The number of sites licensed to offer poker to residents of Italy now includes four sites of using Playtech network’s software. The member sites approved are Snai s.r.l., Eurobet Italia SpA (a division of Gala Coral), Sisal SpA and Cogetech SpA. Italy was the first major European network to recognize a fully open and regulated market for online poker, which has grown exponential since its launch late last year.
RGA Seeks Support from EU Following US/Dikshit Plea Deal
The Remote Gambling Association, which represents the interests of several large European online gaming firms, has sought the “support and protection” of European officials following the plea deal announced a week ago between PartyGaming co-founder Anurag DikShit and officials from the US Department of Justice. In a statement released by the RGA last week, the RGA condemned the moves of the Bush administration. According to RGA Chief Executive Clive Hawkswood, “These events show that the outgoing US administration and the Department of Justice have demonstrated a total disrespect for the legal rights of European online gaming companies and those associated with them and a complete disregard for US international commitments under the General Agreement on Trade in Services.” The RGA also noted the request made by European Commissioner Peter Mandelson in June requesting a freeze on enforcement actions by the USDoJ, which was ignored by US officials. The RGA termed the US moves a “breach of international law.”
Mexico Reportedly Considering Internet Gambling Ban
Details are sketchy at this time, but a small number of published reports indicate that a Mexican Congressional committee has proposed changes in that nation’s gambling laws that will legalize slot machines but will also ban internet-based gambling. The proposal is due for further consideration in early 2010, with a possible Congressional vote taking place by April.
Online gambling and entertainment group 888 has announced they will be partnering with Rank and Blue Square to launch a 888-branded sports book early next year. Reuters quoted industry sources as saying the official announcement would be made on Monday.
Under the terms of the deal, Rank’s Blue Square sports book will calculate the odds for the 888.com branded site and, in return, 888 will provide Blue Square with its advanced payment processing platform.
On the back of what has already been a bumper year for 888 as it strives to rebuild following the UIGEA last year, this news should result in yet another increase in the share price when trading recommences on Monday. Following last week’s impressive trading update, shares in 888 (LSE: 888.L) closed 6% higher on Friday at 130.50p.
The new sports book will be a valuable addition to the 888 network, which already includes a popular online casino (Casino-on-Net) and bustling online poker room (Pacific Poker).
888 CEO Gigi Levy said last month his company would launch its sports betting operations by the end of the year. Reuters quoted their source as saying:
“We expect a pan-European launch in Q1 2010 before also going to other countries as well.”
888 is also launching aggressive marketing campaigns in the UK to take advantage of the recently relaxed rules allowing online gaming companies to advertise in the mainstream market. A new campaign telling Brits to “Enjoy the Game” will be plastered across both sides of taxicabs in four major UK cities: London, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham.
Along with external branding, the interiors of the cabs will also include tip-up seats and passengers will be given branded 888 receipts. Certain taxis will be driven by dedicated 888 players.
Affiliate network Income Access has announced the launch of the Cantor Casino affiliate program. Offering a choice of either CPA or revenue share schemes, Cantor Casino affiliates will be armed with all they need to maximise earnings from referrals. Cantor, well known for the quality of their customer offerings, aren’t leaving their affiliates in the lurch either, offering dedicated affiliate support and a variety of marketing tools including flash banners, text links, content and HTML mailers.
Publishers who choose to promote Cantor Casino through their new affiliate program in the Income Access network can choose either a flat 25% revenue share commission, or a £75 CPA. No negative rollover/carry-over means that any negative commissions incurred will be wiped clean at the start of the next month.
The affiliates have even been given a profile of Cantor’s customer base, making targeting new customers even easier. UK customers comprise 90% of Cantor’s customer base, and with the launch of new patented games such as Statjack™, Xtra Odds™ Baccarat, and Cantor Financial Odds, getting new signups should be that much simpler.
Online casino and poker company 888 will be launching their real-money games for bored air travelers next year, with a number of leading airlines already signed up and more sure to follow.
In what is sure to be an exciting new revenue source for Casino-on-Net 888, as of next year British Airways, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific flights could be offering their passengers the option of entertainment in the form of real-money casino and poker gambling.
The British newspaper The Sunday Mirror carried a report saying passengers will be able to log on to the internet and stake cash on popular games including Blackjack, Roulette and Poker.
Passengers will be able to use their in-flight entertainment screens to access the internet and place their bets using credit cards at Casino-on-Net 888.
The wait has been a little longer than usual but Slotland’s progressive jackpot has just been hit for $168,947. A player known as “MRSSMITHS” won the jackpot playing the Booster slot machine.
Historically, Slotland’s progressive jackpot is hit fairly regularly – about every six weeks – for just over $100,000. Lately, it’s taking a little longer to be hit but the last few winners have won much bigger jackpots.
The progressive jackpot can be played on any of Slotland’s unique online slot machines or video poker games, which are available on mobile phones and PDAs as well as online. That means you’re able to win on the move as well as being sat in front of your computer at home. The progressive jackpots are simple enough, with 10% of each wager on the progressive being added to the jackpot pool. Since all the games on the site are tied to the same jackpot the value can increase very quickly and to very large amounts.
In April, a lucky Canadian player won the biggest Slotland progressive jackpot ever: $195,083 (€126,910), while JAMKAT2 won a $113,418 (€89,067) progressive jackpot playing “Treasure Box” last year. That’s just two examples of Slotland’s huge payouts in recent times.
Reset at $50,000 after each win, Slotland.com’s progressive jackpot is already back up to nearly $100,000 (€45,000).