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Japan casino bill to be resubmitted

Monday, 26th January 2015
A bill that would legalise casinos in Japan is expected to be resubmitted when the next Diet session begins today. The bill was initially submitted in 2013 but a vote on it was put back until 2015 as lawmakers...
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Latest New Jersey sports-betting bill launched

Monday, 26th January 2015
New Jersey Representatives Frank LoBiondo and Frank Pallone have introduced a bill that would alter federal law and allow New Jersey to legalise sports betting. Separate statements released by both Congressmen...
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Delaware i-gaming revenue suffers December fall

Thursday, 22nd January 2015
Delaware endured a 4.5% drop in online gaming revenue for December, the latest figures have revealed. Results from the Delaware Lottery showed $169,606 was brought in, which was down from the £177,532...
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Senet Group TV ads to launch on Friday

Thursday, 22nd January 2015
The Senet Group is to broadcast its first TV advertisements on Friday as it steps up its campaign to promote responsible gambling in the UK. The group is made up of European bookmakers William Hill, Ladbrokes,...
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Ladbrokes enters Mexico market

Thursday, 22nd January 2015
Bookmaker Ladbrokes has entered the digital market in Mexico via Sportium, its joint venture with slot machine company Cirsa. Sportium, which operates as a betting company in Spain, is leveraging the regulated...
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South Africa rules out online gambling

Tuesday, 20th January 2015
South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issued a statement on Friday confirming it is not considering creating online gambling legislation in the country. It emerged last week that a bill...
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William Hill posts record operating profit

Tuesday, 20th January 2015
Bookmaker William Hill generated a record £371m operating profit for the full year 2014 despite a difficult fourth quarter. An 11% year-on-year rise was posted for the year, aided by a successful FIFA...
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Czech Republic eyes increased regulation

Monday, 19th January 2015
The Czech Republic government is planning to impose a point-of-consumption tax on foreign online gambling operators offering their services in the country. International operators would have to pay a 20%...
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PokerStars sports betting to launch in Q1 2015

Friday, 16th January 2015
Online operator PokerStars is to introduce its new sports-betting service in the first quarter of 2015, parent company Amaya Gaming has revealed. The product will initially be launched within the PokerStars...
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Third Mississippi online poker bill introduced

Friday, 16th January 2015
Legislation that would legalise online poker in Mississippi has been put forward for the third time in four years. The Mississippi Lawful Internet Gaming Act of 2015 is a 74-page document which would allow...
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Jersey grants first online licence

Friday, 16th January 2015
The Jersey Gambling Commission (JGC) has awarded its first online gaming licence. The permit went to lottery provider Twelve40, with the Commission stating that recent changes to UK licensing laws had...
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New Jersey falls well short of i-gaming forecast for 2014

Friday, 16th January 2015
A total of $122.9m revenue has been generated in the first full year of legal online gambling in New Jersey. But it has not proved to be as successful as was predicted, as state Governor Chris Christie...
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PoC tax forces William Hill to drop Lincoln sponsorship

Thursday, 15th January 2015
Bookmaker William Hill has revealed it is terminating its sponsorship of the Lincoln Handicap race after reviewing its marketing ventures following the introduction of the point-of-consumption (PoC) tax...
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South Africa i-gaming bill to be tabled

Thursday, 15th January 2015
A new bill is to be put forward for the legislation of online gambling in South Africa. Geordin Hill-Lewis, Parliament Member for South Africa’s Democratic Party, will put the bill forward to Parliament...
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William Hill and other new members welcomed by AGA

Tuesday, 13th January 2015
The American Gaming Association (AGA) has announced the addition of six new board members and three general members. Bookmaker William Hill and developer Konami Gaming are among the companies to have joined...
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Amaya to repurchase stock

Tuesday, 13th January 2015
Amaya Gaming, the parent company of online poker operator PokerStars, intends to repurchase some of its own stock as part of a plan to maximise PokerStars’ value. The plan involves Amaya purchasing and...
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BwinParty social sports-betting app to close

Monday, 12th January 2015
Online operator BwinParty is to shut down Sportster, its social sports-betting app, five months after it was launched. The app, which was developed by Nordeus in partnership with social gaming studio Win...
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888 and WSOP to share liquidity in New Jersey

Monday, 12th January 2015
Operators 888 and WSOP will begin sharing online poker liquidity in New Jersey from today (Monday). Increased prize pools will be offered to players on the All American Poker Network, the joint venture...
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Atlantic City rejects emergency manager

Friday, 9th January 2015
Atlantic City has rejected the proposal of a state-appointed emergency manager, despite recently agreeing to budget cuts over the next four years. The city council agreed to the plan of budget cuts on...
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Ladbrokes to sponsor Rugby League’s Challenge Cup

Friday, 9th January 2015
Operator Ladbrokes has agreed a £3m deal with the Rugby Football League (RFL) to sponsor its Challenge Cup competition for the next three years. The competition will be renamed the Ladbrokes Challenge...
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CVC to use leveraged loans in Sky Bet acquisition

Thursday, 8th January 2015
Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners will finance its acquisition of a controlling stake in online operator Sky Bet with £390m in leveraged loans, according to Reuters. An announcement was made in...
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PokerStars cancels rake rise

Thursday, 8th January 2015
Online poker site PokerStars has reversed its decision to increase its rake. Strategic changes were announced in October, which included a rake increase on heads-up hyper-turbo sit&go tournaments, with...
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Ladbrokes pulls out of four European markets

Tuesday, 6th January 2015
Operator Ladbrokes has withdrawn its operations in four European countries, following a 2014 regulatory operational review. Customers in Russia, Finland, Portugal and Armenia will no longer be able to...
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Nevada online poker hits record low

Monday, 5th January 2015
Nevada has once again broken its record for the lowest recorded monthly online poker revenue. Online poker revenue has dropped from $665,000 in October 2014, which was itself a record low, to $641,000...
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Macau posts first ever annual drop

Monday, 5th January 2015
Macau’s casino industry has suffered an annual decline in gross gambling revenue for 2014, the first time a yearly decrease has been reported since records began in 2002. A 2.6% drop to 351.5bn patacas...
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Las Vegas Sands given go ahead for latest Macau project

Wednesday, 24th December 2014
Las Vegas Sands' Chinese subsidiary Sands China has been granted the necessary approval from the government in Macau to progress with a $2.7bn casino project in the city. The Parisian Macao, which could...
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NBA Commissioner open to Christie partnership

Wednesday, 24th December 2014
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he would join New Jersey State Governor Chris Christie in lobbying Congress to set up a federal framework for sports betting in the US. The four major professional sports...
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Caesars Entertainment unit poised to file for bankruptcy

Tuesday, 23rd December 2014
Casino operator Caesars Entertainment is paving the way to place its operating unit into bankruptcy in 2015 after reaching an agreement with two senior creditors. It was confirmed by Caesars on Monday...
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Thousands arrested in Chinese gambling and pornography bust

Monday, 22nd December 2014
Police in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have arrested over 30,000 suspects as part of a crackdown on illegal gambling and pornography, Chinese state news agency Xinhua has reported. More than...
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Delaware boasts i-gaming revenue increase for November

Monday, 22nd December 2014
Delaware has continued to buck the US online gambling trend by reporting revenue growth. The state posted over $184,000 in i-gaming revenue for November, as revealed by the Delaware Lottery. That was a...
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