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Online Casino and Gambling News: November 2010

Virginia high school scholars use poker to brush up on math and logic

The Washington Post reports this week that high school students attending George Mason High School in Falls Church, Virginia are learning math and logic reasoning through the fascinating and significantly skill-based game of poker.

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Saskatchewan first nations express interest in online gambling

The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, one of the Canadian province's fifty biggest companies with Cdn$200 million in revenue and Cdn$60 million in profits, is investigating the pros and cons of internet gambling, according to an announcement in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix over the weekend.

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Utica four plead not guilty

The four Americans arraigned on internet gambling charges in Utica, New York state, last week will not go down without a fight, reports local television station WKTV. The four entered Not Guilty pleas before the court Monday, and one of their legal representatives has opined that the prosecution will be hard pressed to separate the confiscated monies from the funds of other legitimate businesses owned by the accuseds.

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Russian president calls for imprisonment of illegal gambling operators

The dictatorial Russian banning of gambling in general entered a new phase this week when Russian President Dmitry Medvedev , clearly displeased at the fact that many gambling operations have gone underground, called for sterner measures.

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Finland Slot Machine Association opens Playtech gaming site

State operator RAY, Finland's Slot Machine Association, and software provider Playtech have announced the launch of an online gaming service for Finnish players.

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Ladbrokes to reduce its non-English language options

Following a strategic review, British-based Ladbrokes.com has announced that it will reduce the number of tailored language sites it offers and will focus on 13 tailored sites in nine different languages; supporting 17 currencies.

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Intralot reports strong Q3 revenue growth and stable EBITDA

Intralot Group announced financial results for the nine-month period ending September 30th 2010.

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UK bookies pen open letter in response to horse racing levy issue

The long-running and still to be resolved dispute over a subsidisation levy from British bookies for UK horseracing saw major bookmakers speaking up this weekend in an open letter to the government's Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who has the unenviable task of finalising the issue.

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New Jersey debate on state subsidisation of horse racing

The Star-Ledger publication in the US state of New Jersey says in an editorial comment that the state's troubled horseracing industry, which has needed $200 million in subsidies from taxpayers and casinos since 2004, shouldn't be given more handouts from internet gambling.

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Days numbered for online casino gambling in Cyprus

The Mediterranean island of Cyprus, long the location of choice for many online gambling companies, may not remain so for much longer as the possibility of banning legislation looms closer. The island government has already drawn up banning laws that will see all online gambling, with the exception of sports betting, put on the verboten list.

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