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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

British Gamblers Keep on Betting, as Casinos and Bookmakers Reap Profits

British Gambling Data

British gamblers are betting more than ever. That’s good news for the casino industry, but maybe not so good for British real-money players, who lost a record £13.8 billion ($17.7 billion) for October 2015 through September 2016. These numbers come from a report by the UK Gambling Commission, who released last week the latest “Industry…Read More

Paddy Power Now Accepting Bets Through Facebook Messenger

Paddy Power Facebook Messenger app

Paddy Power customers have long been able to text in their bets. But now it’s getting even easier to connect with the Irish bookmaker, thanks to a new chatbot program for Facebook Messenger. Onionsack, a texting app developer that already works with many leading UK sportsbooks, including Ladbrokes and William Hill, debuted its new capabilities with Messenger…Read More

Michigan Casinos Fight Back Against Smartphone Parimutuel Betting Bill

Michigan Legislature horse racing mobile betting

The Michigan Legislature is treading cautiously when it comes to expanding gaming in the state. A bill that was only introduced in early May that would allow bettors to place parimutuel horse racing bets on their mobile devices has quickly gained far-reaching support, but casinos are, not surprisingly, adamantly opposed to the measure. House Bill…Read More

Global Cyber Ransomware Attacks Highlight Vulnerabilities of Unlicensed Gaming Operators

ransomware WannaCry cyber attack

A massive cyber ransomware attack is crippling computer networks operating on versions of Microsoft Windows. And while hackers are demanding money to unlock encrypted files, the total global take, for all the havoc that’s been wreaked, is surprisingly low: not even into the six-figure domain. Hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries…Read More

Mobile Slots Jackpot Sets Record, as Mega Moolah Gambler Wins $8.7 Million

mobile slots jackpot online casino Microgaming

The largest mobile slots jackpot in history was hit this week by one lucky gambler playing Microgaming’s aptly named Mega Moolah game. The Isle of Man software developer confirmed the news in a press release, saying an online gambler, who wished to remain anonymous, won €8,012,153.35 ($8.7 million) while spinning on the Tipico network. Based…Read More