Online Casino and Gambling News: April 2011

Speculation rife on the content of the Karaka Declaration

Attention over the weekend centred on the enigma of the 'Karaka Declaration', a still sealed document mentioned in the US Attorney's application to a district court judge for the forfeiture of banking accounts linked to online poker companies named in the Black Friday indictments.

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Department of Justice indictment of major online poker sites impacts 10 million Americans

In an op-ed article in the Washington Post this week, former US Senator Alphonse D'Amato, the chairman of the Poker Players Alliance, makes the point that talking about the legalisation of online poker in the United States is misrepresenting the issue, online poker is already legal.

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Another casualty of Black Friday

World Team Poker has announced from Los Angeles that its championship event, scheduled for May 24 through 26 at the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa will be rescheduled for later this summer.

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Pokerstars has made important changes in the wake of Black Friday

Next month will see the start of the latest Pokerstars Spring Championship of Online Poker, which starts on May 8 but with some important changes in the wake of Black Friday.

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Anti-online gambling politician has a new idea on how to stop internet gambling operators

The Australian anti-online gambling politician Nick Xenophon has a new idea to control internet gambling - legalise chargebacks on credit cards.

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AWH Poker moves to the Merge network

Amid all the doom and gloom over US indictments against online poker sites, one operator announced his move to the Merge Poker Network, which accepts US action.

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Players and affiliates report notifications that US activity is to be halted

The often confusing position of major and originally Microgaming-powered online casinos in the United States market took another twist as the week ended, with players and affiliates posting on internet message boards that a mass exit from the US market appeared to be taking place.

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US activity halted but legal advice being taken

Lagging behind its competitors in responding to federal indictments opened against it last Friday, the operators of Absolute Poker have made a statement. The statement notes that Absolute has retained Blank Rome LLP as United States counsel to provide legal advice in relation to the civil and criminal matters filed against the company.

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Sad decline for what was once the world's biggest gambling centre

First it was Macau that overtook Las Vegas as the world's biggest gambling centre; now comes the news that another rising Asian tiger - Singapore - is about to eclipse the US gambling mecca.

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Good year-on-year growth for William Hill

The UK-listed online and land gambling group William Hill plc has posted a strong set of Q1-2011 results , showing good year-on-year growth in both retail and online net revenue and operating profit

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