Online Casino and Gambling News: August 2010

Rep. Jim McDermott pushes to get online gambling tax bill marked up

A Congressional bill that could raise billions of dollars in state and federal revenues through the taxation of a legalised online gambling environment in the United States remains stuck in committee, but author Representative Jim McDermott is pushing hard to get it marked up in time to get it to the House floor in this Congressional session.

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Commerce Casino's opposition to legalised online poker attracts PPA's ire

The one million member online poker action group Poker Players Alliance came out with all guns firing this week in a press release criticising the Commerce Casino for its opposition to the federal legalisation of online gambling.

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Little known e-gaming company purchases Cereus internet poker network

Taking many industry observers off-guard late Thursday was a press release from the largely unknown e-gaming firm Blanca Games revealing that it has acquired the interests of the Cereus poker network formerly owned by Tokwiro Enterprises and including well established if at times controversial sites Absolute Poker and UltimateBet.

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Sportech announces deal with Ladbrokes to supply pools products

Sportech CEO Ian Penrose has announced an agreement with the UK online and land betting group Ladbrokes, which will distribute its pool products through the internet to the Ladbrokes' database. Penrose noted that the deal could be the forerunner of others as Sportech seeks to increase player liquidity, hoping to close at least another two agreements before the end of 2010.

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Digital rights group monitors European anti-gambling ISP blocks

The growing use of pressure on Internet Service Providers to block online gambling sites in Europe has been noted by the European Digital Rights group. The group comments on the assault on internet freedoms and gives links to ISP blocking intentions by the government regulators of France, Israel, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Holland, observing that ISPs are increasingly being pressured to screen certain messages to prevent users from circumventing the blocking measures which ISPs consider as a wrong measure.

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Harry Reid's position on online poker concerns Vegas execs

The Reno Gazette Journal created a ripple of headlines across the media this week with an article on the internet gambling position of influential Nevada politician and US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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William Hill reports first half annual profit up 9.9%

The British online and land gambling group William Hill plc reported this week that its first-half net profit rose 9.9% to £64.5 million as net revenue grew 2.8% to £529.9 million.

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Playtech announces first half revenues up 31%

Online gambling software provider Playtech plc has announced strong first half 2010 results for the six months ended 30 June 2010.

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Betfair launches new playtech flash software

The Betfair online casino software deal with Playtech will come to fruition at the end of August with the launch of the latter's new Flash-based product, the two companies announced this week. Playtech has provided Betfair's internet casino software in download format since November 2009 and now adds a complementary flash-based offering, making it the sole provider on Betfair's casino tab.

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Piggs Peak operator to challenge South African online gambling decision

The operator of the Piggs Peak online casino in Swaziland, Casino Enterprises, has reacted to yesterday's judicial ruling that in the online environment gambling takes place at the physical interaction point. The ruling, by Judge N.B. Tuchten in the North Gauteng High Court, effectively makes all online gambling and promotion in South Africa illegal, claims the Gauteng Gambling Board.

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