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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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PayPal Takes Aim at Online Gambling

PayPal Takes Aim at Online Gambling PayPal Takes Aim at Online GamblingGuess 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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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 Gambling Becoming a Catfight

Online Gambling Becoming a Catfight 300x200 Online Gambling Becoming a CatfightOK, 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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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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XLMedia Acquires Unnamed U.K. Sports Betting Website

XLMedia Acquires Unnamed U.K. Sports Betting Website XLMedia Acquires Unnamed U.K. Sports Betting WebsiteIllustrating 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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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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Philippines Bill to Protect Minors from Online Gambling

Philippines Bill to Protect Minors from Online Gambling 300x212 Philippines Bill to Protect Minors from Online Gambling According to PokerUpdate, lawmakers in the Philippines have proposed new igaming regulations that would result in pretty significant fines for those who make it possible for minors to access online gambling sites and wager real money.

Rep. Samuel Pagdilao, an Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) member, is leading the charge for reform, seeking a 5 to 10-year jail term or fines of up to 10 million pesos ($230,000) for licensees who “knowingly allow those underage to gamble online.”

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Online Poker Picks Up Steam Thanks to Clever Marketing, WSOP Hype

Online Poker Picks Up Steam Thanks to Clever Marketing WSOP Hype 300x164 Online Poker Picks Up Steam Thanks to Clever Marketing, WSOP HypeWith the addition of legalized online gambling in Nevada came the dream of finding a way to link online and live gambling in a way that would increase revenues like never before. During the most recent World Series of Poker (WSOP) at Rio, online poker broke the $1 million dollar mark for the month of June, Las Vegas Review Journal confirms.

While the main event was a live tournament, online poker revenues were up 40 percent—showing that the live coverage of WSOP and the buzz around the event provided the inspiration to play. Now that it is clear that live events can stimulate a significant boost in online poker, more avenues are being explored to help the two support each other’s growth.

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