iGaming North America Awards: 2015 Winners Announced

iGaming North America Awards Announces Their 2015 Winners iGaming North America Awards: 2015 Winners AnnouncediGaming North America hosted their annual conference last week in Las Vegas, where their 2015 award winners were announced at a celebratory luncheon on April 16. What each award winner had in common is their commitment to quality, their innovation, and their ability to balance both the casino needs with the consumer needs.

The iGaming North America Awards were presented by the partnerships between iGaming Business, The Innovation Group, eGaming Brokerage, Lewis Roca Rothberger and BolaVerde.

2015′s winners are as follows:

  • Best Marketing Campaign – Tropicana
  • Operator of the Year – Golden Nugget Online Casino
  • Best Social Gaming Operator – Playtika
  • Best Payments System – Sightline Payments
  • Best Fantasy Sports Provider – DraftKings
  • Best Platform Supplier – The Gamesys Group
  • Best Innovation in North American iGaming – GeoComply USA

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Gaming Standards Association Soon To Finalize New Third-Party Regulations

Gaming Standards Association Soon To Finalize New Third Party Regulations Gaming Standards Association Soon To Finalize New Third Party RegulationsThe Gaming Standards Association (GSA) will be meeting in London on May 12th and 13th to finalize regulations pertaining to the Third-Party Game Interface. According to CS Report, Third-Party Game Interface is designed to connect remote servers, progressive servers, and iGaming platforms so the impact of this discussion affects many in the world of online gaming.

Some of the topics that need to be covered include new regulations, amended regulations, online the regulatory reporting, and software authentication.

The GSA has been working diligently since 1998 as a global trade association who works with online gaming regulators, as well as gaming suppliers, manufacturers, and operators. Their goal is to be of benefit to the industry as a whole, while also looking out for the best interests of online gamers.

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Quebec Tries to Blacklist Illegal Online Gambling

Quebec Tries to Blacklist Illegal Online Gambling 300x235 Quebec Tries to Blacklist Illegal Online GamblingGovernment officials in Quebec have decided they have had their fill of illegal online gambling.

Illegal online gambling, the new mainstream for gamblers, has been taking a toll on Quebec’s legal online gambling and officials are attempting to say enough is enough.

To create this blacklist, Quebec is budgeting money to mainstream blocking of any ISP addresses that lead to online gambling sites outside the country. The budget, which is now available online, is thoroughly explained in its 600-page outline. Flushdraw.net provides a snippet of the budget explaining, “For the purpose of curbing illegal online gambling, amendments will be made to the Consumer Protection Act, the Act respecting the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux [the RACJ is the Quebec agency that regulates the province’s alcohol, lottery, publicity contests, gambling, racing, and combat sports industries] and the Act respecting [Loto-Québec] so that Internet service providers are not allowed to provide access to an online gaming and gambling website whose name is on a list of illegal sites drawn up by Loto-Québec.”

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Senator Reid Plans to Retire Taking Online Gambling with Him

Senator Reid Plans to Retire Taking Online Gambling with Him 300x237 Senator Reid Plans to Retire Taking Online Gambling with HimSenator Harry Reid has announced that he is ready to take a step back and retire. Before Reid retires though, he is going to do everything he can to add the abolishing of online gambling in the United States to his legacy card.

The interesting thing is that what Reid is proposing is a contradiction. Reid still wants to keep online poker in Nevada, but abolish everything else. According to Vegasinc.com, “In the past, Reid has supported exempting online poker, which is legal in Nevada, from a broader online gaming ban. But in the interview on KNPR’s “State of Nevada” talk show, Reid wasn’t clear about whether he would try to carve out a poker exemption in the current bill, which is backed by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson.”

It is still unclear what Reid is trying to do with this ban. What is clear, however, is that he wants gambling done live in the state of Nevada, at the casinos, and not via the Internet.

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Online Gambling Now Available In Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino Hotel

Online Gambling Now Available In Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino Hotel 300x226 Online Gambling Now Available In Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino HotelWhile the initial goal of making online gambling available in the state of New Jersey was to encourage residents to gamble in the comfort of their own home, the owner of Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino Hotel, Morris Bailey, is taking a fresh new approach by opening a live igaming lounge within the casino.

