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Cellblock LV: In a City of Constant Action, Cellphone Providers Try to Keep Up with Tourist Demand

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Las Vegas cellphone service is often hit or miss during busy events on the famed Strip. Local officials want to change that in order to make sure all of the city’s patrons can quickly connect to their mobile networks. Like any other major metropolis, cellphone coverage in Vegas becomes a problem when massive groups of people…Read More

Valve Trying to Save Skin, as Gaming Company Begins Blocking Team Fortress Exchanges

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Valve is advising its player base to avoid using third-party websites that exchange skins, and while the gaming company has long held that position, the developer is recognizing the growing issue of buying and selling in-game items. In a post published to its Team Fortress site, Valve says it “has no business relationship” with popular skin…Read More

Who Spends Thanksgiving in Las Vegas? You Might Be Surprised

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Thanksgiving in Las Vegas might not sound like the most ideal destination for the wholesome family holiday. But as may expect, Sin City doesn’t shut down for turkey day and actually provides an assortment of activities and dining options for travelers. While Vegas is a little quieter than normal over Thanksgiving, the reality is that…Read More

New York Gaming Commission Sued Over Daily Fantasy Sports Legalization

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The New York Gaming Commission and Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) are named as defendants in a new lawsuit filed in Albany questioning the state legislature’s authorization of daily fantasy sports (DFS). Stop Predatory Gambling (SPG), a DC-based lobbying firm working against government-sponsored gaming, says the lawsuit was filed on behalf of four New York residents…Read More

Game of War: Fire Age is Not Gambling, Says Federal Judge

Game of War: Fire Age not gambling says judge

A lawsuit against Machine Zone, developers of the popular Game of War: Fire Age, was thrown out of court by a federal judge in Illinois late last week. Judge Robert Dow rejected a claim that the popular smartphone game violates the Illinois Loss Recovery Act and the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act….Read More

European Teens Gambling Online at Alarming Rate, New Study Concludes

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European teens have found a new vice, and it comes in the form of online gambling. According to a new study published by the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD), teens in Europe are smoking and drinking alcohol at lower rates, but online gambling frequency is on the rise. ESPAD conducts…Read More

Social Gaming Needs Regulation, Panel at World Regulatory Briefing Says

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Social gaming isn’t exactly gambling, but it’s also not free of similar risks, according to a recent discussion by experts on the topic. Social gaming refers to any sort of online game that incorporates social interaction such as internet multiplayer video games and casino games. The market also includes games that utilize social media elements. FarmVille, the…Read More

FanDuel Adopts Complete Branding Overhaul

FanDuel Rebrand

FanDuel surprised its customers with a major rebrand this week. The daily fantasy sports giant has kicked the sloping white-on-black cursive into touch. In its place is a modern, clean, all-caps logo, and a new company color scheme; blues and whites, completely unrecognizable from its predecessor. The brand now employs a new motif, too, a…Read More

Caesars Interactive Entertainment in Advanced Talks Over $4.2 billion Acquisition

Caesars Interactive Could be Sold

Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE) could be sold to a Chinese consortium led by Giant Interactive, owners of MMO role-playing game ZT Online, according to a report by Reuters. Sources who spoke to the international news agency on condition of anonymity said that negotiations were at an advanced stage, with the price of Caesars’ digital arm…Read More

Saudis Deny Fatwa Against Pokémon Go Has Been Reissued

Pokemon Go Saudi fatwa denied

Rest easy, Pokémon Go fans in the United Arab Emirates. The Saudi government has quelled the horrific rumor that you might not be able to play the game you love. All is right with the world. The game that has grabbed the minds and bodies of people everywhere, from the Las Vegas Strip to UK bookmakers…Read More

GVC Licensed in New Jersey

GVC gets New Jersey license

GVC, the new owner of bwin.party, has received licensing approval in New Jersey, which means it would be free to continue its partnership with Borgata to offer online gaming in the state, should both parties choose to do so. GVC acquired bwin.party for $1.6 billion at the beginning of February, following a protracted bidding war…Read More

DoubleDown Social Casino Illinois Customer Lawsuit Dismissed, Angry Patron Lost $1K in Virtual Chips

DoubleDown Illinois lawsuit dismissed

IGT’s DoubleDown multiplatform social casino site has survived a class action lawsuit attempt from a disgruntled Illinois customer who claimed that the free gaming platform offers “nothing more than camouflaged unlawful games of chance.” Plaintiff Margo Phillips blew $1,000 in real money on virtual, value-less chips on the site before deciding she wanted to claw…Read More

Amazon Gift Cards Used to Launder Money to Offshore Gambling Site, Homeland Security Pushing for Seizure Warrant

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Amazon gift cards make great gifts due to the wide array of products the Amazon website offers, but one unintended destination they’re also being used for is to fund an illegal online gambling site. According to a filing by the US Department of Homeland Security in the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania, 5Dimes, a Costa…Read More

Amaya to Launch PokerStarsnj in New Jersey Next Month

Amaya PokerStars NJ New Jersey launch

  Montreal-based Amaya has made the announcement that its PokerStarsnj poker site will officially launch in New Jersey on March 21. And while Garden State poker players are no doubt doing a jig to have their old friend back in their own back yard, the more telling question is how will this US reentry affect…Read More

Outrage Over NFL-Owned Kids Daily Fantasy Sports Site from Youth Advocacy Group

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Aimed at pre-teen kids, daily fantasy sports (DFS) site NFL Rush is being asked to cease operations by the non-profit organization Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC). In a story that might seem more appropriate for satire, the truth is that the National Football League is catering to children to participate in free DFS contests,…Read More