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mGamingWatch: The Week’s Top Stories

mGamingWatch The Week’s Top Stories3 mGamingWatch: The Week’s Top StoriesHere are some of the top stories in mobile and online gaming that we’ve been monitoring in recent days.

Exclusive: Las Vegas Just Not ‘Mobile’ Enough
A new report from a leading market research firm will show that a solid majority of Las Vegas gaming regulars believe the casino capitol of the world simply isn’t mobile enough yet.

Raising the Bar(s): iGaming Offshore Could Mean Gambling Your Freedom in Mississippi
States entertaining the prospect of legalized online gambling within their borders are stepping up efforts to ensure that any prospective digital gambling activity (and subsequent revenue) isn’t lost to unauthorized offshore online gambling platforms.
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Expedia Acquiring Travelocity for $280 Million

Expedia Acquiring Travelocity for 280 Million 300x187 Expedia Acquiring Travelocity for $280 MillionOn Friday, news came from Expedia that the company has just reached a mammoth deal to acquire travel booking behemoth Travelocity, which now boasts of 20 million users monthly.

The deal is worth a reported $280 million in cash and comes after a protracted and positive marketing and tech partnership first announced by the companies two years previously.

As a result of the buyout, the prominent Travelocity brand joins a stellar portfolio of platforms owned and operated by Expedia, including Hotwire, Hotels.com and CarRentals.com.
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Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace Touts ‘Electronic Talent Roster’

Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace Touts Electronic Talent Roster 300x179 Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace Touts Electronic Talent RosterEntertainment is never lacking in Las Vegas, but if you know where to look, you may find even more than you had bargained for.

With the electronic music scene fully engulfing Vegas in recent years, Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace is poised to become a new staple of Las Vegas nightlife. And just this week, the team at Omnia showed if its new electronic talent roster.

So far, Omnia Nightclub has confirmed the first set of artists from its electronic music lineup featuring some of the world’s top DJ “sensations.”

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Get Lucky Poker is on the Horizon

Get Lucky Poker is on the Horizon 300x252 Get Lucky Poker is on the HorizonA new online poker site is about to launch into the mainstream. The site, called Get Lucky Poker, is brought to you by poker pro Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi. Currently, it is in the beta test stage and will go live soon according to the company’s Twitter account.

Get Lucky Poker will only be using Bitcoin as their form of payment, making it unique to the market. Bitcoin is an online form of currency, which is redeemable to purchase items from an online catalogue. With Bitcoin, you can purchase items as diverse as cheap wines to expensive art pieces.

To entice people to join, Get Lucky Poker is adding some grand opening bonuses. One bonus is earning 50% of the “Bad Beat Jackpot” if your opponent has aces full with kings or better. Those who join will automatically earn one Bitcoin, which is currently valued at $289.92. Lastly, frequent players who are on one of the five tiered leader boards can earn a rakeback of approximately 25%.

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Of Liberty and Prosperity — and a New Liquidity Agreement Boosting Poker Increases in New Jersey

Of Liberty and Prosperity and a New Liquidity Agreement Boosting Poker Increases in New Jersey 300x160 Of Liberty and Prosperity    and a New Liquidity Agreement Boosting Poker Increases in New JerseyLet’s hear it for New Jersey (where the state motto is “Liberty and Prosperity”) and a recent liquidity sharing agreement between 888poker and WSOP.com. As a result, WSOP is now the state’s biggest online poker destination.

“Two online poker sites in New Jersey have seen their player pools increase dramatically in the past week, thanks to a liquidity sharing agreement that just went into effect,” noted Casino.org. “The new agreement sees WSOP.com and 888poker.com share players for most low-stakes cash games and some selected tournaments, and has bumped both sites to the top of New Jersey’s online poker market.”

According to PokerScout.com, WSOP.com is now the state’s largest when it comes to cash game traffic.

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Will Online Fantasy Sports Games Surpass the Success Of Online Gambling?

Will Online Fantasy Sports Games Surpass the Success Of Online Gambling 300x225 Will Online Fantasy Sports Games Surpass the Success Of Online Gambling?Although regulated online gambling isn’t widely available across the United States, consumer adoption even within regulated markets has not been met with the once expected demand. So while online gambling is still generating millions of dollars on a monthly basis, it continues to fall short of expectations.

But while countless legislators at the state and Federal levels are still weighing the pros and cons of offering regulated online gambling, others are beginning to think outside of the box.

Killian Jones of British PlayOn.com is one of these individuals thinking outside the box. His plan is to expand online fantasy gaming in the US.

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A Very Mobile-Minded Manchester United Optimistic About Partnership with KamaGames

A Very Mobile Minded Manchester United Optimistic About Partnership with KamaGames 300x172 A Very Mobile Minded Manchester United Optimistic About Partnership with KamaGamesOn Tuesday, mGamingWatch learned that Manchester United has reached an agreement with KamaGames, an Irish mobile and online entertainment company.

As a result of the multi-year deal, KamaGames becomes the “official” social games partner.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed as of this writing.
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3 or More States to Introduce Online Gambling in 2015

3 or More States to Introduce Online Gambling In 2015 300x170 3 or More States to Introduce Online Gambling in 2015While a handful of states rushed to launch online gambling as soon as it was legal to do so in the United States, several more states have taken their time to weigh the pros and cons. As an added benefit of this protracted period of contemplation, states have had the time to learn from the areas of opportunity of the first few states to legalize online gambling (Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey) and search for proposed solutions.

More than a handful of states have been talking about introducing an online gambling bill, but at least three are actively taking the bold plunge in 2015—California, Mississippi, and Washington State. While lawmakers in these 3 states have now introduced online gambling-related bills, it is expected that New York State will soon do the same (reports Bluff), with Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, West Virginia and Illinois likely to follow suit shortly thereafter.

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mGamingWatch: The Week’s Top Stories

mGamingWatch The Week’s Top Stories2 mGamingWatch: The Week’s Top StoriesHere are some of the top stories in mobile and online gaming that we’ve been monitoring in recent days.

Tech May Underpin the New Las Vegas Economy, Says Lunden

Perhaps that which was transpiring inside of the convention hall in Las Vegas last week for CES 2015 is more representative of the future of Sin City than anything transparent outside of the hall and on the Vegas strip today.

It’s a ‘Pool’ Party for Online, Mobile Gambling in New Jersey

WSOP.com – New Jersey and 888 Poker New Jersey are working together to throw the biggest “pool” party the Garden State has ever seen in the world of online gambling. In case you’re wondering, however, this doesn’t involve any water, just clever joint marketing and a unique opportunity for online gamblers in the state, one of only three where online gambling is permitted today.
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Raising the Bar(s): iGaming Offshore Could Mean Gambling Your Freedom in Mississippi

Raising the Bars iGaming Offshore Could Mean Gambling Your Freedom in Mississippi 300x197 Raising the Bar(s): iGaming Offshore Could Mean Gambling Your Freedom in MississippiStates entertaining the prospect of legalized online gambling within their borders are stepping up efforts to ensure that any prospective digital gambling activity (and subsequent revenue) isn’t lost to unauthorized offshore online gambling platforms.

In the state of Mississippi today — where some lawmakers want to see legal online poker become a reality this year — a proposal has reached the state legislature for consideration that, if passed into law, would penalize persons who patronize unauthorized offshore markets with either jail time or a hefty financial slap on the wrist.

Per the terms of the proposal outlined by CardPlayer, “poker players who are caught having accessed offshore poker sites instead of, or in addition to, those licensed and regulated by Mississippi could face up to 90 days in county jail and/or a $10,000 fine.”
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