Saturday, March 31, 2018

Russian Hotels to Accept Bitcoin For World Cup

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Russian Hotels to Accept Bitcoin For World Cup
Russian Hotels to Accept Bitcoin For World Cup

This summer's central event, sporting or otherwise, is without a doubt – the FIFA World Cup in Russia, taking place from June 14th to July 15th. The biggest event in the world of football is played every four years and it brings together 32 of the planet's best national teams and their avid supporters in a colorful display of different nationalities, cultures and spectacular football. The stage is all set for all host cities to start accommodating the visitors – both players and fans – and to enhance the service, there will be one major benefit that will also break some new ground and be the first.

First what? Well, the hotels in eleven Russian cities that will host the World Cup matches are adopting Bitcoin and making it possible for their staying guests to pay for their stay in this cryptocurrency.

The first city to make this move, with more of them coming along soon, is Kaliningrad, Russia's western-most city that is physically divided from the rest of the country and is nestled between Poland and Lithuania (it used to be the part of the old Prussian empire and was the place of birth of the famous philosopher, Immanuel Kant). In this city, national teams of Spain, England, Belgium, Serbia, Croatia, Switzerland, Morocco and Nigeria will be playing their matches so the city is welcoming a large number of fans from these countries.

A hotel chain in this city has already made all the arrangements with a payment processor, Free-Kassa, which will be making this happen. Anna Subotina, a manager of one of the Hotels, Apartments Malina, says: “We are seeing increasing interest in cryptocurrencies. They will gradually come into use as a means of payment. We have decided that fans should be able to pay for our services with the help of this innovative technology.”

Free-Kassa's Development Manager, Vitaliy Lavrov, says: “This is an interesting experience for us – we haven’t worked with hotels so far. The hospitality industry is quite sensitive towards new trends.”

Kaliningrad will be hosting four games during the World Cup and only months before the Cup begins, the accommodation prices in this city have started to soar – making this city even more expensive than it already is. Booking a room on a day when England plays Belgium (which will be one of the biggest matches of the first round) will cost over $300.

Last year, some of Russia's officials slammed Bitcoin, but have also announced that the country may develop its own cryptocurrency – the crypto ruble.

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“Russian Hotels to Surprise World Cup Fans With Bitcoin Payments”, Tassev Lubomir, Bitcoin.com, March 29, 2018.

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Race to the end of the rainbow with iSoftBet’s latest video slot

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iSoftBet’s recently announced the launch of its latest video slot Stacks O’ Gold, which was released by the UK-based premium online and mobile casino game supplier in keeping with global St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. HTML5-native and developed using the firm’s Pulse platform, the Irish-luck themed video slot features a distinctive 5-reel layout and 34 paylines […]
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Friday, March 30, 2018

UKGC settles with Skybet over self-exclusion weaknesses

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The Gambling Commission in the United Kingdom has levied a £1,000,000 penalty against Skybet for “failing to protect vulnerable customers,” according to a statement issued by the UKGC earlier this week. After an investigation, the commission determined that Skybet failed in their social responsibility by not honoring self-exclusion initiated by gamblers who might have felt […]
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New game from iSoftBet: Stacks O’ Gold slot

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iSoftBet, casino content provider is pleased to announce the availability of its new game: Stacks O’ Gold slot.  The latest entry in a portfolio of popular video slots, Stacks O’ Gold was released to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations around the world. Stacks O’ Gold slot will stand out among other seasonal slots with its dynamic gameplay mechanics and ...

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Gov. Cuomo Refuses Bailout to Cash-Strapped del Lago Resort & Casino

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New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that he is not supportive of a state commercial casino’s bid for a bailout. The top lawmaker was among the proponents of the legalization of commercial casino gambling in the state a few years ago.

Gov. Cuomo’s comments from earlier this week came shortly after del Lago Resort & Casino officials revealed that they were seeking assistance from the state after the gambling venue missed its first-year revenue projections by $100 million. While they did not provide details on the nature of help they were seeking from lawmakers, it is believed that they might have asked for a tax break.

Del Lago currently pays an annual tax of 37% on its slot machine revenue and a 10% one on table game revenue. The casino resort had its ribbon cut in February 2017. According to original forecasts, its casino floor was expected to generate revenue of $260 million during its first full year of operation. However, the gaming facility’s revenue eventually totaled $146 million at the end of that first year.

In a letter to Gov. Cuomo and New York State budget director Robert Mujica, Sen. Joe Griffo said that del Lago was seeking a tax break of around $14 million. The Senator further wrote that he did not support a bailout of this proportion, as the state had more pressing needs.

’Private Concerns’

Gov. Cuomo told local media earlier this week that the Upstate New York casinos were private concerns and that he did not want to “get into the business of bailing out private concerns.”

Del Lago officials have blamed the Seneca Nation for their casino’s failure to reach its gaming revenue goal. The tribe operates three casinos in the western part of the state. It used to share a portion of its gaming revenue with the state under a 2002 compact. However, it stopped making payments in 2016, arguing that the compact had expired.

