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UK Lawmaker Opens Inquiry into Loot Boxes in Video Games

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A member of parliament in the United Kingdom has opened an inquiry into the practice of including “loot boxes” in video games, further intensifying the growing scrutiny over whether these transactions need to be regulated as gambling. Labour MP Daniel Zeichner, who represents Cambridge, submitted two questions to Karen Bradley, the Secretary of State for…Read More

New Jersey Enters Online Gaming Player Liquidity Compact With Nevada and Delaware, Will Allow for Expanded Play

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Anyone who’s regularly played online poker in one of the three states where it’s legalized has experienced the problem of inadequate player pools (known as “liquidity”), but that will be at least partially alleviated now that New Jersey is joining Nevada and Delaware in sharing such pools. New Jersey, the internet gambling state with by…Read More

Twitter Could Be The Key to Successful In-Play Sports Betting, Says Study

Twitter key to sports betting success, say scientists

Twitter is a better predictor of sports results than bookmakers’ odds, thanks to the “wisdom of crowds” effect, scientists said this week. A new study, published in the Economic Enquiry, has found that collective public sentiment on Twitter during a game is able to predict the eventual outcome with astonishing accuracy. Researchers at the University…Read More

Yankees Stun Indians in Game 5, World Series Odds Move in Dodgers’ Favor

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The World Series odds of the Cleveland Indians returning to the Fall Classic for the second straight year were quite strong heading into the American League Division Series (ALDS). They only shortened after the Tribe went up 2-0 on the New York Yankees, but anything can happen in the MLB Playoffs, and the unthinkable did….Read More

High-Stakes Belgian Cops Stole Identities for Online Gambling

Belgian police officers stole identities to gamble online

In Belgium, at least 30 police officers are under investigation by the country’s gambling commission over allegations they stole the identities of hundreds Belgian citizens to open online gambling accounts. Law enforcement agents are prohibited from participating in all forms of gambling in Belgium and their national registration numbers appear on a blacklist distributed among…Read More

Massachusetts Lottery Could Become Sixth State Lotto to Go Online

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The Massachusetts Lottery is worried that neighboring New Hampshire’s legalization of online keno will hamper sales, and that’s why numerous state senate candidates are backing efforts to also enact internet lotto scratch offs and games. Before she resigned from her seat this year to take a position on the Cannabis Control Commission, Massachusetts State Senator…Read More

College Football’s Upset Saturday Alters National Championship and Heisman Odds

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College football is never predictable, and that was certainly the case on Saturday. Heading into week six of the NCAA season, it seemed to be a rather ho-hum smorgasbord of matchups, as there were just two games where both teams were ranked inside the top 25. But the underdogs came through in making up for…Read More

Can Anyone Beat the Indians and Dodgers Before the World Series? Las Vegas Doesn’t Think So

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The Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers are going to meet in the World Series later this month, that is of course assuming Las Vegas oddsmakers have their lines correctly in order. The Division Series of the MLB Playoffs begins today, with the four remaining teams in the American League taking the honors. The Boston…Read More

Universal Entertainment Group Sued by Former Tribal Business Partners for Alleged Fraud

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Last week, the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma received a license from the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Committee for its PokerTribe.com website, the final stage in its quest to become the first tribal operator to offer real-money online poker to players outside the US, from its sovereign land in Oklahoma. In the same week, its…Read More

UK Lottery Website Taken Out by Peak-Time DDoS Attack 

The UK National Lottery hit by DDoS arrack

The UK National Lottery was knocked offline by a DDoS attack on Saturday night, leaving thousands of customers unable to buy tickets for the primary weekly lottery draw. The website was down for around an hour and a half at the absolute peak time for lottery sales. It is not known whether lottery operator, Camelot,…Read More

NFL Star Richard Sherman Says Daily Fantasy Sports Dehumanize Players

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman believes daily fantasy sports (DFS) are dehumanizing how fans view players. Following Seattle’s 46-18 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football, the NFL star was asked about how injuries to teammates Chris Carson and Rees Odhiambo impact the Seahawks moving forward. While the reporter wanted insight on how…Read More

MLB Playoffs Set, Las Vegas Likes Indians and Dodgers for World Series

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The 2017 MLB Playoffs appear to have all the elements needed to create a wildly entertaining postseason. Three teams won 100 games during the regular season, rivals Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are both playing October baseball for the first time since 2009. The Cleveland Indians are trying to win their first championship…Read More

Paddy Power Betfair Accused of Backstabbing Betting Industry Over FOBTs

PaddyPower Betfair CEO Brendan Corcoran denounces FOBTs

PaddyPower Betfair has broken ranks with the UK betting industry and the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB), of which it is member, by declaring its support of the slashing the stakes of fixed-odds betting terminals. In a letter from PaddyPower Betfair CEO Breon Corcoran to Tracey Crouch, the Minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport,…Read More

Novomatic Puts IPO on Ice as Looming German Regulations Generate Market Uncertainty

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Austrian gambling giant Novomatic has shelved its highly anticipated initial public offering, due to market uncertainty caused by new restrictive gaming regulations in Germany. The floatation on the Frankfurt stock exchange was expected to happen this week, but instead the slots operator and casino supplier announced it was would not be listed this year at…Read More

Ex-Amaya Chief David Baazov Sued by Dubai Investment Firm for Alleged Fraud

David Baazov sued by KBC Aldini Capital 

Former Amaya chairman and ex-CEO David Baazov is being sued by the Dubai investment company he once claimed was financing his proposed takeover of the PokerStars parent. Baazov announced his intention to take Amaya private at the beginning of 2016, before a string of insider trader charges forced him to resign from his executive roles…Read More