Online Casino and Gambling News: April 2011

Belgian licence for Stanleybet could position UK betting group strongly

The Belgian Gambling Commission has awarded British fixed-odds sportsbetting firm Stanleybet International Limited with an F1 terrestrial licence, enabling it to expand its operations in Belgium through increased promotional activity.

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Courts refuse to block takeover of credit union implicated in online poker indictments

The federal indictments against online poker activity in the United States claimed another victim this week when the US government's National Credit Union Administration imposed a conservatorship on Vensure FCU, a $4.7 million credit union allegedly linked with the online poker sites.

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Rubin picked up in Guatemala

Ira Rubin, one of 11 people recently indicted for banking and allegedly illegal online gambling offences in the United States, made an initial appearance in a US court this week after being arrested in Guatemala. Rubin told U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrea M. Simonton in Miami that he had not been able to make telephone calls since his arrest.

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Television advert to mark Casino Club's tenth birthday

German language online casino, Casino Club is celebrating its tenth birthday by splashing out €2,000,000 on German television advertising with a 20-second spot developed by a top Munich production company with a view to reaching a wider target group and further enhancing its media presence.

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Particular slot keeps ringing for lucky player in Greece

A Greek casino player - identified only as P.P. - has experienced an unusual run of luck at King Solomons Casino playing the Great Blue slot game. P.P. won €109,712 on the 16th April on the popular aquatic-themed slot but the win was the third in a run of luck that bagged another two wins on the same slot machine within a month. The first on 7th April of €24,646 and a second on 10th April of €29,828.

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Online gaming a 5,000,000,000 kroner industry in Norway

Norwegian Media are speculating this week that the recent Norwegian Governments UIGEA-style ban on financial transactions with online gambling companies may have been a mistake. The speculation is rooted in a report from the Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority (Lotteritilsynet) that estimates online gaming turnover in 2010 from foreign and Norwegian websites to be in the region of five billion kroner of which 50% was online poker.

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Playtech and 888 mentioned in reports regarding OPAP liberalization

Greek Culture Minister Pavlos Geroulanos revealed to fellow Parliamentarians that the State gambling monopoly OPAP has been in talks with senior officials from Israeli online gambling companies 888 Holdings Plc and Playtech .

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Bodog88 to offer pool betting

The Asian-facing online gambling operator Bodog88 claims it will be the first website under the Bodog brand licensee portfolio to offer pool betting on UK horseracing following an agreement with Totepool Alderney Limited.

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5dimes, Island Casino and Sportbet join New Deal Gaming's network

New Deal Gaming's Bluff21 multiplayer online casino network has added three new skins, signing up 5Dimes, Island Casino and Sportbet. The new operators join a growing network that comprises Guts, Noubet and BoraBoraCasino, all offering NDG's Black Jack and In-Between games.

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IGT subsidiary scooped up by Scientific Games

Lottery supplier Scientific Games has agreed to acquire gaming machine manufacturer and content provider Barcrest Group Limited from International Game Technology (IGT) for approximately £33 million in cash, according to a company statement released this week.

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