Steve Greenberg, a spokesman for del Lago, said that the tribe has been using the portion of revenue it should have been sharing with the state to lure patrons with different offers and promotions. According to Mr. Greenberg, tribal casinos have thus been cannibalizing revenue from the state’s commercial casinos, hence del Lago’s call for assistance.

Casino officials have told lawmakers that the property generates enough revenue to pay the bills, but that it would likely face serious problems in the long-term if it is not treated to a bailout.

Rivers Casino, which opened doors in Upstate New York shortly after del Lago, is understood to have, too, turned to state lawmakers to seek a tax break. Rivers generated $151.8 million in gaming revenue during its first year of operation, falling well short of its target of between $180 million and $220 million.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Popular Social Casino Constitutes Illegal Online Gambling in Washington

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Popular Social Casino Constitutes Illegal Online Gambling in Washington

A US Court of Appeals judge ruled on Wednesday that Big Fish Casino constituted illegal online gambling under the Washington state gambling law. The recent court ruling could open Pandora’s box for the growing social casino sector, particularly in the US where online gambling is prohibited in most states.

Developed by Seattle-based casual gaming company Big Fish Games, Big Fish Casino offers free-to-play versions of popular casino games, including slots, roulette, and blackjack. Players can play these via virtual chips that have no actual monetary value. However, if users run out of chips, they can either wait until they are offered more free chips to play the games, or can purchase chips for real money.

Judge Milan D. Smith of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said on Wednesday that the virtual chips were a “thing of value” and their purchase actually represented illegal online gambling under state law.

The lawsuit was filed against Churchill Downs back in 2015 when the Kentucky-based casino operator was the owner of Big Fish Games. Churchill Downs bought the casual games studio a year earlier for $885 million. It announced last year that it would sell Big Fish Games to Australian gaming company Aristocrat Technologies for nearly $1 billion. The deal was closed earlier this year, as confirmed by the casino company.

The ruling could have a negative impact on the growing social casino market which was worth over $3 billion last year, as virtual currencies are widely popular in social casino games. The outcomes of previous lawsuits against representatives of the social casino sector had generally been favorable. However, Judge Smith’s ruling from Wednesday could complicate future lawsuits related to the nature of social casino games and whether these constitute online gambling.

Big Fish Casino’s Lawsuit in Greater Detail

In 2015, Cheryl Kater, a regular Big Fish Casino player, filed a lawsuit against the social casino’s parent company Churchill Downs, claiming that she had spent over $1,000 on virtual chips to be able to play. Her legal team also argued that virtual chips represented “a thing of value” under a provision in Washington’s gambling law.

[A]ny money or property, any token, object or article exchangeable for money or property, or any form of credit or promise, directly or indirectly, contemplating transfer of money or property or of any interest therein, or involving extension of a service, entertainment or a privilege of playing at a game or scheme without charge.

Ms. Kater further pointed out in her legal complaint that the virtual chips could be cashed out by being sold for real money on secondary markets or being transferred to other users. However, that argument was rejected by the Court of Appeals as Big Fish Casino’s terms and conditions explicitly prohibited practices of this kind.

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SBTech announced the launch of Youbet Denmark

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The leading sports betting and casino solutions provider to the regulated iGaming sector worldwide, SBTech, is proud to announce the launch of Danish state lottery Danske Spil’s latest gaming and betting brand, Youbet Denmark. The new Youbet Denmark site will target fresh sports betting demographics with dynamic, cutting-edge features and competitive pricing, and will also include a best-of-breed casino hub with more ...

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Internet Giants Face Charges For Banning Crypto Ads

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Leading Internet corporations have recently prohibited crypto ads due to an increased number of scams and misleading content regarding virtual assets, especially Bitcoin. Sudden and sequent change of policies in Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yandex has caught the eye of blockchain associations from South Korea, China and Russia which have decided to file lawsuits for cartel collusion and abuse of power. Newly formed Eurasian Blockchain Association (EBA) will press charges in May but more importantly in a US jurisdiction.

An on-going BlockchainRF-2018 congress in Moscow has helped the Russian Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Association (RACIB), Korea Venture Business Association (KOVA) and Chinese Association of Cryptocurrency Investors (LBTC) to establish an exclusive cryptofund which is to finance the legal action. According to the Russian media, it is not a coincidence that global search engine, leading social media network and microblogging platform all at once called the shots to ban crypto ads, which are now supported by Russia’s biggest Internet service provider, Yandex.

RACIB’s president, Yuri Pripachkin, is convinced that sequential refusals to advertise ICOs and blockchain fundings is an attempt of cartel collusion. According to Pripachkin, four of the most influential companies in the world are using monopoly power to manipulate the market, as bans have already severely decreased revenues at crypto-based enterprises.

Legal representatives of the newly formed association are considering in which state to file the lawsuit, since each state has different views on cryptocurrencies. Moreover, companies’ managers and shareholders could also be sued, if EBA proves that they have been using e-wallet services during the ban.

In the meantime, it has also been reported that Snapchat imposed restrictions on Bitcoin ads and other multimedia companies might soon take similar actions.

