Online Casino and Gambling News: August 2010

Canadian punter cancels ticket and misses out on $30m lottery payout

A player in the Atlantic Lottery Lotto Max missed out on a Cdn$30 million win last week by declining to purchase an incorrectly issued ticket in a convenience store. Store owner Shawn Noel told CBC News: "The (clerk) printed it off and made a mistake on the machine, and it came out $27. She offered it to the customer but she said, no, she didn't want it."

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PlayScan important as Finland's RAY moves into online gambling sector

Raha-Automaattiyhdistys (RAY), the Finnish state-owned gambling monopoly which will be moving into the online gambling sector this year is to use the Svenska Spel-developed responsible gambling tool PlayScan, says the company's gaming operations executive Janne Perakyla.

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UK player wins $96,000 Leprechaun Luck jackpot at WinADay Casino

Win A Day Casino had its second major jackpot winner of the northern summer when Glenn P. hit a $96,466 jackpot playing the new Leprechaun Luck slot machine last week. The winner, who has been spinning the reels at Win A Day almost since it was launched, said he plans to take his wife on a dream vacation with his jackpot prize money.

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Greens oppose Tasmanian tax break for Betfair

The proposed tax deal between the Tasmanian government and the Australian operations of online gambling giant Betfair appears to have run into trouble, with Green Party politicians protesting that the special arrangements will syphon funds away from essential services.

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Remote Gaming Association underwhelmed by Dutch poker recommendations

The Remote Gaming Association has been quick off the mark in commenting on this week's release of a Dutch commission's report on online gambling, criticising its findings because these exclusively recommend that online poker be regulated, but not other forms of online gambling.

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South African provincial gambling board warns that gambling online is illegal

The prolonged national issue of whether the South African government is to regulate and licence online gambling or not, took an unexpected turn this week when the provincial Gauteng Gambling Board made a point of warning the media that the pastime is currently illegal.

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Dutch Justice Ministry commission recommends legalisation of online poker

A Dutch Justice Ministry commission set up by Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin to look into the pros and cons of internet gambling has recommended that the government abandons its "barely enforced" monopoly on gambling and instead licenses a small number of private online poker companies, reports the publication DutchNews.nl.

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Paddy Power suspends betting on identity of The Stig

The identity of 'The Stig' - a disguised expert driver on BBC TV's widely televised motor show Top Gear - has long been the subject of speculation and wagering among car fans, and this week there were indications that endurance racing driver Ben Collins is the mystery man.

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Costa Rica finance ministry proposes online gambling tax

The on again - off again initiatives by the Costa Rica government to regulate and tax online gambling operators based in the country appear to be hardening into action, with the Finance Ministry of recently elected president Laura Chinchilla (51) unveiling its draft plans, revised after protests by local operators.

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Betfair offered option to take 40% stake in Philippine gaming firm

The UK and Australian-based Betfair online gambling group has been given an opportunity to expand into the Pacific Ring market following an offer from Manila, Philippines-based Diversified Financial Network Inc.(DFNN), reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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