Online Casino and Gambling News: December 2009

Sportingbet sees q1 growth trend continuing

The solid results in Sportingbet's Q1 have continued, and trading across the business is in line with management expectations, investors were informed this week by chairman Peter Dicks, who told the agm that the company remains confident of achieving a satisfactory outcome for the current financial year.

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Party Gaming predicts annual revenue in-line with expectations

The Gibraltar-based online gambling group Party Gaming plc issued a bullish trading update as the week closed, announcing that trading since the end of September 2009 has been solid. While revenue is expected to be in line with the Board's expectations, Clean EBITDA for the year to 31 December 2009 is expected to be slightly ahead of the Board's expectations, the update revealed.

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Harrah's publishes playing schedule for WSOP 2010

Harrah's Entertainment has whetted player and industry appetites as the year ends by publishing the schedule for next year's World Series of Poker, listing 57 events that include six $1,000 Hold'em competitions and a new $50,000 Player's Championship.

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ECJ advocate general backs state gambling monopoly concept

The Dutch government's efforts to maintain the state monopoly on online gambling were given a boost Thursday when the advocate general of the European Court of Justice opined that EU member states can grant a single operator the right to run betting and gaming as a monopoly.

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Gaming VC predicts improved fourth quarter revenues

Despite the tough business environment, the European-facing online gambling group Gaming VC Holdings SA appears to be holding its own in a trading update issued midway through the final month of its trading year.

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Belgian Lottery begins online wagering trial

The contentious and recently passed Belgian Gaming Act has triggered the first moves toward selectively restricted online gambling. Following the approval of Belgium's new Gaming Act by the House of Representatives, the Belgian National Lottery has begun trialling online wagering on all current draws, with an additional set of games set to be launched in coming months.

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Early snow in London slashes odds of a white Christmas

Snow fell in London and much of the southeast on Wednesday, pushing bookmakers to slash the odds on a white Christmas as forecasters warned of heavy snowfalls later in the week, reports Agence France Presse.

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Bulgarian referee under UEFA corruption investigation

The European football governing body UEFA has announced that investigations into a possible case of corruption are in progress against a Bulgarian referee. Anton Genov has been named as the subject of the investigation after irregular betting patterns emerged regarding an international friendly last month, UEFA said on Wednesday.

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Kentucky lawyers persist with domain seizure hijinks

The Kentucky state government's 'appeal against an appeal' on its so far unsuccessful and long-running attempt to seize international domain names threw up a new legal wheeze this week as the state's outsourced legal eagles tried to find a fresh justification for their seizure attempts.

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WinaDay player wins a great Christmas bonus

A player at the 3D online casino WinADay collected a $198,180 festive season booster this week after hitting the jackpot on progressive slot Heavenly Reels.

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