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When it comes to gaming, the online world is massive. We tend to focus on the gaming for real money and the thrill of busting an opponent and taking their cash.

Here we look at all the ins and out, up and downs, technology and software that relate to online gaming. If you want to get ahead in the online world – this is where to look.

JP Morgan Chief Calls Bitcoin a ‘Fraud’ That Will Crash Like 17th Century Tulips

Jamie Dimon predicts curtains for Bitcoin

Is Bitcoin a virtual bubble that’s about to burst, or a dependable safe haven that can withstand market turbulence and economic uncertainly? Opinion is unquestionably divided, but the head of one of the world’s biggest banks is emphatic that the digital currency that’s been skyrocketing up is certain to come crashing down. At a Barclay’s…Read More

Australia Considers Regulating Online Poker as Internet Gambling Ban Takes Effect

Sen. Mitch Fifield, Australian Communications Minister

Online poker became illegal in Australia on Wednesday, as the country’s Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill became a fully enforceable law. But a new proposal floated this week is offering aggrieved online poker players fresh hope for a fix. Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said on Tuesday that the government is “favorably disposed” to the idea of…Read More

Pennsylvania House Adds Non-Specific Gambling Expansion to Budget Plan

Pennsylvania State Rep. Bryan Barbin criticizes House budget plan

Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a long-awaited budget plan on Wednesday night, and gambling expansion, having been left out of earlier drafts, is now part of the deal. However, this doesn’t mean online gambling legalization is a certainty. The provision adding it to the House budget plan doesn’t specify which of several gambling possibilities…Read More

Pennsylvania Budget Crisis Keeps Online Gambling Hopes Alive, Michigan Introduces Bill

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf waiting for the House to resolve his budget woes.

The Pennsylvania legislature is back in session this week, as lawmakers reconvene to resume squabbling about an ever-elusive budget agreement that could, eventually, legalize online gambling. Urgency is growing, though, as the state could go broke on Friday for the first time in its history. Treasurer Joe Torsella and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale have warned that…Read More

CSGO Lotto Skin-Gambling Scam YouTubers Escape FTC Penalties, Despite Deceptive Practices

CSGO Lotto Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell no FTC fine

Two CSGO Lotto skin-betting site owners, who posed as US-based YouTubers blogging about their exploits without declaring that they actually owned the site, were spared fines by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this week. Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell would promote CSGO Lotto with videos bearing titles such as “How to Win $13,000 in…Read More

DraftKings, Fan Duel Settle with Massachusetts for $2.6 Million Over Mystery Violations

Maura Healey has game when dealing with DFS.

FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings will pay $1.3 million each to resolve unspecified historic violations of “consumer issues” in Massachusetts. The resolution comes after an investigation from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey into both companies’ consumer practices “in the early stages of this new industry,” according to a statement from the AG’s office released on Thursday. But…Read More

Cyberattacker Shows His Cards, Says Rival Site Paid for Assault on ACR Poker Network

The Winning Poker Network (WPN) and its flagship site America’s Card Room (ACR) were hit by a spate of massive DDoS attacks on Thursday. The onslaught lasted three days and resulted in the cancelation of the network’s “Bigger Online Super Series” (BOSS) of tournaments. Cyberattacks are nothing new, and DDoS assaults have menaced the online…Read More

Howard University Pulls off Biggest Spread Upset in College Football History

Howard University UNLV college football

Howard University was a 45-point underdog entering Saturday night’s game in Las Vegas against UNLV. But that didn’t stop the small Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team from pulling off the biggest spread upset in college football history. Just 10 miles from the Strip, Sam Boyd Stadium played host to the biggest sports betting upset Nevada’s legalized…Read More

New DDoS Threat ‘WireX’ Harnesses Android Devices, But Tech Companies Are Fighting Back

WireX botnet harnessed Android devices

Google was forced to remove around 300 Android apps from its Google Play Store this week after it emerged that they contained embedded malware that facilitated a new kind of distributed denial of service attack (DDoS), dubbed the WireX botnet. Online gambling firms have been targets for DDoS attackers since the infancy of their industry,…Read More

888 Hit With Record $10M Fine for Letting Problem Gamblers Play

MP Tom Watson condemns 888 for failings in corporate responsibility

888 Holdings has been fined £7.8 million ($10 million) by the UK Gambling Commission over serious failings of its social responsibility program. The fine, a record amount for the online gambling industry, was imposed after regulators discovered a technical glitch in 888’s system that allowed thousands of self-excluded gamblers to continue to play. The UKGC…Read More

Keno Wars: Mass. Lottery Threatened by New Hampshire’s Tax-Free, Online Games

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu wants keno

A border war is looming in New England, as Massachusetts officials try to figure out their best response to an offensive move by neighboring New Hampshire, which intends to go after the region’s keno lottery dollars starting in January. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill in July that seeks to fund early education…Read More

Japan Promises to Phase Out Online Horserace Betting by 2020

Japan horserace betting

Japan will introduce new regulations to restrict online horserace betting. This announcement comes as part of the government’s efforts to address concerns about problem gambling prior to the introduction of casino resorts in the country, and prior to Tokyo’s hosting the Summer Olympics in 2020. Casino gaming has long been part of the economic grand…Read More

Former Congressman Ron Paul Writes Pro-Online Gambling Op-Ed

Ron Paul online gambling RAWA

Former US Rep. Ron Paul (L-Texas) wants Congress to avoid making online gambling a federal issue, and is speaking out against attempts to strip states from possessing the right to dictate their own internet casino laws. When Congress returns from its August recess, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pennsylvania) is rumored to be looking to find a…Read More

GVC Bid to Acquire Ladbrokes Coral for $4.6 Billion Falls Through

GVC Holdings Ladbrokes Coral

GVC Holdings was reportedly ready to offer 3.6 billion pounds ($4.62 billion) to acquire rival British gambling company and bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral, but the two sides couldn’t agree on a selling price. The recent takeover talks were reported by the Financial Times, and marks the second such time GVC has attempted to unite forces with…Read More

PhilWeb Receives Provisional License to Resume Operations in Philippines

PhilWeb Philippines PAGCOR

The PhilWeb Corporation has been granted a “provisional license” by the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) to resume its electronic gaming operations in the Southeast Asian country. The issuance comes a little more than a year after PAGCOR revoked PhilWeb’s gaming privileges after newly sworn in President Rodrigo Duterte deemed the company’s founder Roberto…Read More