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Prince Harry Engaged to Meghan Markle, UK Oddsmakers Run Wild With Betting Lines

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Prince Harry has popped the question to longtime girlfriend Meghan Markle, and the American actress and model said “yes” to becoming royalty and joining the House of Windsor. Naturally, UK oddsmakers are celebrating the momentous occasion by offering up a smorgasbord of betting opportunities. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power thinks next March or April is the…Read More

Officials in Belgium, Hawaii Step Up Pressure on Loot Boxes

Loot boxes Hawaii Belgium

Government officials in both the United States and Europe have had harsh words about the presence of loot boxes in Star Wars Battlefront II, suggesting that publisher Electronic Arts (EA) may have a serious problem on their hands as more jurisdictions consider classifying the game mechanic as gambling or outright banning the concept. As reported…Read More

FCC Plan to Repeal Net Neutrality Poses Threat to Online Gambling Industry

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

The Federal Communications Commission released a plan on Tuesday that would roll back net neutrality, a move that will be welcomed by some telecom giants and internet service providers (ISPs), but which could cause serious problems for the online gambling community. The current net neutrality rules, which were put into place by the Obama administration,…Read More

In Response to Investigations, EA Says Loot Boxes Aren’t Gambling

Battlefront II loot crates

Video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) said Thursday that the so-called “loot boxes” that appear in Star Wars Battlefront 2 do not constitute gambling. In a statement to GameSpot, the company defended the practice and outlined why they feel that the mechanics of their highly-anticipated game didn’t have to be regulated like casino gaming. “The…Read More

Paddy Power Updates Donald Trump Odds, as Kim Jong Un Sentences US President to Death

Donald Trump odds Paddy Power

Donald Trump odds at Paddy Power, the Irish bookmaker known for never shying away from the seemingly ridiculous and absurd offering, continues to expand its markets surrounding the 45th president of the United States. This week, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un called Trump a “hideous dictator” who has been “sentenced to death by the Korean…Read More

Bet365 Founder Denise Coates Was Highest Paid CEO in UK Last Year, Earning £217 Million

Denise Coates, Bet365 CEO

Denise Coates founded Bet365 in a portable office building at a Stoke City car park in January 2000. Now, seventeen years later, she’s pulling in the largest CEO salary in Great Britain, paying herself £217 million ($284.5 million) for fiscal year 2016-17. Her annual take is more than four times than that of the previous…Read More

Paradise Papers Show German Banks Flouted Law to Process Online Gambling Payments

Wirecard headquarters in Munich, Germany

Several German financial institutions have been caught up in the Paradise Papers leak after reports that they have been illegally processing payments to online casinos that are not allowed to operate in the country. According to a report by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung in collaboration with public broadcaster NDR, banks including Postbank, DZ Bank, and…Read More

Paradise Papers Reveal Details of Retired General Wesley Clark’s Time with Amaya

General Wesley Clark Paradise Papers Amaya

Former Democratic presidential candidate General Wesley Clark is one of the many influential individuals named in the recent Paradise Papers leak, with information about his time as a director for Amaya (now known as the Stars Group) showing up in the database of information examined by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The information…Read More

Bet365 Revenue Hits $2.8 Billion Over Last 12 Months, Profits Soar 10 Percent

Bet365 revenue in-play betting sportsbook

Bet365 generated £2.15 billion ($2.83 billion) in revenue during its latest fiscal year, marking the first time in company history that the UK online sportsbook and casino operator surpassed the £2 billion milestone. According to a financial release, Bet365 saw gross revenue climb from $2.17 billion in its previous reporting period to $2.83 billion, for…Read More

DraftKings Would Consider Becoming Sportsbook on PASPA Repeal, For Now Will Stream EuroLeague

DraftKings Jason Robins sports betting

DraftKings CEO Jason Robins tells Bloomberg that the daily fantasy sports (DFS) company would consider transitioning into an online sportsbook in the United States should there be a change to the federal law that currently bans sports betting in all but four states. Next month, the US Supreme Court will hear an appeal from New…Read More

SEC Warns Celebrities About Promoting Virtual Currencies, Initial Coin Offerings

SEC ICO initial coin offering

The US Securities and Exchange Commission issued two advisories this week regarding the promotion of initial coin offerings (ICO) and the dangers of investing in such digital currencies. The first alert came soon after socialite Paris Hilton tweeted a message to her followers promoting the ICO of Lydian Coin, a cryptocurrency that can only be…Read More

Player Sniffs Out, Partypoker Snuffs Out High-Stakes Tournament Collusion Ring

Partypoker collusion ring

A Partypoker representative confirmed that the online poker room had found a series of accounts that were working together to collude in high stakes tournaments. The admission came following a thread posted on the Two Plus Two forums in which a frequent tournament player shared his suspicions about a group of accounts he had frequently…Read More

PAGCOR Casino Income Up 36 Percent in 2017, PhilWeb Receives Accreditation

PAGCOR Philippines casino revenue

PAGCOR, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp, says in its 2017 third quarter report that casino income from its 13 Casino Filipino locations and 35 satellite facilities is up 36 percent through September. Net income after expenses totaled PHP 4.36 billion ($84.3 million), a 36 percent surge on 2016 when PAGCOR’s bottom line stood at…Read More

Tiger Woods Announces Return to Competitive Golf, Oddsmakers Rejoice

Tiger Woods golf odds Hero World Challenge

Tiger Woods is ready to once again walk inside the ropes and play competitive golf. The former number one golfer who has spent a record 683 weeks in the top spot during his career says he will be one of 18 players teeing it up next month at the Hero World Challenge in Albany, Bahamas. The…Read More

Game Changer: Pennsylvania Legalizes Online Gambling as Part of Budget Crisis Solution

Pennsylvania gambling expansion Tom Wolf

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has signed into law a massive gambling expansion package that in addition to allowing for more casino outposts across the state, also includes provisions to legalize online poker, internet casinos, and daily fantasy sports. The new law is part of a bill to fix the state’s budget. In July, Wolf allowed a…Read More