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“Eurasian Association Of Blockchain To Sue Social Media Giants For Banning Crypto Ads”, Zuckerman Molly Jane, cointelegraph.com, March 28, 2018.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Jury will hear of Steve Wynn’s settlement with female employee, judge rules

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Jury will hear of Steve Wynn’s settlement with female employee, judge rules

A jury will be able to hear about Steve Wynn’s 2005 settlement with a female employee and unauthorized gambling activities by executives, a Nevada judge ruled Wednesday.

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Poker pro Indicted in $6.2M Super Bowl & World Cup Ticket Scam

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Federal prosecutors stated that a poker player from California faces charges that he duped investors out of more than $6 million in a Super Bowl and World Cup ticket-flipping scam. On March 15, Thursday, Seyed Reza Ali Fazeli, age 49, a poker player resident of Orange County, California, had been indicted at the U.S. Attorney's Office on two felony counts of wire fraud, which can potentially send him to jail for up to 40 years. From May 2016-May 2017, Fazeli managed to raise a total of $6.2 [...]
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Nolimit City and iGaming Platform sign a deal

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Nolimit City and iGaming Platform sign a deal under which iGaming Platform will add Nolimit City games portfolio to their offer. In line with their latest expansion with recent client partner deals and their increasing presence at several must attend industry events, iGaming Platform (iGP), known for their cutting-edge turnkey, whitelabel and aggregator platforms have reached a deal to integrate ...

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Borgata Motion for Summary Judgment Denied in Latest Installment of Phil Ivey Edge-Sorting Saga

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Borgata Motion for Summary Judgment Denied in Latest Installment of Phil Ivey Edge-Sorting Saga

A US district judge denied Monday a request for summary judgment filed by Atlantic City’s Borgata Casino as the gambling venue seeks to sue card manufacturer Gemaco for knowingly supplying it with defective cards, Law360 reports.

The playing cards were used by famed poker pro Phil Ivey back in 2012 when the player won more than $9.6 million by playing baccarat at the Borgata with its fellow player Cheung Yin Sun. The Borgata has also been suing Ivey seeking to collect the aforementioned amount plus damages from him and his companion player.

Last summer, the popular Atlantic City Boardwalk casino filed a motion for summary judgment in its case against Gemaco. The gambling venue claimed that Gemaco had provided it with defective cards and that it had thus enabled Ivey and Sun to exploit the defects and generate large profits from the casino.

On Monday, US District Judge Noel L. Hillman denied the Borgata’s motion and partly granted Gemaco’s cross-motion for summary judgment, ruling that Ivey and Sun were the ones to blame for exploring and exploiting differences on the backs of the cards while playing baccarat at the casino. Judge Hillman went on to say that Gemaco was thus not “liable for any tort claims” by the Borgata.

The judge granted Gemaco cross-motion for summary judgment for the casino’s common law breach of contract claim, of implied warrant claim, and of common law negligence. The card manufacturer filed a request for cross-motion summary judgment last October, claiming that the Borgata had no actual proof that the cards were defective as it destroyed them.

The Atlantic City seeks to recoup the $9.6 million it lost to Ivey and Sun from both the two players and Gemaco.

Where Does the Legal Dispute Stem from?

Ivey and Sun visited the Borgata back in 2012 to play baccarat. The two players requested a private pit, a Mandarin-speaking dealer, and decks of purple Gemaco cards, among other things. They amassed winnings of more than $9.6 million over four casino visits.

The Borgata paid out the money but it later on came to its knowledge that the two players had used the controversial edge-sorting technique to win at the baccarat table. Generally speaking, Sun and Ivey opted for the purple Gemaco cards because they knew that these had tiny discrepancies on their backs that could be exploited by players to gain edge over the casino. That was exactly what Ivey and Sun, who is notorious for her edge-sorting skills, did at the casino.

Judge Hillman ruled in October 2016 that the technique itself did not equal to criminal deception or fraud. However, the judge concluded that the two players violated the New Jersey Casino Control Act by deploying edge-sorting at the Borgata. Ivey and Sun are seeking a final judgment in the case, that was originally opened in 2014, in order to be able to appeal the October 2016 ruling to the US Court of Appeals.

Late last year, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom ruled against Ivey in his lawsuit against Crockfords. The player sued the Mayfair casino for withholding the amount of £7.8 million he won in 2012 by playing punto banco. Once again accompanied by Sun, Ivey amassed the winnings by deploying edge-sorting. The casino eventually refused to pay out the money and found itself embroiled in a three-year legal fight that eventually concluded in December.

