Online Casino and Gambling News: August 2010

WinaDay releases instant play La Roulette

Online gambling operator WinADay has added a new online roulette offering to its proprietary software inventory, launching the instant-play La Roulette this week. The game features what WinADay claims is a unique 'low bet' option to give players more bang for their buck. The option means that players can place wagers from as low as ten cents on any spin across one, two, three, four or all five wheels.

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Israeli ISPs instructed to block Victor Chandler, Stan James sites

The Israeli police crackdown on ISPs serving internet gambling sites continued unabated this week, with the publication Calcalist reporting that the police, supported by tax officials and the State Prosecutor's Office are still serving injunctions on internet service providers requiring them to block specific online gambling sites.

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New Hampshire abandons proposed online scratchcards project

Hopes that the state of New Hampshire might be among the leaders in introducing a form of internet gambling have been dashed following a decision by the New Hampshire Lottery Commission to scrap the project.

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Online poker payment processor settles with U.S. Feds for $13m

Federal prosecutors continue to go after financial processors in their attempts to stifle online poker, reports Forbes Business, revealing that the authorities reached a settlement worth $13.3 million Tuesday with Ahmad Khawaja, together with his firms, Allied Wallet and Allied Systems.

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National Indian Gaming Commission reports stable revenues for 2009

The latest report by the National Indian Gaming Commission says revenues from U.S. tribal casinos were stable in 2009, indicating that the revenues generated by native American casinos operated for the benefit of some 233 tribes across the USA remain considerable.

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Betsoft releases innovative new House of Fun slot

The latest 3D virtual slot from internet gambling software developer Betsoft Gaming, branded House of Fun, is the fourteenth title in a growing inventory. A company spokesman claimed this week that the new game is the world's first 3D cinematic slot game with an interactive, themed storyline, which follows two young people and their trusty dog as they explore a strange old house full of mysteries, freaks and frights.

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First UK-licensed live dealer casino open for business

The Great Yarmouth, UK-based land operation The Palaces Casino is launching its live dealer action today, utilising 3D technology from the Hermes-Softlab group to videostream the action direct to players on the Internet.

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Betfred signs deal to secure Wagerworks online games

Wagerworks, the online gambling software developer in the IGT UK group, is to supply seasoned British land and online bookie Betfred with online game content as part of a recently inked agreement.

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Finland government support for online poker monopoly draws criticism

Finland's government may need to batten down the hatches for an imminent media and advertising storm generated by its attempts to establish an online poker monopoly. The Finns started manoeuvring on the issue at the beginning of 2010, when the government released its plan to open a state-run internet poker room along the lines of the lucrative Svenska Spel and Danske Spil models, now the subject of EC-prompted liberalisation.

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Betfair to branch out with online financial trading facility

The London publication CityAM reports that internet betting group Betfair plans to roll out an online multilateral trading facility in London later this year, using its proprietary software platform and financed initially by start-up capital from the main group.

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