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Major League Baseball Expands Partnership With DraftKings

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Major League Baseball season began on Sunday, and fans across the country were happy to start enjoying the nearly daily presence of the sport that will span through the summer and provide action over the next seven months, including the playoffs and World Series. But the last week also marked a major sign of the…Read More

Morgan Stanley Halves US iGaming Market Forecast 

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Morgan Stanley has halved its estimation of the long-term value of American online gambling market in just six months. The firm said in a report released on Tuesday that it predicted the market would be worth $2.7 billion by 2020, down by almost 50 percent on its September 2014 estimation. The market will be worth…Read More

Deutsche Telekom Enters Sports Betting Market With Tipp3 Takeover

Deutsche Telekom sports betting

Germany’s Deutsche Telekom (DTAG), one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, is entering the country’s sports betting market following its 64 percent acquisition of Deutsche Sportwetten (DSW) and its subsidiary brand Tipp3. The telecom giant didn’t disclose financial details of the purchase, but did tell news sources that it plans to launch its betting platform…Read More

Bwin.party Shares Bounce Back as Amaya Still in the Mix  

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Bwin.party takeover talks are back on, according to the latest market chatter. The company’s stock plummeted by 20 percent last Friday following rumors that acquisition negotiations had fallen apart, but share prices recovered slightly on Tuesday amid speculation that Amaya Gaming is still in the picture. The recovery was also aided by the collapse of…Read More

Belgian Regulator Denounces Game of War: Fire Age as “Illegal Gambling”

Game of War: Fire Age

The Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC) has declared war on the social media game Game of War: Fire Age, which it accuses of offering casino-style games to players as young as nine. Game of War is a massive multi-player online game (MMO), an in-depth strategy role-player, big on social elements, that’s available primarily on the iOS…Read More

William Hill Makes Takeover Offer for 888 Holdings

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888 Holdings has received a potential offer to buy out the company by William Hill, the leading bookmaker in the United Kingdom. After press speculation mounted about the possibility of such an offer, 888 was forced to release a statement to the London Stock Exchange confirming the rumors. “The board of the company confirms that…Read More

NCLGS Adopts Policy Framework for Online Gambling Regulation

NCLGS policy framework online gambling

The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) has voted to adopt a policy framework that was first published last November. The NCLGS, which is made up of legislators from many states that have active gambling industries, has been working on the policy framework since 2013. Known as the Policy Framework for the Regulation…Read More

Liquidity Agreement Leads to Massive Traffic Increases in New Jersey

WSOP 888 player sharing NJ

Two online poker sites in New Jersey have seen their player pools increase dramatically in the past week, thanks to a liquidity sharing agreement that went into effect just days earlier. The new agreement sees WSOP.com and 888poker.com share players for most low-stakes cash games and some selected tournaments, and has bumped both sites to…Read More

Washington State Gets Its Own Online Poker Bill

Seal of Washington State

A Washington State online poker bill has arrived unexpectedly at the opening of the state’s new legislative session this week. The bill to legalize and regulate online poker, known as HB 1114, is sponsored by Representative Sherry Appleton (D), and comes as a complete surprise to industry observers. While all eyes have been on the…Read More

GTECH Wins Rights To Mexican Lottery Deal

GTECH signs Mexican lottery agreement

Lottery supplier GTECH has entered into a six-year deal to provide lottery products in conjunction with partner Pronósticos para la Asistencia Pública, the main online lottery operator in Mexico. The deal will see GTECH provide a number of instant ticket and draw-based games through the country. The contract, which was signed by GTECH subsidiaries the GTECH…Read More

Online Gaming in New Jersey a Success, Says DGE

State of New Jersey

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has declared the first year of online gaming in the Garden State to be a success, despite revenue being much lower than pre-regulation projections. The first platforms went live in New Jersey in November 2013, nine months after Governor Chris Christie signed a bill permitting online poker…Read More

How US Gaming Operators Fared in 2014

US casino firms operators 2014

The gaming industry in the United States features quite a few major corporations whose fortunes rise and fall based on how the winds are blowing for gambling across the country and around the world. When big stories rock the casino world, it’s often easy to focus on what that means for players and overlook how…Read More

World Poker Tour Signs Asian Licensing Deal with Ourgame International

WPT licensing deal in Asia

The World Poker Tour is taking steps to increase its presence in Asia by signing a licensing and promotional agreement with Ourgame International. Ourgame and the WPT have already worked together in the past, including having partnered to create the WPT National China poker tournament. Ourgame is an online card and board game company with…Read More

No Online Gambling as Swedish Internet Goes Offline Following EA Attack

Sweden Internet

When the Swedish Internet went out this week, it put possibly millions of online gamblers out of their games. The Nordic country is well-known as a popular online hub, and Martin Jacobson, this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event winner, hails from the Scandinavian country. The Swedish Internet was sent offline Tuesday and Wednesday…Read More

Nevada Gambling Revenues Decline in October

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Nevada gambling revenues fell for the third straight month in October, but analysts say that the news is still positive overall for the state’s gaming industry. Overall, gaming revenues were down 4.3 percent year-over-year, coming in at $913.6 million for the month. That decline was also seen on the Las Vegas Strip, were revenues were…Read More