Online Casino and Gambling News: 2010

Playtech signs Italian online casino deal with mobile operator Buongiorno

The successful Italian mobile operator Buongiorno is to extend its offering following an online casino deal with gambling software developer Playtech plc. Buongiorno is a mobile entertainment company, providing a wide range of mobile content to more than 300 million users in 57 countries around the world.

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Wagerworks releases The 100,000 Pyramid slot machine

Remote gambling software developer Wagerworks has launched a new online slot themed on a famous television show series and already popular in land gambling casino slot machines manufactured by IGT.

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New Jersey senator Ray Lesniak attacks discriminatory sports betting law

Ray Lesniak, the feisty New Jersey state senator who has been shaking up the world of US online gambling legalisation, took public issue with sports betting discriminatory laws in an op-ed article for the Asbury Park Press this weekend.

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Gibraltan taxes on internet gambling operators to rise tenfold

The bad news for Gibraltar-domiciled online gambling operators over the weekend was that the government intends lifting their tax rate from 1% to 10% from next year.

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Blue Square justifies Motherwell football match irregular betting claims

The current row over suspicious betting patterns surrounding the issuing of a red card to Motherwell Football Club's Steve Jennings resurfaced over the weekend with UK Media reporting that Blue Square is justifying its report to the authorities after being criticised in the media and has advised the Scottish Premier League that there is extra evidence that has not yet been made public.

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Ladbrokes in second takeover approach for 888 group

Frequent speculation in the M&A sector this year was that Ladbrokes would make a bid for online gambling group 888 and this is apparently about to occur with the UK publication The Telegraph reporting over the weekend that the former is making a £240 million takeover attempt.

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Tax net closes on Cyprus-based online gambling operators

Internet gambling operators who chose Cyprus as a convenient and tax-efficient base may have to reassess their position following developments this week in which the local constabulary announced that it had handed over information on internet gaming companies to the Inland Revenue Department.

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West Virginia to wait and see on internet gambling legalisation

With possible intrastate online gambling legalisation bills under consideration in New Jersey, California and Florida, there was speculation in West Virginia this week that the growing competitive pressure that could develop may cause a rethink on the state's present antipathy to internet gambling.

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New Jersey S490 bill to go before committee Thursday

Senator Ray Lesniak's S490 bill seeking to legalise intrastate online gambling will go before the Budget Appropriations Committees in the New Jersey legislature on Thursday this week to formalise minor changes in the financial provisions before the bill goes to the Assembly floor and a hopefully positive vote.

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Parlous state of Greek economy may speed up OPAP privatisation

Although the privatisation sale of the Greek state gambling monopoly OPAP has been on the cards for some time, the parlous state of the Greek economy may provide more momentum to get the deal done and the cash into state coffers.

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