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Canadian Sport Betting Bill Reviewed in 2015

Without the support of the Canadian Senate, attempts to update Canadian sports betting have been unsuccessful over the past three years. Bill C290 be brought before the Senate for review in January 2015 but local media speculates that the disapproval from certain members of the Upper House will delay the process further. The bill was created to change lega...

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Increase on Gambling Taxes in the Czech Republic?

Czech Republic’s Finance Minister, Andrej Babis has a plan to increase taxes on betting companies in 2016 which will cost them dearly. Babis is considering doubling the current 20 percent tax rate. In fact, he has plans to increase the tax on gambling 30 to 40 percent depending on type, fixed odds betting or electronic gaming machines. The proposal of the i...

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Tabcorp to Request Leave to Appeal in Victoria Case

Tabcorp Holdings, Australian online and land based gambling company, revealed its plans to request leave to appeal to the High Court of Australia following the December 4, 2014 judgment of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria. The case involves Tabcorp’s claim seeking payment of A$686 million from the State of Victoria. "If special leave is...

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Crown Resorts Partners with BetEasy to Compete in Australian Market

James Packer, owner of Crown Resorts land based gambling group in Australia, spoke of the recent partnership with Matthew Tripps' online sports betting company BetEasy saying that the collaboration will compete against online sports operations that have entered into the Aussie market. "This exciting new venture will help build an Australian-owned business that...

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Ireland’s Online Gambling Tax Delays

The online gambling tax in Ireland is delayed according to minister of finance, Michael Noonan, in a statement to parliamentarians. The topic has been extended into January after Malta expressed concerns regarding the licensing laws for operators already licensed in...

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Study of FOBT Punters Conducted

The Responsible Gambling Trust has conducted a study of Fixed Odds Betting Terminal (FOBT) punters which it released on Wednesday. A total of 4,000 UK punters were involved in the study done by NatCen. The Guardian reported that it revealed high numbers of problem gambling. NatCen pointed out that “not all problem gamblers had very low incomes” but said t...

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Betfred Australia Out of Service

UK online bookmaker Betfred announced their operation's closure in Australia as of December 1st after just six months of business; they said good bye to their clients in a message on their official website Betfred.com.au. The message reads: “We are sorry to announce that from Monday 1st December 2014 our Australian operation will cease trading. All monies wil...

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Nick Xenophon Wants to ''Squeeze More Money out of Bookies''

Independent Australian senator, Nick Xenophon, known for his firm attitude against online gambling, once again made the headlines. This time he is demanding that the provincial government of Northern Territory ''squeeze more money'' out of the online bookmakers in Darwin. Xenophone claims that the taxes bookmakers are obliged to pay are not sufficient, conside...

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New Developments in the Las Vegas Illegal Sports Betting Case

Five of the eight defendants plead guilty this week in the Las Vegas illegal sports betting case against high profile poker player and gambler Paul Phua. Earlier this year, Phua and his companions were busted by the FBI during the FIFA World Cup for allegedly running an illegal sports betting enterprise...

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EA Sports Closes Arena

EA Arena, a real-money gambling site for virtual football fans will stop its real-money betting aspect due to low player interest. The closure has been announced earlier this year after acknowledging that less than 0.2 percent of Arena players were participating in Arena events on a regular basis, so they decided to focus their efforts on developing new, engaging...

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Paddy Power Sports Betting Facebook App Flops

Paddy Power is preparing to join operators such as 888 and Gamesys in taking down its In-Play real-money social gaming product from Facebook. A lack of interest from players has motivated the decision regarding the sports betting app that launched just over a year ago. In May 2014, the company made some updates to the app and rebranded it in preparation f...

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BetEasy to be Official Betting Partner for AFL

Australian bookmaker BetEasy has become the official betting and gaming partner for Australian Football League starting in 2015 ending TabCorp’s contract. “A significant aspect of this partnership is the AFL’s capacity to work closely with its official wagering partner, along with other wagering outlets, to uphold the code’s integrity framework,” said Darren B...

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PMU Joins The European Sports Security Association

The European Sports Security Association (ESSA) announced that the French online and land gambling group Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) joined them in efforts to combat corruption in international sports. ESSA secretary general Khalid Ali said that the ability to provide intelligence related to suspicious betting activity is improved by PMU's membership. Pierre P...

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Aussie Northern Territory to Increase Taxes for Online Bookies?

Australian Senator Nick Xenophon has recommended that the Northern Territory increase taxes for online bookmakers based in Darwin. There are 13 bookmakers licensed within the Northern Territory, including Tom Waterhouse, Centrebet,...

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Russian Operator Forges Kahnawake Certification Page

Russian online operator Cyber-bets.com has allegedly forged a Kahnawake Gaming Commission certification page including the regulator's logo. In response to the news, KGC has sent the operator a cease and desist warning and the operator has not responded. As of Thursday, the fake page was still active on the operator’s website.

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William Hill Expands Partnership with OpenBet

William Hill and OpenBet have entered into a three year agreement extending the current relationship. The companies will focus on delivering technological flexibility with regard to William Hill's sports betting and gaming offers. Jeremy Thompson-Hill, chief executive officer for OpenBet said, “I am delighted that we have renewed our partnership with Will...

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Sicilian Betting Shops Raided for Illegal Sports Betting

Police raided several illegal betting shops in Palermo, Sicily after receiving tips that illegal online sports betting operations via Malta based websites were being run from the locations. Among those arrested were two men and police seized 11 computer sets in addition to miscellaneous evidence. According to police, the shops did not have the proper lice...

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NBA Commissioner Supports Legalized Sports Betting

National Basketball Association Commissioner, Adam Silver, is in American news headlines once again as he reaffirms his support of legalized sports betting. Silver believes that sports betting should be regulated at state level instead of the current rules enforced by the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which allows sports betting in j...

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Former bwin.party Exec Named BetVictor CEO

Former bwin.party digital entertainment group commercial director, Andreas Meinrad has been named chief executive officer of BetVictor replacing Michael Carlton effective February 1, 2015. Meinrad will work directly under Michael Tabor, shareholder and owner of the company. “It is a great brand with a very good reputation among its users and with a fantas...

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Sportech to Appeal Tax Issue

Sportech plc plans to file an Application for Permission to Appeal and Notice of Appeal related to its case involving VAT repayment on the "Spot the Ball" game. The company will have until 2nd December 2014 to submit it filing to the Court of Appeals after losing in the last session in the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) who would not accept the app...

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