Online Casino and Gambling News: February 2010

Drive to eliminate online gambling will only intensify, warns Chinese minister

Commenting on the recent slew of arrests in raids on Internet gambling operations in China, a director of the government's cyber security bureau warned this week that there was more of the same in the pipeline.

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Kentucky plans to tax online gamblers

The US state that achieved international notoriety by attempting to seize international online gambling domains on protectionist and moral grounds - Kentucky - has just passed a law designed to tax....online gamblers!

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Casino industry refuses to dance in Nevada budget crisis

Friction appears to be building between the land casino industry in Nevada and state legislators scrambling to find a solution to the state's yawning $900 million budget gap, and this time an economically struggling industry is reluctant to bail the state out.

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Greek winner of Mega Fortune jackpot becomes instant multi millionaire

Georgios A, a 28-year-old Greek player at the Net Entertainment-powered Bet-at-home online casino, is a happy man, having won €3,015,906 and change for a stake of €2.50 whilst playing the Mega Fortune Jackpot progressive around 2 weeks ago.

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Aussie jockey Danny Nikolic charged in corruption enquiries

In Victoria, Australia a gambling corruption case originally flagged for the authorites as suspicious by the Betfair online gambling group, moved into a new phase this week as Racing Victoria officials issued two charges against jockey Danny Nikolic.

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French gambling legislation passes first Senate reading

Legislation drafted to open up the French online gambling market moved forward another step this week, passing through the French Senate on a first reading with a positive vote of 181 to 140.

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William Hill reports 9% decline in profits

William Hill Online, the Internet gambling wing of major British betting group William Hill plc, was a bright spot in an otherwise lacklustre set of results released this week that showed a 9% decline in the group's full year 2009 pre-tax profit to £197.5 million (2008 FY £216.1 million).

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Public opposition defeats Hawaii casino proposal

The Hawaii legislature's Committee on Finance has sealed the fate of a proposal to introduce casino gambling on the islands, at least as far as the current sessions are concerned.

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RTG launches Golden Lotus: enchanted oriental themed slot

The latest online gambling video slot from Real Time Gaming studios is Golden Lotus, a five-reel and 25 pay-line game with a treasure-filled enchanted oriental garden theme.

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Suspect with mob links pleads guilty in Kansas sportsbetting probe

The Kansas City Star reports that another suspect in the Kansas City online sports betting probe being conducted by a Grand Jury has pleaded guilty in a federal court. William D. Cammisano Jr. (60), who is alleged to be associated with a local organised crime family, entered a guilty plea this week, admitting that he had operated an illegal online sports betting business between March 1, 2006, and March 31, 2009.

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