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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.

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

British Gambling Data

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

Pennsylvania Advances Online Gambling Bill, But Don’t Get Too Excited Yet

Pennsylvania senate chamber

The Pennsylvania Senate approved landmark legislation to legalize online gambling Wednesday. And now the hard part really begins. The measure passed on a bipartisan 38-12 vote. It marked the first time the Senate had advanced any online gambling legislation. But the move that matters to so many in the online gaming industry really was a…Read More

Michigan Casinos Fight Back Against Smartphone Parimutuel Betting Bill

Michigan Legislature horse racing mobile betting

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

President Donald Trump Impeachment Odds, Once ‘Yuge,’ Lowered Bigly

Donald Trump impeachment odds

President Donald Trump’s odds of becoming the United States’ first commander-in-chief to be removed from the White House via impeachment are still relatively long, but overseas sports books and online prediction markets are slowly reducing their odds on that remote possibility. Fresh off Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, bettors are beginning to put wagers on the still…Read More

Korean Pop Star Jung Jin-woo Pops Into Prison for Illegal Gambling

South Korean pop star Jung Jin-woo gambling

Korean pop star Jung Jin-woo was once a promising musician with hundreds of thousands of fans in his home country. He rose to fame on the fifth season of “K-pop Star,” South Korea’s version of “American Idol,” but a weakness for gambling has landed the celebrity behind bars for one year. Jin-woo became a household…Read More

Willy Wonka’s $1 Billion Golden Lottery Ticket Challenges Imagination to Win

Willy Wonka Golden Ticket lottery game

Willy Wonka is the subject of a new $1 billion multi-state lottery offering from Scientific Games. We’re willing to bet no one will win that much. Titled “Willy Wonka Golden Ticket,” the scratch-off game brings the plotline of the famed 1971 film “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s book, to…Read More

Amaya to Change Name to “The Stars Group” and Move to Toronto, Eventually

Amaya changes name to The Stars Group, separates from Baazov.

PokerStars’ parent company Amaya has announced it intends to take the name of its most valuable child. The online gaming company that’s home to the world’s largest poker site will call itself “The Stars Group Inc.” The move seeks to capitalize on the brand recognition of its most famous asset, and, perhaps, distance itself from…Read More

Land-Based Atlantic City Casinos Fall in April, Internet Gaming Continues to Shine

Atlantic City casino revenue April

Atlantic City left a little more than $7 million on the table during the month of April. According to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), last month the region’s seven casinos collected a $190.9 million win at their land-based casino floors, a 3.6 percent decrease from April 2016’s take of $198 million. To spin the…Read More

Global Cyber Ransomware Attacks Highlight Vulnerabilities of Unlicensed Gaming Operators

ransomware WannaCry cyber attack

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

Esports Viewing Figures No Challenge to Mainstream Sports… Not Yet, Says Report

Esports audience not has big as mainstream sports

Suggestions that esports viewing figures are beginning to rival those of traditional mainstream sports are exaggerated, according to a new report by IHS Markit, although that’s not to say they aren’t growing at a rapid pace. IHS Markit found that, worldwide, time dedicated to watching esports was up 19 percent on last year, to over…Read More

Leaked Manifesto FOBT Regulatory Reforms from UK’s Labour Party Put Bookies in a Tizzie

Jeremy Corbyn FOBT Labour Party manifesto

Proposed drastic regulatory reforms for Britain’s fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) are not sitting well with the country’s bookmakers. The leaking of a UK Labour Party manifesto to the press on Wednesday night, which included the impactful FOBT changes, revealed that opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn plans to contest the June 8 general election on one of…Read More

FBI Director Comey Fired by Trump, Online Gambling Perhaps Safer Than Ever

FBI Director James Comey fired

James Comey has been relieved of his duties as director of the FBI. While the world wrestles with implications of this unprecedented dismissal, some proponents of online gambling are breathing a sigh of relief. As the nation’s leaders search for a replacement amid a swath of critical issues facing the world, the belief is that online gambling, as…Read More

Did Chinese Authorities Launch Massive DDoS Attacks on Hong Kong Online Gambling Sites?

Hong Kong online gambling sites targeted by DDoS attackers

Scores of online gambling websites based in Hong Kong were battered by a wave of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in the week of April, according to US-based Arbor Security, which monitors the web for DDoS attack data. Between April 6 and 13, hackers apparently based in China flooded the bandwidth of countless gambling…Read More

Thai Lottery Player Attacked by Killer Bees Discovers True Meaning of “Gambling Sting”

Bee swarm Thai lottery player

A superstitious Thai lottery contender, who believed he could mystically divine winning numbers from a giant bees’ nest, is slowly recovering in the hospital, after learning the hard way that there’s no fast track to getting rich. To Bee or Not to Bee The man, from Thailand‘s northeastern province of Khorat, learned that giant bees’…Read More

MGM to Launch Real-Money Online Casino and Poker Platform in New Jersey

playMGM to launch in New Jersey

MGM Resorts International announced Wednesday it will launch an online casino and poker site in the New Jersey market under the playMGM brand. The casino giant said it had entered into an agreement with UK-listed GVC, which will provide the software for the platform. No specific time frame has been set for the launch, other…Read More