at the online casino by a friend, moving on to play for real money as she became more comfortable in the online gambling environment.

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Malaysian police arrest 31 in anti-gambling raids

Police spokesman in Malaysia have revealed that over last weekend numerous officers carried out 107 illegal gambling raids, many of them to stamp out Internet gambling, confiscating 417 computers and arresting 31 people, against whom investigations continue. All the suspects, aged between 25 and 35, had been remanded for further investigation under the Common Gaming House Act 1953.

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Evolution Gaming expands Latvian live gambling studios

Live dealer provider Evolution Gaming has had to increase the size of its studio facilities in Riga, Latvia by a thousand square metres to handle growing business demand following a spate of new user contracts that has included Party Gaming and William Hill Online, the company reported this week.

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Scammers target Qataris with European lottery mobile fraud

Mobile customers in the Middle East and specifically Qatar have been warned by service provider Qtel to be on the alert for a highly-sophisticated phishing fraud which uses a blend of next generation technology to convince them that they've won a European lottery, in a bid to steal their bank and credit card numbers.

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Illinois proposes gambling taxes to finance construction program

Senate legislators in Illinois looking for cash to finance an ambitious state-wide construction program approved two gambling related measures this week along with other tax proposals. The measures, which gained bi-partisan support, now move to the House for further debate.

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Atlantic City casinos suffer 38% first quarter loss

Atlantic City's 11 land casinos have reported first-quarter gross operating profits down 38% on the same period in 2008, an Associated Press report reveals. The decline will not surprise industry observers, who have been tracking monthly declines since the year commenced.

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