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Yggdrasil inks content deal with Stanleybet

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Provider of superior online and mobile casino games, Yggdrasil Gaming, has inked a content deal with Liverpool-based operator and manager of sports betting shops, Stanleybet, which will see its wide range of titles in Italy. In addition to popular gaming content, Yggdrasil will also provide the operator with access to its social sharing tool, BRAG […]
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Jaime Staples and Younger Bro Win $150K Weight Loss Prop Bet from Bill Perkins

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It has finally been a year since poker player and hedge fund manager Bill Perkins challenged Jaime Staples and his brother Matt to a lucrative prop bet - that both brothers need to get within 1 pound bodyweight of each other in one year in order to win $150,000. If they lose, they only have to shell out $3,000. Their initial weigh in was made 6 days after the bet, in which Jaime's weight was at 310 lbs (140 kg) whereas Matt was only 135 lbs (60 kg). Fast forward to February 2018, Jaime was abl[...]
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AmSoGood Makes a Quick $117k from Viktor �Isildur1' Blom at PokerStars online PLO tables

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On March 21, 2018 Wednesday, player AmSoGood made a quick but sweet $117,000 off of Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom after defeating him at a heads-up PLO match in the wee hours that day. The two sat down just after midnight struck at a $200/$400 PLO table, and they then had a second go at it a quarter of an hour after that. Their total session lasted for only 37 minutes, had 80 hands total on the first table and 41 on the second. AmSoGood won on both tables - $62,265 and then $55,387 - thus makin[...]
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Monday, March 26, 2018

New Allegations Suggest Crown Fabricated Slot Machine Trial Story to Avoid Penalties

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New Allegations Suggest Crown Fabricated Slot Machine Trial Story to Avoid Penalties

Pressure on Crown Resorts has grown as a new wave of evidence shows that the casino operator might have only stopped what it previously described as a “trial” of removing betting options on slot machines after complaints from patrons.

A whistle-blower has told local news outlet ABC News that the major company, which operates two casino resorts in Melbourne and Perth and is building a third one in Sydney, felt forced to restore the normal operations of slot machines at its Melbourne property after customers at the casino had spotted that their betting options had been reduced significantly and had filed complaints.

Last fall, the Australian casino operator found itself embroiled in a scandal that could cost it its license in the state of Victoria. Back in October, independent MP Andrew Wilkie tabled evidence from three whistle-blowers who claimed that Crown had tampered with 17 of all 2,628 slot machines (or pokies as they are known in Australia) at its Melbourne casino, significantly reducing patrons’ wagering options and chances to win.

The chief allegation against the operator was that it has instructed staff to remove certain buttons on 17 slot machines. The gaming devices had thus been modified in a manner that had maximized profits for the casino and had reduced players’ wagering options. Patrons had thus been forced to wager the highest bet line on the affected machines, whistle-blowers had explained.

Separate allegations by the unnamed individuals also suggested that Crown had knowingly allowed select casino customers to dodge anti-money laundering regulations.

Crown’s Response and the New Wave of Allegations

Crown rejected all allegations back in October, but eventually admitted to removing buttons on 17 gaming machines between March and April 2017. The operator said in a March 5 statement to the Australian Stock Exchange that the “blanking” of buttons was part of a trial it had conducted at its Melbourne casino.

However, a whistle-blower who is employed at the casino company told ABC that the trial claims were “farcical”. He further pointed out that Crown only came up with the trial story after regulatory pressure began bearing down on its profitability and general performance.

The unnamed Crown employee went on to say that no trial had been running on the casino floor and what the operator had basically tried to do had been to see how much it could “rip people off”.

Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation had opened investigation into the allegations even before those were tabled in the Parliament. Crown could have its license from the regulator revoked if the allegations prove true.

The Commission has been presented with the latest whistle-blower evidence. The regulatory body told ABC that it is aware of the new claims and that these are now part of the ongoing investigation.

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Superbet Poland representatives, Zdenek Lang and Kamil Popiołek to join “Focus on Poland”

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There are just a few days left until the second edition of Prague Gaming Summit opens its doors and grants access to +12 hours of learning and networking for the registered delegates.  The latest announced experts are Zdenek Lang and Kamil Popiołek, the representatives of Superbet Poland and will join the “Focus on Poland” panel. The “Focus on Poland (panel ...

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Bitcoin Exchanges' Web Traffic Decline by Half

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Bitcoin Exchanges' Web Traffic Decline by Half

Bitcoin skepticism continues to be a thing and this has, unfortunately, struck the global cryptocurrency market as well. January and February were particularly poor months in terms of prices and performances, driven by the sharp decline in the cryptocurrency’s value (right now, 1 BTC trades for about $8400). Besides many blows to the regulatory market and operators, now the Bitcoin exchange websites are reporting a staggering nosedive in visits per month.

February was not a good month if you're operating a major bitcoin and/or cryptocurrency exchange – the web traffic of the most vital websites of this kind rose during December and part of January, only to plummet significantly in February. On average, the visits have fallen by half.

Here is the breakdown for some of the most visited cryptocurrency exchange websites: Coinbase, which had 169.5 million visits in December 2017, only had 63.1 million visits in February – a 49% decline from January's 123.5 million. Kraken has it even worse - it fell by 56%, from January's 31.7 million to just 13.8 million in February. Similarly, Binance dropped by 54%, from 191.5 to 87.3 million.

These numbers are a symptom of the ongoing distrust in cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin who was at the center of much turmoil since it's stellar 2017. Recently we've reported on another big decline, that of Bitcoin's plummet to a two-year low. Why are people, by the looks of it, losing interest in the cryptocurrency exchange? There are a couple of factors that could've led to this. Firstly, the very poor joint price performance of all cryptocurrencies during January and February (with possibly the only exception being Litecoin who is doing well). Secondly, the impossible rise in the value during the last months of 2017 prompted too huge a number of investors to start pouring money in the Bitcoin ecosystem, which set a bar that could hardly be repeated. Consequently, it may be that the aforementioned decline in Bitcoin transactions may have been caused by the smaller volume of adoption and usage. The only upside to this emptying of the market is that fees have been brought down.

