Online Casino and Gambling News: August 2010

Lucky for some: Ladbrokes punter hits £75,000 Isis win on Black Friday

Friday the 13th turned out to be a lucky day for an anonymous Londoner playing Microgaming's Mega Moolah Isis progressive slot at the Ladbrokes online casino last week. The player was doubly fortunate, earning his stake from Ladbrokes' single day prize draw promotion, which gave players the chance to win either 50, 25 or 10 free chips for playing Mega Moolah Isis.

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Greek gambling monopoly OPAP's profits take a 61% hit

The Greek gambling monopoly OPAP is anticipating a profit cut of 61% in Q2/2010 as a result of a windfall tax imposed by the government on businesses to shore up its ailing finances. Industry analysts say expected group net profit of €60.5 million is a significant decline from the €155.5 million in the same period a year ago.

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Bueller Bueller Bueller ... Intercasino releases slot based on cult movie

The popular online casino operation Intercasino has announced that it is among the first to carry new online slot releases from developer Cryptologic this week.

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Nova Scotia remains interested in online gambling

Earlier this week the premier of Canadian provinces Newfoundland and Labrador, Danny Williams, personally rejected the idea of the province joining others in regulating online gambling, but this has not deterred Nova Scotia politicians, who remain interested in a scheme that is supported by British Columbia, Quebec and possibly Ontario.

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British Columbia: PlayNow security glitch fixed, cost estimated at $5m

PlayNow, the province of British Columbia's first venture into regulated online gambling is back online after a month fixing a technical glitch, and losses estimated at around CDN $5 million.

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World Cup marketing expenditure and French start-up dent Bwin Q2 numbers

In accordance with stock market rules following the proposed merger of Party Gaming and Bwin, Party Gaming issued a press release to the London Stock Exchange Thursday providing detail on Bwin's performance in the first half of 2010.

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Further online gambling industry mergers hinge on U.S. settlements

In a speculative article this week the Reuters news agency considered the online gambling scene following the merger between giants Party Gaming and Bwin Interactive, commenting that 888 and Sportingbet are possible future takeover targets as the industry consolidates, but only once their legal liabilities in the US market are cleared.

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21 Californian tribes combine in internet poker consortium

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians still appears intent on cornering the internet poker market in California, and has been joined by another 21 tribes in a consortium designed to claim exclusive rights to intrastate online poker.

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Newfoundland and Labrador premier vows to vote against online gambling proposal

The growing trend among Canadian provincial governments to operate online gambling facilities is unlikely to extend to Newfoundland and Labrador if the provincial Premier, Danny Williams, has his way. Williams told CBC this week that he's against internet gambling and threatened to vote against it when it comes before the provincial cabinet for consideration.

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Israeli ISPs comply with anti-gambling police orders

The news earlier this week that Israeli police have widened their operation requiring Internet Service Providers to ban specified online gambling sites has developed further, with reports from the newspaper Haaretz that two more ISPs have been served with police directives.

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