Republican U.S. Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah is doing everything he can to try to keep online gambling from continuing in their state. In 2011, the Department of Justice permitted online gambling in the state of Utah.
Why is this such a big concern? Well apparently, there has been a slew of underage online gambling going on throughout the state. TheHill.com quotes what Chaffetz told Newsweek, “I am afraid that if we don’t move quickly and get some decent regulations in place, which we really don’t have right now, it will be too late to stop it from reaching all the states.” Cheffetz was really concerned about “slots for tots” or gambling sites that have games that may appeal to children. “Many parents already can see how easy it is for a kid to get addicted to a video game that does not involve money. You put them on the internet and they are gambling with money, now you have a real problem.”
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Guess what, folks? There might be a new addition to the online casino world in the US. That new addition would be none other than, the payment site you eBayers know and love, PayPal.
According to cardschat.com, the online gambling market has been trying to get this powerhouse payment site to join on for a while. This very well may be a reality as Online Poker Report’s author Chris Grove tweeted, “Sources tell OPR that PayPal will start processing regulated US online #gambling payments in coming months. Handful of operators to start.”
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All right, license and registration please. Ok, there was nobody pulled over, but New Jersey wants to pull their gamblers away from unlicensed sites. Apparently, it is starting to work because, according to new polling data from Commercial Intelligence, fewer New Jersey online gamblers are frequenting those sites.
In a follow-up survey conducted in January NJ.com explains that Commercial Intelligence, “Polled 520 New Jersey online gamblers to get a better idea of the habits of the players in the market. What they found was significantly fewer players were using illegal, offshore sites in January.” They continue to say that the percentage of people who used these ‘offshore sites’ dropped from 24% to 16%.”
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Rummy has been taken to a new level in India, and their Supreme Court judges are not happy in the least. According to Online-casinos.com, “The Court will decide whether the online card games conform to existing laws that strictly prohibit any form of gambling.”
Is Rummy really a form of gambling though? People trying to keep these web pages in India alive were arguing that question. Online-casinos.com answered that question too. “The argument lies in the game being primarily skill rather than just chance.” So if it is a game of skill, how is it considered gambling? Mainly because the exchange of money is involved.
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OK, I want a clean fight. No blows below the belt, and most of all no hair pulling!
There is a battle going on in our government that is as divided as the Jets and the Sharks – the battle over the continuation of legalized online gambling on one side and the abolishment of it on the other.
Now the disagreement has escalated so much that some Vegas companies are stepping in and providing more than just their two cents, but the full weight of their pocketbooks. According to VegasINC, “The proposed ban, contained in a measure championed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), has helped trigger hundreds of thousands of dollars in spending from the gaming industry. One side, led by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, is in favor of the prohibition. Others, including Caesars Entertainment, are fiercely opposed.”
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Ahhhhh! California! Surf…sand…and poker?
So, California is one of the next states trying to get online poker legalized. Compatiblepoker.com interviewed Mitch Garber, President and CEO of Caesars Acquisition Company. “Garber was asked about his predictions regarding the progress of legislation next year, and the bottom line is that he is very optimistic that we should be seeing online poker in the Golden State by 2015.”
Now, is this a done deal? Not until a consensus is built with the Native American Tribes that are working on a solid bill to satisfy all parties in California. Says Garber, “I think that the tribes have come a long way, actually, in some forms of consensus even though it fell apart.”
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Well, just like the famous song Tubthumping from the band Chumbawamba, “they got knocked down but they got up again. You ain’t ever gonna keep them down.” Specifically PokerStars and their partners who are trying to push for the legalization of online poker gambling in California.
Now, this in no way means that the battle to get online Poker in California is over. According to onlinepokerreport.com, they stated that, “Following news that California lawmakers were shelving an online poker push for the session, PokerStars and its partners released a statement stressing their continued commitment to bringing regulated online poker to the Golden State.” Robert Martin, Morongo Band of Mission Indians Tribal Chairman, added, “We have been working on this issue for five years now and while we were optimistic that a suitable bill would move forward in 2014, we’re in this for the long haul and we’d rather do it right than have a bad bill.”
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Here are some of the top stories in mobile and online gaming that we’ve been monitoring in recent days.
With so much talk of regulated online gambling potentially coming to the state of Pennsylvania in the near future, it comes as no surprise that some casinos in the state are preparing for what many analysts believe is an inevitability for the Keystone State.
Teeming with opportunity at every turn, Asia’s fast-growing gaming industry is a welcoming beacon to the world’s leading gaming and technology providers.
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Thunder Valley Casino Resort is going social.
“Everyone will now have the opportunity to play custom-designed Thunder Valley Casino Resort games on Win’s popular Slots Craze application,” the company announced his week.
Slots Craze is a free social casino game available on Facebook, iOS and Android platforms.
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Illustrating the rapid rate of acquisitions across the European online gambling landscape, this week the team at XLMedia — a provider of digital performance marketing services — confirmed its plans to acquire a leading UK Sports betting website.
Curiously, however, the name of the platform being acquired was not revealed.
Nonetheless, we’re told the website being acquired is “focused on UK web and mobile traffic,” specializing in sports betting, a statement provided to mGamingWatch reads. As part of the transaction, the company will also purchase a second website providing casino-related content.
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