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“Monthly Web Traffic For Major Bitcoin Exchanges Falls by Half”, Mizrahi Avi, bitcoin.com, March 23, 2018.

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NetEnt AB goes back in time with new Hotline video slot

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After unveiling its Asgardian Stones title late last month, online casino games innovator NetEnt AB has now revealed that it went back in time for the theme of its latest video slot innovation, Hotline. Stockholm-listed NetEnt AB described Hotline as a five-reel video slot that is the first to offer ‘a unique multi-level bonus bet […]
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Magnet Gaming deals with Nektan to go live in Gibraltar

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A popular slots provider, Magnet Gaming deals with Nektan, an international B2B and white label gaming software and services provider to go live in Gibraltar. Due to the fact that Magnet Gaming deals with Nektan, Magnet Gaming gets access to all available online casinos operating under a Gibraltar license. The deal corresponds with the company’s expansion plans. Magnet Gaming’s full ...

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Yggdrasil Unveils Easter Island Slot

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The mighty Yggdrasil has summoned all of their mythological power and, just in time for Easter, took it to Pacific's vast waters to gift us yet another future classic – the ocean-bound Easter Island video slot.

In a remote spot of the world's biggest Ocean, far off the coast of Latin America, lie the mysterious Easter Islands – known for their enormous head sculptures whose origins are yet unknown. But it's not all about mystique; this is also one of the places on Earth where human foot trod the least, keeping the place intact and as exotic as it can be. It's this rare setting where the latest reel spinning magic will unfold.

This 5-reel video slot contains expanding symbols, sticky Wilds, a host of Easter Island-related symbols such as head statues, seagulls, Maori artifacts and more. The game's central attraction is, by all means, the Symbol Swap Respin feature. In it, each win will trigger a respin and the winning symbol will replace all high value or low value symbols on the reels.

Jonas Strandman, Yggdrasil Gaming's Head of Slots, comments: “Easter Island is the perfect pep up for those with an adventurous spirit. Players will be treated to exciting winning combinations as they trigger the novel ‘symbol swap respin’ and take advantage of the expanding reels. With the big wins on offer, those who make the trip won’t be in a hurry to return to the mainland anytime soon.”

The title is developed entirely on the company's cutting-edge responsive technology making the game run smoothly on desktop devices as well as on tablets and smartphones. It will also contain the usual batch of Yggdrasil's promotion tools, BOOST.

Take a look at the official game trailer:

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“Yggdrasil takes players to Pacific paradise in new slot Easter Island”, yggdrasilgaming.com, March 22, 2018

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Dumb Call made by Antonio Esfandiari at Poker After Dark session with Hollywood Celebs, still wins $283,000 Pot

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Dumb Call made by Antonio Esfandiari at Poker After Dark session with Hollywood Celebs, still wins $283,000 Pot
Poker After Dark's pro/celeb week, entitled "Moving Violations" featured a lineup of poker pros and Hollywood celebs such as Jennifer Tilly, Don Cheadle as well as producer Randall Emmett. A video shared on Youtube described it as: "Moving Violations" week was all about Hollywood, but in one hand, Antonio Esfandiari attempts to felt his star-studded counterparts. Jennifer Tilly has top set and Don Cheadle has top two, but "The Magician" wants to gamble with his draw for a $250,000 pot." On Pok[...]
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Enhanced Rules for Gambling Ads on British TV to Come Into Force in Mid-2018

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Enhanced Rules for Gambling Ads on British TV to Come Into Force in Mid-2018

Gambling ads shown on UK television should feature responsible gambling messages throughout their duration from the end of June 2018. The new requirement was introduced on Friday by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) as the latest enhancement to its Code for Socially Responsible Gambling Advertising (Industry Code).

UK-facing gambling companies will thus be required to add a responsible gambling message or a reference to www.begambleaware.org to every gambling-related commercial on UK television and to make sure that the message is legible and runs throughout the length of the clip.

Established in 2014, IGRG is currently comprised of the Association of British Bookmakers, BACTA, the National Casino Forum, the Bingo Association, and the Remote Gambling Association. All of the aforementioned are trade bodies that represent the UK gambling industry and its various sectors.

IGRG itself through its Industry Code aims to promote and encourage the provision of different gambling services in a socially responsible manner.

The introduction of the new TV advertising requirement came after a broader review of the UK Government into gambling companies advertising activity found that the www.begambleaware.org reference and other responsible gambling messages featured as part of adverts did not appear on screen long enough to be easily spotted by viewers.

The new advertising guidelines are included in the fourth edition of the Industry Code. The Code was first introduced in 2007 when the Gambling Act 2005 came into force. It was reviewed in 2016 and 2017. IGRG said in a Friday statement that it is now committed to reviewing the Code on an annual basis so that emerging issues are resolved in a timely manner.

