Online Casino and Gambling News: April 2011

Iowa bill trudges forward

Despite the fact that it has been transformed from an online poker legalisation bill to one calling for a report on the consequences and advantages of such a bill, it's still heartening to know that state Sen. Jeff Danielson's Iowa proposal is making progress.

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Black Friday: Harvard professor stimulates his students with a legal conundrum

CNN reports that online poker supporter and Harvard law professor Charles Neeson turned the bad news of Black Friday into a learning opportunity this week, asking his students: "The government seized online poker sites under a 2006 law that bans all financial institutions - banks, credit card companies, and online payment companies - from dealing with illegal Internet gambling.

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Kyl considering yet another legislative carve-out...for online poker?

Who would have thunk it? The possibility that online gambling’s arch-enemy in the US political system, Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, may be considering the legalisation of online poker!

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Amaya in new Canada deal

Amaya Gaming, the Montreal-based online gambling software developer that hit the headlines recently by buying up tranches of Cryptologic shares, has announced a new deal for its virtual horse racing product. The company will supply its virtual horse racing systems "Royal Grand Prix Derby MTD" and "Royal Grand Prix Derby on Air" to Société des Casinos du Québec in terms of an agreement inked this week.

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Wms introduces Fortunes of the Caribbean

WMS Gaming has announced the launch of a new online slot branded Fortunes of the Caribbean on its Jackpot Party online casino. In this dramatic Moneyburst-style game, players can collect gold shell Scatter symbols which trigger features; find Wild palm symbols and win awards, even claiming 60 lines at half price, according to a company statement.

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$2.5 million paid for Gambling.com domain by unidentified UK company

When the UK-based Media Corporation group bought the domain Gambling.com back in 2005, the consideration paid was a whopping $20 million. That was before the UIGEA....this week an unidentified UK buyer snapped up the perfect gambling domain for a mere $2.5 million. Nevertheless, Media Corp's chief executive, Justin Drummond, pronounced himself "very pleased" with the sale, which was brokered through the domain marketplace Sedo.

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Unibet player takes home $176,250 playing Easter Festival

The Microgaming Poker Network has seen some impressively large winners over the Easter period. The headline guaranteed tournament for the Easter Festival, which was the largest guaranteed tournament ever run on the network, paid out €750,000 to 130 players, with a Unibet player finishing in first place and taking home a main prize of €176,250.

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Playtech sees positive start to 2011

Online gambling software developer Playtech plc has released a healthy trading update for the three months ending 31 March 2011, highlighting the following key performance indicators:

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Three passengers on the same flight win cars playing scratch card game

The UK budget airline Ryanair, frequently a pioneer in the introduction of in-flight gambling entertainment, has launched an enquiry into a remarkably generous scratch card game that enabled three passengers on the same Milan to Madrid flight to win new cars.

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Overall player numbers down 22% since Black Friday

Two weeks on from the unsealing of shock US federal indictments against 11 defendants associated with major online poker firms the reverberations are still being felt by the global industry.

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