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Here’s What Happened This Week in mGaming

Here’s What Happened This Week in mGaming6 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.

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.”

In July, New Jersey raised its revenue back up to the $10mm mark. In Onlinepokerreport.com, Chris Grove notes that, according to the figures released from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, “The state’s regulated poker rooms and casino sites generated total revenue of $10.07mm during July.” That’s definitely up from the $9.5mm made in June.

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Utah Battles Underage Online Gambling

Utah Battles Underage Online Gambling 255x300 Utah Battles Underage Online GamblingRepublican 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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New Jersey Wants to Zero Out Unlicensed Online Gambling Sites

New Jersey Wants to Zero Out Unlicensed Online Gambling Sites 300x150 New Jersey Wants to Zero Out Unlicensed Online Gambling SitesAll 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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India Wants to Hit the Ground Rummy-ing!

India Wants to Hit the Ground Rummy ing 300x182 India Wants to Hit the Ground Rummy ing!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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Online Poker is a Hop, Skip, and a Jump Away for California

Online Poker is a Hop Skip and a Jump Away for California 300x225 Online Poker is a Hop, Skip, and a Jump Away for CaliforniaAhhhhh! 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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PokerStars and Friends Get Knocked Down But They Get Up Again!

PokerStars and Friends get Knocked Down but they Get Up Again 300x193 PokerStars and Friends Get Knocked Down But They Get Up Again!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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Thunder Valley Casino Resort Embraces Social Casino Scene

Thunder Valley Casino Resort 300x225 Thunder Valley Casino Resort Embraces Social Casino SceneThunder 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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Here’s What Happened This Week in mGaming

Here’s What Happened This Week in mGaming5 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.

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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Ladbrokes Reports Massive Spike in Mobile Gambling

Ladbrokes Reports Massive Spike in Mobile Gambling Ladbrokes Reports Massive Spike in Mobile GamblingAccording to an announcement from Ladbrokes, the British bookmaking behemoth, the company says it has observed a staggering 1100% spike in mobile betting.

The jump was identified during the World Cup in Brazil in recent months.

For Ladbrokes, this is great news for the firm, which seems destined to watch its future play out on mobile. Clearly, the company’s future is now inextricably linked to mobile gambling.
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Mobile Gaming Application Platform Comes to Africa

Mobile Gaming Application Platform Comes to Africa Mobile Gaming Application Platform Comes to AfricaOn Tuesday, news from Germany emerged that ISIS Lab Corporation has just entered into an agreement with TelecomX to provide MTN Group Limited — Africa’s largest mobile operator — with its mobile gaming application platform.

According to a statement provided to mGamingWatch, the Company will provide MTN, through TelecomX, its mobile gaming platform, ISIS Friends — “the world’s first regulated social gaming community.”

MTN currently operates through most of Africa and the Middle East and has well over 200 million subscribers.
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