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UK Gambling Commission Considering Credit Card Ban for Online Gamblers

UKGC online gambling credit cards ban

The UK Gambling Commission is mulling a ban on credit cards for use as a deposit method for online gambling, as per a new online gambling review, published Monday. The regulator says it plans a new consumer protection drive, aimed at making online gambling “safer than ever before.” “We will consider prohibiting or restricting the…Read More

Golden Nugget Atlantic City Looks to Merge Online and Land-Based Gambling

Golden Nugget Atlantic City online gambling

Golden Nugget Atlantic City is looking to further extend its online gambling prowess in New Jersey by launching a new roulette game that seamlessly joins internet players with gamblers on the brick-and-mortar casino floor. This week, launched “Live Casino Floor Roulette” where a video feed of a designated roulette table on the casino floor…Read More

Pennsylvania Lottery Games Go Online in May, Virtual Sports Betting Launches in June

Pennsylvania Lottery online gaming

The Pennsylvania Lottery celebrated its 46th anniversary earlier this month, but come May, the sweepstakes that benefit older Pennsylvanians will undergo drastic changes. For the first time since it held its inaugural raffle in 1972, the Pennsylvania Lottery will begin operating interactive games on the internet in May. The online platform will debut with various…Read More

Man Utd Star Zlatan Ibrahimovic Pulls Out of BetHard UK Launch Over Threat of FA Sanctions

Zlatan Ibrahimovic bails on BetHard

Online gambling site BetHard was forced to postpone its UK launch today (Wednesday) after it discovered its brand ambassador, soccer legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic, faced possible sanctions from English soccer’s governing body for promoting the company. The Manchester United star, often referred to simply as “Zlatan,” signed a sponsorship deal with Sweden’s BetHard earlier this month…Read More

888 Mulls German Exit After Court Ruling Threatens Operations

888 Holdings to quit Germany?

888 Holdings is giving serious consideration to abandoning the German market, the company revealed in an earnings call Tuesday morning. The news follows a German federal court’s appeal ruling in November that ordered 888’s German subsidiary to cease offering online gaming in the southwestern state of Baden Württemberg. 888 had always considered Germany, which accounts…Read More

March Madness Opening Rounds Slam Dunk for Las Vegas Sportsbooks

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March Madness made plenty of sports bettors go crazy during the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament. Numerous highly wagered upsets went in favor of the house, as the 68-team bracket was dwindled down to 16. The biggest upset was #16 UMBC defeating #1 Virginia, the top overall seed in the entire competition. Before Friday’s game,…Read More

New Russian Online Gambling Regulations Cause Stars Group Concern, Projected Growth a Mixed Bag

Stars Group Russia

The Stars Group pointed to Russia as a potentially troublesome market for 2018 as part of the company’s 2017 earnings report. The report included guidance on what the online gambling giant, formerly known as Amaya, is expecting in terms of earnings for 2018. Those figures included an assumption that Russia will implement new online gambling rules…Read More

Google Blocks Cryptocurrency, Skin Betting, and Forex Advertising

Google bans cryptocurrency advertising

Google has said it will block all advertising related to cryptocurrencies and ICOs, as well as certain kinds of gambling ads, as it moves to protect its “ads ecosystem” from “emerging threats.” The search giant said its cryptocurrency ban also extends to exchanges and wallets. Gambling advertising that relates to skin betting and “speculative financial…Read More

Three Online Gambling Operators Quit Malta Over MGA Anti-Mafia Investigation

Italian police embarrass Malta Gaming Authority

An unprecedented anti-Mafia investigation by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) into all its Italian licensees has resulted in three companies “unilaterally terminating their own licenses,” according to Malta Today. (Betent Group Ltd), Potterbet (Potter Mrc Ltd) and Giodani (Giodani Limited) all voluntarily surrendered their licenses for unknown reasons, apparently unable to stand the heat…Read More

Personal Assistant to President Donald Trump Fired for Online Gambling, Tax Issues

Donald Trump aide John McEntee

John McEntee, described as a “personal assistant” to President Donald Trump, was escorted out of the White House on Monday after being denied permanent security clearance. Senior administration officials told the Wall Street Journal this week that the 27-year-old was denied clearance due to “problems related to online gambling and the mishandling of his taxes,”…Read More

President Donald Trump Fires Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Political Bettors Get It Right (Again)

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The Cabinet of President Donald Trump is starting to become more of a Lazy Susan, as members of the executive branch advisory board continue to rotate. This week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson became the latest high ranking official to be shown the door. Fourth in line for the presidency, Trump announced the news via…Read More

Pennsylvania Online Gambling Market to Launch Before Year’s End

888 CEO Itai Frieberger Pennsylvania online gambling

Pennsylvania is on schedule to launch its online gambling market before the end of the year. That’s the latest from the executive director of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), Kevin O’Toole, who told the House budget hearing that applications for licensing would begin next month, as expected. The state began accepting applications for daily fantasy…Read More

Nevada US Congresswoman Dina Titus Urges DOJ to Leave 2011 Wire Act Opinion Alone

Donna Titus DOJ Wire Act

US Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nevada) is calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to preserve the 2011 Wire Act opinion made by the federal agency that essentially allowed individual states to determine their own internet gambling laws. While there’s been no indication from the DOJ that the agency is considering reviewing the seven-year-old decision, parties…Read More

Stars Group Makes Big Move for Australian Sports Betting Market, Ups Stake in CrownBet to 80 Percent

The Stars Group ups stake in CrownBet

PokerStars’ parent company, the Stars Group, formerly Amaya Gaming, is suddenly a major player in the Australian sports betting market, just over six months after it was forced to pull PokerStars out of Australia due to a change in gambling laws. Having bought a controlling 62 percent interest in CrownBet last week for $117.7 million,…Read More

Sportsbetting Site CrownBet Nabs William Hill Australia for $234 Million

CrownBet CEO Matthew Tripp

Online sportsbetting site CrownBet has beaten out Sportsbet in the race to acquire William Hill’s Australian division. The deal, worth AU$300 million (US$234 million), was announced by Hill in a filing to the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday morning. The deal will cement CrownBet’s position as the third-largest operator in the market, behind Sportsbet and…Read More