Online Casino and Gambling News: August 2010

Kentucky sets sights on Party Gaming

The state of Kentucky's long-running attempt to hijack the domains of international online gambling companies, which has seen a succession of court cases, appeals and amendments by the Kentucky officials recorded yet another state amendment in the latest appeal, with online gambling giant Party Gaming added to those companies the state has cited.

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Regulation creates problems for gambling operators in France and Canada

The spectre of Internet censorship at national level through Internet Service Providers (ISPs) came a step closer last week when the French government regulator ARJEL went to the courts to obtain orders on ISPs blocking a blacklist of online gambling websites without French licensing.

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San Miguel exec's bid for Pagcor could be finished before it has begun

Earlier this week Raymond Ang, a senior executive with the San Miguel food and beverage group, intimated in a press interview that, acting independently he would be putting together a consortium to make a $10 billion offer for the state-owned Philippines gambling group Pagcor, but events since then indicate that he may have been a touch optimistic in his planning.

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Party Casino releases Snow Business progressive slot

Party Casino, a member of the PartyGaming online gambling group, has released a powerful, polar-themed new progressive jackpot slot branded "Snow Business". At the start of 2010, the company launched what it boasted was the largest seeded progressive jackpot in the online gaming industry in the form of 'The Big One' and brought in classic slot Melon Madness as the slot to crack it. Now Snow Business has joined Melon Madness in offering access to 'The Big One'.

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Atlantic City July stats show a 5% decline in casino revenues

Official statistics for July 2010 show that Atlantic City land casinos again experienced a decline in revenues - 5% lower than the comparable period last year - as competition from neighbouring Pennsylvania added to New Jersey casino woes.

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Canada: Saskatchewan province now interested in online gambling

The announcement Tuesday that the Ontario provincial government will enter the online gambling sector in 2012 appears to have triggered renewed interest in the possibilities for the Saskatchewan province.

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NFL softens its opposition to internet gambling in view of HR2267 amendments

Several US media reports indicate that an amendment to Congressman Barney Frank's proposal to legalise and regulate internet gambling in the US may have the effect of softening opposition from the traditionally opposed National Football League.

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American Gaming Association spent $360 000 on U.S. Q2 lobbying

The American Gaming Association spent $360,000 - an increase over the $326,000 it spent last year in the same period - in Q2/2010 lobbying, mandatory disclosure filings have revealed. However, the Q2 spend is considerably lower than Q1/2010's expenditure on lobbying which amounted to $430,000.

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Ontario to introduce provincially regulated internet gambling by 2012

The Canadian province of Ontario is to join Quebec, British Columbia and the Atlantic Provinces in offering internet gambling according to a statement Tuesday by the provincial minister of finance, Dwight Duncan. The possibility that Ontario would join its sister provinces in regulating online gambling has been on the political agenda for some time, but has become more urgent following strong moves into the sector by the other provinces.

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eCOGRA statistics show decline in dispute rates

The independent player protection and standards body eCOGRA has released its latest report on remote gambling disputes handled by the organisation's Fair Gaming Advocate, showing remarkably low levels of player disputes at online gambling sites bearing the eCOGRA Safe and Fair seal of accreditation.

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