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

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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

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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

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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

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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

IGT to Sell Double Down Social Casino to DoubleU Games in $825 Million Deal

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Multinational slot and lottery giant IGT has announced the sale of its social casino subsidiary Double Down to South Korean games developer DoubleU Games in a deal worth $825 million. The sale will mark the establishment of a strategic partnership between the two companies, as they enter into a game development, distribution and services agreement…Read More

Showboat Atlantic City Hosting Weekend Millennial Expo Throughout Summer Months

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Showboat Atlantic City is going all-in on the millennial. Starting Memorial Day weekend and repeating every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the summer, the hotel-only property will host an experimental gaming expo in its renovated 150,000-square-foot convention space. Dubbed the Atlantic City Fan Xpo (ACFX), the weekly event will bring esports, video games, innovative gaming…Read More

Sarawak Police Conduct 26 Illegal Gambling Raids, Arrest 41

Sarawak gambling raids

Continuing its war on illegal gambling, the Sarawak police raided 26 locations in the capital city of Kuching, arresting 41 people last week. Money, mobile phones, portable printers, calculators, betting slips and stationery were seized. The operation was performed by the state’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and lasted from March 13-19. Many forms of illicit…Read More

Las Vegas eSports Arena Opens This Week, as City Focuses on Mighty Millennial

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The Millennial eSports arena is scheduled to open later this week in downtown Las Vegas. The 15,000-square-foot, 200-seat venue will be Sin City’s first entertainment complex dedicated solely to the emerging competitive video gaming market. The facility is located in the Neonopolis center situated between the Fremont Street Experience and East Fremont District north of…Read More

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