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Online Casino Gaming Has Lift Off in Pennsylvania Through Hollywood and Parx, Poker and Blackjack Have to Wait

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Almost two years after Pennsylvania passed sweeping gambling reforms that legalized online gaming, poker and sports betting, the first licensed and regulated real-money online casinos opened for business in Pennsylvania Monday – kind of. After months of rigorous product testing by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PCGB), Penn National’s Hollywood Casino (pa.hollywoodcasino.com) launched on Monday…Read More

Judge Denies Injunction Request by Casinos Against Pennsylvania Lottery Over Online Games

The Pennsylvania Lottery scored a big win in the courts last Friday when a state judge refused to grant a temporary injunction on its online games sought by seven casinos in the state. Initially, the casinos wanted all of the lottery’s online games shuttered because they felt they closely resembled the games they offer on…Read More

Macau Junket Suncity ‘Deeply Sorry’ for Offending Chinese Government

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Playboy CEO of leading Macau junket Suncity Group Alvin Chau appeared rattled by the recent focus on his company by Chinese state media as he addressed a press conference at the Mandarin Oriental Macau over the weekend. Last week, a financial paper owned by Beijing’s official state-run press agency, the Xinhua News Agency, accused Suncity…Read More

Burgeoning Philippines Online Gambling Industry to Be Moved Into ‘Hubs’ to Help Ease Social Tensions

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The Philippines’ “POGO boom” continues to know no bounds, as Bloomberg reports two online gaming hubs are under construction around Manila that will house the tens of thousands of workers serving the Philippines online gambling industry. POGO stands for “Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators,” which began being licensed by the regime of President Rodrigo Duterte in…Read More

FanDuel Seeks to Open Sportsbooks at Two Indiana Casinos, Also Offer Online Sports Betting

FanDuel is once again ready to expand its sports betting operations as the company has filed paperwork with the Indiana Gaming Commission to operate retail and online sportsbooks. Pending approval by the Indiana Gaming Commission, FanDuel seeks to operate the books at two casinos at the opposite ends of the state. Those properties, the Blue…Read More

Chinese State Media Attacks Macau Super-Junket Suncity for Alleged Multibillion Dollar Online Gambling Ops Focused on Mainland Citizens

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China state media has accused Macau’s biggest junket operator, Suncity, of targeting mainland citizens with online gaming and proxy-betting operations based out of the Philippines and Cambodia, which it claims are worth billions of dollars a year. The Chinese financial paper Economic Information Daily, which is owned by China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency, reported this…Read More

GVC Responds to Controversy Over Former Turkish Ops as Shares Nosedive

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GVC has hit back at reports questioning the 2017 divestiture of its Turkish arm following the revelation that the controversial operation was offloaded to a long-time associate and current business partner of Kenny Alexander, GVC’s CEO. It was known at the time that the British online gambling giant had let the business go for free because…Read More

After Hawthorne Deal in Illinois, PointsBet Still Looking to Grow in Expanding US Sports Betting Market

The ink Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker used to sign the bill legalizing sports betting in his state had barely dried by the time PointsBet and Hawthorne Race Course announced their partnership last week. The Australian-based sportsbook, which entered the US market earlier this year, announced a 20-year agreement with the Chicagoland horse racing venue. The…Read More

GVC Boss Offloaded Controversial Turkish Ops to Friend and Business Partner for Free to Keep Regulators Sweet

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GVC CEO Kenny Alexander offloaded his company’s black-market Turkish operations to a long-time friend, Ron Watts, with whom he jointly runs a stud farm in Scotland, according to the UK’s Sunday Times. It was widely reported at the time that the Turkish business – which once accounted for a third of GVC’s revenues – was…Read More

Manila and Beijing ‘Not Talking’ About Burgeoning Philippine Online Gambling Sector Illegally Targeting Chinese Citizens

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Diplomatic relations between China and the Philippines are at their strongest for years, but there’s one subject that appears to be off the table during increasingly friendly talks between the two nations. Online gambling. It’s something Manila and Beijing do not discuss, Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III told a press conference on Monday, when…Read More

New Jersey Swerves Government Shutdown that Could Have Closed Casinos, Online Gaming

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New Jersey’s Democratic governor Phil Murphy said he will not allow the wheels of state government to grind to a halt despite an ongoing budget standoff. There were fears that a government shutdown could lead not just to the closure of Atlantic City’s land-based casinos but also the state’s increasingly important online gaming and sports…Read More

Bitcoin Hits 18-Month High on Back of Facebook’s Libra Announcement, Then Falls Off Cliff

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It’s been a rollercoaster week for bitcoin gamblers, who saw the value of their bankrolls skyrocket as the currency surged to an 18-month high on the news that Facebook plans to enter the crypto business. The value of bitcoin rose by more than $2,000 since Facebook’s announcement, as interest and confidence in cryptocurrency soared, hitting…Read More

UK to Launch First Problem Gambling Clinic for Kids Amid Warnings of ‘Generational Scandal’

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The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) will open its first ever problem-gambling clinic for children. The National Problem Gambling Clinic in London will launch in September, offering specialist help for children and young people aged 13 to 25. The move follows research by the UK Gambling Commission, published last year, which found that around 450,000…Read More

North Carolina Lottery 0-0-0-0 Pick 4 Draw Produces Record $7.8M Win

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The North Carolina Lottery’s Pick 4 draw on June 22 came up 0-0-0-0, which led to a record $7.8 million payout split between a total of 2,014 winners. It was only a day after the lottery’s Pick 3 game turned out a winning 1-1-1 draw. Pick 4 players have a one in 10,000 chance of…Read More

Maine Lawmakers Approve Sports Betting Bill with Higher Online Tax Rate

The Maine State Legislature passed a bill earlier this week that would enact sports betting across the state. It now heads to Gov. Janet Mills , and if she signs it into law, The Pine Tree State will become the 15th state in the country to allow wagering on sporting events. While most of those…Read More