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This Week in Online Gambling: April Ends with a Bang

iGaming News: Match-fixing locks, IP blocks and mega slot jackpots. Every week, some extraordinary story comes out of the online gambling industry. Some athlete gets in trouble for fixing a match violations. A regulator alters the state of iGaming laws. The world’s luckiest gambler strikes it rich to the tune of a 7-figure jackpot prize. Yes, these stories aren’t all that uncommon. But when they all happen within the course of a few days – that’s headline worthy! Cricketer Slapped with 3-Yr Lock-Out for PCB Violation To start the week, 29-year old batsman Umar Akmel of Pakistan was issued a three-year ban from all cricket games. The retroactive lock-out dates back to February 20 of this year, when Akmal was found guilty of violating the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Code; specifically Article 2.4.4, relating to failure to report being approached about the match fixing. To be clear, Akmal is not … Continue reading

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CA Lotteries get Creative to Entertain Bettors

Canada’s lotteries keeping players interested with alternative sports bets and greater incentives. All over the world, businesses are suffering. Many have shut down, while others are forced to accept the minimal revenue they’re still pulling in. Canadian lottery corporations are operating at a mere fraction of their previous capacity. All retail sales are suspended until further notice, but online sales remain active. That’s good news for the provincial governments who rely heavily on gambling revenue to supplement their budgets, but bad news when you consider at least 75% all gambling revenue came from land-based sales, video lotteries and casinos. The news gets worse when you calculate in sports lotteries that drew the vast majority of their revenue from North American and European sporting events. Every major athletic sports league on the planet has suspended activities until further notice. There are no NBA basketball games, no MLB baseball games, no MLS … Continue reading

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LeoVegas Casino to save $12M/yr in Software Migration

LeoVegas migrates 12 casino software brands over to its proprietary platform. A lot of people are working from home these days. For some companies, the transition has been difficult. For others, they continue to thrive. The heads of LeoVegas Casino actually found this to be a perfect time for some much needed in-house remodeling. The tasked their at-home employees with integrating 12 independent software brands into their proprietary platform. The move is projected to save the company $12 million per year. LeoVegas is one of the UK’s most recognized online casino platforms. It’s not just famous for its widely marketed lion, but its seemingly endless plethora of games, made available by the company’s large-scale approach to licensing every virtual casino software studio under the sun. It’s a great tactic for attracting players who appreciate variety, but also an expensive one, as each software licensing contract comes with an intermittent licensing … Continue reading

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Playground Poker Club Announces Online Launch

Playground Poker Online: Canada’s best poker room teams with PartyPoker to launch online cash games. For the last decade, poker fans all across the country, and beyond, have looked to the Playground Poker Club as the top poker destination in all of Canada. Located in Kahnawake, Quebec, just outside of Montreal, Playground features a massive, 128,000 sq.ft. gaming floor featuring 75 poker tables, and of course some slot machines to offset the entertainment variety. In the last ten years, the property has played host to some of the largest poker events this side of the 49th parallel. Daily cash games and regular tournaments, WPT and WSOP events – it all happens right here. But that all came to a crashing halt on March 13, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., when the property closed its doors indefinitely to promote healthy social distancing. At first, it was a waiting game. How long before … Continue reading

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Pandemic Not a Boon for Online Gambling

Online gambling web traffic down 3% in March, 2020. In a world gone indoors, the internet has become the outdoor playground of a global population. People are accessing certain types of websites more than ever before. On the opposing end of that spectrum, some formerly popular digital industries are performing much more poorly. With entertainment being among the most highly sought resources during this pandemic, it was initially believed that online casinos, poker rooms, bingo sites, etc., would see a remarkable boost in traffic. As it turns out, iGaming is on the decline, but not by much. Online Gambling Web Traffic Down 3% in March According to information coming from researchers at Imperva, online gambling isn’t suffering the way its terrestrial cousin is. As land-based casinos see stock value falling an average of 50% per mega-corporation, internet casinos are still attracting a good number of customers. However, the state of … Continue reading

