Online Casino and Gambling News: December 2009

NFL softens anti-gambling advertising stance

In what is being interpreted as another sign that America's major sports leagues may be taking a softer approach to the US gambling industry, the National Football League has announced that tourist destinations that licence gambling such as Las Vegas and Reno will soon be allowed to advertise at NFL games, including the next Super Bowl.

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Study shows German bans have slightly reduced online gambling demand

A new Forsa study of German online gambling commissioned by the Association of Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (Bitkom) has shown that attempts to ban online gambling in order to protect state monopolies have only slightly dampened demand from German Internet punters.

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North Carolina rules phone card sweepstakes gambling legal... for now

The so-called sweepstakes parlours in North Carolina have dodged the legal bullet following a finding by an appeals court which preserved a broad ban on physical video poker machines, but found that phone card sweepstakes do not at present constitute illegal conduct.

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French politicians admit that gambling liberalisation is running late

The first signals appeared a month ago in the French newspaper La Tribune, but there is now growing concern that the much-anticipated liberalisation of the French gambling market is running behind schedule and is unlikely to be in place before the football World Cup next year.

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Online poker pro helps the homeless

The Portland Mercury blog carries an interesting video interview with a local online poker player with a heart of gold this week - he uses a significant chunk of his online winnings to prepay six months of rent for currently homeless families.

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UK considering secondary licensing scheme for offshore bookies

Offshore betting industry awaits government moves following review, but warns against 'unnecessary measures'.

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Treasure Nile pays €131k jackpot at All Slots Casino

Belgian online punter DavidR can go on a last-miniute Christmas buying spree following his €131,076 win on the Treasure Nile progressive slot this week at Jackpot Factory group's All Slots Casino.

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Stanleybet donates €1.3m to rebuild Italian earthquake school

The earthquake-devastated town of Arsita in the Abruzzo region of Italy will soon have a rebuilt primary school thanks to the generosity of a UK online gambling company. The Stanleybet International group has donated €1.3 million for the purpose, the highest charitable payment paid out by a foreign company and one which will enable the education of 90 pupils in thirteen classrooms when the rebuilding has been completed early 2010.

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Online bingo business Wink Bingo, which operates on 888's Dragonfish network, has been sold by owners Daub Limited to 888 for £59.7 million. Announcing the sale this week, chief executive Gigi Levy said: "We are delighted to announce the Wink Bingo acquisition as an expansion of our B2C online Bingo footprint in the lucrative UK market. The transaction is financially attractive and will be earnings enhancing.

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Kentucky lawyers refuse to identify alleged US online gambling domain owners

Recent moves by the state of Kentucky to claim jurisdiction in its domain case appeal because unidentified domain owners were Americans is under the media spotlight once again.

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