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FCC Likely to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules This Week

FCC net neutrality vote

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on Thursday to repeal the net neutrality rules that the same body put into place back in 2015, with the commissioners almost certain to approve the rollback. And while the change in rules could have broad implications for the internet as a whole, there are also possible changes…Read More

Financial Analyst Jim Cramer Says Fold on Bitcoin, Visit ‘Fabulous Las Vegas’ Instead

Jim Cramer bitcoin value price

CNBC “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer is warning bitcoin investors that the digital currency comes with a substantial amount of risk and uncertainty. That likely isn’t news to most who have bought into the cyber coinage, as bitcoin’s price has fluctuated wildly over the last few months. Fortunately for most bitcoin investors, the fluctuation has…Read More

Study of Gambling in Australia: 6.8 Million Play Regularly, Losing $18 Billion Since 2016

Australian pokie machines

The Australian government last week released figures from a study that presented the most comprehensive picture of Australian gambling habits to date. The study, conducted by the Australian Gambling Research Centre, part of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, found that about 6.8 million Australians gamble regularly, about 42 percent of the country’s adult population….Read More

Lucky Man Hits Virtual Horse Racing Miracle After Ungreedy Act at ATM

Colin Banks

It took Colin Banks no time at all to decide what to do when he saw £30 ($40.50) sticking out of an ATM. He turned it in to a store employee, of course. Whether it was instant karma or just a good promotional story for a new form of betting, less than an hour later…Read More

As New Jersey Waits Out SCOTUS PASPA Decision, State Gives Virtual Sports Green Light

New Jersey virtual sports betting

New Jersey will have to wait until next year for the Supreme Court’s ultimate decision when it comes to the state’s right to offer legalized sportsbetting in its casinos. Meanwhile, gamblers in the Garden State still can bet on games, but only on competitions that are virtual. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE)…Read More

Department of Justice Petitioned to Review 2011 Wire Act Opinion That Led to Online Gambling Legalization

Department of Justice Wire Act

Department of Justice (DOJ) Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is in receipt of a letter from US Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Dianne Feinstein (D-California) that requests a review of the agency’s 2011 opinion on the Wire Act, which effectively gave states the right to decide their own online gambling laws. It’s been six…Read More

FCC Plan to Repeal Net Neutrality Poses Threat to Online Gambling Industry

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

The Federal Communications Commission released a plan on Tuesday that would roll back net neutrality, a move that will be welcomed by some telecom giants and internet service providers (ISPs), but which could cause serious problems for the online gambling community. The current net neutrality rules, which were put into place by the Obama administration,…Read More

In Response to Investigations, EA Says Loot Boxes Aren’t Gambling

Battlefront II loot crates

Video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) said Thursday that the so-called “loot boxes” that appear in Star Wars Battlefront 2 do not constitute gambling. In a statement to GameSpot, the company defended the practice and outlined why they feel that the mechanics of their highly-anticipated game didn’t have to be regulated like casino gaming. “The…Read More

Galaxy Entertainment First Macau Gaming Operator to Accept WeChat Pay

Galaxy Entertainment WeChat Pay Macau

Galaxy Entertainment, one of just six licensed gaming operators in Macau, announced this week that it will soon begin accepting WeChat Pay mobile transactions at its three major properties, Galaxy Macau, StarWorld Macau, and Broadway Macau. WeChat is a popular social media platform in China that has almost a billion monthly active users. Its Pay…Read More

PhilWeb Receives Provisional License to Resume Operations in Philippines

PhilWeb Philippines PAGCOR

The PhilWeb Corporation has been granted a “provisional license” by the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) to resume its electronic gaming operations in the Southeast Asian country. The issuance comes a little more than a year after PAGCOR revoked PhilWeb’s gaming privileges after newly sworn in President Rodrigo Duterte deemed the company’s founder Roberto…Read More

Caesars Goes After Chinese Gamblers in Las Vegas With WeChat Pay

Caesars Las Vegas WeChat Pay China

Caesars Entertainment is hoping to win over some incoming Chinese travelers to Las Vegas by accepting payments via WeChat Pay, a popular social media platform with mobile transaction capabilities. Unlike Las Vegas Sands, MGM and Wynn Resorts, which all have a substantial presence in China’s gambling hub of Macau, Caesars is far less known in…Read More

AGA Introduces New Responsible Gaming Standards for Digital Age

Responsible Gaming Education Week 2017

The American Gaming Association kicked off the 20th annual Responsible Gaming Education Week by speaking a new code of conduct for the casino industry. The AGA called on industry leaders to pledge their commitment to consumer protection, transparency, and employee training in our emergent digital age. On Tuesday, AGA president and CEO Geoff Freeman led a roundtable…Read More

William Hill’s Profits Slump on Shift from Retail to Digital Betting

William Hill retail betting

Sports betting stalwart William Hill has seen a steep decline in profits for the first half of 2017, according to its latest financial reports. The company cites unfortunate soccer results and a decline in land-based betting as primary causes, but also looks at growing online wagering numbers as a reason to be optimistic in the…Read More

Google Opens Android’s Play Store to Real-Money Gambling Apps

Google Play to offer online gambling apps on Android.

Google is set to abolish its longstanding ban on real-money gambling apps at its Android Google Play app store, provided operators are licensed in the countries they are targeting. The apps will initially be available only for users in the UK, France and Ireland from the beginning of August, but may be rolled out into…Read More

How (Palmer) Luckey Can You Get? Paypal Founder Peter Thiel Backing Mexico Virtual Reality Wall Project with Oculus VR Creator

Palmer Luckey Peter Thiel Mexico border wall

Virtual reality (VR) Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, who sold his business to Facebook the same year he turned legal for $2 billion, now has his eyes focused on an even more challenging project: changing how the United States defends its southern border. But he won’t be facing this daunting task alone, because PayPal founder and American…Read More