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OPSEU Speaks Out Against Ontario Casino Layoffs

Ontario casino workers union president outraged by OLG layoffs. The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has been awfully busy in the last few years, diligently working to sustain worthy pay rates and health benefits for the thousands of casino workers in the province. It hasn’t been easy – not since the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) began implementing its “modernization” efforts a few years back. Multiple properties, from Casino Rama to Caesars Windsor, have been forced to go on strike to show the OLG and operating managers that they mean business. Now, just as it looked like things were starting to get back to some sense of mutually beneficial normalcy, a global pandemic has sent the entire world into a tailspin, and its threatening to send millions of Canadians – including thousands of Ontario’s casino staffers – to the unemployment lines. No one is arguing that businesses should … Continue reading

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GCG Leads Charge in Canada Casino Closures

Kudos to GCG for shutting down all Canadian casinos ahead of mandates. How many of you readers out there would agree that the casino industry is a greedy one? They provide an entertainment service, true, but their service draws customers based on the idea that they can win money. And yes, some can win, but many more will lose. That’s just how gambling it works. Poker rooms collect money from rake. Betting exchanges collect commission. Sportsbooks constantly slide the odds scale into their favor. No doubt there are a lot of people that consider gambling industry CEOs to be rich scoundrels who would do anything to make yet another buck. But at a time like this, when the world is under ghost-like attack from an invisible virus that threatens our existence as we know it, I was pleasantly surprised to find that one major casino corporation thought first and foremost … Continue reading

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New UNLV Director Explains the Global Gaming Model

UNLV’s new gaming director prepares to help shape the future of the gambling industry worldwide. The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) is unlike any other college on the planet. Its location amidst the epicenter of gambling in the western hemisphere presents a unique opportunity to proffer education in some very distinct genres; things like hospitality, gambling math, and the legal aspect of gaming regulations. No one knows this better then Joe Bertolone, the new Director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation (ICGR) at UNLV. It’s not just his current role, but years’ worth of progressive occupational education that’s fine tuned his understanding of the school’s felicitous diversity. Taking the helm, his primary focus is ensuring regulatory framework can keep up with the pace of ever-evolving technology. Shaping the Future of the Global Gambling Industry The gambling industry is moving forward at a more rapid pace than ever before. … Continue reading

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Can New Age Slots Hold 20-Somethings’ Attention?

ICE 2020 unveils new attempts at attracting a younger generation of gamblers to new age “slot machines”. For more than a decade now, gambling businesses have been suffering an industrial crisis. For the first time in over a century, they are having a really hard time attracting the youngest generation of gambling-aged adults to casinos. Those who do come are not impressed with slot machines, and it’s threatening to bite an enormous amount of revenue out of the market. The Millennial generation just isn’t interested in staring blankly at a game while myriad symbols dance down the screen; maybe awarding a prize, maybe not. They find slot machines boring, monotonous, and quite frankly, pointless. They are more likely to enjoy table games – especially card games – where at least some degree of interaction exists. But even these aren’t grabbing their attention for long. The problem for casinos is that … Continue reading

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Why You Don’t F— with the UKGC

UKGC reminds online gambling operators why proper reporting of source of funds is so important. For years I’ve lauded the strict standards of the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) as the best in the world. The agency’s commitment to player protections and the prevention of criminal activity is commendable. No other online gambling regulator has taken so many actions against its licensees for failure to comply with the law. Last month, the UKGC decided to reiterate the case of MaxEnt Limited, a former remote gambling operator that had its license revoked back in June of 2019. Why rehash the six month old story of a failed iGaming operator? Because it makes one very good point that the regulator believes its current and future licensees need to understand: You don’t F— with the UKGC. UKGC Reminder for Online Gambling Operators The incident that led to MaxEnt’s loss of license was one … Continue reading

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