Online Casino and Gambling News: 2009

PartyGaming and Bwin reportedly in merger talks

No less a respected news source as the The Sunday Times has claimed that merger talks are in progress between PartyGaming and the giant Austrian online gambling group Bwin - a deal estimated to be worth some £2 billion.

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Superman, Braveheart, Forrest Gump spearhead new Cryptologic games

The latest news games release package from Cryptologic arrives as a Christmas bonanza, containing the major 50 pay-line video slot Superman and four other slots, together with three new table games.

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Bet365 to give away 3 BMW Z4 roadsters

Hopefully BMW gave the Bet365 guys a good discount when they ordered three brand new, sleek and super-cool Z4 roadsters this week. The cars are prizes in Bet365's latest milestone promo running between December 14 and 28th which will see the online casino drawing the stylish cars as a prize at various "milestone" points.

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UK taxman confirms that bingo is exempt from VAT

The embattled UK bingo industry received an early Christmas present this week when the UK tax authorities announced that it will accept that bingo games will be Valued Added Tax exempt.

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32Red launches branded sportsbook

A deal earlier this year with Global Betting Exchange to provide a sportsbook came to fruition this week with the launch of online casino 32Red's newest offering, branded 32RedBet.

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Researchers report success with medications for gambling addiction

The annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology was told this week that pathological gambling can be successfully treated with medications that decrease urges and increase inhibitions.

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Update on upcoming CNBC online gambling program

The December 16 CNBC program on illegal gambling will include the online aspects of gambling and the current US legislative situation, according to CNBC.

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Atlantic City: November revenues down 13% last year

Following on the heels of dismal results from Nevada land casinos during October, the news from Atlantic City is equally bleak. Hopes that the worst was over for the New Jersey gambling mecca faded on the release of November numbers that showed another double digit decline as revenues for the city's 11 casinos fell by 13.4% compared to the same month a year ago.

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Nevada casino numbers show no improvement in October

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has released October numbers that show new lowpoints in revenues staewide, which declined to $800.3 million - the lowest monthly record in almost six years, and an overall decline of 11.6% when compared with the same period in 2008.

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Gala Coral to introduce side game slots for bingo players

GTech G2 subsidiary Dynamite Idea, which specialises in online games development, has announced that it is to provide the major UK gambling group Gala Coral with side games for its online bingo and casino sites.

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