Online Casino and Gambling News: May 2009

Intertops switches to RTG to re-enter US market

Publicity earlier this month by the online gambling group Intertops, revealing that it was reentering the US market with a RealTime Gaming-powered online casino had industry observers speculating.

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Intralot lands New Hampshire lottery deal

Greece's international lottery specialist group Intralot has announced the successful achievement of a 6-year deal to supply the New Hampshire Lottery with a system for online games, its ninth such contract in the United States.

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Gigamedia appoints new chairman amidst Party Gaming merger talk

TheStreet.com reports that persistent rumours of an acquisition deal being negotiated between PartyGaming and Gigamedia have heightened interest in the appointment of a new chairman at the Taiwan online gambling group, which owns the popular Everest Casino and poker websites, and Funtown, the Internet's largest Mahjong site.

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Phishing scammers attempt to target bwin customers

Online gamblers are being warned to be on the alert this week for fraudsters who have been trying to exploit the reputation of the major listed European online gambling group Bwin to leverage a criminal advantage over players.

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Newcastle court concludes brutal gambling murder case

The Reuters new service reports that a court in Newcastle, UK has convicted a restaurant worker for the brutal murder of a Chinese graduate couple last year over their part in an Internet betting issue.

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Irish government holds off on bookmaker tax hike

Efforts by Irish bookmaking companies and associations to convince the government that moves to double gambling tax would endanger employment prospects and businesses in the sector were successful this week as the government relented.

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CasinoEuro offers swag to 500,000th member

Management at CasinoEuro are gearing up to celebrate an important milestone for the five-year-old online casino and poker room as it closes in fast on its 500,000th customer registration.

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Spin3 unveils Mermaids Millions mobile slot

Microgaming's mobile gambling partner, Spin3 has added another slot to its mobile games inventory with the launch of the popular Mermaids Millions slot. Mermaids Millions is the first game from Spin3 to be made available on a Java platform and as a web-based application at the time of launch, illustrating Spin3's commitment to providing the most advanced games to the industry's newest devices, as well as the traditional handset market.

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Galewind Software steps in to pay player after Heroes Casino goes rogue

A little known online gambling software company, Galewind Software Incorporated gave larger rivals a lesson in player-sensitivity this week by stepping in and paying an online player who had been jerked around by an online casino it powered for months.

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Sacked workers march to protest Ukrainian gambling ban

The Ukraine government's abrupt ban yesterday on gambling other than in a specially delineated location has resulted in thousands of employees of gaming halls and casinos staging protest marches and demonstrations in the country's capital, reports Reuters new service

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