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Top gaming news and analysis web site Innovate Gaming looks at the fresh appeal of our industry to high-fliers without
Top gaming news and analysis web site Innovate Gaming looks at the genesis of a new gaming market
Top gaming news and analysis web site Innovate Gaming clears up the confusion surrounding the state of online gaming in the US
888.com has acquired the Wink online bingo business, which operates networks including Wink Bingo, Posh Bingo and Bingo Fabulous.
Wink has enlisted more than 60,000 active players since its launch in early 2008.
Top gaming news and analysis web site Innovate Gaming takes a look at recent developments in gaming’s historical capital city
Top gaming news and analysis web site Innovate Gaming takes a look at the new generation of players being found through social media
Innovate Gaming looks at the scepticism around the plan that is dividing the industry: madness, genius – or a dash of both?
Innovate Gaming looks at a situation that could change massively in March, with a change at the top in China
Innovate Gaming looks at a situation that could change massively in March, with a change at the top in China..
Innovate Gaming examines the revenue shortfall in Singapore. A temporary lull or a portent of worse to come?
Madrid has won the battle for EuroVegas – but Barcelona’s not done yet. Innovate Gaming asks the questions…
Another social gaming headline? Whatever next? Innovate Gaming asks the questions, and usually brings the answers…
Social gaming grabs another headline, as our industry looks to it for the next revenue streams. Innovate Gaming asks the questions…
The company behind Racing Card Derby has another hit on its hands in the form of Knock Out Baccarat, which they say could triple a casino’s action on the tables.
Millions of players, playing for free – can they be monetized? Innovate Gaming asks how big can the cake get, and who will be eating it…
Will Vietnam be the next big Asian gaming market? Innovate Gaming asks the question and brings the answer
March 2011 saw a devastating earthquake ravage Japan, shocking the world and leaving thousands missing, homeless – or dead. In the midst of a massive reconstruction effort, is now the time for the country to introduce casinos? Innovate Gaming asks the question
Former two-time UK Shadow Gambling Minister Nick Hawkins sorts the wheat from the chaff in his bi-monthly column...
Former UK Shadow Gambling Minister Nick Hawkins sorts the wheat from the chaff in his bi-monthly column…
Britain's casino landscape is altering as Genting Singapore discards its UK operations in order to focus on its Resorts World Sentosa project, while Rank promises to open ten more venues in the country.
Replacing chips and cards with bytes and pixels can hike revenue and hamper cheats, according to proponents. And in the latest twist on fashionable retro, the newest casino technology is also mimicking some of the oldest.
The lawyers, at least, must be rubbing their hands in glee. Across Europe, the regulations governing online gambling are changing so quickly – and often inconsistently – that you'd be forgiven for wishing the single European market meant just that.
If HR 2267 supplants UIGEA, it won't just be a case of one impenetrable abbreviation taking over from another. For behind the cryptic code beloved of bureaucracy lie two pieces of legislation – one in force, the other perhaps not far away from toppling it – which together govern the recent history and potential future of online gambling in the U.S.
You might consider it an Emperor's New Clothes moment. Or a replay of the “if you build it, they will come” error made by so many early dotcoms.
Either way, newly-launched online gaming site Trystbingo.com is challenging the accepted wisdom by recruiting no affiliates and handling all its own promotion.
Could Bingo fund bomb-making? The online gaming sector may seem far removed from the global threat of terrorism, but the Remote Gambling Association – a London-based industry body – is sufficiently worried about the spectre of Internet gaming being used for money-laundering that it's issued a set of practical guidelines aimed at operators.
Britain’s Rank Group recorded a 3.4 percent rise in gross revenue during 2009, to £540m ($810m), although operating profit was down 3.8 percent to £58m ($87m) thanks to tax increases. Revenues grew at Rank’s two largest businesses, Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casinos. The latter was named as the main driver of growth, with the G Casino brand spreading during the year from six to ten properties.
Delaware legislators have dealt the beleaguered Atlantic City gaming industry a further blow by approving a bill that allows the state’s three racinos to offer table games.
They could be introduced at Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway – all of which currently have only slots – by summer.
Silver Heritage (SHL) has extended its agreement with Inspired Gaming Group to sell Inspired’s server-based gaming products across the Asia Pacific region.
The contract will run for another three years, with an opportunity to extend it still further. SHL, which already runs Inspired content and its Open SBG on more than 300 terminals, hopes to grow that number to more than 1300 during the new contract period.
Cirsa has sold its 50 percent stake in Casino La Toja to the brothers Gonzalez Fuentes, whose firm Egasa operates more than 60 arcades in Spain and is now moving into casinos.
Egasa already has stakes in the Mallorca and Bilbao casinos, as well as licences – as yet unused – to run venues in Chile and Croatia.
Gaming Support has gained Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) certification for its BaseSys Navigator jackpot controller. The approval allows BaseSys Navigator to be used to manage mystery and progressive jackpots at venues in California, Delaware and Rhode Island.
The Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in Swain County, North Carolina, is getting a substantial $633m makeover.
The venue, owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, will double the size of its casino floor as well as building 532 new hotel rooms, a 3000-seat events centre, and a spa.
