Online Gambling Round-Up: Spanish Conquest, UK Horse Racing, WMS Deal

There’s been a lot going on this week in the online gambling community from all corners of the globe, but none so active as the western coast of Europe. Bet365 is swamped with punters as the UK’s biggest horse race, Quipco British Champions Day, quickly approaches. WMS Industries Inc. was thrilled to sign a multi-year B2B deal with Betsson and Unibet to offer its extensive portfolio of video slots. All normal stories thus far, yes? You may want to take a seat for this one. Better yet, grab your blade, strap on a scabbard and saddle up. The Spaniards may be sacking Gibraltar!

Spain Eyes Up Gibraltar
It’s no secret that Spain is in economic turmoil. Let’s face it, they aren’t the most driven population on the planet, and the extent of mass corruption in every sector of politics, from top tier government to the criminal task force, is virtually beyond repair. What could this country possibly do to instantly jumpstart the economy? Oh, I know, let’s invade Gibraltar!

A little background here, Gibraltar once belonged to Spain, but is now controlled by the UK. Why should Spain have it back? For one thing, it is physically connected to Spain, being the southernmost landmass of the Iberian Peninsula. And then it has that giant rock that everyone thinks is so cool (it really is!)

Here’s what’s happened so far. The Spaniards are blocking up the border, slowing down patrols, making people wait as long as 7 hours to pass. And that’s with a passport. Imagine if you forgot yours?

What could a big territory like Spain see in the tiny 6.8km squared (2.6m squared) area of earth that is Gibraltar? One major thing Gibraltar has going for it is online gambling operations. There are gaming sites headquartered all over the rock, and they are big business.

Are online gambling operators getting nervous? Most definitely. But the UK has no intention of letting go this small utopian peninsula, nor the multi-millions it produces.

Quipco Comes to Ascot
It’s that time again, when the ponies all gather for the richest day of horse racing in all of the UK, the Quipco British Championships Day, including the famed Quipco Champion Stakes where the as yet unbeaten Frankel is set to appear. It all begins on October 20th at Ascot, and Bet365 is geared up to take in the punters.

As a premier destination for race betting and online gambling in general, bet365 is offering a special 4/1 stakes promo where backing any winner at 4/1 or better on a featured race, televised live on BBC, they will receive a free bet of equal value on the next featured race.

Unibet and Betsson Ink Deal with WMS
WMS Industries is a premier developer of high-tech online video slots, and come next year, members of Betsson and Unibet will be privy to the wide selection of reel spinning excitement. Both online gambling operators, which boast a combined player base of more than 12 million members across more than 100 countries, have inked a deal with WMS to proffer its recently acquired Jadestone gaming platform starting in 2013.

“We are delighted to expand our relationship with Betsson and Unibet,” said Orrin J. Ediden, President of WMS Industries, “each of whom is among the world’s leading online casino operators with extensive customer bases through their various casino brands.”

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