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First-half losses for Sweden’s gambling regulator

By JT On September 1, 2014 • No comments yet

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iGaming Business – Swedish gambling regulator Lotteriinspektionen has reported that the country’s regulated market shrunk by more than 3% during the first half of 2014. Total revenue for the six-month period amounted to SEK19.3 billion (€2.1 billion/$2.8 billion), which is down more than SEK1 billion on the previous year. The revenue figure also represents the fourth consecutive year of decline in the Swedish national market. Svenska Spel, the largest operator in the country, reported sales of SEK10.7 billion in the first half, which is a drop of almost 5% on the same period last year. The operator suffered losses in […]

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New online casino software Arrow’s Edge

By Lars J On August 30, 2014 • No comments yet

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Arrow’s Edge is a new online gaming software that made its debut at Drake Casino and Gossip Slots. So far, we have found five of the games that will play in a regular browser window with another 28+ that require a Java plug-in. Interestingly several of the “Cash Grab” titles like Kanga Cash, Board Babe, and Rockin’ Robin were originally developed by NextGen Gaming but download now as Arrow’s Edge with a random jackpot enhancement. Many of the Cash Grab, Arrow’s Edge games were some of the very first NextGen games released online clear back when their logo contained the […]

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New Zealand jockey disgraced in betting scandal

By JT On August 29, 2014 • No comments yet

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Australian Gambling – In a story that has shocked the typically clean natured New Zealand racing scene, jockey David Walker has had his riding licence suspended after an investigation was launched into one of his rides at Awapuni earlier this year. The Central Districts jockey will face charges of pulling up a horse so he could collect from a head-to-head bet he ‘allegedly’ placed on a rival horse. The senior rider was aboard Watch Your Man who sat near the rear of the field but video shows he never gave his mount a chance and when he found clear running […]

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888 Launching “shared poker network” for Delaware and Nevada

By JT On August 29, 2014 • No comments yet

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iGaming Business – Online gaming operator 888 has confirmed to investors that it is to launch a shared poker network between Delaware and Nevada, two of the three US states that offer forms of regulated internet gambling. The launch of the new online poker network, which will be known as the All America Poker Network (AAPN), comes after the two states in February signed a first-of-its-kind agreement to allow for shared player liquidity. While 888 is the monopoly provider in Delaware, the operator’s software is also used by WSOP in Nevada, although 888 is reported to be planning to launch […]

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New Rival slot for September ~ Vintage Vegas

By Lars J On August 29, 2014 • No comments yet

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Vintage Vegas is coming to you in early September via your favorite Rival Powered casino. Another 5 reel, 50 payline online video slot, this one has a wild multiplier in the base game of 5x, and during free spins the payouts are eleven times bigger with that wild multiplier! 50 lines, wild multipliers and free spins? Oh yeah. Vintage Vegas (not to be confused with the Slots.lv catch phrase, “The New Vintage Vegas”) will take you on a retro-road trip in a classic convertible down the Las Vegas Strip. All that was good, bad, and oh so bad about Las […]

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Bally Tech’s game development studio leaves company

By JT On August 29, 2014 • No comments yet

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PRNewswire-iReach – Bally Technology’s premiere 1st party game development studio, Sandbox Studio, ends affiliation with Bally Technologies.   Their hits included the company’s most successful games in it’s history; the industry changing Cash Spin and Video Roulette. Sandbox was responsible for the development of numerous pieces of IP including the U-SpinTM technology currently being used in over 50% of their premiere lineup of games.   Games such as Cash Spin Jackpot, Michael Jackson King of Pop, Titantic,  ZZtop Live from Texas, The Magic of David Copperfield, and Vegas Hits. The team was involved in the development of Mechanical Slot, Video Slot, […]

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More gambling websites added to Latvian blacklist

By JT On August 29, 2014 • No comments yet

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iGaming Business – The Latvian Lotteries and Gambling Supervision Inspection (IAUI) has followed up on previous announcements this month by adding additional domains to its blacklist of gambling websites. Sites that are included on the list are not allowed to operate in Latvia. Sky Bet is the most high-profile name to have been added to the list, with its Skybet.com, Skypoker.com and Skyvegas.com website now banned in the country. Other new additions to the blacklist include Netbet.com, Redbet.com, Redflushcasino.com and lv.unibet-2.com. This is the third time that the list has been updated this month, with new names having been added […]

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Greek gambling monopoly posts growth despite tax bill