The new Princess Casino in Providence, Guyana, plans to work closely with tour operators in order to comply with local rules that only resident guests can gamble there.
The casino in the Princess Hotel – formerly Buddy’s International Hotel – offers Blackjack and Poker as well as slots.
Anew casino in Cambodia, the thirtieth in the country, is wooing foreign players including Vietnamese, Chinese and Malaysians.
The Titan King at Bayet, near the Vietnam border and about 70 miles from Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, opened late February after three years of construction.
Gaming software provider Playtech has acquired the business and assets of online Bingo developer Virtue Fusion.
Virtue Fusion is claimed to have the largest independent network in the fast-growing online Bingo sector, with 30,000 daily players and more than €100m ($135m) staked each month.
Aspers at The Gate in the northern English city of Newcastle Upon Tyne has doubled the size of its card room, which can now hold 200 people.
Opened in 2005, the card room has hosted Poker events such as the Sky Poker Tour and the Virgin Festival. After extending it into the former Club Aspinall VIP room, Aspers management now hope to hold more such high-profile events as well as more tournaments for local customers.
Harrah’s Entertainment could return to the stock market in 2013-15, CEO Gary Loveman has speculated. Loveman told Reuters that the company – taken private by buyers TPG and Apollo in a $31bn deal at the beginning of 2008 – would wait, however, for economic recovery and the legalisation of online Poker in the U.S. before returning to the market. There had been no discussion of firm dates yet, he added.
As video lottery terminals (VLTs) start to appear in Italy following last year’s legalisation and issuing of licences, vendors are beginning to land large orders, and a conference devoted to the new market is planned for this month.
Octavian Global Technologies has signed a ten-year contract with AWP gaming concessionaire BetPlus, which will deploy Octavian’s Symphony VE system to manage Comma 6b devices, as VLTs are known under Italian rules.
Quixant will show a PC motherboard designed specially for the Italian Comma 6a market at the Enada show in Rimini this month.
The QXi-106, based on an AMD chipset and including game storage, is compliant with requirements of the Italian regulator AAMS. “This is the first PC-based product designed from the ground up to comply with the special Italian gaming requirements,” said Sales Director Gary Mullins.
Authorities in Peru hope that the introduction this year of a central server linking all the country’s slot machines will make it impossible for gaming operators to avoid paying tax.
Peru levies a 12 percent tax on gross gaming revenues. But until a 2006 law tightening the regulation of gaming came into force, most gaming businesses were unlicensed and the government was collecting less than $1m a year.
Anew casino has opened in the Rostov region of Russia just seven months after the government sequestered all gambling into four remote zones. The Oracle is about 60 miles from Rostov-on-Don, near the Black Sea and Russia’s border with Ukraine.
2010 could be the deciding year for online gaming in the U.S., according to analyst GamblingCompliance. A report from the firm says: “More than three years after the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, restrictions on Internet gaming are facing crucial tests in 2010, with federal and state governments making moves that will have a significant impact on the future of the U.S. gaming industry.”
One man was jailed and another received a suspended sentence after cheating at British casinos.
Abdullah Toksoz, a Turkish national living in London, was sent to prison for 16 months after pleading guilty to deception, false representation and fraud.
An alliance between game design firm Astro and server-based gaming (SBG) specialist Inspired Gaming Group will see the two draw on each other’s technology and expertise.
Online casino group Grand Privé has enlisted eCogra to investigate claims that it betrayed affiliates when it cancelled its affiliate-marketing programme in December 2008.
Internet forums have bubbled with resentment at Grand Privé apparently expressed by former affiliates, making claims such as “the casino group will continue to profit while tossing hundreds if not thousands of Webmasters into the cold”.
Aristocrat has collaborated with video-game legend Sega to create two new slots.
Based on characters from the Sega classics Bonanza and Golden Axe, they will be available from Aristocrat in the first quarter of 2010.
The president of Palau has vetoed legislation which would have allowed gaming in the tiny Pacific nation.
The Palau Gaming Control Act of 2009 would have authorised the first gaming venues in Palau – also known as Belau – and established a supervisory commission.
The arrival of table games in Pennsylvania’s casinos is likely to bring smiles to cash-strapped state authorities and woes to already beleaguered Atlantic City.
A law recently ratified by Governor Ed Rendell allowing casinos, currently slots-only, to offer table games too will help to balance Pennsylvania’s budget by adding to its annual casino tax revenue, currently just over $1bn.
Mark Gasser is the new President of Gasser Chair Company, where he has worked since 1973, becoming Executive Vice President in 1985. The role was previously held by Gary Gasser, who remains Chairman and CEO. The Ohio firm specialises in seating for the hospitality and gaming sectors.
Online gamers can play Poker with real cards – kind of – after a deal between Gioia International and Red Planet Gaming.
The RealDealPoker.com Website, run on a Red Planet platform, will use Gioia’s new Cut N’ Shuffle dealing system when it launches in February.
Online gaming firm 888 has published its first report on corporate responsibility, covering 2008.
During that year, 888 jointed FTSE4Good – a London Stock Exchange index “designed to measure the performance of companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards”.