Online Casino and Gambling News: August 2010

Chartwell loses Betfair as it switches to Playtech software

The Calgary, Canada-based online gambling software provider Chartwell Technology has issued a corporate update warning that its license agreement with giant operator Betfair will come to an end on August 31, 2010.

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Macau casino revenues up 70% on July last year

The Macau Daily Times reports that, following a small slump in gambling revenues in June 2010, the operators on Macau enjoyed soaring revenues again in July, continuing the region's impressive progress. Data from the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) shows that the casinos brought in MOP 16.31 billion, 19.6% more than in June, and up a stunning 70.4% on the same period in 2009.

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Bet-at-Home reports 35% annual revenue increase

The French online gambling group Mangas Gaming's Bet-at-Home internet casino and sports betting subsidiary reports that its Q1/2010 gross earnings have reached €13.8 million, a 35% rise on the comparable period in 2009.

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Roderick Wright calls for legalised Californian internet sports betting

Californian state senator Roderick Wright was in the headlines again this weekend, indicating that he supports legalised sports betting, which experts say could generate an additional $1 billion for state coffers. Wright is perhaps better known for his attempt (currently on the back burner whilst he considers opposition comments) to licence and regulate online poker in California.

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Rank PLC to invest £50m in new land casino venues

British gaming firm Rank plc plans to spend £50 million to expand its casino operations by a third, a company spokesman revealed over the weekend. The company aims to build at least five casinos in northern and central England over the next two years at a cost of £23 million, with another five to be rolled out later, the spokesman said, confirming a Mail on Sunday newspaper report.

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Aussie casino burglar dubbed "Ocean's One" after botched robbery

Police in Melbourne have nick-named a skills-challenged would be casino burglar "Ocean's One" following his arrest after a botched breaking and entry. Covered in grease, the 25-year-old intruder was pulled from a ventilation shaft at the Crown Casino and charged with criminal damage and trespassing this week. He will appear before the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on October 7.

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China restricts marketing of Internet gaming and gambling

The Chinese Ministry of Culture announced Saturday that the country's first regulation specifically governing the marketing of Internet gaming and gambling will take effect Sunday, claiming that the laws are necessary to protect the nation's children from 'unwholesome content and Internet addiction'.

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Massachusetts legislature opens the door to land casinos

The controversial and long-running legislative argument about what land gambling expansion should take place in the state of Massachusetts moved a step closer to resolution on Saturday when the Massachusetts Legislature gave initial approval to a casino bill that would create the most sweeping expansion of gambling in the state in four decades.

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Steve Chapman: UIGEA is like 'spitting into a gale'

The successful passage out of committee this week of Congressman Barney Frank's proposal to legalise online gambling in the United States triggered a storm of mainstream media coverage that has undoubtedly focused attention on the pros and cons of internet gambling. One of the more interesting op-ed articles to flow from the blizzard of news appeared in the Chicago Tribune over the weekend.

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