Gambling Ads on UK Television

Television has long been among the most popular mediums among gambling operators to advertize their services on. According to a 2016 report by measurement firm Nielsen, UK-facing gambling companies spent £456 million to advertize on British television in the period between 2012 and 2015.

While a well-established watershed policy prevents gambling adverts from being shown before 9 pm, there are certain exceptions to the general rule. Under UK advertising regulations, gambling-related advertising content can be shown during live broadcasts of sports events throughout the day.

Anti-gambling campaigners have long been calling for an overall pre-watershed ban on gambling TV ads, citing concerns that these trivialize gambling to children and overexpose vulnerable people to the risks gambling activities may create.

A recent report by the UK Gambling Commission indicated that while people, and children in particular, may not be watching television as they used to, gambling ads on TV are still reaching young and vulnerable members of the population. According to the report’s findings, 80% of all children aged 11 to 16 had seen gambling adverts on television and about 39% had seen these at least once a week.

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Golden Entertainment Incorporated inks estate-wide Synkros deal

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Golden Entertainment Incorporated inks estate-wide Synkros deal

American casino operator Golden Entertainment Incorporated has announced the signing of an agreement that will see it replace the existing management systems at four recently-acquired locations with the Synkros innovation from gaming machine innovator Konami Gaming Incorporated. Golden Entertainment Incorporated revealed that the coming months will see Synkros rolled out at its Aquarius Casino Resort […]
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Friday, March 23, 2018

Scientific Games launches Jin Ji Bao Xi™

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Scientific Games launches Jin Ji Bao Xi™

After successfully launching Duo Fu Duo Cai in Macau, Scientific Games Corporation is ready to release another new title. The Asian linked progressive Jin Ji Bao Xi™ has been installed for the first time ever in Macau, set to launch in the Philippines and Cambodia in the near future. The new game is the latest […]
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Belgium’s Constitutional Court Restores VAT Exemption on Online Gambling Services

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Belgium’s Constitutional Court Restores VAT Exemption on Online Gambling Services

The Constitutional Court of Belgium annulled on Thursday a 2016 constitutional amendment under which online gambling operators were required to pay a 21% value-added tax on their Belgian operations.

Belgium regulated its online gambling market in early 2010 when amendments to the Gaming and Betting Act of 1999 were published in the Belgian Official Gazette. The amendments took effect on January 1, 2011 to allow international gambling operators to apply for licenses from the Belgian Gaming Commission and operate in a regulated environment.

In 2016, the Belgian Finance Ministry successfully advanced a bill that proposed for online gambling services to become taxable under the country’s VAT laws. The new taxation regime came into force on August 1, 2016.

Gaming and betting transactions are exempt from VAT in the most general case. The Belgian government justified its decision to change the status quo in 2016 with the need for new revenue sources and for a major boost to the country’s tax income. It was estimated that the termination of gambling and betting companies’ VAT exemption could generate the additional amount of €39 million for Belgium’s coffers.

Malta-headquartered gambling operator Kindred Group (previously Unibet Group) was among the first to comment on the latest tax developments in Belgium and the Constitutional Court decision. The company has previously challenged the introduction of VAT on online gambling operations, slamming it as “unfair” and arguing that it undermined “policy objectives” and lowered channelization by affecting consumer protection.

In a statement from earlier today, Kindred went on to say:

The ruling also points out the inherent incompatibility between consumer protection and tax revenue objectives, especially when products (lotteries vs other products) and channels (retail vs online) are treated differently.

Gambling Ads Crackdown

The Thursday ruling was certainly a big victory for Belgium-facing online gaming and betting operators. However, the country’s gambling industry suffered a heavy blow last fall, when it became known that the Belgian Chamber of Representatives has approved a proposal for the introduction of a stricter gambling advertising code.

The proposal first emerged last summer when it was tabled by Koen Geens, a Christian Democrat MP from Belgium’s Christen-Democratisch en Vlaams party. Mr. Geens criticized heavily the increased exposure of gambling services to vulnerable people, including children, through advertising and presented what he believed would be a good solution to the issue.

Mr. Geens’ plan included an outright ban on gambling-related ads during sports events broadcasts and the introduction of an 8 pm watershed. The politician and his party also called for the number of ads by each individual operator to be limited and for new measures tackling problem gambling and wider awareness of gambling-related risks to be introduced. The move was supported by the Belgian Gaming Commission.

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Olimp Casino Caught Running Pirated Software

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Olimp Casino Caught Running Pirated Software

Little is known about Olimp Casino, other than the fact they are a shady-looking venue with what seems to be a collection of falsified slots. Some of our members noticed software irregularities as well, and after thoroughly investigating the site, we regretfully report this operator fails to meet necessary requirements that make a decent gaming site. LCB team has researched countless piracy cases so far, accumulating vast experience in the process. However, there is no need for much practical knowledge to recognize something is amiss here!

Olimp offers little to no background information on the platform itself. We were unable to determine when launched, who owns the site or where the software comes from. They appear to operate without a license, as there is no evidence nor mention of any kind of a legal permit in the terms and conditions, or anywhere else on the website.

