Here’s What Happened This Week in mGaming

Here’s What Happened This Week in mGaming18 300x199 Here’s What Happened This Week in mGamingHere are some of the top stories in mobile and online gaming that we’ve been monitoring in recent days.

Apple’s inaugural smartwatch hasn’t even been released to the public yet, but already some are wondering what — if any — industries may wish to limit the use of such devices in their facilities.

Well, it was — after all — a gamble. But now the data is in. Atlantic City casinos and their online partners took in about $120 million in revenue during its initial season of internet gambling.

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AGA Releases New Gaming Regulatory and Policy Resource

AGA Releases New Gaming Regulatory and Policy Resource 300x206 AGA Releases New Gaming Regulatory and Policy ResourceOn Wednesday, the American Gaming Association (AGA) released what it calls a “first-of-its-kind online resource” that enables industry stakeholders, gaming policymakers and regulators to quickly and rather effortlessly access gaming policies across each of the 23 commercial casino gaming states.

Released as a component of AGA’s Get to Know Gaming campaign, the new tool is called, “By the Book.”

AGA boss Geoff Freeman says the resource in question “aggregates and explains key gaming regulatory and statutory requirements in five key areas: regulatory oversight, licensing, taxation, responsible gaming and integrity.”

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Kentucky to Deliver a Losing Hand to Online and Mobile Gambling

Kentucky to Deliver a Losing Hand to Online and Mobile Gambling 300x198 Kentucky to Deliver a Losing Hand to Online and Mobile GamblingOf the myriad states actively working toward the possibility of introducing online gambling to residents in 2015, don’t count Kentucky among them.

In fact, the state of Kentucky may prevent the discussion from even moving forward with the introduction of a bill that could effectively outlaw online gambling.

Kentucky State Senator Mike Wilson’s proposed bill, BR229, is on deck for the 2015 legislative session, according to CardPlayer. The goal? To mitigate the scope of Internet gaming cafes that have flourished across Kentucky and provided an outlet for illegal gambling.
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Senator Reid Supports Banning Online Gaming

Senator Reid Supports Banning Online Gaming 300x200 Senator Reid Supports Banning Online GamingAccording to the Las-Vegas Review-Journal, Sen. Harry Reid said that Congress next year will take up legislation to outlaw Internet gambling, and he plans to support a ban while trying to gain an exemption for online poker.

“I think there will be efforts made to get rid of the Wire Act,” Reid is quoted in the report.

Billionaire casino owner, Sheldon Adelson, is an opponent of Internet wagering, and there was a failed effort to lobby House and Senate leaders to place a prohibition on online gambling into a year-end spending bill. But Adelson may still get what he wants in the end.

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UNLV to Open Center to Teach/Research Gaming Laws/Regulations

UNLV to Open Center to Teach Research Gaming Laws Regulations 300x196 UNLV to Open Center to Teach/Research Gaming Laws/RegulationsAs casino entertainment and gaming in the digital age spread in popularity across the globe, laws and regulations have made the industry more complex. This is why a group of university officials and gaming industry professionals are creating a program at UNLV dedicated to gaming regulation, says Vegas Inc.

UNLV’s hotel college and law school are connecting to form the center that will be used to conduct research on how well different gaming regulations work and offer classes for industry professionals or new regulators with limited professional exposure to casinos to get themselves up to speed. It should be open by next academic school year with its own executive director.

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Pala Teams Up with JOINGO in Launch of San Diego Casino App

Pala Teams Up with JOINGO in Launch of San Diego Casino App Pala Teams Up with JOINGO in Launch of San Diego Casino AppThe Mission Indians are moving to “corner the casino” with a new mobile app.

According to Gaming Intelligence, the Pala Band of Mission Indians has teamed up with mobile technology firm JOINGO to launch a dedicated mobile app for the San Diego-based Pala Casino Spa & Resort.

“Featuring loyalty account integration, interactive property details, and a slot machine finder, the Android and iOS app is integrated with the operator’s existing Casino Management System,” notes Gaming Intelligence. “This allows players to access the casino’s Privileges Club, providing real-time account balances, tier-point summaries, and other account information.”

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Was Online Gambling a Risky Revenue Bet? Predictions of Billion Dollar Market Fall Short

Was Online Gambling a Risky Revenue Bet Predictions of Billion Dollar Market Fall Short 300x211 Was Online Gambling a Risky Revenue Bet? Predictions of Billion Dollar Market Fall ShortWell, it was — after all — a gamble.

But now the data is in. Atlantic City casinos and their online partners took in about $120 million in revenue during its initial season of internet gambling.

That’s way short of the billion dollar behemoth New Jersey governor Chris Christie had bet his chips on.

The internet gambling launch was a gambit launched in 2013 in expectation that this option for gambling enthusiasts would pull the East Coast casino industry out of what has turned into a major downturn.

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Amaya Gaming’s Quebec Offices Raided, But No Wrongdoing Alleged

Amaya Gaming’s Quebec Offices Raided But No Wrongdoing Alleged 300x200 Amaya Gaming’s Quebec Offices Raided, But No Wrongdoing AllegedOn Wednesday, Federal Canadian police officers Canadian market regulators stormed Amaya Gaming’s Quebec offices in an apparent raid, the details of which remain under wraps at this hour.

What we do know is that there is an ongoing investigation into trading activity that transpired prior to Amaya’s massive acquisition of the parent company of PokerStars earlier this year for close to $5 billion.

Authorities also showed up at Canadian investment bank Canaccord Genuity, as well as Canadian insurance firm Manulife Financial, as part of the same investigation.

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Will Apple Watch Be Allowed on Casino Floors Next Year?

Will Apple Watch Be Allowed on Casino Floors Next Year 300x199 Will Apple Watch Be Allowed on Casino Floors Next Year?Apple’s inaugural smartwatch hasn’t even been released to the public yet, but already some are wondering what — if any — industries may wish to limit the use of such devices in their facilities.

The most obvious business that may be concerned is the casino. Consequently, it isn’t yet clear if gaming facilities will restrict the use of highly intelligent wearables on the gaming floor, especially when they could conceivably be used in some instances to give players an unfair edge.
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Place Your Bets: California Proposal to Increase Online Poker Purveyors Draws Fire from PPA and Tribal Coalition

Place Your Bets California Proposal to Increase Online Poker Purveyors Draws Fire from PPA and Tribal Coalition 300x164 Place Your Bets: California Proposal to Increase Online Poker Purveyors Draws Fire from PPA and Tribal CoalitionThis news just in: The proposed online poker legislation (AB9) introduced by California Assemblyman Mike Gatto is drawing fire from the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), a tribal coalition, and PokerStars.

“California online poker would bring in much-needed revenues to the cash-strapped Golden State, which is why Assemblyman Mike Gatto introduced AB 9 this week,  AKA the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2015,” noted CardsChatNews.

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