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Brazil Sports Betting Promoted by Interim President, Won’t Come in Time for Olympics

Brazil sports betting Michel Temer

Brazil sports betting is currently confined to unregulated offshore websites catering to the country’s residents. Interim President Michel Temer wants to change that by creating a state-run online sports betting platform. According to Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo, Temer’s administration is looking at sports betting as one possible way to help overcome the country’s recent…Read More

Valve Moves to Shut Down Skins Gambling Industry

Valve to shut down skin gambling, says Erik Johnson

Valve has promised to pull the plug on the video-gaming “skin gambling” industry that has grown up around its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive title, while denying that it has in any way facilitated or profiteered from the gambling craze. The video-game developer, which also owns the Steam distribution platform, has faced a barrage of criticism for…Read More

Pokémon Go Investors Betting on Nintendo, Gamblers Betting on Lines

Pokémon Go Nintendo app Las Vegas

Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm, and casinos are ready to cash in on the Nintendo app’s runaway success. Based on the popular franchise that debuted in 1996, Pokémon Go features augmented reality (AR) gameplay that challenges users to capture Pokémon and train them for battle. Pokémon appear throughout the world, and players chase the characters through…Read More

Quebec ISP Blocking Challenged by Federal Consumer Rights Group

Quebec online gambling ISP blocking faces challenge

Quebec’s plans to force ISP’s to block access to unlicensed gambling is being put to the test by a federal consumer rights group. The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) this week filed an objection to a law, passed by the Quebec legislature earlier in the year, which aims to disconnect 8.2 million residents from the…Read More

Pennsylvania Online Gambling Bill Shelved Until Legislature Reconvenes This Fall

Pennsylvania online gambling Sheldon Adelson

Pennsylvania online gambling is being pushed aside in Harrisburg until the fall. That’s the unfortunate outcome for iGambling proponents after lawmakers in the Keystone State labored over gambling expansion legislation for the last several months. At 12:01 am on July 12, Governor Tom Wolf (D) allowed a bipartisan budget plan to become law without his…Read More

New Jersey Online Poker Market Seeks to Share UK Player Pools, as Shuttered Casinos Quietly Reopen

New Jersey UK online poker liquidity

The New Jersey online poker market hopes to solve its all-too-often inadequate traffic by going overseas and partnering with the United Kingdom. Late last week, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) Director David Rebuck announced an agreement, in principle at least, had been reached between his agency and the UK Gambling Commission to share…Read More

North Korea Online Gambling Enterprises Gross Over $800 Million Despite Country’s Strict Anti-Gambling Laws

North Korea online gambling Kim Jong-un

Accessing North Korea online gambling websites from within the borders of the totalitarian dictatorship state is an offense punishable by death. But that isn’t stopping leader Kim Jong-un’s government in Pyongyang from capitalizing off the illegal market. According to Korea Institute of Liberal Democracy Director Yu Dong-yeol, North Korea is operating numerous Internet gambling websites…Read More

E-Sports Integrity Coalition Promises to Clean Up Competitive Gaming

Esports Integrity Coalition to sniff out match-fixer like Lee Seung Hyun

The E-sports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) launched in the UK this week, a non-profit industry body with one dedicated mission: keeping E-sports clean. ESIC said it aims to become recognized “the guardian of the integrity of E-Sports,” with a particular emphasis on cheating, match-fixing and gray market gambling in competitive video gaming. “The Coalition will take…Read More

RAWA Proponent Jason Chaffetz Calls Out FBI Outcome of Clinton Investigation

James Comey FBI Clinton investigation Chaffetz

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the anti-online gambling proponent and co-sponsor of the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), had some strong words for the FBI investigation outcome on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email server scandal. “Did she or did she not have classified information in a non-secure format that went on for years, the…Read More

E-Sports YouTubers Grilled Over Skin Gambling Videos

Trevor Martin and Tom Casell, YouTubers in Skin Gambling Scandal

The world of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) skin gambling is in the spotlight again this week after it emerged that two YouTube e-sports stars had been promoting a betting site on their YouTube channels without clearly declaring they were the owners of the site. Trevor Martin and Tom Cassell, known to their fans as “TmarTn”…Read More

Brits Blew £12.6 Billion on Gambling Last Year

UK gambling industry takes 12.6 billion in record year

If there’s one thing Brexit has shown us, it’s that Britons don’t mind taking risks, which is perhaps why they gambled away a record £12.6 billion ($16.7 billion) last year on games of chance. A new report published by the UK Gambling Commission reveals that gross gambling yield across the entire UK gambling industry (ie,…Read More

Pennsylvania Online Gambling Bill Passed by House Floor

Pennsylvania House Passes Online Gambling

Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives passed legislation yesterday (June 28) that would authorize and regulate online casino, online poker, and DFS. The vote, which was won narrowly, by a majority of 114 to 85, means that Pennsylvania is closer to legalizing online gambling than any state has been since Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey opted to…Read More

Valve Sued for Facilitating Underage Gambling

Valve sued for underage gambling

Valve, owner of the Steam online games distribution platform and creator of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) video game series, is being sued for allegedly facilitating unregulated, underage gambling. The suit, filed on behalf of Connecticut resident Michael John McLeod, accuses the video games giant of knowingly permitting an illegal online gambling market to…Read More

Pennsylvania Online Poker Combined with DFS

Payne Online Gaming Bill Added to DFS in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s bid to regulate online gambling will be attached to the state’s DFS regulation, a fact that poker players are hoping might be enough to carry it over the line. Equally important, the newly combined gambling reforms have avoided the addition of a controversial proposal to expand video gaming terminals (VGT) into bars and restaurants….Read More

Pennsylvania Gambling Expansion Encounters Similar Hurdles as California

Penn National Horse Racing

Pennsylvania gambling expansion measures are likely to be another topic of debate in the State House of Representatives this week in a dire effort to bridge a potential $1 billion to $2 billion budget deficit, but not everyone is on board. As has been reporting, State Representative and House Gaming Oversight Committee Chair John…Read More