Online Casino and Gambling News: July 2010

Pennsylvania gambling tax revenues exceed Nevada

The US state of Pennsylvania is challenging Nevada and New Jersey when it comes to slots action, it appears from Associated Press reports this week. The news agency observes that the New England state collected more in taxes from commercial casino gambling than any other, including gambling mecca Nevada.

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Ladbrokes and Paddy Power buy insolvent Roar's retail betting shops

The majority of ten betting shops owned by the now insolvent gambling chain Roar have been bought from the administrators for an undisclosed amount by the Ladbrokes and Paddy Power groups.

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Finnish Slot Machine Association to cut 80 jobs

Changes to Finnish gambling laws due for implementation in August 2010 will have a sad impact for some employees in the state-owned online and land gambling operations of the Finnish Slot Machine Association (RAY).

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British Minister proposes donating dormant betting funds to grassroots sport

Punters who have left money lying untended in betting accounts for protracted periods may need to rediscover their funds before a new UK government initiative is implemented. The recently elected Coalition government in the UK - and specifically the minister for Tourism and Heritage, John Penrose - is studying ways in which dormant betting accounts can be better used.

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Royal Apollo and Planet 23 casinos close

Rumours that the Rival-powered Planet23 and Royal Apollo online casinos were in dire straits have been confirmed by Royal Apollo affiliate management, which has announced to affiliates that it has called it a day due to unspecified "ongoing issues" with software provider Rival Gaming.

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All Aboard Rival Gaming's new steam train inspired slot machine

Online gambling software developer Rival Gaming's latest game release has a theme based on the steam-driven railroads of yesteryear, delivered with up-to-the-minute 21st century computer technology. All Aboard is a 5 reel, 20 pay-line video slot in which players can wager up to 10 coins per pay-line in denominations from as low as 1c all the way up to 25c.

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PPA chairman reminds US lawmakers that millions want legal poker

Writing in an op-ed article in the Washington DC publication Politico this week, the chairman of the Poker Players Alliance, former Senator Alphonse D'Amato reminded US lawmakers that large numbers of American poker fans have repeatedly demanded that internet poker be legalised and regulated.

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Betfair stats reveal Norwegians were the best World Cup punters

The international online betting exchange Betfair has published an interesting statistical snapshot (PDF format) of the gambling action during the recently completed FIFA World Cup football championship in South Africa.

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HR2267 bill to be marked-up Tuesday July 27

The House Financial Services Committee announced late Thursday that HR2267, the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act, will be marked-up on Tuesday, July 27th.

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GVC Holdings half year trading update shows improvement

Online gambling group GVC Holdings plc has released a trading update for the first six months to 30 June 2010, showing that overall trading has been in line with expectations, with net gaming revenues for H1,2010 up 8% at €28.5 million (H1,2009: €26.5 million), and up 4% on H2-2009's €27.5 million.

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