Online Casino and Gambling News: November 2009

Bwin group to sponsor World Cup alpine ski race

Vienna-listed online gambling group Bwin is expanding its sports sponsorship efforts beyond football teams and into alpine skiing. The company has signed a sponsorship agreement on the Hahnenkamm World Cup alpine ski race that will see it supporting the event until 2012.

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Remote Gaming Association rebuffs Sport England proposal

The recent letter written by UK Minister of Sport Gerry Sutcliffe to bookmakers suggesting a voluntary contribution to Sport England popped into the headlines this week, with the Remote Gaming Association suggesting that full consultation with both the offline and online industry may have been a better initial approach.

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UK Professor publishes "Problem Gambling in Europe" report

A UK academic who has presented some controversial online gambling studies in the past, Professor Mark Griffiths from Nottingham Trent University, has presented a report on responsible gambling research to the European Parliament in collaboration with British MEP Malcolm Harbour.

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Anti-UIGEA bills HR2267 and HR2266 to go to public hearing December 3

After months of being delayed in the House Financial Services Committee by more pressing economic issues, it looks as if the legalisation of online gambling in the United States is about to come back onstage. Two bills - HR2267 seeking to legalise and regulate online gambling, and HR2266 proposing to delay the implementation of the UIGEA regulations by a year - are scheduled for public hearings by the committee in Washington DC on Thursday, December 3rd 2009 at 10am.

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New prepaid Mastercard for Moneybookers clients

The Internet e-payments processor Moneybookers has launched a new prepaid card that will allow its users to access the funds in their Moneybookers eWallet directly at any ATM or point of sale displaying the MasterCard Acceptance Mark, anywhere in the world.

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Microgaming claims world's first multiplayer slot machine

It appears that online gambling software developer Microgaming has come up with another technological first, a multi-player slot that combines two current trends among players - interactivity and community. The company claims that it's latest game, Multi-Player Wheel of Wealth, Special Edition is the world's first true multi-player slot game.

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Nine Italians arrested in football match fixing probe

Reports over the weekend that a massive police action is in progress across Europe in an attempt to stamp out football cheating and corruption have been followed by news of nine more arrests in Italy and a crisis meeting called by FIFA.

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Interwetten sponsors motorcyle racing

The Malta subsidiary of Austrian online sportsbook operator Interwetten will be the new sponsor for the Honda MotoGP motorcycle racing team for the 2010 season. Expanding its successful partnership projects in the past in the 125cc and 250cc racing classes, the company has signed up 250cc world champion Hiroshi Aoyama as a rider for 2010. Daniel Epp will manage the team.

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Last ditch attempts to postpone UIGEA before December 1 deadline

Last ditch attempts to persuade federal officials to postpone the UIGEA regulations continued this week. December 1st 2009 is U-day; the implementation date of the regulations supporting the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act compelling US financial institutions to block financial transactions with imprecisely defined 'illegal' online gambling operators.

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Study on legalisation of online poker delivered to Florida legislature

The study ordered by the Florida legislature to inform its decisions on the legalisation of online poker was delivered to the legislature by the state's Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability last week and is expected to be presented to the state Senate by the end of November. Perhaps inevitably, it appeared this week that some of the contents had been leaked.

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