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Illinois casino cafe boom

By Lars J On November 25, 2014 • No comments yet

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On July 13, 2009 Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Video Gaming Act  making Licensed Video Gaming Terminals legal in Illinois. Part of the law established the ability of mom and pop operators to put up to five slot machines on the premises as long as they get a license and sell a little booze. The exact definition of a “Licensed establishment” is any licensed retail establishment where alcoholic liquor is drawn, poured, mixed, or otherwise served for consumption on the premises, whether the establishment operates on a nonprofit or for-profit basis. The former National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, now […]

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Mahoning Valley Race Course opens

By Lars J On November 24, 2014 • No comments yet

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In mid-September 2014, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course opened to the public giving Ohio gamblers and visitors their  seventh racino. This expensive project took just over a year to build and has had a tremendously successful first few months with $79.9 million staked by players in October, the first full month of operation. The horses finally debuted today with a first post time of 12:45pm. 8 races are on the schedule with 81 horses expected to run before the day is out. About Mahoning Valley Race Course Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course construction began at the […]

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Bet365 links up with Australia’s Emerchants

By JT On November 20, 2014 • No comments yet

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iGaming Business – Online gambling operator Bet365 has entered into a partnership with Australian payments solutions provider Emerchants. Under the agreement, the terms of which were not disclosed, Emerchants will provide Bet365 customers with reloadable winnings cards. Subject to approval from Emerchants’ sponsoring Authorised Deposit-Taking Institution (ADI), the first of these cards will be rolled out to Bet365 customers during the first half of 2015. Tom Cregan, managing director of Emerchants, said: “We would like to thank Bet365 for entering into a multi-year agreement with Emerchants and we look forward to launching a program in market for them before the […]

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Harrahs Awards Largest Jackpot In U.S. Regulated Online Gaming

By JT On November 20, 2014 • No comments yet

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PRNewswire -  HarrahsCasino.com, the premiere destination for online gaming in New Jersey, today announced 31 year old Morris County, New Jersey resident Cathy R. has won the largest ever prize in the country’s regulated online gaming industry in New Jersey. Cathy logged on to HarrahsCasino.com on November 6, playing her favorite 50 cent slot game “Millionaire Genie” and spun her way to New Jersey’s largest online jackpot — $1,334,641.22 – when the randomly awarded payout hit after her 15-line bet cracked open the Genie’s Treasure Chest and cemented her status as the latest Millionaire Maker Powered by Total Rewards. The […]

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NBA Backed Fantasy Sports for Money?

By JT On November 20, 2014 • No comments yet

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PRNewswire – Adam Silver, NBA commissioner, recently said in a New York Times piece that sports betting should be legalized. There is a better way forward. NHL Legend, Bernie Nicholls says: “I can see why the leagues would want to try to get their hands on the betting world and try to clean it up, but they are opening a door that can’t be closed. What happens when a team like the San Antonio Spurs rests their best players on a night where they are playing a bad team? The Spurs do this on a regular basis; what happens when […]

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PalaCasino.com Seeks Beta Testers in New Jersey

By JT On November 20, 2014 • No comments yet

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PRNewswire -  Pala Interactive, LLC, an upcoming leader in the online, real-money gaming space, today announced that it is actively seeking New Jersey-based beta testers for its online casino platform, PalaCasino.com. PalaCasino.com is seeking players to help test and provide feedback on its new online casino product. To incentivize test users, the Company has created a cash incentive program for prospective beta testers. Players interested in testing the site, please visit: www.palainteractive.com/beta-testers-wanted. “Our launch in New Jersey is a huge step for the Company, and we want to make sure we’re rolling out one of the best, most user-friendly casino […]

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World Casino News: Ultimate Poker Shut Down

By JT On November 20, 2014 • No comments yet

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World Casino Directory  – In the final installment of World Casino News, discussion includes the closure of Ultimate Poker… which was the first legal and regulated online gambling site int he United States. The Ultimate Gaming shut down in the state of Nevada follows their withdrawal from the state of New Jersey in September. Also on the show this week, the expansion of fantasy sports in the United States, including deals with major sports leagues. Lastly, social game provider Big Fish has been acquired by racetrack and casino operator Churchill Downs. . Watch on YouTube! .