By JT On August 28, 2014 • No comments yet

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iGaming Business – Greek gambling monopoly OPAP has reported better-than-expected results in the second quarter despite having been hit by a retroactive tax bill of €21.6 million ($28.5 million) in the period. The bill dates back to the 2010 fiscal year in which the firm had amounted tax charges of €29.6 million, with the operator having only paid €9 million of the total bill so far. After agreeing a deal with the Greek government to delay payment of the remaining balance until the second quarter of this year, OPAP must now complete full payment by the end of the quarter. […]

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Tech issues push back BetEasy launch

By JT On August 28, 2014 • No comments yet

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Australian Gambling – The launch of BetEasy.com.au continues to be bogged down in technical difficulties. The newest brainchild of former Sportsbet CEO Matthew Tripp is in jeopardy of missing the lucrative finals period for both AFL and NRL after delays that date back almost two months. While BetEasy members are still able to use proxy site BetEzy.com.au, an opportunity for advertising and promoting the new site during the busy period leading into football finals and the spring racing carnival could be missed. It has been previously reported that the website would launch in late June. That deadline has clearly been […]

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Roman Chariots Launch on Williams Interactive

By JT On August 28, 2014 • No comments yet

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 Williams Interactive LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Scientific Games Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS), today launched the Roman Chariots online slot game, the first game added to the Williams Interactive Game Server library powered by the offline hit game engine, Supercharged Reels. Games powered by this engine feature three miniature bonus reel sets atop the main slot game, one or more of which will “charge up” with win multipliers each time WILD symbols fill reels 2, 3, or 4 of the main game. All activated mini-reels spin with the triggering symbol on Reel 5, and all mini-reels wins increase by each […]

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Parx Casino Launches Play4Fun Social & Mobile Casino

By JT On August 28, 2014 • No comments yet

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JOINGO®, a mobile technology company providing the most advanced mobile loyalty solutions for the casino gaming industry, announces the Parx Casino Play4Fun app, powered by JOINGO’s Mobile Loyalty Platform, is available now. The app, which serves as a vehicle for mobile free-play gaming from the Parx Casino Play4Fun Network™ by Williams Interactive™, also features mobile capabilities made possible using JOINGO technology. The app includes JOINGO’s Places geo-fencing feature, targeted push notifications, and integration with Parx’s Bally ACSC to provide Xclub members instant in-app access to account information and offers. Using JOINGO Places, the casino can target the delivery of special […]

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Atlantic City DiscussesTransformation from Gambling Focus

By JT On August 28, 2014 • No comments yet

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Responding to the upcoming closings of the Showboat Atlantic City Hotel and Casino (August 31, 2014), Revel (September 2, 2014) and Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino (September 16, 2014), Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, along with Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Executive Director John Palmieri and Atlantic City Alliance President Liza Cartmell today said to residents and visitors alike that significant progress is being made in the destination’s ongoing transition to a burgeoning, multi-faceted tourism mecca that is not focused solely on gaming. Mayor Guardian acknowledged that the coming weeks will be difficult for the employees and for the resort destination […]

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UK Gambling Commission fines Camelot

By JT On August 28, 2014 • No comments yet

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iGaming Business – Camelot has been fined £100,000 by the UK Gambling Commission after the regulatory body ruled that the company had breached its licence to operate the country’s National Lottery. The penalty relates to an initial miscalculation and subsequent communication and publication of an incorrect National Lottery Lotto jackpot prize amount in October 2013. The incident led to three Lotto jackpot-winning ticket-holders being informed by Camelot that they had won more than they had. The original jackpot had been broadcast as £6.2 million, which was eventually revised down to £4.8 million after Camelot had realised its error. The winners […]

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Swedish operator Cherry boosted by online gaming

By JT On August 28, 2014 • No comments yet

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iGaming Business – Swedish gaming operator Cherry has cited the success of its online gaming division as the driver of a jump in revenue over the six months through to June 30, 2014. Group turnover for the first half of 2014 amounted to SEK149.4 million (€16.3 million/$21.5 million),a 23% rise on the SEK121.4 million achieved in the corresponding period last year. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the period amounted to a loss of SEK8.4 million, down from on the SEK8.9 million loss in the first half of 2013. Elsewhere, earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) improved […]

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Hong Kong billionaire given green light by Aussie casino regulators

By JT On August 27, 2014 • No comments yet

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Australian Gambling – Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung is one step closer to his dream of building Australia’s most lavish resort after winning approval to purchase a neighbouring casino. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission this week decided it would not oppose a planned $269 million takeover of the existing Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns by Fung’s Aquis Group. Aquis also plans to build Australia’s biggest tourist attraction — Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort — at Yorkeys Knob. The fact that the two casinos are only 15km apart from each other initially drew concerns from the ACCC, but those fears have been allayed. ACCC commissioner, Jill […]

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