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Novomatic Finalizes Purchase of Controlling Interest in Ainsworth Game Technology

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Australian casino manufacturer Novomatic has taken a controlling interest in Australian slot machine developer Ainsworth Game Technology, acquiring a 52 percent stake in the company. The takeover comes following a Friday announcement by the two firms that they had received all of the necessary regulatory approvals to complete the acquisition. The relatively complex deal was…Read More

Scientists Looking Into Implants, Nasal Sprays to Combat Gambling Addiction

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It’s no secret that while most adults have no problem enjoying gambling responsibly, a small percentage of people can develop addictions that cause them to become compulsive gamblers. But scientists around the globe are looking into ways to treat or prevent these problems, with a couple of unusual solutions making headlines just this week. A…Read More

Powerball, Mega Millions Jackpots Hit, Combined Winnings Exceed $1 Billion, Winners Still Incognito

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The odds of winning the Powerball are one in 292.2 million, while for Mega Millions. they are one in 302.5 million. The odds of both jackpots being hit in a span of 24 hours aren’t clear, but certainly, they’re very, very long. Lottery players, of course, are happy to test their luck against such seemingly impossible…Read More

Poker’s Top Female Pro Vanessa Selbst Steps Back from PokerStars Endorsement Deal and the Game Itself

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Vanessa Selbst, who’s won three World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and made nearly $12 million as one of the top poker tournament players in the world, surprised fans and fellow players by announcing on New Year’s Eve that she’s retiring from the game. The most successful women’s player gave several reasons on an in-depth…Read More

Paddy Power Sets 500-1 Line on World Ending in 2018, as Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un Lock Horns

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Irish bookmaker Paddy Power wants to know what the end of the world is worth to bettors. To that end, the operator has set odds for the planet ceasing to exist before break of day on January 1, 2019. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un escalated their mutual nuclear threats this week,…Read More

Casino and Gaming Industry Most Memorable Moments of 2017: What Made Us Cheer, What Made Us Jeer

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As we push into the New Year, let’s take a final look back at the one just past. 2017 saw some unwelcome changes in the iconic Vegas tourism marketing model, and of course, one of the greatest tragedies of our time, right on the Las Vegas Strip. But there were more highs than lows, including some…Read More

Pennsylvania Joins the US Online Gaming Fray in 2017, as We Look Back on the Highs and Lows of the Internet Push

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf legalizes online gambling

On October 30, 2017, Pennsylvania became the fourth US state to legalize online gambling and the first since 2013, when New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware took that unprecedented leap. Pennsylvania’s push to make internet gambling legal had been in the cards for some time and there had been lots of pressure in Harrisburg to get…Read More

Cyber Security in 2017: Who Won, Who Lost, Who Freaked Us Out

Online gambling cyber-security in 2017

Globally, 2017 saw cybersecurity become a key issue across all industries, and online gambling was no exception. Internet operators have long been targets for DDoS attacks, which have become more frequent in recent years, as well as more powerful and more creative, and this year, all hell broke loose. DDoS (distributed denial of service) attackers use…Read More

Daily Fantasy Sports in 2017: How DraftKings, FanDuel, and Everyone Else Rode the Coaster

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In 2017, the daily fantasy sports industry, specifically market leaders DraftKings and FanDuel, experienced a ride as good as any at a major amusement park. Not surprising, the two industry frontrunners that control more than 90 percent of the US market felt the jolts most jarringly. Victories came by way of states taking steps to…Read More

Casino Mergers and Acquisitions in 2017: Matches Made in Heaven (and a Few Made in Hell)

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Casino mergers and acquisitions shook up the gaming industry over the past 12 months. Some of Las Vegas’ most notable conglomerates sold properties and reshuffled their portfolios. Gaming operators and manufacturers joined forces, while one online consolidation effort failed to materialize when a major stockholder balked at the alliance. The start of 2018 will look…Read More

How President Donald Trump Kept Sportsbooks and Bettors on Their Toes in 2017

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Love him or hate him, President Donald Trump, who took his place in history as the 45th US president on January 20, 2017, has been a bit of a bonanza for the global gaming industry. Not only are some of his top advisers current and former casino operators themselves, he’s the first American president with…Read More

Tabcorp and Tatts Complete Integration, Look Towards Global Expansion

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The $8.3 billion merger of Tabcorp and Tatts has been completed, resulting in a new gambling giant in Australia that will seek to expand overseas in the years to come. “Tatts is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tabcorp,” the firm announced in a statement on Friday. The final integration of the two companies was a…Read More

GVC Holdings Moves to High Street with Ladbrokes Coral Acquisition, Purchase Price Could Reach $5.35 Billion

GVC Holdings Ladbrokes Coral

Gambling firm GVC Holdings entered into an agreement with British bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral on Friday that could see as much as $5.35 billion change hands. The takeover’s final price won’t be determined until late January, when a fixed odds betting terminal (FOBT) review by the UK’s Department for Culture, Media, and Sport will decide on…Read More

Sports Betting Leads Way in Danish Gambling Market

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Denmark’s gambling market continues to grow, and all signs indicate that increased interest in sports betting is the reason for this surge. In this week’s quarterly update on revenue figures in the industry, the Danish regulator revealed that third quarter sports betting revenues were up 9 percent year-over-year, bringing in DKK 577 million ($92 million)…Read More

Lottoland Launches Bitcoin Lottery With 1,000-Coin Jackpot

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Lottoland says its bitcoin lottery game is the first licensed random draw format offering up the cryptocurrency as a jackpot. Licensed in the gaming-friendly British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, Lottoland held its first Bitcoin Lotto yesterday at 8:30 pm GMT (3:30 pm ET). The game is a standard 6/49 numeric draw where players must correctly…Read More