Online Casino and Gambling News: October 2010

32 Red and William Hill to meet in court over 32 Vegas branding

The High Court in London will be the focus of industry attention this week as a year-old dispute between online gambling competitors 32 Red and William Hill Online on branding is argued.

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Bwin and PMU dominate iGaming Monaco awards

The major French gambling group Pari-Mutuel Urbaine (PMU) and Vienna listed online gambling giant Bwin Interactive (Bwin) dominated the awards for French regulated firms at the inaugural iGaming Monaco prize giving at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel this week.

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Call for sports betting to be supervised by the IOC

The discussions on internet sports betting at the SportelMonaco conference in Monte Carlo proved interesting this week, with urgent calls for control of international sports betting to be harmonised, perhaps under the supervision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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Ladbrokes profit boosted by successful football World Cup

Ladbrokes investors will be pleased with the UK gambling group's third quarter 2010 results released this week, which report a 128% rise in operating profit over the same period last year, thanks in no small part to a successful football World Cup in June-July.

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British Football Pools reveals its first £3 million winner

Britain's first ever £3 million individual football Pools winner has been revealed by The Football Pools. In the 87-year history of the Pools, it is the largest pay-out to an individual winner. Michael Elliott (56) from Scotland, wrote himself into the history books by spending just a couple of pounds and was presented with a cheque for £3,001,511 by Michelle Robbins, head of marketing communications, this weekend.

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Netherlands Antilles become autonomous countries

According to reports on the BBC Monday, the Netherlands Antilles Dutch dependency has ceased to exist following constitutional status changes which make the islands, including Curacao and St Maarten in the Caribbean, autonomous countries, joining Aruba, which attained autonomy in 1986.

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South Africa limits TV gambling advertising to nights only

With the future of online gambling regulation still unclear in South Africa the government's latest move is designed to restrict gambling advertisements in general on television and movie screens to night time viewing. In doing so the Department of Trade and Industry appears to be following the British example.

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Czech online gambling firm prepares for public listings

The Czech land and online gambling group Fortuna Entertainment Group NV's plans to list publicly in Prague and Warsaw valued the group at up to €230 million ($319 million) this week, reports the Bloomberg business news service.

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£113 million scooped in Euromillions lottery jackpot win

Making headlines around the world over the weekend is the news that an at present unknown British player hit the Euromillions lottery jackpot on Friday night for the biggest single lottery win in Brit history at £113 million ($183 million).

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Nevada reports increase in casino revenues during August

The Nevada Gaming Board has released statistics for August 2010 which at last show some signs of recovery among land operations in the gambling state. The Board reports that the latest numbers broke the downward trend that has prevailed for much of the year by achieving an overall 11.5% increase in revenues, collecting $944.5 million from the punters.

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