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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, 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 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

Pornhub Casino Launches Online with Less-Than-Clothed Live Female Dealers

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Pornhub, the world’s largest pornographic video-sharing website, is moving into the online casino industry. Mixing two of the world’s favorite pastimes apparently seemed like a win-win concept, and who are we to argue? Pornhub Casino launched earlier this week with live female dealers in various stages of undress.The gaming website offers players and voyeurs the…Read More

Dollaro Poker and Mob Figure in Massive Italian Online Gambling Bust

Italian gambling ring with DollaroPoker link busted

Italian police have broken up an illegal gambling ring with alleged links to the Mafia and the controversial online poker room Eleven people were arrested on Wednesday and accused of operating an illegal network of some 12,000 online gaming and lottery video terminals in bars, cafes, and gaming halls throughout Italy, some of which…Read More

RAWA House Hearing Not a Big Hit with OGR Members

RAWA House OGR Committee hearing screenshot

RAWA gets around more, yet remains as unloved, as that one girl you went to school with. AKA the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, RAWA was heard in the House of Representatives on Wednesday during an Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) session titled, “A Casino in Every Smartphone: Law Enforcement Implications.” (We’re not sure if…Read More

Australia In-play Betting War Escalates as Politicians and Sports Bodies Join the Fray

Nick Xenophon denounces Aussie sporting bodies over in-play betting

Aussie senator Nick Xenophon has attacked a push by the country’s major sporting bodies to end a ban on in-play sports betting. In an official statement, the senator condemned the move as a “naked grab for cash” on behalf of the sports leagues, many of whom have signed lucrative sponsorship deals with major gambling firms…Read More

PricewaterhouseCoopers 2015 Outlook Missed Macau Meltdown and DFS Emergence

PwC Global Gaming Outlook for 2015

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Global Gaming Outlook, published in 2011 forecasting the half-decade leading to the present, hit the nail on the head regarding much of the gambling industry’s economics, but the firm missed the mark on two key issues. PwC got a lot right in its five-year outlook on gambling, but failed on what has emerged…Read More

Full Tilt Going to Steam to Grow Poker Player Base

Full Tilt Poker Steam gaming platform

Full Tilt Poker is coming to the Steam marketplace, the app receiving approval after being vetted by the entertainment gaming distribution platform’s community of users. Over 125 million gamers strong, Steam will begin offering Full Tilt’s play-money product sometime before the New Year strikes. Steam provides over 6,400 streaming games for purchase and free play…Read More