The introductory sequences, as well as the complaints sections of the T&C usually contain some information about the owner company and regulator, but here this is omitted either accidentally or intentionally. Some parts of the website are in Russian and the pirated domains look familiar, while other aspects that might point to a well-known rogue group targeting Eastern European markets - poor English translation, predatory bonus terms, fake license validators - are not present here. It might very well be another brand from the Welcome Partners rogue network, but we can't be certain.

Fake Games: Signs to Watch Out For

What we do believe, based on our findings, is that their games are not genuine. Within the suite, we found fake versions of Novomatic and Net Entertainment video slots. Key features such as hosting servers, menus, and launchers do NOT match the providers' official products. We will show our readers why we think these are bogus titles on the example of a popular slot Columbus Deluxe developed by Novomatic, and a branded NetEntrelease Dracula.

As always, the first thing to check is the source code and domain where the games are hosted. As expected, it is a pirated domain without any similarity to either of the two official sources: https://olimp-casino.monkeyboxsrv.com/. Not only does it reveal foul play, but it is also a hint that gives away who might be the culprit - Welcome Partners group with over a dozen active sites using the same cheating tactic!

Pirated hosting domain as evidenced by the source codes in the supposed Novomatic and NetEnt products found at Olimp :

Loading and Starting Screens can Easily Reveal a Counterfeit

Launching Columbus Deluxe slot, it is obvious the loader looks nothing like that of the original Greentube products. Anyone who has ever played this game can spot the discrepancies right away, and should it happen to you too, don't hesitate to close the game immediately and report your suspicions to us! Experienced players and fan of this developer know that their countdown load timer is a circle, not a bar! Proceeding into the gameplay, players are presented with a number of slot machine images, laid out in multiple rows, to pick from. As you can see below, none of this is present in the versions we found at Olimp. Furthermore, during spinning it is very clear the interface and layout feature additional buttons, colors and design elements that otherwise do not exist in the legitimate version.

Strange-looking loader of Columbus Deluxe:

Compare the above image with the GENUINE Novomatic launcher and starting screen:

How the REAL Columbus Deluxe slot appears during the gameplay:

Stay Away from Olimp Casino!

If this is indeed another Welcome Partners scam, it is worrying that they continue with the piracy network even after being exposed to the gaming community. Please do not be fooled by the improved English version of the site, or lulled into complacency by numerous, seemingly player-friendly bonus offers. This site is not worth it, no matter where you reside or what your other options are. There are better, honest and licensed gaming sites where you can have a great time and a genuine chance to win, cash-out and walk away satisfied with the service.

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Riverboat casino may be on the cards for Monroe

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Riverboat gambling could soon be coming to Louisiana’s eighth largest city after a state politician reportedly revealed that he intends to propose legislation that would reclassify a section of the Ouachita River in order to make it more attractive to casino operators. According to a Tuesday report from The News-Star newspaper, Marcus Hunter from the […]
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Thursday, March 22, 2018

LCB Member Awards Adds Two More Casinos

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Our LCB Member Rewards have been in full swing for quite some time now, with no signs of slowing down. The turnaround by our loyal forum members has been outstanding and we are honored and thrilled to have brought joy to so many of you – and will continue to do so in the coming days.

With such intent, we are happy to announce that we have added two more casinos to our rewards program – CampeonBet and Betcruise Casino. These casinos are all relatively new, having been added to our casino database recently, so for anyone eager to explore new territories this is a great moment to satisfy those trailblazer urges. While you're at it, you'll be receiving our $3 Chip Reward when you make your first deposit at these casinos!

All you need to do is follow our affiliate link to those casinos and, using it, register with them, make the deposit and submit your claim to earn the rewards. Of course, you can opt for any of the casinos that are part of our rewards program! How do you know which ones are eligible? Simply follow this link and you'll find out (just look for the golden LCB Chip symbol next to the casino name in our casino database) – just as you'll learn all you need to know about the process and all the little details concerning this fantastic offer!

To help you redeem your credit in the most awesome way possible, there's our LCB Shop, filled to the brim with all sorts of goodies waiting for you to discover them.

A few words about our latest casino entries (make sure you read the full review for each, posted in the links above): CampeonBet is a multi-language, multi-betting platform that caters to the needs of those wishing to play slot and table games, as well as avid sports betting, virtual and fantasy sports fans. BetCruise Casino offers awesome cashback on losses, hosts occasional tournaments and boasts a massive gaming platform. In a nutshell, both casinos are fantastic new additions to both our database and Member Awards and we're sure many of our members will enjoy playing there.

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Prague Gaming Summit 2018 announces PLANZER LAW and BtoBet as sponsors

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 The team at European Gaming are honored to announce the support of PLANZER LAW as Networking Break & Lunch Sponsor and the support of BtoBet as Digital Sponsor for the second edition of Prague Gaming Summit which will be held at Andel’s by Vienna House Prague on the 29th of March. 30 experts speakers will be sharing information about legal ...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Poker Veteran Wins First WSOP Circuit Gold Ring at Hard Rock Tulsa

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Josef Tittjung, a poker regular from Oklahoma, won his first WSOP Circuit gold ring last night after taking down a $365 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack event at Hard Rock Tulsa. The player also cashed $23,806 from the event.

