Online Casino and Gambling News: December 2010

Former Betonsports co-owner Norman Steinberg sentenced to home probation

Norman Steinberg, described by the St. Louis press as a "key player" in the historic prosecution of the erstwhile BetonSports online gambling group some years ago came home to the U.S. briefly this week to plead guilty to conspiracy in the illegal online gambling affair.

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GVC Holdings update reveals latest developments in Boss Media litigation

Recently re-domiciled on the Isle of Man and listed on London's AIM market, internet gambling group GVC Holdings plc released a trading update for the period 1 October 2010 to 15 December this week, including within it an update on the group's long-running litigation against Boss Media.

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Online casino lifts PartyGaming trade update

Party Gaming plc, one of the industry's strongest companies, released its pre-close trading update Friday, reporting a strong performance in casino mitigated by a softer seasonal performance in poker and bingo

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Kansas defendants sentenced in illegal sportsbetting case

U.S. District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey sentenced six men for their roles in a $3.5 million illegal online sports gambling operation. Bettors were provided with a toll-free number and two website addresses through which wagers were placed using account numbers and passwords, reports the Kansas City Star.

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Partygaming founder Dikshit receives one year probabtion

InfoPowa readers will recall the case two years ago of Anurag Dikshit (39), one of the founders of online gambling giant, Party Gaming plc. After resigning from the company, Dikshit independently negotiated a plea deal to co-operate in the ongoing investigation with US Department of Justice officials, and made a payment of $300 million in order to clean his personal slate.

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Irregular betting on Motherwell football game raises suspicion

High profile corruption in sports is in the news at the moment, with suspected irregular betting activity around a red card issued to Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings.

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Ukraine draft law bans online gambling

Over a year ago the government of the Ukraine followed Russia's example and banished gambling, passing the Law On Prohibition of Gambling Business in Ukraine in June 2009. The legislation required that government draft a further Law On Gambling Organisation and Maintenance of Gambling Activities in the Special Gambling Zones within 3 months, and present this to the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine.

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Internet gambling on the agenda for Presidential meeting

US President Barak Obama met with tribal leaders from across the nation at the White House Thursday to discuss a variety of First Nation issues, amoing them internet gambling, reports the San Diego Union Tribune. The pow-wow was the second held by the present administration.

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Victory for both PMU and Unibet/Antigua in French court

A ruling was handed down by the Paris Court of First Instance in a trademark infringement case this week between French former state-regulated monopoly, Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) and online gambling operator, Unibet and the jurisdiction of Antigua.

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Pennsylvania lottery chief attacks Reid poker legalisation initiative

The chief of the Pennsylvania Lottery voiced a decidedly protectionist protest this week against efforts by Nevada Senator Harry Reid to pass federal law legalising online gambling.

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