Online Casino and Gambling News: June 2011

The UK Gambling Act under review

The UK government Department of Culture, Media and Sport is to appoint a Select Committee to review the gambling industry in general and the Gambling Act 2005 in particular.

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Finnish lottery to expand to Russia

Finland 's state-owned lottery operator, Veikkaus intends expanding into Russia, China and the U.S. and has established a subsidiary with this international expansion in mind.

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Re-organisation of the Ladbrokes structure on the cards

The Financial Times reports that UK land and online gambling group Ladbrokes' chief executive officer Richard Glynn is in the process of a re-organisation of the company’s group structure.

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Vietnam authority fines four operators

The Department of Information and Communications in Ho Chi Minh City has fined four online gaming providers for releasing games on the internet without the correct permissions reports a Vietnam News Source.

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Established online casino site to offer Microgaming content

Isle of Man based QuickFire, powered by Microgaming, entered into a supply deal with Casino Room website that will see its flash based casino product deployed on the established online casino site.

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RFID and interactive television deployed in new Irish product

TV production company Winmedia Ireland Limited has announced a new development in online poker streaming and live, in-running betting. The company, which has been producing poker television programming for ten years, boasts that it conceptualized live poker for betting in 2003, long before the present technology was available. Now Radio Frequency Card Identification (RFID) and interactive Internet TV make it achievable.

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Louisiana open to online horse betting

The US state of Louisiana, which has a reputation for being fiercely anti-online gambling, has double standards when it comes to horse racing, it appears. Empowered by federal law exemptions that permit wagering over the internet on horse racing, the state this week approved online and telephone wagering on horse races in Louisiana, Associated Press reports from Baton Rouge.

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Bracelet number 12 continues to elude Hellmuth

In an exciting third day heads up that continued into the small hours of Tuesday morning at the World Series of Poker, Phil Hellmuth again just missed out on his record-breaking bracelet number 12 in event 33: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship.

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Two rivals of UK online casino 32Red have given up their infringing domain names, according to a report in the marketing publication The Drum. Both 32Royal and Spin32 have transferred all domain names containing the number ‘32’ over to 32Red unconditionally following the online casino's success in defending its brand in the High Court in London against William Hill plc and Playtech plc site 32Vegas.

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Betfair invests £25 million in enterprise messaging

Online gambling firm Betfair has deployed a new enterprise messaging solution to aid its international expansion, investing in the Progress SonicMQ messaging platform from software provider Progress Software as part of a three-year, £25 million technology investment program.

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