Tittjung was the last man standing from a field of 345 entries who played over two days at the host venue. The event’s field generated $103,500 in prize money, which organizers distributed to the top 36 finishers.

The tournament attracted several WSOP Circuit celebrities including ten-time gold ring winners Maurice Hawkins and Valentin Vornicu. However, an eleventh gold piece evaded them in the $365 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack. The players were eliminated in 11th and 10th place, respectively, shortly before the end of Day 1, played on Monday at the host casino.

Their swift elimination also set the official nine-handed final table. Tittjung was second in chips at that point with 1.082 million. Micheal Cooper was leading the final 9 players into the final table with 1.2 million.

Day 1 of the tournament was completed with seven players left in contention. Tittjung had managed to emerge as the chip leader by that time. The player had 2 million in chips at the end of Day 1 and was the only finalist to have cracked the two-million mark.

Tittjung maintained his good run on Day 2 to eventually win the tournament and the coveted WSOP Circuit trophy. The player played heads-up against three-time gold ring winner Justin Gardenhire. The latter scooped a payout of $14,717 for his deep run last night.

A Little More about the Winner

This was Tittjung’s second-ever cash from the WSOP Circuit. The player finished 13th in the $365 Monster Stack a few days ago. That event too was on the schedule of the ongoing WSOP Circuit Hard Rock Tulsa.

While the player may have cashed only twice in the WSOP Circuit series, poker is a game he knows very well. The 72-year Oklahoma-based retiree cut his teeth back in the 1970s on five- and seven-card stud.

Speaking with WSOP stuff minutes after his triumph last night, Tittjung said that he hoped he would continue his good streak throughout the WSOP Circuit series’ ongoing event. The player further noted that he loved the challenge that poker presented to him as a mind game.

The latest member of WSOP Circuit’s winners club is a frequent visitor to his home state’s casinos. With decades of experience, he has completed multiple tournaments and has clashed against poker celebrities, including multiple-time WSOP gold bracelet winner and former WSOP Main Event Champion Scotty Nguyen.

The WSOP Circuit Hard Rock Tulsa is set to run through March 26 when the Main Event will be completed. The $1,675 buy-in event kicks off tomorrow at the host venue. It will feature a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million.

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GVC Holdings okayed to proceed with Ladbrokes Coral Group purchase

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In the United Kingdom, the Competition and Markets Authority watchdog has reportedly approved the £4 billion ($5.6 billion) purchase of local sportsbetting giant Ladbrokes Coral Group by GVC Holdings after determining that the tie-up ‘does not give rise to competition concerns’. According to a report from The Independent newspaper, the Competition and Markets Authority launched […]
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CasinoWishes Coming Soon To LCB

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It will surprise some of you to know that our extensive portfolio of online casinos will soon be enhanced by another gaming venue, but most of you will be completely blown away after making acquaintance with CasinoWishes! That’s right, LCB is getting ready to introduce a brand new site full of dazzling welcome deals, hot releases from leading ­software companies, low entry deposits and safe payment providers.

Established in 2018 and licensed by three major regulatory bodies the UK, Malta and Curacao, the casino is guaranteed a solid start and players can expect numerous benefits just for becoming a member. Starting with a £20 deposit, newly registered customers will be offered a choice of up to three bonuses stretching to the amount of £500 GBP! Stakes can range between £20 and £200 whilst carrying 200% on first, 50% on second and 100% on third successful wager. Moreover, the offer is valid for slot games only and it has an expiry date of 30 days.

The game library will consist of highly preferred releases from the industry’s top-ranked software providers like NetEnt, Microgaming, Play’n GO, NYX, IGT, Playson and Genii. For those who are not that familiar with their work, here is a couple of titles to refresh your memory: Gonzo’s Quest, Jack and the Beanstalk, Mermaids Millions, Game of Thrones – 243 Ways, Tower Quest, Fire Flies, Pharaoh’s Fortune, Water Dragons, Thunder Reels and more. We also expect to see an extensive collection of live dealer games such as Blackjack, Roulette and Baccarat.

The operator has also confirmed two secure banking methods: Trustly, an online payment service with fast and safe payouts and credit card support. Nevertheless, bear in mind that CasinoWishes accepts only customers from the United Kingdom and low wagering requirements on bonus funds prior to cashout are included.

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Viktor �Isildur1' Blom tops Biggest Winner list with $159,576 at Saturday's PokerStars Online High Stakes Tables

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Viktor �Isildur1' Blom tops Biggest Winner list with $159,576 at Saturday's PokerStars Online High Stakes Tables
On March 17, 2018 Saturday, at a PokerStars high stakes online poker action, it was Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom who managed to grab the top spot on the leaderboard with a whopping $159,576 win after emerging victorious at the 2-7 Triple Draw tables. The first win of the day for the 27-year-old Swedish poker pro came in the early afternoon from the $100/$200 PLO tables where he won $17,000+ after just five minutes of heads-up action against Grazvis1. He was then absent at the tables for four ho[...]
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