According to Casino News Daily,  the objective in bringing online gambling into his live casino is to break down the walls between traditional gambling and online gambling.

As an added bonus, guests new to igaming can receive help with everything from creating their online gambling account to depositing funds. They can even ask any questions they may have about the difference between playing their favorite casino games live and gambling online.

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New Jersey Aims to Remove One of The Largest Roadblocks for Online Gambling

New Jersey Aims to Remove One of The Largest Roadblocks for Online Gambling 300x211 New Jersey Aims to Remove One of The Largest Roadblocks for Online GamblingOnline gambling is certainly generating revenue in New Jersey, but is falling drastically short of expectations. In fact, all states who have legalized regulated online gambling are seeing far less success than expected.

One of the largest roadblocks for online gambling in New Jersey is that more than half of all MasterCard transactions — and over 25% of all Visa gambling payments — are being declined. On top of that, Amex declines all online gambling transactions, says Press of Atlantic City

What this means is that even if someone wants to gamble online, that they may be unable to deposit funds. But New Jersey has devised a plan to remove this roadblock, by creating a new Merchant Category Code. The current Merchant Category Code for any and all, including the illegal and unregulated online gambling, is 7995. Many banks automatically decline all transactions with this code, due to their concern of facing criminal liability.

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Attention Casino Marketers: Casino Marketing & Technology Conference Set for July

Attention Casino Marketers Casino Marketing Technology Conference Set for July 300x220 Attention Casino Marketers: Casino Marketing & Technology Conference Set for JulyCasino marketers everywhere will soon descend upon the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is in Las Vegas, Nevada, as this will be the site of a critically important casino marketing and technology conference this summer.

Spanning July 14-16, the conference will include the first-ever technology program designed specifically for casino marketers.

Casino Marketing & Technology 2015 has been known as Casino Marketing since 2005. It will again follow Raving Consulting’s Host Development Conference, (July 13-14). Casino Marketing & Technology and will feature the same robust traditional marketing conference content that Casino Marketing attendees have come to expect over the years, as well as a dedicated track of technology sessions that are geared toward marketers.
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Advertisements for Unlicensed Online Gambling Under Fire in Sweden

Advertisements for Unlicensed Online Gambling Under Fire in Sweden 300x187 Advertisements for Unlicensed Online Gambling Under Fire in SwedenIf you are part of online gambling that isn’t sanctioned in Sweden you might want to advertise elsewhere. Lotteriinspektionen, the regulators of Sweden’s gambling, are cracking down on advertisements for unlicensed online gambling as it has been affecting profit accumulations for Sweden.

In March of this year, a new amendment was enacted that will focus on not only companies in the country of Sweden, but also foreign companies that may be advertising unlicensed online gambling. This amendment is in compliance with the European Union competition laws, meaning that Lotteriinspektionen will not only focus on foreign companies, but also on companies based in Sweden.

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Fight Likely To Break Online Betting Records

Yahoo Preps Four New Apps for Apple Watch 300x200 Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Fight Likely To Break Online Betting RecordsEvery once in a while there is a sporting event that is so highly anticipated that it stands to be legendary. On May 2, 2015 the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is proving to be just that. The fight will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and is long sold out.

Aside from the fact that the tickets prices for the fight were astronomically high, the fight is expected to break online sports betting records. Other sporting events that tend to draw large sums of money include the Super Bowl, the World Cup, and many other league finals.

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Online Gambling In Delaware Still Falling Short Of Expectations

Online Gambling In Delaware Still Falling Short Of Expectations 300x199 Online Gambling In Delaware Still Falling Short Of ExpectationsLike all states that have launched regulated online gambling, the state of Delaware is still raking in less online gambling revenue than expected. According to their latest calculations, online gambling has dropped 14% from February 2014 to February 2015. That being said, January 2015 was 8% higher than January 2014.

In an effort to improve results, the state of Delaware has partnered with a few Las Vegas casinos to offer Delaware residents the ability to gamble with some of their favorite casinos on the Vegas strip.

While overall numbers are still drastically lower than projected, some progress is being made. For example, wagers have increased by 17%, and 274 new players registered for online gambling in the month of February.

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