Online Casino and Gambling News: February 2011

Larger lobbies, team tournaments only part of new 888 offering

The latest software upgrade in 888.com's online poker offering supports larger lobbies, team tournaments and an innovative new webcam mode branded Pokercam. Selected tables at 888poker will be designated as Pokercam-only tables, where every online player will be required to have a webcam on their hardware.

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2012 to bring new taxes for South African gamers

Expect plenty of comment and not a little lobbying from the South African lottery, horseracing and soccer pools sectors come April next year, when new taxes are set to be introduced, according to this week's budget speech by South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

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Golden Cherry makes its debut

The Affactive Affiliate Program - awarded the dubious honour of "Worst Casino Group" in the influential Casinomeister awards for 2010 - has announced the launch of a new Rival-powered online casino branded Golden Cherry Casino. Affactive also runs affiliate affairs for Slots Jungle, WinPalace Casino, Mayflower Casino and Casino Titan.

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Latest study confirms continued growth of online gambling

The Interactive Gambling Report from Isle of Man-based consultants Global Betting & Gaming Consultants, released earlier this month, shows that the international internet gambling market has grown by 12% in 2010, reaching US$ 29.32 billion in gross gaming yield.

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Vegas Tech and WinADay launch new games

Online games developers Vegas Technology and WinADay have released a new slot apiece this week. Vegas Tech's "Mile High" has a comical theme centred on air travel, replete with typical views of the world whilst flying high in the sky and some jolly pilots in charge of a jackpot that can deliver useful rewards, along with high-life symbols like international passports, expensive luggage and cocktails.

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Spanish gambling giant launches jurisdictional litigation

The lawyers are busy in Spain, according to local media reports, preparing a case for the Spanish gambling group Codere, which appears to be defending its turf against other EU companies. The reports claim that Codere is about to launch litigation in a Madrid court against Austrian internet gambling group Bwin and La Liga football club Real Madrid.

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Centrebet's profits decline

The Australian betting group Centrebet has released a set of results for the half year ended December 30,2010 that will likely not be well received by investors due to a decline of 70% in net profits, mainly attributed to a marketing splurge of A$1,9 million more than was invested in this activity in H1,2009.

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Betfair's and 888.com's ads banned

Two online gambling companies ran afoul of the UK Advertising Standards Authority this week for advertisements/promos deemed questionable and raised as complaints with the advertising watchdog.

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Agreement for the protection of online players in the EU

eCOGRA CEO and the Chair of the CEN workshop agreement on "Responsible Remote Gambling Measures", Andrew Beveridge, has welcomed the publication of the first Pan-European consumer protection agreement by CEN. CEN is the European Committee for Standardisation, one of three European standardisation organisations officially recognised by the EU (www.cen.eu). CEN draws up voluntary technical specifications, such as a CEN workshop agreement, to help facilitate a single market for European industry and consumers across its members in 31 European countries.

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Playtech's response to William Hill's injunction

Yesterday's surprise announcement by William Hill plc that it had secured an injunction against Playtech plc has been matched with a fast response from Playtech, brusquely pointing out that its interests in the William Hill Online joint venture are unaffected by the injunction.

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