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Betfair Moves New Jersey Online Gaming Operation to Golden Nugget

By JT On November 20, 2014 • No comments yet

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PRNewswire – Betfair, one of the world’s leading online gaming operators, has moved its online gaming operation to the Golden Nugget Atlantic City. Under New Jersey law, online gaming operators such as Betfair must operate under the Internet gaming permit of a land-based casino in Atlantic City. As a result of this agreement, Golden Nugget Atlantic City will now offer two online casinos to those eligible to play in New Jersey, GoldenNuggetCasino.com and BetfairCasino.com, both of which will operate independently under Golden Nugget’s Internet gaming permit. “We are very excited to move our operations to Golden Nugget Atlantic City, one […]

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English Football Association launches Sports Betting Integrity Forum

By JT On November 20, 2014 • No comments yet

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iGaming Business – The Football Association (FA), the sport’s governing body in England, has launched its first-ever Sports Betting Integrity Forum as part of an effort to clamp down on match-fixing and corruption in British sport. The government-backed initiative will bring together representatives from sports governing bodies, betting operators, sport and betting trade associations, law enforcement and gambling regulation. It will also form part the UK’s Action Plan to address issues such as match-fixing and other threats to sports integrity. In addition to UK bodies from sports such as football, cricket, rugby league and rugby union, the Forum will feature […]

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Sri Lanka threatens tax hikes for Crown Casino

By JT On November 18, 2014 • No comments yet

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Australian Gambling – James Packer’s bid to open a luxury casino resort in Sri lanka faces a new set of challenges, following threats from the country’s president that new gaming taxes will be introduced should he win the next federal election in January, 2015. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan President, yesterday announced new levies in his latest budget. The levies include a $100 entrance fee for every patron, plus a 10 per cent gaming levy on three proposed casino resorts across the nation. Rajapaksa, who is campaigning for a record third six-year term in office, had been a positive facilitator […]

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$1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot to be Broadcast Live on Sirius Radio

By JT On November 18, 2014 • No comments yet

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Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel announced today that the 12th running of the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot (Gr. III) will be broadcast live at 4:15 p.m. CST as “The Race of the Week” on Sirius XM Radio on Saturday, November 22. The two-hour program, which will air live on Sirius XM channel 92 from 3-5 p.m. CT, will be co-hosted by Dave Johnson, the voice of the Triple Crown for a quarter century, and by award-winning journalist and commentator Bill Finley. The broadcast will also include the live call of the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess (Gr. III), which is […]

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TropicanaCasino.com Pays Out $1 Million in Community Jackpots

By JT On November 18, 2014 • No comments yet

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TropicanaCasino.com, the real-money online casino from Tropicana Atlantic City, announces a major milestone. The site has paid out $1 million in Community Jackpots to online players since its launch in November of 2013. The Community Jackpot is an additional prize pool that is paid out on top of any game-specific winnings. Players become eligible by making real money wagers on any of the more than 50 casino games available on TropicanaCasino.com. By clicking on a special key icon that appears in the bar above the game, players can learn if they have succeeded in unlocking a primary Platinum Jackpot of […]

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Poker Pro Phil Hellmuth Wins Pittsburgh Poker Open at Rivers Casino

By JT On November 18, 2014 • No comments yet

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BUSINESS WIRE – In the wee hours of this morning, at approximately 4 a.m., poker pro Phil Hellmuth added another award to his expansive trophy shelf. The world-renowned player beat 254 entrants to win the Main Event of the Pittsburgh Poker Open at Rivers Casino. This was Hellmuth’s first tournament win since 2012. He is arguably the most widely recognized face in poker and known around the world as the “Poker Brat.” With 13 World Series of Poker (WSOP) wins, Hellmuth holds the record for most WSOP bracelets. The prize pool for the 19-day series of games totaled more than […]

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Ultimate Gaming Closing Nevada Operations

By JT On November 18, 2014 • No comments yet

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iGaming Business – Ultimate Gaming, the first real-money online poker website to be legalised and regulated in the US, is to end its operations in Nevada due to a lack of profitability in the state. The company, majority owned by Las Vegas-based casino-hotel firm Station Casinos, became the first operator to launch a legalised online poker site in Nevada when the state legalised internet gambling activities back in 2013. The operator, which also halted its service offering in New Jersey in September, has now opted to cease operations in Nevada due to the difficulties of making a profit when online […]

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Bingo relaunches at Ladbrokes

By JT On November 18, 2014 • No comments yet

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iGaming Business – Ladbrokes has relaunched its bingo operation with a guaranteed £3m of prizes up for grabs before the end of the year. The UK bookmaker has been assisted by Playtech, the gaming software and services provider, in redesigning its bingo offering “to meet players’ demands” by focusing on site navigation, accessibility and prizes. Ladbrokes completed the transfer of its gaming products to Playtech in April, and its bingo players now have access to a market with more than 70,000 players and up to 20,000 concurrent users. In its most recent half-year results, released in August, Ladbrokes Bingo generated […]

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