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Protectionist Practice Overthrown In Australian State

Sportsbet takes on New South Wales over gambling levy. Online betting group Sportsbet Party Limited has won an important legal action in the state of News South Wales, where an Australian federal court has ruled that the state may no longer impose fees on interstate gambling providers in order to protect its main wagering taxpayer, TabCorp Holdings Limited....

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Bookies Pay Out On "That" Goal

Bets on Lampard scoring will be honoured With the repercussions of England's stinging 4-1 World Cup defeat by Germany still reverberating around the internet, major online bookies in the UK have confirmed that they are honouring bets that Frank Lampard would score a goal in the match. Millions of television viewers watched the slo-mo replay of a Lampard s...

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New Jersey Crackdown On Illegal Internet Sports Betting

Crime family involved in $2.2 billion sports betting ring In New Jersey, thirty five suspects pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of racketeering and operating a multi-billion dollar offshore gambling ring, reports Associated Press. The son of a Philadelphia mob figure and two men believed to head the New York-based Lucchese crime family were among those...

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"Bettor Days" Operation Takes Down Five Illegal Gambling Rings

Online sites took in $20 million annually, prosecutors claim. New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told reporters this week that in a major enforcement action titled 'Operation Bettor Days' the police and prosecutors from the Kings County DA's office have successfully taken down five illegal sports-gambling rings, which took bets totaling roughly $...

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Bluesquare iPad Betting Launched

Mobile sportsbook is optimised for iPad Rank plc's online sports betting division Blue Square released its Mobile Sportsbook optimised for iPad offering this week. The Blue Square team used tools provided by long term mobile partner mkodo to build the iPad Sportsbook. Simon Woolf, Rank Interactive's Head of Mobile Development, said: 'Our team has wo...

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England Defeat Good For Bookies

Brit bookies could have faced payouts of GBP50 million had England beaten Germany. Germany's convincing defeat of the England football team at the World Cup in South Africa over the weekend was good news for UK bookies, who could have faced pay-outs of up to GBP 50 million had England won, widespread media reports indicate. Many UK punters placed patrioti...

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Another Major Online Gambling Bust In Hong Kong

Illegal World Cup football betting ring took HK$170 million in bets Hong Kong police have told Agence France Presse that further police raids have disrupted another online sports gambling ring over the weekend. A police spokesman claimed that a record HK$170 million (US$22 million) was taken in on illegal bets on World Cup football games and horse racing...

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Berjaya Backs Out Of Ascot Sports Deal

A quick reaction to the Malaysian government's retreat on sports gambling Friday's announcement by Malaysian prime minister Prime Minister Najib Razak that sports gambling will not be licensed in the country triggered a quick reaction from the Berjaya company, which has just announced that it will not be proceeding with its deal to acquire 70 percent of Ascot...

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Aussie Police Turn Aside Internet Sports Advertising Complaint

Happily for the football clubs involved, the police have so far decided not to investigate. An attempt to launch a prosecution against Australian sports clubs in sponsorship deals with online gambling companies has not been successful, with federal police declining to get involved, reports The Age newspaper. The request for prosecution came from the feder...

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U.S. Horseracing Wants Clarity On Internet Wagering

New federal legislative proposal introduced Writing in the US horseracing publication Bloodlines last week, the CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Alex Waldrop, revealed that the organisation's lobbyists have secured the introduction of important federal legislation to protect its $1.3 billion market for advance deposit wagering. The...

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Malaysian Government Abandons Sports Betting Initiative

Ascot Sports left out on a limb It's official - there will be no issue of sports betting licenses in Malaysia, and that's straight from the office of the country's political leader. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told Agence France Presse this week that his government has dropped a proposal to legalise sports betting following protests by Muslim...

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Asian Blitz On Internet Gambling Continues

Focus is on halting illegal World Cup betting Enforcemet bodies in Malaysia and China have continued their blitz on World Cup football betting, with Malaysian authorities reporting the disruption of two major online betting syndicates, and another 120 arrests in China. Police spokesmen in Penang, Malaysia reprted the breakup of two illegal online World Cu...

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Gambling Duopoly Should Go, Says Commission

Status quo confers 'rare privelege' and should go The Australian government's Productivity Commission recommendations are unlikely to be well received by the gambling groups Tatts and Tabcorp, which have exclusive retail wagering licences in some Australian states (provinces). The Age newspaper reports that the recommendations of the Commission place rene...

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New Aussie Interactive TV Betting Service Now Live

TAB Active available to punters on a subscription basis A deal signed between the giant Australian betting giant TAB and technology company Two Way Limited earlier this year came to fruition this week as the TAB Active betting service went live. Gamblers in the Australian states of Queensland and South Australia can now make use of this new interactive TV...

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Watching Out For Wi-Fi

Indonesian police are suspicious of hot spots The Jakarta Globe reports that Indonesian police are keeping a close eye on football fans gathering to watch World Cup matches in wi-fi-enabled bars and cafes. Police suspect that the intent is to gamble on the games, using internet websites. 'Why else would cafes or clubs provide wi-fi, asked one detec...

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Tough Times For Ladbrokes

Irish retail shops pay cuts questioned Stories in the Irish media over the weekend illustrate the tough times being experienced by online and land gambling group Ladbrokes, which employs around a thousand people in its 284 Irish retail betting outlets. The reports focus on a recent Labour Court finding that the gambling company should reverse its decision...

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Intralot In Russian Sports Betting Move

Stake in Kelicom gives entree to Favorit sports betting Intralot Holdings International Limited has acquired a 33 percent stake in Russian betting firm Kelicom, gaining entrée to a 'strategic stake' in Russian sports betting operation Favorit Bookmakers Office and its extensive gambler database. Kelicom holds a 74.9 percent stake in Favorit, and Intralot...

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Betfair TV In New Live Betting Deal

In-play betting facility to be provided to interactive television service FetchTV viewers in the UK will be able to bet on sporting events as they unfold on television following a deal between online gambling group Betfair TV and IP Vision, parent company of Fetch. The deal will see a live betting application and odds information provided by Betfair and s...

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Stan James And Paddy Power Tops In World Cup Betting

Independent website performance monitor salutes two major sports betting sites for consistency and speed of response despite heavy traffic. The independent website performance monitor Gomez reports that major online sports betting companies Stan James and Paddy Power delivered the most consistent and fast response service over the weekend as football World Cu...

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Unibet Signs Up Website Management Experts

Atex Polopoly will improve content management and uptime The major Reading-based UK internet gambling group Unibet is to up its game in the management and content of company websites following an outsourcing deal with Atex Polopoly. With 4.4 million online punters across Europe, optimum uptime and maintenance is critical to Unibet, and the Polopoly platfo...

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